Mansell, Lewis and De Decker amongst those to progress as innovative PDC Home Tour returns
The undefeated Mickey Mansell and Jamie Lewis were amongst nine players to prevail as the PDC Home Tour returned this week.
The innovative Home Tour was established during the lockdown period when professional sport had become decimated, with the Nathan Aspinall reigning victorious in its inaugural edition.
It has now returned for a second staging with 70 of the lowest ranked available professional tour card holders battling it out in ten groups of seven players in the first phase of the tournament.
Monday saw Belgian youngster Mike De Decker top the table with five victories from his six matches, finishing above both Andy Boulton and Joe Murnan who also prevail to the proceeding phase.
Boulton and Murnan claimed four wins apiece, while Geert Nentjes finished fourth with three wins and now anxiously awaits the final best fourth-placed players.
Adrian Gray and Conan Whitehead departed with two victories to their names, as bottom-placed David Pallett managed just two points on Monday afternoon.
Former World Championship semi-finalist Jamie Lewis joined the aforementioned trio in the second phase as he breezed through with six straight victories on Tuesday.
Lewis defeated Gary Blades in his opener, before pulling off a remarkable 124 checkout on the bullseye in a deciding leg thriller against Alan Tabern.
He would then comfortably see off Matthew Edgar, Adam Hunt and Carl Wilkinson, prior to securing top spot with a 104.45 average and five out of seven on the doubles in a convincing win over fellow Welshman Barrie Bates.
Lewis is currently the only player to win groups in both editions of the Home Tour (Photography: Chris Sargeant)
Hunt and Tabern both joined Lewis in prevailing, while internet sensation Edgar finished in fourth ahead of the valiant Blades due to his marginally superior leg difference.
Yorkshire’s Wilkinson, who took the inaugural Home Tour by storm from his Barnsley home, managed just one victory in exiting similar to that of last-placed Bates.
Lisa Ashton, who became the first woman to secure a coveted professional tour card in January, kept her hopes of progression alive as she finished fourth on Wednesday.
The four-time women’s world champion landed impressive wins over Nathan Derry, Krzysztof Kciuk and Martijn Kleermaker to end her group campaign on six points.
Northern Irishman Mickey Mansell claimed the Group Three spoils after emulating Lewis’ exploits and claiming six straight victories.
Mansell dropped a mere five legs throughout the day, and thrashed his closest contenders Kirk Shepherd and Steve Brown to the loss of a solitary leg.
Shepherd and Brown both progressed to October’s second phase by virtue of collecting ten and eight points respectively.
Dutchman Kleermaker surprisingly departed at the first hurdle following a disappointing series of performances, while Poland’s Kciuk and the winless Derry also fell short.
The second staging of the Home Tour resumes on Monday morning as the proceeding three groups take place, with coverage streamed live on PDCTV and various bookmakers’ websites.
