REPORT – Wright victorious in Leverkusen – European Open Darts 2017

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Peter Wright was victorious in Leverkusen as he overcame former doubles partner Mervyn King in a sensational final. In a weekend that featured a shock exit for Michael van Gerwen and another excellent run from Michael Smith, Peter Wright came out on top. Read on to find out who else made their name in Germany.

Quarter-Final’s

Peter Wright confirmed his semi-final spot with a win over fellow Premier League participant Dave Chisnall. The pair exchanged blows early on with the first two legs going with the throw. It was after a second missed 161 attempt that Snakebite would kick into gear.

A succession of excellent finishes putting him in the clear as Chizzy faded into the distance. Both players will be travelling the China for next weeks Shanghai Darts Masters, but it was Chisnall who was sent packing in Germany.

World number three Wright would face Mensur Suljovic at the semi-final stage. The Austrian had earlier dumped out the weekends surprise package John Henderson. The Scot had rampaged through both Kim Huybrechts and Alan Norris, but despite an outrageous 156 check-out, it was not enough for ‘Hendo’ to reach a first European Tour semi-final of the year.

Following last week’s sensational final in Vienna, Michael Smith was looking to go one step further and win his second European Tour event of the season. His spotless record against Gerwyn Price speaks for itself, but the St Helen’s dartist needed a big performance on stage to beat the Welshman.

Some exceptional scoring saw him take the early advantage before Price found the form that has led him into the Premier League fold. A Shanghai on the 20’s levelled proceedings at three a piece, before Smith engaged the after-burners. Some ruthless finishing coupled with an upturn in scoring saw him take three of the next four legs and confirm a semi-final encounter with Mervyn King.

The King would hit his second tonne plus average of the day in beating a darting giant-killer in the name of Rob Cross. Cross had produced some outstanding displays considering it is just his first year on the PDC circuit. His 6-2 of Michael van Gerwen earlier in the afternoon had sent shockwaves across the darting world, but there was nothing he could do as the veteran King pulled out his A-game to reach the semi-finals.

Semi-Final’s

Peter Wright continued his track towards his ninth tournament win of 2017. Overturning a 3-1 deficit against Mensur Suljovic to seal a special 6-3 victory. The big Austrian was out of the blocks quickly, capitalizing on Wright’s missed doubles to sail into an early lead.

But the World number three gritted his teeth and took out 116 to level the match. It was easy going from then on, with Suljovic producing little resistance. He would eventually seal the deal with a clean two dart finish on 81, rounding off a extraordinary comeback with 12-darter!

Mervyn King, who was yet to make it past the third round in Europe this year, joined former doubles partner Wright in the Leverkusen final. Although he could not reach the sensational tonne plus averages of the previous three rounds, 96.58 was enough to see him through.

King always seemed to be one step ahead of the St Helen’s youngster, with Smith not seeing himself gaining an advantage throughout the contest.

The world number 20 will form a formidable opponent for any player at the World Matchplay in a couple of weeks time, especially with the ruthless doubling he has performed this weekend.

The Final

The former darting compatriots traded 177’s and breaks to open the barn-storming final. A third break of throw would come in the form of a 13-darter from the UK Open champion, and a two leg cushion would be opened up for the first time in the contest curtesy of another solid leg from Wright.

Snakebite would snatch the proceeding two legs to give himself daylight and make it almost impossible for King to mount a comeback. The royal one rattled in two more maximums to chalk a second leg. But after a long weekend, it would prove to be one step too far for King, as Wright applied to finishing touches on 101 to become 2017 HappyBet European Darts Open champion.

Results

Quarter-Final’s

Mensur Suljovic 6-2 John Henderson.

Peter Wright 6-1 Dave Chisnall

Michael Smith 6-4 Gerwyn Price

Mervyn King 6-2 Rob Cross

Semi-Final’s

Peter Wright 6-3 Mensur Suljovic

Mervyn King 6-4 Michael Smith

The Final

Peter Wright 6-2 Mervyn King

Report – Netherlands crowned World Cup of Darts champions in thrilling final

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The Netherlands were crowned PDC World Cup of Darts Champions in Frankfurt as Raymond van Barneveld hit the crucial blow to tie to stave off the Welsh in a thrilling final encounter.

Semi-Final’s

The Welsh progressed to their first World Cup of Darts final in five years following a convincing 2-0 over the Huybrechts brothers.

UK Open finalist Gerwyn Price stepped into the international spotlight first, taking on Belgium talisman Kim Huybrechts. In a game that had the Hurricane as slight favourite, Price pulled out a spectacular display.

He clinically put away 105 before extending his lead on tops. Huybrechts immediately broke back with another tonne plus check-out. But it would soon be curtains as Kim couldn’t replicate his quarter final performance and his nation fell into an early deficit.

Mark Webster put on a lesson in double ten hitting to confirm the win. The Spider has been going through a tough phase on the PDC circuit recently, but regained the ruthlessness that took him to the Lakeside title back in 2008. A 4-2 victory sending the Belgian’s packing.

