Disappointing weekend for County darts stars


Northamptonshire’s darts stars endured a disappointing time during a double-header of PDC ProTour Players Championships in Birmingham.

The best performance came from Daventry’s Kevin Painter who followed up a first-round 6-5 exit to Terry Temple on Saturday with a run to the fourth round on the following day.

‘The Artist’ beat Johnny Haines 6-5 before seeing off Ian Moss 6-4 and Matt Clark 6-5. That set up a fourth-round clash with Justin Pipe and Painter slipped to a 6-3 defeat.

Rushden’s James Richardson suffered a disappointing weekend as he went down 6-3 to Alex Roy in the first round on the first day before being edged out 6-5 by Dennis Smith in the following competition.

Kevin McDine, from Irthlingborough, exited in the second round on both days.

On Saturday, he beat Gary Butcher 6-2 before losing 6-3 to Steve Beaton and on the following day he claimed a notable 6-3 success against Ted Hankey before losing out 6-2 to Pipe.

Daventry’s Matthew Edgar also reached the second round on both days. He beat Matt Clark 6-4 on Saturday and then lost 6-1 to Mark Webster.

And he ran into Raymond van Barneveld on Sunday having beaten Mareno Michels 6-2 and the five-time world champion wrapped up a 6-3 success in the second round.

Richardson and Edgar were drawn together in the UK Qualifiers for the third European Tour event in Germany next month.

Richardson claimed a 6-0 victory but missed out on a place in the tournament as he went down 6-5 to Andy Jenkins in the second round.

McDine was beaten 6-5 by Adrian Gray in the first round of the qualifier.