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Wizard continues his winning form

Whitlock's perfect start to the season continued as he pounced on eight missed doubles from Rob Cross on his way to a heavy 7-1 win over the World Champion.

Three misses from Cross in leg one allowed Whitlock in for an immediate break of throw, before the Australian was fiven a let-off for misses in two visits before he doubled his lead on double two.

Cross finished 72 on double six to claim leg three, but paid for three further misses in leg five and two missed doubles in the seven as Whitlock moved 6-1 up, before the former European Champion took out 106 to seal the win.

Smith, meanwhile, continued his winning start to the Unibet Premier League season with a 7-4 defeat of Daryl Gurney, following up last week's comeback victory over Gary Anderson with another strong display.

The former World Youth Champion raced into a 3-0 lead, finishing 70 and 72 either side of a superb 124 bull finish for a 12-darter to break throw in leg two.

Gurney hit back to level with three in a row of his own, and was locked at four-all before Smith followed up tops by punishing four missed doubles from the World Grand Prix champion to break and move 6-4 up.

Gurney landed another 180 in leg 11, but missed the bull to force a decider and Smith took out 64 to claim another two points.

"Last week was a struggle against Gary but I'm over the moon with this win," said Smith, who also won a UK Open Qualifier on Sunday.

"To get two wins out of two is unbelievable and to be on four points after two weeks is great.

"After playing so well at the weekend I wanted to come here and play well too. I could have made it a bit easier but I could have lost too, so I'm happy to win

PETER WRIGHT claimed his first Unibet Premier League win over Michael van Gerwen with a 7-5 win over the reigning champion in Cardiff on Thursday, as Simon Whitlock and Michael Smith claimed their second wins of the season.

World number two Wright had missed six darts to defeat Van Gerwen in last year's Premier League final, but this time held his nerve to close out victory and pick up his first win of the season.

After double 12 gave Van Gerwen the opener, Wright claimed the next three - twice punishing missed doubles from the Dutchman - to take command before the reigning champion took out 76 and 65 to level after six legs.

Wright took out 116 to regain the lead before a 13-darter moved him 5-3 up, with Van Gerwen responding with a magnificent 170 checkout only to see a 96 finish featuring two doubles to put the UK Open champion 6-4 up.

A missed match dart from Wright allowed Van Gerwen back in to force a deciding leg, but a 180 came in vain as the Scot took out tops for another 13-darter to complete the win.

PREMIER LEAGUE NIGHT ONE

Simon Whitlock made a winning return to the Premier League stage following a three-year break as he edged out debutant Mensur Suljovic 7-5 in a thriller.

Suljovic took out 121 and 110 as he opened up an early 3-1 lead, only for Whitlock to claim the next four as he took the advantage, following up legs of 12, 13 and 11 darts with a stunning 160 checkout.

Suljovic finished 138 and double 18 to level, but another 12-darter from Whitlock moved him 6-5 up before he sealed victory in the deciding leg on tops for a 13-dart finish.

Whitlock ended the game with seven doubles from eight attempts as he averaged 106.49, as the Austrian averaged a high-quality contest with a 103.71 average and five doubles from nine attempts.

"I enjoyed it and it's great to be back in the Premier League," said Whitlock. "I feel this is where I belong, I've practised hard and believed in myself.

"Mensur's a really tough opponent and I'd have been happy to get a draw but once I got the chance for the win I took it, so I'm really happy."

Michael Smith reeled off six straight legs from 5-1 down against Gary Anderson to claim a 7-5 win on his return to the Premier League stage.

Anderson made the early running as he defied an early 11-darter from the former World Youth Champion by firing in a 108 finish and checkouts of 86 and 85 to move to the brink of gaining at least a point.

A 114 checkout from Smith fired his challenge, and he then punished ten missed doubles from the Scot in leg nine before a brace of tops checkouts moved him 6-5 up, and double ten completed a remarkable fightback.

"When I was in the Premier League last time, two years ago, it took me until the fifth week to get a point on the board but I've got two points straight away this time so I'm happy," said Smith.

"I can relax a little bit now and to get two points is good and it takes some pressure off me.

"I let Gary in early on and he went 5-1 up but then he let me in. It's always a struggle playing Gary because we're close friends and I know how great he is. I could see his was struggling with his back but I did my job."

Raymond van Barneveld fought back from 6-3 down to claim a draw against Daryl Gurney as the Premier League debutant paid for missing three match darts to share the spoils in Dublin.

Gurney had won the World Grand Prix on his most recent appearance in Dublin last October, and made a strong start by finishing 95 on the bull and a 14-darter to break as he led 2-0.

Van Barneveld won the next three, only for Gurney to take four in a row, culminating in an 11-dart finish as he moved 6-3 up.

The 2014 champion hit back in leg ten, and punished Gurney's missed darts for the match - one at double ten and two at double five - in the next as he forced a decider, which he claimed by finishing 79 on tops.

"It was a hard-fought point for me tonight and I'm happy," said Van Barneveld. "Daryl probably should have won but I kept on fighting and believing and won the last three legs to get the draw.

"I got in front and lost concentration, had a couple of sloppy legs and he played well. When I was 6-3 down it was going to be tough, and then he had a sloppy leg and missed three match darts.

"In the last leg I played well and that double top was massive, very important. He's a fantastic player, not number five in the world for nothing, and he's hard to beat."

Gurney admitted: "It feels like a loss. I played well and got 2-0 up, and to have darts to win the game and then draw was disappointing.

"It could have been worse - I still got a point and it will stand me in good stead. I'm always learning against these top players.

"I played well but it's still a missed opportunity and right now it probably feels like a loss but there's not many people who play Raymond in the Premier League and get a draw so you've got take every point you can get.

"I'm proud to be a part of the Premier League and hopefully I can move on to next week now and get a win."

Debutant Gerwyn Price hit back from 5-1 down to claim a draw with 2017 finalist Peter Wright, who missed four darts for the victory in their repeat of last year's UK Open final.

Wright capitalised on a slow start from the Welshman to claim five of the opening six legs, before a 116 checkout from Price ignited his display.

Wright edged to the brink of victory at 6-3, but Price finished 96 to stay in the game, punished a missed bull from his rival to force a decider before capitalising on a further three wasted chances to land double ten for a point.

"It means the world to me to be in the Premier League and I enjoyed the experience," said Price.

"I think I bombed a few chances early on and I was up against it when I was 5-1 down. At the end of the day I've got a point, but I'm not happy."

The Unibet Premier League continues on Thursday February 8 with the second league night, at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena, which includes a repeat of the 2017 final as Van Gerwen faces Wright and Welshman Price's home tie against Anderson.

Unibet Premier League
Night One - February 1
3Arena Dublin
Mensur Suljovic 5-7 Simon Whitlock
Gary Anderson 5-7 Michael Smith
Daryl Gurney 6-6 Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen 7-2 Rob Cross
Peter Wright 6-6 Gerwyn Price

All games are the best of 12 legs - first to seven or six-all draw

Kyle Anderson and Phil Taylor share the spoils in Queensland

Kyle Anderson and Phil Taylor share the spoils in Mackay Queensland as they finish the DPA pro series event on equal points

Kyle Anderson defeated Raymond Smith to take out the final day of the DPA International Pro Darts Series in Mackay Queensland

Raymond Smith won the bull and threw first with both players scoring early 140s. Kyle Anderson missed the 170 required and could not convert the remainder at his next visit. Chasing 24 Smith could not convert either and Anderson came back to break the throw. 1-0 to Anderson.
A 180 start from Anderson on his throw put him well ahead in the next leg. Anderson moved from 179 to 40 with a 139 visit and then got the second leg at his next visit. 2-0 to Anderson. The next leg saw Smith stay ahead and with Anderson well behind he chased 78, albeit unsuccessfully. With Anderson sitting on tops Smith hit the double 6 required with his second dart. 2-1.
A poor 28 start from Kyle Anderson was somewhat punished by Raymond Smith with 95 before 140 put Anderson back in more positive territory. A century saw Anderson move to 148 as 78 moved Smith to 144. With Anderson on 70 Smith scored 94 and left 50. Anderson left 16 after his next visit and to break throw Smith hit 18 but missed two at double 16. Double four eventually gave Anderson the leg. 3-1.
In the next leg inconsistent scoring hampered both players but it was Smith who was able to collect a check out and move to within a leg of his opponent, 3-2. A 140 in the next leg moved Kyle Anderson to 68 as Raymond Smith sat on 116. With two darts Anderson was able to hold throw and move 4-2 ahead.
Against the throw Anderson hit his second maximum and followed it up with a 134 to leave 187. 97 at his next visit left Anderson on 90 and he left tops for his next visit which he hit on his first dart. A 120 start in the next leg helped Anderson move ahead yet again and another 140 put him on 141. With his opponent well behind Anderson left 46 for a check out on his next visit to the oche. A ten and double 18 saw Anderson complete a 14 dart leg put Anderson 6-2 ahead.
Smith started with a 140 in the next leg which was not quite matched by his opponent. Another 100 from Smith was this time matched by his opponent. A 131 moved Smith to 130 as 88 moved Anderson to 194. Smith could only get 58 to leave 72 as a 121 left Anderson on 73. Smith could not convert his lead as Anderson hit tops for the match. 7-2.
Kyle Anderson 7 Raymond Smith 2
Phil Taylor and Kyle Anderson finish equal on 60 points overall for the series as a whole.

MATCH REPORTS

QF 1: GG Mathers v Raymond Smith
GG threw first and both players scored 140s in their second visit. Mathers had first go at a check out with 136 but only secured 78 as Smith attempted 130 but he missed the bull for the leg. Two darts at double 20 were well over the top for Mathers but Smith failed to secure the 30 he required and Mathers got tops with his first dart on the next visit. 1-0 to Mathers on throw.
With Smith’s opening throw he got first shot at a check out score with 96 whilst Mathers moved to 108. Triple 20, 18 and a double 9 tied the game back up for Smith. The next leg was tight as Mathers moved to 122 and had six darts at it. Smith moving from 180 to 40 put the pressure on Mathers and he buckled, leaving 40 for himself. Smith scored the break with last dart in hand. 2-1 to Smith.
A century opening from Smith and a follow up of the same looked to have put him well ahead until Mathers scored 180, although 135 helped Smith as it put him on 170. He required 86 from his next visit and got it with two darts to move him 3-1 ahead.
Mathers opened poorly in the next leg and Smith punished him but the leg tightened through the middle. Smith left himself on another 170 checkout as Mathers sat on 126. Smith got the two treble 20s and then 25 attempting the maximum check out but failed to convert the remaining 25 on his next visit. Mathers was missing some fat numbers to set up the appropriate check out and this led Smith to have another shot at the leg but he left himself two. Mathers missed three at tops as Smith failed to get the two on his next visit. Mathers got the leg with double 5 to hold his throw. 3-2.
Smith took a considerable lead on his next throw as 140 left him on 64. Mathers was on 140 as Smith missed tops for the leg. Mathers scored 100 on his return to the oche but then Smith hit double ten with his next dart to win the leg and move the score to 4-2.
A 132 start helped Mathers in the next leg and he moved well ahead, requiring just 90 on his fourth visit. He secured 21, leaving 69 but with Smith well behind he had another shot at it and collected it for the leg. 4-3.
A 140 helped Smith in the next leg on throw and a 135 left him on 170 again. A 131 left 102 for Mathers as Smith could not collect Shanghai which he had left himself after only getting 50 on his previous visit. Mathers left 54 as Smith failed to convert his check out. Both players missed the double ten for the leg as Smith finally got a check out with the double 5 at his next visit. 5-3.
A 140 for Smith left him on 161 in leg nine. Next visit a 135 left Mathers on 115 and he secured it when required to hold throw. 5-4.
Smith scored a 140 with his next start which was almost matched by Mathers (119). A poor next visit from Smith was not punished by Mathers. However a few lesser visits still left Smith on 144 and with Mathers well behind he did not have to chase it and left himself requiring 50 which he collected with last dart in hand on his next visit. 6-4.
A Mathers 65 start in the opening of the next leg was punished by Smith with 131, followed up by a 140 visit. Another 140 left him needing 90 for the match after just nine darts. Triple 18 and double 18 from Raymond Smith put the match away, 7-4.
Raymond Smith 7 GG Mathers 4

