Williams and Campbell top Challenge Tour 2021

By Joe Williams 06/09/2021

Jim Williams and Matt Campbell were victorious on Sunday, in picking up two-year PDC Tour Cards for the first time in their careers, after ending their respective Challenge Tour Order of Merits, top, and also securing places at the 2021 Grand Slam and 2022 World Darts Championship, as the PDC’s second-tier tour season concluded in Milton Keynes and Niedernhausen. 

UK Challenge Tour

In Event 11, it was James Richardson who was victorious, with the Former Tour Card Holder dropping just 11 legs in reaching the decider, as he recorded victories over Dean Winstanley, Liam Meek, Stephen McNally, Nathan Girvan, Keelan Kay and Kevin Garcia, to set up a clash with Jason Hogg. 

The final began with Richardson racing into a 3-0 lead, with winning legs in 15,13 and 15 darts respectively, before Hogg picked up his 1st and what turned out to be his only leg won, in leg four with a 14 darter, before Richardson won the following two legs in 15 and 16 darts to pick up a 1st Challenge Tour title of his career. 

In Event 12, it was Cameron Menzies who was victorious, with the Scottish thrower dropping just 10 legs in reaching the decider, as he recorded victories over Danny Ballard, Shaun Matthews, Adam Mould, Stuart White, John O’Shea and Nick Fullwell, to set up a clash with Derek Coulson. 

In the final, Menzies dominated Coulson and didn’t give him a sniff, in whitewashing him 5-0, which saw him rattle off legs in 15, 15, 11, 14 and 17 darts respectively, to pick up a 4th career Challenge Tour title.

Despite a disappointing weekend in only picking up £250 from the six events, Welshman Jim Williams clinched a Two-Year PDC Tour Card for the first time in his career, in topping the UK Challenge Tour Order of Merit, and securing a return to the Grand Slam of Darts and a debut at PDC World Championship. 

European Challenge Tour 

In Event 11, it was Table topper Matt Campbell who was victorious, with the Canadian dropping just 11 legs on route to the decider, after recording victories over Nic Mueller, Sven Hilling, Ronny Huybrechts, Jose Justicia, Ricardo Pietreczko and Marcel Gerdon, to set up a clash with Wesley Plaisier. 

In the final, Plaisier wasn’t given a sniff, with Campbell rattling off five legs in succession, without fail, to pick up a 3rd Challenge Tour title of the season, after his double success in July’s opening weekend. The £2,000 first prize success for Campbell sealed his place in the upcoming Grand Slam and World Championship, and a two-year tour card for the first time in his career. 

In Event 2, it was Luc Peters who was victorious, with the Dutch thrower dropping 14 legs on route to the decider, after recording victories over Brian Raman, Julian Zwergel, Kai Gotthardt, Marcel Erba, Michael Rasztovits and Christian Kist, to set up a clash with Kevin Blomme. 

The final began with three consecutive holds of throw, before Blomme broke Peters’ throw for the first time in leg four to open up a two-leg gap at 3-1 and moved within two of the title. Peters then fought back and levelled up the tie with back-to-back 15 darters to make it a best of three contest. The pair then held throw for the following two legs to send the tie all the way, with Peters breaking throw in the decider with an 18 darter to pick up a 1st Challenge Tour title.

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UK Event 11
Quarter Finals 
Martin Thomas 5-2 Robert Collins
Jason Hogg 5-4 Cameron Menzies
Kevin Garcia 5-3 Justin Smith 
James Richardson 5-2 Keelan Kay 

Semi Finals
Jason Hogg 5-3 Martin Thomas
James Richardson 5-2 Kevin Garcia

Final 
James Richardson 5-1 Jason Hogg

UK Event 12
Quarter Finals
Richie Burnett 5-2 Carl Wilkinson 
Derek Coulson 5-3 Jim McEwan 
Nick Fullwell 5-3 Scott Taylor
Cameron Menzies 5-0 John O’Shea

Semi Finals
Derek Coulson 5-2 Richie Burnett
Cameron Menzies 5-3 Nick Fullwell 

Final 
Cameron Menzies 5-0 Derek Coulson 

European Event 11
Quarter Finals
Danny Van Trijp 5-4 Martijn Dragt
Wesley Plaisier 5-0 Kevin Doets
Matt Campbell 5-3 Ricardo Pietreczko 
Marcel Gerdon 5-3 Luc Peters

Semi Finals
Wesley Plaisier 5-2 Danny Van Trijp 
Matt Campbell 5-2 Marcel Gerdon 

Final 
Matt Campbell 5-0 Wesley Plaisier 

European Event 12
Quarter Finals
Thomas Junghans 5-4 Kevin Doets
Kevin Blomme 5-0 Jimmy Hendriks
Luc Peters 5-3 Michael Rasztovits
Christian Kist 5-2 Thibault Tricole 

Semi Finals
Kevin Blomme 5-3 Thomas Junghans 
Luc Peters 5-1 Christian Kist

Final 
Luc Peters 5-4 Kevin Blomme

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