CDC Round-Up: Championship League Success & Next Gen Showcase.

As the coronavirus pandemic has left the world with a real shortage of live sport, the Championship Darts Circuit has ‘moved with the times’ as the North American-based darts corporation set up their very own darts at home league, the CDC Championship League. 

Gary Mawson returned to prominence via the online Championship League (CDC). (Pic: PDC)

Canada’s Kiley Edmunds picked up the inaugural title, defeating Gary Mawson in the final. Despite finishing fourth in the Canadian Division and seven points adrift of Matt Campbell, who topped the league phase from a Canadian perspective, the CDC Tour event finalist took full advantage of the tournament’s criteria.

Following the CDC Championship League, it was announced on social media that the third weekend on the CDC tour, due to be played in Denver, Colorado, was to be cancelled. 

The CDC’s CEO, Peter Citera released the following statement:

“Due to the continued uncertainty affecting North America surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to cancel the upcoming events originally scheduled to be held in Denver July 10th – 12th.

“All outstanding registration fees from Tour Card Holders will be refunded via cheque by the end of June. 

“We are currently exploring the possibility of holding two event weekends (one in each country) in late summer or fall. More information on the remainder of 2020 will follow in the coming weeks. Please watch www.champdarts,com and follow all of our social media properties as we will share information on all the CDC tours (Main, Junior, and Evolution) when it becomes available.

“In the meantime, we look forward to bringing you Series #2 of the CDC Championship League that will feature seven US and Canadian players in a seven-week season with one weekly featured match from each country; details will be announced in June. Additionally, we’ll continue with our giveaways of dart-related merchandise and memorabilia made possible by the generosity of our wonderful sponsors. 

“Thank you for your continued support of Championship Darts Corporation and the Championship Darts Circuit. Please stay safe and healthy, we look forward to seeing you on the oche and the Livestream just as soon as circumstances allow.”

On the back of Mr Citera’s statement that leaves a degree of excitement prior to the Championship League announcement in a few weeks time. But, in the mean time, the CDC already have something else up their sleeves.. 

Keeping North America entertained, the CDC announced the ‘Next Generation Showcase’ featuring some of the most talented young players in North America, kicking off on June 3. 

Separated into two divisions, CDC Junior Division & CDC Evolution Division, Kaden Anderson, Jamison Merritt, PJ Stewart, James Butler, Keifer Durham, Gavin Nicoll, Jacob Womack and Joey Lynaugh will battle it out for a place in the play-offs. 

Match format

Junior Division: Best of 10 legs, a win earns two points, with a draw earning a point. 

Evolution Division: Best of 12 legs, a win earns two points, with a draw earning a point. 

Notable dates

  • Week one: Wed June 3
  • Week two: Wed June 10
  • Week three: Wed June 17
  • Week four: Wed June 24

Sherrock Suffers Sick “S***” Online Abuse!

FALLON SHERROCK became the latest victim of social media abuse after a fan called her a “s***” and “slag” following an online defeat.

The Milton Keynes star, who became the first woman to beat a man in the World Championships, got the stick on Twitter yesterday.

In a direct message the yob messaged Sherrock “Your so s*** you slag” and also “I’d love to stamp on your ugly head”.

Sherrock responded on Twitter:

“All I did was not win a game of darts, this is so wrong.”

Fellow online playing star David Evans leapt to her defence and stated: “I completely feel your pain, Fallon”. 

“I get them too and it is so wrong just because they have lost 50p on a bet. Just do what I do and block them and ignore it I know it’s hard to do but I’m doing this it lets them know that they haven’t got to you.”

Sky Sports commentator Stuart Pyke also added:

“Absolutely disgusting. Report is straight away and stay strong Fallon.”

It’s not the first time Sherrock, who also drew with Glen Durrant in the Premier League earlier this year, has been given abuse. World No.1 Michael Van Gerwen is in the same Modus Sports stable as Sherrock and has helped her deal with the pressures of instant fame.

And several of the game’s superstars have reached previously out to her with guidance after nasty trolls subjected her to social media abuse.


Kurz Books Ally Pally Return.

Nico Kurz secured his return to Alexandra Palace by winning the 2020 Hylo Care Super League Germany on Sunday, defeating Dragutin Horvat 10-9 in the final.

Kurz claimed the Super League title for the second successive year, as the exciting young talent survived a match dart in a thrilling decider to book his place in the 2020/21 World Championship.

