German Super League Finals Day – Line Up Confirmed.

The 2020 Hylo Care Super League Germany will reach its climax on Sunday, with the line-up for Finals Day now confirmed.

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The last four weekends have seen some of Germany’s top talents competing in the group stage of the PDC Europe event, with the top four players in each group progressing to Finals Day.

Sunday will see the remaining eight players in action from 1500 CET as they battle for the title and a place at Alexandra Palace to compete in the 2020/21 William Hill World Darts Championship.

Finals Day will begin with the quarter-finals, followed by the semi-finals and final.

Top ranked played and Group A winner Gabriel Clemens will take on Manfred Bilderl, before last year’s champion and rising star Nico Kurz faces Kevin Munch.

Daniel Klose was the surprise package as in winning Group B and he will now face Grand Slam of Darts quarter-finalist Michael Unterbuchner, while Tour Card Holder Steffen Siepmann will meet Dragutin Horvat.

PDC Europe Super League Germany will be broadcast live on Sport1 & DAZN, with coverage also to be available on PDCTV outside of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

2020 Hylo Care PDC Europe Super League Germany
Finals Day
Sunday June 14 (1500-2300 CET)
Quarter-Finals

Gabriel Clemens v Manfred Bilderl
Nico Kurz v Kevin Munch
Daniel Klose v Michael Unterbuchner
Steffen Siepmann v Dragutin Horvat

Semi-Finals
Clemens/Bilderl v Kurz/Munch
Klose/Unterbuchner v Siepmann/Horvat

Final
Clemens/Bilderl/Kurz/Munch v Klose/Unterbuchner/Siepmann/Horvat

Format
Quarter-Finals: Best of 15 legs
Semi-Finals: Best of 17 legs
Final: Best of 19 legs


Featured Pic: PDC (Gabriel Clemens)

German Super League Set To Launch.

The 2020 Hylo Care PDC Europe Super League Germany will be televised live on Sport1, DAZN and through PDCTV in May and June as 16 players compete for a place in the William Hill World Darts Championship.

(PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG) NICO KURZ WILL BE A THREAT IN THE LATEST EVENT FROM PDC EUROPE.

The annual event for German-based players sees the champion secure a coveted spot at Alexandra Palace, with emerging prospect Nico Kurz having won last year’s event by defeating Martin Schindler in the final.

The 2020 event will see 16 players split into two groups of eight for the group stage, before the top four from each progress to the knockout stage.

Top-ranked German Gabriel Clemens will headline Group A, while Kurz lines up in Group B for the round-robin phase of the event.

PDC Europe Super League Germany will be broadcast live on Sport1 & DAZN across nine sessions, with coverage also to be available in PDCTV outside of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

2020 Hylo Care PDC Europe Super League Germany
Group A
Gabriel Clemens, Kai Gotthardt, Jens Kniest, Kevin Münch, Sascha Stein, Christian Bunse, Steffen Siepmann, Michael Unterbuchner

Group B
Maik Langendorf, Rene Eidams, Karsten Koch, Nico Kurz, Thomas Köhnlein, Dragutin Horvat, Daniel Klose, Manfred Bilderl

Session Schedule
Saturday May 16 (1400-2300 CET): Group A
Sunday May 17 (1500-2300 CET): Group A
Saturday May 23 (1400-2300 CET): Group B
Sunday May 24 (1500-2300 CET): Group B
Saturday May 30 (1400-2300 CET): Group A
Sunday May 31 (1500-2300 CET): Group A
Saturday June 6 (1400-2300 CET): Group B
Sunday June 7 (1500-2300 CET): Group B
Sunday June 14 (1500-2300 CET): Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals & Final

Format
Group Matches: Best of 11 legs
Quarter-Finals: Best of 15 legs
Semi-Finals: Best of 17 legs
Final: Best of 19 legs

Unibet Home Tour: The Cobra Claims Group Seven.

Dutchman Jelle Klaasen took victory in Thursday’s Unibet Home Tour Group Seven.

Jelle Klaasen
Jelle Klaasen his group in a very tight contest.
(pic: PDC)

The former Premier League star edged out Ryan Meikle on Leg Difference to top the league table, with the pair ending the night with two victories apiece.

Klaasen picked up wins over Northern Ireland’s Gavin Carlin and Germany’s Gabriel Clemens, while Meikle defeated the Dutchman and Carlin on the night.

Clemens had opened proceedings with a 5-3 win over Meikle, but a 5-4 loss to Carlin in his final contest ended the German Darts Masters finalist’s hopes of victory.

The Unibet Home Tour 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.

