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Plymouth youngster books spot at World Junior Darts Championships with UK tour win

A YOUNG darts player from Plymouth has qualified for the World Junior Championship after winning a top UK competition in Worcester.

Plymouth Studio School’s Keelan Kay triumphed in the third Modus UK Tour event of 2017 by beating Hertfordshire’s Jarred Cole in the final.

The pair produced a high quality final, which went down to a deciding leg shoot-out.

Kay was in sublime form, hitting great finishes, scoring 180s, but Cole, in his fourth JDC final, dug deep and drew on his experience to level the match at 4-4 to take it to the last leg.

However, Kay made sure he finished the job to seal the win.

Both Kay and Cole will be in the World Junior Darts Championship finals in December.

That event in Bristol will feature 32 players, 16 UK-based and 16 qualifiers from around the world.

The tournament will be played down to the final on December 3.

The final will then be played on stage at Alexandra Palace during the 2018 PDC William Hill World Championship.

Earlier this year, Kay made his debut for England Under-18s, despite only being 15, and was voted player of the tournament.

The day before the World Junior Championship in December, Kay will represent his country at the European Championships and has also qualified for the  Winmau World Masters ‘ event in September.

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