Nine-dart Woodhouse whitewashes Price to seal Group Two glory

Luke Woodhouse landed a magnificent nine-dart finish from his own kitchen as he whitewashed world number three Gerwyn Price en route to securing Group Two glory on the second night of PDC Home Tour action on Saturday evening.

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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 PDC World Championship: Day Eight Report!

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Dave Chisnall survived a major scare as he edged out Rowby-John Rodriguez in a five-set thriller; Jelle Klaasen and Kim Huybrechts progressed through to round-two convincingly, whilst former World-Youth champion Max Hopp dumped out Vincent van der Voort on day eight at the Alexandra Palace on Thursday evening.

Chisnall was made to sweat as he overcame tenacious Austrian Rowby-John Rodriguez in a five-set epic in round-one. Rodriguez produced one of the best televised performances of his career, but the world number seven landed nine maximums and averaged 98.72 to prevail and set up a second-round showdown with rising star Chris Dobey.

The pair exchanged breaks of throw in the opening two legs, before Chisnall secured the lead with a regulation hold on D19. Rowby-John then left tops after nine darts as he eventually levelled up on D2, before capitalising on one missed dart from ‘Chizzy’ to clinch the set with an impressive 13-dart break.

Chisnall drew first-blood in the second set by breaking throw in an error strewn leg. The St Helen’s ace extended his cushion with with a 13-dart hold, but the Austrian responded in kind to prolong the set. Rodriguez then spurned a golden opportunity to break back, as Chisnall took out a crucial 120 finish to restore parity at one-set apiece. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Championship: Day Eight Report!”

German Darts Championship: Day One Report & Results!

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Steve West produced one of the best performances ever seen on the European Tour as he whitewashed his brother Tony in round-one of the German Darts Championship, as Robbie Green, Mark Webster and Rowby-John Rodriguez also impressed on day one in Hildesheim.

Yet, it was Steve West who stole the show, producing an incredible display of scoring as he dismantled his brother in the opening match of Friday’s evening session. Steve defeated Phil Taylor in the World Grand Prix earlier this month, and continued his fine run of form with a sparkling display against the former World Masters winner.

Steve fired in SEVEN maximums and finished with an average of 109.98. Nevertheless, his first nine-dart average was an astonishing 400.33- the second highest recorded in PDC history. This keeps alive West’s hopes of qualifying for the European Championships, and he takes on former world champion Stephen Bunting on Saturday.

Former world champion Mark Webster enjoyed a welcome return to form after breezing past the veteran Mervyn King. The Welshman averaged 99.48, landed four maximums and hit 66% of his attempts at double to record a 6-2 victory, despite King averaging a very respectable 96.29.

Robbie Green produced the performance of the afternoon session as he stormed past former world champion Christian Kist 6-2. ‘Kong’ averaged 99.40 and fired in three maximums to set up a clash with Kist’s compatriot Michael van Gerwen; a clash which Green must win to remain on course to qualify for the European Championships. Continue reading “German Darts Championship: Day One Report & Results!”

World Cup of Darts- Quarter-Finals Report

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Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld kept their World Cup dreams alive as they defeated Australia’s pairing of Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson in arguably the best match in the tournament’s history, in Frankfurt on Sunday afternoon.

Van Gerwen defeated Simon Whitlock 4-1 to give Netherlands a 1-0 advantage. Whitlock won the opening leg on D10, but MvG responded with a spectacular 132 finish, which included two bullseyes, followed by D16. Van Gerwen then broke Whitlock’s throw with a clinical 100 finish, before completing the victory with a 98.49 average.

However, Kyle Anderson showed tremendous character as he defeated Raymond van Barneveld 4-3 in a pulsating encounter. Anderson led 3-1, but Van Barneveld stayed alive with a fine 116 checkout. Barney then broke Kyle’s throw with a fabulous 11-darter, but Anderson stole victory after RvB missed five match darts in the decider.

However, the Dutch began the decisive doubles-decider superbly. Van Gerwen opened up with a maximum, and Barney posted a 140, before hitting D16 for a 12-dart break of throw. Nevertheless, Australia responded emphatically, with Whitlock completing a 13-darter after Anderson registered his first maximum of the contest.

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World Cup of Darts- Second Round Report!

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England, Scotland and Netherlands all eased through to the quarter-finals of the 2016 Betway World Cup of Darts, whilst Canada caused the shock of the tournament thus far, dumping out fifth seeds Wales in the second-round in Frankfurt on Saturday.

Defending champions England breezed through to the last eight without dropping a single leg, as Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis defeated Yuanjun Liu and Wenge Xie 4-0 respectively. Taylor averaged just 81 in his singles match, whilst Lewis averaged a modest 89. However, this contest will be remembered more for the exuberant antics of the Wenge Xie!

Elsewhere, second seeds Scotland progressed to the quarter-finals, after Gary Anderson and Robert Thornton won their respective singles contests against Norway. World champion Anderson survived a major scare against the impressive Cor Dekker, coming through in a pulsating last-leg decider.

Dekker left himself on 52 as he neared in on a historic win, but Anderson showed his class, snatching victory with a majestic 160 finish. Meanwhile, Robert Thornton’s progress was more serene, as the World Grand-Prix champion averaged 85 in defeating the experienced Robert Wagner 5-1.

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World Cup of Darts Teams Announced!

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The teams for the 2016 Betway World Cup of Darts have been announced, and five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld will represent tournament favourites Netherlands along with world number one Michael van Gerwen, following Jelle Klaasen’s withdrawal last week.

