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.

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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.


Remote Darts League: Veenstra Secures Semi Spot!

Dutchman Richard Veenstra booked his spot in the Semi Finals of the Remote Darts League on Saturday Evening as he picked up 5 points from a possible 6 as he took on John O’Shea, Justin Thompson and Joe Chaney.

Dutch an Veenstra secured his semi spot with a strong evening’s results. (Chris Sergeant, TipTop Pics)

The opening match of the night was between Ireland’s John O’Shea and Holland’s Richard Veenstra. Both began the night on the same amount points in the league phase and just a point off the top 4, with a win for either would push them into the top 4 for the time being. The match began with 4 consecutive breaks of throw with 3 of the 4 legs won in 16 darts with the other being an 11 darter from O’Shea which included the 1st maximum of the night. For the next 4 legs of the match, it was all holds of throw which included legs in 14 and 15 darts from O’Shea and legs in 17 and 16 darts from Veenstra as well as 1st 180 of the night for the Dutchman. In the 9th leg, Veenstra broke O’Shea in 15 darts before following it up with a 16 darter in the decider to pick up 2 very valuable points and move into 3rd spot in the league phase for the time being.

John O’Shea.

The second game of the night was between 2 players from separate part of the globe as America’s Joe Chaney took on New Zealand’s Justin Thompson- with both needing points in the evening’s play if they hope to qualify for the semi finals of the Remote Darts League by finishing in the top 4. The match was quite evenly matched to say the least as it began with back to back breaks of throw which included a 101 checkout from Thompson in the opener before Chaney replied with a 21 dart break back before pinning a 16 darter to move 2-1 ahead. Thompson then won back to back legs in 14 and 13 darts respectively including a 1st 180 of the match. Chaney replied with the same fate in winning legs in 17 and 15 darts respectively to move back ahead at 4-3 where Thompson then held throw in 14 darts to ensure for the 2nd match in a row, the game would go to a deciding leg. In the 2 remaining legs, Chaney dominated them in winning both in 22 and 21 darts respectively to seal a very valuable 2 points and go joint 4th in the league phase following a 6-4 win. 

The third match up was between Joe Chaney and John O’Shea with both needing points if they hope to qualify for the Semi Finals. The match began with back to back breaks of throw with a 17 dart start from O’Shea followed an 18-dart leg from Chaney, who pinned a 180 in each leg. Chaney then won back to back legs in 16 and 15 darts respectively to move 3-1 ahead before O’Shea won 3 legs on the spin in 18 darts before back to back 15 darts legs with ton plus checkouts in each (106 and 146). Chaney then squared the match up at 4 apiece, winning the leg in 17 darts and hitting a 4th 180 of the match. In the last 2 legs of the match, both held throw- firstly Chaney won his leg in 15 darts, pinning a 5th maximum and a 103 checkout before O’Shea picked up his 1st point of the match in wrapping up the match in 17 darts to make it a 5-5 draw. 

The fourth game featured Justin Thompson go up against Richard Veenstra- with Thompson needing a win if he hopes to still qualify for the Semi Finals. The match began with Thompson racing into a 3-0 lead pinning legs in 13, 17 and 21 darts respectively before Veenstra came back in winning 5 legs in 22, 15, 14, 16 and 15 darts respectively including 2 legs where he hit a 110 checkout in each leg to secure a point and ensure that Thompson cannot qualify for the Semi Finals. Despite that, Thompson then won the last 2 legs of the match in 17 and 14 darts respectively to earn his 1st point of the night. 

The penultimate game of the night was between Justin Thompson and John O’Shea- with both playing their final league phase game of the Remote Darts League with O’Shea needing a win to keep his hope alive of qualifying for the Semi Finals. The match began with O’Shea racing into a 2-0 lead with back to back 18 dart legs before Thompson picked his first leg of the match with a 17 darter. O’Shea then won back to back legs again this time in 14 and 15 darts respectively including his 2nd and 3rd 180’s of the match having pinned a 1st in the 3rd leg and a 104 checkout to move 4-1 ahead. Thompson then won back to back legs in 12 and 18 darts respectively which included a brilliant 139 checkout. O’Shea then sealed the win by winning Legs 8 and 9 in 18 and 16 darts respectively to pick up 2 very valuable points and end the league phase by picking up 20 points from a possible 30. 

