Big guns ready to battle it out for Champions crown
THE final eight players will battle it out at the Kings Arms, Oreston, on Sunday for the right to be crowned the 2012 Champion of Champions.
The line-up includes Col Maddocks and Ralph Lancaster who won their only titles back in 1989 and 1996 respectively.
Maddocks emerged a 3-0 winner against Mark Gilbery while Lancaster defeated five-time champion, and Ker Street Social Club team-mate, Flynn Jones over five legs in 16, 16 and 19.
Simon Stevenson has won the title twice, the last occasion being 2009, and is considered by many to have strong claims this year after taking legs in 19, 16 and 18 to dispose of James Orchard.
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Robbie Bisgrove came from 2-0 down to edge out Al Brunton while Malcolm Johns defeated Lee Roberts also over five legs, after chances fell to both players.
Last year's runner-up John Mann was one of the pre-tournament favourites and lived up to that billing in the last 16.
He emerged a 3-0 winner over Paul Flower in 15, 17 and 16, achieving an outstanding three-dart average of 94.18.
Neil Dudbridge defeated Ryan Ring in straight legs while John Donald also made the final line-up after a 3-1 success against Davy Jones.
The draw will be made on the night and the format will be the best of five legs of 501for the quarter-final stage, with the semis and grand final being played over the best of seven and nine legs respectively.
A cheque presentation will be made to Cancer Research who are the beneficiaries of this year's competition.