PDC Home Tour III returns with success for Huybrechts, Bunting and West
Kim Huybrechts, Stephen Bunting and Steve West topped their groups as the third edition of the PDC Home Tour returned this week.
After a break due to the Winter Series and Grand Slam of Darts, three groups took place between Monday and Wednesday, streamed from players’ homes, as the event builds up to the Championship Group on Friday, December 11.
On Monday, Group Eight saw World Cup of Darts semi-finalist Huybrechts finish as the only player on ten points, ahead of Steve Brown and Steve Beaton on eight.
‘The Hurricane’ didn’t really play his best throughout the day, but wins in his first five games were enough to top the table, including a whitewash win over John Henderson and a 4-1 defeat of Beaton.
The game of the day was between ‘The Highlander’ and ‘The Bronzed Adonis’ as the former BDO world champion took it 4-2 with both players averaging over the 101 mark.
The other players in Group Eight were Carl Wilkinson and William Borland (six points) and Harald Leitinger (two points). Henderson also just managed the one win.
Group Nine was played on Tuesday and ended with world number 26 Bunting finishing a cut above the rest on ten points.
‘The Bullet’ lost his first game to Daniel Larsson, but recovered admirably, averaging over 100 in victories over Ross Smith and Kai Fan Leung.
The Hong Kong thrower finished second on eight points, with Larsson and Smith both collecting six. Ciaran Teehan, Andy Hamilton and Mickey Mansell all won two of their six matches.
Wednesday’s Group Ten rounded off the week’s action, and once again no one could manage a 100 percent record but Steve West did enough to finish the day at the summit with ten points.
West was very consistent over the day, averaging around 90, and the biggest win came against Ron Meulenkamp in a tightly-matched contest which went all the way.
Meulenkamp can count himself slightly unlucky to lose three games, with a 97 average not enough to beat Peter Jacques.
It was an impressive day for Joe Murnan, who finished second on eight points, with ‘The Bomb’, ‘The Terrier’ and Steve Brown on six.
Marko Kantele won two of his matches, while Kirk Shepherd won just the one.
The top seven players from a cumulative table will qualify for the Championship Group, and Chris Dobey and Andy Boulton still sit top of that after this week’s action.
It’s very tight below them, but Beaton, Wilkinson, West, James Wilson and Alan Tabern are currently in qualifying places.
Home Tour III returns next week with four more groups taking place between Tuesday and Friday.
PDC HOME TOUR III
Monday, November 23
William Borland 4-2 Carl Wilkinson
Kim Huybrechts 4-0 John Henderson
Steve Beaton 4-3 Harald Leitinger
William Borland 4-2 Steve Brown
Carl Wilkinson 4-1 Harald Leitinger
Kim Huybrechts 4-1 Steve Beaton
Steve Brown 4-2 John Henderson
William Borland 4-2 Harald Leitinger
Kim Huybrechts 4-2 Carl Wilkinson
Steve Beaton 4-2 John Henderson
Steve Brown 4-1 Harald Leitinger
Kim Huybrechts 4-2 William Borland
Carl Wilkinson 4-3 John Henderson
Steve Beaton 4-1 Steve Brown
Kim Huybrechts 4-1 Harald Leitinger
John Henderson 4-1 William Borland
Carl Wilkinson 4-2 Steve Beaton
Steve Brown 4-1 Kim Huybrechts
Harald Leitinger 4-2 John Henderson
Steve Beaton 4-2 William Borland
Steve Brown 4-3 Carl Wilkinson
Tuesday, November 24
Kai Fan Leung 4-2 Ciaran Teehan
Daniel Larsson 4-1 Stephen Bunting
Ross Smith 4-2 Mickey Mansell
Kai Fan Leung 4-3 Andy Hamilton
Mickey Mansell 4-2 Ciaran Teehan
Daniel Larsson 4-2 Ross Smith
Stephen Bunting 4-1 Andy Hamilton
Kai Fan Leung 4-3 Mickey Mansell
Ciaran Teehan 4-3 Daniel Larsson
Stephen Bunting 4-1 Ross Smith
Andy Hamilton 4-3 Mickey Mansell
Kai Fan Leung 4-2 Daniel Larsson
Stephen Bunting 4-3 Ciaran Teehan
Andy Hamilton 4-1 Ross Smith
Mickey Mansell 4-3 Daniel Larsson
Stephen Bunting 4-3 Kai Fan Leung
Ross Smith 4-3 Ciaran Teehan
Daniel Larsson 4-3 Andy Hamilton
Stephen Bunting 4-1 Mickey Mansell
Ross Smith 4-1 Kai Fan Leung
Ciaran Teehan 4-1 Andy Hamilton
Wednesday, November 25
Steve Brown 4-3 Joe Murnan
Peter Jacques 4-3 Kirk Shepherd
Steve West 4-1 Marko Kantele
Ron Meulenkamp 4-3 Steve Brown
Joe Murnan 4-1 Steve West
Kirk Shepherd 4-2 Marko Kantele
Peter Jacques 4-3 Ron Meulenkamp
Steve West 4-0 Steve Brown
Joe Murnan 4-2 Kirk Shepherd
Marko Kantele 4-2 Peter Jacques
Steve West 4-3 Ron Meulenkamp
Steve Brown 4-3 Kirk Shepherd
Peter Jacques 4-0 Joe Murnan
Ron Meulenkamp 4-3 Marko Kantele
Steve West 4-1 Kirk Shepherd
Steve Brown 4-1 Peter Jacques
Joe Murnan 4-2 Marko Kantele
Ron Meulenkamp 4-0 Kirk Shepherd
Steve West 4-1 Peter Jacques
Marko Kantele 4-1 Steve Brown
Joe Murnan 4-1 Ron Meulenkamp
by Jamie Cameron
(Featured Image: Chris Sargeant)