PDC World Championship – Day 13 Report!

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Luke Humphries produced a sensational display to send reigning champion Rob Cross crashing out of the World Darts Championship, as ninth seed James Wade also bowed out on another day of shocks at the Alexandra Palace. Continue reading “PDC World Championship – Day 13 Report!”

World Championship Verdict: The end of an era, or the start of a new dawn?

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Phil Taylor toed the oche for the final time in his career at the Alexandra Palace on Monday evening, competing in his 21st World Championship final. Tournament favourite Michael van Gerwen had been beaten in the semi-finals and Taylor was odds-on with the bookmakers to win an astonishing 17th World Championship title. Continue reading “World Championship Verdict: The end of an era, or the start of a new dawn?”

Incredible Van Gerwen wins second world title in record-breaking final!

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Michael van Gerwen clinched his second World Championship title with a magnificent 7-3 triumph against Gary Anderson in a record-breaking final at the Alexandra Palace on Monday evening.

The pair exchanged a mammoth 42 maximums in an epic tussle, which smashes the previous record of 35- set in last year’s final between Anderson and Adrian Lewis. However MvG was simply mesmeric; averaging 107.79, hitting 20 maximums and landing five ton-plus checkouts to deny Anderson a third successive world title.

‘The Flying Scotsman’ defended his title admirably, but his run of seventeen successive victories on the Alexandra Palace stage was finally halted by the imperious Dutchman, who incidentally was the last man to beat Anderson in the World Championships prior to Monday’s final.

The Scot did himself proud however. He averaged 104.93- his highest average in his four World Championship final appearances. He also landed a record-breaking 22 maximums, breaking the previous record held by Raymond van Barneveld and Dave Chisnall, who hit 21 180’s in his defeat to Anderson just last week. Continue reading “Incredible Van Gerwen wins second world title in record-breaking final!”

2017 PDC World Championship: Semi-Finals Report!

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Michael van Gerwen produced arguably the greatest performance in the history of professional darts as he defeated his compatriot Raymond van Barneveld in an astonishing tussle, to set up a final with reigning world champion Gary Anderson on a thrilling night of semi-final action at the Alexandra Palace on Sunday evening.

Van Gerwen recorded the highest average in the history of the PDC World Championship to defeat Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 to remain on course for his second world title. Van Gerwen was simply mesmeric; averaging 114.05, landing fifteen maximums and converting 51% of his doubles to truimph.

Nevertheless, it takes two players to produce a titanic tussle and Van Barneveld illustrated why he’s a five-time world champ with a magnificent display. Barney averaged 109.34, fired in fourteen maximums, produced four ton-plus finishes and hit 68% of his doubles, but he was beaten with the highest losing average in World Championship history.

Van Barneveld made a sensational start to the contest to win the opening set without reply. MvG missed a dart to break in the opening leg and Barney pounced with a vital 107 kill. The five-time world champion then doubled his tally with a classy 131 finish for a 12-dart break, before wrapping up the set with a two-dart 96 checkout. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Championship: Semi-Finals Report!”

2017 PDC World Championship: Quarter-Finals Report!

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Raymond van Barneveld defeated his old rival Phil Taylor to set up a semi-final showdown with his compatriot Michael van Gerwen, whilst Gary Anderson defeated Dave Chisnall in an Ally Pally classic to set up an all-Scottish clash with Peter Wright on a stunning day of quarter-final action at the Alexandra Palace on Friday evening.

Ten years on from their iconic World Championship final at the Circus Tavern, Van Barneveld defeated Taylor once more in a hard-fought affair to set up a pulsating last four showdown with Michael van Gerwen, in a repeat of their classic affair twelve months ago, where Barney produced a heroic display to oust the world number one.

In a topsy-turvy tussle, Van Barneveld averaged 96.31, landed six maximums and converted 33% of his attempts at double to record a 5-3 victory, as Taylor was dumped out after averaging 95.65, hitting six maximums and boasting a 37% checkout success rate.

Barney made an assertive start to the contest to draw first blood. The opening two legs were shared before the Dutchman edged ahead on D1, and Barney followed this up with his first maximum en route to breaking throw on D10 to move 1-0 ahead. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Championship: Quarter-Finals Report!”

2017 PDC World Championship: Day Twelve Report!

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World number one Michael van Gerwen remains on course to win his second World Championship crown after seeing off a dogged Darren Webster, whilst Phil Taylor set up a quarter-final clash with his old rival Raymond van Barneveld on another dramatic night of action at the Alexandra Palace on Thursday evening.

Van Gerwen booked his place in Friday’s quarter-finals with an emphatic 4-1 victory over tournament giant-killer Darren Webster. ‘The Demolition Man’ had already defeated Stephen Bunting and Simon Whitlock to reach this stage, but MvG proved an obstacle too far, with the Dutchman averaging 104.40 and landing eight maximums.

‘The Green Machine’ clinched a hard-fought opening set in which Webster was left to rue missed doubles. The Norwich ace missed darts to break in the third leg, before spurning two set darts moments later. This ignited ‘The Green Machine’, who won six of the next seven legs to establish total control of the contest.