QF 2 Andy Hamilton v Phil Taylor
This match could have been played in a pub in Talke, near Stoke, called the Skylark but it was played in Mackay Queensland. It was Taylor on throw showing all the experience to win the first leg with great accuracy. A 180 on his second visit against the throw moved Taylor ahead in the second leg as well. A 140 left Taylor on 121. With a double 14 Taylor checked out for the break and a 209 lead.
A poor opening from Taylor in the next leg was not punished by Hamilton. He had another shot at it after Taylor only scored 84 in two visits and scored 93. 99 left Taylor on 138 as Hamilton moved from 214 to 76. Taylor missed the double 9 for the leg as Hamilton secured tops for the leg on his last dart at hand. It was a break of throw and the score read 2-1 to Taylor.
A 120 start from Hamilton was beaten by Taylor (132) and he then put the foot down with a 137. A 140 then pushed Hamilton even further back. His 13th dart secured double 16 for Taylor and he got the break straight back, the score going to 3-1 to Taylor. He then started with a 140 in the next leg and quickly moved ahead, soon leaving himself on 99. A 59 visit left Taylor on tops and he secured the leg with a double ten on his 15th dart. 4-1 to Taylor.
Hamilton moved well ahead in the next leg until Taylor secured a maximum, the second of the match for him. A follow up 81 was enough to put pressure on his opponent but Hamilton did score 117 to leave 141. Taylor moved to 80 as Hamilton left himself on 100. Taylor missed tops for the leg and with two double 20s Hammer was able to secure the 100 needed to hold throw. 4-2 to Taylor.
The next leg started 140 for Taylor and Hamilton could not match it this time around. Taylor moved well ahead but with Hamilton needing 140 Taylor chased 108 unsuccessfully, missing the double 16 required. Hamilton left 40 but Taylor made no mistake with his double 16 at his next throw. 5-2 to Taylor.
Hamilton needed to win the next leg on throw but soon lost the advantage. Hamilton hit a 135 finish with great bull work (25, treble 20, bull), securing a 12 dart leg with Taylor ready to pounce if he failed to convert. 5-3 to Taylor.
Hamilton then started with 180 on Taylor’s throw and moved ahead, leaving 132 with Taylor on 164. Hamilton then secured 88 to leave 44, as 124 left Taylor on 44. Two misses at double 16 were Hamilton’s chances to break throw but instead Taylor took the chance the misses provided him to move 6-3 ahead.
A 140 start from Hamilton in the tenth leg was backed up with the same on his next visit. 89 left Hamilton on 132 as Taylor moved to 241. Hammer just missed the bull as he went 25, treble 19 and 25 for the leg but scored the checkout with his second dart on his next visit. 6-4 to Taylor.
The next leg saw Taylor take a good lead early but 134 from Hamilton tied things up after two visits each. 140 from Taylor moved him to 166 and a further 59 left him on 107 for the match. Hamilton moved from 248 to 125 with a 123 as Taylor missed double 16 for the match at his next visit. Hamilton then extraordinarily hit two bulls in a row (he needed 25 as the second dart) and had to suffice with a further 9. With two darts Taylor was able to take out the match 7-4.
Phil Taylor 7 Andy Hamilton 4

QF 3 Dimitri Van Den Bergh v John Kuczynski
Van Den Bergh threw first in the third quarter final and scored a double 16 with his 16th dart for the leg. The second leg was tight as Johnny K moved from 225 to 95 with a 130. His Belgian opponent moved from 180 to 55. The American missed his chance at the leg and Van Den Bergh took full advantage to go two legs up.
The next leg was not high scoring from either player until Van Den Bergh hit 180 to move to 103. He missed the double 18 for the leg and it took a further six darts for him to take the third leg. A 140 in the next leg from the Belgian was matched by his American opponent. Van Den Bergh just missed the double 18 for the leg but got it with the first dart of his next visit. 4-0 to Van Den Bergh.
A 140 from Van Den Bergh moved him to 178 and a follow up 162 left him needing double 8 for the leg. He secured it with his second shot at that double. The next leg was Kuczynski’s throw and he scored 100 which was bettered by his opponent (131). A 135 second visit verses 60 put the American ahead. Another 140 left Kuczynski on 126. However 180 put him under pressure with the Belgian now needing 130. The American missed the bull for the leg as his opponent did the same on his next visit. With last dart in hand Johnny Kuczynski won the leg. 5-1 to Van Den Bergh.
Van Den Bergh took a good lead in the next leg as 133 moved him to only needing 32 for the leg. It took him two darts on his next visit to move 6-1 ahead.
A 180 start against the throw put Van Den Bergh well ahead in the eighth leg and he followed it up with a 75. He moved to 170 after nine darts but could only collect 100 on his next visit. With a double 16 Van Den Bergh made light work of the last leg to win the match 7-1.
Dimitri Van Den Bergh 7 John Kuczynski 1
QF 4 Kyle Anderson v Dave Littleboy
Kyle Anderson started well on Dave Littleboy’s throw as a 140 left him on 50. A 135 response from his opponent left 70 and Anderson could not convert his chances. Littleboy missed bull for the leg and Anderson made him pay with his second dart and a double five for the break. 1-0 to Anderson.
A 180 in the next leg moved Anderson to 230 but 60 the visit after left him on 170. With Littleboy so far behind the 40 ‘The Original’ threw did not seem problematic at the time but a follow up 24 was more troublesome. With 164 required Littleboy scored 85 to leave 79. 88 from Anderson then left 18 as Littleboy then left 8. A double 9 with his first dart next visit put Anderson 2-0 up.
A 140 from Littleboy put him back in the next leg after Anderson had etched out a small lead. 100 put Anderson on 96 as Littleboy secured a maximum to leave 4. 74 from Anderson was not enough for the leg but the double 2 eluded Littleboy and Anderson stepped back up to the oche to break his opponent again. 3-0.
Another maximum from Littleboy in the next leg was well received by the crowd. With Littleboy on 96 a 140 left Anderson on 43. Littleboy left tops as Anderson missed two darts at tops for the leg. Littleboy did not convert with his next three darts and Anderson made him pay at his next visit to lead 4-0.
Littleboy fell behind again in the fifth leg and a 180 helped Anderson move to 94 after 12 darts. 123 was useful for his opponent as he moved to 109. Both players could not convert on their next visit but another double 5 from Anderson with his last dart in hand gave him another leg. 5-0.
On his own throw a 135 moved Anderson to 180. 41 then moved him to 139 and 99 left tops. Littleboy put a little pressure on with 100 leaving 81 and sure enough Anderson did not get the required double. However Littleboy then missed tops for the leg and Anderson took full advantage of the miss, hitting yet another double 5 with his last dart in hand (the third time he has done this in the match) for a 6-0 lead.
140 from Anderson left 79 in the seventh leg. A century left his opponent on 110. 19 and double tops left the same dart needed for the match but Anderson hit 20 instead. Littleboy could not finish with his next visit after a wayward first throw and Anderson hit the double 10 required for the match. 7-0 was the final score to Kyle Anderson.
Kyle Anderson 7 Dave Littleboy 0
SF 1 Phil Taylor v Raymond Smith
Taylor’s first visit of the match was a 180 and his second a 140 against the throw and with 76 he moved to 105. Smith moved to 101 but a century plus check out and 12 darter, Taylor went a leg ahead. In the second leg the players went blow for blow early until a 60 from Smith could not match Taylor’s 100. Taylor then just missed a 141 for the leg. With Smith on 58 Taylor left six and Smith took full advantage to break Taylor’s throw straight away.
The third leg saw Smith move from 164 to 124 as Taylor left 188. Smith then left 82 as Taylor scored a 140, leaving Taylor on 48. Smith then missed tops for the leg and Taylor missed two double 16s for his own finish and with the checkout on his next visit Smith went a leg ahead.
A 177 start in the next leg for Smith was only followed up by a 41 and Taylor managed to get back ahead. However with 60 needed Smith scored a double 5 to go 3-1 ahead. A 100 start from Smith was bettered by a 140 on Taylor’s second visit to the oche. Another 140 left Taylor on 161. He could not convert but Smith was not on a finish so he had another visit, although under pressure as Smith moved to 81. Taylor could not convert and left 58 as a double 12 gave Smith a 4-1 lead.
A 140 helped Taylor on his own throw in the next leg and he moved a long way ahead in that leg. A 134 visit left Taylor needing 50 and he converted at the next visit. 4-2 to Smith.
In leg seven a 134 from Taylor left himself on 32 with Smith was well behind on 131. The double 16 put the match back on throw at 4-3. The next leg on Taylor’s throw saw the man from Stoke dominate, although Smith did secure a 180 to move to 105. Taylor scored the 24 required though to move the match to 4-4.
A 140 start from Taylor put the pressure on his opponent and he followed it up with a maximum to move to 181 after six darts. 99 then left 82 for Taylor with his opponent well behind (at 198) and the 16 time world champion did the business on his next visit. 5-4 to Taylor.
He then celebrated a maximum start in the next leg and got 101 to move to 220 on his next visit. Another 100 left Shanghai for Taylor but he could not secure it. With Smith on 198 Taylor got the treble 20 and double 8 required for a 14 dart leg and a 6-4 lead.
Smith started the next leg with a 140 and looked to take maximum advantage with 100 second time around. 92 left the Queenslander on 112 and another 80 left him needing 32. Taylor could not get 160 but left 20 which he was not able to return to the oche to chase as Smith checked out. 6-5.
Smith took a small lead after the first visit on the next leg. A 125 from Taylor on his third visit put pressure on Smith but he was up to it with a 100 visit. Taylor could only then secure 45 as Smith moved from 218 to 38 with a maximum visit. Taylor scored 83 to move to 65. A double 19 with last dart in hand broke Taylor to move the match back to parity at 6-6.
A 43 start was not great for Smith as Taylor scored 80 at his first visit in the final leg. A 140 helped Smith move to 318 as Taylor hit 136 to go to 285. A great last dart moved Smith to 218 before Taylor hit 100 to leave 185. Another 100 left Smith on 118. Taylor could only throw 65 to leave 120. Smith then missed one dart at tops for the match. Then Taylor missed the same for the match (after taking the first two parts of Shanghai.) Smith then hit double 20 for a historic victory, 7-6.
Raymond Smith 7 Phil Taylor 6
SF 2 Dimitri Van Den Bergh v Kyle Anderson
Dimitri Van Den Bergh started poorly with a 41 but Kyle Anderson could not punish it properly. A few bounce outs for both players did not help either through the leg. Van Den Bergh chased 144 with Anderson on 170 but could only get 52. Anderson then checked out the 170 required for an early break.
Two 57 starts from each player was followed by a big visit from Anderson and then a 123 to leave 181. 95 left Anderson on 86 and well ahead of his opponent. He got the 86 required for another leg. 2-0 to Anderson.
A useful 140 for Van Den Bergh in the next leg moved him to 208 and he then left himself needing 152. Anderson was on 130 when Van Den Bergh scored 64 to leave 88. Anderson just missed the double 5 for the leg after scoring two treble 20s and his opponent got the 88 to get his first leg of the match and move the score to 2-1.
Heavy scoring early from both players in the next leg. Anderson needed another 170 check out as Van Den Bergh just missed 135, however the Aussie could not convert at his next visit. Amazingly the Belgian then missed the 25 he required and instead Anderson collected 72 to take a 3-1 lead.
More high scoring in the next leg as a 140 left Anderson on 140 and the same left Van Den Bergh on 60. Anderson missed the double ten for the leg and Van Den Bergh invited him back to the oche after missing two of his own checkouts. Anderson took full advantage to lead 4-1.
Anderson then opened the next leg on his throw with a 180. With Anderson on 196 he could only get sixty but Van Den Bergh was on a bogey score of 178. Anderson needed tops and with his 13th dart he took another leg. 5-1.
A poor start from the Belgian was only punished a little by Anderson. 59 left Anderson on yet another 170 as Van Den Bergh scored 84 to leave Shanghai. 82 left 88 with a good last dart from Anderson. Dimitri then went 20, bull, and bull for the leg. 5-2 to Anderson.
Van Den Bergh then scored 177 before Anderson hit 180 in response in the eighth leg. 75 left Anderson on 146 with 140 leaving Van Den Bergh on 124. With Anderson on 90 the Belgian could not make the 124. Anderson left double ten for the leg as his opponent could not convert on his next visit. Anderson missed all three darts at double ten and Van Den Bergh got the double 16 required to move within two legs.
Another good start from Van Den Bergh and he took a good lead in the ninth leg. He needed 152 but missed the double 16 required. However with Anderson well behind (187) Van Den Bergh returned to the oche and got the 32 required. 5-4 to Anderson.
A 180 start in the 10th leg from Anderson was followed up by a visit of 134. Anderson then moved from 187 to 88 with Van Den Bergh way back on 261. Anderson scored 78 and left ten which he got with his second dart on his next visit to move the score to 6-4 to Anderson.
A 57 start from the Belgian was not punished by his opponent and indeed Anderson quickly fell well behind. 164 played 291 after a bounce out for Anderson. 106 then played 166 in the favour of Van Den Bergh, as he left 18 for the leg. A 130 left 36 for Anderson but Van Den Bergh hit the double nine required with the second dart on his next visit. 6-5 to Anderson.
A 60 start from Anderson in the next leg was not fully punished by his opponent. Poor throwing by both players through the middle slowed the leg down until Van Den Bergh secured a 140. A 180 moved the Belgian to 58. With Anderson on 107 his opponent took the leg in two darts and the match was on level terms.
Van Den Bergh started with 77 on throw in the final leg of the match. A 125 from Anderson was a helpful start. 83 on his next visit left Van Den Bergh behind as his opponent then scored 100. Sixty from Van Den Bergh and 48 from Anderson kept the crowd quiet. One hundred left Van Den Bergh on 181 but a maximum at just the right time from the local moved Anderson to 48. 65 seemed not enough for Van Den Bergh but Anderson then missed two at tops. Van Den Bergh then had a go at 116 but the double 18 required for the win hit the wire just above the target bed. Kyle Anderson revisited the oche and hit double tops for the match. 7-6.
Kyle Anderson 7 Dimitri Van Den Bergh 6
Final: Kyle Anderson v Raymond Smith
Raymond Smith won the bull and threw first with both players scoring early 140s. Kyle Anderson missed the 170 required and could not convert the remainder at his next visit. Chasing 24 Smith could not convert either and Anderson came back to break the throw. 1-0 to Anderson.
A 180 start from Anderson on his throw put him well ahead in the next leg. Anderson moved from 179 to 40 with a 139 visit and then got the second leg at his next visit. 2-0 to Anderson. The next leg saw Smith stay ahead and with Anderson well behind he chased 78, albeit unsuccessfully. With Anderson sitting on tops Smith hit the double 6 required with his second dart. 2-1.
A poor 28 start from Kyle Anderson was somewhat punished by Raymond Smith with 95 before 140 put Anderson back in more positive territory. A century saw Anderson move to 148 as 78 moved Smith to 144. With Anderson on 70 Smith scored 94 and left 50. Anderson left 16 after his next visit and to break throw Smith hit 18 but missed two at double 16. Double four eventually gave Anderson the leg. 3-1.
In the next leg inconsistent scoring hampered both players but it was Smith who was able to collect a check out and move to within a leg of his opponent, 3-2. A 140 in the next leg moved Kyle Anderson to 68 as Raymond Smith sat on 116. With two darts Anderson was able to hold throw and move 4-2 ahead.
Against the throw Anderson hit his second maximum and followed it up with a 134 to leave 187. 97 at his next visit left Anderson on 90 and he left tops for his next visit which he hit on his first dart. A 120 start in the next leg helped Anderson move ahead yet again and another 140 put him on 141. With his opponent well behind Anderson left 46 for a check out on his next visit to the oche. A ten and double 18 saw Anderson complete a 14 dart leg put Anderson 6-2 ahead.
Smith started with a 140 in the next leg which was not quite matched by his opponent. Another 100 from Smith was this time matched by his opponent. A 131 moved Smith to 130 as 88 moved Anderson to 194. Smith could only get 58 to leave 72 as a 121 left Anderson on 73. Smith could not convert his lead as Anderson hit tops for the match. 7-2.
Kyle Anderson 7 Raymond Smith 2
Phil Taylor and Kyle Anderson finish equal on 60 points overall for the series as a whole.

