Brilliant Boulton goes back-to-back on Winmau Challenge Tour

Andy Boulton (PDC)

Andy Boulton claimed back-to-back Winmau Challenge Tour titles to cap off a remarkable day of action in Hildesheim on Saturday.

Boulton won 16 consecutive matches across a marathon day of action at Halle 39, pocketing £5,000 in prize money to catapult himself up to second on the 2024 Challenge Tour Order of Merit.

The Scottish veteran kicked off Saturday’s action with Event Eight glory, averaging 101 to whitewash Event Two winner Danny Jansen inside eight minutes.

Boulton lost just 11 legs across his eight matches, whitewashing Thomas Lovely in the quarter-finals, before dispatching Ireland’s Shane McGuirk in the last four.

The 51-year-old continued his sparkling form with Event Nine success, defying a late fightback from Jamie Atkins to clinch his fourth Winmau Challenge Tour title.

Boulton also won through a deciding-leg tussle against Northern Ireland’s Kevin Burness in the semi-finals, having swept aside Spain’s Jesus Noguera in the quarter-finals.

The two-time World Championship qualifier also dumped out recent Tour Card Holder Connor Scutt in the last 16, having opened his challenge with wins over German duo David Schlichting and Steffen Siepmann.

Atkins, meanwhile, came agonisingly close to a maiden Challenge Tour crown in Germany, after producing a stunning 106 average to demolish Jeroen Mioch in round two.

Atkins also defeated high-profile trio Devon Petersen, Fallon Sherrock and John Henderson on his way to the Event Nine showpiece, landing another ton-topping average in his victory over Sherrock.

Earlier in the day, Dutch star Jansen advanced to his third Challenge Tour final of 2024, overcoming Scutt and David Evans in deciding-leg ties to maintain top spot on the Challenge Tour Order of Merit.

Elsewhere, Lovely landed the second nine-darter of the weekend in Hildesheim, achieving perfection during his second round thumping of Iain Cash in Event Eight.

The 2024 Winmau Challenge Tour continues on Sunday, as the year's second weekend of action draws to a close with Event Ten.

The top two players from the final 2024 Challenge Tour Order of Merit will secure a PDC Tour Card for 2025/26 and a place in the 2024/25 Paddy Power World Darts Championship.

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2024 Winmau Challenge Tour
Saturday March 16, Halle 39, Hildesheim
Event Eight

Grant Brown 5-2 Oskar Lukasiak
Danny Jansen 5-3 Patrick Peters
Shane McGuirk 5-1 James Parkin
Andy Boulton 5-0 Thomas Lovely

Danny Jansen 5-0 Grant Brown
Andy Boulton 5-2 Shane McGuirk

Andy Boulton 5-0 Danny Jansen

Event Nine

Jamie Atkins 5-4 John Henderson
Kai Gotthardt 5-0 Stefan Bellmont
Kevin Burness 5-2 Scott Mitchell
Andy Boulton 5-1 Jesus Noguera

Jamie Atkins 5-3 Kai Gotthardt
Andy Boulton 5-4 Kevin Burness

Andy Boulton 5-4 Jamie Atkins