Rapid Ricky Evans came agonisingly close to picking up that elusive maiden senior pro-tour PDC title in the final event of the weekend.
The triathlon of darting days began extremely well for the popular Kettering ace, successfully negotiating his way impressively past Conor Scutt and Steve Lennon to secure qualification for the upcoming Austrian Darts Open.
Hot off a good run to the last 16 of the recent UK Open, Evans is now producing some fine results as well as countless amusing social media posts. Worth a follow if you don’t already do so!
Buoyed by Friday’s qualification for Graz and a couple of decent wins over Peter Hudson and Kim Huybrechts on the opening pro-tour event of the weekend, Evans went all the way to the final of Sunday’s players championship.
The lightening quick chucker was served up a very tricky opening tie against Chris Dobey. But in a nail biting last leg decider, he prevailed posting a very respectable 94 average.
After despatching of John O’Shea and Jason Lowe, both 6-4, Evans claimed his second eleven leg thriller of the day, this time denying big Austrian Mensur Suljovic to move into the quarter-final.
German Giant, Gabriel Clemens was the next to fall with Ricky comfortably taking that contest 6-3 before seeing off the newly crowned UK Open champion, Danny Noppert in a hard fought and high quality semi-final.
That match against the Dutchman ended 7-4 with both players averaging a tad over 95. Then waiting for Evans in the final was another man looking for a maiden senior pro-tour victory – Jim Williams.
With a closely fought game nearing a conclusion, it was the Welshman who led 7-6 but spurned multiple championship darts to win the contest. Unfortunately for the MDA man, he was unable to capitalise on the opportunity which would have left him throwing for the title. And eventually, it was Williams who finally got over the line leaving Ricky heartbroken.