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Broken Hill’s Ray O’Donnell has qualified for the Darts ANZ World Series of Darts

Broken Hill’s Ray O’Donnell has qualified for the Darts ANZ World Series of Darts event in Melbourne after defeating Koha Kokiri in the third qualifying final for the event.
The board winners had been Marshall Allen (5-3 over Sean Hafkensheid), Mark Smyth (5-0 over Daniel Sim), Ray O’Donnell (5-3 over Barb Smyth), Mick Lacey (5-1 over Jerry Weymann), Cody Harris (5-2 over Rhys Mathewson), Kerry Allen (5-3 over Dave Platt), Koha Kokiri (5-3 over James Bailey), and Loz Ryder (5-3 over John Bunyard.)
In the quarters Smyth lost to O’Donnell (2-5), Lacey was whitewashed by Harris, Kerry Allen lost to Kokiri (2-5), and Marshall Allen lost to Loz Ryder (5-1). The first semi-final was a top class affair as O’Donnell defeated Cody Harris in the ninth and final leg whilst Koha Kokiri defeated Loz Ryder 5-2.
In the final the match started well for Kokiri as he took the first leg, although it did take three visit to the oche to get the checkout required. Under some scoring pressure from his opponent O’Donnell was able to hold throw with a bull finish to tie the match up after two legs. In the next leg Kokiri was unable to check out 100 but O’Donnell let him back to the oche after not converting 115. It was an opportunity Kokiri took as he went to a 2-1 lead, on throw.
O’Donnell took a clear lead in the next leg and comfortably held throw. The fifth leg started well for Kokiri as he opened with a maximum. Despite some low scoring after that he managed to get a check out first and he put away 56 to take another lead in the match. O’Donnell then opened with 100 which was bettered by his opponent with a 121 start. Further in a 140 put O’Donnell back in the leg as 140 was not converted by Kohiri. Chasing 76 O’Donnell left twenty, Kokiri could still not put the score away and with his first dart on the next visit O’Donnell had tied the match up once more.
Leg seven saw Kokiri needing 105 but only scoring 73 as O’Donnell then tried to shoot down 147. He left 50 which he must have thought he would never have another shot at but Kokiri failed on his next visit and with his following two darts O’Donnell took the first break of the match to lead 4-3.
A 45 opening in the next leg from O’Donnell gave his opponent a chance to hit back and he did so with a 140. Kokiri had an outside chance of a 156 finish but could not get it and chasing 60 O’Donnell took the next leg 5-3. Throwing first in the next leg it was do or die for Kokiri and he opened with a century. It seemed to be going wrong when O’Donnell then stepped up and secured a 180 and then a 140, following it up with a 100. Despite this Kokiri was able to stay close and when O’Donnell failed to convert 81 on two visits his opponent pounced to take the leg.
Having won a leg he had no right to Kokiri managed to break the throw of his opponent in the next leg to take the match to a deciding leg. Both players seemed nervous in the leg but it was O’Donnell who first check out chance with 101 on offer. He only scored 57 so Kokiri stepped up requiring 66. He missed a match double to only get 48. Requiring 44 O’Donnell needed all three darts but managed to get what was required of him with Kokiri standing behind him ready to pounce on any error.
Having played in the Prodarts Series in January this year O’Donnell now faces an even greater challenge on the Darts ANZ World Series of Darts main stage in Melbourne.

Brisbane Darts Masters Qualifier 3 Updates

Board 1
Theo Greyling v Ray Odonnell
Clayton Collins v Rhys Mathewson
Jack Sinclair v Barry Gardner
Mick Lacey BYE

Board 2
Brendon McCausland v Kevin Luland
Jake Howie v Steve Macarthur
Colin Edwards v Alex Evens
Jessica Smiley BYE

Board 3
Lucas Cameron v Mal Cuming
Stefan Cubrilovic v Loz Ryder
Darren Lane v James Mcdonald
Paul Cotton BYE

