Leighton Bennett became the youngest World Champion in history on January 10, but the 13-year old from Lincolnshire has continued to impress the darting public. Just days after his victory in the BDO World Youth Championship final at Lakeside, Bennett tasted success in the first Junior Darts Corporation UK Tour event in Wolverhampton.
This weekend, Bennett was selected to represent Lincolnshire B with the men, and what a performance he produced. The 13-year old saw off Glamorgan’s David Rogers 4-2 on Saturday with a 93.66 average. That performance stunned all of those in attendance. Following that display, Bennett was selected to play in Lincolnshire’s A team.
Just 24 hours after that delightful performance, Bennett took on Glamorgan’s Jeff Thomas. Bennett managed to up his performance levels even more as the 13-year old cruised to a 4-0 victory with an average of 95.43. Leighton’s Lincolnshire team-mate Callum Wilson who’s aged just 19 managed to record a 101.91 average. Bennett’s been the talk of the darting world ever since he won the Cambridgeshire Open which became national news as the youngster picked up £1,000 beating Ricky Evan en route.
The way that Bennett has handled the pressure and various media commitments has been exemplary, and even the World no.2 Rob Cross has been practising with Bennett in the lead up to the BDO World Youth final. The future most certainly is bright for Leighton Bennett.
2019 BICC Weekend – TOP averages
Scott Mitchell (Dorset): 105.48
Glenn West (Norfolk): 104.85
Callum Wilson (Lincolnshire): 101.91
Ian Jones (West Midlands): 100.2
Justin Hood (Somerset): 95.73
Leighton Bennett (Lincolnshire): 95.43
Allan Edwards (Cleveland): 95.43
Richard North (Hampshire) 95.43
Andy Cope (Cheshire): 94.74
Martyn Moore (Cambridgeshire): 94.59
Luke Humphries (Wiltshire): 93.63
Simon Stainton (Lincolnshire): 93.18
Nick Kenny (Gwent): 91.74
Ryan Meikle (Suffolk): 91.53