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Warren Continues Winning Run in Slovakia – Open & Masters Reports.

World Champion Wayne Warren, and Chris Landman shared the honours over this popular weekend of WDF affiliated darts. Warren claimed the Masters and Landman, the following day’s, Slovak Open. The win sees Warren in eighth place on the WDF rankings and closing in on the top places..

Wayne warren – Kept his enviable performance level up with victory in the Slovak Masters

David Evans continued his climb within the BDO/WDF system as he carries the confidence, from his World Championship Qtr Final, into the season.

The ladies crwons were captured by Maria O’Brien and Lorraine Winstanley respectively.

Slovak Masters – February 2020

Wayne WarrenWales1Maria O’BrienEngland
David EvansEngland2Deta HedmanEngland
Francesco RaschiniItaly3Lorraine WinstanleyEngland
Chris LandmanNetherlands3Anastasia DobromyslovaRussia
Tony O’SheaEngland5Paula JacklinEngland
Sebastian SteyerPoland5Kirsty HutchinsonEngland
Nick FullwellEngland5Laura TurnerEngland
Aaron TurnerEngland5Margaret SuttonEngland
Roemer MooijmanNetherlands9Anca ZijlstraNetherlands
Brian RamanBelgium9Roz BulmerEngland
John O’SheaRepublic of Ireland9Jo ClementsEngland
Roman BeneckyCzech Republic9Alisa BurykinaRussia
Anthony AllenEngland9Jana KanovskaCzech Republic
Adrian FrimRomania9Mandy SmithEngland
Tony MartinEngland9Sarah BrownEngland
Gabriel PascaruRomania9

Slovak Open – February 2020

Chris LandmanNetherlands1Lorraine WinstanleyEngland
Sebastian SteyerPoland2Laura TurnerEngland
Richard VeenstraNetherlands3Deta HedmanEngland
Wayne WarrenWales3Anastasia DobromyslovaRussia
John O’SheaRepublic of Ireland5Anca ZijlstraNetherlands
Ben HazelEngland5Kirsty HutchinsonEngland
Jason MarriottWales5Roz BulmerEngland
Aaron TurnerEngland5Margaret SuttonEngland
Roemer MooijmanNetherlands9Amanda HarwoodEngland
Brian RamanBelgium9Jitka CisarovaCzech Republic
Daniele PetriItaly9Veronika IhaszHungary
David EvansEngland9Gabriella OlahHungary
Nick FullwellEngland9Sandra PageEngland
Craig VenmanEngland9Regina SebestyenHungary
Tony MartinEngland9Andreea BradRomania
Patrik KovacsHungary9Magdalena MusialPoland

Dutch Open 2020 – Winners and Highlights.

The Men’s and Ladies singles winners have been confirmed at the 2020 Dutch Open Darts in Assen.

Montgomery Mops Up!

The men’s event saw double glory for Ross ‘The Boss’ Montgomery who claimed his second Dutch Open title. Montgomery started by edging through in a 4-3 win over Levy Frauenfelder in the last 64. After that, Stefan Martena (4-1), Aleksey Kadochnikov (4-0) and John Desreumaux (5-3) were next to fall to ‘The Boss’.

Montgomery defeated BDO world champion Wayne Warren at the semi-final stage claiming a 2-1 sets win. He then defeated Brian Raman 3-1 in the Final. He also took glory earlier in the day when claiming the Men’s pairs title with Martin Adams.

The Ladies crown went to Aileen de Graaf who claimed the honours for the third time she defeated compatriot Anca Ziljstra to do so in a 5-2 victory.

Pairs Titles:

The Ladies title was claimed by Lorraine Winstanley and Margaret Sutton whodefeated the Dutch duo of Anca Ziljstra and Femke van Zuiden in a 4-2 win after winning through the field on Friday.

Men’s event witnessed Ross Montgomery and Martin Adams defeating another Dutch pairing of Colin Roelofs and Ryan de Vreede in a closely fought 5-4 win.

Ladies Doubles Final.
Lorraine Winstanley/Margaret Sutton 4-2 Anca Zijlstra/Femke van Zuiden

Men’s Doubles Final.
Ross Montgomery & Martin Adams 5-4 Colin Roelofs & Ryan de Vreede

Youth Events

In the Girls, it was Lerena Rietbergen who defeated her compatriot Layla Brussel 3-1 in the first final. This was followed up with the Boys Under 14 final.The title went to Stijn Verbakel who claimed a 3-0 win over Francesco Basili. Then in the Boys under 18 it was Mark Tabak who won the final Youth title defeating Marcel Bus, former JDC World Cup runner-up in a 4-1 win.

Youth Age Group Finals:
Girls: Lerena Rietbergen 3-1 Layla Brussel
Boys U14: Stijn Verbakel 3-0 Francesco Basili
Boys U18: Mark Tabak 4-1 Marcel Bus


Big Guns Dominate on Day 5 – BDO World Championships Review.

Former World Champions Scott Mitchell and Scott Waites battled through to the quarter-finals with victories over Michael Unterbuchner and Wesley Harms respectively. 

