Dimitri Van den Bergh has been ruled out of this year’s Grand Slam of Darts, and will be replaced by Chris Dobey in Wolverhampton.Continue reading “Van den Bergh ruled out of Grand Slam of Darts”
Dimitri Van den Bergh denied Adrian Lewis a first PDC title since March 2019, after producing a remarkable comeback from 4-0 down to defeat the two-time world champion in a thrilling finale at Players Championship 24.Continue reading “Dimitri denies Lewis with sensational comeback at Players Championship 24”
Peter Wright produced one of the greatest performances in World Matchplay history to dispatch Michael van Gerwen and set up a clash against his former housemate and reigning Dimitri Van den Bergh in Sunday’s final.Continue reading “Sensational Snakebite creates history to dispatch MVG and set up Van den Bergh showdown”
Dimitri Van den Bergh defied ‘mental games’ from Gerwyn Price to keep his World Matchplay title defence alive on a thrilling night of quarter-final action at the Winter Gardens.Continue reading “Van den Bergh defies dancing Price to keep Matchplay defence alive”
Stephen Bunting ended his five-year wait for a PDC title with victory at Players Championship 17 on Monday, defeating World Matchplay champion Dimitri Van den Bergh 8-4 in the final at the Coventry Building Society Arena.Continue reading “Brilliant Bunting ends five-year wait for PDC title”
Dimitri Van den Bergh secured his maiden Pro Tour title with a dramatic 8-7 victory over Dirk van Duijvenbode on Tuesday, as PDC Super Series 3 drew to a close in Niedernhausen.Continue reading “Van den Bergh ‘riding the wave’ after maiden Pro Tour title”
Jonny Clayton continued his blistering start to this year’s Premier League by landing a spectacular nine-darter in his 7-3 victory over fellow debutant Jose De Sousa on Night Three in Milton Keynes on Wednesday.Continue reading “Nine-dart Clayton continues dream Premier League start”
The 2021 Unibet Premier League Darts season begins in Milton Keynes on Monday evening, and it promises to be another enthralling campaign, as Glen Durrant bids to retain the title that he captured so magnificently on debut last October.Continue reading “Premier League Darts 2021: Preview & Predictions”
Former World Youth champion Dimitri Van den Bergh has been given a wildcard for the inaugural Nordic Darts Masters, as world number five Michael Smith and two-time major winner Daryl Gurney miss out on selection for this summer’s extravaganza in Copenhagen.Continue reading “Nordic Darts Masters field confirmed”
In our fourteenth episode of the Josh’s Dartistry Podcast, Josh Gorton returns fresh from his trip to Rotterdam, where he is joined by regular co-hosts Jon Dean and the returning Neil Conner.Continue reading “Josh’s Dartistry Darts Podcast – Episode 14!”
Dimitri Van den Bergh came within a dart of becoming the first contender to register a victory in this year’s Premier League, but the Belgian admitted the experience of making his Premier League debut in front of a magnificent Rotterdam crowd was ‘unbelievable’.Continue reading “Van den Bergh: PL debut was ‘unbelievable’”
Raymond van Barneveld was condemned to Premier League elimination after suffering a 7-1 drubbing against Daryl Gurney in Rotterdam, whilst Michael van Gerwen returned to the top of the table after beating Peter Wright by the same scoreline on an eventful night at the Ahoy Arena.Continue reading “Premier League Darts 2019 – Night Eight Report!”
Steve Beaton defeated Raymond van Barneveld in a battle of the legends in Leverkusen, while Glen Durrant enjoyed a winning start on his European Tour debut on Friday night as the European Darts Open kicked off in style.Continue reading “2019 European Darts Open – Day One Report!”
Nathan Aspinall has surged into the world’s top 16 for the first time in his career following his stunning UK Open success in Minehead, while five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld has slipped outside the world’s top 32 for the first time since 2006.Continue reading “PDC Order of Merit Update!”