The final game was between Richard Veenstra and Joe Chaney- with a point separating the 2 and Chaney needing 2 points to ensure that he will have a chance of qualifying for the Semi Finals but a win over Veenstra would see him in firm position to qualify for that stage. The match began with 3 straight holds of throw with Veenstra winning 2 of the 3 in 15 and 18 darts respectively with Chaney winning his legs in 18 darts. The 1st break of throw came in the 4th leg from Veenstra as he pinned a 16 darter to go 3-1 up. Chaney then pinned back to back 14 darters to square the match up at 3 apiece. Back to back holds of throw to square the match up a 4 a piece ensured that the match would go to a deciding leg for the 5th time out of 6 matches in the evening’s play. A 17-dart leg from Veenstra in the 9th leg, ensured that Chaney wasn’t going to qualify for the Semi Finals, even with just a point. In the last leg, Chaney missed 3 darts at tops for that point before Veenstra came back to the board and pinned a brilliant 119 checkout under pressure for a 21 dart leg to put hm joint 1st with James Richardson going into the group night on Sunday.


The Remote Darts League phase concludes on Sunday with James Richardson and Paul Hogan looking to cement their spot in the Semi Finals with Jim Williams and Tony O’Shea as they both complete their final 3 group matches. 

Dutch Open: Details, Streaming & Schedule.

Richard Veenstra will be looking to retain his title when ‘The World’s Largest‘ darts open gets underway this Friday. Sadly, Mikuru Suzuki cannot defend her 2019 crown. De Bonte Wever in Assen will host the 2020 Dutch Open with the event being streamed live and free on WinmauTV across 31st Jan – 2nd Feb.

The WDDA Winmau World Championship will be streamed live at 7pm this Friday.

The inaugural WDDA Winmau World Championship also takes place on Friday 31st Jan. as part of the renowned event, with the final streamed at approx. 7pm on Friday.

Friday opens with the Pairs tournament played down to and including the semi-finals, with the finals opening the stage finals on Sunday. The Winmau WDDA tournament will also begin at approx. midday Friday with the final set to be played at approx. 7pm.

Saturday the singles tournaments get under way with over 5000 entrants taking part for the Mens, Ladies and Paradarts classifications. The Ladies will play down to the final whilst the Mens play down to the last 64 and the Paradarts will be played to it’s conclusion.

Can Wayne Warren add another prestigious title to his World Championship win?

Sunday the men’s last 64 onwards will play until the final whilst the Youth events get underway – stage matches then start at 12.30 local time where all finals will be played.

All the coverage will be streamed live and free on WinmauTV – tune in here.

Full Schedule is available from the Dutch Open website here.


A version of this article appeared in Winmau.com

Pics:Red Dragon, Winmau (Design), L Lustig (PDC)

BDO

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. 

Results:

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 

BDO World Championship Review – Day 4.

Leighton Bennett Bennett became the youngest ever competitor in the BDO World Championships as he took on former champion of the world Scott Mitchell. ‘Scotty Dog’ settled the better, taking the first two sets without breaking sweat. 

However, ‘Boom Boom’ returned from the interval re-invigorated, taking the following set as Mitchell’s heart rate began to rise. But that would only be a minor blip as Mitchell returns to his old ways and defeated the 14-year-old with a respectable 88 average. 

Number six seed Nick Kenny was the highest profile casualty of the afternoon session as he was defeated by the Netherlands Dennie Olde Kalter in a five set thriller. Olde Kalter had originally taken a two set lead, but was dragged into a decider by the dogged Kenny. 

The British Classic champion would show his class in the latter stages, taking out finishes of 90 and 98 as he ended the Welshman’s chances of a first major title. 

Elsewhere in the men’s competition there were wins for number three seed Richard Veenstra and World Championship debutante David Evans. Veenstra made it all the way to the semi-finals in 2016, and will be hoping for another deep run in the brand new venue. 

Nick Fullwell – Defeated by David ‘Stretch’ Evans at the Indigo O2.

Evans entered as 14th seed in his first World Championship and survived a match dart against Stourbridge’s Nick Fullwell. ‘Stretch’ would claim the final two sets to set up a meeting with Andy Hamilton

In the women’s competition there were routine victories for former champions Anastasia 
Dobromyslova and Lisa Ashton
. ‘The Lancashire Rose’ cruised past Paula Jacklin, recording the first whitewash win of the tournament. 

