Ashton Creates History As Waites Triumphs on Day Four – Q School 2020.

Lisa Ashton made history by becoming the first woman to win a PDC Tour Card through Qualifying School on Sunday in Wigan.

Ashton became first Woman player to earn a (Q School) Tour Card. Legs won proved decisive.
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG LISA ASHTON IN ACTION

Four-time BDO Women’s Champion Ashton will compete on the PDC ProTour in 2020 and 2021 after holding on to the final qualification place on the Q School Order of Merit on a landmark day for the sport.

Ashton, who starred in the 2018/19 World Championship, had to endure a nervous wait after going down 5-2 to Justin Smith in her second game of the day resulting in no points being added to her Order of Merit tally.

However, results over the course of the day meant that Ashton’s nine points, the bulk of which were won in her run to the last eight on Day Two, were enough to secure her place on the PDC professional circuit for the first time.

Ashton was one of six players tied on nine points, but she and Darren Penhall held the advantage in number of legs won over the four days to take the final two qualification spots.

I am so, so happy to finally get my Tour Card,” said Ashton, who missed out by one point at 2019 Q School,

“I was sat there all day with people trying to work out if I had qualified so I just said ‘tell me at the end, I can’t deal with the stress!

“So when I found out I’d done it, that was a great moment”.

I want to play all the tournaments I can. I’m going to have a damn good go at whoever I play, they need to be ready.

“To come through a field of over 500 men, I couldn’t be any happier.

“But I know I’ve got more in the tank and now I’m going to take my dreams wherever I can.”

A dramatic final day of action in Wigan and Hildesheim saw both UK and European Q Schools reach their climax as 22 players won two-year Tour Cards.

Waites claimed a Tour Card at his second attempt.

Two-time BDO Champion Scott Waites will compete on the PDC circuit for the first time in 2020 after winning his Tour Card outright on the final day along with Welshman Nick Kenny.

Having struggled on the opening three days of Q School, former Grand Slam winner Waites found his form on the final day, culminating in a 5-0 whitewash of teenage Irish sensation Keane Barry in their Tour Card decider.

“To do this is amazing,” said Waites. “I knew I had to come here today and just win it outright, and I’ve played my game all day.

“Keane is a fantastic player so to beat him 5-0 is amazing, but with a bit of experience he’s going to be an awesome player.

“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.

“I’m going to put a lot of practice in now, this is going to give me the ‘get up and go’ I need.”

Kenny has already won PDC Titles on the Development Tour.

Two-time Development Tour winner Kenny will also be a new addition to the PDC circuit after he saved his best performance till last as he averaged 110.5 to defeat Scott Taylor 5-2 in their Tour Card play-off.

Joining Ashton in winning Tour Cards via the UK Q School Order of Merit are 11 players headed up by former World Championship runner-up Andy Hamilton.

Junior Darts Corporation Chairman Steve Brown was unable to attend the final day of Q School due to JDC-related commitments in China, but his runs on the first two days were enough to ensure a return to the PDC Tour after a five-year absence.

Brisbane Masters winner Damon Heta was successful in his first Q School appearance and he will be joined on the circuit by fellow-Australian and surprise-package Penhall.

Scottish duo Ryan Murray and William Borland are also new names on tour, along with Wigan’s Martin Atkins.

Adam Hunt, Alan Tabern and Wayne Jones all secured immediate returns after losing their Tour Cards at the end of 2019, while Peter Jacques returns after a one-year absence.

At European Q School Germany’s Steffen Siepmann booked his place on the PDC Tour for the first time by defeating Wesley Harms 5-3 in the Day Four final in Hildesheim.

Wes Harms did enough over the four days.
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG WESLEY HARMS IN ACTION

However, two-time BDO Championship semi-finalist Harms did enough over the four days to earn a PDC Tour Card for the first time.

“It has been a really tough four days,” Harms admitted.

“My goal was to make the quarter-final every time but after I went out in the last 32 on the first day I was worried, but my last day made up for it.

