This Week – Jocky Is The Master.

This Week, the darting archives feature one of darts most loved sons, a legendary Swede from the 1970s, a lightning-fast Dutchman, a little-known major winner, and a deadly Canadian. The 14th-20th of June has been a fruitful week over the years.

The Silencer – Jeff Smith.

Forty Years Ago:

Darts first non-UK star claimed the News of the World trophy by defeating Dave Whitcombe 2-0. Sweden’s Stephan Lord deserves huge credit for his early role in widening the game’s popularity beyond the shores of the UK. Although this was to be his only major, Stephan was a superb, fluid player who reached the last four at both the World Championships and World Masters.

Jocky staked his Masters claim in 1980

Meanwhile, Jocky Wilson claimed his first ‘Scottish Masters’ title. The ‘Wee Man’ went on to set all manner of records in the long running event. To this day he is the only player to have won it three times. Wilson was also the youngest winner. He was thirty at the time!

The Masters continued, unbroken, until 2010. This thirty-three-year run featured victories for numerous Scottish legends including Gary Anderson (twice), Robert Thornton, John Henderson, and ‘Bravedart’ Jamie Harvey. The event was revived in 2014 and claimed by its oldest winner, the forty-two year old Alan Norris.

Thirty Years Ago:

The News of the World trophy featured once more. The 1990 crown was captured by the mercurial Paul Cook. Paul repeated Bobby George’s boast of winning the event without dropping a leg! ‘Cookie”s triumph brought down the curtain on the storied event’s incredible continuous run (from 1948-1990). Check-out JR Lott’s piece in our ‘Unsung Heroes’ area for more on Paul’s often overlooked achievement.

That year’s Canadian Open was captured, three decades ago, by Bob Anderson who seemed to love this event, between 1987 and 1992, ‘The Limestone Cowboy’ claimed the title twice and reached the final on four more occasions!

Ten Years Ago:

Vincent was painting his first PDC canvass in 2010.

Vincent Van De Voort claimed a PDC Pro Tour title, pipping Wayne Jones in the final. VVV’s win was the quickfire Dutchman’s second title of 2010 and part of a superb run during that year. Vincent went on to reach the Qtr-finals of the 2011 World Championships. During the Ally Pally event some Tottenham Hotspur fans re-purposed a terrace chant to the tune of KC & The Sunshine Band’s ‘Give It Up’, it’s fair to say Vincent’s receptions were never the same again!

This Time Last Year:

Dave Chisnall was underlining his title-winning ability and bringing a smile to the face of his new backers, Harrows. Chizzy seemed lifted, by the new arrangements, and produced a superb run to win the Danish Open (PDC).

Chizzy was hitting his straps in 2019. (Pic: Taylor Lanning)

On the other side of the Atlantic, Canadian thrower Jeff Smith solidified a winning run by claiming the Canadian Open (WDF) . ‘The Silencer’ had been showing signs of a return to his very best for a year or more, and his momentum was growing. Within months Jeff had reached the last 16 of the World Masters. He went on to reclaim his Pro Tour Card, and immediately reach his first Pro Tour event final, in the early months of 2020.

‘This Week’ has been a busy and eventful one over the years and it seems strange to think that we will look back to find a Covid-19 shaped blank. Yet, the success of ‘distanced darts’ and with the tentative restarting of live events, perhaps, this week will be seen as a turning of the page. I certainly hope so!


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Unibet Home Tour: Sweet Sixteen For The Silencer!

Jeff Smith won Group 16 of the Unibet Home Tour in stunning fashion on Saturday night, pinning a vital 147 checkout in the final leg of the night.

Canadian number one Smith began the night with an emphatic 5-1 defeat of Christian Bunse, before going down 5-4 to Wigan’s Martin Atkins in his second game of the night.

Subsequently, Atkins had the chance to seal the group win in the penultimate game of the night against Bunse, but the German youngster ran out a 5-2 victor.

With a second chance handed to Smith and Ricky Evans, it was all to play for in the final match of the night.

At 4-4, Smith knew he needed to win the deciding leg to top the group, while an Evans win would’ve meant victory for Atkins.

With Evans waiting on 121 for the match, Smith sensationally took out 147 to ensure he ended the night as group winner.

The Unibet Home Tour continues on Sunday night with Group 17, which will see popular Scot John Henderson in action, along with Brisbane Darts Masters champion Damon Heta, Lincoln’s Gary Blades and Poland’s Krzysztof Kciuk.

