Harrows Go All In On Chizzy: Product Launch 2020.

Darts World have observed the resurgence of Harrows, over recent months and years, with a mixture of nostalgia, curiosity and pleasure. You cannot have documented both of Darts’ golden eras, which Darts World has, without retaining an affection for the brand which backed Bristow so wholeheartedly and was an important figure in the global expansion of our game.

Chizzy has been backed as the ‘No.1’ at, new sponsor, Harrows.

After the departure of Glen Durrant, who had played a big role in the resurgence, we were a little worried that they may slip back again. Not so. They almost immediately snaffled Chizzy and were rewarded when the St Helens man hit an upturn in performance in both majors and the tier Tours.

The immediatele launch of an attractive Chizzy signature dart, flight set and a trademark yellow shirt ensured that they were off and running in a new era. Today sees the expansion of that range in a big way.

Losing a three-time World Champ does not seem to have halted the Harrows revival.

Harrows have clearly gone for the, tried and tested, strategy of branding many products with the name, face, colour scheme and logo which Chizzy has made his own. It is not dissimilar to the approach taken with Eric all those years ago. Indeed some products remain almost unchanged!

The Endorsed Dart: There is now an 80% Tungsten Chizzy dart that will come in at the lower cost points, probably in the £25 region. It is a nice simple looking dart that should appeal to Chizzy fans and those looking for a dart that ticks many boxes at a lower cost.

The Family Game:

Reader will be very familiar with this beginner or introductory product. Many will have had one as youngsters and may well think of getting their own children started this way.

The combination of simple basic board that is reversible to play a simpler, bullseye based game, with a couple of sets of basic darts has been repackaged nicely and is sure to do well as always.

The Alloy Dart: In addition to the 80% version of Chizzy’s dart there is an alloy model that will be classed as cheap and cheerful. It carries the Chizzy name, and the branding, while appearing to be a coated brass style barrel.

Taken together with the Chizzy signature dart, and the shirts and accessories available, it is clear that Chizzy is now the brand leader for Harrows and that they hope this backing will lead to continued or expanded success, for their man, over coming years.

The Future:

In addition, Harrows have begun assembling a small team of up and coming players both here in Europe and across the world in the Australian and Asian markets. Players such as Josh Payne are showing superb progress and may well provide the brand with a a smooth transition in the future.

Oblivion: The latest non player barrel from Harrows.

Together with other, widely praised, recent product launches, that include new point technology and some very distinctive barrels, it seems that Harrows are well and truly back in the top echelon of darting brands. We at Darts World hope that this does as much for the game as it managed in the 1980’s and beyond.


World Champion Wright Off To Winning Start. Masters 2020 Day 2.

WINNING START FOR WRIGHT AS WORLD CHAMPION IN LADBROKES MASTERS OPENER

LADBROKES MASTERS 2020 ARENA MK, MILTON KEYNES
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG General view

​Peter Wright made a winning start to his reign as World Champion with a 10-7 victory over Joe Cullen on Night Two of the 2020 Ladbrokes Masters in Milton Keynes on Saturday.

Wright continued the form which saw him claim glory at Alexandra Palace on New Year’s Day with a 103.55 average, the highest of the tournament so far, to reach the Masters quarter-finals.

A high-quality contest featuring five ton-plus checkouts was level at six-all before Wright won four of the last five legs to book his place in Sunday afternoon’s last eight, where the Scot will face Dave Chisnall.

PETER WRIGHT IN ACTION
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“It’s nice to get back into the groove because I’ve missed playing over this last month, and I had to get out there and do the job so I’m happy with that win,” said Wright, who reached the semi-finals at the 2019 event.

“I couldn’t get away from Joe – he’s a fantastic player and he’s matured into a player who’s hard to beat.

“I was panicking that the World Champion was going to go out in the first round. I switched my darts at five-all to a longer point because I had to try and get away from him, and to do that I needed to hit more 180s.”

Wright added: “It was amazing to be introduced as World Champion – it sounded amazing and I’ve got to get used to it!”

Night Two saw the remaining four last 16 matches take place, as 2016 Masters runner-up Chisnall came through a tight tussle with Daryl Gurney, winning 10-8 to reach the quarter-finals.

QUITE THE SPECTACLE! DAVE CHISNALL IN ACTION
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Chisnall, who sported a pair of spectacles on stage for the first time, took out finishes of 100 and 74 to lead 5-2 before world number seven Gurney hit back with checkouts of 117 and 81 to level at 5-5.

The next six legs were shared to make it 8-8 but four missed double attempts from Gurney across the next two legs were punished by Chisnall, who consigned the Northern Irishman to a third defeat in the first round in as many outings at the event.

“It was hard but I’m feeling good and did a job tonight,” said Chisnall.  “I kept getting two or three legs in front and Daryl kept coming back at me, and it was a game that could’ve gone either way.

“I’ve got the new glasses and I can see a little bit better but it was tough – it wasn’t the glasses annoying me, I’m getting headaches because I’m still getting used to them.

“I’m also throwing from a little bit lower and I was flicking the dart a little bit, but I’ll keep working on my game.”

2017 Masters runner-up Gary Anderson got his year off to the perfect start with a hard-fought 10-8 victory over Ian White.

A tight contest saw no more than two legs between the pair throughout, but at 7-7 Anderson struck a crucial 11-dart break of throw and with White unable to reply in kind for the remained of the match, Anderson advanced to the last eight.

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GARY ANDERSON V IAN WHITE

“Ian’s a good player and he kept coming back when I got in front, but I won and it’s a good start,” said Anderson, who missed last year’s Masters due to injury.

“I’ve got a long way to go yet but I’ve had a month or so since the World Championship and I’ve practiced well, so I’ll give it a go tomorrow.”

Anderson now plays Gerwyn Price in the quarter-finals, after the world number three held off Simon Whitlock’s fightback to win a thriller in a deciding leg.

