Kettering ace Evans secures his place at two European events

Kettering's Ricky Evans has qualified for back-to-back PDC European Tour events in September
Kettering's Ricky Evans has qualified for back-to-back PDC European Tour events in September
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Kettering’ Ricky Evans secured his place at back-to-back PDC European Tour events during a busy weekend of action in Barnsley.

Evans came through the UK Qualifiers for the International Darts Open, which takes place in Reisa, Germany from September 2 and for the European Darts Trophy in Muelheim a week later.

Rushden’s James Richardson was successful in qualifying for the International Darts Open but missed out on a place in Muelheim.

Evans saw off Tony Newell (6-2) and William O’Connor (6-3) in the first qualifier and then completed a successful evening by beating Ted Evetts (6-4) and Darren Johnson (6-5) to seal his spot in the European Darts Trophy.

Richardson, meanwhile, came through a preliminary round match with Jason Marriott (6-1) before beating Steve McNally (6-2) and Johnson (6-3) to earn himself a place in the Reisa event.

But he was unable to make it double-joy as a 6-0 whitewash against Andrew Gilding was followed by a 6-3 defeat to Simon Stevenson in the European Darts Trophy qualifier.

Both county stars went on to play in two PDC ProTour Players Championships events over the remainder of the weekend but struggled to make an impact.

In the 10th event of the season, Richardson lost 6-4 to Newell at the first hurdle while Evans also went out in the first round when he was beaten 6-4 by Mike Zuydwijk.

On the following day, Evans did get past Mark Frost (6-1) in the first round before bowing out 6-4 to Magnus Caris while Richardson was again beaten in the first stage as he was edged out 6-5 by Michael Barnard.