Wacky White Wants Worlds Win!

WACKY Ian White is adamant he can be a World Champion…and then take the trophy off stage in a CARRIER BAG!

The real, very funny, Ian White is not often seen on stage or in front of a TV camera.

The Stoke star has been one of the most consistent stars on the oche and simply one of the best in the world in the Pro Tours. Diamond, 49, finally shattered his big stage quarter-final hoodoo last December by reaching the Players Championship last four.

But the joker in the PDC pack would definitely deliver a unique winning ceremony at the Ally Pally with another of his bag for laugh pranks.He said: “The carrier bag thing started when Gary Anderson beat me in one final. Years ago they used to interview the winner and runner-up, now they don’t bother. 

“My era was Morecambe and Wise…

it was like their sketch of Eric walking off at the end of the show.“

So when Gary was getting interviewed, at the end I walked away in the background with my stuff in a carrier bag and I said ‘I’m going now, ta-ra’! “After that, the same thing happened in another tournament with James Wade and I walked past with a wheelie bin shouting ‘any empties?’

“So what I’ll do at the Ally Pally is win the World Championship and walk off stage with it in a carrier bag!”

White is undoubtedly one of the most popular players on the circuit. He is practice partners with Michael Smith and close pals with Adrian Lewis, Gary Anderson, James Wade and Ryan Harrington, they all share a table on the ProTour circuit.

He believes that table can produce more trophies, adding: “I can be World Champion, definitely. I’m playing well. I’m working on a few bits but I should be OK.

“I’m knocking on the door at the moment and I just need one good tournament. I’m so close. “I’m a good character at exhibitions and on Twitter, everyone sees how much fun I am.

But when I’m up on stage I’m up there to do a job. I don’t jump around the stage. I might give it large if I win the game, that’s the extent of it though.“I know people went on about my quarter-final thing but at the end of the day I’ve got the best job in the world.“ “I enjoy what I’m doing and it’s paying for me. I can’t knock it” . 

“A lot of the people who criticise you on social media would love to be in my position. I do read it. And people are entitled to their opinions and we’ve got to watch what we say being in this spotlight. So I just sing on Twitter instead. That’s who I am!

“I think if I give up this job I going to dress up as a clown and entertain kids, that’s something I could be very good at.“

I practice with Michael Smith and we are great pals. He’s going to be one top dart player in years to come.“ “We all know we can do it, every player does. When we are on form, we can beat anyone. But every single player can do that in the practice room. It’s just timing and producing it when you need to.“I think we’ve all got the talent, it’s just whether it comes out on the day.“It would be lovely to get to play Michael in a final.

But there a few of us as friends, Adrian and Gary. We have a good table and all sit together on the Pro Tour. Us four plus James, Ryan. We are all playing well.“We’re a bit of a team on that table. It’s a hard tour all year so if you can make it enjoyable, it definitely makes a difference. “We spend a lot of time together, every weekend almost. It’s nice to have a great atmosphere.”

Images: Taylor Lanning

White’s Abuse Antidote!

Darts World have noted an alarming rise in the volume of social media abuse directed at dart players in recent times. However, during his exclusive conversation with Phil Lanning, Stoke’s Ian White revealed his ‘Diamond’ distraction tactics.

Ian White dabs his way past social media diatribes.( Photo : PDC)

Several players, including World Champion Peter Wright and reigning Matchplay winner Rob Cross, have commented in recent weeks that the abuse they recieve has increased and that the nature of it has worsened during LockDown. It seems, sadly, that Ian is not immune:

“A lot of the people who criticise you on social media would love to be in my position”.

‘Diamond White’, as Ian is known, has a somewhat different approach, to the trolls and other miscreants, than the often heard “ignore or block them” type clichés.

“I do read it….. people are entitled to their Opinions,

[But] we’ve got to watch what we Say, being in this spotlight”.

But, as anyone who follows Whitey on twitter will know, he doesn’t remain silent. Rather than respond in kind, or allow such bile to affect him, he offers Attenborough like clips of the wildlife in his garden, comic asides and even his own version of ‘Carpool Karaoke’!