The Netherlands ensured they would join them, dumping out reigning champions England in straight sets. The run consecutive finals was ended for The Three Lions as Michael van Gerwen took Adrian Lewis to a last leg decider before hitting the crucial double.

It was a brave effort from Lewis who was ultimately pipped at the post. Dave Chisnall couldn’t resurrect England’s chances against the Doyenne of Dutch darts. It took until leg five before Barney missed a dart at double, Chizzy not living with the Big man’s ruthlessness. A 4-2 victory confirming a Netherlands versus Wales final in Frankfurt.

The Final

The Dutch and Michael van Gerwen drew first blood. The Green machine reeling off four consecutive legs to take the early advantage.

A rejuvenated Mark Webster took to the stage to level proceedings. The Spider showing great composure to take out 70 and 94, subduing Barney to a 4-1 defeat.

With the scores all tied up, the best of five match would go into a doubles affair, with the Dutch again coming out on top. The Welsh pairing struggled to find their rhythm and after missing double 20 in the opening leg, the Netherlands would cruise into a 3-0.

A spectacular tops-tops 100 checkout from Price would redeem some pride, but it was too little too late as van Gerwen hit double 16 to make it 2-1.

The trophy would be delivered to deluxe Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld as the fatherfigure of Dutch darts tied the knot on a huge win for him and partner Michael van Gerwen.

Him and Gerwyn Price has exchanged the first four legs on throw, but a pivotal double five would turn the tides as Raymond van Barneveld picked apart Price in the final leg of the match. He would stroke the final blow on double four as the Netherlands were crowned 2017 World Cup of Darts champions.

Netherlands survive scare in World Cup of Darts – Day 3 evening report

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The Netherlands survived a monumental scare against the USA as they set up a quarter final tie with host nation Germany tomorrow afternoon. Read on to find out how they made it through and who will join them in the quarter finals of the World Cup of Darts.

Austria opened the evening’s action with a routine victory over Canada. John part failed to reach the dizzy heights of his glory days in the PDC as Mensur Suljovic produced a whitewash on the three time champion of the world.

Rowby-John Rodriguez would wrap up the victory, in a slow paced encounter. RJR was out of the blocks quickly, racing into a 2-0, but he quickly became bemused by the on stage antics of John Norman Jnr.

Improved clinicality would see Norman take two of the next three legs, but after loosing his cool late in the sixth leg, Rodriguez would wrap up the victory on tops.

England resumed their defence of the World Cup of Darts against South Africa, and there was nothing the team of Devon Peterson and Deon Oliver could do to stop them.

Adrian Lewis stepped up to oche after a dismal first showing yesterday afternoon. He re-collected himself for a singles match with fans favourite Devon Peterson. Two maximums and some much improved finishing later, England were already on their way to the quarter final’s.

Dave Chisnall was second to take the stage, adding a four more legs and concluding the 8-0 rout for England. The scoreline would not tell the whole story, Deon Oliver conducted him self magnificently against the former Grand Prix runner-up. But the relentless scoring of Chizzy was too much for the South African as England ran away big winners in round two.

The crowd went wild as host nation Germany progressed to round three, setting up mouthwatering meeting with the Netherlands. Both Max Hopp and Martin Schindler smoothly sailed through their respective singles matches, meaning there was no need for a doubles clash.

World Cup of Darts debutant Schindler was up first against Alexandre Sattin. He kicked off the contest with on double 16, before holding his nerve on the madhouse to increase the advantage. He was milimetres away from a outstanding 160 checkout, but he would eventually mop up on double 10 to seal an impressive whitewash win.

Hopp would follow suit, a mouthwatering 161 getting the ball rolling. There would little Diogo Portela could do as Hopp cruised into a 3-0 lead sporting a 120 average.

With the finish line in sight, the young German would stumble, Portela recording Brazil’s first leg of the match. But Hopp would soon be back on the straight and narrow as the world number 38 closed out an excellent display by the pair.

The Netherlands rounded off the evening’s entertainment with a triumph over the USA, surviving a monumental scare.

Big Daddy Darin Young pushed Michael van Gerwen for the first four legs of their encounter. But the World number one would shift into second gear, taking the next two legs and recording a 4-2 victory.

Raymond van Barneveld could only stand and watch and former Matchplay champion larry Butler levelled the game with three beautiful checkouts. A 120, 109 and 95 on the bull, gave the USA a glimmer of hope against the tournament favourites.

Barney redeemed himself in the doubles decider as himself and self appointed captain van Gerwen strolled through the USA challenge. There was little resistance from Young and Butler as the Netherlands continued their quest for World Cup glory

Austria 2-0 Canada

Germany 2-0 Brazil

England 2-0 South Africa

Netherlands 2-1 USA

Singapore fairy-tale continues at World Cup of Darts 2017 – Day 3 Afternoon session report

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It was another unbelievable session at the World Cup of Darts as the romantic story continued for Singapore. They will meet Belgium in the quarter-finals after Ronny Huybrechts produced a record breaking performance. Josh Green runs through the afternoons action in Frankfurt.

