Power And Glory – Taylor’s Unique Moment 10 Years On.

PHIL TAYLOR believes that his historic two nine-darters in the Premier League final can be repeated.The Power produced that epic night at Wembley Arena 10 years ago this weekend against James Wade in an epic 10-8 final win.It was without doubt one of the greatest nights in darts history and The Power reckons it can be done again.

The Power said:

“Course it can be done again, maybe even three nine-darters”

“The way things are now with the coronavirus and everything, I don’t know what’s going to happen to sport in the future, any sport, whether it’s football, golf, snooker. Whether we’ll ever get the atmospheres like we had before, I don’t know.


“It depends on the fans and the atmosphere. It’s like if you play football behind closed doors, it just doesn’t seem the same. “Could it happen? 100 percent. Peter Wright could do it, Gerwyn Price could do it, the way he’s been practicing. Gary Anderson definitely could and Michael. Adrian Lewis could, it all depends on the day and how they feel.“Now they’ve had a rest, you will see the best darts coming out now.”It was a bizarre 24 hours after the original staging of the final was postponed due to a power cut. But a day later it went ahead and there was not cutting the darting Power. He added:

“To be honest with you, you could have done eight nine-darters it wouldn’t have made a scrap of difference. It still would have been 10-8.“

It was one of those games. I remember coming off for a break and telling Rod Harrington there could be two nine-darters in this game. “I wasn’t saying that I was going to hit them, maybe get one each. We were both practicing and playing that well and both full of confidence. “The crowd, I wouldn’t say 50/50, I’ve played in good atmospheres but the atmosphere was probably the best I’ve ever played in.“It’s a massive feat. It sets a record really.

All the players want to break records. Michael (Van Gerwen) loves competing against my records, which he should do. “I was the same with Eric (Bristow) and John (Lowe). It was a talking point. I didn’t realise really what I’d done.

“I wish now I’d got the third one. But on the day you’re just happy to win the leg.”

Taylor believes it was a game-changing night for the sport due to Stephen Fry being alongside Sid Waddell and Dave Lanning in the commentary box. Phil said: “It was unbelievable. Sid and Dave were like Morecambe and Wise, they were brilliant. I’ve never known two commentators like it. “Dave was so knowledgeable and Sid was so funny. I know you’ve got the new commentators now Rod Studd and Wayne Mardle who are very good. But I think Sid and Dave will never be replaced. “They were the ultimate for me. That was my era anyway. So I love them two. 

“It created a new audience. Stephen is massive on his social media and I kept in touch with Stephen after that, we text each other. He just loves the darts, he admires anyone who is good at whatever they do. “He knows what you have to put into it.

‘Are you OK Stephen, I’m like a pig in Chardonnay’

One of the best quotes I’ve ever heard was ‘Are you OK Stephen, I’m like a pig in Chardonnay’. I’d never heard that before and I thought it was brilliant.“For his first live darts match and the first time in a commentary box at the best game ever on TV, I think, is an extra bonus.”

Revisited: 2019 Premier League Play-Off Night!

Twelve months ago MVG reasserted his dominance, over the Darting World, with another Premier League triumph. Our reader James Smith gives us his revisionist view:

Today, Thursday 21st May, would have been the day of the 2020 Premier League Darts Play-Offs at the O2 Arena, London, following a rigorous 17 nights of darts which began on 6th February in Aberdeen.

Would MVG have retain his Premier League Title, would Peter Wright have added another to his growing collection or would Glen Durrant have carried through his superb start? Sadly we will never know.

Sadly, the unfortunate and tragic situation we find ourselves in, means there will be no darts tonight. To fill the void, here is a look back at the 2019 Play-Offs.

12 months ago, Michael van Gerwen, Daryl Gurney, Rob Cross, and James Wade made the trip to London for the final night of action. Gurney was the only member of the quartet to have never made it to Play-Offs night previously and was the underdog. Cross had made the semi-finals at the first attempt the year before, losing 10-6 to van Gerwen in the semi-final.

James Wade had also made the Play-Offs night on his first attempt. Way back in 2008 he lost in the final 16-8 to Phil Taylor. He went one better the year later with a 13-8 victory over Mervyn King to lift the prestigious title.

