Leighton Bennett and Nathan Care were crowned champions at the Scott Farms International Junior darts tour on Saturday afternoon, as the duo cruised through an experienced field in two thrilling events at Riley’s Chorlton.
Bennett, who had already won three times on the JDC tour in 2019, set a new record on route to securing his fourth title in six months. The 13-year-old nailed a 112.7 in his quarter-final victory over Luke Littler, the highest seen on the JDC tour since it’s inception in 2015.
‘Boom Boom’s’ incredible record on the JDC circuit was pronounced as he dropped just two legs in winning the second event of the day in Manchester. Bennett got the ball rolling with a straightforward victory over Harry Smith, before dispatching of Alfie Jacques 3-1 in the second round.
A 95 average was enough to see off the fast firing Harry Gregory in the last 16, before his sensational 112.7 sealed his semi-final place against the aforementioned Littler.
He would whitewash an impressive looking Jack Boardman in the final four, setting up a meeting with the days surprise package Mitchell Leeming for the title. Worcester thrower Leeming had survived match darts in the previous two rounds but did not have such luck against the rampant Bennett.
Two maximums and a 120 finish allowed the now four-time JDC tour champion to romp to victory and compensate for his previous defeat to Henry Coates in T7.
Blackburn’s Nathan Care was also crowned a JDC tour winner earlier in the day as he defeated Henry Coates in a pulsating final.
The 14-year-old showed tremendous maturity throughout the tournament, holding his nerve in three consecutive last-leg deciders as he reached his second final in the JDC.
He would face a resurgent Henry Coates in the final after the Derby based thrower hit the bullseye for a 127 combination to dump Leighton Bennett out of the competition.
Coates would not be able to produce the heroics of his win over Bennett in the final as Care took his inaugural JDC title. Despite the first two legs going with throw, Care would turn on the afterburners to lift himself up the JDC order of merit and seal a place in the Scott Farms International Junior Darts World Championships in Gibraltar.
Written by Josh Green
The next Junior Dart Event is at Rileys Worcester on 1st June 2019.
The 2019 Unibet Premier League of darts reaches a crucial point this week with the double header in Rotterdam. And with Judgement Night looming on Thursday (night nine), a lot rests on Wednesday night’s action.
Here is how we think it will go down on Wednesday night, which will be available to watch in Rileys Sports Bars.
When and Where is It on
There is no atmosphere quite like Rotterdam in a 10,000 capacity sold out venue. The Dutch love their darts, so keep an eye and indeed ear out for the heroes welcomes that MVG and Raymond van Barneveld receive on home turf.
All the action is exclusive to Sky, but we’ll have it on our big screens, so you can catch all the action.
The form guide
It is perhaps surprising at this point that we aren’t writing about van Gerwen’s dominance at the top of the table. Indeed the reigning world champion’s campaign has stuttered somewhat in previous weeks with just one win in his last four games, which also features two defeats.
Instead it is perennial Rileys favourite Rob Cross who sits atop of the premier league table. With five wins a draw and just one loss, the former electrician has quietly gone about his business in a workman like fashion. And he is on excellent form. Since losing in the UK Open final, he has played 12 matches & averaged 100+ in 11 of them. Mensur Suljovic could be his bogeyman however, he has lost to the Austrian in their last four meetings.
What the experts are saying
All of the PDC predictors have Rob Cross to win against Suljovic despite the Austrian’s superiority in their recent form.
They are also unanimous in James Wade beating Contender Dimitri Van den Bergh. None can see Peter Wright finding a winning formula against van Gerwen either.
They are most divided on van Barneveld and Gurney. Can RVB extend his stay in the Premier League on his farewell tour? The Rotterdam crowd may inspire him to do just that.
Stats to impress your friends
Despite the generally positive reaction with regards to the contenders that have replaced Gary Anderson – none have won so far. Dimitri Van den Bergh will seek to change that against James Wade.
Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen have played each other 68 times! Wright has prevailed on 15 occasions, tailing 4-6 in head to heads in 2018.
Rob Cross has averaged over 100 in 6 of his 7 Premier League games this season.
Via Unibet, Peter Wright is 4/1 to spring an upset against MVG, and you can get the same odds on the draw as well. Dimitri Van den Bergh is 15/8 to bag the first win for the contenders.
How do we think it will go
Never underestimate the power of the Rotterdam crowd. We think it could well inspire Raymond van Barneveld to roll back the years and gain a previous win. And that would be some story ahead of Judgement Night.
Boom Boom Bennett was at the double in Rileys Solihull with 2 Junior Darts tour victories in the same day.
Leighton Bennett was at the double as he took both Junior Darts Scott Farms International UK Tour titles at Riley’s Solihull on Saturday afternoon. The 13-year-old defeated the impressive James Beeton in both finals to extend his advantage at the summit of the order of merit.
Bennett secured his third Junior Darts UK tour title as he produced a sensational display to defeat Chester’s James Beaton in the first final of the day. In a repeat of their meeting in Dorchester, it was another dominant display for 13-year-old Bennett.
After beating Callum Cross and Jordan Ward in the early rounds, he survived a scare to see off Reece Pauling in the last 16. An outstanding 87.9 average would be enough to see off England representative Kyle Manton, before he ran into an in-form Alfie Jacques.
The Wolverhampton based star had consistently averaged over 80 throughout the afternoon, and it was no different as he pushed Bennett in a tight encounter. Jacques stuck with ‘Boom Boom Bennett’ in the opening exchanges, but after breaking throw in the fifth leg of the match, a spectacular 121 checkout would carry Bennett to a final meeting with Beeton.
Despite not producing the astronomical averages from earlier in the day, an 88 average along with two maximums cemented himself as the leader in the Junior Darts order of merit.
It was a similar story in Tour 6 as the dominant Bennett dropped just two legs on route to his second final in Solihull. He got the ball rolling with a standout display of weekend, producing a 104.9 average and 170 checkout to see off Liam Brown.
Victories over Liam Butler and Mitchell Leeming would follow, before he dispatched of Alfie Jacques for the second time that afternoon in a thrilling last leg decider. ‘Boom Boom’ was back to his best to see off Reece Pauling in the semi-finals to set up a second meeting with Beeton.
The Chester born thrower would produce the heavy scoring power to match Bennett for the first six legs of the match, but after missing darts at tops and tens to take the lead, Bennett capitalized. He would throw an incredible 12-darter to seal a perfect weekend in the West Midlands, adding a second 121 checkout to his ever-growing resume in yet another stunning performance.
Alfie Jacques 3-1 Buster Turner
Leighton Bennett 3-1 Kyle Manton
Keelan Kay 3-1 Mitchell Leeming
James Beeton 3-1 Luke Littler
Leighton Bennett 4-2 Alfie Jacques
James Beeton 4-1 Keelan Kay
Leighton Bennett 5-0 James Beeton
Reece Pauling 3-1 Brad Phillips
Leighton Bennett 3-2 Alfie Jacques
Coby Swanson 3-1 Jack Male
James Beeton 3-2 Luke Littler
Leighton Bennett 4-0 Reece Pauling
James Beeton 4-1 Coby Swanson
Leighton Bennett 5-3 James Beeton
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Barry Lynn, the Rileys star of 2016, booked his place once again at Butlins Minehead after three years away.
Lynn, who only just missed out against Rob Collins at Rileys Victoria last year edged out Kevin Painter (who himself had reached the final of a Rileys event for the 2nd time in a row).
Last time Lynn was at the UK Open be beat Brendan Dolan, Gary Anderson and Stuart Kellet before bowing out on the main stage to Michael van Gerwen in the last 8 10-6. He picked up £10,000 for his efforts.