Raymond van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis were among the eighteen players to secure qualification for next month’s German Darts Masters on Friday evening. The former world champions both came through the 83-man field at the UK Qualifiers in Milton Keynes, to seal their spots in the second European Tour event of the season in Jena.
Van Barneveld missed out in qualifying for the German Darts Championship earlier this month, but the five-time world champion made amends in Milton Keynes. RvB is permitted to enter the UK qualifiers because the European qualifiers coincide with Barney’s Premier League commitments on a Thursday evening.
The legendary Dutchman eased through to his board final with an emphatic 6-1 win over Luke Woodhouse, before confirming his qualification with a dramatic 6-5 triumph against recent Players Championship finalist Darren Johnson.
Adrian Lewis will also make his first European Tour appearance of the year in Jena after dropping just three legs in an impressive qualification campaign. ‘Jackpot’ kicked off proceedings with a convincing 6-2 win against soft-tip star Adrian Gray, before thrashing Scott Taylor 6-1 to seal his spot.
Another former world champion to qualify for next month’s event was Mark Webster. The 2008 Lakeside world champion defeated Ireland’s William O’Connor 6-3 in his opening match, before defeating a resurgent Paul Nicholson by the same scoreline to confirm his qualification.
Webster’s Welsh compatriots Jamie Lewis and Jonny Clayton will also be joining him in Germany. Lewis came through a tough board to defeat Jamie Caven and Players Championship Three winner Rob Cross; Clayton overcame former world finalist Kirk Shepherd and South African star Devon Petersen.
Two-time PDC major winner Robert Thornton also qualified after missing out on the German Darts Championship. ‘The Thorn’ whitewashed Paul Rowley 6-0 to reach the board final, where he then edged out former World-Youth champion Keegan Brown 6-4 to clinch his place in Jena.
Former European Tour winner Mervyn King dropped just three legs to secure qualification for the second straight European Tour event, after defeating the Scottish duo of Andy Boulton and Mark Barilli.
Former European Tour finalist Daryl Gurney will feature in Germany after recording victories over Lee Bryant and James Richardson, whilst Australian ace Kyle Anderson dropped only three legs in thrashing Steve Lennon and Mickey Mansell to clinch his qualification.
Ronnie Baxter will make his first European Tour appearance since last February’s Dutch Darts Masters after securing qualification with a deciding-leg triumph against Steve Beaton. Ricky Evans also clinched his spot in Jena courtesy of a deciding leg; following up a 6-1 thrashing of Jim Walker with a 6-5 win over Scottish star John Henderson.
Robbie Green and former Austrian Darts Open winner Justin Pipe both sealed their spots in Germany next month. Green edged out Ryan Meikle before demolishing Jonathan Worsley, whilst ‘The Force’ followed up a deciding-leg win over Richie Burnett by prevailing 6-3 against Warrick Scheffer.
Joe Murnan eased through qualification with consecutive 6-1 wins over Mick McGowan and Richie Corner, whilst Robert Owen edged out former World Championship finalist Andy Hamilton to seal a spot in his maiden European Tour event of 2017.
Andrew Gilding secured qualification with impressive victories over the young duo of David Pallett and Josh Payne. Elsewhere, Warwickshire’s Ted Evetts registered wins against Peter Hudson and Darren Webster to seal his spot in only his second ever European Tour event.
Finally, Brian Woods will appear in his first European Tour event for over two years after coming through the preliminary rounds to seal his qualification. Woods defeated Jim Brown 6-4, before thrashing Ryan Palmer 6-1; he then edged out Tony Newell in a nerve-jangling decider to confirm his place in Jena.
Chris Dobey was one of the high-profile names to miss out on qualification after losing out to an inspired Tony Newell in round-one. Three-time world champion John Part was beaten by Scott Taylor in round-one, whilst Kevin Painter, Brendan Dolan & Jamie Caven were also dumped out at the first time of asking.