2015 champion Mitchell, was rampant against ‘T-Rex’, who ultimately failed to take his 
opportunities. Whilst the pairs scoring game was comparable, better doubling on the part of Mitchell tipped the scales in his favour.

Scotty Dog looking in fine fettle this year.
Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

‘Scotty Dog’ will now face good friend Scott Waites in the quarters after he produced a sensational comeback to defeat Wesley Harms. The number one seed had stormed into an early lead, but Waites just did enough to keep him at arms length. As we reached the fourth set, ‘Sparky’ went off the boil, leaving to door open for Waites to take the lead.  The former World Champ obliged and raced into a lead for the first time, from there on it was plain sailing for Waites as he secured a dream match-up with Mitchell for Friday afternoon.

There was also room for Manchester’s David Evans to continue his fairy-tale debut run to the BDO World Championship quarter-finals as he defeated number three seed Richard Veenstra. ‘Stretch’ was quick out of the blocks, averaging 105 in an incredible opening set. As he raced into a 3-0 lead with a respectable 98 average it looked although we were all set for an early night, but then Veenstra started to kick in.

Two sets on the spin from ‘Flyers’ set doubt inside the head of Evans, but as nerves started to take a hold of both players Evans found his scoring form once again. Finally getting over the line in set six to confirm his name in the quarter-finals.

Andy Hamilton
The Hammer came up short vs Wayne Warren.

The afternoon session kicked off with a win for former World Championship quarter-finalist Wayne Warren over Andy Hamilton. It was a rapid start from Warren as he raced into an early lead despite trailing in the averages. In the end it would be a story of missed doubles for ‘The Hammer’, as Warren stayed steady on the outer ring to claim victory.

Chris Landman produced one of the comebacks of the tournament as he returned from the brink to see off Ben Hazel. The turning point came in the fifth set, as Hazel spurned opportunities for the match, leaving the door ajar for Landman. That would be just the chance the Dutchman needed as he piled in the big scores and reached his first World Championship quarter-final.

Lorraine Winstanley interview.
Lorraine Winstanley
Photo: BDO

The women’s quarter-final line-up was also confirmed in the afternoon session as Lorraine Winstanley replicated last years performance. It was far from perfect from the Buxton thrower, but the win sets up a meeting with Lisa Ashton in the quarter-finals. 


Wayne Warren 4-1 Andy Hamilton 
Chris Landman 4-3 Ben Hazel 
Lorraine Winstanley 2-0 Casey Gallagher 

Scott Waites 4-2 Wesley Harms 
Scott Mitchell 4-0 Michael Unterbuchner 
David Evans 4-2 Richard Veenstra 

Dean Winstanley

Darts – The Dating Game?

Apparently, in some regions, it is not unusual for a player to take his/her ‘date’ to a specific darts venue and enjoy quality time on the board! No ‘Wrong Bed’ jokes, please!

Lorraine Winstanley . Photo: BDO

The team at Dartsworld.com are constantly reviewing and putting together material, from across the globe, for our publications. A section of a recent submission caught our eye. Somewhat to our surprise, it appears that darts, in this case, soft-tip, is becoming a romantic activity for couples to enjoy together.

Daniel Gray and Bruce Thomas are preparing a series of articles following the Asian Soft-Tip Scene which we hope will prove popular and informative. In their general introduction, they outline some of the features of the soft tip world.

Here is the section that caught our attention:

It may be surprising to a western audience but, darts is also very often a couples or dating event in Japan. Many men bring a ‘date’ to play darts at a venue. The soft tip game is considered ‘user-friendly’ for all types of people and players. One reason for this is that the basic game of soft tip darts is much less complicated and challenging than the steel tip game. 

Put simply, the outer bull and inner bull both score 50 points, meaning a player is still rewarded full points (instead of 25) for “trying your best” and just missing the bull. Additionally, don’t expect any high-pressure double-out shootouts in ’01 games as the Japanese have never heard of the ‘double-out’ rule. Yes, you can win by even hitting a single 1! 

Another important difference to the steel game is that a soft board has a larger circumference meaning also that double, triple, and the bull itself is significantly bigger than their sisal (steel tip) equivalents. This, in turn, means big scoring becomes much easier to the inexperienced player (a lucky bull or triple is common!)

Although many of us at Darts World can remember playing darts with former, or current partners, none of us recalls darts forming part of our dating rituals? Obviously, Lorraine and Dean Winstanley may have a tale or two to tell?

We wondered if any readers had darting date memories?


Dean Winstaley Pic: PDC

Forthcoming Article by: Daniel Gray and Bruce Thomas

Lorraine Winstanley interview.

Lorraine Winstanley exclusive thoughts: BDO Worlds player interview series part 3

Lorraine’s views on BDO Worlds, World Masters triumph, how she got into darts and more

We are delighted to be joined by reigning BDO World Masters champion Lorraine Winstanley, who shares her exclusive thoughts to Sam Barnard for Darts World ahead of her eighth successive Lakeside appearance, in Part 3 of our 2018 BDO World Championship profile/interview series.