Pro Darts Tour Mackay Day 1

Russell Stewart v Gordon Mathers
In the first match of the night Australia’s domestic number one player from 2017 took on the legend of Aussie darts in Rusty Stewart. Early up Mathers took a 2-0 lead before Stewart broke back with a double five. The next leg saw Stewart miss tops for a 116 check out and then both players missed chances before a double 8 gave Mathers a critical 3-1 lead.
The next leg saw a 32 finish from Mathers before Stewart checked out 25 in the next leg through a 9, 8, double 4 route. The next leg was all Mathers as he moved within one leg of the match.
Having left tops the next leg looked to be Mathers but he missed three darts at it. He then missed all three and double 10 and gave Stewart a chance. It was not to be though as Stewart missed all three shots at his check out score and on his next visit Mathers put his second dart into the right double for the match.
GG Mathers 6 Russell Stewart 2
Match 2
Jamie Harvey v Raymond Smith
With some heavy scoring Raymond Smith started his match against Jamie Harvey well, breaking the Scotsman in the first leg with a double eight check out. However Harvey hit back as Smith missed chances to double his lead and instead a double 16 put Harvey back on level terms. The next leg saw contrasting openings of 26 and 180. Smith looked to take full advantage but he missed three at tops for the leg as Harvey drew closer. However with his first dart of the next visit Smith moved ahead and his lead was consolidated with a solid next leg on his own throw.
The next leg saw Harvey broken again and the game looked all Smith until Harvey hit tops to break back after Smith had busted chasing the check out. At 4-2 Harvey needed to hold throw, something he had failed to do so far. With Jamie Harvey on 88 Smith hit the required 32 to bust any revival Harvey seemed to have going.
However the Scotsman was not done yet as a 125 moved him to 76. The Aussie had a shot at 82 by hitting the bull with his first dart but he missed the next two darts at double 16 and Harvey threw tops to complete the 76 required to break Smith again. Yet again it was down to the Harvey throw and yet again Smith would break. With Harvey on 97 Smith secured the required check out with his second dart, the match finishing 6-3 in his favour.
Raymond Smith 6 Jamie Harvey 3
Match 3
Andy Hamilton v John Bunyard
A 180 start from Hamilton indicated things to come and despite missing many darts at check out in the first leg he was able to throw the first check out dart to take a 1-0 lead. In the second leg he got the check out with his second attempt and in the third leg he converted 77 with just two darts.
The fourth leg saw Bunyard finally punish Hamilton for his misses of check out throws with a double ten giving him his first leg. 3-1. JB then could not get the 42 required on the next leg and with a 10 and double 5 Hammer took a three leg lead. More missed darts at check out in the next leg from Hamilton but with his opponent so far behind and needing 40 he hit it with his last dart in hand to take a 5-1 lead.
The last leg saw Hamilton miss the bull for the match but Bunyard could not check out the big number required (throwing 91 to leave 36 instead) and Hamilton won the match with a double 4.
Andy Hamilton 6 John Bunyard 1
Match 4
Phil Taylor v Kevin McCarthy
The fourth match saw Phil Taylor secure another whitewash, this time against Kevin McCarthy. After slicing through the first two legs a 140 start from Taylor was capped off by a double 16 at the end to go three up. The same double takes him four legs up with a double break.
The fifth leg saw McCarthy collect his first 180 but scores of 140 and 125 from Taylor around it still gave him the lead. Taylor got a double ten with his second shot at it to take the leg. Two 140 visits from Taylor in the sixth leg puts him well ahead and he went for bull, 25, bull for a 125 finish only for his last dart to bounce out of the bull bed. An 18 and double 16 on his next visit gave Taylor the match 6-0.
Phil Taylor 6 Kevin McCarthy 0
Match 5
Johnny Kuzynski v Tic Bridge
The first leg of the next match went to Tic Bridge as he got double 12 to check out at his second attempt. With Bridge well ahead in the next leg he was not able to convert 160 with the six darts he had and after two shots at it the Johnny K finally threw the required double 11 to tie the match up.
The next leg saw Bridge miss two darts at tops as his opponent moved to 106. Bridge then busts with the wrong double on his next visit and his opponent steps up to secure the 106 check out to take the lead with a break of throw. Bridge broke straight back, though, as Kuzynski missed another 106 finish at the double 20.
With Bridge on 183 the American moved from 146 to 46. Two darts on his next visit put Kuzynski 3-2 up with the break once more. The next leg saw Kuzynski go well ahead and despite missing tops for the leg was able to come back to the oche and secure the leg with his next throw.
The next leg saw Bridge hold throw and his opponent did the same in the 8th leg to retake a two leg lead, 5-3. Bridge had to win the next leg but was well behind for most of it. However his opponent failed to secure one hundred in six darts and Bridge was able to steal the leg with a double ten at the second attempt.
In the next leg both players missed multiple attempts at check out before a double 18 gave Kuzynski the leg and the match, 6-4.
Johnny Kuzynski 6 Tic Bridge 4
Match 6
Dimitri Van Den Bergh v Lucas Cameron
The first leg was a story of missed doubles for Lucas Cameron as he missed six darts for the leg and his opponent scored a double eight for the first leg. The same double gave Van Den Bergh a two leg lead (scoring a bull and double 16 for the 82 check out.)
Cameron scored two maximums in the next leg and his opponent missed double 12 three times but still it was not to be as Cameron missed his own check outs and a double six gave Van Den Bergh a three leg lead.
The next leg saw Van Den Bergh take the darts but he missed his doubles as Cameron put away double ten for the leg. It was a resumption of service in the next leg though as Van Den Bergh takes advantage of Cameron’s missed check outs to secure double 18 with his second attempt at it and move out to a 4-1 lead. He then just missed a 145 check out with Cameron missing check out darts around that attempt. At his next throw the Belgian went 5-1 up.
A 74 finish gave Cameron the next leg and with his doubles now working again, the Aussie was able to get his second shot into the double 20 bed and move the match back to 5-3.
Having already missed one match dart Van Den Bergh then had to stand back and watch to see if Cameron could convert 118. He could not and Van Den Bergh came back to throw the double and secure the match 6-3.
Dimitri Van Den Bergh 6 Lucas Cameron 3
Match 7
Devon Peterson v Dave Littleboy
In what was the best match of the night it was the Aussie veteran who took an early lead with an 84 check out thanks to a double 18. With the break Littleboy was then able to take advantage of his opponent missing critical doubles to hold his throw and go two nil up.
With a 180 start Petersen was able to relatively comfortably hold his throw and secure his first leg of the night. However with Petersen well behind Littleboy almost checked out 147 and was able to come back and throw the leftover double 9 on his next visit to go 3-1 up.
Another comfortable leg on throw for the South African saw him go within a leg before Littleboy checked out 103 to take the score to 4-2 in legs. Another comfortable leg on throw for Petersen saw him move to within one with a double four.
The next leg was one of missed chances for both players but Petersen finally threw a double 5 to break back and draw the match level after eight legs. He then threw a 14 dart leg to take the lead for the first time in the match, albeit on throw. Peterson missed one double 16 for the match in the next leg before his opponent missed the bull. The South African then burst 32 and a 17 and double 4 gave the Australian the leg on his throw.
So to a final leg with Peterson throwing first and openings of 100 and 125 were followed by heavy scoring that left Peterson on 120. Peterson scored 80 to leave tops and assumed he would be back only for his opponent to throw treble 20, 16 and double tops for the required 116 to give Littleboy the match, 6-5.
Dave Littleboy 6 Devon Peterson 5
Match 8
Kyle Anderson v Rhys Mathewson
In the final match of the night a 140 start from Kyle Anderson helped him take a good lead against the throw of Rhys Mathewson. He went on to take the break and lead one nil but Mathewson came back and broke Anderson’s first throw. Anderson then broke Mathewson again before Rhys tied things back up by winning against the throw for a second time.
After Anderson broke for a third time he finally held on to his own throw to take a 4-2 lead. He took the next leg against the throw - as he has done on every other throw of his opponent and held on once more to win the match 6-2.
Kyle Anderson 6 Rhys Mathewson 1

Dimitri takes Townsville by storm

DIMITRI Van den Bergh proved why he is the rising star of world darts by winning the Townsville leg of News Corp's International Pro Darts Showdown Series on Thursday night.

In front of a packed crowd, which included North Queensland Cowboys stars and former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds, the reigning world youth champion defeated 16-time world champion Phil Taylor in the final 7-5 to cap off a brilliant night of darts.

At one point in the final both Taylor and the 23-year-old Belgian were on a three-dart average of about 111, such was the quality of darts shown.

Van den Bergh ended with an average of 108 with Taylor also impressive with 102.

Taylor had earlier whitewashed both Townsville player Jeremy Fagg and Geelong's Lucas Cameron 7-0 in the quarter-finals and semi-finals.

Van den Bergh, who came on the month-long tour for the last two legs in place of Simon Whitlock who had PDC commitments in the UK, was the other form player, defeating Andy Hamilton in the last eight 7-2 before beating Kyle Anderson 7-3 in the semi.

Anderson had earlier been involved in a thrilling 7-6 win over Rhys Mathewson.

In the quarter-final Van den Bergh produced some magic darts as the Townsville crowd warmed to the youngster from Antwerp.