Whitlock came from two legs down to lead 4-3, only for the Grand Slam champion to show his quality with a superb six-leg streak to move into a 9-4 advantage.

The Australian, though, kept the game alive with legs of 12 and 11 darts to spark a run of five straight legs as he forced a decider, but Price proved too strong to move into the last eight.

“I could have been 5-3 down at one point but I was feeling good and I just couldn’t put him away,” said Price. “Thankfully he didn’t play as well in the last leg as he did in the previous five and I got over the line.

“Simon played pretty well against the throw, he was hitting the high scores and putting me under pressure, so I’m happy to win. I feel I can kick on tomorrow and hopefully I can improve on this game.”

Sunday’s final day of action will see the quarter-finals take place in the afternoon session, before the winners return for the semi-finals and final in the evening.

With former champions Michael van Gerwen and James Wade having been eliminated on the opening night, the tournament is guaranteed a new champion, with the eventual Masters winner scooping a £60,000 prize.

The tournament will be broadcast live on ITV4 in the UK, through the PDC’s worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and RTL7, and on PDCTV for Rest of the World Subscribers.

2020 Ladbrokes Masters

Saturday February 1

First Round

Dave Chisnall 10-8 Daryl Gurney

Gary Anderson 10-8 Ian White

Peter Wright 10-7 Joe Cullen

Gerwyn Price 10-9 Simon Whitlock

Sunday February 2

Afternoon Session (1245 GMT)

Quarter-Finals

Adrian Lewis v Michael Smith

Jonny Clayton v Nathan Aspinall

Gerwyn Price v Gary Anderson

Peter Wright v Dave Chisnall

Evening Session (1900 GMT)

Semi-Finals

Clayton/Aspinall v Smith/Lewis

Wright/Chisnall v Price/Anderson

Final

v

Format

Quarter-Finals – Best of 19 legs

Semi-Finals – Best of 21 legs

Final – Best of 21 legs


The Devonshire Discussion: New Darts – Is There Any Point?

New Darts, do they work? Add something to your game? Help with confidence? or simply add a feel good factor?

MVG has switched sponsor to Winmau. What effect will his new dart model/s have on his efforts?
Pic: Winmau

So, the Worlds Number one player, Michael Van Gerwen, has switched sponsors / manufacturers. For the first time in at least 8 years he will be throwing a completely new dart! Will it have a good or bad affect we ask ourselves.

Glen changed to a plainer Target dart mid season!
PIC; LAWRENCE LUSTIG GLEN DURRANT IN ACTION

Recently we have seen players such as Chisnall and Durrant use new darts and to good affect too !! Glen having a stella first year in the PDC with his new Arrows, even though he switched half way through, and Chizzy hitting 180’s for fun but then he always has!

Is it more a question of talent than equipment though. Can a top dart player throw any dart as long as it’s the specified weight he’s always thrown. Imagine an event where all the players are given a new set of darts that differs from their standard set up apart from weight.

Would we have the same players competing at the business end of such an event ?


Snakebite seems to be able to use almost anything and still perform at the elite level.
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG FINAL MICHAEL VAN GERWEN V PETER WRIGHT.

Ok Ok , we know, Peter Wright would be, he has used over 20 models, and switched weights more often than a slimming world meeting, but could anyone else (DW Editor-at-Large)

World Championships Review – Day Seven.

Gerwyn Price survived a huge scare against William O’Connor on Day Seven of the 2019/20 William Hill World Darts Championship on Thursday at London’s Alexandra Palace.

WILLIAM HILL PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 ALEXANDRA PALACE LONDON PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND 2 GERWEN PRICE V WILLIAM O’CONNOR GERWEN PRICE IN ACTION

World number three Price was twice a leg away from crashing out of the tournament, but Republic of Ireland’s O’Connor was unable to deliver the fatal blow.

With the deciding set tied at 2-2 in legs, O’Connor approached the oche needing four points but threw at double one, allowing Price to take out 75 to break throw before winning it with a 13-dart leg.

With Rob Cross and Michael Smith among the seeded players to fall at the first hurdle, Price showed determination to avoid joining them but admitted he never felt at ease on the big stage. 

“That’s the most uncomfortable I’ve ever felt in a darts match, I couldn’t handle the heat up there,” admitted Price, who will meet John Henderson in round three.

“From the moment I walked out I never felt at ease and I ended up chasing Willie throughout; he was probably the better player.

“He put me under pressure and I knew I don’t have the best of records here but a win’s a win.

“I had a bit of luck with Willie going for the wrong double at the end but I’m not going to tap him on the shoulder and tell him that!

“I’ve won tournaments before where I should’ve gone out in my first game so maybe this could be another one of those.”

After edging the opening set 3-2, Price lost both the next two 3-1 to go within a set of a shock early exit.

Set four went to a deciding leg, putting the Welsh number one on the brink for the first time in the contest but Price found a last dart double six for a 15-dart leg when he needed it most.

With O’Connor 2-1 up in the deciding set, another 15-dart leg from Price took the match to a tie-break, before O’Connor’s counting error allowed Price to go ahead for the first time since set one.

Price produced a timely 180 in the next leg, followed by a 134 setup shot to leave double 18 which he pinned with his first dart to relieve fears of a first hurdle exit.​

Day Seven of darts’ biggest event also saw Chris Dobey reach the third round in dramatic fashion, as he survived two match darts to overcome Ron Meulenkamp in a thrilling tie-break.

WILLIAM HILL PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 ALEXANDRA PALACE LONDON PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND 2 CHRIS DOBEY V RON MEULENKAMP CHRIS DOBEY IN ACTION

Having squandered a two-set lead, Dobey found himself 2-0 down in the deciding set but after the Dutchman missed two darts at double eight to end the contest, Dobey made no mistake on double 14 to level at 2-2.

