Raymond van Barneveld rolled back the years to triumph at the Hungarian Darts Show, defeating Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen to scoop the title on Tuesday night.Continue reading “Vintage Van Barneveld whitewashes Van Gerwen at Hungarian Darts Show”
Michael van Gerwen produced a series of imperious displays to clinch a third PDC European Tour title of 2022, sealed with a superb 8-5 win over Dimitri Van den Bergh in Sunday’s European Darts Open final in Leverkusen.Continue reading “Vintage Van Gerwen retains European Darts Open title”
Michael van Gerwen continued his resurgence to secure a second ranking title of 2022 in Sunday’s Players Championship 8, defeating Martin Schindler to deny the German a first Pro Tour triumph.Continue reading “Van Gerwen continues resurgence to deny Schindler a first Pro Tour title”
Peter Wright has moved to world number one on the PDC Order of Merit for the first time in his career following the conclusion of the 2022 UK Open.Continue reading “Peter Wright becomes new world number one; Michael van Gerwen slips to fifth”
Michael van Gerwen returned to winning ways in sensational style on Night Four of the Premier League, whitewashing world champion Peter Wright 6-0 to prevail in Thursday’s showpiece.Continue reading “Dominant Van Gerwen whitewashes Wright to prevail in Exeter”
Michael van Gerwen’s aura of invincibility in the world of darts may be diminishing, but the statistics show ‘The Green Machine’ is still a major force to be reckoned with.Continue reading “Van Gerwen tops PDC Power Rankings!”
Defending champion Gerwyn Price admits he ‘wouldn’t disagree’ with the World Darts Championship being postponed, after Dave Chisnall became the third player in as many days to be ruled out after testing positive for Covid-19.Continue reading “Price ‘would not disagree’ with World Championship postponement”
Raymond van Barneveld rolled back the years to dispatch Maik Kuivenhoven with a majestic display on his Minehead return, to set up a mouth-watering second round showdown against defending champion Michael van Gerwen at the Players Championship Finals.Continue reading “Vintage Van Barneveld sets up Van Gerwen showdown on his Minehead return”
Fallon Sherrock will take on world No 2 Peter Wright in a fascinating quarter-final tie at the Grand Slam of Darts, after continuing her fairytale run in Wolverhampton with a comprehensive victory over Mensur Suljovic.Continue reading “Sherrock secures second Suljovic scalp to continue fairytale Grand Slam run”
Fallon Sherrock and Michael van Gerwen produced record-breaking averages on a historic night at the Grand Slam of Darts on Sunday evening.Continue reading “Sherrock seals sensational whitewash win; Van Gerwen creates Grand Slam history”
Michael van Gerwen laid down a marker at the 2021 Grand Slam of Darts with an emphatic whitewash win over Lisa Ashton, while Gerwyn Price and Peter Wright vowed to triumph at this year’s tournament after both kicked off their campaigns with victories.Continue reading “Vintage Van Gerwen lays down a marker, as Price, Wright make bullish title claims”
Former Grand Slam champion Raymond van Barneveld booked a sensational return to the tournament after securing one of the eight places on offer at Friday’s Tour Card holders qualifier at the Barnsley Metrodome.Continue reading “Van Barneveld pitted against Anderson & Smith after securing Grand Slam qualification!”
