Devon Starlets Compete In Development Tour
Four of Devon's brightest stars competed at the final PDC Development Tour weekend of the season, which brought about a mixed bag of results but ending a decent season with a platform from which to build for all involved.
Most successful of the quartet was Kieran Peek who made it to the Last 32 stage of Event 7.
Peek started with a solid performance against Jordan Ward; winning legs in 14 and 17 in a 4-1 victory.
The talented 17 year old Nathan Care stood in Peek's way of a place in the Last 32 stage but a 72 finish settled any nerves with Peek quickly going 2-0 up.
Peek wobbled slightly as Care hit back with 13, 16 and 14 dart legs before a fine 129 checkout levelled to make it 3-3.
Peek kicked on in the final leg with a maximum and closed out a fine 4-3 win taking a big scalp in the process.
The formidable Keane Barry was waiting for Peek in the Last 32 and the Irish teenager showed the immense class you'd expect from a PDC Tour Card holder.
Peek won a leg in 17 but couldn't really get going with Barry putting in a 98 average; the type of form that made him the final BDO Youth Champion before the company folded in 2020.
Owen Bates made two Last 64 appearances in Events 7 and 12 to take £100 back to Devon with him for the weekend.
Bates scored better than his average suggested in his Event 7 victory over Jack O'Kane with double trouble thankfully not halting his progress as he closed out 4-2.
Despite hitting maximum against Cavan Phillips, Bates still went down 4-1 with the Welsh youngster producing legs of 16, 19 and 16 in a 4-1.
A 102 checkout helped Bates to a 4-2 win in Event 12 over Kieran Hoare but despite a maximum and an 86 checkout, Mitchell Elliott-Bailey ended Bates' run by a score of 4-1.
Pacey Large only competed in four of six events but still made it to the Last 64 money stage once in Event 8.
A 4-2 triumph over Ryan Payne with a leg in 17 unfortunately wasn't the catalyst for anything better with Large exiting 4-1 against Mitchell Leeming.
Charlie Wiles won all of his £200 prize money in Events 1-6 and shouldn't be too disheartened that this weekend wasn't his best.
In fact all four competitors should be happy with the progress made in their fledging careers so far as they move on to hopefully achieve bigger and better things in the coming months and years.