This Week – Jocky Is The Master.

This Week, the darting archives feature one of darts most loved sons, a legendary Swede from the 1970s, a lightning-fast Dutchman, a little-known major winner, and a deadly Canadian. The 14th-20th of June has been a fruitful week over the years.

The Silencer – Jeff Smith.

Forty Years Ago:

Darts first non-UK star claimed the News of the World trophy by defeating Dave Whitcombe 2-0. Sweden’s Stephan Lord deserves huge credit for his early role in widening the game’s popularity beyond the shores of the UK. Although this was to be his only major, Stephan was a superb, fluid player who reached the last four at both the World Championships and World Masters.

Jocky staked his Masters claim in 1980

Meanwhile, Jocky Wilson claimed his first ‘Scottish Masters’ title. The ‘Wee Man’ went on to set all manner of records in the long running event. To this day he is the only player to have won it three times. Wilson was also the youngest winner. He was thirty at the time!

The Masters continued, unbroken, until 2010. This thirty-three-year run featured victories for numerous Scottish legends including Gary Anderson (twice), Robert Thornton, John Henderson, and ‘Bravedart’ Jamie Harvey. The event was revived in 2014 and claimed by its oldest winner, the forty-two year old Alan Norris.

Thirty Years Ago:

The News of the World trophy featured once more. The 1990 crown was captured by the mercurial Paul Cook. Paul repeated Bobby George’s boast of winning the event without dropping a leg! ‘Cookie”s triumph brought down the curtain on the storied event’s incredible continuous run (from 1948-1990). Check-out JR Lott’s piece in our ‘Unsung Heroes’ area for more on Paul’s often overlooked achievement.

That year’s Canadian Open was captured, three decades ago, by Bob Anderson who seemed to love this event, between 1987 and 1992, ‘The Limestone Cowboy’ claimed the title twice and reached the final on four more occasions!

Ten Years Ago:

Vincent was painting his first PDC canvass in 2010.

Vincent Van De Voort claimed a PDC Pro Tour title, pipping Wayne Jones in the final. VVV’s win was the quickfire Dutchman’s second title of 2010 and part of a superb run during that year. Vincent went on to reach the Qtr-finals of the 2011 World Championships. During the Ally Pally event some Tottenham Hotspur fans re-purposed a terrace chant to the tune of KC & The Sunshine Band’s ‘Give It Up’, it’s fair to say Vincent’s receptions were never the same again!

This Time Last Year:

Dave Chisnall was underlining his title-winning ability and bringing a smile to the face of his new backers, Harrows. Chizzy seemed lifted, by the new arrangements, and produced a superb run to win the Danish Open (PDC).

Chizzy was hitting his straps in 2019. (Pic: Taylor Lanning)

On the other side of the Atlantic, Canadian thrower Jeff Smith solidified a winning run by claiming the Canadian Open (WDF) . ‘The Silencer’ had been showing signs of a return to his very best for a year or more, and his momentum was growing. Within months Jeff had reached the last 16 of the World Masters. He went on to reclaim his Pro Tour Card, and immediately reach his first Pro Tour event final, in the early months of 2020.

‘This Week’ has been a busy and eventful one over the years and it seems strange to think that we will look back to find a Covid-19 shaped blank. Yet, the success of ‘distanced darts’ and with the tentative restarting of live events, perhaps, this week will be seen as a turning of the page. I certainly hope so!


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Low6 Home Tour: Asp & Ferret Fight To Final Group.

Nathan Aspinall and Jonny Clayton claimed the final two places in the Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs Championship Group with superb displays in Thursday’s Semi-Final Group Two.

A high-quality penultimate night of the innovative home-broadcast event saw four members of the world’s top 16 in action, with Clayton and Aspinall winning two games apiece as they progressed to Friday’s Championship Group.

2019 UK Open champion Aspinall opened the night with a ten-dart finish and produced a 12-darter in the deciding leg of his opening tie with Clayton.

Rob Cross averaged 107 as he edged his 11-leg clash with a 13-dart finish against Aspinall, who bounced back to take victory in his winner-progresses contest with Joe Cullen courtesy of a 14-darter.

(PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG) NATHAN ASPINALL IN ACTION

“It means a lot,” said Aspinall. “I wanted to get through to the finals night and I’m very happy.