Michael van Gerwen returned to winning ways at Players Championship 29 on Wednesday, defeating Nathan Aspinall 8-5 to capture his first PDC ranking title of the season.Continue reading “Van Gerwen defeats Aspinall to claim first ranking title of 2021”
Rob Cross ended his two-year wait for a PDC ranking title in Salzburg on Sunday, defeating Michael van Gerwen to claim a second European Championship title and bring a halt to ‘the hardest time of his life’.Continue reading “‘It’s been the hardest time of my life’ insists Cross after Van Gerwen victory”
Gerwyn Price and Michael van Gerwen will renew their rivalry in a highly-anticipated quarter-final at the European Championship after dominating their second round ties in Salzburg on Saturday.Continue reading “Van Gerwen relishing Price showdown: ‘They are still scared of me’”
Gerwyn Price recorded the highest average of the opening round to kick off his European Championship bid in style, while former winners Michael van Gerwen and James Wade also progressed to set up an intriguing second round showdown in Salzburg.Continue reading “Price and Van Gerwen record statement victories at European Championship”
Michael van Gerwen has denied Danny Noppert’s claims that he was ‘stamping’ to put his fellow Dutchman off during their controversial World Grand Prix clash last night.Continue reading “‘Angry’ Van Gerwen denies Noppert’s ‘stamping’ claim”
Michael van Gerwen broke down in tears after surviving a major scare to defeat Fallon Sherrock and clinch his first title of 2021 with victory in the Nordic Darts Masters in Copenhagen on Saturday evening.Continue reading “Emotional Van Gerwen survives Sherrock scare to seal first title of 2021”
Peter Wright produced a sensational display to deny Michael van Gerwen a first title of 2021, as he prevailed at Players Championship 20 on Thursday to secure his third ranking title of the season.Continue reading “Wonderful Wright denies Van Gerwen to scoop Players Championship 20 glory”
Jose De Sousa clinched his second Players Championship title of 2021 by defeating Michael van Gerwen 8-6 in a thrilling Players Championship 14 final in Milton Keynes on Tuesday.Continue reading “De Sousa dazzles to deny Van Gerwen a first title of 2021”
Michael van Gerwen returned to the Premier League Darts summit with an 8-4 victory over Gary Anderson on Night 14 in Milton Keynes, and the Dutchman issued a rallying cry after confirming his place at Finals Night with two rounds of fixtures to spare.Continue reading “Van Gerwen: “I’m back where I belong!””
Michael van Gerwen produced a blistering display to return to winning ways in the Premier League on Night Eight, before firing a jovial warning to his title rivals.Continue reading “Van Gerwen: ‘If I really turned up, I would be top of the table’”
Jonny Clayton continued his blistering start to this year’s Premier League by landing a spectacular nine-darter in his 7-3 victory over fellow debutant Jose De Sousa on Night Three in Milton Keynes on Wednesday.Continue reading “Nine-dart Clayton continues dream Premier League start”
Michael van Gerwen was in playful mood following an emphatic 7-2 victory over his old foe Peter Wright on Night Two of the Premier League, which sent the Dutchman top of the table via legs difference.Continue reading “Van Gerwen: Peter Wright is in my pocket!”
The 2021 Unibet Premier League Darts season begins in Milton Keynes on Monday evening, and it promises to be another enthralling campaign, as Glen Durrant bids to retain the title that he captured so magnificently on debut last October.Continue reading “Premier League Darts 2021: Preview & Predictions”
Defending champion Michael van Gerwen and world No 1 Gerwyn Price were among the eight players to reach the quarter-finals of the 2021 Ladbrokes UK Open, following a thrilling day of darts in Milton Keynes on Saturday.Continue reading “UK Open: Van Gerwen, Price & Wade reach the last eight”
Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson and Rob Cross crashed out on day two at the Ladbrokes Masters, as defending champion Peter Wright and newly crowned world champion Gerwyn Price kicked off their campaigns with victory.Continue reading “Clayton claims Van Gerwen scalp at The Masters”
Phil Taylor has hailed Gerwyn Price following the Welshman’s World Championship success a fortnight ago, before claiming that players are no longer frightened of Michael van Gerwen.Continue reading “Taylor: Players not frightened of MvG any more”
Dave Chisnall produced the performance of his darting life as he whitewashed Michael van Gerwen 5-0 to reach his first PDC World Championship semi-final and end the Dutchman’s hopes of capturing a fourth world title in 2021.Continue reading “Chisnall whitewashes Van Gerwen in extraordinary quarter-final clash”
Pure sporting theatre. We were treated to a World Championship classic at the Alexandra Palace on Tuesday evening, as Michael van Gerwen survived two match darts to edge out Joe Cullen in a pulsating last-leg decider and continue his quest for a fourth world crown.Continue reading “Van Gerwen wins an all-time Ally Pally classic”
Michael van Gerwen enjoyed a dream night at the World Darts Championship on Sunday evening, breezing into the last 16 with a blistering straight sets win over Ricky Evans, less than an hour after defending champion Peter Wright crashed out of the tournament.Continue reading “Van Gerwen: Wright punished for talking ‘nonsense’”
The waiting is finally over. The biggest darting show on earth gets underway at Alexandra Palace tonight, with 96 players battling it out for World Championship glory in the capital.Continue reading “PDC World Darts Championship: MvG’s world No 1 spot under threat”
