Veenstra Triumphs in Remote Darts League Two!

Dutchman Richard Veenstra crowned himself Remote Darts League Champion on Monday Night as the 2nd edition came to a close with victory over Paul Hogan in the decider, denying the Englishman a chance to become Remote Darts League Champion for the 2nd time after he had lost to James Richardson in the 1st edition of the Darts at Home Tournament 2 months back.

Veenstra claimed the title over the perennial giant killer Paul Hogan!

The 1st Semi Final of the night was between Reigning and Defending Remote Darts League Champion James Richardson up against Paul Hogan, who finished 4th in the league phase having picked up 20 points from a possible 30 and was Runner Up in the 1st Remote Darts League. The match began with Hogan racing into a 4-0 lead winning legs in 13,14,16,15 darts respectively as well as hitting a 1st 180 of the night. Richardson picked up his 1st leg of the match in the 5th leg in 14 darts before Hogan fired in a 15-dart leg to go 5-1 up. Richardson fired in 3 consecutive legs in 17, 16 and 15 darts respectively to reduce the deficit to just a single leg. From there on now, Hogan dominated the match by winning 3 consecutive legs to finally end James Richardson’s unbeaten run in the Remote Darts League to book his spot in the final with an 8-4 win by winning the final 3 legs in 14,19 and 17 darts respectively and pinned his 3rd and 4th along that way.

PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG JAMES RICHARDSON IN ACTION

The 2nd Semi Final of the night for a spot in the final against Paul Hogan was between Dutchman Richard Veenstra and Irishman John O’Shea. 2 points separated the two after the league phase was completed with Veenstra finishing 2nd on 22 points and O’Shea finishing in 3rd on 20 points. Veenstra began the match by storming into a 6-0 lead without giving O’Shea a sniff in winning legs in 18,17,15,21,14 and 17 darts respectively including a 1st 180 and a 121 checkout along the way. O’Shea then put his 1st leg on the board in 17 darts which turned out to be his only leg of the match as Veenstra then secured the win by winning back to back legs in 16 and 18 darts respectively and sealing an 8-1 victory and booking his spot in the final up against Paul Hogan. 

So 16 players took part in the Remote Darts League over 20 Nights of action and 120 group games played now just 2 remain, Paul Hogan took on Richard Veenstra in the final of the 2nd edition of the Remote Darts League with Hogan hoping to win the title having lost in the previous final to James Richardson in the 1st edition.

The match began with Veenstra storming into a 3-0 lead winning legs in 18,15 and 14 darts respectively including a 1st and 2nd 180 in legs 2 and 3 before Hogan picked up his 1st leg of the final in 17 darts to decrease the deficit to 2 legs. The match for the next 9 legs were all holds of throw with Veenstra winning 5 of the 9 legs in 14,21,17,13 and 16 darts respectively and Hogan winning his 4 legs in 15,19 ,17 and 19 darts respectively to make the score 8-5 going into the 14th leg where Veenstra broke Hogan’s throw in 15 darts to go within 1 of victory. In the 15th leg, Veenstra took out 76 on tops to seal the victory in 15 darts and a 10-5 victory and crowning himself Remote Darts League champion and leaving Paul Hogan with 2 defeats from 2 in each final, having lost to James Richardson in the 1st ever final of the Remote Darts League.


Richardson Tops Remote Darts League After Night 16.


James Richardson moved back to the top of the Remote Darts League table on Wednesday as he
continued his unbeaten run with wins over Joe Chaney, Thibault Tricole, and Stacey Pace.

RUTHLESS DESCRIBES JAMES’S, EFFORTS IN THE REMOTE LEAGUE, QUITE WELL! (PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG) JAMES RICHARDSON IN ACTION

The opening game of the night saw Richardson up against America’s Joe Chaney. Going into the evening, Richardson was the only player in the league phase unbeaten having picked up 16 points from a possible 18 in 9 previous matches in the Remote Darts League. The match began with 3 straight holds of throw with Richardson winning 2 of the 3 legs both in 19 darts and pinning a first 180 of the match. In the fourth leg, Richardson broke in 18 darts before Chaney pinned back to back legs in 17 and 18 darts respectively to square the match up at 3 apiece. From there on in, Richardson commanded the match by winning 3 straight legs in 18, 20 and 14 respectively to seal the win 6-3 and keep his unbeaten run going to 10 matches.

