Darts: Stephen Bunting was the surprise winner of French soft-tip event
Last Updated: 18/06/13 9:56am
Stephen Bunting bagged significant soft-tip prize in France
Stephen Bunting was the surprise winner in Stage Three of DARTSLIVE - THE WORLD in France as he defeated Benjamin Dersch in the final.
Bunting, who had competed on the previous weekend in the Speedy Services UK Open, beat over 200 players in the third of eight stages in the world's biggest soft-tip event.
Bunting was joined in competing in La Rochelle by top PDC stars Justin Pipe, Colin Lloyd and Mark Webster, with the event being held alongside the DARTSLIVE French League Finals, which attracted 8,000 players.
"I had no expectations in this tournament, as I've not played soft darts before!"
The World Masters champion overcame Tony Martin - who also competed in the UK Open and is the husband of Women's World Champion Anastasia Dobromyslova - in the quarter-finals before whitewashing Takehiro Suzuki in the semis in under five minutes.
He then denied Dersch a dream 36th birthday present by claiming a 3-1 victory in the final, which he opened with a superb 14-dart 701 and sealed with a 17-darter, after the pair shared the two legs of Cricket.
Bunting later revealed: "I had no expectations in this tournament, as I've not played soft darts before!
"Practice was going good for me, but you have to be on your game here as there are a lot of very good players. It means a lot to me and my family to have won here - I owe a lot to Tony Martin and Anastasia, who taught me a lot about soft tip darts."