Staffordshire’s Jake Jones looked all set for a top-flight darts career. After a string of impressive results, now almost a decade ago, the Stoke-on-Trent thrower suddenly seemed to disappear without a trace. During the LockDown however he has reemerged and his tremendous talent is beginning to shine again.
Darts World contributor Shaun Rodgers caught up with Jake earlier this week for a long chat, more to come on that, and its fair to say that 2020 has been a mixed year for the twenty-six-year-old.
After a spell out of competition Jones had decided, albeit a bit late, to enter the PDC’s Q-School and attempt to secure a Pro-Tour card for 2020. After a solid first day Jones was struck by a horrid moment when his car was trashed and darts were stolen:
I left my car at the venue overnight right in front of the…. doors. I come to the venue Saturday morning…… and
found out that someone had smashed my car up, robbed my darts and other stuff out of my car.
so I had to play with a borrowed set off a complete stranger in the venue.
While no-one can ever know for sure Jones had seemed to be settling well, after his self imposed break, and may have challenged on the final two days.
DEVASTATED, TO BE HONEST, AS I PRACTICED SO HARD FOR 2 MONTHS RUNNING UP TO THE TOURNAMENT, TO JUST HAVE IT TAKEN AWAY FROM ME….”
Jake refused to allow the experience to destroy his return to the competitive game, reaching the last sixteen of a Challenge Tour event early in the season, and was just beginning to recapture his best form when Covid-19 struck the UK. The former Development Tour finalist has managed to use the opportunity of not being able to work normally, he is a scaffolder by trade, and get stuck in to his darts:
as soon as lockdown came and furlough became apparent, it was an
opportunity for me to get on the board and play like I’ve always wanted to.
The rewards have begun to flow and Jones is once more looking like the player he promised to be. Look out at dartsworld.com for Shaun’s full conversation and some great quickfire questions!
Look out for more from Shaun and Jake in the coming days!