Payne Denied on World Grand Prix Debut

Josh Payne was sadly eliminated from the Unibet World Grand Prix in his debut at the historic event at the CityWest hotel in Dublin. The Gravesend star came up against a tough opponent in Ian White, and in fairness, Payne got off to a pretty solid start in the first set. But, White was pretty strong in starting the legs off, and Payne seen one dart at D20 to level up the set at 2-2 go amiss as White took out 63 to take the opening set.

Despite firing in back-to-back maximums at the start of the second set, Payne came up second best in the leg as White produced a 13-darter to break. JP was looking dead and buried as White held throw with an 88 finish on the bull as he moved within a leg of a place in round two.

Payne survived three match darts as he took out 36 to force the match to go to another leg at least. Payne then went onto survive a stack of more match darts from White, and he punished those misses as he picked out D5 to level up the second set at 2-2. But, it wasn’t to be for Josh unfortunately as White produced another 13-dart break of throw to secure the win. It’s great to see Josh play on the big stage, and he belongs there.

Photography courtesy of Lawrence Lustig / PDC

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Tom Beresford Sports Journalist