“Everything will be new for me but I am looking forward to playing in the PDC for the first time.”

Harms’ fellow-Dutchmen Derk Telnekes and Martijn Kleermaker also secured Tour Cards for the first time, while Dirk van Duijvenbode won back his card at the first time of asking.

Sweden’s Daniel Larsson, Croatia’s Boris Krcmar and Poland’s Krzysztof Kciuk also won Tour Cards for the first time via the European Q School Order of Merit.

The first three days of action saw six players win Tour Cards outright at UK Q School, along with three at European Q School.

All 31 PDC Tour Card winners will get their first taste of the PDC ProTour in 2020 at Players Championships One and Two which will take place at The Barnsley Metrodome from February 8-9.

UK Qualfying School Day Four
Last 16

Wayne Jones 5-4 Thomas Lovely
Scott Taylor 5-3 Alexander Morrison
Stephen Burton 5-0 Darren Johnson
Nick Kenny 5-3 Darren Penhall
Matthew Dennant 5-0 Wes Newton
Keane Barry 5-1 Graham Usher
Scott Waites 5-3 Connor Scutt
Adam Hunt 5-4 Steve Hine

Last Eight
Scott Taylor 5-1 Wayne Jones
Nick Kenny 5-1 Stephen Burton
Keane Barry 5-2 Matthew Dennant
Scott Waites 5-4 Adam Hunt

Last Four
Nick Kenny 5-2 Scott Taylor
Scott Waites 5-0 Keane Barry

European Qualfying School Day Four
Last 16

Steffen Siepmann 5-4 Zoran Lerchbacher
Jose Justicia 5-4 Gino Vos
Lukasz Sawicki 5-0 Wesley Plaisier
Danny van Trijp 5-3 Dennis Nilsson
Wesley Harms 5-3 Boris Krcmar
Kevin Blomme 5-3 Michael Unterbuchner
Dirk van Duijvenbode 5-3 Derk Telnekes
Cody Harris 5-0 Daniel Larsson

Quarter-Finals
Steffen Siepmann 5-4 Jose Justicia
Danny van Trijp 5-4 Lukasz Sawicki
Wesley Harms 5-0 Kevin Blomme
Dirk van Duijvenbode 5-2 Cody Harris

Semi-Finals
Steffen Siepmann 5-1 Danny van Trijp
Wesley Harms 5-1 Dirk van Duijvenbode

Final
Steffen Siepmann 5-3 Wesley Harms

BDO World Championship Review – Day 3.

Paul Hogan was just milimetres away from a nine-darter as he saw off former World Masters champion Adam Smith-Neale in double quick time. After two consecutive 180’s, Hogan left double 18, but couldn’t quite find the target as Smith-Neale failed to find his scoring game as Hogan took the whitewash victory. 

Debutant Nick Fullwell get off to a good start. Defeating the seeded David Cameron 3-1.

Number one seed Wesley Harms began his Indigo campaign with a hard fought victory over Andreas Harrysson in the afternoon session in Central London. ‘Sparky’, a former electrician goes into the tournament as one of the favourites for the title, but was 
pushed all the way by the heavy scoring Swede. After the duo shared the opening four sets, experienced proved to be a key factor in the fifth, the Dutchman cranking up to pressure to put his name in the mix for round two. 

Suzuki moved to rd two in the defense of her crown.
PIC; L Lustig.

It was a perfect start for reigning Ladies champion Mikuru Suzuki as she started her title defence with a victory over Maria O’Brien. Plymouth based O’Brien took the first set with ease, but that was seemingly the wake up call Suzuki needed. 

The Japanese star returned with the fire in her belly, immediately fighting back to take the match into a decider. Despite a brief flurry of heavy scoring from ‘OB’, Suzuki secured her spot in the quarters in spite of the early wobble. 

There were also wins for debutantes Nick Fullwell and Justin Hood in the slightly reduced Monday afternoon schedule. Somerset based Hood made his TV debut at the World Masters in October, but eased into life under the lights with a routine victory over Romania’s Gabriel Pascaru. 

