Leighton Bennett posted a world record Youth average as he enjoyed a dream England debut at the British Internationals in Scotland last night.
The 13-year-old has experienced a stunning rise to prominence over recent months, winning the BDO World Youth Championship in January, before just losing out 10-7 to Phil Taylor in an incredible exhibition event at the Tower of London last month.
However, ‘Boom Boom’ created further history making his debut for England boys against Wales; defeating Sion Russell 3-0 with an astonishing 107.37 average.
It’s the highest average since the inception of the Youth event nine years ago, smashing George Killington’s previous record. BDO Master of Ceremonies Richard Ashdown also confirmed that only three men have posted a higher average in the 40-year history of the British Internationals.
Bennett kicked off proceedings with a 15-dart hold; following up his first maximum with a clinical 77 kill on tops. The Lincolnshire ace fired in a second maximum en route to doubling his lead with a majestic 11-darter, before closing out a breathtaking victory with a 16-dart hold on tops, as he boasted a 100% checkout success rate.
Meanwhile, in the girls event, 15-year-old Beau Greaves set two records on the same day this afternoon. Greaves averaged 85.08 in her 3-0 victory over Scotland’s Sophie McKinlay, which she later usurped by averaging 92.01 in a stunning success over Wales’ Jasmin Dean.
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