Raymond van Barneveld will compete in his first European Tour event for almost two years in March after being amongst the qualifiers for the year’s opening two events, as three-time BDO world champion Glen Durrant produced a series of stunning displays in the first qualifier to seal his European Tour debut.
Continue reading “Van Barneveld secures European Tour return!”
The entries for the opening two European Tour events of the year have been confirmed ahead of the two UK Qualifiers and two West & South Europe Tour Card Holder Qualifiers at the Barnsley Metrodome on Friday February 22. Continue reading “European Tour 1 & 2 Qualifier Entries!”
Glen Durrant clinched his first ever PDC title with victory in Players Championship Four at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan on Sunday afternoon. The three-time BDO world champion averaged 101.11 over the course of the day and defeated World Youth champion Dimitri Van den Bergh 8-3 in the final to seal the £10,000 winner’s prize. Continue reading “Dazzling Durrant seals his first PDC title!”
Nine new names will replace the injured Gary Anderson in the opening nine nights of the 2019 Unibet Premier League. Continue reading “NEWS: Nine ‘contenders’ replace injured Anderson in 2019 Premier League!”
Nathan Aspinall produced a sensational comeback from two sets down to dump out Grand Slam champion Gerwyn Price on another night of drama at the World Darts Championship, as 11th seed Ian White was also beaten by an inspired Devon Petersen on Friday evening. Continue reading “Aspinall stuns Price at the Ally Pally!”
Dimitri Van den Bergh produced a magical nine-dart finish en route to reaching his first ever Grand Slam of Darts quarter-final, whilst Peter Wright and Rob Cross were dumped out on a dramatic night of action in Wolverhampton. Continue reading “Grand Slam of Darts – Day Five Report!”
Mensur Suljovic defeated Dimitri van den Bergh 8-2 to clinch German Darts Masters glory in front of a record-breaking 20,000 fans at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen on Friday evening. Continue reading “German Darts Masters 2018 Report!”
Top seed Michael van Gerwen will take on home favourite Max Hopp in the first-round of the German Darts Masters this Friday, when the 2018 World Series season gets underway in Gelsenkirchen. Continue reading “German Darts Masters 2018: Draw & Schedule confirmed!”
World number one Michael van Gerwen was named as the PDC Player of the Year at the annual PDC Awards Evening at The Dorchester on Monday evening, as newly crowned world champion Rob Cross scooped four trophies to cap off his stunning debut year as a professional. Continue reading “Cross cleans up at PDC Awards Dinner!”
Michael van Gerwen edged out his fellow countryman Raymond van Barneveld in a thrilling deciding-set tussle to set up a semi-final showdown against Rob Cross, whilst Phil Taylor dumped out Gary Anderson to continue his bid for a 17th World Championship title on an incredible day of quarter-final action at the Alexandra Palace. Continue reading “PDC World Championship 2018: Quarter-Finals Report!”
Phil Taylor whitewashed former World Youth champion Keegan Brown to reach his 25th World Championship quarter-final and set up a showdown against two-time world champion Gary Anderson on Friday evening, after another eventful day of action at the Alexandra Palace. Continue reading “PDC World Championship 2018: Day Twelve Report!”
Michael van Gerwen continued his World Championship title defence with an incredible whitewash win over a shell-shocked James Wilson, as Gary Anderson sealed his place in round-three with a memorable win over Paul Lim, who wired double twelve for an amazing nine-darter on a dramatic day of action at the Alexandra Palace on Friday. Continue reading “PDC World Championship 2018: Day Nine Report!”
Phil Taylor survived a scare to begin his final professional tournament before retirement with a battling 3-1 victory over Chris Dobey, as Rob Cross and Dimitri van den Bergh produced ton-topping averages to triumph on an entertaining night of darts at the Alexandra Palace on Friday evening. Continue reading “PDC World Championship 2018: Day Two Report!”
Michael van Gerwen defeated home favourite Gary Anderson to clinch his third successive World Series of Darts Finals title on a thrilling day of action at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena on Sunday evening. Continue reading “World Series of Darts: Finals Day!”