The last four weekends have seen some of Germany’s top talents competing in the group stage of the PDC Europe event, with the top four players in each group progressing to Sunday’s Finals Day.

The day began with the quarter-finals in the afternoon, as world number 38 Gabriel Clemens and 2018 Grand Slam of Darts quarter-finalist Michael Unterbuchner joined Kurz and Horvat in reaching the final four.

PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 ALEXANDRA PALACE LONDON (PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG) NICO KURZ WINS

Kurz overcame Clemens 9-7, while Horvat ran out a 9-3 victor over Unterbuchner to book their places in the final.

From 8-4 down, Kurz staged a dramatic comeback to force a last-leg decider, which saw Horvat narrowly miss double 12 for a 141 checkout, before Kurz held his nerve on double two to get over the line.

2020 Hylo Care PDC Europe Super League Germany
Finals Day
Sunday June 14
Quarter-Finals

Gabriel Clemens 8-1 Manfred Bilderl
Nico Kurz 8-5 Kevin Munch
Dragutin Horvat 8-6 Steffen Siepmann
Michael Unterbuchner 8-4 Daniel Klose

Semi-Finals
Nico Kurz 9-7 Gabriel Clemens
Dragutin Horvat 9-3 Michael Unterbuchner

Final
Nico Kurz 10-9 Dragutin Horvat

CELEBDARTY! Fallon adjusts to fame and maybe a jungle.


ARROWS queen Fallon Sherrock admits it would be easier to tackle eating bugs and face huge spiders on I’m A Celebrity than beat a man at the Ally Pally.

The Milton Keynes mum-of-one is still basking in the limelight after becoming the first woman to beat a man in the PDC World Championships and grab a draw with Glen Durrant in the Premier League.While her World Series debut has been put on ice until 2021, Sherrock admits she could be set for even bigger things off the oche.

She admits: “I think in the long run I might get some opportunities to push myself a bit further. I’m not really what just yet, I’m taking each day as it comes. I’ve had a couple of things come up, I’m not going to say anything because they’re not confirmed yet. Fingers crossed.“Obviously any opportunity like that if it came my way, I’d take it. I think everyone would take it if they got the opportunity. I’ve never been afraid to challenge myself, so anything different I will go for it. I’m so excited to see what happens in the future. “I can dance, a little bit. Can I eat bugs? Yes no problem. Spider and heights are much easier than beating a man at the Ally Pally, any day of the week!”

Sherrock has been flooded with messages from celebs since her wins over Ted Evetts and Mensur Suljovic at the Ally Pally including Billie Jean King and Sex In The City star Sarah Jessica Parker. She even played in a celeb event with Italian football legend Luca Toni.

Sherrock added: “It has started to sink in the amount of messages I had from people. It’s disbelief to get messages from these massive people and they know who I am. They are talking about me. I’m just a normal person. It’s just incredible. I’m so proud and happy with everything. “I’ve had a lot from Jacqui Oatley, she was messaging me support throughout the Worlds. I’ve met some more celebs, I played darts with Luca Toni in Germany, he was awesome. He congratulated me. I’ve had so much, I’ve lost count.”

Sherrock, who has certainly backed up her stage performances with impressive lockdown online displays, admits she’s suddenly got a big target on her back.

But she dismisses any suggestion that the pressure is too much on her shoulders, adding: “It’s not really been that difficult. I have got a target on my back now, I never had that before. Instead of people saying ‘I’ve got to play her, it’s fine’, now everyone wants to beat Fallon Sherrock, she is the one we want to beat.“I’m so happy about that in one way because it means I’ve got a game on my hands and I always like to be pushed as much as I can. In that respect I’m really happy.

“I don’t take any notice of stuff said on social media. If I see anything negative I just don’t read it. If anything it just spurs me on a bit more. I want to prove everyone wrong and makes me even more determined. I know what I can do, I’ve just never had the opportunity to prove it before.“I’ve possibly got a bit more pressure on me but I don’t put pressure on myself. I just try and ignore everything going on around me and play my own darts.“

I’m really happy that Lisa Ashton got the tour card it proves again that us women can compete with the men. Now there’s two women that are going to beat the men.“Getting through Q School is such a hard thing to do so that was an achievement in itself for Lisa. I feel so proud and positive that she will go week-in, week-out and so us proud. It’s only going to push the ladies’ game even further. It’s all positives.”

