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Caldwell wins DPNZ grand prix 3

Porirua's Craig Caldwell put in a powerful performance to take out Grand Prix 3 of the 2017-2018 DPNZ Grand Prix Tour at the Timaru South Cosmopolitan Club when he overcame perennial finalist Warren Parry 7 legs to 3 in the Final. Both players displayed exceptional form in a match that, but for a poor sixth leg, would have produced ton-plus averages. As it was, Caldwell finished with a 95.64 average whilst Invercargill's Parry turned out a 91.17.

The match heated up from the very first leg where Caldwell produced a 12-dart opening to break the Parry throw and then followed it up with a 16-dart hold of throw to take an early two leg advantage. "Waza" then held in 15 to open his account on the scoreboard before slamming home an impressive 13-dart break of throw to draw level at 2-all. When Parry failed to close out the fifth leg after six walks, Caldwell broke back to regain the lead.

The sixth leg saw the intensity affect both players as it took the Wellingtonian 26 darts to complete whilst, importantly, regaining the two-leg ascendency. As if to highlight the anomaly that was the leg before, the seventh leg was pure class as the Southland man needed only 13 darts to leave Caldwell stranded on 15 after 12. Caldwell responded with a 13-darter of his own in the 8th leg and completed the victory with a 15- and a 13-darter in the 9th and tenth legs respectively to take out the Grand Prix and collect 20 points towards the juicy end-of-season carrots.

It wasn't all plain sailing for Caldwell on his journey to the final, however. Following a comfortable qualification from Section Play, and subsequent knockout wins over Grant Crofts and three-time PDC World Championships qualifier Warren French, the recent NZDC Auckland Open Champion was pushed to the end in his Quarter Final by a resurgent Mick Lacey from Auckland, but managed to complete a narrow 5-4 victory to progress to the Semi Final. There he encountered a gripping match against fellow clubmate Rob Szabo. Like Lacey, Szabo was pipped at the post as Caldwell took the deciding leg under pressure for a tight 6-5 win.

Szabo, receiving a bye in the first knockout round due to his 2016-2017 DPNZ number one ranking, defeated Sam Singh before survivng a deciding leg thriller of his own against 2016 Auckland Darts Masters protagonist and current NZ test player Bernie Smith. The Cantabrian was left lamenting missed opportunities as Szabo progressed to the Semi Final on the back of a 5-4 nail-biter.

Parry's road to the Final was far less dramatic as, after also receiving a first knockout round bye, he returned solid performances to pass Mike Fitzgerald and John Hurring before accounting for fast-emerging talent and NZ test debutant, Haupai Puha. Puha, also a first round bye beneficiary, had eased past Neville Herbert and Graeme Lowe to book his Quarter Final battle with Parry.

Reflecting on his Final victory, and his form throughout the Grand Prix, Caldwell was happy to be continuing in a winning vein. "I got away with a couple against Mick and Rob," he conceded, "but I never gave up and I threw some good darts today". Wise advice to the new and experience darter alike. Caldwell also offered the reason for his return to the DPNZ Tour following such success recently following the BDO/NZDC pathways. "I have come back to play because I like what I am seeing here with the efforts being made up front and behind the scenes," he said. I think I can safely say for all fellow tour players that it is great to see you playing wherever it is, CC, even if it does mean the odd butt-kicking along the way!

Aussie Trio in the World Series Finals

Kyle Anderson will have fellow Australians Simon Whitlock and Corey Cadby also participating at the World Series of Darts Finals in Glasgow. Simon and Corey will be joined by Michael Smith and Max Hopp as four international invitations, with the remaining eight places going to players from Monday's PDC Tour Card Holders' Qualifier in Barnsley - with the number of available spots being doubled from the original four.

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN will challenge to win a third successive title at the Ladbrokes World Series of Darts Finals in November, with the invitations for the three-day event now confirmed.
Van Gerwen has been victorious for the past two years in the event at Glasgow's Braehead Arena, which is a season-ending championship following the worldwide World Series of Darts events.
Eight players qualify from the World Series of Darts rankings, with Scottish duo Gary Anderson and Peter Wright joining Van Gerwen amongst the top names to compete in Glasgow.
In addition, Raymond van Barneveld, James Wade, Daryl Gurney, Kyle Anderson and Gerwyn Price will all compete, with Phil Taylor opting not to participate in the event as he continues to scale down his playing commitments ahead of retirement.

The top four non-qualified players from the PDC Order of Merit will also play in Glasgow, meaning that Adrian Lewis, Mensur Suljovic, Dave Chisnall and Jelle Klaasen will be in action next month.

The Ladbrokes World Series of Darts Finals will be held from November 3-5 at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, live on ITV4. For tickets, visit www.braehead-arena.co.uk or call 0844 499 1700.

Play begins with the first round on Friday November 3 (7pm), with the top eight seeds entering the event in the second round on Saturday November 4 (7pm).

The tournament's decisive third day on Sunday November 5 will see the quarter-finals in the afternoon session (12.45pm) and the semi-finals and final in evening session (7pm).

2017 Ladbrokes World Series of Darts Finals
Eight Players from World Series Rankings
Gary Anderson (Scotland)
Michael van Gerwen (Netherlands)
Peter Wright (Scotland)
Raymond van Barneveld (Netherlands)
James Wade (England)
Daryl Gurney (Northern Ireland)
Kyle Anderson (Australia)
Gerwyn Price (Wales)

PDC Order of Merit Qualifiers
Adrian Lewis (England)
Mensur Suljovic (Austria)
Dave Chisnall (England)
Jelle Klaasen (Netherlands)

Invited Players
Simon Whitlock (Australia)
Corey Cadby (Australia)
Michael Smith (England)
Max Hopp (Germany)

Plus eight players from PDC Tour Card Holders' Qualifier

Gutsy Gurney's World Grand Prix Glory

DARYL GURNEY claimed his first televised title with glory at the Unibet World Grand Prix as he produced a fine comeback to defeat Simon Whitlock 5-4 in a deciding set in Saturday's final at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin.

The Northern Irish ace has broken into the world's elite in the last 12 months, and wrote his name into the history books as he claimed the £100,000 top prize in the double-start tournament.

Whitlock had come from 3-2 down to lead 4-3, but Gurney claimed the final two sets as he emotionally took the title.

The Australian edged the opening two sets before Gurney hit back with three in a row to move 3-2 up, landing five ton-plus checkouts as he hit the front.

The Northern Irish ace - appearing in his first televised ranking final - crucially missed one dart at a double to win each of the next two sets as Whitlock regained the edge at 4-3.

Gurney claimed set eight 3-1 and led in the final set before the pair traded 112 checkouts, but the Northern Irish ace would not be denied as he landed double ten to claim the title before breaking down in tears as he celebrated the win.

"I'm lost for words - I can't believe it, I really can't," said Gurney, who also moves up to a career-high sixth on the PDC Order of Merit.

"I wanted to come up here tonight and play my best game but giving Simon the first set got me more determined. I still had the belief in me that I could come back when I was 2-0 down.

"Simon played brilliantly tonight and he may have won against somebody else but I was so determined. He'd played better than me during the week but I knew that I could do better tonight and I wasn't going to give up.

"It's an unbelievable feeling. I've done my best in every game and I fought in every single leg all week."

Gurney capitalised on a miss at tops from Whitlock to take out 72 for the opening leg and extended his lead on double 16 before the Australian fired his challenge with a 180 in leg three.

Double 16 got Whitlock off the mark, before he capitalised on four missed set darts from Gurney to force a decider, where the Northern Irish ace missed a further five darts for the set to allow his rival to post double one to lead.

Whitlock opened set two with scores of 146, 140 and 140 but failed to kill off the leg as Gurney stepped in with a superb 156 checkout to move ahead.

The Australian responded with two 180s and double six, with the pair trading the next two before Whitlock claimed the decider with the aid of another maximum and double nine to move two sets up.

Gurney began set three with another ton-plus finish as he took out 110, with Whitlock levelling on double eight before missing tops for a 120 checkout as the Northern Irishman stepped back in on double 16.

Gurney then sealed the set by taking out 126 on the bull to pull back to 2-1 in the contest.

He then squared the match by taking the fourth set 3-1, punishing misses from Whitlock in the opening two legs before responding to the Australian's 70 finish by taking out 95 for the set.

Whitlock opened the fifth set with a 90 finish, only to see Gurney take out 110 and 104 - taking his tally of ton-plus checkouts to five for the game - to move 2-1 up.

Whitlock landed a 180 and double 16 to take the set to a decider, but missed three darts - at double top and ten - to win the set as Gurney returned on double 16 to move 3-2 up by claiming his third successive set.

