2017 Gibraltar Darts Trophy stats.

European Tour Restores Four Events: New Dates & Venues Confirmed

Four PDC European Tour events are planned to be held in September and October, as Budapest, Jena, Gibraltar and Prague prepare to host tournaments.

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The 2020 European Tour season had begun with the Belgian Darts Championship earlier this year, before the global Coronavirus pandemic led to a suspension of events.

Due to restrictions in place in Germany and the Netherlands, planned events in Sindelfingen, Leverkusen, Trier, Munich, Hildesheim, Riesa and Leeuwarden will not now be able to take place this year.

However, the following European Tour events will be able to take place later this year:
Hungarian Darts Trophy (Budapest) – September 4-6
German Darts Open (Jena) – September 11-13
Gibraltar Darts Trophy (Gibraltar) – September 25-27
Czech Darts Open (Prague) – October 16-18.

These events will be followed from October 29-November 1 with the European Championship in Dortmund.

Team Scotland will defend their Trophy after all! ( L lustig/PDC)

In addition, the World Series of Darts Finals remain planned to take place in Salzburg from September 18-20, while the rescheduled BetVictor World Cup of Darts in Graz from November 6-8 will conclude the year’s action in Europe.

Fans with tickets for events which have been affected by postponements will be contacted by PDC Europe in due course in relation to their booking.


World Series Expanded in Australia – Summer Threesome Details!

Wollongong and Townsville will host PDC events for the first time in 2020 as top-class darts returns to Australia in August.

PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG : SIMON WHITLOCK IN ACTION

The World Series of Darts will return Down Under for a treble-header in August, with the NZ Darts Masters in Hamilton sandwiched between visits to two exciting new destinations in Australia.

The New South Wales Darts Masters will be held at the WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong on August 14-15 before the Queensland Darts Masters is held at the Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre on August 28-29.

The World Series of Darts’ international tour will begin in June with tournaments in New York and Copenhagen, featuring the likes of World Champion Peter Wright, world number one Michael van Gerwen and global sensation Fallon Sherrock amongst eight PDC representatives.

Damon Heta – Showed what local players can do by winning the Brisbane Masters.

Eight regional representatives will compete in each tournament – with last year having seen Australian ace Damon Heta take victory in the Brisbane Darts Masters.

Perth’s Heta has since gone on to win a PDC Tour Card, securing a place on the professional circuit alongside fellow Australians Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson.

“We’ve travelled around Australia in recent years with the World Series of Darts and it’s exciting for us to be visiting Wollongong and Townsville for the first time in 2020 to take these fantastic events to new audiences,” said PDC Chief Executive Matthew Porter.

“Both are strong sporting areas and this is a great opportunity to see the world’s top darts players live in high-profile international tournaments.

“After Damon Heta’s amazing achievement winning in Brisbane last year, all eyes will be on the local stars from Australia and New Zealand to see who can grasp their opportunity to claim glory alongside the biggest names in darts.”

Fans wishing to attend the events have the chance to sign up for the FREE Priority Registration Window to receive the first opportunity to purchase tickets on Monday March 9. To sign up, please visit https://pdc.tell-us-what-you-think.com/s3/PDC-2020-World-Series-Register-Interest.

Tickets for the New South Wales Darts Masters and Queensland Darts Masters will then go on general sale on Wednesday March 11. Further information can be seen at www.pdc.tv/tickets.

2020 New South Wales Darts Masters

WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong

Friday August 14 (1900 start)

First Round x8
Table Ticket $77.77

Tiered Ticket $61.27

Saturday August 15 (1400 start)

Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, Final
Table Ticket $87.96

Tiered Ticket $72.67

2020 Queensland Darts Masters

Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre

Friday August 28 (1900 start)

First Round x8
Table Ticket $76.50

Tiered Ticket $61.20

Saturday August 29 (1900 start)

Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, Final
Table Ticket $86.70

Tiered Ticket $71.40

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Sherrock’s World Tour!

Fallon Sherrock is to enjoy further global stardom during 2020 after accepting an invitation to compete in all PDC World Series of Darts events.

