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