He threw five maximum 180s and had finishes of 121 and 122 before hitting the bullseye with a 127 checkout for an average of 110.

Van den Bergh also hit the bull to defeat Taylor in the final, his second 10-darter of the night as the raucous crowd chanted his name.

While Van den Bergh picked up 20 points for the win, it will not be enough for him to take the series trophy, which looks to be heading Taylor's way.

The 16 points he picked up for second place on Thursday night puts him on 48 with Anderson on second with 32.

The Townsville leg of the inaugural series, which had previously been to Brisbane and the Gold Coast, was deemed a big hit not only by the big crowd but by News Corp which organised the North Queensland leg of the tour at the Townsville Stadium.

The International Pro Darts Series finishes off in Mackay on Saturday and Sunday.

Jamie 'Bravedart' Harvey shows great courage

JAMIE Harvey could have had it all when it came to darts.

The Scot, nicknamed Bravedart, was one of the pioneering 16 professionals - along with Phil "The Power" Taylor - who split from the British Darts Organisation in 1993 to form what was then the World Darts Council and became the Professional Darts Corporation.

Harvey was at one point No.4 in the world and played in every world championship between 1994 and 2006, reaching two quarter-finals and a semi-final.

Then in 2009, just as the PDC was taking off worldwide to become the phenomenon it is now, the now 62-year-old's world fell apart.

He did not feel well on a trip to Las Vegas for his son Steven's honeymoon in the September of that year and when the family returned both Steven and Harvey's wife Marie took him to hospital in Glasgow.

The Scot was diagnosed with throat cancer, had a 10-hour op to save his life, then underwent chemo and radiotherapy. He also had his voicebox removed and had a permanent laryngectomy stoma fitted so he could talk.
"We went in at 1pm and I was having surgery at 4.30pm," Harvey recalled.

Harvey, who loved his karaoke and was a heavy smoker and drinker, said he wished he had taken the plunge and sorted his health out earlier.

"I knew that from about four years before the operation there was a problem," he said.

"When I was talking I was losing my voice, it was breaking up and I was scared to go to the doctor.

"Everybody kept telling me 'go to the doctor' and I used to tell them to go away I am not interested but I knew there was something wrong and I had a feeling I had cancer.

"I wish I had gone earlier because it would have only been polyps and I wouldn't be sticking my finger here (in his voicebox) all the time."

Harvey was given the all clear five years after the life-saving surgery and is now enjoying a second lease on life.
I spoke to him on the seventh-floor balcony of his Gold Coast hotel room where he was relaxing before playing his second game of News Corp's International Pro Darts Series.

Harvey was genuinely thankful that chairman of Dartplayers Australia, Kevin Berlyn, had backed up a promise to get him back Down Under after playing in some exhibitions a few years ago.

"For me having the cancer, I don't get invited to a lot of things, so it was good when Kevin phoned me," Harvey said.
"I was supposed to come two or three years ago but they cancelled it and he said they would give me another shot if they came back.

"He phoned me about five months ago and said "you're coming over" which was a brilliant feeling, it was great to be invited.

"This place is beautiful, especially the Gold Coast."

Harvey said the cancer had almost taken his life but he was determined to enjoy his new beginning.

"This (the Pro Darts Series) has brought me back to my old days," he said.

"It actually has taken me back to my first TV appearance and I was crapping myself.

"I was nervous as anything but I got through it and won my game for Scotland against Wales.

"It's like the old times, especially with Phil Taylor here as well.

"Phil's an old mate, Russell Stewart is also a pal.

"I came through with Phil at the start on the circuit, so we went all over the place together.

"We had a bit of fun and according to Phil now they don't have the fun we did. The players keep themselves to themselves because there is big money.

"Back then the money wasn't as big but we were trying to make it big, that's why we left and broke away.

"We tried to get what they've got now.

"I would like to have started (playing professionally) now but I couldn't do kit at my age with the amount of practice I put in then (8-9 hours)."

While having no regrets about his lifestyle which contributed largely to his illness, Harvey said there were a couple of changes after the cancer which he was not so happy about.

"The cancer was cancer and there was nothing I could do about that," he said philosophically.

"The thing that really got me was some of the players and their reactions.

"Some would totally ignore me - one (I won't mention his name) who was a very good friend of mine used to phone me every day after the operation and after that he has hardly spoken .. he doesn't want to know.

"The other thing that got to me … I was in the top 16 at the time .. then darts started getting really big and all these players were earning big money and I would go home and I would sign on (for dole money)."

Now Harvey is just living life to the full and enjoying his time in the beautiful country.

The series heads off to Townsville on January 24-25 before finishing in Mackay on January 27-28.

Harvey said he would love an invite back on any future tour but he wasn't sure whether he would get one.

"I would love to come back it would be brilliant," he said.

"Getting an invitation would be the hard thing, so maybe if I win one of the tournaments they would have to bring me back."

CROSS SCOOPS AWARDS QUARTET

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN was named as the PDC Player of the Year at the PDC Annual Awards Dinner on Monday night, as new World Champion Rob Cross scooped four trophies at The Dorchester in London.

World number one Van Gerwen enjoyed another extraordinary year during 2017, following up his World Championship triumph with a further 18 tournament victories.

The Dutchman won a fourth successive European Championship title during the year, as well as his third wins in the Premier League, Masters and Grand Slam of Darts and a second World Cup of Darts.

The 28-year-old's success saw him named as the PDC Player of the Year for a third successive year, having shared the award with Gary Anderson in 2016 and secured the prestigious honour alone 12 months ago.

"I had a fabulous year," reflected Van Gerwen. "Rob Cross did phenomenally last year but I still had a good year and I won 18 tournaments and I'm happy to win this award.

"I will keep believing in myself this year and I'm still in good form. I know I can do a little bit better but I will celebrate this award first and then prepare for the tournaments coming up."

The glittering awards ceremony also saw new World Champion Rob Cross' amazing rise rewarded with four trophies as the Hastings star celebrated his fantastic debut year on the professional circuit.

Cross was named as the PDC Best Newcomer, having only joined the PDC ProTour at the start of 2017 before winning four Players Championship events, reaching the European Championship final and then claiming World Championship glory.

He was also voted by his peers as the PDPA Players' Player of the Year and was a runaway winner in the PDC Fans' Player of the Year category from an online poll at the PDC's official website.

Cross' quartet of awards was completed when he was recognised for the Televised Performance of the Year for his brilliant World Championship semi-final defeat of reigning champion Van Gerwen, in a thrilling 11-set clash which went to a sudden-death leg.

"It's amazing to get four awards," said Cross. "This time I was practising and I knew I had a big year coming up but I progressed nicely and you couldn't have scripted it.

"I've still got to get used to being World Champion, but in my eyes I'm still learning and I feel I can get better.

"To get the Players' Player of the Year award is unreal, and to get this reaction from the fans too is fantastic."

Peter Wright's success on the PDC circuit saw him named as the PDC ProTour Player of the year, having won five European Tour events, three UK Open Qualifiers and a Players Championship during 2017.

New World Youth Champion Dimitri Van den Bergh, the 23-year-old Belgian who also reached the World Championship quarter-finals, was named as the PDC Young Player of the Year.

The night also saw Sky Sports presenter Dave Clark inducted into the PDC Hall of Fame, recognising his ongoing contribution to the sport after over 15 years presenting coverage of televised tournaments, alongside his remarkable work raising awareness and funds for Parkinson's UK.

"I'm absolutely touched and it's amazing," said Clark. "I'm very emotional and it's been fantastic so far - and I hope to be around for a long time yet!"

The players who achieved a perfect leg in PDC tournaments during 2017 were recognised with places in the PDC Nine-Dart Club, with Adrian Lewis and Kyle Anderson's televised nine-darters earning a commemorative gold pin badge and silver pin badges being presented to recognise 25 nine-darters away from the TV cameras on the PDC circuit.

2018 PDC Annual Awards Dinner

PDC Hall of Fame

Dave Clark

PDC Nine-Dart Club

Gold Pins: Adrian Lewis, Kyle Anderson

Silver Pins: Robert Allenstein, Kyle Anderson, Steve Beaton, Dave Chisnall, Joe Cullen, Mike De Decker, Mark Dudbridge, Ted Evetts, Rob Hewson, Kim Huybrechts, Ronny Huybrechts, Christian Kist, Adrian Lewis, Jamie Lewis, Mickey Mansell, Ryan Meikle, Kenny Neyens, Mensur Suljovic, Michael van Gerwen, Darren Webster, Ricky Williams, Peter Wright

ProTour Player of the Year

Winner: Peter Wright

Nominated:

Michael van Gerwen

Rob Cross

Michael Smith

PDC Best Newcomer

Winner: Rob Cross

Nominated:

Richard North

Steve Lennon

Luke Humphries

Televised Performance of the Year

Winner: Rob Cross, World Championship semi-finals v Michael van Gerwen

Nominated:

Peter Wright, Premier League (Exeter) v Adrian Lewis

Phil Taylor, World Matchplay quarter-finals v Michael van Gerwen

Michael van Gerwen, World Championship second round v James Wilson

PDC Fans' Player of the Year

Winner: Rob Cross

PDPA Players' Player of the Year

Winner: Rob Cross

PDC Young Player of the Year

Winner: Dimitri Van den Bergh

Nominated:

Steve Lennon

Martin Schindler

Ted Evetts

PDC Player of the Year

Winner: Michael van Gerwen

Nominated:

Peter Wright

Rob Cross

Daryl Gurney

PDC Qualifying Schools Day Two

MARIO ROBBE, Robert Owen and Alan Tabern all secured PDC Tour Cards on Day Two of the 2018 PDC Qualifying Schools in Hildesheim and Wigan on Friday.
Tabern, a former UK Open semi-finalist, was a name many expected to recapture a Tour Card during the four days in Wigan, and the 51-year-old managed to get over the line at the second attempt.
The left-hander began the day with a comfortable 5-0 win over Craig Reeves before needing a deciding final leg to overcome Darren Place.
Tabern then defeated Gary Eastwood 5-3 to move in to the last 32 where he beat Jamie Hughes 5-2.
A 5-3 win over Terry Temple followed before another deciding-leg victory, this time over Philip Borthwick, moved Tabern in to the deciding match against Steven Kirkby, a game he won comfortably with a 5-1 to reclaim his Tour Card.

“I’m happy but I think of myself as someone who shouldn’t have to be qualifying to play the game,” said Tabern, the winner of four PDC ProTour events and a quartet of Challenge Tour titles.
“I’ve not been putting the hours in and now is the time to apply myself more. I’ve been on the fringes for a while now and you can relax a little more on the Challenge Tour, but hopefully this makes me try harder and practice more."
Welshman Robert Owen was the other man to walk away from Wigan on Day Two having won back his Tour Card with a 5-3 victory over Mike Norton in their decider.
Owen, who qualified for the Players Championship Finals in 2017 and reached a European Tour quarter-final, beat Robert Smith 5-4 to get his day underway, before then going on to record back-to-back 5-0 wins against Lee Evans and then Paul Harvey.
The 33-year-old then swept aside George Gardner in a 5-1 victory to move in to the last 32, where Tony Martin put up a test before the Welshman came out a 5-4 winner.
Another 5-0 win followed, this time against Simon Stevenson, to set up a clash with Nathan Aspinall, who narrowly missed out on a Tour Card on Day One.
Aspinall again suffered disappointment as Owen ran out a 5-2 winner, before going on to secure his Tour Card by defeating Mike Norton 5-3, ensuring his status on the PDC ProTour for a fifth straight year.
There were also good runs for Luke Woodhouse and Dave Prins, who also reached the last eight in Wigan alongside Aspinall and Borthwick.
Dutchman Mario Robbe followed up Thursday's success for fellow countryman Jeffrey de Zwaan in the European Qualifying School by going all the way to secure his Tour Card in Hildesheim.
The 44-year-old had to work hard as he secured his place on the PDC ProTour, recovering from 3-1 down in the final to secure his Tour Card with a dramatic 5-4 victory over Czech Republic hopeful Frantisek Humpula.
A two-time Lakeside Championship qualifier, Robbe opened day two with a 5-2 victory over Hannes Schnier, a former World Championship qualifier
Comfortable wins against Till Meischner, Nico Bloom and Jose Antonio Justicia Perales followed, before the 44-year-old needed a last leg decider to overcome Gabrielle Rollo.
Michele Turetta fell 5-0 to Robbe in the quarter-finals before a 5-1 win over Tytus Kanik saw him claim his spot in the final.
Robbe got across the line with a 15-dart leg in the decider, with Humpula sat on 39 waiting to claim the victory for himself.

"It has been a good day," said Robbe. "Sometimes I was a little lucky and sometimes a little good.

