Scott Waites won all three of his games to win the group on Night 27 of the Unibet Home Tour, and secure safe passage to the Last 32 stage.
The former Grand Slam champion was imperious on the doubles as he saw off Steve Beaton, Ron Meulenkamp and Ross Smith to take top spot.
He kicked off the night with a comeback 5-3 victory over Beaton, and followed that by a devastating 5-0 win over Meulenkamp.
Smith also started strongly, seeing off Meulenkamp 5-1 and edging out Beaton 5-4 to set up a group-deciding clash with Waites.
But two-time BDO Champion Waites had too much as he ran out a 5-2 winner to seal the group.
The final game of the night, although merely for pride between Beaton and Meulenkamp, proved to be one of the most entertaining as the Dutchman landed a 180 before a 161 finish to steal it in a deciding leg.
Action continues on the Unibet Home Tour on Thursday and can be watched live and free through PDCTV for registered users (new users can sign up for FREE here), as well as through bookmakers’ websites and international broadcasters.
Registered PDCTV members can also watch for FREE through the official PDC App.
Unibet Home Tour Group 27 – Wednesday May 13 (1930 BST) Steve Beaton 3-5 Scott Waites Ross Smith 5-1 Ron Meulenkamp Scott Waites 5-0 Ron Meulenkamp Steve Beaton 4-5 Ross Smith Ross Smith 2-5 Scott Waites Ron Meulenkamp 5-4 Steve Beaton
Dave Chisnall won Group Three of the Unibet Home Tour on Sunday evening as the innovative new tournament continued with Night Three.
World number 11 Chisnall began the night in impressive fashion in his darts cabin, averaging 102.8 in a 5-2 defeat of former Grand Slam of Darts champion Scott Waites.
PDC newcomer Waites bounced back with back-to-back victories over Wales’ Jonathan Worsley and Dutchman Jan Dekker, but Chisnall’s 5-0 whitewash of Dekker kept him firmly in the driving seat.
Waites needed Worsley to win 5-1 or better against Chisnall in the final game of the night to win the group, but Chisnall romped home in style with a 5-2 success.
The Unibet Home Tour continues on Monday night with Group Four, which will see Lisa Ashton, Ross Smith, Mickey Mansell and Geert Nentjes competing in the fourth of 32 consecutive nights of live darts action.
Unibet Home Tour Group Three – Sunday April 19 Dave Chisnall 5-2 Scott Waites Jan Dekker 4-5 Jonathan Worsley Scott Waites 5-1 Jonathan Worsley Dave Chisnall 5-0 Jan Dekker Jan Dekker 1-5 Scott Waites Jonathan Worsley 1-5 Dave Chisnall
Night three of the PDC Unibet Home Tour will feature former World finalist Dave Chisnall alongside double World Champion Scott Waites. Dutchman Jan Dekker and Jonathan Worsley complete the four player group.
Waites will not quite be having the experience he expected when crossing to the PDC, in a much anticipated switch, in January. Chisnall meanwhile has enjoyed a good spell since moving dart sponsors in 2019 and will enjoy the opportunity to showcase his skills in a relaxed atmosphere. Expect plenty of 180’s from Chizzy!
Dekker has proven a highly adaptable player over the last decade, reaching the later stages of the Lakeside as well as playing on most of the PDC’s biggest stages. The Dutchman represent an example of the modern ‘Hybrid’ professional dart player.
Worlsey, known as the Womble, has previously enjoyed great success on the Challenge Tour and will be looking to use the Home Tour to raise his profile and, perhaps, provide a stepping stone to success at the Pro Tour level.
The Unibet Home Tour has already provided plenty of shocks, Peter Wright and Gerwyn Price both handily defeated, and the highlight of Luke Woodhouse’s 9-Dart moment.
What does night three hold in store?
Group Three – Sunday April 19 Dave Chisnall v Scott Waites Jan Dekker v Jonathan Worsley Scott Waites v Jonathan Worsley Dave Chisnall v Jan Dekker Jan Dekker v Scott Waites Jonathan Worsley v Dave Chisnall
Unibet Home Tour Group Two – Saturday April 18 Gerwyn Price 5-2 Rowby-John Rodriguez Luke Woodhouse 5-2 Ted Evetts Ted Evetts 5-3 Rowby-John Rodriguez Luke Woodhouse 5-0 Gerwyn Price Luke Woodhouse 5-2 Rowby-John Rodriguez Gerwyn Price 5-2 Ted Evetts
Today’s ‘One to Watch’ is a sprint rather than a marathon. Darts World’s ‘Resident Coach’ often refers to destructive darts. He also (repeatedly), states that outlasting, or surviving, ‘The Surge‘ and retaining your own composure is the key to many a famous win.
