In our third episode of ‘The Bounce Out’, co-hosts Josh Gorton, Jon Dean and Neil Conner round-up all the latest darting action, including an extensive look at the BDO World Championship, plus the big stories from PDC Qualifying School.
This year’s BDO World Championship took place at the new venue inside the O2 complex – The Indigo, with 57-year-old Wayne Warren defeating his fellow Welshman Jim Williams to become the oldest ever world darts champion.
Mikuru Suzuki retained her women’s world title with a 3-0 success over four-time world champion Lisa Ashton, whilst 17-year-old Keane Barry reigned supreme in the BDO World Youth Championship, defeating 14-year-old Leighton Bennett – last year’s champion.
Nevertheless, the BDO’s flagship competition was undermined by uncertainty surrounding the prize money, with Wayne Warren receiving just £23,000 for his triumph – the lowest sum of prize money for the winner since 1989.
The boys discuss all the major talking points from the tournament and speculate what’s next for the BDO, with a host of their most established stars securing Tour Cards at the respective PDC Qualifying Schools in Wigan and Hildesheim.
Two-time world champion and former Grand Slam winner Scott Waites was joined by ex BDO No 1 Wesley Harms, Nick Kenny, Martijn Kleermaker and 2012 PDC World Championship finalist Andy Hamilton in securing spots on the PDC circuit, although Lisa Ashton generated most of the headlines.
‘The Lancashire Rose’ became the first woman to clinch a PDC Tour Card via Qualifying School, winning 13 games across the four days. Josh caught up with the four-time world champion to discuss her ground-breaking success.
Lisa Ashton – The 49-year-old reveals her pride at creating yet more history for women’s darts and hopes that her success, coupled with Fallon Sherrock’s World Championship exploits – will inspire a new generation of female talent.
Ashton also supports calls for the PDC to introduce a separate women’s tour, before outlining her ambitions for her two-year stint in the PDC, which begins at the Barnsley Metrodome on February 8th.
The panel then reflect on the nine ‘Challengers’ that were selected to compete in this year’s Premier League. The fixtures were confirmed last Monday and the boys each pick out the ties involving the ‘challengers’ that they’re most looking forward to.
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