Unibet Home Tour 
Group 16 – Saturday May 2
Martin Atkins 5-2 Ricky Evans
Jeff Smith 5-1 Christian Bunse
Martin Atkins 5-4 Jeff Smith
Ricky Evans 5-3 Christian Bunse
Christian Bunse 5-2 Martin Atkins
Jeff Smith 5-4 Ricky Evans

Group 17 – Sunday May 3 (1930 BST)
John Henderson v Krzysztof Kciuk
Damon Heta v Gary Blades
Krzysztof Kciuk v Gary Blades
John Henderson v Damon Heta
Damon Heta v Krzysztof Kciuk
Gary Blades v John Henderson


Featured Pic – PDC

From The Archive: North American Round Up – December 2019

Steve Brown regularly sends us his round-up of the North American scene, those who have read it closely will notice that it often flags up players who go on to bigger things:

After the disappointing results at the WDF World Cup, I had really hoped for something a little better at the One80 L-Style World Masters. With one of the largest ever US contingents – if not THE largest – making the trip to Essex, there was reason for quiet optimism.

The Us had not had a good WDF World Cup. Would The Masters & World prove a better bet? (Pic: WDF/Richard Ashdown)

We are all aware of the problems onsite (and I am sure they will be well documented elsewhere in this issue), but that can’t have helped the players, particularly some of the less-experienced ones.

The full line-up of Americans was, Men – Larry Butler, Joe Chaney, Eric Gregory, Michael Walters, Danny Baggish, Robbie Phillips, Patrick Kithi, Timmy Nicoll, and Conner Zaragoza (who actually qualified as a youth, but turned 18 before the Masters); Women – Amanda ‘Stitches’ Preciado, Bonnie Wei, Debbie Ivey, and Renee Ripol; Boys – P.J. Stewart, Jacob Demers, Brendan Mills, and Gavin Nicoll; Girls – Aaja Jalbert.

The Men’s event saw six of our nine falling at the first hurdle. Robbie Phillips and newcomer Eric Gregory both won their openers, but lost second time out, while Danny Baggish (another first-timer) eased through his first two before going down to Gary Stone the round before the stage. It could have been so different, as missed doubles proved costly in a tight match that went all the way. It was even worse for the women as all four Americans failed to to win a match. It must be said, though, that the draws could have been way better. Only Debbie Ivey has previous international experience, and even she had the misfortune to face off with Lisa Ashton in her first match!

Our Youth players fared a little better, wth P.J. Stewart and Gavin Nicoll both winning marches.
National Champ P.J. won his first, before coming up against eventual runner-up Charlie Manby. Gavin was showing some great form, reaching the quarter-final of the Boys’, where he was stopped by inform Pole Sebastian Bialecki.

The World Pro Playoffs weren’t any better, with the best performance coming from Robbie Phillips. The man from Cary, NC, reached the last 32, where he was beaten by our Canadian friend, Jeff Smith.

Danny Baggish had a superb 2019. (Pic: PDC)

This last weekend brought the ADO National Playoffs for the 2020 WDF Americas Cup. With 45 men and 30 women in action, this was our best turnout for several years. While there were some real battles for qualification for the men’s final group, the final itself was far from close, Danny Baggish (above) dropped just two legs from his seven matches to finish with a total of 19, and Joe Huffman grabbed the other spot with 16 legs. Larry Butler is the alternate, but finished way back on 11. Dani Warmack has only been playing two years, but she has already competed in several National Finals. None have been anywhere as successful as Friday’s, as she end up a clear winner of the women’s final group with 10 points! Dani will be joined in Jamaica by Robin Curry. Carolyn Mars is the alternate.

The day after the senior representatives were decided, it was time to sort out the Youth Team. It wasn’t a huge shock to see the places go to our two National Champions, Aaja Jalbert and P/.J. Stewart. Youth alternates are Rylee Moran and Kaden Anderson.

The Silencer seems to enjoy the Seacoast Open. Jeff Smith claimed multiple events in 2019 & 2020

The Nationals were held in conjunction with the Seacoast Open, which once again, was BDO ranked. Last year, Jeff Smith did the double, winning both the 501 and Cricket Singles, and he repeated the feat this year! Danny Baggish was runner-up in the 501, with Martin Tremblay and Shad Newton the beaten semi-finalists. Jim Widmayer was second in the cricket, with Larry Butler and Leonard Gates finishing at Top 4. Cali West bested Joanne Luke for the Women’s 501, with Robin Curry and Danna Foster one round back, while Debbie Ivey lifted the Cricket title, with Danna Foster second, and Carolyn Mars and Trish Grzesik filling the minor placings.

