Gerwyn Price will begin the defence of his World Darts Championship crown on the opening night of this year’s event, while two-time world champion Adrian Lewis will also be in action, with the schedule of play for the first and second rounds now confirmed.Continue reading “PDC World Darts Championship 2022: Schedule confirmed, as Price & Lewis feature on opening night”
Fallon Sherrock will mark her Alexandra Palace return with a blockbuster opening-round showdown against Steve Beaton at this year’s World Darts Championship, after the draw for next month’s event was made on Monday.Continue reading “2022 PDC World Darts Championship Draw: Sherrock to face Beaton on her Alexandra Palace return”
James Wilson, Nick Kenny and Boris Krcmar claimed the last three places in next month’s William Hill World Darts Championship at the Tour Card Holder Qualifier in Barnsley on Monday, after Krcmar produced an astronomical average en route to qualification.Continue reading “Krcmar posts stunning 121.86 average en route to sealing Ally Pally qualification”
Adrian Lewis and Peter Wright were involved in a fiery confrontation at the Players Championship Finals, with security having to intervene to separate the pair on a dramatic day of action in Minehead.Continue reading “Watch: Adrian Lewis labels Peter Wright a ‘cheat’ after security forced to separate pair in controversial clash”
We’re joined by Sky Sports expert Wayne Mardle in our latest episode of the Josh’s Dartistry Darts podcast, as we reflect on a thrilling Grand Slam of Darts, Fallon Sherrock’s history-making exploits, Gerwyn Price’s latest success, and much more!Continue reading “Josh’s Dartistry Darts Podcast – Episode 29”
Raymond van Barneveld rolled back the years to dispatch Maik Kuivenhoven with a majestic display on his Minehead return, to set up a mouth-watering second round showdown against defending champion Michael van Gerwen at the Players Championship Finals.Continue reading “Vintage Van Barneveld sets up Van Gerwen showdown on his Minehead return”
Luke Littler is one of the most exciting prospects in world darts right now, and the 14-year-old served another reminder of his prodigious talent by landing a spectacular nine-darter in the MVG Masters in Gibraltar on Thursday.Continue reading “Watch: 14-year-old Luke Littler produces sensational nine-darter at JDC MVG Masters”
The draw and schedule of play for the opening day of the Players Championship Finals has been confirmed ahead of the PDC’s return to Butlin’s Minehead Resort on Friday.Continue reading “2021 Players Championship Finals: Draw & Schedule”
Gerwyn Price insists there’s plenty more in the tank after securing his third Grand Slam title in four years with a comprehensive 16-8 victory over Peter Wright in Sunday night’s showpiece.Continue reading “Price: “I know there’s a lot more in the tank””
Peter Wright insists Fallon Sherrock deserves a place in next year’s Premier League, after battling past ‘The Queen of the Palace’ in a thrilling quarter-final showdown at the Grand Slam of Darts.Continue reading “Wright backs Sherrock for Premier League spot after prevailing in Grand Slam thriller”
Gerwyn Price insists he’s ‘full of confidence’ after recording a hard-fought 16-12 victory over Jonny Clayton in a thrilling affair to continue his bid for a third Grand Slam of Darts title in four years.Continue reading “Price ‘full of confidence’ after claiming Clayton scalp to reach Grand Slam semis”
Fallon Sherrock will take on world No 2 Peter Wright in a fascinating quarter-final tie at the Grand Slam of Darts, after continuing her fairytale run in Wolverhampton with a comprehensive victory over Mensur Suljovic.Continue reading “Sherrock secures second Suljovic scalp to continue fairytale Grand Slam run”
James Wade produced a merciless display to dispatch Rowby-John Rodriguez and set up a quarter-final showdown against Rob Cross at the Grand Slam of Darts, but ‘The Machine’ revealed post-match that he was in ‘agony’ with gout in his right ankle.Continue reading “Wade in ‘agony’ despite advancing to Grand Slam last eight”
Fallon Sherrock capped off an extraordinary comeback with a spectacular 170 checkout to defeat Gabriel Clemens and become the first female player to progress through to the knockout stages at the Grand Slam of Darts.Continue reading “Sensational Sherrock creates more history with staggering Grand Slam comeback”
