European Tour 5/6 Qualifiers: 9-dart Richardson steals the show!

James Richardson
Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

James Richardson, Kyle Anderson, Jamie Caven, Wes Newton, Jonny Clayton, Steve West and Mark Frost all secured qualification for both the Austrian Darts Open and European Darts Open at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on Friday evening. However, it was Richardson who stole the show, hitting a 9-darter in qualification for European Tour event six.

Richardson qualified for the Austrian Darts Open after thrashing Mickey Mansell 6-1, before edging past Jay Foreman and Joe Murnan.’Ruthless’ then recorded a magnificent 9-darter against Justin Pipe in the first-round of qualifying for European Tour six, beating ‘The Force’ 6-3, before easing past Arron Monk to secure a qualification double.

Kyle Anderson also enjoyed a fine qualification double in Coventry. Kyle qualified for the fifth European Tour event of 2016 with successive 6-4 victories against Ryan Palmer and Darren Johnson respectively.

‘The Original’ then confirmed his spot in July’s European Darts Open in Dusseldorf with comprehensive wins over Steve McNally and Mark Barilli, dropping just three legs over both encounters.

The established duo of Jamie Caven and Wes Newton also secured qualification doubles, but this was a particularly welcome return to form for Newton, who is yet to make a European Tour appearance this year.

Jonny Clayton, Steve West and Mark Frost also delivered fine qualification campaigns in Coventry. Clayton defeated compatriot Jamie Lewis to qualify for the Austrian Darts Open, whilst he eased past Josh Payne to qualify for Dusseldorf.

Frost also claimed big scalps; beating Gilding and Mark Webster across both qualifiers, whilst West defeated Jamie Lewis and Andy Smith to confirm his spot in July’s European Darts Open.

Mervyn King, Brendan Dolan, Steve Beaton, Justin Pipe and James Wilson were just some of the big names to qualify for the Austrian Darts Open, but they were unable to produce the qualification double.

Players Championship six winner Josh Payne also booked his place in Vienna, along with the in-form duo of Chris Dobey and Jonny Clayton.Wayne Jones, Nigel Heydon, Mark Frost, Darron Brown, Simon Stevenson and Steve McNally completed the haul of qualifiers for the fifth European Tour event of the year.

Former world finalists Alan Norris and Andy Hamilton recovered from the disappointment of missing out on qualification for European Tour event five, by sealing their spots in Dusseldorf. Norris whitewashed Mark Hylton and defeated World-Youth championship finalist Nathan Aspinall, whilst Hamilton defeated the duo of John Part and Ricky Evans.

Recent Players Championship winner Gerwyn Price sealed his spot in Germany without dropping a leg, after whitewashing both David Wilson and Stephen Willard. Dutch Darts Masters finalist Daryl Gurney will also be present in Dusseldorf. Gurney thrashed Dean Winstanley, before coming through a deciding-leg against Keegan Brown.

Robbie Green, John Henderson and Devon Petersen all secured qualification for European Tour event six, and they will be joined on German soil by Andy Jenkins, Andy Boulton, Shaun Griffiths, Tony Newell, Harry Ward and Ritchie Edhouse.

It was a disappointing evening for three-time world champion John Part, who was unable to qualify for either event, losing to Andy Hamilton and Jamie Caven respectively.Former world champion Mark Webster also missed out on qualification, along with 2012 Players Championship finals winner Kevin Painter.

Elsewhere, Joe Cullen, Andrew Gilding, Paul Nicholson, Jamie Lewis, Keegan Brown, Ronnie Baxter and Dean Winstanley all failed to qualify for either event, which illustrates the strength in depth within the PDC at present.

Austrian Darts Open
European Tour Event Five
UK Qualifier – Ricoh Arena, Coventry, May 20 2016

Preliminary Round
Andy Jenkins 6-3 William O’Connor
Adam Hunt 6-4 Callum Loose
Mick McGowan 6-5 Harry Ward
Chris Dobey 6-2 Brian Woods
Wayne Jones 6-0 Nick Fullwell
Matt Clark 6-5 Darren Webster
Andy Boulton 6-1 Arron Monk
James Richardson 6-1 Mickey Mansell
Jack Todd 6-5 Ronnie Baxter
Darren Johnson 6-1 Ray Campbell
Stuart Kellett 6-3 Jason Marriott
Nathan Derry 6-3 Paul Nicholson
Sam Head 6-3 Robert Owen
Keegan Brown 6-5 Ryan Meikle
Andy Smith 6-2 Jason Wilson
Alan Tabern 6-3 Ricky Williams
Simon Stevenson 6-4 Ritchie Edhouse
Steve Hine 6-3 Rob Modra
Ross Smith 6-5 Jason Lovett