WILLIAM HILL PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 ALEXANDRA PALACE LONDON PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND 3 FALLON SHERROCK V CHRIS DOBEY FALLON SHERROCK IN ACTION

Following her historic victory over Ted Evetts at Alexandra Palace before Christmas, the 25-year-old had been included in the field for the 2020 US Darts Masters as the World Series visits the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.

She subsequently overcame world number 11 Mensur Suljovic before bowing out to Chris Dobey 4-2 on Friday, having led 2-1 during another impressive performance.

Sherrock has now been included for the remaining five international World Series of Darts events, to be held in Copenhagen, Germany, New Zealand and the double-header in Australia.

“I’m so excited to be given this opportunity and I can’t wait to play on the World Series next year,” said Sherrock. “Being included in just the US Darts Masters was amazing enough but to now be able to go worldwide is something I could only dream of.

“The last week or so has been incredible for me and the reaction I’ve received from around the world has been crazy. I’ve loved every minute of it and I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

“I want to keep improving my game and the World Series will be another chance for me to show what I can do. I’m really grateful for the opportunity and I hope I can carry on where I left off in the World Championship.”

PDC Chairman Barry Hearn said: “Fallon has represented women’s darts magnificently at the World Championship and we’re delighted to give her a global stage to compete on now in the World Series of Darts.

“We remain committed to furthering opportunities for female players and Fallon’s achievements put her at the forefront of this. She has acquitted herself superbly and we can’t wait for her to be a part of the World Series this year.”

The 2020 World Series of Darts will begin with the US Darts Masters on June 4-5 as the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden hosts the sport’s top players, with eight PDC stars set to face off against eight North American qualifiers. Tickets for the US Darts Masters are available through www.ticketmaster.com.

The inaugural Nordic Darts Masters will then be held at Forum Copenhagen on June 12-13 as Denmark hosts a new World Series of Darts event. Tickets for the Nordic Darts Masters are available through www.ticketmaster.dk.

The NZ Darts Masters will return to Hamilton’s Claudelands Arena on August 21-22, with details of a double-header in Australia and the German Darts Masters to be confirmed in due course.

Tickets for the NZ Darts Masters will be available in due course from www.ticketek.co.nz.

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HISTORY MAKER SHERROCK HEADING TO NEW YORK

DARTS sensation Fallon Sherrock is set to take America by storm after being selected to compete in the 2020 U.S. Darts Masters, which will be held on June 5-6 in the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York.

WILLIAM HILL PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 ALEXANDRA PALACE, LONDON Round 1 TED EVETTS v FALLON SHERROCK Pic: Christopher Dean / Scantech Media 07930 364436 chris@scantechmedia.com www.scantechmedia.com

Sherrock, a 25-year-old from England, created history as the first female player to win a match at the Professional Darts Corporation’s World Championship on Tuesday, defeating Ted Evetts 3-2 in the first round of the event.

The achievement has received incredible worldwide recognition as Sherrock enjoyed a hugely memorable, and deserved, win at Alexandra Palace in London.

The 25-year-old will now join the likes of current World Champion Michael van Gerwen in competing in the U.S. Darts Masters, when the World Series of Darts visits New York for the first time next June.

Eight north American qualifiers will also compete in the two-day tournament on June 5-6, with Sherrock set to make history again when she becomes the first female competitor on the World Series stage next year.

“We live in a big world and Fallon’s victory has become mainstream news, rather than sports news,” said Hearn. “It’s astonished me.

“The first woman to do something is always news because it’s a breakthrough moment for the sport. You couldn’t write that type of drama. I think it is a game-changing moment.

“Fallon will get the dream ticket in terms of an invitation to the World Series of Darts in the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York.

“That’s going to be massive news around the world, particularly in America, and the message is clear to other women; if you’re good enough, opportunities exist or will be created.

WILLIAM HILL PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 ALEXANDRA PALACE LONDON PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND1 FALLON SHARROCK PRESS CONFERENCE

“She’s going to have dream scenario there and who knows where it builds from there.”

