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In May, Darts World launched its special ‘Lockdown Archive’ also known as ‘Darts World Freemium‘. The archive was set up to help entertain darts fans during these tough times.

Back in April 2018 Gary Anderson featured on our cover. Gary and Michael Smith also gave an interview for the magazine, John Gwynne offered his thoughts on ‘darting around’ Australia and Rob Cross’s (Target) darts were reviewed.

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A Battle on Multiple Fronts? Premier League Night 16. Leeds Hosts Group Phase Finale.

All four games will have a bearing on the final finishing positions on a crucial night of action, beginning when sixth-placed Gerwyn Price takes on Peter Wright – who sits eighth – in the opening game of the night.

Can GP make it to Finals Night? PIC LAWRENCE LUSTIG GERWYN PRICE IN ACTION

THE 2019 Unibet Premier League’s regular season concludes final league at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Thursday, where four players are vying for the final two Play-Off places.

The tightest ever league phase will reach its climax in Yorkshire in arguably the most pivotal night of league action in the competition’s 15-year history.

James Wade, Mensur Suljovic, Daryl Gurney and Gerwyn Price all still harbour hopes of making it to The O2 on May 23, while Rob Cross and Michael van Gerwen are battling it out for top spot and the £25,000 league leader bonus.

All four games will have a bearing on the final finishing positions on a crucial night of action, beginning when sixth-placed Gerwyn Price takes on Peter Wright – who sits eighth – in the opening game of the night.

Welshman Price must win or draw to keep his Play-Off hopes alive and then hope results go his way later in the night, and the Grand Slam of Darts Champion is hoping he won’t be left ruing missed chances amongst six draws this season.

“At the start of the league I would’ve taken this position but going back five or six weeks I would’ve been disappointed for the situation to be out of my hands,” said Price, who drew 7-7 with Play-Off chasing rival Gurney in Sheffield last Thursday but missed one match dart.

“Last week’s game meant a lot to me, I knew I needed a win or at least a draw and I should’ve won. But it didn’t go my way and I’ve got to move on now.

“If I don’t go through it’s still been a brilliant year for me in the Premier League, even though I drew too many games. I’m going to keep being me and playing my own game.”

The focus then moves to fifth-placed Daryl Gurney, who takes on already-eliminated Michael Smith and knows that he must better the results of Price and Suljovic.

The Northern Irishman pinned a pivotal double 16 with his last dart in hand against Price in Sheffield to take a big step towards making his Play-Offs debut.

“For me, that game was the biggest of the season,” reflected Gurney. “He was the far better player and probably should have won the game, and I did well to get a draw,” said Gurney.

“I came away with a very important point. If I’d lost that game and Gerwyn had won it he would have been in the driving seat to qualify for The O2, but we got a draw so if Gerwyn wins [in Leeds] I’ve got to win.

“I think it leads for a very interesting last week, and I know it’s going to be a very difficult game against Michael Smith. He is a sleeping giant right now – the most naturally gifted player there is on the circuit.”

Fourth-placed Suljovic competes in the third tie of the evening, against Van Gerwen, and knows that he must better the results of Gurney and Price in their earlier games.

“Of course it will be really hard and I know I have to play well to beat Michael, but I will give it my all,” said Suljovic.

“It’s been a great Premier League and I hope I can make the top four and play in the Play-Offs. I’ve loved the Premier League this season and I don’t want it to end this week.”

Third-placed Wade will qualify with a win or a draw from his tie with Cross in the night’s final fixture, although if Gurney or Suljovic fail to win then the 2009 champion will have qualified for the Play-Offs before throwing a dart.

“I was disappointed to only come away with a draw last week, but it could turn out to be a good point,”said Wade.

“I know what I’ve got to do now, the equation for me is simple so it’s up to me to go out there and do it against Rob on Thursday.”

Can Rob Cross claim the League Phase Crown and join Taylor & MVG? PIC:PDC /L Lustig

Cross moved a step closer to joining Phil Taylor and Van Gerwen as the third player in history to top the league phase with an 8-4 victory over Suljovic in Sheffield last week, and a win over Wade would guarantee a finish at the top of the pile.

In doing so, the former World Champion would end Van Gerwen’s record of topping the league phase every year since his 2013 debut, while also pocketing the £25,000 bonus for topping the standings.

“It would be a real privilege to join Phil and Michael on the list of league phase winners,” said Cross, who has won ten matches in this year’s competition, more than any other player.

“If it was easy to do then there would be a fair few more players on that list, so I can’t take for granted how special it would be.

“I’ve got a tough game against James on Thursday, he’s played brilliant darts throughout the Premier League and he’s got a great chance to qualify. I’m going to have to play proper darts to get the win and I believe I will.”

Meanwhile, Van Gerwen will be aiming to put the pressure on Cross in their battle to top the final league table in his meeting with Suljovic.

