Scott Mitchell and Robbie Collins secured their first victories on the PDC circuit with triumphs on the opening day of the 2020 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour season in Wigan on Saturday.
Former Lakeside world champion Mitchell missed out on a PDC Tour Card at last week’s Qualifying School, but ‘Scotty Dog’ reminded the darting world of his credentials by scooping his first PDC title in style, defeating former UK Open semi-finalist Andrew Gilding 5-1 in the Event Two final.
Mitchell won the opening three legs without reply before closing out a dominant victory with a 99.40 average, having ended Collins’ bid for a daily double in the last 64. He posted a 102 average en route to a 5-3 triumph, before whitewashing Cameron Menzies in the quarter-finals.
The Dorset star then overcame Eddie Lovely 5-2 in the semi-finals, before condemning Gilding to his second defeat in a Challenge Tour final. ‘Goldfinger’ lost out in the Event Six decider a year ago, although he claimed the scalp of Event One finalist Adam Huckvale in the last 16 on Saturday.
Collins, a Rileys Qualifier for the 2019 Ladbrokes UK Open, competed on the Challenge Tour last year and he kicked off this year’s proceedings with a hard-fought 5-4 victory over Huckvale in Event One.
Collins led 3-0 following a strong start in the decider before Huckvale claimed four of the next five as the game went to a ninth and final leg, but it was the 40-year-old from Lambeth who kept his cool to claim the £2,000 top prize.
Collins was also taken to a deciding leg by Ray Marshall, and he saw off Australia’s Gordon Mathers, Dutchman Danny van Trijp and recent BDO World Championship debutant Justin Hood during the latter stages of the opening event.
Sunday will see Event Three and Event Four conclude the year’s opening weekend as over 300 players compete for £20,000 in prize money on the day. The fixtures and results can be viewed via the following link: https://www.pdc.tv/tournament/unicorn-challenge-tour-1-2-0
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