The Worst Final Ever? Saved By The Big Fish!

Speaking to Darts World this week, world number seven, Nathan Aspinall described how his 170 ‘Big Fish’ checkout rescued the game from being remembered as an appalling game:

To be fair to both Rob Cross and ‘The Asp’, it was clear that both guys were almost out of steam. The latter stages of ‘the Open‘ are draining with two important, and often long, matches on both Saturday and Sunday. Cross, despite being a World Champion, had little experience of this and Aspinall even less.

Both players had huge incentives to ‘finish the job‘ with Cross eager to prove his World Championship was no ‘one-hit wonder‘ and Aspinall clearly intent on claiming his first ranking ‘Major’. The combination of nerves and exhaustion resulted in both players slumping from their previous levels and it seemed that ‘The Asp’ just had more in the tank and would inch his way to victory.

The one question remaining was could Nathan hit a major winning double on TV? Here’s his answer!


MVG Claims UK Open Crown – World No.1 Edges Out Iceman After 9-Dart Glory.

Michael van Gerwen followed a sensational nine-dart finish with a third Ladbrokes UK Open title in a glorious Sunday at the Butlin’s Minehead Resort as he defeated Gerwyn Price 11-9 in the final.

LADBROKES UK OPEN 2020 BUTLINS RESORT, MINEHEAD, PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG FINAL MICHAEL VAN GERWEN V GERWYN PRICE MICHAEL VAN GERWEN WINS

Van Gerwen had endured three months without a tournament win since claiming November’s Players Championship Finals title in Minehead with a comeback defeat of Price.

He had also landed a nine-darter during that event, and repeated the feat with a perfect leg during his 11-3 semi-final romp against Daryl Gurney.

Van Gerwen had earlier averaged almost 111 in his quarter-final defeat of Rob Cross, and came from 5-1 down against Price in the final to scoop the £100,000 title and complete a UK Open hat-trick.

“It’s an incredible win and it means a lot to me to win this tournament,” said Van Gerwen. “I’ve had a phenomenal tournament and the pressure was on me.

“It was a hard day for me, I had to play three Premier League players and it was not easy but I played really good darts and didn’t do a lot wrong.

“The nine-darter was fantastic but with the way I was playing it was just a matter of time. That’s just one leg though and I had to keep my focus.

“Gerwyn had his chances in the final but I took good advantage and I never missed a chance. That was important, so I only can be happy with this.”

Michael van Gerwen (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)
Pic: PDC/L Lustig

Van Gerwen opened the final with a 180 as a 13-darter gave him the lead, only for Price to clinically storm into a 5-1 lead, with his accuracy on tops including checkouts of 105 and 97 as he moved clear.

Van Gerwen punished missed doubles from the Welshman in three of the next four legs as he pulled back to 6-4, and after a 13-darter from Price the world number one capitalised on four further misses to reduce the gap to 7-6.

A tense 14th leg saw another four misses allow Van Gerwen a let-off as the Dutchman levelled on double two, and when a further two darts at double went astray from the Welshman, he saw his rival edge 8-7 up.

Checkouts of 136 and 97 moved Van Gerwen to the brink of victory at 10-7, and though Price replied with finishes of 94 and 80 the Welshman was unable to keep his hopes alive as a missed bull allowed his rival to take out 66 for glory.

Van Gerwen had gone through the first two months of the year without a tournament win for the first time in nine years, with a change of darts leading to mounting discussion over the world number one’s form.

“This was a really important win for me,” added Van Gerwen. “It’s nothing to do with my darts and everyone knows that.

“If I play my game, no-one will beat me and I showed that today, but I need to do that more regularly. I can say whatever I want, but you have to show it on the dartboard.

“In this tournament I showed I was the best – my strength is keeping players under pressure leg after leg, and I did that today.

“Of course you put extra pressure on yourself. I played four Premier League players in the tournament and I didn’t have the most easy draw, but to do this well and win this title means a lot to me.

“It feels good and I want to win more.”

