Unibet Home Tour: Cross Claims Group.

Rob Cross became the highest ranked player to win his group on the Unibet Home Tour so far as he won all three games on Night 21. 

‘Voltage’ avoided the shock defeat, that other high ranking players have suffered,and claimed his Home Tour group.(PIC LAWRENCE LUSTIG) ROB CROSS IN ACTION

The world number saw off William Borland, Dimitri Van den Bergh and Karel Sedlacek to top the group. 

A routine 5-2 victory over Borland kicked things off, before edging out Van den Bergh 5-4 in a bizarre game in which he averaged nearly 10 points less than his opponent and survived a number of matched darts.

But it was in the final game of the night that Cross displayed his best stuff. Sedlacek started in superb fashion, moving into a 4-0 lead and looking set to top the group. 

Cross then began to find his champion’s touch and fired in some incredible stuff to clinch five straight legs and seal the victory. 

Van den Bergh ended the night in second spot with his early 5-1 victory over Sedlacek boosting his leg difference, but he was on the receiving end of a superb performance from Borland in the penultimate game of the night, with the young Scot averaging 103.8 in a 5-3 victory. 

The Unibet Home Tour continues tomorrow and 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 21 To Feature Sedlacek

Karel Sedlacek will replace Derk Telnekes in Thursday’s Unibet Home Tour Group 21.

Czech Republic number one Sedlacek will take the place of Dutchman Telnekes, who is now unable to compete on Thursday for family reasons with his wife’s shifts as a healthcare worker in the Netherlands having changed.

Telnekes is, though, still hoping to take part in the Unibet Home Tour in one of the remaining group phase nights this month.

Sedlacek will now join former World Champion Rob Cross in Group 21 on Thursday evening for what promises to be another memorable night of live darts being shown on PDCTV, through international broadcasters and via bookmakers’ websites.

Group 21 will also feature two-time World Youth Champion Dimitri Van den Bergh and emerging Scottish talent William Borland.

Unibet Home Tour Group 21
Thursday May 7

Rob Cross v William Borland
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Karel Sedlacek
William Borland v Karel Sedlacek
Rob Cross v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Dimitri Van den Bergh v William Borland
Karel Sedlacek v Rob Cross

All Home Tour action will be broadcast live on PDCTV for FREE to ALL registered PDCTV users, regardless of whether you have a paid or free membership.

Registered PDCTV members can also watch for FREE through the official PDC App.

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

Fans in the UK & Ireland can watch through the Sky Sports App.

UK Open – Draw, Schedule and Details.

The draw has been made for the first three rounds of the 2020 Ladbrokes UK Open, with the schedule of play also confirmed for the festival of darts which begins on Friday March 6 at the Butlin’s Minehead Resort.

NATHAN ASPINALL IN ACTION
PIC: PDC / L Lustig

The unique multi-board tournament will see 160 players in action live from March 6-8, with the first round featuring Tour Card Holders 97-127 along with the eight Challenge Tour Qualifiers, nine Development Tour Qualifiers and 16 Rileys Qualifiers.

The opening three rounds will take place in the afternoon session on Friday March 6, with the top 32 entering at the fourth round stage in the evening session.

Friday’s play begins at 1100 GMT on Stages Two-Eight, while the Main Stage action begins at 1200 GMT as Lisa Ashton opens the tournament against Belgium’s Mike De Decker.

History-maker Fallon Sherrock returns to PDC action against Kyle McKinstry in another first round game on the Main Stage, after Australia’s Brisbane Darts Masters winner Damon Heta takes on two-time BDO champion Scott Waites.

Karel Sedlacek will be seen on Stage II.

Stage Two’s matches from the first round include former UK Open runner-up Andy Hamilton against Patrick Lynskey as well as New Zealand’s Cody Harris, Hong Kong’s Kai Fan Leung and Czech debutant Karel Sedlacek – with the Stage Two action to be streamed in PDCTV on Friday and Saturday.

The first round winners will be joined by Tour Card Holders 65-96 in round two, as former BDO number one Mark McGeeney faces Scott Baker and Canadian ace Jeff Smith plays Greece’s John Michael in the Main Stage Games.

Friday’s opening session will also see round three take place, featuring the winners from round two along with Tour Card Holders 33-64 as World Youth Champion Luke Humphries faces Australian number two Kyle Anderson in a tasty tie on the Main Stage.

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The Thorn will enter in the 32.

Round three will also see 2012 winner Robert Thornton face Kim Huybrechts on the Main Stage, while Ireland’s World Cup finalist William O’Connor plays Jan Dekker on Stage Two.

