Home Tour: The Asp Finds A Way.

Nathan Aspinall became the latest player to reach the semi-finals of the Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs as he won all three of his matches on Monday night.

THREE 6-4 EINS SEE NATHAN MAKE THE SEMIS (PIC L LUSTIG) NATHAN ASPINALL IN ACTION.

Premier League star Aspinall kicked off the night with a 6-4 defeat of Spain’s Jesús Noguera, before seeing off 2019 Czech Open winner Jamie Hughes 6-2.

Meanwhile, Jose De Sousa also picked up two wins from his first two matches as the Portuguese number one continued the impressive form he showed in the first phase of the tournament.

The final game of the night saw Aspinall run out a 6-4 victor over De Sousa in a winner takes all match, with Aspinall joining Rob Cross and Joe Cullen in Thursday’s semi-final line-up.

The Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs continue on Tuesday night with the final semi-final spot up for grabs in Group Eight, which will feature Jonny Clayton, Max Hopp, Scott Waites and Carl Wilkinson.

Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs
Group Seven – Monday June 1
Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Jesús Noguera
Jose De Sousa 6-1 Jamie Hughes
Jose De Sousa 6-4 Jesús Noguera
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Jamie Hughes
Jamie Hughes 6-4 Jesús Noguera
Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Jose De Sousa

Exclusive – The Special One Talks To Darts World!

JOSE DE SOUSA is already known as The Special One but hopes he can become bigger than Ronaldo on the oche.

The Special One? Jose De Sousa Hopes to be the darting Mourinho or perhaps Ronaldo?

The Portuguese star has produced the outstanding display of the PDC Home Tour, dropping just one leg in his opening group. But the World No.59 is aiming high as the new cult hero of the sport before his last 32 group clashes tonight (Monday). He said: “My phone never stops after I win a game, it’s on fire. When I win I become very popular.

 “I would like to think I can be the biggest sportsman in Portugal. Maybe I can have a better body than Ronaldo!”

“I like football so much especially from the time of Figo, Ronaldo and other great players. I never go to the stadium because there are too much people together. But I watch on TV so much.

“It is amazing to be mentioned in social media messages by people saying that I’m the Ronaldo of darts. Maybe even I can be The Special One like Jose Mourinho!”

“I think it is possible one day that Ronaldo will come and watch me play at the Alexandra Palace, I speak with him and he can cheer me on.“When he has quit in a few years then maybe Portugal sport will be all about Jose De Sousa, I hope so anyway.”

In the opening group, the Portuguese-born player beat Robert Thornton and Keegan Brown without dropping a leg, averaging 109 against The Thorn. De Sousa completed a 5-1 win against Robinson to complete his unstoppable form from his home in Madrid.Now he faces Nathan Aspinall, Jamie Hughes and Jesús Noguera in yet another tricky Home Tour group.

Can De Sousa take advantage in the Home Tour? It is fast becoming t”he tournament of the underdog”.

But it is fast-becoming the tournament of the underdog with Peter Wright, Gerwyn Price, Glen Durrant, and Stephen Bunting all having crashed out. Gary Anderson and Rob Cross are so far the highest seeds who have qualified for the semi-finals. De Sousa fancies his chances of going further.

He added: “I think the Home Tour was one of the best performances yet for me in the PDC. I played fantastic. I was surprised a little bit, the previous two weeks I practiced so much with friends and small tournaments for fun.

“If I play always the same then maybe I can be the lockdown World Champion”. 

“Last year was my first in the PDC and in the middle of the season one of my sponsors make me a new arrow for me and gave me a big push up, my game is much better now.” That’s because of the new barrels.“

This year I think I’m a bit stronger, I always try to produce a solid game because that’s way you have more opportunities to win legs.

“This is another very tough group for me. But I know if I can play the same again like I did before, I can beat anyone.”


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Thornton Swaps Domestic Duties for Home Tour Arrows!

ROBERT THORNTON admits he can give up the gardening to stay sharp on the oche for his PDC Home Tour online debut.

Thorn Gives Up Gardening To Stay Sharp
The Thorn – Rob will be away from the roses!

The Ayrshire ace will have to overcome his gadget phobias to take on Keegan Brown, Reece Robinson and Jose De Sousa in the streaming event tonight (Monday).

