It is set to be a spectacular night of darts on Thursday evening, as the Premier League roadshow heads to German soil for the very first time. 12,000 fans will be packed into the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, in what will be the biggest ever post-war crowd for a darts event. Continue reading “Record-breaking night ahead in Berlin!”→
Reigning champions England cruised through to the World Cup quarter-finals without dropping a leg in their second-round clash, as former winners Netherlands came through a doubles decider against the Americans to progress on a dramatic day of darts in Frankfurt on Saturday. Continue reading “2017 World Cup of Darts: Day Three Report!”→
PDC chairman Barry Hearn has sensationally revealed that the Betway Premier League will be heading to Germany in 2018. Speaking at the O2 Arena on Thursday, as Michael van Gerwen defended his crown with a thrilling deciding-leg win over Peter Wright, Hearn confirmed that Berlin would play host to one of the league nights next season. Continue reading “Barry Hearn makes huge Premier League announcement!”→
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!”→
Netherlands and Scotland both survived scares on the opening night of the 2016 World Cup of Darts, whilst host nation Germany were dumped out by Australia on Thursday night in Frankfurt.
The Dutch duo of Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld prevailed 5-3 in a hard-fought affair against Russia’s pairing of Boris Koltsov & Aleksandr Oreshkin. Oreshkin’s methodical style, coupled with the doubles format, made it extremely difficult for either MvG or Barney to gain any rhythm, which reflected in the performances.
The Netherlands averaged just 82.52 and converted 38% of their attempts at double, but they produced their best leg to cross the winning line, with Van Barneveld converting D10 for a 16-darter. Koltsov in particular acquitted himself extremely well, but the experience of the Dutchmen eventually paid dividends.
Elsewhere, Scotland reeled off four straight legs to scrape past an impressive New Zealand; represented by Cody Harris and veteran Warren Parry. However, Harris stole the headlines with a wonderful performance, recording eight 140s and a 137, whilst also completing a spectacular 125 checkout (T18, T13, D16) in the opening leg.
The 2016 Betway World Cup of Darts gets underway in Frankfurt on Thursday evening, as Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis aim to defend their title, and secure a fourth World Cup crown for England. Josh’s Dartistry assesses the contenders and darkhorses for this year’s title!
Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis defeated the Scottish duo of Gary Anderson and Peter Wright in last year’s final. They have won this competition in three of the last four years and they’ll enter this year’s event as top seeds. Taylor and Lewis are very good friends and they form a strong partnership which is imperative, particularly in the doubles format.
The PDC European Tour gets back underway after a prolonged break this weekend, as the European Darts Trophy is held at the RWE Sporthalle in Muelheim.
The German venue previously hosted the PDC’s European Championship in 2014, where Michael van Gerwen memorably hit a perfect nine-dart leg in his semi-final against Raymond van Barneveld, en route to his tournament win.
Van Gerwen will be aiming to rediscover that magical form after a rather underwhelming World Series by his exceptional standards, in Australia.
The 2015 World Cup of Darts gets underway in Frankfurt tomorrow evening, as Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld aim to defend their title, to secure Holland’s 3rd World Cup title, in only the tournament’s fifth staging. England, Scotland and Holland are the clear favourites for the tournament, however there are a number of outsiders capable of shocking the bigger nations. Here’s my list of 5 potential dark-horses in this year’s tournament.