The second game of the night saw Frenchman Thibault Tricole go up against America’s Stacey Pace,
with Stacey still searching for her point of the campaign having lost 9 of her previous 9 matches in the
league phase. The match began with Stacey breaking the Frenchman’s throw in 16 darts before Thibault
broke back in 17 darts to square the match up at 1 apiece. From there on in, Thibault commanded the
match by winning 5 legs on in the spin which included winning legs in 17, 24, 13,12 and 17 darts
respectively and 2 180’s pinned. The win saw Thibault go within 3 points off 4th spot going into his 2nd
game of the night.

The third game of the night in arguably the toughest tie out of all 6 games was between Thibault Tricole
and James Richardson. A win for Richardson would see him go top of the table going into his final game
of the evening. The first 5 legs were all breaks of throw as Richardson won 3 of the 5 legs in 15, 13 and
13 darts respectively whilst Tricole had pinned a first 180 of the match in the opening leg. From there on
in, Richardson sort of commanded the game as Tricole never really got close to him as Richardson
pinned back to back legs in 17 and 12 darts respectively as well as pinning a first 180 in going 5-2 up
and throwing for the match. Tricole then broke back in 21 darts before Richardson finished the match off
pinning a 2nd 180 and a 17-dart leg to seal it 6-3 and keep his unbeaten run going to 11 matches.

Next up was battle of the American’s as Stacey Pace took on Joe Chaney. The match began with 3 straight breaks of throw with Chaney winning 2 of the 3 legs in 21 and 19 darts respectively to go 2-1 ahead. Back to back legs in 17 and 15 darts saw him move 4-1 up before Stacey broke back in 17 darts and a 1st 180 to break the deficit to just 2 legs at 4-2. Chaney then won back to back legs in 21 and 19 darts respectively to seal the win 6-2 and a 1st victory of the evening to go level on points with Thibault Tricole, whom he will play in the final match of the night.

Game five saw Stacey Pace up against James Richardson, with Richardson needing just a point to end the night top of the table and Stacey still searching for her 1st point of the campaign.

The match began with 4 straight holds of throw with Richardson winning both of the legs by pinning a
180 in each of them. A 16 dart break in the 5th leg from Richardson saw him move 3-2 ahead and there
was no looking back as he won 3 legs on the spin there on in, pinning them in 17, 18 and 26 darts
respectively and also a 3rd 180 along the way to seal the win 6-2 and condemn Pace to a 3rd defeat
from 3 in the evening’s play and a 12th defeat from 12 so far in the Remote Darts League.

The win saw Richardson move ahead of Paul Hogan to top of the table and keep his unbeaten run going to 12 matches.

Thibault Tricole has impressed many during 2020.

The final game of the evening was between Joe Chaney and Thibault Tricole, with both levels on points
go into the match. The match began with Chaney winning the 1st leg in 18 darts before back to back legs
from Tricole in 17 and 18 darts respectively before a break back from Chaney in the 4th leg to square the
match up at 2 apiece. Three straight legs from Chaney in 17,18 and 16 darts respectively saw him move
5-2 ahead and go within one of victory before Tricole got it back to 5-3 by winning the leg in 16 darts and
firing in a 1st 180 of the match. In the 9th leg, Chaney sealed the match in 19 darts to ensure he will end
the evening ahead of Tricole in the table after seeing him off 6-3.

The Remote Darts League returns on Thursday with Thibault Tricole back in action along with America’s
Larry Butler, Canada’s David Cameron and New Zealand’s Darren Herewini.


The Remote Darts League continues with the action will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube
on the Remote Darts League site/channel.

Faversham Darts Raise Money for NHS

Faversham Darts got in on the act of web-based lockdown events by hosting a series of match-ups last night, including several county players and a guest appearance from recent Remote League winner and former PDC World Championship last-16 contender, James Richardson.

JAMES RICHARDSON IN ACTION (PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG)

Over £500 was raised for the NHS through player and viewer donations, not least of all Richardson himself who pledged £5 for every 180 thrown and £2.50 for every 140. He threw plenty, and almost crowned the night with a 9-darter – missing double 12 to gasps from the Faversham hosts.