Gerwyn Price & Michael van Gerwen (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)
Gerwyn Price reached the final,after a strong weekend, but was edged out 9-11 after a dramatic match

The defeat for Price saw him lose out in the UK Open final for a second time in four years, following his 2017 reverse to Peter Wright, as he missed out on a third televised title.

However, the Dutchman’s superb displays in defeating Dimitri Van den Bergh and Jonny Clayton with averages above 102 showed his status as a leading challenger for the sport’s top honours.

“Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, but I’ll move onto the next one,” said Price. “I think Michael would agree that I probably lost that game.

“I bombed numerous opportunities – my scoring game was there but in three or four legs I bombed doubles. I could have been 9-6 up, but that’s the way darts goes.

“If I hit my doubles, I think possibly I am the best player in the world – but at the moment Michael’s there.”

Daryl Gurney (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)
Daryl Gurnet fought to regain his elite form after a tough start to 2020.
Pic: L Lustig PDC

Gurney secured his spot in a second UK Open semi-final with a narrow 10-9 win over Jelle Klaasen in a dramatic last eight contest, with the Dutchman leading 6-4 before losing out in the deciding leg.

Clayton also won through a tight quarter-final, surviving eight missed match darts from Jamie Hughes in their contest, despite the Tipton thrower coming back from 5-1 down to take the game all the way.

Hughes was appearing in his first quarter-final at a PDC televised event, while Klaasen had reached the last eight for the first time in a televised event for over three years in an encouraging return to form.

2019 UK Open finalist Cross and Belgium’s Van den Bergh completed the quarter-final line-up, with the latter having enjoyed his best run in the tournament as he reached the last eight.

2020 Ladbrokes UK Open
Sunday March 8
Afternoon Session 

Quarter-Finals
Gerwyn Price 10-5 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Michael van Gerwen 10-4 Rob Cross
Daryl Gurney 10-9 Jelle Klaasen
Jonny Clayton 10-9 Jamie Hughes

Evening Session 
Semi-Finals
Gerwyn Price 11-4 Jonny Clayton
Michael van Gerwen 11-3 Daryl Gurney – Michael van Gerwen hits nine-darter

Final
Michael van Gerwen 11-9 Gerwyn Price


Pics – L Lustig (PDC)

MVG Adds to 9-Dart Tally – World No.1 Has Perfect Moment vs Superchin.

Micheal van Gerwen ensured that Johnny Clayton would not claim all the ‘9-Dart’ glory at this year’s UK Open. This year’s, Ladbrokes sponsored, event witnessed a second perfect leg during the Semi-Final between MVG and Daryl Gurney.

Micheal, who recently started using new darts after switching to Winmau, has seemed a little up and down so far in the 2020 season, with good averages and wins on occasion but some unexpected, and below par, defeats.

The World No.1 went on to claim the match 10-3 and move into the final where he would take on Welshman Gerwyn price.


Darts Finds New Lowe! Jason Shows His Talent.

Could another Lowe join the ranks of darting royalty?

It’s more than a dozen years since a dart player names Lowe was making TV headlines, this weekend the Ladbrokes UK Open featured a certain J. Lowe. No, not a comeback from the legendary ‘Old Stoneface’, but a superb effort from a Black Country darter named Jason!

For quite a while I have been telling anyone who would listen, and a few who wont, about an unusual dart player. He was brought to my attention four or five years ago. A number of players, who play in a very high quality darts area, and others whom I respect, said that there was one player who was head and shoulders above the rest of them and that he would manage the PDC with ease!

When I asked why I had not heard of him, or what he had won, I was met with some strange replies. “He doesn’t play opens” or “He just plays league darts” and lastly “…he doesn’t seem bothered”. Lowe seemed happy as a carpenter / builder, and wary of the commitment required to take darts more seriously. However, he was being slowly persuaded and it looked like he may come to that years’s Q School.

Again however events did not play out. Despite a decent spell within the BDO, he qualified for the World Masters and narrowly missed out on Lakeside, he still did not attend Q School that year.

Jason Lowe – Gained a tour card at this year’s Q School.