Webster fought back valiantly and opened his account in an entertaining fourth set. MvG followed up a maximum with a sublime 170 outshot, but Webster took out 96 to level, before taking out 81 after hitting his fifth 180 in the preceding visit. MvG converted a 68 finish to level, but Webster prolonged the contest with help via a sixth maximum. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Championship: Day Twelve Report!”

2017 PDC World Championship: Day Eleven Report!

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Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld edged out Adrian Lewis in a seven-set thriller, whilst defending champion Gary Anderson defeated an inspired Benito van de Pas to book his place in the World Championship quarter-finals on a dramatic night of action at the Alexandra Palace on Wednesday evening.

Van Barneveld came from 3-2 down to defeat two-time world champion Adrian Lewis in a topsy-turvy clash to reach the last eight at Ally Pally once again. Neither player were at their vintage best, but Van Barneveld prevailed with a 95 average, three maximums and a 38% conversion rate on the doubles.

Lewis succumbed to a last 16 defeat against Van Barneveld for the second time in three years at Ally Pally despite averaging 98.05, firing in six maximums and converting an impressive 65% of his attempts at double, but ultimately the Dutch legend produced the goods at the crucial moments.

Nevertheless, ‘Jackpot’ made a blistering start to clinch the opening set without reply. The Stoke-on-Trent star landed identical 90 checkouts to round off respective 11-dart legs and also pinned D16 to seal first blood with a 114.55 average. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Championship: Day Eleven Report!”

2017 PDC World Championship: Day Ten Report!

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Michael van Gerwen survived a massive scare against inspired Spaniard Cristo Reyes, as Raymond van Barneveld and Phil Taylor breezed through to the third-round of the World Championship with emphatic whitewash victories on day ten at the Alexandra Palace on Tuesday evening.

Van Gerwen saw off the challenge of an inspired Cristo Reyes to prevail in an absolutely sensational second-round clash. Van Gerwen averaged 105.24, hit 23 140’s, eleven maximums and converted 38% of his double attempts, as Reyes averaged 106.07; the highest losing average in the history of the World Championship.

‘Mighty Mike’ strolled to the first set without dropping a leg. The world number one opened his account on D7, before punishing a mediocre leg from the Spaniard to break throw. Reyes was yet to settle and ‘The Green Machine’ went for the kill; posting a 174 and converting an 11-dart leg on tops to secure the opener.

Nevertheless, Reyes launched a remarkable recovery to level up proceedings. Cristo won his first leg with a magnificent  10-darter on D18, before he hit the same double to complete a 73 outshot after MvG had missed three darts to hold. Reyes was brimming with confidence at this point, and rounded off the set with a confident 14-dart kill. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Championship: Day Ten Report!”

2017 PDC World Championship: Day Nine Evening Report!

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Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis stormed into the last 16 of the World Championship with impressive whitewash victories, whilst Darren Webster produced the performance of the tournament thus far to dispatch former world finalist Simon Whitlock 4-0 at the Alexandra Palace on Friday evening.

Defending champion Gary Anderson remains on course for a third successive world title after easing past Andrew Gilding in straight sets. ‘The Flying Scotsman’ was in ominous form; averaging 102.58, landing six maximums and hitting 43% of his attempts at double, as Gilding was afforded a mere five darts at double.

Anderson kicked off proceedings with a 64 finish, but Gilding delivered an instant riposte by taking out 109. However, ‘The Flying Scotsman’ was in confident mood and won the next two legs to seal the opener with a 101.8 average.

The world champion was guilty of profligacy in the opening leg of set two as Gilding escaped via tops. Nevertheless, the Scot’s response was emphatic. He fired straight back with a 134 checkout, before breaking ‘Goldfinger’ in 13 darts. Anderson then continued his dominance; registering five perfect darts to double his lead on D10. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Championship: Day Nine Evening Report!”

Van de Pas and Smith prevail in stunning deciders at the Ally Pally!

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Benito van de Pas and Michael Smith edged out the veteran duo of Terry Jenkins and Mervyn King in pulsating seven-set tiebreaks, as Ian White also eased through to round-three in a stunning session of darts at the Alexandra Palace on Friday afternoon.

Van de Pas survived an inspired comeback from nine-time major finalist Terry Jenkins to prevail in an epic seventh-set tiebreak in the match of the tournament thus far. Jenkins landed 28 14o’s and 7 180’s in a brilliant scoring display, but Van de Pas recorded a huge victory with a 95.79 average, seven maximums and 37% on the doubles.

Van-de Pas clinched a hard-fought opening set with a moment of magic. The opening four legs all went with throw, before the Dutchman crashed in a stunning 177 to set up a 12-dart leg to break Jenkins’ throw.

However, Jenkins responded strongly to level up proceedings with a whitewash second set. Jenkins took out a clinical 81 combination for an 11-dart break in the opening leg of the set, before registering six perfect darts en route to a second successive 11-darter. ‘The Raging Bull’ was flowing, and pinned tops at the first time of asking for parity. Continue reading “Van de Pas and Smith prevail in stunning deciders at the Ally Pally!”

