MVG Adds To 9-Darter Tally.

PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG MICHAEL VAN GERWEN IN ACTION

Micheal van Gerwen had the latest 9-dart moment. The World no.1 added to his ever growing list of perfect legs during his Players Championship semi-final over the weekend.The latest nine-darter (vs Krzysztof Ratajski) means that MVG is closing in on Phil Taylor who had 21 official 9-dart finishes during his career.

MVG has recently produced a range of new darting products with his new sponsor.

His latest effort will also be pleasing to Van Gerwen’s new darts sponsor. The Dutchman moved to Winmau in January and has had a slightly up and down time since.

He has won well in the Premier League and recorded some high averages, but seemed to be a little less consistent that in previous years. Perhaps a corner has been turned.


Scott ‘The Mod’ Baker Hits 9 Darter During Early Defeat.

Scott Baker Hits the Perfect Leg at Players Championship 2

Enigmatic Dudley darts ace, Scott Baker, hit his second-ever PDC perfect leg at Players Championship 2 (Feb 2020) in his opening match against Danny Noppert.

Pic: Tip Top Pics & Red Dragon Darts.

Baker unfortunately lost the match 6-5 but can take encouragement for the feat and kick on into his second year on the PDC Pro Tour.

The opening weekend of ProTour events saw Gary Anderson and Nathan Aspinall win a Players Championship title each.

9 Dart Double: Van Duivenbode & Aspinall Provide Perfection in Players Championship.

Dutch youngster, Mike van Duivenbode, smashed in the perfect leg during his first PDC match of the 2020 season during his 6-5 win over Chris Dobey at Players Championship 1.

NATHAN ASPINALL IN ACTION
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Nathan Aspinall also rattled in a perfect leg, during Players Championship 2, the following day. ‘9 Darters’ were once a rarity even at the highest level. So much so that a rolling prize fund used to be offered for anyone who hit one during the Pro Tour events. Often these funds would mount up to many thousands of pounds even though they were £500 per event or less!

During the opening ProTour weekend of the year, “The Silencer” Jeff Smith also stamped his return to the PDC ProTour for the first time since 2013 with aplomb, making a run to the Players Championship 1 final.

Smith defeated the likes of Aspinall, Peter Wright and Dave Chisnall along the way with some outstanding performances before finishing runner-up after an 8-4 defeat in the final, at the hands of in-form Gary Anderson.

Jeff Smith – Back with a Bang!

Smith also followed on this form into Sunday’s Players Championship 2 – narrowly losing at the last 16 stage 6-5 against Dirk van Duijvenbode. Smith couldn’t have asked for a much better start to his PDC return, earning £7,500 on to his Order of Merit ranking over the two days.

Nathan Aspinall came out the eventual winner of the tournament, hitting a 9-dart finish along the way during a colossal tussle with World Champion Peter Wright before defeating Gerwyn Price 8-3.

Dolan is making understated progress!
Pic: PDC

Brendan Dolan also showed glimpses of his superb floor form from the end of 2019 as he made a run to Players Championship 1 semi-finals, losing out to Jeff Smith. It appears that Brendan has solidified his performances and will be worth keeping an eye on in coming months.

Full Players Championships results available from DartConnect here.

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Darts World / Winmau Player of the Month – Lucy Wilson.

Congratulations to Lucy Wilson of Swansea who has become the latest Darts World Player of the Month. Lucy will also be added to our hall of fame.

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Harrington & Jones Pick Up Pdc Unicorn Challenge Tour Wins

Challenge Tour 3 & 4: Rocky ‘Hits a Nine’ as Dennant & Van De Val Take Titles.

Matthew Dennant and Jitse Van der Wal picked up titles as the opening Unicorn Challenge Tour weekend of 2020 drew to a close in Wigan on Sunday.

Former World Championship Semi-Finalist Andy ‘Rocky’ Jenkins. Jenkins hit 2020’s First Challenge Tour 9 Dart Leg during event 4.
Pic: PDC

The PDC’s second-tier tour continued with the third and fourth events of the year, each offering £10,000 in prize money, after Saturday’s opening day saw victories for Scott Mitchell and Robert Collins.

