Not many amateur players are asked to produce their own barrel design by a major manufacturer. Fewer still see that design released onto the market and be available for general sale. Darts World contributor Tom Beresford is one of that select group.
Tom’s design was modelled on two of his favourite players, Joe Cullen and Krzysztof Kcuik and their distinctive barrels.
Product: Darts (Steel Tip)
Overview and First Impressions:
The barrels were originally marketed with Tom’s name and previous logo associated with them but are also part of the extensive ‘Gripper’ range. The ‘Beresford Barrel’ is the 22g version. The dimensions are relatively conventional at 45mm x 7mm, but its the grip sections that make the dart stand out. The dart has the same basic shape as the Cullen arrow but the front grip section is far more aggressive and has more in common with Kcuik’s Weapon of Choice’.
Open the Box:
One set of 3 90% Tungsten Barrels – Unicorn engraved.
One set of 3 Gripper Zero Degree’s Shafts
One set of 3 Gripper Flights
One set of 3 Finger Grip Points (Fitted)
These combinations of grip patterns give the dart a direct and aggressive look and feel. The slightly shorter, than Joe’s, dimensions are good for those who might describe themselves as ‘a bit wristy’. At 90% tungsten, they are a high-quality dart that will be long-lasting.
The price tag varies between 35 – 60 and is quite high for a ‘range dart’, best value can be obtained by hunting online. The finger grip points, supplied, are a nice touch and give the player a variety of options and ways for the dart to feel secure.
The testers found that both middle and rear grip players could get good performance from the dart. No front gripping player appeared comfortable.
“It took a while to really get the best from these, but they grew on me…..”
All the testers found the dart appealing and were eager to try them. The concept of a hybrid dart appealed to some who thought it may solve their personal needs.
Counterintuitively it was the players with the lightest grip who found the Gripper easiest to adapt too. They liked that they could feel it in their hand without having to actually ‘grip it’. The supplied set up is a very good place to start and the supplied accessories and spares are handy. However, a ‘Rockstar’ set up was very effective!
The split-grip proved awkward for more than one of our testing group. Those who persevered managed to find a manageable grip but it was not an easy task. However, more than one simply could not use the dart functionally.
Cullen himself simply said he had tried them
“but they were not for me”
Overall this dart got 8/10. One tester marked very highly and one could not offer a mark. It seems that it could be thought of a marmite dart! An improving player in need of more grip may get on well with these if their technique suits.
A highly specialised dart, popular with some testers and throw styles. Durable and interesting as well as superbly engineered and manufactured. A highly individual dart that may suffer from being the combination of two styles rather than a single vision. A definite ‘try before you buy’ dart, not recommended for a beginner who is yet to settle on his/her grip or throw style.
Review and testing carried out by AIM: for an on behalf of Darts World Magazine.
Nathan Aspinall and Jonny Clayton claimed the final two places in the Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs Championship Group with superb displays in Thursday’s Semi-Final Group Two.
A high-quality penultimate night of the innovative home-broadcast event saw four members of the world’s top 16 in action, with Clayton and Aspinall winning two games apiece as they progressed to Friday’s Championship Group.
2019 UK Open champion Aspinall opened the night with a ten-dart finish and produced a 12-darter in the deciding leg of his opening tie with Clayton.
Rob Cross averaged 107 as he edged his 11-leg clash with a 13-dart finish against Aspinall, who bounced back to take victory in his winner-progresses contest with Joe Cullen courtesy of a 14-darter.
“It means a lot,” said Aspinall. “I wanted to get through to the finals night and I’m very happy.
“Every game I’ve played tonight, the other players were brilliant. Tonight I wanted to play well and I produced good stuff.”
Clayton, meanwhile, raced to a 6-1 win over Cross in their decisive match to top the Semi-Finals Group Two table on Leg Difference from Aspinall.
