Icons of Darts Live League: Day One Report

Dutch youngster Wessel Nijman secured four consecutive victories to prevail on the opening day of the Modus Icons of Darts Live League on Monday.

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EXCLUSIVE: Nicholson tips Price for Matchplay glory!

The 2019 World Matchplay gets underway at the iconic Winter Gardens on Saturday evening, with defending champion Gary Anderson headlining the opening night in Blackpool.

Ahead of one of the biggest events on the darting calendar, I caught up with PDC major winner and pundit Paul Nicholson to preview the action from the Winter Gardens and ‘The Asset’ believes this year’s event could be the most captivating in recent memory.

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NEWS: Brand new monthly darts show to launch this Friday!

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The PDC’s new magazine programme ‘The Darts Show’ launches on ITV4 this Friday ahead of the start of the Unibet Masters. The 2017 PDC calendar kicks off in Milton Keynes on Friday night, but darts fans can prepare for this tournament by watching the flagship edition of the monthly programme.

The show will be presented by Hannah East; current host of MUTV’s ‘Countdown to Kick off’. She will be joined by former Players Championship Finals winner Paul Nicholson, who recently retained his PDC Tour Card at Q-School last weekend; darts reporter and commentator Dan Dawson will also feature in the hour-long launch.

Friday’s programme will include exclusive footage and interviews from the annual PDC Awards Dinner which was hosted at the Dorchester Hotel earlier this month, whilst the trio will review the darting year of 2016 as a whole. Particular focus will be on the recent William Hill World Championship and last week’s Q-School.

‘The Darts Show’ will also feature a special segment with newly crowned world champion Michael van Gerwen, as they followed ‘The Green Machine’ to his official return to his home town of Vlijmen, where he was greeted by over 3,000 fans as he paraded the Sid Waddell Trophy. Continue reading “NEWS: Brand new monthly darts show to launch this Friday!”

2017 PDC Q-School: Day Four Report & Final Order of Merit!

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Paul Nicholson, Kirk Shepherd, Antonio Alcinas and Martin Schindler were the final four players to automatically secure a PDC Tour Card as the 2017 PDC Qualifying School came to a conclusion at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan on Sunday afternoon.

In addition, 12 more Tour Cards were awarded to players from the final Qualifying School Order of Merit, based on ranking points won across the four days at Wigan’s Robin Park Tennis Centre. Amongst those to secure tour cards via the Order of Merit were Ronnie Baxter, Mickey Mansell and former BDO star Madars Razma.

Nevertheless, the biggest story of the day saw former Players Championship Finals winner Paul Nicholson seal his place on the Pro Tour for the next two years. ‘The Asset’ had slipped outside the world’s top 64 after suffering with persistent injury problems, but he secured his card automatically, therefore he wasn’t relying on ranking points.

Nicholson made a storming start to his campaign, dropping just one leg in defeating Kevin Lane and Jordan Boyce respectively. Nicholson then came through a hard-fought tussle against Mark Hylton, before whitewashing Richard Baillie to reach round-five. Continue reading “2017 PDC Q-School: Day Four Report & Final Order of Merit!”

2017 PDC Q-School: Day Three Report!

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Former world champions John Part and Richie Burnett joined Steve Lennon and Scott Taylor in securing PDC Tour Cards on day three at the 2017 Qualifying School at the Robin Park Tennis Centre on Saturday afternoon.

Three-time world champion John Part marked his return to the PDC Pro Tour after rolling back the years in Wigan on Saturday afternoon. ‘Darth Maple’ had suffered consecutive second-round exits on the previous two days of competition, but he produced a series of vintage displays to secure a coveted tour card.

Part secured his place in round-four by virtue of three successive deciding-leg victories against Lennart Efraimsson, Duvaan Ata and Richard Calvert. The Canadian then defeated Ian Withers 5-2 in his board final to reach the last 32.

In round-five, the three-time world champion faced Barry Lynn, who famously defeated Gary Anderson in last year’s UK Open. Part recorded a hard-fought 5-3 victory over the Essex ace, before defeating talented youngster Adam Hunt 5-2 to reach the last eight stage. Continue reading “2017 PDC Q-School: Day Three Report!”

2017 PDC Q-School: Day One Report!

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Prakash Jiwa, Lee Bryant, Stephen Burton and Jim Brown all secured PDC Tour Cards on the opening day of the 2017 PDC Qualifying School at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan on Thursday afternoon, on a day which saw a record field of 434 players battling it out for the right to compete on the PDC Pro Tour over the next two years.

Prakash Jiwa enjoyed the honour of being the first man to secure a tour card at this year’s Q-School. The man nicknamed ‘The Apache’ has come through Q-School on two separate occasions and performed superbly to make it an illustrious treble, becoming only the fifth player to achieve this feat.

Jiwa received a bye in the opening round before storming into the last 128 with a whitewash victory over James Young. He then recorded successive 5-3 victories over Davyd Venken and Jim Walker respectively to reach the last 32.

