IN-FORM Mark Grimes scooped the Portland Easter Open after beating Lee Turle from Parkstone who had won the two previous finals.

In a high-scoring game, Turle missed his chance on the doubles in the first three legs and Grimes took advantage going on to win 5-1 to take the £400 prize.

Seventy-five players from across Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset entered with the competition, held at the Conservative Club, where the format was in the form of a round-robin in eight groups leading to 32 qualifiers into a knockout stage.

There was £1,200 of prize money on offer at the tournament, which was organised by Andy Masters and Stewart Masters.

Both would like to thank the Conservative Club for hosting the event and especially the main sponsor The Carpet Man, who continues to support local darts.

Prior to play commencing all the players stood and joined in a round of applause to congratulate Grimes, from Christchurch, who recently hit a perfect nine-dart leg during a county match.

The event which following the success of the Xmas Portland Open has now established the club as a top darts venue in Dorset.

Players and spectators throughout the day managed to raise £200 for a charity donation to Weldmar Hospice Trust.

This was achieved with a raffle with main prize donated a Winmau dartboard signed by John Lowe and the late Eric Bristow.

The winner was a very happy Nigel Dewland who plays in the Isle of Portland League.