The Thorn, 52, has been strictly staying at home to protect his vulnerable wife while his daughter Jodie is also a care worker during the Covid-19 crisis.

He revealed: “We have missed an awful lot of events in the time the game has been in shutdown.

“There would have been events every single week over the eight weeks there has been since this all started and it’s been a lot of competitions missed.

“What can you do about it? There’s plenty of other things going on and the people I take my hat off to are the ones who are going into the heart of this crisis and work in it.

“The health workers, the nurses. Our Jodie is a care worker and she’ll not let anyone go without. She has been offered to take some time as holidays, but she won’t take any.

“These are the ones who are having the most to deal with along with those who have contracted the virus and their families.

“Yes I want to get back to playing darts, but it’s not really that important just now when you compare it with other things. That’s the perspective. 

“We all feel like we’re hard done by at times, but there are people out there risking their lives.”

Thornton, a former UK Open and Grand Prix major winner, is delighted to be back on the oche to get him away from gardening!

He added: “I wasn’t really that aware of the Home Tour when it all started. It was only really decided a week or so ago that I was going to be playing in it.

“The idea of keeping people’s arms working and also helping with practice which is a good thing.

“Also, it’s nice for the people at home to have something to watch and I’ve got it all worked out how I’m going to do it. 

“It’s a case of me getting my phone onto the tripod and switching it on.

“I tried to get it to work on the laptop and it was no good. I’m not great with these things. I’m technically-challenged! But I go to the PDC website and flick it on. That’s it.

“It’s better than having nothing to do and, as I said, it keeps me sharp.

“It’s not much fun staying in all of the time and you can be climbing the walls at times.

“I suppose it gives you some time to get into some other things like you wouldn’t normally be doing.

“I’ve got into some decorating and doing a little bit in the garden.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’m not exactly a gardener, but you do what you can to keep busy. Cutting hedges and that kind of thing.”

Picture by Taylor Lanning


Article originally published by Red Dragon Darts

Featured pic: L Lustig/ PDC

PDC Appoints Rippleffect and Streamamg

Lowe and Kleermaker Gain Double Euro Tour Places.

Five players enjoyed a qualifying double last Friday in Barnsley, as Tour Card Holder Qualifiers took place for the European Tour Events 3-4.

Jason Lowe continues his superb start to 2020.

Friday’s Tour Card Holder Qualifier for the year’s third and fourth European Tour events saw 24 spots up for grabs in the European Darts Open (ET3) and German Darts Grand Prix (ET4).

Jason Lowe, who came within a leg of defeating Michael van Gerwen at the UK Open last weekend, qualified for both events alongside fellow-new Tour Card Holder Martijn Kleermaker of the Netherlands.

Another Dutchman, Maik Kuivenhoven also enjoyed a double success, along with Portugal’s Jose De Sousa and Latvia’s Madars Razma.

Both the European Darts Open (ET3) and German Darts Grand Prix (ET4) have been postponed due to current restrictions, and will be rearranged for later in 2020.

The PDC ProTour weekend in Barnsley continues on Saturday and Sunday with Players Championship event 7-8 from 1200 GMT.

ET3 Tour Card Holder Qualifiers: Devon Petersen, Steve Lennon, Adam Hunt, Mervyn King, Jason Lowe, Steffen Siepmann, Jonathan Worsley, Darius Labanauskas, Jose De Sousa, William O’Connor, Derk Telnekes, John Henderson, Maik Kuivenhoven, Martijn Kleermaker, Harry Ward, Madars Razma, Scott Waites, Ryan Joyce, Damon Heta, Darren Webster, Vincent van der Voort, Luke Woodhouse, Chris Dobey, Kim Huybrechts

ET4 Tour Card Holder Qualifiers: Kai Fan Leung, Kyle Anderson, Jamie Lewis, Andy Hamilton, Jason Lowe, Jesus Noguera, Madars Razma, Jelle Klaasen, Jose De Sousa, Martin Schindler, Stephen Bunting, Maik Kuivenhoven, Dirk van Duijvenbode, Ron Meulenkamp, Danny Noppert, Ross Smith, Brendan Dolan, Ryan Murray, Niels Zonneveld, Benito van de Pas, Martijn Kleermaker, Steve West, Toni Alcinas, Scott Baker

De Sousa Triumphs in Dublin.