White’s ‘Carpool’ singing and madcap antics seem to provide an insulation from much of the nastier social media abuse.

So I just sing on Twitter instead.

“That’s who I am!”

Ian was talking to Phil Lanning, for Darts World, and will soon be back in action at the Betfred World Matchplay.

Check out his full conversation, his tour posse, and the extent of his ambition here.

Unibet Home Tour: Noguera Claims Group While Wilson and White Wilt.

Jesus Noguera proved to be the surprise package on Friday night as the Spaniard won Unibet Home Tour Group 22.

White's Whitewash Seals Barnsley Win
‘Diamond White’ struggled to find his usual ‘floor event’ form in the Home Tour format.

The lowest ranked player in the group, Noguera began the night with a shock 5-3 victory over world number ten Ian White, thanks to superior accuracy on the doubles.

Noguera, who won his PDC Tour Card for the first time in January through via the 2019 Challenge Tour, made it back-to-back wins as he defeated James Wilson 5-2.

Although Noguera went down 5-2 to Dutchman Danny Noppert in the penultimate game of the night, Noppert failed to win by the four-leg margin he needed to stay in the hunt to top the group.

White needed to win his last game of the night against James Wilson by 5-3 or better, but he fell just short which meant Noguera ended the night on top.

The Unibet Home Tour continues on Saturday night with Group 23, which will see Australian World Cup star Kyle Anderson in action.

Unibet Home Tour 
Group 22 – Friday May 8
Jesus Noguera 5-3 Ian White
Danny Noppert 5-4 James Wilson
Jesus Noguera 5-2 James Wilson 
Ian White 5-2 Danny Noppert
Danny Noppert 5-2 Jesus Noguera
James Wilson 5-4 Ian White

Line-ups & fixtures revealed for Unibet Home Tour Groups 21-24

Former World Champion Rob Cross is among the next group of players who will star in the Unibet Home Tour, with the line-ups and fixtures now confirmed for Groups 21-24.

The Polish Eagle will join Voltage and more top flight players in upcoming Home Tour groups

World number four Cross will headline Thursday’s Group 21, while Ian White, Kyle Anderson and Krzysztof Ratajski are also set to feature this week as the home-staged event continues from May 7-10.
Thursday will see the 21st of 32 consecutive nights of live darts take place, as Cross is joined in Group 21 by two-time World Youth Champion Dimitri Van den Bergh, Scotland’s William Borland and Dutch PDC newcomer Derk Telnekes.

World number ten White will be the top ranked played in Friday’s Group 22, which will also feature PDC ranking event winner Danny Noppert, 2018 World Grand Prix quarter-finalist James Wilson and Spain’s Jesus Noguera, a two-time winner on the 2019 Challenge Tour.

Former Auckland Darts Masters champion Anderson, who recently received the all-clear after spending a month in isolation with coronavirus, will make a welcome return to action on Saturday.

Queensland-based Anderson’s Group 23 will see four players join the live broadcast from around the world, as he is joined by German World Cup star Martin Schindler, Dutch internet sensation Dirk van Duijvenbode and Sweden’s Daniel Larsson.

Sunday’s Group 24 will feature Polish number one Ratajski as the highest ranked player, and he will be up against 2019 Czech Darts Open winner Jamie Hughes, Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas – a World Championship quarter-finalist in December – and Spain’s Toni Alcinas, a former World Cup semi-finalist.

The nightly league format will see all four competitors play each other once in matches played over the best of nine legs, with a winner crowned each night.

With the Unibet Home Tour now past the half-way point, Stephen Bunting, Darren Webster and Damon Heta are among the most recent group winners.

Each night’s action will commence at 1930 BST, with darts commentator Dan Dawson on hand to talk through proceedings, which will also include live score graphics on screen.

All Unibet Home Tour action will be broadcast live on PDCTV for FREE to ALL registered PDCTV users, regardless of whether you have a paid or free membership.

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 Unibet Home Tour is being broadcast live by a number of the PDC’s international broadcast partners.

