Team 360’s September Success

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It was another strong weekend for Cayden Smith as he made a final and a semi-final on the JDC Super 16 tour. Day one proved to be a very successful one for the West Midlander as he defeated Jack Nankervis and Jenson Walker en route to a semi-final loss to Luke Littler.

He would go a step further in the second tournament, coming through last leg deciders with Callum Beddow and Mitchell Lawrie to set up a final meeting with Thomas Banks.

Smith pushed his opponent hard in the final, coming from 4-1 down to send it to a decider, but was unable to creep over the line against last year’s Super16 runner-up.

Sunday would prove to less successful for Smith, Development Tour and JDC World Champion, Luke Littler, standing in his way in both events. This all followed a final in an ADC Vault on Tuesday evening, losing out to Reece Colley after a strong performance throughout the night.

There was also a quarter-finals run for Adam Dee at his local ADC Vault event, this follows some string runs in local competition the previous week. Many of Team360 will now be off to Denmark to represent their countries in a big week of WDF darts for the World Cup singles and team events.

Week Ending 17th:

It was a busy week for Cayden Smith on the Amateur Darts Circuit, he reached the quarter-finals in Halesowen, before going a couple of steps further on Thursday. After averaging just shy of 85 in his quarter-final win over Martyn Harper, he would whitewash Gavin Smith to set up a final meeting with Reece Colley.

Despite averaging five points higher than his opponent, Colley would snatch the victory in spite of a strong performance from Smith. He would add a further semi-final to his ever-growing reputation over the weekend, defeating former World Finalist, Andy Hamilton, en route.

It was also a strong week for Ryan Branley as he made the last 32 of the British Open. A 92 average sent Jamie Durrant packing in the last 128 before he squeezed past Simon Tate. He would then meet local rival Dave Prins in the last 32, losing out 4-1 despite a competent performance.

Adam Dee followed up his strong performances on the INDO circuit with a quarter-final in an ADC Vault. The Irishman also made the final four of the annual double in double out tournament as he prepares for the WDF World Cup next week. Another name on his way to Copenhagen will be Gibraltar’s Nico Bado as he represents his country’s senior side as just 16-years-of-age.

Hannah Meek was also in excellent form in Bridlington as she made the final of the Girl’s Youth tournament. Whitewash wins over Lauren Stokoe and Kacie O’Connor put her in the final, where she would lose to out to Scotland’s Sophie McKinlay. She would also put in a strong performance in the mixed youth event, emerging from her group with three wins for four.

Week Ending 12th:

A quiet week for Team360 this time around with many players choosing to take a well-earned rest.
Although the team did have representation in Wales and over in Ireland, where Adam Dee has had a busy
few weeks.

Connor Hopkins reached the last 16 of the Welsh Masters, losing out to Bryan Cook. He started well,
cruising into a 2-1 lead, but a handful of missed doubles cost the Welshman in the end, going out 4-2
to his experienced adversary.

He was back the following day for the Welsh Individual Championships, once again reaching the last
16 stage. After falling two legs behind, Hopkins really found his scoring boots, going out in 14 and 13
darts to keep him in the contest. But despite an average seven points higher than his opponent, he
lost out by the same scoreline as Saturday.

Adam Dee was in action the previous week, playing in the Irish National double in double out
tournament in Kildare. After defeating Joe O’Brien 3-0 in the quarter-finals, he would follow it up
with a 3-1 win in the semi-final. He would cruise to a 3-1 win in the final, twice starting with a score
of 108, leaving his opponent in the distance. Another trophy in the cabinet for ‘Dee one and only!’

This follows a string performance at the INDO Irish Festival of Darts. Dee went all the way to the final
in the Development tour KO, eventually defeated by Dylan Dowling after winning three or his four
group matches. Dee also performed well in the Irish Masters pairs and Matchplay event, reaching
the last 32 of both tournaments.

Week Ending 5th:

A flurry of darts taking place last weekend, much of the team decided on an all-important rest weekend, before attacking the final third of the season.

Cayden Smith was in local competition and showed some more excellent form. The youngster produced two averages in the high 80’s and one over the 100 mark, as he claimed another piece of silverware.

Connor Hopkins was back in county action for Gwent and secured his victory in dramatic style. After
cruising into a three-leg advantage, his opponent pulled it back to three legs apiece. With the match
in the balance, the Welshman pulled out a 148 checkout, with his opponent on tops, to snatch
victory from the jaws of defeat.

North East native, Ryan Branley, was also in senior county action, and secured his win against Cumbria in much more simple fashion. A 4-0 win with a 75 average getting the job done. There was also county action for Hannah Meek and Warwickshire, where she was unfortunate to lose out 3-0.

Fabian Tapner continued his progression by making the last 16 in local competition and reaching the same stage in the MODUS Super Series qualifier, after winning his local ADC Vault earlier in the month.


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