World number two Gary Anderson tops the Players Championship Order of Merit after the conclusion of the opening double-header at the Barnsley Metrodome last weekend. The two-time world champion averaged 115.15 to defeat his fellow Scot Peter Wright in Sunday’s second event, and he sits top of the Order of Merit with £11,500.
Alan Norris closely trails ‘The Flying Scotsman’ after prevailing in Saturday’s Players Championship opener. ‘Chuck’ defeated Pro Tour debutant Peter Jacques to scoop the £10,000 winner’s cheque, before suffering a third-round exit on Sunday as he finished the weekend with £11,000 in prize money.
Wright and Jacques are third and fourth respectively after each reaching one final apiece, whilst eight-time major winner James Wade is fifth on £5,250, after reaching one semi-final and one quarter-final across both days.
Daryl Gurney and Michael Smith are tied in sixth place after solid showings. ‘Super-Chin’ reached the semi-finals on Sunday before succumbing to Peter Wright, whilst ‘Bully-Boy’ recorded successive quarter-final appearances. Spanish star Cristo Reyes sits in ninth on £3,750, whilst Sunday’s semi-finalist Jelle Klaasen makes up the top ten. Continue reading →
Gary Anderson clinched his first title of the year with a magnificent victory over his compatriot Peter Wright in the second Players Championship event at the Barnsley Metrodome on Sunday afternoon.
Anderson gained revenge for his recent Premier League defeat to Snakebite by averaging a sublime 115.15 to prevail 6-1 in Sunday’s curtain-raiser. Wright averaged 107.78 himself, but he was unable to trouble the imperious two-time world champion.
The world number two also landed four maximums en route to scooping the £10,000 winner’s cheque to secure his first PDC title since September, denying Wright a fourth title in as many weeks.
Wright kicked off the final with a maximum and narrowly missed D14 for a 121 finish and a potential 12-darter. However, Anderson held his nerve to sink D10 and hold throw. Snakebite crashed in his second 180 as he attempted to respond, but the two-time world champion converted a classy 90 kill on the bullseye for a 12-darter to double his lead.
‘The Flying Scotsman’ was living up to his name as he registered six perfect darts to kick off the third leg. He was unable to produce the nine-dart leg, but pegged tops for another 12-dart leg to extend his cushion. Continue reading →
Alan Norris claimed the opening Players Championship event of the year after defeating inspired debutant Peter Jacques at the Barnsley Metrodome on Saturday afternoon. Norris performed superbly throughout the day; dropping just 14 legs en route to scooping the £10,000 winner’s cheque and securing his second Players Championship title.
Nevertheless, it was also a brilliant day for Yorkshire star Peter Jacques. Jacques failed to secure a PDC Tour Card at Q-School last month but was afforded the chance to compete in Barnsley after multiple tour-card holders were absent this weekend, and he certainly took full advantage of the opportunity.
The Huddersfield ace claimed a multitude of high-profile scalps in arguably the greatest day of his darting career thus far, only falling at the final hurdle as he scooped the £6,000 runner’s up prize.
Norris made an imperious start to the final; opening up with a maximum before rounding-off a 13-dart hold via D10. ‘Chuck’ extended his cushion after winning a scrappy leg on D1, before pegging tops for a commanding 3-0 cushion.
Jacques opened his account on D6, although he was unable to make further inroads. Norris followed up a brilliant visit of 162 with a 15-dart hold on tops for a 4-1 advantage, before the former Lakeside finalist converted clinical finishes of 74 and 72 to complete an emphatic triumph and seal the third PDC ranking title of his career. Continue reading →
Kim Huybrechts has continued the war of words with Phil Taylor after labelling the 16-time world champion ‘disrespectful’ in the aftermath of their bad-tempered stalemate in week four of the Premier League at the Brighton Centre on Thursday night.
‘The Hurricane’ was left to rue three missed match darts as Taylor recovered from 6-4 behind to salvage a point and maintain his unbeaten start to this year’s Premier League. It was a real nervy affair for the majority of the contest, but Huybrechts took out a string of fine finishes to seize control.
The Belgian registered checkouts of 87 (x2), 110 and 140 to guarantee himself a point and Taylor was becoming visibly irritated by his opponent’s antics. Nevertheless, ‘The Hurricane’ spurned match darts in each of the final two legs as Taylor escaped with a point to remain joint top of the Premier League table on six points.
However, Huybrechts was clearly riled at the end of the match. After a frosty handshake between the pair, Taylor celebrated the point in vociferous fashion, before performing his tradition of taking down the board to sign and give away to a member of the crowd.
Yet to Kim’s frustration, Taylor didn’t ask Huybrechts to sign the board as he typically does with other opponents. The Belgian admitted: “The way the game ended really annoyed me. The way he reacted at the end was a sign to me and it’s a stupid thing for me not being allowed to sign the board- I think it’s a bit disrespectful. Continue reading →
Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor and James Wade remain joint top of the Premier League table after four of the five matches were drawn at the Brighton Centre on Thursday evening, as Jelle Klaasen was the solitary player to secure victory as he moved off the foot of the table.
Michael van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis shared the spoils in one of the most entertaining tussles of the season so far. Van Gerwen averaged 104.67, landed four maximums and converted 38% of his double attempts, whilst Lewis produced his best performance of the year so far; averaging 101.2 to get his campaign back on track.
‘The Green Machine’ kicked off proceedings with a majestic 11-darter, before Lewis assumed control. ‘Jackpot’ levelled on D4 after MvG missed four darts to extend his lead, before following up a fabulous visit of 174 with a 13-dart leg to break.
