Josh’s Dartistry Darts Podcast Episode Nine!

In our ninth episode of the Josh’s Dartistry Podcast, Josh Gorton is joined by co-host Jon Dean and the returning Neil Conner for our preview show ahead of the William Hill World Darts Championship.

There’s plenty to discuss with all roads leading to the World Darts Championship, which gets underway at the iconic Alexandra Palace on Thursday night.

However, we begin by reflecting on the Players Championship Finals in Minehead, where Daryl Gurney defeated Michael van Gerwen 11-9 in a pulsating final to clinch his second PDC major title last month.

We also have an exclusive interview with ITV4 Darts presenter Jacqui Oatley, who discusses her love of the sport, the growth of darts worldwide and the emerging presence of female broadcasters within sport.

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Jacqui also expresses her delight at the groundbreaking move which sees two women competing in this year’s PDC World Championship, before she offers her tips for this year’s tournament at the Ally Pally.

The team then look ahead to the World Championship and highlight some of the most eye-catching ties, including a potential showdown between defending champion Rob Cross and World Matchplay semi-finalist Jeffrey de Zwaan in round-two.

Neil provides us with all the odds ahead of the upcoming tournaments, before the team give their predictions for the PDC World Championship, and both the men’s and women’s events at the Lakeside World Championship.

We also have the latest instalment of our newest feature called ‘Lord of The Board’, before Neil tests Josh’s knowledge in another entertaining episode of ‘Challenge Josh’.

The JDP panel then reflect on some of the more interesting darting stories to have appeared in the mainstream media over recent weeks, including an injury-scare for World Masters champion Adam Smith-Neale, before the ninth episode concludes with our traditional Q&A section.

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Incredible Van Gerwen wins second world title in record-breaking final!

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Michael van Gerwen clinched his second World Championship title with a magnificent 7-3 triumph against Gary Anderson in a record-breaking final at the Alexandra Palace on Monday evening.

The pair exchanged a mammoth 42 maximums in an epic tussle, which smashes the previous record of 35- set in last year’s final between Anderson and Adrian Lewis. However MvG was simply mesmeric; averaging 107.79, hitting 20 maximums and landing five ton-plus checkouts to deny Anderson a third successive world title.

‘The Flying Scotsman’ defended his title admirably, but his run of seventeen successive victories on the Alexandra Palace stage was finally halted by the imperious Dutchman, who incidentally was the last man to beat Anderson in the World Championships prior to Monday’s final.

The Scot did himself proud however. He averaged 104.93- his highest average in his four World Championship final appearances. He also landed a record-breaking 22 maximums, breaking the previous record held by Raymond van Barneveld and Dave Chisnall, who hit 21 180’s in his defeat to Anderson just last week. Continue reading “Incredible Van Gerwen wins second world title in record-breaking final!”

2017 PDC World Championship: Semi-Finals Report!

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Michael van Gerwen produced arguably the greatest performance in the history of professional darts as he defeated his compatriot Raymond van Barneveld in an astonishing tussle, to set up a final with reigning world champion Gary Anderson on a thrilling night of semi-final action at the Alexandra Palace on Sunday evening.

Van Gerwen recorded the highest average in the history of the PDC World Championship to defeat Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 to remain on course for his second world title. Van Gerwen was simply mesmeric; averaging 114.05, landing fifteen maximums and converting 51% of his doubles to truimph.

Nevertheless, it takes two players to produce a titanic tussle and Van Barneveld illustrated why he’s a five-time world champ with a magnificent display. Barney averaged 109.34, fired in fourteen maximums, produced four ton-plus finishes and hit 68% of his doubles, but he was beaten with the highest losing average in World Championship history.

Van Barneveld made a sensational start to the contest to win the opening set without reply. MvG missed a dart to break in the opening leg and Barney pounced with a vital 107 kill. The five-time world champion then doubled his tally with a classy 131 finish for a 12-dart break, before wrapping up the set with a two-dart 96 checkout. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Championship: Semi-Finals Report!”

2017 PDC World Championship: Quarter-Finals Report!

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Raymond van Barneveld defeated his old rival Phil Taylor to set up a semi-final showdown with his compatriot Michael van Gerwen, whilst Gary Anderson defeated Dave Chisnall in an Ally Pally classic to set up an all-Scottish clash with Peter Wright on a stunning day of quarter-final action at the Alexandra Palace on Friday evening.

Ten years on from their iconic World Championship final at the Circus Tavern, Van Barneveld defeated Taylor once more in a hard-fought affair to set up a pulsating last four showdown with Michael van Gerwen, in a repeat of their classic affair twelve months ago, where Barney produced a heroic display to oust the world number one.

In a topsy-turvy tussle, Van Barneveld averaged 96.31, landed six maximums and converted 33% of his attempts at double to record a 5-3 victory, as Taylor was dumped out after averaging 95.65, hitting six maximums and boasting a 37% checkout success rate.

