World Series 2018: Events & Players confirmed!

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Brisbane and Vienna will host PDC World Series of Darts events for the first time in 2018, as Rob Cross, Dimitri van den Bergh and Jamie Lewis will all make their bows on the global stage, following confirmation of this year’s seven events. Continue reading “World Series 2018: Events & Players confirmed!”

Masterful MvG is the Shanghai Master!

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Michael van Gerwen returned to winning ways by beating James Wade to clinch glory at the inaugural staging of the Shanghai Darts Masters at the Pullman Hotel, Shanghai South, on Sunday evening.

Van Gerwen had suffered quarter-final defeat to Wade in Auckland just last week, but the world number one avenged that defeat with a ruthless display which saw him average 100.54, whilst he converted 40% of his attempts at double.

‘The Green Machine’ made a blistering start to the final, racing into a commanding 3-0 lead. MvG converted a majestic 138 finish to open his account, before breaking Wade’s throw with a clinical 97 kill. The Dutchman then won his third straight leg by virtue of hitting tops.

Wade opened his account with a typically ruthless 116 checkout, but this didn’t quash Van Gerwen’s charge. The world number one pinned D1 to regain his three-leg cushion, before hitting D8 to move 5-1 ahead.

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Shanghai Darts Masters- Day One Report!

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Michael van Gerwen held off a valiant fightback from Singapore veteran Paul Lim to move into the Shanghai Darts Masters quarter-finals, as all eight seeds progressed through at the Pullman Hotel, Shanghai South, on Saturday afternoon.

Van Gerwen averaged 96, recorded three maximums and hit 60% of his doubles, but he was pushed all the way by his legendary 62-year-old opponent. ‘The Green Machine’ raced into a 4-1 advantage, but Lim won successive legs to reduce the arrears to 4-3. The next two legs were shared, before Van Gerwen held throw on tops to edge through.

Gary Anderson begin his bid for a third successive World Series crown with a whitewash victory over China’s Yunfei Jiang. The world champion wasn’t at his vintage best, averaging 93.94, but he didn’t allow his opponent a single dart at double in the entire contest.

Adrian Lewis also progressed to the quarter-finals by virtue of a whitewash victory, defeating Jianhua Shen 6-0. Jackpot averaged a modest 81.98 and hit three maximums, but Shen averaged a miserly 62.86 and also failed to register an attempt at double on home soil.

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Shanghai Darts Masters Draw!

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Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld could be set for an all-Dutch showdown in the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Darts Masters, after the draw for the tournament’s inaugural staging was conducted this afternoon.

Van Gerwen will face the legendary Singapore veteran Paul Lim in the pick of the first-round ties, and the world number one will be wary of the threat posed by Lim, who hit the first ever televised 9-dart finish at the World Championships over 26 years ago.

Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld will face Lihao Wen, the winner of Stage Three on the PDC-affiliated Chinese tour earlier in 2016. Van Barneveld will be hoping to build upon his impressive semi-final showing in Auckland, and the Dutch vans will collide if both men win their first-round encounters.

Elsewhere, Gary Anderson will begin his bid for a third consecutive World Series title with a tie against TV debutant Yunfei JiangThe world champion enters this event in bullish mood, hoping to maintain his unbeaten World Series record in 2016.

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World Series of Darts Rankings

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Gary Anderson leads the way in the World Series of Darts rankings following his second successive World Series triumph in last weekend’s Auckland Darts Masters. ‘The Flying Scotsman’ followed up his Dubai Darts Masters victory over Michael van Gerwen with an 11-7 victory over defending Auckland champion Adrian Lewis on Sunday.

This leaves Anderson on a maximum 24 points, which is double that of his nearest challengers. Michael van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis are both on 11 points, having appeared in one World Series final each this year. Despite averaging 107 against James Wade, Van Gerwen was beaten in the Auckland quarter-finals for the second straight year.

Lewis was thrashed 10-2 by Dave Chisnall in the Dubai Darts Masters, but Jackpot produced a much-improved showing in Auckland. Lewis beat Raymond van Barneveld in last year’s Auckland final, and he reached the final once again with victories over Stuart Leach, Phil Taylor and James Wade, before losing out to the world champion.

Phil Taylor, James Wade, Dave Chisnall and Raymond van Barneveld are all locked on eight points apiece following the opening two events of 2016. Taylor and Chisnall both secured five points from their run to the semi-finals in Dubai, however they exited in the last eight in New Zealand.

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