Unibet Home Tour: Wilkinson Bags Lucky 13!

Carl Wilkinson won Group 13 of the Unibet Home Tour, as the home-staged tournament continued on Wednesday night.

Carl Wilkinson (pic PDC)

A perfect night for Wilkinson began with a comprehensive 5-0 whitewash of Matthew Edgar, in which he averaged 101.6, before backing it up with a 5-3 success over Callan Rydz.

Steve Beaton’s 5-1 loss to Edgar proved to be a huge setback, as it meant the former Lakeside champion needed to win at least 5-1 against Wilkinson in the night’s final game.

However, Beaton was unable to pull it out of the bag, with Wilkinson sealing a hat-trick of wins by a 5-2 scoreline.

The Unibet Home Tour continues on Thursday night with Group 14, which will see two-time TV semi-finalist Chris Dobey in action, along with Ron Meulenkamp, Kai Fan Leung and Ciaran Teehan.

Unibet Home Tour 
Group 13 – Wednesday April 29
Steve Beaton 5-1 Callan Rydz
Carl Wilkinson 5-0 Matthew Edgar
Carl Wilkinson 5-3 Callan Rydz
Matthew Edgar 5-1 Steve Beaton
Callan Rydz 5-2 Matthew Edgar
Carl Wilkinson 5-2 Steve Beaton

Group 14 – Thursday April 30 (1930 BST)
Chris Dobey v Ciaran Teehan
Ron Meulenkamp v Kai Fan Leung
Ciaran Teehan v Kai Fan Leung
Chris Dobey v Ron Meulenjamp
Ron Meulenkamp v Ciaran Teehan
Kai Fan Leung v Chris Dobey

Home Tour 13-16: Beaton & Dobey To Appear.

Experienced Steve Beaton and two-time televised semi-finalist Chris Dobey are amongst the next 16 players set to take part in the Unibet Home Tour, with the line-ups and fixtures confirmed for Groups 13 to 16.

‘Experienced’ The Adonis will certainly be a draw for long term darts fans!

Fans’ favourite Beaton, the former Lakeside Champion who remains inside the world’s top 30 after 36 years in the sport, will headline Wednesday night’s Group 13 action while rising star Dobey will compete in Group 14 on Thursday as the home-broadcast event continues.
 
Wednesday will see the 13th of 32 consecutive nights of live darts take place, as Beaton faces young prospect Callan Rydz in the opening game of Group 13.

Matthew Edgar, who took part in the recent ‘Darts At Home’ trial events ahead of the Home Tour’s launch, will return to action, along with Yorkshireman Carl Wilkinson.

Thursday’s Group 14 will begin with a match between Dobey and Irish youngster Ciaran Teehan, before Dutchman Ron Meulenkamp and Hong Kong’s Kai Fan Leung enter the live broadcast.

2012 World Championship runner-up Andy Hamilton and former Players Championship Finals semi-finalist Darren Webster will star in Friday’s Group 15, which will also feature Scott Baker and Bradley Brooks.

As the tournament reaches the halfway stage on Saturday, one of the world’s fastest throwers Ricky Evans will headline Group 16.

Dialling in from Canada will be former North American Championship winner Jeff Smith, with German youngster Christian Bunse and Martin Atkins also set to be involved in Group 16 action.

The nightly league format will see all four competitors play each other once in matches played over the best of nine legs, with a winner crowned each night.

The first ten nights of Unibet Home Tour action have seen Nathan Aspinall and Dave Chisnall amongst the group winners, while Luke Woodhouse’s sensational nine-dart leg from his kitchen remains the stand-out moment of the tournament so far.

With each night’s action commencing at 1930 BST, darts commentator Dan Dawson will be on hand to talk through proceedings, which will also include live score graphics on screen.

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

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

Fans in Great Britain and Ireland can also watch the action through the Sky Sports app.

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

Unibet Home Tour
Group 13 Fixtures
Wednesday April 29

Steve Beaton v Callan Rydz
Matthew Edgar v Carl Wilkinson
Callan Rydz v Carl Wilkinson
Steve Beaton v Matthew Edgar
Matthew Edgar v Callan Rydz
Carl Wilkinson v Steve Beaton

Group 14 Fixtures
Thursday April 30

Chris Dobey v Ciaran Teehan
Ron Meulenkamp v Kai Fan Leung
Ciaran Teehan v Kai Fan Leung
Chris Dobey v Ron Meulenjamp
Ron Meulenkamp v Ciaran Teehan
Kai Fan Leung v Chris Dobey

Group 15 Fixtures
Friday May 1

Darren Webster v Bradley Brooks
Scott Baker v Andy Hamilton
Bradley Brooks v Andy Hamilton
Darren Webster v Scott Baker
Scott Baker v Bradley Brooks
Andy Hamilton v Darren Webster

Group 16 Fixtures
Saturday May 2

Ricky Evans v Martin Atkins
Christian Bunse v Jeff Smith
Martin Atkins v Jeff Smith
Ricky Evans v Christian Bunse
Christian Bunse v Martin Atkins
Jeff Smith v Ricky Evans

Winmau Navigator 3 – A Great Value Classic. Test & Review.