PDC Home Tour

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

Unibet Home Tour 
Group Seven – Thursday April 23 (1930 BST)
Gabriel Clemens 5-3 Ryan Meikle
Jelle Klaasen 5-2 Gavin Carlin
Ryan Meikle 5-1 Gavin Carlin
Gabriel Clemens 3-5 Jelle Klaasen
Jelle Klaasen 4-5 Ryan Meikle
Gavin Carlin 5-4 Gabriel Clemens

Target Capture The German Giant.

With his run to the last 32 of the UK Open( and still going) The German Giant might provide Target Darts with a rapid return on investment. Target have added to their roster of up and coming talent by signing Gabriel Clemens. The mainland Europe market is expanding at a rapid rate and that in Germany in particular, the bigger companies are looking to stake their claims.

Gabriel Clemens has had a very good couple of years and makes a claim to be the current German No.1.

Target have looked a little light in this area previously so they welcomed an addition this week:

Introducing Gabriel ‘German Giant’ Clemens:

The former mechanic from Saarlouis grew up playing darts at his local pub and is arguably one of the driving forces that have contributed to the growth of the sport in Germany.

Clemens secured his PDC Tour card at European Q School 2018 having won outright on the 4th Day against Vincent Kamphuis with a 5-3 victory. His form continued throughout the first half of the season; making the semi-final of Player Championship 10 and reaching the last two of Player Championship 11, beating the likes of Simon Whitlock and Peter Wright, only to lose by a small margin to 2 X World Champion Gary Anderson. His first season continued to impress and he qualified for his first PDC World Championship where he breezed through his first round match 3-0, only then to narrowly miss out in Round 2 to John Henderson.

Clemens continued to improve during his second season on the tour as he started to excel in tournaments. He made the final of 2 Player Championship events and the final of the German Darts Masters where he was defeated 8-6 in the final by Peter Wright – the German Giant highlights this game as the biggest of his career to date. These performances earned him qualification to his second PDC World Championship.

Gabriel practices darts for up to 4 hours a day and in his spare time goes to support his local football team, Saarbrucken FC. Clemens aims to qualify for the Worlds this year (2020) but he also has a number of other titles in his sight including a Player Championships. He currently stands at 39th ranking in the world – the 2nd highest German.



Clemens is an interesting signing. He has had several stand out peformances but not yet come through at a major event since winning a PDC Tour Card.

Aspinall Triumphs in Players Championship 2.

Nathan Aspinall produced an astonishing display to land his fourth senior PDC title at Players Championship 2 in Barnsley on Sunday.

The Asp had another remarkable day during Players Championship 2 (2020) including a moment of perfection.
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG NATHAN ASPINALL

World number eight Aspinall, who was in inspired form throughout the day, hit a nine-dart finish and a 117.5 average in his 6-4 quarter-final win over Peter Wright.

An incredible contest between Aspinall and Wright produced a combined average of 115.59, the highest combined match average recorded in PDC history.

Aspinall, who recovered from 5-3 down to defeat Keegan Brown 6-5 in the last 32, followed up his quarter-final triumph with his third ton-plus average of the day in whitewashing Gabriel Clemens 7-0 in the semi-final.

UK Open and US Masters champion Aspinall continued his scintillating form into an all-Premier League final with Gerwyn Price where he ran out an 8-3 winner against the Welshman to claim his second ProTour title.

“I’ve never thrown darts like that, the last two hours of play I just felt like I wasn’t going to miss,” said a delighted Aspinall.

“To throw such a big average against the World Champions makes it even more special.

“This weekend I’ve felt brilliant and I’ve beaten some quality players, I’m very happy to win my second ProTour title.

“I’m still on cloud nine to be in the Premier League. I’m still new to this game, I’m still learning.

“I know what I can do and I want to show it more consistently.”

The second of 30 Players Championship events in 2020 also saw nine-dart finishes hit by Keegan Brown and Scott Baker, making it five perfect legs in the opening weekend of the new season.

Canada’s Jeff Smith, who reached the final of Saturday’s Players Championship 1, continued his impressive return to the ProTour after a seven-year absence by reaching the last 16.

Two-time BDO Champion Scott Waites also made it to the last 16 stage, along with newcomer Jason Lowe.

The 2020 PDC ProTour continues with Players Championship Events 3 and 4 in Wigan from February 15-16, with live streaming on PDCTV.

See full Players Championship 2 results in the Match Centre.

