HappyBet European Darts Trophy Draw!

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Michael van Gerwen and James Wade will make their return to PDC European Tour action at the HappyBet European Darts Trophy in Muelheim this weekend. The pair missed last weekend’s International Darts Open in Riesa due to injury and illness respectively, although both are fit to participate at the RWE Arena.

Van Gerwen and Wade have both tasted success on the European Tour in 2016, and MvG could face a second-round clash with former World-Youth champion Keegan Brown. ‘The Machine’ will meet either Ritchie Edhouse, or former major semi-finalist Justin Pipe on Saturday afternoon.

However, one man who won’t be competing in Muelheim is Dutch Darts Masters finalist Daryl Gurney, who remains sidelined with a broken finger. The Northern Irishman was forced to pull out of last weekend’s event due to his injury, and he will be replaced by a fifth home-nation qualifier.

Thursday evening will see five German players come through the Host Nation Qualifier, with the main event commencing on Friday as the 32 qualifiers face off.

One of the ties of the first-round will see the veteran Mervyn King take on Belgian hotshot Dimitri van den Bergh, whilst Andy Smith takes on Robbie Green. Elsewhere, German Darts Masters semi-finalist Joe Cullen will take on new-dad Jamie Lewis, who welcomed daughter Jorgie into the world on Thursday morning.

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World Cup of Darts Day Two Report- England survive major scare!

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Defending World Cup champions England survived a major scare as they scraped past the excellent Spanish pairing of Cristo Reyes and Antonio Alcinas in a thrilling last-leg decider in Frankfurt on Friday evening.

Taylor and Lewis, who are bidding for a fourth World Cup crown this weekend, were pushed all the way by Reyes and Alcinas, who finished with an average of 95.68, the highest recorded in round-one of this year’s event.

The Spaniards broke throw in 13 darts in the opening leg, but Taylor led England’s recovery, hitting D16 to draw level, before taking out 128 on the bullseye to seize the initiative. Reyes drew Spain level by pinning D16, before Taylor converted a 49 finish with his last-dart to edge the number one seeds ahead once more.

Spain knocked England out of the inaugural staging of the World Cup in 2010 and a repeat performance appeared distinctly possible as Reyes converted 68 on D20 to restore parity at 3-3. The Spanish duo stole the darts in the seventh leg, but the turning point came when Cristo narrowly missed D20 for a 114 checkout and a vital break of throw.

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

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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.

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Premier League Darts- The statistics so far!

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Michael Smith and Dave Chisnall suffered elimination from the 2016 Premier League on Judgement Night in Cardiff last week, as the competition reached the half-way mark. Josh’s Dartistry takes this opportunity to assess the statistics from this year’s event, to see whether or not they reflect the current league standings.

Current League Table

After Judgement Night P W D L +/- LWAT Pts
Phil Taylor 9 6 2 1 +21 20 14
Michael van Gerwen 9 5 3 1 +20 23 13
Gary Anderson 9 6 1 2 +12 18 13
Adrian Lewis 9 6 0 3 +8 21 12
James Wade 9 5 1 3 +3 18 11
Peter Wright 9 4 2 3 +1 15 10
Raymond van Barneveld 9 3 1 5 -2 18 7
Robert Thornton 9 1 2 6 -23 6 4
Dave Chisnall (E) 9 1 1 7 -14 17 3
Michael Smith (E) 9 1 1 7 -26 15 3

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Premier League Darts-Weeks 10-15 Fixtures Confirmed!

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The fixtures for the remainder of the 2016 Premier League have been announced as the battle for play-off places intensifies, and world number one Michael van Gerwen will face his arch nemesis Phil Taylor on home soil when the Premier League heads to Holland for the first time on May 12th.

Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena will host night 15 of this year’s competition, and five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld will hope to secure victory on home territory against Peter Wright.

After Dave Chisnall and Michael Smith were eliminated on Judgement Night in Cardiff, the remaining eight players will battle it out over the next six weeks to determine who will finish in the top-four and secure a spot at the O2 Arena for finals night on May 19th.

