Price pips Cross to claim World Series Finals glory

Gerwyn Price clinched the third televised title of his PDC career after recovering from 8-4 adrift to defeat Rob Cross and claim the bwin World Series of Darts Finals title on a thrilling day of darts in Salzburg.

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2016 World Series of Darts Finals Draw & Schedule!

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Michael van Gerwen will begin the defence of his World Series of Darts Finals title against either Gerwyn Price or Steve Beaton when the £155,000 tournament gets underway at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena this coming Saturday.

‘The Green Machine’ edged out Peter Wright 11-10 to win the tournament’s inaugural staging last year, which was the culmination of the annual worldwide tour. There were six World Series events held this year, in Dubai, Auckland, Shanghai, Tokyo, Sydney and Perth.

Van Gerwen will be top seed in Glasgow this weekend after topping the World Series of Darts rankings for the second year in succession. MvG won both the Shanghai and Perth Darts Masters, whilst he was also a runner-up in Dubai, Tokyo and Sydney.

The world number one will begin his campaign against either Gerwyn Price or Steve Beaton. Van Gerwen demolished Price 10-2 in the second-round of last week’s European Championship, whilst he also defeated Steve Beaton in the first-round of last month’s World Grand Prix. Continue reading “2016 World Series of Darts Finals Draw & Schedule!”

World Series of Darts Finals: Eight Global Invitations Confirmed!

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The eight global invitations for next month’s World Series of Darts Finals have been confirmed and Kim Huybrechts heads the list of global prospects, along with the likes of Benito van de Pas, Gerwyn Price and Daryl Gurney.

The World Series of Darts Finals features the eight players who competed in the World Series events hosted across the globe this year, with 16 other competitors accompanying them at the Braehead Arena, Glasgow, on November 5th and 6th.

The 16 other participants are made up of four wildcards, eight global prospects, and four further qualifiers. The four wildcards via the PDC Order of Merit were Robert Thornton, Michael Smith, Jelle Klaasen and Mensur Suljovic.

Elsewhere, Simon Whitlock, Steve Beaton, Brendan Dolan & Joe Murnan were the quartet who came through the World Series of Darts Finals qualifier at the Barnsley Metrodome last Sunday.

However, the field of eight global prospects is headed by former Premier League star Kim Huybrechts. The Belgian, currently ranked 15th on the PDC Order of Merit, has enjoyed a strong year in both floor and televised tournaments, reaching the World Grand Prix quarter-finals earlier this month. Continue reading “World Series of Darts Finals: Eight Global Invitations Confirmed!”

Four Stars Receive World Series Wildcards!

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The PDC’s top twelve players will all be competing at the World Series of Darts Finals next month, after it was confirmed that Robert Thornton, Michael Smith, Jelle Klaasen and Mensur Suljovic have all received invitations to compete in the second staging of the invitational event at the Braehead Arena, Glasgow.

The inaugural staging of the World Series took place in 2015 and the field comprises 24 of the world’s biggest stars. The eight players who competed in all of the International World Series events throughout the year are automatically entered into the second-round, and they take on a series of invited players and global prospects.

The first-round features 16 players, containing eight global prospects, four PDC qualifiers, and four of the highest ranked players on the PDC Order of Merit. Former World Grand Prix champion Robert Thornton is the highest ranked player not to be an automatic seed, therefore he has received an invitation from the PDC.

The Scot, ranked seventh in the world, will also be joined by world number nine Michael Smith, who recently fell outside the world’s top eight after suffering a first-round defeat at the World Grand Prix against Alan Norris.

Thornton and Smith both competed in the inaugural staging of last year’s World Series, where they were beaten in the opening round by Michael van Gerwen and Mark Webster respectively, so they’ll be hoping for an improved showing this time around. Continue reading “Four Stars Receive World Series Wildcards!”

Perth Darts Masters: Quarter-Final Report!

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World number one Michael van Gerwen remains on course to win his second World Series title of the year as he edged past James Wade, whilst Raymond van Barneveld, Dave Chisnall and Peter Wright also made it through to the last four at the PCEC on Friday night.

However, Van Gerwen survived a major scare as he narrowly defeated James Wade 10-8. The Dutchman fired in eight maximums and averaged 99 to progress against ‘The Machine’ who battled tenaciously.

MvG began the contest strongly, hitting maximums in each of the opening two legs as he established an early 2-0 cushion. However, Wade fired back impressively, converting finishes of 130 and 97 en route to reeling off four consecutive legs- to lead 4-2.

Despite this, Van Gerwen responded in kind by winning four straight legs of his own, to seize command once again. Wade refused to relent however, restoring parity at 6-6, despite missing six darts at double in the twelfth leg.

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Taylor shocks Van Gerwen to reign supreme in Sydney again!

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Phil Taylor continued his magnificent form down under, claiming a fourth consecutive Sydney Darts Masters crown with a thrilling 11-9 victory over Michael van Gerwen at The Star on Saturday evening.

Taylor has yet to be defeated in Australia since the World Series of Darts began in 2013, having claimed three previous Sydney titles and two Perth Darts Masters trophies in an unbeaten run spanning 20 matches. This run was extended to 24 matches this week, as he defeated Corey Cadby, Gary Anderson, Dave Chisnall and MvG to clinch the title.

Taylor secured his place in the final with a comprehensive 11-4 victory over his Target stablemate Dave Chisnall. ‘The Power’ averaged 102.47 and hit five maximums, as Chisnall struggled to produce the form that saw him ease past Adrian Lewis in the quarters.

The 56-year-old was in cruise control from the outset, and established leads of 7-1 and 10-2 at various stages in the contest. Chisnall rallied briefly with finishes of 66 and 70, but Taylor completed victory with a fine 12-darter, capped off with a clinical 81 checkout.

