Evans Enjoys Challenge Tour Success

September 08 2013

RICKY EVANS edged out Ben Ward to win PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour Event 15 at the Rivermead Centre in Reading on Sunday.

Evans, this year's World Youth Championship runner-up, claimed the £500 first prize with a fine comeback win in the final against Ward, who had been Saturday's Event 13 winner and Event 14 runner-up during a superb weekend.

Kettering's Evans had won the game's opening leg, before Ward took out 152 to level and an 11-darter to lead 2-1, before also taking the fourth for a 3-1 cushion.

Evans won the fifth and then finished 104 to force a decider, in which he scored 140, 180 and 165 before landing double eight for a 12-darter as he took the victory with a 102 average.

Evans, a PDC Unicorn Youth Tour winner in 2011 who had been a first round loser on Friday in the German Darts Championship before returning to Reading, had defeated Adam Hunt 4-2 in the semi-finals and also overcame Michael McFall, Ryan Harrington, Austrian youngster Rowby-John Rodriguez and Jimmy Hendriks in a tough route through the event.

Ward opened the day with whitewashes of Russell Pope and George Killington before edging past Daniel Day, and he also saw off Arron Fairweather, Ben Songhurst and Jan Dekker as he reached the decider.

Dekker's run to the last four followed up appearances in the quarter-finals and semi-finals 24 hours earlier during a successful weekend for the Dutch ace, who was joined in the last four by County Durham ace Hunt.

The next PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour weekend will be held at the K2 Centre in Crawley on September 28 & 29, when the final three £3,000 tournaments of the year will take place. Entry costs £30 per event for players aged 14-25, and is available through the PDC Online Entry System - Register Here or Login.

PDC Unicorn Youth Tour Event 15
Rivermead Centre, Reading
Preliminary Round

Matthew Dennant 4-3 Sam Hill
Chris Aubrey 4-2 Luis Barberan
Eric van Meel 4-3 Paul Cooper
Ryan Harrington 4-2 Tom Anderson
Martin Walker 4-0 Logan Barnecut
Rick Veugelers 4-1 Chris Millward
Arron Fairweather 4-3 Paul Barham
Ben Ward 4-0 Russell Pope
Ben Songhurst 4-0 Craig Cox
Shane Edwards 4-1 Adam Smith-Neale
Oliver Stell 4-3 Jamie Landon
Nicholas Day 4-0 Robbie Herbert

First Round
Jake Patchett 4-1 Dan Dean
Adam Hunt 4-2 Matthew Dennant
Josh Payne 4-1 Ryan De Vreede
Gaz Cousins 4-2 Chris Aubrey
Michael Blake 4-3 Nick Paenen
Eric van Meel 4-2 Ashley Sandon-James
Billy Holmes 4-1 Richard Baillie
Curtis Bagley 4-0 David Hunt
Lewis McGurn 4-2 Alan Bell
Ryan Harrington 4-1 Adam Lipscombe
Ricky Evans 4-1 Jimmy Hendriks
Rowby-John Rodriguez 4-3 Martin Walker
James Young 4-1 Dan Butler
Rick Veugelers 4-1 Gavin Howard
Dan Read 4-3 Anthony West
Michael McFall 4-0 Kevin Bambrick
Kurt Parry 4-3 Keegan Brown
Arron Fairweather 4-2 Ryan Hogarth
Daniel Day 4-3 Lee Whitworth
Ben Ward 4-0 George Killington
Johnathen Mulley 4-0 Kirsty Hutchinson
Ben Songhurst 4-3 Shaun Griffiths
Reece Robinson 4-0 Curtis Hammond
Ross Smith 4-2 Brandon Walsh
Rhys Hayden 4-0 Kirsty Haw
Luke Woodhouse 4-0 Shane Edwards
Wouter Vaes 4-2 Ryan Jones
Aden Kirk 4-2 Oliver Stell
James Thompson 4-3 Sean Ryan
John De Kruijf 4-2 Nicholas Day
Jan Dekker 4-0 Nathan Aspinall
Kevin Voornhout 4-0 Gareth Thomas

Second Round
Adam Hunt 4-1 Jake Patchett
Gaz Cousins 4-1 Josh Payne
Eric van Meel 4-3 Michael Blake
Curtis Bagley 4-0 Billy Holmes
Ryan Harrington 4-3 Lewis McGurn
Ricky Evans 4-3 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Rick Veugelers 4-1 James Young
Michael McFall 4-0 Dan Read
Arron Fairweather 4-2 Kurt Parry
Ben Ward 4-3 Daniel Day
Ben Songhurst 4-1 Johnathen Mulley
Ross Smith 4-0 Reece Robinson
Rhys Hayden 4-1 Luke Woodhouse
Wouter Vaes 4-2 Aden Kirk
John De Kruijf 4-1 James Thompson
Jan Dekker 4-1 Kevin Voornhout
Losers £50

Third Round
Adam Hunt 4-3 Gaz Cousins
Eric van Meel 4-2 Curtis Bagley
Ricky Evans 4-0 Ryan Harrington
Michael McFall 4-0 Rick Veugelers
Ben Ward 4-1 Arron Fairweather
Ben Songhurst 4-2 Ross Smith
Rhys Hayden 4-3 Wouter Vaes
Jan Dekker 4-3 John De Kruijf
Losers £75

Adam Hunt 4-0 Eric van Meel
Ricky Evans 4-1 Michael McFall
Ben Ward 4-0 Ben Songhurst
Jan Dekker 4-0 Rhys Hayden
Losers £100

Ricky Evans 4-2 Adam Hunt
Ben Ward 4-3 Jan Dekker
Losers £200

Ricky Evans 4-3 Ben Ward
Winner £500
Runner-Up £300


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