James Wade produced an inspired display to reach the last 16 of the Grand Slam of Darts, recording his highest ever televised average to dispatch Rob Cross 5-2 on a dramatic night of action in Wolverhampton.Continue reading “Wonderful Wade produces record-breaking display to progress at Grand Slam of Darts”
Fallon Sherrock and Michael van Gerwen produced record-breaking averages on a historic night at the Grand Slam of Darts on Sunday evening.Continue reading “Sherrock seals sensational whitewash win; Van Gerwen creates Grand Slam history”
Michael van Gerwen laid down a marker at the 2021 Grand Slam of Darts with an emphatic whitewash win over Lisa Ashton, while Gerwyn Price and Peter Wright vowed to triumph at this year’s tournament after both kicked off their campaigns with victories.Continue reading “Vintage Van Gerwen lays down a marker, as Price, Wright make bullish title claims”
The Grand Slam of Darts gets underway in Wolverhampton this weekend, and to celebrate, we have a bonus episode featuring an interview with Radio X DJ Polly James – the newest addition to the Sky Sports Darts team.Continue reading “Josh’s Dartistry Darts Podcast – Grand Slam preview with Polly James”
Dimitri Van den Bergh has been ruled out of this year’s Grand Slam of Darts, and will be replaced by Chris Dobey in Wolverhampton.Continue reading “Van den Bergh ruled out of Grand Slam of Darts”
Fallon Sherrock and Raymond van Barneveld will headline the opening night of the 2021 Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton, which also features a clash between three-time champion Michael van Gerwen and Lisa Ashton.Continue reading “Sherrock, Van Barneveld headline opening night at Grand Slam of Darts”
Former Grand Slam champion Raymond van Barneveld booked a sensational return to the tournament after securing one of the eight places on offer at Friday’s Tour Card holders qualifier at the Barnsley Metrodome.Continue reading “Van Barneveld pitted against Anderson & Smith after securing Grand Slam qualification!”
Krzysztof Ratajski produced a superb comeback to edge out Joe Cullen and claim his first title of the year in the final Pro Tour event of 2021 at Players Championship 30 on Thursday.Continue reading “Ratajski reigns supreme in Barnsley after producing Cullen comeback”
Michael van Gerwen returned to winning ways at Players Championship 29 on Wednesday, defeating Nathan Aspinall 8-5 to capture his first PDC ranking title of the season.Continue reading “Van Gerwen defeats Aspinall to claim first ranking title of 2021”
Chris Dobey produced a series of sublime displays to clinch his second PDC ranking title with victory over Ryan Searle in Tuesday’s Players Championship 28 at the Barnsley Metrodome.Continue reading “Dominant Dobey delivers to claim second PDC ranking title”
Jonny Clayton is riding the crest of a wave. Less than 12 months ago, ‘The Ferret’ was barely in the conversation when it came to potential major winners, yet now he’s arguably the best player on planet darts.Continue reading “Clayton: “It’s a story I’m loving every second of””
Mervyn King posted the highest televised average of his illustrious career as he stormed through to the last 16 at the World Series Finals in Amsterdam with a sensational whitewash win over 2018 champion James Wade.Continue reading “Magnificent Mervyn King posts record-breaking average in whitewash win over James Wade”
Darting trailblazers Fallon Sherrock and Lisa Ashton have secured a return to the William Hill World Championship following their success at the PDC Women’s Series.Continue reading “Sherrock & Ashton secure World Championship return”
Rob Cross secured his second PDC ranking title in the space of five days after he followed up his European Championship success with victory at Players Championship 26 in Barnsley on Thursday.Continue reading “Clinical Cross continues his charge with PC26 glory”
Callan Rydz recovered from 3-0 adrift to deny Gabriel Clemens a first PDC ranking title, defeating ‘The German Giant’ 8-6 in the final of Players Championship 25 in Barnsley on Wednesday, to clinch his second Pro Tour crown of 2021.Continue reading “Rydz runs riot to claim second Players Championship crown”
Dimitri Van den Bergh denied Adrian Lewis a first PDC title since March 2019, after producing a remarkable comeback from 4-0 down to defeat the two-time world champion in a thrilling finale at Players Championship 24.Continue reading “Dimitri denies Lewis with sensational comeback at Players Championship 24”
