Shocks galore at the German Darts Masters!

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It was an afternoon of shocks at the German Darts Masters, as James Wade, Robert Thornton, Kim Huybrechts and Terry Jenkins were all dumped out in round-two at the Ballhausforum, Dolce Hotel, Munich. Only two seeds from eight made it through, as the under-dogs prospered on Sunday afternoon.

Joe Cullen continued his fine run of form as he edged out eight-time major winner James Wade in a topsy-turvy contest. Cullen dominated the scoring stakes but only registered 27% on the doubles. ‘The Machine’ delivered a fine 141 finish to draw level at 4-4, but ‘The Rockstar’ won the final two legs to reach the third-round.

Chris Dobey produced the performance of the afternoon to defeat Robert Thornton 6-4 and reach the last 16. Dobey, mentored by world champion Gary Anderson, averaged 100.64 and fired in five maximums to dump out the World Grand-Prix champion. The youngster also registered 50% on the doubles to complete the upset.

Kim Huybrechts was another seed to tumble in round-two, as he was dismantled 6-1 by William O’Connor, who will be looking to replicate his run to the quarters here 12 months ago. The Belgian averaged a miserly 85 and hit just 16% on the doubles, and whilst the Irishman wasn’t at his best, he did enough to blow away ‘The Hurricane’.

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Van Gerwen secures UK Open treble with victory over Beaton!

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Michael van Gerwen won his third UK Open qualifier of 2016 with an emphatic 6-2 win over 1996 world champion Steve Beaton, at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan on Sunday afternoon. Van Gerwen has now amassed a staggering £37,500 towards the UK Open Order of Merit in just 6 qualification events.

Van Gerwen eased through to the last 32 with comfortable victories over Michael Dawson and Nick Fullwell, for the loss of just four legs. ‘The Green Machine’ then breezed past Kevin Dowling 6-1 in the last 32, before edging past the impressive Lee Evans 6-4 to record yet another Pro-Tour quarter-final appearance.

For the second day in succession, Van Gerwen faced Phil Taylor and the outcome was the same, as MvG recorded an emphatic 6-2 victory over the 16-time world champion. The world number one was in rampant form, and secured a place in his fourth UK Open qualifier final of 2016 with a comprehensive 6-1 rout of Ian White.

However, it was a brilliant day’s work for the timeless Steve Beaton. The Adonis rolled back the years, to ensure that he will enter the UK Open in the third-round stage. Beaton was supremely consistent throughout the day, but he kicked off his qualification campaigns with narrow victories over the young duo of Ross Smith and Mike Zuydwijk.

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‘Diamond’ White joins Team Unicorn!

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Ian White has become the latest big name to join Team Unicorn, after ‘Diamond’s’ arrival was announced on Thursday morning. The world number 12 will make his first appearance as a Unicorn player on Saturday, when he takes on Peter Wright in the Unibet Masters in Milton Keynes.

White expressed his delight at the move, and outlined his ambitions for the near future.“It is a huge honour for me to be part of Team Unicorn,” White said. “It is a great move at an important time of my career.”

“It is all about winning a ‘major’, getting back in the world’s top 10 and having a crack at the Premier League,” he added.

The 45-year-old has enjoyed a tremendous couple of years on the PDC circuit, reaching a career high of world number eight during 2015. However, he endured a disappointing end to the year, which culminated in a first-round exit at the World Championships to young Belgian star, Dimitri van den Bergh.

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Beaton and Painter roll back the years, as van den Bergh stuns White!

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.

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Gurney thrashes Anderson, as Whitlock upsets Wright!

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Daryl Gurney continued his fairytale story at the Players Championship Finals, reeling off six consecutive legs to stun World-Champion Gary Anderson at the last 16 stage in Minehead.

Gurney, who caused one of the shocks of the opening round in dismantling Kim Huybrechts 6-2 on Friday, repeated the feat against the World Number 2, to claim a comprehensive 10-4 victory.

In truth, Anderson didn’t look comfortable from the outset. Gurney headed into the interval with a 3-2 advantage, but he had enjoyed complete domination on his throw; the Scot had failed to even threaten a break.

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Taylor sent packing on opening day in Minehead!

 

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Phil Taylor’s hopes of winning his first ranking TV major in 2015 were halted prematurely, as he suffered an agonising 6-5 loss against Gary Anderson, in the first-round of the Players Championship finals in Minehead.

Anderson and Taylor, who are ranked 2nd and 3rd in the World respectively, were pitted against each-other due to their Pro Tour rankings. The Scot was seeded 12th, whilst Taylor was 21st, due to his sporadic participation on the floor in 2015.

The first three legs went with throw, before Taylor came agonisingly close to hitting a 9-darter in the fourth leg. ‘The Power’ posted successive maximums, hit a seventh T20, followed by a T19, but his ninth and decisive dart was pulled way below the D12.

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World-Grand Prix Champ Thornton suffers first-round defeat in Hasselt!

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World Grand-Prix Champion Robert Thornton was sent packing at the first-round stage of the European Championships in Hasselt, as he was beaten 6-4 by fellow Scot John Henderson.

The Thorn, who secured his second PDC major in Dublin just three weeks ago, struggled for consistency throughout and Henderson took full advantage to progress through to the Last 16.

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MvG Marches On as Suljovic Stuns van der Voort!

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Michael van Gerwen continued his quest for a third World Grand Prix title in Dublin, whilst Robert Thornton, Mensur Suljovic and Mark Webster all battled through to the semi-finals at the Citywest.

