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Hubbard Continues Youth Tour Dominance

Hubbard pictured with the World Youth trophy after his victory over Michael van Gerwen at the O2 last week (credit: Lawrence Lustig/ PDC)
James Hubbard followed up his maiden World Youth Championship title in midweek with victory in the first of Saturday's Youth Tour events in Reading. 

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Hubbard took the £10,000 World Youth Championship title two days ago with his 6-3 defeat of Michael van Gerwen at The O2 in London and continued from where he left off with a series of superb showings throughout the gruelling day of matches.

The 19-year-old won a further seven games to pick up the £500 first prize in the first of this weekend's trio of Youth Tour events at the Rivermead Centre.

He began the day with whitewashes of Connor Durham and Dan Dean, before defeating Brandon Walsh, Ryan Harrington and Matthew Dennant to reach the semi-finals, where he overcame Keegan Brown 4-1.

Hubbard then saw off Ben Songhurst by the same scoreline in the final to win his first Youth Tour title.

The rich vein of form then continued in the second event of the day as he made it to the Semi-Finals without dropping a leg, but was denied back-to-back final appearances by the highly rated Michael Smith, who edged the deciding leg to win 4-3.

The second event was won by Smith himself after he went on to defeat Jamie Landon 4-1 in the final.

Norfolk ace Hubbard's £700 haul from the two events means he comfortably tops the Youth order of merit having earned £1,600 from the five events played so far.

The full field of 122 players will return on Sunday for the sixth event of the season, which commences at 12pm. 

PDC Unicorn Youth Tour Event Four Results

First Round
Andrew Clark 4-1 Tom Smith
Josh McCarthy 4-1 Jack Morris
Nathan Aspinall 4-3 Sam Guest
Shaun Griffiths 4-1 Mike Nissen
Lee Whitworth 4-2 Christopher Quantock 
Michael Smith 4-2 William Robbins 
Rhys Hayden 4-2 James O'Connor 
Jake Patchett 4-0 Ross Dalton-Short
Steve Haggerty 4-3 Darren Whittingham
Adam Hart 4-0 Benjamin Witcombe
Ricky Evans 4-1 James Smith
Keegan Brown 4-0 Luke Purcell 
Samuel Head Bye
Paddy Meaney 4-2 Joe Davis 
Jamie Lewis 4-0 Lee Barrow 
Harry Miles 4-2 Lewis Venes
Liam Showell 4-2 Samiel Price
Jake Jones 4-2 Kristian Wharton
Sam Hewson 4-1 Joshua Richardson
Ryan Harrington 4-1 Anthony West
Brandon Walsh 4-1 Matt Gallett
Joe Hunt 4-2 Joshua Carter
Dan Dean 4-1 Benjamin Sutton 
James Hubbard 4-0 Connor Durham
Wouter Vaes 4-1 Ryan Sullivan
Ryan Maher 4-2 Ryan Herrington
George Killington 4-2 Matthew Dicken 
Arron Monk 4-0 Rhys Dudley 
Luke Humphries 4-1 Ryan Smith 
Dan Cross 4-1 John Esam 
Matthew Dennant 4-1 Hermie van Orsouw
Sam Davidson 4-2 James Thompson
Reece Robinson 4-3 Adam Smith-Neale 
Josh Payne 4-0 Harry Lane 
Dan Read 4-1 Jack Hill
Kirsty Hutchinson 4-2 Matthew Hall 
Shane Friedlander 4-1 George Gardner
Sam Hamilton 4-2 Chris Aubrey
Brandonn Monk 4-0 Ryan Guinnane
Ben Songhurst 4-0 Robert Raine
Josh Jones 4-1 James Young 
Martin Walker 4-2 Daniel Cooper
Craig Brown 4-3 Luke Broadbent 
Sam Hill 4-1 Michael Blake
Oliver Stell 4-1 Joe Thompson 
Curtis Hammond 4-3 John de Kruijf
Nicholas Day 4-1 Liam Fairclough
Kurtis Atkins 4-3 Kirk Deruyter 
Ash Khayat 4-0 Rees Hall 
John Seagrave 4-0 Michael Finch 
Nathan Street 4-1 Shaun Frowen 
Jamie Landon 4-1 Jake Pennington 
Lewis Oliver 4-2 Alexander Topper
Carl Draper 4-0 Robert Marsden
David Williams 4-1 Kirsty Haw 
Leon Bailey 4-3 Jordan Vickers 
Graham Hutchinson 4-1 Peter Browning
Richard North 4-0 Aden Kirk
Thomas Chant 4-2 Jack Tweddell