The Singapore fairytale continued as the team of Paul and Harith Lim beat Spain to set up a quarter-final meeting with Belgium.

Paul Lim whitewashed Antonio Alcinas in his opening singles affair. A 112 in the first leg a highlight for the 62-year-old. Unfortunately, namesake Harith Lim could not tie up a history making victory for his country.

Harith picked up his performance for the doubles decider, producing some excellent darts to perform a 4-0 whitewash of the Spanish pairing. With results like this the darting world will continue to tremour, and they could be a force to be reckoned with in the final eight.

Russia produced another piece of darting history by dumping out the highly fancied Australia at the second round stage. It came down to a first pairs decider of the tournament, after Simon Whitlock has rescued his country from a 2-0 defeat.

Aleksandr Oreshkin had got the ball rolling when he dismissed Kyle Anderson. It was then down to an injured Simon Whitlock to resurrect the Aussie’s chances of World Cup glory.

The outlandish pairing of Oreshkin and Boris Koltsov edged closer to the last 8 with a sensational 138 finish from Koltsov. However, Whitlock would steam-roll through the 28-year-old, eventually securing a 4-1 victory and taking the match to a decider.

The incredible array of upsets continued at the World Cup of Darts as Oreshkin landed an 81 checkout to give Russia a three keg cushion. Before Koltsov hit the deciding double 8 to secure an amazing win over the fifth seeds.

Ronny Huybrechts recorded the highest average by a Belgian player on TV as him and brother Kim breezed past an out of sorts Greece side.

Ronny stamped his authority on the contest, recording a stunning 115.62 average in his 4-0 thrashing of John Michael. Ronny has often taken a back seat in the Belgian duo, but after a 180 and some magnificent finishing, he may take the lead role in the quarter-finals of the World Cup of Darts.

Earlier 2017 Premier League participant Kim Huybrechts had made heavy work of Iaonnis Selachoglou making a meal of doubles. But the hefty scoring would give him the room to manufacture a 4-2 victory.

Wales squeezed through to round two with a pair of last leg deciders in both singles clashes, Gerwyn Price surviving seven match darts to give Wales the 1-0 lead.

The UK Open semi-finalist had conceded the opening leg on his throw, but reversed the fortunes in leg two, immediately breaking back. Mick McGowan fluffed his lines in the pivotal leg giving Price the chance to steal the victory.

Former Lakeside champion Mark Webster then took to the stage knowing a win would take the Welsh into the quarter-finals. The spider looked shaky in the openign exchanges, but after going 3-2 behind, he would click into gear.

A 77 checkout to level the match, followed by a sensational deciding leg would see Wales progress with a confidence boosting win for Webster.

Belgium 2-0 Greece

Wales 2-0 Republic of Ireland

Russia 2-1 Australia

Singapore 2-1 Spain

Hosts shock sixth seeds at the World Cup of Darts 2017 – Day two report

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It was a day for the favourites in Frankfurt as all the top seeds progressed after Singapore shook the darting world yesterday evening. Josh Green gives his account on proceedings of day two at the World Cup of Darts.

The hosts made it through to the round of 16 in front of a raucous Frankfurt crowd at the World Cup of Darts. The match was in the balance for almost half an hour, as it came down to a nail-biting final leg.

Daryl Gurney had given Northern Ireland the advantage earlier in the match with a 124 checkout on the back of two maximums from partner Brendan Dolan and Germany’s Max Hopp.

The German pair with a combined age of just 40 years of age responded with a 123 from Hopp, before Martin Schindler held his nerve to keep their dreams alive.

Despite a worrying foot injury for Michael van Gerwen it was a smooth showing for the Dutch in their World Cup of Darts opener.

The tournament favourites averaged 109 in their 5-1 demolition of the Czech Republic, with van Gerwen looking as silky as ever. They will definitely be a force to be reckoned with as they continue their international campaign.

Second seeds England joined their arch rivals in round two, making light work of Gibraltar. Dave Chisnall pulled on the red and white for the first time, and carried the pair to a simple victory.

Adrian Lewis, seemingly rattled by the antics of Dyson Parody, scattered his darts all over the board, leaving Chizzy to sweep up. Despite improving in the latter stages, it was clear the Stoke native was not on top form and will need to improve in the next round.

Alternatively, Chisnall looked at home on the Frankfurt stage. Confident doubling and the usually heavy scoring all coming together for the world number five. With Michael van Gerwen suffering from a foot injury and Scotland already on their way home it could be yet another World Cup of Darts title for England.

In the first match of the evening the experienced pairing of Larry Butler and Darin Young destroyed the relatively youthful Italian pair.

Despite a wobbly start with some inconsistent scoring in the early stages, the USA would pick up their game to proceed with a deserved 5-1 victory.

Butler, who has represented his home country on five occasions, put the win beyond Italy with a sensational 121 checkout on the bull.

The well oiled team of John Norman Jnr and former World Champion John Part shoved the Hungarian’s aside in their pursuit of World Cup glory in Frankfurt.

