Terry puts everything into winning from 9-5 down! (pic Lustig/PDC)
It’s that time, when the players head to sunny (ish) Blackpool for the 2nd most prestigious darts tournament in the PDC calendar, the Betfair World Matchplay.
With £5,000 won for just making the talented last 32, there’s also a lot of prize money on offer for those who can bring their A game.
Terry opened his campaign on the opening night, with a very tough game against the very much fancied Kim Huybrechts, one of a talented pair of brothers from Belgium.
Kim started the game in tremendous form, on a 110 average at the first break. While other players may have given up, Terry’s fans know The Bull never ever gives in. Terry upped his game to another level, and won leg after leg to draw level, and then overtake Kim to win the game 11-9. The game was widely credited with being THE game of the first night, and who knows, maybe the entire first round.
Round 1: Terry Jenkins 11-9 Kim Huybrechts
“I’m feeling exhausted after that!” said Jenkins. “It was a good game and maybe Kim should have beaten me, but he didn’t miss anything until the end there and I suppose he had to miss at some point. At 9-5 I told myself to dig in, and I knew that if I could win a leg against the darts that I was probably going to win my legs with the darts the way I was throwing, so I was waiting for Kim to make a little mistake.
I could see that he was probably thinking about winning, and I took my chances when I had them.”
Terry celebrates his win on the Blackpool stage (Pic Lustig/PDC)
Jenkins now plays five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld, about 9.30pm, on Wednesday 25th July.
Round 2: Terry Jenkins (92.85 ave) 13-10 Raymond van Barneveld
Terry wins an amazing game, showing true bottle once again. 50% check-out average was the big difference.
1/4 Finals: Terry Jenkins (96.94 ave) 16-12 Adrian Lewis (93.34 ave)
10x 180s and two 121 c/os for Jenkins in his magnificent win!
Jenkins has his head on this afternoon! no laughing n joking.. just pure darts chucking! Averaging 107 after 6 legs, and 100% c/o rate! Terry reaches a 10-6 lead still averaging over 102, including 8 maximums! Lewis shows his world championship form to get back to 11-11.. but then The Bull pushes on again.. with a hold then a break.. 13-11 up. Head down from that point, the crowd sing Bully’s name as he beats the world champion 16-12!
Semi Final: Terry Jenkins 15-17 James Wade
The Bull starts fantastically once again, rushing into a 4-1 lead at the first break. Wade then starts to come to life, and it’s 6-3.. then Wade hits 6 legs in a row. Terry gave himself a real talking to at the break, and suddenly manages to stuff something in Wade’s spokes.. and wins 2 legs ton the trot.. now only 9-8 to Wade. It’s a second charge from the Bull, 5 legs in a row! The break comes at the wrong time, and Wade comes back to break. Then a 144 for Wade to break. 13-12 to Wade, and then a fantastic 98 c/o and a break for Jenkins makes it all square again. Wade takes a two leg advantage.. but under massive pressure, The Bull holds and breaks back, 15-15!! Heartbreak.. Terry misses several darts to hold throw .. and Wade breaks.
Well Terry did all his fans proud in that tournament, every single game entertaining AND showing true bottle and fight. The BULL IS BACK ON A CHARGE!
Terry chucking against Wade in the semi final of the Matchplay (Pic Lustig/PDC)