Simon Whitlock and Steve Beaton were among the four stars to qualify for next month’s Ladbrokes World Series of Darts Finals after coming through qualifiers held at the Barnsley Metrodome on Sunday. Brendan Dolan secured a magnificent qualification-double, whilst Joe Murnan showed his class to seal his spot in Glasgow.
Simon Whitlock continued his fine run of form to secure qualification for the World Series of Darts Finals. Whitlock competed in the Sydney Darts Masters and Perth Darts Masters earlier this year, but lost in the opening round on both occasions, to Peter Wright and Raymond van Barneveld respectively.
The Aussie ace, who has recorded two Players Championship victories within the last month, breezed through to the final round of qualifying, before prevailing in an extremely tight tussle to confirm his place at the Braehead Arena next month.
‘The Wizard’ recorded comprehensive wins against Dick van Dijk and Shaun Griffiths, before thrashing Nigel Heydon 6-1 to reach the last eight. Whitlock had dropped just four legs in his opening three games, but his decisive contest with William O’Connor was a nail-biting affair, which saw the Aussie claim the spoils in a last-leg shootout.
Elsewhere, Steve Beaton produced some vintage performances to clinch a spot in his first ever World Series event. ‘The Bronzed Adonis’ kicked off his campaign with a hard-fought 6-4 win against Jamie Robinson, before beating Grand Slam qualifier Ted Evetts by the same scoreline.
Beaton then recorded his third successive 6-4 victory of the qualifiers as he saw off Johnny Haines, to set up a decisive last eight clash with Dutch star Christian Kist. Kist had already claimed the scalps of Ian White and Kevin Painter, but Beaton prevailed in the clash of the world-champions to confirm his qualification.
Brendan Dolan rounded off a perfect day in Barnsley by qualifying for the World Series of Darts Finals. ‘The History-Maker’ secured Grand Slam qualification earlier in the day and maintained his consistency to complete the double.
Dolan began proceedings with a 6-3 win over Dutchman Ron Meulenkamp, before whitewashing Robert Owen. Dolan then edged out Dirk van Duijvenbode in a tense affair, before confirming his place in Glasgow with a 6-4 victory over nine-time major finalist Terry Jenkins, who again fell at the final hurdle of qualification.
Elsewhere, Joe Murnan will make his World Series debut next month after coming through a series of tough matches. ‘Shaggy’ kicked off his qualification campaign with a deciding-leg win against Belgium’s Mike De Decker, before winning 6-1 against Welshman Jamie Lewis, who appeared in the inaugural World Series event twelve months ago.
Murnan then defeated Ryan Meikle to set up a decisive clash with recent German Darts Champion Alan Norris in the last eight. Norris was the favourite, but Murnan produced a fine display to record a 6-4 victory and seal his spot in Glasgow.
Despite this, a number of big names suffered chastening defeats at the Barnsley Metrodome. Former world champion Stephen Bunting, who competed in the inaugural World Series of Darts Finals last year, was beaten convincingly at the first hurdle by Harry Robinson.
Dimitri van den Bergh, who qualified for the Grand Slam earlier in the day, failed to replicate those heroics as he lost 6-1 to Vincent van der Voort, whilst Chris Dobey went down to Dirk van Duijvenbode in the same round.
Ian White, who was top seed for the World Series qualifier, suffered a 6-4 second-round defeat to Christian Kist, whilst 2008 world champion Mark Webster lost to Johnny Haines by the same scoreline. Elsewhere, Mervyn King and Vincent van der Voort were beaten at the same stage, losing to Andy Boulton and David Pallett respectively.
Terry Jenkins endured a highly frustrating afternoon in Barnsley. The 53-year-old was beaten by James Wilson in the final round of qualifying for the Grand Slam of Darts, and ‘The Bull’ was beaten at the same stage of the World Series qualifier by former World Grand Prix finalist Brendan Dolan.