2017 PDC World Championship: Day Eight Report!

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Dave Chisnall survived a major scare as he edged out Rowby-John Rodriguez in a five-set thriller; Jelle Klaasen and Kim Huybrechts progressed through to round-two convincingly, whilst former World-Youth champion Max Hopp dumped out Vincent van der Voort on day eight at the Alexandra Palace on Thursday evening.

Chisnall was made to sweat as he overcame tenacious Austrian Rowby-John Rodriguez in a five-set epic in round-one. Rodriguez produced one of the best televised performances of his career, but the world number seven landed nine maximums and averaged 98.72 to prevail and set up a second-round showdown with rising star Chris Dobey.

The pair exchanged breaks of throw in the opening two legs, before Chisnall secured the lead with a regulation hold on D19. Rowby-John then left tops after nine darts as he eventually levelled up on D2, before capitalising on one missed dart from ‘Chizzy’ to clinch the set with an impressive 13-dart break.

Chisnall drew first-blood in the second set by breaking throw in an error strewn leg. The St Helen’s ace extended his cushion with with a 13-dart hold, but the Austrian responded in kind to prolong the set. Rodriguez then spurned a golden opportunity to break back, as Chisnall took out a crucial 120 finish to restore parity at one-set apiece. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Championship: Day Eight Report!”

2017 PDC World Championship: Day Seven Report!

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Eight-time major winner James Wade kicked off his bid for a maiden World Championship title in stylish fashion, as Mensur Suljovic and Robert Thornton also won through to round-two at the Alexandra Palace on Wednesday evening.

Wade began his World Championship campaign in convincing fashion with an impressive straight sets victory over experienced Belgian Ronny Huybrechts. ‘The Machine’ averaged 93.83, registered 12 scores of 140 or more and hit 56% of his attempts at double to record an emphatic first-round triumph.

‘The Rebel’ made a strong start by breaking Wade in 15 darts, but the left-hander struck back instantly on D9. Wade then converted a clinical two-dart 84 kill to complete a 14-darter, before sealing the set on D10 with an average in excess of 97.

The second set followed an almost identical pattern to the first. Huybrechts drew first blood with a 69 finish, but Wade held throw with a trademark 120 checkout. ‘The Machine’ then fired in his first maximum to break in 13 darts, before following up his second 180 with an accomplished 14-darter to double his lead in sets. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Championship: Day Seven Report!”

Barney believes he can do the ‘impossible’ at Ally Pally!

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Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld insists that he can do the ‘impossible’ and win a sixth World Championship title this year. Van Barneveld was speaking to Josh’s Dartistry after kicking off his World Championship campaign with a thumping whitewash victory over Robbie Green at the Alexandra Palace on Tuesday evening.

The legendary Dutchman averaged 98.45, landed three maximums and converted 56% of his attempts at double; including stunning finishes of 120 and 156; to cap off a thoroughly professional display which saw him lose just two legs against the former Lakeside semi-finalist.

When asked whether winning the world title this year would class as his greatest achievement, RvB admitted: “I think so. If you look at the draw you’re almost thinking: ‘This is impossible Ray; We know you’re well but this is impossible’. But I believe in it, and if you believe in it you can accomplish everything.”

“It’s one game at a time. I knew I was going to play Robbie Green. After that Alan Norris. If I win that match it’s going to be Joe Cullen or Adrian Lewis. Adrian stopped me in the semi-finals last year, so that would be a really tough game. Continue reading “Barney believes he can do the ‘impossible’ at Ally Pally!”

2017 PDC World Championship: Day Six Report!

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Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld kicked off his bid for a sixth world title with a thumping 3-0 victory over Robbie Green, as Simon Whitlock and Brendan Dolan also progressed through to round-two at the World Championship on Tuesday evening at the Alexandra Palace.

Van Barneveld made an impressive start to his World Championship campaign after recording a straight-sets victory over former Lakeside semi-finalist Robbie Green. The Dutch legend averaged 98.45, landed three maximums and converted 56% of his double attempts to secure a second-round showdown with Alan Norris after Christmas.

Barney prevailed in a high-quality opening set with a 103.93 average. The Den Haag ace opened his account with a two-dart 86 finish, before Green took out the same finish (S18, D18, D16) to level. Nevertheless, Van Barneveld then fired in his signature 156 finish to regain the lead, before clinching the set by converting a 64 kill on D16.

RvB’s high-quality finishing continued into the second set as he landed a classy 120 checkout to break, before pinning D10 with last dart in hand to extend his lead after ‘Kong’ wired the bull for an 86 outshot. The former Lakeside semi-finalist found D18 to stay alive in the set, but the five-time world champ converted an 80 kill on D12 to double his lead. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Championship: Day Six Report!”

2017 PDC World Championship: Day Five Report!

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Two-time world champion Adrian Lewis kicked off his campaign with an emphatic straight sets triumph; Joe Cullen saw off Corey Cadby in the match of the tournament so far, whilst Mervyn King fought back from 2-0 down to edge out Steve West on an epic night of darts on day five at the Alexandra Palace on Monday evening.

