March 7, 2022

‘Rapid’ Ricky Evans can be incredibly proud of his UK Open exploits, bowing out in Minehead after once again reaching the last 16.

The Kettering chucker joined the tournament in round three and immediately put in an excellent display, averaging 100.53 to defeat rising Dutch starlet, Danny Jansen 6-2

Evans was then involved in an absolute thriller against Lithuanian, Darius Labanauskas, coming back from the brink of death to resurrect his UK Open fortunes and claim a dramatic last leg decider.

If that match didn’t give his manager Matt Ward heart palpations, then his 10-8 win over Scott Waites certainly did. The plucky 31-year old refused to give in and once again dug deep to oust the former Grand Slam of Darts champion and find himself in the last 16 of the UK Open for the first time.

But that was as good as it got for Rapid as he was unable to reproduce the form that had taken him into round six. Keane Barry ensured it was him who continued the hunt for Butlins glory with a 10-5 win.