DISAPPOINTING OPENING DAY FOR TEAM DUNVEGAN AT WINTER SERIES

It was not the best start for Team Dunvegan Darts on day one of the PDC Winter Series.

Adam Hunt was the man who progressed furthest of our four players, keeping his hopes alive of making the Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals at the end of this month. The Hunter, who qualified for his maiden Grand Slam of Darts yesterday, started today positively. He fought back from 4-3 down to defeat Scott Mitchell 6-4, to set up a second round tie with stable mate Chris Dobey.

Dobey had also come from 2-0 down in round one, to reel off six legs out of seven to defeat Ryan Meikle 6-3 to set up the tie with Hunt. The match itself was gripping, with both men taking the lead. In the end, Hunt managed to reel off three straight legs for the second match in a row, coming from 4-3 behind to win 6-4, ending Dobey’s day one campaign.

Sadly for Hunt, that was as good as day one would get. The win set up a third round tie against Peter Wright, in which the World Champion was in sparkling form. Wright averaged 106.2, to knock The Hunter out of the tournament. However, Hunt is now just £500 away from a potential spot in the Players Championship Finals and will be looking to get into the top 64 tomorrow. Dobey has already all but secured his spot in Coventry.

Elsewhere, Mark McGeeney’s day ended in round two. The Gladiator won 6-1 against Peter Jacques in round one, before running into 102.5 average from Joe Cullen in the next round, sadly losing 6-0. McGeeney will be looking for a good run in the remaining four days to make his second consecutive Players Championship Finals.

Finally, Gary Anderson went out in round one, losing out to Andy Hamilton 6-5. The Flying Scotsman played out a back and fourth game with the Hammer, and was 5-4 up. A 174 left Anderson on 16 for the match, before Hamilton hit a 113 checkout to level at 5-5. The Hammer would then find a break of throw in the final leg, knocking the two time World Champion out in round one.

Words: Jarleth Eaton