Whitlock took the opening two legs of set six, but missed double 18 for the set in the third as Gurney took out 100 to respond and double ten to level, only to miss a set dart at double eight to allow his rival in to take out 98 to level the game.

The seventh set also went to a decider, with Gurney taking out 77 to lead and double ten to move 2-1 up only to miss the bull for the set as Whitlock landed double ten to level matters.

The decisive fifth leg saw Whitlock power in his tenth 180 of the game to edge away before double eight put the Australian back ahead at 4-3 and a set away from glory.

Gurney's battling continued as he finished 68 to lead in set eight, and after Whitlock levelled he landed a third-dart double 16 to move 2-1 up the Derry man took out 96 for the set to send the match into a ninth set.

Seven missed starting doubles from Whitlock were punished as Gurney took the opening leg on double eight, and the pair traded 112 finishes to leave the Northern Irish ace 2-1 up before double ten finally sealed the title.

"Daryl deserved to win tonight but I'm really happy to have reached the final," said Whitlock, who landed 13 maximums in the game. "He's been a form player this year and for him to win this is amazing.

"I'm disappointed I lost, but I've worked so hard for the past two years and especially in the last three months, practising double starts, so I expected good results but I was a bit surprised that I made the final in one respect.

"I'm back to winning ways and hopefully the only way is up now. I've got myself back in the Grand Slam, because that was important, and I want to get myself back in the Premier League and in the top five, where I think I belong."

The night also saw William O'Connor win the 2017 Tom Kirby Memorial Irish Matchplay final with a 6-4 defeat of Jason Cullen, as the Limerick thrower secured his debut in the William Hill World Darts Championship by scooping Ireland's top domestic honour.

Hat Trick for Raymond Smith

Raymond Smith hit the Hat Trick this weekend winning his 3rd International Pro Darts Showdown Qualifier defeating Dave Littleboy 4 - 1
Raymond will be competing in all but 1 Main event, Townsville, Brisbane and Mackay, Whilst Steve MacArthur will be participating in the Gold Coast Event

For the first time ever, Queensland audiences will have the chance to see international champion dart players up close and personal! Come and join the action of one of the fastest growing sports and see for yourself why audiences are hailing pro darts as one of the best nights out by far. Two Nights at Each Location NIGHT 1: 8 qualifying games NIGHT 2: 4 Qtr-finals, 2 semi-finals & final

For more information visit http://www.prodartsshowdownseries.com.au/

Double Header for Raymond Smith

Raymond Smith made it 2 from 3 by whitewashing Stewart Smith 4 - 0 in the 3rd Qualifier for the International Pro Darts Showdown series Main event
Raymond will now be competing in both the Brisbane and the Townsville Main events along side Darts Legend Phil Taylor, Australian Kyle Anderson, Scotland's Jamie Harvey and Americas Johnny K to name a few

Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest news from Deception Bay Bowling Club for the 4th and Final International Darts Showdown Qualifier

Steve McArthur wins Gold Coast Qualifier

Steve McArthur beat Stu Leach 4 - 1 to win Qualifier 2 at the Deception Bay Bowls Club this morning to take the 2nd of 4 qualifying spots for the International Pro Darts Showdown
The event continues this afternoon with Qualifier 3 , the Brisbane Qualifier. Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest news from Queensland

Anderson 100+ average

Kyle Anderson averaged 100.59 as he set up an all-Australian second round tie with Simon Whitlock by defeating Dutchman Jerry Hendriks 6-1, finishing a clinical six doubles from eight attempts in the victory.

Anderson raced into a four-leg lead without missing a double, with Hendriks finally getting a dart at a double himself in leg six as he kept the tie briefly alive before the Australian closed out the win.

Reigning International Darts Open winner Mensur Suljovic will open his title defence on Saturday night against Ireland's William O'Connor, who came from 2-0 and 4-2 down against Dimitri Van den Bergh before defeating the Belgian 6-4.

German favourite Max Hopp now meets Alan Norris after claiming a 6-4 win over Welsh left-hander Mark Webster, who hit back from 3-1 down to level before the former World Youth Champion finished the stronger.

Youngster Josh Payne was too strong for German qualifier Bernd Roith, with a 6-4 win booking the youngster a date with shooting star Rob Cross, who was the runner-up in the German Darts Grand Prix in Mannheim a fortnight ago.

York left-hander Chris Quantock also overcame a Host Nation Qualifier as a 6-3 win over Dragutin Horvat - which featured 6/10 on his doubles - set up a second round tie with number one seed Peter Wright.

Richie Corner also overcame German opposition with a 6-3 win over emerging Berlin ace Martin Schindler, following a second 120 finish of the match with a 147 checkout as he set up a tie with fellow Yorkshireman Joe Cullen.

Darren Webster now meets Premier League ace Dave Chisnall after a key 138 finish helped him come from 4-3 down to defeat Luke Woodhouse 6-4 in their first round tie.

Dutch left-hander Ron Meulenkamp takes on Gibraltar Darts Trophy winner Michael Smith following his 6-1 win over Mick McGowan, taking out 118 and 6/11 in his finishing on the way to victory.

Emerging Irish ace Steve Lennon impressed with a 99 average and 6/12 doubles as he overcame Simon Stevenson 6-2, setting up a second round showdown with Gerwyn Price.

Former World Youth Champion Keegan Brown came from 2-0 down to defeat Dutch qualifier Michael Plooy 6-4 in their opener as he moved through to play Ian White on Saturday.

Brendan Dolan whitewashed Andy Hamilton in a battle of two former TV finalists, with the Northern Irishman now set to take on Premier League star Jelle Klaasen in the last 32.

Greek ace John Michael set up a second round meeting with former European Tour winner Mervyn King courtesy of a 6-3 win over Hungarian debutant Nandor Bezzeg.

Christian Kist defied finishes of 150 and 164 from Justin Pipe as the Dutchman came from 4-1 and 5-3 down to claim victory in the deciding leg of their contest, meaning that he now plays Kim Huybrechts.

The Belgian's elder brother Ronny Huybrechts will also be in action in Saturday's second round, after holding off a fightback from Ted Evetts to eventually claim a 6-4 win from their tie.
DENNIS NILSSON claimed a debut win on the PDC European Tour with a thrilling 6-5 defeat of Steve Beaton as the HappyBet International Darts Open began with the first round on Friday.

The 41-year-old - a former runner-up in Sweden's Strongest Man competition - has previously competed in the World Championship five years ago before winning through a qualifier in Scandinavia to seal a first European Tour appearance.

There, he claimed a narrow win over former European Tour winner Beaton in a thrilling contest in Riesa, which saw four ton-plus checkouts shared before the former Lakeside Champion missed his chance for victory in the deciding leg.

Nilsson took out an early 120 finish as he moved into a 3-1 lead, with Beaton hitting back to level with checkouts of 136 and 121 only to see the PDCNB qualifier power take out 160 and 90 to move to the brink of victory.

Beaton took the next two to send the game into a decider, but missed match darts at double 16, eight and four to allow Nilsson in, and the Swede took out 106 to secure a second round spot, where he meets Daryl Gurney on Saturday.

Another former European Tour winner, Vincent van der Voort, was knocked out in Friday's first round as Peter Jacques enjoyed a 6-4 triumph to set up a tie with another Dutchman, Benito van de Pas.

The former Austrian Darts Open winner had led 2-0 and opened the third leg with six perfect darts, but allowed Jacques back into the game before the English qualifier took four of the final five legs for victory.

Saturday's second round sees the 16 seeded players enter the tournament in Riesa, with coverage being broadcast worldwide through PDCTV-HD at www.pdc.tv and through a series of bookmakers' websites.

