2017 PDC World Championship Day Four: Evening Report!

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Phil Taylor produced a mightily impressive performance to begin his assault for a 17th World Championship crown in style, as Alan Norris and Daryl Gurney also secured victories on a dramatic day four at the Alexandra Palace on Sunday evening.

Taylor dropped just two legs in beating DPA qualifier David Platt to set up a second-round clash with Kevin Painter, in a repeat of their iconic 2004 World Championship Final. Taylor was very impressive; averaging 101.93, hitting three maximums and converting 50% of his double attempts to kick off his campaign in fine fashion.

Earlier in the night, Platt had sealed his showdown with Taylor after securing an impressive straight sets triumph over John Bowles. Platt averaged 86.92, converted 43% of his double attempts and landed a stunning 156 checkout to seal victory against the PDPA qualifier.

However, he was left feeding off scraps against ‘The Power’. Taylor made a strong start to the contest, clinching the opening two legs in 15 and 14 darts respectively. The fourth seed then spurned two opportunities at double to clinch the set without reply, but Platt failed to take advantage and Taylor returned to pin D10 and seal the opener. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Championship Day Four: Evening Report!”

World Championship Contenders-Michael van Gerwen

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As the 2016 PDC World Darts Championship kicks off tonight, I assess the chances of a man who has dominated the world of darts in 2015. Can he maintain his dominance to seal World Championship glory?

  1. Michael van Gerwen

Michael van Gerwen’s darting dominance over the last 12 months has only been matched or replicated by a certain Phil Taylor. The World Number One has won an astonishing 18 titles in this calendar year, and he has his sights firmly set on a second World Championship title in 2016.

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World Championship Contenders- Phil Taylor

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With the 2016 PDC World Championships set to begin at the Alexandra Palace tomorrow night, I assess the chances of the man who has won the World Championship title on a record 16 occasions….

2. Phil Taylor

After enduring one of the most testing years in his professional career, Phil Taylor will be vying for his 17th World Championship crown when he begins his campaign at the Ally Pally on Saturday evening.

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World Championship Contenders- Gary Anderson

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The 2016 PDC World Darts Championship gets under way in just over 48 hours. World Number One Michael van Gerwen is red-hot favourite for the crown, whilst Phil Taylor is second favourite to win his 17th World title. Nevertheless, you cannot write off the defending Champion!

3. Gary Anderson

Reigning World-Champion Gary Anderson will be hoping for a repeat of last year’s success when he begins the defence of his crown at Alexandra Palace on Thursday.

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World Championship Contenders- Adrian Lewis

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Today I assess the World Championship chances of Two-Time World Champion and number five seed Adrian Lewis, who is vying to replicate his 2011 and 2012 successes at Alexandra Palace this year.

4. Adrian Lewis

Adrian Lewis loves the Alexandra Palace stage. He famously recorded his maiden PDC World title victory in 2011, beating Gary Anderson 7-5 in a pulsating final. He then repeated this success the following year, as he defeated his fellow Stokie Andy Hamilton 7-3 in the final.

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World Championship Contenders- Peter Wright

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The 2016 PDC World Championships are just a matter of days away, and in this article, I assess one of the biggest contenders for this year’s title….Peter Wright’s progression over the past couple of years has been remarkable. But can he go one step further than two years ago and claim the Sid Waddell trophy?

5. Peter Wright

It seems to be a case of when, not if, Peter Wright will win a PDC TV major title. Snakebite has produced the best darts of his career in a year which has seen him establish a spot in the world’s top four.

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World Championship Contenders- James Wade

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The start of the 2016 PDC World Championships is now less than a week away and the anticipation is building. There are a host of big names capable of winning the crown this year, although there aren’t many players more adept at winning major titles than a certain James Wade.

6. James Wade

James Wade is one of the most decorated players in the history of the PDC. ‘The Machine’ has won eight major titles, including the Premier League, World Matchplay and World Grand-Prix.

However, the World Championships is the main piece of silverware that has eluded him in his career thus far. Can he rectify that at Alexandra Palace this year?

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World Championship Contenders-Raymond van Barneveld

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The 2016 PDC World Championships are now just one week away. Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson are three of the favourites to claim Ally Pally glory. However, today I assess the chances of arguably, the second-greatest darts player in history.

7. Raymond van Barneveld

5-Time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld is seeded 16 for this year’s World Championships; nevertheless, this ranking doesn’t reflect his current form or his undeniable class. Van Barneveld is still a genuine contender for major honours and he may relish the ‘underdog’ tag at Alexandra Palace.

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World Championship Contenders- Robert Thornton

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With the 2016 PDC World-Championships just under a week away, I continue my assessment of the main challengers for this year’s title. One man who is going under the radar slightly, is World Number 6 and two-time major winner Robert Thornton.

8. Robert Thornton

Robert Thornton begins his assault for a maiden World-Championship crown with a very tough first-round tie against former Lakeside finalist Alan Norris.  The tenacious Scot will be favourite to progress, however he will have to perform extremely well to overcome ‘Chuck’.

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World Championship Contenders- Michael Smith

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With the 2016 PDC World Championships just nine days away, today I assess the World Championship chances of another St Helen’s star, in the shape of Michael Smith, who enters this tournament as eighth seed.

9. Michael Smith

Michael Smith has enjoyed the best year of his PDC career so far, winning two European Tour events and reaching his maiden PDC major semi-final, just last month. Can Smith come of age and win the big one at Ally Pally in January?

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World Championship Contenders-Dave Chisnall

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With the 2016 PDC World Darts Championships just ten days away, I assess ten of the leading contenders for this year’s title. I begin by talking about a man still searching for his maiden PDC major crown. Can he break his duck by winning the big one?

10. Dave Chisnall

Dave Chisnall has slipped out of the World’s Top 10 over recent months and is seeded 13th for this year’s World Championships; however his ranking doesn’t provide an accurate reflection of his current form.

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