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Unibet Home Tour 30: Anderson Shines on Remote Debut.

Gary Anderson enjoyed a perfect night on his Unibet Home Tour debut to win Group 30 on Saturday night.

AFTER SOLVING BROADBAND ISSUES ANDERSON MADE A GREAT START. (PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG) GARY ANDERSON IN ACTION

Two-time World Champion Anderson, who improved his Wi-Fi connection especially to take part in the tournament, took little time in adjusting to the home-staged concept with a 5-1 defeat of Dirk van Duijvenbode in his opener.

Another 5-1 win followed for the Scot, this time over Dimitri Van den Bergh, while Kim Huybrechts also enjoyed back-to-back victories to set up a shoot-out for the group in the final match of the evening.

Anderson ran out a 5-2 winner to book his place in the second phase of the competition.

The Unibet Home Tour continues on Sunday night with Group 31, which will see two-time Grand Slam of Darts champion Gerwyn Price in action.

Unibet Home Tour 
Group 30 – Saturday May 16
Gary Anderson 5-1 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Kim Huybrechts 5-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Kim Huybrechts 5-3 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Gary Anderson 5-1 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Dimitri Van den Bergh 5-0 Dirk van Duijvenbode 
Gary Anderson 5-2 Kim Huybrechts


Featured Pic- PDC

Unibet Home Tour 18: Bunting Eases To Group Win.

Stephen Bunting enjoyed a clean sweep of wins as he topped Group 18 of the Unibet Home Tour on Monday night.

(PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ) STEPHEN BUNTING STEVE BUNTING IN ACTION

Bunting, the highest ranked player in the group, had to recover from 4-2 down to defeat Austrian Harald Leitinger 5-4 in the opening game of the night.

The world number 17 followed it up with a thumping 5-1 win over fellow-former Premier League star Kim Huybrechts, before sealing the group win with another 5-1 success over Nathan Derry.

The Unibet Home Tour continues on Tuesday night with Group 19, which will see Premier League table-topper Glen Durrant in action.

Unibet Home Tour 
Group 18 – Monday May 4
Stephen Bunting 5-4 Harald Leitinger
Kim Huybrechts 5-2 Nathan Derry
Harald Leitinger 5-0 Nathan Derry
Stephen Bunting 5-1 Kim Huybrechts
Kim Huybrechts 5-1 Harald Leitinger
Stephen Bunting 5-1 Nathan Derry

Group 18 table

Group 19 – Tuesday May 5 (1930 BST)
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

Home Players Thrive In Belgian Open!

Brothers Kim and Ronny Huybrechts enjoyed home wins as the 2020 European Tour season got underway on Friday with the first round of the Belgian Darts Championship.

The Brothers Huybrechts are both through after day 1. Pic: PDC

The £140,000 tournament at Expo Hasselt opened with wins for four Belgian hopefuls, as the Huybrechts brothers were joined in the last 32 by Dimitri Van den Bergh and Mike De Decker.

Former World Cup finalist Kim Huybrechts enjoyed a 6-2 win over Ryan Harrington to begin his bid for a third European Tour title.

The Antwerp thrower led 3-0 before Harrington hit back to 3-2, but he crucially missed four darts to level in leg six as Huybrechts capitalised on the let-off to close out victory, setting up a second round tie with Jeffrey de Zwaan.

Elder brother Ronny was in clinical form as he landed six doubles from nine attempts in a big 6-1 win over World Youth Champion Luke Humphries, and he now plays Michael Smith.

DVB completes a Belgian foursome heading further into the Belgian Open. Pic: PDC

Two-time World Youth Champion Van den Bergh picked up a 6-3 win over Derk Telnekes, creating a second round meeting with 2019 Czech Darts Open champion Jamie Hughes.

Youngster De Decker, meanwhile, was a narrow 6-5 winner over Dutchman Ron Meulenkamp, setting up a tasty tie with world number one Michael van Gerwen on Saturday.

There was disappointment, though for Geert De Vos as the qualifier went down 6-2 to Danny Noppert, while Steve West whitewashed newcomer Jeffrey van Edgom 6-0.

2019 Brisbane Darts Masters champion Damon Heta enjoyed a superb European Tour debut with a 6-0 whitewash of Michael Barnard, averaging an impressive 102.48 in the win.

Dirk van Duijvenbode also posted a ton-plus average, seeing off Luke Woodhouse 6-4 with six doubles from ten attempts and a 101.59 average in moving through to meet number two seed Ian White.