The day began with Event Three as Dennant claimed the second Challenge Tour title of his career, and his first since 2013.

Dennant, a Tour Card Holder from 2016-17, took the scalps of Cameron Menzies, Gordon Mathers and Dave Parletti on his way to the final, while also averaging 102.5 in his last 16 win over Connor Scutt.

Northern Irish youngster Nathan Rafferty battled from 4-2 down to take the final all the way, but Dennant found a timely 180 in a 13-dart deciding leg to seal victory.

Event Three also saw former World Championship semi-finalist Andy Jenkins hit the first nine-dart finish of the year in a PDC event in his 5-4 defeat to Lukas Wenig at the last 256 stage.

Jitse van der Wal (PDC)
Jiste Van der Wal – An ‘Oasis of Calm’ Challange Tour 4?

Event Four saw Dutch youngster Van der Wal taste victory at the end of his first weekend competing on the Challenge Tour.

The 20-year-old, who played at European Qualifying School for the first time last weekend, defeated James Hubbard 5-3 in the quarter-finals before overcoming compatriot Arjan Konterman 5-2 in the final.

The next PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour weekend will be held from April 11-12 at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan.

See full results and stats from Events Three and Four through DartConnect.

2020 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour results
Events Three and Four, Sunday January 26

Event Three
Last 16

Paul Williams 5-2 Jamie Clark
Gordon Mathers 5-2 James Richardson
Matthew Dennant 5-3 Connor Scutt
Cameron Menzies 5-4 Jacob Gwynne
Boris Koltsov 5-2 A.J. Urmston-Toft
James Hubbard 5-2 Richie Burnett
Nathan Rafferty 5-3 Jake Jones
Graham Usher 5-4 Scott Williams

Quarter-Finals
Gordon Mathers 5-1 Paul Williams
Matthew Dennant 5-1 Cameron Menzies
James Hubbard 5-2 Boris Koltsov
Nathan Rafferty 5-4 Graham Usher

Semi-Finals
Matthew Dennant 5-3 Gordon Mathers
Nathan Rafferty 5-1 James Hubbard

Final
Matthew Dennant 5-4 Nathan Rafferty

Event Four
Last 16

Arjan Konterman 5-0 Scott Mitchell
Cody Harris 5-1 Rhys Hayden
Tytus Kanik 5-1 Dom Taylor
Scott Taylor 5-1 Boris Koltsov
James Hubbard 5-4 Steve Hine
Jitse Van der Wal 5-3 Stuart Dutton
Daniel Ayres 5-4 Eddie Lovely
Brian Raman 5-3 David Ladley

Quarter-Finals
Arjan Konterman 5-4 Cody Harris
Scott Taylor 5-0 Tytus Kanik
Jitse Van der Wal 5-3 James Hubbard
Daniel Ayres 5-4 Brian Raman

Semi-Finals
Arjan Konterman 5-3 Scott Taylor
Jitse Van der Wal 5-4 Daniel Ayres

Final
Jitse Van der Wal 5-2 Arjan Konterman

MVG Stuns Lewis with 9 Dart Leg.

Micheal Van Gerwen announced a return to his best, with a superb 9 dart leg, in his match against Adrian Lewis this afternoon.

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN

MVG often turns on the style against players of a similar speed and fluency to himself and today was no exception. Leading 4-3, but with Lewis not out of it, Micheal hit a maximum 180 to get the leg under-way. He opted for 177 with his second throw, hitting t19 last dart. Two T20s and a smooth D12 finished it off in style.

The Butlins crowd seemed to thoroughly enjoy their brief glimpse of perfection. This was Micheals 6th televised 9 dart leg and followed the path he set down early. He was both the youngest player to hit one and the first to do so without going 180, 180 with the first two turns.