Players Championship Two
Sunday February 9
Last 16
Jamie Hughes 6-5 Michael van Gerwen
Gabriel Clemens 6-4 James Wade
Peter Wright 6-2 Jose De Sousa
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Jason Lowe
Ross Smith 6-1 Scott Waites
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-5 Jeff Smith
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Michael Smith
Mickey Mansell 6-2 Kirk Shepherd

Quarter-Finals
Gabriel Clemens 6-2 Jamie Hughes
Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Peter Wright
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-4 Ross Smith
Gerwyn Price 6-0 Mickey Mansell

Semi-Finals
Nathan Aspinall 7-0 Gabriel Clemens
Gerwyn Price 7-4 Dirk van Duijvenbode

Final
Nathan Aspinall 8-3 Gerwyn Price

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Mic Drop! The December Instalment from John Fowler’s Darting Life.

John Folwer is a an MC, Host and Darts Referee. He has worked with legendary players and promoted darts all over the globe. He recently made his World Championship Officiating debut. His monthly column appears in Darts World Magazine.

Here is December 2019’s Episode:

Hello again readers, what a month I’ve had since my last report. A fantastic week in the sun at the Northern Cyprus open, culminating in calling the finals, sharing those duties with Mick Connerton, on the Sunday  afternoon, great job my friend.

I actually played in two of the events, reaching the last 16 of the warm up singles for players that had no partners in the mixed pairs. I decided to enter the Men’s singles on the Saturday night where I was drawn against the number 14 seed, Gabriel Pascaru of Romania. I missed 4 darts at a double in the 1st leg and the rest as they say is history. I may get to referee for him at the World Championships at the O2 Indigo in January. 

John has now called, referreed and officiated in three major TV events and one major final.

No sooner had I landed back in England, it was time to repack my bag for a weekend in Essex at the iconic Circus Tavern for the World Masters as seen on Eurosport. It was brilliant to meet up with the majority of the refereeing team again, great job again folks. I called four great matches on the Saturday, then two quarter finals, one of the semi finals and the first five sets of the final. 

Congratulations to John O’shea on his victory and commiserations to Scott Waites, the runner up and to all the other qualifiers too. Well done to Lisa Ashton on her victory in the ladies tournament. It was great to see Bobby George and his lovely wife Marie in attendance on the Sunday. Many thanks to everyone for their kind comments and words of encouragement, they are really appreciated.

I am very much looking forward to January at the O2 Indigo. Toward the end of October 2019, at an exhibition in Wittlich,in front of 1500 fans, I finally added Raymond van Barneveld to the list of World champions that I have worked with. It was a fantastic night, in another beautiful part of Germany, that also included Ian White, Max Hopp and Gabriel Clemens.

John likes to enjoy all aspects of our great game! The social element is just as important as the official one.

By the time that you read this I will have officiated at the Malta open for the 3rd time in 4 years. Looking forward to a weekend in Dublin with Devon Petersen and Stephen Bunting at the beginning of December, always a great experience in the Emerald Isle. 2020 looks like it will provide more fantastic times with the diary filling up nicely. Already plenty of events booked in Germany and Switzerland is also booked again. Also my first darts event in Jersey has been confirmed. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for reading, hopefully you enjoy reading about it as much as I do writing about it. 

Signing off for 2019 and wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year in 2020.


A.I.M: Pick Their Premier League ‘Challengers’

In response to Andrew Devonshire’s article (http://www.dartsworld.com/challengers-challenge-pick-who-should-face-the-premier-league-field/) Dart designers, consultants and equipment testers A.I.M: have offered their selections for the seven remaining slots in the Premier League Challengers team for 2020. In addition, they have included a controversial wildcard:

Surely Whitey has earned his chance? Are they scared of him?
Pic: PDC L Lustig
  • Ian White
  • Krystztof Ratajaski
  • Seigo Asada
  • Max Hopp
  • Ricky Evans
  • Gabriel Clemens
  • Josh Payne

Our first selection is the Diamond, Ian White. Whitey has been consistently on the vrge of the Premier League (by right) for quite a few years. It seems very unfair that he does not even get an opportunity to get used to it. He is a very funny guy and a player who adapts and improves to every situation. This tester session could be just what he needs to jump up another level. Kryzstof is a major champion and he has claimed PDC titles already, it is only a matter of time before he qualifies and this would give him a chance to show he can do it under these conditions.

Selecting two Germans is both sensible for the development of the game and keeping up the standard of those selected. Clemens is a seriously hard working player who gets better on the time and Hopp know how to win matches and titles.

Ricky Evans is the such a singular player that it would be good to see him in these conditions. If he could retain his composure and relaxation he would be superb entertainment, the crowd would love him. Baby Shark anyone?

Asada gives the Asian tour a focus within the Premier League and may lead to a visit there very soon! He is a quality player who has performed well both on tour and in World Championships.