Board 4
James Bailey v Jen Lange
Barb Smyth v Craig Edwards
Craig Prizeman v Marshall Allen
Mark Smyth BYE

Board 5
Koha Kokiri v Jack Devries
Dave Marland v James Doherty
Mike Bonser v Pat Dargan
Leanne Shooter BYE

Board 6
Jerry Weyman v Steve Fitzpatrick
Sapphire Allen v Chippy Miller
Mat Leahy v John Riley
Darren Wolter Gumley BYE

Board 7
Kerry Allen v Matt Clarke
Sean Hafkensheid v Jeremy Fagg
Anton Soc v Stephen Schmitt
Cody Harris BYE

Board 8
Mick Mccreedie v Evan Lane
David Platt v Lucas Grey
Daniel v Nathan Simpson
Sonny Turner v Andrew Eagers

Day 3 World Series of Darts Qualifers

Day 3 of the World Series of Darts Qualifiers continues at the home of Australian Darts , Warilla Bowls and recreation Club
Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest news and results

A Real Bonanza for Mike and Mathers

2017 PDC World Championships Australian representative GG Mathers of Team Rebel will be returning to the World Series of Darts stage in 2018, but this time in his home state’s debut event of the series after he overcame David Platt in the second qualifier for the Brisbane event.
Earlier in the day the board finals were taken out by Barry Gardner (5-3 over Shane Wolter), Mal Cuming (5-3 over Mick Lavey), Brendon McClausland (5-3 over Mat Leahy), GG Mathers (over Steve Fitzpatrick), James Bailey (5-2 over James Doherty), 8 Marland (5-3 over Cody Harris), David Platt (5-0 over Craig Prizeman) and Jack Devries (5-4 over Jeremy Fagg.)
The quarter final affairs were very different affairs with Bailey defeating Marland in the ninth and final leg whilst GG Mathers defeated McClausland 5-0. Cuming defeated Gardner 5-3 to make his second semi final of the day and David Platt securing his match 5-2 over Jack Devries.
It was the two losing finalists from Sunday’s qualifiers that made it to the final after Mathers defeated Cuming 5-1 in the semi final and Platt eliminated James Bailey, 5-3 being that final score.
In the final the first leg saw Platt have a dart at breaking his opponent but he missed the early chance and sitting on 10 watched as Mathers secured the leg with his last dart in hand. Platt then took an early lead on his own throw but Mathers was able to hit a 140 to move to 66 although he was not able to convert on his next visit and this time Platt was able to hold the leg with two darts collecting the required 100.
A 140 opening from GG in the next leg saw him open up his own early lead. Within 12 darts he had shots at doubles for the leg and although he did not make them on his first visit Mathers was well enough ahead to come back again and secure the leg with his first dart of the next visit. GG edged slightly ahead after two visits each on the next leg but was not able to hold it as both players sat on 181. With a 133 Platt moved into favouritism for the leg and he took on his next visit to the oche. The match was level after four legs.
Good scoring from both players in the next leg soon sat them on check outs. GG missed out on 129 and Platt also missed with his chance of 147. The 24 Mathers had left was cleaned up on his next visit to take a lead once more. In leg 6 Platt took a comfortable lead and a 180 left him on 20. Despite his opponent gaining 180 as well it looked as though Platt would take the leg but he missed out on the next visit and Mathers took full advantage at his next time on the oche to move to a two leg lead for the first time in the match, 4 legs to 2.
With GG on 70 Platt chased a 130 check out to break straight back but left tops only to watch Mathers take out the required 70 to go 5-2 up in the match. A 140 start on his throw gave Platt some confidence and another similar visit later in the leg moved him to a 120 Shanghai target. Platt had two mote unsuccessful visits before finally winning the leg. It was 5-3 to Mathers as he had the throw for the match. Some early heavy scoring in the leg gave Mathers the upper hand and despite missing out on a 167 check out he was able to come up on the next visit and throw his third dart for the match. He was unable to convert but with Platt unable to score the 126 required Mathers took out the final with his next dart.
For Platt it was his second loss in the final of the Brisbane Qualifiers in two days whilst Mathers made amends for his loss in the first qualifying final for the Melbourne Darts ANZ World Series of Darts event.

