Sudbury Town’s Brett Claydon (pictured) narrowly missed out on a tour card on the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) circuit at Qualifying School.
The 33-year-old was among a field of 400 players competing for one of 30 tour cards on offer over four days in Wigan last week.
It was Claydon’s fourth attempt at winning a tour card, and the Soham-based ace made a flying start by reaching the last 16 on the first day, which earned him five points towards the Q-School Order of Merit.
Claydon suffered early exits on the next two days, losing 5-3 to Richard North in the last 128 on day two before being edged out 5-4 by Steve Brown in the last 256 on day three.
A narrow defeat to David Evans in the last 32 on the final day left Claydon on nine points on the Order of Merit, just one point short of Ron Meulenkamp, who took the 14th and final remaining tour card left after the event had finished.
n Elsewhere, Hadleigh’s Curtis Hammond suffered double disappointment in the UK Qualifiers for the first PDC European Tour events of the year.
Hammond lost in the final round of qualifying for both the Dutch Darts Masters and German Darts Masters events, after coming through the first two rounds of both impressively.
The 25-year-old saw off James Hubbard (6-1) and Ben Ward (6-1) to set up a clash with John Henderson (4-6) in the last round of qualifying for the Dutch Masters.
Hammond then beat Barrie Bates 6-3 and Stuart Harding 6-5, before losing in a deciding leg to Stuart Kellett in the last round of qualifying for the German Masters.