A 14-dart leg earned Dobey a crucial break of throw, before the next leg saw the Northumbrian seal the win on double eight to reach round three where he will meet Mensur Suljovic or history-maker Fallon Sherrock.

“It’s an amazing feeling to win on that stage, it would’ve been really disappointing to lose here after a good year,” said Dobey.

“When I hit double 14 to level in the last set I said ‘I’m still here’ and I always say it’s never over until it’s over.

“I don’t mind who I play next but I thought Fallon was absolutely outstanding the other night, I was out there watching and the atmosphere was fantastic.”

Two-time World Championship quarter-finalist Dave Chisnall safely secured his passage through to the third round with a 3-1 win over Vincent van der Voort.

Although Chisnall struggled to produce his trademark high-scoring on a consistent basis, his accuracy on the outer ring saw him miss just five darts at double to keep Van der Voort at bay.

Chisnall, who has enjoyed a return to form in 2019, will face another Dutchman, Jeffrey de Zwaan in round three.

“I’m really happy with the win, Vincent is a top player so I’m relieved to get a difficult first game out of the way,” said Chisnall.

“I’ve changed darts but it’s not just that, I feel relaxed playing and I probably want it more now than ever before.

WILLIAM HILL PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 ALEXANDRA PALACE LONDON PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND 2 DAVE CHISNALL V VINCENT VAN DER VOORT DAVE CHISNALL IN ACTION

“I’ve never practiced like this for a World Championship and hopefully this year we’re going to see the best version of myself.

“If I play my best game all the way through, who knows what could happen?”

Steve Beaton began his 19th PDC World Championship with a 3-1 victory over Australian number two Kyle Anderson.

With Beaton leading 2-1 in sets, Anderson missed three darts to take the contest to a deciding set before Beaton clinically took out 50 in two darts to advance to round three.

Beaton now has the chance to reach last 16 for first time since the 2003/04 event against eighth seed James Wade.

Popular Scot Henderson breezed into the last 32 for the third year in a row with a 3-0 whitewash of James Richardson.

Richardson, who came through a last-leg shoot-out with Mikuru Suzuki in round one, registered just three legs in the contest as Henderson dominated throughout.

There was a less simple passage into the last 32 for Danny Noppert, who came from behind to beat Callan Rydz 3-2.

Debutant Rydz landed a 160 checkout on his way to a 2-1 lead in sets, before World Series of Darts Finals runner-up Noppert won six of the last seven legs to book his place in round three against Kim Huybrechts.

There was heart-break for last year’s quarter-finalist Ryan Joyce as he missed four match darts against Jan Dekker.

From 2-0 down in sets, Joyce fought hard to take the match to a deciding but Dutchman Dekker made the most of his chance to reach round two for a second successive year where he will take on Welsh number two Jonny Clayton.

A day of drama also saw Justin Pipe survive three match darts as he fought back from 2-1 down to defeat Slovenian debutant Benjamin Pratnemer.

Pratnemer missed a trio of darts at double ten and double five to win 3-1, before Pipe found a vital last dart double eight to level.

Pipe then went on to win the deciding set 3-1 to enjoy a winning return to darts’ biggest stage after a two-year absence, with world number six Daryl Gurney awaiting him in round two.

The William Hill World Championship continues on Friday with two sessions of second round action, as Peter Wright begins his quest for the Sid Waddell Trophy against Noel Malicdem of the Philippines.

Day Eight will be broadcast live on the Sky Sports Darts channel and through NOW TV in the UK, on PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers and through the PDC’s worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and RTL7.

Thursday December 19
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)
2x First Round, 2x Second Round
Justin Pipe 3-2 Benjamin Pratnemer (First Round)
Jan Dekker 3-2 Ryan Joyce (First Round) 
John Henderson 3-0 James Richardson (Second Round)
Steve Beaton 3-1 Kyle Anderson (Second Round)

Evening Session (1900 GMT)
4x Second Round
Chris Dobey 3-2 Ron Meulenkamp (Second Round)
Danny Noppert 3-2 Callan Rydz (Second Round)
Dave Chisnall 3-1 Vincent van der Voort (Second Round)
Gerwyn Price 3-2 William O’Connor (Second Round)

Friday December 20
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)
4x Second Round
Darren Webster v Yuki Yamada (Second Round)
Mervyn King v Ciaran Teehan (Second Round)
Jonny Clayton v Joyce/Dekker (Second Round)
Ricky Evans v Mark McGeeney (Second Round)

Evening Session (1900 GMT)
4x Second Round
Nathan Aspinall v Danny Baggish (Second Round)
Joe Cullen v Nico Kurz (Second Round)
Max Hopp v Benito van de Pas (Second Round)
Peter Wright v Noel Malicdem (Second Round)

ENDS

Harrows 2020 Launch. A Mixed Bag From a Hallowed Name.

This week Harrows joined the brands to have launched their 2020 collections. The usual email and advertising trailers were followed by a glitzy social media release of each model and their latest accessories.

Following their summer signing of Dave “Chizzy” Chisnall, and their recent success with Glen Durrant, it may well be worth keeping an eye on the brand that was home to both Eric Bristow and Dennis Priestley in their pomp!

Six dart main models of darts were released and seem to follow a pattern of being focused on the innovative looking grip and striking looking colour schemes.

The Avanti sets the pattern for the complex grip with three separate groupings of grips. The combination of the black and vivid green nitride produces a striking look. The barrel is reminiscent of a ‘Wolfram’ shape but with a much more pronounced grip that looks on the aggressive side.

Paragon is another striking model added to the range for 2020. It appears that the Blk and Red version of Wolfram has set a pattern. Paragon is an interesting looking dart with diamond shape indentations cut into the barrel in between the traditional ring cuts. The nose is not dissimilar to a John Part (Hero Edition) style.