Darts has thrived in these strangest of times. The home entertainment of the traditional pub sport has hit new levels of interest with boards and accessories flying out of the factories and livestream tournaments all over the internet – the world waking up to the fact that you don’t need to be in the same room as someone to have a good old tungsten tussle. Faversham made their admirable attempt at putting a spectacle together for darts fans, bringing a couple of ‘undercard’ games before the main event which pitched Richardson against Kent County A player, Peter Allen.

The undercard games were as much a technology test for the organisers as anything – overcoming a host of technical issues in trying to dual-stream the event across both Facebook and YouTube, before settling on one channel and hitting full flow by the time the darts got really interesting.

Richardson was imperious against Allen, leading to an offer from the organisers for viewers to bid for an opportunity to play him as an encore. It was one of the undercard stars and another Kent County A player, Ryan Hope, who despatched Jamie Preston 7-0 earlier in the evening and who clearly had the wind between his sails, that stepped up to the challenge for a bid of £50. The encore didn’t disappoint, delivering 11 more 180s between the pair (6 for Richardson, 5 for Hope) and a ding-dong contest that eventually Hope clinched 10 legs to 8 with an impressive 3-dart average of 92.

In an act of pure sportsmanship, Richardson conceded the darts back to Ryan in one leg when the computer scores were out of kilter, to avoid having to reset the match stats. After all, this was about putting on a charity show for a great cause, giving local darts fans some entertainment and letting a few players blow off some cobwebs.

Well done to all involved. Let’s see some more of the pros mixing it with grass roots!

Ruthless Richardson Tops Remote Darts League.

Former World Championship player, and Pro Tour Runner-Up, James ‘Ruthless’ Richardson is leading the way in the Remote Darts League.

PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG : JAMES RICHARDSON IN ACTION
  1. James Richardson 4/7
  2. Jim Williams 4/7
  3. Paul Hogan 4/6
  4. Darryl Fitton 4/5
  5. Tony O’Shea 4/5
  6. Gary Robson 4/4
  7. Wes Newton 4/3
  8. Alan Norris 4/2
  9. John Walton 4/1
  10. Dean Winstanley 4/0.

The Faraway Sports vehicle for top WDF players has been very well received by viewers and can be watched live. Here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClPzAyYIdYU7mLD4v2mXP1g


The Remote Darts League or RDL is a remote product developed by Farawaysports, an organisation dedicated to providing quality remote sporting contests including pictures, data, and odds.

The RDL comprises 10 top WDF players competing over 10 days in a fast league format. Players all play each other once over nine nights with five matches taking place each evening. Each match will play out over a maximum of 12 legs with the first player to reach seven legs winning the fixture and picking up two league points. As it’s best of 12 legs this allows for the possibility of a match to be tied at 6-6, in this case each player will receive one point.

After nine nights each player will have played each other and the four players with the highest number of league points will qualify for the final night showdown. On final night the Top 4 battle it out in two semi-finals and a grand final for the right to be crowned the first Remote Darts League champion.

Richard Ashdown
‘Little’ Richard Ashdown is the Remote Darts league Host/Commentator (Photo: DG Media)

After a four day break, the 10 players will compete again in the next leg of the Remote Darts League, RDL2.

Legendary MC Richard Ashdown is the league referee and commentator. Richard has many years of experience in the field and until recently was Master of Ceremonies for the BDO World Darts Championship (2014-2019).


More RDL information here


Rileys Qualifiers Struggle At UK Open – Williams and Hayden Among Few Highlights.

The 2020 Ladbrokes UK Open featured sixteen Rileys ‘Amateur’ Qualifiers. These players qualified through the non professional route through qualifying events in Rileys clubs across the country. How are they doing in 2020?

PDC Getting Caught In The Crossfire: Cross Dazzles In Second Run To A Quarterfinal
Rob Cross made his first big impact at the UK Open – Could 2020 see another star born?

In recent years the qualifiers have had great success with Rob Cross, Barry Lynn and Paul Hogan reaching the later stages and going on to further success.