“Every game I’ve played tonight, the other players were brilliant. Tonight I wanted to play well and I produced good stuff.”

Clayton, meanwhile, raced to a 6-1 win over Cross in their decisive match to top the Semi-Finals Group Two table on Leg Difference from Aspinall.

Clayton responded to his narrow opening loss to Aspinall by coming from 5-4 down to defeat Cullen in a deciding leg, and reeled off five successive legs against Cross to seal his spot in the Championship Group.

“I’m chuffed to bits,” said Clayton, who has also been working delivering food parcels in his local area in recent weeks during the lockdown period.

“Let’s see what happens tomorrow night now. It’s going to be a tough night on Friday, they are great players in there and it’s going to be a hard job for me – but hopefully I can top the group again.”

Aspinall and Clayton join two-time World Champion Gary Anderson and former Lakeside Champion Jelle Klaasen in another strong line-up as the quartet compete in a round-robin format on Friday to claim the Low6 Home Tour title.

The tournament, which began in April, has featured 101 PDC Tour Card Holders competing from their homes on four continents, and also saw a nine-dart finish from Luke Woodhouse on Night Two.

The Low6 Home Tour Championship Group can be watched live and free through PDCTV for registered users (new users can sign up for FREE here), as well as through bookmakers’ websites and international broadcasters.

Registered PDCTV members can also watch for FREE through the official PDC App.


Feature Pic: Taylor Lanning

Home Tour Semis Underway!

Jonny Clayton completed the semi-finals line-up of the Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs by winning Group Eight last night.

World number 15 Clayton maintained his unbeaten record on the Home Tour, claiming a hat-trick of victories to book his place in Thursday’s second night of semi-finals action.

The Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs continue with the first night of semi-finals tonight, featuring Gary Anderson, Dave Chisnall, Jelle Klaasen and Mike De Decker.

You can catch all of the Low6 Play-Off action live for free on PDCTV from 1930 BST
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Ando’s Not Top of The Pops!

GARY ANDERSON believes a stage lollipop man won’t catch on when darts returns to the big stage. Helpers with Stop-and-Go signs have been trialed in darts events in Germany to ensure players know when to throw and keep a safe distance.

Anderson likes to throw & go. Will the new measures affect this?

The PDC is set to announce their schedule for future tournaments, and it’s likely the World Matchplay in Blackpool will take place without fans. There will be strict social-distancing measures in place to comply with government rules – and a stage lollipop man. But Ando, who plays his PDC Home Tour semi-final tonight (Weds), isn’t keen, admitting:

“I can’t see that catching on. You have to throw your darts, take them out of the board and get off the oche at your own tempo without waiting to be told. I don’t think it’s for me.”

“In darts, as much as any other sport, the fans are part and parcel of the whole occasion.“We’re up on stage doing our jobs, but they generate the atmosphere by enjoying themselves and wearing their gear.

“I watched some of the snooker the other night and that seemed to have the same kind of atmosphere behind closed doors as it has in front of a crowd – it’s a quiet sport by nature. “I can’t deny I’ve loved the peace and quiet of being at home for two months, but it’s a bit weird playing online against somebody who could be thousands of miles away.“

“Even in Pro Tour events on the floor, there is usually a bit of noise in the background, and I’m still getting used to competing when there’s just silence all around me. “I like to think I play the right way: I throw my darts, get out of the way as quick as possible and let the other guy have a go – but it’s weird when the other guy isn’t there, it’s not easy to get into a rhythm.”

waiting around between throws is all part and parcel of the Home Tour and after initial doubts Gary has adapted well.

Ando, 49, takes on Jelle Klaasen, Dave Chisnall, and Mike De Decker in the online streaming event semi-final and is yet to lose a leg over the past two groups. But he’s also not keen for life to get back to normal just yet, adding: “It will be strange if we bring darts back on stage behind closed doors, but the country’s in a mess.“I’m one of those folk who thinks we should stick at it (lockdown) until the virus is wiped out completely unless we want to go back to square one again.

“We’re being told to send our kids back to school, but if MPs are not willing to go back to the House of Commons yet, why is it safer for teachers and their kids”?

“You try telling a five-year-old kid he’s going back to school but he’s not allowed to play with his pals in the playground. It’s not going to happen.”

