ROSS SMITH won the final event of the 2013 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour thanks to a 4-2 victory in the final over Durham’s Adam Hunt, on Sunday, at the K2 Centre in Crawley. The Bolton based thrower claimed his fourth victory on the Challenge Tour this year and with it ended top of the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour Order of Merit standings – securing a place in the field for the 2014 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship. Smith also receives an invitation to the 2012 William Hill Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton in November, and will receive a two-year PDC Tour Card as well as 2014 PDC ProTour entries paid for.
After suffering two first round exits in Saturday’s ‘double’ header, Smith returned to winning ways as he overcame the challenges of Dan Dean and Luke Woodhouse for the loss of just one leg.
Smith, who was risen into the top 70 of the PDC Rankings with some ‘eyecatching’ performances over the last two years, eliminated talented Austrian Rowby-John Rodriguez by a 4-2 margin before defeating Brandon Walsh 4-1. Smith recorded the same scoreline to see off his semi-final opponent Dimitri Van de Bergh to reach his fifth Challenge Tour Final of 2013, where he went on to secure the £500 winners prize with the aid of a 4-2 win over Adam Hunt.
Kettering’s Ricky Evans slim hopes of claiming the Order of Merit title were ended at the last 32 stage when the PDC Unicorn Under 21 World Championship finalist lost to Walsall’s Matthew Dennant.