A fine example of a young professional who has done it the right way. Josh payne could cause a headache or two and deserves reward.

Josh Payne has developed strongly. He has taken his time and matured through each stage of the modern game. Talented, though a little under rated, Josh is a fine example of what a new generation young player should be in attitude, presentation and professionalism. It would be wise to reward this.

WILDCARD – Ted Hankey

The ultimate villain?
Pic: Wimau

We cant help thinking, that if Ted is fit enough, The Count would be a superb guest star. In many ways Hankey, at the Grand Slam, showed the way in terms of a darts villain. It would certainly be a challenge for his opponent and great fun for the crowd.

Who Will World Crown? Darts World Writers Make Their Choices.

With only days to go until the start, of the William Hill PDC World Darts Championship, we asked our writers and contributors to select their favourite for the title, a ‘dark horse’ and an outsider who might cause a shock or two. Here are their thoughts:

Huge Increase Announced For William Hill World Darts Championship
Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

The Coach:

Fav: MVG , Dark Horse: Ian White, Outsider: Lourance Ilagan

Is this Ian’s time to shine?
Pic – L Lustig/ PDC

It is tough to see past MVG at the moment. He is back in the winning habit and, although not as dominant, still the one to beat. Micheal is scheduled to meet my Dark Horse in the Qtr-finals and has quite a tough route but he should still have enough to claim a fourth title. Ian White has under-performed on TV for at least five years. However things may have turned in his favour at last. He reached the last four at Minehead and was playing very good solid darts. Ian has a few things that have held him back over a two week, long format, event previously. Perhaps its time for our ‘Diamond’ to show how tough he can be? Lourance is superb to watch and is getting more and more experienced in all formats and codes. If he can get a win under his belt he could be a match for anyone.

JR LOTT (The Columnist)

JR spotted both Rob Cross for the Matchplay, and Ian White’s recent form, before most pundits. Yet he has picked neither to win the World Championships.

Fav: Gary Anderson, Dark Horse: Adrian Lewis, Outsider: Krystof Ratajadski

Anderson to play himself back to his best?
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG GARY ANDERSON

I have a hunch that this might be a very unconventional event but with big names coming through at the finish. Thus both my main choices are previous world champions. Both Adrian and Anderson are ranked lower than previous and are trying to get back to former glories. Both may gain from a long event to really wirk their way into it and hit their peak at the right time. If either gets motoring then they may prove unstoppable. Krystof is a superb player who has adapted to the PDC like a duck to water. It is only a matter of time before he has a big impact on a major event. His experience, winning the World Masters, makes him different to most outsiders. When the chips are down this guy can hit the target and take the trophy.

The Wizard (Former World Qtr Finalist)

Fav: Gerwyn Price, Dark Horse: Chris Dobey, Outsider:Gabriel Clemens

On form, and desire, Price is a strong tip for this years event.
PIC LAWRENCE LUSTIG

Darts World contributor, and Major Finalist, Colin ‘The Wizard’ Osborne has gone with the the players instinct that people on a roll can do well. With Gerwyn’s recent success and finally being able to defeat MVG being important factors. Chris Dobey is a name that is being mentioned, as one who could go a long way, by many. Colin’s outsider is ‘The Giant’ himself Gabriel Clemens. The Wizard reckon’s that Clemens is in mighty fine shape and damage his Qtr of the draw quite severely!

The Manufacturer –

Those involved in the darts business look at a lot of data, and canvass a lot of opinions, its in their interest to do so. Whether its signing a new player, making a new model or entering a new market, they tend to gather many view and not often give them but we managed to get one to commit:

Fav: Gerwyn Price, Dark Horse: Rob Cross, Outsider: Jamie Hughes

BDO Confirm Final BWIN Grand Slam Qualifiers
Unusual selection of outsider here. Hughes can indeed do damage if he is at his best.
Photo; Lawrence Lustig/PDC

A real mixed bag here, our business expert goes for the in form Price, mainly due seeing him as on an upward curve. His second pick is a cop out! Rob Cross as a ‘dark horse’, more like a white charger! But perhaps some bets are being hedged there? His outsider is very interesting. Jamie Hughes is a superb player when he is at the top of his game, Hughes’ victory on the European Tour proves his can win titles, yet he has not seemed at his best since. Could some one know something we don’t?

The Official’s Verdict:

John Fowler is a referee and MC. He has recently made his televised event debut at the World Trophy & World Masters events. He works will players from every code and indeed almost every era.

