Ryan Harrington and Wayne Jones picked up their first PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour victories with wins in Saturday’s double-header at the Barnsley Metrodome.
Harrington’s only previous career win had come in a Development Tour event in 2011, but the 26-year-old took the £2,000 first prize in his best run on the PDC’s second-tier circuit.
Wins over Samuel Fuller, Rob Hewson, Alan Tabern, Justin Smith and Tony Martin moved Harrington into the quarter-finals, where he overcame left-hander Eddie Dootson 5-3.
He then saw off Allan Edwards 5-2 in the semi-finals before repeating the scoreline against experienced Mark Frost in the decider.
Frost – a three-time Challenge Tour winner in 2014 – followed up early whitewashes against James Young and Harry Ward with wins over Marc Dewsbury, Stuart Kellett, Luke Woodhouse, Aaron Dyer and Kevin McDine as he picked up £1,000 as runner-up.
Jones followed up his run to the quarter-finals of Event Five – his best finish in any event for almost 12 months – by going all the way to victory in the day’s second tournament.
The former European Championship finalist has dropped onto the Challenge Tour this year after losing his Tour Card, but claimed his first PDC title with the success as he overcame Jason Wilson 5-1 in the final.
Jones defeated Rusty-Jake Rodriguez, Mark Lawrence and Nathan Aspinall in the early rounds before whitewashing Eikichi Nakanishi, and then saw off Curtis Hammond, Stuart Kellett and Lee Evans in reaching the final.
Leicester’s Wilson had won through to his first PDC final with defeats of Sam Head, Danny Key, James Marcroft, Brett Claydon, Eddie Dootson, Peter Jacques and Charlie Jackson.
Jackson had ended Harrington’s bid to complete a daily double with a 5-3 quarter-final win, and was joined in the last four by Evans.
Sunday sees the year’s second PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour weekend conclude with a further two events, each worth £10,000 in prize money.