Peter Jacques and Nick Fullwell were victorious in yesterday’s PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour double-header in Wigan to open the final weekend of the 2017 season.
Huddersfield’s Jacques picked up his second Challenge Tour win of the year as he backed up May’s Event 11 win by taking the £2,000 top prize from Event 17.
Jacques lost just seven legs in his first five matches, winning 5-1 against Callum Mackay, Mark Forman and Arjan Konterman and 5-2 against Robert Rickwood and Sandy Morrison.
He was pushed all the way by Adam Smith-Neale in the semi-finals before emerging with a 5-4 success, before defeating Challenge Tour Order of Merit leader Wayne Jones 5-2 in the final.
Former European Championship finalist Jones defeated George Killington, John Morris, Ryan Harrington, David Copley, Paul Phillips and Adam Huckvale as he won through to his fourth Challenge Tour final of the year.
However, he was denied a third success by Jacques as the Yorkshireman followed up May’s Event 11 win in the decider by again taking the spoils.
Jones also won through to the semi-finals in Event 18 to continue a strong day at the Robin Park Tennis Centre, only to lose out in a deciding leg to Kevin Edwards.
Edwards, though, was denied in the decider by Fullwell as the Stourbridge ace claimed his first title of the year by taking out 81 to claim the £2,000 top prize with a 5-4 victory.
Fullwell opened Event 18 with a whitewash of Edward Lovely before defeating Martin Lukeman, Radoslaw Szaganski, Andy Smith, Matthew Edgar and Jay Foreman in his run to the final.
Essex’s Edwards overcame Sean Ryan, Jack Todd, Adam Huckvale, Mark Frost, Lee Evans and Jones as he won through to his second Challenge Tour final of the year, having previously been denied by Mark Dudbridge in June’s Event 15.
Dudbridge was amongst the Event 18 quarter-finalists, alongside Evans, Edgar and Ireland’s Francis Carragher, while Austrian youngster Rusty-Jake Rodriguez, Dutchman Konterman and English duo Phillips and Ian Withers were in the last eight earlier in the day.
Sunday sees the final double-header of the 2017 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour season take place in Wigan, with two £10,000 tournaments being played on the day.
Going into today’s final events, Jones sits £1,850 clear of Dudbridge at the top of the Challenge Tour Order of Merit, with Aaron Dyer, Jacques and Luke Humphries all within striking distance of a spot in the top two to earn a PDC Tour Card for 2018/2019.