Nijman and Rafferty Wrap Up Development Titles

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Wessel Nijman and Nathan Rafferty were victorious on Saturday, in winning Development Tour Events 13 & 14 respectively, as the third weekend of the PDC’s Youth Tour season continued in Wigan. 

Nijman, the winner of Event Eight back in May, went all the way once again, as he reached the final of Event 13 firstly by recording victories against Dominik Gruellich, David Schlichting, Moreno Blom, Jenson Walker, Felix Springer, Beau Greaves and Nathan Rafferty, to set up a clash with Germany’s Niko Springer.  

The final began with Nijman racing into a 3-0 lead, with winning legs coming in 15, 19 and 18 darts respectively, before Springer ended the run by picking up his first leg of the tie with a 15 dart hold of throw in Leg Four. Nijman moved within one of victory in the following leg, with the Dutchman firing in a 112 checkout to move 4-1 ahead in a race to five. Springer did pull one leg back, before Nijman sealed the victory in Leg Seven with another 15 dart hold of throw to pick up a second Development Tour title of the year and a seventh of his career.  

In Event 14, Nathan Rafferty, who had been competing in the European Darts Open a little over 24 hours prior, was victorious as he reached the final firstly by recording victories against James Buckby, Janek Hill, Justin Van der Velden, Jon-Sebastian Wright, Jake Fewell, Niko Springer and Wessel Nijman, to set up a clash with Dutchman Marvin Van Velzen.  

Nothing separated the pair throughout the early stages of the final, with five straight breaks of throw, ending with Rafferty holding throw for the first time in Leg Six, which vitally saw the Northern Irishman move 4-2 ahead and within one of victory. Van Velzen did pull one leg back, before Rafferty sealed a 5-3 victory in Leg Eight with a 15 dart hold of throw to pick up a staggering 12th Development Tour title of his career and a second of 2024.  

PDC Winmau Development Tour weekend concludes on Sunday, with Events 15 taking place in Wigan, with play commencing at 10:00 BST, as all live scores and results can be viewed at  

PDC Winmau Development Tour  

Event 13 

Quarter Finals 

Nathan Rafferty 5-2 Christopher Toonders 

Wessel Nijman 5-0 Beau Greaves 

Niko Springer 5-4 Nathan Girvan  

Keanu Van Velzen 5-0 Charlie Manby 

Semi Finals 

Wessel Nijman 5-4 Nathan Rafferty 

Niko Springer 5-0 Keanu Van Velzen 


Wessel Nijman 5-2 Niko Springer 

Event 14 

Quarter Finals 

Marvin Van Velzen 5-0 Beau Greaves 

Connor Hopkins 5-1 Owen Roelofs 

Wessel Nijman 5-2 Dylan Dowling 

Nathan Rafferty 5-2 Niko Springer 

Semi Finals 

Marvin Van Velzen 5-0 Connor Hopkins 

Nathan Rafferty 5-4 Wessel Nijman  


Nathan Rafferty 5-3 Marvin Van Velzen 



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