While the exuberant Norman produced the steady scoring, Part was there to pick up the pieces. Canada had taken a commanding 3-0 lead before Hungary got their first leg on the board.

Following one more Darth Maple checkout, an excellent 83 from Zoltan Mester. The 5-2 victory would be rounded off by the ever green Part, his double 8, taking them into round two.

The fusion of youth an experience proved too much for team China as the Austrian’s performed a demolition job on their opponents.

The result of the contest was never in doubt as Mensur Suljovic showed with some excellent finishing. The fresh faced Rowby-John Rodriguez should also not be underestimated.

His power scoring has been a key factor in previous years, and with top seeds Scotland falling yesterday evening, there could be an opening to be exploited for some of the lesser fancied nations.

South Africa put their name in the hat for round two as ‘Dancing’ Devon Peterson took control to carry a sloppy Deon Oliver through a slow paced encounter.

The formentioned Oliver had split double three with a chance to close out the contest, only for Daniel Larsson to swoop on 110.

Seasoned campaigner Magnus Caris nerly took the match to a deciding leg, narrowly missing a 160 checkout. Peterson would then swoop in and take out a huge 81 on double 12.

World Cup of Darts debutants Brazil moved into round two after a dramatic 5-4 win over fellow first-timmers Switzerland.

Diogo Portela, winner of Sky Darts gameshow One Hundred and Eighty, was the marquee name on the Frankfurt stage, although it was Alexandre Sattin who would hit the crucial double.

There were tears at the final whistle as Sattin landed double top on a 72 combination as Brazil progressed to the round of 16.

USA 5-1 Italy

Canada 5-2 Hungary

Austria 5-0 China

South Africa 5-3 Sweden

Brazil 5-4 Switzerland

Germany 5-4 Northern Ireland

England 5-2 Gibraltar

Netherlands 5-1 Czech Republic

Machin and De Graaf victorious in BDO World Trophy – Day 4 report

Peter Machin was crowned BDO World Trophy champion for 2017, after a spectacular performance against Martin Phillips in the final.

Men’s quarter-finals

In the match of the afternoon, Wesley Harms produced a sensational comeback, stringing together seven consecutive legs to sent BDO World number one Glen Durrant packing. The Middlesbrough man had taken the early advantage, four legs to the good and seemingly sailing into the semi-finals.

But suddenly the former electrician sparked into action, a 12 darter setting him on the road to recovery. Durrant’s scoring was unrelenting, but it was class that Harms was able to match. Four 180’s and some eye-catching finishing later, the Dutchman found himself on level terms.

With the pendulum swinging his way, Harms would initiate another attack on the Durrant throw. Still peppering the treble twenty bed, Harms would turn the game on it’s head, an 81 finish in the final leg, dumping a distraught Durrant out of the World Trophy, ending his chances of becoming a quadruple major winner in 2017.

Nick Kenny diverted himself into a first major semi-final by slicing through the challenge of Ross Montgomery. The young Welshman had whitewashed Jeff Smith on Sunday afternoon, and the Boss would also prove to be easy pickings for the in form Kenny.

In truth the only separating factor was the undesirable finishing of Montgomery. Quite often the former World Trophy runner-up would find himself with breathing room in a leg, but could not put the final nail in the coffin by hitting that crucial double.

An all Welsh clash was confirmed for the semi-final as Martin Phillips survived a enormous scare against giant killing wildcard Conan Whitehead. The Red Dragons’ skipper stumbled out of the blocks and Whitehead cruised into an early lead, hammering in the big scores for good measure.

The BDO veteran would then shift into top gear, crashing in a 14 dart leg to take the lead for the first time. Whitehead regained his mojo, exchanging blows to level the game at five a piece. With the game in the balance, Phillips would land an instantaneous 11 dart leg to move 6-5. Following one last hurrah from Whitehead, Phillips would book his semi-final spot, landing double 16.

Peter Machin set up a final four faceoff against Wesley Harms following his victory over Martin Adams. The Aussie has made himself at home in Barry, and will now bid to become a two time finalist. The highlight of his outstanding performance against Wolfie was a scintillating 170 check-out; the highest of the tournament. He will be hard pressed to find anybody who can match that feat in the remaining three matches. Machin controlled the contest throughout, always one step ahead of his combatant and will compete for a place in the final.

Semi-finals

Martin Phillips strolled into the final with a excellent victory over Welsh counterpart Nick Kenny. The senior of the two home country boys landed his first ton plus finishes to give himself an early advantage. He broke the Kenny throw in the seventh leg, giving Phillips clear daylight, and easing the pressure slightly as he saw the trophy getting ever closer.

Kenny immediately broke back before holding his throw to go within one. But two 180’s and a 12 dart leg later, Phillips resumed control of the clash. The Welsh skipper who is entering his final season on the international circuit, confirmed he will represent Wales in the final as his last dart nestled in double 16 for a brilliant win.

Peter Machin reached the 2017 World Trophy final, producing a second sensational comeback of the day. It was not all plain sailing for the Australian though, Harms had manufactured what seemed like an unassailable lead, 4-0 in just a flash.

