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Menzies & Budgen Enjoy PDC Challenge Tour Successes in Wigan

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Tom Beresford
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Cameron Menzies & Lee Budgen both picked up PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour titles on Sunday at Wigan’s Robin Park Leisure Centre.

Menzies was victorious at PDC Challenge Tour 15 in the early parts of the day as the Scot climbed up to second position in the PDC Challenge Tour order of merit as he closed in on a two-year tour card. Menzies opened up the day with a narrow 5-4 victory over yesterday’s finalist Mick Todd as the Scot recorded an average of 97.1

In his second match, Menzies took on former tour card holder Brett Claydon in a below par display from both players as the averages suggest, but Menzies cruised to a 5-2 victory. Menzies showed superb composure and determination in his next two matches as he won two last-leg deciders over Kevin Edwards and Robert Smith to advance to the Quarter-Finals.

In the last eight, Menzies faced off with Barrie Bates who made the trip from Maastricht as the Welshman was eliminated from the Dutch Darts Championship on Saturday afternoon by Joe Cullen. Menzies once again produced a superb display as he averaged 95.4 en route to a 5-3 victory over the Welshman.

Amazingly, Menzies didn’t even drop another leg in the toyrnament as he saw off Mark Walsh 5-0 in the Semi-Finals with an average of 91.7 before disposing of Mark Frost by the same scoreline in the final with a 93.9 average. Over the course of the day, Menzies produced some fantastic displays, and he stayed composed whilst under intense pressure to claim PDC Challenge Tour 15. Menzies recorded an impressive overall average of 91.51

Lee Budgen claimed the second event of the day as he won PDC Challenge Tour 16 in Wigan. Budgen finished the event in the best way possible as he pulled out a magnificent 170 finish (pictured below).

Budgen was pretty dominant and in control of nearly every match he was involved in as he saw off the likes of Brett Claydon (5-3), Kelvin Hart (5-4), Cody Harris (5-3), Evander Stevenson & Kevin Garcia before seeing off Andy Boulton 5-4 in a closely contested final as Budgen produced that spectacular 170 finish in the deciding leg. Following the weekends events, Michael Barnard earns his two-year tour cards as he cannot drop any lower than second position with just four events to go.

PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour Standings

1. Michael Barnard – £10,700

2. Cameron Menzies – £4,600

3. Cody Harris – £4,250

4. Krzysztof Ratajski – £4,200

5. Dennis Nilsson – £3,950

6. Martin Atkins (Wigan) – £3,700

7. Simon Preston – £3,600

8. Ted Evetts – £3,550

9. Adam Huckvale – £3,350

10. Jamie Hughes – £3,050

11. Jarred Cole – £2,900

12. Jason Cullen – £2,900

13. Yordi Meeuwisse – £2,650

14. Diogo Portela – £2,650

15. Mark Frost – £2,500

16. Lee Budgen – £2,400

Photography courtesy of the Professional Darts Corporation 📷

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