Gerwyn Price edged out Corey Cadby in a highly-charged second-round affair at the World Series of Darts Finals in Glasgow, whilst Dimitri van den Bergh produced the performance of his career to stun Raymond van Barneveld. Elsewhere, the world’s top three all cruised through to the last eight on a dramatic night at the Braehead Arena. Continue reading “World Series of Darts Finals: Day Two Report!”
Four of the world’s top ten were dumped out in the first-round of the World Series of Darts Finals in Glasgow, as Adrian Lewis, Mensur Suljovic, Dave Chisnall and Michael Smith were the victims of a night of shocks at the Braehead Arena on Friday evening. Continue reading “World Series of Darts Finals: Day One Report!”
Top seed Gary Anderson faces a potential showdown against Mensur Suljovic at the World Series of Darts Finals this weekend, whilst Michael van Gerwen will begin his title defence against either Adrian Lewis or Max Hopp at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena. Continue reading “DRAW: World Series of Darts Finals 2017!”
Peter Wright kicked off his bid for a maiden European Championship title with an impressive win over World Masters champion Krzysztof Ratajski, as Rob Cross and Jonny Clayton produced ton-topping averages on a high-quality session of darts in Hasselt on Friday afternoon. Continue reading “European Championship Day Two: Afternoon Report!”
Michael van Gerwen will begin the defence of his European Championship title against fellow countryman Jan Dekker, whilst home favourite Kim Huybrechts takes on last year’s finalist Mensur Suljovic in Hasselt later this month. Continue reading “2017 European Championship Draw!”
World number one Michael van Gerwen will go in search of a third successive title at the World Series of Darts Finals in November, but there will be no Phil Taylor, as the 24-man field for next month’s event has been finalised. Continue reading “World Series of Darts Finals: Field Confirmed!”
Rob Cross, Mark Webster and Justin Pipe were amongst the eight players to seal their qualification for next month’s World Series of Darts Finals, after coming through an 86-man field at the Barnsley Metrodome on Monday evening. Continue reading “World Series of Darts Finals: Qualifiers Confirmed!”
Former European Tour winners James Wade, Vincent van der Voort and Mervyn King triumphed on an eventful opening day of the European Darts Open, as James Richardson produced the performance of the first-round in Leverkusen. Continue reading “European Darts Open: Day One Report!”
Michael Smith secured his maiden Gibraltar Darts Trophy title with a thrilling 6-4 victory over second seed Mensur Suljovic at the Victoria Stadium on Sunday evening. The St Helen’s ace reeled off three successive legs from 4-3 down to scoop the £25,000 winner’s prize; sealing the fourth European Tour title of his career. Continue reading “2017 Gibraltar Darts Trophy: Finals Day!”
Peter Wright began his bid for a fourth European Tour title of the year with victory over Polish star Krzysztof Ratajski, as James Wade, Jelle Klaasen and Kim Huybrechts were dumped out in the second-round of the Gibraltar Darts Trophy on Saturday. Continue reading “2017 Gibraltar Darts Trophy: Day Two Report!”
Adrian Lewis began his bid to win a second PDC European Tour title in Sindelfingen with a commanding 6-2 win over Stephen Bunting, whilst in-form Dutch star Jan Dekker produced the performance of the opening-round on a dramatic opening day at the HappyBet European Darts Grand Prix on Friday. Continue reading “European Darts Grand Prix: Day One Report!”
Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright safely progressed through to finals day at the German Darts Open, as Dave Chisnall and Jelle Klaasen both recorded brilliant whitewash wins to set up a tasty third-round clash, on a dramatic day of darts in Saabrucken on Saturday. Continue reading “German Darts Open: Day Two Report!”
16-year-old host-nation qualifier Nico Blum sent the German crowd into raptures with a brilliant debut victory on the European Tour, as Vincent van der Voort, Mervyn King & Paul Nicholson also triumphed on a dramatic opening day of action at the German Darts Open in Saarbrucken on Friday. Continue reading “German Darts Open: Day One Report!”