Four more models have been launched, Noctis is an interesting duo of blk darts with silver highlights, one Lowe style barrel and one straight model, they are a nice looking but not especially distinctive barrel. It is noticeable that even Harrows have felt the need to improve upon their typical bomb style barrel and innovate in the grip area. Strix, Vice & Vespa make up this year’s new barrels.

Looking past the headlines of the product launch, which are always the main new models and any new player items, those of us sad enough to be interested in technical innovation have noted the point technology launches.

Harrows have seemed to be lagging behind in this area which is a great surprise. The UK based company have been behind some of the most popular, and innovative, accessories over the years. Dimplex flights, Alamo stems and various flight styles have all been championed by this no-nonsense manufacturer.

The various points launched for the 2020 collection, together with an obvious emphasis on promoting them, seem an attempt to both catch-up and surprise their competitors. Firstly the machine points reverse the standard of cutting grooves or patterns into the point and replace it with machining them to produce a raised pattern or grooves.

There are at least three versions in at least two colours of each point style. They are also available in standard and collared points in order to compete with Target’s Storm and Winmau FreeFlow. The first appearance suggests that they will do so. The conversion version is available in fewer options but may well prove popular with those who play both formats.

The final chapter of the launch was accessories focused, including an addition to the case range. It is a bulk 12 set holder and probably only useful to collectors or mini stallholders! The flights added were mainly specific to the new darts models and coordinated accordingly. Nice colour combinations were added and the Velos range was extended and promoted further.

The Avanti Range looked to most noticeable as it looked to combine the styling of the new range with the recent embossing tech being used on many new flights.

Overall this was a good tight launch. Keeping the numbers down to half a dozen, or so, on the new darts ranges, seems sensible and the focus on points and other improvements may well reassert Harrows in this area.

CLINICAL WRIGHT POWERS INTO BOYLESPORTS GRAND SLAM QUARTER-FINALS

Ruthless Peter Wright powered through to the BoyleSports Grand Slam of Darts quarter-finals in superb fashion alongside Dave Chisnall, Michael Smith and Glen Durrant on Wednesday.

BOYLE SPORTS GRANDSLAMOF DARTS 2019 ALDERSLEY LEISURE VILLAGE,WOLVERHAMPTON PIC LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND 2 PETER WRIGHT V ROB CROSS PETER WRIGHT IN ACTION

Wright produced a relentless performance to see off Rob Cross 10-3 at the Aldersley Leisure Village, ending the world number two’s hopes of a third televised title of 2019.

Cross had remained in touch with Wright at 3-2 despite an early barrage from the Scot, who then won six straight legs to move into a 9-2 advantage before closing out a heavy win.

Wright had won all three group stage matches and is now the 8/1 second favourite with tournament sponsors BoyleSports, behind 10/11 favourite Michael van Gerwen, to lift the Eric Bristow Trophy on Sunday.

“It’s nice to get into the knockouts so well and to beat Rob Cross is a bonus because he’s such a great player who’s done fantastically well this year,” said Wright.

“I’m happy and I was confident coming into this. I’m using the heavier, 26 gram darts, like when I reached the World Championship final in 2014, but I’ve changed the stems and it’s working for me.

“I’m aiming every dart and throwing properly and it’s a pace I feel comfortable with. I feel good and I know there’s lots more to come with the darts, and hopefully, that’s in this tournament.”

In-form Chisnall was another 10-3 winner as he too moved into the last eight in style, averaging 102 against Ryan Harrington as the qualifier’s Wolverhampton debut came to an end on Wednesday.

Chisnall made the early running with a pair of 14-darters and also finished 104 to move 4-0 up before a superb 154 checkout got Harrington off the mark.

Legs of 13, 14 and 11 darts helped Chisnall into a 7-1 lead before Harrington hit back with a 13-darter and an 87 finish to pull back to 7-3.

Chisnall, the 2014 finalist, restored his cushion with a 14-darter before pinning double six and double four to secure his last eight spot in a fourth successive televised event.

The 39-year-old has reached the World Grand Prix final this autumn to follow up three ranking victories – and is now hoping to go all the way to a maiden TV title.

“I’m happy to be through,” said Chisnall, who now meets Wright in Friday’s quarter-finals. “I’m playing okay and I hit some good shots – it could have been closer but that’s the game.

“Luckily for me I’m starting to play well again and hitting my doubles, and I can look forward to Friday now.”

BOYLE SPORTS GRANDSLAMOF DARTS 2019 ALDERSLEY LEISURE VILLAGE,WOLVERHAMPTON
PIC LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND 2 DAVE CHISNALL V RYAN HARRINGTON DAVE CHISNALL IN ACTION

Harrington had won through the qualifiers before wins over Danny Noppert and Wayne Warren saw him progress from Group F to reach the last 16 of a televised event for the first time, where he averaged 96 in defeat.

“Ryan played well and can take the positives,” added Chisnall. “He’ll be full of confidence now and I hope he gets his career up and running.

“He missed a few bulls early on and could have been 3-2 up when it was 4-1 to me, and he had some chances to stay in it, but he should be proud of himself.”

Glen Durrant came back from 3-0 and 7-4 down to book his place in the quarter-finals for a second time in three years after edging out Germany’s Gabriel Clemens 10-9 in a thriller.

Wolverhampton debutant Clemens looked set to continue his impressive march after dominating the contest, but ultimately paid the price for one missed match dart.

Durrant showed his battling qualities to force a deciding leg in which he landed a 177 to be first to a finish, and double eight for a 14-darter completed his gutsy fightback.

“It’s a super win,” admitted Durrant. “It was a huge game and very emotional, and it’s a fantastic win for me.

“I was never in front until the last dart but I’ve got real fight, determination and bottle and I’m a great match player. I’m not the biggest scorer but I fight and I’m delighted to win.