Peter Wright has stoked the fire ahead of next month’s PDC World Championship by dismissing the challenge of Michael van Gerwen, insisting that the world No 1 has ‘no chance’ of dethroning him.Continue reading “Wright: Van Gerwen has ‘no chance’ at the World Championship”
Michael van Gerwen issued a statement last night in response to Jonathan Worsley’s social media posts, following an altercation between the pair at the PDC Winter Series in Coventry.Continue reading “Van Gerwen issues statement following Worsley altercation”
Michael van Gerwen’s disappointing run of form continued as he was dumped out in the last 16 of the European Championship by an inspired Ian White in Oberhausen on Friday night.Continue reading “Frustrated Van Gerwen thrashed by inspired White”
Michael van Gerwen continues the defence of his World Grand Prix title against an in-form Devon Petersen on Thursday and ahead of their last 16 clash, the Dutchman had playful words of warning for Wayne Mardle, who has been coaching the South African over recent months.Continue reading “Van Gerwen jokes with Mardle ahead of Petersen clash”
Michael van Gerwen’s defence of the bwin World Series of Darts Finals title came to a premature end as he suffered a 6-4 loss to Glen Durrant on Saturday, as Durrant extended his unbeaten record over the world No 1 on the big stage.Continue reading “Durrant denies Van Gerwen in Salzburg”
Michael van Gerwen silenced his critics as he returned to winning ways on Day Three of the PDC Autumn Series, thrashing Mensur Suljovic to claim his fourth title of the 2020 campaign on Monday afternoon in Niedernhausen.Continue reading “Van Gerwen: I’m still the boss!”
Glen Durrant believes he deserves more respect for his achievements, after regaining top spot in the Premier League with a resounding 7-3 success over world No 1 Michael van Gerwen in Milton Keynes on Wednesday.Continue reading “Durrant: Just give me a little bit of respect”
Michael van Gerwen takes on Glen Durrant in a top-of-the-table clash on Night Eight of the Premier League in Milton Keynes on Wednesday, but the Dutchman has stoked the fire ahead of their showdown by labelling the three-time BDO world champion a ‘boring’ player.Continue reading “Van Gerwen: Durrant is a ‘boring’ player”
Michael van Gerwen secured his second title in the space of 48 hours with victory over Jose De Sousa on day three of the PDC Summer Series in Milton Keynes.Continue reading “Van Gerwen does the double at the PDC Summer Series”
Michael van Gerwen claimed the opening event of the PDC Summer Series after edging out world champion Peter Wright in a last-leg decider in Milton Keynes, as competitive darts made its return on Wednesday after almost a four-month hiatus.Continue reading “PDC Summer Series: Van Gerwen triumphs as darts returns”
The PDC announced the launch of ‘The Home Tour’ on Tuesday, providing all 128 Tour Card holders with the opportunity to engage in competitive darts from their own living rooms, although world number one Michael van Gerwen has revealed that he won’t be competing.Continue reading “Van Gerwen declines invite to compete in PDC Home Tour extravaganza”
Phil Taylor will turn 60 in August and despite not playing competitive darts for over two years, the 16-time world champion believes he would still be world number one if he were to make a return.Continue reading “Taylor: I would be world number one again”
Who is the greatest darts player of all time? Who would form the top ten? It’s a debate that rages throughout forums and social media on a regular basis, but following on from my Fantasy World Championship, I’ve compiled my list of the ten greatest darts players of all time.Continue reading “OPINION: The ten greatest darts players of all time”
Peter Wright made it back-to-back Premier League wins with victory over Michael Smith in Liverpool and speaking in his post-match press conference, the world champion playfully declared that he thinks Michael van Gerwen is the fourth best player in world darts at present.Continue reading “Wright: Van Gerwen is fourth best in the world”
Nathan Aspinall inflicted Michael van Gerwen’s first defeat of the Premier League season with a wonderful display in Cardiff, as debutant Glen Durrant moved top of the table after seeing off two-time world champion Gary Anderson on a dramatic night in the Welsh capital.Continue reading “Van Gerwen and Anderson suffer defeat in Cardiff”
Former World Youth champion Dimitri Van den Bergh has been given a wildcard for the inaugural Nordic Darts Masters, as world number five Michael Smith and two-time major winner Daryl Gurney miss out on selection for this summer’s extravaganza in Copenhagen.Continue reading “Nordic Darts Masters field confirmed”
Ryan Searle defeated four Premier League stars en route to winning his first PDC ranking title on Saturday afternoon in Wigan, prevailing at Players Championship Three courtesy of a dramatic 8-6 win over Michael van Gerwen.Continue reading “Super Searle stuns Van Gerwen to win first PDC title”
The latest instalment of Premier League action in Nottingham provided plenty of thrills and spills, as Fallon Sherrock stole the headlines on a dramatic evening to hold three-time BDO world champion Glen Durrant to a draw at the Motorpoint Arena.Continue reading “Premier League Darts: Five talking points”
Fallon Sherrock stole the headlines on Night Two of the Premier League as she avoided defeat against three-time BDO world champion Glen Durrant, whilst defending champion Michael van Gerwen thrashed Daryl Gurney to secure top spot on a dramatic night in Nottingham.Continue reading “Sherrock stars to deny Durrant in Nottingham”
Michael van Gerwen kicked off the defence of his Premier League crown with a thrilling victory over world champion Peter Wright, as Gary Anderson made a winning return to the competition and Nathan Aspinall and Glen Durrant enjoyed debut wins in Aberdeen.Continue reading “2020 Premier League Darts: Night One Report!”