The full list of results from this afternoon’s World Series qualifier can be viewed below:
Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC
Ladbrokes World Series of Darts Finals Qualifier
Sunday October 23, Barnsley Metrodome
Jim Walker 6-2 Andy Jenkins
Alan Tabern 6-1 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Kevin Painter 6-1 Andy Parsons
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-1 John Bowles
Johnny Haines 6-5 John Part
Ricky Evans 2-6 Yordi Meeuwisse
Dennis Smith 3-6 Ted Evetts
Vincent Kamphuis 4-6 Ronny Huybrechts
Paul Nicholson 3-6 Shaun Griffiths
Devon Petersen 4-6 Robbie Green
Mickey Mansell 1-6 Nigel Heydon
David Pallett v Wayne Jones W/O (Wayne Jones withdrew through illness)
Andy Smith 3-6 Wes Newton
Mick McGowan 1-6 Jonathan Worsley
William O’Connor 6-4 Steve West
Nathan Derry 5-6 Ryan Palmer
Nathan Aspinall 4-6 Ken MacNeil
Berry van Peer 6-4 Mark Walsh
Robert Owen 6-1 Jeffrey de Graaf
Ray Campbell 2-6 Darren Johnson
Jan Dekker 5-6 Chris Dobey
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-5 Richie Corner
Tony Newell 3-6 Andy Boulton
Ronnie Baxter 3-6 James Wilson
Matthew Edgar 1-6 Darren Webster
Simon Stevenson 6-3 Paul Milford
Mike De Decker 6-4 Ricky Wiliams
Ian White (1) 6-2 Stephen McNally
Christian Kist 6-1 Jim Walker
Andy Hamilton (16) 6-5 Ross Smith
Kevin Painter 6-3 Alan Tabern
Mark Webster (8) 6-1 Jason Lovett
Johnny Haines 6-3 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Steve Beaton (9) 6-4 Jamie Robinson
Ted Evetts 6-3 Yordi Meeuwisse
Simon Whitlock (5) 6-1 Dick van Dijk
Shaun Griffiths 6-5 Ronny Huybrechts
Andrew Gilding (12) 6-3 Brian Woods
Nigel Heydon 6-5 Robbie Green
Vincent van der Voort (4) 6-1 Dimitri Van den Bergh
David Pallett 6-5 Wes Newton
Terry Temple 6-4 John Henderson (13)
William O’Connor 6-0 Jonathan Worsley
Terry Jenkins (2) 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Ryan Palmer 6-4 Jason Wilson
Mark Frost 6-4 Keegan Brown (15)
Ken MacNeil 6-5 Berry van Peer
Brendan Dolan (7) 6-3 Ron Meulenkamp
Robert Owen 6-4 Darren Johnson
James Richardson 6-5 Jamie Caven (10)
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Chris Dobey
Mervyn King (6) 6-4 Simon Preston
Andy Boulton 6-5 James Wilson
Alan Norris (11) 6-2 Stuart Kellett
Darren Webster 6-5 Simon Stevenson
Harry Robinson 6-2 Stephen Bunting (3)
Ryan Meikle 6-3 Mike Zuydwijk
Jamie Lewis (14) 6-3 Matt Clark
Joe Murnan 6-5 Mike de Decker
Third Round (Board Final)
Christian Kist 6-4 Ian White
Kevin Painter 6-2 Andy Hamilton
Johnny Haines 6-4 Mark Webster
Steve Beaton 6-4 Ted Evetts
Simon Whitlock 6-2 Shaun Griffiths
Nigel Heydon 6-1 Andrew Gilding
David Pallett 6-5 Vincent van der Voort
William O’Connor 6-2 Terry Temple
Terry Jenkins 6-5 Ryan Palmer
Mark Frost 6-0 Ken MacNeil
Brendan Dolan 6-0 Robert Owen
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-4 James Richardson
Andy Boulton 6-4 Mervyn King
Alan Norris 6-4 Darren Webster
Ryan Meikle 6-5 Harry Robinson
Joe Murnan 6-1 Jamie Lewis
Last 16 Results
Christian Kist 6-5 Kevin Painter
Johnny Haines 4-6 Steve Beaton
Simon Whitlock 6-1 Nigel Heydon
David Pallett 2-6 William O’Connor
Terry Jenkins 6-2 Mark Frost
Brendan Dolan 6-4 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Andy Boulton 2-6 Alan Norris
Ryan Meikle 1-6 Joe Murnan
Steve Beaton 6-3 Christian Kist
Simon Whitlock 6-5 William O’Connor
Brendan Dolan 6-4 Terry Jenkins
Joe Murnan 6-4 Alan Norris
World Series Qualifiers
Steve Beaton, Simon Whitlock, Brendan Dolan, Joe Murnan