“The 121 [in the final] to make it 3-3 gave me confidence and helped me play better. It’s a great day.”
Play in the PDC Qualifying Schools continues on Saturday, with a further two automatic PDC Tour Cards on offer in the UK Qualifying School and one Tour Card on offer at the European Qualifying School, alongside ranking points for the Q School Orders of Merit.
See full results at this link.
UK Qualifying School Day Two
Last 16
Steven Kirkby 5-4 Darren Beveridge
Luke Woodhouse 5-4 Ryan Murray
Philip Borthwick 5-3 Rhys Griffin
Alan Tabern 5-3 Terry Temple
Dave Prins 5-3 Bradley Brooks
Mike Norton 5-3 Ian Jones
Robert Owen 5-0 Simon Stevenson
Nathan Aspinall 5-4 Ryan Joyce
Last Eight
Steven Kirkby 5-4 Luke Woodhouse
Alan Tabern 5-4 Philip Borthwick
Mike Norton 5-3 Dave Prins
Robert Owen 5-2 Nathan Aspinall
Last Four
Alan Tabern 5-1 Steven Kirkby
Robert Owen 5-3 Mike Norton
PDC Tour Card Winners
Alan Tabern
Robert Owen
European Qualifying School
Last Eight
Tytus Kanik 5-4 Robert Marijanovic
Mario Robbe 5-0 Michele Turetta
Frantisek Humpula 5-1 Brian Raman
Mike Holz 5-3 Ulf Ceder
Last Four
Mario Robbe 5-1 Tytus Kanik
Frantisek Humpula 5-2 Mike Holz
Last Two
Mario Robbe 5-4 Frantisek Humpula
PDC Tour Card Winner
Mario Robbe

International Prodarts Series Gold Coast Night 2

Simon Whitlock prepared for his return to the Premier League in the best way possible on the Gold Coast version of the Prodarts Series. He defeated Kyle Anderson in a battle of the top two ranked Australian players, and World Cup teammates.
In the opening semi-final of the night local Robbie King took on Geelong player Lucas Cameron and it was close at the start. Cameron took the lead twice early on only for King to peg him back on both occasions.
In the fifth leg Cameron missed the bull but King was well behind and at his next visit Cameron secured the lead for the third time. The next leg was critical as King was broken by his opponent. It was a high scoring affair early as King’s 140 was met by a maximum by Cameron. With Cameron on 129 and King on 182 Cameron set up to leave 140 with his 13th dart. King had his chance to convert with 124 but left 56. Having missed all three check out chances on his previous visit, Cameron came back and secured the required double ten. He consolidated the next leg on throw to grab a three leg lead.
King threw to open the next leg and thoughts of his previous night’s comeback came to mind. At his first shot at tops King had drawn back within two legs, albeit on throw. 5-3. In the next leg Cameron hit the wire twice on the wrong side to miss his chance of taking the leg and King pounces to grab the break back and move the score to within one.
With century starts on their next visits it looked tight but mid leg Cameron sneaked ahead. He missed a double 8 to give King the chance to tie things up but he missed the same checkout. Cameron then scored the double eight to stop his opponent’s momentum. King had a chance in the next leg to win it but missed two darts and Cameron was able to come back to the oche to secure the match 7-4.
In the second match two of the big guns of darts face off as Simon Whitlock took on Andy Hamilton. Whitlock opened the first leg with a bullseyes finish before a triple 20 double 16 finish in two darts doubled his lead. The third leg saw Andy Hamilton secure the first 180 of the match to move himself to 181 with Whitlock on 224. However a poor visit from the Englishman left him on 126 as a maximum moved the Wizard to 44. King missed the bull for 126 check out and Whitlock checks out to take a three nil lead.
The next leg saw Hamilton take a lead and keep it this time as a double 16 moved the score to 3-1. However Whitlock was not finished. Two big starts from both players actually sees Hammer take the darts but was unable to collect the required double 16 and despite nearly busting, Wizard secured a 4-1 lead. The whole match was coming done to conversions of doubles.
In the next leg it seemed to be the local players only for him to not convert 58. However Hamilton could not convert his own leg darts and at his next visit Whitlock went 5-1 clear.
Hamilton is anything but a quitter though and in the next leg, with the Wizard on 16, Hamilton gets double tops for the leg with last dart in hand. A 15 dart leg then saw Hamilton reduce the gap to two legs before Whitlock seemed to grab the impetus in the next leg with a 180 moving him to 38. However Hamilton did not feel the pressure and scored the double 8 required to move the match with one leg difference, 5-4.
Hamilton had the throw on the next leg but it was Whitlock who took a big lead until Hamilton moved from 221 to 87 in one visit. Whitlock had something special in mind as he hit the bull once more in a crunch leg, in this case checking out a 164 finish. This was a hammer blow and in the last leg it looked like Whitlock would do the business until he missed the bull for the match. It gave Hamilton a chance but he missed two at double16 (his nemesis for this match) and Whitlock scored9 and double 8 for the leg and the match, 7-4.
The third match saw Phil Taylor secure another win with a 7-2 victory over Steve Macarthur. Macarthur had gone to a large lead at the beginning of the match, including Taylor scoring a 158 finish with Macarthur sitting on 32 to secure his first break. Macarthur took a couple of legs further in to the match but Taylor was not going to be denied, securing the ninth leg of the match to win 7-2.
The last quarter final looked very competitive throughout with Tasmanian Brad Thorp going toe to toe with Kyle Anderson. Thorp took the first leg and despite missing two at tops Anderson was able to secure a 1-1 scoreline after the second leg. With Thorp not on a finish Anderson moved from 132 to 40 and on the next leg secures an early break, 2-1.
Thorp started better in the next leg and moves to 155 before Kyle gets to 136. A loose dart and Thorp leaves 77 but watches just behind Anderson as he missed double eight for 136. A 77 check out meant Thorp broke straight back. 2-2.
A 180 opening for Anderson was not enough as he missed the bull for the leg and Thorp gets the double 16 to move 3-2 ahead, now back on throw. The two combatants matched score for score in the next leg but it was Anderson who snuck the vital double first to tie the match up after six legs.
With Anderson on 123 the Tasmanian secured 60 to retake the lad, 4-3. The next leg went to Anderson, before he took a strong lead in the next leg against the throw and
Anderson 265 Thorp 344 Anderson leaves 170 and thorp only 244 leave six darts. Anderson leaves 72as Thorp moves to 126. Treble 16, 16 and tops for Anderson ties the game up after 8. 4-4.
Two 100 starts in the next leg but Thorp then can only go to 356 , Anderson moves to 261. 180 from Anderson moves him to 81 with Thorp on 222. Anderson breaks the Tasmanian to 5-4. Anderson hits Thorp again in the next leg with a double two finish. The Australian number two then takes the lead on Thorp’s next throw but misses his check out darts. Thorp misses two check outs of his own for Anderson to come up and finish with a double 3 to win the match 7 games to 4.
The first semi-final started with an 11 darter from the Wizard before he checks out 52 to take a two leg lead. An 80 finish and then a 20 (after throwing a 180 and 140) finish in the next two legs saw Whitlock double his lead.
In the fifth leg Cameron got his first 180 of the match but even this was not enough as he missed the bull for the steal. Whitlock then steps up and gets a leg he had no right to. 5-0.
Finally in the sixth leg Cameron was able to slow the onslaught as he converts 24 with his last dart in hand and his opponent sitting on 80. 5-1.
It was to be his last joy as the final two legs went empathically Whitlock’s way and the score finished 7-1.
The second semi-final saw Phil Taylor take the first leg against Kyle Anderson but it was not emphatic as the Aussie missed two chances at tops. Despite missing double eight and double 4 Taylor was able to double that lead with a double two.
Things seemed to be going to script in the third leg as he hits a double 8 to leave Anderson on 78 and three legs behind.
The next leg saw Taylor only open with 41 and Anderson took his chance by moving to 270 after six darts. A maximum and with Taylor well behind his opponent was able to leave 16. Taylor score 140 to leave 120 and then Anderson missed all three on his next visit. The next visit would be one of those points in a match that changed things. Chasing Shanghai Taylor missed tops and left 20. Anderson checked out on his next visit and the momentum had change. 3-1 to Taylor.
In the next leg Taylor left tops when chasing 100 and Anderson was able to take full advantage to draw back within a leg thanks to the break of throw. On his next throw Anderson was able to convert 119 with a bull finish and tie things up. An opening maximum from the Aussie in the next leg and a follow up 140 pushed Anderson well ahead in the leg. A double ten gave Anderson a second break in a row for a 4-3 lead.
Consistent throwing from Anderson saw him leave 87 with Taylor one hundred behind. The Original threw his double clinically to take a 5-3 lead.
A 167 from Phil Taylor in the next leg left him a check out which he took to slow his opponent’s push temporarily but in the tenth leg it was power scoring from both players at the start that gave each opportunities. Anderson missed his chance before Taylor missed the chance to square things up again. Anderson took his second opportunity to move to 6-4 and be just a leg away from the match.
The next leg saw the 16 time world champion take full control and at 6-5 it came down to Anderson on his throw keeping a level head. With a 140 start he showed he could do just that and was able to keep his throw consistent throughout this pressure leg to take out the match 7-5 and inflict Phil Taylor’s first defeat on the east coast of Australia since 2012, when he lost to the man Anderson would now face in the final, Simon Whitlock.
The final itself saw Simon Whitlock get off to a confident start but Anderson was able to stay with him and after three legs it was 2-1 to the Wizard. An early critical leg was the fourth as both players had decent shots at a check out but Whitlock was the first to convert and thus took the first considerable lead of the match, 3-1.
He consolidated in the next leg with power hitting and then opened with a maximum to move ahead in the next leg. Chasing 110 for the check-out Whitlock seemed to have screwed it up by hitting treble 3 but a treble 17 and the bull gave him the leg anyway, and a four leg lead.
It was time for a comeback and Anderson provided just that by checking out 108 in the next leg and then, aided by his third maximum in four legs, he was able to secure his second double tops check out in a row to move the score back to 5-3.
Another break was critical for Anderson and with Whitlock on 18 a 122 check out on the bull gave The Original just that.
With the score at 5-4 Anderson threw first to tie the match back up. He started with 100 and the Wizard pounced with a 180. Anderson moved to 267 as Whitlock got to 224. A poor visit of 60 was pounced upon by his opponent who moved to 126. With Anderson on 114 Wizard hit the bull once more, it seemed to be the largest segment on the board for Whitlock tonight, as he converted the 126, broke Anderson, and took a 6-4 lead.
It would prove to be too much for Anderson to fight back once more as consistent throwing from Whitlock moved him to 162. Another good visit left the Wizard needing just 24 and a single 12 and double six at his next turn at the oche was enough to give him the match 7-4.
For Whitlock it was just the kind of preparation to help him moving forward, “I have loved my time out here and to win in front of my family again is awesome. Kyle was great tonight and together we are going to win the World Cup this year. I am really looking forward to what the next few months hold for my darts now.”
QF1 Lucas Cameron 7 Robbie King 4
QF2 Simon Whitlock 7 Andy Hamilton 4
QF3 Phil Taylor 7 Steve Macarthur 2
QF4 Kyle Anderson 7 Brad Thorp 4
SF1 Simon Whitlock 7 Lucas Cameron 1
SF2 Kyle Anderson 7 Phil Taylor 5
F Simon Whitlock 7 Kyle Anderson 4

PDC Qualifying Schools Day One

COREY CADBY, Eddie Dootson and Jeffrey de Zwaan were the three PDC Tour Card winners as the 2018 PDC Qualifying Schools began on Thursday in Wigan and Hildesheim.

The expansion of Qualifying School to venues in the UK and German saw a combined field of over 600 players competing as they bid to secure coveted spots on the PDC circuit.

Melbourne's Cadby, the 2016 PDC Unicorn World Youth Champion, headlined the success stories on the opening day as the 22-year-old secured his status as a professional to join the PDC ProTour on a full-time basis.

Cadby had opted not to enter Qualifying School 12 months ago in a bid to continue his development on the DartPlayers Australia circuit, while he also competed on the World Series of Darts circuit and in the bwin Grand Slam of Darts in 2017.

He put that experience to good use as he came through 435 players in Wigan to join St Helens' Dootson in being the two players to secure PDC Tour Cards on Day One in the UK Qualifying School.

Cadby produced some superb darts as he swept past Dave Prins, Jack Todd, Gavin James, Tom Gregory, John O'Shea, John Mann, Nathan Rafferty and Callan Rydz without being taken to a deciding ninth leg in any of his eight matches on the day

"I'm absolutely over the moon," said Cadby. "Everyone expected I would be here, but I wasn't ready. I'm here this year and I've done my job on day one.