Germany’s Gabriel Clemens now plays Krzysztof Ratajski – the winner of last year’s final European Tour event in Gibraltar – in round two after defeating Callan Rydz 6-3.

Steve Lennon defied finishes of 151 an 124 from Rowby-John Rodriguez as he came from 3-2 down to win 6-3 and progress to a second round tie with James Wade.

Mervyn King was a 6-4 winner over Justin Pipe in a clash of former European Tour event winners, securing a meeting with Glen Durrant on Saturday.

Dutch debutant Martijn Kleermaker survived a fightback from 5-1 down by Stephen Bunting before claiming a 6-4 win in his first European Tour appearance, and he now plays Joe Cullen in round two.

Wesley Plaisier was another Dutchman to progress, edging out Slovenia’s Benjamin Pratnemer 6-5 in a tight contest to earn a meeting with world number three Gerwyn Price.

Recent Players Championship winner Ryan Searle was too strong for debutant Darren Penhall with a 6-3 success, setting up a second round tie with Mensur Suljovic.

Steve Beaton now plays Nathan Aspinall in round two after seeing off Hong Kong’s Kai Fan Leung 6-4, while Andy Hamilton made a winning return to the European Tour stage with a 6-5 defeat of Andy Boulton, moving himself through to a meeting with World Champion Peter Wright.

Saturday’s second round will be followed on Sunday by the final day of action as the £140,000 tournament culminates. For tickets, visit www.pdc-europe.tv or purchase at Expo Hasselt.

Coverage of the Belgian Darts Championship is available for all PDCTV Subscribers worldwide, as well as through a series of bookmakers’ websites.

2020 Belgian Darts Championship

Friday February 28

  • First Round
  • Afternoon Session
  • Ryan Searle 6-3 Darren Penhall
  • Andy Hamilton 6-5 Andy Boulton
  • Steve Beaton 6-4 Kai Fan Leung
  • Ronny Huybrechts 6-1 Luke Humphries
  • Damon Heta 6-0 Michael Barnard
  • Wesley Plaisier 6-5 Benjamin Pratnemer
  • Martijn Kleermaker 6-4 Stephen Bunting
  • Mervyn King 6-4 Justin Pipe
  • Evening Session
  • Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-4 Luke Woodhouse
  • Mike De Decker 6-4 Ron Meulenkamp
  • Gabriel Clemens 6-3 Callan Rydz
  • Danny Noppert 6-2 Geert De Vos
  • Kim Huybrechts 6-2 Ryan Harrington
  • Steve Lennon 6-3 Rowby-John Rodriguez
  • Steve West 6-0 Jeffrey van Egdom
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-3 Derk Telnekes

Saturday February 29

  • Second Round
  • Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 GMT)
  • Michael Smith v Ronny Huybrechts
  • Joe Cullen v Martijn Kleermaker
  • Krzysztof Ratajski v Gabriel Clemens
  • Glen Durrant v Mervyn King
  • Rob Cross v Damon Heta
  • Ian White v Dirk van Duijvenbode
  • Jermaine Wattimena v Danny Noppert
  • James Wade v Steve Lennon
  • Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 GMT)
  • Nathan Aspinall v Steve Beaton
  • Gerwyn Price v Wesley Plaisier
  • Peter Wright v Andy Hamilton
  • Michael van Gerwen v Mike De Decker
  • Jeffrey de Zwaan v Kim Huybrechts
  • Jamie Hughes v Dimitri Van den Bergh
  • Mensur Suljovic v Ryan Searle
  • Jonny Clayton v Steve West

ENDS

World Championships Review – Day 10.

Michael van Gerwen continued his William Hill World Championship title defence with a straight sets success over Ricky Evans at London’s Alexandra Palace on Sunday.

WILLIAM HILL PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 ALEXANDRA PALACE LONDON PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND 3 MICHAEL VAN GERWEN V RICKY EVANS MICHAEL VAN GERWEN IN ACTION

The world number one hit more 180s than 140s as he breezed into the last 16 with ten maximums in a typically strong display.

A spirited Evans took van Gerwen to a deciding leg in three of the four sets but the Dutchman struck at the crucial moments to ensure the quickfire 29-year-old did not win a set. 

“I wasn’t really in my comfort zone tonight but I’m happy to get such a big win,” said van Gerwen, who will take on Stephen Bunting after the Christmas break.

“I had to work hard to keep myself concentrated so I am pleased that I did that. I think Ricky’s fast pace helped me and I enjoy playing matches like this.