De Sousa Gains Another PDC Title.
Pic: L Lustig

Jose De Sousa claimed a second PDC title inside a month at Players Championship 28 in Dublin on Saturday, beating Glen Durrant 8-6 in the final
De Sousa, who won a PDC Tour Card for the first time in January, produced a string of impressive displays to reach his third ProTour final of the year and claim the £10,000 top prize.

The final was a close encounter but a crucial break of throw in the penultimate leg gave the Portuguese the chance to throw for the match, a chance he took to down his English opponent.

“The final was not my best game, it was a complicated game. This final was a moment of magic for me, a great moment,” said a delighted De Sousa.

“If I play my best game I can beat almost anyone. I practice so hard, every day and I want to make a big future for myself.

“I didn’t think this was possible, I could not imagine this.”

The 45-year-old, who had only won his PDC Tour Card in January at Q-School won the crown on another definitive day for Portuguese darts.

“This is my first year in the PDC, all I wanted was experience but this has been amazing. I will continue my work and in the future, we will see what happens.”

A 98 average in a 6-2 win against Mark Dudbridge opened the day for De Sousa, before a remarkable 6-1 triumph, with an average of almost 108 saw the winner of Player Championship 23 move safely into the last 32.

A hard-fought 6-4 victory against Mark Webster and then a 6-2 win over Spaniard Jesus Noguera saw De Sousa move into the Quarter-Finals.

Another ton-plus average followed this time in a 6-3 win over a resurgent Kim Huybrechts as the Portuguese progressed into the last four.

De Sousa then faced Mensur Suljovic, who earlier in the day had produced the perfect nine-dart leg in his victory over Adam Hunt.

Suljovic could not compete with his opponent in the semi-finals though as De Sousa powered through to the final.

The decider swung both ways with neither player able to gain complete control of the encounter.

The pair traded breaks of throw in the middle of the match before Durrant eventually levelled at 6-6.

With the game looking set to go all the way to a deciding leg, De Sousa produced the all-important break of throw to go within a leg of the match before eventually pinning double ten for the title.

Durrant maintains his superb 2019 form.



Durrant, who was playing in his fourth PDC final since his move over from the BDO had another successful day with notable wins against Ian White and a semi-final victory against Friday’s champion Gerwyn Price.

The final two Players Championship events of 2019 will take place on October 14-15 where the field for the Players Championship finals will be confirmed.

Televised darts returns on Sunday as the BoyleSports World Grand Prix is broadcast live around the world from the Citywest Convention Centre in Dublin.


Last 16
Jermaine Wattimena 6-1Gabriel Clemens
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Peter Wright
Kim Huybrechts 6-5 Christian Bunse
Jose De Sousa 6-2 Jesus Noguera
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Jonny Clayton
James Wade 6-5 Jose Justicia
Glen Durrant 6-4 Ritchie Edhouse
Ian White 6-4 Conan Whitehead
Quarter-Finals
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Jermaine Wattimena
Jose De Sousa 6-3 Kim Huybrechts
Gerwyn Price 6-2James Wade
Glen Durrant 6-5 Ian White

Semi-Finals
Jose De Sousa 7-3 Mensur Suljovic
Glen Durrant 7-6 Gerwyn Price

Final
Jose De Sousa 8-6 Glen Durrant

Gibraltar Darts Trophy – Day One.

Danny Noppert moved into a provisional qualifying place for the Unibet European Championship with victory in the opening round of the Gibraltar Darts Trophy, while 13 other players also won to keep their qualification hopes alive.

Danny Noppert

Friday saw the start of the 13th and final European Tour event of 2019, after which the 32-player field will be confirmed for the European Championship, which will take place in Göttingen from October 24-27.

32 qualifiers were in action at the Victoria Stadium on day one, 26 of whom harboured hopes of forcing their way into qualifying positions for the European Championship.

The other six players competing on Friday were already assured of their qualifying places, they were Darren Webster, Steve Beaton, Jeffrey de Zwaan, Chris Dobey, Keegan Brown and Jamie Hughes.