  • Product – Darts (Steel Tip)
  • Brand – Winmau
  • Model – Navigator 3
  • Edition / Variation – 23g
  • RRP – £12.99 +
  • Marks – 8/10 (10/10 for value!)

First Impression:

Over the years there have been quite a few models and editions of darts given the ‘Navigator’ moniker. Winmau seems to have used it as a standard nickname for simple mass production darts that they promote via chain stores or as starter packs. They are not just for beginners though, we hear a rumour of a current tour player using a set!

What’s in the Pack, Jack?

Navigator 3 at Argos: All for £9.99-£12.99

These are billed as a complete starter kit or value pack. The three tungsten barrels come boxed with two sets of ‘Prism’ stems and two sets of Std shape flights (colours vary). Two sets of stem rings are included and the package is contained in slimline Winmau dart box.

Tester Quotes:

These are a lovely dart, basically the same as my old Bristow’s, for a tenner!” – Keen Amateur

These are a great dart for testing or trying out to see what throw style, or grip, comes naturally to a player” – A.I.M Coach

Our test set paired with Nitro Stems

Downsides:

For less than £10 it seems almost mean to find fault with these darts. One of our testers thought they might feel a little less finished than some higher-cost darts. Another player was not keen on the narrow grooves at the stem end.

Durability:

We have put these through there paces very heavily, they have been used in at least 150 legs of darts. The testers have differing styles and provide a good test. There are the usual dints and marks, but essentially they are unmarked. A case can be made for darts, of this style, getting better with use.

Marks: 8/10 (10/10 for Value)

At less than £10, or even at the full £12.00 (RRP), they are a basic dart and lack some of the flash and multi-faceted tech of many new models. We have tested many darts over the last few years. None have received such good reports on the value side of the equation.

The Navigator 3 is a superb dart for assessing the shape, grip or style of dart. They are also a superb place to start for many beginners.

An exceptional value, 95% Tungsten dart.

The SnapShot:

A great example of the classic “Bristow Type Barrel”.This edition has been available at Argos for £9.99 (RRP is £12.99). This is exceptional value for a 90% tungsten dart. Available here: https://www.argos.co.uk/product/7376593

Preview – Alan Towe’s ‘The Line’. West Midlands vs Cambridgeshire

Every month, in Darts World, Alan contributes an extensive round-up of West Midlands darts. County, Super League, Standard Leagues, Singles Leagues and much more.

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After suffering the disappointment of relegation from the Premier Division of the BDO Inter County Championships last season West Midlands had the joy of seeing their opening home win against Cambridgeshire take them to the top of the Division One promotion table.

Full summary in November’s Darts World.

Saturday’s ladies ‘B’ team gave the county a boost as they stormed into an unassailable position. Sophie Singh opened up with a 3-1 win over Lorraine Bullman after Bullman had won the first leg. Stella Sims was pegged back to level terms twice by Jess Cassidy and although the decider could have gone either way it was West Midlands Sims who got the 3-2 result.

The hosts lead was taken to 3-0 by the lady of the match Shellbie Simmons who after going 1-0 up saw her opponent Rebecca Brouse draw level in the second. Shellbie went ahead again in the third and rounded off her 3-1 win with an 18 darts leg giving her a superb 21.09 average.

Game number four saw Cambridgeshire chalk up their first winner when Carol Bareham beat Claire Hobbs 3-1 and although Hannah Rampley looked as though she was going to reduce the arrears even further in the fifth when she won the first leg against Heather Wright it was Wright who won the following three legs to give her teammates a winning 4-1 lead.

The ladies final game went the full five legs distance, Julie Aston (West Midlands) twice taking the lead against Laura Corrigan before winning the deciding leg for a 3-2 win and an overall 5-1 victory for the ladies ‘B’ which was a repeat of the result in the 2017-2018 season when the West Midlands played away to Cambridgeshire in the Premier Division.

Similar to the ladies ‘B’ the men’s ‘B’ also won the first three games as Matthew Coleman began the match with a 4-2 win over Simon Bewley and by the same margin, Adam Edgar defeated Connor Arberry. Stephen Jones made it 3-0 when he accounted for Iain Styles with a 4-1 result.

Matthew Moore (West Midlands) fought back from 1-0 and 3-1 down to Mark Lynn to twice level the game but it was Lynn who won the final leg after both players had thrown for a finishing double. The deficit was reduced to 3-2 in the fifth when Leigh Beeton won 4-2 against Mark Rollinson, however by the halfway stage the home side were 4-2 up as Alfie Jacques accounted for Barry-John Paget in four straight legs, Jacques winning in 22,21,18 and 16 darts to give him an award-winning average of 26.03.

The second half got underway with Eddie Martin keeping Cambridgeshire in the hunt with a 4-3 win over Neil Pointon, Pointon going 1-0 up then 2-1 down, drawing level in the fourth and then losing the fifth. The home player won the sixth leg after both players had struggled on double one but it was Martin who won the last leg again after both players had thrown for a winning double.

