Carl Wilkinson won Group 13 of the Unibet Home Tour, as the home-staged tournament continued on Wednesday night.
A perfect night for Wilkinson began with a comprehensive 5-0 whitewash of Matthew Edgar, in which he averaged 101.6, before backing it up with a 5-3 success over Callan Rydz.
Steve Beaton’s 5-1 loss to Edgar proved to be a huge setback, as it meant the former Lakeside champion needed to win at least 5-1 against Wilkinson in the night’s final game.
However, Beaton was unable to pull it out of the bag, with Wilkinson sealing a hat-trick of wins by a 5-2 scoreline.
The Unibet Home Tour continues on Thursday night with Group 14, which will see two-time TV semi-finalist Chris Dobey in action, along with Ron Meulenkamp, Kai Fan Leung and Ciaran Teehan.
Unibet Home Tour Group 13 – Wednesday April 29 Steve Beaton 5-1 Callan Rydz Carl Wilkinson 5-0 Matthew Edgar Carl Wilkinson 5-3 Callan Rydz Matthew Edgar 5-1 Steve Beaton Callan Rydz 5-2 Matthew Edgar Carl Wilkinson 5-2 Steve Beaton
Group 14 – Thursday April 30 (1930 BST) Chris Dobey v Ciaran Teehan Ron Meulenkamp v Kai Fan Leung Ciaran Teehan v Kai Fan Leung Chris Dobey v Ron Meulenjamp Ron Meulenkamp v Ciaran Teehan Kai Fan Leung v Chris Dobey
Callan Rydz enjoyed a ,William Hill/PDC, World Championship debut to remember as he came through a dramatic sudden-death leg with Steve Lennon.
Irish World Cup runner-up Lennon got off to the best possible start, winning the opening set 3-0, only for 21-year-old Rydz to win the next two sets without dropping a leg.
The fourth set was also won to nil by Lennon to take the tie to a fifth and final set, and after Rydz took the first two legs of the decider, Lennon produced back-to-back 15-dart legs to take the match all the way to a last-leg shoot-out.
Rydz was first to a finish but the Northumbrian wired the bullseye for a 161 finish, meaning Lennon had a chance to take out 87.
The Irishman missed two match darts at double 18, allowing Rydz a shot at 25 for the match which he took with a last dart double two.
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.
Berry van Peer
Patrick van den Boogaard
Martin Atkins (Wigan)
Danny van Trijp
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.
The PDC’s second level tour held its fourth weekend of 2019 last week. For the first time, it was held in Wolverhampton. Here, we look at five standout points that seem relevant for the future.
Cameron Menzies Progresses Again – For the third Challenge Tour Weekend in a row the young Scot picked up a decent amount of money towards the rankings. The Unicorn thrower has now claimed two events and reached another final. He may have taken a little while to get over the disappointment of not playing the main tour, but is now showing that he belongs at the higher level. Cammy also seems to have learnt how to win deciding legs. If he remembers to keep a little energy for the last event his lead, at the top of the rankings, will continue to grow.
Jesus Noguera Steps Up – It is often difficult to follow up a breakthrough win. Other players become more aware of you and you are more aware of the pressure. However, those that manage it usually have that X factor. Jesus has made serious progress every weekend on this years tour. A second title and £350 from the other events means he has risen to second place in the rankings. It will be interesting to see if he can maintain that level, claim a tour card this year and step up again.
Richie Exits the Madhouse – Richie Edhouse may have started to return to his best. It’s fair to say that, after a brilliant start, Richie has had a torrid time over the last three months. He picked up a few wins this weekend and played some solid stuff. He seems to be getting better at winning matches even when he is not on top form. He needs to claim an event win to be in with a shout of topping the ranking and claiming a tour card without visiting Q School.
Rydz Enjoying 2019 – Despite being horribly unlucky (again) at Q School, Callan Rydz will look back on 2019 fondly. He has claimed victories on both Development and Challenge Tours as well as many other decent performances. He has moved up to fourth in the Challenge Tour order of merit and is well placed to move up. Rydz has signed a sponsorship deal with Unicorn and raised his profile considerably. He seems to have all the ingredients for success and has not had it easy, which may ensure it is not taken for granted.
Wizard Makes Late Move – Former Major finalist Colin Osbourne raised a few eyebrows over the four events. After reaching his first qtr-final last time out, and some good open form, Colin was less successful in some ways. However, victories over Andy Jenkins, Richie Edhouse and Mike de Dekker, together with some high averages (103+), suggest that things may be coming together for the Derby-based thrower. Probably too late for this year’s rankings, ‘The Wizard’ is looking good for the rest of 2019 and beyond.
Unicorn has made another strong decision in the ‘market’ for new darting talent. In signing up emerging talent Callan Rydz, they have headed off numerous parties who had been mulling a move.
