This Weekhas been looking back through the darting vaults to for our latest selection of historical highlights. February 23rd-29th has featured some great events over the years:
20 years ago:
This week was the first holding of the (PDC) Irish Masters. The event could be classed as a forerunner of the Pro Tour circuit, even though it was classed as catagory 2 at the time, Chris Mason claimed the title defeating Shayne Burgess in the final. The event featured a very strong filed including Priestley, Warriner-Little, Deller and Colin Lloyd. The Irish Masters continued in the same format for the next six years and was claimed by a wide range of players including Dennis Ovens, Peter Manley and James Wade. Chris Mason had a superb career, in both the BDO and PDC, and claimed titles against the best players of his time. His TV career and social media presence often hides the fact that, in his pomp, he could really play!
11 Years Ago:
Phil Taylor gave a demonstration of his total dominance, over PDC darts, at the German Open. These early season events were a type of forerunner to the modern European Tour, they allowed local players to join the PDC members and even had selected stage matches. Joining at the 128 stage ‘The Power’ Defeated Dave Fatum (6-2) before whitewashing Patrick Loos, Steve Beaton and Mensur back to back. MVG was dispatched 6-3 and then Vincent Van de Voort 6-1. Phil then trounced Adrian Lewis 6-0 to claim the title. Fifty-Four legs played over seven matches for with a forty-eight to six split. Three World Champions and two major finalists were simply crushed. Just for good measure Phil repeated the feat the following day to claim back-to-back Pro Tour wins.
5 Years Ago:
Gert De Vos began his quest for the BDO’s World Trophy. It would be fair to say the Belgian player (then 33) was not exactly one of the favourites, and yet, one-by-one the illustrious names either fell by the wayside or were removed by De Vos himself. He worked his way to the later stages by defeated Rick Hostra and Jim Widmayer with relative ease. Dutchman Wes Harms was dispatched in the Qtr before a pair of epic encounters with Mark McGeeney (Semi) and Jeffrey De Graff (Final). Both were won in the deciding leg after titanic struggles. De Vos had finally claimed a major title after many near misses. He has claimed many smaller titles but rarely can one have been so hard earned as the 2015 World Trophy!
Sees the start of the European Tour for 2020. It will be interesting to see if the broader division of titles, that began in 2019, will be maintained or will MVG, Whitey and a few others dominate this tour again?
Hello to all you dart players, fans and readers out there in ‘DartsWorld’. Welcome to the first of my monthly accounts of life on the road as a professional darts MC. By way of introduction, I would like to give you an insight into how I got involved on the microphone as opposed to the playing side of our wonderful sport.
I started off by helping as a referee for Oxfordshire’s home county matches. To be honest, I didn’t really enjoy it to start with, but the more I undertook the more I got into it. Then in January 2009, while playing for Oxfordshire in Yorkshire, someone mentioned that I should think about organising an exhibition with me as the compère. It was one of those “at the bar” chats that planted a seed. Fortunately, former World No5 Dennis Smith, was a teammate at the time and he offered his services for a reasonable fee and I decided to make it happen.
So, on the 2nd of May 2009 at Bicester Town FC about 40 spectators joined us for a good fun evening of darts and humour. Later that year I organised my 2nd event at the same venue. This time Jamie Caven was the star attraction and, as always with ‘Jabba’ another great evening ensued.
By the end of that year, my first outside booking arrived and what a start I would be MCing for a 3 time World Champion! Despite my initial nerves Martin Adams proved a pleasure to work with and we have done so several times since. Over the following two-three years, I organised and hosted more exhibitions in the Bicester area, including with the late Eric Bristow MBE, Steve Beaton, Wayne Mardle, Peter Manley and many more. Didcot GWRSA became almost a second home where we also hosted great events too, with World Champions and other great players.
When I, unfortunately, lost my beautiful mother in July 2012, just 10 months after my wonderful father had passed away, I decided that I was going to try to make a career as a professional MC. The first thing I did was to ring my good friend and former World Champion, Bob Anderson to ask his opinion on my plans. When he replied with an immediate positive response my mind was made up.
