EUROPEAN TOUR 2 & 3 QUALIFIERS – ROUND-UP

February 11, 2022

MDA enjoyed a fantastic start to the day, with four of their players qualifying for the upcoming German Darts Championship.

With two opportunities to book seats on the plane for Germany, it was a race to the last 24 on each of the events.

Two time PDC major winner, Daryl Gurney led the line well. The Irishman made his intentions clear from the whistle, opening with a 96.65 average and 6-5 win over Steve West. An excellent last leg doing the trick nicely.

Gurney then followed that up with another high average, this time 95.58 and a more comfortable 6-3 victory against Kevin Burness.

Rapid Ricky Evans then also joined the party. The Kettering ace whitewashed the returning Jeffrey De Zwann before taking care of Ryan Joyce to seal his spot for Hildesheim.

Young Nathan Rafferty had to win three games to make it to the German Darts Championship – but that is exactly what he did.

The Tyrone youngster edged past Mickey Mansell in a thrilling last leg decider before impressively doing the same against World Cup of Darts winner, John Henderson – this time with a very healthy 97.13 average.

Rafferty then completed the job with a 6-4 win over Dutch newcomer, Danny Jansen.

And finally, completing the quartet for Hildesheim was Jamie Hughes. Yozza is gradually returning to form after recent surgery and this will do his confidence the world of good.

The boy from the Black Country produced a quite excellent performance to take care of Krzysztof Kcuik 6-3. He then cemented his place in March’s tournament with a 6-4 win over Kevin Doets.

Only James Wilson from MDA made it into the German Grand Prix but that will please his manager, Matt Ward enormously.

Yorkshireman Wilson only regained his tour card recently so to return to the European circuit within weeks will be very pleasing for all parties concerned.

The 49-year old from Huddersfield posted a strong 93.83 average to beat John Michael before finishing the job with a 6-4 over Krzysztof Kcuik, who must have been sick of the sight of MDA lads at this point.

It’s a return to Wigan for everyone in the morning to take part in the third Players Championship event of the year.

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