HappyBet International Darts Open
Friday September 22
First Round
Afternoon Session
Brendan Dolan 6-0 Andy Hamilton
Steve Lennon 6-2 Simon Stevenson
Darren Webster 6-4 Luke Woodhouse
Christian Kist 6-5 Justin Pipe
Chris Quantock 6-3 Dragutin Horvat
William O'Connor 6-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Ron Meulenkamp 6-1 Mick McGowan
Josh Payne 6-4 Bernd Roith

Evening Session
John Michael 6-3 Nandor Bezzeg
Keegan Brown 6-4 Michael Plooy
Max Hopp 6-4 Mark Webster
Ronny Huybrechts 6-4 Ted Evetts
Peter Jacques 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Richie Corner 6-3 Martin Schindler
Dennis Nilsson 6-4 Steve Beaton
Kyle Anderson 6-1 Jerry Hendriks

Saturday September 23
Second Round
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm BST)
Gerwyn Price v Steve Lennon
Ian White v Keegan Brown
Jelle Klaasen v Brendan Dolan
Mervyn King v John Michael
Kim Huybrechts v Christian Kist
Cristo Reyes v Ronny Huybrechts
Benito van de Pas v Peter Jacques
Joe Cullen v Richie Corner

Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm BST)
Dave Chisnall v Darren Webster
Daryl Gurney v Dennis Nilsson
Michael Smith v Ron Meulenkamp
Peter Wright v Chris Quantock
Rob Cross v Josh Payne
Mensur Suljovic v William O'Connor
Alan Norris v Max Hopp
Simon Whitlock v Kyle Anderson

Raymond Smith wins Qualifier 1

Raymond Smith defeated Pat Orreal 4 2 to take out qualifier 1 of the International Darts Showdown.
Raymond will now be competing in the Townsville International Darts Showdown event on Friday 22nd Sept ...

Round 1
Colin Shaw 1 Daniel Gunn 4
Steve McArthur 0 Willy Kimura 4
Stu Leach 1 Raymond Smith 4
Haoni Dick Bye
Greg Major 4 Brett Brandly 2
Dave Littleboy 4 Greg Walsh 3
Jimmy Raroa 4 Joe Sahlqvist 3
Jordan Ford 4 Jackson Wilson-Young 0
Bye Rob Cameron
Pat Oreal 4 Tony Glass 0
Darren Lane 1 Kalani Hillman 4
Daniel Allen Bye
Ricky Jones 0 Simon Black 4
Craig Coe 2 Beau McCrae 4
Thomas Hawe 1 Allen Walters 4
Glenn Jones Bye

Round 2
Daniel Gunn 1 Willy Kimura 4
Raymond Smith 4 Haoni Dick 1
Greg Major 3 Dave Littleboy 4
Jimmy Raroa 3 Jordan Ford 4
Rob Cameron 1 Pat Oreal 4
Kalani Hillman 4 Daniel Allen 1
Simon Black 4 Beau McCrae 3
Allen Walters 1 Glenn Jones 4

Willy Kimura 1 Raymond Smith 4
Dave Littleboy 4 Jordan Ford 0
Pat Oreal 4 Kalani Hillman 1
Simon Black 0 Glenn Jones 4

Raymond Smith 4 Dave Littleboy 0
Pat Oreal 4 Glenn Jones 1

Pat Orreal 2 Raymond Smith 4

Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest news from Qualifier 2 of the international Darts Showdown Held at the Deception Bay Bowls Club Deception Bay Queensland

International Darts Showdown Qualifers Draw now online

The draw for the international Darts Showdown Qualifiers has been done and they are as follows

Entry to the International Darts Showdown Qualifiers is now closed
The International Pro Darts Showdown Qualifiers will be held at the Deception Bay Bowls Club, Deception Bay Queensland from the 22nd Sept to the 24th Sept 2017
Friday 22nd Sept - 7pm Check in  - Townsville Qualifier
Saturday 23rd Sept - 9am Check in - Gold Coast Qualifier
Saturday 23rd Sept - Brisbane Qualifier - Check in after Gold Coast Qualifier
Sunday 24th Sept - 9am Check in - Mackay Qualifier

Please Note: Entry to the qualifiers is non refundable - Should you miss your check in times your entry will be removed from the Draw and you will forfeit your entry fee Players that qualify for the International Darts Showdown main event are responsible for the cost of travel and accommodation to the main event.
If you have entered the draw online PLEASE check your name is in the draw
It is the responsibility of the player to confirm that they have entered.

Friday 22nd Sept Townsville Qualifier

Colin Shaw
Daniel Gunn
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Steve McArthur
Willy Kimura
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Stu Leach
Raymond Smith
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Haoni Dick
Bye
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Greg Major
Brett Brandly
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Dave Littleboy
Greg Walsh
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Jimmy Raroa
Joe Sahlqvist
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Jordan Ford
Jackson Wilson-Young
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Bye
Rob Cameron
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Pat Oreal
Tony Glass
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Darren Lane
Kalani Hillman
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Daniel Allen
Bye
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Ricky Jones
Simon Black
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Craig Coe
Beau McCrae
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Thomas Hawe
Allen Walters
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Glenn Jones
Bye
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Saturday 23rd Sept Gold Coast Qualifier

pre lim round for main draw

Pat Oreal
Craig Coe
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Colin Shaw
Darren Lane
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Round one proper

Jackson Wilson-Young
Rob Cameron
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Joe Sahlqvist
Glenn Jones
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Willy Kimura
Allen Walters
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Raymond Smith
Beau McCrae
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Dave Littleboy
Jimmy Raroa
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Greg Major
Braydon Charlton
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Kevin Watkins
Tony Glass
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Thomas Hawe
Stu Leach
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Daniel Allen
Ricky Jones
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Bob Schroeder
Brett Brantley
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Daniel Gunn
Kalani Hillman
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Greg Walsh
Steve McArthur
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Jordan Ford
Haoni Dick
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Simon Black
Winner Game 2
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David Evans
Graeme Lowe
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Perry McIlreavy
Game 1 winner

Saturday 23rd Sept Brisbane Qualifier

Beau McCrae
Brett Brandley
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Darren Lane
Jordan Ford
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Rob Cameron
Kalani Hillman
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Braydon Charlton
Graeme Lowe
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Raymond Smith
Greg Major
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Greg Walsh
Bob Schroeder
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Craig Coe
Tony Glass
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Joe Sahlqvist
Allen Walters
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Kevin Watkins
Glenn Jones
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Daniel Allen
Stewart Smith
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Jimmy Raroa
David Evans
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Ricky Jones
Jackson Wilson-Young
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Perry McIlreavy
Thomas Hawe
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Simon Black
Colin Shaw
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Steve McArthur
Pat Oreal
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Dave LittleBoy
Daniel Gunn

Sunday 24th Sept Mackay Qualifier

Braydon Charlton
Simon Black
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Bye
Greg Major
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Colin Shaw
Pat Oreal
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Craig Coe
Daniel Gunn
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Bye
Raymond Smith
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Jordan Ford
Allen Walter
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Bye
Darren Lane
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Bye
Glenn Jones
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Thomas Hawe
Kalani Hillman
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Beau McCrae
Bye
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Daniel Allen
Steve McArthur
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Rob Ccameron
Ricky Jones
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Bye
Brett Brandley
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Tony Glass
Jimmy Raroa
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Bye
Jackson Wilson-Young
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Joe Sahlqvist
Dave Littleboy

 

 

 

Cadby Amongst World Youth Qualifiers

COREY CADBY will defend his PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship title in November after being confirmed amongst the international representatives for the tournament.

Australian star Cadby took victory in the 2016 World Youth Championship when he defeated Berry van Peer 6-2 in the final at the Butlins Minehead Resort.

The 22-year-old will return to the UK in a bid to retain the title later this year, with the last 64 playing on Monday November 6 down to the final, which will be held on Sunday November 26 live on ITV4 during the Players Championship Finals.

Cadby is joined by Robbie King in qualifying to represent Australia, while former World Youth Champion Max Hopp won the German Qualifier.

Maxim Aldoshin is the Russian Qualifier, Hong Kong's Man Lok Leung won the Asian Qualifier, Qingyu Zhan is the Chinese Qualifier and Jarvis Bautista won the Gibraltar Qualifier.

Dominik Pundt and Keifer Durham won the respective American and Canadian Qualifiers, while Denmark's Daniel Jensen is the Scandinavian representative and Jordan Christie is the New Zealand qualifier.

Luke Durham and Jack Ryder are the two Junior Darts Corporation representatives in the 64-player field, with further places on offer for qualifiers from Ireland, Central Europe, Easter Europe and Southern Europe.

In addition, Dutch ace Benito van de Pas qualifies as an eligible player inside the top 32 of the PDC Order of Merit, leaving 46 places open to players from the final PDC Unicorn Development Tour rankings.

2017 PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship
International Representatives
Maxim Aldoshin (Russia)
Jarvis Bautista (Gibraltar)
Corey Cadby (Australia)
Jordan Christie (New Zealand)
Keifer Durham (Canada)
Max Hopp (Germany)
Daniel Jensen (Denmark)
Robbie King (Australia)
Man Lok Leung (Hong Kong)
Dominik Pundt (USA)
Qingyu Zhan (China)
JDC Representatives
Luke Durham (England)
Jack Ryder (England)

Plus:
Benito van de Pas (Netherlands) from PDC Order of Merit Top 32

Further qualifying events:
Ireland - September 8
Eastern Europe - September 31
Central Europe - October 06
Southern Europe - October 20

John Kuczynski downunder

AMERICAN John Kuczynski is used to spreading the gospel of darts in his own country, now he is hoping to do just the same Down Under when he joins the International Pro Darts Showdown Series in Queensland in January.

