13-year-old Leighton Bennett continues to take the darts world by storm after beating 16-time world champion Phil Taylor in an exhibition on Tuesday evening.
The BDO world youth champion is seen as one of the thrilling skills the game has ever seen and cemented that place by beating the Energy 4-1 in Frankfurt.
Whereas solely in a non-competitive setting, it was one other signal of the unimaginable expertise of the schoolboy who’s being tipped for the highest by everybody within the recreation.
PDC world quantity 5 Peter Wright, who beat Bennett and went on to win the exhibition occasion in Frankfurt, has been totally impressed with Bennett up to now, however says he wants steering via the junior into the senior ranks.
‘I met him in Prague this year,’ Wright informed Metro.co.uk. ‘We had a little talk, he’s a pleasant man. I simply congratulated him on being youth world champion and stuff like that, clearly he’s doing very nicely.
‘He won another tournament the other week and a nine-darter, but he’s simply 13, there’s a good distance to go but..
‘Hopefully he’s nonetheless received that starvation and wanting to do all of it as he will get older, however fingers crossed and I believe he’ll go onto huge issues.
‘In the PDC you’ve received to be 16 earlier than you may be a part of so there’s a whole lot of years ready round and beating folks up, however all these exhibitions assist, taking part in in opposition to the highest gamers within the world.
‘As long as they look after him as they do, I’m positive he’ll be there nonetheless.’
Bennett was understandably thrilled to beat Taylor, particularly after shedding out to the Energy in a excessive profile exhibition on the Tower of London earlier this yr.
‘I feel like a kid on Christmas morning, I never believed this was possible,’ stated Increase Increase.
‘I had an excellent match with Phil on the Tower of London a few months in the past however he was too good. I used to be so pissed off with myself for letting that likelihood go.
‘Then I drew him again here and told myself I wasn’t going to let this opportunity slip.
‘During the whole match I just kept focused, I didn’t even give Phil any eye contact simply so I forgot that I used to be taking part in him!
‘It’s a superb win however now I simply have to overlook about it in a short time. I do know I leapt up within the air once more after the ultimate dart however I want to hold my toes on the bottom.’
Leighton Bennett hits 9 darter at Darts Planet TV Event
— Darts Planet TV (@DartsPlanetTV) May 25, 2019
The reward has been rolling in for Bennett in current months, together with from his pal and mentor, 2018 PDC world champion Rob Cross.
‘I’ve by no means seen a 13-year-old like him,’ Cross informed Sporting Life. ‘I played darts when I was 13 and I was alright but he’d have knocked spots off me at that age. He’s a incredible darts participant and wonderful boy – he’s been introduced up nicely with manners.’
BDO chairman Des Jacklin additionally is aware of what a expertise he has on his palms, telling Metro.co.uk: ‘I’ve requested folks if there was anyone you knew at any level that’s as good as Leighton Bennett is at this age and the reply is not any.’