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.