Paul Nicholson, Kevin Painter and Mervyn King were among the high-profile names to register victories in the opening round of the German Darts Championship, as the 2017 European Tour got underway in a marathon double-session of darts in Hildesheim on Friday. Continue reading “German Darts Championship: Day One Report!”
Newcastle ace Adam Hunt tops the Development Tour Order of Merit after reaching three of the four finals hosted on the second weekend of Development Tour action at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan. Continue reading “2017 PDC Development Tour: Order of Merit Update!”
Kenny Neyens and Dimitri van den Bergh secured a Belgian double on the PDC Development Tour on Saturday afternoon, as yet another Belgian Mike De Decker landed a perfect nine-dart finish as the second weekend of Development Tour action got underway at Wigan’s Robin Park Tennis Centre. Continue reading “PDC Development Tour: Events Five & Six!”
Luke Humphries tops the PDC Development Tour Order of Merit after winning two of the four events which took place across the weekend at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan. The 22-year-old won the first event of the year with victory over Canada’s Dawson Murschell in the final.
Humphries then triumphed in Sunday’s fourth and final event of the weekend; defeating Kenny Neyens in the final. The Newbury ace has accrued £4,000 in prize money and sits directly above Neyens, who enjoyed a fine weekend himself. The young Belgian hit a nine-darter in Saturday’s action, before going on to reach two finals.
Ryan Meikle sits in third place after securing his maiden Development Tour title on Sunday afternoon. The 20-year-old Suffolk ace has enjoyed a strong start to 2017; having already sealed his qualification for next month’s Coral UK Open Finals, and he continued his fine form to defeat 19-year-old Harry Ward to win event three.
Dimitri van den Bergh is in fourth place after winning Saturday’s second event. ‘The Dream-Maker’ defeated Humphries to kick off his campaign, before defeating his compatriot Neyens to scoop the £2,000 prize and secure his seventh Development Tour title of his career. Continue reading “2017 PDC Development Tour Order of Merit!”
Michael van Gerwen began his World Championship assault with an emphatic victory over Finnish qualifier Kim Viljanen, as Darren Webster and Cristo Reyes prevailed in thrilling last-set deciders against Stephen Bunting and Dimitri van den Bergh respectively in an incredible session of darts at the Alexandra Palace on Saturday evening.
Van Gerwen posted the highest average of the tournament thus far as he dropped just one leg en route to dismantling Viljanen. Viljanen set up his showdown with MvG after overcoming Canadian debutant Ross Snook in straight sets. The Finnish ace dropped just two legs; averaging 83.57 and converting 60% of his double attempts to progress.
However, the world number one was in merciless mood as he began his campaign in confident fashion. Van Gerwen averaged 103.34, landed five maximums and converted 45% of his doubles to breeze through to round-two, hitting two ton-plus finishes in the process.
Van Gerwen stormed to the opening set without reply, landing three maximums and averaging 110, as Viljanen failed to register a dart at double after posting just one score of over 100.
‘The Green Machine’ secured his fourth straight leg with a clinical 76 finish but Viljanen opened his account on D10 having narrowly missed a 160 outshot in the preceding visit. MvG was unphased however; he hit his fourth 180 and took out 101 to regain the lead, before sealing the second set on D4 after overcoming some double-trouble.
The world number one continued his procession to the finishing line with a classy 78 checkout, before moving to the cusp of victory with an impressive 118 finish. Viljanen posted his second maximum as he attempted to double his tally, but Van Gerwen responded with his fifth 180, before pinning D10 to complete a comprehensive triumph.
Darren Webster survived SEVEN match darts as he dumped out former Lakeside world champion Stephen Bunting in another five-set thriller at the Ally Pally. Bunting led throughout but failed to cross the finishing line, as Webster prevailed with a 94.46 average, eight maximums and 43% on doubles.