The most significant result of the day saw Dutch number six Noppert survive a match dart from Brown to claim a vital 6-5 and give his qualification hopes a huge boost.

Noppert moves into the 32 spot on tournament count-back ahead of John Henderson, however, he must beat World Championship runner-up Michael Smith, who is currently outside the provisional qualifying places, in Saturday’s second round to continue his quest to Göttingen.

Dimitri Van den Bergh cemented his provisional qualification place by taking out a 135 finish on the bullseye to end the resilient challenge of Scott Taylor, claiming a 6-3 win.

Dimitri VDB.
Pic: PDC

The clash between two former European Tour event winners saw Kim Huybrechts end Justin Pipe’s hopes with a 6-3 victory, while De Zwaan defeated Steve West by the same scoreline.

Two Host Nation Qualifiers will star in day two after Dyson Parody recovered from 5-2 down to beat Norway’s Cor Dekker 6-5 and David Francis claimed a shock 6-4 win over Robert Thornton 6-4 to the delight of the Gibraltar fans.

Ryan Joyce and Jose De Sousa both missed double 12 for nine-dart finishes and posted ton-plus averages in their wins over Matt Clark and Darius Labanauskas.

Danish Darts Open runner-up Dobey edged out William O’Connor 6-4, while 19-year-old Dutchman Wessel Nijman picked up his first win on the European Tour, hitting the winning double at the tenth attempt to beat Webster 6-5 after Webster threatened a comeback from 5-1 down.

Chris Dobey made his way through with a 6-4 win over Willie O’ Connor.

There were also wins for Michael Rosenauer, Paul Rowley and Poland’s Krzysztof Kciuk on the opening day of the £140,000 tournament, which will see the winner claim the £25,000 top prize.

Saturday’s second day of the Gibraltar Darts Trophy will be broadcast on video.pdc.tv, and through a series of bookmakers’ websites.

2019 Gibraltar Darts Trophy
Friday September 27

First Round    
Afternoon Session
Wessel Nijman 6-5 Darren Webster
Krzysztof Kciuk 6-3 Kirk Shepherd
Ryan Joyce 6-3 Matt Clark
Dyson Parody 6-5 Cor Dekker
Paul Rowley 6-5 Ryan Meikle
Kim Huybrechts 6-3 Justin Pipe
Carl Wilkinson 6-3 Justin Hewitt
Steve Beaton 6-5 Tony Newell

Evening Session
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-3 Steve West
Chris Dobey 6-4 William O’Connor
Danny Noppert 6-5 Keegan Brown
Michael Rosenauer 6-4 Antony Lopez
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-3 Scott Taylor
Jose De Sousa 6-2 Darius Labanauskas
David Francis 6-4 Robert Thornton
Ritchie Edhouse 6-3 Jamie Hughes

Saturday September 28
Second Round
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)
Nathan Aspinall v Ryan Joyce
James Wade v Paul Rowley
Krzysztof Ratajski v Steve Beaton
Jonny Clayton v Kim Huybrechts
Rob Cross v Krzysztof Kciuk
Daryl Gurney v Carl Wilkinson
Dave Chisnall v Jeffrey de Zwaan
Michael Smith v Danny Noppert

Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST)
Ian White v Michael Rosenauer
Jermaine Wattimena v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Mensur Suljovic v Wessel Nijman
Michael van Gerwen v Jose De Sousa
Peter Wright v Dyson Parody
Joe Cullen v Edhouse/Hughes
Glen Durrant v Chris Dobey
Gerwyn Price v David Francis

Sunday September 29
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)

Third Round
Van Gerwen/De Sousa v Aspinall/Joyce
Wright/Parody v Suljovic/Nijman
Wade/Rowley v Clayton/Huybrechts
Chisnall/De Zwaan v Wattimena/Van den Bergh
White/Rosenauer v Smith/Noppert
Ratajski/Beaton v Cullen/Edhouse
Gurney/Wilkinson v Durrant/Dobey
Price/Francis v Cross/Kciuk

Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST)
Quarter-Finals
Semi-Finals
Final

Sunday’s games played in Draw Bracket order

Format
All games up to and including the quarter-finals are the best of 11 legs, with the semi-finals the best of 13 legs and the final the best of 15 legs. 