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Taylor averages 112 to dismantle Anderson in Sydney!

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Phil Taylor remains on course to win a fourth successive Sydney Darts Masters crown, after producing a majestic performance to dismantle world champion Gary Anderson in the quarter-finals at The Star on Friday night.

Taylor averaged 112.41- the highest recorded average in World Series history, to secure a 10-2 victory against ‘The Flying Scotsman’. It was an imperious display from ‘The Power’, who fired in seven maximums and hit an incredible 10 of his 15 attempts at double, at a ratio of 67%.

The opening two legs of the contest were shared, before the 16-time world champion established control. He opened the third leg with a 140 and 180, before hitting tops to complete an 11-dart leg. He then secured another 11-darter in the next leg, following up two maximums with D16 to break Anderson’s throw.

Taylor was scoring magnificently and fired in his fourth maximum to seize control of the fifth leg. However, the Stoke star missed five darts at double, to hand Anderson a chance to break back instantly. Nevertheless, the Scot was unable to capitalise, and the reigning Sydney champion eventually pinned D16 to move 4-1 ahead.

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Anderson edges out MvG to claim World Series hat-trick in Tokyo!

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Gary Anderson won his third World Series crown of the year, edging out Michael van Gerwen 8-6 to win the Zipang Casino Tokyo Darts Masters at the Yoyogi Olympic Hall, in Thursday’s final.

Anderson, who won the opening two World Series events of 2016 in Dubai and Auckland, continued his impressive form to sink the world number one and claim his first ever title on Japanese soil. The world’s top two players put on a wonderful show in the final, both averaging over the 100 mark. Nevertheless, it was ‘The Flying Scotsman’ who prevailed.

Van Gerwen claimed first blood in the final, registering an early maximum and taking out 100 for the opening leg. Anderson levelled on tops, but the Dutchman regained the lead on D9, having hit a wonderful 168 in the preceding visit. The world champion was unperturbed through, drawing level at 2-2 with a clinical 70 checkout.

‘The Green Machine’ pinned D18 to edge ahead once more, but Anderson restored parity at three-apiece with a majestic 161 finish on the bull. Yet, it was Van Gerwen who held the lead at the interval, as he converted 45 on D16 for a 4-3 advantage.

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2016 Tokyo Darts Masters Draw!

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Reigning champion Phil Taylor will begin the defence of his Zipang Casino Tokyo Darts Masters title against Japanese number one Haruki Muramatsu, when the tournament begins at the Yoyogi Olympic Hall on Wednesday.

Taylor, who defeated Peter Wright 8-7 in the event’s inaugural staging last year, has prevailed in all three of his meetings against the 39-year-old Muramatsu. The 16-time world champion defeated the Japanese star in the 2012 World Championship, whilst he’s also edged him out on two separate occasions in the World Cup of Darts.

Last year’s finalist Peter Wright will take on Chikara Fujimori, who suffered a whitewash defeat to Michael van Gerwen in round-one twelve months ago. Van Gerwen, who claimed victory in the recent Shanghai Darts Masters, takes on Masumi Chino. Chino also appeared in last year’s tournament, losing 6-2 to eventual winner Taylor.

World champion Gary Anderson will go in search of his third World Series title of 2016 when he faces Seigo Asada tomorrow. Asada has competed in both the BDO World Championship and BDO World Trophy so far this year, and he could provide a stern test for ‘The Flying Scotsman’.

Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld will begin his bid for a maiden World Series crown against Keita Ono. Ono made his World Championship debut against Phil Taylor last December, whilst he also represented Japan in the recent World Cup of Darts, along with Muramatsu.

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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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2016 World Series of Darts line-up confirmed!

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The full line-up for the 2016 World Series of Darts has been announced and it promises to be the best one yet, with the addition of the Shanghai Masters accompanying existing tournaments in Dubai, New Zealand, Japan and Australia; featuring eight of the biggest names in world darts.

The World Series was initially introduced in 2013, beginning with tournaments in Dubai and Sydney. Perth was added to the calendar a year later, whilst events in Auckland and Japan were implemented in 2015. The Shanghai Masters will join these five events, with the 2016 World Series culminating in Glasgow for the end-of-season finals.

The top four players on the PDC Order of Merit are automatically selected, so Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis and Phil Taylor will all be competing across the globe. Van Gerwen will go in search of his fourth consecutive Dubai Masters title in June, whilst Taylor will be vying for his fourth Sydney Darts Masters crown during the summer.

Adrian Lewis will be defending his Auckland Masters title, whilst reigning world champion Gary Anderson goes in search of his maiden World Series crown. After the six events have been completed, the top eight players on the World Series of Darts rankings will progress to the World Series Finals, hosted in Glasgow during early November.

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World Series of Darts Finals: Preview

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The inaugural staging of the World Series of Darts finals begins in Glasgow tomorrow afternoon, with Michael van Gerwen aiming to continue his phenomenal form.

The tournament consists of 24 players. The eight seeded players, who participated in the World Series events in Dubai, Japan, Australia and New Zealand have all received byes to the last 16.

The PDC have invited a further 12 players who they view as international prospects, whilst a further four sealed their spot in this tournament via a qualifying event. These 16 stars will battle for the right to take on the eight seeds on Saturday evening.

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Double-Delight for Webster, as Jenkins, Dobey and van den Bergh claim World Series Spots!

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Mark Webster completed a phenomenal day’s work in Coventry, as he secured qualification to the World Series of Darts Finals, alongside Terry Jenkins, Chris Dobey and Dimitri van den Bergh.

Webster secured qualification to the Grand Slam of Darts earlier in the day, and dropped just four legs en route to qualifying for the World Series of Darts finals in Braehead, Glasgow.

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