Having checked closely with a couple of other high level players I decided to keep an eye out for this ‘resurgent star’. I was even approached to offer advice on how to prepare for the change in intensity, preparation, match duration and standard. Thus it’s fair to say I have always had an interest in the success, or otherwise, of Jason Lowe!

Jason had played in PDC events as far back as 2006, indeed he had reached a Pro Tour Qtr Final, but there was no where enough money in the lower levels of the game to consider a professional career. He thus returned to his day job as a builder and carpenter. This seemed to be the reason for his supposed reluctance to step forward and have another go.

2017 proved to be the turning point, Jason entered Q School and made the attempt to gain a Pro-Tour Card. This provided me with a better opportunity to look at what all the fuss had been about. Strangely I found myself in the opposite corner at least once! It did not take long to see what Lowe was capable of. He ran to the last thirty-two, defeating several quality players, on the first day.

Colin Osborne brought Lowe’s initial Q School effort to a close in 2017.

The rest of Q School did not go so well and Lowe failed to get a card. Jason tried again in 2018 and again came up short. However, the opportunity to play the 2018 Challenge Tour did not pass him by! The first weekend of that year’s tour provided the Cradley Heath man with a Semi Final appearance and he began to settle.

Next up were the UK Open Qualifiers and the following TV event. Lowe seemed to finally find that performance level that all those sources told me was natural too him. After picking up a few qualifying £’s the (then) 47 year old produced a superb run to the Semi-Final. A Qtr final thrashing of Adrian Lewis should have sent a signal to those on the look out for new/blossoming talent.

Lowe made his PDC major debut the next month, and performed steadily, he reached the last thirty-two. This seemed to be the start of somthing significant. He hit the gas on the Challenge Tour reaching a final and then repeated that form on the Pro Tour. Over the next couple of months he performed well at every PDC tour including reaching the later stages of a European Tour event.

Then it all stopped. Jason did not play the tour again during 2018 and nothing is recorded for the 2019 season. Jason’s disapearance mirrored the rise and ‘fall’ of another midlander from a few years before and many feared another ‘Scott Rand’ situation.

Remarkably the situation has completely reversed again. At the last minute Jason decided to enter Q School 2020. He had a decent run on day one and blitzed through to claim an automatic card at the second attempt.

Lowe seems to relish playing Jackpot and proved so again at the 2020 UK Open.

He has started the Pro Tour well and pocketed £3,500 from the early events. Yet again though, it was the UK Open that has kick started his return to the fore. He came nicely through the early section until drawing Jackpot (Adrian Lewis), not for the first time Jason brushed him aside (10-4) advancing to a tie with MVG!

Jason suffered early and went down 0-5 in session one. Its not unusual for the lesser known player to get off to a slow start, what happened next was unusual. Lowe hit back and levelled the score at 5-5. The rest of the match was nip and tuck but the forty-nine year old probably edged it. At the last moment, in the deciding leg, Lowe hit a big 4 while attempting an 86 finish and did not earn a dart to win the match. The vastly experience MVG closed out with minimal fuss.

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN IN ACTION

Despite the sad ending, it may be that the UK Open is a fresh launch for the career of another Back Country darter.

Jason Lowe is exceedingly calm, appears unruffled by anything and has a simple but very interesting throw. Could it be that, after twenty plus years, the PDC has found another supreme darter with the surname Lowe?


UK Open Review – Day Two. Quater Final Line Up Decided.

Nine-dart hero Jonny Clayton joined big guns Michael van Gerwen, Gerwyn Price and Rob Cross in the Ladbrokes UK Open quarter-finals following a dramatic day which saw three former champions knocked out in Minehead.

LADBROKES UK OPEN 2020 BUTLINS RESORT, MINEHEAD, PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND 6 MICHAEL VAN GERWEN V JAMES WADE MICHAEL VAN GERWEN IN ACTION

The £450,000 multi-board event continued with the fifth and sixth rounds at Butlin’s Minehead Resort, as the remaining 32 players were whittled down to just eight on Saturday.

It was Welshman Clayton who stole the headlines with a brilliant nine-darter, his first in competition, as he moved into the quarter-finals of the event for the first time.

