MVG Claims UK Open Crown – World No.1 Edges Out Iceman After 9-Dart Glory.

Michael van Gerwen followed a sensational nine-dart finish with a third Ladbrokes UK Open title in a glorious Sunday at the Butlin’s Minehead Resort as he defeated Gerwyn Price 11-9 in the final.

LADBROKES UK OPEN 2020 BUTLINS RESORT, MINEHEAD, PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG FINAL MICHAEL VAN GERWEN V GERWYN PRICE MICHAEL VAN GERWEN WINS

Van Gerwen had endured three months without a tournament win since claiming November’s Players Championship Finals title in Minehead with a comeback defeat of Price.

He had also landed a nine-darter during that event, and repeated the feat with a perfect leg during his 11-3 semi-final romp against Daryl Gurney.

Van Gerwen had earlier averaged almost 111 in his quarter-final defeat of Rob Cross, and came from 5-1 down against Price in the final to scoop the £100,000 title and complete a UK Open hat-trick.

“It’s an incredible win and it means a lot to me to win this tournament,” said Van Gerwen. “I’ve had a phenomenal tournament and the pressure was on me.

“It was a hard day for me, I had to play three Premier League players and it was not easy but I played really good darts and didn’t do a lot wrong.

“The nine-darter was fantastic but with the way I was playing it was just a matter of time. That’s just one leg though and I had to keep my focus.

“Gerwyn had his chances in the final but I took good advantage and I never missed a chance. That was important, so I only can be happy with this.”

Michael van Gerwen (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)
Pic: PDC/L Lustig

Van Gerwen opened the final with a 180 as a 13-darter gave him the lead, only for Price to clinically storm into a 5-1 lead, with his accuracy on tops including checkouts of 105 and 97 as he moved clear.

Van Gerwen punished missed doubles from the Welshman in three of the next four legs as he pulled back to 6-4, and after a 13-darter from Price the world number one capitalised on four further misses to reduce the gap to 7-6.

A tense 14th leg saw another four misses allow Van Gerwen a let-off as the Dutchman levelled on double two, and when a further two darts at double went astray from the Welshman, he saw his rival edge 8-7 up.

Checkouts of 136 and 97 moved Van Gerwen to the brink of victory at 10-7, and though Price replied with finishes of 94 and 80 the Welshman was unable to keep his hopes alive as a missed bull allowed his rival to take out 66 for glory.

Van Gerwen had gone through the first two months of the year without a tournament win for the first time in nine years, with a change of darts leading to mounting discussion over the world number one’s form.

“This was a really important win for me,” added Van Gerwen. “It’s nothing to do with my darts and everyone knows that.

“If I play my game, no-one will beat me and I showed that today, but I need to do that more regularly. I can say whatever I want, but you have to show it on the dartboard.

“In this tournament I showed I was the best – my strength is keeping players under pressure leg after leg, and I did that today.

“Of course you put extra pressure on yourself. I played four Premier League players in the tournament and I didn’t have the most easy draw, but to do this well and win this title means a lot to me.

“It feels good and I want to win more.”

Gerwyn Price & Michael van Gerwen (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)
Gerwyn Price reached the final,after a strong weekend, but was edged out 9-11 after a dramatic match

The defeat for Price saw him lose out in the UK Open final for a second time in four years, following his 2017 reverse to Peter Wright, as he missed out on a third televised title.

However, the Dutchman’s superb displays in defeating Dimitri Van den Bergh and Jonny Clayton with averages above 102 showed his status as a leading challenger for the sport’s top honours.

“Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, but I’ll move onto the next one,” said Price. “I think Michael would agree that I probably lost that game.

“I bombed numerous opportunities – my scoring game was there but in three or four legs I bombed doubles. I could have been 9-6 up, but that’s the way darts goes.

“If I hit my doubles, I think possibly I am the best player in the world – but at the moment Michael’s there.”

