Belgium Round-Up: Nick Kenny wins first BDO title in 14 months, first title in seven years for Wayne Warren, Aileen de Graaf bags fifth tournament win of 2019

Nick Kenny is back inside the BDO winners enclosure after beating first-time finalist Tonny Veenhof 7-4 to claim the Belgium Open title.

The Welshman had last tasted victory on the BDO circuit back in June 2018, when he edged out Michael Unterbuchner in a last-leg decider to take the Helvetica Open crown.

But the 26-year-old ended his year-plus long wait for title number four, as he saw off former PDC World Championship finalist Andy Hamilton 4-3 in the last 16, BDO number one Wesley Harms 5-3 in the quarter-finals, Gary Robson 6-2 in the semi-finals, and then Dutchman Veenhof 7-4 in the final.

It completed a Welsh double for the weekend in the men’s events, as the previous day Wayne Warren had beaten Gary Stone 7-5 to claim the Antwerp Open title. It was the 57-year-old’s first BDO ranking title in more than seven years, his previous success being in the International Open back in June 2012.

Wayne Warren, 57, won Saturday’s Antwerp Open to end a seven-year run without a BDO ranking title (Picture: Bas van den Berk)

While the two men’s events were won by two Welsh players, the pair of ladies events were shared between two Dutch throwers. Astrid Trouwburst got the better of Sharon Prins 6-3 in an all-Dutch Antwerp Open final to pocket her first BDO ranking title. On Sunday, world number two Aileen de Graaf grabbed her fifth title of the year, beating Laura Turner 6-2 in the final of the Belgium Open.

England’s James Beeton completed the double by winning both of the boys events, while Lerena Rietbergen took the Antwerp Open girls crown, and Julie Berens captured the Belgium Open girls title.

England’s James Beeton continued his good form by winning both boys titles in Antwerp at the weekend (Picture: Bas van den Berk)

Pictures: Bas van den Berk

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