Claydon excited for rest of the year after run to quarter-finals

SHARP ARROWS: Brett Claydon defeated Daniel Key (5-4), Kevin Simm (5-4), Paul Smith (5-2) and Martin Lukeman (5-4) to reach the quarter-finals of the second PDC Challenge Tour event of the season on Saturday. The Shredder then lost 5-4 to Eddie Dootson in the last eight and finished the weekend 19th on the Challenge Tour Order of Merit
SHARP ARROWS: Brett Claydon defeated Daniel Key (5-4), Kevin Simm (5-4), Paul Smith (5-2) and Martin Lukeman (5-4) to reach the quarter-finals of the second PDC Challenge Tour event of the season on Saturday. The Shredder then lost 5-4 to Eddie Dootson in the last eight and finished the weekend 19th on the Challenge Tour Order of Merit
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Brett Claydon is excited at the prospect of playing more competitive darts on the PDC circuit during the rest of the 2016 season.

The Soham-based thrower was back in action in Wigan at the weekend as he competed in the first four events of this year’s Challenge Tour.

Claydon achieved his best run in a PDC tournament since the summer of 2014 with a run to the quarter-finals of the second event, with the Cambridgeshire county player also getting through to the last 32 and last 64 on two other occasions over the weekend.

“It was really good but a bit disappointing at some points,” Claydon reflected.

“In the first one I missed 11 darts at a double to win 5-3 in my last 32 game against Mark Lawrence.

“Mark then finished the next leg in 12 darts on his throw to win, which meant I’d have had to finish in nine darts in that leg to beat him.

“In the second one I was 4-1 up in the quarter-finals, missed a shot to win it and then lost 5-4.

“I played well over the weekend, but I also let myself down a couple of times.

“I’m looking forward to the rest of the year though. I had a good start qualifying for the UK Open, so hopefully I can build on that and try to get one of the European events in there as well.”

After losing to eventual quarter-finalist Barry Lynn in the second round of the Coral UK Open earlier this month, Claydon received an invite to play in the first two Players Championship events in Barnsley two weeks ago.

The Burwell Super League player, nicknamed The Shredder, finished seven places short on the final Qualifying School Order of Merit for a full PDC tour card at the start of the year.

However, any available spaces for the Players Championship tournaments are handed out based on those standings, with Claydon hopeful of making more appearances in the £75,000 events during the rest of the year.

“I’m enjoying my darts at the moment and I’m hoping to play the whole year on the Pro Tour and the Challenge Tour,” he said. “I would get to play more competitive darts in the PDC, which is what I want to do.”