Daryl Gurney (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)
Daryl Gurnet fought to regain his elite form after a tough start to 2020.
Pic: L Lustig PDC

Gurney secured his spot in a second UK Open semi-final with a narrow 10-9 win over Jelle Klaasen in a dramatic last eight contest, with the Dutchman leading 6-4 before losing out in the deciding leg.

Clayton also won through a tight quarter-final, surviving eight missed match darts from Jamie Hughes in their contest, despite the Tipton thrower coming back from 5-1 down to take the game all the way.

Hughes was appearing in his first quarter-final at a PDC televised event, while Klaasen had reached the last eight for the first time in a televised event for over three years in an encouraging return to form.

2019 UK Open finalist Cross and Belgium’s Van den Bergh completed the quarter-final line-up, with the latter having enjoyed his best run in the tournament as he reached the last eight.

2020 Ladbrokes UK Open
Sunday March 8
Afternoon Session 

Quarter-Finals
Gerwyn Price 10-5 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Michael van Gerwen 10-4 Rob Cross
Daryl Gurney 10-9 Jelle Klaasen
Jonny Clayton 10-9 Jamie Hughes

Evening Session 
Semi-Finals
Gerwyn Price 11-4 Jonny Clayton
Michael van Gerwen 11-3 Daryl Gurney – Michael van Gerwen hits nine-darter

Final
Michael van Gerwen 11-9 Gerwyn Price


Pics – L Lustig (PDC)

MVG Adds to 9-Dart Tally – World No.1 Has Perfect Moment vs Superchin.

Micheal van Gerwen ensured that Johnny Clayton would not claim all the ‘9-Dart’ glory at this year’s UK Open. This year’s, Ladbrokes sponsored, event witnessed a second perfect leg during the Semi-Final between MVG and Daryl Gurney.

Micheal, who recently started using new darts after switching to Winmau, has seemed a little up and down so far in the 2020 season, with good averages and wins on occasion but some unexpected, and below par, defeats.

The World No.1 went on to claim the match 10-3 and move into the final where he would take on Welshman Gerwyn price.


Darts Finds New Lowe! Jason Shows His Talent.

Could another Lowe join the ranks of darting royalty?

It’s more than a dozen years since a dart player names Lowe was making TV headlines, this weekend the Ladbrokes UK Open featured a certain J. Lowe. No, not a comeback from the legendary ‘Old Stoneface’, but a superb effort from a Black Country darter named Jason!

For quite a while I have been telling anyone who would listen, and a few who wont, about an unusual dart player. He was brought to my attention four or five years ago. A number of players, who play in a very high quality darts area, and others whom I respect, said that there was one player who was head and shoulders above the rest of them and that he would manage the PDC with ease!

When I asked why I had not heard of him, or what he had won, I was met with some strange replies. “He doesn’t play opens” or “He just plays league darts” and lastly “…he doesn’t seem bothered”. Lowe seemed happy as a carpenter / builder, and wary of the commitment required to take darts more seriously. However, he was being slowly persuaded and it looked like he may come to that years’s Q School.

Again however events did not play out. Despite a decent spell within the BDO, he qualified for the World Masters and narrowly missed out on Lakeside, he still did not attend Q School that year.

Jason Lowe – Gained a tour card at this year’s Q School.

Having checked closely with a couple of other high level players I decided to keep an eye out for this ‘resurgent star’. I was even approached to offer advice on how to prepare for the change in intensity, preparation, match duration and standard. Thus it’s fair to say I have always had an interest in the success, or otherwise, of Jason Lowe!

Jason had played in PDC events as far back as 2006, indeed he had reached a Pro Tour Qtr Final, but there was no where enough money in the lower levels of the game to consider a professional career. He thus returned to his day job as a builder and carpenter. This seemed to be the reason for his supposed reluctance to step forward and have another go.

2017 proved to be the turning point, Jason entered Q School and made the attempt to gain a Pro-Tour Card. This provided me with a better opportunity to look at what all the fuss had been about. Strangely I found myself in the opposite corner at least once! It did not take long to see what Lowe was capable of. He ran to the last thirty-two, defeating several quality players, on the first day.

