World Series of Darts Finals: Qualifiers Confirmed!

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Rob Cross, Mark Webster and Justin Pipe were amongst the eight players to seal their qualification for next month’s World Series of Darts Finals, after coming through an 86-man field at the Barnsley Metrodome on Monday evening. 

Cross continued his magnificent form by dropping just five legs en route to confirming his World Series debut. Cross, a winner of three Players Championship events this year, began his campaign with a 5-2 win over Andy Boulton, before beating Welshman Robert Owen in a hard-fought affair.

‘Voltage’ then faced a decisive last 16 tie against young Suffolk star Ryan Meikle, who defeated Benito van de Pas in the preceding round. However, Cross clinched a comprehensive 5-1 win to seal his progression and maintain his sensational floor form.

Former Lakeside world champion Mark Webster was another high-profile name to seal his spot at next month’s event. The left-hander dropped just three legs in beating Scott Taylor and Ross Twell in his opening two matches, before overcoming another former Lakeside winner Stephen Bunting 5-3 to confirm his qualification.

Webster’s fellow Welsh star Jonny Clayton was the first man to come through this evening’s qualifier. ‘The Ferret’ kicked off his campaign with a stunning whitewash win over three-time world champion John Part, before he edged out William O’Connor, who sealed his Ally Pally spot by winning Saturday’s Tom Kirby Memorial title.

Clayton then came through another deciding-leg shootout to defeat John Henderson, who defeated Michael van Gerwen & Raymond van Barneveld to reach his first major semi-final at last week’s World Grand Prix. This set up a crunch showdown against ‘Rapid’ Ricky Evans, but the Welshman showed his class to close out a convincing 5-2 win.

Elsewhere, Justin Pipe will make his World Series of Darts Finals debut next month after coming through a series of hard-fought clashes at the Barnsley Metrodome. ‘The Force’ received a bye to the last 64, where he defeated the veteran Richie Corner 5-3.

Pipe then came through a last-leg decider to defeat Belgian starlet Mike De Decker, before sealing his place at the Braehead Arena with an impressive 5-3 win over world number seventeen Ian White, who last appeared in this event back in 2015.

Chris Dobey will make his second World Series of Darts Finals appearance after coming through three successive last-leg deciders to qualify. The North-East ace defeated Ron Meulenkamp 5-3 in the preliminary round, before defeating another Dutchman Vincent Kamphuis in a dramatic ninth and final leg.

Dobey then saw off former Lakeside finalist Alan Norris 5-4, to set up a decisive last 16 tie against young Dutch star Jeffrey de Zwaan, who defeated Josh Payne and Vincent van der Voort earlier in the night. However, ‘Hollywood’ booked his spot by beating his third Dutchman of the night- in his third deciding-leg triumph of the qualifying campaign.

Another man set to make his second appearance at the World Series of Darts Finals is Belgian ace Dimitri van den Bergh, who dumped out his fellow countryman Kim Huybrechts en route to sealing his qualification.

Van den Bergh received a bye through to round-one, where he defeated 2012 World Championship finalist Andy Hamilton. He then stunned his compatriot Huybrechts 5-1, before overcoming former World Grand Prix finalist Brendan Dolan to round-off an excellent night’s work in Barnsley.

Former BDO star Jan Dekker came through some difficult ties to qualify for the World Series of Darts Finals for the very first time. He defeated former major winners James Wilson and Paul Nicholson in his opening matches, before seeing off the ‘Muffin Man’ Steve Hine 5-3 in his crucial third-round battle.

Finally, Simon Stevenson will compete in just his fourth ever PDC televised major after defeating a host of experienced names at the Barnsley Metrodome. The Plymouth ace received a bye to round-one, where he dumped out 2015 World Grand Prix champion Robert Thornton.

Stevenson then eased past Dutch star Yordi Meeuwisse 5-2, before edging out former World Championship semi-finalist Andy Jenkins in a ninth and final leg, to seal his spot at next month’s event at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow.

Nevertheless, a host of established names suffered chastening early exits. Three-time world champion John Part was whitewashed in the preliminary round by Jonny Clayton, whilst former Premier League stars Wes Newton and Kevin Painter were beaten at the same stage by Ryan Meikle and Rowby-John Rodriguez.

1996 Lakeside world champion Steve Beaton was thrashed 5-1 by Paul Nicholson in the last 64, whilst Robert Thornton, who returned to form at last week’s World Grand Prix, was dumped out by Simon Stevenson. Darren Webster, Cristo Reyes, James Wilson, Christian Kist and Andy Hamilton were also condemned to round-one exits in Barnsley.

The Dutch trio of Benito van de Pas, Vincent van der Voort and Jermaine Wattimena fell by the wayside in the last 32, as Kim Huybrechts, Joe Cullen, Alan Norris & World Grand Prix semi-finalist John Henderson were defeated at the same stage. Elsewhere, Stephen Bunting & Ian White were both cruelly denied in the final stage of qualifying.

The full list of results from this evening’s qualifier can be viewed below.

Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Ladbrokes World Series Finals Qualifier

Last 128

Benito van de Pas BYE
Antonio Alcinas BYE
Richie Burnett BYE
Ryan Meikle 5-0 Wes Newton
Rob Cross BYE
Andy Boulton 5-1 Mickey Mansell
Ted Evetts BYE
Robert Owen 5-3 Keegan Brown
Kim Huybrechts BYE
John Michael BYE
Dimitri Van den Bergh BYE
Andy Hamilton 5-4 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Brendan Dolan BYE
John Bowles 5-2 Brian Woods
Darren Johnson BYE
Ritchie Edhouse 5-4 Jimmy Hendriks
Alan Norris BYE
James Richardson BYE
Vincent Kamphuis BYE
Chris Dobey 5-3 Ron Meulenkamp
Vincent van der Voort BYE
Rowby-John Rodriguez 5-3 Kevin Painter
Jeffrey de Zwaan BYE
Josh Payne 5-1 Mick McGowan
Ian White BYE
Martin Schindler BYE
John Norman Jnr BYE
Robbie Green 5-1 Lee Bryant
Justin Pipe BYE
Richie Corner 5-3 Sven Groen
Ryan Searle BYE
Mike De Decker 5-2 Jamie Bain
Joe Cullen BYE
Ronny Huybrechts BYE
Matthew Dennant BYE
Ricky Evans 5-3 Jim Brown
John Henderson BYE
Kirk Shepherd 5-2 Devon Petersen
William O’Connor BYE
Jonny Clayton 5-0 John Part
Stephen Bunting BYE
Jamie Caven BYE
Richard North BYE
Terry Temple 5-1 Joe Murnan
Mark Webster BYE
Scott Taylor 5-1 Jonathan Worsley
Ross Twell BYE
Steve West 5-2 Ryan Palmer
Steve Beaton BYE
Paul Nicholson BYE
Jan Dekker BYE
James Wilson 5-3 Andrew Gilding
Cristo Reyes BYE
Jermaine Wattimena BYE
Christian Kist BYE
Steve Hine 5-1 Stephen Burton
Robert Thornton BYE
Simon Stevenson BYE
Yordi Meeuwisse BYE
Jeffrey de Graaf 5-1 Steve Lennon
Darren Webster BYE
Chris Quantock BYE
Andy Jenkins BYE
Jamie Lewis 5-0 Berry van Peer

Last 64

Benito van de Pas 5-1 Antonio Alcinas
Ryan Meikle 5-3 Richie Burnett
Rob Cross 5-2 Andy Boulton
Robert Owen 5-1 Ted Evetts
Kim Huybrechts 5-3 John Michael
Dimitri Van den Bergh 5-3 Andy Hamilton
Brendan Dolan 5-1 John Bowles
Darren Johnson 5-4 Ritchie Edhouse
Alan Norris 5-1 James Richardson
Chris Dobey 5-4 Vincent Kamphuis
Vincent van der Voort 5-3 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Jeffrey de Zwaan 5-1 Josh Payne
Ian White 5-4 Martin Schindler
John Norman Jnr 5-1 Robbie Green
Justin Pipe 5-3 Richie Corner
Mike De Decker 5-2 Ryan Searle
Joe Cullen 5-4 Ronny Huybrechts
Ricky Evans 5-2 Matthew Dennant
John Henderson 5-2 Kirk Shepherd
Jonny Clayton 5-4 William O’Connor
Stephen Bunting 5-2 Jamie Caven
Richard North 5-0 Terry Temple
Mark Webster 5-1 Scott Taylor
Ross Twell 5-4 Steve West
Paul Nicholson 5-1 Steve Beaton
Jan Dekker 5-3 James Wilson
Jermaine Wattimena 5-1 Cristo Reyes
Steve Hine 5-4 Christian Kist
Simon Stevenson 5-3 Robert Thornton
Yordi Meeuwisse 5-4 Jeffrey de Graaf
Chris Quantock 5-3 Darren Webster
Andy Jenkins 5-3 Jamie Lewis

Last 32

Ryan Meikle 5-2 Benito van de Pas
Rob Cross 5-3 Robert Owen
Dimitri Van den Bergh 5-1 Kim Huybrechts
Brendan Dolan 5-4 Darren Johnson
Chris Dobey 5-4 Alan Norris
Jeffrey de Zwaan 5-3 Vincent van der Voort
Ian White 5-4 John Norman Jnr
Justin Pipe 5-4 Mike De Decker
Ricky Evans 5-2 Joe Cullen
Jonny Clayton 5-4 John Henderson
Stephen Bunting 5-3 Richard North
Mark Webster 5-2 Ross Twell
Jan Dekker 5-2 Paul Nicholson
Steve Hine 5-1 Jermaine Wattimena
Simon Stevenson 5-2 Yordi Meeuwisse
Andy Jenkins 5-3 Chris Quantock

Last 16

Rob Cross 5-1 Ryan Meikle
Dimitri Van den Bergh 5-3 Brendan Dolan
Chris Dobey 5-4 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Justin Pipe 5-3 Ian White
Jonny Clayton 5-2 Ricky Evans
Mark Webster 5-3 Stephen Bunting
Jan Dekker 5-3 Steve Hine
Simon Stevenson 5-4 Andy Jenkins


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