The European Tour kicked back into action over the weekend. That meant a trip to Budapest for Stephen Bunting as he looked to claim the Hungarian Darts Trophy.
And the Bullet’s quest for a maiden title on the continent got off to the best possible start, comprehensively defeating talented youngster Callan Rydz 6-0.
It was a blistering performance from the Liverpudlian as he signalled his intent from the off with a colossal 103.66 average.
Unfortunately, the run abruptly came to a halt in round two as Bunting fell at the hands of Nathan Aspinall in a match where neither player hit top gear.
In fact, the higher of the averages went to the former Lakeside World Champion but that was little consolation as it was the Asp grabbed a 6-3 win to progress.
The PDC calender now starts to pick up pace and the events begin to come thick and fast.
Speaking after the tournament, Bunting reflected on his performances in Hungary as well as looking ahead to the next several weeks.
“Extremely happy with how I began in Hungary. I know what a dangerous opponent Callan [Rydz] can be and it was a tough draw to start off with.
“But fortunately, I hit the ground running and felt comfortable on that stage from the very start.
“Equally though, I was disappointed with how I played against Nathan [Aspinall]. It was a bit of a scrappy match but when someone as good as him isn’t at his best, you have to capitalise and sadly I didn’t manage to do that.
“As always though, I will take the positives. I know how good I can play when I’m at my best. Things get quite hectic from now in terms of events so there are plenty of chances for me to climb up the rankings and hopefully pick up a title.
“These next few months are very important so I will get back on the practice board and make sure I am perfectly prepared for what lies ahead.