The man commonly referred to as the machine then managed to get a grip on the clash. He steadily crept up on Harms, who had overturned a four leg deficit himself against Glen Durrant, taking three of the next four legs. Machin would then take out 122 on the bull, halting the momentum that Harms had built up during the afternoons’ action. He would then apply the finishing touches to another superb victory as he prepared to play Martin Phillips in the final.

The Women’s Final

In the women’s bracket it has been a tournament of surprises. Lisa Ashton was dismissed in round one; as was former world finalist Fallon Sherrock. Aileen De Graaf in search of her second major title defeated Dutch counterpart Anca Zijlstra to reach the final.

Her opponent, Anastasia Dobromyslova defeated the much travelled Deta Hedman to reach this stage. Despite defeating one of the darting greats in the first semi-final it was De Graaf who took the earlier initiative. A 96 checkout in leg one settling her into a natural rhythm.

Double trouble set in during the latter stages of the fifth leg, but despite her opponent having numerous chances to cut the deficit it was De Graaf who went within one of glory on the Barry stage.

Despite missing a further six darts at the double, the door was left slightly ajar as she took out double four at the second attempt to give herself a glimpse of hope. With De Graaf’s concentration slipping, Anastasia would crack in a 118, further reducing the deficit.

The Russian would race into an early lead in the eighth leg of the match, but twelve missed darts at double gave De Graaf the opportunity to put the game to bed, hitting double 11 for a World BDO World Trophy title.

The Men’s Final

Peter Machin avenged his loss in last years World Trophy final by beating Welsh ‘fans favourite’ Martin Phillips in a spectacular final. We were made to wait until the tournament came to it’s exciting climax; a power failure caused an hour and half delay, but the action was electric from the first dart.

Phillips got us underway, taking the first leg but Machin would swiftly cancel his quick-fire first leg out by taking out 90. A feat which Machin would repeat, this time spiking the bull to level the match. Having conceded the next four legs to a resurging Phillips, Machin would find his feet once again. A 149 checkout putting him back in contention.

The pair would then exchange blows in two tight legs before Machin was unable to capitalize on a heavy scoring leg. His six missed darts at double allowing Phillips to come in and steal the leg.

The next key moment would come in leg 16, Machin added to his previous 149 and 150 checkout by firing in a 141 to effectively make the game best of three. The pressure was mounting, but having been in the same position 12 months ago, Machin took the advantage. Double four putting him within one leg of victory.

With the title riding on the 18th leg, sloppy scoring from Phillips would give Machin the chance to tie up the trophy. Three missed darts later, the Welshman’s first dart would stray into the single one, gifting the Australian an opportunity he couldn’t refuse. Machin would duly oblige, hitting double two to seal the deal.

Results in Full

Men’s Quarter-final’s

Wesley Harms 7-4 Glen Durrant

Peter Machin 7-4 Martin Adams

Nick Kenny 7-2 Ross Montgomery

Martin Phillips 7-6 Conan Whitehead

Men’s Semi-final’s

Peter Machin 8-6 Wesley Harms

Martin Phillips 8-5 Nick Kenny

Women’s semi-final’s

Anastasia Dobromyslova 5-4 Deta Hedman

Aileen De Graaf 5-2 Anca Zijlstra

Women’s Final

Aileen De Graaf 6-2 Anastasia Dobmonyslova

Men’s Final

Peter Machin 10-8 Martin Phillips

Big names continue to fall in BDO World Trophy – Day Three Report

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The giant killings continued as both the number two and four seeds fell at the second hurdle in the 2017 BDO World Trophy. Crowd favourites Glen Durrant and Andy Fordham also took to the stage in another action packed day in Barry.

Welsh favourite Martin Phillips produced a dazzling performance to convincingly dump out second seed Mark McGeeney. The Red Dragon’s skipper was millimetres from adding a second nine darter to his resume; failing on the eighth dart. His unrelenting scoring gave even the highly fancied McGeeney little chance of a resurgence. Phillips is a man of few words, but I’m sure the darting world will have plenty to say after this performance.

Fellow BDO veteran Martin Adams settled the quarter-final line-up in the mens bracket after dispatching one of the most promising players on the BDO circuit. Having made his breakthrough into the top 16 last year, Reynolds was looking to add a major title to his CV. The experienced Adams settled the quicker; 104 and 107 check-outs putting him in control. After extending his lead to 5-1, Reynolds began his comeback, three legs won without reply. But ‘Wolfie’ confirmed he will return tomorrow afternoon, taking out tops to seal a 6-4 victory.

Welsh wonderkid Nick Kenny put Jeff Smith to sword, drowning the Canadian in a punishing 6-0, containing huge scores and sensational combination finishes. Kenny broke the throw in the first leg and never looked back. His spectacular 142 checkout in leg four compounded the misery for Smith, who will fly back to New Brunswick thinking what could have been.

