Edhouse and Doets triumph as Challenge Tour reaches conclusion
Ritchie Edhouse and Kevin Doets reigned victorious as the PDC Challenge Tour concluded on Sunday at the Barnsley Metrodome in South Yorkshire.
Edhouse had earned just £450 across eight events before enjoying a prosperous double-header, clinching a two-year professional tour card in the process.
The Hastings man trousered £3,000 on Sunday afternoon, and commenced his title-winning campaign with dominant victories over Lee Williams, Ray Marshall, Kevin Lane and Ben Hazel to the loss of just six legs.
Edhouse then battled back from 4-0 behind to overcome two-time Challenge Tour event winner Chris Quantock and book his place in the quarter-finals, surviving multiple match darts in the process.
Two ton-plus checkouts helped the 37-year-old claim a 5-3 win over Maikel Verberk, before he whitewashed another teenager in Jarred Cole, averaging an impressive 98.9.
Edhouse would subsequently secure his third Challenge Tour accolade in a deciding leg thriller against Scott Taylor in the final, once again recording an average in excess of the 95 mark.
It was almost an invincible day’s work for Edhouse, but the Englishman was ousted in the Event Ten final at the hands of young Dutchman Kevin Doets.
Doets defeated UK Open qualifier Rhys Hayden in the opening round, before coming through three consecutive deciding leg thrillers against Shaun Rutter, Mark Graham and Daryl Pilgrim, surviving match darts in two of them.
Comfortable victories over Patrick Peters and Darren Beveridge moved the recent Development Tour event winner into the semi-finals – where he would thrash James Richardson in a scrappy affair.
Doets subsequently trailed 3-2 in the final against Edhouse, but found a tide-turning 110 checkout to restore parity, before proceeding to race to his maiden Challenge Tour title.
Elsewhere, David Evans secured his place at the top of the Challenge Tour Order of Merit, despite failing to win a single match on Sunday in Barnsley.
The BDO World Championship quarter-finalist will now make his World Darts Championship debut in December and becomes a professional tour card holder for the first time in his career from next year.
Both Dave Parletti and Richardson experienced their deepest runs on the Challenge Tour this season during Event Ten, as the well-known pair reached the last four.
PDC CHALLENGE TOUR
Sunday October 11
Jarred Cole 5-1 Stephen Gallimore
Ritchie Edhouse 5-3 Maikel Verberk
Scott Taylor 5-2 Owen Roelofs
Keane Barry 5-2 Ryan Harrington
Ritchie Edhouse 5-0 Jarred Cole
Scott Taylor 5-2 Keane Barry
Ritchie Edhouse 5-4 Scott Taylor
Dave Parletti 5-3 Thomas Lovely
Ritchie Edhouse 5-2 Chris Quantock
Kevin Doets 5-1 Darren Beveridge
James Richardson 5-3 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Ritchie Edhouse 5-0 Dave Parletti
Kevin Doets 5-2 James Richardson
Kevin Doets 5-3 Ritchie Edhouse
(Featured Image: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)