Billy the Kid claims biggest scalp yet

Young hot-shot: Billy Holmes.
Young hot-shot: Billy Holmes.

Teenager Billy Holmes got his first taste of PDC Challenge Tour action in Barnsley at the weekend – and typically made a big impression by claiming the biggest scalp of his young career.

Competing in rounds 10, 11 and 12 of the series, Holmes was knocked out of Saturday’s first tournament at the first time of asking, but hit back in fantastic fashion to record a 4-2 win over the highly-rated Adam Hunt on his way to the last 16 – that after 4-3 and 4-1 victories in the earlier rounds.

The 14-year-old came close to reaching the quarter finals, but was narrowly beaten 4-3 by Ryan Hogarth.

He then went on to reach the third round in Sunday’s third tournament after 4-0 and 4-1 wins, earning a total of £125 for his weekend’s efforts.

Dad Mark said: “It was the most terrifying experience of my life. The standard was so good it was scary, but Billy is holding his own.”

Despite only playing three of the 12 rounds of the Tour, Holmes is already half way up the overall league table ahead of the next round of action in Reading in September. Hunt, who won the fourth round of the Tour, sits in second place.