Hearn added: “The aim of the World Series is to grow professional darts worldwide and Fallon’s inclusion will be another massive step for the sport on the global stage.

“Darts is hugely popular across America and we’ve already seen incredible interest in our first visit to New York, and to have Fallon on stage at Madison Square will be a huge opportunity for her to show her undoubted talent to a new audience.”

Speaking following her inclusion in the tournament, Sherrock said: “I can’t believe it – this is amazing news for me. It’s been a crazy couple of days and I’m not sure everything has sunk in yet.

“It’s all really exciting and to get to play in the World Series in New York will be a fantastic experience for me. This shows that if me and other women show what we can do and win matches, we’ll be rewarded with more opportunities like this. I can’t wait.”

Tickets for the 2020 U.S. Darts Masters are available now and can be purchased from Ticketmaster viahttps://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/2256468.

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PDC Appoints Rippleffect and Streamamg

Nordic Darts Masters To Debut in 2020

A second new destination for the World Series of Darts has been confirmed for 2020, with the Nordic Darts Masters to be held at Forum Copenhagen on June 12-13.

PDC Appoints Rippleffect and Streamamg

Following the recent announcement that the U.S. Darts Masters will be held in the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, next year will also see the Danish capital Copenhagen welcome the world’s top players.

The Forum Copenhagen arena will host the Nordic Darts Masters event across two days as eight leading PDC stars face off against eight players from across Scandinavia.

The tournament will be held across three sessions, with the first round on Friday June 12 followed by the quarter-finals in the afternoon session on Saturday June 13, with the semi-finals and final in the evening session.

The Nordic Darts Masters is being staged in conjunction with Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group), who are the region’s leading streaming company.

“Bringing the world’s best darts players to Copenhagen for the spectacular Nordic Darts Masters will attract huge attention from fans in Denmark and beyond,” said Kim Mikkelsen, NENT Group Head of Sport.

“Innovative partnerships and top-class entertainment are what NENT Group is all about, and we’ve hit the target once more by delivering world-class darts to the Nordic region for the very first time.”

Copenhagen has successfully staged PDC European Tour events in 2018 and 2019, and joins the list of global destinations for the World Series of Darts circuit.

PDC Chief Executive Matthew Porter said: “Launching this tournament with NENT Group is a milestone in darts’ ongoing global growth story.

“Guaranteeing the participation of top players at a fantastic arena in the centre of beautiful Copenhagen for the Nordic Darts Masters will make for a truly great experience for spectators and viewers, as well as a fantastic opportunity for players across the region.”

Tickets for the Nordic Darts Masters will be sold through Ticketmaster. Details will be confirmed at www.pdc.tv/tickets in due course.

Alongside the U.S. Darts Masters (June 5-6) and Nordic Darts Masters, the PDC have also confirmed the staging of the NZ Darts Masters at Hamilton’s Claudelands Arena on August 21-22.

Further PDC World Series of Darts events will be confirmed in due course.

2020 Nordic Darts Masters

Friday June 12

First Round x8

Saturday June 13

Afternoon Session

Quarter-Finals

Evening Session

Semi-Finals & Final

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Hamilton To Welcome World Series of Darts Return.

THE PDC’s World Series of Darts is to return to Hamilton’s Claudelands Arena on August 21-22 2020 following the huge success of the NZ Darts Masters earlier this year.

Hamilton proved popular with both World Series players and fans alike.
Pic: Photosport/PDC

World number one Michael van Gerwen took victory when the World Series made its Hamilton debut in 2019 as part of the international circuit of events held annually.

2019 World Matchplay champion Rob Cross, former World Champion Gary Anderson and colourful Peter Wright also competed in Hamilton this year and would be in line to return in 2020.

The eight PDC stars travelling to New Zealand may also include Gerwyn Price, who recently won his second successive Grand Slam of Darts title in the UK and has moved up to third on the PDC Order of Merit.

Eight Oceanic representatives will also compete as the top talents from New Zealand and Australia take on the sport’s biggest names in the two-day World Series event.