Colin Osborne brought Lowe’s initial Q School effort to a close in 2017.

The rest of Q School did not go so well and Lowe failed to get a card. Jason tried again in 2018 and again came up short. However, the opportunity to play the 2018 Challenge Tour did not pass him by! The first weekend of that year’s tour provided the Cradley Heath man with a Semi Final appearance and he began to settle.

Next up were the UK Open Qualifiers and the following TV event. Lowe seemed to finally find that performance level that all those sources told me was natural too him. After picking up a few qualifying £’s the (then) 47 year old produced a superb run to the Semi-Final. A Qtr final thrashing of Adrian Lewis should have sent a signal to those on the look out for new/blossoming talent.

Lowe made his PDC major debut the next month, and performed steadily, he reached the last thirty-two. This seemed to be the start of somthing significant. He hit the gas on the Challenge Tour reaching a final and then repeated that form on the Pro Tour. Over the next couple of months he performed well at every PDC tour including reaching the later stages of a European Tour event.

Then it all stopped. Jason did not play the tour again during 2018 and nothing is recorded for the 2019 season. Jason’s disapearance mirrored the rise and ‘fall’ of another midlander from a few years before and many feared another ‘Scott Rand’ situation.

Remarkably the situation has completely reversed again. At the last minute Jason decided to enter Q School 2020. He had a decent run on day one and blitzed through to claim an automatic card at the second attempt.

Lowe seems to relish playing Jackpot and proved so again at the 2020 UK Open.

He has started the Pro Tour well and pocketed £3,500 from the early events. Yet again though, it was the UK Open that has kick started his return to the fore. He came nicely through the early section until drawing Jackpot (Adrian Lewis), not for the first time Jason brushed him aside (10-4) advancing to a tie with MVG!

Jason suffered early and went down 0-5 in session one. Its not unusual for the lesser known player to get off to a slow start, what happened next was unusual. Lowe hit back and levelled the score at 5-5. The rest of the match was nip and tuck but the forty-nine year old probably edged it. At the last moment, in the deciding leg, Lowe hit a big 4 while attempting an 86 finish and did not earn a dart to win the match. The vastly experience MVG closed out with minimal fuss.

PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN IN ACTION

Despite the sad ending, it may be that the UK Open is a fresh launch for the career of another Back Country darter.

Jason Lowe is exceedingly calm, appears unruffled by anything and has a simple but very interesting throw. Could it be that, after twenty plus years, the PDC has found another supreme darter with the surname Lowe?


Watch Clayton’s Magic Moment: 9- Dart Perfection at Ladbrokes UK Open

Jonny Clayton landed his first nine-darter in a televised tournament as he won through to the Ladbrokes UK Open quarter-finals on Saturday.

Clayton Claims 9! (PDC)

The Welshman achieved the feat in leg 12 of his 10-8 win over Chris Dobey in Saturday evening’s sixth round at the Butlin’s Minehead Resort, following two 180s with a 141 checkout.

He went on to win the game – despite Dobey’s brave fightback from 5-0 down to pull back to 9-8 with finishes of 117 and 104 – to move into the last eight for the first time in the UK Open, where he now challenges for the £100,000 title in Sunday’s final stages.


Clayton Ends UK Open 9 Dart Drought.

Johnny Clayton landed his first nine-darter in a televised tournament as he won through to the Ladbrokes UK Open quarter-finals on Saturday.

Hollywood left himself to much to do in the final reel.
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG

The Welshman achieved the feat in leg 12 of his 10-8 win over Chris Dobey in Saturday evening’s sixth round at the Butlin’s Minehead Resort, following two 180s with a 141 checkout.

He went on to win the game – despite Dobey’s brave fightback from 5-0 down to pull back to 9-8 with finishes of 117 and 104 – to move into the last eight for the first time in the UK Open, where he now challenges for the £100,000 title in Sunday’s final stages.

