Keelan Kay and Reece Colley have won PDC UK Development Tour 9 and 10 respectively.
The English duo shared the titles on offer in Wigan, on the penultimate day of UK development tour action in 2021.
The title moved Kay in to 3rd on the order of merit. Colley’s victory has him just behind in 4th!
Elsewhere in events 9 and 10:
- Back to back deep runs for Cavan Phillips and Nathan Rafferty.
- Keane Barry, Jared Cole and Ted Evetts all maintain top 10 positions.
- Order of Merit leader Dom Taylor unable to move beyond last 16 again, leads Bradley Brooks by £200 with 2 events to go.
Kay Defies the Irish for Event 9 Title
Being surrounded by 3 Irish players in the semi-final perhaps showed where the future of the sport is heading.
Keane Barry fell to his compatriot Ciaran Teehan in the last 8, whilst Killian Heffernan and Conor Henghan also progressed to join Kay in the final.
But it was the Englishman that took the title, and the £2,000 ranking money that comes with the victory.
Kay started the day with a 4-3 victory over Welshman Connor Hopkins in the opening round. From there, he went on a march against fellow Englishmen. Callum Schofield, Nathan Care and Callum Loose all tried and failed to stop Kay, before Connor Arberry fell in a last leg decider in the last 8.
It was at this point where his opponents switched from England to Ireland.
Tour card Holder Ciaran Teehan again took Kay all the way to a decider, but once more Keelan progressed, winning back to back legs to do so.
Former BDO World Youth finalist Killian Heffernan was the last piece of the puzzle. For the 3rd straight match involving Kay this one used all 9 legs.
Yet again it was Kay that won the 9th and final leg that ensured the result went his way. His 2nd career Development Tour title.
PDC UK Development Tour Event Nine Results:
Keelan Kay 5-4 Connor Arberry
Ciaran Teehan 5-2 Keane Barry
Killian Heffernan 5-4 Owen Maiden
Conor Heneghan 5-4 Cavan Phillips
Keelan Kay 5-4 Ciaran Teehan
Killian Heffernan 5-4 Conor Heneghan
Keelan Kay 5-4 Killian Heffernan
Colley stays in hunt for Order of Merit top spot
The victory in event ten means Reece Colley enters tomorrows final day of action just £850 off of top spot in the UK Development tour order of merit.
It was a superb run from the West Midlands lad, who beat a host of top competitors on route to his 2nd title of the season. His first since the opening event of the 2021 season.
After being drawn into the preliminary round, Colley started the day with a 4-1 win over Darragh Porter.
Gibraltan World Cup team member Craig Galliano was up next. That one used all 7 legs possible at that stage, but the Englishman was the one to progress.
Victories over Cameron Anderson, Benjamin Smith and Kyle Mcleod saw Colley in to the last 8, where he met MAD Global title holder Jared Cole. Colley averaged just shy of 90 in the 8 legs required to move in to the semi-finals, as Cole’s hunt for a Development tour title continues in 2021.
A vital win against Nathan Rafferty came in the Semi-finals. Yet again by the score line of 5-3, but it was a victory that would eventually see Colley move ahead of the Northern Irishman in the Order of Merit.
On to the final, and it was Colley that was a class above of Lewis Pride. A gap of over 10 points in the averages ensured Colley took the title, with a 5-2 victory.
PDC UK Development Tour Event Ten Results:
Cavan Phillips 5-2 Justin Smith
Lewis Pride 5-1 Nathan Potter
Nathan Rafferty 5-3 Bradley Brooks
Reece Colley 5-3 Jarred Cole
Lewis Pride 5-4 Cavan Philips
Reece Colley 5-3 Nathan Rafferty
Reece Colley 5-2 Lewis Pride
The UK Development tour draws to a conclusion with events number 11 and 12 tomorrow.