Second Round
Josh McCarthy 4-2 Andrew Clark 
Shaun Griffiths 4-2 Nathan Aspinall 
Michael Smith 4-2 Lee Whitworth 
Jake Patchett 4-2 Rhys Hayden
Steve Haggerty 4-1 Adam Hart
Keegan Brown 4-2 Ricky Evans 
Paddy Meaney 4-3 Samuel Head
Harry Miles 4-2 Jamie Lewis 
Jake Jones 4-1 Liam Showell
Ryan Harrington 4-0 Sam Hewson
Brandon Walsh 4-1 Joe Hunt
James Hubbard 4-0 Dan Dean 
Wouter Vaes 4-1 Ryan Maher
George Killington 4-2 Arron Monk
Luke Humphries 4-1 Daniel King-Morris 
Matthew Dennant 4-2 Dan Cross 
Sam Davidson 4-2 Reece Robinson
Josh Payne 4-2 Dan Read
Shane Friedlander 4-3 Kirsty Hutchinson 
Sam Hamilton 4-2 Brandonn Monk
Ben Songhurst 4-0 Joshua Witcombe 
Josh Jones 4-1 Martin Walker
Craig Brown 4-3 Tommy Lishman
Sam Hill 4-0 Oliver Stell
Curtis Hammond 4-2 Nicholas Day
Ash Khayat 4-1 Kurtis Atkins 
John Seagrave 4-1 Nathan Street
Jamie Landon 4-1 Lewis Oliver
Carl Draper 4-2 Curtis Bagley 
Leon Bailey 4-0 David Williams
Adam Hunt 4-0 Graham Hutchinson
Richard North 4-2 Thomas Chant

Third Round
Shaun Griffiths 4-3 Josh McCarthy
Jake Patchett 4-3 Michael Smith 
Keegan Brown 4-0 Steve Haggerty
Harry Miles 4-3 Paddy Meaney 
Ryan Harrington 4-2 Jake Jones 
James Hubbard 4-3 Brandon Walsh 
George Killington 4-3 Wouter Vaes 
Matthew Dennant 4-0 Luke Humphries
Sam Davidson 4-3 Josh Payne
Sam Hamilton 4-1 Shane Friedlander 
Ben Songhurst 4-1 Josh Jones
Sam Hill 4-2 Craig Brown 
Ash Khayat 4-3 Curtis Hammond 
John Seagrave 4-0 Jamie Landon
Leon Bailey 4-2 Carl Draper 
Adam Hunt 4-3 Richard North
Losers £50

Fourth Round
Shaun Griffiths 4-3 Jake Patchett
Keegan Brown 4-1 Harry Miles
James Hubbard 4-2 Ryan Harrington 
Matthew Dennant 4-1 George Killington 
Sam Davidson 4-2 Sam Hamilton
Ben Songhurst 4-2 Sam Hill
John Seagrave 4-3 Ash Khayat 
Adam Hunt 4-3 Leon Bailey 
Losers £75

Quarter-Finals
Keegan Brown 4-0 Shaun Griffiths 
James Hubbard 4-1 Matthew Dennant
Ben Songhurst 4-3 Sam Davidson 
Adam Hunt 4-1 John Seagrave 
Losers £100

Semi-Finals
James Hubbard 4-1 Keegan Brown 
Ben Songhurst 4-1 Adam Hunt
Losers £200

Final
James Hubbard 4-1 Ben Songhurst
Winner £500
Runner-Up £300

PDC Unicorn Youth Tour Event Five Results

First Round
Shaun Griffiths 4-1 Sam Davidson 
Brandonn Monk 4-2 Jack Tweddell 
Nathan Aspinall 4-1 Chris Aubrey
Joshua Carter 4-2 Matthew Hall 
Brandon Walsh 4-3 Matthew Dennant 
Josh Payne 4-1 Robert Raine 
Adam Hart 4-1 Peter Browning 
Jake Jones 4-0 Graham Hutchinson 
Ash Khayat 4-1 David Williams
George Killington 4-1 Shaun Frowen
Leon Bailey 4-0 Tommy Lishman 
Adam Hunt 4-1 Craig Brown 
Reece Robinson 4-1 Ryan Smith 
George Gardner 4-1 Robert Marsden 
Aden Kirk 4-0 Michael Finch 
Paddy Meaney 4-0 Nathan Street 
Jamie Lewis 4-0 Connor Durham
Samuel Head 4-1 Rees Hall 
Jake Patchett 4-3 Kurtis Atkins 
Daniel King-Morris 4-3 Hermie van Orsouw
Matthew Dicken 4-1 Benjamin Sutton 
Josh McCarthy 4-3 James Smith 
Lewis Venes 4-1 James Young
Adam Smith-Neale 4-1 Sam Guest
Harry Lane 4-1 Kristian Wharton
Ricky Evans 4-0 Martin Walker 
Jamie Landon 4-1 Oliver Stell 
Ryan Maher 4-1 Sam Hewson 
William Robbins 4-0 Luke Broadbent 
Ryan Sullivan 4-2 Joe Thompson
James O'Connor 4-1 Kirsty Hutchinson 
Daniel Cooper 4-0 Craig Thomas
Kirk Deruyter 4-1 Liam Fairclough 
Luke Humphries 4-3 Alexander Topper 
Shane Friedlander 4-1 Rhys Dudley
Joshua Richardson 4-1 Matt Gallett
Curtis Bagley 4-2 Dan Cross 
Nicholas Day 4-3 Luke Purcell
Ben Songhurst 4-2 Tom Smith 
Wouter Vaes 4-0 Aaron Bateman
John de Kruijf 4-0 Liam Knill 
James Thompson 4-3 Josh Jones 
Ryan Herrington 4-1 Mike Nissen
Thomas Chant 4-0 Ryan Guinnane 
Keegan Brown 4-2 Lee Barrow
Joe Hunt 4-1 Carl Draper
Harry Miles 4-2 Rhys Hayden
Andrew Clark 4-0 Jack Morris 
Steve Haggerty 4-1 Anthony West
Darren Whittingham 4-3 Curtis Hammond 
Dan Read 4-0 Jordan Vickers 
Kacey Jones 4-3 John Esam 
John Seagrave 4-2 Richard North
Michael Blake 4-1 Liam Showell 
Dan Dean 4-1 Jake Pennington 
Michael Smith 4-0 Ross Dalton-Short
Sam Hamilton 4-1 Lee Whitworth 

