WATCH: Classy Clayton lands nine-darter in Minehead!

Jonny Clayton landed his first televised nine-darter as he progressed through to the UK Open quarter-finals on a dramatic double-session in Minehead, as world champion Peter Wright and his World Cup partner Gary Anderson crashed out in the last 16.

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Wade & Clayton seal Players Championship titles!

James Wade and Jonny Clayton sealed Players Championship glory on another eventful weekend of Pro Tour action at the Barnsley Metrodome.

Four of the world’s top seven were absent this weekend, with Michael van Gerwen joined on the sidelines by Daryl Gurney, Gary Anderson and Gerwyn Price. Meanwhile, 2018 world champion Rob Cross pulled out of Sunday’s event due to illness.

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Van de Pas and Smith prevail in stunning deciders at the Ally Pally!

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Benito van de Pas and Michael Smith edged out the veteran duo of Terry Jenkins and Mervyn King in pulsating seven-set tiebreaks, as Ian White also eased through to round-three in a stunning session of darts at the Alexandra Palace on Friday afternoon.

Van de Pas survived an inspired comeback from nine-time major finalist Terry Jenkins to prevail in an epic seventh-set tiebreak in the match of the tournament thus far. Jenkins landed 28 14o’s and 7 180’s in a brilliant scoring display, but Van de Pas recorded a huge victory with a 95.79 average, seven maximums and 37% on the doubles.

Van-de Pas clinched a hard-fought opening set with a moment of magic. The opening four legs all went with throw, before the Dutchman crashed in a stunning 177 to set up a 12-dart leg to break Jenkins’ throw.

However, Jenkins responded strongly to level up proceedings with a whitewash second set. Jenkins took out a clinical 81 combination for an 11-dart break in the opening leg of the set, before registering six perfect darts en route to a second successive 11-darter. ‘The Raging Bull’ was flowing, and pinned tops at the first time of asking for parity. Continue reading “Van de Pas and Smith prevail in stunning deciders at the Ally Pally!”

2017 PDC World Championship- Day Two Report!

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Peter Wright began his World Championship campaign with a comprehensive straight sets victory over enigmatic Dutchman Jerry Hendriks, as former world champion Steve Beaton and debutant Jonny Clayton also booked their spots in round-two at the Alexandra Palace on Friday evening.

Wright produced the performance of the tournament thus far to dispatch Jerry Hendriks in the final match of Friday’s action. Snakebite averaged 101.06, converted 45% of his double attempts and conjured up 131 and 141 finishes to close out a 3-0 victory over the exuberant Dutchman nicknamed ‘Electric’.

Hendriks had secured his place in round-one with a straight sets preliminary-round victory over Kiwi veteran Warren Parry earlier in the evening. Hendriks snatched a tight opening set after following up a maximum by pinning D19, but only after Parry had missed D12 for a spectacular 141 checkout.

Parry appeared destined to level up the contest after taking out 102 and 67 finishes to steal a march in set two, but Hendriks stayed alive by pinning tops, before seizing back control by following up a magnificent 174 by hitting D10. The Dutchman then fired in his third maximum to prevail with a respectable 86.63 average and 46% on the doubles. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Championship- Day Two Report!”

European Darts Grand Prix: Day Two Report!

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Raymond van Barneveld produced a magnificent 141 finish to edge past Simon Whitlock in a thrilling deciding-leg at the HappyBet European Darts Grand Prix, but Mensur Suljovic produced the performance of the second-round at the Glaspalast in Sindelfingen on Saturday.

Van Barneveld made a sluggish start to his contest, as Whitlock eased into a 2-0 advantage. The Australian missed three darts for a precious double-break in the third leg, allowing the Dutchman to open his account with a 60 checkout.

However in the fourth leg, ‘The Wizard’ capitalised on missed doubles from Van Barneveld, who missed two darts at tops to break back, allowing Whitlock to regain his two-leg cushion. Yet, the five-time world champion responded impressively, firing in his first maximum and taking out 111 to reduce the arrears to 3-2.

Whitlock delivered an instant riposte with a top-class 130 checkout, before the next two legs were shared, with the Australian leading 5-3. Barney remained in contention by pinning D16, before benefitting from a missed match dart from the Aussie in the tenth leg.

The Den Haag ace left 24 after 12 darts having posted successive visits of 180 and 137, and after Whitlock missed one dart at D7 for an 86 kill, Barney forced a decider with a 13-darter. Continue reading “European Darts Grand Prix: Day Two Report!”

European Tour 5/6 Qualifiers: 9-dart Richardson steals the show!

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James Richardson, Kyle Anderson, Jamie Caven, Wes Newton, Jonny Clayton, Steve West and Mark Frost all secured qualification for both the Austrian Darts Open and European Darts Open at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on Friday evening. However, it was Richardson who stole the show, hitting a 9-darter in qualification for European Tour event six.

Richardson qualified for the Austrian Darts Open after thrashing Mickey Mansell 6-1, before edging past Jay Foreman and Joe Murnan.’Ruthless’ then recorded a magnificent 9-darter against Justin Pipe in the first-round of qualifying for European Tour six, beating ‘The Force’ 6-3, before easing past Arron Monk to secure a qualification double.

Kyle Anderson also enjoyed a fine qualification double in Coventry. Kyle qualified for the fifth European Tour event of 2016 with successive 6-4 victories against Ryan Palmer and Darren Johnson respectively.

‘The Original’ then confirmed his spot in July’s European Darts Open in Dusseldorf with comprehensive wins over Steve McNally and Mark Barilli, dropping just three legs over both encounters.

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Furious Taylor begins Grand Slam defence in style!

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Phil Taylor began his Grand Slam of Darts defence in fine style on Saturday afternoon, whitewashing Martin Phillips 5-0 with a 102 average, but he was furious with comments made by Andy Fordham earlier in the week.

‘The Viking’ had praised Taylor’s ‘unbelievable’ achievements in Darts in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports on Tuesday, although he admitted that he ‘didn’t really like Phil’.

This provoked a strong response from the 16-Time World Champion. “I’m motivated. All these comments have motivated me. Keep commenting, keep running me down. That’s what I like, it’s given me the fuel back that I needed.”

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Beaton, King and Webster Qualify for the Grand Slam, as other Big Names Tumble!

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There were a number of surprise qualifiers for the Grand Slam of Darts in Coventry today, as Winmau trio Mark Webster, Mervyn King and Steve Beaton were the most high-profile names to secure qualification.

Beaton whitewashed Prakash Jiwa and Matt Clark 5-0 to seal qualification, whilst Mark Webster was an emphatic 5-1 victor over James Richardson in the final round of qualifying.

They will be joined in Wolverhampton by Wayne Jones, who beat Devon Petersen in the final round of qualifying, to secure a place in his hometown event.

Former BDO man Robbie Green, who reached the last 16 of last year’s Grand Slam, performed superbly well to qualify, thrashing both Andy Hamilton and Vincent van der Voort 5-1 to seal his spot.

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