First Round
Stephen Willard 6-5 Daryl Gurney (1)
Steve West 6-4 John Bowles
Mervyn King (2) 6-4 Mick Todd
Luke Woodhouse 6-4 Andy Jenkins
Justin Pipe (3) 6-3 Simon Preston
Steve Brown 6-4 Adam Hunt
Brendan Dolan (4) 6-4 Jonathan Worsley
Mick McGowan 6-2 Dean Winstanley
Jim Walker 6-4 Mark Webster (5)
Chris Dobey 6-4 Kurt Parry
James Young 6-3 Joe Cullen (6)
Wayne Jones 6-4 Paul Milford
Josh Payne (7) 6-2 Shaun Griffiths
Ryan Harrington 6-5 Matt Clark
Steve Beaton (8) 6-1 Tony Newell
Andy Boulton 6-0 Ted Evetts
Joe Murnan (9) 6-2 David Wilson
James Richardson 6-5 Jay Foreman
Jamie Lewis (10) 6-4 Mark Forman
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Jack Todd
Kyle Anderson (11) 6-4 Ryan Palmer
Darren Johnson 6-2 Eddie Dootson
Jamie Caven (12) 6-5 Curtis Hammond
Nathan Aspinall 6-1 Stuart Kellett
Nigel Heydon 6-2 Robbie Green (13)
Nathan Derry 6-4 Ian Moss
Peter Hudson 6-4 Kevin Painter (14)
Steve McNally 6-5 Sam Head
John Henderson (15) 6-3 Jamie Robinson
Darron Brown 6-4 Keegan Brown
Andrew Gidling (16) 6-3 Michael Barnard
Mark Frost 6-5 Andy Smith
Terry Temple 6-3 Ricky Evans (17)
Wes Newton 6-4 Alan Tabern
Devon Petersen (18) 6-5 Billy Holmes
Simon Stevenson 6-4 Mark Barilli
James Wilson (19) 6-3 Matthew Dennant
Steve Hine 6-2 Mark Hylton
Andy Hamilton (20) 6-1 John Part
Ross Smith 6-2 Barrie Bates

Second Round
Steve West 6-1 Stephen Willard
Mervyn King (2) 6-1 Luke Woodhouse
Justin Pipe (3) 6-2 Steve Brown
Brendan Dolan (4) 6-4 Mick McGowan
Chris Dobey 6-4 Jim Walker
Wayne Jones 6-5 James Young
Josh Payne (7) 6-1 Ryan Harrington
Steve Beaton (8) 6-5 Andy Boulton
James Richardson 6-4 Joe Murnan (9)
Jonny Clayton  6-3 Jamie Lewis (10)
Kyle Anderson (11) 6-4 Darren Johnson
Jamie Caven (12) 6-5 Nathan Aspinall
Nigel Heydon 6-2 Nathan Derry
Steve McNally 6-1 Peter Hudson
Darron Brown  6-3 John Henderson (15)
Mark Frost 6-3 Andrew Gidling (16)
Wes Newton 6-3 Terry Temple
Simon Stevenson 6-3 Devon Petersen (18)
James Wilson (19) 6-4 Steve Hine
Ross Smith 6-3 Andy Hamilton (20)

Qualifiers: Steve West, Mervyn King, Justin Pipe, Brendan Dolan, Chris Dobey, Wayne Jones, Josh Payne, Steve Beaton, James Richardson, Jonny Clayton, Kyle Anderson, Jamie Caven, Nigel Heydon, Steve McNally, Darron Brown, Mark Frost, Wes Newton, Simon Stevenson, James Wilson, Ross Smith

European Darts Open
European Tour Event Six
UK Qualifier – Ricoh Arena, Coventry, May 20 2016

