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!”→
Dave Chisnall, Terry Jenkins and Wes Newton all progressed through to the second-round of the World Championships, but Dean Winstanley became the ninth seed to depart the tournament, losing in a fifth set tiebreak to Ronny Huybrechts, at the Alexandra Palace on Tuesday evening.
Chisnall stole the show, as he produced a fine display to defeat exciting Austrian youngster Rowby-John Rodriguez 3-0 in the first-round of the World Championships at Alexandra Palace on Thursday evening. ‘Chizzy’ averaged 99.37 and posted four maximums to overcome ‘Little John’.
However, Rowby acquitted himself well; all three sets went to a fifth and deciding leg, but Chisnall ultimately delivered the goods in critical junctures of the contest.
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.
Raymond van Barneveld recorded a comprehensive 9-3 victory over defending UK Open Champion Adrian Lewis on day one in Minehead, whilst World Champion Gary Anderson, Michael Smith, Terry Jenkins and Simon Whitlock were also early casualties.
One of the most anticipated tournaments on the PDC calendar, the UK Open Finals, gets underway at Minehead this Friday. I love almost every aspect of the event; the random draw, amateur players getting the chance to face the world’s best, and the intense atmosphere created across eight stages of simultaneous darting drama. Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson and defending Champion Adrian Lewis are the obvious favourites, but the unpredictability caused by the open draw often caters for surprises, with the likes of Mark Walsh, Barrie Bates and Gary Mawson all recent finalists. Which ‘outsiders’ are best placed for an excellent run in Minehead? These are my 6 dark-horses to claim the crown…