Van Gerwen’s Premier League pedigree cannot be understated. Since he first appeared in the competition in 2013, he has made the final every year. After winning at the first attempt in 2013, van Gerwen lost back-to-back finals to Gary Anderson and Raymond van Barneveld. His subsequent three consecutive titles meant that in 2019 he was a strong favourite and brimming with confidence. Quite rightly too, as his performances in each final, even when he lost, were sublime. His lowest three-dart average in any Premier League final came in 2014 where he recorded an excellent 102.98; whereas in 2018 he had brushed aside Michael Smith with a staggering 112.37.

This did not quite translate in his 2019 semi-final performance, where an inconsistent and patchy performance led to a 96.48 average, which was only just enough to sneak past Gurney 10-7 in a below-par match.


Cross looked much more assured in a comprehensive 10-5 victory over Wade, where the 2018 World Champion recorded an average of 100.31.

Going in to the final, one would have been forgiven for considering van Gerwen the clear favourite. The head-to-head of the two players was very much in the Dutchman’s favour, having lost only three times to Cross in 18 previous meetings. That being said, one of those three defeats was in a World Championship semi-final, so there was little doubt that Cross could produce high-quality darts against van Gerwen on the big stage.

In the Premier League, however, Cross had enjoyed no such luck. The Englishman’s first-ever game in the competition came in 2018 and resulted in a 7-2 loss to van Gerwen in Dublin, followed by a 7-2 loss in Birmingham and then the aforementioned 10-6 loss in the semi-final. En route to Play-Offs night in 2019, Cross and van Gerwen had alternated between first and second place in the league table from week six onwards, but the results between the two players had been similarly one-sided; van Gerwen enjoying another 7-2 victory in Dublin, and an emphatic 8-2 victory in Cardiff. Despite those results, with the dominance of the two players throughout the tournament so clear for all to see, this was the final that the majority of darts fans wanted and expected.


The final, however, went along with the form book. Van Gerwen started the final with a fifteen-dart break of throw, before moving in to a 5-1 lead; a run of six legs in which Cross only had three darts at a double. It wasn’t until leg seven where Voltage got his game together, hitting his first maximum and taking the leg on his favourite double eighteen. Cross then won the next two legs as both players pushed their average over 102.

Perhaps the turning point of the match came in the tenth leg where Cross uncharacteristically missed three darts at double eighteen to level the match, allowing van Gerwen to swoop with a crucial checkout of 74 to take a 6-4 lead at the break.

Cross never recovered and was to take only one more leg in the match, ultimately going down 11-5. Mighty Mike raced to his fifth Premier League crown in quick time, hitting a 130 checkout on double eight to guarantee the £250,000 winner’s cheque.

Despite another defeat at the hands of the world number one, Cross could be proud of his performance. Whilst he missed some key doubles and failed to pressurise van Gerwen’s throw at times, he did manage an average of 100.98. Moreover, at 5-1 down, when he looked almost out of the match at a very early stage, he managed to turn his game around and all but level. Needless to say, he showed all the class that has pushed him in to the top five of the PDC Order of Merit, but, like every other player in the world, he’ll need to show more to topple the dominant Dutchman.

Thanks to James for another excellent read.

Additional editing – James Lincoln

Searle Shines in Home Tour. Unibet Event Produces More Upsets.

Ryan Searle won Group Six of the Unibet Home Tour, as the innovative new tournament continued on Wednesday night.

Another top name struggled in the PDC’s Home Tour event. (PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG) JAMES WADE IN ACTION.

Searle, a recent Players Championship event winner, produced one of the finest displays seen on the Home Tour so far as he produced back-to-back ton-plus averages in his final two games.

A 5-1 defeat of Andy Boulton got Searle off to an ideal start, before he averaged 100.6 in a 5-3 win over top ranked player James Wade and then sealed the group win with a 103.3 average in a 5-2 victory over Adrian Gray. 