Lewis began his assault for a third World Championship crown with an emphatic straight sets victory over veteran Swede Magnus Caris. The two-time world champion averaged 93.25, landed five maximums and converted 31% of his doubles, to maintain his record of having never lost a first-round tie at the World Championship.

Lewis won the opening set relatively comfortably. Caris claimed the opening leg on 56 after Lewis missed two darts at tops to break, but ‘Jackpot’ responded with a majestic 10-darter. The two-time world champion was experiencing difficulties on the double but completely outscored the Swede, pinning D5 in successive legs to seal the set.

Lewis continued his dominance to take out 65 and draw first blood in set two, but Caris somehow drew level after the Stoke-on-Trent star squandered a further five darts at double. ‘Jackpot’ regained the lead with a 13-darter, but Caris followed his first maximum with a 14-darter, only to miss one set dart at tops as the fourth seed doubled his lead. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Championship: Day Five Report!”

Taylor: ‘I’ve got a massive chance. MvG won’t win it- not this year!’

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Phil Taylor has sensationally claimed that he thinks world number one Michael van Gerwen has got just a 25% chance of winning this year’s World Championship. Taylor was speaking to Josh’s Dartistry after his comprehensive 3-0 first-round triumph at the Ally Pally against DPA qualifier David Platt, and ‘The Power’ was in bullish mood.

Taylor performed impressively on Sunday night, averaging 101.93, landing three maximums and converting 50% of his double attempts. The 55-year-old bust an 81 finish in the final leg which would have seen him post the highest average of the tournament so far, and his highest first-round average at the Worlds since 2003.

Understandably, Taylor was in confident mood: “I’ve got a massive chance, trust me. I’m not going to bull**** you, I’m not that way, but I’ve got a massive chance of winning this; seriously. I can tell you now, the way I’m practicing, what I’ve been doing back home with our Christopher, I’ve got a massive chance of winning it. 102 is rubbish really, I’m going to improve, 100%.”

Taylor is priced at 10/1 to win his 17th World Championship title, which are his longest odds in the history of this competition. The main reason for Taylor’s price is that fact that he’s set to meet Michael van Gerwen in the semi-finals, but the Stoke-on-Trent ace was unconvinced about the Dutchman’s prospects of winning a second world title. Continue reading “Taylor: ‘I’ve got a massive chance. MvG won’t win it- not this year!’”

2017 PDC World Championship Day Four: Evening Report!

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Phil Taylor produced a mightily impressive performance to begin his assault for a 17th World Championship crown in style, as Alan Norris and Daryl Gurney also secured victories on a dramatic day four at the Alexandra Palace on Sunday evening.

Taylor dropped just two legs in beating DPA qualifier David Platt to set up a second-round clash with Kevin Painter, in a repeat of their iconic 2004 World Championship Final. Taylor was very impressive; averaging 101.93, hitting three maximums and converting 50% of his double attempts to kick off his campaign in fine fashion.

Earlier in the night, Platt had sealed his showdown with Taylor after securing an impressive straight sets triumph over John Bowles. Platt averaged 86.92, converted 43% of his double attempts and landed a stunning 156 checkout to seal victory against the PDPA qualifier.

However, he was left feeding off scraps against ‘The Power’. Taylor made a strong start to the contest, clinching the opening two legs in 15 and 14 darts respectively. The fourth seed then spurned two opportunities at double to clinch the set without reply, but Platt failed to take advantage and Taylor returned to pin D10 and seal the opener. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Championship Day Four: Evening Report!”

2017 PDC World Championship Day Four: Afternoon Report!

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Former world champion Mark Webster missed just two darts at double as he stormed through to the second-round of the 2017 PDC World Championship, as Ian White and Chris Dobey also tasted victory on Sunday afternoon at the Alexandra Palace.

Webster produced a masterclass in finishing as he overcame Joe Murnan in straight sets. The former world champion converted nine of his eleven double attempts at an astonishing 82% success rate to record a 3-0 victory, despite averaging 87.78 to Murnan’s 88.84.

The opening two legs of the contest were shared, before Webster took out 65 via D4 to break throw. The Welshman then clinched the first set with a clinical 70 finish to maintain his 100% checkout percentage, before holding throw in the opening leg of set two with a majestic 129 finish (T19, T16, D12) as Murnan was sat poised on tops.

Webster was yet to post a score of over 140 but continued his stunning sequence of finishing to break Murnan’s throw with a quality two-dart 88 checkout. ‘Shaggy’ stayed alive in set two by taking out 56 to break, but Webby fired in his first maximum before rounding-off a 14-darter to maintain his flawless finishing and double his lead. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Championship Day Four: Afternoon Report!”

2017 PDC World Championship Day Three: Evening Report!

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Michael van Gerwen began his World Championship assault with an emphatic victory over Finnish qualifier Kim Viljanen, as Darren Webster and Cristo Reyes prevailed in thrilling last-set deciders against Stephen Bunting and Dimitri van den Bergh respectively in an incredible session of darts at the Alexandra Palace on Saturday evening.

