The former 4x Development Tour and 2x Challenge Tour Winner Adam Hunt claimed a valuable debutant spot in the PDC World Championship by coming through the PDPA Tour Card Holder’s qualifier in Milton Keynes on Monday.
Hunt battled through a section of the draw that included 1 former World Championship finalist and 2 former World Champion’s.
Kicking off his day against ‘The Terminator’, Terry Temple the game was played with great respect but more importantly fantastic darts. Temple missed vital doubles in the opening legs and Hunt punished the mistakes to open a commanding lead and eventually win 6-3. Both players averaged mid 90s.
Next in line was Austrian, Maik Langendorf, who recently had a good run in the World Series. Adam proved too strong for Maik and defeated him by the same scoreline, 6-3.
Up next was in form youngster Bradley Brooks, who was hitting averages of 99 in the earlier games. The match started off in fantastic fashion with Hunt firing in an 11 dart leg, but Brooks came back strong hitting 2x 14 and a 15 dart to take a commanding 3-1 lead. That was the last winning leg of the match for Brooks as Hunt fired in a superb 5 legs off the belt to move into the final with a 99 average.
Moving into the final v former Embassy World Darts Champion, Richie Burnett, one match stood in his way to make his World Championship debut at Alexandra Palace.
A fantastic standard throughout the final match, but with nervous darts included, Burnett took a 4-2 lead with the first to 7 the winner. As proven in the earlier game, Hunt battled back and produced 5 legs off the belt again, to win 7-4.
Adam joins Chris Dobey & fellow debutant, Ryan Joyce at the World Championships which kicks off December 13th live on Sky Sports.
Good luck boys!
Draw below –
Bedlington’s Chris ‘Hollywood’ Dobey reached the last 8 of the PDC Players Championship Finals this weekend gone. The PDC ace was in fine form despatching Ron ‘The Bomb’ Meulenkamp in Round 1 by 6 legs to 3.
Dobey kicked off the second round on the Main Stage vs Dave Chisnall in the afternoon session. He carried on his consistent scoring to defeat the St Helen’s man by the same scoreline as Round 1.
Moving onto the evening session and back on the Main Stage in front of a capacity crowd of 5,000, he was up against in form player, James Wade. The match was nip and tuck throughout with Dobey battling through to defeat ‘The Machine’ 10-9 to make it to the last 8 of the tournament.
Chris entered the last day of the competition in high spirits but was swept aside by the eventual winner, Daryl Gurney by 10 legs to 2.
A fantastic £12,500 added to his rankings and a superb run just in time for the World Championships.
Fellow North-East players Adam Hunt & Ryan Joyce made their Players Championships debuts and both bowed out in Round 1, but with valuable money added to their Order of Merit.
Glen ‘Duzza’ Durrant will look to make it a hat-trick of World Championship wins, 3 years off the bounce as he kicks off his BDO World Championship campaign on Tuesday 8th January 2019 at 7pm.
Glen defeated Danny Noppert in 2017 and Mark McGeeney in 2018.
Duzza faces the winner of either Mark McGrath of New Zealand or Englishman, Adam Smith- Neale.
You can watch all the action live on Eurosport or Quest.
Good luck Duzza!
British Inter County Championship
Results & Averages from this weekend.
Gameweek 2 –
Durham 24-15 Suffolk
Men’s A MotM – David Gill (28.78)
Men’s B MotM – Eddie Mordica (25.47)
Ladies A LotM – Linda Ithurralde (22.77)
Ladies B LotM – Cheryl Adamson (15.22)
Northumberland 11-28 Derbyshire
Men’s A MotM – Simon Tate (29.00)
Men’s B MotM – Rikki Oversby (27.19)
Ladies A LotM – Ashley Ann Halliday (16.25)
Ladies B LotM – Sarah-Jayne Gowens (18.79)
Tyne & Wear 33-6 Isle of Wight
Men’s A MotM – Paul Williams (27.83)
Men’s B MotM – Ryan Joyce (30.06)
Ladies A LotM – Maureen Purvis (19.03)
Ladies B LotM – Tracey Curry (15.82)
Durham’s Eddie Mordica will be live on stage tomorrow afternoon competing in the Winmau World Masters 2018 last 32 in Bridlington.
En route to making the last 32, Mordica beat top American player, Larry Butler 3-2 taking a 170 finish out in the process. In the board final he defeated ex PDC Premier League Player, ‘The Warrior’, Wes Newton 3-2 to set up tomorrow’s contest.
Eddie will be on stage at 4pm and faces dutchman, Wesley Harms.
Also, Teesside’s Durrant faces Yorkshire’s John Walton and Northumberland’s Gary Robson faces the Dutchman, Wouter Vaes.
All info HERE
Good luck lads!
The BDO World Masters & World Professional are taking place this week.
There is a number of North-East players taking part.
Good luck to all competing (In no particular order and all players, to my knowledge):
Men – Glen Durrant, Gary Robson, Allan Edwards, Peter Frewer, Eddie Mordica, Rob Howe, Robert Douthwaite, Chris Vaughan & Callan Rydz.
Ladies – Linda Ithurralde, Kirsty Hutchinson, Ann Marie Potts, Laura Patton & Julie Thompson
This weekend The British Classic and British Open has taken place at Bridlington.
A lot of North East players had made the journey to compete, with good results from many players.
In the British Classic yesterday, Simon Tate, Scott Mcparlin and Glen Durrant made the last 32. Mcparlin was edged out in a decider to Matt Padgett whereas Tate and Durrant both lost out 4-1.
Clevelands Barry Davies was in fantastic form reaching the last 8 stage. En route to the quarter finals he defeated Welshman, Wayne Warren and Andy ‘The Hammer’ Hamilton.
Carl ‘The Jackal’ Hamilton went the furthest, reaching the stage semi finals. The Darlington ace battled through to beat some very big names such as, Dave Copley, Gary Robson and James Hurrell en route to the last 16 stage. He defeated experienced players Nick Fulwell and Martin Phillips 4-3 to make the stage semis against Dutchman, Wesley Harms.
Unfortunately, Carl ran out of steam and was defeated 5-1. A fantastic performance and a massive step in the right direction.
In the ladies, AnnMarie Potts and Jennifer Summerson made the last 32 with AnnMarie losing out to eventual winner, Laura Turner. Durhams Linda Ithurralde and Kirsty Hutchinson both made the last 16. Linda was defeated 4-2 by Australian, Corrine Hammond and Kirsty was beaten by world champion, Lisa Ashton.
North East County Results & Averages
Surrey 24 – 12 Durham
Men’s A MotM – Stephen Knight 28.23
Men’s B MotM – Tim Embling 26.46
Ladies A LotM – Jennifer Summerson 19.08
Ladies B LotM – Cheryl Brough 15.04
Northumberland 19-17 Wiltshire
Men’s A MotM – Simon Tate 26.83
Men’s B MotM – Micky Ord 26.60
Ladies A LotM – Marie Silk 14.89
Ladies B LotM – Casey Stephenson 14.92
Norfolk 16-20 Cleveland
Men’s A MotM – Allan Edwards 29.40
Men’s B MotM – Dave Bell 23.86
Ladies A LotM – AnnMarie Potts 23.48
Ladies B LotM – Shirley Witten 20.16
Tyne & Wear 18-18 Shropshire
Men’s A MotM – Andy Chalmers 27.45
Men’s B MotM – Michael McBain 22.45
Ladies A LotM – Cheryl Roper 18.56
Ladies B LotM – Laura Patton 17.28