“Stephen is playing quite well but he is going to have to play the darts of his life to beat me.”

Bunting also claimed a 4-0 triumph earlier in the day, as he made it through to the last 16 of the World Championship for the first time in five years by seeing off Jonny Clayton.

Former Lakeside Champion Bunting secured the opening set without reply courtesy of a 140 finish and defied a 136 checkout and a 14-darter from the Welshman to edge the second 3-2.

WILLIAM HILL PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 ALEXANDRA PALACE LONDON PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND 3 STEPHEN BUNTING V JONNY CLAYTON STEPHEN BUNTING IN ACTION

Clayton took out a 138 combination in the third, which Bunting won 3-1 before the St Helens ace completed the win by edging set four in the fifth leg.

“It was my game plan to start well and stay on top and that is how it turned out,” said Bunting.

“I felt like I played really well and I can enjoy Christmas now and prepare for the next game.”

Nathan Aspinall’s bid to improve on last year’s World Championship semi-final continued with a battling seven-set win over Krzysztof Ratajski.

The opening two sets were shared, with Ratajski edging the second courtesy of a 106 finish in the decider, before Aspinall took the next two with 3-1 and 3-2 scorelines to push towards victory.

Ratajski saved the game by winning set five in a deciding leg, and produced a 13-darter in leg five of the sixth to send the match into a seventh set.

Aspinall, however, pounced on three missed doubles to lead in the final set before accelerating away to seal victory with a 116 checkout.

“I thought I’d won it when I went 3-1 up but he battled back and I had to dig deep,” said the 2019 UK Open Champion.

“I think I’ve shown in my relatively short career that I’ve got the ability to fight when I need to – I had to do that there and I’m really happy to be through.” 

Steve Beaton reached the last 16 of the World Championship for the first time in 16 years with a fabulous victory over James Wade.

WILLIAM HILL PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 ALEXANDRA PALACE LONDON PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND 3 JAMES WADE V STEVE BEATON STEVE BEATON IN ACTION

Former Lakeside Champion Beaton took the first set before coming back from two legs behind to steal set two and take control of the contest.

The next two sets were shared and 55-year-old Beaton won the sixth set 3-1 to complete victory by a margin of four sets to two.

“I had to dig in to get that result,” said the veteran star, who will take on Darius Labanauskas in the fourth round. 

“I’ve had so many bad Christmases but I can go and enjoy it now, knowing that I’m coming back for another game.

“I’ve got to be positive and think I’ve got every chance of getting even further in the tournament.” 

Labanauskas came from 2-1 down to defeat Max Hopp 4-2 as the Lithuanian thrower moved into the last 16 at Alexandra Palace for the first time.

The opening two sets were shared with 3-1 scorelines before Hopp came from a leg down in the third to move 2-1 up in the tie with the aid of a 114 finish.

Labanauskas landed a 12-darter as he won the fourth set 3-1, before taking the fifth without reply and the sixth by a 3-2 margin to punish misses from the German and claim the win.

Kim Huybrechts produced another solid performance to see off Danny Noppert in six sets.

The Belgian ace found himself 2-1 down in sets but bounced back by winning nine out of eleven legs to close out the win, which he sealed with a spectacular 150 checkout. 

WILLIAM HILL PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 ALEXANDRA PALACE LONDON PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND 3 KIM HUYBRECHTS V DANNY NOPPERT KIM HUYBRECHTS IN ACTION

“It was an up and down kind of game but I managed to make it mine,” said Huybrechts, who will face either Luke Humphries or Nico Kurz in the last 16.

“I’m getting closer to my best game and I feel like I have a huge opportunity here but both Luke and Nico will think the same.”

The action continues on Monday with the final two sessions before the Christmas break, featuring six third round ties – including former World Champions Adrian Lewis and Gary Anderson.

Day Ten 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.

William Hill World Darts Championship
Sunday December 22
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)
3x Third Round
Stephen Bunting 4-0 Jonny Clayton
Darius Labanauskas 4-2 Max Hopp
Nathan Aspinall 4-3 Krzysztof Ratajski

Evening Session (1900 GMT)
3x Third Round
Steve Beaton 4-2 James Wade
Kim Huybrechts 4-2 Danny Noppert
Michael van Gerwen 4-0 Ricky Evans

William Hill World Darts Championship
Sunday December 23
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)
3x Third Round
Nico Kurz v Luke Humphries
Adrian Lewis v Darren Webster
Luke Woodhouse v Dimitri van den Bergh

Evening Session (1900 GMT)
3x Third Round
Dave Chisnall v Jeffrey de Zwaan 
Gary Anderson v Ricky Searle
Peter Wright v Seigo Asada 

ENDS

YOUNG SENDS BARNEY INTO RETIREMENT AS CROSS EXITS AT ALLY PALLY.