World No.1 Michael Van Gerwen is in the same Modus Sports stable as Sherrock and has helped her deal with the pressures of instant fame.And several of the game’s superstars have reached out to her with guidance after nasty trolls subjected her to social media abuse. But criticism from keyboard warriors is nothing compared to the battle mum-of-one Sherrock faces in looking after autistic son Rory. Not that the five-year-old has any moans about his mum’s new hectic lifestyle.

She added: “I’ve explained to him what I’m doing when I’m going away and he loves it. Now he just wants to try and play darts and always try and hit the bullseye!“All through the week though it’s mummy’s rules for him and then he’s away at my mum’s and he’s got no rules, he sees it as a little holiday. So he’s loving life at the moment.“I feel like I’m doing this all for him. It was hard for me being away from him. But I call him on FaceTime three times every day I’m away. So I still feel like I’m there. It’s working well at the moment.

“I’m doing all this work for him. I want to do this for the long run, for his future.

It just makes me want to carry on and do my best.”


Pix: Taylor Lanning.

Chilton & Gillan win World ParaDarts United Lockdown Titles.

World ParaDarts’ maiden tournament, the World ParaDarts United Lockdown tournament, was played to a fantastic conclusion last Sunday evening, with Winmau duo Ricky Chilton and Rob Gillan taking the Stand and Wheelchair titles respectively.

The whole tournament was played remotely from each player’s home around the World and streamed live via the World Paradarts Facebook group here.

In the standing category Ricky Chilton defeated Jon Hirst 4-1 in what was a tighter final than the scoreline suggests. The Welshman also defeated David Johnson en route to the final, coming out the 4-2 victor at that stage.

New Zealander Rob Gillan was crowned the Wheelchair classification champion with a 4-1 win over Dutchman Arie van de Rassel. Gillan also defeated Darren Kennish by the same scoreline in his semi-final, whilst Arie defeated Patrick Morrison 4-0 in their semi-final.

Full results


Full results and original article at winmau.com

German Super League Finals Day – Line Up Confirmed.

The 2020 Hylo Care Super League Germany will reach its climax on Sunday, with the line-up for Finals Day now confirmed.

PDC Appoints Rippleffect and Streamamg

The last four weekends have seen some of Germany’s top talents competing in the group stage of the PDC Europe event, with the top four players in each group progressing to Finals Day.

Sunday will see the remaining eight players in action from 1500 CET as they battle for the title and a place at Alexandra Palace to compete in the 2020/21 William Hill World Darts Championship.

Finals Day will begin with the quarter-finals, followed by the semi-finals and final.

Top ranked played and Group A winner Gabriel Clemens will take on Manfred Bilderl, before last year’s champion and rising star Nico Kurz faces Kevin Munch.

Daniel Klose was the surprise package as in winning Group B and he will now face Grand Slam of Darts quarter-finalist Michael Unterbuchner, while Tour Card Holder Steffen Siepmann will meet Dragutin Horvat.

PDC Europe Super League Germany will be broadcast live on Sport1 & DAZN, with coverage also to be available on PDCTV outside of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

2020 Hylo Care PDC Europe Super League Germany
Finals Day
Sunday June 14 (1500-2300 CET)
Quarter-Finals

Gabriel Clemens v Manfred Bilderl
Nico Kurz v Kevin Munch
Daniel Klose v Michael Unterbuchner
Steffen Siepmann v Dragutin Horvat

Semi-Finals
Clemens/Bilderl v Kurz/Munch
Klose/Unterbuchner v Siepmann/Horvat

Final
Clemens/Bilderl/Kurz/Munch v Klose/Unterbuchner/Siepmann/Horvat

Format
Quarter-Finals: Best of 15 legs
Semi-Finals: Best of 17 legs
Final: Best of 19 legs


Featured Pic: PDC (Gabriel Clemens)

Columnist Predicted Sherrock’s Starring Role.

Our columnist, and contributor, JR Lott added this tiny piece to a World Championship e-guide produced before the Ally Pally event this year. He seems he had an inkling of what was to come!

FALLON SHERROCK (Pic: Christopher Dean)

For the 2019 World Championship, the PDC innovated once more. A direct route for female players to play in the championships was introduced for the first time. Lisa Ashton and Anastasia were the qualifiers, from very high-quality field, and both played strongly in the main event.  This year the route has been extended to include a UK and a Rest of the World style qualifying event.  

