Harrington & Jones Pick Up Pdc Unicorn Challenge Tour Wins

Challenge Tour 3 & 4: Rocky ‘Hits a Nine’ as Dennant & Van De Val Take Titles.

Matthew Dennant and Jitse Van der Wal picked up titles as the opening Unicorn Challenge Tour weekend of 2020 drew to a close in Wigan on Sunday.

Former World Championship Semi-Finalist Andy ‘Rocky’ Jenkins. Jenkins hit 2020’s First Challenge Tour 9 Dart Leg during event 4.
Pic: PDC

The PDC’s second-tier tour continued with the third and fourth events of the year, each offering £10,000 in prize money, after Saturday’s opening day saw victories for Scott Mitchell and Robert Collins.

The day began with Event Three as Dennant claimed the second Challenge Tour title of his career, and his first since 2013.

Dennant, a Tour Card Holder from 2016-17, took the scalps of Cameron Menzies, Gordon Mathers and Dave Parletti on his way to the final, while also averaging 102.5 in his last 16 win over Connor Scutt.

Northern Irish youngster Nathan Rafferty battled from 4-2 down to take the final all the way, but Dennant found a timely 180 in a 13-dart deciding leg to seal victory.

Event Three also saw former World Championship semi-finalist Andy Jenkins hit the first nine-dart finish of the year in a PDC event in his 5-4 defeat to Lukas Wenig at the last 256 stage.

Jitse van der Wal (PDC)
Jiste Van der Wal – An ‘Oasis of Calm’ Challange Tour 4?

Event Four saw Dutch youngster Van der Wal taste victory at the end of his first weekend competing on the Challenge Tour.

The 20-year-old, who played at European Qualifying School for the first time last weekend, defeated James Hubbard 5-3 in the quarter-finals before overcoming compatriot Arjan Konterman 5-2 in the final.

The next PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour weekend will be held from April 11-12 at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan.

See full results and stats from Events Three and Four through DartConnect.

2020 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour results
Events Three and Four, Sunday January 26

Event Three
Last 16

Paul Williams 5-2 Jamie Clark
Gordon Mathers 5-2 James Richardson
Matthew Dennant 5-3 Connor Scutt
Cameron Menzies 5-4 Jacob Gwynne
Boris Koltsov 5-2 A.J. Urmston-Toft
James Hubbard 5-2 Richie Burnett
Nathan Rafferty 5-3 Jake Jones
Graham Usher 5-4 Scott Williams

Gordon Mathers 5-1 Paul Williams
Matthew Dennant 5-1 Cameron Menzies
James Hubbard 5-2 Boris Koltsov
Nathan Rafferty 5-4 Graham Usher

Matthew Dennant 5-3 Gordon Mathers
Nathan Rafferty 5-1 James Hubbard

Matthew Dennant 5-4 Nathan Rafferty

Event Four
Last 16

Arjan Konterman 5-0 Scott Mitchell
Cody Harris 5-1 Rhys Hayden
Tytus Kanik 5-1 Dom Taylor
Scott Taylor 5-1 Boris Koltsov
James Hubbard 5-4 Steve Hine
Jitse Van der Wal 5-3 Stuart Dutton
Daniel Ayres 5-4 Eddie Lovely
Brian Raman 5-3 David Ladley

Arjan Konterman 5-4 Cody Harris
Scott Taylor 5-0 Tytus Kanik
Jitse Van der Wal 5-3 James Hubbard
Daniel Ayres 5-4 Brian Raman

Arjan Konterman 5-3 Scott Taylor
Jitse Van der Wal 5-4 Daniel Ayres

Jitse Van der Wal 5-2 Arjan Konterman

Unicorn Challenge Tour 2020 To Get Under Way.

Over 300 players will compete in each of the first four events on the opening weekend of the 2020 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour season.

Bumper entry for 300+ fir the 2020 tour.

The four £10,000 tournaments will be held at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan on January 25-26, open to PDPA Associate Members who did not win a PDC Tour Card at Qualifying School.

Play on each day will commence around 30 minutes following the close of registration at 0930 GMT, with each tournament being played with an open draw and over the best of nine legs.

The events will be played using the DartConnect scoring system and with 32 markers, although with entry numbers are higher than previously encountered for the Challenge Tour the PDC will monitor the events ahead of future weekends.