Elsewhere, Anastasia Dobromyslova was far from her brilliant best as she defeated Sharon Prins in straight sets, she knows improvement will be needed as she faces Mikuru Suzuki in the quarter-finals. 

There were also victories for Ben Hazel over seasoned veteran Gary Robson and Scotland’s Ryan Hogarth as he defeated Thibault Tricole of France. 

David Evans 3-2 Nick Fullwell 
Dennie Olde Kalter 3-2 Nick Kenny 
Anastasia Dobromyslova 2-0 Sharon Prins 
Richard Veenstra 3-1 Justin Hood 

Ben Hazel 3-2 Gary Robson 
Lisa Ashton 2-0 Paula Jacklin 
Scott Mitchell 3-1 Leighton Bennett 
Ryan Hogarth 3-0 Thibault Tricole 


By Josh Green (@JoshGreenMedia) 

Pics – BDO unless stated.

Grand Slam Representatives Decided. Ashton, Williams, Suzuki & Durrant Among BDO Selections.

BDO Representatives confirmed for Grand Slam of Darts

Glen Durrant and Mikuru Suzuki will headline the eight BDO representatives at the 2019 Grand Slam of Darts next month, with five players set to make their Wolverhampton debuts.

PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG
GLEN DURRANT IN ACTION

The BDO representatives among the 32-player field include the 2019 Lakeside Men’s and Women’s Champions, with Durrant returning for a fourth successive year, while Japan’s Suzuki makes her first appearance in the event.

The top-ranked male and female players in the BDO system, Wesley Harms and Lisa Ashton, will also be competing at the Aldersley Leisure Village, alongside BDO World Trophy winner Jim Williams.

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JIM WILLIAMS JIM WILLIAMS IN ACTION

Meanwhile, Dutchman Richard Veenstra, England’s Dave Parletti and Welshman Wayne Warren will all make their Grand Slam debuts next month.

The Grand Slam of Darts sees the 32 players split into eight groups of four players for the round-robin phase, with the top two players from each group then progressing to the knockout stage from the last 32 onwards.

The tournament will be held from November 9-17 at the Aldersley Leisure Village. Tickets are available through SeeTickets at pdc.seetickets.com and the Midland Box Office via www.wolvescivic.co.uk.

ENDS

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

Welsh Open Weekend Under Way.

The 2019 Welsh Open Weekend is underway at Pontins Prestatyn Sands. The Red Dragon sponsored, main events kicked off earlier today. Over the weekend, Men’s, Ladies & Pairs events will be held. Almost 700 hundred entries have been taken for the men’s event, while 200 players will compete in the women’s singles. The Welsh Classic is underway today with several big names through to the last 32.

Richard Veenstra, Gary Welding and Gary Robson have won through their groups in relative comfort. Masters Champion Adam Smith-Neale is also through. Welsh veteran Martin Phillips got his weekend off to a winning start defeating David Fitzgerald and Chris Harrison. Dave Parletti also made the last 32 stages comfortably. Northern Ireland’s Francis Carragher & Welshman Dean Reynolds joined them. In a battle of Welsh stars, Nick Kenny was pipped 4-3 by Tim Jones.

Warrior, Wez Newton returned to form with three quick wins, dropping no more than a single leg in any game. Young David Evans is beginning to show his true ability at a higher level. After a battling win against Ryan Hogarth, in the last 256, he picked up his game. David reached the last 32 for the loss of only one more leg.

Among the legends entered this weekend is Tony O Shea. Silverback is also through the early stages of the Classic event. Former World Champion Scott Mitchell and Gary Robson also got their weekends off to a decent start.

Former PDC World Finalist Andy Hamilton looks to return to his best after a tough few months. Matt Padgett could be a player to watch, he has shown very good form in Open events recently and seems to be getting more and more used to BDO/WDF events.

One player not to be underestimated could be John Roberts. He is also through to the later stages and can be very effective on busy days.

The Welsh Open pairs Events, both Men’s and Ladies will kick off around 6pm this evening.

The Welsh Open itself will take place on Sunday the 12th May.