Elsewhere, Andy Hamilton proved too much for Darren Herewini to handle, The New Zealander was superb in his victory over Simon Stainton, but couldn’t replicate that performance at Hamilton found a extra gear in set four to take the win. 

Fullwell, competing in his first BDO World Championships, aged 50, was surprisingly dominant against Canada’s David Cameron. ‘Excalibur’ has been a thorn in the side of many big names over the years, but could do little as the French Open finalist set up a tie with David Evans on Tuesday afternoon. 

Waites moves through after defeating Martin Adams in a nervy looking encounter.



In a battle of the BDO legends Scott Waites came out on top against Martin Adams. In a scrappy encounter, where missed doubles were a key factor, ‘Too Hotty’ was the one to hold is nerve in the final furlong to secure his spot in round three.

Afternoon Session
Justin Hood 3-1 Gabriel Pascaru 
Nick Fullwell 3-1 David Cameron 
Wesley Harms 3-2 Andreas Harrysson

Evening Session
Andy Hamilton 3-1 Darren Herewini 
Mikuru Suzuki 2-1 Maria O’Brien 
Scott Waites 3-2 Martin Adams 
Paul Hogan 3-0 Adam Smith-Neale 

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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

Machin and De Graaf victorious in BDO World Trophy – Day 4 report

Peter Machin was crowned BDO World Trophy champion for 2017, after a spectacular performance against Martin Phillips in the final.

Men’s quarter-finals

In the match of the afternoon, Wesley Harms produced a sensational comeback, stringing together seven consecutive legs to sent BDO World number one Glen Durrant packing. The Middlesbrough man had taken the early advantage, four legs to the good and seemingly sailing into the semi-finals.

But suddenly the former electrician sparked into action, a 12 darter setting him on the road to recovery. Durrant’s scoring was unrelenting, but it was class that Harms was able to match. Four 180’s and some eye-catching finishing later, the Dutchman found himself on level terms.

With the pendulum swinging his way, Harms would initiate another attack on the Durrant throw. Still peppering the treble twenty bed, Harms would turn the game on it’s head, an 81 finish in the final leg, dumping a distraught Durrant out of the World Trophy, ending his chances of becoming a quadruple major winner in 2017.

Nick Kenny diverted himself into a first major semi-final by slicing through the challenge of Ross Montgomery. The young Welshman had whitewashed Jeff Smith on Sunday afternoon, and the Boss would also prove to be easy pickings for the in form Kenny.

In truth the only separating factor was the undesirable finishing of Montgomery. Quite often the former World Trophy runner-up would find himself with breathing room in a leg, but could not put the final nail in the coffin by hitting that crucial double.

An all Welsh clash was confirmed for the semi-final as Martin Phillips survived a enormous scare against giant killing wildcard Conan Whitehead. The Red Dragons’ skipper stumbled out of the blocks and Whitehead cruised into an early lead, hammering in the big scores for good measure.

The BDO veteran would then shift into top gear, crashing in a 14 dart leg to take the lead for the first time. Whitehead regained his mojo, exchanging blows to level the game at five a piece. With the game in the balance, Phillips would land an instantaneous 11 dart leg to move 6-5. Following one last hurrah from Whitehead, Phillips would book his semi-final spot, landing double 16.

Peter Machin set up a final four faceoff against Wesley Harms following his victory over Martin Adams. The Aussie has made himself at home in Barry, and will now bid to become a two time finalist. The highlight of his outstanding performance against Wolfie was a scintillating 170 check-out; the highest of the tournament. He will be hard pressed to find anybody who can match that feat in the remaining three matches. Machin controlled the contest throughout, always one step ahead of his combatant and will compete for a place in the final.

Semi-finals

Martin Phillips strolled into the final with a excellent victory over Welsh counterpart Nick Kenny. The senior of the two home country boys landed his first ton plus finishes to give himself an early advantage. He broke the Kenny throw in the seventh leg, giving Phillips clear daylight, and easing the pressure slightly as he saw the trophy getting ever closer.