Night Seven will feature Gabriel Clemens and Jelle Klaasen as well as lesser-known, but dangerous, Gavin Carlin and Ryan Meikle. (DW Editorial)

Unibet Home Tour 
Group Six – Wednesday April 22 (1930 BST)
James Wade 5-2 Adrian Gray
Ryan Searle 5-1 Andy Boulton
Andy Boulton 5-2 Adrian Gray
Ryan Searle 5-3 James Wade
Ryan Searle 5-2 Adrian Gray
Andy Boulton 5-0 James Wade

Group Seven – Thursday April 23 (1930 BST)
Gabriel Clemens v Ryan Meikle
Jelle Klaasen v Gavin Carlin
Ryan Meikle v Gavin Carlin
Gabriel Clemens v Jelle Klaasen
Jelle Klaasen v Ryan Meikle
Gavin Carlin v Gabriel Clemens

Featured Pic: L Lustig / PDC

Home Tour Fixture List. Night Five-Eight.

The line-ups and fixtures have been confirmed for Groups Five to Eight of the PDC Home Tour, as the innovative new tournament continues next week.

Clayton has been enjoying a good spell since extending his Red Dragon contract in 2019.

Nine-time PDC televised event winner James Wade will headline Wednesday’s Group Six action, with world number 15 Jonny Clayton and former Premier League player Jelle Klaasen also in action across the four nights.

PDC Home Tour

Tuesday will see the fifth of 32 consecutive nights of live PDC action take place, as World Youth Champion Luke Humphries faces Welsh PDC newcomer Nick Kenny in the opening game of Group Five.

Popular South African star Devon Petersen, a winner of one of the ‘Darts At Home’ test events, will also compete in Group Five, along with former Players Championship event winner Joe Murnan.

Wednesday’s Group Six will be headlined by world number eight Wade, who will take on former World Grand Prix quarter-finalist Adrian Gray in his first match.

Recent Players Championship winner Ryan Searle will star in Group Six, alongside Andy Boulton.

Thursday will once again see elite level darts brought from the homes of the pros to fans worldwide, as Dutchman Klaasen meets multiple Development Tour winner Ryan Meikle in his Group Seven opener.

Rising German talent Gabriel Clemens and Northern Ireland’s Gavin Carlin are also set to star in Group Seven.

Friday will mark the first week of the Home Tour, as Welsh number two Clayton plays Adam Hunt in his first game, while Richard North and David Pallett will also join the live broadcast.

A 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.

Luke Woodhouse marked the Home Tour with it’s first 9-Dart moment!

The opening two nights of Home Tour action have seen Jamie Lewis and Luke Woodhouse win Groups One and Two respectively, with Woodhouse sensationally hitting a nine-dart leg from his kitchen on Saturday night against Gerwyn Price.

Following the conclusion of the initial 32 nights of league phase action, the 32 group winners will advance to the second phase of the competition.

With each night’s action commencing at 1930 BST, darts commentator Dan Dawson will be on hand to talk through proceedings, which will also include live score graphics on screen.

All 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.

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

Unibet Home Tour
Group Five Fixtures
Tuesday April 21

Luke Humphries v Nick Kenny
Devon Petersen v Joe Murnan
Nick Kenny v Joe Murnan
Luke Humphries v Devon Petersen
Devon Petersen v Nick Kenny
Joe Murnan v Luke Humphries
Group Six Fixtures
Wednesday April 22

James Wade v Adrian Gray
Ryan Searle v Andy Boulton
Adrian Gray v Andy Boulton
James Wade v Ryan Searle
Ryan Searle v Adrian Gray
Andy Boulton v James Wade
Group Seven Fixtures
Thursday April 23

Jelle Klaasen v Ryan Meikle
Gabriel Clemens v Gavin Carlin
Ryan Meikle v Gavin Carlin
Jelle Klaasen v Gabriel Clemens
Gabriel Clemens v Ryan Meikle
Gavin Carlin v Jelle Klaasen
Group Eight Fixtures
Friday April 24

Jonny Clayton v Adam Hunt
Richard North v David Pallett
Adam Hunt v David Pallett
Jonny Clayton v Richard North
Richard North v Adam Hunt
David Pallett v Jonny Clayton

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.

