Template - Date: Verberk beats Moston in JDC Final

The culmination of the year’s tournaments on the PDC-affiliated Junior Darts Corporation circuit had seen the six tour events and the inaugural Junior European Championship – which was won by Moston – followed by a Grand Final.

Dutch teenager Verberk, 17, had won through the Grand Final’s early rounds in Essex earlier in December to secure his place in the final, and started confidently with a 180 in his opening throw before taking out 105 to win the first leg.

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He also punished missed doubles from Stoke’s Moston, also 17, to win the second leg against the throw and took the third before hitting another 180 as he secured a whitewash win. Verberk was presented with a trophy and a £1,000 cheque for the triumph, as he succeeds Josh Richardson as the second JDC UK Tour champion.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Verberk, a trainee mechanic. “The first experience on the stage was good, I felt pretty comfortable. “I’m still pretty new and still discovering everything, I’m still 17 and have so many years to go. Michael van Gerwen was one of the first players I saw and I just want to be as good as him.”

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Junior Darts Corporation chairman Steve Brown added: “It’s been a great year. We had six events leading up to this and I think the right two players were in the final and the final was a great experience for both of them.

“This year has seen the inaugural European Championship – Jim was the winner of that – and we’re branching out and attracting players such as Maikel, which for us is fantastic.” For further information about the Junior Darts Corporation, visit www.juniordarts.com or follow @JDCDarts on Twitter.