Clayton responded to his narrow opening loss to Aspinall by coming from 5-4 down to defeat Cullen in a deciding leg, and reeled off five successive legs against Cross to seal his spot in the Championship Group.
“I’m chuffed to bits,” said Clayton, who has also been working delivering food parcels in his local area in recent weeks during the lockdown period.
“Let’s see what happens tomorrow night now. It’s going to be a tough night on Friday, they are great players in there and it’s going to be a hard job for me – but hopefully I can top the group again.”
Aspinall and Clayton join two-time World Champion Gary Anderson and former Lakeside Champion Jelle Klaasen in another strong line-up as the quartet compete in a round-robin format on Friday to claim the Low6 Home Tour title.
The tournament, which began in April, has featured 101 PDC Tour Card Holders competing from their homes on four continents, and also saw a nine-dart finish from Luke Woodhouse on Night Two.
The Low6 Home Tour Championship Group can be watched live and free through PDCTV for registered users (new users can sign up for FREE here), as well as through bookmakers’ websites and international broadcasters.
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Joe Cullen qualified for the semi-finals of the Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs by winning Group Six on Sunday night.
Cullen, who averaged 106 or more in all three of his matches as he won Group 31 of the first phase, picked up where he left off with a convincing 6-3 success over Dutchman Martijn Kleermaker in his opener.
A narrow 6-5 triumph over birthday boy Chris Dobey followed, meanwhile Canadian number one Jeff Smith also won his first two games to set up a last match showdown for the group win.
Cullen continued his solid form as he ran out a 6-4 winner, with the World number 16 joining Rob Cross in Thursday’s second semi-final night.
The Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs continue on Monday night with Group Seven, which will feature Premier League star Nathan Aspinall.
Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs Group Six – Sunday May 31 Joe Cullen 6-3 Martijn Kleermaker Jeff Smith 6-1 Chris Dobey Jeff Smith 6-5 Martijn Kleermaker Joe Cullen 6-5 Chris Dobey Chris Dobey 6-3 Martijn Kleermaker Joe Cullen 6-4 Jeff Smith
JOE CULLEN admits that lockdown has made him fall back in love with darts again. The gritty Yorkshire terrier is in action tonight (Sunday) in the PDC Home Tour last 32 against Chris Dobey, Jeff Smith and Martijn Kleermaker.
But The Rockstar, 30, has revealed he’s ready to show his heavy mettle as he yearns for big stage glory. He said: “There are a few announcements coming out now so at least there’s going to be some sort of normality.
“It’s hard to be motivated. The first thing you usually do is look at the calendar then start practicing. But it’s the same in all jobs, all walks of life I guess.“
The Home Tour has been good to keep us ticking over. Before the first group, I hadn’t practiced for 11 days. “I had an hour and 45 minutes before I played that night and that was the outcome. To be honest, I’m happy that I won the group.
“More so that I’d fallen out of love with the game to the extent where I couldn’t be bothered. But this has made me realise just how much I do miss it.
“Has this situation given me more hunger? 100 per cent. If I play in the Home Tour last 32 and lose all three matches, it doesn’t matter. What the Home Tour has done for me has given me a kick up the backside I needed. “If anything comes from lockdown it will give me the hunger and love back for the game.“
I know I’ve got the ability. I need to commit 100 percent to darts. I’d rather go and play snooker for two hours than practice darts, or play a game of five-a-side”.
“I need to get my priorities in order. Darts needs to be at the forefront of my mind. Darts pays the bills so I need to put it first!”
The Bradford battler has been through the mill of the past couple of years. He lost an epic World Matchplay quarter-final to Gary Anderson in 2018. Cullen may feel luck was not on his side when throwing for the match he missed double 18 before a fly flew across his eye-line and the Yorkshireman missed double nine. Then, after an innocent Twitter exchange, he was subjected to an incredible amount of social media abuse – also aimed at his son. It once again highlights the growing amount of stick players are getting from fans and Cullen believes it won’t go away.
