Payne puts in a superb display on WC debut narrowly edged out by Jenkins
Josh took on Terry Jenkins in his debut at the William Hill World Darts Championship, and it was a superb match and Josh played superbly.
In the opening leg, it took Josh just six darts to find his first maximum of the match, but it was on Jenkins’ throw and ‘The Bull’ took out D12 to lead 1-0.
However Josh came firing back in leg two taking out 75 on Tops while under a bit of pressure with Jenkins sat on 75 himself.
Josh kicked off leg three superbly as he fired in FIVE perfect darts, Josh left 50 after 12 darts and Jenkins took out 106 to lead 2-1.
Josh levelled the set at two legs a-piece after taking out 46 on D9.
The deciding leg of the first set was a tense one for both players and the leg belonged to Jenkins in all fairness but sensationally he missed SIX darts for the set, and Josh took full advantage as he picked out Tops himself to win the opening set.
Josh had the darts in the second set, but Jenkins seemed to up his game in the set.
Josh missed a dart at Tops for a 116 but Jenkins found Tops himself to take the first leg.
Josh fired in his third maximum in seven legs in the next leg and set up 81 after nine, but narrowly missed Bull for the leg and in stepped Jenkins to take out 60 for a 14-darter opening up a two leg lead in the set.
Josh was in firm control of the third leg and he took out D10 to get it back to 1-2 with Jenkins waiting on 94 for the set.
Jenkins had the advantage in leg four on his own throw, Josh hit his fourth maximum of the match to leave D4 but he never got a shot at it as Jenkins took out D10 to claim the second set 3-1.
Both players traded 180’s at the start of the third set Josh’s FIFTH 180 in the first ten legs.
Josh looked to break the Jenkins throw as he left 64 after 12 but he didn’t get a shot at it as Jenkins took out 100 on D20 to lead 1-0.
Jenkins controlled the second leg as he hit his second maximum of the match and he took out D10 with Josh waiting on 108.
Jenkins sealed the third set (3-0) after taking out D6 just after Josh had an attempt at 112.
Josh took the first leg of the fourth set taking advantage of four missed darts at double from Jenkins.
Josh started leg two in amazing style hitting SIX perfect darts, a nine-darter looked on the cards, Josh left 50 after nine darts and unbelievably he never got a shot at it as Jenkins took out 140 for a 12-darter on throw to level the set.
Jenkins broke Josh’s throw in the third leg with his second ton plus finish in succession this time on 121 on D8.
Josh took the fourth leg breaking Jenkins straight back after taking out D16 to force a deciding leg in the fourth set.
Josh narrowly missed the Bull for a 124 for the set, but then returned for 25 but agonisingly missed two darts at D8 to level the match at 2-2 and Jenkins took out D10 for the match.
In his post match interview with Dan Dawson, Josh had this to say:
” he played really really well there, after the first set i found it hard to find my range. In the second set i came out struggling i don’t know and he took advantage and went on top”
“I feel so comfortable on the stage, I’ve been in four majors this year, Terry’s an awesome player and i felt i could get him there but he came out on top”
” We reached way above our targets for this year, next year we will set our target’s a bit higher i will try to qualify for more TV events and more Euro events”