Unibet Home Tour
Group 21 Fixtures
Thursday May 7
Rob Cross v William Borland
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Derk Telnekes
William Borland v Derk Telnekes
Rob Cross v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Dimitri Van den Bergh v William Borland
Derk Telnekes v Rob Cross

Group 22 Fixtures
Friday May 8
Ian White v Jesus Noguera
Danny Noppert v James Wilson
Jesus Noguera v James Wilson 
Ian White v Danny Noppert
Danny Noppert v Jesus Noguera
James Wilson v Ian White

Group 23 Fixtures
Saturday May 9
Kyle Anderson v Daniel Larsson
Martin Schindler v Dirk van Duijvenbode
Daniel Larsson v Dirk van Duijvenbode
Kyle Anderson v Martin Schindler
Martin Schindler v Daniel Larsson
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Kyle Anderson

Group 24 Fixtures
Sunday May 10
Krzysztof Ratajski v Toni Alcinas
Jamie Hughes v Darius Labanauskas 
Toni Alcinas v Darius Labanauskas 
Krzysztof Ratajski v Jamie Hughes
Jamie Hughes v Toni Alcinas
Darius Labanauskas  v Krzysztof Ratajski

Tournament Rules
* All matches are the best of nine legs.
* The player listed on the left of the fixture will throw first in odd-numbered legs.
* Two Points awarded for a win.
* Should players finish level on Points, the Leg Difference will be used to decide positions. Should Points and Leg Difference be equal between two players, then the winner of the game between the two players will determine who finishes higher. Should Points and Leg Difference be equal between three players, the Overall Average of each player (across the three games on the night) will be used to determine who finishes higher.


Diary Of Darting Distance: John Fowler Shares Tales Of Darting Life On Hold.

Darts World have been in regular contact with our contributors, both print and online, during these difficult days. Each have expressed a combination of sadness, disappointment and apprehension at what the future may hold. However, they have all also felt that others are worse of than they are and that they should make the best they can of things.

John Fowler, World Championship official, popular MC and author of ‘Mic Drop’ has offered to share his experiences through a regular diary. As always with John it is honest, revealing and quite moving at times. We hope readers gain from his sharing it:

John’s usually irrepressible personality has taken taken a a different tone during the Lock Down. he share it here:

Thursday 9th April:

2 and a half weeks into the “Lockdown” situation I find myself going out for a good long walk, at least 5 miles a day alone with my thoughts. Today I was a bit more cheerful than I have been and came up with a poem that many of you will have seen on Facebook. The weather was very kind and it was enjoyable. Beats staring at 4 walls I suppose:

While this footpath I walk along, 
The sky is full of skylark song,
A flock of bullfinch thirty strong, 
Serenade me on my way;

Listening to the buzzing bees,
Above the sound of a gentle breeze,
With the fresh new leaves upon the trees, 
On this beautiful spring day;

A brace of pheasant took to the air,
They gave me quite a scare,
I did not know that they were there, 
But I’m still alive so that’s okay.

Friday 10th April:

“Good Friday” although nothing “good” about today apart from the weather. I should have been working with Ronnie Baxter in Plymouth tonight before travelling to Germany for an exhibition with Jackpot, Diamond, Superchin and Duzza and then staying over there for the Bulls German open weekend in Kalkar next weekend. Another exhibition postponed today which doesn’t help my mood.

Saturday 11th April:

Another 5 or so mile walk today, different route to the last 2 days. I went down by the canal, another fine day, mood a little better today. Although disappointed about not being in Germany, working, at least I had an enquiry for later in the year or early 2021.

Sunday 12th April:

Another fine day, I was a little bit naughty so don’t tell anyone but walked a lot today totalling about 11 miles. To be fair, where I live, you don’t see many people where I walk and definitely give them a wide berth when I do. I spend lots of time thinking whilst walking, does that count as multitasking? Just hoping that this situation sorts itself out soon.

Stay safe all.


Editors note: John has form when this poetry lark, there is a rumour that he had poems published in darts world over 30 years ago! We shall try to track them down!