A fantastic example of ‘The Surge‘ was produced by Scott Waites during his group match against Adrian Lewis in 2010. It is one of the most destructive starts, to a high profile game, you will ever see:
It is clear that Scott has decided to pour his focus into this match. Pay attention, to his body language, and manner, during the ‘warm-up’ phase. Adrian is doing his usual relaxed, laughing and joking, routine, whilst Scott looks as if he is psyching himself up to burst from the gates!
Too-Hotty then reals off three big finishes. The 161 in leg two is the important, but the third a 137 finished on d10 is utterly destructive. Although the commentators concentrate on the back-to-back twelve dart legs, Lewis is denied three clear darts at 18, which he surely would have hit. This completed the most often seen example of ‘The Surge’. Three quick legs involving a Hold-Break-Hold (HBH) pattern.
From this point on you can see, despite his, Bristow/Taylor like, bravado, Jackpot’s resistance crumbling.
Scott eases the intensity off, a little, at the end of leg three a smile to the crowd, a shake of the head and a drink of water. Following the HBH simply sharing the next two, on throw, gives the ‘Surger’ 4 out of 5 legs. Although, Waites lost leg four, it was clear that Adrian was trying, much too hard, and as a result, all his natural weapons were not helping.
Returning after the break Waites could afford to stay within himself and force Lewis to find more. Thus the four, from five, are secured and Too Hotty moves 4-1 up, in the first too five. Although Scott falls for trying, too hard, to wrap it up quickly, the cushion he has earned from one of the best timed destructive spells, ensures he is able to survive a mini Lewis comeback and close out the match. He went on to win the event!
Some players seem naturally able too surge at the right time. This ability both enables faster wins, due to fewer legs played and easier ones due to lack of resistance.
MVG ‘s record setting Premier League game against Micheal Smith is another superb example. Smith is reduced to being a practice partner and not a very good one.
Had Jackpot retained more of his own game earlier who knows? Next time we will look at how to survive such an onslaught!
The Ladbrokes UK Open is underway in its 2020 iteration. Lisa Ashton has fallen at the first fence, defeated by Mike de Decker, and Fallon Sherrock has also been knocked out. Former World Champion Scott Waites has made a strong start and has already claimed two victories. Adam Smith Neale joins the list of the early departed, Callan Rydz defeated the former Winmau World Master six – three.
2020 Ladbrokes UK Open Friday March 6 Afternoon Session (1100 GMT Start, 1200 GMT on Main Stage) First, Second & Third Rounds Main Stage Mike De Decker 6-2 Lisa Ashton (R1) Scott Waites 6-4 Damon Heta (R1) Kyle McKinstry 6-1 Fallon Sherrock (R1) Mark McGeeney 6-5 Scott Baker (R2) John Michael 6-5 Jeff Smith (R2) Kevin Doets 6-3 David Pallett (R2) Kyle McKinstry 6-4 Jason Heaver (R2) Luke Humphries v Kyle Anderson (R3) Kim Huybrechts v Robert Thornton (R3) Josh Payne v Luke Woodhouse (R3)
Stage Two Cody Harris 6-5 Scott Taylor (R1) Kai Fan Leung 6-3 Kelvin Self (R1) Karel Sedlacek 6-0 Adam Hunt (R1) Alan Tabern 6-2 Keane Barry (R1) Andy Hamilton 6-3 Patrick Lynskey (R1) Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-0 Marko Kantele (R2) Scott Waites 6-1 Geert Nentjes (R2) Mike De Decker 6-5 Daniel Larsson (R2) Bradley Brooks 6-2 Nick Kenny (R2) Ryan Searle 6-5 Cristo Reyes (R3) William O’Connor 6-2 Jan Dekker (R3) Vincent van der Voort v John Michael (R3) William Borland v Mike De Decker (R3)