Clayton had produced a superb display in a 10-4 fifth round win over Joe Cullen, before enjoying his moment of perfection in the 12th leg of his 10-8 defeat of Chris Dobey in the last 16; following two 180s with a 141 finish.

That gave Clayton an 8-4 lead, with Dobey continuing his fightback from 5-0 down with checkouts of 117 and 104 as he pulled back to 9-8 before the Welshman eventually closed out the victory.

WILLIAM HILL PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 ALEXANDRA PALACE LONDON PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND 2 JONNY CLAYTON V JAN DEKKER JONNY CLAYTON IN ACTION

“It’s a very special moment for me and I’m chuffed to bits,” said Clayton, who meets Jamie Hughes in the quarter-finals. “It’s my first nine-darter in any tournament, so it’s a good feeling.

“I’ve had a few in practice but only my dog was watching, so to do it in front of a crowd has shown that I can do it.”

Clayton is now aiming to claim his maiden televised title on Sunday, and added: “I’m on the big stage tomorrow and I can’t wait – my confidence is high. I’ve done well here before and I’d love to go all the way.”

Clayton’s nine-darter was the ninth in the history of the UK Open, and the first since Van Gerwen achieved the feat in 2016 against Cross.

It was also the second in a televised event inside a fortnight, following Michael Smith’s nine-darter in the Premier League in Dublin, as well as being the 13th in all PDC events so far in 2020.

Clayton was joined in winning through to the quarter-finals by fellow Welshman Gerwyn Price, who edged out Germany’s Gabriel Clemens 10-9 by landing an 11-darter in the deciding leg of their sixth round contest.

The world number three – who celebrated his 35th birthday on Saturday – also overcame Ricky Evans in the last 32, and is now aiming to win his third televised title.

“It’s a nice birthday present for me!” said Price, who meets Dimitri Van den Bergh in the quarter-finals.

“I’ve played well in all three games I’ve played so far but in the first two I took my chances. I missed some doubles early on against Gabriel and he got in front of me.

“He was full of confidence and played well but I stuck in there and I’m thankful that I had such a good last leg. I’m through and I can look forward to Sunday now.”

Two-time UK Open champion Van Gerwen overcame a scare against Jason Lowe in the fifth round before returning to top form in the last 16 with a dominant 10-4 win over James Wade, averaging 109 and missing just four attempted doubles.

The world number one had looked set to stroll through his opening encounter on Saturday when he landed finishes of 170 and 116 to move 5-0 up.

Lowe – a builder from the Midlands who won a PDC Tour Card at Qualifying School in January – hit back to level and also led 9-8 before the Dutchman took the final two legs for a narrow win before later seeing off two-time winner Wade.

“There’s still a lot of work to do and I need to keep my focus because I want to win this tournament,” said Van Gerwen, who plays Rob Cross in the last eight.

“I made it difficult for myself this afternoon but I’m very happy with my performance tonight.

“I feel good and I want to build from here. They all still want to beat me but so far I’m playing a good tournament and I want to do some more damage from here.”

LADBROKES UK OPEN 2020 BUTLINS RESORT, MINEHEAD, PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND 6 PETER WRIGHT V DARYL GURNEY DARYL GURNEY IN ACTION

World Champion Wright, the 2017 UK Open winner, saw his hopes of a second triumph in the event ended by Daryl Gurney in an entertaining sixth round contest as the Northern Irish ace moved into the quarter-finals.

Wright – a 10-6 winner against Ian White in round five – led 3-1 early on against Gurney, who took out 136 and 148 on his way to a 10-6 triumph.

Gurney also had to show his fighting spirit in round five, as he came from 7-1 down to defeat William O’Connor 10-9, surviving three missed match darts in a dramatic deciding leg.

LADBROKES UK OPEN 2020 BUTLINS RESORT, MINEHEAD, PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND 6 GARY ANDERSON V JELLE KLAASEN JELLE KLAASEN IN ACTION

The Northern Irish star now plays Jelle Klaasen, who won through to his first televised quarter-final since the 2016 European Championship with an impressive 10-9 win over 2018 winner Gary Anderson.

