Leighton Bennett claimed victory over Phil Taylor for the first time in the BDO World Youth Champion’s fledgling career last night at the Frankfurt Darts Gala.

Bennett didn’t win the event hosted by SAP with Peter Wright claiming the title with victory over Raymond van Barneveld; but ‘Boom Boom’ called it a dream come true.

Despite that though he knows that he has to keep his feet grounded; with the 13-year old taking the darting world by storm as of late.

“I can’t believe I’ve become a World Champion and beaten Phil Taylor within six months,” admitted Bennett to LiveDarts. “That’s a dream come true.

“I feel like a kid on Christmas morning, I never believed this was possible. I had a great match with Phil at the Tower of London a couple of months ago but he was too good.

“I was so frustrated with myself for letting that chance go. Then I drew him again here and told myself I wasn’t going to let this chance slip.

“During the whole match I just kept focused, I didn’t even give Phil any eye contact just so I forgot that I was playing him!

“It’s a brilliant win but now I just have to forget about it very quickly. I know I leapt up in the air again after the final dart but I need to keep my feet on the ground.”

Credit: Rab Bain


Author: Samuel Gill