Johnny K, as the Pennsylvania native is known in darting circles, will join the likes of 16-time world champion Phil Taylor, former world championship runner-up Andy "The Hammer" Hamilton, from Britain, South African No.1 Devon Peterson and Australia's own Kyle Anderson among others when some of the best players in the world and across this country come to the Sunshine State.

The American No.1 has taken some time off the Professional Darts Corporation tour to  work as the director of operations for an electric darts company Phoenix Darts which is in pubs across Australia now.

But now he hopes to use the Showdown Series as a stepping stone to getting back to being one of the sport's elite and an eventual return to the PDC world championships.

"I have a board up in my house all the time and I am starting to hit it pretty hard," Kuczynski said.

"I know I have to because the standard and level of play has gotten so great over the years since I first went to England.

"I watch the players and see the standard and it's incredible but I know that when I am in top form I can perform with those guys at any time."

While darts has traditionally been viewed as a sport for 45-60-year-old males, televised professional tournaments across the world have now turned the game into a serious sport enjoyed by all.

The average age of current audiences watching darts around the world is 25-34 years and Kuczynski said tournaments such as the inaugural Pro Darts Showdown Series can show youngsters across the globe that darts can compete alongside the more popular sports such as football, rugby and basketball.

"This tournament will be a big boost for darts in Australia and in general having US and international players there to show that 'this could be you' if you put the time in and concentrate and give your best effort," the 43-year-old said.

"This will give the younger ones something to strive for. That's what it's all about.

"The reason I got with this company is so I could expand darts in the US and try to improve the standard so we can get to the level of the PDC.

"I won a lot of things in the US and that's paved the way for a lot of people already, so I figured if I would do this as well then I could maybe get events in the US like the one I have been invited to come to in Queensland.

"That's the whole goal for all of us ...to try to get this sport as big as possible and kids growing up saying 'I want to be a professional darts player. I can make a living doing this. If I start at an early age I can get it done'."

While Kuczynski has not played on the professional PDC tour for a few years, he says he is not coming to Queensland just to make up the numbers and is looking to do well in Queensland.

"I have played with Phil and Kyle before in the same events," he said.

"I know the top players and, of course, I will be the underdog but I look forward to that.

"That's one of the things I like the best - being the underdog - and doing well."

The International Pro Darts Showdown Series begins in Brisbane on January 10-11 at the Royal International Convention Centre and rumbles on to the Gold Coast Events Centre at the Gold Coast Turf Club on January 17-18 and will move to Townsville Stadium on January 24-25 before finishing off at the Mackay Entertainment Centre on January 27-28.

Tickets are selling like hot cakes so get in fast so as to not be disappointed.

Tickets are available from Ticketek with further details at prodartsshowdownseries.com.au.

2017 Dutch Darts Masters Finals Day

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN won his fourth successive Dutch Darts Masters title with a brilliant 6-1 defeat of Steve Beaton in Sunday's final in Maastricht.
The World Champion marked his return to action follow a month's break by claiming his fourth European Tour title of 2017 and a £25,000 top prize in front of over 5,000 delighted Dutch fans at the MECC.
Having begun his challenge with a second round win over Jeffrey de Zwaan on Saturday evening, Van Gerwen averaged 107.60 in a dominant 6-1 defeat of Kyle Anderson in Sunday afternoon's third round.
He then edged out Daryl Gurney 6-5 in the quarter-finals, with the game's opening ten legs all going with throw before the Dutchman produced the decisive break in the 11th leg by finishing 76 for a 12-darter with the Northern Irish ace waiting on 40.
Van Gerwen then came from two legs down to win 6-2 against Michael Smith in the semi-finals, with the former World Youth Champion opening with legs of 11 and 14 darts but paying for missed doubles in leg three as the home favourite swept to victory.
He then finished 80 and a 13-darter to lead 2-0 in the final against Beaton, who replied by taking out 52 for a 14-darter in leg three only to see the Dutchman pull clear.
A 70 finish restored Van Gerwen's cushion, a 12-darter broke and double one moved him 5-1 up before he landed a third 180 of the final and took out 77 to seal the title.
"I think this has been a fantastic tournament," said Van Gerwen. "I played okay - I didn't play my absolute best but I feel good.
"I had a fantastic holiday and the month off with my wife and child. It's been a fantastic time and to kick off after my holiday straight away with a win is a dream."
He added: "You know when you play Steve you have to do the right things at the right moments, make sure you are on him straight away and keep him under pressure and that's exactly what I did - but he's been on the tour for so long and is fantastic."
Beaton had won through the UK Qualifier just to secure a spot in Maastricht but showed some superb form as he searched for his second ranking title of the year and a first European Tour victory since 2013.
Wins over German youngsters Nico Blum and Martin Schindler sandwiched a defeat of third seed Mensur Suljovic as Beaton moved into the quarter-finals, where he was a 6-2 victor against John Henderson with a 103 average.
He also averaged over 101 as he ended Peter Wright's bid for a fifth European Tour title of the year with a 6-4 semi-final triumph, storming into leads of 2-0 and 4-1 before holding off the world number three's fightback.
However, Beaton was unable to get the better of Van Gerwen as the Dutchman denied the 53-year-old a second European TOur victory.
"I got better and better as the tournament went on but this man just turns it on," said Beaton, who was appearing in his first European Tour final for three years.
"It's frustrating because you think you've got a chance and he just takes it away from you. That's why he is number one, fair play to him."
Wright had begun his challenge in Maastricht with a borrowed set of darts after his luggage failed to arrive in the Netherlands, but overcame Rob Cross and Krzysztof Ratajski on Sunday to reach the last four.
Smith, May's Gibraltar Darts Trophy winner, saw off Joe Cullen in the third round and then edged out Robert Owen 6-5 in the quarter-finals, taking out a 14-darter with the Welshman waiting on 32.
Owen's run in Maastricht had seen him reach his first European Tour quarter-final - and only his second last eight finish on the PDC circuit - as he overcame Simon Whitlock 6-4 in the third round, sealing that win with a 136 checkout.
Polish star Ratajski, an ever-present on the European Tour so far this year, also won through to his first quarter-final by producing an outstanding display against Christian Kist in the third round, averaging almost 105.
Northern Ireland's Gurney and Scottish ace Henderson, both former European Tour finalists, completed the quarter-final line-up in the first of three £135,000 events being held during September.
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2017 Dutch Darts Masters
Sunday September 3
Afternoon Session
Third Round
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Kyle Anderson
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Nathan Aspinall 
Michael Smith 6-2 Joe Cullen
Robert Owen 6-4 Simon Whitlock 
Peter Wright 6-3 Rob Cross
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-1 Christian Kist 
John Henderson 6-2 Mike De Decker
Steve Beaton 6-4 Martin Schindler
Evening Session
Quarter-Finals
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Daryl Gurney
Michael Smith 6-5 Robert Owen
Peter Wright 6-3 Krzysztof Ratajski
Steve Beaton 6-2 John Henderson
Semi-Finals
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Michael Smith
Steve Beaton 6-4 Peter Wright
Final
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Steve Beaton