Over the next few months, I will tell you about some of my fantastic experiences at home and abroad, including my trips to Japan, unforgettable journeys and experiences. In the last 5 years, I have visited Germany forty-five times and this figure is rising all the time. I visit Switzerland for the annual, this year on the 2nd weekend in June, and I’ve many other great events coming up in the next few months. I hope that you have enjoyed this introduction. Meanwhile, I shall be on the ‘Open Road’. See you at an event soon, I hope.
The draw has been published for the BDO World Trophy. This years event will be from 30th August to 1st September at the King George’s Hall in Blackburn.
Highlights of the first-round ties draw include top seed Richard Veenstra against Australian, Justin Thompson. Wesley Harms versus Paul Hogan and Dave Parletti, facing in form Dutch ace, Martijn Kleermaker.
In the ladies event, defending champion Fallon Sherrock will face World Champion, Mikuru Suzuki. Lisa Ashton takes on Corrine Hammond. Anastasia Dobromyslova matches up to Sharon Prins. Aileen de Graaf Lorraine Winstanley will both face qualifiers in the first round.
BDO World Trophy 2019
(1) Richard Veenstra v Justin Thompson (16) Kyle McKinstry v Nick Kenny (9) Wayne Warren v Qualifier 4 (8) Scott Waites v Daniel Day (5) Michael Unterbuchner v Roger Janssen (12) Mario Vandenbogaerde v Brian Lokken (13) ) Ross Montgomery v Sebastian Steyer (4) Scott Mitchell by Qualifier 2 (3) Wesley Harms v Paul Hogan (14) Andy Hamilton v Adam Smith-Neale (11) Chris Landman v Mark McGrath (6) Dave Parletti v Martijn Kleermaker (7) ) Gary Robson v Joe Chaney (10) Willem Mandigers v Qualifier 3 (15) Derk Telnekes v Qualifier 1 (2) Jim Williams v Wes Newton
(1) Lisa Ashton v Corrine Hammond (8) Trina Gulliver v Casey Gallagher (5) Fallon Sherrock v Mikuru Suzuki (4) Aileen de Graaf v Qualifier 1 (3) Deta Hedman v Maria O’Brien (6) Anastasia Dobromyslova v Sharon Prins (7) Laura Turner v Paula Jacklin (2) Lorraine Winstanley v Qualifier 2
Peter Machin was crowned BDO World Trophy champion for 2017, after a spectacular performance against Martin Phillips in the final.
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.
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.
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.
Two-time Lakeside winner Scott Waites was the next big name to go out at the first stage, as he was defeated 6-3 by debutant James Hurrell in the opening match of the session.
Hillbilly carried on his form that saw him recently claim the Polish Masters trophy, as he raced to a 4-1 lead against last year’s quarter-finalist.
But Hurrell made things difficult for himself in the sixth leg as, needing 80 to finish with three darts, he audaciously went for two shots at double 20 and ultimately lost the leg to give Waites hope.
It was a fairly shaky finish for Hillbilly, as he even managed a rare Robin Hood, but Scotty 2 Hotty couldn’t capitalise and Hurrell eventually took out a 56 to reach the second round and face fellow giant killer Conan Whitehead (Fitton’s conqueror).
Eighth seed Wesley Harms reached the World Trophy second round for the second time, as he made reasonably light work of potentially tricky Japanese opponent Yuya Higuchi, despite his throwing hand being injured.
The latter, nicknamed the Dancing Duck, won the opening and penultimate (with a 100 checkout) legs and has a uniquely bizarre pre-first dart ritual, but that did not affect the Dutchman one bit after averaging 101.85.
Legendary arrowsmith Andy Fordham was next onto the Barry oche, and finally reached the World Trophy last 16 for the first time – though he was a semi-finalist in 2002 in the now defunct tournament of the same name.