He added: “It doesn’t bother me to be honest. I was actually speaking about it with Mark Webster. Obviously Paul Nicholson got quite a bit as well. “I always take it with a pinch of salt. There was one where I did react a little bit. One night someone said something to my 10-year-old son about me and Laura Woods. “Say what you want to me and I’ll take it. But as far as messaging my son, it’s not right. “It seems to be part and parcel of the game now. We get it pretty bad so I can’t imagine how bad the football players get. “Mark Webster has been playing on the Modus Tour and some guy said to him ‘how you became World Champion I don’t know, you’re s***, pack it in’. That sort of thing.”
Cullen produced three dazzling displays in his opening group, including a comfortable win over high-flying Gerwyn Price. He added: “It’s a funny one I actually got more nervous playing the home darts than what I normally do on stage. It’s a bit of a strange one.
“What I do like about it there can’t be any tactics. I’ve played players this year and they’ve tried slowing me down and do this and do that. That element is taken out of their hands.”
Joe Cullen produced the finest string of displays seen so far on the Unibet Home Tour to win Group 31 on Sunday night.
Cullen, who earned his second chance on the Home Tour having finished runner-up to Ryan Murray in Group 20, began the night with a 106.2 average in a 5-2 win over Keegan Brown.
The 2019 European Tour event winner followed up with another stunning display, averaging 107.6 in a 5-3 defeat of world number three Gerwyn Price 5-3.
A perfect night for Cullen was complete with a 5-0 whitewash of Bradley Brooks, in which the Yorkshireman averaged 105.8, to wrap up the group and advance to the second phase of the competition.
The league phase of the Unibet Home Tour concludes on Monday night with Group 32, which will see reigning World Champion Peter Wright in action.
Unibet Home Tour Group 31 – Sunday May 17 Gerwyn Price 5-3 Bradley Brooks Joe Cullen 5-2 Keegan Brown Bradley Brooks 1-5 Keegan Brown Gerwyn Price 3-5 Joe Cullen Joe Cullen 5-0 Bradley Brooks Keegan Brown 5-4 Gerwyn Price
Unibet Home Tour Group 19 – Tuesday May 5 Glen Durrant 5-1 Vincent van der Meer Justin Pipe 5-1 Maik Kuivenhoven Maik Kuivenhoven 5-1 Vincent van der Meer Glen Durrant 5-3 Justin Pipe Justin Pipe 5-2 Vincent van der Meer Glen Durrant 5-3 Maik Kuivenhoven
Group 20 – Wednesday May 6 (1930 BST) Joe Cullen 5-4 Ryan Murray Jermaine Wattimena 2-5 John Michael Ryan Murray 5-3 John Michael Joe Cullen 4-5 Jermaine Wattimena Jermaine Wattimena 1-5 Ryan Murray John Michael 3-5 Joe Cullen
Jermaine Wattimena will feature in Wednesday’s Unibet Home Tour Group 20 after Jeffrey de Zwaan withdrew due to a shoulder injury.
De Zwaan, a former World Matchplay semi-finalist, will undergo minor surgery to address a long-standing shoulder problem which has been causing pain.
As a result, the 24-year-old will not take part in the home-staged tournament as he looks to focus on making a full recovery as quickly as possible.
De Zwaan’s place will be taken by fellow-Dutchman Wattimena, with the world number 24 set to star alongside three-time PDC ranking event winner Joe Cullen in a stellar night of Home Tour action.
Group 20 will also feature emerging Scottish talent Ryan Murray, while experienced John Michael will dial into the live broadcast from Greece.
Group 20 Fixtures Wednesday May 6 Joe Cullen v Ryan Murray Jermaine Wattimena v John Michael Ryan Murray v John Michael Joe Cullen v Jermaine Wattimena Jermaine Watimena v Ryan Murray John Michael v Joe Cullen
Premier League table-topper Glen Durrant will make his Unibet Home Tour bow next week, with the line-ups and fixtures confirmed for Groups 17-20.