ENDS

Beaton and De Sousa Among Qualifiers for Gibraltar Darts Trophy.

Congratulations to all twenty-four players who qualified for this years Gibraltar Darts Trophy. The Gibraltarian event is one of the most popular with players, and their families, and seems to have inspired some different names at this week’s qualifiers!

Jose de Sousa hit the day’s second perfect leg.
Pic: PDC

Friday’s events began with the UK Qualifier, with former European Tour event winners Steve Beaton, Robert Thornton, Jamie Hughes and Justin Pipe among the players to make it through. Tony Newell, Carl Wilkinson and Paul Rowley were among the lesser-known names to make it through.

Multiple major Qtr-Finalist, Matt Clark hit the first nine-dart finish of the day in his 6-5 win over Reece Robinson on his way to securing a first European Tour appearance of 2019.

Jose De Sousa then added to his recent achievements and landed the day’s second perfect leg during his match with, former World Champion, Christian Kist in the European Tour Card Holder Qualifier, as the Portuguese number one booked his place in his second European Tour event.

Former European Tour event winner Kim Huybrechts also secured a spot in Gibraltar, via the European Tour Card Holder Qualifier, along with Belgian World Cup teammate Dimitri Van den Bergh and former World Matchplay semi-finalist Jeffrey de Zwaan.

UK Qualifier
Final Matches

Jamie Hughes 6-4 Adam Hunt
Ritchie Edhouse 6-4 Ricky Evans
Steve Beaton 6-2 Justin Smith
Chris Dobey 6-5 Kyle McKinstry
Carl Wilkinson 6-3 Arron Monk
Keegan Brown 6-4 Luke Woodhouse
Matt Clark 6-5 Reece Robinson
Paul Rowley 6-4 Mervyn King
Tony Newell 6-5 Simon Whitlock
William O’Connor 6-1 Mark Wilson
Justin Pipe 6-4 Matthew Edgar
Darren Webster 6-2 Adrian Gray
Ryan Joyce 6-1 Brendan Dolan
Scott Taylor 6-4 Harry Ward
Ryan Meikle 6-5 Ross Smith
Robert Thornton 6-5 James Wilson
Kirk Shepherd 6-5 Mark Webster
Steve West 6-3 Mark McGeeney

European Tour Card Holder Qualifier
Final Matches

Jeffrey De Zwaan 6-1 Ron Meulenkamp
Danny Noppert 6-4 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Kim Huybrechts 6-4 Max Hopp
Darius Labanauskas 6-2 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Geert Nentjes
Jose De Sousa 6-5 Gabriel Clemens

First Portuguese PDC Winner as De Sousa Triumphs in PC 23.

Jose De Sousa made history by becoming the first Portuguese winner of a PDC event at Players Championship 23 in Barnsley on Tuesday.

De Sousa claims PDC Players Championship 23.
PIC: PDC

De Sousa, who won a PDC Tour Card for the first time in January, produced a string of impressive displays to reach his second ProTour final in just three months.

There, the Danish Darts Open quarter-finalist outplayed world number seven Gerwyn Price to claim a stunning 8-1 victory on a landmark day for Portuguese darts.

“This is a dream for me, I am so, so happy,” said an emotional De Sousa.

“I have fought for 25 years to come here and at last I can do this. It’s amazing for me to play against the best players in the world and prove I can play just like them.

“This is an incentive for me to continue my work and I think I can beat everybody if I continue to play this way.”

De Sousa’s day began with a 102.5 average in a 6-4 win over Nathan Rafferty, before victories over Steve Beaton, Ryan Meikle and John Henderson followed.

The 45-year-old then claimed a deciding leg win over Jermaine Wattimena, which he followed up with a convincing 7-3 triumph over Peter Wright in the semi-finals.

A one-sided final saw De Sousa average 95.7 to Price’s 84.8, as the Welshman struggled to find the form which saw him beat Rob Cross, Adrian Lewis and Glen Durrant earlier in the day.

The £10,000 top prize improves De Sousa’s hopes of a BoyleSports World Grand Prix debut in October, while it was also a significant day for Martin Schindler, as the young German reached his first ProTour quarter-final in 11 months.

