Stephen Bunting chalked up yet another good PDC tournament run, reaching the quarter-final stage of this year’s last European Tour event.
Hildensheim, usually a Pro Tour venue, opened it’s doors to host the German Darts Championship and bring the curtain down on what has been a successful continental campaign for The Bullet.
A tense opening battle against Dutch born Swedish chucker, Jeffrey de Graaf saw the Liverpudlian grab a crucial last leg decider to advance.
Stephen then put in a fine performance, registering a ton plus average to fight off the challenge from youngster, Josh Rock courtesy of a 6-3 win.
So once again, Bunting found himself in the mix on the last day of action.
And fortunately for the former Lakeside Champ, he was once again on the right side of a final leg shoot-out to edge Jules van Dongen.
With the smell of a maiden European title filling the air, Stephen put everything into his quarter-final clash against Ricardo Pietreczko.
Disappointingly though, and despite a quite brilliant 103.74 average from The Bullet, it was the German who ran out a 6-4 victor en route to the championship.
After the match, Stephen said: “I’m really happy to have reached the Sunday evening session, that’s always my first goal.
“And I can’t say that I didn’t turn up in the quarter-final because my game was solid.
“Ricardo just took the odd chances I missed and won what I thought must have been a great match for everyone watching.
“Fair play to him and congrats on going on to pick up the title. Always a little easier pill to swallow when you get beat by the eventual winner!”
“But what’s pleasing from my perspective is that I’m beginning to regularly go deep in tournaments.
“If I can maintain that level of performance then I’m extremely confident of winning events soon.
“There’s a very important four day marathon of Pro Tour dates in Barnsley this week and I’ll be looking for even more positive displays, results and ideally a title.”