MvG was plagued by missed doubles once again in the fourth leg, as Lewis followed up a magnificent 177 by pinning D12 for another 13-darter to record his third leg in succession. Van Gerwen stopped the rot with a classy 116 checkout, but Lewis was undeterred and re-established his two-leg cushion after nailing a spectacular 170 checkout on the bull. Continue reading →
Phil Taylor has fuelled the fire ahead of his Premier League clash with Kim Huybrechts at the Brighton Centre on Thursday evening, by claiming that whenever Huybrechts ‘jumps about’; he loses.
‘The Hurricane’ is well-renowned for his over-zealous celebrations, but ahead of their latest showdown, ‘The Power’ appeared to suggest that Kim’s antics are to the detriment of his game. “Kim’s a feisty player and he’s going to do his jumping around, but I’ve noticed that every time he jumps about, he gets beaten,” Taylor quipped.
The pair have been embroiled in an interesting rivalry since they met in the last 16 of the 2015 World Championship. Ahead of that clash, Taylor warned that there would be ‘trouble’ if the Belgian started jumping around, but the 16-time world champion survived a match dart to prevail 4-3 in a fiery affair.
The pair’s last meeting came in round-three of the 2017 World Championship. Ahead of the contest, Huybrechts insisted that he wasn’t deterred by Taylor’s criticism and reaffirmed that he would continue to show emotion on stage. Continue reading →
Luke Humphries tops the PDC Development Tour Order of Merit after winning two of the four events which took place across the weekend at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan. The 22-year-old won the first event of the year with victory over Canada’s Dawson Murschell in the final.
Humphries then triumphed in Sunday’s fourth and final event of the weekend; defeating Kenny Neyens in the final. The Newbury ace has accrued £4,000 in prize money and sits directly above Neyens, who enjoyed a fine weekend himself. The young Belgian hit a nine-darter in Saturday’s action, before going on to reach two finals.
Ryan Meikle sits in third place after securing his maiden Development Tour title on Sunday afternoon. The 20-year-old Suffolk ace has enjoyed a strong start to 2017; having already sealed his qualification for next month’s Coral UK Open Finals, and he continued his fine form to defeat 19-year-old Harry Ward to win event three.
Dimitri van den Bergh is in fourth place after winning Saturday’s second event. ‘The Dream-Maker’ defeated Humphries to kick off his campaign, before defeating his compatriot Neyens to scoop the £2,000 prize and secure his seventh Development Tour title of his career. Continue reading →
Peter Wright produced some of the greatest darts ever seen to whitewash world champion Michael van Gerwen in the final of the Spectre Cheltenham Darts Masters at Cheltenham Racecourse on Friday evening.
Snakebite averaged an astonishing 133.60 to dismantle Van Gerwen 4-0 in a star-studded exhibition event, despite ‘The Green Machine’ averaging an incredible 120.86 himself! Nevertheless, Van Gerwen was helpless against Wright’s brilliance.
The Scottish star landed five maximums inside four legs; whilst he also registered four 140+s and three tons. Wright converted a majestic 140 checkout en route to victory and conjured up a sublime 10-dart leg to stun the world number one. Snakebite used just 45 darts to prevail, with his winning legs coming in 12, 11, 10 and 12 darts respectively.
Yet whilst MvG was well beaten on the night, he still secured some bragging rights. In the third leg, Wright hit seven perfect darts but was unable to complete the perfect nine-darter. Van Gerwen wasn’t on a finish himself but hit T20, T19, D12 to register a visit of 141 and show the Scot how it’s done! Continue reading →
The entries have been confirmed for the year’s first two Players Championship events which will take place at the Barnsley Metrodome on Saturday 25th February and Sunday 26th February.
The 128-player tournaments will see PDC Tour Card Holders and PDPA Associate Members competing across the weekend, featuring 32 top seeds from the Pro Tour Order of Merit. There will be live coverage from two streaming boards across both days, with all games being the best of eleven legs.
The most high-profile absentee from next weekend’s action will be world champion Michael van Gerwen. The world number one suggested earlier this year that he would scale down his Pro Tour commitments due to the forthcoming birth of his first child with his wife Daphne.
Phil Taylor and Terry Jenkins will also not feature at the Barnsley Metrodome, although this is of no surprise. Taylor will no longer compete on the Pro Tour ahead of his planned retirement in January 2018, whilst Jenkins himself has claimed that he is ‘semi-retired’, and will focus solely on major TV tournaments that he has already qualified for. Continue reading →
Phil Taylor maintained his unbeaten start to his final Premier League campaign with an impressive triumph over his great rival Raymond van Barneveld, as Michael van Gerwen and James Wade kept pace at the top of the table on a cracking night of action at Leeds’ First Direct Arena on Thursday.
Taylor defeated his old adversary Van Barneveld in their 78th and potentially final meeting. ‘The Power’ prevailed 7-4 in an entertaining tussle with a 96.79 average, as Barney suffered his first defeat of the season despite averaging 97.32, landing three maximums and converting 50% of his double attempts.
Taylor kicked off proceedings with a commanding 14-dart hold, before Barney levelled the contest with a two-dart 60 kill. The third leg was an error-strewn affair. The 16-time world champion missed six darts at double but Barney couldn’t capitalise as Taylor eventually sank D1 to hold.
Van Barneveld responded majestically however. The Dutch legend began the leg with six perfect darts and although he was unable to record the perfect leg, he pinned D16 for a stunning 10-dart hold. The Stoke ace regained the lead with a clinical 76 kill, but Barney restored parity at three apiece after hitting D8 for the sixth successive hold of throw. Continue reading →