Menzies makes another attempt at the PDCs 2nd tier
Pic: BDO

The competitors include a number of former Challenge Tour event winners, including Darren Beveridge, Cameron Menzies, Kyle McKinstry, Burton, Andy Jenkins, Berry van Peer and Boris Koltsov, as well as international stars including Brazil’s Diogo Portela, America’s Chuck Puleo and New Zealand’s Cody Harris.

Former Players Championship Finals winner Kevin Painter and former Lakeside Champion Scott Mitchell are also in action, while Alan Norris and Ronny Huybrechts will make their Challenge Tour debuts after failing to win back their Tour Card.

JDC Junior World Championship winner Keane Barry heads up the field of teenage entrants, alongside 16-year-old Beau Greaves.

Fixtures and results will be available in the Match Centre at the PDC website.

The 2019 New Forest Masters – New Format Thrives Despite Adverse Weather.

The 7th successive New Forest Masters was held at the Memorial Centre in New Milton, Hampshire on Saturday 2 November.

This years winner Rob Collins. Worth keeping an eye on in the coming months.

Tournament Director Chris Skinner ran two tournaments, a (money in – money out) pairs and for the first time for the Masters, a Round Robin event.

48 players teamed up for the pairs which set off a little later than planned due to the horrendous weather causing train delays and horizontal trees hampering the arrival of some players. If there had been a bookmaker at the event then Rob Collins, a very good player who may well get a tour card this January teamed up with the experienced Andy Jenkins and they surely would have been odds on favourites.

The favourite tag was justified with the pair dropping just 2 legs on the way to winning the final 4:1 against Buster Turner and Jack Seymour!

With only one player not making it through the treacherous conditions, the Round Robin got underway with a virtual full complement of players including six ladies. The format was to play all three legs with one point a leg being awarded.

All three Ladies who won through, Alex Dorney, Karen Webber and Julie Callow lost their last 32 game but next year there will be a separate ladies event. There was some real quality though including the first-ever Masters Champion, Ben Ward.

The format was a brutal best of three legs – Champion of Champions style with a best of 5 final. Rob Collins beat Ricky Peckham 2:0 in the first semi-final setting up a final with Gary Eastwood who came through a close encounter with Buster Turner 2:1.

Rob Collins demonstrated his class in the final beating Gary Eastwood 3:1 to wrap up a great day for the man from Bognor Regis.

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Challenge Tour 2019 Completed – Rydz Reigns!

Callan Rydz secured top spot on the 2019 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour Order of Merit despite wins for Kyle McKinstry and Mark Barilli on the final day of the season.

Newcastle youngster Rydz, who won two events during the year, secured top spot by reaching the Event 19 semi-finals on Sunday.

He will now progress to compete in the 2019/2020 William Hill World Darts Championship, and also secures a PDC Tour Card for 2020/2021 as a result of his success.

His bid for a seasonal treble was ended with a 5-1 defeat to Jason Cullen – who averaged 102.2 in a superb display – in the last four of Event 19, before the Irish ace went down by the same scoreline in the final to McKinstry.

Northern Ireland’s McKinstry also defeated two 2019 Challenge Tour event winners, Shaun Carroll and Darren Beveridge, during the event, and failed to be taken to a deciding ninth leg in any of his eight matches.

Event 20 saw the year’s tournaments conclude with a first Challenge Tour victory for Scotland’s Barilli, who overcame Saturday’s Event 17 winner Ciaran Teehan 5-3 in the final.

He also overcame McKinstry in the last 64, and also proved too strong for Ian Lever, Robbie Collins, John Davey and David Evans on his way to the £2,000 title.

The final Challenge Tour Order of Merit saw Rydz collect £6,750 during the year, ahead of Jesus Noguera (£6,050), as the Spanish player also collects a two-year PDC Tour Card.

Cameron Menzies (£5,800), Stephen Burton (£5,500) and Boris Koltsov (£5,400) completed the top five, ahead of Andy Jenkins, Cody Harris and McKinstry, with Berry van Peer and Patrick Lynskey completing the top ten.