Each player will play twice on one league night within the next four weeks, before the final two league nights, at the Manchester Arena and the sell-out Premier League debut at Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena, feature four games on each night before the cut-off for Play-Off places.

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Barney & Van Gerwen share the spoils, as Smith & Chisnall are eliminated!

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The St Helen’s duo of Michael Smith and Dave Chisnall were eliminated from the 2016 Premier League on Judgement Night, whilst Raymond van Barneveld and Michael van Gerwen shared the spoils in a thrilling encounter at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on Thursday evening.

Van Gerwen averaged 105.59 as he fought back from 6-3 down to claim a point against Van Barneveld, who averaged 101.69 himself. MvG claimed the opening leg of the contest with a terrific 86 checkout, but Raymond responded magnificently, levelling up on D6, before posting legs of 13, 12 and 15 to establish a commanding 4-1 cushion.

‘The Green Machine’ reduced the arrears to 4-2 with a convincing 14-darter, but Barney regained his three-leg cushion with an accomplished 13-darter. The world number one then produced his best leg of the match, with successive visits of 180 and 171 en route to an 11-darter, but Van Barneveld guaranteed a point in the ninth leg by pinning D4.

The five-time world champion left himself on 80 after 12 darts on Van Gerwen’s throw as he aimed to close in on victory, but Michael remained in contention with a nerveless 68 finish. In the eleventh leg, Raymond recorded scores of 140 followed by 139 to leave 62 after 12 darts, but the Den Haag ace wired one dart at D16 for the two points.

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‘Unwell’ Van Gerwen retains his German Darts Masters title!

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Michael van Gerwen fought back from 4-2 down against Peter Wright to retain his German Darts Masters title at the Ballhausforum, Dolce Hotel, Munich, on Monday evening, despite feeling distinctly ‘under the weather’.

The Dutchman, who revealed in his post-match interview that he had been suffering with illness for over a week, was well below par by his exceptional standards, averaging just 92.72 against Snakebite.

However, he displayed great tenacity to fightback; reeling off four legs in succession to secure his 10th European Tour final.Wright will be bitterly disappointed to have squandered such a fantastic opportunity, although Snakebite can take many positives from another extremely consistent performance in Munich this weekend.

Van Gerwen held throw in a very sloppy opening leg after Wright spurned two darts at D12 for a break. MvG gratefully accepted Snakebite’s invitation and pinned D8 for a 19-dart hold. However, the Scot responded strongly and levelled up proceedings immediately by nailing D18 for a 14-darter.

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Van Gerwen edges out Eidams, as Anderson turns on the style!

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Michael van Gerwen maintained his hopes of retaining his German Darts Masters title with victory over home favourite Reine Eidams, whilst Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis, Peter Wright and Michael Smith also progressed to round-three at the Ballhausforum, Dolce Hotel, Munich, on Sunday evening.

Van Gerwen and Eidams met in a repeat of their classic first-round clash at the World Championships four months ago, and the Dutchman was pushed by the German, before eventually prevailing 6-3 with a 97 average, which is slightly underwhelming by The Green Machine’s exceptionally high standards.

It was a topsy-turvy start to the encounter, with four successive breaks of throw. Eidams spurned the chance to secure a fifth successive break with one dart at D16, but this proved to be an expensive miss, as van Gerwen reeled off three straight legs; going 5-2 up with a classy 138 finish.

Eidams remained in contention by posting D10 and very nearly reduced the arrears to 5-4 by wiring the bullseye for a spectacular 164 finish. Nevertheless, Van Gerwen clinched victory in sumptuous style with an eye-catching 132 checkout, with successive bulls, followed by D16, to sink the impressive German.

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Shocks galore at the German Darts Masters!

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It was an afternoon of shocks at the German Darts Masters, as James Wade, Robert Thornton, Kim Huybrechts and Terry Jenkins were all dumped out in round-two at the Ballhausforum, Dolce Hotel, Munich. Only two seeds from eight made it through, as the under-dogs prospered on Sunday afternoon.

