Barry and Van Peer secure PDC Tour Cards via the Development Tour

Keane Barry and Berry van Peer have secured two-year PDC Tour Cards via the Development Tour Order of Merit, with Barry joining Ryan Meikle in the 2020/21 World Championship.

The Development Tour campaign concluded in Barnsley on Sunday, with Meikle finishing top of the Order of Merit ahead of Irish sensation Barry.

With Meikle already assured of a Tour Card for 2021, the second available Tour Card is awarded to Dutch ace Van Peer – who returns to the circuit for the first time since 2017.

Barry, 18, narrowly missed out on winning a Tour Card at Qualifying School in January but will make his eagerly-awaited debut next season and head to Ally Pally for the second successive year.

A former BDO and JDC World Youth Champion, Barry picked up two Development Tour titles in Barnsley at the weekend to underline his position as one of the sport’s brightest young talents.

Van Peer, who has overcome dartitis to resurrect his career, finished third on the Development Tour Order of Merit, and has previously featured in the 2017 Grand Slam of Darts.

Meikle, a six-time Development Tour title winner, topped the final Order of Merit after winning two events this season and will make his second successive World Championship appearance in December.

The Development Tour weekend is proceeded by the PDC World Youth Championship on Monday, which will see 96 players compete for a place in November’s final.

PDC Development Tour Final Order of Merit (Top ten)

1. Ryan Meikle (£7,000)
2. Keane Barry (£6,000)
3. Berry van Peer (£4,250)
4. Damian Mol (£3,750)
5. Ted Evetts (£3,450)
6. Kevin Doets (£2,950)
7. Martin Schindler (£2,400)
8. Callan Rydz (£2,350)
9. Wessel Nijman (£2,250)
10. Niels Zonneveld (£2,200)

Keane Barry reflects on Q School heartbreak and JDC dominance

Keane Barry admits his Qualifying School disappointment was “tough to take” but insists he will learn from the experience.

Barry was beaten by Scott Waites in a play-off for a Tour Card on the final day of Qualifying School.

The 17-year-old, however, bounced back by winning the JDC Super 16 title in Milton Keynes to add to his BDO and JDC world titles.

Barry will continue to compete on the JDC circuit in 2020 as well as the Development Tour and Challenge Tour.

The Irish ace has established himself as one of darts’ brightest young prospects and made his World Championship debut in December.

On his Q School experience, he admitted: “I fell at the last hurdle, which was tough to take, but it’s all experience to take on board.”

“Next year I’ll know what it’s all about.

“I still have a lot of things to look forward to and it’s all going in a good way.”

Barry defeated 13-year-old Luke Littler 5-3 in the Super 16 final with a 95 average on The Masters stage in Milton Keynes.

Keane Barry reacts to becoming 2020 BDO World Youth Champion

Keane Barry reacts to his 3-0 victory over Leighton Bennett to be crowned 2020 BDO World Youth Champion and also outlines his plans for the year ahead, including a trip to Qualifying School.