Phil Taylor will return to defend his Champions League of Darts title next month, whilst five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld, four-time major finalist Dave Chisnall and world number seven Mensur Suljovic will make their debuts in the second staging of the event at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff on September 16-17th. Continue reading “2017 Champions League of Darts Field Confirmed!”→
Newly crowned world champion Michael van Gerwen will begin the defence of his Betway Premier League title against two-time world champion Gary Anderson, a rematch of their recent World Championship final, when the competition gets underway at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Thursday February 2nd.
The opening nine weeks see the players meet once in the league phase, before the bottom two players are eliminated following Judgement Night in Cardiff.
The remaining eight players then face each other again in the remaining six league nights in April and May, before the top four players progress to compete in the Play-Offs at The O2 in London on Thursday May 18.
Van Gerwen defeated Anderson 7-3 to win his second world title a fortnight ago, halting Anderson’s incredible seventeen match winning streak at the Alexandra Palace. However, the Scotsman will have his opportunity to secure instant retribution when the tournament gets underway in Newcastle. Continue reading “Premier League Darts 2017- Fixtures Confirmed!”→
Phil Taylor secured a magnificent double over world number one Michael van Gerwen to secure the inaugural Champions League of Darts title at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Sunday evening.
‘The Power’, who thrashed Van Gerwen 10-4 in their round-robin clash on Saturday night, repeated his heroics to clinch an emphatic 11-5 victory over the Dutch ace in the final. Taylor averaged 98.97, hit four maximums and converted 52% of his attempts at double, to scoop the £100,000 winner’s cheque.
Taylor enjoyed a perfect start to the final, breaking throw in the opening leg. ‘The Power’ fired in his first maximum and pinned D16, after MvG had missed the same target for a 112 checkout. The 16-time world champion doubled his advantage moments later, again hitting D16 to complete a 63 finish for a 15-dart hold of throw.
Van Gerwen kicked off the third leg with a timely maximum, but Taylor responded in kind, leaving 81 after just 9 darts. Taylor then had a glorious opportunity for a double-break, but missed darts at D12 and D6 respectively, as Van Gerwen opened his account with a 13-darter on D8.
Phil Taylor produced a vintage display to dismantle Michael van Gerwen on the opening night of the inaugural Champions League of Darts at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Saturday evening, which was broadcast live on the BBC.
The 16-time world champion averaged a mightily impressive 107.49 and took out four-ton plus checkouts to record a 10-4 win over the world number one, to mathematically secure himself a place in the semi-finals.
Incredibly, nine of the first ten legs went against the throw as Taylor led 6-4 at the break. ‘The Power’ then capitalised on missed doubles from MvG to establish an 8-4 cushion, before Taylor rounded off a stunning 10-4 victory with 138 and 120 checkouts in the final two legs of the encounter, to bring MvG’s astonishing 36-game unbeaten run to an end.
Earlier in the day, the 56-year-old kicked off his campaign with a convincing victory over world number five Peter Wright. ‘The Power’ averaged 102.66, took out a stunning 154 finish and hit 48% of his attempts at double. Wright averaged a respectable 97.30, but he was punished for hitting just 36% of his double attempts.
Meanwhile, MvG reeled off five straight legs to defeat World Grand-Prix champion Robert Thornton in his opening group game. ‘The Thorn’ posted seven maximums as the scores were locked at five apiece at the first interval. However ‘The Green Machine’ exploded after the interval, winning five legs without reply, finishing with a 97.30 average. Continue reading “Taylor dismantles MvG at the Champions League of Darts!”→
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.
With just four weeks remaining until finals night at the O2 Arena, we really are at the ‘business end ‘ of the Premier League season. Michael van Gerwen is assured of a finals spot, whilst Dave Chisnall is also virtually a certainty. Gary Anderson faces an extremely significant night in Cardiff, as he plays both Stephen Bunting and Michael van Gerwen. Two wins will guarantee the World Champion a play-off spot, but two defeats could put his hopes of another Premier League title in serious jeopardy.
Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis face off in a clash that will have major repercussions for their respective top 4 challenges, whilst Raymond van Barneveld attempts to continue his fantastic form as he faces Dave Chisnall. Michael van Gerwen also doubles up in the Welsh Isles, as he takes on James Wade and Gary Anderson. The Green Machine will be determined to return to winning ways after he suffered his first defeat of the season at the hands of his compatriot van Barneveld.