Lorraine Winstanley interview.
Lorraine Winstanley interview: Read the thoughts of the women’s 2017 World Masters champion ahead of her eighth successive World Championship appearance.
Photo: BDO

Lorraine is in the form of her life currently, having recently won her first Major event at the 2017 World Masters, and is now ranked number 1 in the women’s BDO standings after a year that has included multiple other title triumphs.

But ahead of the Worlds, she has her sights firmly set on her ultimate goal in becoming world champion.

The closest she has come to lifting the trophy is the semi-finals in 2012, but is among the favourites to win at Lakeside in January.

Lorraine discusses with us all of the above and more, including how she first got into game and an update on her husband Dean’s potential darting comeback.

So, read on for our exclusive Lorraine Winstanley interview and profile, the third in our series, ahead of the 2018 BDO World Championship from January 6-14…

If you missed parts 1 and 2 of our interview series with Cameron Menzies and Glen Durrant, click on this link.

Check out our PDC Worlds interview series too.

Lorraine Winstanley profile

Date of birth: 28/10/1975 (age 42)
Place of birth: Buxton
Nation: England
Based: Buxton
County represented: Yorkshire
Nickname: N/A
Walk-on song: Happy by Pharrell Williams
Darts used: Lorraine Winstanley 24g
Sponsors: Harlequin Teamwear, A&S Bearings and Transmissions, Davis Permanent Cosmetics
Twitter handle: @lorraine180

Favourite double: 16
Favourite tournament: Scottish Open
Favourite country/city played in: Prague
Toughest player faced: Every player is tough
Sports/darts heroes growing up:
Best mates in darts: Trina Gulliver, Deta Hedman, Anastasia Dobromyslova
Favourite food: Chinese
Favourite films/TV shows: Eastenders, Real Steel
Favourite bands/musicians: Listen to anything apart from rap
Hobbies outside of darts: Shopping
Current/previous day job: Beauty therapist & hairdresser
Ultimate darting ambition: To become world champion

Lorraine Winstanley interview

Firstly, how excited are you ahead of the upcoming 2018 Worlds? And what makes the event special to you?

I’m really excited for the 2018 World Championship. There’s no stage like the Lakeside stage, it’s every player’s dream to play up there.

It’s the ultimate place to play.

You’ve reached at least the quarters in 5 of your 7 Lakeside appearances, do you believe you can win it this year or in future?

Of course I believe I can win the Worlds, every year I play I believe I can win it.

How does it feel to be the 2017 World Masters champion? Is it your proudest darting moment to date?

It’s amazing to be a Winmau world master, it’s one of my proudest darting achievements along with playing for my country.

You’ve had a brilliant year on the whole, are you playing better than ever? And what is your ultimate dream to achieve in the game?

2017 has been my best year to date, I’m playing the darts of my life so far.

My dream is to be world champion.

What do you credit your form down to?

I think the difference this year is the self belief.

I’ve always had the game, but you have to believe you can do it and it’s never over until that winning double goes in.

Lorraine has high hopes of now becoming a world champion after a hugely successful 2017.
Photo: BDO

Is the standard of the women’s game better than ever? Is there anything you’d like to see improve or change to help the standard continue to rise?

The standard of the women’s game has soared over the last few years. We have all had to raise our game.

More prize money would obviously be a major improvement to the women’s side of the game, along with TV exposure, as along with that comes more sponsorship opportunities.

I understand there will never be equality in prize money as the numbers don’t add up – women’s events don’t have the same numbers as the men entering. You can’t pay out if you’re not taking it in.

I love the tournaments with longer formats. A lot start at best of 7 now, which is better than best of 5.

What are your thoughts on darts potentially being in the Olympics? Is that something that would interest you if it did eventually get into the Summer Games?

I’d love to see darts at the Olympic Games, but I can’t see it happening in the near future.

How did you first get into darts? And at what stage did you realise you were good enough to compete with the best in the game?

I started playing darts as I worked in a pub when I was 18 years old.

I loved the game but I couldn’t count very well. I could add up from working behind the bar but struggled with subtracting so they made me mark on practice nights using chalk.

I’m not the best counter by any means but I’m definitely better than I was.

I’m very competitive so I just loved to play, so I started in the league, played super league then county and I’ve been lucky enough to play for my country.

A quick word on your husband Dean, who’s hinted he could be set for a comeback. What’s the update on the situation and his shoulder? And do you believe he can get back to being a top player?

As regards to Dean’s comeback, all I’ll say is watch this space… as for his shoulder it’s not fully recovered but it’s on its way.

Of course Dean can get back to playing top level darts. Self belief is key and together we can make it possible.

And finally, are there any particular men or women’s World Championship finals you remember watching in the past that stood out most for you?

The most memorable Worlds final has to be Dean vs Martin Adams [in 2011].

That was our first World Championship and something I’ll never forget, a roller coaster week for emotions.

Many thanks to Lorraine for speaking to us this week, and best of luck at Lakeside! Join us next time for part 4 of our BDO Worlds interview series.