"My manager believed in me and so did my partner, and that gave me the boost to push on. I can't wait to come up against bigger things and better things, but it's been a hard fight today.

"No game was easy but it's mission accomplished. My focus is really good, and I hit the doubles which is what wins you games.

"It gives me a bit more confidence knowing what I'm capable of. I've been throwing with new darts for a couple of weeks and to manage to get through Q School means a lot."

2018 PDC Qualifying Schools Entries

A RECORD field will compete in the 2018 PDC Qualifying Schools, with over 600 players set to challenge four PDC Tour Cards in Wigan and Hildesheim from January 18-21.
A total of 33 PDC Tour Cards will be on offer across the two Qualifying Schools, with simultaneous events being held in the UK and Germany this year to reflect the ongoing growth of the sport.
The final two players at the UK Qualifying School on each of the four days will win an automatic PDC Tour Card, alongside the winner of the European Qualifying School on each day.
In addition, players will earn ranking points per victory in each full round of the event (which does not include Byes), which will be used to form the Q School Orders of Merit.
The entries for the UK Qualifying School include former World Matchplay and World Grand Prix champion Colin Lloyd, the ex-world number one who is bidding to make his return to the circuit following a two-year break.
Fellow former World Matchplay winner Peter Evison and former TV finalists Wes Newton, Colin Osborne, Barrie Bates, Shayne Burgess will also be in action in Wigan.
Recent World Youth Champions Corey Cadby, Arron Monk and James Hubbard will also be competing, while experienced stars including Andy Smith Andy Jenkins, Dennis Smith, Alan Tabern and Dean Winstanley - following a year's break - are also in action.
Former Lakeside Championship finalists Tony O'Shea and Jeff Smith - previously a Tour Card Holder in 2012-2013 - are joined by former BDO World Trophy winner Darryl Fitton in Wigan.
Cameron Menzies and Jamie Hughes both followed up their 2017 Grand Slam of Darts appearances by competing recently in the Lakeside Championship, while former World Masters semi-finalist Martin Atkins is also taking part in Qualifying School for the first time.
International hopefuls in action in Wigan include Canadian youngster Dawson Murschell and former World Championship qualifiers David Fatum (USA), Nolan Arendse and Warrick Scheffer (South Africa), Cody Harris (New Zealand), Ken MacNeil (Canada), Haruki Muramatsu and Keita Ono (Japan).
Another former Lakeside Championship finalist, Dutchman Danny Noppert, is amongst the hopefuls in action at the European Qualifying School in Germany, while Sweden's Dennis Nilsson also recently competed in the Lakeside Championship.
Teenager Nico Blum - who became the youngest competitor on the European Tour circuit aged just 16 last year - is bidding to follow fellow countryman Martin Schindler in winning a Tour Card, after the Berlin ace's 2017 success.
Belgium's Mike De Decker is a four-time PDC Unicorn Development Tour event winner, while Austrian teenager Rusty-Jake Rodriguez - who won the 2017 JDC Junior World Championship final last month - joins elder brother Roxy-James in bidding to join Rowby-John on the professional circuit.
Brazil's Diogo Portela, who competed in both the World Cup of Darts and World Championship last year, has opted to compete in the European Qualifying School.
Germany's Kevin Munch, Poland's Krzysztof Ratajski, Belgium's Kenny Neyens and Croatia's Alan Ljubic also recently competed in the World Championship alongside Finland's Kim Viljanen, who topped the PDCNB rankings in 2017.
Russia's Boris Koltsov, Hungary's Nandor Bezzeg, Czech Republic ace Frantisek Humpula are amongst the players with World Cup of Darts experience, while Bernd Roith, Tomas Seyler and Michael Rosenauer are veterans of the German circuit.
Follow www.pdc.tv from January 18-21 for live results from the UK and European Qualifying Schools, which start at 12pm local time for each venue.
All games are the best of nine legs.
UK Qualifying School Entries
Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan
Ben Adams
Lance Adams
Robert Adnams
Kenichi Ajiki
Nolan Arendse
Nathan Aspinall
Martin Atkins (Leeds)
Martin Atkins (Wigan)
Daniel Ayres
Curtis Bagley
James Bailey
Leon Bailey
Richard Baillie
Kevin Bambrick
Mark Barilli
Michael Barnard
Chas Barstow
James Barton
Daniel Batchelor
Barrie Bates
Max Baulcomb
Greg Beard
Michael Beard
Aaron Beeney
Andrew Beeton
Nicholas Bell
Sean Bell
Andrew Belton
Christopher Bent
Darren Beveridge
Gary Blackwood
Sam Booth
Philip Borthwick
Andy Boulton
John Bowles
Adam Bowman
Jordan Boyce
Martin Bradbury
Kenneth Bramall
Peter Bramley
Derek Brand
Bradley Brooks
Rachel Brooks
Gary Broomhead
Justin Broton
Anthony Brown
John Brown
Steve Brown
Dean Buckland
Lee Budgen
Shayne Burgess
Peter Burgoyne
Trevor Burkhill
Kevin Burness
Ben Burton
Corey Cadby
Ray Campbell
Keith Robert Carter
Simon Cassidy
Lee Chambers
Matt Clark
Matthew Clarke
Brett Claydon
Joshua Clements
Daniel Cole
Jarred Cole
Tony Cole
Declan Coles
Robert Collins
Stuart Comerford
Karl Corcoran
Richie Corner
Andy Cornwall
John Court
Simon Craven
John Crossley
Bobby Crozier
Jason Cullen
Niall Culleton
Andrew Cummins
Steven Cupitt
Christopher Dale
Scott Dale
Antony Darlow
John Davey
Ben Davies
Shaun Davies
Gary Davison
Paul Dawkins
Michael Dawson
Peter Day
Jason Delahunty
Matthew Dennant
Nathan Derry
Lorenzo Deveaux
Matthew Dicken
Jack Dickinson
Paul Dinning
Eddie Dootson
JohnPaul Dowdall
Kevin Dowling
Dylan Duo
Aaron Dyer
Gary Eastwood
Matthew Edgar
Dafydd Edwards
David Edwards
Kevin Edwards
Jamie Ellam
David Evans
Kieran Evans
Lee Evans
Ted Evetts
Peter Evison
BJ Fairhurst
Mark Farmer
David Fatum
George Fawcett
Steven Ferguson
Peter Fisher
Darryl Fitton
Bradley Fleming
Dean Forde
Jay Foreman
Mark Forman
Andrew Foster
Alex Frith
Mark Frost
Jack Fuller
Nick Fullwell
Dale Gadsby
Malcom Gallacher
Peter Gallacher
Adam Gallett
Matt Gallett
Billy Gallie
Stephen Gallimore
Kevin Garcia
George Gardner
Danny Gengler
Keith Geraghty
Glenn Gibson
Amit Gilitwala
Michael Gillet
Callum Goffin
John Goldie
Paul Goodwin
Phillip Goodwin
Ryan Gowans
Mark Graham
Adrian Gray
Jamie Green
Tom Gregory
Rhys Griffin
Shaun Griffiths
Martin Grimble
Lee Grimshaw
Sam Guest
Jamie Guilfoyle
Gary Gullan
Sheamus Hagan
James Hajdar
Rees Hall
Carl Hamilton
Sam Hamilton
Curtis Hammond
Steven Harbert
Luke Hardy
Ryan Harrington
Cody Harris
Lee Harris
Michael Harrison
Kelvin Hart
Ryan Hart
Chris Hartrey
Paul Harvey
Will Harwood
Rhys Hayden
Sam Head
Jonathan Hewitt
Rob Hewson
David Hicks
Ash Hilditch
Kalani Hillman
Ashley Holgate
Paul Holloway
Rob Holroyd
Dave Honey
Shaun Howell
Richie Howson
James Hubbard
Adam Huckvale
Peter Hudson
Jamie Hughes
Robert Hughes
Matt Hunt
Michael Huntley
Ian Hurley
Andy Hutchings
Dean Hyde
Craig Ingram
Charlie Jackson
Chris Jackson
Matt Jackson
Gavin James
Lee James
Andy Jenkins
Dafydd Jenkins
Paul Jenkinson
Nick Jennings
Sonny Johal
Sean Johnson
Jordan Johnston
Emyr Jones
Ian Jones
Jnr Joyce
Ryan Joyce
Jon Jukes
Michael Kavanagh
Brendan Kearns
Stuart Kellett
Jamie Kelling
Charlie Kemp
Luke Kennedy
George Killington
Steven Kirkby
Veljko Knezevic
Dave Ladley
James Lane
Kevin Lane
Daniel Lauby
Mark Lawrence
Darren Layden
Daniel Lee
Ian Lever
Craig Lewis
Colin Littlecott
Colin Lloyd
Phil Locke
Tom Lonsdale
Callum Loose
Edward Lovely
Thomas Lovely
Jason Lovett
Jason Lowe
Martin Lukeman
Darren Lynch
Barry Lynn
Patrick Lynskey
Callum Mackay
Ken MacNeil
Owen Maiden
Jack Main
John Mann
James Marcroft
Steven Marfleet
Jason Marriott
Scott Marsh
David Marson
Tony Martin
Callum Matthews
Darren Mawer
Kris McCall
Josh McCarthy
Michael McCloskey
Paul McCrevey
Kevin McDonnell
Michael McFall
Ian McFarlane
Andre McGill
Robert McKenzie
Jim McKevitt
Jimmy McKirdy
Steve McNally
Christopher McTernan
Andrew Meikle
Ryan Meikle
Cameron Menzies
Paul Milford
Glen Miller
Dean Mills
Chris Millward
Paul Mitchell
Peter Mitchell
Arron Monk
Brandonn Monk
Barry Morgan
John Morris
Roy Morris
Josh Mortensen
Ian Moss
Jim Moston
Adam Mould
Haruki Muramatsu
Jay Murphy
Jimmy Murphy
Ryan Murray
Dawson Murschell
Coni Singh Nagi
Tony Newell
Wes Newton
Mike Norton
Mike Nott
John O'Shea
Shane O'Connor
Damien O'Driscoll
Keith O'Neill
Richard Onions
Keita Ono
Colin Osborne
Tony O'Shea
Dean Owen
Robert Owen
Matt Padgett
Joey Palfreyman
Lee Palfreyman
David Pallett
Ryan Palmer
Dyson Parody
David Patterson
Andy Pearson
Shane Pearson
Wayne Pepper
Steve Perren
Paul Phillips
Chris Ping
Darren Place
John Power
Michael Power
Andrew Poynton
Simon Preston
Shane Price
Lewis Pride
Dave Prins
Mark Pritchard
Neil Pullen
Craig Quinn
Rohit Rabadia
Nathan Rafferty
Steve Randall
Dan Read
Mikey Rees
Craig Reeves
Shane Reidy
Kirk Reynolds
Ian Richards
Nathan Richards
Dave Richardson
Dennis Richardson
Tony Richardson
Robert Rickwood
Ross Rimmer
Greg Ritchie
Terry Roach
Ronnie Roberts
Harry Robinson
Reece Robinson
Scott Rollings
Keith Rooney
Paul Russell
Sean Ryan
Callan Rydz
Zac Sanders
Warrick Scheffer
Roger Scrivens
Connor Scutt
Jaikob Selby
Kelvin Self
Adam Shanks
David Sharp
Vernon Sheppard
Lee Shewan
Lee Siddle
Kevin Simm
Ben Simpson
Joe Singleton
Keith Slocombe
Andy Smith
Damian Smith
Dennis Smith
Jeff Smith
Justin Smith
Morgan Smith
Paul Smith
Robert Smith
Ross Smith
Steven Smith
Tom Smith
Gavin Smith
Adam Smith-Neale
Adam Spencer
Kevin Stanley
Aaron Stevens
Evander Stevenson
Simon Stevenson
Micky Stocks
Stuart Stubbs
Bryn Suckley
Ricky Sudale
Lee Sutcliffe
Alan Tabern
Alan Tabern Jnr
Simon Tate
Steve Taylor
Terry Temple
Douglas Thomas
Kevin Thomas
Martin Thomas
Kieran Timmins
Jack Todd
Mick Todd
Nathan Treadgold
Lee Turle
Aaron Turner
Martyn Turner
Barry Tyler
Anthony Urmston-Toft
Trevor Vallely
Jim Walker
Mark Walsh
Robert Walsh
Ben Ward
Harry Ward
Chris Ware
Anthony Warne
James Welding
Chris White
Eddie White
Carl Wilkinson
Bradley Williams
Marc Williams
Matt Williams
Ricky Williams
Josh Wills
Chris Wilson
David Wilson
Jason Wilson
Mark Wilson
Stuart Wilson
Dean Winstanley
Ian Withers
Luke Woodhouse
Brian Woods
Jonathan Worsley
Jonathan Wynn
European Qualifying School Entries
Halle 39, Hildesheim
Jorgen Aerts
Tobias Anliker
Marco Apollonio
Jyhan Artut
Duvaan Ata
Ronald Balfoort
Gerrit Begemann
Jeffrey Bekema
Rene Berndt
Philipp Beuermann
Nandor Bezzeg
Manfred Bilderl
Andy Bless
Nico Blum
Christian Bunse
Tom Burquel
Luis Camacho
Ricardo Fernandez Carballo
Ulf Ceder
Andre Christen
Gabriel Clemens
Mike De Decker
Melvin de Fijter
Ryan De Vreede
Jeffrey de Zwaan
Lyuben Dimitrov
Gino Drobick
Matthias Ehlers
Rene Eidams
El Abbas El Amri
Marvin Esser
Florian Flickinger
Bjorn Fransen
Fabian Freitag
Dominic Fritschi
Michel Furlani
Thomas Gerock
Philipp Gerwing
Mats Gies
Armin Glanzer
Christian Goedl
Kai Gotthardt
Andreas Gradert
Jochen Graudenz
Helge Gross
Fredi Gselmann
Marcel Gugger
Christopher Haensch
Michael Haeusler
Fons Hardeman
Mick Hasse
Teuvo Haverinen
Simeon Heinz
Tom Heldt
Florian Hempel
Jerry Hendriks
Leo Hendriks
Sascha Hertrich
Fabian Herz
Tobias Hoentsch
Wim Hofsink
Ole Holtkamp
Mike Holz
Dragutin Horvat
Frantisek Humpula
Remon Hurrebrink
Michael Hurtz
Heikki Hyvonen
Chris Iedema
Kevin Illge
Noah Janz
Harri Jukkola
Thomas Junghans
Jose Antonio Justicia Perales
Brian Kaemena
Christian Kallinger
Vincent Kamphuis
Tytus Kanik
Marko Kantele
Jens Kniest
Kevin Knopf
Thomas Kohlmann
Boris Koltsov
Arjan Konterman
Karsten Kornath
Sammy Kreitz
Felix Krueger
Maik Kuivenhoven
Nico Kurz
Mathias Lang
Julian Licht
Markus Linn
Alan Ljubic
Felix Losan
Jean-Marc Luetolf
Nico Mandl
Robert Marijanovic
Peter Martin
Yordi Meeuwisse
Till Meischner
Eddy Merlijn
Stanislaw Mezler
John Michael
Andrea Micheletti
Mareno Michels
Angelos Moulangelis
Frederic Mozelewski
Tobias Mueller
Kevin Munch
Garunakumar Murugappar Markandu
Geert Nentjes
Kenny Neyens
Stefan Nilles
Dennis Nilsson
Danny Noppert
Gabriel Florin Olar
Baran Ozdemir
Igor Pacic
Keith Paetzold
Alexande Pas
Gerd Patzel
Lars Penzin
Jesus Noguera Perea
Lasse Petersen
Ricardo Pietreczko
Jose Henrique Pinto De Sena
Tobias Ploetz
Michael Plooy
Milan Pongracz
Diogo Portela
Marko Puls
Brian Raman
Michael Rasztovits
Krzysztof Ratajski
Karl Reiszner
Holger Rettig
Mario Robbe
Roxy-James Rodriguez
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Bernd Roith
Gabriel Rollo
Michael Rosenauer
David Rosi
Anton Salge
Nico Schlund
Erik Schmeitz
Josef Schneider
Hannes Schnier
Ron Schouten
Karel Sedlacek
Jose Ventura Seijas Ramos
Garry Sess
Tomas Seyler
Daniel Shorbaji
Steffen Siepmann
Michal Smejda
Henry Smit
Daniel Sprudzs
Michael Stoeten
Veniamin Symeonidis
Radoslaw Szaganski
Stefan Taferner
Erik Tautfest
Danny Tessmann
Michael Tetkovic
Dominik Thiel
Olaf Tupuschis
Michele Turetta
Nick Umland
Davy Van Baelen
Christoff Van De Wal
Dick van Dijk
Michael Van Dijk
Dirk van Duijvenbode
Berry van Peer
Carlo van Peer
Davyd Venken
Dennis Verhaegen
Wilco Vermeulen
Kim Viljanen
Ingo Vogt
Okke Weerstand
Tino Wingerter
Pascal Wirotius