Durrant, a three-time Lakeside Champion, will headline Tuesday’s Group 19 action, while Joe Cullen, Stephen Bunting, Jeffrey de Zwaan and John Henderson are also set to feature as the home-broadcast event continues.
Sunday will see the 17th of 32 consecutive nights of live darts take place, as popular Scot Henderson takes on Poland’s Krzysztof Kciuk in the opening game of Group 17, which will also see Australia’s Damon Heta – in the middle of the night in Perth – and fellow 2020 PDC Tour Card winner Gary Blades in action.
Former Premier League stars Bunting and Kim Huybrechts will compete in Monday’s Group 18, along with Austria’s Harald Leitinger and Norfolk’s Nathan Derry.
Durrant will meet Vincent van der Meer in the opening game of Group 19 on Tuesday, before former World Grand Prix semi-finalist Justin Pipe and Van der Meer’s fellow Dutchman Maik Kuivenhoven enter the live broadcast.
Wednesday’s mouth-watering Group 20 line-up will feature multiple ranking event winners Joe Cullen and Jeffrey de Zwaan along with emerging Scottish talent Ryan Murray, while experienced John Michael will dial in from Greece.
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 approaching the half-way mark, the past week has seen Germany’s Max Hopp and two-time TV semi-finalist Chris Dobey join the list of group winners.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s Kai Fan Leung and his dog Bauble stole the show during Wednesday’s Group 14, staying up beyond 5am local time to take part.
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 ALLregistered 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 17 Fixtures Sunday May 3 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
Group 18 Fixtures Monday May 4 Stephen Bunting v Harald Leitinger Kim Huybrechts v Nathan Derry Harald Leitinger v Nathan Derry Stephen Bunting v Kim Huybrechts Kim Huybrechts v Harald Leitinger Nathan Derry v Stephen Bunting
Group 19 Fixtures Tuesday May 5 Glen Durrant v Vincent van der Meer Justin Pipe v Maik Kuivenhoven Vincent van der Meer v Maik Kuivenhoven Glen Durrant v Justin Pipe Justin Pipe v Vincent van der Meer Maik Kuivenhoven v Glen Durrant
Group 20 Fixtures Wednesday May 6 Joe Cullen v Ryan Murray Jeffrey de Zwaan v John Michael Ryan Murray v John Michael Joe Cullen v Jeffrey de Zwaan Jeffrey de Zwaan v Ryan Murray John Michael v Joe Cullen
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.
Peter Wright produced a remarkable comeback against Noel Malicdem to avoid a shock elimination from the 2019/20 William Hill World Darts Championship on Friday at London’s Alexandra Palace.
Former World Championship runner-up Wright looked to be faltering at the first hurdle for a second consecutive year with Filipino Malicdem leading 2-1 in the deciding set.
After Malicdem missed a match dart at the bullseye, Scotsman Wright produced a magical 140 finish to take the contest to a tie-break.
With nothing to separate the players at 5-5 in the deciding set, Wright hit the bullseye meaning he would throw first in the deciding leg.
A timely 180 in Wright’s first visit relieved the pressure, and with Malicdem unable to catch up, Wright found a match-winning double 16 to end an epic encounter.
“I didn’t expect it to go all the way to a last leg, so full credit to Noel for his performance,” said Wright.
“I honestly though I’d won but then he blew me away for two sets and I had to recover.
“The way I was practicing I thought I was going to break records in this tournament, so it threw me when that didn’t come out on stage.
“The 140 to save the match was huge and from there I dug deep and thankfully did enough to get through.”
Nathan Aspinall enjoyed a winning return to the scene of his incredible run to last year’s semi-finals with a 3-1 defeat of American debutant Danny Baggish.
Aspinall, a winner of the UK Open and US Darts Masters in a dream 2019, also suffered a slow start to his contest against a confident Baggish, who took a 1-0 lead in sets.