A Real Bonanza for Mike
Mike Bonser was a popular winner of the second qualification tournament for Darts ANZ World Series of Darts Melbourne event as he overcame Mal Cuming 6-3 in the final.
Earlier in the day David Platt had lost to Bonser in the board final and fellow Perth Premier League player Barry Gardner had lost to Cuming at the same time. Other winners of board finals included James Bailey (over Lucas Cameron), Loz Ryder (over Ray O’Donnell), Stephen Schmitt (over John Riley), Dave Marland (over Mick Lacey), Paul Cotton (over Jack Sinclair) and Stefan Cubrolvic (over Craig Prizeman.)
The last eight saw Bonser defeat James Bailey 5-2 and Cuming beat Dave Marland 5-4. There opponents in the semis were Paul Cotton (who won 5-4 over Stehan Cubrolvic) and Stephen Schmitt (5-4 over Loz Ryder.) The semis both finished 5-2 (Bonser over Schmitt and Cuming over Cotton.)
In the final it was Bonser who opened first but Cuming broke straight away. He was unable to hold throw in the next leg despite having multiple darts to close the leg and the match was back on throw after two legs. The next leg saw Bonser hold throw although it took him three visits to check it out. He then had one dart at tops for the next leg but did not hit the target and Cumins pounced on his next visit to the Oche to tie the match up once more.
Bonser held throw in the fifth leg hitting double 8 with his 16th dart. It then took Cuming 14 darts to move the match back into parity. Leg seven was critical as both player had multiple chances at the leg but in the end Bonser held his nerve, and his throw to move out to a lead he would never sacrifice. Despite a maximum in the next leg from Cuming, Bonser’s consistent high scoring in the leg put him in good stead after Cuming failed to convert 94. Bonser took out the required 50 with his last dart in hand to lead 5-3 and move to within a leg of the match. In leg 9 Bonser did not give Cuming a shot at a check out and with a double ten was able to secure the match 6-3 and qualification for Melbourne.
Having been such a big part of the game of darts in NSW, Bonser’s win was popular amongst the local NSW players.

Brisbane Darts Masters Qualifier 2 Latest

The Draw for the Brisbane Darts Masters Qualifier 2 has been completed

Board 1
Kevin Luland v Bye
Shane Wolter v Bye
Mark Smyth v Mike Bonser
Lucas Cameron v Barry Gardner

Board 2
Jack Sinclair v Paul Cotton
Nathan Simpson v Mal Cuming
John Bunyard v Colin Edwards
Mick Lacey v Stefan Cubrilovic

Board 3
Sean Hafkenscheid v Stephan Schmitt
Loz Ryder v Brendan McClaussland
Lucas Gray v John Riley
Mat Leahy v Mark Taafe

Board 4
Terrance Insley v GG Mathers
Sonny Turner v Greg Major
Pat Dargan v Steve Fitzpatrick
Darren Wolter Gumley v Jen Lange

Board 5
Matt Clarke v James Bailey
Koha Kokiri v Ray O'Donnell
Leanne Shooter v Alex Evans
Theo Greyling v James Doherty

Board 6
Anton Soc v Cody Harris
Evan Lane v Jerry Weyman
James McDonald v Dave Marland
Jake Howie v Paul Hill

Board 7
Jess Smiley v Clayton Collins
Craig Prizeman v Mick McCreadie
Dave Platt v Jamie Roger
Chippy Miller v Rhys Mathewson

Board 8
Ash Britt v Daniel Sim
Jack Devries v Andrew Eagers
Steve MacArthur v Bye
Jeremy Fagg v Bye

DAY 2 WORLD SERIES OF DARTS QUALIFIERS

Day 2 of the World Series of Darts continues today at Warilla Bowls and recreation club
Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest news and results

