Lisa Ashton and Deta Hedman claimed places in the William Hill World Darts Championship as the PDC Women’s Series concluded on Sunday, despite Fallon Sherrock winning Event Four in a dramatic finale in Barnsley.Continue reading “Ashton & Hedman seal PDC World Championship spots”
Lisa Ashton and Deta Hedman shared victories on the opening day of the inaugural PDC Women’s Series in Barnsley, with Hedman topping the Order of Merit following a bumper day of action.Continue reading “Ashton & Hedman prevail on opening day of PDC Women’s Series”
Three-time women’s world champion Anastasia Dobromyslova joins the likes of Lisa Ashton and Deta Hedman in confirming her entry to 2019 PDC Qualifying School, which gets underway at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan on Thursday. Continue reading “Host of female stars confirmed for PDC Q-School!”
Deta Hedman has revealed that she was the victim of a sickening racist tirade following her first-round exit at the BDO World Championship.
Hedman, a three-time Women’s World Championship finalist, was beaten in straight sets by her doubles partner Maria O’Brien on Sunday afternoon at the Lakeside. ‘The Heart of Darts’ has won over 130 ranking titles in an astonishing career, but the World Championship is the one major title that has thus far proven elusive. Continue reading “Hedman suffers sickening racist abuse following Lakeside exit”
World Masters winner Adam Smith-Neale bravely bowed out of the BDO World Championship after playing through the pain barrier while nursing a broken leg, as Wayne Warren produced the performance of the tournament thus far to defeat his fellow Welshman Mark Layton on Sunday evening at Frimley Green. Continue reading “BDO World Championship – Day Two Report!”
Dutch darting sensation Justin van Tergouw produced an incredible display to retain his BDO World Youth Championship title on another eventful double-session of action at the Lakeside on Thursday. Continue reading “BDO World Championship 2018: Day Six Report!”
Australian qualifier Peter Machin was crowned 2017 BDO World Trophy champion after securing a dramatic 10-8 victory over home favourite Martin Phillips in Barry on Sunday evening. Machin avenged his loss in last year’s final to secure his first major televised title- becoming the first Australian winner of a BDO major since 2002. Continue reading “2017 BDO World Trophy: Finals Day!”
World champions Glen Durrant and Martin Adams continued their bids for a maiden World Trophy title, as the big names continued to tumble on another eventful session of darts in Barry on Sunday afternoon. Continue reading “BDO World Trophy: Day Three Report!”
Dutch debutant Danny Noppert produced the performance of the tournament thus far to set up a second-round tie with his compatriot Richard Veenstra, whilst Wesley Harms and women’s top seed Deta Hedman suffered shock first-round exits on a dramatic session of darts at the Lakeside Country Club on Tuesday afternoon.
Noppert enjoyed a dream Lakeside debut by posting the highest average of the tournament thus far in defeating Canadian qualifier David Cameron in round-one. The Dutchman endured early nerves on the doubles, but recovered superbly and recorded a 3-1 victory after averaging 98.07 and landing six maximums.
Noppert reeled off three successive legs in 15 darts or under to recover from a torrid start in the opening set. Cameron secured the lead with a 15-dart break via D10, before extending his lead on D2 after ‘Noppie’ followed up his first maximum with ten missed darts at double.
Nevertheless, the Dutchman won his first leg with his twelfth attempt at double; registering his second 180 and converting a 68 finish on tops. This galvanised the third seed, as he fired in his third maximum and completed a 12-dart leg with a clinical 81 kill on D16, before hitting D4 to round-off a 65 checkout and seal the set inside 15 darts. Continue reading “2017 BDO World Championship Day Four: Afternoon Report!”
Darryl Fitton won his first major title on British soil with a hard-fought 13-9 victory over Australian qualifier Peter Machin in the BDO World Trophy final at the Lakeside on Monday evening.
Fitton, a Zuiderduin Masters winner in 2009, reeled off four straight legs to defeat the dogged Aussie, who had claimed a number of notable scalps to reach his first ever major ranking final. ‘The Dazzler’ averaged 87.84 in Monday’s curtain-raiser, posting three maximums and converting 35% of his attempts at double.
Fitton made a perfect start to the final by breaking Machin’s throw with a clinical 115 finish culminating on D18. ‘The Dazzler’ then extended his lead on D10, despite the Australian posting a timely 174. Machin repeated the dose in the third leg, posting a 174 before eventually converting D2 to open his account.
Fitton regained his two-leg cushion via D10, but an edgy fifth leg ensued as Daryl spurned seven darts at double to break, before Machin reduced the arrears on D1. Fitton responded strongly however, registering his first maximum and taking out 88 to head into the interval with a 4-2 advantage.
Lisa Ashton posted the highest ever televised ladies average in the quarter-finals of the BDO World Trophy, whilst Glen Durrant, Scott Mitchell and Martin Adams were all beaten in the last 16 of the men’s draw, on an eventful day of action at the Lakeside on Sunday.
Ashton was in tremendous form as she thrashed Corrine Hammond 5-1. The two-time world champion averaged 98.44, hitting 45% of her doubles and producing legs of 12, 15, 17, 14 and 15 darts. The Lancashire ace subsequently broke the previous record average of 97.56, which Trina Gulliver had held for an astonishing 17-years.
Ashton’s reward for her record-breaking display is a last-four showdown against three-time world champion Anastasia Dobromyslova. The Russian was in clinical form as she dispatched talented Dutch ace Aileen de Graaf by a 5-2 scoreline in the quarter-finals.
Deta Hedman avenged this year’s World Championship final loss to Trina Gulliver by dismantling the ten-time world champion 5-1. Gulliver was way below par, but Hedman was clinical, taking out finishes of 86, 92, 105 and 122 to set up a semi-final meeting with Rhian Griffiths, who comfortably saw off Lorraine Winstanley 5-2.
Nevertheless, in the men’s draw, BDO world number one Glen Durrant suffered a shock 7-3 defeat to Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas, despite averaging 104.55. Labanauskas stormed into a 3-0 lead with an average in excess of 110, but Duzza reduced the arrears to 4-2 heading into the interval.
BDO World Number 1 Glen Durrant secured his first major BDO title as he eased past veteran American Larry Butler to win the Winmau World Masters in Hull.
Duzza defied TEN 180’s from Butler to record a fantastic 7-3 victory in sets, with a 93.22 average. Durrant’s exemplary finishing was the decisive factor. He posted an extremely impressive checkout ratio of 56%, hitting 14 doubles from just 25 attempts.