Derek Finch Pairs is won by Hadleigh duo

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Andy Burmby and Paul Hale won the 2013 Derek Finch Memorial Pairs Darts competition at Northcroft Social Club in Sudbury on Friday.

The pair, who both represent Hadleigh Town in the Suffolk Super League, won their way through a strong field to take the crown with a win in the final against John Attwater 
and Mark Theobald (Bay Horse).

An excellent 29 pairs from all over the area entered the competition, creating a festive atmosphere.

As the pairs battled down the quarter-finals, the strength of the final eight showed the quality of performances on view.

Defending champions Andy Lawrence and Jason Stalker (Horse and Groom) fell in the quarters to Ian Randles and Malcolm Tonkins of the Glemsford Black Lion, while the Northcroft pair of Andy and Peter Batih saw off former winners Nigel Tonkins and Mark Woodger, who were re-united for this event.

Burmby and Hale won a close quarter-final against the fancied Hadleigh pair of Curtis Hammond and Stuart Bull, while the semi-final line-up was completed by Attwater and Theobald, who beat Sudbury Institute’s Colin How and Alan Towns in another close game.

Burmby and Hale went on to beat Randles and Tonkins in the semi-final, and were joined in the final by Attwater and Theobald, who ended the challenge of the Batih brothers.

In a enthralling final, the Hadleigh Town pair ran out 3-1 winners and received their awards, kindly donated once again by sponsors Jennings Racing, from Derek’s widow Pat Finch.

More than £200 was raised for the chosen charity, the Upbeat Heart Support Group.