A Credit To Our Sport – Darts Steps Up!

The Check Out (Darts World May 2020 Issue 569) this month featured a heartfelt piece from the magazine’s editorial team, dartsworld.com thought it deserved a wider audience!

DartsWorld Magazine May 2020 Cover
DartsWorld Magazine May 2020 Cover

The Covid-19 Outbreak cannot be said to have very many positives. Yet, those involved in the game of darts, and its many related groupings, have shown remarkable adaptability and resilience during the Corona crisis. From players forming ad hoc leagues through to the major brands retaining staff and attempting to carry-on regardless (where safe and possible to do so). Much of the darts ecosystem has responded strongly and the sport has been shown in a very positive light. 

Early on, there were various social media delights to enjoy, the three bulls game and even the loo roll challenge provided some light relief and a place to come together in a spirit of making the best of hard times. 

Many channels offered increased practice content for those with more time on their hands. winmau.com re-boosted their practice zone and those with a web presence such as GoDartsPro.com and even dartsworld.com got very creative with new games and tips for structure and enjoyment. 

Several brands concentrated on the community element of darts with remote tournaments, and virtual competitions, of various sorts. The dartsplanet.tv boys offered a combination of darts, banter,  giveaways and fun competitions to keep their audience entertained and focused.  

As always, many in our wider darts family began to raise funds for deserving causes, particularly the NHS, who needed the help more than ever, Chris Mason led the way raising thousands through memorabilia auctions and competitions. 

As time moved on several brands have launched live darts events to satisfy our craving for competitive sporting action with Modus leading the way. Their Icons of Darts events allowed players of such stature Paul Nicholson and Mark Webster to mix it with up and coming stars such as Red Dragon’s David Evans. The Remote Darts League joined the fray and gave the opportunity to more players. Tony O Shea, Daryl Fitton are battling it out with Andy Jenkins and James Richardson and many more. 

The PDC have brought their Home Tour to the table.

The PDC, who had shown themselves to be professional and proportionate in their management of the situation, then announced the Unibet Home Tour! Offering every Pro Tour cardholder the chance to compete in a month-long, nightly competition. So far it has proven a great success. Shocks and great moments have abounded, Peter Wright and Gerwyn price were heavily defeated and Lisa Ashton claimed a strong win over Mickey Mansell. But perhaps the best moment of the rapidly assembled league was Luke Woodhouse’s 9-darter from his Bewdley kitchen! 

Here at Darts World we rushed to provide more practise tips, and get our Freemium magazine archive operational, to provide entertainment and information whilst people where in relative isolation.

It is possible that even the BDO have managed to salvage something from such bad times. Their remote meeting, on April 19th, has enabled the troubled organisation to assemble a competent looking board and begin to plan on protecting the BICC county darts structure for the future. 

An example of darts unique response to the current crisis.

We suspect that many other sports will be looking at darts with envious eyes right now. Within a couple of weeks, the professional and amateur branches of the game have re-booted their systems and managed to serve their respective communities very impressively. There is even a scheduled Drive-In Darts Gala!

In addition, the media and commercial ecosystem, that surrounds our sport, have adapted swiftly and efficiently to ensure that they should be able to see out these troubled times and rebound with momentum when we are released from the COVID climate. 

Darts has shown itself to be resilient, determined, and remarkably flexible at the same time as being sensible and compassionate.

All at Darts World feel that it’s worth tipping our hat to all those involved, at any level, who have gone above and beyond in unprecedented times.

Thankyou all and well done indeed! 

Original article appears in the latest issue of Darts World Magazine (569)

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Patrick Chaplin – Does Darts have a Ronnie O? and Dr Darts Confesses to his April Fool.

Dr Darts received an interesting e-mail, from a darts fan from Sussex, asking if he knew of any ambidextrous darters; darts players, like Ronnie O’Sullivan in snooker, who can
play darts at tournament level using either hand. Continue for Patrick’s thoughts.

