Full Steam Ahead! Chizzy Eyes Major Title.

DAVE CHISNALL has got his sights on a major title now that he’s dumped his glasses that kept STEAMING UP!

Chizzy hopes to better vision will aid his attempt to claim his first PDC major. (Pic; Taylor Lanning)

The St.Helens big-hitter lines up in the last 32 of the PDC Home Tour tonight (Friday) against Darren Webster, Geert Nentjes, Damon Heta. Fans favourite Chizzy, 39, believes he can beat anyone in his ‘shed’ especially after dropping the specs which affected his game earlier in the year. He said: “It’s not a shed, it’s a proper log cabin. I call it the shed, but it’s much more than that!“

The first time I played in the Home Tour was a good craic. Now we’re in the last 32, I just need to do the same as I did the last time and hopefully we’ll win the group again.

 “It’s been good because it has kept me motivated to practice. I don’t normally practice that much but since lockdown, I’ve not stopped”.

“I usually just practice more as the tournaments come up. But now I’m at the board every day. I’ve knocked in a few 100 averages online.

“Whatever happens in darts happens. It’s not just how you play, it’s how the other person plays as well. It’s hard but I’ve got a few goals when I get back. “To be fair I am looking forward to getting back to playing tournaments. It will hopefully show how well I’ve been practising in the events.

“In the Home Tour, if I turn up, I can beat them all. We’re all playing on our own boards, so we should all be good”.

“I started the year quite well but I had to play with glasses in a couple of games and I wasn’t very good with them on. I don’t wear them now.“My biggest problem was that when I was playing on stage, my glasses kept steaming up. “I took them off halfway through one game and I came back from seven-nil down to nine-all. “You lose all concentration when you are playing, worrying about your glasses steaming up.“Without the glasses I can still see trebles and doubles but it’s when they go in the corner, I don’t know whether it’s in or not. I have to keep asking the ref and I don’t like doing that, it breaks my rhythm.

“Now I just throw the darts, if it’s in, it’s in. I’ve actually celebrated a 180 and got to the board and realised it wasn’t in after all!“I’ve tried contact lenses but I got bloodshot eyes. I’d have to take time off darts to have laser treatment and I don’t want to do that.”

Chisnall has been a five-times major title runner-up, including the 2010 BDO World Championship. There is little doubt that he is a world-class performer and has been unlucky not to find the killer instinct in big finals. He added: “I was falling down the rankings so I thought I better do something about it quite quick. I just know I had to put the time in if I want to get back up and I have done.“

The important thing was getting my shed or cabin or whatever you want to call it in the garden. It’s my man cave and keeps me quiet, no trouble, no hassle. “I only go in there to practice. There are no distractions like going to the pub or being in the kitchen. The shed makes me want to practice, I’m in my own world.”

Everything is good at home and that helps me. My little girl is doing well, that’s life you just have to crack on.

“There is another level for Dave Chisnall. I’ve been in a few finals and missed out. I’ve always said if I get one win I can go on and win more and more. The hardest thing is getting that first one.“

So far I’ve not been good enough and given big leads to my rivals in finals. If you do that with Phil Taylor or Michael van Gerwen, it’s so hard to come back.

“It is annoying to hear I’m the nearly man. But you are only telling the truth. Until I get that one win, I am going to keep getting that said to me.”

It doesn’t keep me up at night worrying or anything like that. It does get on my nerves though when people say ‘you’ll win this one or that one’.“I’ve always said that darts is all on the day. You can’t say you are going to win anything.”


Pics: Taylor Lanning

Mental Health Awareness Week: Webster Opens Up On LockDown Struggles.

DARREN WEBSTER admits he has turned to Sporting Chance for help to get himself through lockdown. The jovial oche star has struggled with several issues over the years after losing his two-year-old daughter Millissa through illness 20 years ago and suffering so many injuries.