Raymond van Barneveld’s William Hill World Darts Championship farewell ended in heartbreak with a shock first round exit, while Rob Cross also crashed out at Alexandra Palace on Saturday.

WILLIAM HILL PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 ALEXANDRA PALACE LONDON PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND 1 DARIN YOUNG V RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD GOES OUT OF THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AND BOWS OUT OF DARTS

Van Barneveld’s first round meeting with American Darin Young proved to be the legendary Dutch star’s final professional match as he suffered a 3-1 loss in a nightmare end to his glittering career.

The five-time World Champion had received a hero’s reception from the crowd as he made his way on to the sport’s most famous stage but the night was to end with a cruel defeat.

“The demons won again – I never felt comfortable in the whole match,” admitted van Barneveld, who announced his retirement more than 12 months ago.

“Darin played really well but I could not find anything and I am really disappointed.

“I had practised well and done everything I could to prepare but I didn’t play anything like that on stage. I will never forget or forgive myself for this performance – it has been a nightmare end to a nightmare year.”

Young took the first set 3-1 to pile the pressure on Van Barneveld, who battled back by taking the second set 3-0 but lost the crucial fifth leg in set three to leave himself facing defeat.

The American ace landed another blow with a 160 checkout on the way to taking the first two legs in the fourth set before Van Barneveld forced a decider – only to miss two darts to take the tie to fifth set, which his opponent punished to inflict a devastating loss.

World number two Cross was also left stunned, losing his opener in straight sets to Kim Huybrechts – who moved into round three, having seen off Geert Nentjes on Friday.

WILLIAM HILL PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 ALEXANDRA PALACE LONDON PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND 2 KIM HUYBRECHTS V ROB CROSS KIM HUYBRECHTS IN ACTION

Huybrechts produced checkouts of 116 and 152 in a dominant display over the 2018 World Champion, who looked out-of-sorts throughout the encounter.

“I feel stunned – I can’t really believe it,” admitted the Belgian ace.

“Rob Cross did not turn up at all and I know that but I took my chances and I won. I’m very pleased to win.

“I was strong in my mind against one of the best players in the world and I’m proud of how I fought for that victory.”

Luke Humphries joined Huybrechts in the third round after winning an Ally Pally classic against Jermaine Wattimena in a dramatic duel that went down to sudden-death shootout.

After seeing off Devon Petersen on Friday night, Humphries completed a memorable 24 hours with another impressive display.

Wattimena won the first set without dropping a leg and took the first leg in set two but Humphries stormed back by claiming the next three legs in just 35 darts to level up the tie.

The following two sets were shared before the final set reached a tiebreak, in which Wattimena looked to have taken pole position when he punished Humphries for a missed matched dart.

The recently-crowned PDC Unicorn World Youth Champion hit back from 5-4 down, taking out 96 before landing tops to seal glory. 

WILLIAM HILL PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 ALEXANDRA PALACE LONDON PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND 2 JERMAINE WATTIMENA V LUKE HUMPHRIES LUKE HUMPHRIES IN ACTION

“That was the most thrilling game I’ve ever played in,” said Humphries. “I’d love to say I stayed calm and composed but I didn’t feel that way up on the stage. I do think I found the right things at the right time.

“I’m over the moon to have won that match and I showed a lot of bottle – that’s what you need to win titles like this.

“I love playing here. I love the feeling I get when I am playing on the Ally Pally stage and that is the best game I’ve ever been part of.”

Zoran Lerchbacher also upset the odds to win despite missing several match darts against Jamie Hughes.

After the first four sets were shared, Lerchbacher took a two-leg lead in the decider but squandered eight darts to seal the match, allowing Hughes to force a sudden-death shoot-out which the Austrian won on double eight.

Mark McGeeney enjoyed a debut victory as he fended off the challenge of Canada’s Matt Campbell to progress to round two.

Former Lakeside Championship finalist McGeeney won each of the first two sets 3-1 before a stunning 147 finish helped Campbell halve the match deficit.

The fourth set went down to a deciding leg, which saw McGeeney wrap up the win by landing tops.

