2017 PDC World Championship: Day Seven Report!

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Eight-time major winner James Wade kicked off his bid for a maiden World Championship title in stylish fashion, as Mensur Suljovic and Robert Thornton also won through to round-two at the Alexandra Palace on Wednesday evening.

Wade began his World Championship campaign in convincing fashion with an impressive straight sets victory over experienced Belgian Ronny Huybrechts. ‘The Machine’ averaged 93.83, registered 12 scores of 140 or more and hit 56% of his attempts at double to record an emphatic first-round triumph.

‘The Rebel’ made a strong start by breaking Wade in 15 darts, but the left-hander struck back instantly on D9. Wade then converted a clinical two-dart 84 kill to complete a 14-darter, before sealing the set on D10 with an average in excess of 97.

The second set followed an almost identical pattern to the first. Huybrechts drew first blood with a 69 finish, but Wade held throw with a trademark 120 checkout. ‘The Machine’ then fired in his first maximum to break in 13 darts, before following up his second 180 with an accomplished 14-darter to double his lead in sets. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Championship: Day Seven Report!”

World Championship PDPA Qualifier- Report & Results!

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Mark Frost, Kevin Simm, Simon Stevenson and John Bowles secured qualification for next month’s World Championships at the Alexandra Palace after progressing through the PDPA World Championship qualifier at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan on Monday afternoon.

There were four spots available to the 120 participants in this year’s qualifier, after the already qualified Corey Cadby triumphed in last night’s World-Youth final. The winner was guaranteed a place in the first-round of next month’s event, whilst the remaining three players will be left to battle it out in the preliminary rounds.

Mark Frost was the first player to secure his qualification for the World Championships. The St Helen’s star cruised through to round-three with successive 5-1 victories over Adam Hunt & Brett Claydon respectively. ‘Frosty’ then saw off Peter Hudson 5-3, before dumping out former World-Youth champion Keegan Brown in a nail-biting decider.

Frost faced Ritchie Edhouse at the decisive quarter-final stage, after Edhouse caused a minor shock by beating Andy Jenkins. However, Frost held his nerve to secure a precious 5-3 victory to reach the semi-finals, guaranteeing his qualification to his first ever PDC World Championship. Continue reading “World Championship PDPA Qualifier- Report & Results!”

Q-School Day 1- Nine-Dart drama, as Bowles, Stevenson, Parsons and Williams secure tour cards!

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John Bowles, Simon Stevenson, Andy Parsons and Ricky Williams were the four players to secure PDC tour cards on the opening day of 2016 Q-School, whilst Ross Smith also recorded a nine-darter, at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan.

Bowles was the most high-profile player to secure a tour-card on the opening day. The former rugby-league star, who came through Q-School in 2012, dropped just five legs in his opening three games, as he eased past the trio of Justin Broton, Fabian Herz and Colin Fowler.

He recorded an emphatic 5-1 victory over Harry Robinson in the last 32, before defeating Dick van Dijk 5-3 to set up a decisive clash against former Lakeside semi-finalist Brian Woods. Woods, who thrashed Steve Hine 5-1 in the last 16, couldn’t replicate this success against Bowles, with the Widnes star prevailing by a 5-2 scoreline to reclaim his card.

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