Trevor Brennon restored West Midlands two games buffer when he won 4-1 against Michael Bodle but then with a 4-3 win for Duggie McInerney over Scott Hall followed by a 4-2 success for Gary Robertson over Dave Redding the visitors were well and truly back in the game with the score at 5-5 and just two to play.

Stuart Ward (Cambridgeshire) went 1-0 and 2-1 up against Gareth Johnston and although Johnston levelled in the fourth and went 3-2 up in the fifth the game was squared once again as Ward won the sixth with a 106 checkout. The seventh leg saw Ward throw for a winning double and miss giving Johnston the one opportunity he required to throw for 82 which he dispatched with aplomb to keep his teams’ hopes of a win alive and at the same time kill off any chance of their opponents actually winning.

Shane Price held his nerve in the last game of the day against John Gowler as he swept aside his challenge with winning legs in 22,18,17 and 21 darts to win 4-0 and give the West Midlands men’s ‘B’ side a 7-5 victory.

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Whereas the West Midlands ladies ‘B’ won 5-1 against their Cambridgeshire counterparts in the 2017-2018 season and again in this their latest fixture against the same opponents, the ladies ‘A’ lost 4-2 in the 2017-

2018 season and once again history repeated itself as they lost by the same margin once again to Cambridgeshire.

As the game got underway the away side began with a 3-0 win for Karen Stanhope against Kat McLean, however by the same straight 3-0 margin Jacqueline Maiden beat Liz Humphries to level the game. Kath Jenkins (West Midlands) went one up against Casey Hill only to see Hill take the next three legs for a 3-1 win to put the visitor’s noses in front once again.

West Midlands Cheryl Alcock began strongly against Carol Bareham as she won the first leg with a 102 finish. Alcock then took the second leg in 21 darts and rounded off a straight 3-0 victory giving her a 21.47 average to clinch the lady of the match award.

Gemma Barrett found herself trailing 2-0 against Amy Grant and despite pulling back to 2-2 missed her doubles in the fifth and went down 3-2.

With the result now dependant on the final game, the home team could not have wished for a more consistent player to represent them than Sarah Roberts, winner of numerous match awards. Sarah won the first leg then after losing the second to Nadine Bentley went ahead again in the third in 22 darts. Unusually Sarah missed her finishing doubles in the fourth and Nadine levelled the game once again to leave the outcome resting on the final leg. It was a nervy fifth leg with both players throwing for a double but it was finally Nadine Bentley who found the elusive double to win 3-2 and give Cambridgeshire a 4-2 victory.

Both of the first two games in the men’s ‘A’ fixture had a 4-2 result with both of them going to Cambridgeshire as Martin Adams and Ian Withers in turn accounted for Gavin Baker and Alfie Jacques.

Getting West Midlands first stripe on the board was man of the match Dan Nicholls who after going 2-0 up against Jason Marriott in 22 and 16 darts rounded off a superb straight 4-0 win with two fifteen darts legs giving him a terrific 29.47 average.

At number four was Mick Baker who in 21 darts went one up against Chris Fidler only to see Fidler win the next three legs in 18,19 and 17 darts. The following three legs were very close and could have gone either way but it was Mick Baker who claimed them all to win 4-3 and level the game at two each.

Game five was another close seven legs affair with Paul Wells (West Midlands) taking the lead three times against Simon Hill only to see Hill cancel it out on each occasion. However against the first throw advantage in the seventh leg, it was Wells who won it for another tight 4-3 victory.

With John Morris adding his 4-1 win over Carl Dockerill in the last game of the first half the home side were well in control as they held a lead of 4-2.

Scott Baker added to that lead as the second half got underway, his 4-2 win over Matthew Wing after Wing had won the first and fourth took the score nicely along to 5-2 and with a similar 4-2 win for Owen Maiden against Scott Williams West Midlands couldn’t lose the game as they were now leading 6-2. The possible draw was quickly turned into a win as Shaun Carroll with a straight 4-0 win over Ashley Coleman made it 7-2.

Cambridgeshire won their third game in the tenth when John Imrie beat Glen McGrandle 4-3. Imrie won the first leg in 17 darts only to see McGrandle level in the second and although the away player won the third McGrandle levelled again in the fourth with a 17 darts leg and then for the first time went ahead with a super 14 darts leg. Unfortunately, it was those elusive doubles that counted once again in the last two legs, both players being guilty of missing them but it was Imrie who came out of it the better as he went on to win 4-3.

Dennis Harbour gave the visitors their best run since the opening two games when at number eleven he made it two in a row as he won 4-2 against Mark Craddock, however with a 4-1 win for the evergreen Ian Jones over Martyn Moore in the final game of the day the score was taken to 8-4 to West Midlands giving them a table-topping 22-14 overall win for the weekend…………..


Written by Alan Towe.

Supported by Red Dragon darts.

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