Some observers had commented on the world number one seeming sub-par, in recent months, and wondered if the improvement of other players, such as Gerwyn Price had increased the pressure on the 30-year-old Dutchman.

It seems that MVG is keen to get back to winning way at the business end of the 2019 season.

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Richardson Wins Darts World/Winmau Player of the Month & Claims Hall of Fame Spot.

Hayden Richardson of Margate was the latest winner of Darts World Magazine‘s legendary player of the month competition (October ’19).

For many years we have acknowledged great darts from players of all levels and in a huge variety of circumstances. Everything from amateur ‘9 darters’ through to a vital win in a local league game.

Our thanks to Winmau, who have always supported us in this venture. Every month they send a set of darts ( previously a board) to the winning player and a prize for the person who nominated them.

Our sincere congratulation to Hayden who will be added to our fast developing Hall of Fame here: http://www.dartsworld.com/category/darts-world-news/hall-of-fame/


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Darts World Hall of Fame – Our Players of the Month!

Our Player of the Month Award is a chance for any player to get their name in ‘The History Books’and claim a superb set of Winmau ‘Pro-Line’ darts. Each month we receive a large number of nominations from members of teams, owners of venues, and darts fans.

Whether it’s a local player who has a great day or a well-known star playing in their off-stage qualifier everyone has a chance for a mention and a darts related prize. A new name is added to the Hall of Fame every month. Look for the latest entrant in your monthly print/digital copy!

2020

APRIL – Justin Lews

MARCH – Emily Carroll

FEBRUARY – LUCY WILSON – SWANSEA

JANUARY – ASHLEIGH TURNER – SUSSEX

2019

DECEMBER – STANLEY O’QUINN – BISHOP’S STORTFORD

NOVEMBER – HAYDEN RICHARDSON – Margate

Darts World February 2019

OCTOBER – TOMMY DAVIES

SEPTEMBER – GERAINT NEWMAN

AUGUST – ABIGAIL THWAITE – BRENTWOOD

JULY – TAVIS DUDENEY – SUSSEX

JUNE – BARRY JONES – RHONDDA

MAY – JONATHAN SHARP – NORWICH

APRIL – COLIN FRANCIS – ISLE OF WIGHT

MARCH – STEVE JENKINS

FEBRUARY – RODNEY MAGOWAN

JANUARY – DENNIS BRYANT

2018

Rob Cross features on February’s Cover in 2018

DECEMBER – CARL WILSON

NOVEMBER – KEITH ALLMAN

OCTOBER – RYAN PALMER

SEPTEMBER – JOBY BOOTH

AUGUST – PHIL HALLS

JULY – JOHN DAVEY

JUNE – WAYNE DAVIES

MAY – MARK GRIMES

APRIL – WAYNE WARREN

MARCH – REECE ROBINSON

FEBRUARY – IVAN BELL

JANUARY – TYLER REYNOLDS

2017

June 2017 Cover
June 2017

December – John Mann (10 Darter)

November – Tony Littleton (9 Darter)

October – Colin Radcliffe, Alun Pritchard & John Buckingham (12 Darters)

Price Hits 9 Darter: Czech Darts Open.

GERWYN PRICE hit a nine-dart finish on Day Two of the Czech Darts Open in Prague on Saturday, while Michael van Gerwen was one of 11 seeded players to fall at the first hurdle.

PDC Europe.

Day Two of the ninth European Tour event of 2019 saw 32 players in action as the 16 seeded players faced Friday’s winners at the PVA Expo Praha, all looking to secure places in Finals Day of the £140,000 event.

A phenomenal match between Gerwyn Price and Glen Durrant not only saw Price average over 100 but also saw the Welshman send the Czech crowd into a frenzy with a perfect nine-dart finish in the final leg of his 6-4 victory. 

“It’s the first one I’ve ever hit in competition, it was going to happen sooner or later,” said Price.

“Every time I’m on for the nine I always miss the double and today it’s gone in.”

