Several big names suffer Q-School disappointment!

Wes Newton

The 2018 PDC Qualifying Schools came to a dramatic close in Wigan and Hildesheim on Sunday afternoon, after a gruelling four days of qualification. Nevertheless, whilst there was joy for many players, there were also a host of high-profile names who failed to secure coveted PDC Tour Cards. Continue reading “Several big names suffer Q-School disappointment!”

Colin Lloyd recovering after being struck down by deadly infection

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Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Former world number one Colin Lloyd has revealed that he became a “quivering heap” after being struck down by the life-threatening condition of sepsis. In an exclusive interview with the Daily Mirror, Lloyd, 43, revealed that the infection was brought on by a bout of pneumonia, which he was completely unaware of having.

Lloyd revealed: “All of a sudden I really started shivering and felt absolutely freezing, even my teeth were chattering. I went back to bed and pulled on extra blankets. Being a typical bloke I thought I’d just sweat it out. I was drifting in and out of sleep and my wife Carol kept taking my temperature , it was 39.7.”

Lloyd has visited Colchester’s Castle Park on the preceding day with his wife Carol, and when he returned he felt unwell. He was still suffering with similar symptoms 24 hours later, therefore decided to visit Colchester’s walk-in medical centre.

Upon examination, ‘Jaws’ was immediately transferred to Colchester General Hospital’s accident and emergency medical department.

He told the Daily Mirror: “After two minutes they whacked me on a table and put a line into me. They didn’t muck about, they got onto it straight away, and put an oxygen mask on me. I was a little bit incoherent. There was a doctor with me within seconds taking my pulse, checking my heartbeat.” Continue reading “Colin Lloyd recovering after being struck down by deadly infection”

Lloyd departs PDC circuit

Colin Lloyd
Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Former world number one Colin Lloyd will not be present on the PDC circuit in 2016, after opting against competing at Q-School. The 42-year-old, who dropped out of the world’s top 64 earlier last year, was initially on the list of provisional entrants, but he has since withdrawn his entry.

Lloyd has enjoyed an illustrious career in the PDC, but the pinnacle came between 2004-2005, where he won the World Grand Prix in 2004, before winning the World Matchplay in 2005. ‘Jaws’ has also won a multitude of ranking events, and was the number one ranked player in the PDC less than a decade ago.

Lloyd, a builder by trade, won his first title in 2002 at the Antwerp Open, and his career has gone from strength-to-strength from this point onwards . He competed in the inaugural staging of the 2005 Holsten Premier League, and was runner-up to a certain Phil Taylor.

Lloyd also reached the final of the International Darts League in 2006, whilst he’s been a semi-finalist in the PDC World Championships, the European Championships, the UK Open and the Las Vegas Desert Classic.

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Evans and Boulton seal Ally Pally Spots, as big names miss out!

Ricky Evans and Andy Boulton sealed the final two places at this year’s World Championships at the Alexandra Palace, after progressing through the PDPA qualifier at the Ricoh Arena, in Coventry.

Evans beat Boulton 5-4 in today’s final, sealing victory on D20, which means that the Kettering ace will now meet Simon Whitlock in the first-round of this year’s tournament.

Boulton will have to progress through his preliminary clash against Per Laursen, with a first-round meeting against reigning World Champion Gary Anderson lying in wait for the victor.

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