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ROUND 2 GABRIEL CLEMENS V GLEN DURRANT GLEN DURRANT IN ACTION

“I’m not starting as quickly as I’d like to so maybe I have to look at that, but I found something inside me and I knew when it got to nine legs each that I could take my chance.”

Clemens landed an early 12-darter on his way to a 3-0 lead, which was cancelled out as Durrant finished 132 on the bull and 87 in squaring the game.

The German ace hit finishes of 110 and 106 on his way to a 7-4 lead, with Durrant again levelling as he took out 107 and 80 in successive legs.

Clemens moved 8-7 and 9-8 up as the tension mounted but missed one match dart at tops in leg 18 as Durrant pounced on double ten before prevailing in the decider – leading for the first time as he celebrated a victory.

Durrant now plays Michael Smith, who averaged 101.56 in his impressive 10-7 defeat of Daryl Gurney to reach the last eight for the first time since 2015.

Northern Irish ace Gurney made a strong start to land a trio of 14-darters as he took an early 3-1 lead, before Smith landed a pair of 11-dart finishes and a 100 checkout as he hit back to level at four-all.

Smith then finished a 13-darter and a 110 checkout to take his run to four straight legs as he took a 6-4 advantage and extended that cushion to 8-5 before holding his nerve to seal the win.

“Any win over Daryl is a good win so I’m really happy,” said Smith. “Every time I play Daryl it’s a good game and I dug deep.

“I had to keep believing in myself and I know I can step it up when I have to. Hopefully I can keep winning and be the Grand Slam champion at the end of the week.

“As long as I don’t stop believing, I’ll get there. If I don’t believe in myself, nobody will and I believe that I can win any tournament that I play in, but I’m trying so hard.

“I’ve not won a TV title yet, but I’m getting to the back end of tournaments and as long as I keep knocking, one day I’ll get through that door and keep winning.”

The second round concludes on Thursday with the remaining four matches, including reigning champion Gerwyn Price taking on Darren Webster.

World number one Michael van Gerwen meets Ian White, while an all-Scottish clash sees Gary Anderson play Robert Thornton and James Wade faces Adrian Lewis.

BoyleSports Grand Slam of Darts

Wednesday November 13

Second Round x4

Dave Chisnall 10-3 Ryan Harrington

Glen Durrant 10-9 Gabriel Clemens

Michael Smith 10-7 Daryl Gurney

Peter Wright 10-3 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

Friday November 15 (1900 GMT)

Quarter-Finals x2

Dave Chisnall v Peter Wright

Glen Durrant v Michael Smith

ENDS

Grand Slam Sunday: Full Round Up.

Michael Smith recorded the third-highest average in BoyleSports Grand Slam of Darts history as he joined Michael van Gerwen, Dave Chisnall and Gabriel Clemens in qualifying for the knockout stages in Wolverhampton on Sunday.

BOYLE SPORTS GRANDSLAMOF DARTS 2019 ALDERSLEY LEISURE VILLAGE, WOLVERHAMPTON.
PIC LAWRENCE LUSTIG GROUP STAGE 2 DIMITRI VAN DEN BERGH V MIKURU SUZUKI DIMITRI VAN DEN BERGH IN ACTION

Smith averaged 113.62 in a brilliant 5-1 win over Nathan Aspinall as the world number three ensured his place in the last 16 in style.

Smith continued his superb start to the event, following up Saturday’s victory over Glen Durrant with a second win in as many days, meaning that the Lakeside Champion and Aspinall now face a shoot-out on Monday.

“It was a massive match and I knew I had to win, so I’m pleased to play so well,” said Smith. “Nathan said I was phenomenal and I felt I owed him one for when he beat me in Las Vegas.

“It was a big game and I’m glad I did myself proud and got the win, and I’m safe. As long as I won the match that was the most important thing for me – the record average would have been nice but records don’t win you tournaments.

“This event is a target for me because I’m desperate to win a TV title. That’s been my aim this year.”

Durrant bounced back from his opening loss to Smith with a dramatic 5-4 win over Martin Schindler, the young German who now cannot qualify.

Schindler led 4-2 but paid for missing two match darts at tops as three-time Lakeside Champion Durrant produced a pair of 84 finishes to keep his hopes alive before winning their deciding leg.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Michael van Gerwen stormed back from 2-0 down against Adrian Lewis to qualify from Group A with a 5-2 victory.

“I’ve not been at my best but my darts didn’t let me down and I found an extra gear when I had to against Adrian,” said Van Gerwen. “He tried to push me, especially at the beginning, but I did the right things at the right moments.

“I’m through to the next round and I can look ahead to that, but I’ll still concentrate on the last group match. Ross Smith beat me in the European Championship and of course I want to put that right.”

Kent’s Smith cannot now qualify after losing out 5-1 to Jim Williams, with the BDO World Trophy winner having finished four doubles from as many attempts – including checkouts of 122 and 118 – as he opened up a key 4-0 lead to keep his hopes alive.

Chisnall, meanwhile, ensured his qualification from Group E, defeating Rob Cross 5-3 to force the world number two into a shoot-out with Jamie Hughes on Monday night.

“I’m over the moon to win and be through,” said Chisnall, the World Grand Prix runner-up in Dublin last month.

“When you play the world number two you know you’ve got to battle and I did, it wasn’t pretty but I got the job done. I’m here to get as far as I can and it would be lovely to go one better than in Dublin.”

Hughes produced a strong display to open his account in Group E, landing four 180s in a 5-1 win over Lisa Ashton, eliminating the four-time Women’s World Champion in the process.

Germany’s Clemens continued his superb Grand Slam debut as the qualifier defeated Daryl Gurney 5-4 to secure his progression to the last 16, hitting a 12-darter in the deciding leg of a high-quality contest.

“I have no words,” said an overwhelmed Clemens. “Daryl us a fantastic player and to beat him on this stage is crazy.”