In the opening match of the evening, Gary Anderson’s conqueror Ian White faced Robert Thornton. With just one place separating the pair in the PDC World Rankings, this had all the prospects of being a very evenly-matched contest. This is exactly what transpired.

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World Champion Anderson dumped out in Dublin by an Inspired White!

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World Champion Gary Anderson was the latest big-name casualty to depart the World Grand Prix in Dublin, as he was dumped out 3-1 by an inspired Ian White in the last 16 stage.

Anderson hit 12 140’s, 11 180’s and averaged 98, the highest of the tournament so far; yet this simply wasn’t enough against a clinically proficient White.

The 45-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent is now the only remaining Englishman in the tournament; after the likes of Phil Taylor, James Wade and Adrian Lewis all suffered early exits. In tomorrow’s quarter-final, he will take on 2-time major winner Robert Thornton, who whitewashed an off-colour Justin Pipe 3-0 in the opening match of the evening.

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Taylor and Wade suffer Shock First-Round Exits in Dublin!

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Phil Taylor and James Wade both suffered sensational first-round exits at the World Grand Prix in a night of shocks at the Citywest in Dublin.

11-time Grand Prix Champion Taylor was beaten at the first-round stage for the fourth time in his career, as Vincent van der Voort produced one of his finest television performances to record a straight-sets victory over ‘The Power’.

In addition, James Wade was sensationally dumped out by Mensur Suljovic. The former Grand Prix Champion was highly fancied to challenge for the title given his affinity with the tournament and his recent excellent form, but he was outplayed by ‘The Gentle’.

However, the headlines will inevitably go to van der Voort, who secured his first ranking victory over Taylor since 2009. Over such a short format, the top players are always vulnerable in the early rounds and the Dutchman was tremendous throughout.

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Norris claims first PDC Title in Dublin; as MvG and Taylor BOTH hit 9-Darters!

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Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Alan Norris claimed his first ever PDC title at the Players Championship Event 18 in Dublin, but Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen both played a starring role at the Citywest, by hitting 9-darters earlier in the day.

However, Norris deserves the plaudits after a tournament victory that should secure his spot in the remaining majors of 2015. He has been plagued by inconsistency in his PDC career thus far, but he’s enjoyed a real upturn of form in recent months; recently reaching the quarter-finals of the European Darts Open in Dusseldorf.

However, he came through a field of high-quality players in Dublin this afternoon, and produced arguably his best performance in the final, where he dismantled Kim Huybrechts 6-1 with a stunning 108 average!

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World Grand Prix- 6 Potential Darkhorses

One of the most anticipated tournaments on the PDC calendar, the World Grand Prix, gets under way at the Citywest in Dublin this Sunday. This is the only tournament on the PDC calendar where you must start and finish on a double; along with the short format, this adds to the sheer unpredictability of the event. Defending Champion Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson and James Wade are the stand-out favourites, but in such a strong field, upsets are inevitable. These are my 6 darkhorses to claim the crown…

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van Gerwen Prevails In Winter Gardens Classic to set up Semi with Snakebite!

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Michael van Gerwen kept his hopes of winning his maiden World Matchplay alive, as he came back from 6-1 down to edge out Ian White in a thrilling quarter-final at the Winter Gardens.

Van Gerwen did not lead until the 21st leg of the match, but he demonstrated why he is the World Number 1; producing the goods in the decisive moments, to secure a 16-13 victory against a valiant White.

Van Gerwen will meet old adversary Peter Wright in Saturday’s semi-final, after Snakebite produced a fine performance to secure a comprehensive 16-7 victory over Gerwyn Price.

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Taylor and Barney set for World Matchplay Showdown!

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Photo: Ben Hoskins (Getty Images)

Jelle Klaasen defeated Ian White 6-2 in Sunday’s Players Championship event in Wigan, to claim his first Pro Tour victory for 8 years! In addition, the participants for the World Matchplay, which commences on July 18th, have now been officially confirmed, ahead of tomorrow’s eagerly awaited draw.

Klaasen defeated Mark Dudbridge and Gerwyn Price in the earlier rounds to set up an enthralling last 16 clash with Adrian Lewis. The Dutchman narrowly edged out Jackpot 6-4, before comfortably progressing to the final following comprehensive 6-2 victories over Daryl Gurney and Rowby John Rodriguez respectively. Klaasen then defeated White by the same scoreline to claim only his 2nd ever PDC title.

Whilst White will be disappointed to miss out on victory, this represents a fine weekend’s work for the Diamond, after he reached the quarter-finals of Saturday’s event. This elevates White up to 9th in the World; his highest ranking since joining the PDC ranks.

Raymond van Barneveld’s qualification was confirmed earlier today, despite Kim Huybrechts providing the Five-Time World Champion with a real scare after reaching yesterday’s final. Huybrechts trailed van Barneveld by £13,750 on the PDC Order of Merit and had to reach one final and win one event to jump above the 48-year-old Dutchman.

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Taylor Has The Power in UK Open Qualifier 6

Despite only entering 3 events, Taylor was 4th on the UK Open Order of Merit.

Phil Taylor won an all-Stoke duel against Ian White as the UK Open qualifiers culminated at Wigan yesterday. It was an extremely nerve-jangling day for some; with the final UK Open spots up for grabs, but Taylor reigned supreme and showed his class in recording his first ranking title of 2015.

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