Jonny Clayton produced a terrific display to dump out world No 1 Michael van Gerwen on the opening night at the 2020 Ladbrokes Masters in Milton Keynes, as Adrian Lewis eased past an off-colour Rob Cross on Friday evening.Continue reading “Clinical Clayton stuns Van Gerwen at the Masters”
Raymond van Barneveld landed a sensational 170 finish to seal victory over former world No 1 Colin Lloyd and sign off from the Kings of Darts exhibition tour in style, as Michael van Gerwen produced a stirring comeback to record a third consecutive win over Gerwyn Price.Continue reading “Kings of Darts: Barney signs off in style, MvG seals Price hat-trick!”
Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld impressed as the Kings of Darts exhibition tour continued in the Netherlands on Sunday evening.Continue reading “Kings of Darts: MvG thumps Price, Barney whitewashes Sherrock”
Peter Wright produced the performance of his career in the biggest game of his life to defeat Michael van Gerwen 7-3 and secure his maiden World Championship title on a magical night on New Year’s Day at Alexandra Palace.Continue reading “Wonderful Wright realises his World Championship dream!”
Three-time BDO world champion Glen Durrant will make his Premier League Darts debut in 2020, whilst UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall will also make his bow in the sport’s biggest roadshow after the nine-player field was confirmed on Wednesday evening.Continue reading “Premier League Darts 2020 line-up confirmed!”
Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright will collide in the World Darts Championship final on New Year’s Day after recording 6-3 victories over Nathan Aspinall and Gerwyn Price respectively on an action-packed night of semi-final action at Alexandra Palace.
The night felt slightly subdued in terms of the standard, with Wright’s 98.39 average the highest of the semi-finalists, although there was plenty of fireworks in his controversial clash against the enigmatic Price, with the pair refusing to shake hands following their tetchy tussle.
Wright and Price have contested two major finals with the spoils being shared and although the pair are friends away from the oche, there weren’t many pleasantries exchanged in the capital as Wright progressed to set up a repeat of the 2014 finale against Van Gerwen.
“Before the match me and Gezzy were winding each other up. He said he was going to win the first two sets and I would change darts, I like him but I don’t appreciate what he did. He wanted me to concentrate and I did, there you go, you lost,” the Scot told Sky Sports Darts.
Van Gerwen was nowhere near his blistering best against Aspinall, who had darts to win four of the opening five sets. The Dutchman led 3-2 and although ‘The Asp’ bravely battled away, he was unable to halt MvG’s title charge.
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Nathan Aspinall
For the fourth time in five matches, Van Gerwen registered an average below 100, but he remains on course to retain the Sid Waddell Trophy courtesy of a battling 6-3 victory against UK Open champion Aspinall.
‘The Green Machine’ has not produced the heavily artillery we’ve come to expect from him for the majority of this year’s event, although the world No 1 has relinquished just six sets in a relatively serene progression to his fifth world final in seven years.
Van Gerwen admitted he lacked focus in his quarter-final victory over Darius Labanauskas and labelled his performance ’embarrassing’, therefore we were expecting an emphatic riposte but the expected fireworks were not forthcoming.