2017 Dutch Darts Masters Day Two

Former Dutch Darts Masters champion Simon Whitlock landed seven 180s and a 177 in a heavy-scoring 6-4 win over Kirk Shepherd in a game of brilliant quality.
Legs of 14, 13 and 11 darts gave Whitlock a 3-0 lead and he opened the fourth with scores of 180 and 177, only to see his missed attempt at a nine-darter punished in style with a stunning 170 checkout from Shepherd.
The former World Championship finalist took three of the next four and levelled the match at four-all with an 11-darter in leg eight, but Whitlock matched that - after setting up another nine-darter attempt with two 180s - as he broke Shepherd's resistance to seal the win.
"I'm very happy with that," said the Australian. "I was on a couple of nine-darters and I'm getting close again, but Kirk played amazing darts, the best I've seen him play for a long time so hats off to him.
"I'm getting better every game and I'm here to win again. I feel as though I can win and that's important."
Whitlock now plays Welshman Robert Owen, whose best run on the European Tour continued as he took out 120 in the deciding leg of his 11-leg tussle with Spain's Cristo Reyes.
Belgium's Mike De Decker also enjoyed a narrow 6-5 win as he ousted Alan Norris, despite the Englishman landing seven 180s in their last 32 clash.
De Decker now meets Scottish qualifier John Henderson, who was outstanding in a 6-3 win over Ian White, averaging 104.30 and hitting 50 percent of his chances at a double.
Gerwyn Price was another seeded star to exit in round two as he lost out in a deciding leg to Germany's Martin Schindler, who came from 3-0 down and survived missed match darts before taking victory with a 13-darter.
Number three seed Mensur Suljovic exited at the hands of Steve Beaton, who led 4-0 before holding off the Austrian's fightback to claim a 6-3 win and move through to a meeting with Schindler.
Daryl Gurney, the Dutch Darts Masters finalist two years ago, impressed with a 102.80 average, six 180s, a 111 checkout and 6/11 on his doubles as he overcame Steve West 6-2.
The Northern Irish ace now takes on former World Youth Championship runner-up Nathan Aspinall, who also topped a 102 average in a superb 6-1 defeat of Dutch ace Benito van de Pas.
Jelle Klaasen was another home hope to be eliminated in Maastricht as he lost out 6-3 to Poland's Krzysztof Ratajski, who opened the game with a 170 checkout and led 4-0 before defying a 164 checkout from his rival to close out the win.
Ratajski now meets another Dutchman, Christian Kist, after the former Lakeside Champion won through to the final day of a European Tour event for the first time with a 6-4 defeat of former Dutch Darts Masters champion Kim Huybrechts, sealing the win with a 126 checkout.
Joe Cullen, a two-time Players Championship winner this year, battled to a narrow 6-5 win over Dutch qualifier Jimmy Hendriks as he progressed to a third round meeting with Michael Smith.
Smith, May's Gibraltar Darts Trophy, found himself 2-1 down in the early stages of his clash with Rowby-John Rodriguez, before reeling off five successive legs to claim victory.
The £135,000 tournament concludes on Sunday, with the afternoon session's third round followed in the evening session by the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN made a strong return to action with a quick-fire 6-1 win over Jeffrey de Zwaan as he began his bid to win a fourth successive Dutch Darts Masters title on Saturday.
The World Champion has enjoyed a month's break for the birth of his first child, a daughter Zoe, and missed the World Series of Darts treble-header in New Zealand and Australia.
However, Van Gerwen showed few signs of a lack of match practice by needing less than 12 minutes to sweep aside fellow Dutchman De Zwaan in front of a European Tour record crowd of 5,000 fans at the MECC in Maastricht.
The world number one took the game's first two legs before De Zwaan landed a 180 in an 11-darter to claim leg three - but that served only to fire up Van Gerwen.
A brilliant 160 finish, for a 12-darter, restored Van Gerwen's cushion before a 13-darter gave him breathing space, and finishes of double two and double 16 sealed his spot in Sunday's final stages.
"I've become a daddy and it's a big step in my life," said Van Gerwen. "I've had to get back on the practice board and get ready, and in the last week I've practised a few times and I did okay.
"I didn't make a lot of mistakes and I'm up for tomorrow, it's a big day."
Van Gerwen now faces a tough third round tie against Australian Kyle Anderson, who won the Auckland Darts Masters and followed up Friday's brilliant first round defeat of Justin Pipe with a 100 average as he defeated Mervyn King 6-3.
King hit back from 3-0 down to trail just 4-3, but Anderson took out 83 to halt his rival's fightback before sealing victory with a 13-darter.
Peter Wright overcame the loss of his luggage when travelling to Maastricht as well as a huge scare from Jim Walker before sneaking through to the third round to begin his bid for a fifth European Tour win of the year.
Wright had to borrow darts from Simon Whitlock and buy one of his own replica shirts from the merchandise stand at the event ahead of the game, which he finally won in a deciding leg - but only after Walker wired the bull for a 121 checkout.
Wright's third round opponent will be Rob Cross, the 2017 shooting star who averaged almost 106, landed five 180s and finished six doubles from 13 attempts to see off Jamie Lewis 6-1

2017 Dutch Darts Masters
Saturday September 2
Second Round
Afternoon Session
Robert Owen 6-5 Cristo Reyes 
Mike De Decker 6-5 Alan Norris 
Rob Cross 6-1 Jamie Lewis
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Jelle Klaasen 
Martin Schindler 6-5 Gerwyn Price 
John Henderson 6-3 Ian White 
Joe Cullen 6-5 Jimmy Hendriks
Kyle Anderson 6-3 Mervyn King
Evening Session
Nathan Aspinall 6-1 Benito van de Pas
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Steve West
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Kirk Shepherd
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Peter Wright 6-5 Jim Walker
Christian Kist 6-4 Kim Huybrechts
Michael Smith 6-2 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Steve Beaton 6-3 Mensur Suljovic
Sunday September 3
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm BST)
Third Round
Michael van Gerwen v Kyle Anderson
Nathan Aspinall v Daryl Gurney
Michael Smith v Joe Cullen
Simon Whitlock v Robert Owen
Peter Wright v Rob Cross
Christian Kist v Krzysztof Ratajski
John Henderson v Mike De Decker
Steve Beaton v Martin Schindler
Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm BST)
Quarter-Finals
Van Gerwen/Anderson v Aspinall/Gurney
Smith/Cullen v Whitlock/Owen
Wright/Cross v Kist/Ratajski
Henderson/De Decker v Beaton/Schindler

2017 Dutch Darts Masters Day One

KYLE ANDERSON produced a performance of the highest calibre as he defeated Justin Pipe 6-4 in a first round thriller at the Dutch Darts Masters as the European Tour event at the MECC in Maastricht opened on Friday.
Australian star Anderson won his first two PDC titles during August, including the Auckland Darts Masters, and maintained his confident form by averaging 108.96 in a high-quality tie with Pipe.
Pipe played his part, hitting back from 2-0 down to win four successive legs in 13, 14, 11 and 15 darts with the aid of two 180s and a key 96 finish.
Anderson, though, responded with a 12-darter in leg seven, levelled with a 14-darter, took out 87 for an 11-darter to move 5-4 up and then posted two 180s in a 12-dart leg which sealed an impressive win.
He now meets former European Tour winner Mervyn King in round two and could face World Champion Michael van Gerwen in the last 16 if he is to go on and win another title.
"It's all coming together," said Anderson. "I've been known for missing doubles; I leave doubles that I like to hit now, and I hit them.
"I hit some doubles in the first two legs and I was 2-0 up, and then Justin played brilliant and took four on the trot, but I got my opportunity and I took it.
"I'm playing well enough to do it. I'm not the one to come out and say I'm going to win, I take every game as it is. I know I'm in Michael's draw so I've got to just keep going, do what I do and hit the doubles."
Van Gerwen will face youngster Jeffrey de Zwaan in an all-Dutch second round tie in Maastricht after the Host Nation Qualifier enjoyed a 6-4 win over Greece's John Michael.
De Zwaan trailed 2-0, 3-1 and 4-3, but took out a brace of 107 checkouts in a run of three successive legs to progress to the last 32.
Jimmy Hendriks survived eight missed match darts from Rene Berndt as he came from 5-2 down to defeat the German qualifier in a deciding leg and set up a tie with Joe Cullen.
Berndt landed five 180s in a superb display to move to the brink of victory, only to miss four match darts in leg eight, three in leg nine and one in the tenth, before Hendriks fired in a maximum of his own in a 14-darter to snatch the win.
Former Dutch Darts Masters winner Kim Huybrechts will face former Lakeside Champion Christian Kist in round two, following the Host Nation Qualifier's 6-5 victory over teenager Justin van Tergouw.
European Tour debutant Van Tergouw, 17, led 3-1 and 5-4 but never had a dart to win the match as Kist took out 66 to force a decider and 60 to edge the win.
Another former winner of the event, 2012 champion Simon Whitlock, will face Kirk Shepherd in round two, after the 2008 World Championship finalist overcame German youngster Max Hopp 6-4 with some superb finishing.
Veteran star Steve Beaton overcame 16-year-old German qualifier Nico Blum 6-4 as he moved through to the second round, where he meets another former European Tour event winner in number three seed Mensur Suljovic.
Scottish qualifier Jim Walker's narrow 6-5 win over Darren Webster sees him progress to face number two seed Peter Wright on Saturday, with the UK Open champion having won four European Tour events already in 2017.
Poland's Krzysztof Ratajski impressed with a 102.48 average in a superb 6-0 whitewash of Ireland's Steve Lennon as he moved through to take on Dutch star Jelle Klaasen in round two.
Rowby-John Rodriguez saw James Wilson pull back from 5-0 down to trail 5-3 before the Austrian youngster sealed victory in a strong first round performance, setting up a second round tie with Michael Smith, May's Gibraltar Darts Trophy winner.
Former Dutch Darts Masters finalist Daryl Gurney will take on Steve West, who hit back from a two-leg deficit twice before completing his comeback from 5-3 down against Ryan Searle with a 130 checkout in the deciding leg of their tie.
John Henderson book-ended his 6-4 win over Ronny Huybrechts with checkouts of 120 and 138 as he set up a tie with Ian White, while Benito van de Pas now meets Nathan Aspinall, who landed five 180s as he came from 4-2 down to defeat Finland's Ulf Ceder 6-4.
Belgian youngster Mike De Decker impressed with six doubles from nine attempts, including a 104 finish, as he defeated Richard North 6-3 to move through to a meeting with Alan Norris.
German youngster Martin Schindler punished 19 missed doubles from Chris Quantock with a 6-4 win as he moved through to play Gerwyn Price, while Jamie Lewis' 6-2 win over European Tour debutant Harry Robinson means that he now plays Rob Cross.
Welshman Robert Owen finished six doubles from 11 attempts in a superb whitewash over Scotland's Jamie Bain, meaning that he now plays Spanish ace Cristo Reyes.
The £135,000 European Tour event at the MECC in Maastricht continues on Saturday with the second round split across two sessions, as the 16 seeded players enter the action.
The tournament then concludes on Sunday, with the afternoon session's third round followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final in the evening session. For tickets, visit www.pdc-europe.tv.
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2017 Dutch Darts Masters
Friday September 1
First Round
Afternoon Session
Robert Owen 6-0 Jamie Bain 
Steve West 6-5 Ryan Searle
Jim Walker 6-5 Darren Webster 
Martin Schindler 6-4 Chris Quantock 
Christian Kist 6-5 Justin van Tergouw 
Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Ulf Ceder
Mike De Decker 6-3 Richard North 
Kirk Shepherd 6-4 Max Hopp
Evening Session
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-0 Steve Lennon
Jamie Lewis 6-2 Harry Robinson
John Henderson 6-4 Ronny Huybrechts
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-3 James Wilson
Kyle Anderson 6-4 Justin Pipe
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-4 John Michael
Steve Beaton 6-4 Nico Blum
Jimmy Hendriks 6-5 Rene Berndt
Saturday September 2
Second Round
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm BST)
Cristo Reyes v Robert Owen
Alan Norris v Mike De Decker
Rob Cross v Jamie Lewis
Jelle Klaasen v Krzysztof Ratajski
Gerwyn Price v Martin Schindler
Ian White v John Henderson
Joe Cullen v Jimmy Hendriks
Mervyn King v Kyle Anderson
Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm BST)
Benito van de Pas v Nathan Aspinall
Daryl Gurney v Steve West
Simon Whitlock v Kirk Shepherd
Michael van Gerwen v Jeffrey de Zwaan
Peter Wright v Jim Walker
Kim Huybrechts v Christian Kist
Michael Smith v Rowby-John Rodriguez
Mensur Suljovic v Steve Beaton
All games are the best of 11 legs.

