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PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour: Wins For Aspinall & Rickwood

Posted on by Tom Warrington

Nathan Aspinall and Robert Rickwood shared the victories in PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour Events Nine and Ten in Milton Keynes.

The year’s fourth double-header on the PDC’s second-tier tour began with two £10,000 tournments at Arena MK, with former World Youth Championship finalist Aspinall enjoying his first Challenge Tour victory in Event Nine.

Aspinall defeated Kevin Edwards, Danny Key, Andy Smith, Mark Frost, Bradley Brooks, Wayne Jones and Mark Dudbridge in a tough route to yesterday’s final.

There, he overcame Polish-born Radoslaw Szaganski to pick up the £2,000 first prize and his maiden Challenge Tour win, adding to a Development Tour win two years ago.

Irish-based Szaganski – a two-time Tom Kirby Memorial Irish Matchplay finalist – overcame Barry Lynn, John Scott, Ian Lever, Martyn Turner, Dan Read and Kevin Dowling as he reached his first Challenge Tour final.

Former World Championship finalist Dudbridge, who hit a nine-darter as he won Challenge Tour Event Seven last month, reached the last four in Event Nine, alongside Coventry’s Dowling.

Burnley’s Rickwood, 45, enjoyed his best day in his maiden year on the PDC circuit with victory in Event Ten, as he saw off Jason Wilson 5-3 in the final.

A quarter-finalist in the day’s opening event, Rickwood defeated Richard Baillie, Ryan Murray, Scott Dale, Joe Davis, Peter Hudson and Alex Roy on his way to the decider, before picking up the £2,000 first prize.

Wilson bounced back from a first-game loss to Barry Lynn in Event Nine to see off Tony Martin, Michael Dawson, Jay Foreman, Luke Woodhouse, Nigel Birch and Dan Read on his way to his second Challenge Tour final of the year.

Read’s run to the last four saw him in the semi-finals for the second time on the Challenge Tour this year, while experienced star Roy went out at the same stage in his bid to win a second title on the Challenge Tour.

Event Ten was also notable for the father-versus-son contest in the first round, as Steve Brown defeated youngster John 5-3 as the met on the PDC circuit for the first time.

The PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour weekend in Milton Keynes concludes today with Event 11 and Event 12 at Arena MK.


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