Gurney now faces a shoot-out with Brendan Dolan on Monday night, after the 2011 World Grand Prix finalist came from a leg down to defeat Richard Veenstra 5-1, knocking out the Dutchman.

Reigning champion Gerwyn Price survived two missed match darts from Robert Thornton before claiming his second Group C victory with a 5-4 defeat of the Scot.

Thornton had looked on course to remain unbeaten after moving 4-3 up, but failed to give himself a dart at a double on an 82 finish as Price forced a deciding leg, before missing doubles 12 and six to allow the Welshman in to complete a 94 finish for a 12-darter in snatching the points.

“I can’t ask for any more than two wins from two and I just need to concentrate on my own game on Tuesday and try to win,” said Price, who meets Dimitri Van den Bergh in his final group match.

“I was chasing Robert all the way through the game and he was hitting trebles for fun. I didn’t think I was going to get a chance to break him, so I’m happy to get over the line.

“It’s tough to get through the groups but I’m feeling confident. I’m trying to play a different game and I don’t think it’s working yet, but I’m trying to stay composed. I’ll go out and try to enjoy myself against Dimitri.

“I want to perform well and hopefully I can pick my game up, improve my scoring and not ride my luck too much because it’s going to run out sooner or later.”

Van den Bergh finished five doubles from nine attempts as he claimed a first Group C win, defeating Japan’s Mikuru Suzuki 5-1 in their second contest.

BOYLE SPORTS GRANDSLAMOF DARTS 2019 ALDERSLEY LEISURE VILLAGE, WOLVERHAMPTON.
PIC LAWRENCE LUSTIG GROUP STAGE 2 DIMITRI VAN DEN BERGH V MIKURU SUZUKI DIMITRI

Two-time finalist Gary Anderson averaged a superb 105.08 as he claimed a second victory in Group D, defeating William O’Connor 5-3 despite the Irish ace taking out a 158 finish.

Darren Webster bounced back from Saturday’s defeat to Anderson with a 5-2 win over Dave Parletti, taking out a key 125 checkout of bull-25-bull on his way to a first Group D victory.

James Wade survived two missed match darts as he came from 4-2 down to defeat Ian White 5-4, with Steve Lennon coming from 3-0 down to defeat Wesley Harms 5-4 by taking out a stunning 167 finish in the deciding leg.

BOYLE SPORTS GRAND SLAM OF DARTS 2019 ALDERSLEY LEISURE VILLAGE,WOLVERHAMPTON.
PIC LAWRENCE LUSTIG GROUP STAGE 2 JAMES WADE V IAN WHITE JAMES WADE IN ACTION.

Wade now sits in pole position in Group B with two wins ahead of his final group tie with Lennon, while White meets Harms on Tuesday in another quartet where all player could still qualify.

Peter Wright, Danny Noppert and Ryan Harrington remain alive in Group F going into Monday’s final fixtures, with only Wales’ Wayne Warren unable to progress.

Noppert bounced back from his loss on Saturday with a strong display to defeat Warren 5-1, while Wright landed three ton-plus checkouts during his 5-2 win over Harrington.

Monday night’s action sees the players in Groups E-H return to the Aldersley Leisure Village stage to complete their round-robin fixtures, with the players in Groups A-D facing off on Tuesday evening.

2019 BoyleSports Grand Slam of Darts

Sunday November 10

Afternoon Session

Groups E-H Second Matches

Brendan Dolan 5-1 Richard Veenstra (G)

Danny Noppert 5-1 Wayne Warren (F)

Jamie Hughes 5-1 Lisa Ashton (E)

Glen Durrant 5-4 Martin Schindler (H)

Gabriel Clemens 5-4 Daryl Gurney (G)

Peter Wright 5-2 Ryan Harrington (F)

Michael Smith 5-1 Nathan Aspinall (H)

Dave Chisnall 5-3 Rob Cross (E)

Evening Session

Groups A-D Second Matches

Steve Lennon 5-4 Wesley Harms (B)

Darren Webster 5-2 Dave Parletti (D)

Jim Williams 5-1 Ross Smith (A)

Dimitri Van den Bergh 5-1 Mikuru Suzuki (C)

Gerwyn Price 5-4 Robert Thornton (C)

James Wade 5-4 Ian White (B)

Gary Anderson 5-3 William O’Connor (D)

Michael van Gerwen 5-2 Adrian Lewis (A)

Monday November 11 (1900 GMT)

Groups E-H Final Matches

Gabriel Clemens v Richard Veenstra (G)

Michael Smith v Martin Schindler (H)

Dave Chisnall v Lisa Ashton (E)

Daryl Gurney v Brendan Dolan (G)

Peter Wright v Danny Noppert (F)

Ryan Harrington v Wayne Warren (F)

Rob Cross v Jamie Hughes (E)

Nathan Aspinall v Glen Durrant (H)

Tuesday November 12 (1900 GMT)

Groups A-D Final Matches

Schedule to be confirmed

ENDS

Grand Slam Review – Sunday PM

Michael Smith recorded the third-highest average in the history of the BoyleSports Grand Slam of Darts as he qualified for the knockout phase of the event alongside Dave Chisnall and Gabriel Clemens on Sunday.

BOYLE SPORTS GRANDSLAMOF DARTS 2019 ALDERSLEY LEISURE VILLAGE,WOLVERHAMPTON PIC LAWRENCE LUSTIG GROUP STAGE 2 Michael Smith V NATHAN ASPINALL MICHAEL SMITH IN ACTION

Smith averaged 113.62 in a brilliant 5-1 win over Nathan Aspinall as the world number three ensured his place in the last 16

Smith continued his superb start to the event, following up Saturday’s victory over Glen Durrant with a second win in as many days, meaning that the Lakeside Champion and Aspinall now face a shoot-out on Monday.

“It was a massive match and I knew I had to win, so I’m pleased to play so well,” said Smith. “Nathan said I was phenomenal and I felt I owed him one for when he beat me in Las Vegas.