“It’s fantastic for us to be able to return to Hamilton for the NZ Darts Masters in 2020, following what was a really successful debut at the Claudelands Arena in August,” said PDC chief executive Matthew Porter.

“The World Series of Darts continues to go from strength to strength and the NZ Darts Masters will be our last of six worldwide events in 2020 as our top stars compete globally against the best local talent.

“It’s been great to see the progression of darts in New Zealand in recent years as more players make their mark at the top level, and this will be another great opportunity for them to play against the sport’s top names in front of their home fans.”

Hamilton City Council General Manager of Venues, Tourism and Major Events Sean Murray said: “We’re excited to welcome the NZ Darts Masters back to Claudelands for a second consecutive year.

MVG may be able to claim back to back titles when Hamilton hosts its second World Series Event in 2020

“The NZ Darts Masters was a highlight on Claudelands’ event calendar this year and we’re thrilled to see the top players in darts return next year. We look forward to building on the success of the inaugural tournament and providing an even better experience for fans in 2020.”

Tickets for the 2020 NZ Darts Masters will go on sale in January, however fans can sign up to receive further information via https://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=DARTWAIT. Ticket prices and session times will be confirmed in due course.

2020 NZ Darts Masters

Claudelands Arena, Hamilton

Friday August 21

First Round x8

Saturday August 22

Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, Final

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MVG Ends Nopperts Game Run to Claim World Series of Darts.

Michael van Gerwen clinched the 2019 Jack’s Casino World Series of Darts Finals, beating fellow Dutchman Danny Noppert 11-2 on home soil in Amsterdam.

MVG claimed a second televised title in a row.
Kelly Deckers/PDC Europe’ 

The World Number One blitzed through the pack on the final day of action at the AFAS Live, dropping just 12 legs in victories against Jonny Clayton, Mensur Suljovic and Noppert on his way to the title.

Averaging just under 102 for the tournament, Van Gerwen was at his dominant best throughout.

Noppert, playing in his first PDC televised final, started the brighter by clinching the opening leg but quickly faded.

Perhaps jaded from his epic last-leg Semi-Final victory over Dave Chisnall, Noppert struggled to keep pace with Van Green who was finding the treble 20 with ease – landing nine maximums in total.

A string of nine successive legs followed from the reigning World Champion, as he raced to within two of the title at the second interval.

Looking for a showpiece finish, Van Gerwen landed seven perfect darts and scored 499 in nine, before floundering on double-one, allowing Noppert to take out 42 to get a second leg on the board.

But the title was quickly sealed by Van Gerwen as he clinched the remaining two legs to add to his victories in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

“It’s been another phenomenal tournament for me,” said Van Gerwen.

“The crowd here were fantastic, and I am very pleased to have produced a good performance for them and win myself another title”

“Danny also played a superb tournament and I am sure we will see more of him on the big stages in the future.”

In a tournament marked as the farewell of a legend in his home country as Raymond van Barneveld bowed out after being beaten 10-8 by Dave Chisnall in the last eight, it was perhaps fitting that the final was contested by two younger Dutchmen.

It was a good run for the five-time World Champion as he produced some of his best darts of the year, but ultimately bid his farewell to the Dutch crowd in the quarter-finals.

But Chisnall was then denied a repeat of the World Grand Prix Final with Van Gerwen at the hands of Noppert.

The 28-year-old produced an incredible 102 checkout in the deciding leg to capitalise on a missed match dart from Chisnall and book his place in the final.

Danny Noppert’s superb run included a deciding leg win over Ian White.
Pic: Kelly Deckers/PDC Europe’ 

That victory for Noppert was also bad news for Suljovic, with the Dutchman qualifying for the 2019 Grand Slam of Darts at the expense of the Austrian.

That was not the only drama that Noppert had faced on the final day in Amsterdam. The quarter-finals saw him miss a staggering 12 match-darts against Ian White before eventually sealing the win in a last-leg decider.

The run to the final marks the Dutchman’s best PDC result and he spoke of his pride after the decider.