Larry Butler (left) (Photo: PDC) is still featuring strongly in North American darts!

The finals of the WDF Youth events were carbon copies of the Americas Cup finals, with Aaja Jalbert and P.J. Steward getting the better of Rylee Moran and Kaden Anderson respectively.

A week ago, we had the BDO/WDF Colorado Open. Leonard Gates edged out Elliot Milk for the 501 Singles, with Shad Newton and Danny Pace taking Top 4. Paula Murphy and Stacey Pace clashed yet again in the final of a major 501 Singles, and again, it was Paula who pocketed the win. Valorie Olson and Julie Weger made the semis. Bruce Robbins and Debbie Ivey won the Cricket, from Larry Butler and Tanja Bencic, Semi-finalists were Elliot Milk, Kevin Luke, Jill Horton, and Paula Murphy.

Ends


Catch Steve’s round up in our monthly Darts World magazine.

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9 Dart Double: Van Duivenbode & Aspinall Provide Perfection in Players Championship.

Dutch youngster, Mike van Duivenbode, smashed in the perfect leg during his first PDC match of the 2020 season during his 6-5 win over Chris Dobey at Players Championship 1.

NATHAN ASPINALL IN ACTION
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Nathan Aspinall also rattled in a perfect leg, during Players Championship 2, the following day. ‘9 Darters’ were once a rarity even at the highest level. So much so that a rolling prize fund used to be offered for anyone who hit one during the Pro Tour events. Often these funds would mount up to many thousands of pounds even though they were £500 per event or less!

During the opening ProTour weekend of the year, “The Silencer” Jeff Smith also stamped his return to the PDC ProTour for the first time since 2013 with aplomb, making a run to the Players Championship 1 final.

Smith defeated the likes of Aspinall, Peter Wright and Dave Chisnall along the way with some outstanding performances before finishing runner-up after an 8-4 defeat in the final, at the hands of in-form Gary Anderson.

Jeff Smith – Back with a Bang!

Smith also followed on this form into Sunday’s Players Championship 2 – narrowly losing at the last 16 stage 6-5 against Dirk van Duijvenbode. Smith couldn’t have asked for a much better start to his PDC return, earning £7,500 on to his Order of Merit ranking over the two days.

Nathan Aspinall came out the eventual winner of the tournament, hitting a 9-dart finish along the way during a colossal tussle with World Champion Peter Wright before defeating Gerwyn Price 8-3.

Dolan is making understated progress!
Pic: PDC

Brendan Dolan also showed glimpses of his superb floor form from the end of 2019 as he made a run to Players Championship 1 semi-finals, losing out to Jeff Smith. It appears that Brendan has solidified his performances and will be worth keeping an eye on in coming months.

Full Players Championships results available from DartConnect here.

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A version of this article was originally published at http://winmau.com

Player’s Championship 2020 (1) – Full Report & Results.

Gary Anderson claimed the first PDC ranking title of 2020 with victory at Player’s Championship 1 in Barnsley on Saturday.

PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG : GARY ANDERSON IN ACTION

Anderson defeated Canada’s Jeff Smith 8-4 in the final to get his 2020 campaign off to a perfect start following an injury-ravaged 2019.

The two-time World Champion was in fine form all day, hitting four ton-plus averages, including a 107.5 against Christian Bunse in the first round.

After a win over Simon Whitlock, a 104.4 average saw Anderson defeat rival Gerwyn Price for the second time in a week, which he followed up with a 106.1 to overcome Rob Cross and reach the quarter-finals.

There, the Scottish World Cup winner beat Joe Cullen 6-2 before averaging 102.2 to claim a 7-3 win over Adrian Lewis in the semi-finals.

The final saw Anderson race into a 6-2 lead before Smith, who was competing in his first Players Championship event since 2013, fought back to trail 6-4.

However, two-time World Champion Anderson was not to be denied and he went on to pick up his first PDC ranking title since the 2018 World Matchplay.

“It’s been a while since I won something, but I’ve got the hunger back,” Anderson revealed.

