KEELAN Kay has moved up into second place in the JDC Order of Merit after an admirable performance, when competing in Tour 6, at Rileys Sports Bar, Coventry, yesterday.
The Plymouth Studio School pupil opened with 3-0 victories over Nathan Walker and Liam Earwicker before he faced his first big hurdle of the afternoon in the form of Levy Frauenfelder.
The Dutch marksman was part of the Netherlands team that won the WDF Europe Cup back in July, but that form counted for nothing as The Lord of the Board edged him 3-2 after a well contested quarter-final tie.
MUTUAL RESPECT: Keelan Kay congratulates Tour 6 winner Jarred Cole after their well contested final in Coventry yesterday.
Kay, who won Tour 3 in Worcester back in June, then triumphed in his semi-final in straight legs, defeating George Lynch, before meeting his England international team-mate Jarred Cole, in the final.
Both finalists performed admirably but at 2-2, it was the experienced Cole, five years Kay’s senior, who prevailed 3-2 to clinch his third title of the year.
Both boys will be hoping to portray that form once again next weekend in Bristol when they compete in the two top tournaments of the year.
On Saturday they will both line up in the 2017 European Open and the following day will be amongst the 40 young players from around the world, who have qualified to participate in the WDS Associates Junior World Darts Championship.