Nine-dart Care and 13-year-old Littler claim JDC Junior Tour titles in Solihull
Nathan Care and Luke Littler reigned victorious as the opening JDC Scott Farms International Junior Tour events of the season took place at Riley’s Solihull.
Following last year’s Junior Tour expansion to incorporate two events into the same day, the circuit got back underway, with the players receiving a further opportunity to develop JDC all-star status.
The Junior Tour acts as an essential pathway towards the World Championship in Gibraltar come September – which is one of three events during a four-day long festival of junior darts.
Care, a 15-year-old from Blackburn, held a tournament average of 80.90 as he romped to victory against a valiant Nathan Potter in the final.
He got the ball rolling in terrific fashion, pulling off three successive whitewashes over Joseph Warrilow and Reece Pauling, before averaging 90.2 in a comfortable win over Charlie Manby.
The prodigiously-talented Care then ousted Connor Pickett in double quick time and would follow that up with a relentless display in denying Lewis Coates to reach the final.
“What can I say it’s a nine darter”
Nathan Care reflects on an incredible leg of darts. pic.twitter.com/bQKErg4oza
— Junior Darts Co (@JDCdarts) January 25, 2020
After producing a remarkable showing and creating history in pinning the first ever Junior Tour nine-darter in the semi-finals, Care would face Suffolk youngster Nathan Potter – who had earlier in the tournament averaged over the 100 mark in defeating Leighton Bennett.
The JDC International Open quarter-finalist, Care, pinned eight scores of 140 plus in convincingly seeing off Potter with a 88.7 average, and subsequently topped the Order of Merit early doors.
In the second event of the day, a similar disappointment would come into existence once again for Suffolk’s Potter, with St Helens-based Luke Littler winning his maiden Junior Tour title.
Littler, who will grace the Marshall Arena stage next weekend as he locks horns with Keane Barry in the JDC Super 16 final, got his victorious campaign underway with back-to-back whitewash wins over Ben Sears and Pacey Large.
‘The Nuke’ then survived match darts in recording a tournament-best 84.8 average, before comfortably defeating Denmark’s Sabastian Bech 3-0 to seal his place in the final – where he saw off Potter.
Elsewhere, Leighton Bennett failed to clinch one of the two Junior Tour titles on offer for the first time, having won six of the ten tournaments during his debut season.
‘Boom Boom’, who opted out of the JDC World Championship in September to continue his senior BDO exploits, was ousted by Potter and Kieran Thompson on Saturday afternoon in Solihull.
Multiple-time JDC champion Harry Gregory was defeated by both Mitchell Leeming and Bennett, while former European Open semi-finalist Coates was beaten by Potter and Charlie Large.
10-year-old Harvey Stringer was making his JDC debut, with the youngster getting a maiden victory under his belt. The youngster saw off Callum Beddow in the second event of the day.
There will now be a further four double-headers on the 2020 JDC Junior Tour ahead of the Junior World Championship in Gibraltar come September.
SCOTT FARMS INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR DARTS TOUR
Nathan Potter 3-1 Liam Butler
Mitchell Leeming 3-0 Harry Gregory
Lewis Coates 3-1 Charlie Large
Nathan Care 3-1 Connor Pickett
Nathan Potter 4-2 Mitchell Leeming
Nathan Care 4-3 Lewis Coates
Nathan Care 5-2 Nathan Potter
Luke Littler 3-2 Sabastian Bech
Lewis Coates 3-0 Adam Dee
Nathan Potter 3-0 Henry Coates
Mitchell Leeming 3-2 Kieran Thompson
Luke Littler 4-2 Lewis Coates
Nathan Potter 4-1 Mitchell Leeming
Luke Littler bt Nathan Potter
UPCOMING JDC EVENTS
Events 3-4 – February 15, Riley’s Worcester
Events 4-6 – March 14, Riley’s Wolverhampton
Events 7-8 – April 11, Riley’s Coventry
Events 9-10 – May 9, Riley’s Manchester
Events 11-12 – June 6, Riley’s Worcester