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.

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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

Czech Darts Open – Day One.

The ninth European Tour event of 2019, and the PDC’s first-ever tournament staged in the Czech Republic, saw 32 players in action on the opening day at the PVA Expo.

Pic: PDC

COREY CADBY enjoyed a dream European Tour debut on Day One of the Czech Darts Open in Prague on Friday.

Rising Australian star Cadby, who was starring in a European Tour event for the first time since returning to the PDC ProTour earlier this year, got off to a perfect start on the big stage with a 6-0 demolition of Wessel Nijman.

“I’ve been the underdog for a while but I’m thankful to be playing here in front of this amazing crowd,” said Cadby, who will face Michael Smith in Saturday’s second round.

“I can’t wait to get back out here tomorrow against Michael. I’ve beaten him on the two occasions we’ve met previously and I’m ready for a third.”

Friday’s first round of the £140,000 tournament saw 32 qualifiers competing, 11 of whom harboured hopes of forcing their way into qualifying positions for the Betfred World Matchplay ahead of Sunday’s qualification cut-off.

Keegan Brown took a huge step towards a third Winter Gardens appearance with a 6-0 whitewash of Czech Qualifier Ondrej Plsek; a result which ended Kyle Anderson’s hopes of making it to Blackpool.

World Cup finalist William O’Connor must reach the quarter-finals if he is to snatch a World Matchplay place, and he too got off to the best possible start with a 6-0 success over another Host Nation Qualifier Vaclav Shieferdecker.

Dutchman Ron Meulenkamp is tasked with reaching the semi-finals and he also kept his hopes alive with a 6-2 success over Czech debutant Jan Hlavacek.

Jamie Hughes, Ted Evetts and Justin Pipe are all required to land the £25,000 top prize if they are to qualify for the biggest even of the summer and the trio recorded victories over Devon Petersen, Krzysztof Ratajski and Madars Razma respectively.

World Cup star Karel Sedlacek was the sole Czech representative to make it through to round two with a gripping 6-5 success over Brendan Dolan, ending the Northern Irishman’s World Matchplay hopes in the process.

Robert Thornton, Rowby-John Rodriguez and Razma were the other three players to see their feint Blackpool hopes extinguished with defeats at the hands of Stephen Bunting, Andrew Gilding and Pipe respectively.

A winner of two ProTour titles in his debut PDC campaign, Glen Durrant is already assured of his World Matchplay debut and he produced an outstanding 110.12 average in his 6-1 win over Daniel Larsson to set up a meeting with Gerwyn Price.

Elsewhere, Danish Darts Open finalist Chris Dobey got his campaign off to a 6-2 winning start over Poland’s Sebastian Steyer, while Dutch pair Jermaine Wattimena and Danny Noppert were victorious over Kevin Garcia and Stefan Bellmont.

Saturday’s second day of the Czech Darts Open will be broadcast on video.pdc.tv, and through a series of bookmakers’ websites.

2019 Czech Darts Open
Friday June 28
First Round
Afternoon Session

Danny Noppert 6-2 Stefan Bellmont
Justin Pipe 6-4 Madars Razma
Jermaine Wattimena 6-0 Kevin Garcia
Karel Sedlacek 6-5 Brendan Dolan
Corey Cadby 6-0 Wessel Nijman
John Henderson 6-3 William Borland
Keegan Brown 6-0 Ondrej Plsek
Andrew Gilding 6-3 Rowby-John Rodriguez

Evening Session
Glen Durrant 6-1 Daniel Larsson
Mervyn King 6-5 Steve West
William O’Connor 6-0 Vaclav Shieferdecker
Ted Evetts 6-3 Krzysztof Ratajski
Chris Dobey 6-2 Sebastian Steyer
Ron Meulenkamp 6-2 Jan Hlavacek
Stephen Bunting 6-3 Robert Thornton
Jamie Hughes 6-4 Devon Petersen

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

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

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

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

Third Round
Van Gerwen/Brown v Webster/Noppert
Suljovic/Henderson v Evans/Evetts
Wright/Bunting v Cullen/Dobey
Gurney/O’Connor v Clayton/Wattimena
White/Sedlacek v Aspinall/Gilding
Lewis/Hughes v Beaton/Meulenkamp
Wade/King v Smith/Cadby
Price/Durrant v Whitlock/Pipe

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

Darts Slovak Open - x-bionic® sphere

Darts expands to Slovakia and Czech Republic in 2018

Darts Slovak Open - x-bionic® sphere
Fans and players will be treated to the state-of-the-art x-bionic® sphere as the venue for the inaugural Darts Slovak Open.
Photo: Martina Tomanova

The inaugural Darts Slovak Open will take place from February 23-25 this year, the first ever BDO tournament staged in Slovakia, and registration to both men and women in the senior, pairs and junior draws is still open for players to enter.