A superb season’s end almost saw Nick Fullwell crash into the top ten. The Stourbridge man has been performing well, in all formats, recently and again reached the later stages in events 19 & 20. His total of £3800 has almost all been won since winning event 10. Had Fullwell hit the gas earlier he could well have been in contention for the top prizes!

All in all the order of merit for 2019 features the usual mix of fearless youngsters, experienced older hands and a smattering of those who could be returning to former glory.

Looking over the top 64 some stand out names include; Andy Jenkins who surprised many with his excellent performance overall. Berry Van Peer who gains the underdog support due to his struggles with dartitis. Nick Fullwell is seemingly making rapid progress and others such as Mark Walsh, Wes Newton and Colin Osborne are beginning to get noticed again.

1Callan Rydz£6,750
2Jesus Noguera£6,050
3Cameron Menzies£5,800
4Stephen Burton£5,500
5Boris Koltsov£5,400
6Andy Jenkins£4,800
7Cody Harris£4,750
8Kyle McKinstry£4,700
9Berry van Peer£4,350
10Patrick Lynskey£4,100
11Nick Fullwell£3,800
12Ritchie Edhouse£3,800
13Nathan Rafferty£3,400
14David Evans£3,250
15Andrew Gilding£3,100
16Ciaran Teehan£3,050
17Mark Barilli£2,900
18Darren Beveridge£2,900
19Scott Taylor£2,700
20Shaun Carroll£2,550
21Dave Prins£2,500
22Kevin Garcia£2,200
23Justin Smith£2,000
24Wessel Nijman£2,000
25Dennis Nilsson£1,850
26Jason Cullen£1,800
27Mark Walsh£1,750
28Matthew Dennant£1,650
29Arjan Konterman£1,650
30Rusty-Jake Rodriguez£1,550
31Adam Huckvale£1,500
32Darren Johnson£1,450
33David Ladley£1,450
34Jason Askew£1,450
35Christopher Bent£1,400
36Jason Wilson£1,400
37Shane McGuirk£1,350
38Wes Newton£1,350
39Mareno Michels£1,350
40Patrick van den Boogaard£1,350
41Martin Atkins (Wigan)£1,300
42John Bowles£1,250
43Eddie Lovely£1,250
44Curtis Hammond£1,250
45Diogo Portela£1,250
46Steve Hine£1,250
47Rhys Griffin£1,200
48Andy Chalmers£1,200
49Paul Rowley£1,200
50William Borland£1,150
51Danny van Trijp£1,150
52Mick Todd£1,150
53Aden Kirk£1,100
54Barry Lynn£1,100
55Colin Osborne£1,050
56Erik Hol£950
57Lukasz Sawicki£950
58Dafydd Edwards£950
59Peter Mitchell£950
60Mark Frost£950
61Robert Collins£900
62Gary Blades£900
63Stuart Kellett£900
64Daniel Ayres£850

In many ways today’s Challenge Tour resembles the pro tour of 10-15 years ago. The weekends are tough, and the events days long, but there is still some mixture of performance level. This can give many players the chance to win games and or money.

The standard and dedication to the Challenge Tour has been increasing year on year and it may prove a much more regular springboard to the elite level in future.

DartsWorld looks forward to increased coverage of this entertaining, underestimated and highly skilled PDC Tour.

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Jesus Returns! Noguera Claims Challenge Tour after Year-Long Hiatus.


Jesus Noguera produced a superb run of games to claim his first PDC tour title on Sunday. The Spaniard was last seen, in Challenge Tour action, in mid-2018. His defeat of, multiple PDC title winner, Mark Walsh saw him average in excess of 100 and record five legs of fifteen darts or less.

Walsh’s run marked his first final, in a PDC event, since his 2011 victory in the Gleneagles Irish Masters. Elsewhere Callan Rydz, Stephen Burton and Andy Jenkins continued their good form on the Unicorn tour.

Former UK Open finalist Colin Osborne showed signs of progress, in a fighting win over Dennis Nilsson, before succumbing to Scott Taylor, who went on to reach the Qtr-Finals.

But the outstanding performances belonged to Noguera. A tough run of games started with Prakash Jiwa who was despatched 5-2, Van Peer, Rydz, Burton and Walsh formed the rest of his opposition and were all treated similarly. Considering the form of his opponents, Jesus should be taken very seriously by all those on the Challenge Tour.