“It’s a very special moment for me and I’m chuffed to bits,” said Clayton, who defeated Joe Cullen 10-4 earlier on Saturday in round four. “There were loads of Welsh fans watching too, which was great.

“I’ve never hit one in a tournament before – I’ve had a few in practice but only my dog was watching, so to do it in front of a crowd has shown that I can do it.”

PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG JONNY CLAYTON IN ACTION

Clayton is now aiming to claim his maiden televised title on Sunday, and added: “I’m on the big stage tomorrow and I can’t wait. I’ve done well here before and I’d love to go all the way.”

Clayton’s nine-darter was the ninth in the history of the UK Open, and the first since Michael van Gerwen achieved the feat in 2016.

It was also the second in a televised event inside a fortnight, following Michael Smith’s nine-darter in the Premier League in Dublin, as well as being the 13th in a PDC event so far in 2020.

Clayton was joined in winning through to the quarter-finals by fellow Welshman Gerwyn Price, who edged out Germany’s Gabriel Clemens 10-9 by landing an 11-darter in the deciding leg of their contest.

Price, who turned 35 on Saturday, is aiming to win his third televised title by claiming UK Open glory, and said: “It’s a nice birthday present for me!

“I’ve played well in all three games I’ve played so far but in the first two I took my chances. I missed some doubles early on in this game and he got in front of me.

“He was full of confidence and played well but I stuck in there and I’m thankful that I had such a good last leg. I’m through and I can look forward to Sunday now.”

Jamie Hughes booked his place in a first quarter-final at a televised PDC event with a 10-5 defeat of Mensur Suljovic.


ENDS

UK Open – Fifth Round Draw. Snakebite To Battle Diamond White.

The Fifth Round of the UK Open will commence tomorrow afternoon. The draw has thrown up another interesting set of matches. The highlights could be Peter Wright vs Ian White, Simon Whitlock vs Chris Dobey and Rob Cross vs Micheal Smith.

Back to Form?
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG
STEPHEN BUNTING IN ACTION

Several players are showing signs of a return to their best for this event. Alan Tabern has come through some tough matches to reach the last 32 and a lash with Stephen Bunting. Jelle Klaasen is also going nicely so far.

MVG, fresh from knocking out reigning UK Open Champion Nathan Aspinall, will take on Jason Lowe. Black Country player Lowe has been performing very well since regaining his tour card and Micheal would be wise to not underestimate him.

Full Draw: Round 5

PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG MICHAEL VAN GERWEN IN ACTION

Main Stage
Simon Whitlock v Chris Dobey
Jason Lowe v Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright v Ian White
Rob Cross v Michael Smith

Stage Two
William O’Connor v Daryl Gurney
Gerwyn Price v Ricky Evans
James Wade v Kim Huybrechts
Gary Anderson v Simon Stevenson

Stage Three
Jonny Clayton v Joe Cullen
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Mensur Suljovic
Stephen Bunting v Alan Tabern
Matthew Edgar v Dimitri Van den Bergh

Stage Four
Martin Atkins v Jamie Hughes
Jelle Klaasen v Steve West
Kyle McKinstry v Martin Schindler
Andy Boulton v Gabriel Clemens


Uk Open Underway – Results and Round Up.

The Ladbrokes UK Open is underway in its 2020 iteration. Lisa Ashton has fallen at the first fence, defeated by Mike de Decker, and Fallon Sherrock has also been knocked out. Former World Champion Scott Waites has made a strong start and has already claimed two victories. Adam Smith Neale joins the list of the early departed, Callan Rydz defeated the former Winmau World Master six – three.

Waites is moving through the field strongly on day one.

