DARTS: Gibraltar trip for ace Ward

Dorset Echo: TRIP ABROAD: Ben Ward TRIP ABROAD: Ben Ward

BEN Ward has added another trip abroad to his summer schedule after securing a place at the PDC European Tour event in Gibraltar.

The 25-year-old from Dorchester was one of 20 players to come through qualifying in Crawley, with victories over Kevin Thomas, Ricky Evans and William O’Connor earning him his spot.

And his trip to the Mediterranean at the end of June will come hot on the heels of his appearance at the European Tour event in Austria just days before.

Ward wasn’t overly happy with his performance in qualifying, but he was obviously pleased to reach another tournament on the Con-tinent.

“I didn’t play very well but I did just enough to get through,” he said. “I’ve played a lot better before and lost so it’s nice to progress when I haven’t been at my best.”

Ward also took part in legs nine and 10 of the Players’ Champion-ship while he was at the K2 Centre last weekend.

He picked up £1,000 for a run to the fourth round of Saturday’s competition, seeing off David Ladley, Darren Webster and Ian White before losing to Jamie Caven.

However, he fell at the first hurdle on Sunday thanks to a 6-3 reverse against Steve Douglas in round one.

But, all in all, things are looking good for Ward, who added: “I played really well on Saturday and thrashed Darren Webster who is going to be a top player in the next few years.

“I just need to find a bit more consistency in my game now.”

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