“I am very happy with getting to the final,” said Noppert.

“It was great for me but in the end I just didn’t have enough and it was very tough against Michael.

“I have confidence and I hope this will help me in the future, I’m disappointed to lose but proud of the way I played this weekend.

Noppert will return to action next weekend as the Grand Slam of Darts takes place in Wolverhampton with the draw for the event taking place on Tuesday (November 5).

Sunday November 3Afternoon Session (1345 local time, 1245 GMT)Quarter-Finals
Mensur Suljovic 10-9 Krzysztof Ratajski
Michael van Gerwen 10-6 Jonny Clayton
Danny Noppert 10-9 Ian White 
Dave Chisnall 10-8 Raymond van Barneveld

Evening Session (2000 local time, 1900 GMT)
Semi-Finals
Michael van Gerwen 11-4 Mensur Suljovic 
Danny Noppert 11-10 Dave Chisnall

Final
Michael van Gerwen 11-2 Danny Noppert

World Series Finals – Day 2 – Barney Storms On.

Raymond van Barneveld’s final competitive tournament in Holland began in style as he beat fellow countryman Jermaine Wattimena 6-4 with an average of 101.7 on day two of the Jack’s Casino World Series of Darts Finals.

A Last Hurrah for RVB?
Pic: Kelly Deckers/PDC Europe

The five-time World Champion is aiming to sign off his career in style before retiring at the end of the year by winning his first televised title since the 2014 Premier League.

The packed out crowd at the AFAS Live, Amsterdam gave their idol a hero’s welcome and the 52-year-old repaid them with one of his best, televised, performances of the year.

An average of almost 102 and 60% success rate on double attempts show signs that Van Barneveld is not ready to retire from the game without one last push for a title.

“I feel so relaxed, the crowd were incredible. Can I win tomorrow? I believe so but we will have to wait and see.

“That was a good performance but it’s tough to play against Jermaine because we both want to do well for Holland.

“I just want to say thank you to everyone for all of their support and I’m looking forward to playing again for them.”

Van Barneveld will face Dave Chisnall in the last eight after the Grand Prix runner-up beat European and World Matchplay champion Rob Cross 6-4 in the final game of the evening.

Michael van Gerwen needed a last-leg decider to delight the Dutch crowd and defeat Gerwyn Price 6-5.

The match began with Price starting the brighter of the two, breaking throw early to take a 3-1 lead.

The Welshman managed to keep his opponent at arms’ length until Van Gerwen broke back to level at 4-4.

A 127 finish gave Van Gerwen the lead for the first time since the first leg but an equally impressive 129 checkout from Price sent the game into a decider.

A 74 finish sealed the win for the World Champion, who was pleased with his performance.

“That was a good game but I am pleased with how I played. I did the right things at the right moments so I am happy,” said the 30-year-old.

“Gerwyn is playing well at the moment but I don’t care about that as long as I am still the best.

“The crowd were amazing and there might not be as many people as in Rotterdam but they are just as loud, I’m really pleased to win for them.”

Will Johnny be good? Clayton moves into Qtr Finals.
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The world number one will now face Jonny Clayton after he dumped defending champion James Wade out of the competition in a dramatic encounter that needed a deciding leg to separate the pair.

The Welshman had also beaten Wade a week before at the European Championship in a 6-0 success but this match was a lot closer with the deciding 11th leg the only thing between them.

Wade looked most likely to progress to the last eight but squandered leads of 3-1 and 5-3 before Clayton would go on to pin double 16 for the win.

“My confidence is coming back and I’m winning tight matches which I wasn’t doing before,” said Clayton.

“I had to work hard tonight and stick in there because James was playing well, so I’m happy to get the win.”

Ian White beat number two seed Peter Wright in a one-sided 6-2 win.

Diamon White to Shine in Holland?
Kelly Deckers/PDC Europe

The Englishman, who is still looking for his first televised title dominated throughout and believes this could be the event that helps take him to the next level.

“I’m really enjoying myself at the moment and know I’m getting closer.