Rob Cross ended his two-year wait for a PDC ranking title in Salzburg on Sunday, defeating Michael van Gerwen to claim a second European Championship title and bring a halt to ‘the hardest time of his life’.Continue reading “‘It’s been the hardest time of my life’ insists Cross after Van Gerwen victory”
Gerwyn Price and Michael van Gerwen will renew their rivalry in a highly-anticipated quarter-final at the European Championship after dominating their second round ties in Salzburg on Saturday.Continue reading “Van Gerwen relishing Price showdown: ‘They are still scared of me’”
Gerwyn Price recorded the highest average of the opening round to kick off his European Championship bid in style, while former winners Michael van Gerwen and James Wade also progressed to set up an intriguing second round showdown in Salzburg.Continue reading “Price and Van Gerwen record statement victories at European Championship”
Florian Hempel blew the European Championship wide open last night after marking his televised PDC debut with a shock 6-3 success against defending champion Peter Wright.Continue reading “Shock Wright exit leaves European Championship wide open”
Jonny Clayton produced a spectacular display of doubling to dethrone world No 1 Gerwyn Price at the World Grand Prix, storming to a sensational 5-1 success against ‘The Iceman’ to clinch his third major title of 2021 in Leicester on Saturday evening.Continue reading “Phenomenal Ferret thrashes Price to claim Grand Prix glory”
Defending champion Gerwyn Price remains on course to retain his World Grand Prix crown after sweeping aside Dave Chisnall in straight sets to advance to the semi-finals, and the Welshman had a defiant message for a jeering crowd at the Morningside Arena.Continue reading “Price blasts ‘absolutely pathetic’ crowd after reaching World Grand Prix semis”
Michael van Gerwen has denied Danny Noppert’s claims that he was ‘stamping’ to put his fellow Dutchman off during their controversial World Grand Prix clash last night.Continue reading “‘Angry’ Van Gerwen denies Noppert’s ‘stamping’ claim”
In our latest episode of the Josh’s Dartistry Darts Podcast, Josh Gorton is joined by regular co-hosts Jon Dean and Neil Conner to round-up the latest darting action.Continue reading “Josh’s Dartistry Darts Podcast – Episode 28”
Fallon Sherrock booked her Grand Slam of Darts debut by claiming her third title of the weekend at the PDC Women’s Series in Milton Keynes on Sunday.Continue reading “Sherrock seals Grand Slam debut with third Women’s Series title”
Fallon Sherrock stole a march on the opening day of the PDC Women’s Series, sealing back-to-back titles to top the Order of Merit above four-time women’s world champion Lisa Ashton.Continue reading “Sherrock goes back-to-back on opening day of PDC Women’s Series”
Michael van Gerwen broke down in tears after surviving a major scare to defeat Fallon Sherrock and clinch his first title of 2021 with victory in the Nordic Darts Masters in Copenhagen on Saturday evening.Continue reading “Emotional Van Gerwen survives Sherrock scare to seal first title of 2021”
John Henderson lifted his maiden PDC title as he helped guide Scotland to their second World Cup of Darts crown alongside Peter Wright in Jena, and ‘The Highlander’ described Sunday’s triumph as the ‘pinnacle’ of his career.Continue reading “Henderson: World Cup win the ‘best night of my life’”
Gerwyn Price secured his fourth European Tour title after completing a sensational 8-2 victory over Michael Smith in Sunday’s Hungarian Darts Trophy final in Budapest.Continue reading “Imperious Price scoops inaugural Hungarian Darts Trophy title”
We are devastated to report that Kyle Anderson has passed away at the age of 33.Continue reading “Australian star Kyle Anderson passes away aged 33”
Ryan Searle produced a series of sensational displays to seal his second PDC Pro Tour title, courtesy of a dramatic 8-7 victory over Peter Wright in the final of Players Championship 22 in Barnsley.Continue reading “Sensational Searle sees off Snakebite to seal Super Series success”
Gerwyn Price produced an extraordinary comeback against Damon Heta to win 8-7 and secure his 20th PDC title at Players Championship 21 in Barnsley on Monday afternoon.Continue reading “Price produces spectacular comeback to deny Heta in Players Championship epic”
Peter Wright was under scrutiny coming into this year’s World Matchplay, after proclaiming pre-tournament that he would complete a World Championship and Matchplay double. The doubters were poised to assemble, but Snakebite let his darts do the talking at the Winter Gardens.Continue reading “Wonderful Wright backs up bullish Matchplay prediction”
