Devon Petersen hits a 9-Darter in Barnsley!

Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Devon Petersen hit a brilliant 9-darter as he secured qualification for next month’s European Tour event at Friday’s night UK qualifier, held in Barnsley.

The South-African completed the perfect leg in beating former BDO World No 1 James Wilson 6-2, to qualify for next month’s European Darts Grand Prix in Sindelfingen.

Petersen had earlier beaten in-form Irishman William O’Connor and another former BDO stalwart, Steve Douglas, to set up a meeting with Wilson. However, Dancing Devon was far too strong for the World Masters Champion, beating him with consummate ease.

David Pallett, who reached the semi-finals in Innsbruck, continued his fine form to qualify for the final European event in 2015, edging past Andy Boulton 6-5 to seal his spot.

Stephen Bunting also secured qualification, thrashing Jonathon Worsley 6-1, before overcoming the tenacious Wayne Jones 6-3. Bunting will be joined in Sindelfingen by former European Tour winner Steve Beaton, who overcame fellow veteran Ronnie Baxter en route to qualification.

Elsewhere, Robbie Green qualified for his first European Tour event of the year after an excellent night’s work in Barnsley. ‘Kong’ has endured a tumultuous year since switching codes to the PDC. He has been blighted by injury but is gradually recovering and this is reflecting in his form.

He claimed the notable scalp of Andrew Gilding 6-4 in the first-round of qualification, before edging out Steve Brown by the same scoreline to book his spot in Germany.

Jamie Caven, Mark Webster, Joe Cullen, Dean Winstanley, Gerwyn Price and Alan Norris were other notable qualifiers, but there will also be a number of high-profile absentees after a night of shocks in the Barnsley Metrodome.

Andy Hamilton, who averaged 104 in the first-round in Innsbruck last weekend, won’t be present in Germany, after he was demolished 6-1 by a reinvigorated Mark Walsh in the final round of qualification.

Former Premier League stars Wes Newton and Kevin Painter also failed to qualify; they were beaten by Ricky Evans and Lee Evans respectively.

The talented young trio of Arron Monk, Jamie Lewis and Keegan Brown were unable to secure qualification. However, this event marked Monk’s long-awaited return to the PDC after an enforced absence. It’s good to see Arron back and hopefully he’ll be able to fulfil his potential this time around.

2014 World Youth Champion Keegan Brown was beaten 6-3 by the dangerous Johnny Haines, whilst Jamie Lewis, who reached the semi-finals in Gibraltar earlier this year, slumped to a shock 6-4 defeat at the hands of Jonny Clayton.

Meanwhile, John Part’s miserable 2015 form continues. The Canadian legend was whitewashed 6-0 by Mark Dudbridge in the opening round of qualifying.

Nevertheless, the weekend’s work is only just beginning for the majority of these men, as Barnsley hosts two Players Championship events on Saturday and Sunday, in the final ranking events ahead of the World Grand Prix cut-off.

There are a number of high-profile players fighting to cement a place in Dublin, none more so than Raymond van Barneveld. Barney is currently ranked 16th in the PDC Order of Merit, but given his lowly Pro Tour ranking, he is solely reliant on maintaining his top 16 spot in order to qualify.

His compatriot Vincent van der Voort trails van Barneveld by just £2,250 on the Order of Merit, and if he were to usurp the veteran Dutchman this weekend, Barney would fail to qualify. Van Barneveld will be present in Barnsley, and his contingent of supporters will be desperate for him to secure his spot.