Anderson originally could not get strong enough WiFi for the Home Tour and it would be typical if he now went on to win the event. Gary also admits he’s enjoying time at home and away from the tour. He said:

“To be honest, I’m quite happy with my own company – everyone knows I’m at my happiest when I’m back home, so I’ve quite enjoyed the last couple of months.”

“When I practice at home, I’ve normally got a couple of mates who come round, and obviously that’s not been happening lately so I haven’t had a lot of practice. “In that regard, I’ve been quite pleased with the way it’s gone on the Home Tour – I was pleased with how I played against Luke Humphries the other night, and at times I’ve felt like I’ve been getting my throwback to what it was.”


Home Tour: Chizzy Through In Style.

Dave Chisnall reached the semi-finals of the Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs, winning Group Four on Friday evening.

Look no glasses!

A keenly contested Group Four saw the opening three matches all go to deciding legs, as Chisnall lost out to Heta, allowing Dutch youngster Geert Nentjes to storm to the top of the table with back-to-back wins.

World number 11 Chisnall clawed his way back into contention with a convincing 6-2 defeat of Darren Webster to set up a straight shoot-out to win the group in the final game of the night between Chisnall and Nentjes.

Missed doubles from Nentjes proved costly, as Chisnall took full advantage to end the night on top of the group, sealing his place in next Wednesday’s first semi-final night.

The Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs continue on Saturday night with Group Five, which will feature World Matchplay champion Rob Cross, 2020 Players Championship event winner Ryan Searle, Home Tour nine-dart hitter Luke Woodhouse and Sweden’s Daniel Larsson.

Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs
Group Four – Friday May 29
Damon Heta 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Geert Nentjes 6-5 Darren Webster
Geert Nentjes 6-5 Damon Heta
Dave Chisnall 6-2 Darren Webster
Darren Webster 6-2 Damon Heta
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Geert Nentjes


Pics: Taylor Lanning

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

Home Tour Play-Offs – Groups Announced.

The eight groups have been confirmed for the Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs ahead of the tournament’s return on May 26.

Is your favourite amongst those who will feature in the second stage ?

The last 32 nights have seen elite level darts brought from the homes of 101 PDC Tour Card Holders around the world to the homes of fans through remote live broadcasts.

The Home Tour action included a brilliant nine-darter from Luke Woodhouse in Group Two, while PDC World Champions Peter Wright, Rob Cross and Gary Anderson were amongst the players who topped their group to progress to the second phase.

The 32 group winners are now set to compete in the Play-Offs over a further 11 consecutive nights of live action from Tuesday May 26 onwards, with a champion crowned at the climax of the tournament on Friday June 5. 

The 32 players have been seeded in order of their PDC Order of Merit ranking for the Last 32, and placed into groups based on the regular PDC seeding pattern.
 
The players who win Groups One-Four will proceed to play in Semi-Final One on Wednesday June 3, with the winners from Groups Five-Eight moving through to Semi-Final Two on Thursday June 4.
 
The top two players from each of the Semi-Final groups will then move through to compete in the Championship Group on Friday June 5.
 
All games from the Last 32 onwards are the best of 11 legs, with each group being a round-robin format.

Reigning World Champion Wright, who became the last player to secure a Play-Off place in Monday’s Group 32, will headline the opening night of the Play-Offs in Group One, which also contains Cristo Reyes, Jelle Klaasen and Ryan Murray.

Two-time World Champion Anderson, who improved his internet connection especially to take part in the event, will compete in Group Three, while Premier League table-topper Glen Durrant lines up in Group Two.

Reigning World Matchplay champion Cross is set to star in Group Five, with former UK Open winner Nathan Aspinall drawn in Group Seven.

The PDC is pleased to announce that the Play-Offs will be sponsored by Low6, the company behind the PDC Picks app which gives fans the chance to make their picks for each night’s action.

Wayne Stevenson, CEO of Low6, commented, “Low6 is absolutely delighted to be named the Title Sponsor for the PDC Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs. 

“This Title Sponsorship extends our already successful partnership with the PDC as their ‘Official Pool Betting Partner’. 

PDC Picks, the official pool betting app of the PDC developed by Low6, has seen significant engagement from avid PDC darts fans predicting the winners of each match in contests that see fans ‘picks’ climb atop the leaderboard to win huge cash prizes. 

“Be sure to enter our PDC Picks contests on the PDC Picks or the Low6 app available on both Apple iOS and Google Play. We look forward to crowning the Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs champion June 5!”

All Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs action will be broadcast live on PDCTV for FREE to ALL registered PDCTV users, regardless of membership type.

Registered PDCTV members can also watch for FREE through the official PDC App.

Fans in Great Britain and Ireland can also watch the action through the Sky Sports app.

As well as being shown through a series of bookmakers’ websites, the Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs will be broadcast live by a number of the PDC’s international broadcast partners.

Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs
Groups
Group One – Tuesday May 26

Peter Wright
Cristo Reyes
Jelle Klaasen
Ryan Murray
 
Group Two – Wednesday May 27

Stephen Bunting
Glen Durrant
Alan Tabern
Mike De Decker
 
Group Three – Thursday May 28
Gary Anderson
Luke Humphries
Jamie Lewis
Nick Kenny
 
Group Four – Friday May 29

Dave Chisnall
Darren Webster
Geert Nentjes
Damon Heta
 
Group Five – Saturday May 30
Rob Cross
Ryan Searle
Luke Woodhouse
Daniel Larsson
 
Group Six – Sunday May 31
Joe Cullen
Chris Dobey
Jeff Smith
Martijn Kleermaker
 
Group Seven – Monday June 1
Nathan Aspinall
Jamie Hughes
Jose De Sousa
Jesús Noguera
 
Group Eight – Tuesday June 2
Jonny Clayton
Max Hopp
Carl Wilkinson
Scott Waites

Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs
Fixtures
Group One – Tuesday May 26

Peter Wright v Ryan Murray
Cristo Reyes v Jelle Klaasen
Ryan Murray v Jelle Klaasen
Peter Wright v Cristo Reyes
Cristo Reyes v Ryan Murray
Jelle Klaasen v Peter Wright
 
Group Two – Wednesday May 27
Stephen Bunting v Mike De Decker
Glen Durrant v Alan Tabern
Mike De Decker v Alan Tabern
Stephen Bunting v Glen Durrant
Glen Durrant v Mike De Decker
Alan Tabern v Stephen Bunting
 
Group Three – Thursday May 28
Gary Anderson v Nick Kenny
Luke Humphries v Jamie Lewis
Nick Kenny v Jamie Lewis
Gary Anderson v Luke Humphries
Luke Humphries v Nick Kenny
Jamie Lewis v Gary Anderson
 
Group Four – Friday May 29
Dave Chisnall v Damon Heta
Darren Webster v Geert Nentjes
Damon Heta v Geert Nentjes
Dave Chisnall v Darren Webster
Darren Webster v Damon Heta
Geert Nentjes v Dave Chisnall
 
Group Five – Saturday May 30
Rob Cross v Daniel Larsson
Ryan Searle v Luke Woodhouse
Daniel Larsson v Luke Woodhouse
Rob Cross v Ryan Searle
Ryan Searle v Daniel Larsson
Luke Woodhouse v Rob Cross
 
Group Six – Sunday May 31
Joe Cullen v Martijn Kleermaker
Chris Dobey v Jeff Smith
Martijn Kleermaker
Joe Cullen v Chris Dobey
Chris Dobey v Martijn Kleermaker
Jeff Smith v Joe Cullen
 
Group Seven – Monday June 1
Nathan Aspinall v Jesús Noguera
Jamie Hughes v Jose De Sousa
Jesús Noguera v Jose De Sousa
Nathan Aspinall v Jamie Hughes
Jamie Hughes v Jesús Noguera
Jose De Sousa v Nathan Aspinall
 
Group Eight – Tuesday June 2
Jonny Clayton v Scott Waites
Max Hopp v Carl Wilkinson
Scott Waites v Carl Wilkinson
Jonny Clayton v Max Hopp
Max Hopp v Scott Waites
Carl Wilkinson v Jonny Clayton

PDC Home Tour
Play-Offs Format

* The Last 32 onwards will be played over the best of 11 legs in a round-robin four-player group format.
* The Last 32 will feature eight groups from May 26-June 2, with each Group Winner moving into the Last Eight. Group Winners will be allocated to one of eight groups in ranking order (one player from each pool of 1-8, 9-16, 17-24, 25-32). 
* The Last Eight will feature two groups on June 3-4, with the top two players in each group moving into the Championship Group on Friday June 5.
* If a player is unable to complete their group matches on the night from the Last 32 onwards, they are eliminated from the tournament.