WORLD SERIES OF DARTS BRISBANE QUALIFER

Heta Doubles up his success on Day One of Qualifiers
The first qualifier for the Darts ANZ World Series of Darts event in Brisbane went to Damon Heta as he repeated his success in the first qualifier for Melbourne. This final saw Heta defeat David Platt 6-3.
The earlier board finals were won by Raymond O’Donnell (5-4 over Zinzan Culshaw), Loz Ryder (5-4 over Lucas Cameron), Chippy Miller (5-2 over Ash Britt), James Bailey (5-2 over Rhys Mathewson), Anton Soc (5-4 over fellow West Australian Barry Gardner), John Bunyard (5-3 over Andrew Eagers), David Platt (5-1 over GG Mathers), and Damon Heta (5-3 over Kevin Luland.)
In the quarter finals Platt defeated Bunyard 5-3, with Miller replicating that scoreline over Ryder. O’Donnell defeated Bailey in the last leg of nine. The most comprehensive result was Heta’s 5-1 win over Soc. The semi finals saw Platt win 5-3 over ODonnell and Heta came from 2-3 behind to win the last three legs on the trot and take the match 5-3.
The final saw David Platt open with a maximum against the throw and he consolidated his good stat by hitting double 20 for the first leg. Damon Heta then matched Platt’s early effort by scoring a maximum in his first visit to the oche on his opponents throw. Platt had a chance to win the leg but left 32 and Heta punishe him by securing double 18 for the leg.
Heta then opened with 180 and two visits later Platt matched him. This leg Heta was not going to give Platt a chance as he checked out 128 for a 2-1 leg lead. In the 4th leg Heta hit another 180 to move to 58 and on his next visit he had secured a break against his opponent (3-1.) He then opened with a 134 and 100 before Platt hit another maximum. Platt tried to check out 131 but could only score 119 to leave 12. Heta took full advantage again by securing the required 28 for a 4-1 lead.
Platt then opened with another maximum and high scoring saw the match move quickly through this leg. With a 133 Platt left 58 and watched as a 100 left his opponent on 76. With his next two darts Platt secured his second leg. (4-2)
In leg 7 Heta had another 180 opening and with a 138 later in the leg moved to 128. Platt then secured a 140 to leave 167. Heta chased 128 but only got 41 to leave 87. Platt then moved from 167 to 137 before Heta scored 47 to leave tops. Platt then scored 97 to leave tops himself but Heta got it first with the initial dart of his next visit and moved to within a leg of the match at 5-2.
Platt then opened with a 100 and was the first to get a chance to check the leg out but only scored 60 to leave 100. His opponent then missed two chances for the match as Platt on his next visit missed his chance and left double 20 for the leg. Heta then missed all three at tops as Platt secured a 5-3 scoreline with his first dart of his next visit.
Both players had lower starts in the next leg but a 140 and 180 seemed to put Platt in a better place until 145 left Heta on 36. Platt could not get a 131 check out and left himself on 93 as Heta left 18. Platt missed a double 16 for the leg on his next visit and instead left that 32 as Heta stepped up and took out the double 18 with his next dart to take out the match 6-3.
The final was another classy affair as Platt hit 6 maximums to Heta’s 4, although Heta made an average of 101.09 compared to his opponent’s 98.59 excellent average. The most important statistic was Heta’s 6 legs to Platt’s 3 which secured him another appearance on the PDC stage, this time in Brisbane’s Darts ANZ World Series of Darts debut event.