“I want to get back to how I was throwing before [injury], I don’t mind if I win or lose, but as long as I throw them how I used to then I’ll be alright.

“I still have work to do, but it’s not a bad start.”

The first of 30 Players Championship events in 2020 saw two nine-dart finishes hit, both in the first round, by Northern Ireland’s Mickey Mansell and Dutchman Mike van Duivenbode.

The day was also a significant one for another Dutch youngster, Maik Kuivenhoven, who reached his first PDC ranking quarter-final.

Sunday will see the second day of the ProTour double-header take place, with live streaming on PDCTV.

See full Players Championship 1 results in the Match Centre.

Players Championship 1
Saturday February 8
Last 16

Brendan Dolan 6-5 Ross Smith
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-3 Steve Brown
Peter Wright 6-3 Conan Whitehead
Jeff Smith 6-5 Nathan Aspinall
Adrian Lewis 6-1 Darren Webster
Steve Beaton 6-1 Mickey Mansell
Gary Anderson 6-2 Rob Cross
Joe Cullen 6-1 Nick Kenny

Quarter-Finals
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Maik Kuivenhoven
Jeff Smith 6-5 Peter Wright
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Steve Beaton
Gary Anderson 6-2 Joe Cullen

Semi-Finals
Jeff Smith 7-2 Brendan Dolan
Gary Anderson 7-3 Adrian Lewis

Final
Gary Anderson 8-4 Jeff Smith

ENDS

Anderson Storms to Player’s Championship Win.

Gary Anderson made short work of the first Pro Tour event of 2020 on Saturday. Anderson defeated, Canadian thrower, Jeff Smith 8-4 in the final. Smith had a superb run, on his return to the Pro Tour, after reclaiming his Tour Card in January.

The Silencer – Jeff Smith
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG GARY ANDERSON HAS WON THE FIRST PRO TOUR OF 2020.

Anderson seemed back to his most impressive form posting multiple 100+ averages and never dipping below 96. The Scot was never threatened despite playing several highly ranked, or in form, players over the course of the day. Simon Whitlock, Gerwyn Price, Rob Cross, Joe Cullen and Adrian Lewis were all despatched before his encounter with The Silencer.

Smith too had performed at a very high standard while defeating opponents including, new World Champion, Peter Wright. However, he was unable to again step up to match Anderson.

The second Players Championship takes place tomorrow.


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This Week – Darts World’s Regular Slice of Darting History.

A look back at darting landmarks which took place between the 26th January & February the 2nd……

The King? Still ranked at 21 by the PDC 23 years after first significant title.

23 Years Ago:

Mervyn King secured his first top class event with victory, lifting the crown at the Dutch Open. King, still ranked 21 in the world, took another seven years before claiming his first ‘Major’ title (2004 World Masters). King is yet to claim a PDC major although the International Darts League (King won in 2005) was a joint event. This years Dutch Open takes place this coming weekend with new BDO World Champion Wayne Warren looking to claim more silverware.

10 Years Ago:

The Asset. Paul Nicholson’s career highlight came a decade ago!

Paul Nicholson claimed the Players Championship Finals: In what was probably ‘The Asset’s finest hour he defeated Merv King 13-11 in the final. His defeat of Phil Taylor in the semi final was a huge moment. Winning a dramtic last leg seemed to mark the emergence of Paul as a true threat to the biggest names. Sadly, it also lead to the much hyped “……he better bring his A-Game, cause I’m gonna put him to bed….” narrative of which there was only going to be one winner.

5 Years Ago:

The Silencer – Will Jeff Smith cement his place at Darts’ top table?

Jeff Smith (who returned to the PDC Pro Tour this month via Q School) took the Las Vegas Open, defeating Darin Young in the title match. ‘The Silencer’ had threatened to break through previously but this win marked a transition for Jeff. Within twelve months the likeable Canadian would reach the last four of the BDO world Championships. he went one better the next year, losing out to Scott Mitchell in the final, and cemented a place at Darts’ top table. Jeff’s World Cup (Singles) Title in 2017 was probably the high-point of his, late starting but, eventful career so far.

This Year:

New World Champ Snakebite will take a bow at ‘The Masters’ this weekend. PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG

The darts calendar gets fuller every year, this year the Iceland International Games even featured a January darts event. The Dutch Open is up coming and together with the Romanian and Las Vegas Opens may provide future year’s landmarks. Will the PDC’s annual curtain raiser ‘The Masters’ provide ‘tales of darting do’ in future years, the 2020 will feature the first event played by Peter Wright as World Champion!

