Caribbean darts play­ers in top form at fes­ti­val

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Al­lan wins a thriller at Soup Bowl

BAR­BA­DIAN Che Al­lan claimed a mas­sive win at home in the World Surf League Thomo Qual­i­fy­ing Se­ries (QS) 1000 by cap­tur­ing vic­tory over Amer­i­can Chauncey Robin­son in the fi­nal on Satur­day at the Soup Bowl.

An amaz­ing event cul­mi­nated be­tween two of the stand­outs and did not dis­ap­point as Al­lan and Robin­son went head-to-head. But, it was Al­lan who came out on top with 1 000 points to­wards the QS rank­ings.

Al­lan found him­self in a steep com­bi­na­tion sit­u­a­tion, need­ing two new waves, af­ter Robin­son opened up with an ex­cel­lent 8.90 (out of a pos­si­ble ten) on pow­er­ful fore­hand at­tacks.

The Mel­bourne, Florida, na­tive quickly backed up his score with a 6.50 and put Al­lan un­der pres­sure early on. But Al­lan scratched his way back when he found a 7.83 to get back in the heat and it came down to one last crit­i­cal ex­change in the dy­ing sec­onds where the Bar­ba­dian earned a 7.70, to claim his first ever QS vic­tory.

“Go­ing back-to-back from last week­end’s lo­cal event to now, this is just in­cred­i­ble,” Al­lan said.

“I was a lit­tle rat­tled at the start, but I got that six to just clear my mind and then that seven to keep pick­ing away at it be­cause that 6.50 he had didn’t keep him safe. We both made some mis­takes out there with giv­ing away pri­or­ity, but it felt great to get that last score in the end and steal the win.”

The Bar­ba­dian was a clear event favourite af­ter bril­liant per­for­mances through­out the con­test and elim­i­nat­ing fel­low Bar­ba­dian Josh Burke in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

Al­lan had one of the event’s strong­est per­form­ers, Amer­i­can Gabriel Morvil in a com­bi­na­tion to start the semi-fi­nals and never looked back be­fore an im­pres­sive fin­ish.

“That heat with Josh [Burke] was the hard­est heat, look­ing back at the event,” Al­lan said. “I knew if I could beat him I had a re­ally good chance to win or that’s where it would end. I wasn’t re­ally fo­cused on the QS at all, which I think helped me get this fi­nal, but my fo­cus is mak­ing rounds to­mor­row (yes­ter­day) and stay­ing in the top four for worlds.”

It was Robin­son’s best QS re­sult of his ca­reer af­ter an in­cred­i­ble per­for­mance nearly had him chaired up the beach un­til the fi­nal sec­onds. His road to the fi­nal in­cluded stacked bouts against fel­low Ameri­cam Luke Gor­don in the quar­ter-fi­nals and goofy­foot threat in the semi-fi­nals from an­other Amer­i­can, John Mel. (PR/HG)

CHE AL­LAN’S back­hand at­tack was un­matched at the Soup Bowl. (Pic­ture cour­test Wsl/an­drew Ni­chols)

ST PHILIP SOUTH’S Reco Brath­waite East’s Nathan Hunte. (Pic­ture by Ri­cardo Lea­cock.) pre­par­ing to take on Christ Church

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