Lewis and Clayton in UK Open

CARDIGAN’S Jamie Lewis and Jonny Clayton have both qualified for the UK Open Darts Championship, which is set to take place between next Friday (March 3) and Sunday, March 5.

They are just two of 128 players that have been confirmed for the tournament following the conclusion of the six UK Open Qualifiers for professionals and the Rileys Amateur Qualifiers.

The finals will be held at the Butlins Minehead Resort, with coverage live on ITV4 and play simultaneously across eight stages in the early rounds.

The six UK Open Qualifiers for PDPA members each featured £60,000 in prize money, with Peter Wright winning three of the tournaments, Simon Whitlock claiming a double and Michael van Gerwen securing one victory.

The series also saw Van Gerwen hit two nine-dart finishes in one match during Qualifier Four, while Ted Evetts, Darren Webster, Ronny Huybrechts and Christian Kist also achieved perfect legs.

Following the six UK Open Qualifiers, the top 96 players from the UK Open Order of Merit progress to compete in Minehead, alongside 32 Rileys Amateur Qualifiers who won through from knockouts held in Rileys Sports Bars across four weekends.

The players ranked 65-96 plus the Rileys Amateur Qualifiers enter at the first round stage in Minehead, with the players ranked 33-64 entering in the second round and the top 32 ranked players entering in the third round.

Jamie Lewis is set to enter at the second round stage and will play the winner of the match between Paul Hogan and Keegan Brown.

Jonny Clayton will enter at the first round and is set to play Jimmy McKirdy.

Dutchman Michael Van Gerwen has won the tournament for the past two years and he could walk away with a hat trick of titles.

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