In his debut in a major televised final, Terry “Tucker” Jenkins crushed Peter Manley’s hopes at a World Grand Prix final match by defeating “one dart” 6-4. Jenkins also earned himself a spot in the Premier League.
The 43-year-old from Herefordshire has made a solid name for himself over the past three years on the PDC circuit but had yet to establish himself on the televised stage.
That has changed at the Citywest Hotel after a brilliant week of darts continued with a stunning semi-final triumph.
Jenkins led Manley 2-0 in the early stages and survived a comeback to prevent the number five seed from reaching a fifth major final.
The victory also means that Jenkins will compete in the 2007 Holsten Premier League, with his run to the final meaning he will move above Wayne Mardle into sixth place in the world rankings.
Jenkins began superbly, hitting his starting double with the first dart in six of the first eight legs on his way to taking the opening two sets 3-1.
Manley hit back to lead 2-0 in the third before Jenkins set up a possible nine-dart leg by opening on 160 and landing a 180.
He added a seventh perfect dart with the treble 20, but missed double 17 to see his hopes of a ?10,000 bonus go astray.
Jenkins finished the leg in 12 darts and took the next to square the set before Manley hit double top to take the set, and then won the next 3-1 including a 12-darter of his own.
(see more of the Manley-Jenkins match on the PDPA website)
In other semi-final action, Phil “the Power” Taylor found Dennis Piestly to be no real menace…
PHIL TAYLOR battled past Dennis Priestley to reach the final of the SkyBet World Grand Prix in a classic semi-final contest at the Citywest Hotel.
The duo have shared many superb clashes during the years, and their nine-set epic in front of a packed Irish crowd will live among the best.
Priestley fought back from two sets down to tie the contest at 2-2 and the paid traded blows like veteran boxers to leave the match level at four sets each.
But Taylor found an extra gear to win three sets without reply to put himself into a seventh World Grand Prix final in the nine-year history of the tournament.
“It was very hard,” said Taylor. “I think both of us were OK for the first couple of sets and then started feeling the heat.
“It was wierd and took us four or five sets to settle down. I’ve got another big game to come with Terry tomorrow and I’ll look forward to that.
“We’ve unleashed a monster in Dennis and he’s going to be a tough cookie for the next 12 months.”
After Priestley took the game’s opening leg, Taylor won six of the next seven to move 2-0 up in the match.
Read the full Taylor-Priestley writeup on the PlanetDarts news page.