But the World No.26, who won his recent Home Tour group, has paid tribute to the backing he has received during Mental Health Awareness Week. He said:

“I struggle with the lockdown. I can’t sit still for too long. I went to see someone from Sporting Chance which was set up by the PDPA. I’m on medication for it. To lock me up is ridiculous.

“Don’t get me wrong, I control it quite well. But I can get down. I’m lucky I’ve got the missus, the dogs and my daughter here. Some people don’t have that. That can do more harm than good. “I have to keep my mind busy. Last night I came home, went to sleep on the couch, and then was awake from 3am to 7am and I’m just sitting there and my head go mad. I overthink, I go over things in my mind.“I’ve been to every one of the Sporting Chance discussions organised by the PDPA. I’m the only ever-present, a 100 per cent record. Whatever they talk about, I’ve got everything.

“I was really bad when I first went last year. I don’t worry about stuff. My missus reckons I’m a cross between BiPolar, ADHD, Autism and Tourettes!

“The guy at Sporting Chance explains a lot to me. He basically said what I’ve done is in the past my body and mind has shut the door and thrown the key away on stuff that has happened to me.

“Lockdown started well for me. I decided to do out my new practice room and whacked my thumb which had blood pouring out of a 10mm wide wound. I closed it all up for the picture I put on Twitter. “My Twitter feed will have to have a graphic content warning. I’ve either got a black eye on it or a bleeding thumb. It’s healed now though, I did it myself, I didn’t want to go to hospital.

“My way through all that was work, keeping myself busy. So I can go mad if I allow myself to think too much.“If I could go fishing I’d be OK. Some people like golf, I can’t see a problem with that. People are pouring into airports unchecked, but we can’t go fishing on our own. That’s very frustrating.”

Webster, 51, eased past Bradley Brooks, Scott Baker, and Andy Hamilton in the online streaming event. He played in his new practice room which he had to re-build after complaints from his neighbours because of the thudding noise! He added: “Thanks to me doing my practice room I’ve got a great set up now. I’ve got the tripod for the phone to film it. I’m now glad I spent the first week of lockdown doing it all up.“I had to change it all around after I’d finished it because the neighbour was moaning at the thudding of the darts noise. “I then had to spend £400 on echo insulation plus acoustic plasterboard on plus carpet. I spent over £500 in total just so the neighbours can’t hear the thud. They spend less on the Ally Pally than I did on my practice room!

“Every day I get up at 6am and don’t sit down until 9pm. I go to work all day, come home and have my tea and then practice with Jack Main for two hours. That’s what I have done for five years non-stop. But obviously we can’t do that now either.“I’m the biggest motivated person you’ll meet in your life. I practice every night of the week with Jack. He works on a building site like I do, no matter how knackered I am, I will practice for two hours every night.

“But now my head is telling me we might not play until next year. I had all my trapped nerves and tennis elbow last year, so I felt it would be a good idea to rest my arm completely during this time and try and get fully fit again.

Darren Webster looks forward to when the full tour starts again.

“Then when I know darts is starting again, I’d start to practice properly again. I have been having a throw, but not two hours a night. “I don’t think we’ll be playing darts again this year. I can’t see them allowing mass gatherings in time for the World Championships even. I hope I’m wrong though.”


Words: Phil Lanning

Photography: Taylor Lanning

Unibet Home Tour 15: Webster Triumphs.

Darren Webster won Group 15 of the Unibet Home Tour, as the home-staged tournament continued on Friday night.

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Darren Webster came through a tough night to claim Group 15. Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

A perfect night for Webster began with a comeback from 4-1 down to edge out youngster Bradley Brooks 5-4.

Webster had to come from behind once again in his second game of the night, as he recovered 2-0 down in his second match to see off Scott Baker 5-2.

Heading into the final game of the evening, former World Championship runner-up Andy Hamilton needed to beat Webster 5-3 or better to top the group, but it wasn’t to be as Webster held firm to complete the clean sweep.

