Gurney seals German Darts Championship glory!

Daryl Gurney defeated Ricky Evans 8-6 to seal German Darts Championship glory and clinch his maiden European Tour title on a thrilling day of action in Hildesheim on Sunday evening.

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Norris edges out Klaasen in a thriller to win his maiden European Tour title!

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Alan Norris edged out former world champion Jelle Klaasen in a thrilling last-leg decider to win his maiden European Tour title at the German Darts Championship in Hildesheim on Sunday evening.

Norris performed with tremendous consistency throughout the tournament and averaged 97.48 in the final, over eight points more than Klaasen. Yet the decisive factor was the finishing. Norris hit 75% of his attempts at double, winning four of the final five legs to scoop the £25,000 winner’s cheque and secure himself a Grand Slam spot next month.

Klaasen landed the first blow, kicking off the final with a maximum, before converting a regulation 54 finish for an 11-dart break of throw. Norris threatened an instant break back after posting a magnificent 171, but Klaasen extended his advantage with a sublime 132 checkout (25, T19, Bull).

Norris was scoring prolifically and opened his account with a classy 13-darter, before leaving tops to once again pressure the Dutchman’s throw. Nevertheless, Klaasen regained his two-leg cushion with a tremendous 134 finish, culminating on D7.

Klaasen spurned an opportunity to establish a three-leg cushion in leg five and Norris reduced the arrears to 3-2 after pinning tops. However, ‘The Cobra’ maintained his lead after hitting D18 to complete a solid 16-dart hold. Continue reading “Norris edges out Klaasen in a thriller to win his maiden European Tour title!”

German Darts Championship: Day Two Report & Results!

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Peter Wright produced one of the finest European Tour performances in recent memory, averaging almost 114 on day-two at the German Darts Championship, as Michael van Gerwen overcame a battling Robbie Green in Hildesheim on Saturday evening.

Van Gerwen began his assault for a seventh European Tour title of the year with a hard-fought 6-4 victory over Robbie Green. The world number one averaged 99.83 and hit 46% of his double attempts to overcome ‘Kong’, who narrowly misses out on a qualification spot for the European Championships in Hasselt.

However, it was Peter Wright who produced the performance of the tournament thus far, averaging 113.77 as he recorded a comprehensive 6-1 victory over St Helens’ Eddie Dootson. Snakebite registered four maximums and hit six of his ten attempts at double, as Dootson claimed just the solitary leg, despite averaging a respectable 94.74.

International Darts Open winner Mensur Suljovic delivered a stunning performance as he swept aside Darren Johnson in round-two. The Austrian averaged a mightily impressive 106.22 and converted 55% of his attempts at double to set up a third-round clash with David Pallett.

Third seed Dave Chisnall breezed into the last 16 with a whitewash victory over ‘The Rock’ Peter Hudson. Chisnall averaged 102.48, landed three maximums and hit 43% of his doubles, as Hudson was afforded just the solitary dart at double in the entire contest. Continue reading “German Darts Championship: Day Two Report & Results!”

German Darts Championship: Day One Report & Results!

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Steve West produced one of the best performances ever seen on the European Tour as he whitewashed his brother Tony in round-one of the German Darts Championship, as Robbie Green, Mark Webster and Rowby-John Rodriguez also impressed on day one in Hildesheim.

Yet, it was Steve West who stole the show, producing an incredible display of scoring as he dismantled his brother in the opening match of Friday’s evening session. Steve defeated Phil Taylor in the World Grand Prix earlier this month, and continued his fine run of form with a sparkling display against the former World Masters winner.

Steve fired in SEVEN maximums and finished with an average of 109.98. Nevertheless, his first nine-dart average was an astonishing 400.33- the second highest recorded in PDC history. This keeps alive West’s hopes of qualifying for the European Championships, and he takes on former world champion Stephen Bunting on Saturday.

Former world champion Mark Webster enjoyed a welcome return to form after breezing past the veteran Mervyn King. The Welshman averaged 99.48, landed four maximums and hit 66% of his attempts at double to record a 6-2 victory, despite King averaging a very respectable 96.29.

Robbie Green produced the performance of the afternoon session as he stormed past former world champion Christian Kist 6-2. ‘Kong’ averaged 99.40 and fired in three maximums to set up a clash with Kist’s compatriot Michael van Gerwen; a clash which Green must win to remain on course to qualify for the European Championships. Continue reading “German Darts Championship: Day One Report & Results!”

German Darts Championship Draw!

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Steve West will face his brother Tony West when the German Darts Championship gets underway on Friday in Hildesheim, in the final European Tour event of the year. Steve has enjoyed a fine few weeks, which culminated with him dumping out Phil Taylor in the first-round of the World Grand Prix.

Steve’s brother Tony, who is based in Holland, came through the European qualifier to seal his spot in Hildesheim, and the former World Masters winner will be hoping to build upon his showing at the last European Tour event, where he reached the second-round of the European Darts Grand Prix.

However, it’s a match of critical importance for Steve, who may have to defeat his brother to keep alive his hopes of qualifiying for the European Championships in Hasselt at the end of this month.

Another tasty tie sees former European Tour winner Mervyn King take on former world champion Mark Webster, with the winner to face sixth seed Michael Smith in round-two. Elsewhere, Kyle Anderson takes on diminutive Austrian Rowby-John Rodriguez, and the reward for the victor is a second-round showdown with Jelle Klaasen.

Former Lakeside champion Christian Kist takes on Robbie Green in the pick of Friday afternoon’s matches, but the winner will face the unenviable task of playing world number one Michael van Gerwen in round-two. Continue reading “German Darts Championship Draw!”

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