Double delight for Care as JDC Junior Tour resumes in Worcester
As the news broke of a completely revolutionised Junior Darts Corporation structure as of next season, Nathan Care scooped a JDC Scott Farms International Junior Tour double at Rileys Worcester.
January will see the inaugural JDC Qualifying School take place in Solihull, with a reformed system consisting of a Premier Tour for the elite 32 youngsters and an Advance Tour for those who do not come through the gruelling qualifying event.
Blackburn’s Care will undoubtably be amongst those competing within the Premier Tour system, having now pocketed three of the four titles to have taken place so far this year.
The 15-year-old defeated both Jack Barrows and Harry Martin in Saturday’s respective finals to further extend his significant lead at the pinnacle of the JDC Order of Merit.
Care breezed into the Event Three quarter-finals whilst dropping just two legs in brushing aside Steven Ivey, Connor Pickett and Mitchell McCarthy.
He then survived match darts to defeat former BDO World Youth Championship winner Leighton Bennett – who squandered a dart at double 12, before busting 15, leaving the door open for Blackburn’s Care to clean up on double four and book his place in the semi-finals.
Care narrowly overcame Derby’s Henry Coates in the last four, prior to averaging 74.5 and comfortably beating Jack Barrows 5-1 in the final.
Meanwhile, the youngster’s terrific form continued into the second event on Saturday as he dropped just two legs on his way to the quarter-finals once again, beating Joshua-James Powell, Maison Wilson and Nathan Potter – who Care defeated in the Event One final last month.
He subsequently met 14-year-old Bennett in the last eight for a second time, with a similar outcome occurring. Nevertheless, on this occasion Care whitewashed ‘Boom Boom’, recording an average of 85.1 pinning three of his seven attempts on the outer ring.
Mitchell Leeming then provided a scare for Care in the semi-finals, having led 3-2 in a race to four, only to spurn a match dart at tops with his opponent producing a miraculous comeback.
The Blackburn-based thrower reigned victorious and continued his junior dominance with a 5-2 win over Harry Martin in the final.
Martin, who was competing in his maiden JDC Junior Tour final, pinned checkouts of 116 and 170 during his deepest run since becoming joining the JDC system last year.
The Worcester-based ace also clocked a scintillating 92 average in his quarter-final victory over Reece Pauling.
Elsewhere, Leighton Bennett remains without a JDC title since June as he departed in the quarter-finals at the hands of eventual champion Care in both Event Three and Four.
The opening weekend of the season became the first time the 14-year-old has entered a JDC double-header and not picked up a title, with that record now being extended.
After reaching both finals on the opening weekend, Suffolk’s Nathan Potter came close once again, exiting in the semi-finals of Event Three before missing out in the second round of Event Four thanks to Blackburn’s Care.
The popular JDC Scott Farms International Junior Tour will resume on March 14 with the fifth and sixth events at Rileys Wolverhampton.