The Dutchman sits a point behind Cross but has superior leg difference, so would move top with a draw ahead of the 2018 World Champion’s meeting with Wade in the final tie in Leeds.

“I can only blame myself for being in this position – I lost too many points this year,” said Van Gerwen.

“I think I can make up the point difference on Rob, I’ve been there before and I know what it takes so I will hopefully pile the pressure onto him with a win over Mensur.”

Night 16 of the Unibet Premier League in Leeds will be shown live on Sky Sports, worldwide through the PDC’s broadcast partners, and through video.pdc.tv for Rest of the World Subscribers.

Night 16 – Thursday May 16First Direct Arena, Leeds
Gerwyn Price v Peter Wright
Daryl Gurney v Michael Smith
Michael van Gerwen v Mensur Suljovic
James Wade v Rob Cross
Tickets: 0844 248 1585 or click here

REPORT – Wright victorious in Leverkusen – European Open Darts 2017

Credit – PDC Europe

Peter Wright was victorious in Leverkusen as he overcame former doubles partner Mervyn King in a sensational final. In a weekend that featured a shock exit for Michael van Gerwen and another excellent run from Michael Smith, Peter Wright came out on top. Read on to find out who else made their name in Germany.

Quarter-Final’s

Peter Wright confirmed his semi-final spot with a win over fellow Premier League participant Dave Chisnall. The pair exchanged blows early on with the first two legs going with the throw. It was after a second missed 161 attempt that Snakebite would kick into gear.

A succession of excellent finishes putting him in the clear as Chizzy faded into the distance. Both players will be travelling the China for next weeks Shanghai Darts Masters, but it was Chisnall who was sent packing in Germany.

World number three Wright would face Mensur Suljovic at the semi-final stage. The Austrian had earlier dumped out the weekends surprise package John Henderson. The Scot had rampaged through both Kim Huybrechts and Alan Norris, but despite an outrageous 156 check-out, it was not enough for ‘Hendo’ to reach a first European Tour semi-final of the year.

Following last week’s sensational final in Vienna, Michael Smith was looking to go one step further and win his second European Tour event of the season. His spotless record against Gerwyn Price speaks for itself, but the St Helen’s dartist needed a big performance on stage to beat the Welshman.

Some exceptional scoring saw him take the early advantage before Price found the form that has led him into the Premier League fold. A Shanghai on the 20’s levelled proceedings at three a piece, before Smith engaged the after-burners. Some ruthless finishing coupled with an upturn in scoring saw him take three of the next four legs and confirm a semi-final encounter with Mervyn King.

The King would hit his second tonne plus average of the day in beating a darting giant-killer in the name of Rob Cross. Cross had produced some outstanding displays considering it is just his first year on the PDC circuit. His 6-2 of Michael van Gerwen earlier in the afternoon had sent shockwaves across the darting world, but there was nothing he could do as the veteran King pulled out his A-game to reach the semi-finals.

Semi-Final’s

Peter Wright continued his track towards his ninth tournament win of 2017. Overturning a 3-1 deficit against Mensur Suljovic to seal a special 6-3 victory. The big Austrian was out of the blocks quickly, capitalizing on Wright’s missed doubles to sail into an early lead.

But the World number three gritted his teeth and took out 116 to level the match. It was easy going from then on, with Suljovic producing little resistance. He would eventually seal the deal with a clean two dart finish on 81, rounding off a extraordinary comeback with 12-darter!

Mervyn King, who was yet to make it past the third round in Europe this year, joined former doubles partner Wright in the Leverkusen final. Although he could not reach the sensational tonne plus averages of the previous three rounds, 96.58 was enough to see him through.

King always seemed to be one step ahead of the St Helen’s youngster, with Smith not seeing himself gaining an advantage throughout the contest.

The world number 20 will form a formidable opponent for any player at the World Matchplay in a couple of weeks time, especially with the ruthless doubling he has performed this weekend.

The Final

The former darting compatriots traded 177’s and breaks to open the barn-storming final. A third break of throw would come in the form of a 13-darter from the UK Open champion, and a two leg cushion would be opened up for the first time in the contest curtesy of another solid leg from Wright.

Snakebite would snatch the proceeding two legs to give himself daylight and make it almost impossible for King to mount a comeback. The royal one rattled in two more maximums to chalk a second leg. But after a long weekend, it would prove to be one step too far for King, as Wright applied to finishing touches on 101 to become 2017 HappyBet European Darts Open champion.

Results

Quarter-Final’s

Mensur Suljovic 6-2 John Henderson.

Peter Wright 6-1 Dave Chisnall

Michael Smith 6-4 Gerwyn Price

Mervyn King 6-2 Rob Cross

Semi-Final’s

Peter Wright 6-3 Mensur Suljovic

Mervyn King 6-4 Michael Smith

The Final

Peter Wright 6-2 Mervyn King