Trio to retain ever-present UK Open record

James Wade (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

James Wade, Steve Beaton and Wayne Jones will extend their ever-present records at the Ladbrokes UK Open this weekend.

The trio are the only players to have competed in every UK Open since the tournament was introduced in 2003, with Wade having claimed the title in 2008 and 2011.

Beaton was a semi-finalist in 2004 and enjoyed his best run since by reaching the quarter-finals in Minehead last year, while Jones won through to the last eight in 2003 and 2008.

Adrian Lewis will be playing in his 17th successive UK Open, having made his debut in the 2004 event before taking the title in 2014 following the tournament's move from Bolton to Minehead.

This year's tournament will also feature Lisa Ashton and Fallon Sherrock, who emulate three previous female competitors in the UK Open; Deta Hedman, Crissy Manley and Anastasia Dobromyslova.

Deta Hedman (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

Hedman's three UK Open appearances from 2003-2005 included wins in the third of those events over Aaron Turner and Norman Fletcher as she won through to the last 64 in Bolton, where she lost to Wayne Atwood.

Manley competed in the 2003 tournament, while Dobromyslova featured in 2008 and 2009.

The UK Open has also not featured a nine-darter since 2016, when Michael van Gerwen achieved a perfect leg against Rileys Qualifier Rob Cross.

Seven other nine-darters were achieved when the UK Open was staged in Bolton, including four from Phil Taylor, plus one apiece for Mervyn King, Gary Anderson and Wes Newton.

The Ladbrokes UK Open will be played from March 6-8 at the Butlin's Minehead Resort. Watch live on ITV4 in the UK & Ireland, through DAZN worldwide and through RTL7 in the Netherlands, alongside other worldwide broadcast partners.

PDCTV Subscribers can watch live action from Stage Two on Friday and Saturday worldwide, in addition to the Main Stage coverage throughout the weekend for subscribers outside of the UK, Ireland & Netherlands.

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