The world’s top 32 come into the event in Friday evening’s fourth round, including defending champion Nathan Aspinall, world number one Michael van Gerwen and former UK Open champions Peter Wright, Gary Anderson, James Wade and Adrian Lewis.

The action continues on Saturday March 7 with the fifth and sixth rounds in one bumper session, before Sunday’s closing stages are played out on the Main Stage.

At the conclusion of the third round, an open draw will be made live on the Main Stage for round four. The draw for the fifth and sixth rounds will be conducted on the Main Stage at the conclusion of the fourth round, while the UK Open’s unique open draw format will remain in place.

Players will compete for a £100,000 top prize, with a total prize fund of £450,000 on offer being paid down to the last 96.

The Stage Two action on Friday and Saturday will be streamed exclusively for all PDCTV Subscribers worldwide at video.pdc.tv.

The 2020 Ladbrokes UK Open will be broadcast live on ITV4 for UK viewers, through the PDC’s international broadcast partners and through PDCTV for Rest of the World Subscribers.

2020 Ladbrokes UK Open

Friday March 6

Afternoon Session (1100 GMT Start, 1200 GMT on Main Stage)

First, Second & Third Rounds

Main Stage

Mike De Decker v Lisa Ashton (R1)

Damon Heta v Scott Waites (R1)

Kyle McKinstry v Fallon Sherrock (R1)

Scott Baker v Mark McGeeney (R2)

Jeff Smith v John Michael (R2)

David Pallett v Doets/Thompson (R2)

Heaver/Noguera v McKinstry/Sherrock (R2)

Luke Humphries v Kyle Anderson (R3)

Kim Huybrechts v Robert Thornton (R3)

Josh Payne v Luke Woodhouse (R3)

Stage Two

Cody Harris v Scott Taylor (R1)

Kai Fan Leung v Kelvin Self (R1)

Adam Hunt v Karel Sedlacek (R1)

Keane Barry v Alan Tabern (R1)

Andy Hamilton v Patrick Lynskey (R1)

Marko Kantele v Dirk van Duijvenbode (R2)

Heta/Waites v Geert Nentjes (R2)

Larsson/Meikle v De Decker/Ashton (R2)

Menzies/Brooks v Nick Kenny (R2)

Ryan Searle v Cristo Reyes (R3)

William O’Connor v Jan Dekker (R3)

Vincent van der Voort v Smith/Michael (R3)

Koltsov/Van Trijp/Davidson/Borland v Larsson/Meikle/De Decker/Ashton (R3)

Stage Three

Steffen Siepmann v Krzysztof Kciuk (R1)

Peter Jacques v Ciaran Teehan (R1)

Michael Barnard v Steve Brown (R1)

Daniel Larsson v Ryan Meikle (R1)

Harry Ward v Gavin Carlin (R2)

Kirk Shepherd v Leung/Self (R2)

Hunt/Sedlacek v Barrie Bates (R2)

Hayden/J Clark v Richardson/Penhall (R2)

Ron Meulenkamp v Richard North (R3)

Jones/Blades/Whitehead v Steve West (R3)

Devon Petersen v Menzies/Brooks/Kenny (R3)

Justin Smith/Jenkins/Beeney/Harms v Atkins/Murray/Bunse (R3)

Huckvale/Burton/Van der Meer v Heaver/Noguera/McKinstry/Sherrock (R3)

Stage Four

Jason Askew v Greg Ritchie (R1)

Jason Heaver v Jesus Noguera (R1)

Adam Smith-Neale v Ben Cheeseman (R1)

Darren Beveridge v Nathan Rafferty (R1)

Andy Boulton v Reece Robinson (R2)

Nathan Derry v Maik Kuivenhoven (R2)

Justin Smith/Jenkins v Beeney/Harms (R2)

Telnekes/Kleermaker v Madars Razma (R2)

Jamie Lewis v Ross Smith (R3)

Evetts/Van Peer/Roelofs v James Wilson (R3)

Steve Lennon v Barnard/Brown/Barry/Tabern (R3)

Mickey Mansell v Zonneveld/Hamilton/Lynskey (R3)

Stage Five

Adam Huckvale v Stephen Burton (R1)

Rhys Hayden v James Clark (R1)

Cameron Menzies v Bradley Brooks (R1)

Kevin Burness v Harald Leitinger (R1)

Jonathan Worsley v Matt Clark (R2)

Carl Wilkinson v Siepmann/Kciuk (R2)

Ted Evetts v Van Peer/Roelofs (R2)

Barnard/Brown v Barry/Tabern (R2)

Justin Pipe v Shepherd/Leung/Self (R3)

Ryan Joyce v Jacques/Teehan/Meeuwisse (R3)

Jose De Sousa v Williams/Owen/Gray (R3)

