Hamilton urges BDO to resolve issues following World Masters chaos!

Andy Hamilton has urged the British Darts Organisation to resolve their glaring administrative issues and improve their communication with players and fans alike following the controversy that marred the recent World Masters at the Circus Tavern.

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Josh’s Dartistry Darts Podcast – Episode 19!

In our nineteenth episode of the Josh’s Dartistry Podcast, Josh Gorton is joined by regular co-hosts Jon Dean and Neil Conner to round-up another hectic month of darting action.

The team return to round-up the recent World Grand Prix, Champions League of Darts and European Championship, whilst also reflecting on the controversy at the BDO World Masters.

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PDPA World Championship Qualifier- Entries Confirmed!

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Former World Championship finalists Kevin Painter & Andy Hamilton head the list of entrants for Monday’s William Hill World Darts Championship PDPA qualifier, which takes place at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan.

Painter has appeared in 15 consecutive World Championships since switching to the PDC from the BDO back in 2001, although ‘The Artist’ is in real danger of missing out on this year’s event after falling outside the world’s top 32.

Painter featured in the 2005 World Championship Final at the Circus Tavern when he was beaten 7-6 by Phil Taylor in a captivating tussle, but after slipping to 44th on the PDC Order of Merit, the former Players Championship Finals winner faces an uphill task to qualify for this year’s event.

Another high-profile name set to miss the cut is 2012 World Championship finalist Andy Hamilton. ‘The Hammer’ was beaten by his fellow Stoke star Adrian Lewis at the Alexandra Palace almost five years ago but has endured a miserable slump over the past two years, which has seen him plummet to 40th in the world. Continue reading “PDPA World Championship Qualifier- Entries Confirmed!”

Players Championship 19 & 20 Entries!

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The entries for the final two Players Championship events of the year have been confirmed, as the race to qualify for the Players Championship Finals in Minehead heats up.

The two £75,000 tournaments will be hosted at the Barnsley Metrodome on October 21-22nd, and the double-header will be streamed live on PDC.TV. A field of 128 players will compete in each tournament, comprised of PDC Tour Card Holders and PDPA Associate Members.

It will be a decisive weekend for a host of big-names, as players bid to win qualification for the Cash Converters Players Championship Finals next month as well as places in the William Hill World Darts Championship.

However, 16-time world champion Phil Taylor has not entered either event, therefore ‘The Power’ will not qualify for next month’s Players Championship Finals. The 56-year-old has gained £3,500 in prize money from his two Players Championship events this year and subsequently sits 108th on the rolling Order of Merit.

Only the top 64 players on the Players Championship Order of Merit will compete in Minehead, and five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld will be vying to secure qualification when he competes in Barnsley next weekend. Continue reading “Players Championship 19 & 20 Entries!”

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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Suljovic and Caven progress in style, as Murnan dumps out Hamilton.

Mensur Suljovic and Jamie Caven cruised through to the second round of the World Championships, whilst debutant Joe Murnan dumped out former World finalist Andy Hamilton in a gruelling battle, on Sunday afternoon at Alexandra Palace.

The performance of the afternoon was unquestionably produced by Suljovic, who averaged over 99 in defeating Jermaine Wattimena. The Austrian grew in confidence as the game progressed, winning 7 of the remaining 8 legs to secure his second-round spot.

Despite this, the first set was extremely hard-fought. Mensur struggled for fluency in the scoring department, and squandered four set darts in the fifth leg. Wattimena, despite busting 64 in the previous visit, returned to clinch the set.

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Hamilton and Pallett star in Innsbruck as Barney Gains Revenge on Hopp!

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Andy Hamilton and David Pallett were the stars on an action-packed opening day of the European Darts Matchplay in Innsbruck. Hamilton averaged 104 in beating an impressive Dean Winstanley 6-3, whilst David Pallett hit six 180’s and averaged 100 in his 6-2 demolition of Jamie Caven.

Elsewhere, Raymond van Barneveld gained revenge on Max Hopp for his defeat in Muelheim last week; the 5 time World-Champ averaged 98 in beating the young German 6-3. There were also first-round wins for Rowby-John Rodriguez, Mickey Mansell, Alan Norris, Kevin Painter and Ronny Huybrechts.

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Taylor Has The Power in UK Open Qualifier 6

Despite only entering 3 events, Taylor was 4th on the UK Open Order of Merit.

Phil Taylor won an all-Stoke duel against Ian White as the UK Open qualifiers culminated at Wigan yesterday. It was an extremely nerve-jangling day for some; with the final UK Open spots up for grabs, but Taylor reigned supreme and showed his class in recording his first ranking title of 2015.

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