“I’ve got the best job in the world and I’m loving every minute of it, so why can’t I win this tomorrow?”

Danny Noppert will be White’s opponent in the last eight as he made his first televised quarter-final in almost a year, beating and out of sorts Gary Anderson 6-1.

The Scot averaged just 71 and was punished in style by his Dutch opposition who dominated throughout the match.

Mensur Suljovic booked his place in the quarter-finals in Amsterdam with a 6-3 win over Brisbane Darts Masters champion Damon Heta.

The Austrian averaged just 89.64 but was far more clinical than his opponent and knows he will need to improve if he is to have a chance of lifting the title on Sunday.

“Today was another tough game, it was hard but I win and that is important.

“My focus is now on my match tomorrow not on winning the trophy. I always have to focus on my next match and not anything else.” concluded Suljovic after his victory.

Suljovic will now face Krzysztof Ratajski after the 42-year-old upset the odds to defeat world number five Daryl Gurney 6-4 and progress into the last eight of a televised PDC tournament for the first time.

“I have won on the European Tour now where you have to play three important matches in one day, so maybe this will help me tomorrow, I hope so.”

The 2019 Jack’s Casino World Series of Darts Finals will conclude on Sunday with the afternoon session playing host to the quarter-finals before the semi’s and final in the evening.

​​​​​​​The tournament will be broadcast live on ITV4 in the UK, on PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers and through the PDC’s worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and RTL7.

Saturday November 2 (2000 local time, 1900 GMT)
Second Round x8
Jonny Clayton 6-5 James Wade
Mensur Suljovic 6-3 Damon Heta 
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-4 Daryl Gurney
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Gerwyn Price
Ian White 6-2 Peter Wright 
Danny Noppert 6-1 Gary Anderson
Raymond van Barneveld 6-4 Jermaine Wattimena
Dave Chisnall 6-4 Rob Cross

Sunday November 3Afternoon Session (1345 local time, 1245 GMT)
Quarter-Finals
Mensur Suljovic v Krzysztof Ratajski
Michael van Gerwen  v Jonny Clayton
Ian White v Danny Noppert
Raymond van Barneveld v Dave Chisnall

Evening Session (2000 local time, 1900 GMT)
Semi-Finals
Final

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World Series – Chizzy, Diamond & Price Move On – Day One Review

Gerwyn Price set up a tantalising second-round clash with Michael van Gerwen after beating Michael Smith 6-3 on day one of the Jack’s Casino World Series of Darts Finals.

Kelly Deckers/PDC Europe


The European Championship runner-up averaged 101.86 in front of a bumper crowd at the AFAS Live in Amsterdam and had too much for his English opponent on the night.

The match began with Price taking a 3-1 lead, which included a 142 finish, before Smith went on to level at 3-3.

The Welshman then regained control, breaking in the eighth leg of the match and eventually going on to win the match with a 52 finish.

“Michael (Smith) used to be a bit of a bogey player for me but I do like playing him. He is quick and doesn’t mess about and now I feel confident playing against him.

“After last week I’ve just decided to go out and try and enjoy myself and I’ll be doing that against MVG tomorrow. It’s not the end of the world if I lose and I’ve had some great games against him and I’m going to give my all tomorrow night.”



The meeting between Van Gerwen and Price will be the 19th between the pair, with the Dutchman winning 17 of the previous clashes and the other being a draw in the Premier League.

Raymond van Barneveld’s final competitive tournament in Holland will commence on Saturday night when he takes on his fellow countryman Jermaine Wattimena.

Wattimena secured his spot in round two with a 6-4 win over Gabriel Clemens, with the Dutchman taking out 111 to claim the win.

“It will be a pleasure to play Raymond tomorrow, the atmosphere should be incredible,” said Wattimena.

“I really wanted to win today so I was very happy when I hit the double for the 111 finish.”

Dave Chisnall was another headline winner in Amsterdam on day one, defeating Simon Whitlock 6-4.

Chisnall will face European Championship winner Rob Cross in round two and is relishing the challenge.