Bunting edged a cracking first-set which saw Webster average almost 100. The opening two legs went against throw, before ‘The Bullet’ fired in a 118 finish to hold. Webster responded with a stunning 140 outshot of his own, but he was left to rue one missed set dart in the following leg, as Bunting converted 79 on tops to secure the lead.
The topsy-turvy nature of this contest continued as the first three legs of set two all went against throw. ‘The Demolition Man’ had chances in all three legs but was left to rue a multitude of missed doubles, yet he recovered to pin D8 for the fourth consecutive break, before clinching the set on D9 to draw level at one set apiece.
Bunting seized control by winning the opening two legs in set three, but Webster landed his third maximum and crashed in a stunning 157 checkout before defying Bunting’s second maximum to land tops and stay alive. However, Bunting had the throw in the set decider and maintained his composure by taking out 84 on the bull to regain his lead.
Webster remained undeterred and responded magnificently to clinch the fourth set without reply. He kicked off the set with a 14-dart leg, before converting an 81 finish to round-off a 12-darter after the pair had exchanged maximums. ‘The Bullet’ threatened a break back, but the Norfolk ace cleaned up the set by virtue of a majestic 147 checkout.
Bunting seized the initiative in the final set by holding throw, before breaking Webster with a stunning 11-darter. However, the former world champion then fired in a poor leg as Webster broke back on D16, before Bunting spurned two match darts on D16. Webster gratefully capitalised on this reprieve by taking out a classy two-dart 75 combination.
The sixteenth seed hit D10 with his last dart in hand to regain the lead, before leaving D8 after just 9 darts to close in on victory. However incredibly, Bunting missed a further five match darts and ‘The Bullet’ was unable to recover from this setback, as the Norfolk ace wrapped up a stunning triumph with an 11-dart break followed by a fine 66 finish.
Webster has enjoyed a fine run of form over recent months but admitted he’s been working to address some technical flaws in his game. “I’ve been practicing for the last two weeks and watching videos from the Grand Slam and Players Championship. I noticed I was rushing my last dart, so I’ve been working in the last two weeks on composure and control.
“I know I can beat these people; I do it on tour. It’s about self-control and I’m now learning on that big stage to control myself, and when I do I’m up there with the rest of them. I’m like a dog with a bone me, and when they’re up there, I’m after them,” the 48-year-old added.
Cristo Reyes defied NINE maximums from Belgian starlet Dimitri van den Bergh to prevail in the match of the tournament so far. Van den Bergh averaged 99.11 and fired in nine 180’s, but Reyes averaged 95.54, landed four maximums and converted 12 of his 19 double attempts to edge through in a five-set thriller.
Van den Bergh made a storming start to win the opening set. The Belgian kicked off the contest with a maximum before breaking in 13 darts. Dimitri doubled his lead with a clinical 98 kill, but Reyes opened his account with a 130 checkout on the bull. However, Van den Bergh held his nerve to clinch the set on D4, with a set average of 103.71.
The Belgian took the opening leg of set two on D16 but Reyes found the same target to complete a 14-darter. The Spaniard continued his revival by converting a two-dart 64 kill, before levelling up proceedings at one-set apiece with his third straight 14-dart leg, after Van den Bergh had posted visits of 180 and 170 to leave D16 after just 12 darts.
Reyes secured the lead for the first time after nailing a two-dart 90 kill for his fourth leg on the spin, but the Antwerp ace found D16 to stop the rot. The next two legs were shared as the third set went to a decider, but it went in the favour of the Spaniard, who produced a majestic 124 checkout (T20, T16, D8) for a 12-darter to move within a set of victory.
Dimitri seized the initiative early in set four with a 64 kill, but Reyes continued his fabulous finishing by pinning D4 at the first attempt. The next two legs were shared with Reyes on the cusp of victory, but ‘The Dream-Maker’ held his nerve magnificently, firing in his seventh maximum before taking out 88 for an 11-darter to force a fifth set.