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Entries to the International Prodarts Showdown are now being taken online..
The International Pro Darts Showdown Qualifers are being held at the Deception Bay Bowls Club, Deception Bay Queensland from the 22nd Sept to the 24th Sept 2017
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Pro Darts Showdown Series coming to Townsville

HE’S the best darts player the world has seen and now Phil “The Power” Taylor is coming to Townsville.
Taylor, who has dominated darts for the past 30 years by winning a record 16 world titles and 16 world matchplay crowns, will be the main attraction in the inaugural Pro Darts Showdown Series coming to Queensland in January.
The three other venues are Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Mackay.
The Townsville leg is on January 24-25 at the Townsville Stadium at the Murray Sports Complex. The tickets across the two nights go on sale on Monday.
The 57-year-old Taylor, who recently won the Melbourne Masters at a packed-out Hisense Arena, is one of eight of the best darts players in the world who will take on the top talent in Australia in the first domestic series of its kind to be held outside the major metropolitan areas.
Event promoter the Townsville Bulletin, in association with Dart Players Australia, has also secured Australian No. 1 and former world championship runner-up Simon “The Wizard” Whitlock, Australian No. 2 and newly crowned Auckland Masters champion Kyle “The Original” Anderson with former world championship runner-up, Britain’s Andy “The Hammer” Hamilton, also taking part.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said it was great to attract new events to the city.
“What we have is the first chance to see the international champions up close,” she said.
“It’s one of those sports that is open to just about any age group.
“This takes darts out of the pub and into the international arena.”
Darts is a major spectator event, with thousands filling venues around the world to see Taylor and his colleagues. Many dress in costumes.
As well as darts’ own “battle for the Ashes” in the regions, there will be an international flavour to the Pro Darts Showdown, with South African No. 1 Devon Petersen and America’s best player John Kuczynski also headed for the Sunshine State.
Scotland’s Jamie Harvey, a former world championship semi-finalist, will also take part, with Aussie darts legend Russell Stewart set to show all the talents which won him seven Australian Grand Masters and five Australian Masters crowns.
Those eight players will take on eight of the best players from Australia as the Pro Darts Showdown moves around Queensland.
The showdown begins in Brisbane at the RNA Convention Centre on January 10-11 and heads to Gold Coast Events Centre at the Gold Coast Turf Club on January 17-18.
The Townsville event, a week after the Gold Coast, will be followed by the finale at Mackay Entertainment Centre on January 27-28.

Taylor said he was looking forward to the Queensland events. “I love it over here in Australia, the crowds are brilliant and I love every minute of it,” he said.
“I’ve not got many tournaments left in me, so I want to win as many as I can before I call it a day. I’m so proud to see the sport growing in this part of the world.
“I can’t wait.”

Qualifiers for the main event are to be held at the Deception Bay Bowls Club Queensland from the 22nd - 24th Sept 2017 which is open to all players
Entry to the International Pro Darts Showdown Qualifiers are being taken online
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Awesome Anderson Prevails in Perth

GARY ANDERSON sealed a fifth World Series of Darts title, and a first in Australia as he defeated Raymond van Barneveld 11-7 in the final of the 2017 TABtouch Perth Darts Masters.

The 2017 Dubai Darts Masters champion overcame James Wade in the semi-final before going on to defeat the Dutchman in a superb final at the HBF Stadium.

The decider began in style with both players hitting a 180 in the opening leg of the match, as Van Barneveld took out 61 on double 18 to hold throw.

An 11-dart leg followed for Anderson as he found tops and levelled the score at 1-1.

The pair traded holds until the fifth leg where Anderson struck the first major blow of the final. Van Barneveld missed three darts for a third consecutive hold allowing Anderson to break the throw on double five.

The Dutchman struck back immediately, punishing Anderson for missing six darts at a double to move two clear. Van Barneveld pinned double 16 to level the score at 3-3.

Yet another break followed, this time Anderson taking out a superb 136 finish on double eight to regain his lead.

With both players continuing to struggle on their own throws, a further two breaks followed with the Scot moving in to a 5-4 lead.

Anderson then found the game's first hold of throw for five legs in the tenth, taking out 40 on tops to give him a 6-4 advantage.

Van Barneveld produced a moment of magic in the 13th leg, with Anderson sat on a two-dart finish, the 5-time World Champion hit the bullseye for a delightful 121 finish, to take the score to 7-6 in Anderson’s favour.

Three consecutive holds took the score to 9-7 where Anderson turned the screw with a 14-dart break to move within a leg of the title.

Two moments of quality helped to see Anderson over the line, first hitting a maximum to leave 164 and then narrowly missing the bull to finish in style. The 46-year-old sealed the title with his next visit, taking out 25 on double eight.

It was Anderson’s first tournament win since defeating Ian White in the final of Players Championship 14 in June and he spoke of his delight after the final.

“It’s great to win here, this is my kind of town, nice and relaxed! It’s been a long three weeks and I just can’t wait to get home and see my son,” said Anderson.

“Raymond is a legend of the game and beating him at any time is fantastic, so to do it in a final is even better.

“There’s some big things coming up in my personal life and on the dart board over the next few months so I can’t wait to get going,” Added Anderson, whose partner Rachel is expecting the birth of their second child next month.

Anderson sealed his passage in to the final with a 11-9 win over James Wade earlier in the night.

The world number two started in style taking out 160 in the opening leg to set the tone for the match.

Despite numerous breaks of throw by Anderson, Wade kept in touch with his opponent throughout the match punishing the Scot for a number of missed darts at doubles during the game.