Preliminary Round
Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Ross Smith
Stephen Willard 6-5 Barrie Bates
Darron Brown 6-2 Ray Campbell
Shaun Griffiths 6-2 James Young
Mick McGowan 6-5 Jamie Robinson
Wayne Jones 6-5 Peter Hudson
Mark Frost 6-1 Dave Ladley
Curtis Hammond 6-4 Sam Head
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Ken MacNeil
Jim Walker 6-5 Steve Hine
Tony Newell 6-5 James Hubbard
Robert Owen 6-5 Brian Woods
Mark Barilli 6-5 Jonathan Worsley
Ryan Meikle 6-3 Billy Holmes
Ryan Harrington 6-2 Terry Temple
Mark Walsh 6-5 Paul Milford
Callum Loose 6-2 Nick Fullwell
Andy Boulton 6-3 Kurt Parry
James Wilson 6-4 Adam Hunt
Ted Evetts 6-3 Luke Woodhouse
Nigel Heydon 6-3 Mark Forman
Wes Newton 6-4 Eddie Dootson
Andy Hamilton 6-2 Jason Lovett
William O’Connor 6-5 Alan Tabern
Ian Moss 6-5 Jason Marriott
Mickey Mansell 6-1 Ryan Palmer

First Round
Alan Norris (1) 6-0 Mark Hylton
Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Paul Nicholson
Gerwyn Price (2) 6-0 David Wilson
Stephen Willard 6-1 Matthew Dennant
Daryl Gurney (3) 6-1 Dean Winstanley
Keegan Brown 6-2 Darron Brown
Mick Todd 6-5 Mervyn King (4)
Shaun Griffiths 6-3 Nathan Derry
James Richardson 6-3 Justin Pipe (5) – James Richardson hits nine-dart finish
Arron Monk 6-4 Mick McGowan
Andy Jenkins 6-2 Brendan Dolan (6)
Dennis Smith 6-4 Wayne Jones
Mark Webster (7) 6-3 Harry Robinson
Mark Frost 6-0 Michael Barnard
Harry Ward 6-3 Joe Cullen (8)
Curtis Hammond 6-1 Simon Stevenson
Josh Payne (9) 6-1 Jack Todd
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Jay Foreman
Ritchie Edhouse 6-4 Steve Beaton (10)
Ricky Williams 6-3 Jim Walker
Joe Murnan (11) 6-3 Rob Modra
Tony Newell 6-2 Matt Clark
Steve West 6-4 Jamie Lewis (12)
Andy Smith 6-2 Robert Owen
Kyle Anderson (13) 6-1 Steve McNally
Mark Barilli 6-5 Steve Brown
Jamie Caven (14) 6-3 John Part
John Bowles 6-3 Ryan Meikle
Robbie Green (15) 6-0 Ronnie Baxter
Ryan Harrington 6-1 Mark Walsh
Darren Webster 6-5 Kevin Painter (16)
Andy Boulton 6-3 Callum Loose
John Henderson (17) 6-2 Kevin Dowling
James Wilson 6-2 Ted Evetts
Stuart Kellett 6-3 Andrew Gilding (18)
Wes Newton 6-4 Nigel Heydon
Ricky Evans (19) 6-3 Chris Dobey
Andy Hamilton 6-2 William O’Connor
Devon Peterson (20) 6-3 Darren Johnson
Mickey Mansell 6-2 Ian Moss

Second Round
Alan Norris 6-3 Nathan Aspinall
Gerwyn Price 6-0 Stephen Willard
Daryl Gurney 6-5 Keegan Brown
Shaun Griffiths 6-3 Mick Todd
James Richardson 6-2 Arron Monk
Andy Jenkins 6-4 Dennis Smith
Mark Frost 6-4 Mark Webster
Harry Ward 6-4 Curtis Hammond
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Josh Payne
Ritchie Edhouse 6-4 Ricky Williams
Tony Newell 6-5 Joe Murnan
Steve West 6-2 Andy Smith
Kyle Anderson 6-2 Mark Barilli
Jamie Caven 6-1 John Bowles
Robbie Green 6-4 Ryan Harrington
Andy Boulton 6-3 Darren Webster
John Henderson 6-0 James Wilson
Wes Newton 6-3 Stuart Kellett
Andy Hamilton 6-5 Ricky Evans
Devon Peterson 6-4 Mickey Mansell

Qualifiers: Alan Norris, Gerwyn Price, Daryl Gurney, Shaun Griffiths, James Richardson, Andy Jenkins, Mark Frost, Harry Ward, Jonny Clayton, Ritchie Edhouse, Tony Newell, Steve West, Kyle Anderson, Jamie Caven, Robbie Green, Andy Boulton, John Henderson, Wes Newton, Andy Hamilton, Devon Petersen

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