Mikuru Suzuki,37, will debut at Ally Pally after capturing the Lakeside title in 2019. She is familiar with the PDC set up, and atmosphere, after being selected by the BDO for this year’s Grand Slam of Darts. The Japanese star made things deciding decidedly uncomfortable for Gerwyn Price in her opening match. Despite not qualifying for the knockout stage she will have gained valuable experience, and having little to lose, and could be very dangerous indeed. 

(PIC;LAWRENC LUSTIG) FALLON SHARROCK PRESS CONFERENCE

Fallon Sherrock has been somewhat overshadowed in recent years. The former World Championship finalist, and twice major title winner, has been outmatched by Lisa Ashton and now Suzuki. The twenty-five-year-old hairdresser has, however, had a superb 2019, winning several titles all around Europe. She then played superbly in the ladies’ qualifying event averaging close to 100.

Her debut at Alexandra Palace will introduce her to a whole new audience and may prove another boost to her career. 

The form and ability of the female representatives keeps getting stronger and stronger. It may not be long until darts becomes a fully integrated sport. 


The Miracle – Mikuru Speaks To Darts World.

A little while ago our lead reporter caught up with the remarkable Mikuru Suzuki. As well as revealing her discomfort at having to wear shoes in her own house, against Japanese tradition, to play Phil Taylor, she enjoyed a full Q & A session ‘our man in Japan’:


Darts World: What was your childhood like, where did you grow up in Japan?

Mikuru Suzuki: I grew up in Osaka in a city called Katano. It’s a bit in the countryside with lots of nature. I think I was a quite active child.

Suzuki Into the spotlight. Pic:Taylor Lanning

DW: How many in your family? Brothers and sisters?

MS: We are a family of three. My husband and son. I also have an older brother who is two years older.

DW: What did you first want to be when you grew up for a job?

MS: I had no specific career in mind but I wanted a job that allows me to talk with other people.

DW: When did you first play darts, how old and where?

MS: I was 26 when I threw my first darts. My friend took me to a dart bar and we played there.


DW: What was your first big win which meant you knew you could go professional?

MS: There is a soft (electronic) darts pro tour (for which, a player has to get a pro license) in Japan. I think it was the first win of one of those tour stop in Nagoya.


DW: What did the people close to you think of you playing darts for a career?

MS: I became a professional dart player after getting married and I can continue to be so thanks to the understanding and support of my husband. I think I am lucky with the support of my close ones.


DW: What has been your favourite darts match so far?

MS: I think it was my first at Lakeside against Lisa, that January. I remember that the enjoyment of the game took over the nervousness and I manage to get the win.


DW: Do you believe that women can compete with men and beat them on a regular basis?

MS: Currently it is still hard but definitely want to get closer to that.


DW: What is your ambition in darts?

MS: To be the number one on the planet.


DW: What do you think of the standard of the Ladies game? Who are your biggest rivals?

MS: I think the standard will still rise a lot.


DW: Do you think Beau Greaves is going to be the future of the Ladies game?

MS: I think she has a huge potential still inside her.


DW: How do you think your game can improve?

MS: I think it will take time but I can improve it by trying to reach the level of the men.

(PIC LAWRENCE LUSTIG) MIKURU SUZUKI & DIMITRI VAN DEN BERGH.


DW: What’s been the most exciting thing about coming to the UK? London?

MS: Maybe the shopping part? I also love to go to the grocery stores!

DW: Are there more talented younger players coming through from Japan?

MS: I think there will be more and more indeed. The road is built, so why wouldn’t they?


OM: Do you think we will one day see a Japanese mens World Champion?

MS: I strongly believe so. The dart level in Japan, in Asia is currently going through a big growing period.


DW: What is your favourite food and drink?

MS: I like spicy food and black tea.


DW: What is your favourite food and drink in the UK?

MS: It’s not a meal food but I really like the Salt and Vinegar crisps! I like things like the HP sauce and malt vinegar that is not common in Japan.


DW: Who is your sporting idol?

MS: I think it might be Saori Yoshida who was called the strongest human on earth. I also am trying to be the best dart player.


DW: Are you proud of what Japan achieves in other sports. Like how they did in the Rugby World Cup?

MS: Yes, especially the Rugby World Cup was a fantastic event and people were quite excited!


DW: Do you have any hobbies or other interests.

MS:

I like singing Karaoke and golf. But I am not good at either.


Pix: Taylor Lanning (unless stated)

Flash in Japan – Darts World Exclusive!