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 6-2 Lisa Ashton (R1)
Scott Waites 6-4 Damon Heta (R1)
Kyle McKinstry 6-1 Fallon Sherrock (R1)
Mark McGeeney 6-5 Scott Baker (R2)
John Michael 6-5 Jeff Smith (R2)
Kevin Doets 6-3 David Pallett (R2)
Kyle McKinstry 6-4 Jason Heaver (R2)
Luke Humphries v Kyle Anderson (R3)
Kim Huybrechts v Robert Thornton (R3)
Josh Payne v Luke Woodhouse (R3)

LIGHTS, CAMERA - BUT NO ACTION
Photo; DG Media/PDC Europe

Stage Two
Cody Harris 6-5 Scott Taylor (R1)
Kai Fan Leung 6-3 Kelvin Self (R1)
Karel Sedlacek 6-0 Adam Hunt (R1)
Alan Tabern 6-2 Keane Barry (R1)
Andy Hamilton 6-3 Patrick Lynskey (R1)
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-0 Marko Kantele (R2)
Scott Waites 6-1 Geert Nentjes (R2)
Mike De Decker 6-5 Daniel Larsson (R2)
Bradley Brooks 6-2 Nick Kenny (R2)
Ryan Searle 6-5 Cristo Reyes (R3)
William O’Connor 6-2 Jan Dekker (R3)
Vincent van der Voort v John Michael (R3)
William Borland v Mike De Decker (R3)

Czech star Karel Sedlacek claimed a strong win over Barrie Bates 6-2. Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Stage Three
Steffen Siepmann 6-4 Krzysztof Kciuk (R1)
Peter Jacques 6-4 Ciaran Teehan (R1)
Steve Brown 6-5 Michael Barnard (R1)
Daniel Larsson 6-5 Ryan Meikle (R1)
Harry Ward 6-5 Gavin Carlin (R2)
Kai Fan Leung 6-2 Kirk Shepherd (R2)
Karel Sedlacek 6-2 Barrie Bates (R2)
Rhys Hayden 6-4 James Richardson (R2)
Richard North 6-4 Ron Meulenkamp (R3)
Steve West 6-2 Conan Whitehead (R3)
Bradley Brooks 6-4 Devon Petersen (R3)
Wesley Harms v Martin Atkins (R3)
Stephen Burton v Kyle McKinstry (R3)

Stage Four
Jason Askew 6-4 Greg Ritchie (R1)
Jason Heaver 6-0 Jesus Noguera (R1)
Adam Smith-Neale 6-4 Ben Cheeseman (R1)
Nathan Rafferty 6-3 Darren Beveridge (R1)
Andy Boulton 6-2 Reece Robinson (R2)
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-3 Nathan Derry (R2)
Wesley Harms 6-5 Justin Smith (R2)
Madars Razma 6-4 Derk Telnekes (R2)
Jamie Lewis 6-5 Ross Smith (R3)
Ted Evetts v James Wilson (R3)
Steve Lennon v Alan Tabern (R3)
Mickey Mansell v Niels Zonneveld (R3)

Stage Five
Stephen Burton 6-1 Adam Huckvale (R1)
Rhys Hayden 6-5 James Clark (R1)
Bradley Brooks 6-5 Cameron Menzies (R1)
Harald Leitinger 6-1 Kevin Burness (R1)
Jonathan Worsley 6-4 Matt Clark (R2)
Steffen Siepmann 6-2 Carl Wilkinson (R2)
Ted Evetts 6-1 Berry van Peer (R2)
Alan Tabern 6-3 Steve Brown (R2)
Justin Pipe 6-3 Kai Fan Leung (R3)
Ryan Joyce 6-2 Yordi Meeuwisse (R3)
Lewis Williams 6-4 Jose De Sousa (R3)
Nathan Rafferty v Jamie Hughes (R3)

Stage Six
Wesley Harms 6-3 Aaron Beeney (R1)
Danny van Trijp 6-4 Boris Koltsov (R1)
William Borland 6-2 Andrew Davidson (R1)
Lewis Williams 6-5 Robert Owen (R1)
Jason Lowe 6-1 Cody Harris (R2)
Martin Atkins 6-2 Christian Bunse (R2)
Nathan Rafferty 6-1 Mike van Duivenbode (R2)
Niels Zonneveld 6-4 Andy Hamilton (R2)
Gabriel Clemens 6-3 Maik Kuivenhoven (R3)
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Darius Labanauskas (R3)
Rhys Hayden 6-2 Toni Alcinas (R3)
Matthew Edgar 6-3 Callan Rydz (R3)