Van Duivenbode/Beveridge/Rafferty v Jamie Hughes (R3)

Stage Six

Aaron Beeney v Wesley Harms (R1)

Boris Koltsov v Danny van Trijp (R1)

Andrew Davidson v William Borland (R1)

Lewis Williams v Robert Owen (R1)

Harris/Taylor v Jason Lowe (R2)

Atkins/Murray v Christian Bunse (R2)

Mike van Duivenbode v Beveridge/Rafferty (R2)

Niels Zonneveld v Hamilton/Lynskey (R2)

Derry/Kuivenhoven v Gabriel Clemens (R3)

Darius Labanauskas v Kantele/Van Duijvenbode (R3)

Hayden/J Clark/Richardson/Penhall v Toni Alcinas (R3)

Matthew Edgar v Smith-Neale/Cheeseman/McGuirk/Rydz (R3)

Stage Seven

Martin Atkins v Ryan Murray (R1)

Shane McGuirk v Callan Rydz (R1)

Wayne Jones v Gary Blades (R1)

Berry van Peer v Owen Roelofs (R1)

Rowby-John Rodriguez v Askew/Ritchie (R2)

Jacques/Teehan v Yordi Meeuwisse (R2)

Williams/Owen v Adrian Gray (R2)

Burness/Leitinger v Joe Murnan (R2)

Martin Schindler v Benito van de Pas (R3)

Baker/McGeeney v Boulton/Robinson (R3)

Worsley/M Clark v Harris/Taylor/Lowe (R3)

Telnekes/Kleermaker/Razma v Heta/Waites/Nentjes (R3)

Stage Eight

Justin Smith v Andy Jenkins (R1)

Derk Telnekes v Martijn Kleermaker (R1)

James Richardson v Darren Penhall (R1)

Kevin Doets v Alfie Thompson (R1)

Huckvale/Burton v Vincent van der Meer (R2)

Jones/Blades v Conan Whitehead (R2)

Koltsov/Van Trijp v Davidson/Borland (R2)

Smith-Neale/Cheeseman v McGuirk/Rydz (R2)

Jelle Klaasen v Rodriguez/Askew/Ritchie (R3)

Ward/Carlin v Wilkinson/Siepmann/Kciuk (R3)

Pallett/Doets/Thompson v Simon Stevenson (R3)

Hunt/Sedlacek/Bates v Burness/Leitinger/Murnan (R3)

Session Schedule

Friday March 6

Afternoon Session (1100 GMT start – 1200 GMT start on Main Stage)

First, Second & Third Rounds

Main Stage, Stage Two & Stages Three-Eight

Evening Session (1900 GMT start)

Fourth Round

Main Stage, Stage Two & Stages Three-Eight

Saturday March 7 (1530 GMT start)

Fifth Round

Main Stage, Stage Two & Stages Three-Four

Sixth Round

Main Stage & Stage Two

Sunday March 8

Afternoon Session (1245 GMT start)

Quarter-Finals

Main Stage

Evening Session (1900 GMT start)

Semi-Finals & Final

Main Stage

Format

First, Second & Third Rounds – Best of 11 legs

Fourth, Fifth & Sixth Rounds & Quarter-Finals – Best of 19 legs

Semi-Finals & Final – Best of 21 legs

Prize Fund

Winner – £100,000

Runner-Up – £40,000

Semi-Finalists – £20,000

Quarter-Finalists – £12,500

Sixth Round Losers – £7,500

Fifth Round Losers – £4,000

Fourth Round Losers – £2,000

Third Round Losers – £1,000

Total – £450,000

ENDS

Q School 2020 – A European Perspective.

The PDC Q School experiment appears to have been a remarkable success, from most perspectives. The huge entry this year confirmed its popularity. The European branch has grown rapidly and is becoming more and more important.

Carol Sedlacek (right) becomes the first Czech to gain a Pro Tour Card.

Jacco Krook is a dutch writer who looked at the event before its start and even sought our view on who would qualify. It should be noted DartsWorld did very well for a UK based publication! We called Sedlacek, De Decker and more. Jacco has produced a review and kindly allowed us to introduce you to it here:

With the European Q-School 2020 coming to an end I thought it is time to look back on what happened the last couple of days in Hildesheim. Eleven players from eight different countries have won a PDC tour card for the coming two years. In this review I will look back per country on the players who surprised and disappointed me. The focus is on the eight countries who have delivered one or more new PDC tour card holders and some countries which took my attention.