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HappyBet German Darts Masters
Friday March 31, Arena MK, Milton Keynes
Darron Brown 6-2 Michael Barnard
James Richardson 6-3 Matthew Dennant
Brian Woods 6-4 Jim Brown
John Bowles 6-3 Peter Jacques
Mickey Mansell 6-2 Martin Lukeman
Jamie Bain 6-2 Andy Jenkins
Warrick Scheffer 6-5 Simon Preston
Terry Temple 6-5 Stephen Burton
Simon Stevenson 6-3 Ryan Searle
Peter Hudson 6-4 Paul Harvey
Andrew Gilding 6-5 Matt Clark
Darren Johnson 6-2 Adam Hunt
Steve Hine 6-5 Ritchie Edhouse
Jim Walker 6-3 Craig Gilchrist
Paul Nicholson 6-3 Ross Twell
John Part 6-1 Ray Campbell
Devon Petersen 6-5 Chris Quantock
Mick McGowan 6-2 Ricky Williams
Joe Murnan 6-2 Harry Robinson
Steve Beaton 6-1 Dennis Smith
Ronnie Baxter 6-1 Darron Brown
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Lee Bryant
James Richardson 6-2 Mick Todd
Tony Newell 6-2 Chris Dobey
Brian Woods 6-1 Ryan Palmer
Andy Hamilton 6-3 James Wilson
Robert Owen 6-3 John Bowles
Kyle Anderson 6-2 Steve Lennon
Mickey Mansell 6-3 Richard North
Mervyn King 6-2 Andy Boulton
Mark Barilli 6-5 Jamie Bain
Justin Pipe 6-5 Richie Burnett
Warrick Scheffer 6-4 Brendan Dolan
Robbie Green 6-4 Ryan Meikle
Jonathan Worsley 6-2 Terry Temple
Robert Thornton 6-0 Paul Rowley
Keegan Brown 6-1 Simon Stevenson
Darren Webster 6-0 Wes Newton
Ted Evetts 6-3 Peter Hudson
Josh Payne 6-2 Callum Loose
Andrew Gilding 6-3 David Pallett
Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Luke Woodhouse
Darren Johnson 6-3 Aden Kirk
Jamie Lewis 6-4 Jamie Caven
Rob Cross 6-4 Steve Hine
John Henderson 6-2 Terry Roach
Ricky Evans 6-1 Jim Walker
Mark Webster 6-3 William O’Connor
Paul Nicholson 6-4 Wayne Jones
Adrian Lewis 6-2 Adrian Grey
Scott Taylor 6-2 John Part
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Kirk Shepherd
Devon Peterson 6-3 John Norman jnr
Richie Corner 6-5 Kevin Painter
Joe Murnan 6-1 Mick McGowan
Ronnie Baxter 6-5 Steve Beaton – Ronnie Baxter qualifies
Daryl Gurney 6-2 James Richardson – Daryl Gurney qualifies
Brian Woods 6-5 Tony Newell – Brian Woods qualifies
Robert Owen 6-5 Andy Hamilton – Robert Owen qualifies
Kyle Anderson 6-1 Mickey Mansell – Kyle Anderson qualifies
Mervyn King 6-1 Mark Barilli – Mervyn King qualifies
Justin Pipe 6-3 Warrick Scheffer – Justin Pipe qualifies
Robbie Green 6-1 Jonathan Worsley – Robbie Green qualifies
Robert Thornton 6-4 Keegan Brown – Robert Thornton qualifies
Ted Evetts 6-4 Darren Webster – Ted Evetts qualifies
Andrew Gilding 6-2 Josh Payne – Andrew Gilding qualifies
Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 Darren Johnson – Raymond van Barneveld qualifies
Jamie Lewis 6-3 Rob Cross – Jamie Lewis qualifies
Ricky Evans 6-5 John Henderson – Ricky Evans qualifies
Mark Webster 6-3 Paul Nicholson – Mark Webster qualifies
Adrian Lewis 6-1 Scott Taylor – Adrian Lewis qualifies
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Devon Peterson – Jonny Clayton qualifies
Joe Murnan 6-1 Richie Corner – Joe Murnan qualifies