Jamie chatted to professional darts journalist Tom Beresford earlier this week as he reflected on his recent British Classic success over in Bridlington as he edged out Jim Williams 6-5 as the Tipton-ace came from 4-1 and 5-4 behind to pick up the title. The pair also discuss several other topics including the possibility of a move to the PDC in the near future. Give it a listen below guys.
Jamie Hughes booked his place in the Final of the England Masters which is to played on Sunday afternoon. The Tipton-based ace played some extraordinary tuff at Selsey on Friday evening to book his place in the Final. Hughes nearly got off to a perfect start as he amazingly missed D12 on the wire for a sensational nine-darter in his last 128 clash with the legend that is Andy Fordham. Jamie came through that game 4-1 and despite not nailing the perfect leg it gave him some terrific confidence as the evening progressed. Hughes then enjoyed victories over Michael Winstanley (4-0) & Graham Hall (4-3). In the last 16 it was a repeat of the 2014 World Masters Final as he took on Martin Phillips, it was another seven-leg thriller in which once again Hughes held his nerve to progress to the Quarter-Finals with a 4-3 victory.
His opponent in the last eight was Gary Robson, Hughes dominated the contest as he produced rampant display to see off the North-East man 4-1. In the Semi-Finals, Jamie took on James Hurrell. It was a closely-contested affair in which the Tipton-based star came out on top taking the match 5-3. Hughes will now take on Andy Baetens in Sunday’s final.
Jamie was in Antwerp this weekend competing in the 2017 Belgium Open & Belgium Masters. The Tipton-based star was in spectacular form as he reached back-to-back Last 16’s producing some brilliant performances along the way.
In the Belgium Open on Saturday, Jamie kicked things off with a 4-1 victory over Luxembourg’s Tom Burquel, Hughes followed that up with a 4-0 win over Jens Gabriel to move into round three. In the third round, Jamie faced off with Nick van Duivenboden in a terrific tungsten battle which went all the way as Hughes clinched a last-leg deciding 4-3 win to move into the last 32.
Jamie’s opponent in the last 32 was Northern Ireland’s Darren Clifford and it was another terrific battle as the Tipton ace managed to hold his nerve in a last-leg decider to clinch a 4-3 victory to seal a last 16 spot. In the last 16 Jamie faced a talented youngster in Kenny Neyens, unfortunately for Hughes he lost out 4-2 to the youngster. Throughout the day he had produced a string of solid displays in which he has many positives to take from it.
In the Winmau Belgium Masters, Hughes started where he left off from Saturday really as he again reached the last 16 losing out to James Hurrell in the end. Building up to the Last 16 clash, Hughes dropped just four legs as he recorded convincing victories over Cees van Leeuwen (4-2), Tom Blanke (4-0), Sven Wens (4-0) & Yoeri Duijster (4-2).
Overall, it has been a decent weekend’s work for Jamie who is getting back to his best form, up next for the Tipton ace is the Swedish Classic & the Swedish Open on August 18th & 19th.