Peter Wright produced one of the greatest performances in World Matchplay history to dispatch Michael van Gerwen and set up a clash against his former housemate and reigning Dimitri Van den Bergh in Sunday’s final.Continue reading “Sensational Snakebite creates history to dispatch MVG and set up Van den Bergh showdown”
Dimitri Van den Bergh defied ‘mental games’ from Gerwyn Price to keep his World Matchplay title defence alive on a thrilling night of quarter-final action at the Winter Gardens.Continue reading “Van den Bergh defies dancing Price to keep Matchplay defence alive”
Gerwyn Price silenced the Blackpool boo boys with an emphatic victory over his World Cup partner Jonny Clayton at the World Matchplay on Tuesday night, but the world No 1 believes he deserves more respect from the darting public.Continue reading “Price: A little bit of respect would be good”
The world of darts is in mourning following the news that former BDO world champion Andy Fordham passed away on Thursday, aged 59.Continue reading “Former BDO world champion Andy Fordham passes away”
Peter Wright produced a sensational display to deny Michael van Gerwen a first title of 2021, as he prevailed at Players Championship 20 on Thursday to secure his third ranking title of the season.Continue reading “Wonderful Wright denies Van Gerwen to scoop Players Championship 20 glory”
Ross Smith ended his seven-game losing run against Brendan Dolan to clinch his maiden PDC ranking title at Players Championship 19 in Coventry on Wednesday.Continue reading “Ross Smith seals maiden PDC title to confirm his Matchplay debut”
Chris Dobey claimed his maiden PDC ranking title in remarkable fashion to defeat Jose De Sousa in Tuesday’s Players Championship 18 final in Coventry on Tuesday, to put himself in the provisional World Matchplay qualification places.Continue reading “Dobey delivers to clinch maiden PDC crown”
Stephen Bunting ended his five-year wait for a PDC title with victory at Players Championship 17 on Monday, defeating World Matchplay champion Dimitri Van den Bergh 8-4 in the final at the Coventry Building Society Arena.Continue reading “Brilliant Bunting ends five-year wait for PDC title”
Jose de Sousa created history as he made it back-to-back PDC titles with victory at Players Championship 15 in Milton Keynes on Wednesday, defeating Ryan Searle 8-7 in a pulsating final at the Marshall Arena.Continue reading “De Sousa makes history as he scoops back-to-back titles”
Jose De Sousa clinched his second Players Championship title of 2021 by defeating Michael van Gerwen 8-6 in a thrilling Players Championship 14 final in Milton Keynes on Tuesday.Continue reading “De Sousa dazzles to deny Van Gerwen a first title of 2021”
Joe Cullen clinched his second PDC title of 2021 with an 8-6 victory over world No 1 Gerwyn Price in the final of Players Championship 13 on Monday, as the PDC Pro Tour action resumed with a bang in Milton Keynes.Continue reading “Cullen claims Players Championship 13 to deny Price the perfect return”
Jose De Sousa – the maverick man. Portugal’s Man O’Scores is dubbed ‘The Special One’ and he demonstrated why in Milton Keynes on Thursday night, producing a virtuoso display to dispatch Nathan Aspinall 8-3, in a dress-rehearsal ahead of their semi-final showdown on Finals Night.Continue reading “Record-breaking De Sousa dazzles with astonishing checkout”
Michael van Gerwen returned to the Premier League Darts summit with an 8-4 victory over Gary Anderson on Night 14 in Milton Keynes, and the Dutchman issued a rallying cry after confirming his place at Finals Night with two rounds of fixtures to spare.Continue reading “Van Gerwen: “I’m back where I belong!””
Nathan Aspinall moved top of the Premier League table with an emphatic 8-3 win over Michael van Gerwen on Night 13 in Milton Keynes, to leapfrog the Dutchman on a night which celebrated darts’ return of fans.
Following over five months since a live crowd were able to attend a major PDC tournament, almost 700 fans flocked to the Marshall Arena as the final week of the 2021 Premier League began – the first Premier League Darts night to feature a live audience since March 2020.
Van Gerwen began the night in top spot after registering three consecutive victories during the last batch of fixtures, but it was Aspinall who rose to the occasion in a partisan atmosphere, to claim a precious two points in his bid for a play-off spot.
