2017 PDC Q-School: Day Three Report!

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Former world champions John Part and Richie Burnett joined Steve Lennon and Scott Taylor in securing PDC Tour Cards on day three at the 2017 Qualifying School at the Robin Park Tennis Centre on Saturday afternoon.

Three-time world champion John Part marked his return to the PDC Pro Tour after rolling back the years in Wigan on Saturday afternoon. ‘Darth Maple’ had suffered consecutive second-round exits on the previous two days of competition, but he produced a series of vintage displays to secure a coveted tour card.

Part secured his place in round-four by virtue of three successive deciding-leg victories against Lennart Efraimsson, Duvaan Ata and Richard Calvert. The Canadian then defeated Ian Withers 5-2 in his board final to reach the last 32.

In round-five, the three-time world champion faced Barry Lynn, who famously defeated Gary Anderson in last year’s UK Open. Part recorded a hard-fought 5-3 victory over the Essex ace, before defeating talented youngster Adam Hunt 5-2 to reach the last eight stage. Continue reading

2017 PDC Q-School: Day Two Report!

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Ting Chi Royden Lam, Richard North, Ritchie Edhouse and Maik Langendorf became the latest four players to secure PDC Tour Cards on day two at the 2017 Qualifying School at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan on Friday afternoon; a day which saw 423 players jostling it out for the chance to compete professionally on the PDC Pro Tour.

The first man to claim a tour card on Friday was Richard North, who competed on the PDC Challenge Tour last year. North reached round-five yesterday, before losing to eventual tour card winner Prakash Jiwa, but he defeated a host of experienced names to triumph and secure a place on the PDC Pro Tour for the very first time.

The Swindon star dropped just five legs in his opening four matches, as he defeated Stephen Butkeraitis, Mark Devon, Arjan Konterman and Mark Wilson. He then dumped out the experienced duo of Steve Hine and Antonio Alcinas, before edging past Scotland’s Jamie Bain 5-4 in his decisive last eight clash to seal his tour card.

Ting Chi Royden Lam stormed through Q-School on Friday afternoon to secure a tour card for the second time in his career. The Hong Kong ace previously triumphed at Q-School back in 2013 and replicated those heroics once again; dropping just eight legs throughout the course of his seven matches. Continue reading

2017 PDC Q-School: Day One Report!

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Prakash Jiwa, Lee Bryant, Stephen Burton and Jim Brown all secured PDC Tour Cards on the opening day of the 2017 PDC Qualifying School at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan on Thursday afternoon, on a day which saw a record field of 434 players battling it out for the right to compete on the PDC Pro Tour over the next two years.

Prakash Jiwa enjoyed the honour of being the first man to secure a tour card at this year’s Q-School. The man nicknamed ‘The Apache’ has come through Q-School on two separate occasions and performed superbly to make it an illustrious treble, becoming only the fifth player to achieve this feat.

Jiwa received a bye in the opening round before storming into the last 128 with a whitewash victory over James Young. He then recorded successive 5-3 victories over Davyd Venken and Jim Walker respectively to reach the last 32.

The Rugby-based star then edged through last-leg deciders against both Richard North and Steve Douglas to set up a decisive last eight showdown with Ireland’s Steve Lennon who won a PDC Development Tour title last year. Nevertheless, Jiwa’s experience paid dividends as he prevailed 5-2 to regain his PDC Tour Card. Continue reading

2017 PDC Qualifying School Entries!

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Three-time world champion John Part and former Players Championship Finals winner Paul Nicholson will be among the field of nearly 450 players competing in the 2017 PDC Qualifying School which begins this Thursday, with 28 PDC Tour cards on offer across four days of action at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan.

The PDC Qualifying School gives any aspiring darts player aged 16 or over the opportunity to win a Tour Card in order to compete as a professional on the PDC ProTour; four players will win Tour Cards on each of the four days of competition in Wigan.

Ranking points will be allocated to other players based on their finishing position; this sees a further 12 Tour Cards allocated from the Q School Order of Merit following the culmination of the Qualifying School on Sunday. Two of the high-profile stars in action include John Part and Paul Nicholson.

Part, who won his third world title back in 2008, has endured a disappointing run of form over the last couple of years which has seen him slip outside the world’s top 64. ‘Darth Maple’ is now an ever-present member of Sky Sports’ commentary and punditry team, but the Canadian still harbours ambitions of returning to the circuit full-time. Continue reading

Durrant opts to reject PDC switch but set for up to three month lay-off!

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Newly crowned Lakeside world champion Glen Durrant will remain a BDO player for at least the next twelve months, after confirming that he will aim to defend his World Championship title in January 2018.

The 46-year-old has dominated the BDO circuit for the last 18 months, having won successive World Masters crowns and twelve ranking titles in 2016. However, he finally achieved “the culmination of his dream” by defeating Dutch debutant Danny Noppert 7-3 to win his maiden world title at the Lakeside Country Club on Sunday evening.

Speculation was rife that Durrant would join up with his stablemates at the Sportsman Management Company, which includes the Premier League duo of Jelle Klaasen and Kim Huybrechts, as well as world number eight Mensur Suljovic, all of whom are managed by Mac Elkin.

Yet ‘Duzza’ put an end to speculation, confirming to local tv: “I’m delighted to say I’m going to stay on the BDO tour and I’ll be back at Lakeside next year to try and retain the title. I’m going to take a bit of time out now. If I was a car, I’d be running on empty. I need to recharge the batteries, whether that’s a month or three months out of the game, just whatever it takes.” Continue reading

Premier League Darts 2017- Fixtures Confirmed!