Joe Cullen continued his fine run of form as he edged out eight-time major winner James Wade in a topsy-turvy contest. Cullen dominated the scoring stakes but only registered 27% on the doubles. ‘The Machine’ delivered a fine 141 finish to draw level at 4-4, but ‘The Rockstar’ won the final two legs to reach the third-round.

Chris Dobey produced the performance of the afternoon to defeat Robert Thornton 6-4 and reach the last 16. Dobey, mentored by world champion Gary Anderson, averaged 100.64 and fired in five maximums to dump out the World Grand-Prix champion. The youngster also registered 50% on the doubles to complete the upset.

Kim Huybrechts was another seed to tumble in round-two, as he was dismantled 6-1 by William O’Connor, who will be looking to replicate his run to the quarters here 12 months ago. The Belgian averaged a miserly 85 and hit just 16% on the doubles, and whilst the Irishman wasn’t at his best, he did enough to blow away ‘The Hurricane’.

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German Darts Masters- Day 1 Report & Results!

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Kevin Painter, Stephen Bunting, Daryl Gurney, James Wilson and home-favourite Reine Eidams were among the players to reach the second-round of the German Darts Masters, as Alan Norris and Andrew Gilding suffered surprise exits at the Ballhausforum, Dolce Hotel, Munich, on Saturday.

However, the performance of the day was produced by former world finalist Kevin Painter, who eased into the last 32 with a stunning 6-1 victory against Stuart Kellett. ‘The Artist’averaged 101.7 and boasted an impressive 55% on the doubles, although ‘KO’ almost stole the headlines, missing D12 for a 9-darter in leg four.

Stephen Bunting prevailed 6-4 against Steve Beaton in a battle of the world champions in the penultimate game of Saturday’s double-session. Beaton delivered an inspired 161 checkout to go 4-3 up, but ‘The Bullet’ fired back superbly, and clinched victory with an excellent 110 finish, to set up a tasty second-round tie against Peter Wright.

World Championship quarter-finalist Alan Norris suffered a surprise exit at the hands of Jermaine Wattimena in a topsy-turvy contest. There were five successive breaks in the opening stages, before Wattimena missed 11 match darts. Yet, the quick-fire Dutchman wasn’t to be denied, and managed to close out a morale-boosting 6-4 victory.

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2016 German Darts Masters Draw!

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World number one Michael van Gerwen could begin the defence of his German Darts Masters title against home favourite Reine Eidams, in a repeat of their classic first-round World Championship clash last year, after the draw for this weekend’s event in Munich was made on Friday evening.

However, Eidams must firstly overcome ‘The Rock’ Peter Hudson in round-one on Saturday. Van Gerwen, who defeated John Henderson to win last year’s event, will be hoping for a repeat performance in 2016.

World champion Gary Anderson could take on Daryl Gurney in round-two, in a repeat of their World Championship clash in December. However, Gurney, who reached the final of the Dutch Darts Masters last month, must defeat young Belgian star Dimitri van den Bergh before even contemplating a showdown with ‘The Flying Scotsman’.

Adrian Lewis, who won the inaugural staging of the German Darts Masters back in 2012, will take on either John Bowles or Fabian Herz. Elsewhere, fourth seed James Wade will either meet Raymond van Barneveld’s protege Mike Zuydwijk, or the in-form Joe Cullen, who reached his first major TV quarter-final at the UK Open three weeks ago.

Three-Time European Tour winner Michael Smith could meet former BDO man Jeffrey de Graaf in the last 32, if the talented Dutchman can overcome Darren Johnson on Friday. Dave Chisnall, who along with Smith is facing the prospect of Premier League elimination next week, faces a tough tie against either Alan Norris or Jermaine Wattimena.

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The Great Escape is on for Thornton!

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Robert Thornton climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone after enjoying a fantastic night at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Thursday evening. The Scot appeared to be a relegation certainty prior to tonight’s action, but he secured three points from his double-header to climb out of the elimination places.