The Unibet Home Tour continues on Saturday night with Group 16, which will see the fastest thrower on the planet Ricky Evans in action, along with Germany’s Christian Bunse, Canadian Jeff Smith and Martin Atkins.

Unibet Home Tour 
Group 15 – Friday May 1
Darren Webster 5-4 Bradley Brooks
Scott Baker 5-4 Andy Hamilton
Andy Hamilton 5-3 Bradley Brooks
Darren Webster 5-2 Scott Baker
Bradley Brooks 5-1 Scott Baker
Darren Webster 5-3 Andy Hamilton

Group 16 – Saturday May 2 (1930 BST)
Ricky Evans v Martin Atkins
Christian Bunse v Jeff Smith
Martin Atkins v Jeff Smith
Ricky Evans v Christian Bunse
Christian Bunse v Martin Atkins
Jeff Smith v Ricky Evans

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Pro Tour Season Underway – Darren Webster Impressing in Players Championship 1.

The 2020 PDC ProTour season gets underway with Players Championship 1 in Barnsley on Saturday.

PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG LISA ASHTON IN ACTION

The opening day of the first ProTour double-header of the year will see 128 players in action, including world number one Michael van Gerwen, World Champion Peter Wright and debutant Lisa Ashton.

Darren Webster has started the day in fine form with wins over Ian White, former Lakeside World Champion Scott Waites and Karel Sedlacek. Canadian Jeff Smith is also going nicely on his return to the top flight after regaining his Tour Card last month.

Lisa Ashton, the first female player to have earned her place on the tor via Q School, fell at the first hurdle to ‘History Maker Brendan’ Dolan.

MVG is still going strongly as is another player returning to the tour, Swindon’s Steve Brown is making good progress.

Live streaming is available on PDCTV – click here to sign-up for a £2.99 weekend pass.

The PDC’s Twitter page will be updated throughout the day with details of which matches are coming up on each streaming board.

The event draw and results are available in the Match Centre tab, while live match stats can be followed through DartConnect.


Additional copy reporting from DW staff.

Grand Slam – Lewis & Webster Reach Last 16.

Adrian Lewis made a rousing comeback to defeat Jim Williams in their BoyleSports Grand Slam of Darts decider as the group stage concluded in Wolverhampton on Tuesday.

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GROUP STAGE 3 ADRIAN LEWIS V JIM WILLIAMS ADRIAN LEWIS IN ACTION

Two-time World Champion Lewis was staring defeat in the face as Welsh ace Williams – the BDO World Trophy champion – took a 3-1 lead in their winner-takes-all Group A contest.

However, Lewis produced checkouts of 86 and 75 to level the contest, punishing Williams for failing to give himself a dart at a double when needing 90 in leg seven before sealing the win with a 113 checkout.

“I’m really pleased,” said Lewis. “I let him in early on and I was trying too hard but I relaxed and gave it everything I’d got.

“I’ve only won one game this year on TV but I’ve put so much work in. The longer distance in the second round will suit me and we’ll see where my game’s at.”

Lewis joined Michael van Gerwen in progressing from Group A, with the Dutchman turning on the style to claim a third straight win of the round-robin phase.

World Champion Van Gerwen followed up victories over Williams and Lewis with his best performance of the week so far at the Aldersley Leisure Village, averaging 111.38 to see off Smith.

Kent’s Smith had won the pair’s last meeting at October’s European Championship, but had no answer to Van Gerwen’s early three-leg blitz before the world number one completed a commanding win.

“I’m feeling really good,” said Van Gerwen. “I can’t complain with a 111 average and I’m full of confidence going into the next round.

“I had two poor legs but the rest was great because Ross is a good player. I feel good so far and I can look forward to the next game on Thursday.”

Van Gerwen now plays Ian White in round two on Thursday, after the Stoke ace secured progression from the group stage for the first time with a 5-4 defeat of Wesley Harms in their Group B decider.

