‘Captain’ Kirk set for World Youth challenge

Aden Kirk
Aden Kirk

Eastwood darts star Aden ‘Captain’ Kirk has been in action once again as he continues to make great strides in the sport.

Kirk, 22, shot to stardom last month by reaching the last 16 of the Coral UK Open, beating darts legend Phil Taylor and also Peter Wright in the process.

He followed that up by winning the Nottinghamshire Open from a field of over 100 players, and last weekend was in Reading for the latest round of the PDC’s Unicorn Challenge Tour and also event three of the Unicorn Youth Tour.

Kirk reached the last eight of the Youth Tour competition, beating Chris Gower (4-0), Nathan Cross (4-0), John Esam (4-3) and Rhys Haden (4-3) before finally being knocked out by eventual winner Mike Zuydwijk 4-1.

In the Challenge event on Sunday, Kirk eased past Curtis Bagley 5-1 in the first round before then narrowly losing out 5-4 to Mark Hylton in round two.

Kirk will be back in Reading tonight (Friday) as he competes in the last 64 of the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship.

He qualified automatically for the event, based on the 2013 Youth Tour order of merit.

Players are bidding to win places in May’s final, which will be held during the Betway Premier League Darts play-offs at the 02 Arena in London.