‘The Thorn’ had just one point when he arrived in Merseyside, but he claimed his first victory of the season with a narrow win over Michael Smith, before earning a precious point against Michael van Gerwen in the evening’s curtain raiser.

Thornton kicked off the evening’s proceedings with a hard-fought win against Smith, who is now staring down the barrel of relegation. Thornton led 5-2 at one stage, before ‘Bully-Boy’ launched an admirable fightback, drawing level at 5-5, before the Scot upped the ante to win the final two legs.

It was an attritional battle, as expected given the repercussions of a defeat for either player. However, Thornton’s finishing was the decisive factor. He hit fine shots of 78 and 112 in crucial junctures of the contest, as Smith was punished once again for profligate finishing.

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Brilliant Barney has Rotterdam dream in his sights!

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Raymond van Barneveld got his Premier League campaign firmly back on track with a superb 7-4 victory against last year’s semi-finalist Dave Chisnall at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow on Thursday evening.

Van Barneveld trailed 3-2 at one stage, but produced an inspired spell of scoring; winning five of the final six legs to secure his third win of the season.

The five-time world champion averaged 104.90 and hit three stunning ton-plus finishes to return to winning ways and ease any relegation concerns. This victory also maintains Raymond’s incredible record in Glasgow. He has now won eight times there, which is more than any other player in Premier League history.

Meanwhile, Dave Chisnall is without a Premier League victory since his week one whitewash against Robert Thornton. ‘Chizzy’ has secured just the solitary point from his last 6 matches and he’s in serious danger of suffering early elimination on Judgement Night.

Van Barneveld held his throw in the opening leg of the contest, hitting D10 for a 14-darter, after Chisnall had narrowly missed D14 for a 121 checkout. The Dutchman then extended his advantage by again pinning D10, before ‘Chizzy’ fired back after van Barneveld was unable to take out 76.

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Double-Delight for Ando; Brilliant Barney shows his class, and MvG & Taylor share the spoils!

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World Champion Gary Anderson enjoyed double-delight on home soil, securing two victories against Adrian Lewis and Peter Wright respectively to climb up to 3rd in the league on Thursday evening at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow.

Elsewhere, Raymond van Barneveld rolled back the years with a brilliant win against Dave Chisnall, whilst Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor shared the spoils. In the evening’s other contest, James Wade silenced the natives with a professional 7-4 triumph against home-favourite Robert Thornton.

However, the plaudits will go to Gary Anderson, who clinched victory in his opening game of the night in a repeat of this year’s World Championship final against Adrian Lewis. Anderson averaged a shade under a ton to secure a hard-fought 7-4 victory against an under-par Jackpot.

‘The Flying Scotsman’ held throw routinely in the opening leg, before doubling his lead with a clinical 87 finish on D18, after Lewis had earlier spurned five darts to level up proceedings.

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Premier League Darts- Week 7 Preview: Big guns collide in Glasgow!

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This week, the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow hosts a huge week of Premier League action. Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor collide in a battle for top spot, whilst Gary Anderson faces a defining night on home soil.

Firstly, the reigning Premier League champion takes on Adrian Lewis in a repeat of this year’s World Championship final, before he completes the evening’s action with a clash against his compatriot Peter Wright.

Elsewhere, Raymond van Barneveld and Dave Chisnall lock horns in a crucial contest, whilst James Wade goes in search of his third straight win against Robert Thornton, who has yet to register a Premier League victory in 2016 so far.

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Wright edges out Lewis to win Players Championship 1!

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Peter Wright secured victory in the first Players Championship event of 2016, as he defeated two-time world champion Adrian Lewis 6-5 on Saturday afternoon at the Barnsley Metrodome. Wright trailed 5-3 in the final, but won the final three legs to seal the £10,000 winner’s cheque and his eighth PDC ranking title in the process.

Snakebite eased through to round-two with an emphatic 6-0 whitewash against Ryan Palmer, before reaching the last 16 with 6-4 victories against Cristo Reyes and Keegan Brown respectively.