Q School 2020 Day Four: Big Names Battle for Top Tier Return!

The final day of the PDC Q School of 2020 sees several ‘big names’ battling to secure a return to darts top division. Premier League Players, World Championship and major finalists as well as other former stars are amongst those still in with a chance of claiming a tour card:

The Points table, from which at least another 12 players will gain a card, looks like this with one day to go.

1Ryan Murray14
2Andy Hamilton12
3Damon Heta11
4Peter Jacques11
5Steve Brown (Eng)10
6Martin Atkins (Wigan)9
7Alan Tabern9
8Adam Hunt9
9Lisa Ashton9
10Darryl Pilgrim8
11Darryl Fitton7
12William Borland7
13Lee Evans7
14Paul Nicholson7
15Gary Mawson7
16Robert Modra7
17Niall Culleton7
18Ritchie Edhouse7
19Tony Newell7
20Seigo Asada6
21Jarred Cole6
22David Ladley6
23Lewis Pride6
24Tony Richardson6
25Darren Davies6
26Wayne Jones6
27Robert Collins6
28James Richardson6
29Daniel Lauby6
30Ryan Hogarth5
31Colin Osborne5
32Frankie Ansell5

Former World Finalist Andy ‘The Hammer’ Hamilton leads the way for the well known players and is almost certain to regain his tour place. Major winners Paul Nicholson and Daryl Fitton (World Trophy) are within striking distance as is Lisa Ashton the four time Women’s World Champion.

The Wizard is within striking distance of a return to top.

Major finalists Colin Osborne and Wayne Jones could gain cards, with strong final day runs, and former top ten player Alan Tabern is looking good to to remain in the top flight.

Seigo Asada is carrying the flag for Japan and looking to confirm his World Championship & Asian Tour performances at the highest level. Many will also wish James ‘Ruthless’ Richardson well.

So far the tour card winners have been split between players with a strong pedigree and those who are relatively unknown. Jeff Smith, former BDO World Finalist and World Cup Champion, claimed one of yesterday’s cards, whilst the other was claimed by a lesser known Aaron Beeney, a prison officer who represent London.

The points list is a similar mix of the known and lesser known players. It seems that the Q School, despite its critics, produces a well balanced group, of additional players, for each new season!

Smith, Sedlacek & Beeney Triumph on Day Three. Q School 2020.

Jeff Smith, Karel Sedlacek and Aaron Beeney secured Tour Cards on Day Three of the 2020 PDC Qualifying Schools in Wigan and Hildesheim on Saturday.

The Silencer return to the top tier after an extended gap.
Jeff Smith Pic: Christopher Dean / Scantech Media Ltd

Canadian Smith will return to the PDC ProTour for the first time since 2013 after landing a 110 checkout in the deciding leg of his 5-4 defeat of Seigo Asada in their Tour Card play-off.

Former BDO Championship runner-up Smith, who represented his country at the 2013 World Cup, began the day with a thumping 5-0 win over Alan Norris before averaging 103.6 in his penultimate victory over William Borland.

“It’s so nice to be back finally, it’s life-changing,” said Smith, who saw his automotive painting business burnt to the ground in August 2019.

“It’s not the first time I’ve won a Card but this time I intend to use my Card better than I did last time.

“I suffered a blitzing from Damon Heta yesterday which set me back a bit, but that pushed me on to come back stronger today knowing I had to get points on the board.

“The possibilities are endless now, I can’t wait to get back over and play, I’m excited to show what I can do.”

Smith was joined by surprise package Beeney in the winners’ enclosure in Wigan, as the London-based player won his Tour Card for the first time.

Beeney, a 36-year-old prison officer who won just £150 in prize money on the 2019 PDC Challenge Tour, edged out Jarred Cole 5-4 in their Tour Card decider to book his place on the ProTour.

“I’ve lit just competed the greatest thing that I ever expected to happen in my life,” said Beeney, who was overcome with emotion after his shock triumph.

“I’ve had the worst time ever here, I was nervous on Thursday and went out in the first round in the worst game I’ve ever played.

“I played even worse on Friday and now I’ve played really well all day today.

