Unibet Home Tour 19 & 20: Durrant Dominant As Murray Springs Surprise.

Glen Durrant picked up a hat-trick of victories to top Group 19 of the Unibet Home Tour on Tuesday night.

Another Good Night For Duzza! (PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG GLEN DURRANT IN ACTION)

Premier League table-topper Durrant picked up where he left off just over six weeks ago as he averaged 101.8 in a 5-1 defeat of Dutchman Vincent van der Meer in his opening game of the night.

Durrant followed that up with a 5-3 defeat Justin Pipe, who was Durrant’s nearest challenger on the night, finishing second with two victories.

Heading into the final game of the evening, Durrant knew he needed four legs against Maik Kuivenhoven to top the group ahead of Pipe.

The 50-year-old duly delivered with a 100.1 average to see off Kuivenhoven 5-3, ensuring he ended the night undefeated.

Ryan Murray won the Unibet Home Tour Group 20 on Wednesday, edging out Joe Cullen to take the honours.

The Scot enjoyed a successful night, winning matches against Jermaine Wattimena and John Michael as he held onto top spot.

Cullen had defeated Murray 5-4 and also saw off Michael 5-3 in the night’s final contest, but missed match darts against Wattimena as he lost in a deciding leg cost the Yorkshireman dearly.

The Unibet Home Tour continues on Thursday, with world number four Rob Cross in action in Group 21.

The Unibet Home Tour 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.

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

Belgian Championship – Schedule and Details.

Former European Tour event winners Justin Pipe and Mervyn King will clash on the opening day of the 2020 Belgian Darts Championship on Friday:

William Hill World Darts Championship - Night Seven Round-Up
Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

The 2020 European Tour will begin with the series’ first visit to Belgium, as Expo Hasselt hosts the £140,000 tournament from February 28-March 1.

Friday’s first round in the tournament – streamed to PDCTV Subscribers worldwide as well as through bookmakers’ websites – will feature five Belgian players amongst 32 competitors in action.

Two-time World Youth Champion Dimitri Van den Bergh will headline the Belgian challenge, taking on Dutch debutant Derk Telnekes in round one ahead of a possible clash with 2019 Czech Darts Open winner Jamie Hughes in the last 32.

Former European Tour winner Kim Huybrechts will be up against one Ryan Harrington, who was one of the two PDPA Associate Member Qualifiers on Thursday night, while three other places for Belgian players were won in the Host Nation Qualifier.

Former World Champion Beaton takes on latest Tour card holder Leung.

Pipe and King meet in a clash of two former winners on the European Tour circuit, while Steve Beaton – another former champion – takes on Hong Kong’s Kai Fan Leung.

Recent Players Championship winner Ryan Searle meets debutant Darren Penhall, while Australian ace Damon Heta, last year’s Brisbane Darts Masters, makes his first European Tour appearance against Michael Barnard.

Reigning World Youth Champion Luke Humphries, former BDO Champion Stephen Bunting and 2019 World Cup runner-up Steve Lennon are also in action in Friday’s first round, while Andy Hamilton makes his European Tour return after winning back his PDC Tour Card last month.

The 16 seeded stars, including World Champion Peter Wright and world number one Michael van Gerwen, enter the action in Saturday’s second round, with the tournament then concluding with the final stages on Sunday.

Tickets for the Belgian Darts Championship are available through PDC Europe and at Expo Hasselt.

The Belgian Darts Championship can be watched through PDCTV at video.pdc.tv as well as through a series of bookmakers’ websites worldwide.

2020 Belgian Darts Championship

Draw Bracket

  • Michael van Gerwen (1) v Mike De Decker/Ron Meulenkamp
  • Michel Smith (16) v Luke Humphries/Ronny Huybrechts
  • Glen Durrant (8) v Justin Pipe/Mervyn King
  • Joe Cullen (9) v Martijn Kleermaker/Stephen Bunting
  • Peter Wright (4) v Andy Boulton/Andy Hamilton
  • Jermaine Wattimena (13) v Danny Noppert/Geert De Vos
  • Krzysztof Ratajski (5) v Callan Rydz/Gabriel Clemens
  • Rob Cross (12) v Michael Barnard/Damon Heta
  • Ian White (2) v Dirk van Duijvenbode/Luke Woodhouse
  • Jeffrey de Zwaan (15) v Ryan Harrington/Kim Huybrechts
  • James Wade (7) v Rowby-John Rodriguez/Steve Lennon
  • Nathan Aspinall (10) v Kai Fan Leung/Steve Beaton
  • Gerwyn Price (3) v Wesley Plaisier/Benjamin Pratnemer
  • Jamie Hughes (14) v Dimitri Van den Bergh/Derk Telnekes
  • Mensur Suljovic (6) v Darren Penhall/Ryan Searle
  • Jonny Clayton (11) v Steve West/Jeffrey van Egdom