Van Barneveld and Van Gerwen won the title together in 2014, and they’ll be hoping to repeat this success in Frankfurt this year. Netherlands, who also won the inaugural staging of this competition in 2010, are 6/4 favourites with title sponsor Betway to lift this trophy for a third time, but they’ll be seeded third in Germany.

Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis will represent reigning champions England for the fifth consecutive year, as they bid for a fourth World Cup title together. The Stoke duo defeated Scotland in last year’s final, and they will be looking forward to continuing their partnership as top seeds in 2016.

World champion Gary Anderson will once again represent Scotland, although he’ll be doing so alongside World Grand-Prix champion Robert Thornton; not Peter Wright, who is ranked above ‘The Thorn’ on the PDC Order of Merit.

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Mensur Suljovic hits ‘best ever’ 9-darter in Bulls Super League!

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Mensur Suljovic produced arguably the most remarkable 9-darter in history at the Bulls Super League Eastern Europe on Sunday afternoon. Suljovic, who has established himself in the PDC’s top 20, hit the perfect leg in his typically unconventional style.

The Austrian kicked off the leg with successive 170’s (T20, T20, Bull), before completing the 9-darter with a magnificent 161 checkout. The 9-darter included an unprecedented three bullseyes, which led Sky Sports expert Wayne Mardle to label it as ‘without doubt the best 9-darter ever hit in competition play’. He certainly has a case!

This is the second 9-dart leg recorded in the history of the Bulls Super League. It was hit twelve months ago by Suljovic’s younger compatriot Rowby-John Rodriguez, but ironically, Mensur was playing Rowby’s younger brother Roxy-James when he completed the feat.

The Bull’s Super League is open to 16 players within Eastern Europe and it’s played within a round-robin format. The winner of the tournament is assured of a place in the preliminary round of the William Hill World Darts Championships, although given Suljovic’s healthy ranking, his place at Ally Pally is already assured.

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Dutch Darts Masters: Round One Report & Results

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New-Look Simon Whitlock began his Dutch Darts Masters campaign with a comfortable 6-2 victory over exciting Belgian star Mike De Decker, as ‘The Wizard’ sported glasses on the big stage for the very first time in Venray.

Whitlock, who won this title back in 2012, averaged 90.55 as he took advantage of a nervous De Decker, to set up a thrilling second-round tie against world number 12 Ian White tomorrow.

Whitlock showed glimpses of real quality, but struggled to sustain a high-level throughout. However, the Australian grew in confidence as he closed in on victory and sealed his progression to round-two with a superb 12-darter, rounded off with a clinical 102 checkout.

De Decker struggled for fluency, averaging just 83 in a disappointing afternoon. His young compatriot Dimitri van den Bergh also endured a frustrating afternoon, as he missed four match darts to defeat John Henderson in a scrappy contest. van den Bergh led 3-0 at one stage, but missed darts at D20 and D10 in the decider, enabling the Scot to sneak through.

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Day Six: Chisnall and Jenkins progress, as Ronny dumps out Winstanley.

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Dave Chisnall, Terry Jenkins and Wes Newton all progressed through to the second-round of the World Championships, but Dean Winstanley became the ninth seed to depart the tournament, losing in a fifth set tiebreak to Ronny Huybrechts, at the Alexandra Palace on Tuesday evening.

Chisnall stole the show, as he produced a fine display to defeat exciting Austrian youngster Rowby-John Rodriguez 3-0 in the first-round of the World Championships at Alexandra Palace on Thursday evening. ‘Chizzy’ averaged 99.37 and posted four maximums to overcome ‘Little John’.

However, Rowby acquitted himself well; all three sets went to a fifth and deciding leg, but Chisnall ultimately delivered the goods in critical junctures of the contest.

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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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van Gerwen wins the European Darts Matchplay!

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Michael van Gerwen secured his fifth European Tour event of 2015, as he beat Dave Chisnall 6-4 to win the European Darts Matchplay in Innsbruck, Austria. The final was initially a scrappy contest, but van Gerwen raced through the gears late on, winning three consecutive legs to seal the win.

Ironically, van Gerwen saved his lowest average of the day for the final, but he performed when it mattered, to continue his stunning recent record against Chizzy. The ‘Yellow Peril’ has now only won 1 of his last 14 meetings against the Green Machine, but he certainly had his chances in the final, missing 4 darts at double to establish a 4-2 lead.

Van Gerwen was in blistering form throughout the day. He thrashed compatriot Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 in the last 16, which was a major boost for the Boxtel man. Van Barneveld had won their last two meetings and was sensational against Stephen Bunting last night, but he wasn’t able to replicate this against his fellow countryman.

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Hamilton and Pallett star in Innsbruck as Barney Gains Revenge on Hopp!

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Andy Hamilton and David Pallett were the stars on an action-packed opening day of the European Darts Matchplay in Innsbruck. Hamilton averaged 104 in beating an impressive Dean Winstanley 6-3, whilst David Pallett hit six 180’s and averaged 100 in his 6-2 demolition of Jamie Caven.

Elsewhere, Raymond van Barneveld gained revenge on Max Hopp for his defeat in Muelheim last week; the 5 time World-Champ averaged 98 in beating the young German 6-3. There were also first-round wins for Rowby-John Rodriguez, Mickey Mansell, Alan Norris, Kevin Painter and Ronny Huybrechts.

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World Cup of Darts- The Darkhorses

The 2015 World Cup of Darts gets underway in Frankfurt tomorrow evening, as Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld aim to defend their title, to secure Holland’s 3rd World Cup title, in only the tournament’s fifth staging. England, Scotland and Holland are the clear favourites for the tournament, however there are a number of outsiders capable of shocking the bigger nations. Here’s my list of 5 potential dark-horses in this year’s tournament.

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