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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Main Stage, Stage Two & Stages Three-Eight
Saturday March 7 (1530 GMT start)
Main Stage, Stage Two & Stages Three-Four
Main Stage & Stage Two
Sunday March 8
Afternoon Session (1245 GMT start)
Evening Session (1900 GMT start)
Semi-Finals & Final
First, Second & Third Rounds – Best of 11 legs
Fourth, Fifth & Sixth Rounds & Quarter-Finals – Best of 19 legs
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.
Jacco Krookis 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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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