Four amateur darts fanatics today saw their dreams of life on the main stage come true in Stoke-on-Trent when they qualified for the finals of the Speedy Services UK Open.

The quartet beat off stiff competition from fellow amateurs who had travelled from across the Midlands to take part in the qualifying rounds for the PDC event, which is known as the FA Cup of darts.

Speedy is holding six qualifying events in total, with four winners from each event travelling to Bolton for the prestigious tournament on 7 June 2012. It will be shown over four days, live on Sky Sports. As part of their journey to Bolton, the first obstacle was to score enough points with 15 darts to qualify for a one off leg of 701 against another high scoring amateur.

Steve Mason, a joiner from Stoke, Paul Whitworth, a landlord from Manchester, David Pallett, a benefits officer from Shropshire and Paul Harvey, a heating engineer from Nottingham, all go through to Bolton after qualifying in today’s event. Speedy, the UK’s leading provider of equipment rental and support services, has already staged events in Brighton, Dartford, Inverness and Leeds, alongside today’s event in Stoke.

A Speedy employee-only special qualification event will take place in Haydock on May 4. Speedy has enlisted the help of 2008 world champion Mark Webster to offer expert advice for the qualifying rounds. Speaking of the Stoke round, he said: “The standard in Stoke has been the best yet – we had some phenomenal scores in the 15 dart challenge with Steve setting a new Speedy record with 654. I think the four qualifiers from today could do some serious damage when they get to Bolton.” Speedy’s group marketing director Steve McIntyre said: “Last year’s qualifiers were really impressive in terms of quality, but we have already seen a higher standard in the three qualifier rounds so far. Today’s standard was exceptional and I’m sure that Steve, Paul, David and Paul could cause a few shock waves in Bolton.”

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