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

Phil Taylor

This Week – Our Weekly Trawl Through Darts’ Archive Nets.

This edition of our regular look back through some of darts most memorable, or significant, moments, stretches from March 15th – March 21st. We journey back as far as the early 1990’s and through to 2015. Wade, Barney, Aspinall, Hamilton and Lazarenko all feature:

29 Years Ago:

Raymond van Barneveld
The RVB legend got moving in 1991. This week 29 years ago marked a good start to a signature season.

The German Open, from 1991, was in the second year of what would prove an unbroken run until this year (lets us hope that they can rearrange 2020’s event!). It was notable for a few reasons. Raymond Van Barneveld began a season that would see him win his first ranking event. RVB had to settle for a Qtr Final here though. U.S. star Steve Brown reached the final and showed a little of what was to come. Steve finished in the 3rd place in the first PDC World Championship in 1994, defeating Peter Evison in the play off match, and was still playing elite darts into his 50’s. As with a number of overseas players it is shame that we did not witness Steve at his best, for a longer time, but the slump in darts popularity made it impossible for many to travel and earn a living. Belgian Bruno Raes claimed the title overcoming Brown in the final. Raes was a quite the home player! Between 1991 and 2009 he was the whole range of Belgian events, Belgian Championships, Gold Cups Opens and National Championships were claimed repeatedly while he seemed rarely to venture beyond his borders. Indeed the German Championship may have been his only non Belgian title. Bruno make an exception for the majors in Britain, reaching the last 32 of the World Championships (x2) and the World Masters as late as 2011.

9 Years Ago:

Vincent van der Voort
Vincent was having a good start to 2011. This week saw him reach the semi’s of the RTL7 Masters.

Speaking of 2011, that year saw the only holding of the RTL7 Masters. The Dutch TV giant sponsored a invitational event not dissimilar to the current Champions League of Darts. After a group stage, four groups of three, the semi finals featured Phil Taylor vs Gary Anderson and Vincent Van de Voort against Raymond van Barneveld (handy for Dutch TV) the sponsors were rewarded with the final they craved. ‘The Power’ took on RVB with Taylor emerging triumphant, as was usually the case, by a score of 8-3 in the final.

Another event beginning to become an established feature on the calendar, was the Torremolinos Open weekend. The 2011 tournament was claimed by young Jake Jones. Jake defeated the immortal, so it seems, Paul Harvey in the final. Jones was not yet 18, whereas Harvey was in his late forties and enjoying a very good spell of results. Jones continued an excellent junior career, but is yet to realise his full potential in the game. Harvey is still playing well and was most recently spotted at Rileys qualifier for the UK Open.

5 Years Ago:

James Wade
Often overlooked James Wade was reaching finals, and winning events, from 2002 to 2015 and indeed this very weekend!

James Wade claimed the Pro Tour event held on March 15th (A feat he came close to repeating yesterday when he was runner up to Ian White). His route to the title was one of the tougher, his defeat of Peter Wright, in the final, was preceeded by wins over a handful of superb players including Micheal Smith, Gerwyn Price, Kev Thomas and Mensur. Many undervalue ‘The Machine’s career, but it should be noted that he has been winning PDC ranking events (Pro Tour) since 2002 and is still only 36 years old! Hidden away on the same day Nathan Aspinall can be seen bowing out at the L64 stage. Nathan should be a lesson to all, it is possible to have a tough time at the highest level but then to learn, re group and step up again.


Andy Hamilton
Happy Birthday to The Hammer (53).

Amongst this week’s birthdays are: ‘Big Cliff’ Lazerenko (68) and Andy Hamilton (53). Both men reached Major Championship finals, only to be thwarted by the icons of their day. In Cliff’s case Eric, John, Jockey or Bob were usually in his path. Whereas, Andy, was often prevented, from lifting trophies, by fellow Stoke-on-Trent titans Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis.

Cliff, however, did manage to lift both the British Open and the British Matchplay.

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.

The Asp Claims Player’s Championship Seven.

Nathan Aspinall claimed the £10,000 top prize at Players Championship 7 in Barnsley on Saturday, beating Brendan Dolan 8-4 in the final to pick up his second title of 2020.