The Viking eventually outlasted 16th seed Richard Veenstra in a 6-3 victory, thanks to his superior finishing – particularly on double 20.
Fordham now sets up a mouthwatering meeting with a fellow world champion…
Duzza was straight out of the blocks to lead 3-0, and it looked as though the match would be over very quickly, but his fellow Yorkshireman Brian Dawson had other ideas as he got the scores back level.
Durrant, averaging 98.33, soon stopped his mid-match slump, and eventually triumphed in a tense final leg decider 6-5, by finishing on the bull with Dawson needing just 80 if he missed.
In a battle of former World Trophy finalists, it was last year’s runner-up Peter Machin who toppled 2015 champion Geert de Vos 6-3, in a closely fought affair.
Australian Machin finished with a fantastic 124 checkout on bullseye to book himself a second round tie with number two seed Mark McGeeney.
Umit Uygunsozlu was playing in his maiden TV match, and is also the first Turkish arrowsmith to ever take part in the World Trophy.
He showed signs of nerves at first, but a 180 nearly helped him to breaking Scott Mitchell in the opening leg.
Uygunsozlu certainly settled quickly, and was even level at 4-4 and 5-5, but a very relieved 2015 world champion Scotty Dog showed just enough class to edged him out in the decider.
How to follow that match? With Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams of course!
The 60-year-old BDO legend and three-time Lakeside champion is still on course for his maiden World Trophy crown, after twice being runner-up in the original competition, but had to give his all to make the last 16 this year.
Wolfie initially couldn’t keep up with the pace of energetic Scotsman Cameron Menzies, whose quick-fire throwing speed rivals even that of PDC player ‘Rapid’ Ricky Evans’.
But he clawed his way back into the match from 5-3 down to defeat a distraught Menzies, who looked almost certain to cause an upset at one stage.
In the last match of the day, talented young Welsh duo Dean Reynolds and Jim Williams locked horns, with a second round meeting with veteran compatriot Martin Phillips to play for.
English-born Williams set the pace, going 3-0, 4-1 and even 5-2 up, but quality finishing from Reynolds got him right back into the match to set up a decider.
Despite a very shaky end to the clash, Deano eventually hit double 5 to go through.
In the women’s section, Rachel Brooks put in a steady performance to see off eighth seed Dutchwoman Sharon Prins.
Brooks is now in the World Trophy quarter-finals for the second time, after losing out at this stage in 2015 to Deta Hedman, who she faces next.
That bring us onto the world number one’s match-up, and the Dark Destroyer’s deadly display over fellow veteran Paula Jacklin puts her on the path of reaching her second successive World Trophy final.
Hedman won 4-2, and will fancy her chances against Brooks, who she’s dominated over the years.
Former World Championship finalist in 2015 Fallon Sherrock, who is still only 22, kicked off her match with Aussie Corrine Hammond in strange fashion – recording three, followed by 180 from her first six darts.
But Hammond, herself a runner-up at the Worlds last year, managed to break immediately and doubled her lead with a fantastic 116 checkout.
The 5th seed looked comfortable in her eventual 4-0 whitewashing.
Eight-time Major champion Anastasia Dobromyslova looked lacklustre at times in her 4-2 triumph over Sue Edwards, but did just enough to set up a meeting with Hammond.
The Russian is still on course for her second World Trophy crown, after winning in 2014.
Scott Waites 3-6 James Hurrell
Wesley Harms 6-2 Yuya Higuchi
Richard Veenstra 3-6 Andy Fordham
Glen Durrant 6-5 Brian Dawson
Geert de Vos 3-6 Peter Machin
Scott Mitchell 6-5 Umit Uygunsozlu
Martin Adams 6-5 Cameron Menzies
Dean Reynolds Jim Williams
Sharon Prins 2-4 Rachel Brooks
Deta Hedman 4-2 Paula Jacklin
Corrine Hammond 4-0 Fallon Sherrock
Anastasia Dobromyslova 4-2 Sue Edwards
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