Van Peer & Henderson celebrate Challenge Tour titles in Hildesheim

John Henderson (PDC)

Berry van Peer and John Henderson celebrated titles on a high-quality day of Winmau Challenge Tour action in Hildesheim on Friday.

Friday's Challenge Tour double-header saw Van Peer topple Peter Jacques to secure Event Six success, while Henderson closed out a hard-fought 5-3 win against Ron Meulenkamp to claim the spoils in Event Seven.

Van Peer performed magnificently to triumph in the opening event of the weekend, boasting a tournament average of almost 95 across his eight matches to scoop the £2,500 top prize at the Halle 39.

The Dutchman defeated Joshua Richardson, Brett Claydon and his compatriot Martijn Dragt to advance to the quarter-finals, where he produced the performance of the day in his 5-2 rout of Conan Whitehead.

Van Peer averaged 112.65 to race into the semi-finals, producing legs of 14, 14, 11, 13 and 15 darts, before recording emphatic wins over Eddie Lovely and Jacques to clinch his second Challenge Tour crown.

Former Tour Card Holder Jacques also impressed in Hildesheim, whitewashing Thomas Lovely and easing past former UK Open quarter-finalist Sebastian Bialecki in the last eight.

The Yorkshireman also posted a ton-plus average in his thrilling semi-final success against Danny Lauby, who earlier came through a deciding-leg tussle against Henderson in the last eight.

However, Henderson avenged his defeat to Lauby en route to Event Seven glory, whitewashing the American with a 97 average in round three.

The popular Scot continued his charge by averaging over 105 in his fourth-round demolition of Alan Norris, which he followed with wins over Dom Taylor and Reece Colley.

The former World Cup of Darts winner then recorded a 5-3 victory over Stefan Bellmont in the semi-finals, before battling past Meulenkamp by the same scoreline to deny the Dutchman a second Challenge Tour title.

Meulenkamp underlined his credentials with an average of almost 109 in a five-leg blitz of Conor Heneghan, while he also edged out Shane McGuirk, Cedric Coryn and Niall Culleton in last-leg shoot-outs.

Irish ace Culleton came through four deciding-leg tussles to reach the semi-finals on St Patrick's Day, with Swiss star Bellmont posting a brace of ton-plus averages in reaching the same stage at Event Seven.

The second weekend of the 2023 Winmau Challenge Tour continues on Saturday, with Events Eight & Nine taking place at the Halle 39 in Hildesheim.

The top two players from the final 2023 Challenge Tour Order of Merit will secure a PDC Tour Card for 2024/25 and a place in the 2023/24 World Darts Championship.

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2023 Winmau Challenge Tour
Friday March 17
Halle 39, Hildesheim
Event Six

Eddie Lovely 5-4 Roy van de Griendt
Berry van Peer 5-2 Conan Whitehead
Danny Lauby 5-4 John Henderson
Peter Jacques 5-1 Sebastian Bialecki

Berry van Peer 5-1 Eddie Lovely
Peter Jacques 5-4 Danny Lauby

Berry van Peer 5-2 Peter Jacques

Event Seven

Ron Meulenkamp 5-3 Scott Marsh
Niall Culleton 5-3 Wesley Plaisier
Stefan Bellmont 5-0 David Wawrzewski
John Henderson 5-2 Reece Colley

Ron Meulenkamp 5-4 Niall Culleton
John Henderson 5-3 Stefan Bellmont

John Henderson 5-3 Ron Meulenkamp