Stage Three Steffen Siepmann 6-4 Krzysztof Kciuk (R1) Peter Jacques 6-4 Ciaran Teehan (R1) Steve Brown 6-5 Michael Barnard (R1) Daniel Larsson 6-5 Ryan Meikle (R1) Harry Ward 6-5 Gavin Carlin (R2) Kai Fan Leung 6-2 Kirk Shepherd (R2) Karel Sedlacek 6-2 Barrie Bates (R2) Rhys Hayden 6-4 James Richardson (R2) Richard North 6-4 Ron Meulenkamp (R3) Steve West 6-2 Conan Whitehead (R3) Bradley Brooks 6-4 Devon Petersen (R3) Wesley Harms v Martin Atkins (R3) Stephen Burton v Kyle McKinstry (R3)
Stage Four Jason Askew 6-4 Greg Ritchie (R1) Jason Heaver 6-0 Jesus Noguera (R1) Adam Smith-Neale 6-4 Ben Cheeseman (R1) Nathan Rafferty 6-3 Darren Beveridge (R1) Andy Boulton 6-2 Reece Robinson (R2) Maik Kuivenhoven 6-3 Nathan Derry (R2) Wesley Harms 6-5 Justin Smith (R2) Madars Razma 6-4 Derk Telnekes (R2) Jamie Lewis 6-5 Ross Smith (R3) Ted Evetts v James Wilson (R3) Steve Lennon v Alan Tabern (R3) Mickey Mansell v Niels Zonneveld (R3)
Stage Five Stephen Burton 6-1 Adam Huckvale (R1) Rhys Hayden 6-5 James Clark (R1) Bradley Brooks 6-5 Cameron Menzies (R1) Harald Leitinger 6-1 Kevin Burness (R1) Jonathan Worsley 6-4 Matt Clark (R2) Steffen Siepmann 6-2 Carl Wilkinson (R2) Ted Evetts 6-1 Berry van Peer (R2) Alan Tabern 6-3 Steve Brown (R2) Justin Pipe 6-3 Kai Fan Leung (R3) Ryan Joyce 6-2 Yordi Meeuwisse (R3) Lewis Williams 6-4 Jose De Sousa (R3) Nathan Rafferty v Jamie Hughes (R3)
Stage Six Wesley Harms 6-3 Aaron Beeney (R1) Danny van Trijp 6-4 Boris Koltsov (R1) William Borland 6-2 Andrew Davidson (R1) Lewis Williams 6-5 Robert Owen (R1) Jason Lowe 6-1 Cody Harris (R2) Martin Atkins 6-2 Christian Bunse (R2) Nathan Rafferty 6-1 Mike van Duivenbode (R2) Niels Zonneveld 6-4 Andy Hamilton (R2) Gabriel Clemens 6-3 Maik Kuivenhoven (R3) Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Darius Labanauskas (R3) Rhys Hayden 6-2 Toni Alcinas (R3) Matthew Edgar 6-3 Callan Rydz (R3)
Stage Seven Martin Atkins 6-5 Ryan Murray (R1) Callan Rydz 6-5 Shane McGuirk (R1) Wayne Jones 6-1 Gary Blades (R1) Berry van Peer 6-3 Owen Roelofs (R1) Jason Askew 6-5 Rowby-John Rodriguez (R2) Yordi Meeuwisse 6-3 Peter Jacques (R2) Lewis Williams 6-3 Adrian Gray (R2) Joe Murnan 6-3 Harald Leitinger (R2) Martin Schindler 6-4 Benito van de Pas (R3) Andy Boulton 6-4 Mark McGeeney (R3) Jonathan Worsley v Jason Lowe (R3) Madars Razma v Scott Waites (R3)
Stage Eight Justin Smith 6-3 Andy Jenkins (R1) Derk Telnekes 6-3 Martijn Kleermaker (R1) James Richardson 6-4 Darren Penhall (R1) Kevin Doets 6-1 Alfie Thompson (R1) Stephen Burton 6-4 Vincent van der Meer (R2) Conan Whitehead 6-3 Wayne Jones (R2) William Borland 6-0 Danny van Trijp (R2) Callan Rydz 6-3 Adam Smith-Neale (R2) Jelle Klaasen 6-4 Jason Askew (R3) Harry Ward 6-3 Steffen Siepmann (R3) Joe Murnan 6-3 Karel Sedlacek (R3) Simon Stevenson 6-5 Kevin Doets (R3)
Schedule of Play Friday March 6 Afternoon Session (1100 GMT start – 1200 GMT start on Main Stage) First, Second & Third Rounds Main Stage, Stage Two & Stages Three-Eight
Evening Session (1900 GMT start) Fourth Round Main Stage, Stage Two & Stages Three-Eight
Saturday March 7 Afternoon Session (1230 GMT start) Fifth Round Main Stage, Stage Two & Stages Three-Four
Evening Session (1900 GMT start) Sixth Round Main Stage & Stage Two * NB Session times for Saturday amended from one session to two sessions.
Sunday March 8 Afternoon Session (1245 GMT start) Quarter-Finals Main Stage
Evening Session (1900 GMT start) Semi-Finals & Final Main Stage
Format First, Second & Third Rounds – Best of 11 legs Fourth, Fifth & Sixth Rounds & Quarter-Finals – Best of 19 legs Semi-Finals & Final – Best of 21 legs
Players will be able able to add their names to one of Europe’s newest WDF Opens, with two WDF category “SILVER” tournaments taking place during the Slovak Open Weekend. The Slovak Masters, and Open, have so far been claimed by Wes Harms, Scott Waites and Tony Martin.
The 2020 PDC ProTour season gets underway with Players Championship 1 in Barnsley on Saturday.
