RILLINGTON ace Paul Bulmer was edged out in a high-quality final during stage seven of the YDP Masters Open at Huntington Working Men’s Club in York.
Bulmer threw an 118 finish for a 15-dart leg and also bagged an 18-darter, but he was beaten 4-3 by Northallerton’s Glenn Brooksbank, who threw legs of 15 and 17 to claim victory.
Earlier, Cleveland county player Brooksbank threw legs of 14 and 20 when racking up a 3-0 win over York’s Gary Wensley in the semi-finals.
Bulmer likewise beat Malton counterpart Steve Oldfield 3-0 in his last-four clash.
Those four players, along with the four beaten quarter-finalists, will all now go through to the Streamline Taxis (York) and Red Dragons Darts-sponsored Grand Finals tournament to be held on Saturday, January 25 at Huntington WMC, where the winner will pocket £1,000 in prize money.
In the last eight, Oldfield overcame Paul Saville 3-0, and Bulmer included two 17-dart legs in whitewashing Lutz Leutzsch.
Bulmer threw several other legs of note in the earlier rounds, of 16, 18, 19, 17, 17 and 18 darts.
Meanwhile, Brooksbank completed a double when partnering Phil Hoggarth in the Blind Pairs event to win the final 2-0 against Chris Swales and Dave Kerr.
Saturday, January 11, will see the last of the eight YDP Masters Open qualifying stages at Huntington WMC.
Players need to register by 12.30pm for a 1pm start.