UK Open Qualifier Two Report!

2015 William Hill PDC World Championship - Day Nine - Alexandra Palace

Michael van Gerwen continued his unbeaten start to 2018 to triumph in the second UK Open qualifier and clinch the 100th senior singles title of his PDC career on another dramatic day of action on Saturday evening. Continue reading “UK Open Qualifier Two Report!”

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UK Open Qualifier Three: Report & Results!

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Peter Wright secured his second UK Open qualifying title of the weekend after surviving two missed match darts from Michael Smith in a thrilling final at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan on Sunday afternoon.

Wright prevailed in Friday’s opening qualifier by beating Adrian Lewis in the final, and the world number three repeated the feat against Smith 48 hours later to scoop the £10,000 winner’s cheque and complete the weekend’s triple-header in style.

The opening two legs of the final went against throw, before Smith held throw on D2 after Wright spurned four darts at double for the third successive break of throw. However, the Scot responded strongly by following up a maximum with a clinical 68 checkout to draw level.

‘Bully-Boy’ regained the lead moments later however; following up a timely maximum with an accomplished 93 finish. He came agonisingly close to extending his advantage in the sixth leg, after missing the bullseye for a 170 kill, but Wright levelled up proceedings with a nerveless 71 checkout.

The high-quality standard continued, as Smith kicked off the seventh leg with back-to-back maximums to set up a nine-dart opportunity. The perfect leg wasn’t forthcoming, but the St Helen’s star dispatched a 76 checkout with consummate ease for a fine 12-dart hold. Continue reading “UK Open Qualifier Three: Report & Results!”

Players Championship Finals- Day One Report!

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Raymond van Barneveld produced the performance of the first-round on day one at the Players Championship Finals at the Butlins Minehead Resort on Friday evening, as Alan Norris fired in a stunning 9-darter; the first in the history of this tournament.

Michael van Gerwen kicked off the defence of his Players Championship Finals title with a comprehensive 6-1 victory against former world finalist Andy Hamilton. The world number one barely got out of first gear, averaging  95.08, hitting four maximums and converting 43% of his doubles to dispatch the Stoke-on-Trent star.

In round-two, MvG will face his best friend Vincent van der Voort, who produced an inspired comeback to defeat Andrew Gilding in a thrilling affair. ‘Goldfinger’ won three straight legs to seize command at 5-3 but Van der Voort returned the favour, winning three consecutive legs of his own to prevail in a decider with a 95.53 average.

Raymond van Barneveld continued his magnificent form with a sensational 6-4 victory over eighth seed Mensur Suljovic. The five-time world champion averaged 107.4, landed four maximums and converted 55% of his double attempts to prevail against an impressive Suljovic, who posted an average of 102.79. Continue reading “Players Championship Finals- Day One Report!”

Nine-dart Whitlock wins second straight Players Championship title!

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Simon Whitlock fired in a 9-darter en route to winning his second successive Players Championship crown after beating young star Chris Dobey 6-4 in the final at the Barnsley Metrodome on Friday afternoon. ‘The Wizard’ landed the 9-darter in his first-round demolition of Par Riihonen, before going on to scoop the £10,000 winner’s cheque.

Whitlock kicked off Friday’s final with a clinical 109 checkout, before doubling his lead after following up his first maximum by pinning D4. Dobey opened his account with a 90 checkout, although the former European Champion regained his two-leg lead after converting a crucial 64 finish.

Dobey profited from Whitlock’s profligacy in the fifth leg as he reduced the arrears to 3-2, but the next three legs went with throw as the Australian moved to the brink of victory. Dobey preserved his hopes by taking out D4 in the ninth leg, but he was unable to deny ‘The Wizard’, who held throw in leg ten to clinch his 13th PDC Pro Tour triumph.

Whitlock kicked off the day in sublime fashion, whitewashing Par Riihonen and firing in the 9th perfect leg of his PDC career. The Australian followed this up with an emphatic 6-2 win against former World Youth finalist Nathan Aspinall, before producing a stunning display to whitewash former major finalist Mervyn King.

