Veenstra Triumphs in Remote Darts League Two!

Dutchman Richard Veenstra crowned himself Remote Darts League Champion on Monday Night as the 2nd edition came to a close with victory over Paul Hogan in the decider, denying the Englishman a chance to become Remote Darts League Champion for the 2nd time after he had lost to James Richardson in the 1st edition of the Darts at Home Tournament 2 months back.

Veenstra claimed the title over the perennial giant killer Paul Hogan!

The 1st Semi Final of the night was between Reigning and Defending Remote Darts League Champion James Richardson up against Paul Hogan, who finished 4th in the league phase having picked up 20 points from a possible 30 and was Runner Up in the 1st Remote Darts League. The match began with Hogan racing into a 4-0 lead winning legs in 13,14,16,15 darts respectively as well as hitting a 1st 180 of the night. Richardson picked up his 1st leg of the match in the 5th leg in 14 darts before Hogan fired in a 15-dart leg to go 5-1 up. Richardson fired in 3 consecutive legs in 17, 16 and 15 darts respectively to reduce the deficit to just a single leg. From there on now, Hogan dominated the match by winning 3 consecutive legs to finally end James Richardson’s unbeaten run in the Remote Darts League to book his spot in the final with an 8-4 win by winning the final 3 legs in 14,19 and 17 darts respectively and pinned his 3rd and 4th along that way.

PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG JAMES RICHARDSON IN ACTION

The 2nd Semi Final of the night for a spot in the final against Paul Hogan was between Dutchman Richard Veenstra and Irishman John O’Shea. 2 points separated the two after the league phase was completed with Veenstra finishing 2nd on 22 points and O’Shea finishing in 3rd on 20 points. Veenstra began the match by storming into a 6-0 lead without giving O’Shea a sniff in winning legs in 18,17,15,21,14 and 17 darts respectively including a 1st 180 and a 121 checkout along the way. O’Shea then put his 1st leg on the board in 17 darts which turned out to be his only leg of the match as Veenstra then secured the win by winning back to back legs in 16 and 18 darts respectively and sealing an 8-1 victory and booking his spot in the final up against Paul Hogan. 

So 16 players took part in the Remote Darts League over 20 Nights of action and 120 group games played now just 2 remain, Paul Hogan took on Richard Veenstra in the final of the 2nd edition of the Remote Darts League with Hogan hoping to win the title having lost in the previous final to James Richardson in the 1st edition.

The match began with Veenstra storming into a 3-0 lead winning legs in 18,15 and 14 darts respectively including a 1st and 2nd 180 in legs 2 and 3 before Hogan picked up his 1st leg of the final in 17 darts to decrease the deficit to 2 legs. The match for the next 9 legs were all holds of throw with Veenstra winning 5 of the 9 legs in 14,21,17,13 and 16 darts respectively and Hogan winning his 4 legs in 15,19 ,17 and 19 darts respectively to make the score 8-5 going into the 14th leg where Veenstra broke Hogan’s throw in 15 darts to go within 1 of victory. In the 15th leg, Veenstra took out 76 on tops to seal the victory in 15 darts and a 10-5 victory and crowning himself Remote Darts League champion and leaving Paul Hogan with 2 defeats from 2 in each final, having lost to James Richardson in the 1st ever final of the Remote Darts League.


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UK Open Qualifiers – Update.

Former World Master Adam Smith-Neale, and Scott Taylor, added their names to this year’s list of Rileys Qualifiers for the Ladbrokes UK Open on the third weekend qualifier events.

Former World Master: Adam Smith Neale returns to the UK Open.

Bolton’s Taylor, a former PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour event winner, will be making his fourth UK Open appearance next month after defeating Rob Collins in the Rileys Chorlton final on Saturday.

Smith-Neale, meanwhile, will be playing in the UK Open for the first time since 2012 – when he won two matches to reach the Last 96 in Bolton – after winning the Rileys Coventry knockout.

The 2018 World Masters winner saw off Tom Baughan in the final in Coventry, having also seen off experienced Paul Hogan in the semi-finals.

Scott Taylor will play his 4th UK Open.

The Rileys Amateur Qualifiers continue on February 15-16 with a further four knockouts at Rileys Sports Bars in Nottingham, Sheffield, South Benfleet and Wolverhampton.

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Entry is open to amateur players aged 16 or above on January 1 2020. PDPA Associate Members who did not win a PDC Tour Card at the 2020 Qualifying Schools are entitled to enter the Rileys Amateur Qualifiers. Players are permitted to enter more than one Rileys Amateur Qualifier event.

Matches will be the best of seven legs up to and including the semi-finals, with the final being the best of nine legs. Play will commence at 1230 GMT for each qualifier, with registration from 0900-1130 GMT.