Reyes drew first blood in the final set, but Dimitri drew level on D2 after ‘The Spartan’ wired D11 for a 124 outshot. The pair traded maximums in a high-quality third leg which culminated in a Reyes 14-darter, but after Van den Bergh missed two darts at D8 moments later, the Spanish star sealed a memorable triumph with a nerveless 75 kill.
It was a fantastic contest and Reyes was unsurprisingly thrilled with his performance. “It’s all about practice. Last year here I was very bad, so I’m very happy with the way I played today. My objective next year is to stay in the top 32, but in darts you have to look up, not down.”
Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC
William Hill World Darts Championship
Saturday December 17
Evening Session (7pm)
Ross Snook 0-2 Kim Viljanen (P)
Cristo Reyes (32) 3-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Stephen Bunting (16) 2-3 Darren Webster
Michael van Gerwen (1) 3-0 Kim Viljanen
Raymond van Barneveld continued his magnificent form at the Grand Slam of Darts as the BDO trio of Jamie Hughes, Danny Noppert and Jeff Smith all booked their spots in the last 16 at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Tuesday night. This takes the tally of BDO representatives in the last 16 to five – the highest figure since the tournament began.
Former Grand Slam champion Raymond van Barneveld dumped out Mensur Suljovic to set up a tantalising tie against BDO world number one Glen Durrant in the last 16 of the Grand Slam of Darts. Van Barneveld registered his third successive ton-plus average to defeat Suljovic 5-3 and maintain his 100% record in Group F.
Van Barneveld averaged 100.29, landed four maximums and converted 55% of his doubles to win his third straight group game, which condemned the Austrian to a surprise group-stage exit. The seventh seed averaged 94.58, hit two maximums and converted 60% of his double attempts, but it wasn’t enough to defeat the five-time world champion.
Van Barneveld’s victory ensured that BDO world number three Danny Noppert also qualified from Group F, after the Dutchman reeled off five successive legs to defeat World Youth finalist Nathan Aspinall 5-2. Noppert’s reward for qualification is a showdown with PDC world champion Gary Anderson in the knockout stages. Continue reading “Grand Slam of Darts Day Four Report!”
Raymond van Barneveld and Scott Mitchell stole the show on the opening day of the 2016 Grand Slam of Darts, as Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor & Gary Anderson all kicked off their campaigns with victories at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Saturday evening.
The highlight of the day saw Raymond van Barneveld produce a vintage performance to power past World Youth-finalist Nathan Aspinall 5-1 with a 110.15 average. The five-time world champion, who won the Grand Slam title back in 2012, kicked off the contest with a maximum and that set the tone for a sumptuous performance.
Van Barneveld posted three maximums and converted 63% of his attempts at double to begin his campaign in style. Aspinall acquitted himself extremely well and averaged 97 but he faced an inspired Barney, evidenced in the fifth leg when Aspinall was denied a dart at double despite leaving 36 after nine darts, as RvB fired in a stunning 140 finish.
The Dutch legend was unsurprisingly in bullish mood after his scintillating display. He told PDC media manager Dave Allen: “That 140 was a killer, and I’m really happy and satisfied with the 110 average of course. I’m really focused, I feel good and I’m looking forward to tomorrow afternoon.” Continue reading “Grand Slam of Darts Day One: Barney & Mitchell steal the show in Wolverhampton!”
Michael van Gerwen will begin the defence of his Grand Slam of Darts title against legendary three-time Lakeside world champion Martin Adams, after the draw for this year’s event at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall was made on Monday afternoon.
Van Gerwen, who produced a staggering comeback to defeat Phil Taylor and win his maiden Grand Slam title twelve months ago, will face a stern test against the 60-year-old Adams, who thrived on his debut in Wolverhampton last year.
‘Wolfie’ won all three of his group games against Jelle Klaasen, Ian White & Steve Beaton respectively, before succumbing to Kim Huybrechts in a last-leg shootout in the last 16. MvG and Adams will also be joined in Group A by former World Grand Prix finalist Brendan Dolan, and World-Youth champion Max Hopp.