Price now sets up a third round clash with Simon Whitlock who survived a scare as an unfortunate fall-out when Justin Pipe was on a finish, let the Australian swoop in and claim a 6-5 win.

32-time European Tour event winner Michael van Gerwen missed 13 darts at a double as Keegan Brown sent the World Number One home in a last leg decider, averaging 97.53 in the process.

“Winning in these conditions is always great but to do it against Michael is second to none”said Brown.

“I go into every tournament thinking I’m going to win it and today was no different, that’s it.”

Brown will face Danny Noppert in the third round after the Dutchman edged out Darren Webster 6-4 in a tense affair.

11 of the 16 seeded players were unable to claim a place in tomorrow’s Finals Day action, including an out-of-sorts Adrian Lewis falling victim to a whitewash from Jamie Hughes, as well as James Wade being beaten comprehensively by Mervyn King.

King will face his nickname namesake Corey Cadby in the third round, who’s dream European Tour debut continued with a 6-5 last-leg deciding win over Michael Smith.

Jermaine Wattimena also secured a spot in the third round after a 6-2 victory over Jonny Clayton and Andrew Gilding reached Finals Day of a European Tour event for just the third time in his career after seeing off Nathan Aspinall 6-4.

Elsewhere, Ron Meulenkamp kept the possibility of a World Matchplay place alive with a 6-4 defeat of Steve Beaton. As did Ted Evetts who saw off Ricky Evans 6-3 in a bid for a place at The Winter Gardens.

However, Daryl Gurney ended William O’Connor’s hopes of a place in the World Matchplay after defeating the Irishman 6-4.

Danish Darts Open finalist Chris Dobey continued his fine European Tour form with a 6-3 beating of Joe Cullen and Ian White overcame a hostile Czech crowd and secured his place in Sunday’s Finals Day after defeating Host Nation Qualifier Karel Sedlacek 6-4.

Stephen Bunting wanted a piece of the seed toppling action and came out the 6-4 victor in his clash against Peter Wright, but there were no mistakes being made by Mensur Suljovic who whitewashed John Henderson and secured his place in the final 16.

Sunday’s third and final day of the Czech Darts Open will see the Last 16 matches take place in the afternoon session, followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final in the evening.

All the action will be broadcast on PDCTV-HD, and through a series of bookmakers’ websites worldwide.

Saturday June 29
Second Round
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)


Jermaine Wattimena 6-2 Jonny Clayton
Danny Noppert 6-4 Darren Webster
Simon Whitlock 6-5 Justin Pipe
Andrew Gilding 6-4 Nathan Aspinall
Daryl Gurney 6-4 William O’Connor
Ian White 6-4 Karel Sedlacek
Ron Meulenkamp 6-4 Steve Beaton
Mervyn King 6-2 James Wade

Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST)
Ted Evetts 6-3 Ricky Evans
Chris Dobey 6-3 Joe Cullen
Stephen Bunting 6-4 Peter Wright
Keegan Brown 6-5 Michael van Gerwen
Mensur Suljovic 6-0 John Henderson
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Glen Durrant 
Jamie Hughes 6-0 Adrian Lewis
Corey Cadby 6-5 Michael Smith

Sunday June 30
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)
Third Round

Keegan Brown v Danny Noppert
Mensur Suljovic v Ted Evetts
Stephen Bunting v Chris Dobey
Daryl Gurney v Jermaine Wattimena
Ian White v Andrew Gilding
Jamie Hughes v Ron Meulenkamp
Mervyn King v Corey Cadby
Gerwyn Price v Simon Whitlock

Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST)
Quarter-Finals

Brown/Noppert v Suljovic/Evetts
Bunting/Dobey v Gurney/Wattimena
White/Gilding v Hughes/Meulenkamp
King/Cadby v Price/Whitlock

Semi-Finals
Final

Sunday’s games played in Draw Bracket order

Format
All games up to and including the quarter-finals are the best of 11 legs, with the semi-finals the best of 13 legs and the final the best of 15 legs. 

ENDS

Written by Luke Hewitt