PATRICK CHAPLIN (In association with Winmau)
The Last Word

Doug McCarthy

AS you will recall, last month I wrote about the UK Health and Safety Executive post-Brexit introducing compulsory measures to ensure that a clear perspex wall be constructed at all
darts venues to protect fans and officials from rebounding darts. It was, of course, an April Fool.
After reading it, I was immediately contacted by George Hakim (author of The Darts Player’s Handbook (1977) and an early contributor to DartsWorld). He wrote: “Thanks for the April Fool’s joke of a perspex wall, but I can see through it.” (Nice one. Thank you, George.) However, I did catch out one or two of my readers. One wrote: “Now I have heard the best. Maybe Jeremy Corbyn should be placed in front of a dartboard! No wonder this country is in a mess.” (Now, now. No politics, please.) Another reader told me: “very interested to see the thoughts on Brexit and potential implications that I bet nobody else had even considered. There may well be a few more who are now sitting at home reading this and saying ‘well, I’ll be’…”


On a totally different matter, I received an interesting e-mail from a darts fan from Sussex asking if I know of any ambidextrous darters; darts players, like Ronnie O’Sullivan in snooker, who can
play darts at tournament level using either hand. Wales’s legendary Allan Plant was a left-handed player who represented his country a number of times but on one occasion, due to an accident that prevented the use of his usual throwing arm, played exceptionally well in a match for Wales throwing right-handed. County Durham’s Doug McCarthy, who played a number of times for England, was naturally left-handed but always threw his darts with his right hand.

Then there was Belgian darts ace Erik Clarys. Erik (pictured above right on stage at the 2005 UK Open) won the Winmau World Masters in 1995 and joined the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) circuit in the early 2000s. Sadly, Erik suffered a career-ending elbow injury in 2006 when he fell from a ladder at work. He did try to return to the sport he loved by playing lefthanded, unfortunately without any success.

A tournament-level lady darter contacted me from the USA. Wishing to remain anonymous, she told me that, some years ago, at the height of her darting career, she shattered her right elbow. As a result, she ploughed herself into her work and thought that she would never play darts again.
However, she has recently regained her love of the sport and, still unable to use her right arm to throw, has begun learning to play with her left with, she tells me, some success. Then, of course, there are those professional players who, during exhibitions, sometimes play against their
selected opponents with their “wrong” hand.

But of course, all of these examples are not ambidextrous players but players who, due to unfortunate incidents or accidents, had no choice but to play with their other arm if they wished to continue, or try to continue, to play darts. So, my question to you is: “Do you know of any quality darts player (past or present) who can (or could) play equally well with both hands?” Someone who, if the game demands it, can switch hands and throw for, say, a double that, if using the proper hand might otherwise be obscured. If you know of anyone please contact me at patrick.chaplin@btinternet.com

By the way, Doug McCarthy (pictured at the top of the artilce), told me recently that, back
in the day, he was one of only two darts players who could stand at the oche with a dart in either hand, throw them simultaneously at the dartboard and land both at the same time within the treble ring. (Try it.) The other player to successfully achieve this party piece every time was
legendary Kent and England player Tony Brown. Doug also said that although he didn’t
throw left-handed in tournaments, the skill was naturally there as when players down the pub were choosing teams by going “up for bull” using their “wrong hand” it didn’t worry him at all.

PATRICKCHAPLIN poses a thought for the month

Archive Article: Women Players Lose ‘Discrimination Fight’.

The DartsWorld archive is in the process of being digitalised and added to our various platforms. There are currently over 40 editions available via our digital subscription. Many of them are the more recent monthly magazines but others are being added regularly.

Every now and then we come across things that surprise, delight or even enrage us. Here is a genuine article from Issue 25 in April 1977:

A workingmen’s club who banned two women darts players from playing in the clubs bar was within its rights, The Equal Opportunities Commission has decided.

The club, which is only open to members, is regarded as a private institution and the Sex Discrimination Act does not apply.

The problem arose when two lady players, Mrs Rosalind Dine and Mrs Moira Stark were drawn in a local competition to play two men from the Ivy Leaf WMC at Burnhope, Lanchester. But the women were told that the lounge was not available that evening and they would not be allowed in “men only” bar.

The women complained to the Commission but this was rejected.

A spokesman said “This is an area of controversy where we have had a lot of enquiries. As the law stands there is nothing we can do about it”

Original Article Ends.

DartsWorld cannot help wondering if any similar situations still take place, what solutions have been found and also what the reaction of modern organisations would be……….

