Barnsley was once again the destination for the the final Super Series of the year.

After briefly popping over the Amsterdam for the World Series, the PDC did a quick turnabout and within a fortnight, returned to the Metrodome.

For Stephen Bunting, it was three more opportunities to pick up some vital ranking money.

And all in all, it was a relatively successful visit for The Bullet. Despite not collecting another title, there were some solid performances, good victories and a bit of depth within the events.

Day one began with comprehensive wins over Aaron Beeney and Dutchman, Davy Proosten. Unfortunately, he then walked into a very inform Rob Cross in the board final.

That said, Bunting pushed the Voltage close and at 4-1 up, looked to be in full control. However, in the battle of former the World Champions, it was the 2018 one who got over the line first with some excellent darts – taking the contest in an impressive last leg decider.

In the second event the following day, Bunting took out the Belgian, Geert de Vos but was tripped up by fellow St Helens player, Alan Tabern. In a nervy last leg, it was the left hander who edged it and progressed.

Looking for a strong last day, The Bullet didn’t disappoint. In his most successful of the three outings, he reached the last sixteen stage.

After losing two last leg deciders earlier in the week, Bunting turned the tables on Scott Waites and Martin Atkins, winning both matches 6-5.

Then, it was further redemption as for the second time in the Super Series, he faced Rob Cross in the board final. Same fixture but thankfully a different result for the Liverpudlian who was majestic this time around. At 3-2 down, Bunting put his foot down and ran out a 6-4 winner.

Waiting for him in the last 16 was a man who’d just picked up his fourth television title of the year, Jonny Clayton. And the Welshman impeccably romped to a 6-1 victory, ending any of a second pro-tour crown of the year for Bunting.

Afterwards, Stephen said: “I have to be happy with those three days. There was only one match in the whole Super Series that I averaged below 90 and felt I played very well.

“Two of my defeats were against players who have recently won on television – Rob Cross and Jonny Clayton. And in the matches against me, they were outstanding.

“I have to recompose for tomorrow now and look to claim my spot at the Grand Slam of Darts in the qualifiers.”

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