ET9 European Darts Grand Prix

UK Qualifier

Friday September 25, Barnsley Metrodome

Preliminary Round

Steve Brown 6-3 Ken MacNeil

Mick Todd 6-4 Dennis Smith

Jonny Clayton 6-5 Stuart Kellett

Tony Newell 6-4 Jamie Bain

Curtis Hammond 6-4 Michael Barnard

Adam Hunt 6-1 Jamie Robinson

Dave Ladley 6-4 Colin Lloyd

Martyn Turner 6-1 Kevin Bambrick

Steve West 6-3 Ryan Harrington

John Bowles 6-4 Nick Fullwell

Mark Dudbridge 6-3 Darren Weaver

Devon Peterson 6-1 William O’Connor

Joe Cullen 6-1 Darren Mawer

Brett Claydon 6-1 Nathan Derry

Ricky Evans 6-4 Jim Walker

Shaun Griffiths 6-5 Kevin McDine

First Round

Gerwyn Price 6-2 Stuart Harding

Arron Monk 6-5 Andy Parsons

Stephen Bunting 6-1 Jonathon Worsley

Wayne Jones 6-2 Tony Richardson

Steve Beaton 6-4 Jeff Batham

Ronnie Baxter 6-4 Nathan Aspinall

Mark Barilli 6-2 John Henderson

Mark Frost 6-5 Barrie Bates

Robbie Green 6-4 Andrew Gilding

Steve Brown 6-4 Colin Osborne

Keegan Brown 6-2 Stephen McNally

Johnny Haines 6-5 Mick Todd

Jamie Lewis 6-4 Trevor Burkhill

Jonny Clayton 6-2 Steve Hine

Mark Webster 6-3 Chris Dobey

Matt Edgar 6-4 Tony Newell

Jamie Caven 6-2 Andy Jenkins

Curtis Hammond 6-3 Ian Moss

Joe Murnan 6-5 Luke Woodhouse

Mickey Mansell 6-3 Adam Hunt

Jason Marriott 6-3 Daryl Gurney

Dave Ladley 6-1 Gary Stone

Andy Hamilton 6-4 Kurt Parry

Mark Walsh 6-3 Martyn Turner

Alan Norris 6-0 Ben Ward

Matt Padgett 6-4 Steve West

Stephen Willard 6-4 Andy Smith

Alan Tabern 6-3 John Bowles

Dean Winstanley 6-2 Nigel Heydon

Mark Dudbridge 6-0 John Part

James Wilson 6-0 Brian Woods

Devon Peterson 6-2 Steve Douglas

Darren Webster 6-2 James Hubbard

Joe Cullen 6-0 Jay Foreman

Dave Pallett 6-1 Lee Palfreyman

Andy Boulton 6-3 Brett Claydon

Wes Newton 6-4 Terry Temple

Ricky Evans 6-3 Eddie Dootson

Kevin Painter 6-3 Darren Johnson

Lee Evans 6-2 Shaun Griffiths

Second Round

Gerwyn Price 6-4 Arron Monk

Stephen Bunting 6-3 Wayne Jones

Steve Beaton 6-2 Ronnie Baxter

Mark Barilli 6-4 Mark Frost

Robbie Green 6-4 Steve Brown

Johnny Haines 6-3 Keegan Brown

Jonny Clayton 6-4 Jamie Lewis

Mark Webster 6-2 Matt Edgar

Jamie Caven 6-2 Curtis Hammond

Mickey Mansell 6-1 Joe Murnan

Dave Ladley 6-1 Jason Marriott

Mark Walsh 6-1 Andy Hamilton

Alan Norris 6-2 Matt Padgett

Stephen Willard 6-4 Alan Tabern

Dean Winstanley 6-3 Mark Dudbridge

Devon Peterson 6-2 James Wilson – Devon Peterson Nine-Dart Finish

Joe Cullen 6-3 Darren Webster

Dave Pallett 6-5 Andy Boulton

Ricky Evans 6-3 Wes Newton

Lee Evans 6-4 Kevin Painter


Gerwyn Price

Stephen Bunting

Steve Beaton

Mark Barilli

Robbie Green

Johnny Haines

Jonny Clayton

Mark Webster

Jamie Caven

Michael Mansell

Dave Ladley

Mark Walsh

Alan Norris

Stephen Willard

Dean Winstanley

Devon Peterson

Joe Cullen

Dave Pallett

Ricky Evans

Lee Evans

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