Betway Premier League - Night 15 Round-Up

On a Roll! When Players Hit That Purple Patch

This weekends German Darts Open produced several superb performances, Nathan Aspinall improved his onstage average personal best by over three and a half points. RVB went back to basics with his darts and recaptured some stage form, whilst Steve Beaton, with as smooth a 9 darter as you will ever see, reminded everyone that his remarkable career is far from over.

Much of the social media and commentary chatter centred around the latest set of unreal statistics from MVG. Official PDC statistician and DartsWorld contributor Christopher Kemph (@ochepedia) summed it up simply:

“23 consecutive wins in Euro Tour last-leg deciders, 24 consecutive wins in Pro Tour finals and 26 consecutive wins in Pro Tour best-of-13 and best-of 15 matches. It just goes on and on…”

In all professional sports, the greatest players seem to hit purple patches. This can be due to their own standards increasing, the opposition becoming intimidated or a little of both. Think Rafa Nadal at the French Open, Ed Moses over the 400m hurdles or Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’. This set us thinking what other tremendous winning streaks have been witnessed in darts?

In PDC ranking events both MVG & Phil Taylor have recorded 8 consecutive tournament wins. In 2016 Micheal claimed The World Matchplay, 3 Euro Tour events and then 4 Pro Tours, hitting two 9 darters along the way! During a phenomenal run in 2009, ‘The Power’ also claimed 8 back-to-back ranking titles. After winning that years’ World Championship Taylor won 6 Pro Tour events in a row, during that run he added the Players Championship Finals. Incredibly this winning streak came in the middle of a run of 20 consecutive appearances in ranking finals!

Richard Ashdown dropped us a reminder of the efforts of John Walton. John’s 2001 run to the BDO World Title included defeats of Merv King in the last 16 and Mark Puso. The final two legs of the former and the first 14 vs Pusa ensured a consecutive run of 16 legs in-a-row, surely difficult to improve on given the formats available.

8 Ranking Titles in a Row. A Record from MVG?

On the floor, or non-televised, the best the DW team can recall is a run of 21 consecutive legs over 4 matches. Mark Hylton came from 0-2 down to defeat Dylan Duo 6-2 before defeating MVG and Ronnie Baxter 6-0. In his fourth match, he took a 3-0 lead vs Dennis Ovens before ‘The Heat’ got his name on the scoreboard. Hylton went on to reach the semi-final.

We are sure that throughout the darting world there must be more great examples of these ‘Purple Patches’ if you can recall an example, and we can find the evidence, drop us a line or tweet us @Darts_World


JDC Enjoying Busy Spell

JDC Tour To Expand In 2018

The Junior Darts Corporation seems to be enjoying an especially busy 2019. The organisation encourages & supports players aged 8-18 to play darts. Their academy based system offers structured development programs, gradings and competitions as well as a junior tour of events.

After linking up with godartspro.com, to improve their software, earlier in the year the team extended the JDC Tour to 10 events. Next came streaming and commentary feature for boards at the events. It seems that this was just the start in a bust year.

Today, the JDC confirmed that 4 new academies will be affiliated. These are in Lampeter Wales, Tewksbury & Plymouth in England as well as Tao Matarau in New Zealand.

Word reaches our ears that there are plenty more developments in the JDC armoury and that some are on the verge of roll out. The more young people playing darts in good environments with genuine and trained guidance the better!

For more info on the JDC or to join check out the JDC section via our home page.

Coming Soon: A more extensive feature on the development of the JDC will appear across the DartsWorld family in the coming weeks.

Las Vegas Spots For Sayre & Norman Jnr

Las Vegas Spots For Sayre & Norman Jnr

Las Vegas Spots For Sayre & Norman Jnr
Photo: PDC

DENNIS SAYRE and John Norman Jnr were the two players to win through Tuesday’s qualifiers for the William Hill North American Championship and William Hill US Darts Masters in Las Vegas.

Ohio-based Sayre also won through last year’s qualifiers in Las Vegas, where he took part in the North American Championship and US Darts Masters.

Sayre defeated Mark Onsdorff, Gerard van Loan, Elliot Milk, Nicholas Harris and Aaron Jalbert to reach the semi-finals, where he was a 4-3 winner against three-time World Champion John Part.