With the match looking set to go to a decider Anderson broke the throw in the 20th leg to set-up his first PDC final against Raymond van Barneveld.

The Dutchman booked his place in his first individual final since the 2015 Auckland Darts Masters after surviving three match-darts against Daryl Gurney in a 11-10 win.

It was the third consecutive match that Van Barneveld had needed a deciding last leg to confirm a victory in Perth, overcoming the Northern-Irishman in a thrilling encounter.

Gurney, who had only missed four darts at doubles throughout the entire tournament going in to the match, struggled with his finishing in the semi-finals, only hitting 28.57% of his attempts.

A dramatic final leg saw Gurney leave tops after 12-darts before going on to miss three-darts to claim a spot in his second World Series final of 2017.

Van Barneveld punished his opponent with an 87 finish on double 18 to book a place in the final.

Despite the 50-year-old's best efforts it was to be Anderson’s night as a packed HBF Stadium saw the Scot claim the final title of a three week tour of New Zealand and Australia.

The World Series of Darts returns on October 20-21 as the inaugural German Darts Masters takes place at the Castello Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany.
 
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TABtouch Perth Darts Masters
Sunday August 27 (5pm local time, 10am BST)
Semi-Finals
Gary Anderson 11-9 James Wade
Raymond van Barneveld 11-10 Daryl Gurney

Final
Gary Anderson 11-7 Raymond van Barneveld
Best of 21 legs

2017 TABtouch Perth Darts Masters Day Two

RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD was once again the headline story at the TABtouch Perth Darts Masters after needing a deciding 19th leg to beat Phil Taylor and progress to Sunday's semi-finals.

A scintillating night at the HBF stadium also saw Daryl Gurney produce yet another incredible finishing display to beat Peter Wright 10-4.

Gary Anderson and James Wade also progressed in to the last four in Perth, both averaging over 100 on their way to wins over Simon Whitlock and Michael Smith.

The match of the night saw Van Barneveld start the brighter of the two taking a 2-0 lead and then missing three darts to move further ahead of Taylor.

An 11-dart hold followed for Van Barneveld as he moved 3-1 ahead, before Taylor levelled the match two legs later after the Dutchman missed another three darts to stay ahead.

Van Barneveld then took out 71 on tops to break the throw yet again before Taylor repaid the favour, taking out 96 on double nine to level the score once again.

50-year-old Van Barneveld had looked the better of the pair despite the scoreline and put together a sequence of four straight legs to put daylight between himself and his opponent.

Taylor stopped the rot by holding throw in the 13th leg of the match by pinning double 18 and then recovered one the breaks of throw with a 41 checkout.

The 16-time World Champion closed the gap to one in the next leg, hitting a 180 before taking out 16 on double eight.

The Dutchman then moved to within a leg of the match by taking out nine of double four.

The seventeenth leg saw Van Barneveld miss four match darts as Taylor went to within one leg before breaking throw to take the match to a decider.

With Taylor on throw it looked as if it would be him who claimed the space in the TABtouch Perth Darts Masters semi-finals but consecutive scores of 60,60 and 45 from ‘The Power’ allowed Van Barneveld to claim his spot in the last four after a thrilling encounter.

“I can’t do things the easy way at the moment,” joked Van Barneveld after the match.

“It’s always nice to beat Phil, he is the greatest player of all time but I could have made that much simpler for myself,

“I struggled with the crowd who were on his side but that isn’t an excuse and I’m just happy to make it though to the semi -finals,” declared the Dutchman. 

Van Barneveld will face Daryl Gurney after the 31-year-old only missed four shots at a double during his 10-4 victory over Peter Wright, to add to the 100% record he achieved the night before.

The U.S. Darts Masters runner-up came flying out of the blocks taking a 3-0 lead over an out of sorts Wright, including a 97 checkout in the third leg.

Wright then began a comeback with a 12-dart break, taking out 121 on the bullseye to claim his first leg of the match.

A superb ten-dart hold and a 12-dart break brought Wright back in to contention and level the score at 3-3.

With the Scot seemingly in control of the game Gurney then broke again with a two-dart 96 finish to open up a 4-3 advantage.

With the score at 5-4 in Gurney’s favour the Northern Irishman produced an incredible streak of finishing to win the next five legs to seal the win.

The run included finishes of 97, 32, 93, 104 and 87 on the bullseye, as well 16 on double eight to confirm his spot in the semi-finals.

"The finishing was brilliant again today, my scoring wasn't as good as it normally is but if I finish like that I'll take some stopping," Said Gurney.

'Superchin' who has hit 80% of his attempts at doubles during the tournament also added, "I didn't quite get the practice I would have liked today, so to go out and play like that is really pleasing,

"Peter is one of the best in the world so that is a massive win for me."

Fourth seed, James Wade booked his place in the semi-finals with a 10-5 win over Michael Smith.

Wade averaged 101.05 and hit five 180’s on his way to the win over his fellow Englishman.

The game began with both players hitting maximums in the opening leg before Wade found double ten to hold throw and take the lead.

A break of throw followed for ‘The Machine’ as he pinned a 140 checkout to double his advantage in the first game of the evening at the HBF Stadium.

180’s for both allowed the pair to hold throw taking the score to 3-1 in Wade’s favour.

Another ton-plus finish from Wade, this time a 110 on tops followed as he opened up a three leg lead.

The seventh leg saw Smith miss three darts to break back allowing Wade to move 5-2 clear, before a 12-dart leg including a 126 finish closed the gap to two.

Two finishes on tops allowed Wade to break throw again, this time opening up a four leg advantage and a 7-3 lead.

The quality continued in the next leg with Smith recovering one of the breaks of throw, hitting a 180 followed by a 121 finish on the bullseye.

A 65 finish on tops saw Wade regain the four leg lead, but then missed seven darts at a double in the next leg, allowing Smith to break the throw again taking the score to 8-5.

Wade then won the next two legs of the match, including a 96 checkout in the last to seal his passage in to Sunday’s semi-finals.

“It’s always hard playing a friend and Michael is certainly a friend. I have my critics and I know I bite sometimes when I shouldn’t but it is nice to answer them every now and again,” said Wade.

“I know how good I am and I know what I do wrong at times. There’s only a handful of players who have won what I’ve won but there are players more dedicated than others these days. If I was the most dedicated player, would I be the best in the World? Possibly,” Concluded the 34-year-old.

Wade will now face Gary Anderson in the semi-finals in Perth after the Scot averaged 102 in his 10-5 win over Simon Whitlock.

Anderson started the match with a break of throw, despite the Australian hitting a maximum with his opening three darts of the match.

Two breaks of throw followed with Whitlock taking out 115 on double ten before Anderson took the lead again with an 80 checkout to round-off a 12 dart leg.

After two holds of throw, three further breaks followed, meaning the pair had lost their throw three times each in the opening eight legs of the match.

Whitlock then took the lead of the first time in the match, taking out 25 on double eight for a 5-4 advantage.

The turning point in the match came in the tenth leg, where with Whitlock sat on 56, Anderson took out 110 to level the score and begin a run of six consecutive legs.

The former World Champion sealed the win with a stunning 144 checkout but sited the tenth leg as the big moment in the match.

“That 110 checkout on double 15 was huge, it’s not a double you want to leave but with the way Simon was playing I needed to hit it,” offered Anderson.

“Simon has been playing well recently so that worked as a good kick in the backside for me and hopefully sets me up nicely for tomorrow,” added the 46-year-old.

The 2017 TABtouch Perth Darts Masters concludes on Sunday with the semi-finals and final being played out in front of another packed out crowd at the HBF Stadium.
 
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TABtouch Perth Darts Masters
Saturday August 26 (7pm local time, 12pm BST)
Quarter-Finals
James Wade (4) 10-5 Michael Smith
Gary Anderson (1) 10-5 Simon Whitlock 
Raymond van Barneveld 10-9 Phil Taylor (2) 
Daryl Gurney 10-4 Peter Wright (3)
Best of 19 legs
Sunday August 27 (5pm local time, 10am BST)
Semi-Finals
Gary Anderson v James Wade
Raymond van Barneveld v Daryl Gurney

2017 TABtouch Perth Darts Masters Day One

RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD gained revenge for his defeat in Melbourne by beating Corey Cadby in a thrilling 6-5 victory at the Tabtouch Perth Darts Masters, on a night that saw all the favourites progress at the HBF Stadium.

The Dutchman had lost to the young Australian a week earlier in Melbourne but was determined to repay the favour in front of a noisy Perth Crowd.

Van Barneveld opened the match by breaking the Cadby throw, finding double 14 to take the lead.