Darts World will be following this years group of qualifiers and seeing how the progress:


Jason Heaver – Out – Defeated in L128 by Kyle McKinstry
Jamie Clark – Out – Defeated at L160 by Rhys Hayden
Adam Huckvale – Out – Defeated at L160 stage by Stephan Burton
Kelvin Self- Out – Defeated by Leung at L160
Fallon Sherrock – Out – Defeated at L160 stage by Mike De Dekker
Scott Taylor – Out – Defeated by Cody Harris at L160
Adam Smith-Neale – Out – Defeated at L128 by Callan Rydz
Kevin Burness – Out – Defeated at L160 by Harald Liegtinger
Lewis Williams – Out L64- wins over Robert Owen and Adrian Gray!
Rhys Hayden – Out L64 – Wins over James Richardson and Alcinas

Robert Owen – Out – Defeated at L160 by fellow Rileys Qualifier Lewis Williams
Darren Beveridge – Out – Defeated at L160 by Nathan Rafferty
James Richardson – Out – Defeated by Rhys Hayden
Justin Smith – Out – Defeated 5-6 by Wesley Harms
Alfie Thompson – Out – Defeated in L160
Jason Askew – Out – L96 Defeated by Jelle Klassen


DW will regularly update this article until the last Rileys qualifier bows out of the event.

Featured pic: Lewis Williams – by L Lustig / PDC

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Rafferty & Dennant Return to Form in Challenge Tour 3. ‘Ruthless’ Hits 108av.

The 2020 Unicorn Challenge Tour (3) is underway with Nathan Rafferty and Mathew Dennant already through to the later stages. James Richardson showed his true ability with a resounding 5-1 victory over Chas Barstow. ‘Ruthless’ completed his five legs in just 67 darts including a superb 10-dart leg.

‘Ruthless’ scored a possible record for the Challange Tour with a 108av during his 5-1 win over Chas Barstow
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG – JAMES RICHARDSON IN ACTION

Dennant is on a fine run, reaching the semi finals at the time of writing. Rafferty, who seems to be returning to some of his best form, is also currently at the semi final stage. James Hubbard is also looking to get back into contention. The former World Youth Champion also reached the semi’s defeating Boris Koltzov.

Gordon Mathers makes up the final four after a strong run, including defeating Richardson and yesterday winner Rob Collins.

A third different winner, from three events, is assured with neither of yesterdays victors getting past the last 64.


Update- Mathew Dennant claimed the event with a 5-4 win over Nathan in the final.

Suzuki Narrowly Misses Out!

Mikuru Suzuki came agonisingly close to being the first female player to taste victory at Alexandra Palace.

WILLIAM HILL PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 ALEXANDRA PALACE LONDON.
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND1 : SUZUKI MIKURU SUZUKI THANKS THE CROWD AT THE END

Japan’s Suzuki almost completed an incredible comeback against James Richardson, only for Richardson to dash her hopes in an exciting affair.

The Lakeside Women’s Champion missed four darts to take the first set – in which she produced a fabulous 151 checkout – but Richardson seemingly took control when he led by two sets and two legs. 

Suzuki stormed back, winning six of the next seven legs to level up the match.

She missed two darts to go two legs ahead in the decider but a 101 checkout forced a sudden-death leg, which Richardson won on tops with Suzuki waiting on 36.

WILLIAM HILL PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 ALEXANDRA PALACE LONDON PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND1 JAMES RICHARDSON V MIKURU SUZUKI JAMES RICHARDSON IN ACTION

“It was tough to lose but I really enjoyed it,” said Suzuki.

“I was really unlucky but next time I think I will win. Everybody was cheering me on and that made me really happy.

“I’ll keep trying and I will be back.”

World Championships – Night Three Round Up.

Michael Smith crashed out of the William Hill World Championship after a fine display from newcomer Luke Woodhouse condemned last year’s runner-up to an early exit, while Mikuru Suzuki came agonisingly close to being the first female player to taste victory at Alexandra Palace.

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ROUND2: MICHAEL SMITH V LUKE WOODHOUSE Michael SMITH IN ACTION

Sunday’s double session also saw ninth seed Ian White tumble out of the tournament with defeat to Darius Labanaukas on a dramatic day of darts. 

Smith never recovered from a slow start against emerging talent Woodhouse, who followed up Saturday’s victory over Paul Lim with another impressive performance to defeat the number four seed 3-1 in their second round meeting.

“I managed to regain my composure and get the job done,” said Woodhouse, who missed six darts to win the match in straight sets.

“I was in a bit of a haze after missing the chance to win the third set but I kept calm and my confidence got me through.

“I’ve been working hard and it is showing and I really feel at home on the big stage now.” 

Woodhouse won the first two sets 3-1 before coming back from two legs behind in the third, only to squander half-a-dozen match darts.

Smith missed two darts to take the match to a deciding set and Woodhouse denied him that chance when he cleaned up 80 to seal victory. 