Fav: Rob Cross, Dark Horse:Glenn Durrant, Outsider: Steve Beaton

WILLIAM HILL PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2019
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG WORLD CHAMPION MICHAEL VAN GERWEN & REIGNING LAKESIDE CHAMPION GLEN DURRANT

John tired to hedge his bets on these questions and provided two for each catagory! We have selected the ones that no one else has picked so far! The selection of Cross for the title is a pretty shrewd one. It is possible that many of the other high ranked and in form players dfeat each other and Cross comes through to claim a second title. Glen Durrant is a great pick for a dark horse. he has made the Qtrs & Semis for the last few majors and knows how to win a long event under the highest pressure. Another first time champ?

Fabulous value at 500/1? The legendary Steve Beaton
Pic – PDC

Lastly, John has both an eye for value and is a romantic at heart. His selection of Steve Beaton, as an outside to do damage, has an element of both. Despite not having a good Ally Pally record he is playing very well and might benefit from being disregarded. The 500/1 price tag is almost disrespectful.

So who will look smug in January or who will look the mug? We’ll be sure to update you after this year’s event.

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)

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Grand Slam – Webster, Lewis & Clemens Amongst Final Qualifiers.

Former finalist Robert Thornton, two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis and local star Jamie Hughes headlined the eight qualifiers for the 2019 Grand Slam of Darts on Monday night.

Jamie Hughes added another chapter to an impressive 2019. Hughes claimed a qualifier spot at the Grand Slam.
PIC: LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND JAMIE HUGHES IN ACTION

Thornton was the 2013 runner-up to Phil Taylor in Wolverhampton, and will make his first appearance in the cross-code tournament since 2016 after a superb showing to qualify.

The Scot averaged 106 to defeat Max Hopp in his opening game, before then defeating Spain’s Cristo Reyes and Dutchman Jermaine Wattimena to secure his place in next week’s event.

Stoke star Lewis, a big-stage winner in the UK Open, European Championship and World Cup alongside his double Alexandra Palace triumph, will make his first Grand Slam appearance for three years after winning through the qualifier.

After picking up wins over Madars Razma and Terry Temple, Lewis averaged 100 as he overcame Steve West 5-3 in their decider.

Brendan Dolan will also play in his first Grand Slam of Darts since 2016 as he continued his return to form by following up two Players Championship wins this year by qualifying.

Dolan continues a fine run of recent results.
PIC; LAWRENCE LUSTIG BRENDAN DOLAN IN ACTION

The Northern Irish ace saw off Dirk van Duijvenbode, Devon Petersen and Joe Cullen before averaging a huge 112 in a 5-1 win over Arron Monk in their decider.

Tipton’s Jamie Hughes will follow up his 2016 and 2017 appearances in the event with a third tilt at glory in front of his home fans at the Aldersley Leisure Village.

Hughes saw off Vincent van der Meer, Benito van de Pas, Alan Tabern and Darius Labanauskas to qualify, losing just six legs across his four matches.

Ross Smith – who recently defeated Michael van Gerwen in the European Championship – averaged over 100 in wins over Stephen Bunting and Niels Zonneveld as he secured a first Grand Slam appearance since 2013.

German Darts Masters finalist Gabriel Clemens will make his Wolverhampton debut after also averaging over 100 on two occasions, against Harry Ward and Jonny Clayton, before seeing off Ricky Evans 5-3 in their decider.

Darren Webster overcame Justin Pipe and Matt Clark in deciding legs as he qualified for the first time in two years in an encouraging return to form after dropping out of the world’s top 16 during an injury-hit year.

Ryan Harrington will make his Grand Slam of Darts debut after a 12-darter in the deciding leg of his tie with James Wilson earned him a spot in Wolverhampton.

The son of former World Matchplay champion Rod, the 29-year-old is a four-time UK Open qualifier who made two European Tour appearances during 2019.

The draw for the 2019 Grand Slam of Darts will be made on Tuesday lunchtime, with the 32 players being drawn into eight groups of four for the round-robin phase.


The Grand Slam of Darts will be held from November 9-17 at the Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton. For tickets, please see ticketmaster.co.uk and pdc.seetickets.com.

2019 Grand Slam of Darts

PDC Tour Card Holder’s Qualifier

Final Matches

Gabriel Clemens 5-3 Ricky Evans

Ryan Harrington 5-4 James Wilson

Robert Thornton 5-3 Jermaine Wattimena

Brendan Dolan 5-1 Arron Monk

Jamie Hughes 5-3 Darius Labanauskas

Darren Webster 5-4 Matt Clark

Ross Smith 5-0 Niels Zonneveld

Adrian Lewis 5-3 Steve West

Full results can be seen in the Match Centre at https://www.pdc.tv/tournament/2019-grand-slam-darts-qualifier


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