After a hold in the second leg, Van Barneveld broke again, taking out 100 on double ten to open up a three leg advantage.

A two-dart 96 checkout on double 18 helped Cadby break back and close the gap, before holding two to take the score to 3-2 in the Dutchman’s favour.

A hold and another break, this time 86 on double 7, followed as Van Barneveld punished an out of sorts Cadby, to move within a leg of the victory.

The 22-year-old Australian was not finished there though as he found tops to break the throw and close the gap to two, before a hold of throw put the pressure on the veteran Dutchman.

Van Barneveld then missed two match darts before and incredible 161 checkout saw Cadby level the score and have the opportunity to throw for the match.

A crucial 180 in the deciding leg helped set Van Barneveld up for the victory as he took out 15 on double four to advance, and set up a quarter-final with Phil Taylor.

"It's good to get a little bit of revenge against Corey, he's a great talent so that's a big win for me," said Van Barneveld.

"I thought I had him the whole way through the match and then he takes out the 161 and I thought it was going to happen all over again,

I'm glad I kept my cool and the 180 in the last leg was massive. That's a great win for me," added the 50-year-old.

The 16-time World Champion had to come from behind as he progressed in to the last eight of the Tabtouch Perth Darts Masters, beating Kyle Anderson 6-4.

Anderson started the brighter of the pair, breaking in the opening leg of the encounter.

The Australian was unable to take advantage of Taylor’s poor start as the ‘Power’ broke back immediately to level the score.

Anderson hit his first of four maximums in the match in the third leg, which helped him to break the throw again and move in to the lead.

The pair then traded holds of throw taking the home favourite in to a 4-3 lead.

The crucial leg of the match was the eighth, where Anderson missed a dart to hold throw and take a 5-3 ahead before Taylor pinned double 16 to level the score.

That break seemed to unsettle the rhythm of the Australian and Taylor won the next two legs to progress.

“He had his chances there, he pushed me right up until the end. I had to dig deep there because I was on the brink at one point and wasn’t playing well at the start,

“My record in Australia is brilliant and I want to continue that and win in Perth for the last time,” Said Taylor.

Daryl Gurney produced arguably the performance of the first night at the night, averaging 106 and hitting all his attempts at a double in a 6-0 win over Koha Kokiri.

The match started with Gurney taking out 96 in the opening leg to set the tone of the rest of the encounter.

Back-to-back maximums followed in the next leg before the Northern Irishman took a 2-0 lead.

Checkouts of 80, 68 and 64 took ‘Superchin’ to within a leg of the match, before taking out 130 on the bull to progress in to the last four.

“That didn’t feel like a 106 average, I’ve got a lot more left in the locker,” joked Gurney.

“To not miss a shot at a double is great, carry on like that and I’ll be fine. I’ve been finishing pretty well lately and tonight shows that,” concluded the 31-year-old.

Gurney will now face Peter Wright in the last eight after he sealed his passage in to the quarter-finals of the Tabtouch Perth Darts Masters with a 6-2 win over Rhys Mathewson.

Wright, who had beaten Mathewson by the same scoreline in Melbourne a week earlier, average 100.24 and hit almost 50% of his attempts at doubles spoke of his respect for the Australian after the match.

“I beat Rhys last week and he didn’t play anywhere near as well as he can. He’s a good player and he showed that tonight. I had to play well to beat him.

“It’s good to have a test early in the tournament, hopefully that sets me up for the rest of the weekend.” Said Wright.

Michael Smith progressed in to the final eight of the tournament with a comfortable 6-2 victory over Adam Rowe.

The world number nine hit two maximums and sealed the victory with a 120 checkout as he moved in to the quarter-finals.

“I was trying my best out there tonight. It wasn’t a perfect performance but I’m trying to correct any errors I have been making and improve my game,” said Smith.

“I’m here to win and if I play as well as I can there isn’t any reason why that can’t be my trophy on Sunday night,’ added the Englishman.

James Wade will return on Saturday to face Smith after a crushing 6-0 whitewash victory over Darren Hayes.

A 95.94 average for the ‘Machine’ was more than enough to overcome Hayes, who was clearly unsettled by nerves on his TV debut.

“I didn’t enjoy that at all, I’ve got respect for everyone who picks up a dart and you never like to see anyone that nervous,” Said Wade.

“I’m too nice to people, I know that, but it’s the way I am and that isn’t going to change.

“Not many people have won more than me in this sport and people need to remember that. It’s all still in there and it’s starting to come out again,” summed up the Englishman.

Simon Whitlock’s hopes of winning the Tabtouch Perth Darts Masters were enhanced after a 6-2 win over Justin Thompson.

Whitlock punished Thompson for missing 16 darts at doubles as he moved in to Saturday’s quarter-finals.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for Justin, he’s much better than that but I have a job to do and I did it tonight,” said Whitlock.

The Australian will now face Gary Anderson in the last eight after he cruised past Rob Szabo with a 6-1 win.

The former World Champion, averaged 96.47 and hit seven perfect darts in leg four of the match in a solid performance.

“I fancied the nine tonight! When the seventh went in I was sure I’d get a shot at the double, but but it wasn’t to be,” said Anderson.

The Scot added, “I was happy with the scoring and other than one leg the doubles were good as well. I’m happy with that, ready for the next one now.”

The Tabtouch Perth Darts Masters continues on Saturday with the four quarter-finals taking place at the HBF Stadium.

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TABtouch Perth Darts Masters
Friday August 25 (7pm local time, 12pm BST)
First Round x8
Michael Smith 6-2 Adam Rowe
Peter Wright 6-2 Rhys Mathewson
Daryl Gurney 6-0 Koha Kokiri
James Wade 6-0 Darren Hayes
Simon Whitlock 6-2 Justin Thompson
Phil Taylor 6-4 Kyle Anderson
Gary Anderson 6-1 Rob Szabo
Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 Corey Cadby
Best of 11 legs
Saturday August 26 (7pm local time, 12pm BST)
Quarter-Finals
James Wade (4) v Michael Smith
Gary Anderson (1) v Simon Whitlock 
Phil Taylor (2) v Raymond van Barneveld
Peter Wright (3) v Daryl Gurney

Best of 19 legs
Sunday August 27 (5pm local time, 10am BST)
Semi-Finals
Final
Best of 21 legs

2017 Unibet Champions League Schedule

PHIL TAYLOR will open his defence of the Unibet Champions League of Darts title against Adrian Lewis on Saturday September 16, as Dutch rivals Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld also meet in Cardiff.

Taylor, the 16-time World Champion, took victory in the inaugural Champions League of Darts last year, defeating Michael van Gerwen in the final at the Motorpoint Arena.

This year's eight-player event, broadcast live on BBC Sport, will see Taylor joined in Group A for the round-robin stage by fellow World Champions Van Gerwen, Lewis and Van Barneveld.

Taylor will meet Stoke rival Lewis in their opening fixture, with Van Gerwen set to face Van Barneveld in an all-Dutch battle.

Group B will begin as flamboyant Peter Wright - the reigning UK Open champion - takes on Champions League debutant Dave Chisnall in the tournament's opening fixture.

Two-time World Champion Gary Anderson then takes on Mensur Suljovic in Group B's other fixture in Saturday afternoon's opening session.

The group phase continues on Saturday evening with the second set of matches, as the afternoon session's winning players clash as the losing players in each group also meet.

Sunday's afternoon session then sees the remaining group games, before the top two players from each group progress to compete in Sunday evening's semi-finals and final.

Tickets for the Unibet Champions League of Darts are available through motorpointarenacardiff.co.uk or by calling 029 2022 4488.

Unibet Champions League of Darts
Saturday September 16
Afternoon Session (1.15pm)
First Group Matches
Peter Wright v Dave Chisnall (B)
Gary Anderson v Mensur Suljovic (B)
Phil Taylor v Adrian Lewis (A)
Michael van Gerwen v Raymond van Barneveld (A)

Evening Session (6.30pm)
Second Group Matches
The afternoon session's winners face each other, and the losing players face each other.

Sunday September 17
Afternoon Session (1pm)
Final Group Matches

Evening Session (6.30pm)
Semi-Finals
Final

Format
Group Matches - Best of 19 legs
Semi-Final & Final - Best of 21 legs

Group A
Michael van Gerwen
Phil Taylor
Adrian Lewis
Raymond van Barneveld

Group B
Gary Anderson
Peter Wright
Dave Chisnall
Mensur Suljovic

Prize Fund
Winner £100,000
Runner-Up £50,000
Semi-Finalists £25,000
Third In Group £15,000
Fourth In Group £10,000
Total £250,000

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