Earlier in the night, Japan’s Suzuki almost completed an incredible comeback against James Richardson, only for Richardson to dash her hopes in an exciting affair.

The Lakeside Women’s Champion missed four darts to take the first set – in which she produced a fabulous 151 checkout – but Richardson seemingly took control when he led by two sets and two legs. 

Suzuki stormed back, winning six of the next seven legs to level up the match.

She missed two darts to go two legs ahead in the decider but a 101 checkout forced a sudden-death leg, which Richardson won on tops with Suzuki waiting on 36.

“It was tough to lose but I really enjoyed it,” said Suzuki.

“I was really unlucky but next time I think I will win. Everybody was cheering me on and that made me really happy.

“I’ll keep trying and I will be back.”

White was left stunned by Labanauskas who earned a 3-1 victory against the world number nine to reach round three.

White took out 136 to take the first set to a fifth leg, which he lost before levelling the match by winning brilliant second set 3-0 with an average of over 107.

Labanauskas, who had beaten Matthew Edgar on Saturday, edged the third set 3-2 thanks to a clinical 74 checkout.

The Lithuanian, who famously knocked out Raymond van Barneveld at the same stage last year, added White to his list of scalps by winning the fourth set 3-1. 

Kyle Anderson survived a huge scare as he came from two sets behind against Chinese youngster Xiaochen Zong.

Australian Anderson struggled after a strong start from his opponent, who took the first set in a decider before winning set two 3-1.

Anderson fired back, taking the following two sets 3-1 to force a decider – which he won by the same margin, sealing the victory on double one. 

“I thought I was going out,” admitted Anderson, who will face Steve Beaton on Thursday.

“I feel like I had a lot of luck with the doubles he missed. My form has been absolutely abysmal coming into this tournament.

“I was on the stage thinking about booking a flight to Australia to spend Christmas with my family but somehow I got back into it and into the next round.”

There was no such drama for Brendan Dolan, who eased past India’s Nitin Kumar in straight sets.

The Northern Irishman, who picked up two ranking titles in 2019, won the decisive fifth leg in set one and never looked back as he claimed a routine win to progress.

“I kept my composure at the right times,” said Dolan, who will meet Gary Anderson in round two.

“I’ve got a lot of belief in my game now – I’ve got concrete evidence behind me that I’m good enough to win on the tour again and to beat the best.

“I’m looking forward to playing Gary. I don’t know where his game is but I know where mine is and after today I think I have an advantage.” 

North American Darts Champion Danny Baggish earned a debut victory over Andy Boulton, who twice led by a set but failed to hold on in a tight affair.

The first four sets all went down to a fifth leg before Baggish clinched the decider 3-1 to reach round two. 

Ross Smith was caught cold by emerging Irish ace Ciaran Teehan, who completed a 3-0 victory on his World Championship debut. 

The 20-year-old, who won a Challenge Tour title earlier this year, produced a brilliant 11-darter to win the fifth leg in set one.

An equally crucial 70 checkout in the second set decider saw him double his lead – and he went on to seal an impressive win by clinching the third set 3-1. 

Spain’s Jose Justicia enjoyed a routine victory over a disappointing Arron Monk, who went down in straight sets in round one. 

The William Hill World Championship continues on Monday evening with three first round ties and second round meeting between Dolan and two-time World Champion Gary Anderson. 

Day Four 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.

Sunday December 15
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)
3x First Round, 1x Second Round
Kyle Anderson 3-2 Xiaochen Zong (First Round)
Ciaran Teehan 3-0 Ross Smith (First Round)
Brendan Dolan 3-0 Nitin Kumar (First Round)
Darius Labanauskas 3-1 Ian White (Second Round)

Evening Session (1900 GMT)
3x First Round, 1x Second Round
Jose Justicia 3-0 Arron Monk  (First Round)
Danny Baggish 3-2 Andy Boulton (First Round)
James Richardson 3-2 Mikuru Suzuki (First Round) 
Luke Woodhouse 3-1 Michael Smith (Second Round)

Monday December 16
Evening Session (1900GMT)
3x First Round, 1x Second Round
Steve Lennon v Callan Rydz (First Round)
William O’Connor v Marko Kantele (First Round)
Vincent van der Voort v Keane Barry (First Round)
Gary Anderson v Brendan Dolan (Second Round)

ENDS