2019 PDC European Qualifying School – Day One Report!

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Niels Zonneveld secured his PDC Tour Card after defeating Christian Goedl 5-1 on the opening day of PDC European Qualifying School in Hildesheim on Thursday afternoon.

The 20-year-old Dutchman- who won his first Development Tour title in April last year- performed superbly throughout the afternoon to claim his Tour Card and seal a coveted place on the PDC Pro Tour in 2019. Continue reading “2019 PDC European Qualifying School – Day One Report!”

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2017 PDC Development Tour Order of Merit!

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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!”

2017 BDO World Championship Day Six: Afternoon Report!

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Defending champion Scott Waites produced a fine comeback to keep his title defence alive, Lisa Ashton and Aileen de Graaf set up a semi-final clash after recording straight set victories, whilst 16-year-old sensation Justin van Tergouw clinched the BDO World Youth Championship title on a packed session at the Lakeside on Thursday afternoon.

Scott Waites recovered from losing the opening six legs to defeat recent World Masters finalist Mark McGeeney in a scrappy second-round tussle. The two-time Lakeside champion endured a torrid start, but rallied to win twelve of the final sixteen legs to book his quarter-final spot with an 88.14 average.

Waites endured a nightmare start as McGeeney breezed to the opening two sets without reply. ‘The Gladiator’ punished Waites’ lacklustre start by breaking on tops, before extending his cushion on D16 for a 16-dart hold. The defending champion missed two darts for a 76 kill to prolong the set, as McGeeney wrapped up the opener on tops.

The Coventry ace continued his dominant start by pinning D8 for his fourth straight leg. Waites had the chance to open his account, but spurned a further three darts at double, as McGeeney followed up his first maximum with a confident 44 outshot. ‘Scotty 2 Hotty’ was feeling the heat and McGeeney converted D14 for a 17-dart hold to double his lead. Continue reading “2017 BDO World Championship Day Six: Afternoon Report!”

Finder Darts Masters- Finals Day Report!

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BDO world number one Glen Durrant regained his Finder Darts Masters title with a hard-fought 5-3 victory over former winner Jamie Hughes, as three-time world champion Anastasia Dobromyslova edged out home favourite Aileen de Graaf to claim glory in the Ladies event at the Hotel Zuiderduin on Sunday afternoon.

Durrant was in imperious form throughout finals day and controlled the match against ‘Yozza’, who battled resiliently and took out some crucial finishes to remain in contention. However, Glen monopolised the final in the scoring department; posting ten maximums and averaging 97.33, compared to Hughes’ 89.53.

Durrant opened up proceedings with a 19-dart hold, before doubling his lead with a clinical 111 finish. Hughes was struggling for consistency and the world number one rounded off a first set whitewash with a solid 16-darter culminating on tops.

Durrant levelled up proceedings with a 15-darter, before Hughes regained the initiative in the set with a stunning 157 outshot. ‘Duzza’ forced a fifth and decisive leg in the set after following up a maximum with a 63 kill, but ‘Yozza’ held his nerve, restoring parity at one set apiece with a 14-dart hold after the pair had traded maximums. Continue reading “Finder Darts Masters- Finals Day Report!”

MvG, Barney and Huybrechts to sponsor Dutch & Belgian youngsters!

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Michael van Gerwen, Raymond van Barneveld and Kim Huybrechts will be sponsoring a series of young Dutch and Belgian players aiming to earn their spots in the Junior European Championships, in a special qualifying event held in June.

The 2016 Junior Darts Corporation season will feature the £6,000 Junior European Championship, which is being held from September 16-18 at Pontins, Brean Sands. Four places for this competition will be on offer at the special qualifying event at the Evenementenhal in Venray, on Saturday 11th June.

There will be two spots open for Dutch players and two spots available for Belgian players, in addition to a £5,000 prize fund. Two promising Dutch talents, Justin van Tergouw and Maikel Verberk, have both accepted invitations to compete in the Junior European Championships.

Van Tergouw won the World-Youth Masters last year, whilst he also tasted success on home soil, winning the Finder Darts Masters in December. Van Tergouw, who turns 16 today, also tasted victory at last weekend’s German Open, securing victory with a magnificent 147 finish.

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