Barney made an assertive start to the contest to draw first blood. The opening two legs were shared before the Dutchman edged ahead on D1, and Barney followed this up with his first maximum en route to breaking throw on D10 to move 1-0 ahead. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Championship: Quarter-Finals Report!”

2017 PDC World Championship: Day Twelve Report!

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World number one Michael van Gerwen remains on course to win his second World Championship crown after seeing off a dogged Darren Webster, whilst Phil Taylor set up a quarter-final clash with his old rival Raymond van Barneveld on another dramatic night of action at the Alexandra Palace on Thursday evening.

Van Gerwen booked his place in Friday’s quarter-finals with an emphatic 4-1 victory over tournament giant-killer Darren Webster. ‘The Demolition Man’ had already defeated Stephen Bunting and Simon Whitlock to reach this stage, but MvG proved an obstacle too far, with the Dutchman averaging 104.40 and landing eight maximums.

‘The Green Machine’ clinched a hard-fought opening set in which Webster was left to rue missed doubles. The Norwich ace missed darts to break in the third leg, before spurning two set darts moments later. This ignited ‘The Green Machine’, who won six of the next seven legs to establish total control of the contest.

Webster fought back valiantly and opened his account in an entertaining fourth set. MvG followed up a maximum with a sublime 170 outshot, but Webster took out 96 to level, before taking out 81 after hitting his fifth 180 in the preceding visit. MvG converted a 68 finish to level, but Webster prolonged the contest with help via a sixth maximum. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Championship: Day Twelve Report!”

2017 PDC World Championship: Day Eleven Report!

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Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld edged out Adrian Lewis in a seven-set thriller, whilst defending champion Gary Anderson defeated an inspired Benito van de Pas to book his place in the World Championship quarter-finals on a dramatic night of action at the Alexandra Palace on Wednesday evening.

Van Barneveld came from 3-2 down to defeat two-time world champion Adrian Lewis in a topsy-turvy clash to reach the last eight at Ally Pally once again. Neither player were at their vintage best, but Van Barneveld prevailed with a 95 average, three maximums and a 38% conversion rate on the doubles.

Lewis succumbed to a last 16 defeat against Van Barneveld for the second time in three years at Ally Pally despite averaging 98.05, firing in six maximums and converting an impressive 65% of his attempts at double, but ultimately the Dutch legend produced the goods at the crucial moments.

Nevertheless, ‘Jackpot’ made a blistering start to clinch the opening set without reply. The Stoke-on-Trent star landed identical 90 checkouts to round off respective 11-dart legs and also pinned D16 to seal first blood with a 114.55 average. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Championship: Day Eleven Report!”

2017 PDC World Championship: Day Ten Report!

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Michael van Gerwen survived a massive scare against inspired Spaniard Cristo Reyes, as Raymond van Barneveld and Phil Taylor breezed through to the third-round of the World Championship with emphatic whitewash victories on day ten at the Alexandra Palace on Tuesday evening.

Van Gerwen saw off the challenge of an inspired Cristo Reyes to prevail in an absolutely sensational second-round clash. Van Gerwen averaged 105.24, hit 23 140’s, eleven maximums and converted 38% of his double attempts, as Reyes averaged 106.07; the highest losing average in the history of the World Championship.

‘Mighty Mike’ strolled to the first set without dropping a leg. The world number one opened his account on D7, before punishing a mediocre leg from the Spaniard to break throw. Reyes was yet to settle and ‘The Green Machine’ went for the kill; posting a 174 and converting an 11-dart leg on tops to secure the opener.

Nevertheless, Reyes launched a remarkable recovery to level up proceedings. Cristo won his first leg with a magnificent  10-darter on D18, before he hit the same double to complete a 73 outshot after MvG had missed three darts to hold. Reyes was brimming with confidence at this point, and rounded off the set with a confident 14-dart kill. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Championship: Day Ten Report!”

2017 PDC World Championship: Day Nine Evening Report!

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Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis stormed into the last 16 of the World Championship with impressive whitewash victories, whilst Darren Webster produced the performance of the tournament thus far to dispatch former world finalist Simon Whitlock 4-0 at the Alexandra Palace on Friday evening.

Defending champion Gary Anderson remains on course for a third successive world title after easing past Andrew Gilding in straight sets. ‘The Flying Scotsman’ was in ominous form; averaging 102.58, landing six maximums and hitting 43% of his attempts at double, as Gilding was afforded a mere five darts at double.

Anderson kicked off proceedings with a 64 finish, but Gilding delivered an instant riposte by taking out 109. However, ‘The Flying Scotsman’ was in confident mood and won the next two legs to seal the opener with a 101.8 average.

The world champion was guilty of profligacy in the opening leg of set two as Gilding escaped via tops. Nevertheless, the Scot’s response was emphatic. He fired straight back with a 134 checkout, before breaking ‘Goldfinger’ in 13 darts. Anderson then continued his dominance; registering five perfect darts to double his lead on D10. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Championship: Day Nine Evening Report!”

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