Klaasen, who has dropped out of the top 32 since needing a wrist operation in 2017, produced some of his best darts since as he prevailed in a tight contest with Anderson to follow an earlier 10-1 defeat of Steve West.

“It’s been a while since I felt so relaxed on stage, even when I was under pressure,” said Klaasen, a semi-finalist four years ago.

“I had the wrist surgery [in 2017] and it takes a while to get the confidence back, but I’m happy that slowly it’s getting there.

“The belief is back and I know I can perform under pressure, and that showed against Gary. If I score like I can and hit my doubles like I have this weekend, I can beat anyone.”

LADBROKES UK OPEN 2020 BUTLINS RESORT, MINEHEAD, PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND 6 ROB CROSS V STEPHEN BUNTING ROB CROSS IN ACTION

2019 UK Open finalist Cross battled into the quarter-finals with victories over St Helens duo Michael Smith and Stephen Bunting in a hard-fought Saturday.

Cross survived a missed match dart – at the bull for a 164 finish – from Smith in the deciding leg of their fifth round tie, before coming from 8-7 down to win three straight legs in a 10-8 defeat of Bunting.

“I’ve pulled through a few gritty games and I’m grinding out results, which is what you need to do,” said Cross.

“I’m still not starting as well as I want to, and I can’t do that against Michael, but I’m not a million miles away. I’ve got to take my chances and I’m looking forward to the game because you know what you’re going to get against Michael.”

Hughes booked his place in a first quarter-final at a televised PDC event with a 10-5 defeat of Mensur Suljovic, following up an earlier 10-7 defeat of Martin Atkins.

Two-time World Youth Champion Van den Bergh defeated both Matthew Edgar and Kyle McKinstry on Saturday as he moved into the UK Open quarter-finals for the first time.

McKinstry had defeated Martin Schindler 10-5 in the fifth round to continue his best-ever run in a PDC televised event, having begun the tournament in Friday’s first round with a win over Fallon Sherrock.

Wade had matched Klaasen’s margin of victory in round five with a 10-1 defeat of Kim Huybrechts, while Simon Whitlock, Dirk van Duijvenbode, Simon Stevenson and Andy Boulton also exited in the last 32.

The Ladbrokes UK Open concludes on Sunday, with the afternoon session’s quarter-finals followed in the evening session by the semi-finals and final, with a £100,000 top prize on offer for the eventual champion.

Van Gerwen is the 11/10 favourite with sponsors Ladbrokes, with Price 5/2 as he aims to capture a title which evaded him in the 2017 final.

Gurney is rated 15/2 ahead of Cross (9/1), with Clayton (14/1), Hughes (16/1), Van den Bergh (18/1) and Klaasen (25/1) all seeking to claim their maiden PDC televised ranking titles on Sunday.

2020 Ladbrokes UK Open

Saturday March 7

  • Afternoon Session
  • Fifth Round
  • Chris Dobey 10-5 Simon Whitlock
  • Michael van Gerwen 10-9 Jason Lowe
  • Peter Wright 10-6 Ian White
  • Rob Cross 10-9 Michael Smith
  • Daryl Gurney 10-9 William O’Connor
  • Gerwyn Price 10-3 Ricky Evans
  • James Wade 10-1 Kim Huybrechts
  • Gary Anderson 10-5 Simon Stevenson
  • Jonny Clayton 10-4 Joe Cullen
  • Mensur Suljovic 10-7 Dirk van Duijvenbode
  • Stephen Bunting 10-2 Alan Tabern
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh 10-4 Matthew Edgar
  • Jamie Hughes 10-7 Martin Atkins
  • Jelle Klaasen 10-1 Steve West
  • Kyle McKinstry 10-5 Martin Schindler
  • Gabriel Clemens 10-6 Andy Boulton

