The PDC returned to the town of Niedernhausen in Germany for the third Super Series Event of 2021.
Two board finals and a nine darter was a satisfactory return for Stephen Bunting who is eagerly eyeing a return to the Winter Gardens and a place in the World Matchplay.
With many of the top seeds dropping out due to travel restrictions, the door was left open for a number of players to take full advantage and climb up the order of merit rankings.
On the opening day, Bunting overcame the Austrian Harald Leitinger before falling at the hands of Geert De Voss in game two.
Day two was more successful for The Bullet as he went one step further and reached the board final. A 6-2 victory over Polish player Sebastian Bialecki set up a match with Ron Meulenkamp in the last 64. Cruising at 5-0 against the Dutchman, Bunting won the contest in style with a magnificent 9-darter – unfortunately for Meulenkamp, he was too busy running repairs on his darts to notice! Nathan Aspinall ended Buntings run in the following game.
It was back to back board finals on the penultimate day of action, beginning with a 6-3 win over Rowby-John Rodriguez followed up with the same scoreline against Aussie, Gordon Mathers. But despite Bunting averaging 100 in the last 32 game, it was Chris Dobey who prevailed 6-1.
All hopes of a final day success were halted at the hands of Martin Schindler. The Bullet began the afternoon well, winning a last leg decider against Richie Edhouse but the German was in superb form and ended Buntingâ€™s Super Series exploits with an excellent performance.
Afterwards, Bunting said: â€œNot a bad few days in Germany, lots of COVID tests to ensure we were all safe whilst there. But despite having to quarantine for ten days upon returning home, it was all worth it to land the second 9-darter of my PDC career.â€