WORLD SERIES OF DARTS MELB QUALIFER 1

Heta turns up the heat to qualify for the Darts ANZ World Darts Series Melbourne Event.
In the first Darts ANZ World Darts Series Qualifier final for Melbourne it was Western Australia’s Damon Heta who defeated Queensland’s GG Mathers 6-4. There were 67 entries at Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club.
In the board finals Jack Devries defeated Steve Macarthur 5-1, Colin Edwards beat Jeremy Fagg 5-2, Damon Heta outlasted Raymond O’Donnell 5-4, Stephen Schmitt overcame Pat Dargan 5-0, Mal Cuming took out Ash Britt 5-3, GG Mathers secured a comprehensive 5-1 result over Mick Lacey, Lucas Cameron edged out Kalani Hillman 5-4 and Koha Kokiri whitewashed local Brian McCann 5-0.
In the quarter finals there were two white washes as Heta and Kokiri won 5-0 over Schmitt and Cameron respectively. The other two quarters finished 5-3 with wins for Colin Edwards (over Jack Devries) and GG Mathers (over Mal Cuming.) The semis were very different affairs as Heta won 5-0 over Edwards and Mathers overcoming Kokiri in the final leg to win 5-4.
In the final Mathers started with the opening throw and scored 60 whilst Heta opened with 140. With Heta on Shanghai (120) GG checked out 62 to collect the first leg on throw. Heta then opened his throw with a maximum (180) and quickly moved to 64. Mathers was on 170 but failed to collect the big target but Heta could only move from 54 to 10. Mathers then secured the double 18 on his first attempt to take a 2-0 lead with a break. The following leg saw Mathers move to 220 with a maximum of 180. Chasing 81 for the win Heta then hit the bull to get the break back. He then opened with another maximum and a follow up 134 left the West Australian in prime position for the leg. With Mathers sitting on 101 Heta hit the 72 required thanks to a double 12 with his last dart in hand to tie the match up after four legs.
GG started the fifth leg with a 140 to steady the ship and good scoring left him on 72. However Heta piled the pressure on by collecting 131 to move to 36. 32 left GG on tops but a double 18 with his second dart moved Damon ahead on legs for the first time in the match, with the scoreline reading 3-2.
The next leg saw Heta start with 140 and after two visits to the oche both players were equal. 100 from Damon moved him to 161 as GG moved to 138 with a 123. However he was not to revisit the oche that leg as Heta checked out the 161 to move to 4-2. A 140 start on throw saw Mathers quickly move through the next leg and 140 left him on 54. He had to again watch as Heta chased a big check out but he missed the double 12 to give Mathers the chance to win the leg and GG took full advantage by taking out 54 and moving to within one leg of parity.
Throwing his worst start of the match to that point, a 60, Heta gave GG the chance to take an early lead and he did so with a 134 start. With GG sitting on 104 Heta hit a maximum to put pressure on his opponent (moving to 104) but with a bull finish Mathers checked out 127. The match was again equal on legs, this time 4-4. GG then opened with two visits of 60 in the ninth leg on throw but Heta could not take full advantage. A 180 seemed to get Mathers back in the groove as he moved to 201. With Damon on 184 an 89 from Mathers left him on 52. A 144 left the WA player on tops as Mathers missed with his two darts for the leg. With his last dart in hand Heta hit double 10 for the break and a 5-4 lead.
Heta then opened the next leg with 104 but Mathers upped it with a 180 visit. Later in the leg Heta moved to 161 with 100 as 140 from his opponent saw GG move to 85. Chasing 161 Heta missed his first shot at treble 20 but still managed to score 137. He then stood back to watch Mathers miss tops for the leg with his last dart. Heta then scored the required 24 on his next visit to take the leg and the match, 6 legs to 4. Heta averaged 99.69 for the match whilst Mathers averaged 98.11 in a match of the very highest quality.
It had been a match of shifted momentum but it was Heta who held his nerve at the last to make the stage at the Hisense Arena Melbourne.

Heta turns up the heat

DPA ace Damon Heta enjoyed a double success with qualification for the PDC World Series of Darts events in Melbourne and Brisbane next month.

Heta came through the DartPlayers Australia knockouts in Warilla on Sunday to ensure his return to the TV stage, having previously competed in the 2014 Sydney Darts Masters and 2016 Auckland Darts Masters.

A former DPA Australian Singles champion, Perth's Heta denied 2018 World Championship qualifier Gordon Mathers a place in the Melbourne event with a 6-4 victory in their final.

Heta then denied experienced star David Platt in the final of the Brisbane Darts Masters qualifier with a 6-3 win to complete a super Sunday's work.

