Jamie Hughes took on ‘The Boss’ Ross Montgomery, which on paper looked the be one of the best ties in the first round. As The number four seed Hughes looks to improve on last year, when he reached the last 16.
Jamie Hughes had the darts to start the match, Hughes wited the bull for an 83 finish, Montgomery failed to take advantage missing three darts at d18, and Hughes returned to take out d8 for the opening leg. Hughes missed three darts on 40 for a 2-0 lead but Montgomery took out d8 to level the set. Hughes took out tops to lead 2-1 with Montgomery back on 170. Montgomery took out 70 on tops to take the opening set to a deciding leg.
Hughes hit the first maximum of the match to leave a finish, whilst Montgomery way back on 281, but Hughes missed 3 darts at a double on 32, but he returned and missed three more darts at a double but with Montgomery back on 170, but Hughes missed nine darts at a double for the set, however Montgomery struggled on the doubles too and Hughes eventually took out d2 for the set.
Hughes started the opening leg of the second set well leaving a finish after just nine darts, Hughes missed a dart at tops to break the Montgomery throw but the Scot failed to capitalise and Hughes took out d10 to break the Scot’s throw and lead 1-0 in the second set. Hughes started the next leg emphatically kicking out the leg with three 140’s on the bounce, and Hughes doubled his advantage taking out d10. Montgomery missed d16 for a 102 finish, but Hughes failed to capitalise, more missed doubles from the scot allowed Jamie Hughes to take out d16 to open up a two set lead.
Montgomery kicked off the third set with five perfect darts, however hughes hit a 180 at the perfect time to leave 20, but Montgomery took out d4 to take the opening leg, Hughes broke straight back with a 64 finish on d8 to level the third set and stole the darts to throw for a 2-1 lead. Hughes hit 132 to leave d16 for a 2-1 lead, however he missed three darts at a double, but yet again Montgomery failed to take advantage and Hughes took out d8 to open up a 2-1 lead. The fourth leg both players started steady hitting 100 minimum scores, Montgomery missed a dart at tops to stay in the match, but Hughes missed three darts for a 56 out, and Montgomery took the third set to a deciding leg. Hughes took out tops for the match with Montgomery back on 68 waiting to pounce.
A routine win for Hughes not the best game in terms of standard but the number four seed got the job done with an 83.76 Average