Wednesday will see the second day of the Players Championship mid-week action in Barnsley, with action from Players Championship 24 streamed live on video.pdc.tv.

See full Players Championship 24 results in the Match Centre.

Players Championship 23
Tuesday September 10
Last 16

Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Luke Humphries
Peter Wright 6-5 Danny Noppert
Jose De Sousa 6-4 John Henderson
Jermaine Wattimena 6-1 Josh Payne
Martin Schindler 6-5 Ian White
Adrian Lewis 6-1 Vincent van der Voort
Glen Durrant 6-5 Max Hopp
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Rob Cross

Quarter-Finals
Peter Wright 6-5 Michael van Gerwen
Jose De Sousa 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Adrian Lewis 6-2 Martin Schindler
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Glen Durrant

Semi-Finals
Jose De Sousa 7-3 Peter Wright
Gerwyn Price 7-4 Adrian Lewis

Final
Jose De Sousa 8-1 Gerwyn Price

Wade Wins Latest Players Championship. De Sousa Underlines His Talent.

JAMES WADE picked up his fourth PDC ranking title of 2019 at Players Championship 18 in Wigan on Sunday, defeating Jose de Sousa 8-5 in the final.

De Sousa, produced another excellent run. PIC : PDC

The second day of the ProTour double-header weekend saw Wade follow-up his hat-trick of Players Championship titles in April to equal his best ever tally of ranking titles in a calendar year, having also won four in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

The former Premier League champion grew into the tournament, steadily increasing his average in every round, before posting ton-plus averages in the quarter-finals and semi-finals.

Wade’s day began with victories over Dutch pair Benito van de Pas and Yordi Meeuwisse, followed by a narrow 6-5 win over Keegan Brown to reach the Last 16 where he overcame Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-4.

KRZYSZTOF RATAJSKI : Another strong run to the Qtrs after yesterdays win. PIC: L Lustig/PDC

In the quarter-finals, Wade averaged 101.5 to defeat rising star Callan Rydz 6-3, before edging past Players Championship 17 winner Krzysztof Ratajski 7-5 and then getting the better of De Sousa to secure the £10,000 top prize.

“Yesterday after I lost I looked at a picture of my son on my phone and that inspired me to win today,” said Wade.

“The final wasn’t a great game, in fact, I wouldn’t say I played very well today which is ironic really.

“But maybe today will boost me into a bit of form and I can do some damage at the World Matchplay.”

De Sousa got off to a flying start in his first PDC final, taking out 160 to hold throw in the opening leg, as the first four legs all went with throw.

Wade hit his favourite double ten with his last dart in hand to land the first break of the match, then doubling his lead with a calm 68 checkout after De Sousa piled on the pressure with his 21st 180 of the day.

De Sousa came roaring back with back-to-back legs of his own, including a 12-dart break which ended with an 88 checkout.

Despite averaging over 11 points more than Wade after eight legs, De Sousa was left to rue his missed chance to go ahead, as Wade clinically found double seven with his last darts in hand for an 86 checkout to break throw and make it 5-4.

From there, Wade produced a dominant end to the contest, dropping only one more leg to run out a convincing 8-5 winner.

De Sousa, who won his PDC Tour Card for the first time in January, backed up his run to the quarter-finals of the Danish Darts Open on his European Tour debut in Copenhagen last weekend.

The Portuguese number one defeated Nathan Aspinall, Jeffrey de Zwaan on his way to the semi-finals, where he ran out a 7-5 victory over Dimitri Van den Bergh to reach his first PDC ranking final, ending Van den Bergh’s hopes of qualifying for the Betfred World Matchplay in the process.

A number of players were vying for the 16 ProTour Order of Merit places in the Blackpool event ahead of the cut-off on June 30, with 14 players in contention for three places at the conclusion of Sunday’s event.

Vincent van der Voort, James Wilson and Kyle Anderson currently occupy the final three spots, but Anderson’s hopes were dealt a blow as he suffered an opening round loss to Ryan Searle.

Keegan Brown and William O’Connor lead the chasing pack of 11 players who will play in the Czech Darts Open across the weekend of June 28-30, with action shown on video.pdc.tv.

