Dave ‘Badger’ Prins reaches last 64 in Scottish Open darts but Paul Jennings goes out early

GOOD WEEKEND: Dave Prins
GOOD WEEKEND: Dave Prins

DAVE Prins amassed 12 World Championship ranking points north of the border at the weekend in the Scottish Open.

Blackhall Prins was knocked out of the Glasgow-held event, won by Tony Eccles in 2012, at the last-64 stage by Dutchman Rick Hofstra.

Paul Jennings, Hartlepool’s two-time Lakeside quarter-finalist, exited in the first main round.

The Badger had made light work of his five Saturday opponents, disposing of them all by a winning margin of three, except on one occasions.

On Sunday, however, Prins was denied a place in the last-32 by Hofstra who beat him 4-3.

“It was a very close game,” Prins said.

“There was one leg when he threw 140 to leave 36 remaining and I hit a 121 to finish.

“That took it to 2-2, then we both held our legs and he won the bull to take the final leg.

“It was close all the way through to the end.”

Though the ranking season still has a large number of events to run before the autumn cut off, Prins noted prior to the weekend the importance of accumulating points towards the anticipated 160 points target.

“I got 12 points which I’m pleased with and 54 points already,” he added.

“I’ll be practising a lot – you can’t go to tournaments unless you don’t practise.

“I’ll be on the board two to three hours a night, working on my scoring and doubling ahead of the Isle of Man Open (in early March).

Jennings, a semi finalist at last week’s BDO Darts World Trophy, had beaten Josh Bauld and Ian Graham in the first two preliminary games but was then defeated by Barry MacLean.