Ross Montgomery weaved his way into the quarter finals after negotiating a tricky second round tie with Willem Mandigers. The Boss dominated the inaugural stages, taking a commanding 4-1 lead. But Mandigers would take 3 of the next four legs to leave the contest in the balance. The Scot would then fire in a third maximum of the match to give himself the breathing room round off an excellent victory.

Conan Whitehead will find himself in unfamiliar territory after progressing to the quarter final stage for the first time in a BDO major event. For the majority of the contest it appeared the Danish Open champion Darius Labanauskas would find himself in the final eight. But After reeling off three consecutive legs, the Barbarian bullied the Lithuanian into a last leg shoot-out. Which after applying a sixth maximum he would cruise into the quarter finals.

After Danny Noppert and Mark Veenstra crashed out in round one, Wesley Harms was the only remaining Dutchman in the competition. He kept his country’s hopes alive by fighting back from a two leg deficit to defeat James Hurrell. The 32-year-old Hurrell was out of the blocks quickly before the former Electrician notched up five legs on the trot to throw his name into the hat for the quarter-final’s.

Tournament favourite Glen Durrant cruised into the next round, defeating a returning Andy Fordham on the Barry stage. The gentle giant held his own through the first six legs, but the class of Middlesbrough based Durrant shone through in the latter stages. Adding to his ten dart leg earlier in the match, Durrant would rack up six 180’s and a further two 12 dart legs.

Last year’s runner-up Peter Machin conquered the challenge of 2015 World Champion Scott Mitchell. In truth it could’ve been a completely different story had the latter taken his chances. As Bobby Locke once said; “Drive for show, putt for dough”. It is the same in darts, you can bash in the heavy scoring, but if you can’t hit the outer rim, it’s game over. Mitchell will be disappointed with his showing, but will come back strong for the next major.

Aileen De Graaf was the first female participant to work her way into the finals day picture at the BDO World Trophy 2017. She amply decimated Rhian Griffiths, who had not dropped a leg in her first round match against Lorraine Winstanley. The former World Masters champion is yet to make her mark in the World Trophy, but with performances like this, 2017 could be her year.

First round giant killer Anca Zijlstra joined Dutch counterpart De Graaf in the semi-finals. Despite not re-creating the scintillating performance from the first round, her steady scoring was the key to the door, that allowed her to stroll into finals day past an out of sorts Trina Gulliver.

BDO veteran Deta Hedman survived a scare against Rachael Brooks to join the array of talent in the final four. In a drawn-out encounter, the Dark Destroyer fought back from 2-0 down to eventually run away a 4-2 winner. There will need to be leaps and bounds of improvement in her semi final meeting with Anastasia after averaging just 69 against Brooks.

Anastasia Dobromyslova confirmed the semi-final line-up with a comprehensive victory over Australian Corrine Hammond. The 2017 World Championship runner-up whitewashed Fallon Sherrock in round one, but the tables were turned as she nearly received a 4-0 beating of her own against the World number three.

Men’s results

Glen Durrant 6-2 Andy Fordham

Wesley Harms 6-3 James Hurrell

Martin Adams 6-4 Dean Reynolds

Peter Machin 6-3 Scott Mitchell

Nick Kenny 6-0 Jeff Smith

Ross Montgomery 6-4 Willem Mandigers

Conan Whitehead 6-5 Darius Labanauskas

Martin Phillips 6-1 Mark McGeeney

Women’s results

Deta Hedman 4-2 Rachael Brooks

Anastasia Dombrobyslova 4-1 Corrine Hammond

Aileen De Graaf 4-1 Rhian Griffiths

Anca Zijlstra 4-1 Trina Gulliver

BDO World Trophy – Day 1 – Big names exit on opening day!

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It was a day of upsets in the 2017 BDO World Trophy as reigning champion Darryl Fitton, Danny Noppert and Jamie Hughes all exited in the men’s bracket. With a major shock also coming in the women’s competition, read on to find out more.

Debutant Conan Whitehead was the man who dumped out reigning champion Fitton, 6-4 in a matter of 20 minutes. A sensational 104 checkout was among the highlights from the Gillingham-born Whitehead, and there was little Fitton could do to defend his title and halt the rampaging Barbarian.

Earlier in the day Jamie Hughes fell at the hands of Jeff Smith in a mouthwatering clash. Whilst not living up the pre-match hype, Smith produced a high standard of finishing to end Yozza’s dreams of picking up a first major championship victory.

Joining Hughes on the ride back home was highly fancied Danny Noppert after being bullied into submission by fellow countryman Willem Mandigers. The latter scored consistently throughout the match, with Noppert failing to convert various opportunities to reach the second round. Mandigers will certainly be a threat in the coming days.

In possibly the best encounter of the evening’s action, Darius Labanauskus showed his steel to the block out big Swede Dennis Nilsson. The Lithuanian produced the sensational darts in the contest but it was Nilsson who topped the scoring charts, four maximums for him. But it was the consistent finishing of Labanauskas the pulled him through into round two.