Van Gerwen posted the highest average of the tournament thus far as he dropped just one leg en route to dismantling Viljanen. Viljanen set up his showdown with MvG after overcoming Canadian debutant Ross Snook in straight sets. The Finnish ace dropped just two legs; averaging 83.57 and converting 60% of his double attempts to progress.

However, the world number one was in merciless mood as he began his campaign in confident fashion. Van Gerwen averaged 103.34, landed five maximums and converted 45% of his doubles to breeze through to round-two, hitting two ton-plus finishes in the process.

Van Gerwen stormed to the opening set without reply, landing three maximums and averaging 110, as Viljanen failed to register a dart at double after posting just one score of over 100.

‘The Green Machine’ secured his fourth straight leg with a clinical 76 finish but Viljanen opened his account on D10 having narrowly missed a 160 outshot in  the preceding visit. MvG was unphased however; he hit his fourth 180 and took out 101 to regain the lead, before sealing the second set on D4 after overcoming some double-trouble.

The world number one continued his procession to the finishing line with a classy 78 checkout, before moving to the cusp of victory with an impressive 118 finish. Viljanen posted his second maximum as he attempted to double his tally, but Van Gerwen responded with his fifth 180, before pinning D10 to complete a comprehensive triumph.

Darren Webster survived SEVEN match darts as he dumped out former Lakeside world champion Stephen Bunting in another five-set thriller at the Ally Pally. Bunting led throughout but failed to cross the finishing line, as Webster prevailed with a 94.46 average, eight maximums and 43% on doubles.

Bunting edged a cracking first-set which saw Webster average almost 100. The opening two legs went against throw, before ‘The Bullet’ fired in a 118 finish to hold. Webster responded with a stunning 140 outshot of his own, but he was left to rue one missed set dart in the following leg, as Bunting converted 79 on tops to secure the lead.

The topsy-turvy nature of this contest continued as the first three legs of set two all went against throw. ‘The Demolition Man’ had chances in all three legs but was left to rue a multitude of missed doubles, yet he recovered to pin D8 for the fourth consecutive break, before clinching the set on D9 to draw level at one set apiece.

Bunting seized control by winning the opening two legs in set three, but Webster landed his third maximum and crashed in a stunning 157 checkout before defying Bunting’s second maximum to land tops and stay alive. However, Bunting had the throw in the set decider and maintained his composure by taking out 84 on the bull to regain his lead.

Webster remained undeterred and responded magnificently to clinch the fourth set without reply. He kicked off the set with a 14-dart leg, before converting an 81 finish to round-off a 12-darter after the pair had exchanged maximums. ‘The Bullet’ threatened a break back, but the Norfolk ace cleaned up the set by virtue of a majestic 147 checkout.

Bunting seized the initiative in the final set by holding throw, before breaking Webster with a stunning 11-darter. However, the former world champion then fired in a poor leg as Webster broke back on D16, before Bunting spurned two match darts on D16. Webster gratefully capitalised on this reprieve by taking out a classy two-dart 75 combination.

The sixteenth seed hit D10 with his last dart in hand to regain the lead, before leaving D8 after just 9 darts to close in on victory. However incredibly,  Bunting missed a further five match darts and ‘The Bullet’ was unable to recover from this setback, as the Norfolk ace wrapped up a stunning triumph with an 11-dart break followed by a fine 66 finish.

Webster has enjoyed a fine run of form over recent months but admitted he’s been working to address some technical flaws in his game. “I’ve been practicing for the last two weeks and watching videos from the Grand Slam and Players Championship. I noticed I was rushing my last dart, so I’ve been working in the last two weeks on composure and control.

“I know I can beat these people; I do it on tour. It’s about self-control and I’m now learning on that big stage to control myself, and when I do I’m up there with the rest of them. I’m like a dog with a bone me, and when they’re up there, I’m after them,” the 48-year-old added.

Cristo Reyes defied NINE maximums from Belgian starlet Dimitri van den Bergh to prevail in the match of the tournament so far. Van den Bergh averaged 99.11 and fired in nine 180’s, but Reyes averaged 95.54, landed four maximums and converted 12 of his 19 double attempts to edge through in a five-set thriller.

Van den Bergh made a storming start to win the opening set. The Belgian kicked off the contest with a maximum before breaking in 13 darts. Dimitri doubled his lead with a clinical 98 kill, but Reyes opened his account with a 130 checkout on the bull. However, Van den Bergh held his nerve to clinch the set on D4, with a set average of 103.71.

The Belgian took the opening leg of set two on D16 but Reyes found the same target to complete a 14-darter. The Spaniard continued his revival by converting a two-dart 64 kill, before levelling up proceedings at one-set apiece with his third straight 14-dart leg, after Van den Bergh had posted visits of 180 and 170 to leave D16 after just 12 darts.

Reyes secured the lead for the first time after nailing a two-dart 90 kill for his fourth leg on the spin, but the Antwerp ace found D16 to stop the rot. The next two legs were shared as the third set went to a decider, but it went in the favour of the Spaniard, who produced a majestic 124 checkout (T20, T16, D8) for a 12-darter to move within a set of victory.

