Barry and Gawlas set for Alexandra Palace tussle as they reach JDC World Championship final
Keane Barry and Adam Gawlas will contest the JDC World Championship final at Alexandra Palace in December after coming through the field at Gibraltar’s Europa Point Arena.
Barry followed up his JDC International Open success with a World Championship final, while Czech Republic’s Gawlas added to his quarter-final on Wednesday.
Republic of Ireland’s 17-year-old sensation won two of his three group stage matches to get proceedings underway, before a 4-2 victory over his compatriot, Sean Cummins, averaging 98.3 moved him into the last 32.
Back-to-back 4-1 victories followed for Barry as he thrashed both George Lynch and Luke van der Kwast.
The Irishman then narrowly defeated Luke Littler in the quarter-finals, before denying Daan Bastiaansen at the penultimate hurdle, averaging 97.4 in a 5-2 triumph.
As for Gawlas, he saw off Scott Smith, Zhengan Gu, Jiacheng Song in the run-up to the quarter-finals – where he ended a rampant Tomas Houdek’s dominance, averaging 87 in a 4-1 win.
The 17-year-old from the Czech Republic was forced to battle back from 3-2 down against Gibraltar’s very own, Justin Hewitt, in the semi-finals.
Elsewhere, defending champion, Jurjen van der Velde, departed in the last 32 as Chinese prospect Jiacheng Song defeated the Dutchman, 4-1.
Czech Republic’s Tomas Houdek enjoyed a run to the last eight, producing some blistering performances throughout the day in Gibraltar.
Houdek didn’t drop a leg in his group – which featured Keane Barry – and also saw off the likes of Killian Heffernan and countryman Villem Sedivy.
Keane Barry and Adam Gawlas are now one step away from being crowned the JDC world champion, with the final being played at Alexandra Palace in December.