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GROUP STAGE 3 IAN WHITE IN ACTION

White led 3-0 before Harms levelled, and the Dutchman took the game to a ninth leg in which the pair landed 180s before White pinned double eight to progress.

James Wade went through alongside White from Group B despite losing 5-4 to Steve Lennon, who exits the tournament on Leg Difference.

Wade took an early 3-0 lead, the requisite three legs which meant he could not be overtaken by the Irishman.

Lennon hit back with four in a row, and though Wade forced a deciding leg the Irish ace landed double 14 for the win.

Reigning champion Gerwyn Price stormed into the second round with a superb 5-2 win over Dimitri Van den Bergh, securing top spot in Group C.

“I’m very relieved and once I got to four legs I knew I was through but I wanted to get the win to top the group,” said Price.

“I was a bit edgy because I knew I had to win still and I didn’t make it easy but I took my opportunity to finish the game off in the end.

“In my first two games I didn’t play as well as I could but I let myself go today and I was back to my old self. I’m enjoying it and hopefully I can go on and defend my title now.”

Robert Thornton joined Price in qualifying from Group C as the former Wolverhampton finalist continued his renaissance with a 5-3 win over Japan’s Mikuru Suzuki.

Darren Webster secured qualification from Group D alongside Gary Anderson with a 5-4 win over the Scot, averaging 100.86 as both players progress to the last 16.

“I’ve done a job tonight and I’m proud of myself,” said Webster. “I knew I needed to win two legs so once I did that I could relax and it was great to win.

“I never give up and to beat Gary up there is great – it will give me a lot of confidence. I’ve been struggling for most of the year but my arm’s recovered now and I’m practising well. I’ve got nothing to lose.”

Dave Parletti ended the event with his first televised victory, defeating William O’Connor 5-2 to end the Irish star’s hopes in the other Group D tie.

The second round begins on Wednesday with the opening four matches, including the huge fixture between world number two Rob Cross and 2017 Grand Slam runner-up Peter Wright.

World Championship finalist Michael Smith meets Daryl Gurney, while Lakeside Champion Glen Durrant takes on Germany’s Gabriel Clemens and former Grand Slam runner-up Dave Chisnall plays qualifier Ryan Harrington.

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Tuesday November 12

Groups A-D Final Matches

Ian White 5-4 Wesley Harms (B)

Steve Lennon 5-4 James Wade (B)

Michael van Gerwen 5-2 Ross Smith (A)

Robert Thornton 5-3 Mikuru Suzuki (C)

Gerwyn Price 5-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh (C)

Dave Parletti 5-2 William O’Connor (D)

Darren Webster 5-4 Gary Anderson (D)

Adrian Lewis 5-3 Jim Williams (A)

Wednesday November 13 (1900 GMT)

Second Round x4

Dave Chisnall v Ryan Harrington

Gabriel Clemens v Glen Durrant

Michael Smith v Daryl Gurney

Peter Wright v Rob Cross

Thursday November 14 (1900 GMT)

Second Round x4

James Wade v Adrian Lewis

Gerwyn Price v Darren Webster

Michael van Gerwen v Ian White

Gary Anderson v Robert Thornton

Second Round: Best of 19 legs

Final Groups A-D Tables

Group A

NamePWL+/-Pts
Michael van Gerwen (Q)330+96
Adrian Lewis321+24
Jim Williams312-12
Ross Smith (E)               303-100

Group B

NamePWL+/-Pts
James Wade (Q)321+34
Ian White (Q)321+34
Steve Lennon (E)321-14
Wesley Harms (E)303-50

Group C

NamePWL+/-Pts
Gerwyn Price (Q)330+66
Robert Thornton (Q)321+24
Dimitri Van den Bergh (E)31102
Mikuru Suzuki (E)303-80

Group D

NamePWL+/-Pts
Gary Anderson (Q)321+54
Darren Webster (Q)321+24
William O’Connor (E)312-32
Dave Parletti (E)312-42

ENDS