He then sealed his spot on stage at Mandalay Bay later this week with a 4-1 win over Chuck Puleo in the final, sealing his spot as the first of eight players to confirm a place on stage on Thursday and Friday.

Newfoundland’s Norman Jnr, a PDC Tour Card Holder who competed in the 2017 World Cup of Darts, was Tuesday’s second qualifier as he survived missed match darts from Justin Huffman to come back from 3-1 down to win 4-3.

The 44-year-old also survived match darts in his semi-final against Kiley Edmunds, and also overcame Nicholas Harris, David Cameron, Elliot Milk, Dan Lauby Snr and Chuck Puleo on the day.

Wednesday sees Qualifier Three and Qualifier Four take place, with two further qualifiers joined by four players from the Qualifiers’ Order of Merit in sealing places in the stage events.

Thursday sees the eight north American qualifiers compete in the William Hill North American Championship, which will see the winner progress to play in the World Championship in London in December.

The William Hill US Darts Masters then takes place on Friday and Saturday, with the eight north American qualifiers taking on eight top PDC stars in the main World Series of Darts event.

Play will commence at 12pm from July 5-7 in the South Pacific Ballroom at Mandalay Bay. Tickets available now from axs.com or via mandalaybay.com.

For event information, see pdc.tv/vegas. Worldwide TV broadcasts include coverage on bbcamerica.com and through the DartsBBCA page on Facebook.

William Hill North American Championship & William Hill US Darts Masters Qualifiers

Qualifier One
Chuck Puleo 4-3 Ross Snook
Leonard Gates 4-0 Daniel Lauby
John Part 4-1 Joseph Huffman
Dennis Sayre 4-2 Aaron Jalbert

Chuck Puleo 4-3 Leonard Gates
Dennis Sayre 4-3 John Part

Dennis Sayre 4-1 Chuck Puleo

Qualifier Two
Kiley Edmunds 4-0 Jim Long
John Norman Jnr 4-2 Chuck Puleo
Joseph Huffman 4-0 Gary Mawson
Chris Lim 4-0 Shawn Burt

John Norman Jnr 4-3 Kiley Edmunds
Joseph Huffman 4-2 Chris Lim

John Norman Jnr 4-3 Joseph Huffman

Can you name every city to host a Premier League night?

Photo: PDC

Sometimes the players are not the only stars of darts, the venues can play a real part in which player comes out victorious, so Darts World has forged a quiz around Premier League cities.

The Premier League is now in it’s 14th year and as the quality of darts has progressed so has the size of the venue.

In its maiden year, leisure centres in the UK were used to host some of the events whereas today the biggest venues across Europe are being used to bring entertainment on a Thursday night.

Over its 14 years, 36 cities have been lucky enough to host the biggest darting players on the planet with some lucky enough to host a monumental 14 times while others a solitary 1.

With judgement night getting closer, what better way to celebrate than trying to guess all the host cities.

The quiz is powered by Sporcle and created by Ross Deakin for Darts World.

There are 36 answers to get in 10 minutes, adjacent to the answer is the number of times the city has been a host and the answers are in alphabetical order so if your memory is a bit rusty then hopefully it will help to trigger something!

The venue that got cancelled this year has still been included as it would have gone ahead had it not been for the ‘beast from the east’.

If you are ready, then click the play button below and enter your answers in the box provided.

How did you do? Did you get them all right? Contact us on Twitter and Facebook to let us know how you did and how you compare to others.

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‘It won’t be the same without a bit of Bully’ – Bullseye host Jim Bowen dies aged 80

Photo: Twitter/Bullseye

Tributes have been flooding in for Jim Bowen, the long-time host of iconic darts gameshow Bullseye, who died on Wednesday aged 80.

Jim was born in August 1937 and grew up in Lancashire, working in the Army and then as a teacher before getting his big break on The Comedians in the early 1970s and becoming a full-time entertainer.

But it was Bullseye that Jim was best known for, as well as his catalog of famous catchphrases like “you can’t beat a bit of Bully” and “stay out of the black and into the red, nothing in this game for two in a bed”.

He presented the show from 1981 to 1995, helping to develop Bullseye into a cult classic with more than 15 million people tuning in every Sunday afternoon.