“I have no words, I have no idea how I’ve done this at all. To hit a bullseye to earn a Tour Card is the stuff dreams are made of.

“I’m still a pub player, I’ve only played for my county three times so this is unreal.”

At European Qualifying School, Sedlacek made history as he became the first Czech player to win a PDC Tour Card.

Sedlacek, who has represented his nation three times at the World Cup, claimed a 5-1 victory over Berry van Peer in the Day Three final at Halle 39.

“I am so happy, I don’t have the words to describe what this means to me,” said Sedlacek, who reached the quarter-finals of his second European Tour event in April 2019.

“It’s a fantastic moment for me and for Czech darts.

“I said to myself ‘you are playing well and you must wait for your chance,’ and I took it.”

The 2020 PDC Qualifying Schools conclude on Sunday with Day Four in Wigan and Hildesheim.

A further three players will secure automatic PDC Tour Cards, with the last two players in the UK Qualifying School joining the European Qualifying School winner in winning a place on the PDC circuit.

The top 12 players on the UK Qualifying School Order of Merit and the top seven players on the European Qualifying School Order of Merit at the end of play will win Tour Cards.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE Q SCHOOL ORDERS OF MERIT

Click here for full results from Day Three of UK Qualifying School

Click here for full results from Day Three of European Qualifying School

UK Qualifying School Day ThreeLast 16
William Borland 5-4 Ryan Murray
Jeff Smith 5-3 Lee Evans
Ryan Hogarth 5-3 John Bowles
Seigo Asada 5-1 Paul Nicholson
Darryl Fitton 5-2 Colin Osborne
Jarred Cole 5-2 Frankie Ansell
Martin Atkins (Wigan) 5-2 Andy Hamilton
Aaron Beeney 5-3 David Ladley

Last Eight
Jeff Smith 5-1 William Borland
Seigo Asada 5-0 Ryan Hogarth
Jarred Cole 5-1 Darryl Fitton
Aaron Beeney 5-3 Martin Atkins (Wigan)

Last Four
Jeff Smith 5-4 Seigo Asada
Aaron Beeney 5-4 Jarred Cole

European Qualifying School Day TwoLast 16
Zoran Lerchbacher 5-3 Wesley Harms
Michael Hurtz 5-3 Mario Vandenbogaerde
Steffen Siepmann 5-2 Cody Harris
Karel Sedlacek 5-0 Daniel Larsson
Derk Telnekes 5-4 Lukasz Sawicki
Berry van Peer 5-1 Romeo Grbavac
Dirk van Duijvenbode 5-1 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Krzysztof Kciuk 5-1 Jeremy van der Winkel

Quarter-Finals
Michael Hurtz 5-3 Zoran Lerchbacher
Karel Sedlacek 5-2 Steffen Siepmann
Berry van Peer 5-3 Derk Telnekes
Dirk van Duijvenbode 5-3 Krzysztof Kciuk

Semi-Finals
Karel Sedlacek 5-3 Michael Hurtz
Berry van Peer 5-4 Dirk van Duijvenbode

Final
Karel Sedlacek 5-1 Berry van Peer

​ENDS

‘Bomber’ Brown Launches Counter Attack!

Bristol’s Steve ‘Bomber’ Brown launched a surprise raid on the PDC Pro Tour. It’s almost a decade since Steve reached the later stages of TV majors but he has not been idle in the interval. Despite a decent record, Steve seemed to be destined to be better known for his Junior Darts Corporation (JDC) initiative, or even his Bar501 buisnesses, than his exploits on the dart board. However yesterday he put himself in prime position to claim a 2020 Tour Card!

Steve Brown is on the verge of an unexpected return to the top table!
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Jason Lowe – Defeated Steve Brown to claim a Tour Card.
Pic: PDC

Steve eased through the early rounds, at Wigan’s Robin Park, before claiming the scalp of the much fancied Jeff Smith (Can). He then managed to take advantage of below par performances from Daniel Lauby and Martin Atkins before bumping into former Pro Tour semi finalist Jason Lowe in the Tour card match. Lowe eased to a 5-1, win averaging over 95, and reclaimed his place at darts top table.

However, Steve is moving nicely through the draw on day 2 and has reached the last 32 stage where he will play Chris Quantock. He looks farvorite to claim a card, either directly or, through the points table after two very good days.

It would certainly be an example to the thousands of youngsters who play under the JDC system in order to improve their darting skills and enjoy the game!