Martin Atkins was the final big name to topple, this time at the hands of Nick Kenny. The 23-year-old shot onto the scene last year and has been making a name for himself ever since. Adding scalps such as the Yorkshire captain can only increase his reputation. Any further progression would be a real building block for the Welsh youngster.

Martin Phillips joined the ranks for the second round with a resounding victory over Carl Dennell. The 57-year-old has failed to make it past the last 16 in his two decades at the helm but, with the home crowd roaring him on, it could just be the extra incentive the Welshman needs. If his clinical performance against Dennell is anything to go by, he could be a serious threat in this year’s World Trophy.

Mark McGeeney progressed to round two with a simple victory over Wouter Vaes. The Gladiator has fared well on the tour in 2017 but is yet to add a TV title. With performances like this he could be a real threat to the big names this year.

Ross Montgomery rounded off the action in the men’s draw, comfortably beating American qualifier Joe Chaney. As his name suggests, ‘The Boss’ dominated the match, totting up five 180s and hitting six perfect darts. It was a decent showing from the Chainsaw in his debut TV match, but it was the Boss who ruled the roost and squeezed through to the next round.

In the women’s section, number three seed Aileen De Graaf dispatched Lindsey Ashton 4-1 with minimum fuss, with her mother Lisa Ashton not fairing any better.

The Lancashire Rose has been on the top of her game in the past 18 months, but in the biggest shock of the day Anca Zijlstra dumped her out of the tournament in the deciding leg. Ashton 3-2 behind early on, levelling proceedings with a sumptuous 121 checkout on the bullseye. She then followed it up with a sensational 171, but Vijlstra kept things simple took her chance on double two to open up the women’s bracket.

The Golden Girl Trina Gulliver breezed through the opening stages of the competition making light work of Maria O’Brien. Could the 10-time World Champion be in line for a seventh World Trophy triumph? Home favourite Rhian Griffiths whitewashed Lorraine Winstanley with a 100 per cent checkout rate, putting the likes of De Graaf and Gulliver on alert. She will definitely be a name to watch out for in round two.

Men

Willem Mandigers 6-4 Danny Noppert

Nick Kenny 6-4 Martin Atkins

Jeff Smith 6-2 Jamie Hughes

Darius Labanauskas 6-3 Dennis Nilsson

Conan Whitehead 6-3 Darryl Fitton

Martin Phillips 6-0 Carl Dennell

Mark McGeeney 6-2 Wouter Vaes

Ross Montgomery 6-3 Joe Chaney

Women

Rhian Griffiths 4-0 Lorraine Winstanley

Aileen De Graaf 4-1 Lindsey Ashton

Trina Gulliver 4-1 Maria O’Brien

Anca Zijlstra 4-3 Lisa Ashton

Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters – Day Two Round-Up

Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters – Day Two Round-Up

Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters – Day Two Round-Up
Photo: PDC

In possibly the best World Series final in history, Gary Anderson retained his title sporting a record 110 average. Despite the ridiculous statistics it was not all plain sailing for the now two time champion. Michael van Gerwen had taken a 5-3 in the opening stages, before the clinical finishing of Anderson leveled proceedings.

He then landed a usually unflavoured double 16 resume control, a grip that he would not relinquish. When the world’s elite play at this level it all looks so effortless. As Anderson crashed in his twelfth maximum in the deciding leg, I laid back and took in the magnificent contest I had just witnessed. So often these television finals don’t live up to expectation but the supreme scoring coupled with the ludicrously consistent finishing produced who of the best finals of the season. Either player could have lifted the trophy this evening, but it was Gary Anderson who retained the Dubai Darts Masters.

Gary Anderson 11-7 Michael van Gerwen

How they made it this far…

Gary Anderson trounced Peter Wright to move into the first World Series final of the year. The duo exchanged blows in the opening five legs of the dual, but Anderson began to rev up as the players re-emerged from the break. The Flying Scotsman made easy work of 141, before continuing his excellent darts be extending his advantage.

Wright then bashed in a 104 checkout to put himself within arm’s length, before the three leg cushion was restored. But back came Wright, the grit and determination that steered him to a first major title earlier this year, again prevailing as he went within one of Anderson.

The Scottish world Cup pairing again trade legs before Wright would make the pivotal mistake. Five missed darts at the double gifting Anderson a simple double 10 to move within one of a second consecutive final. The trimmings and cherry on the top would be provided in the shape of double eight as ‘The Flying Scotsman’ uncovered the pathway to final to meet Michael van Gerwen

Van Gerwen booked his place in the Dubai Masters for a fifth time with a comfortable win over Gerwyn Price. The green leaved Welshman rarely threatened the World number one despite van Gerwen not hitting the usual tonne average.

Price knocked James Wade out at the Quarter final stage yesterday, but could not repeat the giant killing feat as the Green Machine let his class ooze in the latter stages.

With the venue filling up throughout the evening, there a much more boisterous crowd in attendance for finals day. The inconsistent scoring of Price never allowed them to really get behind him. The pair exchanged legs in the first session, van Gerwen going in 3-2 leader. He would then reel off six legs on the trot, with his opponent hardly seeing a shot at the double.