Luke Woodhouse produced an assured performance to earn a comfortable World Championship debut victory over veteran ace Paul Lim.

65-year-old Lim checked out 160 in the first leg but that was to be as good as it got for the legendary Singapore star as Woodhouse finished 81, 109 and 87 to to take the opening set.

Emerging star Woodhouse also won the following two sets 3-1 to set up a second round meeting with last year’s runner-up Michael Smith.

Darius Labanauskas breezed to a straight sets victory over Matthew Edgar, who failed to recover from losing the first seven legs.

The Lithuanian talent hit three 180s in a dominant display to defeat Edgar in the opening round for the second successive year.

Japan’s Yuki Yamada claimed a debut win over Ryan Meikle, who was also appearing at Alexandra Palace for the first time.

Meikle took the first set in a decider but Yamada won the crucial fifth legs in sets two and three before clinching the fourth set 3-1 to earn a notable victory.

The William Hill World Championship continues on Sunday with two sessions of first and second round ties, as last year’s runner-up Smith and Lakeside Women’s Champion Mikuru Suzuki join the action.

Day Two 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.

William Hill World Darts Championship

Saturday December 14

Afternoon Session

Darius Labanauskas 3-0 Matthew Edgar (First Round)

Yuki Yamada 3-1 Ryan Meikle (First Round)

Luke Woodhouse 3-0 Paul Lim (First Round)

Luke Humphries 3-2 Jermaine Wattimena (Second Round)

Evening Session

Mark McGeeney 3-1 Matt Campbell (First Round)

Zoran Lerchbacher 3-2 Jamie Hughes (First Round)

Darin Young 3-1 Raymond van Barneveld (First Round)

Kim Huybrechts 3-0 Rob Cross (Second Round)

Sunday December 15

Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)

3x First Round, 1x Second Round

Kyle Anderson v Xiaochen Zong (First Round)

Ross Smith v Ciaran Teehan (First Round)

Brendan Dolan v Nitin Kumar (First Round)

Ian White v Labanauskas/Edgar (Second Round)

Evening Session (1900 GMT)

3x First Round, 1x Second Round

Arron Monk v Jose Justicia (First Round)

Andy Boulton v Danny Baggish (First Round)

James Richardson v Mikuru Suzuki (First Round)

Michael Smith v Woodhouse/Lim (Second Round)

ENDS

World Championships: Day 1 Review.

Michael van Gerwen survived a scare from Dutch rival Jelle Klaasen as he opened his title defence on Day One of the 2019/20 William Hill World Darts Championship at London’s Alexandra Palace on Friday.

WILLIAM HILL PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 ALEXANDRA PALACE LONDON PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND 2 MICHAEL VAN GERWEN V JELLE KLAASEN MICHAEL VAN GERWEN IN ACTION

The opening day of darts’ biggest event saw Van Gerwen recover from a set down to prevent an upset win for Klaasen, who defeated Northern Ireland’s Kevin Burness in the first game of the tournament.

Van Gerwen landed match-changing finishes of 170 and 130 on his way to victory, with the world number one now set to enjoy a nine-day break from the festive feast of darts before returing for round three.

“I think I played a poor game, it wasn’t there tonight,” admitted a frustrated Van Gerwen.

“I was trying really hard, probably too hard but I’m through and that’s all that matters.

“I’ve been working really hard to play well in this tournament so for me to perform like this is hard for me to take.

“But even when you’re not playing well you have to hit the big shots at the right time and I managed to do that tonight.”

The opening set saw Van Gerwen surrender a two-leg lead, as Klaasen took out 116 to take a surprise lead.

Klaasen then broke throw in the next set and was throwing to double his lead in sets, only for Van Gerwen to land a 170 checkout to turn the match on its head.

The third set saw Van Gerwen land a 130 checkout with Klaasen sat on a finish, which set the three-time World Champion up to win four of the last five legs.

Earlier in the night, Luke Humphries enjoyed a winning return to the scene of his sensational run to the quarter-finals 12 months ago with a hard-fought 3-1 win over Devon Petersen.

WILLIAM HILL PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 ALEXANDRA PALACE LONDON PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND 1 LUKE HUMPHRIES V DEVON PETERSEN LUKE HUMPHRIES IN ACTION

Humphries, who ended Rob Cross’ reign as World Champion at last year’s event, landed four ton-plus finishes including a game-changing 160 checkout in the final set.

A strong showing from South African Petersen saw the pressure piled on Humphries throughout, but the recently-crowned World Youth Champion found a number of last dart in hand finishes to set up a round two meeting with Jermaine Wattimena on Saturday.