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Newly crowned world champion Michael van Gerwen will begin the defence of his Betway Premier League title against two-time world champion Gary Anderson, a rematch of their recent World Championship final, when the competition gets underway at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Thursday February 2nd.

The opening nine weeks see the players meet once in the league phase, before the bottom two players are eliminated following Judgement Night in Cardiff.

The remaining eight players then face each other again in the remaining six league nights in April and May, before the top four players progress to compete in the Play-Offs at The O2 in London on Thursday May 18.

Van Gerwen defeated Anderson 7-3 to win his second world title a fortnight ago, halting Anderson’s incredible seventeen match winning streak at the Alexandra Palace. However, the Scotsman will have his opportunity to secure instant retribution when the tournament gets underway in Newcastle. Continue reading

2017 BDO World Championship: Finals Day!

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World number one Glen Durrant won the 40th staging of the BDO World Championship with a 7-3 victory over Dutch debutant, Danny Noppert,, on a memorable night of action at the Lakeside Country Club on Sunday evening.

Durrant had dominated the BDO circuit throughout 2016 and was under massive pressure to deliver this week after his previous World Championship heartbreak at the Lakeside. However, ‘Duzza’ held his nerve magnificently in Sunday’s final to clinch his maiden world title and the £100,000 winner’s cheque.

The 46-year-old Teessider averaged 93.48, landed thirteen maximums and posted 87 ton-plus scores to crown the greatest night of his darting life. Noppert battled valiantly and performed magnificently on his Lakeside debut, but he was convincingly beaten despite averaging 93.30 and also landing thirteen maximums.

The final began in blistering fashion, with Durrant registering seven perfect darts in the very first leg. The top seed then endured double-trouble but eventually pegged D1 with his eighth attempt at double to draw first blood. Continue reading

2017 BDO World Championship: Day Eight Report!

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Tournament favourite Glen Durrant will take on third seed and Lakeside debutant Danny Noppert in Sunday’s BDO World Championship Final after the pair defeated Jamie Hughes and Darryl Fitton respectively in the last four, whilst Lisa Ashton won the women’s world title for a third time at the Lakeside Country Club on Saturday.

Top seed Glen Durrant stormed into his maiden World Championship Final with a comprehensive 6-1 victory over Jamie Hughes on Saturday evening. After some nervous recent displays, ‘Duzza’ was back to his clinical best against the fourth seed, averaging 96.27, landing seven maximums and taking out a magical 170 to prevail.

Hughes enjoyed the perfect start; breaking Durrant’s throw with a confident 80 checkout. However, ‘Duzza’ pinned D8 to break straight back, before hitting D5 to lead. Hughes defied Durrant’s first maximum to hold throw with a 75 finish to round off a 14-darter, but the top seed held his nerve to clinch the opening set with a commanding 13-dart leg.

The second set was a case of missed opportunities for ‘Yozza’. He spurned four darts to hold in the opening leg, before missing D8 for a 136 kill as Durrant extended his cushion with a 14-darter on tops. Hughes landed his second maximum and registered a 13-darter to fightback, but ‘Duzza’ dispatched a clean 72 kill on tops to double his lead. Continue reading

2017 BDO World Championship Day Seven: Evening Report!

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Danny Noppert and Glen Durrant completed the men’s semi-final line up after dumping out Scott Waites and Darius Labanauskas respectively, as Corrine Hammond sprung a surprise to dump out three-time world champion Anastasia Dobromyslova in an intriguing night of action at the Lakeside Country Club on Friday evening.

Third seed Danny Noppert continued his dream Lakeside debut as he survived a valiant fightback from Scott Waites to dump out the reigning champion in an enthralling quarter-final tussle. The Dutchman averaged 95.58, landed eight maximums and produced some stunning finishes to set up a tasty semi-final clash against Darryl Fitton.

Noppert clinched an attritional opening set. The pair exchanged early breaks, before Waites defied Noppert’s first maximum to hold via D10. The Dutchman forced a set decider after hitting D2 with his eighth attempt at double, before drawing first blood with a clinical 104 outshot after the defending champion missed a set dart at D18.

This was a bitter pill for the Yorkshireman to swallow, but Waites responded strongly from this setback. ‘Scotty 2 Hotty’ claimed an instant break via D4, before completing his second straight 14-darter with a clinical 76 checkout to gain control. Continue reading

2017 BDO World Championship Day Seven: Afternoon Report!

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Jamie Hughes and Darryl Fitton advanced to the World Championship semi-finals after thrilling deciding set victories against Martin Adams and Geert de Vos respectively, as Lisa Ashton stormed into the women’s final in a pulsating session of darts at the Lakeside Country Club on Friday afternoon.

Fourth seed Jamie Hughes came from 2-0 and 3-1 down to edge out three-time world champion Martin Adams in a thrilling nine-set tussle. Adams made a blistering start to the match, but his doubling let him down in the latter stages of the contest, as Hughes prevailed with a 91.89 average, eight maximums and 50% on the doubles.

After a turbulent year, due to his health issues, ‘Wolfie’ performed magnificently throughout the tournament and it was fantastic to see him enjoying his darts and performing so well. He fired in nine maximums and averaged 92.55, but it wasn’t enough for him to secure a spot in his eleventh World Championship semi-final.

The first set was a real high-quality affair. Adams started superbly and posted successive 15-darters after converting checkouts of 72 and 97 respectively. Hughes opened his account after landing his first maximum and rounding off a 12-dart hold, but ‘Wolfie’ wrapped up the opening set with a clinical two-dart 68 outshot. Continue reading