The clear crowd favourite, blasted in seven perfect darts before chucking the crucial eights into the single 5, and with his blood boiling, he wasted the final darts. The Dutchman would hoover up his loss of concentration, dispatching double three to go two legs away for victory.

It was the cleaning up that was the clear difference maker in the semi, but the final was just sheer class. Either man could’ve won this evening, but with Gary Anderson making inroads into the order of merit, his thrust of form could continue into the World Cup and beyond

Semi Final Results

Gary Anderson 11-8 Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen 11-3 Gerwyn Price

Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters - Day One Round-Up

Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters – Day One Round-Up

Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters - Day One Round-Up
Photo: Dubai Duty Free

The crowd were treated to some sensational darts in Dubai as four of the world’s best progressed into tomorrow’s semi-finals. In an evening full of spills and thrills we saw a near perfect leg, a 170 checkout, and two 105 averages! Continue reading to find out who made it through to the semi-finals of darts only outdoor event.

World Series debutant Gerwyn Price began his continental campaign with a bang, sailing past seven-time major winner James Wade is a last leg decider. It was not all easy going for the Welshman as Wade seemingly settled into the obscure conditions the easiest, taking the opening two legs.

The ten-year veteran then went millimetres away from creating a piece of darting history. Wade landed eight perfect darts before pulling the final arrow south of the double 12 target. Had he managed to steer it into the red, it would have been a first 9-darter at an outdoor darts event.

Price fought back to leave just a one leg deficit at the first break, giving him the opportunity to strike as the players re-emerged. The former rugby star showed extra clinically in the second mini-session, retrieving the one leg discrepancy to go in neck and neck at the halfway stage.

The Machine reclaimed his dominance, stretching his advantage to 9-7, just one leg from the finish line. Price could simply not live with Wade’s superior finishing and looked to be dead and buried.

With the match all but over and Wade cruising into the semi-finals, Price found his form, crashing in two consecutive legs to take the match to a decider. The Iceman fired in a 180 on his opening visit to a rapturous applause, from there on it was plain sailing to a sensational debut victory for the Welshman.

Peter Wright was the next dartist to progress to day two of the Dubai Masters, dispatching Dave Chisnall with a comfortable 10-5 triumph. In a strange reflection of the opening contest, Wright nailed six perfect darts before tripping on the seventh visit. He moved into a relaxed 4-1 lead, with Chizzy struggling to find the form which has seen him maintain a Premier League place for the last three seasons.

The St Helen’s based thrower would haul himself back into within three legs, as the second session drew to a close. The 36-year-old showed glimpses of his old self but it was never going to be enough to stop a rampant Peter Wright.

Wright will represent Scotland at the World Cup later this month, and with performances like this he could go into the tournament a two-time World Series event champion. The World number three landed double 12 as he teetered on the brink of victory. There would be nothing Chisnall could do to halt the in-form Wright from clinching another important win in as he marches towards a second TV crown of the year.

Reigning champion Gary Anderson began the defence of his Duty free Dubai darts masters title with a comprehensive victory over Phil Taylor. The Flying Scotsman romped to a 10-3 victory over the 16-time World Champion, but rarely shifted out of third gear. The Back to back champion of the world averaged 99 in what was a routine victory over a typically prickly opponent.

Anderson has often been said to be the most naturally gifted thrower of a dart once he gets into his rhythm, but there was no need to hit these wobbly heights as Taylor failed to synchronise his usually impeccable throwing style.

He controlled the opening proceedings and raced into a early 4-1 lead, a cushion which he would soon extend to seven legs. Making a comeback near impossible, even for a player of Taylor’s magnitude.

Stoke-on-Trent born Taylor would rescue some pride as he nailed double six for back to back legs, putting him back in contention. But the fightback would not last for long, as Anderson resumed control and an 8-3 lead with a sensational 120 checkout.

There would be no further punishment for the veteran Taylor as Anderson sealed a simple first round victory. He will now face fellow Scot, and World Cup compatriot Peter Wright in the semi-finals.

In arguably the match of the night Michael van Gerwen sunk World Cup counterpart and childhood hero Raymond van Barneveld. The World number one was at his electrifying best throughout the tussle, with Barney also producing scintillating darts.

Crowd favourite Mighty Mike took the early advantage, and only a 170 checkout from darts smoothest thrower could peg him back. Of course, as we’ve learnt over the past few years, anything you can do Michael van Gerwen can do better. A 150-checkout leaving him with a four-leg advantage and pushing Barney back into the darting dumps.

The Big Dutchman continued fighting, taking out 121 on double 11 to keep his opponent on the horizon. Even securing a 101 average could not interrupt van Gerwen’s momentum. In the only sloppy moment of the contest, Barney wasted six darts at the double as the former Dubai darts winner swooped on his mistake to progress to yet another TV semi-final.

Night one results

Gerwyn Price 10-9 James Wade
Peter Wright 10-5 Dave Chisnall
Gary Anderson 10-3 Phil Taylor
Michael van Gerwen 10-5 Raymond van Barneveld