The sixteen ‘Amateur Qualifiers’ will receive a Rileys shirt to wear during the Ladbrokes UK Open, which begins on Friday March 6. 

2020 Ladbrokes UK Open
Rileys Amateur Qualifiers

Saturday January 25 – London Victoria (Jason Heaver)
Saturday February 1 – Aberdeen (Jamie Clark)
Saturday February 1 – Chester (Adam Huckvale)
Saturday February 1 – Norwich (Kelvin Self)
Saturday February 1 – Wolverhampton (Fallon Sherrock)
Saturday February 8 – Chorlton (Scott Taylor)
Saturday February 8 – Coventry (Adam Smith-Neale)
Saturday February 15 – Nottingham
Saturday February 15 – Sheffield
Saturday February 15 – South Benfleet
Sunday February 16 – Wolverhampton
Saturday February 22 – Greenock
Saturday February 22 – Harlow
Saturday February 22 – Liverpool
Saturday February 22 – Norwich
Saturday February 22 – London Victoria

Full Terms & Conditions can be seen at the Rileys website.
* Please note, Greenock & Wolverhampton dates amended January 3 2020.

BDO World Championship – Ladies Night & Day 6.

After the surprise exits of Richard Veenstra and Wesley Harms on Wednesday, we completed the men’s quarter-final line-up on Thursday. We also saw the return of the ladies, with eight of the best playing it out for a place in the semi-finals.

Jim Williams stepped up his performance yesterday during a whitewashed Ryan Hogarth.
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG JIM WILLIAMS IN ACTION


Beau Greaves was the player to set the standard in terms of the women’s competition, heading up the averages with an 86.3 against former finalist Aileen de Graaf. With the match coming on her 16th Birthday she was handed a perfect present in the shape of a semi-final spot on debut at the Indigo. Earlier in the session Corrine Hammond booked her place in the semi-finals, she would face Lisa Ashton after ‘The Lancashire Rose’ came past Lorraine Winstanley. Three-time champion Ashton went into the tournament as favourite and is continuing to live up to that tag with some excellent performances.


The singular men’s match in the afternoon session would see tournament favourite Jim Williams whitewash Scotland’s Ryan Hogarth. Following a nervy first set, the Welshman and number two seed began to settle, finding his consistent scoring game and leaving Hogarth in the dust. He would eventually secure the whitewash score line and yet another quarter-final appearance. 

Mikuru Suzuki progressed again in defence of her title.
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG MIKURU SUZUKI


Mikuru Suzuki confirmed the semi-final line-up in the women’s competition with a routine win over Anastasia Dobromyslova. The Japanese star was pushed to the brink in set one as Anastasia misseddarts for a lead, but as the pressure built, Suzuki took control.

An eventual average of around the 78 mark enough to set up a potentially mouth-watering tie with teenage prodigy Beau Greaves for a place in the final.


The evening session also confirmed our men’s quarter finalists with Super Mario Vandenbogaerde and Paul Hogan putting out statements of intent. The aforementioned Hogan piled in a 99.8 average as he defeated Martijn Kleermaker 4-1 to make his first World Championship quarter-final since 
2006. Vandenbogaerde, who is many people outsider for the title, put in another high quality performance to see off Dennie Olde Kalter. The Belgian started quickly, gliding into a 3-0 lead. But with the match all but over, the Dutchman sparked into life, reducing the deficit to the applause of the crowd. But that would be it for Olde Kalter who faded in the fifth set, with Super Mario making a dream quarter-final appearance at his first World Championship after 12 years away from the game.

Results – Day 6

Corrine Hammond 2-0 Laura Turner 
Jim Williams 4-0 Ryan Hogarth 
Beau Greaves 2-1 Aileen de Graaf 

Lisa Ashton 2-0 Lorraine Winstanley 
Mario Vandenbogaerde 4-1 Dennie Olde Kalter 
Mikuru Suzuki 2-0 Anastasia Dobromyslova 
Paul Hogan 4-1 Martijn Kleermaker 


Featured Pic:L Lustig / PDC (Lisa Ashton salutes the crowd)

BDO World Championship Review – Day 2.

After a successful first day the BDO World Championship looked to consolidate in its new home. The Indigo at O2 had made a good impression and despite a few tecjnical hitches the coverage looked to have potential. Would Day 2 prove as successful?

Exclusive Deta Hedman interview.
Hedman was defeated by Laura Turner on Day 2.
Photo: BDO

The afternoon session opened with a marathon contest, Wayne Warren and Justin Thompson taking us all the way into a deciding set. Welshman Warren was a quarter-finalist in 2018 and will be looking to replicate that run after a disjointed year on the tour. After an up and down match, ‘The Yank’ sealed glory with a spectacular 120 checkout. 

