Scutt & Hood claim maiden Challenge Tour titles in Leicester

Connor Scutt (PDC)

Connor Scutt and Justin Hood claimed maiden titles as the 2024 Winmau Challenge Tour continued in Leicester on Saturday.

Following back-to-back titles for Christian Kist in Friday's double-header, Scutt and Hood shared the spoils as 240 players battled it out across a high-quality day of action at the Mattioli Arena.

Scutt stormed to his landmark title in Saturday’s opening event, whitewashing Germany’s Dragutin Horvat 5-0 to celebrate Event 13 success.

The 28-year-old recorded a tournament average of 99.44 across eight matches, featuring four consecutive ton-topping averages in the latter stages of the event.

The former World Championship qualifier kicked off proceedings with 5-2 wins over Daniel Ayres and Andy Boulton, before brushing aside Paul Mitchell and Charlie Symons to book his place in the last 16.

Scutt also averaged 109.93 in his quarter-final victory against Bradley Brooks, which was sandwiched between deciding-leg wins against Poland’s Sebastian Bialecki and Welsh veteran Richie Burnett.

Horvat overcame Kevin Painter, Kai Fan Leung and Wayne Jones to pocket the £1,000 runner-up prize, while Burnett dumped out Scott Mitchell in a battle of the former Lakeside champions in his run to the semi-finals.

Horvat later made it back-to-back finals with another impressive showing in Event 14, although it was Hood who stole the show with a series of spectacular displays.

The 31-year-old averaged 107.24 to demolish the German in the Event 14 showpiece, although that was usurped by his whitewash win over Chris Hurds in the last 16, where he averaged a staggering 112.16.

The Somerset thrower fired in legs of 14, 12, 16, 11 and 14 darts to triumph, before following up another whitewash win against Jarno Bottenberg with a hard-fought victory over Kist in the semi-finals.

Earlier in the campaign, Hood dumped out Reece Robinson, Ben Adams and Jamie Atkins, and accounted for Event 11 runner-up Michael Unterbuchner on his way to landing the £2,500 top prize.

Horvat, meanwhile, accounted for former World Youth Champion Ted Evetts and his compatriot Max Hopp, while averaging 99 in his semi-final triumph against David Evans.

The 2024 Winmau Challenge Tour continues on Sunday, as the year's third weekend of action draws to a close with Event 15.

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 June 8, Mattioli Arena, Leicester
Event 13

Liam Goyne 5-2 Noa-Lynn van Leuven
Dragutin Horvat 5-3 Wayne Jones
Connor Scutt 5-2 Bradley Brooks
Richie Burnett 5-4 Kai Gotthardt

Dragutin Horvat 5-2 Liam Goyne
Connor Scutt 5-4 Richie Burnett

Connor Scutt 5-0 Dragutin Horvat

Event 14

David Evans 5-3 Sebastian Bialecki
Dragutin Horvat 5-3 Stefaan Henderyck
Christian Kist 5-0 John Henderson
Justin Hood 5-0 Jarno Bottenberg

Dragutin Horvat 5-3 David Evans
Justin Hood 5-3 Christian Kist

Justin Hood 5-1 Dragutin Horvat