Jim would make friendly small talk with the three sets of contestants, guiding them through each round before sending two of them on their way with their bendy Bullys and wads of £10 notes (which he would count out during the commercial break).

The winning pair would then take on Bully’s prize board for the chance to take home some ‘stunning’ prizes – fancy cutlery, carriage clocks, a revolving globe drinks cabinet – before deciding whether to risk it all for Bully’s star prize.

The aim was to score 101 or more with six darts. Lose, and it was “let’s have a look at what you could have won”. Win, and you could be driving away in a brand new car or left pondering what to do with your very own speedboat.

Throughout the entire show Jim would help and support the players as best he could, never belittling them or making them feel uncomfortable.

Even with the professionals who would guest star in a segment to win money for charity, Jim was held in great esteem.

After Bullseye, Jim remained in the public eye and turned his hand to the radio, presenting on BBC Radio Lancashire and Indigo FM in Cumbria. He suffered some health problems after a series of strokes in his later years and died on March 14 with wife Phyllis by his side.

In a statement, his family thanked the public for all their support, adding: “Jim’s fans have reminded us of many happy, funny moments and we are cheered to think he was so well loved.”

Michael Smith Quiz

How well do you know darts ace Michael Smith?

Michael Smith Quiz
Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Ahead of the top of the table Premier League clash between Michael Smith and Michael van Gerwen next Thursday, Darts World have created a quiz around the young Englishman.

2018 has been the start of a renaissance for Smith, losing to the eventual winner in one of the best games of the World Championship and only being displaced at the top of the Premier League by leg difference.

Now with him destined to reach the pinnacle of darts what better way to celebrate than testing how much you know about ‘Bully Boy’.

The quiz is powered by Sporcle and forged by Ross Deakin for Darts World.

There are 15 questions in total and you have 7 minutes to answer them all, each question has 4 answers so if you are unsure on one then at least you still have a 25% chance of getting it right!

If you are ready, then click the play button below and enter your answers in the box provided.

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Without revealing too much about Michael Smith and ruining the quiz, here is a bit of background about him.

Smith was born on the 18th September 1990 in England and began playing darts in his teenage years to avoid boredom. He hit first ever 180 came whilst on crutches!

After dropping out of a college course to pursue darts, Smith made his first PDC debut at the UK Open in 2009.

Since then, he has reached the quarter-finals or better of various majors and as his age has matured so has his game.

Smith’s first experience of the Premier League is something he does not think too fondly of after only winning one game. However, this year Smith had already surpassed his previous points tally by week 2.

Smith will be hoping to continue his great form into the upcoming majors.

So, if you want to learn even more about Smith, try playing our quiz.

Darts in 2018: Is the best of order a thing of the past?

Darts has certainly evolved over the past couple of decades.  The split between the BDO and PDC has seen the two organisations take different paths, in more ways than one.  In the PDC, we’re used to big money, glitz, boisterous crowds and eccentric outfits, from players and fans alike.  BDO supporters often pride themselves on providing the “best of order” for the competitors, and enjoying the contest, rather than the spectacle.

Striking the balance between atmosphere and etiquette isn’t always easy.  Take this year’s PDC World Championship semi-final between Michael van Gerwen and Rob Cross.  Although undoubtedly one of the most thrilling matches in recent memory, one couldn’t help but feel slightly frustrated by the hostile whistles MVG received as he threw for a double.

With big-time darts selling out arenas throughout Europe on a weekly basis, is it reasonable to expect silence as a player throws?  Would the players rather a return to the “good old days”?  Presumably not if the prize money returned as well.

There were also moments in this year’s edition of BDO World Champs, where the best of order was not maintained.  Could this just be attributed to modern culture?  Does it matter?  Who’s to say?  One thing is for sure; the eerie silence of the crowd-less PDC UK Open reminds us of the value of a vibrant audience.  The tournament has seen a resurgence and reemergence of some former household names.  However, “The Asset” and “Darth Maple” (amongst others) would probably have rathered be seen by a few more, than just those, literally in their households.

There is a certain joy in moments of silent tension, and a convincing argument that they should be preserved.  We do, however, need to remember that darts has come a long way, and that is certainly a good thing.