Dimitri seized the initiative early in set four with a 64 kill, but Reyes continued his fabulous finishing by pinning D4 at the first attempt. The next two legs were shared with Reyes on the cusp of victory, but ‘The Dream-Maker’ held his nerve magnificently, firing in his seventh maximum before taking out 88 for an 11-darter to force a fifth set.

Reyes drew first blood in the final set, but Dimitri drew level on D2 after ‘The Spartan’ wired D11 for a 124 outshot. The pair traded maximums in a high-quality third leg which culminated in a Reyes 14-darter, but after Van den Bergh missed two darts at D8 moments later, the Spanish star sealed a memorable triumph with a nerveless 75 kill.

It was a fantastic contest and Reyes was unsurprisingly thrilled with his performance. “It’s all about practice. Last year here I was very bad, so I’m very happy with the way I played today. My objective next year is to stay in the top 32, but in darts you have to look up, not down.”

Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

William Hill World Darts Championship
Saturday December 17

Evening Session (7pm)
Ross Snook 0-2 Kim Viljanen (P)
Cristo Reyes (32) 3-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Stephen Bunting (16) 2-3 Darren Webster
Michael van Gerwen (1) 3-0  Kim Viljanen

2017 PDC World Championship: Day Three Afternoon Report!

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Nine-time major finalist Terry Jenkins rolled back the years as he produced four ton-plus checkouts to edge out impressive youngster Josh Payne, as Benito van de Pas and Andrew Gilding also tasted victory on day three at the Alexandra Palace on Saturday afternoon.

Jenkins produced a vintage display to book his spot in the second-round after a hard-fought victory over 2016 Pro Tour winner Josh Payne. ‘The Raging Bull’ averaged 93.66, landed four maximums and converted 38% of his double attempts to prevail, despite Payne firing in seven maximums.

Missed doubles plagued the nine-time major finalist in a hard-fought first set. Jenkins opened his account with a fine 13-darter but Payne drew level with a 75 finish, before Jenkins defied a second maximum from the youngster to hold throw with a fine 106 outshot.

Payne stayed alive in the set by pinning D9, but Jenkins had the advantage of throw in the set decider.’The Raging Bull’ seemed destined to clinch the set but spurned six darts at double as the 22-year-old pounced on tops to secure the lead.

However, the former Ally Pally semi-finalist bounced back in set two. Jenkins pinned tops to break after the interval, before hitting the same target to extend his lead after Payne wired the bull for an 81 kill. Payne nailed D10 to heap the pressure on Jenkins, but the Ledbury ace defied a fourth maximum from the Gravesend ace to level on D10.

The pair traded maximums in the first-leg of set three, but Jenkins clinically converted a 100 outshot to hold. The 53-year-old then hit D10 to break, before clinching the third set without reply on D6, with Payne struggling to match Terry’s consistent scoring power.

Payne stopped the rot on D16 after Jenkins spurned three darts at D18 and D9 respectively to win his fifth consecutive leg, before a dramatic second leg ensued. ‘The Maximum’ posted successive maximums to set up a potential 9-darter, but after leaving 90 after 9 darts he wasn’t afforded a shot as Jenkins converted a majestic 140 finish to hold.

Jenkins’ magnificent finishing continued as he produced a brilliant 121 checkout (T20, T15, D8) to record his fourth ton-plus checkout to move within a leg of victory, but Payne broke back to keep his hopes alive. However, ‘The Maximum’ then spurned two darts at D8 to force a fifth and deciding set, which allowed Jenkins to finally close out victory on D16.

Jenkins was understandably thrilled with both the performance and result.“I was nice and relaxed; I felt comfortable. I haven’t put a lot of practice in just lately because every time I step up to the board I keep hitting 180’s, so I think why do you need to put the practice in, just leave them alone and that’s what I’ve done.

“I used to practice a lot when I was a youngster, but I think 90% of it is in your head and down to experience. ” Jenkins will face fifteenth seed Benito van de Pas in round-two, but Terry is relishing the prospect. Benito’s playing well, he’s another youngster that’s on form at the moment, but he’s got to play well to beat me.”

Van de Pas overcome dogged qualifier Tengku Shah to scramble through to round-two. The Dutchman averaged 91.18 as he prevailed 3-1, but his finishing was the decisive factor; Benito converted 61% of his double attempts compared to Shah’s 22% ratio, but the Malaysian acquitted himself extremely well, averaging 87.86 and landing four maximums.

Shah overcame Japanese star Masumi Chino in Saturday’s preliminary qualifier to book a showdown with ‘Big Ben’. The Malaysian won a nerve-jangling first set dominated by missed doubles, but Chino drew level with 117 and 106 finishes. Despite this, Shah held his nerve and won the final set without reply to progress to round-one with an 83.44 average.

However, the soft-tip ace was unable to dump out the Dutch star. Van de Pas performed an act of darting burglary in the opening set, winning it despite Shah being first to the double in all five legs. The Malaysian converted just two of his thirteen double attempts and the world number fifteen capitalised with clinical finishes of 72 and 78.