Aspinall has performed superbly to reach back-to-back semi-finals at Alexandra Palace but he produced statistically his worst performance in this event and despite Van Gerwen’s struggles, a 92 average was never going to be sufficient to topple the world’s best.
The Dutchman drew first blood in a tightly-contested opening set after Aspinall wired one dart at double six to hit the front, although ‘The Asp’ bounced back with a classy 124 combination to kick off set two, which he wrapped up courtesy of a 14-dart hold – ironically via double six.
The third set was eerily reminiscent of the opening stanza. Aspinall held throw to secure the initiative, although in another set-decider his scoring power deserted him. The UK Open champion threw 18 darts and was unable to register a dart at double, which was duly punished by MVG.
The three-time world champion converted a classy 103 finish to begin set four with a bang, although that was book-ended by a nerveless 110 kill from Aspinall to level up proceedings at two apiece and complete a fourth successive set that was won against the darts.
The fifth set marked another near miss for Aspinall. With the scores locked at 2-2 in the fifth set decider, the Stockport star suffered an extremely unfortunate ‘Robin Hood’ yet he almost salvaged the leg – wiring tops for a double-double 96 outshot.
Van Gerwen exploited his good fortune to capitalise and regain the advantage, before storming to the sixth set in a matter of minutes – reeling off three consecutive legs in 17, 11 and 13 darts – an average of 110 – to establish a two-set cushion.
Aspinall demonstrated the character and resolve that’s seen him break into the world’s top ten as he responded with a clean sweep of his own in set seven. The 28-year-old registered legs of 12, 16 and 14 darts to reduce the arrears to 4-3, although he was unable to make further inroads.
The eighth set went the distance and Aspinall knew a precious break of throw would have squared proceedings at 4-4. Nevertheless, Van Gerwen held firm to move to the brink of victory and after striking early in set nine, the 30-year-old closed it out to maintain his bid for title number four.
Peter Wright 6-3 Gerwyn Price
Price produced a scintillating display to dismantle ‘Snakebite’ in last month’s Grand Slam final but ‘The Iceman’ was unrecognisable in this contest as he was denied a spot in his first World Championship final.
The pair squandered 74 darts at double in an error-strewn affair, although Wright comprehensively outscored Price in all departments, posting 31 scores of 140+ compared to Price’s 16, whilst the Scot also landed 16 maximums – seven more than the third seed.
Price’s form has fluctuated throughout the event and he was plagued by inconsistency once again – averaging just 89.94 in a lethargic display, as Wright kept his cool to reel off the final three sets, averaging 98.39 to reach his first world final since 2014.
Wright drew first blood in a nervy opening stanza, firing in a stunning 11-darter against the throw. The Scot was comprehensively outscoring the Grand Slam champion but Price somehow restored parity, conjuring up a 150 set-up shot and pinning double 10 for a 15-dart leveller in set two.
Price had quipped that Wright would be lucky to win a set before a dart was thrown and the colourful Scot gave the former Rugby star a nudge and chuckled as he headed off for the first interval, although the humour wasn’t reciprocated by Price, who appeared agitated from the outset.
‘The Iceman’ responded to winning the second set with his trademark exuberant celebrations right in front of Wright, which raised eyebrows with many, particularly when considering Price’s infamous history with the Darts Regulation Authority.
Nevertheless, this appeared to inspire a brief flurry from the Welshman – finishes of 72 and 100 saw him wrap up the third set, only for ‘Snakebite’ to claim the fourth without reply – averaging over 107 in the process.
The former UK Open champion was completely monopolising the scoring stakes as he kicked off set five with legs of 12 and 13 darts, only to squander four set darts moments later. However, he made amends in the fifth set decider – converting a clinical 81 kill for a 12-dart break.
The beleaguered world No 3 was being emphatically outplayed but he somehow restored parity at three sets apiece in a dramatic sixth stanza – capitalising on more profligacy from Wright to break, which he followed up with a 15-dart break.
Price secured the early initiative in set seven with a sumptuous 11-darter and the tide appeared to be turning, although he then suffered an inexplicable slump – losing six of the next seven legs and averaging 87 and 78 in the respective sets as Wright established a two-set buffer.
The former Rugby star was at the point of no return and Wright converted 98 and 72 finishes to move to the cusp of victory and despite handing Price an unexpected reprieve after frittering away SIX match darts, the seventh seed eventually sealed the deal via double one.
Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC
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