It was a similar story in the second match of the afternoon session as Ben Hazel was pegged back and pushed into a decider by Tennessee native Joe ‘Chainsaw’ Chaney. After originally building a 2-0 lead, Hazel surrendered the next two sets as we went into a decider. But the Hertfordshire showed his class, securing a win on debut at the o2 Indigo. 

In the final men’s match of an elongated afternoon session Michael Unterbuchner put pay to Willem Mandigers chances for a second year running. The German defeated Mandigers in the quarter-finals of last years event, but despite seeing the second 170 checkout of the tournament in set one from the Dutchman, ‘T-Rex’ stayed steady to secure victory. 

There were wins elsewhere for Aileen de Graaf and Laura Turner in the women’s section of the draw, de Graaf coming from a set down to defeat Kirsty Hutchinson on her World Championship debut. 

Turner secured her first victory on the World Championship stage in dramatic fashion against multiple time finalist Deta Hedman. After a nervy opening set, Turner found her scoring game in set two, punishing her experienced opponent on the outer ring to book her return to the Indigo later 
this week. 

Paul Hogan made headlines again with a 158 checkout and a good performance.

In arguably the performance of the day, veteran campaigner Paul Hogan defeated Belgium’s Brian Raman. British Isles qualifier Hogan nailed a 158 in a routine victory over the first time competitor. 

World Masters champion John O’Shea bowed out of the competition as he was far from his best against Andreas Harrysson of Sweden. Harrysson sprinted into a 2-0 advantage, but the Irishman showed tremendous grit to turn the tide and take the match to a decider. But it was not to be for ‘The Joker’ as Harrysson cleaned up in the final set to record a debut victory on the Indigo stage. 

Martijn Kleermaker brought the days action to an end with a magnificent scoring display, five maximums, and at one point six perfect darts blowing away fellow Dutchman Gino Vos as the pair made their maiden bows on the Indigo stage. 

‘The Dutch Giant’ ended the match with a 93.28 average, laying down a marker for all the title challenges, as he produced one of the standout performances of the tournament so far. 

Day 2 Results:

Wayne Warren 3-2 Justin Thompson 
Ben Hazel 3-2 Joe Chaney 
Aileen de Graaf 2-1 Kirsty Hutchinson 
Michael Unterbuchner 3-1 Willem Mandigers 

Andreas Harrysson 3-2 John O’Shea 
Laura Turner 2-0 Deta Hedman 
Paul Hogan 3-1 Brian Raman 
Martijn Kleermaker 3-0 Gino Vos

Buckinghamshire vs Berkshire. Dramatic Draw in Division 2 Clash

Kieth Carter dropped us this summary of the recent local clash between great rivals:


Newly promoted Buckinghamshire remain unbeaten after an entertaining 18-18 away draw, against Berkshire, in Division 2 of the BDO Inter County Championship over the weekend.

Bucks’ ladies team manager Carol Hodgson saw her lady B team come back from 2-0 down, to level the contest at 3-3. Bucks wins were through Barbara Legge(108 finish), Dawn Seaman and Courtney Amos(pictured) who was Bucks lady of the match, winning 3-1 with a good 16.43 average. Berks team manager Angela Hogan saw wins through Kelly Ellis, Nipaporn Smith, who was the overall lady of the match, winning 3-1 with a great 18.83 average and Carole Holroyd.

Bucks men team manager Tony Hill then saw his Men’s B team also come back from 2-0 down to draw 6-6. Bucks wins were through Eddie Smith, Del Boy Pratley (who was Bucks man of the match) winning 3-0 with a great 25.47 average, Liam Maughan, Simon Parrott, Mat Caste (14 dart leg) and Steve McLeod (15 dart leg and 116 finish).

Berks wins were through Steve Watts, Andy Sturton, James Betts who was the overall man of the match winning 3-0 in 19,20 and 16 darts with an excellent 27.33 average, John Hall, James Shaw and Roy Barton, to make the score 9-9 after day one.

Sunday saw the A teams get involved and Bucks ladies showed once again why they are the best in Division 2 by winning 4-2 despite being without Fallon Sherrock, who was on World Cup duty for England in Romania and superbly picked up 2 gold medals. Bucks wins were through Felicia Blay(pictured below with Berkshire Chairperson Bill Foot and Carol Hodgson) who was the overall lady of the match, winning 3-0 in 21,23 and 27 darts with an excellent 21.17 average, Kirsty Gibbs, Ann Wakefield and Sarah Louise-Mallott(20.88 average).