“I fancy beating Rob tomorrow. I’m feeling pretty confident at the moment I just need to start finding the doubles.

“I played really well last weekend but just made some mistakes on the final day. Rob is a great player but I’m ready for him,” concluded Chisnall.

In the opening match of the night, Jonny Clayton defeated Wayne Jones 6-4. Jones came out the stronger of the pair averaging 101 and leading 3-1 after the first four legs.

The Welshman then found his form, winning five of the next six legs to set up a second round encounter with James Wade, who beat Clayton at the European Championship a week before.

“That was tough, I couldn’t stop shaking at the start, so I’m just glad to get the win,” said Clayton after his win.

“My game is in a good place at the moment and I’m playing well, James got the better of me last week and I’ll need to play well to beat him tomorrow but I believe I can do it.”

Ian White survived a comeback from Ricky Evans on day one as the world number 11 let a 3-0 slip, before eventually winning in the deciding leg, where, with Evans sat on 24 for the match, White took out 76 on tops to seal the victory and a second-round clash with Peter Wright on Saturday night.

Could White show his true talent?
Kelly Deckers/PDC Europe



“I’ve got to stop giving people chances to come back at me. I know my game is there but I just keep letting people believe the have a chance.

“I can’t do that against Peter tomorrow because no matter what his form is like he can always turn it back on and play brilliantly. It should be a great game.”

Mensur Suljovic punished 16 missed darts at doubles by Kyle Anderson, as he went on to record a 6-1 win over his Australian opponent.

The victory sees the Austrian progress to face Brisbane Darts Masters champion Damon Heta.

“Today was not good, Kyle is my friend but we played so bad in this game. Tomorrow I promise I will be 100% better,” joked Suljovic after the match.

Krzysztof Ratajski will face Daryl Gurney in round two after beating US Darts Masters Champion Nathan Aspinall 6-5 in a thrilling game.

Despite averaging over 103 and hitting almost 65 per cent of his attempts at doubles, Aspinall was able to overcome his opponent and it was Ratajski who managed to get over the line in a last-leg decider.

Ratajski, playing in his first World Series Finals, averaged over 104 and took out 70, with Aspinall sat on 36 to secure the victory.

Danny Noppert completes the second-round line-up and will face Gary Anderson after beating fellow Dutchman Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-3.

Danny Noppert
Kelly Deckers/PDC Europe


The Jack’s Casino World Series of Darts Finals will continue on Saturday night with the eight seeded players from the World Series Order of Merit making their entrances, as the last 16 players battle out for a place in the quarter-finals.

The tournament will be broadcast live on ITV4 in the UK, on PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers and through the PDC’s worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and RTL7.

Friday, November 1 (1945 local time, 1845 GMT)
First Round x8
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Wayne Jones 
Ian White 6-5 Ricky Evans 
Mensur Suljovic 6-1 Kyle Anderson 
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-5 Nathan Aspinall
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Michael Smith
Dave Chisnall 6-4 Simon Whitlock
Danny Noppert 6-3 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Jermaine Wattimena 6-4 Gabriel Clemens

Saturday, November 2 (2000 local time, 1900 GMT)

Second Round x8
James Wade v Jonny Clayton
Damon Heta v Mensur Suljovic
Daryl Gurney v Krzysztof Ratajski
Michael van Gerwen v Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright v Ian White
Gary Anderson v Danny Noppert
Raymond van Barneveld v Jermaine Wattimena
Rob Cross v Dave Chisnall

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Jack’s Casino World Series of Darts Finals – Preview.

Raymond van Barneveld will say an emotional farewell to his army of Dutch fans in his last ever televised PDC event in the Netherlands at the 2019 Jack’s Casino World Series of Darts Finals.

PIC: LAWRENCE LUSTIG
RAYMOND Van Barneveld BIDS FAREWELL.

The World Series of Darts Finals will be held from November 1-3 at the AFAS Live in Amsterdam, with five-time World Champion Van Barneveld entering as one of eight seeded players following his run to the final of the NZ Darts Masters in August.