An Aussie Affair

Night one of the Prodarts Series on the Gold Coast was really the night of the Australians with some notable exclusions.
Simon Whitlock nearly capped off the night with an incredible nine darter as his eighth dart was well off the treble 15 he was aiming for so he could check out with a double 18. It was a rare miss for him on the night as he defeated Stuart Leach 6-1.
Earlier in the night Steve McArthur reminded us all of how he made the world championships a decade ago as he comfortably defeated Jamie Harvey 6-1 in the first match of the night.
The second match was much more competitive as Hall of Famer Russell Stewart took on Tasmanian Brad Thorp. The match had been tight throughout but Thorp had looked to break it open when he went 5-2 up. However Stewart struck back, first with an unlikely double 3 check out in leg 8 and then with some power scoring and good finishing he secured the next two legs as well. Thorp had won the bull but it was Stewart who got to the more likely check out of 116 first. However, he could only score 60 and with Thorp needing 72 he went the 16, 16 and double 20 route for the leg and the match, winning 6-5.
The third match was also extra competitive as Johnny K showed glimpses of times gone past as he took on local Gold Coast resident Robbie King. It was Johnny K who took a two leg lead as he was able to take his chances but King was able to break back in the third leg. A 52 check out in leg four puts the match back on par and over the next couple of legs it is the local player who takes his own two leg lead.
Johnny K was not done though and he hit a double ten with his last dart in hand to make the score 3-4. King was able to return the favour in the next leg to move back into a two leg lead. The match was not down though as Kuczynski moved well ahead in the next leg and despite King putting some pressure on by leaving 100 the American put his third dart into the corner of the double bed to move the score to 4-5.
The next leg demonstrated Kuczynski at his best. He seemed out of it and King even had a shot at double 16 for the match but was unable to convert. Kuczynski then stepped up to the oche and converted a 116 to bring the match back to equilibrium. The final leg was King’s chance to return serve and so he did with a 114 check out for the match, 6-5.
The fourth match saw Lucas Cameron overcome Devon Petersen. Early on it was leg for leg as the scoreboard moved to 2-2. There were glimpses of brilliance from both players but often let down by bounce outs or poor visits in between. A 140 saw Cameron move to just that score in the next leg and despite not securing that check out he did get 95 on his next visit to go three up. However it was leg six that would prove critical. Petersen had moved to 49 with relative ease but then manages to miss the big number and then hits double 8 and not double 16. Both players then busted when opportunities for the leg were presented to them until Cameron was able to secure the break with a double 8.
Cameron was able to move to a further leg in front after the next leg when he secured the check out just after Petersen had hit a 180 to leave just 6 remaining. Then Cameron opens with a 180 and secures maximums with darts 4 and 5 but missed his next treble to leave 182. With Petersen on 299 Cameron moved from 182 to 87 and by leaving 159 Petersen could not put pressure on Cameron as it was a bogey score. Cameron sets it up to leave 40 and on his next visit uses all the six darts Petersen presented to him to finally get the win, 6 legs to 2.
The other Aussie win on the night was Kyle Anderson over Rhys Mathewson. It was a tough affair as both players broke each other early, Mathewson with a 107 check out. After three breaks of throw Anderson held his own to lead 3-1. The next few legs went with throw and Anderson moved to a 4—2 lead.
In the next leg Mathewson scored 95 but Anderson was able to better it by 40. Through the leg Mathewson left a 170 check out. Mathewson could only get to 143 though but his opponent does not take full toll and leaves 58. Again Mathewson misses double 16 but Anderson then fails to secure the match and with a double four Mathewson was back in the match at 3-4.
Anderson then had a comfortable leg to move to win one leg of the match, with the last five legs staying on throw. In the next leg Anderson has a shot at double tops for the match but could not convert and despite missing a check out of his own, a double six finally gave Mathewson another leg. The same check out then drew the match level as Anderson missed numerous match darts in that leg as well.
In the last leg both players had a shot at the bull and missed for the match. It was to be a big miss for Mathewson as Anderson got the first chance at 25 and got it with a double 5 for the match, another final leg decider on the night, this time going 6-5 to Kyle Anderson.
The two overseas players who did progress on the night were the finalists from the Brisbane leg of the event.
Andy Hamilton had a great tussle with GG Mathers, fresh back from the World Championships. At 2-0 down GG secured check outs of 158 and then 150 to draw level. After being level after six legs Hammer was able to move 5-3 before Mathers put a scare into things by securing another leg. Unlike the rest of the night though this was not to go to a deciding leg as Hamilton demonstrated all his experience in taking it out and winning the match 6-4.
Phil Taylor was also challenged, but came away victorious, against another DPA order of merit player in Tic Bridge. Taylor went one up but Bridge equalised with a 121 check out. Taylor then bounced straight back and not only secured his own throw but broke Bridge in the fourth leg. Taylor then gave Bridge a chance at the bull in the next leg but after his opponent missed it he made him pay by securing double 16.
The next leg saw Bridge get one back on his own throw. The following leg was critical as Bridge was well ahead throughout it but missed the double 8 to get the break back and Taylor made him pay by stealing a leg he really had not been in. At 5 – 2 it seemed that the match would soon be over but Bridge had other plans as he checks out double 5 to move the score to 5 – 3 to Taylor.
The next leg saw Bridge hit a maximum to move to 181 with his opponent scoring 140 to leave 176. Bridge could only score 96 as Taylor hit 136 to leave 40. Bridge left 68 but Taylor missed three at double tops for the match. Bridge missed the bull for the leg and Taylor finally finished the match off with a double ten. The final score was 6 – 3 to Phil Taylor.

Steve MacArthur 6 Jamie Harvey 1
Brad Thorp 6 Russell Stewart 5
Robbie King 6 Johnny Kuczynski 5
Lucas Cameron 6 Devon Petersen 2
Phil Taylor 6 Tic Bridge 3
Andy Hamilton 6 GG Mathers 4
Kyle Anderson 6 Rhys Mathewson 5
Simon Whitlock 6 Stuart Leach 1

Phil Taylor dominates the east coast of Australia

Phil Taylor continued his dominance on the east coast of Australia in major televised dart tournaments as he took out the Brisbane leg of the Pro Darts Series on Thursday Evening. The final came down to two Stoke natives going head to head as a resurgent Andy Hamilton took on Taylor.
The final itself was one way traffic as Taylor was victorious 7 legs to nil.
Andy Hamilton had the first throw but it was Taylor who got out of the blocks faster as he moved quickly to 180. With Hamilton only on 208 a 140 left Taylor on tops and at his next visit Taylor got the check out with a double ten on his last dart at hand. In the next leg Taylor threw a 123 and then a maximum to leave himself on 198. He completed the leg with another double ten to go two up.
Through the middle of the match it was all Phil Taylor including visits of 100 and 180 which left him on 125 in the fourth leg. After a less successful visit Taylor converted 79 with a treble 13 and tops. The fifth leg saw Taylor move from 177 to tops which he collected at his next visit.
In the sixth leg Taylor opened with a maximum and quickly moved to 136. He left tops but missed all three attempts at his next visit, leaving himself double 10. Hamilton was on 134 but left tops. Taylor missed double ten at his next visit but got double five at the first attempt to go six up. In what turned out to be the final leg Taylor opened with another 180 and then hit another treble twenty before missing that same target with his fifth dart (although he did get it with his sixth peg.) With Hamilton a long way behind Taylor converted to make the final a whitewash 7-0.
Overall Taylor was delighted with the result and said that he was enjoying this new phase of his life. It certainly has started successfully for him. The tournament now turns towards the Gold Coast next week.

