Jamie Hughes contributed to one of the most bizarre darting moments you are likely to see during last weekend’s Players Championship double-header, after missing out on a potential nine-darter due to a miscount!
The remarkable scenario occured during the sixth leg of Hughes’ opening round clash against Scotland’s Alan Soutar at Players Championship 5 in Barnsley on Saturday.
Hughes began the leg with visits of 180 and 177 to leave 144, but having found the treble 20 with his seventh dart, he inexplicably switched down to the treble 19, which he duly hit to leave 27.
‘Yozza’ clearly believed he required 141, but the mathematical mishap curtailed his hopes of achieving perfection, and his rueful expression was coupled by a look of bemusement from Soutar.
Former PDC major winner Paul Nicholson was also in disbelief in the commentary box, exclaiming: “Jamie Hughes, what have you done?!”, although the former BDO world No 1 eventually sealed the leg in 13 darts, albeit via double one!
The 36-year-old regained his poise to close out a 6-5 success against Soutar, before crashing out at the expense of reigning Premier League champion Jonny Clayton in round two.
However, there was no shortage of nine-dart drama at the Barnsley Metrodome, with three players adding their names to the roll of honour during the double-header.
Masters champion Joe Cullen landed the second nine-darter of his PDC career in his third round victory over James Wilson on Saturday, while emerging Northern Irishman Josh Rock fired in his first during his 6-2 demolition of Dave Chisnall.
Newly crowned UK Open champion Danny Noppert was the third player to achieve the feat over the weekend, although his effort came in a semi-final defeat to Ricky Evans, before ‘Rapid’ succumbed to former Lakeside finalist Jim Williams in Sunday’s showpiece.
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