The Worst Final Ever? Saved By The Big Fish!

Speaking to Darts World this week, world number seven, Nathan Aspinall described how his 170 ‘Big Fish’ checkout rescued the game from being remembered as an appalling game:

To be fair to both Rob Cross and ‘The Asp’, it was clear that both guys were almost out of steam. The latter stages of ‘the Open‘ are draining with two important, and often long, matches on both Saturday and Sunday. Cross, despite being a World Champion, had little experience of this and Aspinall even less.

Both players had huge incentives to ‘finish the job‘ with Cross eager to prove his World Championship was no ‘one-hit wonder‘ and Aspinall clearly intent on claiming his first ranking ‘Major’. The combination of nerves and exhaustion resulted in both players slumping from their previous levels and it seemed that ‘The Asp’ just had more in the tank and would inch his way to victory.

The one question remaining was could Nathan hit a major winning double on TV? Here’s his answer!


Up Close & Personal: Ricky’s Rapid Q&A.

In the spirit of Ricky Evans reputation as the fastest darter in the west, or any other place for that matter, Darts World hit the world number twenty-nine with a rapid round of intimate but fun questions to help you get to know him better:

Says it all really.

FULL NAME: Ricky Evans

BIRTHDATE: 29/07/1990

NICKNAME: Rapi and Evs.

HOBBY:  Darts, watching sports, playing snooker and pool. Music of all genres, quizzing.

MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT? Losing my passport/wallet numerous times on airplanes and in airports.

BEST CHAT UP LINE? Are you from Ireland? Because when I see you my penis is Dublin!

FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD MOMENT? Watching Kettering Town at Wembley, visiting Old Trafford and getting picked for England Youth.

FAVOURITE MATCH EVER? Versus Simon Whitlock 2016 PDC world champs

FAVOURITE MAGAZINE? The TV guide that comes in the Saturday paper.

FAVOURITE SMELLS? Freshly cut grass, Paco Rabanne aftershave and sizzling bacon.

LEAST FAVOURITE SMELLS? Cheese and Onion crisps, gravy and David Pallett’s feet. 

FAVOURITE SOUND? ‘Game shot and the match Ricky Evans’.

WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD? Being lonely, not playing to my best ability, watching other darts matches on TV.

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING? Check the phone, take the dog for a walk, go for practice. 

FAVOURITE COLOUR? Yellow, bright. 

FUTURE CHILD’S NAME? Ronnie or Archie.

WHAT’S YOUR RINGTONE? Phone’s always on silent…hardly answer anyway 😉

FAVOURITE FOODS? Hot curry, bacon, Jaffa cakes, sausage rolls.

CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA? Chocolate. 

DO YOU LIKE TO DRIVE FAST? Don’t drive, but as a passenger no!

DO YOU SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL? Only if nobody else will keep me company.

STORMS – COOL OR SCARY? Cool.

FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION AND WHY? I love Portugal as a country, and will be visiting again June 2019.

IF YOU COULD MEET YOUR HERO – DEAD OR ALIVE – WHO WOULD IT BE? My dad’s my hero but I’d love too meet David Beckham and Lee Mack.

FAVOURITE ALCOHOLIC DRINK? Strongbow Dark Fruit. 

FAVOURITE SOFT DRINK? Cherry Coke.

WHAT IS YOUR STAR SIGN? Leo.

TATTOOS COOL OR NOT COOL & IF YOU HAVE ONE WHAT’S YOUR BEST? Would love to have a three lions one sometime or a KTFC badge.

IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY JOB YOU WANTED WHAT WOULD IT BE? At school I wanted to be a sports journalist, I used to make my own sports paper.

IF YOU COULD DYE YOUR HAIR ANY COLOUR WHAT WOULD IT BE? Bright Yellow.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST LOVE? Football and comedy.

FAVOURITE MOVIES? Happy Gilmore, See No Evil Hear No Evil, The Naked Gun trilogy.

WHAT’S UNDER YOUR BED? Old darts and football memorabilia.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE NUMBER?  29 .

FAVOURITE SPORT TO WATCH? Football and Snooker.

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT DARTS? The camaraderie, top quality competition and obviously career changing money up for grabs.


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Aspinall To ‘Open’ Darts World’s ‘Player’s Lounge’. Live from 7.30pm Tonight.

Former UK Open Champion Nathan Aspinall will be our first ‘Players Lounge’ guest, tonight at 7.30 pm. ‘The Asp’ with be chatting with Darts World’s Tom Beresford over on our facebook page. The popular Stockport player will be talking all things darts, and maybe having a bit of fun.

The Asp is a thoughtful, but fun, guy.

Fresh from his recent Home Tour success ‘The Asp’ is focused on the upcoming Betfred World Matchplay and hoping to climb the ranking over the next year or so. Nathan is a down to earth level headed guy, who not so long ago could barely afford a new dartboard.

It seems he has not forgotten his earlier tour struggles and he has spoken out about the difficulty facing those ranked outside the top sections of professional darts and the difficulties that lie ahead with regard to ranking tables and the restart of the PDC tours.

All-in-all, he is the ideal guest to open Darts Worlds new ‘Players Lounge’ and we hope you enjoy the first of many ‘Facebook Live’ events.


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Superchin Stays Up To Speed!

DARYL GURNEY is staying in top gear during lockdown by tinkering with his huge classic car collection! The Northern Irishman is back at home with his family as the darts world has been shut down because of the Covid-19.

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Superchin has had some unexpected extra hours in his favourite place, at home with his collection of old classic cars.

He has an incredible array of 30 motors including Minis, Vauxhalls and Subaru’s to keep himself busy, adding: “All Gurneys are all petrolheads. I like welding and bodywork in the workshop. If you own a Vauxhall, you need a good welder!

“I just love driving around in the old cars. It’s nice to have something else to think about apart from darts. It certainly keeps my mind busy and there’s always something to do.”

Gurney, 34, is also urging people to stay safe and listen to Government guidance of social distancing so that life can get back to normal as soon as possible.

He said: “These are obviously weird times for everyone. But people need to listen to the advice and stay at home.

“I really hope they do because the sooner we stick to advice, the sooner life will get back to normal. No one has been through this sort of situation before.

“I think people will learn to appreciate how life has been after this. To have freedom and be able to work is actually a privilege and I think we are all learning the hard way.

“It’s also really bizarre not to have any sport to watch either. Life is really boring without sport so we need it back as soon as possible!”

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In a curious way the shutdown came at the right time for Gurney after a luckless start to his Premier League campaign.

The double major winner has been left stranded at the bottom of the league with two draws from six matches and no wins thus far.

If things had not gone his way, there’s a good chance that the popular Derry star could have been eliminated in Rotterdam this week.

But he vowed: “I don’t think like that at all. In my mind I was playing pretty decent but not getting the breaks.

“I’ve had two nine-darters against me this year already, how’s that for luck!

“I felt the results would come. I had a very decent UK Open but ran into Michael van Gerwen when he was on fire in the semi-finals.

“I thought I could get results in Newcastle and Rotterdam to avoid getting eliminated but we’ll never know now.

“At some stage the Premier League will return I hope and I can have a fresh start. That might help me a bit, it might not. So much can happen within a week in darts, let alone months.

“I’ve got time now to practice solidly and have a clean slate when we return, hopefully that will be soon but the health of people comes first before darts or sport in general.”


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