Further info is available on the event’s official website dartsslovakopen.sk.

Darts may new to the scene in the Central European nation, but there is certainly a rapidly growing interest in the country as well as neighbouring Czech Republic, which is evident by the vast amount of entries already.

Players from Slovakia, Czech Republic, as well as the UK, Ireland, Austria, Spain and Hungary have put their names down for the tournament in the hope of making history to become the first Darts Slovak Open champions.

It comes after the 2017 Czech Open – one of the BDO’s biggest events – saw over 1000 players register, including the likes of Scott Mitchell, Darryl Fitton, Corrinne Hammond, Trina Gulliver and Tony O’Shea. One of the stories of the 2018 BDO World Championship, German Michael Unterbuchner, even threw the competition’s first-ever nine-darter back in November!

Such is the growth in popularity for darts in the region too, that the 2018 Darts Slovak Open will be held at one of the newest and biggest multifunctional sports complexes in Europe – the x-bionic® sphere in Samorin, which is a short 30 minute drive away from Slovakia’s capital city Bratislava.

Czech Darts Organisation chairman Jan Prikryl (left) and popular commentator from the region Pavel Korda (right) pose with the all-star 2017 Czech Open champions.
Photo: Radek Benes

The state-of-the-art complex (which was Slovakia’s official 2016 Olympics training centre) would certainly appeal to players and fans, as would the accessibility to Bratislava’s airport – flights are currently available from London Stansted, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

Vienna in Austria is the next nearest airport, and is an hour’s drive away, while it is two hours from Budapest, Hungary.

You can view the x-bionic® sphere on their website www.x-bionicsphere.com/en/home.

It’s no secret that darts is expanding rapidly across the globe in both the BDO and PDC, with new players all over the world becoming more and more prominent in the sport.

Krzysztof Ratajski of Poland (which is directly above Slovakia) is a recent prime example, after he claimed the 2017 BDO World Masters trophy.

Other stars in the region – Darius Labanauskas of Lithuania and Latvia’s Madars Razma – have also made a name for themselves, while darts has now even reached South America with Brazilian Diogo Portela proving to be a great potential.

Slovakia and Czech Republic look set to be the next nations to unearth a talent to challenge the best in the game.

The latter country, as it happens, is also going to host the all-star Prague Darts Masters 2018 exhibition event on February 23, and will feature some of the PDC’s top names such as Dutch giants Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld, Australia number one Simon Whitlock and even blast from the past and fan favourite Wayne Mardle – together with some of the Czech Republic’s finest players.

Incredibly, the event at the Kralovka Hall is already sold out to fans, with 2500 tickets bought in just a few days. But, that same week, Prague will be hosting East Europe qualifiers for four European Tour tournaments too.

Further info is available on the event’s official website praguedartsmasters.cz.

With such events in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and other surrounding nations, darts can only get more and more popular in Central and Eastern Europe.

Czech star Karel Sedlacek in action against the Netherlands at the 2017 World Cup of Darts.
Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

TV broadcaster Nova Sport – who are partnered with darts website www.iam180.sk which is run by Michal Brestovansky – has played a big part in that too, as it has rights to show most Major PDC tournaments, allowing fans to view all of their darting heroes live on a regular basis.

Further work in the region to promote the game is being achieved by popular darts commentator Pavel Korda, who among many things is currently working on the translation and publication of Matt Bozeat’s book ‘Darts Greatest Games: Fifty Finest Matches from the World of Darts’.

While, Czech Darts Organisation chairman Jan Prikryl has done wonders for the sport in his country as well.

Be sure to look out for Slovakian players such as Peter Martin, who’ll be taking part in European Q-School, in future. Frantisek Sulc is another, and perhaps more familiar to handball fans being a former Slovakia international. Sulc, known as the ‘Slovak Gerwyn Price’ thanks to his switch to darts from another sport too, is also involved in the organisation of the Darts Slovak Open.

As for Czech stars, Karel Sedlacek, Frantisek Humpula and David Rosi will join Martin at European Q-School. Sedlacek has played at Lakeside twice, while he partnered Humpula at the 2017 PDC World Cup of Darts, where they managed to take a leg off eventual champions the Netherlands in the first round.

Many thanks to iam180’s Michal Brestovansky for his huge help, research and knowledge.