ENDS

Chizzy Romps Home!

Dave Chisnall won Group Three of the Unibet Home Tour on Sunday evening as the innovative new tournament continued with Night Three.

The Unibet Home Tour has proven a winner with sport deprived Britons.

World number 11 Chisnall began the night in impressive fashion in his darts cabin, averaging 102.8 in a 5-2 defeat of former Grand Slam of Darts champion Scott Waites.

PDC newcomer Waites bounced back with back-to-back victories over Wales’ Jonathan Worsley and Dutchman Jan Dekker, but Chisnall’s 5-0 whitewash of Dekker kept him firmly in the driving seat.

Waites needed Worsley to win 5-1 or better against Chisnall in the final game of the night to win the group, but Chisnall romped home in style with a 5-2 success.

PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG: LISA ASHTON IN ACTION

The Unibet Home Tour continues on Monday night with Group Four, which will see Lisa Ashton, Ross Smith, Mickey Mansell and Geert Nentjes competing in the fourth of 32 consecutive nights of live darts action.

Unibet Home Tour
Group Three – Sunday April 19
Dave Chisnall 5-2 Scott Waites
Jan Dekker 4-5 Jonathan Worsley
Scott Waites 5-1 Jonathan Worsley
Dave Chisnall 5-0 Jan Dekker
Jan Dekker 1-5 Scott Waites
Jonathan Worsley 1-5 Dave Chisnall


Featured pic: L Lustig / PDC

Chizzy Leads The Cast For Home Tour Night Three.

Night three of the PDC Unibet Home Tour will feature former World finalist Dave Chisnall alongside double World Champion Scott Waites. Dutchman Jan Dekker and Jonathan Worsley complete the four player group.

Waites will not quite be having the experience he expected when crossing to the PDC, in a much anticipated switch, in January. Chisnall meanwhile has enjoyed a good spell since moving dart sponsors in 2019 and will enjoy the opportunity to showcase his skills in a relaxed atmosphere. Expect plenty of 180’s from Chizzy!

Dekker has proven a highly adaptable player over the last decade, reaching the later stages of the Lakeside as well as playing on most of the PDC’s biggest stages. The Dutchman represent an example of the modern ‘Hybrid’ professional dart player.

Worlsey, known as the Womble, has previously enjoyed great success on the Challenge Tour and will be looking to use the Home Tour to raise his profile and, perhaps, provide a stepping stone to success at the Pro Tour level.

The Unibet Home Tour has already provided plenty of shocks, Peter Wright and Gerwyn Price both handily defeated, and the highlight of Luke Woodhouse’s 9-Dart moment.

What does night three hold in store?

Group Three – Sunday April 19
Dave Chisnall v Scott Waites
Jan Dekker v Jonathan Worsley
Scott Waites v Jonathan Worsley
Dave Chisnall v Jan Dekker
Jan Dekker v Scott Waites
Jonathan Worsley v Dave Chisnall

Unibet Home Tour 
Group Two – Saturday April 18
Gerwyn Price 5-2 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Luke Woodhouse 5-2 Ted Evetts
Ted Evetts 5-3 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Luke Woodhouse 5-0 Gerwyn Price
Luke Woodhouse 5-2 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Gerwyn Price 5-2 Ted Evetts 


Featured Pic – L Lustig/ PDC

Phil Taylor Trophy Introduced For BetVictor World Matchplay

Six Of The Best – Standing Up To The Power.

JR Lott looked at who really could ‘Fight The Power‘. His ‘Six of the Best’ contains players from different generations with many differing styles. While some are relatively predictable. Others are less so:

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Who really fought ‘The Power’? Very few won even 1/3 of their clashes with the Stoke thrower. (pic: PDC/L Lustig)

Darts World’s ‘Six of the Best’ is not usually my type of writing. But, while researching a different article, I happened upon a review Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor’s career. It was interesting to note that only Rob Cross has a majority of competitive wins against Phil and even that was in their one and only encounter.

So who else performed best against the player many regard as the GOAT? Our friends at dartsdatabase.com offered some clues.

Six: Chizzy (Win rate 28%).

Dave Chisnall has a very solid record vs Phil. Although twenty eight percent may not seem very high, it’s close to one win in three, and includes some superb moments. Chizzy defeated ‘The Power’ in their initial encounters, both on the Pro Tour and TV.