“It was a big game and I’m glad I did myself proud and got the win, and I’m safe. As long as I won the match that was the most important thing for me – the record average would have been nice but records don’t win you tournaments.

“This event is a target for me because I’m desperate to win a TV title. That’s been my aim this year.”

Durrant bounced back from his opening loss to Smith with a dramatic 5-4 win over Martin Schindler, the young German who now cannot qualify.

Schindler led 4-2 but paid for missing two match darts at tops as three-time Lakeside Champion Durrant produced a pair of 84 finishes to keep his hopes alive before winning their deciding leg.

“I can still play better than this and a 90 average won’t win me the tournament, but it’s a win,” said Durrant. “Martin was scoring better than me on stage but I know Martin’s missed darts at doubles on TV before.

“I was just hoping that when he had two darts at tops that he was going to miss and he did that. I’m a proud BDO champion but I was playing for myself up there and I’m desperate to get out of my group.

“I don’t really deserve to get out of my group with the way I’ve played in those two games but there’s a really big game in me and I want to bring it out. I’ve got the experience to go on a good run in the tournament.”

BOYLE SPORTS GRANDSLAMOF DARTS 2019 ALDERSLEY LEISURE VILLAGE, WOLVERHAMPTON
PIC LAWRENCE LUSTIG GROUP STAGE 2 Dave CHISNALL V ROB CROSS DAVE CHISNALL IN ACTION

Chisnall, meanwhile, ensured his qualification from Group E, defeating Rob Cross 5-3 to force the world number two into a shoot-out with Jamie Hughes on Monday night.

“I’m over the moon to win and be through,” said Chisnall, the World Grand Prix runner-up in Dublin last month.

“When you play the world number two you know you’ve got to battle and I did, it wasn’t pretty but I got the job done. I’m here to get as far as I can and it would be lovely to go one better than in Dublin.”

Hughes produced a strong display to open his account in Group E, landing four 180s in a 5-1 win over Lisa Ashton, eliminating the four-time Women’s World Champion in the process.

Germany’s Clemens continued his superb Grand Slam debut as the qualifier defeated Daryl Gurney 5-4 to secure his progression to the last 16, hitting a 12-darter in the deciding leg of a high-quality contest.

BOYLE SPORTS GRANDSLAMOF DARTS 2019 ALDERSLEY LEISURE VILLAGE, WOLVERHAMPTON
PIC LAWRENCE LUSTIG GROUP STAGE 2 Dave CHISNALL V ROB CROSS DAVE CHISNALL IN ACTION

“I have no words,” said an overwhelmed Clemens. “Daryl us a fantastic player and to beat him on this stage is crazy.”

Gurney now faces a shoot-out with Brendan Dolan on Monday night, after the 2011 World Grand Prix finalist came from a leg down to defeat Richard Veenstra 5-1, knocking out the Dutchman.

Peter Wright, Danny Noppert and Ryan Harrington remain alive in Group F going into Monday’s final fixtures, with only Wales’ Wayne Warren unable to progress.

Noppert bounced back from his loss on Saturday with a strong display to defeat Warren 5-1, while Wright landed three ton-plus checkouts during his 5-2 win over Harrington.

2019 BoyleSports Grand Slam of Darts

Sunday November 10

Afternoon Session (1300 GMT)

Groups E-H Second Matches

Brendan Dolan 5-1 Richard Veenstra (G)

Danny Noppert 5-1 Wayne Warren (F)

Jamie Hughes 5-1 Lisa Ashton (E)

Glen Durrant 5-4 Martin Schindler (H)

Gabriel Clemens 5-4 Daryl Gurney (G)

Peter Wright 5-2 Ryan Harrington (F)

Michael Smith 5-1 Nathan Aspinall (H)

Dave Chisnall 5-3 Rob Cross (E)

Evening Session (1900 GMT)

Groups A-D Second Matches

Steve Lennon v Wesley Harms (B)

Darren Webster v Dave Parletti (D)

Ross Smith v Jim Williams (A)

Dimitri Van den Bergh v Mikuru Suzuki (C)

Gerwyn Price v Robert Thornton (C)

James Wade v Ian White (B)

Gary Anderson v William O’Connor (D)

Michael van Gerwen v Adrian Lewis (A)

Monday November 11 (1900 GMT

Groups E-H Final Matches

Gabriel Clemens v Richard Veenstra (G)

Michael Smith v Martin Schindler (H)

Dave Chisnall v Lisa Ashton (E)

Daryl Gurney v Brendan Dolan (G)

Peter Wright v Danny Noppert (F)

Ryan Harrington v Wayne Warren (F)

Rob Cross v Jamie Hughes (E)

Nathan Aspinall v Glen Durrant (H)

ENDS

MVG Ends Nopperts Game Run to Claim World Series of Darts.

Michael van Gerwen clinched the 2019 Jack’s Casino World Series of Darts Finals, beating fellow Dutchman Danny Noppert 11-2 on home soil in Amsterdam.

MVG claimed a second televised title in a row.
Kelly Deckers/PDC Europe’ 

The World Number One blitzed through the pack on the final day of action at the AFAS Live, dropping just 12 legs in victories against Jonny Clayton, Mensur Suljovic and Noppert on his way to the title.

Averaging just under 102 for the tournament, Van Gerwen was at his dominant best throughout.

Noppert, playing in his first PDC televised final, started the brighter by clinching the opening leg but quickly faded.

Perhaps jaded from his epic last-leg Semi-Final victory over Dave Chisnall, Noppert struggled to keep pace with Van Green who was finding the treble 20 with ease – landing nine maximums in total.

A string of nine successive legs followed from the reigning World Champion, as he raced to within two of the title at the second interval.

Looking for a showpiece finish, Van Gerwen landed seven perfect darts and scored 499 in nine, before floundering on double-one, allowing Noppert to take out 42 to get a second leg on the board.