Evening Session

Sixth Round

  • Gerwyn Price 10-9 Gabriel Clemens
  • Michael van Gerwen 10-4 James Wade
  • Jelle Klaasen 10-9 Gary Anderson
  • Daryl Gurney 10-6 Peter Wright
  • Jonny Clayton 10-8 Chris Dobey – Jonny Clayton hits nine-darter
  • Jamie Hughes 10-5 Mensur Suljovic
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh 10-8 Kyle McKinstry
  • Rob Cross 10-8 Stephen Bunting

Sunday March 8

Afternoon Session (1245 GMT start)

Quarter-Finals

  • Main Stage
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh v Gerwyn Price
  • Michael van Gerwen v Rob Cross
  • Daryl Gurney v Jelle Klaasen
  • Jamie Hughes v Jonny Clayton
  • Evening Session (1900 GMT start)
  • Semi-Finals & Final
  • Main Stage

Ladbrokes UK Open – Tournament Winner Odds

  • 11/10 Michael van Gerwen
  • 5/2 Gerwyn Price
  • 15/2 Daryl Gurney
  • 9/1 Rob Cross
  • 14/1 Jonny Clayton
  • 16/1 Jamie Hughes
  • 18/1 Dimitri Van den Bergh
  • 25/1 Jelle Klaasen

Odds courtesy ladbrokes.com and correct at time of writing. Subject to fluctuation.

ENDS

Watch Clayton’s Magic Moment: 9- Dart Perfection at Ladbrokes UK Open

Jonny Clayton landed his first nine-darter in a televised tournament as he won through to the Ladbrokes UK Open quarter-finals on Saturday.

Clayton Claims 9! (PDC)

The Welshman achieved the feat in leg 12 of his 10-8 win over Chris Dobey in Saturday evening’s sixth round at the Butlin’s Minehead Resort, following two 180s with a 141 checkout.

He went on to win the game – despite Dobey’s brave fightback from 5-0 down to pull back to 9-8 with finishes of 117 and 104 – to move into the last eight for the first time in the UK Open, where he now challenges for the £100,000 title in Sunday’s final stages.


Clayton Ends UK Open 9 Dart Drought.

Johnny Clayton landed his first nine-darter in a televised tournament as he won through to the Ladbrokes UK Open quarter-finals on Saturday.

Hollywood left himself to much to do in the final reel.
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The Welshman achieved the feat in leg 12 of his 10-8 win over Chris Dobey in Saturday evening’s sixth round at the Butlin’s Minehead Resort, following two 180s with a 141 checkout.

He went on to win the game – despite Dobey’s brave fightback from 5-0 down to pull back to 9-8 with finishes of 117 and 104 – to move into the last eight for the first time in the UK Open, where he now challenges for the £100,000 title in Sunday’s final stages.

“It’s a very special moment for me and I’m chuffed to bits,” said Clayton, who defeated Joe Cullen 10-4 earlier on Saturday in round four. “There were loads of Welsh fans watching too, which was great.

“I’ve never hit one in a tournament before – I’ve had a few in practice but only my dog was watching, so to do it in front of a crowd has shown that I can do it.”

PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG JONNY CLAYTON IN ACTION

Clayton is now aiming to claim his maiden televised title on Sunday, and added: “I’m on the big stage tomorrow and I can’t wait. I’ve done well here before and I’d love to go all the way.”

Clayton’s nine-darter was the ninth in the history of the UK Open, and the first since Michael van Gerwen achieved the feat in 2016.

It was also the second in a televised event inside a fortnight, following Michael Smith’s nine-darter in the Premier League in Dublin, as well as being the 13th in a PDC event so far in 2020.

Clayton was joined in winning through to the quarter-finals by fellow Welshman Gerwyn Price, who edged out Germany’s Gabriel Clemens 10-9 by landing an 11-darter in the deciding leg of their contest.

Price, who turned 35 on Saturday, is aiming to win his third televised title by claiming UK Open glory, and said: “It’s a nice birthday present for me!

“I’ve played well in all three games I’ve played so far but in the first two I took my chances. I missed some doubles early on in this game and he got in front of me.

“He was full of confidence and played well but I stuck in there and I’m thankful that I had such a good last leg. I’m through and I can look forward to Sunday now.”