The St. Helens man’s victory at the 2012 World Championship was quite the shock to watching audiences, although those closer to the game, thought it ‘on the cards’.

It is to be noted that Chizzy is a huge 180 hitter and can produce devastating scoring spells. (32 Matches).

Five: Gary Anderson (Win rate 20%).

The Flying Scotsman‘s record against ‘ The Power’ stretches back to 2007 when he won their debut encounter in the World Darts Trophy. Phil reversed this a few weeks later, at the Grand Slam of Darts, and held the upper hand for the next four years.

Between 2011 and 2017 Gary inched closer and won a higher and higher percentage of their matches. His 2015 World Championship victory, in the final, over The Power was, perhaps, the high-point.

Anderson too is a huge scorer. (57 Matches).

Mutual Respect? Both Peter & Phil have expressed a great deal of mutual admiration Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Four: Peter Wright (Win rate 33%)

Snakebite is the first in our list to claim wins more than a third of his encounters with the Stoke-on-Trent legend. Wright lost nine-out-of-ten of their early encounters, the tenth was a draw! Wrighty finally claimed victory in the, non ranked, Dubai Masters. Weeks later Peter gained an important win, the Qtr final of the UK Open of 2015.

The tide had turned, the Scottish thrower gained in successes until he too was winning around half of his tussles with Taylor. These wins partially offset the early defeats and enabled a fine record to be built. (33 Matches).

Peter also features heavily on 180 hitting tables.

Three: Micheal Van Gerwyn (43.33%)

MVG‘s rumbles with The Power cover more than a decade while also charting Micheal’s rise, slump and triumphant return. Early on the young Dutchman did well, claiming two, from three, of their early encounters. Phil, again, learnt adapted and defeated Micheal on the next fifteen occasions that they met. In 2012 a reversal of fortune began.

Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen
From early days to later years. Over a decade of battles between The Power & MVG.

MVG began to get the upper hand and steadily improved his record against the player with whom he will always be compared. Michael racked up more than twenty wins between 2012 and 2017.

Even with this superb spell of form he could not totally conquer ‘The Power’.

Phil used his experience, professionalism and matchplay skills to limit the damage and score major wins during this time. Most memorable were Taylor’s 2013 World Championship (final) win, known to the the Darts World coach as ‘darting rope-a-dope’, and the demolition of Micheal in the 2016 Matchplay.

‘Mighty Mike’ clocks over 40% and solely in the modern PDC era! (60 matches).

Two: Rod Harrington (43.75%)

Harrington is a very unusual player in this list. The former World Master dominated Taylor during their early rivalries. Indeed, Rod claimed six out of eight initial skirmishes. Also unusually he claimed most of those wins in finals and semi finals.

Taylor then reversed the tables and completed a series of heavier and heavier defeats upon Harrington. During their last eight encounter it was Phil who clocked up a seven-one run. Again, most of these encounters were finals or later stage matches.

Their rivalry may not include as many matches others in the games history, but Taylor vs Harrington was conducted during a tough time for the sport and mainly at the highest level. To get even close, to a 50% record, is a remarkable effort and shared by only one other. (16 Matches).

One: Peter Evison: (Win rate 50%)

The Fenn Tiger sits alone in our table of those who fought ‘The Power’. Over a thirteen year time-span the two clashed in the Winmau World Masters, the early PDC (WDC) Lada Masters, The World Matchplay and The World Grand Prix.

Across all formats, both BDO and PDC events, and during different stages of their careers. Peter Evison comes out even.

Each player handed the other a terrible beating, or two, with Evison’s 8-1 demolition of Taylor, at his ‘home’ venue in Blackpool, at the World Matchplay being his high-point.

Later, Taylor (once more!) turned the tide and inflicted heavy defeats of his own. But, despite his best efforts, ‘The Power’ was unable to was unable to best ‘The Tiger’ overall. (8 Matches).


To illustrate how difficult it was to get even a single win, vs The Power, here are the six who suffered most his hands.

Nigel Heydon80100.00%
Shayne Burgess110100.00%
Kevin McDine110100.00%
Dennis Smith140100.00%
Alan Tabern160100.00%
Roland Scholten
See Roland’s full record & get more info at dartsdatabase.