MIKURU SUZUKI had to break the Japanese tradition of wearing shoes indoors to play The God of Darts. The current Ladies World Champion lost narrowly to the greatest player of all-time in a virtual match on Sky Sports.

But Suzuki revealed it was a weird experience. She admitted:

“I have never worn shoes in my house. So I feel weird. I will feel something strange.

I mean I feel weird myself wearing shoes in my room for the first time to play darts during the game.”

I always wear shoes to play in. It makes a difference when you play. When I train I wear shoes. Of course, I will wear it during this game. I am a bit worried I will be too loud and make too much noise with my shoes in this quiet Japanese house. Maybe I will bother my family. I am a bit worried and concerned about that during the game”.

“It’s a Japanese tradition, I would even say that 100 percent of Japanese people take off their shoes before entering a house. We have space to put all the shoes from everyone. It’s a huge tradition to take off your shoes before entering the house.” Suzuki, 38, narrowly missed out on becoming the first woman to beat a man at the Ally Pally World Championships before Fallon Sherrock achieved that feat.

She added:

“He is super famous here. Here in Japan, he’s known literally as the God of Darts. I don’t think there is someone here in Japan who plays darts and doesn’t know Phil Taylor. Also being able to play a charity game against him is something if anybody Japanese hears about, he will be super happy, really impressed.”

Suzuki also admits she may need to move to the UK permanently to pursue her dream of getting a PDC Tour Card as she follows the surge in women’s darts spearheaded by Sherrock and Lisa Ashton.She added: “This year my plans were to move around several countries, play worldwide, but unfortunately due to this current situation I have not been able to leave my country. Once things are back to normal, I’d like to start moving again. I want to follow Lisa and get a Tour Card. I’d like to challenge myself around the world.

“Women haven’t proven ourselves enough yet. For example it’s a win or lose thing, of course, we can always win. But honestly to keep winning at that level, to get consistent wins, it’s something we have not been able to do that yet. Basically there is a wall. We have to keep winning consistently.

“Of course, I’d really love to go to UK and to experience life there and live there. At the same time getting my visa sorted would be quite a tough thing. If I am able to get the PDC Tour Card, I’d decide to live in the UK for one or two years. That’s my decision.”


Pix: Taylor Lanning

WDDA Winmau World Cup and Festival of Disability Darts 2021

Next year’s WDDA Winmau World Cup and Festival of Disability Darts has been scheduled to take place across the weekend of 29th April to 2nd May 2021 at the Hilcroft Hotel, Whitburn, Scotland.

The four-day event will be headlined by the second iteration of the WDDA Winmau World Cup, hosted by Disability Darts Scotland, with disability darts teams from around the globe playing in both Compris and Classic classified tournaments.

Full details of the darts festival are as follows:

WDDA WINMAU WORLD CUP AND FESTIVAL OF DISABILITY DARTS.

29 April – 2 May 2021

The Hilcroft Hotel, East Main Street, Whitburn, West Lothian, Scotland, EH47 0JU.

Thursday 29th April; All countries will be collected from the Airport and taken to your Hotel.

Thursday 29th April 7.30pm; Pairs Event in the Cawburn Sports Bar £10 entry (transport provided ).

Friday 30th April 10.30am until 5.00pm; Cultural coach trips – two trips taking you to some of Scotland’s beautiful historical landmarks and sights (optional).

Friday 30th April 7.30pm; A Ladies only tournament in the Cawburn Sports Bar £5 entry (transport provided)

Friday 30th April 7.30pm; Men’s Singles event, Hilcroft Hotel Main Hall £5 entry.

Saturday 1st May 10.00am; Bagpipe opening ceremony, followed by the WDDA Winmau World Cup Team Event, Hilcroft Hotel; 9.30pm Karaoke in Hotel Lounge.

Sunday 2nd May 10.30am; Finals Day, see the World Cup come to a conclusion in the Hilcroft Hotel.

Sunday 2nd 8.00pm; Farewell Supper Dance with cabaret, buffet and disco.

All EVENTS ARE FOR REGISTERED WDDA COUNTRIES AND PLAYERS ONLY IN BOTH COMPRIS AND CLASSIC DIVISIONS.

Winmau and Disability Darts Scotland look forward to welcoming you to Scotland.

All information and bookings are available by e-mail to dartsscotland@gmx.co.uk


Notice originally published at: winmau.com