“That was a really hard game to win, Devon made life very difficult for me up there,” said a relieved Humphries.

“Devon was outscoring me but my doubles were good, and just like Michael van Gerwen I hit the doubles when I needed them most.

“I’ve got some good memories here from last year and there was a little bit of pressure on me because I don’t want people to think last year was a one-off.

“I didn’t score well tonight but I know that’s a one-off for me and tomorrow we will see a much better performance from myself.”

Day One also saw former World Championship quarter-finalist Kim Huybrechts came through an intense battle with Geert Nentjes, winning 3-2 to set up a second round meeting with Rob Cross on Saturday.

WILLIAM HILL PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 ALEXANDRA PALACE LONDON PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND 1 KIM HUYBRECHTS V GEERT NENTJES KIM HUYBRECHTS IN ACTION

A game which saw six ton-plus checkouts, including a 164 from Huybrechts, saw the Belgian snatch the first set from Nentjes before the Dutch youngster took the next two to lead 2-1.

Huybrechts battled back to take the tie to a fifth set, and the former World Cup finalist held his nerve in the decider to make it through to the last 64.

The William Hill World Championship continues on Saturday with two sessions of first and second round action, as Raymond van Barneveld begins his farewell tournament against America’s Darin Young.

Day Two 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 13
3x First Round, 1x Second Round
Jelle Klaasen 3-1 Kevin Burness (First Round)
Kim Huybrechts 3-2 Geert Nentjes (First Round)
Luke Humphries 3-1 Devon Petersen (First Round)
Michael van Gerwen 3-1 Jelle Klaasen (Second Round)

Saturday December 14
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)
3x First Round, 1x Second Round
Darius Labanauskas v Matthew Edgar (First Round)
Ryan Meikle v Yuki Yamada (First Round)
Luke Woodhouse v Paul Lim (First Round)
Jermaine Wattimena v Luke Humphries (Second Round)

Evening Session (1900 GMT)
3x First Round, 1x Second Round
Mark McGeeney v Matt Campbell (First Round)
Jamie Hughes v Zoran Lerchbacher (First Round)
Raymond van Barneveld v Darin Young (First Round)
Rob Cross v Kim Huybrechts (Second Round)

ENDS

Austrian Darts Open – Preview & Draw.

FORMER European Tour winners Raymond van Barneveld, Kim Huybrechts, Steve Beaton and Mervyn King will be in action on Friday’s opening day of the 2019 Austrian Darts Open.

Unibet World Grand Prix - Night Two Round-Up
Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

The £140,000 tournament sees 48 players competing at the Premstättner Halle in Graz from May 3-5, with the action streamed through video.pdc.tv and bookmakers’ websites worldwide.

Friday’s first round will see the 32 qualifiers competing across two sessions, with the 16 seeded players entering the action in round two on Saturday.

Five-time World Champion Van Barneveld will headline Friday’s action as he takes on Mark Wilson, with the Dutchman having won through to the last 16 at the German Darts Open last weekend.

Belgian ace Huybrechts faces UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall in arguably the tie of the first round, while King will play Devon Petersen and Beaton meets Mark Barilli.

Wednesday’s Players Championship 14 winner Jeffrey de Zwaan will play Benjamin Fasching, who was one of four Host Nation Qualifiers to come through Thursday’s knockouts for Austrian players in Graz.

Stephen Bunting, Wednesday’s runner-up to De Zwaan, will play Patrick van den Boogaard, who was one of two West & South Europe Qualifiers to make it through Thursday’s knockouts.

The 16 seeded players who will enter in Saturday’s second round are headlined by World Champion Michael van Gerwen, who has won three of the four European Tour events held already in 2019.

German Darts Championship winner Daryl Gurney will also be in action, alongside Austrian favourite Mensur Suljovic and former World Champions Rob Cross and Adrian Lewis.