Whitlock faced eight-time major finalist James Wade in round-three, with ‘The Machine’ having dropped just four legs in his three matches. However, the Aussie ace prevailed, winning 6-3 to set up a quarter-final clash with Jamie Lewis. Continue reading “Nine-dart Whitlock wins second straight Players Championship title!”

9-dart Lewis hits the Jackpot in Belfast!

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Adrian Lewis hit a magnificent 9-darter as he came back from 5-4 down to defeat James Wade in a thrilling Premier League clash at Belfast’s SSE Arena on Thursday evening. Lewis moved one step closer to securing a play-off place for only the third time in his career.

Incredibly, this is the first 9-darter hit in Premier League competition since 2012, when Simon Whitlock completed the perfect leg in his semi-final clash against Andy Hamilton at the O2 Arena. Lewis’ perfect leg is the seventh 9-darter hit in the 11-year history of the Premier League.

Raymond van Barneveld hit the competition’s first two against Peter Manley and Terry Jenkins respectively, whilst Phil Taylor memorably hit two in the 2010 final against James Wade. Taylor hit his third Premier League 9-darter in 2012 against Kevin Painter, whilst Whitlock’s perfect leg followed just months later.

Lewis produced some clinical finishing to lead Wade 4-1 in Belfast, but Jackpot then crucially missed three clear darts for a 5-1 cushion in the sixth leg. ‘The Machine’ fought back superbly, winning four straight legs to establish a 5-4 advantage, by virtue of sublime 101 and 121 checkouts.

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Mensur Suljovic hits ‘best ever’ 9-darter in Bulls Super League!

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Mensur Suljovic produced arguably the most remarkable 9-darter in history at the Bulls Super League Eastern Europe on Sunday afternoon. Suljovic, who has established himself in the PDC’s top 20, hit the perfect leg in his typically unconventional style.

The Austrian kicked off the leg with successive 170’s (T20, T20, Bull), before completing the 9-darter with a magnificent 161 checkout. The 9-darter included an unprecedented three bullseyes, which led Sky Sports expert Wayne Mardle to label it as ‘without doubt the best 9-darter ever hit in competition play’. He certainly has a case!

This is the second 9-dart leg recorded in the history of the Bulls Super League. It was hit twelve months ago by Suljovic’s younger compatriot Rowby-John Rodriguez, but ironically, Mensur was playing Rowby’s younger brother Roxy-James when he completed the feat.

The Bull’s Super League is open to 16 players within Eastern Europe and it’s played within a round-robin format. The winner of the tournament is assured of a place in the preliminary round of the William Hill World Darts Championships, although given Suljovic’s healthy ranking, his place at Ally Pally is already assured.

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Bunting stuns 9-dart Van Gerwen to win Players Championship 2!

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Stephen Bunting marked his return to form in stunning style as he defeated the Premier League quartet of Robert Thornton, Adrian Lewis, Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen to win Players Championship 2 at the Barnsley Metrodome, on Sunday afternoon.

Bunting performed tremendously throughout the day and defeated 9-dart hero and world-number one Michael van Gerwen 6-4 in the final. Van Gerwen had posted a spectacular 9-darter in his quarter-final rout of Ian White, but he was unable to overcome ‘The Bullet’ in the afternoon’s curtain-raiser.

The St Helen’s star began his campaign with a comprehensive 6-1 win against Johnny Haines, before beating his good friend and former BDO colleague Robbie Green in round-two. Bunting then defeated Robert Thornton 6-5 in the last 32, before sealing his quarter-final berth by virtue of another deciding leg victory, this time against Adrian Lewis.

The former Lakeside champion eased through to the last four with an emphatic 6-1 victory against Andrew Gilding, before beating Saturday’s victor Peter Wright, in his third last-leg shoot-out of the day. Michael van Gerwen awaited in the final, but Bunting delivered, to scoop the £10,000 winner’s cheque; sealing his second PDC ranking title in the process.

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