UK Qualifier: Eight enjoy double qualifying success in Milton Keynes

Eight players, including former European Tour winners Adrian Lewis and Justin Pipe, secured places in both the HappyBet European Darts Matchplay and Austrian Darts Open in Friday’s UK Qualifier double-header in Milton Keynes.

Two-time World Champion Lewis secured his spot in June’s tournaments in Hamburg and Vienna by winning four matches on the night at Arena MK, seeing off John Part and Alan Tabern in the opening event before battling past Mick McGowan and Devon Petersen in the second knockout.

A brace of 6-2 wins, against John Norman Jnr and Ricky Evans, secured Pipe the chance to win his second Austrian Darts Open title – following his 2012 success – after he had earlier sealed a European Darts Matchplay spot by seeing off John Bowles and Andy Boulton.

Former European Tour finalist John Henderson edged past Keegan Brown before defeating Tony Newell to seal his Hamburg place, and then overcame Ryan Palmer and Diogo Portela to qualify for the Vienna event.

Experienced former World Championship semi-finalist Andy Jenkins defeated Robbie Green twice on the night as he secured double qualification, while James Wilson saw off Scottish pair Jim Brown and Jamie Bain in the opening event before overcoming Alan Tabern and Adam Hunt.

Youngster Chris Dobey edged out Ireland’s Steve Lennon as he secured a spot in Hamburg, before defeating Paul Nicholson and Jim Walker in tight matches to secure his place in Vienna.

Emerging York left-hander Chris Quantock also enjoyed double success, dropping only one leg in the opening qualifier with wins over Kevin Painter and Ross Twell, before following a 6-1 win over Peter Hudson with 6-2 defeats of Ronnie Baxter and Matthew Dennant in the second event.

Lee Bryant, a Tour Card winner in January, secured his European Tour debut in Hamburg by defeating Steve West and Ritchie Edhouse, and then saw off Jim Brown and Darren Johnson to secure a spot in Vienna.

Former Lakeside Champion Stephen Bunting, 2012 World Championship finalist Andy Hamilton, Australia’s Kyle Anderson and Northern Irish pair Brendan Dolan and Mickey Mansell also qualified for the European Darts Matchplay.

Peter Jacques, a Players Championship runner-up earlier this year, also qualified for the Hamburg event, alongside Darren Webster, Peter Hudson, Nathan Aspinall and Richard North.

Former Gibraltar Darts Trophy finalist Jamie Lewis secured his spot in Vienna at the expense of Stuart Kellett, with former European Championship runner-up Wayne Jones and fast-emerging Rob Cross – a Players Championship winner this year – also qualifying.

English aces David Pallett, Adrian Gray, Tony Newell and Paul Rowley were joined by Scotland’s Jamie Bain and Welsh thrower Jonny Clayton in securing the final UK Qualifier spots in the Austrian Darts Open.

The HappyBet European Darts Matchplay will take place at the edel-optics.de Arena in Hamburg from June 9-11.

The Austrian Darts Open will then be held at the Multiversum in Schwechat from June 23-25.

Each £135,000 tournament will be broadcast online through PDCTV-HD via www.livepdc.tv, as well as through a series of bookmakers’ websites.

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