Stage Seven
Martin Atkins 6-5 Ryan Murray (R1)
Callan Rydz 6-5 Shane McGuirk (R1)
Wayne Jones 6-1 Gary Blades (R1)
Berry van Peer 6-3 Owen Roelofs (R1)
Jason Askew 6-5 Rowby-John Rodriguez (R2)
Yordi Meeuwisse 6-3 Peter Jacques (R2)
Lewis Williams 6-3 Adrian Gray (R2)
Joe Murnan 6-3 Harald Leitinger (R2)
Martin Schindler 6-4 Benito van de Pas (R3)
Andy Boulton 6-4 Mark McGeeney (R3)
Jonathan Worsley v Jason Lowe (R3)
Madars Razma v Scott Waites (R3)

Stage Eight
Justin Smith 6-3 Andy Jenkins (R1)
Derk Telnekes 6-3 Martijn Kleermaker (R1)
James Richardson 6-4 Darren Penhall (R1)
Kevin Doets 6-1 Alfie Thompson (R1)
Stephen Burton 6-4 Vincent van der Meer (R2)
Conan Whitehead 6-3 Wayne Jones (R2)
William Borland 6-0 Danny van Trijp (R2)
Callan Rydz 6-3 Adam Smith-Neale (R2)
Jelle Klaasen 6-4 Jason Askew (R3)
Harry Ward 6-3 Steffen Siepmann (R3)
Joe Murnan 6-3 Karel Sedlacek (R3)
Simon Stevenson 6-5 Kevin Doets (R3)

Schedule of Play
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 
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT start)
Fifth Round
Main Stage, Stage Two & Stages Three-Four

Evening Session (1900 GMT start)
Sixth Round
Main Stage & Stage Two
* NB Session times for Saturday amended from one session to two sessions.

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


Ladbrokes UK Open – Preview and Schedule.

The 2020 Ladbrokes UK Open begins on Friday at Butlin’s Minehead Resort, with Nathan Aspinall looking to defend the title he sensationally won 12 months ago.

2019 UK Open (PIC LAWRENCE LUSTIG) NATHAN ASPINALL WINS

The unique tournament, played across eight boards simultaneously in the early rounds, will see 160 players competing in the ‘festival of darts’ from March 6-8.

The first round will feature 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 to Eight, while the Main Stage action begins at 1200 GMT as Lisa Ashton opens the tournament against Belgium’s Mike De Decker.

PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG LISA ASHTON IN ACTION

“I think I might be a bit nervous playing in a new venue but I am really looking forward to it,” said Ashton, who became the first woman to win a PDC Tour Card in January, guaranteeing a UK Open spot.

“When I won my Tour Card I hadn’t even thought about being in the UK Open, it took a while to sink in.

“I am enjoying life on the tour, I’m learning all the time because it’s completely different to what I’m used to but everyone has been very welcoming.

“My standard is improving all the time and hopefully this weekend I can show that.

“The last time I was on a PDC stage was at the World Championship two years ago and I loved every minute of that, so it will be great to get back up there in front of the amazing atmosphere.

“Women’s darts is in a great place right now, there’s a lot of interest around us. The support I’ve had has been really overwhelming.”

Ashton will be joined in the first round by Fallon Sherrock, who shot to global fame in December by becoming the first woman to win a match at the PDC World Championship.

Sherrock made history once again in February by becoming the first woman to win a Rileys Qualifier for the UK Open, coming through a field of over 200 players in Wolverhampton.

Her return to PDC action will see her face Northern Ireland’s Kyle McKinstry on the Main Stage in another first round tie.

PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG : FALLON SHERROCK IN ACTION

“It’s really exciting,” said Sherrock. “It was a hard day in Wolverhampton just to qualify so now I’m there I want to enjoy it because I’ve watched it on TV before and it’s a great event.
 
“It’s going to be another huge experience for me because the UK Open is such a different tournament to the World Championship and the Premier League.
 
“I’m used to events where you play a few games in a day so I’ll just focus on each game as it comes and not look too far ahead, and my focus is on preparing to play Kyle.
 
“I know Kyle from the tour and we’ve been at a lot of events together in the past and he’s a good scorer and a very good player.”

Another pick of the first round ties will see Brisbane Darts Masters winner Damon Heta of Australia take on two-time BDO champion Scott Waites in the battle of new Tour Card Holders.

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 bringing an international flavour to the event.

The Silencer has started 2020 very impressively. Can he keep it up at the UK Open?

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.

The third round will also see 2012 UK Open champion Robert Thornton face Kim Huybrechts on the Main Stage, while Ireland’s World Cup finalist William O’Connor plays Jan Dekker on Stage Two.

At the conclusion of the third round, an open draw will be made live on the Main Stage for round four.

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

The Adonis maintains his record of playing every UK Open since 2003.

Wade is joined by Steve Beaton and Wayne Jones as the only three players to have played in every staging of the UK Open since its inception in 2003.

Aspinall embarked on a fairytale run to the title last year, defeating Rob Cross in the final to claim his first PDC televised title.

The 28-year-old has since gone on to establish himself amongst the world’s elite, earning a Premier League place having won the US Darts Masters and reached the semi-finals of the World Championship for a second successive year.

“Winning the UK Open last year is something that will stay with me forever,” said Aspinall.

“The feeling when the match-winning 170 went in is a magical moment that I get goosebumps just thinking about.

“Winning that title was the start of establishing myself among the world’s elite.

“It gave me the belief that I could beat anyone and win anything, and that confidence has made me the player I am today.

“But I’m always looking forward, rather than back, and I’m targeting a good run this weekend.”

The action continues on Saturday March 7 with the fifth and sixth rounds across two sessions, before Sunday’s closing stages are played out on the Main Stage.

The draw for the fifth and sixth rounds will be conducted on the Main Stage at the conclusion of the fourth round, once again with the UK Open’s unique open draw format 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.

Action from the Main Stage will be broadcast live on ITV4 in the UK, through the PDC’s worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and RTL7, and on PDCTV for Rest of the World Subscribers.

Play on Stage Two on Friday and Saturday will be broadcast live on PDCTV for all PDCTV Subscribers worldwide.

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)

Schedule of Play
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 
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT start)
Fifth Round
Main Stage, Stage Two & Stages Three-Four

Evening Session (1900 GMT start)
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

UK Open Schedule Update – Darts Steps Up To Solve Broadcaster Problem.

The 2020 Ladbrokes UK Open will now feature two sessions on Saturday March 7:

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Due to a broadcaster request, play had originally been scheduled to be in one session from 1530 GMT on Saturday, with the fifth and sixth rounds being played back-to-back. However, following the postponement of next weekend’s planned Six Nations rugby union fixture involving Ireland and Italy, ITV4 will now be able to broadcast two sessions.

As such, the afternoon session from 1230 GMT will feature the fifth round, with the sixth round then in the evening session from 1900 GMT.

The revised session times for the 2020 Ladbrokes UK Open are now:

  • Friday March 6
  • Afternoon Session

Play from 1100 GMT on Stages Two-Eight, Main Stage from 1200 GMT. TV coverage from 1145 GMT

  • First, Second & Third Rounds
  • Evening Session (1900 GMT)
  • Fourth Round
  • Saturday March 7

Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)

  • Fifth Round
  • Evening Session (1900 GMT)
  • Sixth Round
  • Sunday March 8

Afternoon Session (1245 GMT)

  • Quarter-Finals
  • Evening Session (1900 GMT)
  • Semi-Finals & Final
  • ENDS

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.

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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