The opening day of the first ProTour double-header of the year will see 128 players in action, including world number one Michael van Gerwen, World Champion Peter Wright and debutant Lisa Ashton.
Darren Webster has started the day in fine form with wins over Ian White, former Lakeside World Champion Scott Waites and Karel Sedlacek. Canadian Jeff Smith is also going nicely on his return to the top flight after regaining his Tour Card last month.
Lisa Ashton, the first female player to have earned her place on the tor via Q School, fell at the first hurdle to ‘History Maker Brendan’ Dolan.
MVG is still going strongly as is another player returning to the tour, Swindon’s Steve Brown is making good progress.
Imagine a player who kicked off the decade by crossing into a rival code, claiming one of their major titles and then crossing straight back again. A year later the same player claimed two more major titles, including the much vaunted Winmau World Masters, and the World Cup singles crown.
Over the next year our player goes on picking up title after title until he claims the ultimate prize in his organisation. Perhaps you imagine this player would be cheered from the rafters, would he be fending off sponsors and filling his diary with lucrative exhibitions. Now imagine this player is Scott Waites!
‘Too Hotty’, as Scott is known, can be viewed as a titan of the darting decade. From claiming the Grand Slam of Darts in 2010, The World Masters & World Cup Singles in 2011 and The Lakeside World title in 2013 all the way through to reaching the World Masters Final again in 2019, he has played a huge role in the last ten darting years.
In combination with Martin Adams, it could be argued that Scott gave the BDO a legitimacy that helped to retain its sponsors, and TV coverage, for an artificially long time. By demonstrating that BDO players were capable of bringing low the very best the PDC had to offer, Waites reaffirmed the role of grassroots darts. The fact he chose to remain within that ‘amateur’ code, retaining his full time work, was widely admired.
In the middle of this period Waites suffered a severe injury, to his rotator cuff, and had to have surgery on his throwing arm. In a fairy-tale worthy of ‘Escape to Victory’ Waites returned and, despite not seeming quite as destructive, captured a second World Title (Lakeside) in 2016.
Yet ‘Too Hotty’ has never received the credit he deserves. Often his efforts have been demeaned as one offs or lucky. Online forum members mock his more recent efforts and even darts media undervalue Waites’ at almost every turn.
The group of players to win multiple World Titles (senior), The World Masters, The World Cup Singles and a ‘big 5’ PDC major, is tiny. In addition as a team representative Waites can add the European and World Cups to his collection. Add in the return from injury and the capture of a large number of BDO/WDF Opens over the decade and Scott is unique.
Although he declined the chance to cross to the PDC after his 2010 Grand Slam win, and again after his World Championship, the forty-two year old has been flirting with the PDC since 2019. January 2020 saw Scott claim a coveted Pro Tour card and he will finally become a full time darts professional!
Scott Waites is hoping a fully fledged tilt at the PDC will mark a new chapter in his career as he aims to challenge the sport’s elite on a regular basis.
Waites, winner of the BDO world title (Lakeside) in 2013 and 2016, came through the final day of UK Qualifying School, will become a full-time PDC professional for the first time in his career.
Our resident coach has long suggested that ‘Too Hotty’, as Waites is known, is possibly the most underrated, and or undervalued, player in the game. The 42-year-old appeared in the BDO around 2004 and is one of the most successful players in the history of that code. winning the World Masters, Finder Masters and more than 20 other ranked titles.
Despite being somewhat overshadowed by Glen Durrant, in recent years, Waites has still made major finals and proved both his longevity and class on the big occasion.
Waites, is also the only BDO player to have won a PDC major, after reaching the final the previous year, claiming 2010 Grand Slam. As one of a select group, to win multiple BDO world titles, you would think he would feature in many lists of pre-event favourites or at least biggest threats. Yet he is often discussed as if his titles were many years ago or from lesser fields.
Winmau thrower Waites will play PDC circuit for the next two years producing s superb run on the final Q School day. The final game saw him defeat JDC World Champion Keane Barry 5-0.
Waites told the PDC: “To get through is amazing.
“I knew I had to come here today and just win it outright, and I’ve played my game all day.
“The time has never been right for me to move over before but now I think it is right to have a go, so let’s see what happens.
“In the last few weeks and coming up to the BDO World Championship, I put quite a lot of practice in.
“It showed with me and Scott Mitchell, when I played him in the World Championship our game was quite good, I played him again [at Q School] and I think he had a 101 average and I had a 99 and that’s the standard you’ve got to aim at now.
“I’m going to put a lot of practice in now, this is going to give me the ‘get up and go’ I need.
“This is what I wanted, it’s great.”
Scott was one of 31 players to gain a coveted Tour Card, He will compete for the first time as a PDC player at Players Championship Event One on Saturday February 8.
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