Challenge Tour: Cameron Menzies and Jesus Noguera pick up event wins to move into top two ahead of final weekend

Cameron Menzies and Jesus Noguera have moved into the top two of the Unicorn Challenge Tour Order of Merit after both picked up titles on the penultimate weekend of the season.

Menzies was the first of four different winners at the Aldersley Leisure Village, in Wolverhampton, as he beat Wessel Nijman 5-2 in the Event 13 final.

It was the Scot’s third Challenge Tour title, and second of 2019, and, coupled with a run to the last 16 of Event 15, it was enough to propel him into top spot on the Order of Merit with four events to go.

On the Sunday, Spain’s Noguera claimed his second Challenge Tour title of the year, averaging 101 in a 5-2 victory over Kyle McKinstry in the Event 15 final.

Noguera had reached the last 32 and last 64 in Saturday’s two events, and followed up his win in Sunday’s first tournament with a run to the last 16, results which pushed him up to second on the Order of Merit.

The top two at the end of the season both win two-year tour cards on the main PDC circuit, with Menzies and Noguera now in pole position after edging out Stephen Burton and Boris Koltsov from the two coveted places at the summit.

Patrick Lynskey boosted his chances of a top-two finish as he won his maiden Challenge Tour title at the weekend.

He defeated David Evans 5-2 in the Event 14 final and is up to eighth place on the Order of Merit.

The weekend’s final event went to Callan Rydz, who averaged 102 in a 5-2 triumph over Evans in the Event 16 decider to clinch his first Challenge Tour title.

That win has helped Rydz climb up to fifth on the Order of Merit ahead of the final weekend of the season, which takes place in Wigan on September 28-29.

Unicorn Challenge Tour Order of Merit Top 16 (after 16 of 20 events)

Position Name Prize Money
1 Cameron Menzies £5,700
2 Jesus Noguera £5,550
3 Stephen Burton £5,200
4 Boris Koltsov £4,650
5 Callan Rydz £4,200
= Andy Jenkins £4,200
7 Ritchie Edhouse £3,800
8 Patrick Lynskey £3,500
9 Cody Harris £3,450
10 Berry van Peer £3,250
11 Nathan Rafferty £3,000
12 Andrew Gilding £2,750
13 Scott Taylor £2,700
= Nick Fullwell £2,700
15 David Evans £2,600
16 Dave Prins £2,400

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