Peter secured his last eight spot with a deciding leg win against Joe Murnan, before recording 6-3 wins over both Ian White and Joe Cullen to reach the final. There he produced a fine comeback , to gain revenge for his Premier League defeat against Lewis last Thursday.

However, Lewis will take immense satisfaction from his performance on Saturday afternoon, where he dethroned both Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson en route to reaching the final.

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European Tours 3-4: UK Qualifiers Report & Results

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Daryl Gurney, Kevin Painter, Alan Norris, John Henderson, Joe Cullen and Joe Murnan enjoyed double-qualification success by sealing their spots in the Gibraltar Darts Trophy and European Darts Matchplay on Friday evening, whilst Phil Taylor only managed to seal his spot in Hamburg, after failing to secure a place in Gibraltar.

This qualification double-header took place at the Barnsley Metrodome ahead of this weekend’s opening Players Championship events. There were a host of big names vying to seal their spots in Gibraltar and Hamburg, and Taylor will be competing in his first European Tour event for 18 months having qualified for the European Darts Matchplay.

However, Taylor, a former Gibraltar Darts Trophy winner back in 2013, will not be able to repeat the feat this year, after he was defeated 6-4 in the final game of the opening night’s qualifier by Ross Smith.

Nevertheless, the 16-time world champion exacted revenge in the night’s second European Tour qualifier, edging out Smith 6-5 before whitewashing Lee Palfreyman 6-0 to seal his place in Germany.

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MvG stars again, as Taylor whitewashes Thornton!

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Michael van Gerwen retained top spot in the Premier League with another victory and another incredible performance as he dismantled Dave Chisnall 7-2 on night six at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena.

Van Gerwen averaged 113.47, hitting three maximums and two 177’s to overcame an under-par ‘Chizzy’, who is becoming embroiled in a relegation scrap. MvG kicked off proceedings in sensational style with an 11-dart break of throw. However, Chisnall responded strongly, breaking back on D10 in 14-darts.

‘The Yellow Peril’ was scoring well in the early stages, but van Gerwen secured the third successive break of throw in the match with an inspired 134 checkout. ‘The Green Machine’ then restored a two-leg cushion with a classy 12-darter, culminating with a clinical 105 finish.

Van Gerwen clinched his third leg in succession along with his third ton-plus checkout in succession, by taking out 100 with consummate ease, for his second straight 12-dart leg. The world number one spurned opportunities for an 11-darter in the sixth leg, eventually converting D14 for a 13-darter and a commanding 5-1 advantage.

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Premier League Darts- Week 6 Preview!

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Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena will host night six of the 2016 Betway Premier League, as world champion Gary Anderson takes on his protege Michael Smith in their first ever televised meeting.

Michael van Gerwen, fresh from retaining his UK Open title will take on Dave Chisnall, whilst Phil Taylor goes in search of his fifth consecutive league victory against Robert Thornton. Elsewhere, Peter Wright and Adrian Lewis lock horns in a top four battle, whilst Raymond van Barneveld faces James Wade.

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First up, we have a clash between master and apprentice. Gary Anderson has been Smith’s mentor for a number of years and the Scot has revelled in the progress of the St Helen’s star. Nevertheless, it will be business as usual for the world champion in Nottingham, as he goes in search of his third consecutive league victory.

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2016 World Series of Darts line-up confirmed!

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The full line-up for the 2016 World Series of Darts has been announced and it promises to be the best one yet, with the addition of the Shanghai Masters accompanying existing tournaments in Dubai, New Zealand, Japan and Australia; featuring eight of the biggest names in world darts.

The World Series was initially introduced in 2013, beginning with tournaments in Dubai and Sydney. Perth was added to the calendar a year later, whilst events in Auckland and Japan were implemented in 2015. The Shanghai Masters will join these five events, with the 2016 World Series culminating in Glasgow for the end-of-season finals.

The top four players on the PDC Order of Merit are automatically selected, so Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis and Phil Taylor will all be competing across the globe. Van Gerwen will go in search of his fourth consecutive Dubai Masters title in June, whilst Taylor will be vying for his fourth Sydney Darts Masters crown during the summer.