Second Round
Shaun Griffiths 4-3 Brandonn Monk
Joshua Carter 4-2 Nathan Aspinall 
Josh Payne 4-2 Brandon Walsh 
Jake Jones 4-0 Adam Hart 
Ash Khayat 4-2 George Killington
Adam Hunt 4-3 Leon Bailey 
Reece Robinson 4-2 Lewis Oliver 
George Gardner 4-3 Aden Kirk
Jamie Lewis 4-0 Paddy Meaney 
Samuel Head 4-3 Jake Patchett
Matthew Dicken 4-2 Daniel King-Morris 
Josh McCarthy 4-3 Lewis Venes
Adam Smith-Neale 4-0 Joe Davis
Ricky Evans 4-1 Harry Lane 
Jamie Landon 4-3 Ryan Harrington 
Ryan Maher 4-1 William Robbins
James O'Connor 4-1 Ryan Sullivan 
Kirk Deruyter 4-2 Daniel Cooper 
Luke Humphries 4-0 Shane Friedlander
Curtis Bagley 4-0 Joshua Richardson 
James Hubbard 4-0 Nicholas Day
Ben Songhurst 4-3 Wouter Vaes
Arron Monk 4-0 John de Kruijf
James Thompson 4-2 Ryan Herrington
Keegan Brown 4-0 Thomas Chant 
Harry Miles 4-3 Joe Hunt 
Steve Haggerty 4-0 Andrew Clark 
Darren Whittingham 4-2 Dan Read
Sam Hill 4-1 Kacey Jones
John Seagrave 4-0 Michael Blake
Dan Dean 4-3 Christopher Quantock
Michael Smith 4-0 Sam Hamilton

Third Round
Shaun Griffiths 4-2 Joshua Carter
Josh Payne 4-2 Jake Jones
Ash Khayat 4-3 Adam Hunt
Reece Robinson 4-1 George Gardner
Jamie Lewis 4-3 Samuel Head
Josh McCarthy 4-1 Matthew Dicken 
Adam Smith-Neale 4-1 Ricky Evans
Jamie Landon 4-1 Ryan Maher
James O'Connor 4-2 Kirk Deruyter
Luke Humphries 4-1 Curtis Bagley 
James Hubbard 4-0 Ben Songhurst
James Thompson 4-2 Arron Monk 
Harry Miles 4-2 Keegan Brown
Steve Haggerty 4-0 Darren Whittingham
Sam Hill 4-1 John Seagrave
Michael Smith 4-1 Dan Dean
Losers £50

Fourth Round
Shaun Griffiths 4-2 Josh Payne
Reece Robinson 4-1 Ash Khayat 
Jamie Lewis 4-1 Josh McCarthy
Jamie Landon 4-3 Adam Smith-Neale
Luke Humphries 4-1 James O'Connor
James Hubbard 4-0 James Thompson
Harry Miles 4-3 Steve Haggerty
Michael Smith 4-2 Sam Hill 
Losers £75

Quarter-Finals
Shaun Griffiths 4-1 Reece Robinson
Jamie Landon 4-1 Jamie Lewis 
James Hubbard 4-0 Luke Humphries 
Michael Smith 4-1 Harry Miles 
Losers £100

Semi-Finals
Jamie Landon 4-3 Shaun Griffiths 
Michael Smith 4-3 James Hubbard 
Losers £200

Final
Michael Smith 4-1 Jamie Landon
Winner £500
Runner-Up £300
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