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.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER A RILEYS AMATEUR QUALIFIER

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.

Mitchell Leads Challenge Tour Rankings.

Scott Mitchell leads the 2020 Unicorn Challenge Tour Order of Merit after the opening weekend of action.

Former BDO Champion Mitchell was one of four event winners across Saturday and Sunday, along with Robert Collins, Matthew Dennant and Jitse van der Wal. 

The top player on the 2020 Unicorn Challenge Tour Order of Merit will book their place at Alexandra Palace for the 2020/21 William Hill World Darts Championship.

The top two players on the 2020 Unicorn Challenge Tour Order of Merit will win a two-year Tour Card to play on the PDC ProTour in 2021 and 2022.

The next four of the year’s 24 events will take place in Wigan from April 11-12.

Challenge Tour Order of Merit (PDC)
PDC Ranking Table for Events 1-4. Any missing Pro Tour spaces will be filled in ranking order from this order of merit.

Text: PDC

Pic: L Lustig / PDC

Collins Looking To Capitalise On Good Form. Q School 2020

Our resident coach has eyes and ears all over the darting scene. For a little while he has been telling us about a few players he feels may come through to the next level. One of those he keeps coming back to is Rob Collins.

Collins recently claimed the New Forest Masters.

Collins’ record shows potential but is nothing to really get excited about. Yet ‘Coach’ is adamant that he is one to watch. Last year saw a definite improvement in his results and his late season BDO and open form was certainly eye catching.

Rob claimed the New Forest Masters, which is a tough, long standing event, at a cantor and seems to have attracted the interest of Red Dragon darts at some point, so perhaps ‘Coach’ is on to something.

We will keep an eye on Rob at Q School this year and see if he is ready to add to ‘Coach’s rep as a talent spotter!

The 2019 New Forest Masters – New Format Thrives Despite Adverse Weather.

The 7th successive New Forest Masters was held at the Memorial Centre in New Milton, Hampshire on Saturday 2 November.

This years winner Rob Collins. Worth keeping an eye on in the coming months.

Tournament Director Chris Skinner ran two tournaments, a (money in – money out) pairs and for the first time for the Masters, a Round Robin event.

48 players teamed up for the pairs which set off a little later than planned due to the horrendous weather causing train delays and horizontal trees hampering the arrival of some players. If there had been a bookmaker at the event then Rob Collins, a very good player who may well get a tour card this January teamed up with the experienced Andy Jenkins and they surely would have been odds on favourites.

The favourite tag was justified with the pair dropping just 2 legs on the way to winning the final 4:1 against Buster Turner and Jack Seymour!

With only one player not making it through the treacherous conditions, the Round Robin got underway with a virtual full complement of players including six ladies. The format was to play all three legs with one point a leg being awarded.

All three Ladies who won through, Alex Dorney, Karen Webber and Julie Callow lost their last 32 game but next year there will be a separate ladies event. There was some real quality though including the first-ever Masters Champion, Ben Ward.

The format was a brutal best of three legs – Champion of Champions style with a best of 5 final. Rob Collins beat Ricky Peckham 2:0 in the first semi-final setting up a final with Gary Eastwood who came through a close encounter with Buster Turner 2:1.

Rob Collins demonstrated his class in the final beating Gary Eastwood 3:1 to wrap up a great day for the man from Bognor Regis.


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