No fairytale debut for Brett after falling at first hurdle
- Credit: Chris Dean/PDC
There was to be no fairytale television debut for Brett Claydon after he was knocked out of this year’s UK Open.
The Soham man was beaten 6-3 by Danny Baggish live on ITV in the first round in Milton Keynes today (Friday), despite a strong start to the match which was the best of 11 legs.
Having traded blows for six legs in a row, Claydon lost momentum when the American broke throw for the first time in the match, before taking control.
The Shredder, in his first TV match since winning a PDC tour card, started strongly, producing a neat checkout of 54 to go 2-1 up before recovering from a missed attempt at double 20 to take a 3-2 lead.
But a chance at double four to move 4-2 up went begging, as well as breaking throw, allowing Baggish to refocus.
That opportunity enabled Baggish to score well, including a 180 in the seventh leg, to win three legs on the bounce and advance to the next round.
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Claydon will now turn his attentions to the next PDC Super Series event in Milton Keynes between March 16-19.
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