Kenny immediately broke back before holding his throw to go within one. But two 180’s and a 12 dart leg later, Phillips resumed control of the clash. The Welsh skipper who is entering his final season on the international circuit, confirmed he will represent Wales in the final as his last dart nestled in double 16 for a brilliant win.

Peter Machin reached the 2017 World Trophy final, producing a second sensational comeback of the day. It was not all plain sailing for the Australian though, Harms had manufactured what seemed like an unassailable lead, 4-0 in just a flash.

The man commonly referred to as the machine then managed to get a grip on the clash. He steadily crept up on Harms, who had overturned a four leg deficit himself against Glen Durrant, taking three of the next four legs. Machin would then take out 122 on the bull, halting the momentum that Harms had built up during the afternoons’ action. He would then apply the finishing touches to another superb victory as he prepared to play Martin Phillips in the final.

The Women’s Final

In the women’s bracket it has been a tournament of surprises. Lisa Ashton was dismissed in round one; as was former world finalist Fallon Sherrock. Aileen De Graaf in search of her second major title defeated Dutch counterpart Anca Zijlstra to reach the final.

Her opponent, Anastasia Dobromyslova defeated the much travelled Deta Hedman to reach this stage. Despite defeating one of the darting greats in the first semi-final it was De Graaf who took the earlier initiative. A 96 checkout in leg one settling her into a natural rhythm.

Double trouble set in during the latter stages of the fifth leg, but despite her opponent having numerous chances to cut the deficit it was De Graaf who went within one of glory on the Barry stage.

Despite missing a further six darts at the double, the door was left slightly ajar as she took out double four at the second attempt to give herself a glimpse of hope. With De Graaf’s concentration slipping, Anastasia would crack in a 118, further reducing the deficit.

The Russian would race into an early lead in the eighth leg of the match, but twelve missed darts at double gave De Graaf the opportunity to put the game to bed, hitting double 11 for a World BDO World Trophy title.

The Men’s Final

Peter Machin avenged his loss in last years World Trophy final by beating Welsh ‘fans favourite’ Martin Phillips in a spectacular final. We were made to wait until the tournament came to it’s exciting climax; a power failure caused an hour and half delay, but the action was electric from the first dart.

Phillips got us underway, taking the first leg but Machin would swiftly cancel his quick-fire first leg out by taking out 90. A feat which Machin would repeat, this time spiking the bull to level the match. Having conceded the next four legs to a resurging Phillips, Machin would find his feet once again. A 149 checkout putting him back in contention.

The pair would then exchange blows in two tight legs before Machin was unable to capitalize on a heavy scoring leg. His six missed darts at double allowing Phillips to come in and steal the leg.

The next key moment would come in leg 16, Machin added to his previous 149 and 150 checkout by firing in a 141 to effectively make the game best of three. The pressure was mounting, but having been in the same position 12 months ago, Machin took the advantage. Double four putting him within one leg of victory.

With the title riding on the 18th leg, sloppy scoring from Phillips would give Machin the chance to tie up the trophy. Three missed darts later, the Welshman’s first dart would stray into the single one, gifting the Australian an opportunity he couldn’t refuse. Machin would duly oblige, hitting double two to seal the deal.

Results in Full

Men’s Quarter-final’s

Wesley Harms 7-4 Glen Durrant

Peter Machin 7-4 Martin Adams

Nick Kenny 7-2 Ross Montgomery

Martin Phillips 7-6 Conan Whitehead

Men’s Semi-final’s

Peter Machin 8-6 Wesley Harms

Martin Phillips 8-5 Nick Kenny

Women’s semi-final’s

Anastasia Dobromyslova 5-4 Deta Hedman

Aileen De Graaf 5-2 Anca Zijlstra

Women’s Final

Aileen De Graaf 6-2 Anastasia Dobmonyslova

Men’s Final

Peter Machin 10-8 Martin Phillips