Six-time Grand Slam winner Phil Taylor has been handed a relatively kind draw. ‘The Power’ has been pitted with his fellow Stokie Ian White, Darren Webster and BDO veteran Darryl Fitton, who qualified for this year’s event by virtue of winning the 2016 World Trophy back in May. Continue reading “2016 Grand Slam of Darts Draw confirmed!”
Former finalist Robert Thornton was among the eight players to qualify for next month’s Grand Slam of Darts after coming through the PDC qualifier at the Barnsley Metrodome on Sunday afternoon, on a day which saw five players book maiden appearances in Wolverhampton.
Thornton booked his return to the Civic Hall after a string of fine performances on Sunday afternoon. ‘The Thorn’ dropped just five legs in his four matches, kicking off proceedings by beating both Scott Dale and Andy Hamilton 5-1.
The former World Grand Prix champion then defeated Calum Loose 5-2 in round-three to set up a decisive clash with Andrew Gilding. The Scot then prevailed in comprehensive fashion, recording his third 5-1 triumph of the day.
Brendan Dolan came through successive deciding leg shoot-outs to seal his place in Wolverhampton next month. Dolan began his qualification campaign with victories over Ryan Harrington and Jan Dekker, before edging out Nigel Heydon 5-4.
The Northern Irishman then faced a decisive fourth-round battle with Kim Huybrechts who had lost just the solitary leg in his preceeding three matches. However, Dolan squeezed past the Belgian in an attritional deciding-leg to confirm his qualification. Continue reading “Grand Slam of Darts 2016- Qualifiers Confirmed!”
Michael van Gerwen continued his irrepressible vein of form by claiming his second successive Players Championship title after a hard-fought 6-3 victory over James Wilson at the Barnsley Metrodome on Wednesday afternoon.
‘The Green Machine’ was in rampant mood throughout the afternoon, firing in a 9-darter in the last 16, en route to scooping the £10,000 winner’s cheque and securing his 18th PDC title of the year. Wilson performed superbly, but was denied victory in his first ever PDC final.
The Dutchman began the final strongly, holding throw in 15-darts by virtue of a clinical 90 finish culminating on the bullseye. MvG threatened a break of throw in the following leg by leaving 130 after 9 darts, but an untimely bounce-out denied him the opportunity at bull, and Wilson levelled up with an excellent 14-darter.
However, ‘Mighty Mike’ responded emphatically; pinning D8 for a 14-dart hold, having wired the bull for a maximum 170 checkout in the preceding visit. Wilson remained unfazed however; posting successive scores of 140 before nailing D7 for another 14-dart leg to fire back.
Van Gerwen secured the fifth successive hold of throw in the final by converting D18 for a 13-darter, before a tense sixth leg ensued. The 27-year-old Boxtel ace had an opportunity to break throw, but he wired a dart at bull for a 124 kill, and Wilson hit D10 to restore parity once more at three-apiece. Continue reading “Nine-dart Van Gerwen triumphs over Wilson in Barnsley!”
Steve Beaton and Kevin Painter rolled back the years on the World Championship stage, whilst Belgium’s Dimitri van den Bergh produced the performance of his career to stun Ian White at the Alexandra Palace on Saturday afternoon.
Beaton and Painter, both of whom are second only to Phil Taylor in terms of consecutive World Championship appearances, have struggled results-wise over the last 12 months, but both men recorded emphatic victories this afternoon.
Beaton narrowly prevailed in a topsy-turvy first-set against his Kiwi opponent Koha Kokiri. The first four legs went against throw, but when pressured, ‘The Bronzed Adonis’ produced the goods.
Mark Webster completed a phenomenal day’s work in Coventry, as he secured qualification to the World Series of Darts Finals, alongside Terry Jenkins, Chris Dobey and Dimitri van den Bergh.
Webster secured qualification to the Grand Slam of Darts earlier in the day, and dropped just four legs en route to qualifying for the World Series of Darts finals in Braehead, Glasgow.