Robb amongst three different winners as DPA Pro Tour resumes down under
William Hill World Darts Championship qualifier Ben Robb joined Steve Fitzpatrick and Mal Cuming in claiming DPA Pro Tour titles at the Pine Rivers Darts Club in Brisbane, Australia.
The second of six DPA Pro Tour weekends took place down under, with three tournaments of three different formats being played out. Friday’s action consisted of a straight knockout, while Saturday’s play was round robin followed by knockout and Sunday’s set-play.
Former BDO World Championship qualifier Mal Cuming reigned victorious on Friday as the Australian thrashed Jamie Rundle in a one-sided final.
Cuming enjoyed impressive victories over James Bailey and Raymond Smith – both of who have appeared at the World Championship – in the latter stages, and recorded a 97.7 average in a closely contested quarter-final clash against Smith.
After exiting at the hands of a brilliant Bailey on Friday afternoon, New Zealand’s Robb claimed the spoils less than 24 hours later in an all-Kiwi final against Haupai Puha.
Both Robb and Puha are emerging as two of New Zealand’s greatest talents, though, Robb punished squandered opportunities on the outer ring, landing a comfortable victory and his second DPA Pro Tour title.
The Canterbury-based ace dropped just 14 legs during his 11 matches played on Saturday, with wins over Gordon Mathers and Friday’s finalist Jamie Rundle acting as his stand-out scalps.
Australasian Darts Championship winner Steve Fitzpatrick landed his second DPA Pro Tour crown as he overcome a magnificent Mathers during Sunday’s set-play staging.
Mathers pinned a scintillating 170 checkout in the final, with Fitzpatrick subsequently pinning 134 and 114 outshots of his own to prevail.
Fitzpatrick failed to drop a single set throughout as he toppled three former World Championship qualifiers in James Bailey, Robbie King and Mathers during an astounding run.
Elsewhere, Chrissy Sheerin scooped a DPA Women’s Pro Tour double as she defeated Sally Fenton and Faith Kainuku in the respective finals.
Kainuku reigned victorious in Friday’s first DPA Women’s Pro Tour event, with Sheerin departing at the first hurdle.
2020 DPA PRO TOUR
Friday March 6, Brisbane
Gordon Mathers 6-3 Mick Lean
Jamie Rundle 6-1 Rhys Mathewson
Mal Cuming 6-3 Raymond Smith
James Bailey 6-3 Brody Klinge
Jamie Rundle 6-3 Gordon Mathers
Mal Cuming 6-3 James Bailey
Mal Cuming 6-1 Jamie Rundle
Saturday March 7, Brisbane
Ben Robb 5-3 Jamie Rundle
Brandon Weening 5-1 Tim Pusey
Brody Klinge 5-3 Steve Fitzpatrick
Haupai Puha 5-1 Rhys Mathewson
Ben Robb 5-2 Brandon Weening
Haupai Puha 5-3 Brody Klinge
Ben Robb 5-2 Haupai Puha
Sunday March 8, Brisbane
Gordon Mathers 2-0 Glen Jones
Brendon McCausland 2-1 Tim Pusey
James Bailey 2-0 Mal Cuming
Steve Fitzpatrick 2-0 Mick Lacey
Gordon Mathers 2-0 Brendon McCausland
Steve Fitzpatrick 2-0 James Bailey
Steve Fitzpatrick 2-0 Gordon Mathers
(Photography: DartPlayers Australia)