The 24-player event in Amsterdam sees a culmination of the year’s five World Series events beginning on Friday night as the 16 non-seeded players battle it out for the right to face the seeds on Saturday evening.

The quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will take place on Sunday across two sessions.

The tournament will be broadcast live on ITV4 in the UK, on PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers and through the PDC’s worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and RTL7.

Van Barneveld, who faces a second round assignment against either fellow-Dutchman Jermaine Wattimena or Germany’s Gabriel Clemens, is determined to put on a show one final time for his adoring ‘Barney Army’.

“This event will be a magnificent chance for me to say thank you to my Dutch fans who have supported me on this journey through the years,” said Van Barneveld.

“But not only that, I am here to do my best to win matches and try to make this tournament even more memorable for everyone and myself.

“The last few years have been painful for me as I have been unable to be the winner I am but now I have a chance to do it one more time.

“The standard we see now is ridiculous so for me to do well in this tournament will of course be very difficult but I am up for the challenge and hopefully the old Barney comes out.”

Elsewhere, James Wade will be looking to defend the title he won in Vienna at last year’s World Series Finals and he will face Jonny Clayton or Wayne Jones.

World number one Michael van Gerwen, who won the first three stagings of the even from 2015-2017, will play the winner of the mouth-watering first-round game between Michael Smith and Gerwyn Price.

After suffering a shock first-round defeat at the hands of Ross Smith at the European Championship last week, Van Gerwen wants to put that right in front of his home fans.

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“Of course it always hurts to lose, but credit to Ross Smith he played a great game to beat me,” said Van Gerwen.

“But the tournaments are coming thick and fast this time of year which is a nice thing because I have the chance to win the next one.

“This weekend will be a lot about Raymond’s last PDC event in the Netherlands but I have a job to do also and I hope to lift that title in front of a phenomenal crowd in Amsterdam.”

Rising Dutch star Jeffrey de Zwaan will also be in action as he takes on fellow-Dutchman Danny Noppert, while World Grand Prix runner-up Dave Chisnall meets Simon Whitlock in another highly-anticipated round one clash.

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Draw Bracket
(1) Michael van Gerwen v Smith/Price
(8) James Wade v Jones/Clayton
(5) Damon Heta v K Anderson/Suljovic
(4) Daryl Gurney v Ratajski/Aspinall
(2) Peter Wright v Evans/White
(7) Gary Anderson v Noppert/De Zwaan
(6) Raymond van Barneveld v Wattimena/Clemens
(3) Rob Cross v Chisnall/Whitlock

Schedule of Play
Friday November 1 (1945 local time, 1845 GMT)
First Round x8
Wayne Jones v Jonny Clayton
Ricky Evans v Ian White
Kyle Anderson v Mensur Suljovic
Krzysztof Ratajski v Nathan Aspinall
Michael Smith v Gerwyn Price
Dave Chisnall v Simon Whitlock
Danny Noppert v Jeffrey de Zwaan
Jermaine Wattimena v Gabriel Clemens

Saturday November 2 (2000 local time, 1900 GMT)
Second Round x8
James Wade v Jones/Clayton
Damon Heta v K Anderson/Suljovic
Daryl Gurney v Ratajski/Aspinall
Michael van Gerwen v Smith/Price
Peter Wright v Evans/White
Gary Anderson v Noppert/De Zwaan
Raymond van Barneveld v Wattimena/Clemens
Rob Cross v Chisnall/Whitlock

Sunday November 3
Afternoon Session (1345 local time, 1245 GMT)
Quarter-Finals

Evening Session (2000 local time, 1900 GMT)
Semi-Finals & Final

Format
First Round – Best of 11 legs
Second Round – Best of 11 legs
Quarter-Finals – Best of 19 legs
Semi-Finals – Best of 21 legs
Final – Best of 21 legs

Prize Fund
Winner £70,000
Runner-Up £30,000
Semi-Finalists £20,000
Quarter-Finalists £10,000
Second Round £7,500
First Round £5,000
Total £300,000

ENDS