The former UK Open champion opened up proceedings with a classy 120 checkout, and he repeated the feat in leg five, albeit via a different route, to establish a 4-1 cushion.
Aspinall – last year’s runner-up – then stretched his lead to 5-1 before Van Gerwen responded with back-to-back ton-plus finishes, but the three-time world champion was unable to make further inroads, losing the next three legs as ‘The Asp’ closed out a convincing 8-3 success, averaging 96.9 and converting 57% of his attempts at double.
“It’s a massive two points and it was a great buzz tonight,” reflected Aspinall. “I was really nervous coming into the game because we’ve missed the fans, and win or lose I wanted to enjoy it tonight.
“This is what darts is all about, and I loved every minute of it. I think we were both trying too hard to play well but the crowd were got me through.
“I finished really well and when I get a bit of a lead I felt more comfortable. It wasn’t my best performance, but the two 120 finishes won me the game and it’s a very good two points.”
Jose De Sousa moved up to third with a battling 8-6 win over Dimitri Van den Bergh, to complete the league double over the World Matchplay champion. The Belgian occupied top spot just a few nights ago but now finds himself outside the top four, with just three rounds of fixtures remaining.
‘The Special One’ registered a break of throw in leg four as he opened up a 4-1 lead, and landed a superb 11-darter as he secured at least a point at 7-4. Van den Bergh rallied with legs of 13 and 14 darts to force a decider in which he had the throw, but De Sousa landed a timely third 180 before pinning D10 to extend his unbeaten run to five matches.
“It’s a wonderful feeling,” said De Sousa. “I didn’t feel the pressure and it’s nice to see the crowd behind us again. The fans know the player and the person that I am and I got a lot of respect from them.
“I know this is a big win for me. Every game in the Premier League is very difficult and every point is important. It was a difficult game for both of us because Dimitri is a great player and I think he can maybe be World Champion in the next few years, so I’m very happy to get this win.”
Van den Bergh now trails fourth-placed Jonny Clayton by a solitary point heading into Night 14, after ‘The Ferret’ produced a clinical display to dispatch Gary Anderson 8-1 in the evening’s opener, despite ‘The Flying Scotsman’ averaging 104.48 in a high-quality tussle.
It was a contest decided by fine margins, with Anderson wiring the bullseye for a combination finish on four separate occasions, and he was punished by the Welshman in all of those legs, as the Masters champion closed out the comprehensive win with a 101.24 average, three 180s and 57% on the outer ring.
“It was absolutely brilliant,” said Clayton. “It’s a massive buzz because the crowd makes darts, so it was amazing to get them back and the atmosphere was fantastic.
“I had a few people cheering for me and there were a couple of Welsh flags, in, so it’s a proud moment. I was so nervous before I went on but I relaxed and my darts kept going. I took my chances and I’ve done my job – I’m chasing a dream and I’ll keep turning up over the next three days and working hard.”
Elsewhere, Peter Wright dealt a huge blow to James Wade’s play-off aspirations with a convincing 8-4 success over ‘The Machine’ in the evening’s finale. Wright’s top four hopes are also hanging by a thread, yet he produced an impressive performance to secure his first victory since Night Eight.
Wade stormed into an early 2-0 advantage, courtesy of an 11-dart hold in the opening leg. However, Wright reeled off two 11-darters of his own en route to establishing a 4-2 cushion, before converting a clinical 103 kill in leg ten en route to victory, with Wade poised on a two-darter to level at five apiece.
Both Wright and Wade sit five points adrift of the top four with just three league games remaining – but the former finalist was elated after being cheered to victory for the first time since December by a live audience.
“The crowd make such a difference, it was amazing,” admitted Wright. “They inspired me and I feel so alive – it was so nice being nervous backstage!
“All the crowd played their part because I’ve missed them. Last year I won my last four games to make the Play-Offs so if I’m playing well then everyone else has got to watch out.”
Image Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC
2021 Unibet Premier League
Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes
Night 13, Monday May 24
Jonny Clayton 8-1 Gary Anderson
Jose de Sousa 8-6 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Nathan Aspinall 8-3 Michael van Gerwen
James Wade 4-8 Peter Wright
Night 14 – Tuesday May 25 (1900 BST)
James Wade v Nathan Aspinall
Jonny Clayton v Jose de Sousa
Gary Anderson v Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Best of 14 legs
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