Chris shines in televised darts tournament

Chris Dobey after beating Adrian Lewis at the Grand Slam Of Darts. Picture by Chris Dean/PDC
Chris Dobey after beating Adrian Lewis at the Grand Slam Of Darts. Picture by Chris Dean/PDC

A rising darts star is reflecting on stunning performances against the world’s best.

Chris Dobey hit the spotlight for his performances in the Grand Slam of Darts tournament, which took place last week at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton.

The Bedlington darts ace, ranked 54th in the PDC (Professional Darts Corporation), proved a popular attraction during the televised tournament.

The early stages was a round robin format, with Chris coming second in the group of four after narrowly losing 5-4 to Benito van de Pas.

But in the next match he beat former PDC World Champion Adrian Lewis 5-3, repeating the same scoreline against Scott Mitchell.

In the next round he came up against BDO local hero Jamie Hughes in one of the most exciting matches of the competition.

Chris took an early lead in this best of 19 legs, but he had to watch Hughes pull that lead back.

With the score at 9-9, it came down to a nervy deciding leg which saw Chris hit the winning double with hundreds of north east dart fans sitting on the edge of their seats for this TV spectacular.

In the quarter finals, Chris came up against the experienced James Wade.

He a few missed shots at doubles which saw Wade pull away in the early stages of the match to come out the winner 16-5.

Chris, who has made his name winning local tournaments plus making the last 32 of the World Masters and European Championships, is tipped for the top in the PDC.

Had Chris won his quarter final then he would have played his mentor and sponsor World Champion Gary Anderson in the semi-final.

Talking on Twitter about his loss and overall tournament performance, Chris said: “Just wasn’t to be, but I can hold my head high after this week’s performance.

“What an experience it has been loved every second of it.”

His next tournament is the Players Championships.