13-year-old Bennett pockets £2,000 after Tom Palmer Open triumph

Fresh from picking up his second JDC title on Saturday afternoon, 13-year-old, Leighton Bennett, clinched the Tom Palmer Open title as well as £2,000 at the George Albert Hotel in Dorchester on Sunday evening.

Bennett will be a known name now among darts followers after, not only lifting the BDO World Youth Championship title in January, but also being crowned Cambridge Open champion at the backend of last year.

‘Boom Boom’ gained a notable victory over PDC tour card holder, Ricky Evans, en route to the Cambridge Open title last year, and denied another thrower to have owned a PDC tour card in Jamie Robinson en route to victory in Dorchester.

Over 200 participants flocked inside the George Albert Hotel, with the likes of Steve Brown in attendance, and Bennett dropped just seven legs during an emphatic triumph.

The 13-year-old denied former World Championship qualifier, Johnny Haines, 5-0 in the semi-finals, before a 6-3 win over Andy Aspinall sealed the deal for young Bennett.

Bennett has a busy year ahead of him after recently signing a deal with Nevada Sports Management, meaning he’ll be involved in a lot of upcoming exhibitions, after already appearing in the Czech Republic, and being selected to partake for England.

It is still three years before Bennett is eligible to partake on the Development Tour. How good a player can he develop into?

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