Berks wins were through Sophie Self who was Berks lady of the match with a good 16.13 average and Jules James, to make the score Berks 11 Bucks 13 going into the final round of matches.

The opening 2 Men’s A games were shared with Bucks winning through Henry Redden(13 dart leg) and Berks through Simon Purvey (29.04 average 13 & 15 dart legs). Bucks then won the next 2 games through Jon Woodbridge(pictured) who was Bucks man of the match, winning 4-2 in 17,17,18 and 16 darts including 100 finish and 180, for a superb 29.25 average, and Clive Wilford, to extend Bucks lead. The next 2 games were shared with Berks win through Paul Snowsill (180) and Bucks win through Sam Ridgway (15 dart leg and 107 finish). Berks Men’s A team then showed why they are a major force in Division 2 by reeling off 4 wins in a row through Terry Stubbs (180) Jason Heaver

who had the best performance of the weekend, winning 4-1 in 17,18,14 and 15 darts and hitting 2×180 for an outstanding 30.46 average, Paul Hogan(15 dart leg) and Joe Lacey, to level the contest. With the tension rising Bucks Adam Mould(14 dart leg) then held his nerve to win 4-0 and secure at least the draw, before a cool Dan Read(13 dart leg and 105 finish won 4-1 to secure a dramatic 18 – 18 draw.

After the second round of matches, Bucks are 3rd with 43 points and Berks 7th with 36 points (top 51).

BDO World Trophy – Draws & Details.

The draw has been published for the BDO World Trophy. This years event will be from 30th August to 1st September at the King George’s Hall in Blackburn.

Womens Isle of Man Open Results 2016
Lisa Ashton will lead the Women’s field.
Pic: BDO

Highlights of the first-round ties draw include top seed Richard Veenstra against Australian, Justin Thompson. Wesley Harms versus Paul Hogan and Dave Parletti, facing in form Dutch ace, Martijn Kleermaker.

In the ladies event, defending champion Fallon Sherrock will face World Champion, Mikuru Suzuki. Lisa Ashton takes on Corrine Hammond. Anastasia Dobromyslova matches up to Sharon Prins. Aileen de Graaf Lorraine Winstanley will both face qualifiers in the first round.

BDO World Trophy 2019

(1) Richard Veenstra v Justin Thompson
(16) Kyle McKinstry v Nick Kenny
(9) Wayne Warren v Qualifier 4
(8) Scott Waites v Daniel Day
(5) Michael Unterbuchner v Roger Janssen
(12) Mario Vandenbogaerde v Brian Lokken
(13) ) Ross Montgomery v Sebastian Steyer
(4) Scott Mitchell by Qualifier 2
(3) Wesley Harms v Paul Hogan
(14) Andy Hamilton v Adam Smith-Neale
(11) Chris Landman v Mark McGrath
(6) Dave Parletti v Martijn Kleermaker
(7) ) Gary Robson v Joe Chaney
(10) Willem Mandigers v Qualifier 3
(15) Derk Telnekes v Qualifier 1
(2) Jim Williams v Wes Newton

Ladies

(1) Lisa Ashton v Corrine Hammond
(8) Trina Gulliver v Casey Gallagher
(5) Fallon Sherrock v Mikuru Suzuki
(4) Aileen de Graaf v Qualifier 1
(3) Deta Hedman v Maria O’Brien
(6) Anastasia Dobromyslova v Sharon Prins
(7) Laura Turner v Paula Jacklin
(2) Lorraine Winstanley v Qualifier 2

Hogan Falls Short as Turnbull Claims Easter Open

The 12th running of the Red Dragon Bucks Easter Darts Open took place on Good Friday at the Hazlemere Community Centre.

Over 80 players attended the competition, from many counties around the country including, London, Berkshire, Bucks, Norfolk, Hampshire and Hertfordshire to name a few.

After several hours of play, the Semifinals saw John Cockman take on Paul Hogan, Hogan had won the competition five previous times and it was ‘Crocodile Dundee’ who made it through to the final with a 4-0 win.

Andy Turnbull Claimed his First Bucks Easter Open

In the other Semi Final, Middlesex player Andy Turnbull took on Luke Smith (Northamptonshire). Turnbull took the win and made it to the final.

The Final saw Andy Turnbull start strongly and produce a great performance to win the final 5-2 claiming his first Bucks Easter Open title.

Suzanne Smith

The Ladies Competition went to Suzanne Smith beating Sarah Mallott in the Final.

Andy Long, in his presentation, gave thanks to Hazlemere Community Centre for hosting. Paul Tubb and Sue Long, in help running an excellent competition, were also much appreciated.

Credit: Andy Long