HNQ1 – Dietmar Burger

HNQ2 – Michael Rasztovits

HNQ3 – Benjamin Fasching

HNQ4 – Patrick Tringler

WSEQ1 – Patrick van den Boogaard

WSEQ2 – Diogo Portela

2019 Austrian Darts Open

Tournament Draw Bracket – Second Round Onwards

(1) Michael van Gerwen v Jamie Bain/Steve Lennon

(16) Darren Webster v Stephen Bunting/Patrick van den Boogaard

(8) Peter Wright v Andrew Gilding/Chris Dobey

(9) Jonny Clayton v Dietmar Burger/Tytus Kanik

(5) Adrian Lewis v Diogo Portela/Ryan Searle

(12) Dave Chisnall v Kim Huybrechts/Nathan Aspinall

(4) Daryl Gurney v Boris Koltsov/Johan Engstrøm

(13) Joe Cullen v Mark Webster/Dirk van Duijvenbode

(2) Gerwyn Price v Ross Smith/John Henderson

(15) Ricky Evans v Darius Labanauskas/Michael Rasztovits

(7) Mensur Suljovic v Raymond van Barneveld/Mark Wilson

(10) James Wade v Mervyn King/Devon Petersen

(6) Rob Cross v Jeffrey de Zwaan/Benjamin Fasching

(11) Michael Smith v Mark Barilli/Steve Beaton

(3) Ian White v Jamie Hughes/Patrick Tringler

(14) Max Hopp v Conan Whitehead/Keegan Brown

Schedule of Play

Friday May 3

First Round

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)   

Conan Whitehead v Keegan Brown

Boris Koltsov v Johan Engstrøm

Jamie Bain v Steve Lennon

Dietmar Burger v Tytus Kanik

Stephen Bunting v Patrick van den Boogaard

Ross Smith v John Henderson

Darius Labanauskas v Michael Rasztovits

Mark Webster v Dirk van Duijvenbode

Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST)

Mark Barilli v Steve Beaton

Andrew Gilding v Chris Dobey

Diogo Portela v Ryan Searle

Kim Huybrechts v Nathan Aspinall

Jamie Hughes v Patrick Tringler

Raymond van Barneveld v Mark Wilson

Mervyn King v Devon Petersen

Jeffrey de Zwaan v Benjamin Fasching

Saturday May 4

Second Round

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)

Ricky Evans v Labanauskas/Rasztovits

Joe Cullen v M Webster/Van Duijvenbode

Michael Smith v Barilli/Beaton

Daryl Gurney v Koltsov/Engstrøm

Dave Chisnall v Huybrechts/Aspinall

Jonny Clayton v Burger/Kanik

Adrian Lewis v Portela/Searle

Darren Webster v Bunting/Van den Boogaard

Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST)

Gerwyn Price v R Smith/Henderson

Rob Cross v De Zwaan/Fasching

Peter Wright v Gilding/Dobey

Michael van Gerwen v Bain/Lennon

James Wade v King/Petersen

Mensur Suljovic v Van Barneveld/Wilson

Ian White v Hughes/Tringler

Max Hopp v Whitehead/Brown

Sunday May 5

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)

Third Round

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.

Prize Fund

Winner: £25,000

Runner-up: £10,000

Semi-Finalists: £6,500

Quarter-Finalists: £5,000

Last 16: £3,000

Last 32: £2,000

Last 48: £1,000

Total: £140,000

ENDS

2017 World Cup of Darts quarter-finals report.

2017 World Cup of Darts – Quarter-finals report – Netherlands set up England rematch

2017 World Cup of Darts quarter-finals report.
2017 World Cup of Darts quarter-finals report: Champions England edged out Austria to reach the semis.
Photo: Lawrence Lustig / PDC

England and Netherlands meet again

Reigning champions England marched on into the semis, after edging out Austria, and have set up a clash with the Netherlands in a rematch of last year’s final. Meanwhile, other seeded nations Belgium and Wales came through their respective duels to face off in the top half of the draw later in the evening.

The afternoon session saw plenty of thrilling action, and included a 170 checkout and the second-highest ever televised average!

Read on below for Sam Barnard‘s 2017 World Cup of Darts quarter-finals report in further depth…

Singapore v Belgium

After seeing his older brother Ronny Huybrechts throw the highest ever TV average by a Belgian (115.62), recorded on Saturday afternoon, Kim was determined to not only topple Singapore’s Paul Lim in the first singles match but his sibling’s record too!

In the end, he did both, beating 63-year-old Lim – who played his part in a thrilling opening clash of the session by averaging over 100 – and being just one dart on double 18 away from breaking Michael van Gerwen’s world record of 123.40.

Kim’s effort of 121.97 is still the second-highest televised average, and he certainly gave his nation a great confidence-boosting start after winning 4-1.

However, a below-par Ronny couldn’t capitalise as Harith Lim (not related to Paul) claimed a crucial 4-2 victory, with two ton-plus checkouts along the way, to set up a doubles decider.

