Bennett completes JDC double in Solihull

Leighton Bennett and James Beeton (pictured above) were the stars of the show as they contested both finals in a JDC double-header in Solihull.

Leighton Bennett completed a fantastic double in Solihull as the 13-year old World Champion picked up both titles on Saturday afternoon in events 5 & 6 on the JDC Scott Farms International Junior Darts Tour. In both events, Bennett and 15-year old James Beeton from Chester contested both finals as they both sit pretty at the top of the JDC International Junior Darts Tour order of merit.  

For Beeton, he’s really shown some sensational glimpses of form as he’s now reached three consecutive JDC International Junior Darts Tour finals. As for today’s winner, Leighton Bennett, the 13-year old has picked up four events out of a possible six, and he’s been producing some simply sensational performances.

En route to securing event number five, Bennett stormed through the field without really being under too much pressure. The four-time JDC Tour event winner completed a string of victories over Callum Cross 3-0, Jordon Ward 3-0, Reece Pauling 3-2, Kyle Manton 3-1 and Alfie Jacques 4-2 before seeing off James Beeton 5-0 in the final with an impressive display.

In event no.6, Bennett got off to a phenomenal start as he was quite simply ‘unplayable’ in his first round win over Liam Brown as ‘Boom Boom’ produced an average of 104.9 as the 13-year old from Lincolnshire completed the rout with a 170 checkout.

Following that fantastic display, Bennett saw off Liam Butler 3-0, Mitchell Leeming 3-0 and Alfie Jacques 3-2 in the Quarter-Finals in what was an enthralling battle. In the Semi-Finals and the Final, Bennett really did fly through the gears as he averaged 98.6 in a 4-0 victory over Reece Pauling before edging out James Beeton 5-3 in a fantastic final as the 13-year old produced some fantastic legs of darts en route.

Bennett took out 320 in six darts as he moved 2-1 ahead courtesy of a fantastic 140 checkout which culminated in a 12-dart leg. Following that, Bennett produced a mesmerising 11-darter to move 3-1 ahead. But despite that two-leg rampage, Beeton carried on plugging away as he win two legs on-the-spin to level the match up at 3-3.

Beeton missed two darts to move 4-3 ahead on throw, and he was punished by Bennett as he pinned D10 to move 4-3 ahead. ‘Boom Boom’ completed the double as he produced another fantastic 12-darter courtesy of a 121 checkout which was reminiscent of his BDO World Youth Championship win at the Lakeside.


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