Bennett returns to winning ways as Potter claims maiden JDC Junior Tour title in Wolverhampton

Leighton Bennett returned to winning ways, while Nathan Potter sealed a maiden success as the third weekend of the 2020 JDC Junior Tour took place at Rileys Wolverhampton on Saturday.

Similar to the Professional Darts Corporation, the Junior Darts Corporation continued with their events amid fears of the current coronavirus outbreak, and released a number of precautions towards their players prior to the tournaments taking place.

Suffolk’s Nathan Potter claimed his maiden JDC title, having beforehand reached two finals during his short time on the circuit.

The 16-year-old, who whitewashed former BDO world youth champion Leighton Bennett and recorded a ton-plus average earlier in the year, defeated Derbyshire’s Henry Coates 5-3 in the final.

Potter’s campaign commenced with wins over Kieran Thompson and Reece Pauling, before he registered a 98 average in thrashing Ben Carr.

Comfortable victories over Harry Martin and Leuan Halsall followed, before claiming the title with an 85 average in denying Coates – who has previously lifted a JDC Junior Tour crown.

Meanwhile, 14-year-old Leighton Bennett returned to winning ways after enduring a drought in recent months.

Bennett clinched his first JDC triumph since June of last year as he overcame Worcester’s Harry Martin in the final.

‘Boom Boom’ had previously beaten Mitchell McCarthy, Callum Beddow, Lewis Mayes and Ben Gambie, before defeating Event Five winner Potter in the semi-finals in a last leg decider.

Bennett sealed the deal with a 104 checkout in the final against a valiant Martin – who reached his second final of the season.

Elsewhere, Nathan Care, who has dominated the Junior Tour so far this year winning three events, departed in the third round of Event Five at the hands of Welsh youngster Leuan Halsall, prior to a semi-final defeat against Martin in the following tournament.

The JDC subsequently suspended all upcoming tournaments for the foreseeable future amid the coronavirus outbreak, with Coventry’s Junior Tour weekend in April being postponed.

Click here for full results from JDC Junior Tour Five via DartConnect

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(Photography: Junior Darts Corporation)

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