White Claims PC 2020.

Ian White claimed his first title of the year at Players Championship 8 in Barnsley on Sunday, defeating James Wade 8-3 in the final.

Ian White’s dab celebration may be seen again after his latest Pro Tour Win.

White produced an incredibly consistent level throughout the day, averaging over 100 in all but one of his seven victories, including a 111.3 in his win over John Henderson in the last 32.

A winner of two European Tour events in 2019, White began the second day of the ProTour double-header with wins over William Borland, Diogo Portela and Henderson.

The 49-year-old then overcame Stephen Bunting in the last 16 before a 109.7 average was enough to see off Dave Chisnall in the last eight.

White defeated Kim Huybrechts 7-4 in the semi-finals and went on to brush Wade aside to pick up his first Players Championship title since June 2018 and a 13th PDC title of his career.

“I’ve been playing good darts through the year but not been getting the luck, so this title has been coming,” said White, who moves back up to tenth on the PDC Order of Merit.

“The form is coming on, I’ve had a few problems but I’m sorting myself out and everything is going well.

“A couple of weeks ago Peter Wright was hitting lots of 100-plus averages so that spurred me on to keep up with him.

“Everyone goes on about my TV form not being as good as my ProTour form but I play good darts on the TV stages, I’ve hit a few averages over 100.

“I’ve just run into top class players at their best a few times, I just think I’ve been unlucky.

“My heads on this year and I want to stay in that top ten.”

The eighth Players Championship event of the year also saw former TV finalist Huybrechts reach his first ranking semi-final in almost two years.

Dutchman Derk Telnekes, who was among the new Tour Card winners in January, also reached the final four having reached the quarter-finals at Saturday’s Players Championship 7.

The 2020 PDC ProTour continues with two Players Championship events at Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes on Saturday March 28 and Sunday March 29, with live streaming on PDCTV.

See full Players Championship 8 results in the Match Centre.

Players Championship 8
Sunday March 15
Last 16

Derk Telnekes 6-2 Gavin Carlin
Luke Woodhouse 6-5 Glen Durrant
James Wade 6-5 Josh Payne
Keegan Brown 6-2 Justin Pipe
Ian White 6-2 Stephen Bunting
Dave Chisnall 6-0 Christian Bunse
Kim Huybrechts 6-0 Peter Wright
Michael Smith 6-5 Ricky Evans

Derk Telnekes 6-3 Luke Woodhouse
James Wade 6-4 Keegan Brown
Ian White 6-4 Dave Chisnall
Kim Huybrechts 6-4 Michael Smith

James Wade 7-2 Derk Telnekes
Ian White 7-4 Kim Huybrechts

Ian White 8-3 James Wade

Breaking – Ian White Claims PC 8.

The eighth Pro Tour (PC) event of 202 was claimed by Ian White. The Stoke based player produced what he had been threatening for a while and stormed to an emphatic (8-3) win over James Wade in the final. Wade has also had a superb weekend following up yesterday’s semi-final by going one better today.


White defeated the resurgent Kin Huybrechts, in the semi, after gaining wins over most of his friends along the way. Dave Chisnall, Stephan Bunting and John Henderson were defeated back-to-back with Ian showing no friendly feeling! ‘Diamond’ White had started his campaign with wins over William Borland and Diogo Portela.

Perhaps the other most notable performance of the day came from Derk Telnekes. The Netherlands player has impressed since gaining his tour card in January and seems to be carrying last years excellent WDF form into the PDC. Derk defeated Steve Beaton in close run, first round, encounter and then took full advantage. He reached the semi finals before James Wade ended his excellent effort (2-7)

With many cancellations (and postponements) it is not possible to assume the shape of the rest of this years Players Championship and the qualifications that result from it. Those who have done well early in 2020 may reap huge rewards.

Keep returning to dartsworld.com for more updates on events, timetables and other news.

UK Open – Fifth Round Draw. Snakebite To Battle Diamond White.

