Consistency is often a word you’ll often hear in darts – and especially when Stephen Bunting is in that particular sentence.
Almost straight off the plane from Gibraltar it was on the road to Barnsley for the penultimate bunch of pro-tour events. And yet again, The Bullet performed steadily, only averaging below 90 on just one of his ten matches over the weekend – and that was 89.66.
Day three was the highlight for the Bunting camp resulting in a fine run to the quarter-final.
That particular Saturday afternoon began with a solid 6-2 win over Damien Mol before defeating Belgian Mario Vandenbogarde with the same scoreline to advance, averaging over a ton in the process.
In the board final, the Liverpudlian overcame his second Dutch opponent of the day, getting the better of Jermaine Wattimena 6-3 to advance into the last 16.
A comfortable 6-1 victory over Joe Murnan took Stephen into the quarters but it was former World Champion Rob Cross who halted Bunting’s progress, claiming a 6-2 win en route to the Volatage’s second pro-tour title of the year.
Aside from that fine trot into the last eight, there were three other victories, notably a colossal 108.65 averaging in whitewashing John Henderson on the final day of action.
Afterwards, this is what Stephen had to say: “I was pleased with the way I played in large patches of the weekend. A few things I need to tidy up on going forward into the back end of the year but I feel good about my game.
“Delighted to have had at least one positive run. Rob [Cross] was the better player in that quarter-final but I had my chances. It’s about taking them at the right time and if I can do that, then I’m confident more titles will follow.
“I have a few days to relax and hit the practice board before I head to Dortmund for the European Championships.”