Adrian Lewis will be defending his Auckland Masters title, whilst reigning world champion Gary Anderson goes in search of his maiden World Series crown. After the six events have been completed, the top eight players on the World Series of Darts rankings will progress to the World Series Finals, hosted in Glasgow during early November.

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Anderson ruled out of Premier League opener through illness

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World Champion and defending Premier League champion Gary Anderson has been ruled out of the opening week of the 2016 Premier League campaign due to illness, meaning his protégé Michael Smith will play twice, at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

Anderson was due to take on Lewis in a repeat of their World Championship final clash last month, however he was taken unwell on Wednesday and after receiving medical consultation, he has been diagnosed as displaying symptoms of having a viral upper respiratory tract infection, and is therefore unable to compete tonight.

In a statement released by the PDC, the Scot said: “I’m desperately disappointed that I can’t play in Leeds this evening, but the truth is that I feel absolutely terrible and I would not have been able to get on stage.”

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PDC Awards Dinner 2016: Van Gerwen and Anderson share the spoils!

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Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson shared the spoils as they were crowned joint PDC players of the year, as the PDC’s Annual Awards Dinner took place at the Dorchester on Thursday evening.

van Gerwen, who won a staggering 18 titles in 2015, and Anderson, who retained his World Championship crown, whilst also winning the Premier League for the second time, could not be separated, and after an unprecedented split decision they shared the trophy.

This was one of three awards collected by van Gerwen in London last night. The world number one also scooped the ‘PDPA Players’ Player of the Year’ award, as well as the ‘Pro Tour Player of the Year’ title.

Michael performed superbly well throughout the year, winning the Unibet Masters, Coral UK Open, World Matchplay, European Championships, Grand Slam of Darts, World Series of Darts Finals and the Players Championship Finals, to complete his stunning haul of major PDC titles.

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My 10 Darting Predictions for 2016

With the brief hiatus in the darting calendar, Josh’s Dartistry has made his 10 darting predictions for 2016. Have a read and see if you agree!

1. Phil Taylor to end his major drought with Matchplay glory.

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Phil Taylor’s last major TV title came 14 months ago, at the 2014 Grand Slam of Darts. This is Taylor’s longest drought since winning his first World title 21 years ago, and this period without silverware would have been simply unfathomable just a few years ago.

However, Taylor has fallen to fourth in the world following Adrian Lewis’ run to the World Championship final, and ‘The Power’ faces a defining year in 2016, which may ultimately determine whether he still has the tools to compete consistently at the very highest-level.

However, the statistics illustrate that Taylor is still performing at an extremely high-level. He averaged 108 in departing the UK Open quarter-finals to Peter Wright, 103 in losing to James Wade at the World Matchplay semi-finals and 106 in losing to Adrian Lewis in the European Championship quarter-finals.

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Q-School- Tour Card holders and Final Q-School OOM

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Following the conclusion of the fourth and final day of Q-School at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan, where Ross Smith, Ryan Palmer, Yordi Meeuwisse and Vincent Kamphuis were the final four players to receive automatic tour-cards; the final Q-School Order of Merit list was finalised.

The Q-School Order of Merit awards tour-cards to a further 14 players; those of who amassed the most ranking points over the course of the four days.

The most high-profile player to secure a tour-card via the Q-School Order of Merit was a former UK Open finalist and a winner of multiple ranking events, Mark Walsh. Walsh was ranked first on the Order of Merit, after coming within one win of securing a tour-card on a couple of occasions this week.

Dennis Smith, a World Championship semi-finalist back in 2000, also reclaimed his tour-card via the Order of Merit, whilst World Championship preliminary qualifiers John Michael and Mick McGowan all secured their spots on the PDC Pro Tour until 2018.

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Q-School Day Three-Results and Report.

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Former BDO star Jeffrey de Graaf was the big name to secure an automatic PDC tour card on day three of Q-School at the Robin Park Tennis Centre, in Wigan. Another former BDO star, 2008 Lakeside semi-finalist Brian Woods, also secured a tour card alongside Tony Newell and Ray Campbell.