The Newcastle thrower has had a superb start to this year’s Challenge and Development Tours. He has so far claimed one title, one runner-up spot and multiple semi and qtr-finals.
Rydz’s reaction to the developments seems quite typical of his style; “It has been a whirlwind for me”
DartsWorld.com sources indicated that Rydz was being actively considered by a number of manufacturers, with at least one other having made enquiries. Mark Pritchard (Darting Promotions) has shown himself to be a careful, astute and sensible manager of payers, and is sure to keep Callan focused on his future.
Callan was spotted by some during the later part of the 2016 Development Tour and at the PDC Q School of 2017. He has been unfortunate not to get a tour card, on more than one occasion, most recently with the rule changes to the 2019 event seeing him miss out on countback.
Following that disappointment, he seems to have kicked on strongly. In addition to his superb tour performances, he qualified for the UK Open via Riley’s. He missed out in an early round to the in-form Jamie Hughes.
Together, with the signing of Cameron Menzies, earlier this year, there are signs that Unicorn is strengthening their roster of players and looking toward young talent with a certain X-factor. There are many signs that both youngsters will prove successful and smart business.
DartsWorld looks forward to both Unicorn and Callan’s progress in the coming years.
The PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour is underway again this weekend. Saturday featured Event Five and Event Six in Wigan. Darren Beveridge finally defeated Callan Rydz after a superb final. Beveridge was 3-1 up when Rydz hit a supreme scoring spell. Winning three of the next four legs, to level at 4-4 Rydz had upped his average to over 105. Each player hit multiple 180’s as they attempted to claim the title. Darren was not for fading and ensured a 5-4 win with a 14 dart leg on his own throw.
The year’s second Challenge Tour weekend saw four £10,000 tournaments played for PDPA Associate Members across Saturday and Sunday.
The Qtr Final Stage witnessed Callan Rydz, Berry Van Peer, Dennis Nilsson and Andy Jenkins all still trying to join Darren Beveridge and Andy Chalmers in the Semi-Final line-up.
Rydz, Beveridge, Barry Lynn and Kyle McKinstry, all recorded 100+ averages in another high-quality day’s play. Former major finalists Wez Newton & Mark Walsh had decent starts before falling in the middle rounds.
Event 6 – Summary.
Event 6 will commenced almost immediately and proved a triumph for Scotland’s Cameron Menzies. The Unicorn player seemed to do just enough in the early stages, before stepping up his game in the later rounds. HIs last four opponents were all experienced and in-form players. Menzies averaged over 90 in all of them and did not drop more than two legs in the four matches.
Berry Van Peer again performed well to reach the Qtr-Final stages. Andy Jenkins continued his solid form to reach the same stage. Boris Koltsov and Andy Gilding added to their recent accounts, reaching the same stage. Danny Van Trijp enjoyed a fine run also. Francis Carragher demonstrated that his form crosses codes and conditions with a very strong run, also reaching the Qtrs.
Scott Waites showed signs of beginning to adapt to the Challenge Tour during event 6. His 5-0 whitewash of Nathan Rafferty was achieved whilst averaging over 100.
Overall though, Menzies stood out in this event. He has been in very good shape during 2019, without generating many headlines. This may be the event that changes that.
Events 7 & 8 took place on Sunday 12th of May and will be summarised in Talking Points soon.
Callan Rydz continued establishing his credentials, as a force to be reckoned with, over the latest PDC Development Tour weekend. His efforts included an event win and a perfect 9 dart leg. “Lightning Box” seems to be making a move in 2019.
In Saturdays’ events, Rydz reached the Qtr-finals, averaged over 95 three times (over 100 once) and defeated Luke Humphries amongst others. Despite producing a 9 dart leg (180,180,141), in the midst of a tight match, an early defeat in the day’s second event ensured plenty of rest time before day two.
The Sunday events could scarcely have turned out better. The days’ first event witnessed Rydz reaching the Qtr-Final stage again. A 4-5 defeat to an in-form Harry Ward was nothing to be ashamed of. Again Rydz recorded multiple 100+ averages while despatching good players. Despite what is a tiring schedule Callan saved the best for last. Eight successive wins, including four whitewashes, defeating Humphries in the final (whilst averaging over 106) ensured he claimed his first PDC title in style.
Although Rydz has impressed some of those who look for new darting talent, for a while now, he crossed more radars by reaching the semi-finals of the World Youth Championship last year. He was also unfortunate in narrowly missing out on a tour card from the 2019 Q School.
However, these setbacks seem to have galvanised the 20-year-old Geordie into action. Earlier in 2019, he qualified for the UK Open, via the Rileys route, and had a decent opening Development Tour weekend in early March. With this weekend’s efforts its clear that Lightning Box has struck a winning formula. The rest of 2019 will be interesting to follow.
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