HENRY COATES secured his first Junior Darts Corporation title as he came through a strong field at Riley’s Sheffield on Saturday.
Coates, who made the JDC European Open semi-finals in Bristol last December, had enjoyed an excellent season thus far, without finding the elusive first crown.
That unwanted record was broken in Yorkshire as the Derbyshire youngster defeated England representative Nathan Care 5-3 in the final.
Having whitewashed Archie Anson in the opening round, Coates survived match darts to defeat Eleanor Cairns in the second round.
Coates then recorded simple victories over Harry Martin and Alfie Jacques before getting the better of Care in a tight final which saw Coates land a 102 and post an average of 82.
Former JDC Scott Farms International Tour Winner Care was arguably the most impressive performer of the afternoon.
Victories over James Tabbenor and Ashley Marson got the ball rolling, before he faced JDC order of merit leader Leighton Bennett in the quarter-finals.
The Blackburn star produced his highest average of the day as he recorded a landmark victory over the undisputed JDC number one.
Care then breezed past Connor Pickett in the semi-finals before being put to the sword by Coates in the final.
You can find out more about the JDC, and view the final order of merit for the 2019 Juniors Darts World Championships at www.juniordarts.com
Written by Josh Green
JDC Scott Farms International Junior Tour
Connor Pickett 3-1 Leon Littler
Nathan Care 3-1 Leighton Bennett
Henry Coates 3-0 Harry Martin
Alfie Jacques 3-0 Danny Reid
Nathan Care 3-1 Connor Pickett
Henry Coates 4-2 Alfie Jacques
Henry Coates 5-3 Nathan Care