The Rugby-based star then edged through last-leg deciders against both Richard North and Steve Douglas to set up a decisive last eight showdown with Ireland’s Steve Lennon who won a PDC Development Tour title last year. Nevertheless, Jiwa’s experience paid dividends as he prevailed 5-2 to regain his PDC Tour Card. Continue reading “2017 PDC Q-School: Day One Report!”

2017 PDC Qualifying School Entries!

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Three-time world champion John Part and former Players Championship Finals winner Paul Nicholson will be among the field of nearly 450 players competing in the 2017 PDC Qualifying School which begins this Thursday, with 28 PDC Tour cards on offer across four days of action at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan.

The PDC Qualifying School gives any aspiring darts player aged 16 or over the opportunity to win a Tour Card in order to compete as a professional on the PDC ProTour; four players will win Tour Cards on each of the four days of competition in Wigan.

Ranking points will be allocated to other players based on their finishing position; this sees a further 12 Tour Cards allocated from the Q School Order of Merit following the culmination of the Qualifying School on Sunday. Two of the high-profile stars in action include John Part and Paul Nicholson.

Part, who won his third world title back in 2008, has endured a disappointing run of form over the last couple of years which has seen him slip outside the world’s top 64. ‘Darth Maple’ is now an ever-present member of Sky Sports’ commentary and punditry team, but the Canadian still harbours ambitions of returning to the circuit full-time. Continue reading “2017 PDC Qualifying School Entries!”

PDPA World Championship Qualifier- Entries Confirmed!

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Former World Championship finalists Kevin Painter & Andy Hamilton head the list of entrants for Monday’s William Hill World Darts Championship PDPA qualifier, which takes place at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan.

Painter has appeared in 15 consecutive World Championships since switching to the PDC from the BDO back in 2001, although ‘The Artist’ is in real danger of missing out on this year’s event after falling outside the world’s top 32.

Painter featured in the 2005 World Championship Final at the Circus Tavern when he was beaten 7-6 by Phil Taylor in a captivating tussle, but after slipping to 44th on the PDC Order of Merit, the former Players Championship Finals winner faces an uphill task to qualify for this year’s event.

Another high-profile name set to miss the cut is 2012 World Championship finalist Andy Hamilton. ‘The Hammer’ was beaten by his fellow Stoke star Adrian Lewis at the Alexandra Palace almost five years ago but has endured a miserable slump over the past two years, which has seen him plummet to 40th in the world. Continue reading “PDPA World Championship Qualifier- Entries Confirmed!”

Players Championship 19 & 20 Entries!

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The entries for the final two Players Championship events of the year have been confirmed, as the race to qualify for the Players Championship Finals in Minehead heats up.

The two £75,000 tournaments will be hosted at the Barnsley Metrodome on October 21-22nd, and the double-header will be streamed live on PDC.TV. A field of 128 players will compete in each tournament, comprised of PDC Tour Card Holders and PDPA Associate Members.

It will be a decisive weekend for a host of big-names, as players bid to win qualification for the Cash Converters Players Championship Finals next month as well as places in the William Hill World Darts Championship.

However, 16-time world champion Phil Taylor has not entered either event, therefore ‘The Power’ will not qualify for next month’s Players Championship Finals. The 56-year-old has gained £3,500 in prize money from his two Players Championship events this year and subsequently sits 108th on the rolling Order of Merit.

Only the top 64 players on the Players Championship Order of Merit will compete in Minehead, and five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld will be vying to secure qualification when he competes in Barnsley next weekend. Continue reading “Players Championship 19 & 20 Entries!”

Evans and Boulton seal Ally Pally Spots, as big names miss out!

Ricky Evans and Andy Boulton sealed the final two places at this year’s World Championships at the Alexandra Palace, after progressing through the PDPA qualifier at the Ricoh Arena, in Coventry.

Evans beat Boulton 5-4 in today’s final, sealing victory on D20, which means that the Kettering ace will now meet Simon Whitlock in the first-round of this year’s tournament.

Boulton will have to progress through his preliminary clash against Per Laursen, with a first-round meeting against reigning World Champion Gary Anderson lying in wait for the victor.

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Sydney Darts Masters-Preview

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Phil Taylor will be vying for a third consecutive World Series title as the Sydney Darts Masters gets underway this Thursday. Taylor will compete alongside Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Peter Wright, James Wade, Adrian Lewis, Raymond van Barneveld and Stephen Bunting in the Australian city.

They will also be up against 8 Oceanic representatives; two of whom include Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson.  Josh’s Dartistry assesses the favourite for the title, potential outside bets, as well as men under huge pressure to perform.

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Barney and Whitlock to face off in Perth!

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Five-Time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld will meet Australia’s Number 1 Simon Whitlock in the ‘stand out’ tie of the first round of the Perth Darts Masters which begins on Friday.

The draw took place on Wednesday afternoon, as the eight seeded players were drawn against the eight Oceanic representatives, including Paul Nicholson and Kyle Anderson.

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