Premier League star Nathan Aspinall saw off former BDO world champions Jelle Klaasen, Steve Beaton and Stephen Bunting to be crowned the winner of the second ‘Darts at Home’ live-streamed tournament on Wednesday evening.
Devon Petersen won the inaugural staging last week, although reigning US Masters champion Aspinall claimed the spoils on this occasion, edging out Klaasen via legs difference after both men won two of their group games in the round-robin competition.
Aspinall kicked off Wednesday’s action with a 5-3 win over Beaton, after ‘The Bronzed Adonis’ rallied from 4-0 adrift to give the former UK Open champion a scare, only for the 28-year-old to triumph with a 98.60 average and a 62% checkout success rate.
The Premier League debutant reeled off the opening four legs in 13, 13, 16 and 15 darts, only to spurn match darts in each of the next two legs as Beaton fought back to reduce the arrears to 4-3. However, Aspinall kept his cool – sealing the deal with a classy 13-dart hold in leg eight.
The world number seven later saw off Bunting in a contest dominated by missed doubles. The highlight of the contest saw Aspinall land a stunning 170 finish in the second leg but after profligacy from both men, the Stockport star eventually prevailed with a 16-darter in the decider.
Aspinall then succumbed 5-4 to Klaasen in a quality littered with high-quality combination finishing. ‘The Cobra’ took out finishes of 126 and 114 to lead 3-1, only for Aspinall to hit back with a 125 on the bull, followed by a 114 checkout of his own to restore parity at three apiece.
Klaasen regained the initiative with an effortless two-dart 98 combination to lead 4-3, before spurning several match darts moments later as Aspinall forced a decider. Nevertheless, the Dutchman made amends in spectacular fashion, taking out 150 via double 18 to complete the victory.
This gave Bunting the opportunity to be crowned champion if he defeated Beaton in the evening’s finale, with ‘The Bullet’ punishing a profligate display from Klaasen in his opener to record a 5-2 success with an 87.60 average.
Beaton was winless in his opening two matches, with his 5-3 reversal against Aspinall followed by a 5-4 defeat against Klaasen. The Dutch star was under pressure for large periods, but finishes of 156 and 149 saw him through after ‘The Adonis’ missed match darts.
However, the 1996 BDO world champion ensured he wouldn’t end the night without a victory, defeating ‘The Bullet’ 5-2. The first five legs all went with throw, before Beaton followed up a majestic 132 kill by converting a 76 combination to triumph and ironically leave Bunting bottom of the pile.
All matches were shown live on the PDC’s official YouTube and Facebook pages, and full match stats are available via Darts Connect. The full list of results and the final standings can be viewed below.
Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC
PDC Darts At Home
Wednesday April 8
Nathan Aspinall 5-3 Steve Beaton
Stephen Bunting 5-2 Jelle Klaasen
Nathan Aspinall 5-4 Stephen Bunting
Jelle Klaasen 5-4 Steve Beaton
Jelle Klaasen 5-4 Nathan Aspinall
Steve Beaton 5-2 Stephen Bunting