PDC HOME TOUR II
Phase One – Group One
Monday August 31
Mike De Decker 5-4 Geert Nentjes
Conan Whitehead 5-2 Joe Murnan
Andy Boulton 5-2 Adrian Gray
Mike De Decker 5-1 David Pallett
Adrian Gray 5-3 Geert Nentjes
Andy Boulton 5-2 Conan Whitehead
Joe Murnan 5-0 David Pallett
Mike De Decker 5-3 Adrian Gray
Geert Nentjes 5-1 Conan Whitehead
Joe Murnan 5-4 Andy Boulton
Adrian Gray 5-1 David Pallett
Mike De Decker 5-0 Conan Whitehead
Geert Nentjes 5-2 Joe Murnan
Andy Boulton 5-1 David Pallett
Conan Whitehead 5-3 Adrian Gray
Joe Murnan 5-2 Mike De Decker
Andy Boulton 5-2 Geert Nentjes
David Pallett 5-3 Conan Whitehead
Joe Murnan 5-2 Adrian Gray
Mike De Decker 5-2 Andy Boulton
Geert Nentjes 5-4 David Pallett
1 Mike De Decker P6 W5 L1 LD +12 PTS 10
2 Andy Boulton P6 W4 L2 DIFF +9 PTS 8
3 Joe Murnan P6 W4 L2 DIFF +6 PTS 8
4 Geert Nentjes P6 W3 L3 DIFF +2 PTS 6
5 Adrian Gray P6 W2 L4 DIFF -4 PTS 4
6 Conan Whitehead P6 W2 L4 DIFF -9 PTS 4
7 David Pallett P6 W1 L5 DIFF -16 PTS 2
Phase One – Group Two
Tuesday September 1
Jamie Lewis 5-2 Gary Blades
Adam Hunt 5-4 Carl Wilkinson
Barrie Bates 5-3 Matthew Edgar
Jamie Lewis 5-4 Alan Tabern
Gary Blades 5-2 Matthew Edgar
Adam Hunt 5-1 Barrie Bates
Alan Tabern 5-1 Carl Wilkinson
Jamie Lewis 5-2 Matthew Edgar
Adam Hunt 5-1 Gary Blades
Carl Wilkinson 5-0 Barrie Bates
Matthew Edgar 5-4 Alan Tabern
Jamie Lewis 5-1 Adam Hunt
Gary Blades 5-4 Carl Wilkinson
Alan Tabern 5-0 Barrie Bates
Matthew Edgar 5-1 Adam Hunt
Jamie Lewis 5-3 Carl Wilkinson
Gary Blades 5-2 Barrie Bates
Adam Hunt 5-2 Alan Tabern
Matthew Edgar 5-2 Carl Wilkinson
Jamie Lewis 5-2 Barrie Bates
Alan Tabern 5-0 Gary Blades
1 Jamie Lewis P6 W6 L0 DIFF +16 PTS 12
2 Adam Hunt P6 W4 L2 DIFF +4 PTS 8
3 Alan Tabern P6 W3 L3 DIFF +9 PTS 6
4 Matthew Edgar P6 W3 L3 DIFF +0 PTS 6
5 Gary Blades P6 W3 L3 DIFF -5 PTS 6
6 Carl Wilkinson P6 W2 L4 DIFF -6 PTS 4
7 Barrie Bates P6 W1 L5 DIFF -18 PTS 2
Phase One – Group Three
Wednesday September 2
Martijn Kleermaker 5-4 Krzysztof Kciuk
Mickey Mansell 5-0 Nathan Derry
Steve Brown 5-1 Lisa Ashton
Kirk Shepherd 5-2 Martijn Kleermaker
Lisa Ashton 5-3 Krzysztof Kciuk
Mickey Mansell 5-1 Steve Brown
Kirk Shepherd 5-2 Nathan Derry
Lisa Ashton 5-4 Martijn Kleermaker
Mickey Mansell 5-1 Krzysztof Kciuk
Steve Brown 5-1 Nathan Derry
Kirk Shepherd 5-4 Lisa Ashton
Mickey Mansell 5-0 Martijn Kleermaker
Krzysztof Kciuk 5-4 Nathan Derry
Kirk Shepherd 5-3 Steve Brown
Mickey Mansell 5-2 Lisa Ashton
Martijn Kleermaker 5-2 Nathan Derry
Steve Brown 5-2 Krzysztof Kciuk
Mickey Mansell 5-1 Kirk Shepherd
Lisa Ashton 5-0 Nathan Derry
Steve Brown 5-4 Martijn Kleermaker
Kirk Shepherd 5-2 Krzysztof Kciuk
1 Mickey Mansell P6 W6 L0 DIFF +25 PTS 12
2 Kirk Shepherd P6 W5 L1 DIFF +8 PTS 10
3 Steve Brown P6 W4 L2 DIFF +6 PTS 8
4 Lisa Ashton P6 W3 L3 DIFF +0 PTS 6
5 Martijn Kleermaker P6 W2 L4 DIFF -6 PTS 4
6 Krzysztof Kciuk P6 W1 L5 DIFF -12 PTS 2
7 Nathan Derry P6 W0 L5 DIFF -21 PTS 0
(Featured Image: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)