However, Aspinall came roaring back and won the second set 3-0, winning each leg in five visits or less.
Aspinall then recovered from 2-1 down to take set three, before hitting a timely 180 in the deciding let of set four to book his place in round three, where he will meet Krzysztof Ratajski.
“I was so nervous and desperate to win, I’ve never felt like I did at the end of that match,” Aspinall admitted.
“I’ve come from nowhere to a top 16 player in 12 months so there was a lot of pressure on my shoulders.
“Maybe I put too much pressure on myself, but I wanted to show everyone that I belong in the elite players of the sport.
“I won’t play like that again, I will relax now and hopefully we will see a better performance against Krzysztof, who is a top player.”
Day Eight of darts’ biggest event was a stellar night for German darts, as Max Hopp and Nico Kurz both progressed to round three.
German sensation Kurz continued his dream debut run with a surprise 3-1 win over 15th seed Joe Cullen, whose miserable form at the World Championship continued.
Cullen, who has never made it past the last 32 stage in ten attempts, won the deciding leg of set one and then went 2-0 up in the second set.
However, that was as good as it got for the Yorkshireman as Kurz won six of the next seven legs to lead 2-1 in sets.
After Cullen claimed the opening two legs of set four, the match looked to be heading to a deciding set only for Kurz to once again reel off three legs without reply to book his place in the third round where he will take on Luke Humphries.
“I’m completely lost for words, I can’t describe it,” said 22-year-old Kurz.
“I’m so proud of myself to achieve this result, and I’d love to go even further in the tournament.
“I hope to go far in darts but it is still early in my career so I won’t be getting carried away.”
Meanwhile, German number one Hopp had to battled his way to a 3-1 victory over Dutchman Benito van de Pas.
A tight affair saw both players struggle to play their best game, but two 13-dart legs in the deciding set was enough to see Hopp through to round three where Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas awaits.
“This is a great night for German darts, it shows we are in a good place with the sport,” said Hopp.
“I wasn’t surprised to see Nico win, I’ve known how good he can be for a long time and it would be nice for me to have a practice partner.
“I hope we can both keep up our form and go far in the World Championship.”
World number one Michael van Gerwen will face Ricky Evans in the last 32 after Evans wrapped up an impressive 3-1 win over Mark McGeeney with a 170 checkout.
Evans won the opening two sets without dropping a leg in typically rapid style, before McGeeney recovered from 2-0 down in set three to halve the deficit.
However, the reprieve was short-lived for McGeeney as Evans produced legs of 15, 11 and 12 darts to complete an eye-catching display in the best possible fashion.
Jonny Clayton also impressed in a 3-0 whitewash win over Jan Dekker and he will meet Stephen Bunting in round three.
With the opening set tied at 2-2, Clayton produced a 13-dart break of throw to take the lead, before hitting finishes of 139 and 121 on his way to winning six of the last seven legs.
There was also a 3-0 win for two-time World Championship quarter-finalist Darren Webster as he breezed past Japan’s Yuki Yamada to set up a meeting with Adrian Lewis or Cristo Reyes.
After Yamada took the first leg, Webster won the next nine without reply, hitting finishes of 106 and 100 to secure the win.
There was a less straight-forward passage for Mervyn King, who surrendered a two-set advantage before coming through a tie-break with Irish debutant Ciaran Teehan.
King, playing in his 13th PDC World Championship, looked on course for a straight-set victory, before Teehan took out a skin-saving 76 on the bullseye to halve the deficit.
Teehan then made it back-to-back sets to send the match to a decider, but after the young Irish talent missed four darts at double 12 to go 3-2 up, King found double 16 and double eight in the next two legs to wrap up the win and he will now meet either Simon Whitlock or Harry Ward in round three.
The William Hill World Championship continues on Saturday with another two sessions of second round action, as Daryl Gurney, Glen Durrant and two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis begin their campaigns.
Day Nine 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.
