2017 PDC World Championship- Day Two Report!

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Peter Wright began his World Championship campaign with a comprehensive straight sets victory over enigmatic Dutchman Jerry Hendriks, as former world champion Steve Beaton and debutant Jonny Clayton also booked their spots in round-two at the Alexandra Palace on Friday evening.

Wright produced the performance of the tournament thus far to dispatch Jerry Hendriks in the final match of Friday’s action. Snakebite averaged 101.06, converted 45% of his double attempts and conjured up 131 and 141 finishes to close out a 3-0 victory over the exuberant Dutchman nicknamed ‘Electric’.

Hendriks had secured his place in round-one with a straight sets preliminary-round victory over Kiwi veteran Warren Parry earlier in the evening. Hendriks snatched a tight opening set after following up a maximum by pinning D19, but only after Parry had missed D12 for a spectacular 141 checkout.

Parry appeared destined to level up the contest after taking out 102 and 67 finishes to steal a march in set two, but Hendriks stayed alive by pinning tops, before seizing back control by following up a magnificent 174 by hitting D10. The Dutchman then fired in his third maximum to prevail with a respectable 86.63 average and 46% on the doubles. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Championship- Day Two Report!”

NEWS: Anderson “couldn’t give two monkeys” over MvG title talk!

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Gary Anderson insisted that he doesn’t “give two monkeys” about Michael van Gerwen being tipped for World Championship glory, when he spoke exclusively to Josh’s Dartistry at the Alexandra Palace on Thursday evening.

‘The Flying Scotsman’ kicked off his world title defence with an emphatic straight sets victory over PDPA qualifier Mark Frost on the opening night, averaging 96.16, landing five maximums and converting 38% of his double attempts, as he extended his winning streak at the Ally Pally to an impressive 13 matches.

Anderson is going in search of a third successive World Championship crown, but all the focus has been on world number one Michael van Gerwen, who has amassed a staggering 25 titles in 2016. Nevertheless, the Scot is unperturbed by the focus surrounding the Dutchman and is relishing the prospect of defending his crown.

“I couldn’t give two monkeys. Keep talking about him, because it takes the pressure off me; just keep on him. Michael says he has got no pressure on him; course he has. People expect him to win it; he’s expecting to win it. It’s up to him if he can, simple as. I’ve done my job; I’ve got at least two back-to-back, so it’ll take him another two years to do it if he’s going to do it. Continue reading “NEWS: Anderson “couldn’t give two monkeys” over MvG title talk!”

World Championship PDPA Qualifier- Report & Results!

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Mark Frost, Kevin Simm, Simon Stevenson and John Bowles secured qualification for next month’s World Championships at the Alexandra Palace after progressing through the PDPA World Championship qualifier at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan on Monday afternoon.

There were four spots available to the 120 participants in this year’s qualifier, after the already qualified Corey Cadby triumphed in last night’s World-Youth final. The winner was guaranteed a place in the first-round of next month’s event, whilst the remaining three players will be left to battle it out in the preliminary rounds.

Mark Frost was the first player to secure his qualification for the World Championships. The St Helen’s star cruised through to round-three with successive 5-1 victories over Adam Hunt & Brett Claydon respectively. ‘Frosty’ then saw off Peter Hudson 5-3, before dumping out former World-Youth champion Keegan Brown in a nail-biting decider.

Frost faced Ritchie Edhouse at the decisive quarter-final stage, after Edhouse caused a minor shock by beating Andy Jenkins. However, Frost held his nerve to secure a precious 5-3 victory to reach the semi-finals, guaranteeing his qualification to his first ever PDC World Championship. Continue reading “World Championship PDPA Qualifier- Report & Results!”

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