The Premier League star recovered from 4-2 down to seal the win, ending the final with an average of 94 as he reeled off six successive legs – five of which were between 12 and 14 darts.

The former UK Open champion first saw off Alan Tabern before going on to secure wins over Geert Nentjes, Chris Dobey and Vincent van der Voort.

The last eight is where Aspinall produced his standout victory, beating world number one Michael van Gerwen 6-1 to progress to the semi-finals.

Another Dutchman – Danny Noppert – was Aspinall’s next victim as the US Darts Masters champion brushed his opponent aside in a 7-3 win to move in to the final.

Dolan took the early initiative in the decider, moving in to a 4-2 lead before Aspinall fought back superbly to win the title.

“I played steady at times and not so well at others but I’m really happy,” said Aspinall. “I’m full of confidence and was determined to have a good run this weekend.

“I know what I can produce and I know how good I am and there is no reason why I can’t win more titles.”

Aspinall is currently planning his wedding to partner Kirsty-Louise, and after pocking a second £10,000 cheque of the year added: “The other half is booking our wedding soon so I need the money!”

It was also a good day for finalist Brendan Dolan, who moved through the field with some impressive wins.

The Northern Ireland World Cup star began his day with a 6-4 win over Adrian Gray, before going on to defeat Niels Zonneveld, Ciaran Teehan and Dave Chisnall.

A quarter-final win over Derk Telnekes secured a semi-final clash with multiple title winner James Wade, where Dolan was far too good for his English opponent, coming through with a 7-1 win.

Despite a good start in the final Dolan wasn’t able to overcome Aspinall and secure a third title within a year – but the the 46-year-old will be pleased with his day’s work.


Wade enjoyed his best run of 2020 so far as he reached the semi-finals alongside Noppert, while Telnekes overcame World Champion Peter Wright as he reached his first quarter-final on the PDC ProTour.

The PDC ProTour weekend in Barnsley concludes on Sunday with Players Championship 8, where 128 players will be hoping to claim the title.

Players Championship Eight
Saturday March 14, Barnsley Metrodome
Last 16

Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Jermaine Wattimena
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Vincent van der Voort
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-5 Luke Humphries
Danny Noppert 6-0 Daryl Gurney
Ian White 6-1 Kai Fan Leung
James Wade 6-2 Glen Durrant
Derk Telnekes 6-1 Peter Wright
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Dave Chisnall

Nathan Aspinall 6-1 Michael van Gerwen
Danny Noppert 6-2 Krzysztof Ratajski
James Wade 6-5 Ian White
Brendan Dolan 6-5 Derk Telnekes

Nathan Aspinall 7-3 Danny Noppert
Brendan Dolan 7-1 James Wade

Nathan Aspinall 8-4 Brendan Dolan

Players Championship (7) Underway – Wade Resurgent.

The 2020 PDC ProTour season continues with Players Championship 7 in Barnsley on Saturday.


The opening day of the ProTour double-header will see 128 players in action, with the field made up of Tour Card Holders and Associate Members from the Unicorn Challenge Tour.

Due to the current situation there have been a number of changes from the original list of entries.

James Wade, Brendan Dolan, Nathan Aspinall and Danny Noppert have all reached the last four.

Wade seems to have returned to a higher performance level and has inflicted anumber of last leg defeats on in form players including Ian White.

Pics – PDC

Italics – DW Editorial staff.

UK Open ‘Ever-Presents’ Reduced To Three.

James Wade, Steve Beaton and Wayne Jones will extend their ever-present records at the Ladbrokes UK Open this weekend.

One of three players who have played every UK Open since 2003.

The trio are the only players to have competed in every UK Open since the tournament was introduced in 2003, with Wade having claimed the title in 2008 and 2011.

Beaton was a semi-finalist in 2004 and enjoyed his best run since by reaching the quarter-finals in Minehead last year, while Jones won through to the last eight in 2003 and 2008.

Adrian Lewis will be playing in his 17th successive UK Open, having made his debut in the 2004 event before taking the title in 2014 following the tournament’s move from Bolton to Minehead.