Watch out Michael van Gerwen, we could have a new superstar in town, in the shape of 11-year old superstar Henry Coates.
Henry, a student at the Jamie Caven Darts Academy, was representing Derbyshire B in their Inter-Counties tie against Berkshire on Sunday afternoon, where he produced a magnificent display to whitewash Robert Bowers 3-0.
The 11-year-old averaged 81.99 en route to victory, as Derbyshire B won the tie 8-4 overall. Nevertheless, out of all 24 players competing, Henry boasted the second highest average; with his performance only being bettered by his teammate Andrew Gillott, who averaged 86.79 in his 3-1 win over Roy Barton.
Henry’s performance caught the eye of Jamie Caven himself, who was in attendance throughout the day. The seven-time PDC ranking winner took to social media and lavished praise on the talented youngster.
Just two weeks earlier, Henry was crowned champion of champions winner at the JC Darts Academy, closing the final with a maximum and a 14-dart leg. He’s also competed on the Junior Darts Corporation circuit for the last few years and finished 19th on the overall Order of Merit back in 2016, at the age of just 10.
He was crowned Derbyshire Youth Player of the Season back in 2017 and also received three man of the match awards for their U18 side. Make no mistake, Henry Coates has a bright future ahead of him in the world of darts.
Photo Credit: JC Darts Academy