TAYLOR WIN DOWN UNDER

Less than a fortnight after retiring from the PDC in the final of the World Championships, Phil Taylor was back at the oche at the Pro Darts Series in Brisbane on Wednesday Night. He took on Raymond Smith and early on the match was tight but with Smith unable to make the most of his early chances after taking a leg off Taylor, it was the 16 time World Champion who gained the momentum and continued his success on the east coast of Australia with a 6-1 victory.
Taylor was certainly pleased with how things went, “I had fun out there tonight, the lad played well and I needed to play well against him. I was really happy with the whole match. It is great to be able to enjoy my darts and spend more time discovering Australia.”
Earlier in the night his next round opponent was set as Rhys Mathewson continued on his way of upsetting the big names in televised completion by defeating American superstar Johnny K 6-3. Mathewson, whilst not completely on top of his game, was able to withhold the mini revivals his opponent had throughout the match with consistent, if not always spectacular, darts.
The next round also saw a match between Australian legends set as Russell Stewart defeated Tic Bridge 6-4, and Robbie King took out Jamie Harvey. 6-3 to make it into the second night.
Andy Hamilton had kicked off the night with a good win over Lewis Kirk 6-1. After the match we was happy with his progress. “I enjoyed myself tonight, I felt at times the timing coming back but it needs to be more consistent still.”
In the next round Hammer will take on Aussie hero Kyle Anderson which promises to be spectacular. Hamilton defeated Lewis Kirk 6-1 in the first match of the night whilst Anderson kept the locals happy with a 6-4 win over Tahuna Tahu. For the Kiwi it was a great way to start his career on the big stage as he fought hard to see off Anderson only to find himself unable to hold out Anderson in the end. That half of the draw also includes Stewart and King.
Taylor and Mathewson are also on the side of the draw by the match created after Simon Whitlock saw off Lucas Cameron 6-0 and Ray O’Donnell, all the way from Broken Hill, upset the African Warrior, Devon Peterson by 6 legs to 4.
The opening night of the pro darts series was a spectacular success and there is surely more to come on night two.
Order of play night 2
Quarter Finals
Best of 13 legs
Russell Stewart v Robbie King
Simon Whitlock v Ray Odonnell
Phil Taylor v Rhys Mathewson
Kyle Anderson v Andy Hamilton

International Pro Darts Series 2018

The draw was made on Tuesday night for all four events across Brisbane, Gold Coast, Townsville and Mackay in the Pro Darts Series. Sponsored by CUB (Cougar Brand), UBET, Formula Sports, Newscorp, Rydges, Helloworld Travel and Target Darts.
Hosted by MC Russ Bray the draw covered all the events across January Will Evans, the Sports Marketing Manager of UBET, and Key Accounts Manager at CUB Michael Parlby drew the numbers on the night and there were some juicy matches in the preliminary rounds.
The Brisbane event sees Kyle Anderson take on kiwi young gun Tahuna Irwin who took Bernie Smith all the way when challenging for the Oceanic Masters last year. Simon Whitlock takes on Lucas Cameron as the Victorian returns to the big stage against the man just named as returning to the Premier League in the UK. Queenslander Robbie King will be looking for home state support to get him over the line against legendary Scotsman Jamie Harvey. Raymond Smith will conclude the first night as he takes on 16 time World Champion Phil Taylor.
The Gold Coast event sees home town boy Robbie King take on the bravedart himself, Jamie Harvey. The African Warrior Devon Peterson matches wits with Lucas Cameron, who represented Australia in the Stewart Frampton trophy competition in 2017. Andy Hamilton will take on the returning Australian domestic number one from 2017 in GG Mathers whilst Kyle Anderson’s match promises to be top notch as he takes on local star Rhys Mathewson who has more than held his own against the top professionals on the big stage of the World Series of Darts events.
Townsville sees Russell Stewart matched up against Tic Bridge, the Barney slayer, in a repeat of the opening round in Brisbane. Kyle Anderson v Raymond Smith in a battle of the Queenslanders should be a great match, whilst local star Jeremy Fagg will take on Scottish legend Jamie Harvey. Andy Hamilton verses another Queenslander, in world championship contestant GG Mathers, also looks to be a rather tasty affair.
Mackay has some great match ups as Kyle Anderson will take on Rhys Mathewson for the second time in the series. Meanwhile Russell Stewart will take on GG Mathers and Phil Taylor will step up to the oche against Kevin McCarthy. Another classic encounter could be Dmitri van Den Bergh, current World Youth Champion, against local star Lucas Cameron.
Each player commented on their enthusiasm for the event when spoken to by Russ Bray after the dray was concluded.
Johnny Kuczynski “This is an unbelievable event. Las Vegas is the biggest we have in the US, but I love coming here. I was here in 2012 and it is an honour to be here for this event.”
Russell Stewart “This is one of the most exciting things we have in darts in Australia. This is brilliant and I hope this really puts our sport on TV and the fans all enjoy it.”
Devon Peterson “For the last 12 months I have initiated the last man standing African darts corporation emulating the PDC. This kind of series shows us what it is to host such an event in South Africa. I am excited to be here.”
Kyle Anderson “I can say from a youth perspective this is what you dreamt of, to be an Australian player and play in big hometown events. We wished for events like this and now it has come on a regular basis.”
Andy Hamilton “I am looking to do the best I can and The Hammer is coming back better and stronger. This is a great platform for that improvement.”
Jamie Harvey: It is exciting to be here in Australia, I am looking forward to getting on the stage again and performing well.”
Simon Whitlock “The end of the year has been great I am over the moon. I have worked really hard and it was my goal to get back in the Premier League and in the top ten and I am back. It is hard to come back the young kids are exceptional but I have made it. I am look forward to playing in Australia again.”
Phil Taylor “I have really looked forward to coming back to Austalia and it is great to see familiar faces. I am looking forward to this new phase of my darts. I can also relax and enjoy Australia for a change properly.”
A small number of tickets are still available for each event http://www.prodartsshowdownseries.com.au/
Each Preliminary match is the best of 11 legs.
Brisbane
1 Andy Hamilton v Lewis Kirk
2 Johnny K v Rhys Mathewson
3 Jamie Harvey v Robbie King
4 Russell Stewart v Tic Bridge
5 Devon Peterson v Raymond O’Donnell
6 Kyle Anderson v Tahuna Irwin
7 Simon Whitlock v Lucas Cameron
8 Phil Taylor v Raymond Smith

Gold Coast
1 Jamie Harvey v Steven Macarthur
2 Russell Stewart v Brad Thorp
3 Johnny K v Robbie King
4 Andy Hamilton v Gg Mathers
5 Devon Peterson v Lucas Cameron
6 Kyle Anderson v Rhys Mathewson
7 Simon Whitlock v Stuart Leach
8 Phil Taylor v Tic Bridge

Townsville
1 Jamie Harvey v Jeremy Fagg
2 Dmitri Van Den Bergh v Pat Molloy
3 Johnny K v Lucas Cameron
4 Andy Hamilton v GG Mathers
5 Devon Peterson v Rhys Mathewson
6 Russell Stewart v Tic Bridge
7 Kyle Anderson v Raymond Smith
8 Phil Taylor v Greg Major

Mackay
1 Andy Hamilton v John Bunyard
2 Devon Peterson v Dave Littleboy
3 Johnny K v Tic Bridge
4 Jamie Harvey v Raymond Smith
5 Russell Stewart v GG Mathers
6 Dmitri Van Den Bergh v Lucas Cameron
7 Kyle Anderson v Rhys Mathewson
8 Phil Taylor v Kevin McCarthy

HUGE INCREASE FOR WILLIAM HILL WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP

THE PDC are delighted to announce a huge 40% increase in William Hill World Darts Championship prize money for the 2018/2019 tournament, where a £2.5 million prize fund will be on offer including a record-breaking £500,000 to the eventual champion.

The 2017/2018 World Championship was an unprecedented success as 68,000 fans from around the world packed London's Alexandra Palace throughout 15 days of action.

Rob Cross became the eventual World Champion on New Year's Day as he scooped the £400,000 top prize - the highest individual prize in the sport's history - by defeating Phil Taylor in the final.

Next year's total prize money will increase by £700,000 from £1.8 million to £2.5 million, while the winner's cheque goes up by £100,000 to £500,000.

The PDC will be confirming an expanded field for the World Championship later this year, to include more global qualifying tournaments in an effort to continue the growth of the game around the world.

"This year's William Hill World Darts Championship was the biggest and most successful in the sport's history," said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.

"We were treated to thrilling matches throughout and the event exceeded all of our expectations with record TV ratings being reported globally and a new champion being crowned in Rob Cross.

"Rob epitomises the PDC structure which gives opportunities for all players of ability without any barriers to entry.

"For Rob to go from competing on our Challenge Tour to being World Champion in just a year is an incredible story and one that will inspire ambitious players worldwide to achieve their dreams."

Monday's final featured record TV ratings in Germany, where a peak audience of 2.7 million people watched the final, while 1.4 million watched the Sky Sports broadcast in the UK.

Going into the tournament, Sky Sports confirmed a new seven-year broadcast contract with the PDC, while the tournament will remain at Alexandra Palace following the completion of a new contract with the famous host venue to cover the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 events.

Fairy-Tayl Triumph For Cross

ROB CROSS produced the performance of his life to win the William Hill World Darts Championship with an incredible 7-2 win over Phil Taylor, as the legendary Stoke thrower ended his career in defeat at Alexandra Palace.

Taylor had been bidding to win a 17th World Championship title to end the sport's most successful career in a blaze of glory as he prepares to move into retirement.

However, Cross produced a display reminiscent of Taylor himself when he had broken through to win the 1990 World Championship with a 6-1 rout of mentor Eric Bristow as the 27-year-old completed his remarkable rise by claiming the biggest title in darts.

Cross watched last year's World Championship final at home as he prepared to join the PDC circuit full-time, but lifted the Sid Waddell Trophy and secured the £400,000 first prize - double his career earnings to date - with an incredible display.

The former electrician won the first three sets without reply, taking out 167 to win the second and 153 to claim the third as he took nine of the opening 11 legs.

Taylor hit back in the fourth with three successive legs, and then missed double 12 for a nine-darter in the opening leg of set five - only to see Cross take that leg and the set to restore his advantage.

He then took the next two sets by a 3-1 scoreline to move 6-1 up as he maintained an average of 107, and though Taylor won the eighth without reply to claim his second set, Cross would not be denied as he won set nine with a 140 checkout to secure the title.

Only two players have averaged more than Cross' 107.67 in the World Championship final, while he added another 11 maximums and a 60 percent checkout rate as he won 21 legs to Taylor's ten.

As Cross lifted what could be the first of many World Championship titles, he was keen to share his moment with the retiring Taylor as the pair lifted the Sid Waddell Trophy in front of the capacity Alexandra Palace crowd.

Rob Cross & Phil Taylor (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

"I feel great, but I've got to say it's Phil's last year - I've won my first World Championship but it's about him departing and that's why I let him lift the trophy with me," said Cross.

"He's been phenomenal. It was my dream 15 years ago to play this guy and now I've played him. It's absolute phenomenal.

"In the final today it was a dream to play Phil. Watching him with his dominance over the years he has been excellent and you won't see another sportsman like him.

"It's a life changer, it's a fairy-tale."

Rob Cross & Phil Taylor (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

The significance of being born in the same year as Taylor's demolition job on Bristow was not lost on Cross - who has continually been compared to the 57-year-old in his approach to the game.

"I was born in 1990 so the coincidence may be there as he won his first World title while I took my first breath of air," Cross added.

"But with what he's done for the game I hope he has a happy retirement and I wish him all the best - he's brilliant."

Although disappointed that he could not add to his 11 televised nine-darters with his first in the World Championship, Taylor insisted that his narrow miss on double 12 did not affect the outcome of the match.

"It was close, I think the Paul Lim one would have been better, but it didn't go in and it didn't matter really," said Taylor, referring to Lim's miss at double 12 earlier in the event.

"At the start I thought I was going to lose 7-0 but when I got a set I thought to try and keep the score respectable and try and push him and make him think a bit, but it just didn't happen."

Phil Taylor (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

Taylor once again says that there are striking similarities between new World Champion Cross and himself in the way they both play darts.

"I tried my best, I just didn't have that push against him," added Taylor. "He was like me 25 years ago.

"He was good. He was relentless, he just doesn't stop putting you under pressure, and that's the way I used to be.

"I don't think the money with him will make a scrap of difference, I think it's about winning and that's the way I was.

"I'm at the end of my career and he's at the beginning of his career and it was a young man versus an old man. It was a mismatch really, he was a brilliant player."

The £400,000 prize money which Cross took as champion means that he has risen to third on the PDC Order of Merit, incredibly achieving the feat inside 12 months on a two-year ranking list.

Cross will also now make his Unibet Premier League debut in February after being included as one of four debutants - alongside Daryl Gurney, Mensur Suljovic and Gerwyn Price - for the tournament.

Taylor, meanwhile, has seen his retirement marked by the PDC with the renaming of the BetVictor World Matchplay trophy as "The Phil Taylor Trophy" from 2018 onwards, making his amazing 16 Blackpool triumphs.

William Hill World Darts Championship
Monday January 1
Final
Rob Cross 7-2 Phil Taylor
Best of 13 sets

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