Ronny certainly turned up in this battle, and was the better of the four players this time around to help inspire Belgium to a 4-2 win and a place in the semi-finals.

Russia v Wales

Up next were Russia and Wales, and Gerwyn Price certainly didn’t enjoy his 4-1 win over Aleksandr Oreshkin, whose slow and unorthodox style seemed to frustrate the Iceman at times.

But his victory gave Wales a 1-0 lead in the quarter-final and took some of the pressure off teammate Mark Webster, who hadn’t had the best of tournaments prior to this match.

However, The Spider made light work of Boris Koltsov to whitewash him 4-0, and thus avoid having to face a doubles decider.

Wales now take on fellow seeds Belgium in the semis later in the day, with both aiming to reach the final for the second time.

England v Austria

Mensur Suljovic wowed the crowd by firing in the first 170 checkout of the 2017 World Cup of Darts to break Adrian Lewis early and go 2-0 up in their singles fixture.

The super Serbian-born arrowsmith soon finished the job to defeat Jackpot 4-0.

That meant that debutant Dave Chisnall, who also led the way for England against Gibraltar in the first round, had to keep them in it again.

Chizzy showed his ability and calmness in his 4-1 victory over Rowby-John Rodriguez, and took advantage of poor counting by the young Austrian.

But like Ronny Huybrechts for Belgium, Lewis put his poor singles performance behind him to help England to a crucial break in the third leg which put them 2-1 up with a fine 129 finish on bullseye.

Jackpot was unable to hit the same target in the following leg, however, which allowed Suljovic to break back and put Austria back on the front foot.

Lewis was able to finish the next two legs, though, and guide his nation into yet another semi-final.

Germany v Netherlands

Young Martin Schindler started off in the best possible fashion, hitting a 180 on his first throw and eventually winning the leg to immediately break Michael van Gerwen.

He took the next leg too, but Mighty Mike went up a level and took the next four legs in a row to win 4-2.

That meant that Raymond van Barneveld had the chance to wrap up the tie against Max Hopp.

It certainly didn’t go the darting giant’s way at first either, as Hopp went 2-0 up, but Barney was able to take the next three legs and go just a leg from putting the Netherlands through to the semis.

However, after missing two darts on double to win, Hopp took advantage and took out a crucial 105 checkout to level the scores to 3-3.

Maximiser then held his nerve to set up a doubles decider in thrilling fashion.

The Netherlands were briefly troubled in the middle of the doubles encounter, but in the end ran out 4-1 winners to set up a crunch clash with England in the semis.

Results

Singapore 1-2 Belgium
Paul Lim 1-4 Kim Huybrechts
Harith Lim 4-2 Ronny Huybrechts
Doubles: 2-4

Russia 0-2 Wales
Aleksandr Oreshkin 1-4 Gerwyn Price
Boris Koltsov 0-4 Mark Webster

England 2-1 Austria
Adrian Lewis 0-4 Mensur Suljovic
Dave Chisnall 4-1 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Doubles: 4-2

Germany 1-2 Netherlands
Martin Schindler 2-4 Michael van Gerwen
Max Hopp 4-3 Raymond van Barneveld
Doubles: 1-4

Huybrechts To Miss Betway Premier League In Cardiff

Huybrechts To Miss Betway Premier League In Cardiff

Huybrechts To Miss Betway Premier League In Cardiff

Huybrechts To Miss Betway Premier League In Cardiff

KIM HUYBRECHTS is to miss the Betway Premier League Night Nine in Cardiff on Thursday.

The Belgian was set to play his final game of the season before elimination against Peter Wright at the Motorpoint Arena, but has withdrawn for family reasons.

Huybrechts has informed the PDC that he is unable to travel to the UK, in order to remain with his terminally ill mother in Belgium during her final hours.

As the withdrawal comes in Week Nine and with Huybrechts already eliminated from the event, under the tournament rules the game will not be rescheduled.

Peter Wright will now be awarded a 7-0 win, and will not compete in Cardiff on Thursday.

“We all send our best wishes to Kim and his family during what is a particularly difficult period,” said PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter.

“This was not the way that Kim wanted his Betway Premier League season to end, but the needs of his family are foremost at this time.”

The revised order of play for Thursday’s Betway Premier League will now be as follows:

Betway Premier League
Night Nine – Thursday March 30
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Phil Taylor v Jelle Klaasen
Gary Anderson v Adrian Lewis
Raymond van Barneveld v James Wade
Michael van Gerwen v Dave Chisnall