The pair exchanged breaks in the early stages of set two, before Van de Pas seized command with a stylish 125 finish (25, T20, D20). Shah then missed three darts to force a set decider and Van de Pas continued his clinical run of finishing to extend his lead.

Shah kicked off the third set with an exhibition 99 finish (S19, D20, D20). However Van de Pas fired back impressively, moving to the cusp of victory after reeling off successive legs in 14 and 12 darts respectively. Nevertheless, Shah fought valiantly and broke back on D10, before clinching the third set with a 13-darter to spark jubilant celebrations.

Any hopes of an incredible turnaround were quickly extinguished however. Van de Pas kicked off set four with a solid 16-dart hold, before hitting his second maximum and firing in a 13-dart leg to move to within a leg of round-two. This time ‘Big Ben’ made no mistake, sealing his progression with a classy 108 kill culminating on D18.

In his post-match press conference, Van de Pas admitted he was simply relieved to have secured the win, admitting: “The draw came out two weeks ago and from then I was so nervous because everybody expects you to win this game. I didn’t have a lot of confidence today; I was practicing really bad, but the win is there.

“I’m taking it game by game; the next one is Terry Jenkins, he is a good player. I played Terry at the World Grand Prix and it was a really nice game, and hopefully we have another nice game. I’m looking forward to it,” the 23-year-old added.

Finally, Andrew Gilding produced an inspired comeback from 2-0 down to edge out John Henderson in a pulsating sudden-death battle. ‘Big John’ appeared in cruise control but Gilding fought back superbly, averaging 90.94 and registering eight maximums to set up a second-round meeting with world champion Gary Anderson.

Gilding fired in three maximums in the opening set, but Henderson claimed the spoils in a hard-fought affair. The Scotsman squandered two set darts in the fourth leg but was afforded another opportunity moments later, which he duly took by pinning D16.

Gilding emerged from the interval with a 14-darter, but Henderson delivered an instant riposte with 121 finish on the bull. ‘Big John’ then seized command with an impressive 14-dart to break throw, before clinching the second set with a 15-dart hold on tops after Gilding had wired the bull for a 164 finish in the preceding visit.

Henderson won his fourth straight leg with a regulation 54 checkout, but out of nowhere ‘The Highlander’ lost his focus and Gilding pounced, winning three successive legs and reducing the arrears to 2-1 in sets by eventually pinning D1.

The momentum had shifted completely as Gilding registered his fourth straight leg via D19. Henderson arrested his slump by hitting his second maximum followed by a 98 finish for a 12-darter, but Gilding regained control of the set with a 15-dart hold, before converting a clean 80 kill to force a fifth and deciding set.

Henderson secured first blood in the decider with a quality two-dart 85 finish, but ‘Goldfinger’ fired straight back on D10. The Scot then regained the lead on tops with his last dart in hand after Gilding wired bull for a 94 finish and a break, but the Englishman forced a tiebreak after converting a clinical 101 kill on D12.

‘Goldfinger’ then hit his seventh maximum and nailed a spectacular 143 checkout to complete a 12-darter to break and lead for the first time since the opening leg. However, the former UK Open semi-finalist endured a torrid leg at the most inopportune moment by leaving 104 after 18 darts, as Henderson capitalised to hit D16 and stay afloat.

‘Big John’ made it back-to-back legs by pinning D20 at the first attempt, but the Scot missed one match dart at the bull before Gilding posted D2 to prolong the drama. The next two legs were shared as the contest went to a sudden-death leg and Gilding prevailed after winning the bullseye and converting a nerveless 75 finish on tops.

Gilding admitted to Josh’s Dartistry: “At 2-0, if John had hit a couple of 12-darters which he’s capable of, there would have been nothing I could do. But I just kept plugging away. There’s been little bits in my technique I’ve been working on. Maybe I slacked a little bit and relaxed after that UK Open success and took things for granted. But I’m really working on my technique now.”

Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

William Hill World Darts Championship
Saturday December 17
Afternoon Session (1pm)

Tengku Shah 2-1 Masumi Chino (P)
Terry Jenkins (18) 3-1 Josh Payne
John Henderson (31) 2-3 Andrew Gilding
Benito van de Pas (15) 3-1 Tengku Shah

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!”

2017 PDC World Championship- Day One Report!

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Gary Anderson began his world title defence with an emphatic straight sets victory as Michael Smith, Kevin Painter and Jamie Lewis also tasted victory on the opening night of the 2017 PDC World Championships at the Alexandra Palace on Thursday evening.

Anderson began his title defence with a routine whitewash triumph against debutant Mark Frost. ‘The Flying Scotsman’ averaged 96.16, landed five maximums and converted 38% of his double attempts to record an emphatic victory over the PDPA qualifier, who entertained the Ally Pally crowd despite averaging a miserly 74.

Anderson clinched the first set without reply despite averaging a modest 79. He wired the bullseye for a majestic 170 finish in the first leg before eventually cleaning up on D4. The Scot hit the same target to extend his cushion after ‘Frosty’ missed three darts to break, before the world champion eventually hit D1 to secure a scrappy opener.