Jamie Hughes booked his place in a first quarter-final at a televised PDC event with a 10-5 defeat of Mensur Suljovic.


ENDS

UK Open – Fifth Round Draw. Snakebite To Battle Diamond White.

The Fifth Round of the UK Open will commence tomorrow afternoon. The draw has thrown up another interesting set of matches. The highlights could be Peter Wright vs Ian White, Simon Whitlock vs Chris Dobey and Rob Cross vs Micheal Smith.

Back to Form?
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STEPHEN BUNTING IN ACTION

Several players are showing signs of a return to their best for this event. Alan Tabern has come through some tough matches to reach the last 32 and a lash with Stephen Bunting. Jelle Klaasen is also going nicely so far.

MVG, fresh from knocking out reigning UK Open Champion Nathan Aspinall, will take on Jason Lowe. Black Country player Lowe has been performing very well since regaining his tour card and Micheal would be wise to not underestimate him.

Full Draw: Round 5

PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG MICHAEL VAN GERWEN IN ACTION

Main Stage
Simon Whitlock v Chris Dobey
Jason Lowe v Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright v Ian White
Rob Cross v Michael Smith

Stage Two
William O’Connor v Daryl Gurney
Gerwyn Price v Ricky Evans
James Wade v Kim Huybrechts
Gary Anderson v Simon Stevenson

Stage Three
Jonny Clayton v Joe Cullen
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Mensur Suljovic
Stephen Bunting v Alan Tabern
Matthew Edgar v Dimitri Van den Bergh

Stage Four
Martin Atkins v Jamie Hughes
Jelle Klaasen v Steve West
Kyle McKinstry v Martin Schindler
Andy Boulton v Gabriel Clemens


Durrant V Wright Highlights Latest UK Open Draw!

The draw for the fourth round of the UK Open has paired, three-time Lakeside World Champ, Glen Durrant with, current PDC holder, Peter Wright. Micheal van Gerwen.

Full details below:

Evening Session (1900)
Fourth Round 
Main Stage

Gerwyn Price v Danny Noppert
Glen Durrant v Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen v Nathan Aspinall
Gary Anderson v Steve Beaton

Stage Two
Rhys Hayden v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Dave Chisnall v William O’Connor
Vincent van der Voort v Stephen Bunting
Krzysztof Ratajski v Chris Dobey

Stage Three
Harry Ward v Ian White
Mensur Suljovic v Jamie Lewis
Ryan Joyce v Gabriel Clemens
Michael Smith v James Wilson

Stage Four
Kim Huybrechts v Ryan Searle
Richard North v Alan Tabern
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Jermaine Wattimena
Jeffrey de Zwaan v Simon Whitlock

Stage Five
Kyle McKinstry v Bradley Brooks
Rob Cross v Niels Zonneveld
Joe Cullen v Mervyn King
Adrian Lewis v Jason Lowe

Stage Six
William Borland v Jelle Klaasen
Joe Murnan v Ricky Evans
Simon Stevenson v Darren Webster
Jonny Clayton v Scott Waites

Stage Seven
Luke Humphries v Andy Boulton
Lewis Williams v Steve West
Matthew Edgar v Josh Payne
James Wade v John Henderson

Stage Eight
Keegan Brown v Daryl Gurney
Justin Pipe v Martin Schindler
Brendan Dolan v Jamie Hughes


Pic: l Lustig / pdc

UK Open ‘Ever-Presents’ Reduced To Three.

James Wade, Steve Beaton and Wayne Jones will extend their ever-present records at the Ladbrokes UK Open this weekend.

One of three players who have played every UK Open since 2003.
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG JAMES WADE IN ACTION

The trio are the only players to have competed in every UK Open since the tournament was introduced in 2003, with Wade having claimed the title in 2008 and 2011.

Beaton was a semi-finalist in 2004 and enjoyed his best run since by reaching the quarter-finals in Minehead last year, while Jones won through to the last eight in 2003 and 2008.

Adrian Lewis will be playing in his 17th successive UK Open, having made his debut in the 2004 event before taking the title in 2014 following the tournament’s move from Bolton to Minehead.