Friday December 20 Afternoon Session (1230 GMT) 4x Second Round Darren Webster 3-0 Yuki Yamada (Second Round) Mervyn King 3-2 Ciaran Teehan (Second Round) Jonny Clayton 3-0 Jan Dekker (Second Round) Ricky Evans 3-1 Mark McGeeney (Second Round)
Evening Session (1900 GMT) 4x Second Round Nathan Aspinall 3-1 Danny Baggish (Second Round) Nico Kurz 3-1 Joe Cullen (Second Round) Max Hopp 3-2 Benito van de Pas (Second Round) Peter Wright 3-2 Noel Malicdem (Second Round)
Saturday December 21 Afternoon Session (1230 GMT) 4x Second Round Keegan Brown v Seigo Asada (Second Round) Simon Whitlock v Harry Ward (Second Round) Steve West v Ryan Searle (Second Round) Adrian Lewis v Cristo Reyes (Second Round)
Evening Session (1900 GMT) 4x Second Round Daryl Gurney v Justin Pipe (Second Round) Glen Durrant v Damon Heta (Second Round) Mensur Suljovic v Fallon Sherrock (Second Round) Dimitri Van den Bergh v Josh Payne (Second Round)
PETER WRIGHT completed a hat-trick of PDC titles in less than a week at Players Championship 20 in Barnsley on Wednesday.
After becoming the 2019 German Darts Master in Cologne on Sunday, Peter Wright continued his impressive form in the mid-week Players Championship double-header, with six consecutive ton-plus averages in Wednesday’s event.
The conclusion to Players Championship 20 saw Wright dominate Joe Cullen in the final, averaging 105.3 and winning 8-1 against a Cullen who had been impressive all day, defeating the likes of Gerwyn Price and Adrian Lewis on his route to the final.
“I wanted to up my 101 average from yesterday and I know Joe is warming up for the Matchplay so I had to be at my best.” said Wright, who has now added a 25th PDC title to his collection.“The change in my darts is making things a lot easier. If the first dart goes in the treble 20 and I don’t follow it with the other two, I’m disappointed.
“Winning three titles in five days is definitely a confidence boost going into the World Matchplay and it should be a great tournament.”
The final saw Wright reel off five consecutive legs before Cullen finally got on the board with a hold of throw in the sixth leg. From there, Wright wasn’t letting Cullen back into the match, continuing his incredible prolificness on doubles with a huge 146 checkout to make it 7-1.
It was then the routine procedure for Peter Wright, who had barely missed a dart at tops all day, to take out double 20 in the winning leg to swoop his third PDC title in five days and seal the £10,000 top prize. Despite being on the receiving end of a dominant Peter Wright display, it was still a promising day for Joe Cullen leading into the World Matchplay, after he reached his first Pro Tour final in just over two years. Elsewhere, Adrian Gray reached his first Pro Tour Semi-Final since 2012 but was beaten by eventual winner Wright 7-2. Players Championship 20 was the last event before the 2019 Betfred World Matchplay gets underway on Saturday at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
See full Players Championship 20 results in the Match Centre.
Players Championship 20 Wednesday July 17 The Barnsley Metrodome
Last 16 Steve Beaton 6-3 Adrian Gray 6-4 Nathan Aspinall Peter Wright 6-1 Jeffrey De Zwaan Devon Petersen 6-5 Jelle Klaasen Joe Cullen 6-2 Gerwyn Price Rob Cross 6-0 Krzysztof Ratajski Adrian Lewis 6-5 Dimitri van den Bergh Jan Dekker 6-3 Christian Kist
Quarter-Finals Adrian Gray 6-4 Steve Beaton Peter Wright 6-0 Devon Petersen Joe Cullen 6-4 Rob Cross Adrian Lewis 6-2 Jan Dekker
Semi-Finals Peter Wright 7-2 Adrian Gray Joe Cullen 7-2 Adrian Lewis
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