‘The Flying Scotsman’ kicked off the second set with his first maximum before pinning tops for a 13-darter and his fourth successive leg. Frost was floundering and Anderson clinically converted a 116 finish on tops to continue the procession, before registering back-to-back maximums and pinning D10 for a 12-darter and a two-set lead. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Championship- Day One Report!”

MvG: There are only two threats to me at the Worlds!

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World number one Michael van Gerwen has claimed that there are only two threats to him at this year’s World Championship, which kicks off at the Alexandra Palace tomorrow evening.

Van Gerwen was discussing his world title prospects on the launch of his official YouTube channel in an interview with Chris Murphy, and the Dutchman believes there are only two players capable of halting his quest for a second World Championship title in January.

MvG, who insists that he expects to win the World Championship this year, claimed : “The biggest threats in the World Championship for me? I think there are two threats only; Gary Anderson and Phil Taylor. 

“Peter Wright is a guy who’s in form. He is nearly number two in the world and is doing fantastic. He’s very consistent but he needs to make some steps as well at this World Championships. He needs to show some extra explosion at the right moments in a semi-final or final, because he hasn’t done that yet,” Van Gerwen added. Continue reading “MvG: There are only two threats to me at the Worlds!”

2017 PDC World Darts Championship- Schedule Confirmed!

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The schedule of play for the William Hill World Darts Championship has been confirmed, and reigning world champion Gary Anderson will begin the defence of his title on the opening night, when the tournament gets underway on December 15th at the Alexandra Palace.

The 72-player field will be in action across the Christmas and New Year period as players battle to win the prestigious Sid Waddell Trophy, with a record £1.65 million prize fund on offer.

The first-round stage will span eight days, with the second-round taking place before and after the Christmas break. The third-round and quarter-finals will take place before the New Year, with the semi-finals on New Years day and the final on January 2nd.

World champion Gary Anderson headlines the opening night as he takes on PDPA qualifier Mark Frost. However, the opening match of the tournament will see former world finalist Kevin Painter take on 29th seed Jamie Caven. Jamie Lewis will meet Mick McGowan, whilst Michael Smith & Ricky Evans will contest a quick-fire showdown. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Darts Championship- Schedule Confirmed!”

2017 World Darts Championship Draw!

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Gary Anderson will begin the defence of his World Championship title against PDPA qualifier Mark Frost, whilst world number one Michael van Gerwen will face the winner of the preliminary clash between Ross Snook and Kim Viljanen, after the draw for the 2017 PDC World Championship was made live on Sky Sports News on Monday afternoon.

Gary Anderson will go in search of a third consecutive World Championship crown when he takes on Mark Frost, who will make his debut at the Alexandra Palace after winning Monday’s PDPA qualifier at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan.

Michael van Gerwen begins his assault for a second world title against either Canada’s Ross Snook, or Kim Viljanen, who will be making his third successive Ally Pally appearance. MvG has won a staggering 25 titles in 2016-although he’s under significant pressure to crown a wonderful year by winning the biggest title of all.

Sixteen-time world champion Phil Taylor could face John Bowles in round-one, after ‘The Bulldog’ secured qualification for this year’s event after coming through Monday’s PDPA qualifier. Taylor could also face decorated Australian ace David Platt, as ‘The Power’ goes in search of his first World Championship crown since 2013. Continue reading “2017 World Darts Championship Draw!”

Brilliant Barney stuns MvG in one of greatest games in darting history!

 

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Raymond van Barneveld produced an absolutely astonishing performance to stun World Number One Michael van Gerwen in the last 16 of the World Championships, in one of the greatest games of darts ever staged at the Alexandra Palace.

Michael has enjoyed an incredibly dominant 2015, winning a staggering eighteen titles and enjoying a 23-match unbeaten run since October. However, his veteran compatriot produced one of the best performances of his career to overcome MvG, who averaged an incredible 106.

Considering Raymond is a Five-Time World Champion and one of the most decorated individuals in the history of the game, the fact that this performance ranks so highly on his all-time list, illustrates just how superbly he performed.

Continue reading “Brilliant Barney stuns MvG in one of greatest games in darting history!”

Barney breezes through to World Championship second-round!

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Five-Time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld kicked off his World Championship campaign with an emphatic 3-0 victory over his compatriot and close friend Dirk van Duijvenbode at the Alexandra Palace on Sunday evening.

Ironically, it was van Barneveld who encouraged van Duijvenbode to take up darts professionally, and Raymond was key to the youngster gaining sponsorship from Unicorn. However, the master prevailed against the apprentice on this occasion.

Barney edged through in a tight opening set. There was a significant disparity in the averages, but this wasn’t reflected in the scoreline. Raymond was averaging 13 points higher than his opponent, but Van Duijvenbode took out 100, and then 110 to force a fifth and deciding leg, but van Barneveld held comfortably to clinch the set.

Continue reading “Barney breezes through to World Championship second-round!”

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