ADAM GAWLAS (Right) aquitted himself well and may return again.
Pic: PDC

Czech Republic
Karel Sedlacek was the top favourite for most fans, to earn a PDC tour card, if someone from the Czech Republic would win. Karel Sedlacek wrote history, because he is the first ever player from the Czech Republic winning a PDC tour card. Ondrej Kysilka also showed what he is capable of by reaching the quarter finals on day two, but this wasn’t enough for him to earn a PDC tour card. Adam Gawlas, the runner-up of the PDC World Championship youth, only got three points with his best result being a last 64 spot on day four. But, Gawlas might be a player to look out for in the future, since he still is very young.

France
Thibault Tricole was one of the players to watch in my opinion after playing great on the BDO World Championship as first ever French player to make it to a World Championship. He already just missed out a tour card at Q-School 2019. The Frenchman had a great start reaching the last 16 on day one and last 32 on day two and three. Tricole however lost in the last 128 on day four which meant he just like last year just came short of a PDC tour card ending 10th in the European Q-School Order of Merit.

For the full review, including the efforts of Austria, Germany, Poland and many more nations, click here:

http://dartfreakjacco.com/2020/01/20/european-q-school-review-players-from-8-different-countries-won-a-pdc-tour-card/


Jacco Krook is an independent writer he writes at www.dartfreakz.nl as well as on his own site (http://dartfreakjacco.com)

Follow Jacco: @JaccoKrook

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

German Darts Grand Prix – Full Results & Summary


MVG Claimed his 30th European Tour Title in the German Darts Grand Prix
Picture: Michael Cooper

Micheal Van Gerwen claimed another European Tour title, in style, over the weekend. MVG seems almost impervious in these events. After being given a scare by Ted Evetts, in the Qtr-Finals, MVG stepped up the pace defeating Rob Cross & Simon Whitlock for the combined loss of only four legs. The format is relatively short but with full stage & TV/streaming atmosphere. This combination seems to suit the world number one. Perhaps Munich appeals to him his victory ensured he retained he won in 2018.

Other highlights included a superb first-round performance from Nathan Derry and great runs from Max Hopp & Karel Sedlacek. Both players defeated higher ranked players and gave the European crowd added entertainment. Getting to the Semi & Qtr-Finals respectively they also maintained the tradition of upsets in the Euro Tour.

Check out the results below and see how your favourite qualifier got on.

“Slingshot” Nathan Derry defeats Steve Beaton 6-1

First Round
Ritchie Edhouse 6-4 Brendan Dolan
Ted Evetts 6-2 Mark Wilson
Arron Monk 6-3 Marko Puls
Keegan Brown 6-5 Magnus Caris
Ross Smith 6-3 Mark Barilli
Josh Payne 6-2 Jyhan Artut
Karel Sedlacek 6-4 Diogo Portela
Kyle Anderson 6-2 Kevin Munch

Nathan Derry 6-1 Steve Beaton
Stephen Bunting 6-1 Alan Norris
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Martin Schindler
Michael Rasztovits 6-3 Chris Dobey
Kim Huybrechts 6-5 Dragutin Horvat
Ricky Evans 6-5 Gabriel Clemens
Glen Durrant 6-1 Jamie Hughes
Cristo Reyes 6-2 Michael Hurtz

Second Round
Karel Sedlacek 6-4 Ian White
Ted Evetts 6-2 Jonny Clayton
Darren Webster 6-1 Nathan Derry
Stephen Bunting 6-1 Danny Noppert
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Kyle Anderson
Dave Chisnall 6-2 Arron Monk
Kim Huybrechts 6-5 James Wade
Ritchie Edhouse 6-5 Adrian Lewis


Max Hopp 6-3 Keegan Brown
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Krzysztof Ratajski
Rob Cross 6-3 Michael Rasztovits
Ricky Evans 6-0 Michael Smith
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Josh Payne
Joe Cullen 6-5 Glen Durrant
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Cristo Reyes
Ross Smith 6-4 Peter Wright

Max Hopp was the last remaining German player in the GDGP 2019 . Reaching the Semi-Finals.
(Photo: Steve Welsh)

Third Round

Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Stephen Bunting
Ted Evetts 6-4 Ricky Evans
Rob Cross 6-5 Daryl Gurney
Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Karel Sedlacek 6-5 Darren Webster
Max Hopp 6-3 Kim Huybrechts 
Joe Cullen 6-4 Ritchie Edhouse
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Ross Smith 

Quarter-Finals
Michael Van Gerwen 6-5 Ted Evetts
Rob Cross 6-5 Mensur Suljovic
Max Hopp 6-5 Karel Sedlacek
Simon Whitlock 6-1 Joe Cullen

Semi-Finals
Michael van Gerwen 7-1 Rob Cross
Simon Whitlock 7-6 Max Hopp

Final
Michael van Gerwen 8-3 Simon Whitlock

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