Leighton Bennett & Pim van Bijnen win JDC Tours

By CJ Harris-Hulme 16/08/2021

THE Junior Darts Corporation's Advanced Tour and Foundation Tour circuits will conclude this weekend with the final tournaments of 2021.

Pim van Bijnen finished the Foundation Tour with a double title win to continue his dominance of the 2021 tour.

Van Bijnen defeated Joshua Bean 5-0 to win Event 11 and produced the same scoreline to see off Cayden Smith and win Event 12.

The youngster won eight out of 12 events and will progress to the Advanced Tour next year. He will also qualify to play at the JDC World Championship in Gibraltar in September.

Five double-header weekends have been played at Oaklands in Cinderford since mid-June, giving junior players their chance to compete in 12 JDC-ranked events.

The Advanced Tour offers £900 prize money per event for the 32 competitors, who also progress to play in the JDC Junior World Darts Championship.

Luke Littler (pictured) currently lead the Advanced Tour Order of Merit after winning three of the ten events staged before this week's action but Leighton Bennett stormed through to take this year's crown.

Leighton Bennett's four previous had helped him into second place, while fellow event winners Henry Coates, Connor Hopkins and Tavis Dudeney are joined in the top six by Jacob Hibbert. The Target prodigy claimed back-to-back titles on the final weekend to leapfrog Littler and claim the 2021 crown.

The top three players aged 16 or above on the final Advanced Tour Order of Merit - Bennett, Hopkins and Hibbert - will receive a PDPA Scholarship to compete on the 2022 PDC Unicorn Development Tour.

The Foundation Tour will see its top four players progress to the Advanced Tour in 2022 as well as compete on the 2021 JDC Junior World Darts Championship, and will feature its final two events on Saturday August 14.

Pim van Bijnen has dominated the Foundation Tour with Cayden Smith picking up two victories and Joshua Powell and Evan Willoughby claiming one title apiece.

The JDC Junior World Darts Championship's early rounds will be staged in Gibraltar during November, with the final to be held at Alexandra Palace during the William Hill World Darts Championship.

The JDC will be staging a series of events in Gibraltar from November 23-26, also including the JDC World Cup and International Open.

The top four English and Welsh players from the Advanced Tour Order of Merit will qualify to represent their country in the JDC World Cup.

For more information about the JDC, visit their website or follow @JDCDarts on Twitter.

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Image: JDC


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