But the title was quickly sealed by Van Gerwen as he clinched the remaining two legs to add to his victories in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

“It’s been another phenomenal tournament for me,” said Van Gerwen.

“The crowd here were fantastic, and I am very pleased to have produced a good performance for them and win myself another title”

“Danny also played a superb tournament and I am sure we will see more of him on the big stages in the future.”

In a tournament marked as the farewell of a legend in his home country as Raymond van Barneveld bowed out after being beaten 10-8 by Dave Chisnall in the last eight, it was perhaps fitting that the final was contested by two younger Dutchmen.

It was a good run for the five-time World Champion as he produced some of his best darts of the year, but ultimately bid his farewell to the Dutch crowd in the quarter-finals.

But Chisnall was then denied a repeat of the World Grand Prix Final with Van Gerwen at the hands of Noppert.

The 28-year-old produced an incredible 102 checkout in the deciding leg to capitalise on a missed match dart from Chisnall and book his place in the final.

Danny Noppert’s superb run included a deciding leg win over Ian White.
Pic: Kelly Deckers/PDC Europe’ 

That victory for Noppert was also bad news for Suljovic, with the Dutchman qualifying for the 2019 Grand Slam of Darts at the expense of the Austrian.

That was not the only drama that Noppert had faced on the final day in Amsterdam. The quarter-finals saw him miss a staggering 12 match-darts against Ian White before eventually sealing the win in a last-leg decider.

The run to the final marks the Dutchman’s best PDC result and he spoke of his pride after the decider.

“I am very happy with getting to the final,” said Noppert.

“It was great for me but in the end I just didn’t have enough and it was very tough against Michael.

“I have confidence and I hope this will help me in the future, I’m disappointed to lose but proud of the way I played this weekend.

Noppert will return to action next weekend as the Grand Slam of Darts takes place in Wolverhampton with the draw for the event taking place on Tuesday (November 5).

Sunday November 3Afternoon Session (1345 local time, 1245 GMT)Quarter-Finals
Mensur Suljovic 10-9 Krzysztof Ratajski
Michael van Gerwen 10-6 Jonny Clayton
Danny Noppert 10-9 Ian White 
Dave Chisnall 10-8 Raymond van Barneveld

Evening Session (2000 local time, 1900 GMT)
Semi-Finals
Michael van Gerwen 11-4 Mensur Suljovic 
Danny Noppert 11-10 Dave Chisnall

Final
Michael van Gerwen 11-2 Danny Noppert

MVG Picks Up 5th Word Grand Prix

Michael van Gerwen scooped his fifth title at the BoyleSports World Grand Prix in brilliant fashion by defeating Dave Chisnall 5-2 in Saturday’s final in Dublin.

PIC LAWRENCE LUSTIG
FINAL: MICHAEL VAN GERWEN V DAVE CHISNALL

Van Gerwen followed up his previous victories in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 by retaining the title in the double-start tournament at the Citywest Convention Centre for the first time to continue his dominance of the event.

The World Champion picked up £110,000 for the triumph as he condemned Chisnall to defeat in the final for a second time in six years, despite a plucky showing which included a dozen 180s.

However, after sharing the opening two sets, Van Gerwen showed his class in the deciding leg of the next two to pull clear before holding off Chisnall’s brief rally to close out a glorious triumph.

“It means a lot to me and I’m really pleased with this victory,” admitted Van Gerwen.

“It’s been a phenomenal week for me and I played really well, and it was a really good performance in the final because Dave put me under pressure. This was some of the best darts I’ve seen from Dave and he never gave in.

PIC: LAWRENCE LUSTIG
FINAL MICHAEL VAN GERWEN V DAVE CHISNALL MICHAEL VAN GERWEN WINS ANOTHER TITLE

“He had a great tournament and he played really well and pushed me, but every time in the important moments I did the right thing – and I think going 3-1 up was a big moment.

“I feel good and I want to keep this form going now into the big tournaments we have coming up.”

Van Gerwen dominated the early exchanges, winning the opening set 3-0 without allowing Chisnall a dart at a double.

The 2013 runner-up hit back well in the second, trading 13-darters with Van Gerwen before winning the set’s deciding leg with a 101 checkout on double 16.

The third set also went all the way as Van Gerwen came from 2-1 down to level with a 13-darter before taking out 111 to claim the set.

A 114 checkout moved the Dutchman 2-0 up in set four, only for Chisnall to land seven perfect darts in an 11-darter to respond before a 14-dart finish forced a decider.

However, Van Gerwen crucially stepped up once again, defying a 180 from his rival to land tops for a 13-darter and a 3-1 advantage in the final.

Van Gerwen then took set five by a 3-1 scoreline to continue his surge towards a fifth title, although the world number one could only watch as a brilliant 13-darter from Chisnall in the set six decider saw him hit back to 4-2.

Chisnall also shared the opening two legs of set seven, and the pair then traded 14-darters before another deciding leg went to Van Gerwen as double six sealed the title.

Chisnall had lost the 2013 final 6-0 to Phil Taylor in a game where he won just two legs, but remained in positive mood despite again having to settle for the runner-up prize at the Citywest Convention Centre.

“It’s been a positive week and I’ve played well so I’m proud,” said Chisnall. “When you go 4-1 down against Michael van Gerwen it’s going to be tough but I never gave in.

“It was a game of fine margins and I missed crucial doubles in a couple of legs, but that’s darts. He punished me and it’s my own fault, but I will work on it.

“I’ve had a great tournament and the atmosphere during the final was fantastic, the crowd gave us both great support. I did better than in 2013 and I’m proud of myself.”

BoyleSports World Grand Prix

Saturday, October 12

Final

Michael van Gerwen 5-2 Dave Chisnall

Set Scores: 3-0, 2-3, 3-2, 3-2, 3-1, 2-3, 3-2