Joe Westby took victory in the JDC Super 16 final in Milton Keynes on Sunday, as the 14-year-old defeated Cayden Smith 5-2.

Westby succeeds two-time winner Luke Littler and Irish talent Keane Barry as winners of the JDC Super 16, which sees the final played on stage annually during the PDC’s Cazoo Masters.

The 14-year-old progressed unbeaten through November’s early rounds in Coventry, which saw a groups stage followed by knockout rounds from the last 16 onwards.

Despite having only been playing darts for two years – mainly in the JDC’s Blackburn Academy – Westby showed no nerves to open up a 4-0 lead over Smith in Sunday’s final, landing a 14-darter to break throw and two 180s.

Stourport-on-Severn’s Smith – a 16-year-old who competes alongside Westby on the JDC’s Advanced Tour – won back-to-back legs to hit back.

Westby, though, sealed victory in style by landing his fourth 180 of the game in a 13-darter as he secured the title.

“It feels amazing,” said Westby. “To have my name on the same trophy as Keane Barry and Luke Littler is phenomenal.

“It’s been really good experience for me. I didn’t feel any nerves, I was focused on the job that I needed to do and I’m pleased with myself.

“I practice every night, I go to multiple leagues and play in different tournaments, locally and JDC, and I think I’m doing really well.”

SOURCE-PDC

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