The fun may be over at the Ally Pally for the year, but one Irish thrower has a big week ahead on the oche!!!
Kyle McKinstry ladies and gentlemen. A name that most of us who follow darts may not have come across given our PDC snobbery. And here at Ball-X, we hadnt heard of the 32 year-old either. But we’re going to take a lot more notice, after the Ulsterman showed himself to have some big Ball-X on him, to take victory on the Lakeside stage this evening.
The Tandragee arrowsman, who enjoyed a breakout year in 2018, capturing the England Open after smashing Derk Telnekes in the final of the June competition, was up against Dutch opposition again, first up at the Lakeside, in the shape of World Number 11, Chris Landman.
McKinstry lost the opening set tonight, but looked to have wrestled control by taking the the next two sets. With darts in hand in set four, McKinstry could only watch on as The Countryman.
And things looked ominous for The Village Man at the beginning of the final set, but a magnificent 133 checkout in the second leg breathed life into the Northern Irishman, before stealing the throw with a double 12 in the third. And having missed four darts for the match at double 18 in the next leg, eventually found the red bit to progress to a Round 2 meeting with either England’s, Gary Robson or Canadian David Cameron. So that’s where he is now….