The Fifth Round of the UK Open will commence tomorrow afternoon. The draw has thrown up another interesting set of matches. The highlights could be Peter Wright vs Ian White, Simon Whitlock vs Chris Dobey and Rob Cross vs Micheal Smith.

Back to Form?

Several players are showing signs of a return to their best for this event. Alan Tabern has come through some tough matches to reach the last 32 and a lash with Stephen Bunting. Jelle Klaasen is also going nicely so far.

MVG, fresh from knocking out reigning UK Open Champion Nathan Aspinall, will take on Jason Lowe. Black Country player Lowe has been performing very well since regaining his tour card and Micheal would be wise to not underestimate him.

Full Draw: Round 5


Main Stage
Simon Whitlock v Chris Dobey
Jason Lowe v Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright v Ian White
Rob Cross v Michael Smith

Stage Two
William O’Connor v Daryl Gurney
Gerwyn Price v Ricky Evans
James Wade v Kim Huybrechts
Gary Anderson v Simon Stevenson

Stage Three
Jonny Clayton v Joe Cullen
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Mensur Suljovic
Stephen Bunting v Alan Tabern
Matthew Edgar v Dimitri Van den Bergh

Stage Four
Martin Atkins v Jamie Hughes
Jelle Klaasen v Steve West
Kyle McKinstry v Martin Schindler
Andy Boulton v Gabriel Clemens

Seventh Heaven For ‘The Polish Eagle’: Players Championship (4) 2020.

Krzysztof Ratajski claimed his seventh PDC title at Players Championship 4 in Wigan on Sunday, defeating Ian White 8-7 in a thrilling final.


Ratajski looked assured of victory as he led 7-6 and left 40 for the title, only for White to fire in a match-saving 155 checkout to force a deciding leg.

With White throwing for the match, visits of 145 and 134 helped Ratajski on his way to winning the last-leg shootout which he finished on double eight.

Ratajski averaged 104.5 in his last 16 win over Nick Kenny, before producing averages of 106.5 and 103.1 in victories over Gabriel Clemens and Danny Noppert to reach the final.

Since picking up his maiden ProTour title in 2018, the Polish number one has established himself among the sport’s elite since and is now up to a career-high 18th on the PDC Order of Merit.

“When Ian took out 155 it was a terrible moment for me, it made it really hard,” Ratajski explained.

“This tournament was sometimes lucky for me, I won a few games 6-5 and I survived match darts twice.


“But then I played very well with averages over 100 and I feel very comfortable with the new darts I am playing with.

“I hope this will be my best season. Last season was brilliant and I hope this one will be even better.”

The fourth of 30 Players Championship events in 2020 also saw Dutch youngster Maik Kuivenhoven reach his second ProTour quarter-final, having reached his first earlier in February.

The 2020 PDC ProTour continues with Players Championship Events 5 and 6 in Wigan from February 22-23, with live streaming on PDCTV.

See full Players Championship 4 results in the Match Centre.

Players Championship 4Sunday February 16Last 16
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Gary Anderson
Danny Noppert 6-3 James Wade
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-5 Nick Kenny
Gabriel Clemens 6-3 Adrian Lewis
Ian White 6-4 Jamie Hughes
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Glen Durrant
Peter Wright 6-4 Karel Sedlacek
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-5 Daniel Larsson

Danny Noppert 6-4 Michael van Gerwen
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-4 Gabriel Clemens
Ian White 6-3 Mensur Suljovic
Peter Wright 6-2 Maik Kuivenhoven

Krzysztof Ratajski 7-2 Danny Noppert
Ian White 7-6 Peter Wright

Krzysztof Ratajski 8-7 Ian White


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



​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.


“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.


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.


“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)


Adrian Lewis v Michael Smith

Jonny Clayton v Nathan Aspinall

Gerwyn Price v Gary Anderson

Peter Wright v Dave Chisnall

Evening Session (1900 GMT)


Clayton/Aspinall v Smith/Lewis

Wright/Chisnall v Price/Anderson




Quarter-Finals – Best of 19 legs

Semi-Finals – Best of 21 legs

Final – Best of 21 legs