Schedule of Play

Friday February 28

First Round

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 GMT)

  • Darren Penhall v Ryan Searle
  • Andy Boulton v Andy Hamilton
  • Kai Fan Leung v Steve Beaton
  • Luke Humphries v Ronny Huybrechts
  • Michael Barnard v Damon Heta
  • Wesley Plaisier v Benjamin Pratnemer
  • Martijn Kleermaker v Stephen Bunting
  • Justin Pipe v Mervyn King

Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 GMT)

  • Dirk van Duijvenbode v Luke Woodhouse
  • Mike De Decker v Ron Meulenkamp
  • Callan Rydz v Gabriel Clemens
  • Danny Noppert v Geert De Vos
  • Ryan Harrington v Kim Huybrechts
  • Rowby-John Rodriguez v Steve Lennon
  • Steve West v Jeffrey van Egdom
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh v Derk Telnekes

Saturday February 29

Second Round

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 GMT)

  • Michael Smith v Humphries/Huybrechts
  • Joe Cullen v Kleermaker/Bunting
  • Krzysztof Ratajski v Rydz/Clemens
  • Glen Durrant v Pipe/King
  • Rob Cross v Barnard/Heta
  • Ian White v Van Duijvenbode/Woodhouse
  • Jermaine Wattimena v Noppert/De Vos
  • James Wade v Rodriguez/Lennon

Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 GMT)

  • Nathan Aspinall v Leung/Beaton
  • Gerwyn Price v Plaisier/Pratnemer
  • Peter Wright v Boulton/Hamilton
  • Michael van Gerwen v De Decker/Meulenkamp
  • Jeffrey de Zwaan v Harrington/Huybrechts
  • Jamie Hughes v Van den Bergh/Telnekes
  • Mensur Suljovic v Penhall/Searle
  • Jonny Clayton v West/Van Egdom

Sunday March 1

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 GMT)

  • Third Round
  • Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 GMT)
  • Quarter-Finals
  • Semi-Finals
  • Final

Format

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

Sunday’s games played in Draw Bracket order.

ENDS

Smith and Lauby Head Final Las Vegas Qualifiers

This Week – Moments of Darting History.

What have the numbers 1, 5 and 40 got in common? No, they are not the writers most recent three darts! They are the years we go back in time to look at this week in darts history.

Unibet World Grand Prix - Semi-Finals Round-Up
Can MVG emulate Taylor and become only the second player to retain the World Grand Prix?
PIC: L Lustig / PDC

Last year – Micheal Van Gerwen wins the World Grand Prix

Dublin provided one of MVG’s most dominant wins in 2018. To lift the trophy he had to defeat; Steve Lennon, Darren Webster, Dave Chisnall, Daryl Gurney and Peter Wright.

Micheal dropped only 4 sets in the entire event with only ‘Snakebite’ taking more than one.

Will we see him retain the title and become only the second player to have done so? Should he be successful, he will be the first to do so in over a decade.

5 Years Ago – Pipe and Dolan Claim Pro Tour Wins. Silencer Smith Qualifies for World Championship

Justin Pipe and Brendon Dolan each claimed one of the two Pro Tour events, staged in Dublin, before World Grand Prix week. Both would go on to suffer a ‘dry spell’ over the next few years. However, both have looked in much better shape in 2019. Dolan has claimed his first title since the one above and Pipe has had several strong runs and high averages.

Smith and Lauby Head Final Las Vegas Qualifiers
Photo: PDC

The Silencer, Canada’s Jeff Smith, made what could be described as his biggest breakthrough, this week in 2014. Smith made it through the qualifiers to reach the Lakeside. A tremendous run would follow. Smith made the Semi-Final that season after a superb run. He proved it was no fluke by returning the following year and going one better.

40 Years Ago – Virachkal Claims World Cup Singles

It is often forgotten that in days prior to those of plenty, the World Cup (Singles) was a highly valued prize. Made-up of the best players from the competing nations, from all over the globe, it was another, unofficial, World Championship, but played every two years. Professional players often gave each other stick if they had not claimed it. Eric Bristow (4-time champ) thoroughly enjoyed reminding Phil Taylor of The Power’s failure to lift the crown.

Nicky Virachkal is a well-recalled name by darts folk of a certain era. Although not in the very top echelon of playing greats, he was a fine player. In addition to claiming the 1979 World Cup (Singles), he was a semi-finalist in the World Masters and claimed a 3rd place in the World Championships.

To give you an idea of his ability it should be recalled that to claim the World Cup Singles Nicky defeated Eric Bristow in the Qtr Finals and the Welsh Legend Ceri Morgan in the final match.

Just a note: The Current World Cup Singles Champion is non-other than the previously mentioned Jeff Smith!