In addition to an overview of the players who came into play at the PDC European Q-School who may not be known to the general public, but who can sometimes score high next week, here is the same overview of the PDC UK Q-School. We’ve also included some guys in this, who have moved into the background recently.
Nathan Gervan, Bradley Brooks, Conor Heneghan, Jared Cole, Joshua Richardson (son of James Richardson, ed.) and Christopher Holt are promising talents, as evidenced by the fact that they only play on Thursdays because they are in the top 16 of the 2022 PDC Development Round Merit standings.
Jamie Lewis is a talent looking to regain his PDC Tour card after personal circumstances forced him to back out at the end of 2020. The Welshman managed to reach the semi-finals of the PDC World Championships in 2018.
Still only 17 years old, Leighton Bennett was considered a great talent a few years ago, but things have calmed down around him lately. But who knows, this is his week.
Other former talents, who had a PDC tour card, but never really came to fruition and reappeared in Milton Keynes are Ryan Harrington (son of Rod Harrington, ed.), Arron Monk (son of Colin Monk, ed.), Josh Payne, Adam Smith Neil and Ciaran Tehan And Harry Ward.
Five women appear in Osh. In addition to Lisa Ashton and Fallon Sherrock, they include Lorraine Winstanley, Laura Turner and the only 19-year-old Katie Sheldon from Ireland, who competed in last year’s PDC Women’s World Matchplay and won the 2019 Winmau World Masters Girls and PDC Women’s Series Order Ma If Merit finished 2022 ranked seventh. Laura Turner may be best known as a SkySports commentator, but she’s been at the forefront of women’s darts for years. Last year, she finished eighth in the women’s PDC series and won six BDO/WDF ranking tournaments, the first in 2001 and the last in 2022.
From North America, Danny Luby Jr., currently ranked fifth in the WDF, is the man to watch. He won six WDF ranking championships in 2022 and was the 2021 Championship Darts Circuit North American Champion (PDC North American Tour, ed.). In addition, he played twice in the PDC World Championships, but both times fell in the deciding fifth set in the first round against Ryan Searle and William O’Connor respectively. However, most other North Americans chose to attend the PDC European Q-School and some are included in this overview.
Prakash Jiwa, who was allowed to participate in the recent PDC World Cup thanks to his victory in the PDC Qualifying Tournament in India, also holds English citizenship and thus had a PDC tour card before. Kai Fan Leung from Hong Kong is currently No. 9 in the WDF, he has won three titles in the WDF rankings and managed to reach the semi-finals of the WDF World Masters in Assen last month. Fatbeauty already had a PDC tour card in 2020 and 2021 and was in the 2018 PDC World Championship. Of course, PDC Asian Champion Cristian Perez from the Philippines cannot be missed on this list of names. Titan was in the PDC World Championship for the fourth time in the last two finals, reaching the last 64 in 2010 and 2012 and the latter edition had to concede he outperformed Simon Whitlock in a deciding fifth set, and in 2022 he was also allowed to compete in the Grand Slam of Darts.
From Oceania, Mal Cuming is the most attractive name. Cuming has 7 Dart Players Australia (PDC Australia Tour, ed.) tournaments to his name, 5 of which are in 2022. Partly because of this, he was also allowed to compete in the 2023 PDC World Championship, having already been at Lakeside in 2019.
James Hurrell has been playing at the top of the BDO/WDF for years. Hillybilly is currently #3 in the WDF and just has to put up with Jelle Klaasen and 2022 Lakeside Champion Neil Duff. Hurrell has 8 WDF ranking tournaments to his name and has added the Scottish Open, Belfry Open, Isle of Man Classic and Italian Grand Masters to his rest of 2022.
Of course there are also many ex-PDC tour card holders. The most famous are probably Adrian Gray, Andy Hamilton, Steve Hine, Wayne Jones, Nick Kenny, Mark McGinney, Wes Newton, Alan Norris, Colin Osborne, James Richardson and Conan Whitehead. William Borland, Andy Bolton, Keegan Brown, Brett Claydon, David Evans, Peter Hudson, Adam Hunt, Jake Jones, Eddie Lovely, Jack Mayne and Scott Mitchell will try to win back the lost PDC tour card for 2022 immediately.
Stephen Burton, David Pallett, Lee Evans, Jim McEwan, Andy Jenkins and Michael Flynn finished 2022 in the top 16 of the PDC Challenge Tour and therefore have the advantage of already making it into Thursday.