Elsewhere, Michael Smith went down to James Richardson in the Last 16, and Mensur Suljovic was defeated by O’Connor at the Last 32 stage.

The next Players Championship events will be held across July 16-17 at The Barnsley Metrodome, with live action shown on video.pdc.tv.

See full Players Championship 18 results in DartConnect.

Players Championship 18Sunday June 23Robin Park Tennis Centre, WiganLast 16
Luke Woodhouse 6-3 Ross Smith
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Gabriel Clemens
Callan Rydz 6-5 Brendan Dolan
James Wade 6-4 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-3 Andy Boulton
William O’Connor 6-0 Madars Razma
Jose de Sousa 6-4 Conan Whitehead
James Richardson 6-4 Michael Smith

Quarter-Finals
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Luke Woodhouse
James Wade 6-3 Callan Rydz
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-1 William O’Connor
Jose de Sousa 6-2 James Richardson

Semi-Finals
James Wade 7-5 Krzysztof Ratajski
Jose de Sousa 7-5 Dimitri Van den Bergh

Final
James Wade 8-5 Jose de Sousa

5 Take-Aways from the Danish Darts Open.

This weekends Danish Darts Open, from Copenhagen, proved an entertaining spectacle with plenty of shocks, a popular winner and some insights into the future;

Kais Bodensieck/PDC Europe

Rise of the Second Rank.

Normally ‘Second Rank’ can be used as an insult to those not quite good enough for the very top. In the PDC however, it is no insult whatsoever. There is a very strong group of players who cannot, yet, be classed as the elite, but who can defeat any other top player on their day. In addition to their single match potential, they are capable of claiming events if those at the very top slip up even slightly.

The Asp – Top of the Second Rank? Pic: PDC

Dave Chisnall and Ian White perhaps sum this group up. Both have claimed multiple titles on this seasons tour, both are just outside the Premier League (top 8) rankings and both are not yet claiming multiple major titles. Johnny Clayton, Nathan Aspinall and Mensur seem to fit in here as well.

De Sousa Could Go Further.

Jose De Sousa is beginning to look comfortable with playing serious darts at the highest level. His efforts on the Pro Tour have not gone unnoticed and he has a winning pedigree from his soft-tip days. He is beginning to back that up with strong performances on stage. Jose turned those good performances into wins in Denmark and may have crossed a bridge. It is never easy for those based away from the UK but the European Tour has made it more likely that players based elsewhere will prosper.

Wattimena Exploits World Cup Gains.

PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG JERMAINE WATTIMENA IN ACTION. Jermaine settling into a new role?

It cannot have been easy to both partner the world number-one and step into the shoes of a Dutch legend in RVB. Yet, Jermaine did so and played some great stuff during the World Cup of Darts. He seemed to take advantage, of a newfound status and delivered strongly when defeating Ian White. It will be interesting to see whether this boost continues in the longer run.

Shepherd Continues His Quiet Return.

I have been discreetly following the efforts of the 2007 World Championship finalist for quite a while. He seems much more at peace with himself and has been returning to his old self. He has qualified for many of the European Tour evens and has been steadily improving. Defeating Rob Cross in Rd 2 will give him some extra confidence and the financial rewards will be welcome. Kirk is an irrepressible character who would, benefit the game and, provide a great story if he were to reach the higher echelons again. Don’t write off the possibility, he has proven before that he has the game to defeat anyone who takes him lightly.

World Cup Hangovers?

Holding this event within a week of the World Cup of Darts is far from ideal. However, it gives other players a chance to shine. Some high profile names did not take part and others seemed to be weary. None of the semi-finalists had gotten past round one in the World Cup and the two that made it underperformed, for Wales and thus had a point to prove. Could it be that the World Cup should move to a less crowded time on the calendar? Or perhaps it is better to have some up and coming venues and events that allow a variety of names to come through?

Johnny Clayton – Performed well to reach the later stages. Possibly a beneficial early World Cup exit? Pic: PDC

All in all the Danish Darts Open was a great success in 2019 and it should go from strength to strength. The Danes have been strong darts fans for quite a while and seem to be getting even more enthused. Perhaps next years event will be rescheduled in its favour?

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