Hughes advances in Mannheim

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Tipton’s darts ace Jamie Hughes advanced to the second round at the Professional Darts Corporation’s European Darts Matchplay in Mannheim, Germany on Friday evening after securing a hard-fought 6-5 victory over Dutchman Wesley Plaisier.

Hughes, who’s already tasted success on the PDC’s European Tour at the Czech Darts Open in Prague just a few months ago, raced out of the blocks in this his opening match in Mannheim.

Hughes raced out of the blocks, firing in a sensational 167 checkout in the very first leg. ‘Yozza then moved 3-1 ahead with a flourish of impressive legs, but the Dutchman, Plaisier wasn’t giving up on his chances as he reeled off three legs on-the-spin to move 4-3 ahead.

Hughes, up against it at this stage, produced another ton-plus checkout as he produced a 100 finish to level up the match at 4-4. Following that, Hughes pinned D18 to move 5-4 ahead as a place in round two looked ominous.

After missing one match dart, Hughes was put under pressure by the Dutchman once more as Plaisier took out a 57 checkout to force an eleventh and deciding leg. Hughes, who often oozes class when it matters, produced a solid 14-dart leg with an 85 checkout to run out a 6-5 winner, but admitted in his post-match interview that it wasn’t his best performance in terms of the averages, but it’s a win nonetheless.

“I was very up and down”, said Hughes. “I was very good at times, but then very bad at times. I was just happy to get the win, and get through to tomorrow, and I’ll put it right.

“I’m greedy, I want the high averages and the wins. I’m going to keep working towards that, playing well and winning.

Hughes also spoke about his win at the Czech Darts Open earlier on in the year as the Tipton-based ace picked up his maiden PDC title.

“The timing couldn’t have been any better”, admitted Hughes. “It was the last tournament prior to the cut-off for the World Matchplay, and it’s also rocketed me up the Pro-Tour order of merit. iI’m very close now to being seeded on the European Tour, so over the couple of tournaments, that’s what I’m looking at.”

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