However, de Graaf, seeded third at this year’s Lakeside World Championships, was the most high profile qualifier on day three. The 25-year-old Dutchman had struggled to make an impression in the opening days, exiting in the last 256 yesterday; nevertheless, Jeffrey’s class shone through on Friday.

De Graaf began the afternoon with a comprehensive 5-0 whitewash victory over 1996 World Matchplay winner Peter Evison in the last 512. He then edged through a deciding leg against Simon Burt in the last 256, which was the closest he came to exiting.

Jeffrey defeated Lee Shewan and Jamie Bain to reach the last 32, before recording successive 5-2 victories over Scott Dale, and former UK Open finalist Mark Walsh, to move a match away from securing a tour-card. De Graaf faced Simon Preston in the decisive clash, and secured an emphatic 5-1 win to guarantee his spot on the PDC tour until 2018.

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Q-School Day Two- Results and Report.

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James Richardson was among one of the four players to secure tour-cards on day two at Q-School in Wigan on Thursday. Jonathan Worsley, Ted Evetts and Ryan Meikle also attained tour-cards, as qualifying school reaches its halfway point at the Robin Park Tennis Centre.

Richardson, who rose to prominence courtesy of a first-round World Championship victory over Five-Time world champion Raymond van Barneveld in December 2011, has endured a difficult few years on the circuit.

However, ‘Ruthless’ lived up to his nickname today, to guarantee his spot on the PDC Pro Tour until 2018. Richardson made a strong start to his campaign, dropping just three legs in defeating both Rhys Hayden and Damian Smith, to progress to the last 64.

Ross Smith, who recorded a nine-darter yesterday, awaited at this stage, but Richardson prevailed 5-3, before reaching the last eight, courtesy of successive deciding leg wins over Luke Woodhouse and Steve Brown.

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Q-School Day 1- Nine-Dart drama, as Bowles, Stevenson, Parsons and Williams secure tour cards!

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John Bowles, Simon Stevenson, Andy Parsons and Ricky Williams were the four players to secure PDC tour cards on the opening day of 2016 Q-School, whilst Ross Smith also recorded a nine-darter, at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan.

Bowles was the most high-profile player to secure a tour-card on the opening day. The former rugby-league star, who came through Q-School in 2012, dropped just five legs in his opening three games, as he eased past the trio of Justin Broton, Fabian Herz and Colin Fowler.

He recorded an emphatic 5-1 victory over Harry Robinson in the last 32, before defeating Dick van Dijk 5-3 to set up a decisive clash against former Lakeside semi-finalist Brian Woods. Woods, who thrashed Steve Hine 5-1 in the last 16, couldn’t replicate this success against Bowles, with the Widnes star prevailing by a 5-2 scoreline to reclaim his card.

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Premier League Darts 2016- Fixtures Confirmed

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Reigning World Champion Gary Anderson will begin the defence of his Premier League crown against Adrian Lewis, in a rematch of their World title clash, when the Premier League gets under way on Thursday 4th February, at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld will renew their classic rivalry in the opening week, when they clash for a record 73rd time, whilst World Number One Michael van Gerwen will take on 2009 Premier League winner James Wade.

Premier League debutant Michael Smith will begin his campaign against World Number 5 Peter Wright, whilst Robert Thornton marks his return to the Premier League  with a tie against last year’s semi-finalist Dave Chisnall.

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Premier League Darts 2016 line-up confirmed!

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Five-Time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld and eight-time major winner James Wade are among the wildcard selections for the 2016 Premier League, as World Number 8 Michael Smith prepares to make his debut in the competition, when the action gets underway in Leeds on February 4th.

The line-up for the 2016 Premier League was announced by PDC Chairman Barry Hearn, in the immediate aftermath of Gary Anderson’s World Championship triumph. This will be the biggest season in the competition’s history, with the overall prize money totalling £700,00.

The top four players on the PDC Order of Merit are automatic entries, therefore Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis and Phil Taylor did not have to rely on a wildcard selection.

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