The remaining three places in each of the Melbourne Darts Masters and Brisbane Darts Masters will be confirmed from Monday to Wednesday with three double-header qualifiers in Warilla.

The Melbourne Darts Masters will be held from August 10-12 at the Hisense Arena. For tickets, visit www.ticketek.com.au.

The Brisbane Darts Masters will be held from August 17-19 at the BCEC. For tickets, visit www.ticketek.com.au.

Melbourne Darts Masters
August 10-12, Hisense Arena, Melbourne, Australia
Competing Players
PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock, Kyle Anderson, Michael Smith, Raymond van Barneveld
Oceanic Representatives: Corey Cadby, Tim Pusey, Raymond Smith, Haupai Puha, Damon Heta (Plus three DPA Qualifiers)

Brisbane Darts Masters
August 17-19, BCEC, Brisbane, Australia
Competing Players
PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock, Kyle Anderson, Michael Smith, Raymond van Barneveld
Oceanic Representatives: Corey Cadby, Tim Pusey, Raymond Smith, Mark Cleaver, Damon Heta (Plus three DPA Qualifiers)

Melbourne Darts Masters DPA Qualifier One
Quarter-Finals
Colin Edwards 5-3 Jack Devries
Damon Heta 5-0 Stephen Schmitt
Gordon Mathers 5-3 Mal Cuming
Koha Kokiri 5-0 Lucas Cameron

Semi-Finals
Damon Heta 5-0 Colin Edwards
Gordon Mathers 5-4 Koha Kokiri

Final
Damon Heta 6-4 Gordon Mathers

Brisbane Darts Masters DPA Qualifier One
Quarter-Finals
Damon Heta 5-1 Anton Soc
Chippy Miller 5-3 Loz Ryder
Raymond O’Donnell 5-4 James Bailey
David Platt 5-3 John Bunyard

Semi-Finals
Damon Heta 5-3 Chippy Miller
David Platt 5-3 Raymond O’Donnell

Final
Damon Heta 6-3 David Platt

WORLD DARTS MASTERS QUALIFIERS AT WARILLA

Qualifiers for the Auckland/Brisbane/Melbourne Darts Masters will commence shortly at the home of DPA Darts Warilla Bowls and recreation club Warilla New South wales,
Stay tune to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest news and results as they happen

MICHAEL SMITH claimed a maiden World Series of Darts title

MICHAEL SMITH claimed a maiden World Series of Darts title with an 8-2 victory over Rob Cross in the final of the 21.co.uk Shanghai Darts Masters at the Pullman Hotel Shanghai South on Saturday.

The 2018 Premier League finalist battled past the field to secure the £20,000 top prize and win a first televised title since winning the World Youth Championship in 2013.

Smith followed up his day one whitewash victory over Xiao Chen Zong with a 8-5 win over Royden Lam, who had become the first Asian qualifier in the history of the Shanghai Darts Masters to register a win after his victory over Gary Anderson the night before.

The Semi-Final stage saw Smith end world number one Michael van Gerwen's run as Shanghai Darts Masters Champion with an impressive 8-4 win.

In truth it was a scrappy game between the pair with both averaging just over 90.

The real moment of quality in the match came from Van Gerwen as he took out a 170 finish in the seventh leg, however that was still not enough to deny Smith a place in his first ever World Series final as he went on to secure the win.

The 27-year-old came out the blocks quickly in the final, racing in to a 4-0 lead over Rob Cross, who was making his second final in a week after losing in the decider in Vegas seven days before.

Cross did manage to recover one of the breaks of throw to close the gap to two but a stunning 130 finish from Smith reopened the four leg lead, before the man from St.Helen's secured the final two of the match to seal the win.

The victory gave Smith his tenth senior PDC title and the Englishman spoke of his delight after the final.

“I have just won on stage and it feels amazing. It's my third title of the year and after the Premier League I was getting doubts in my head whether I would get another chance to win a TV title, but I got it today.

“I didn’t play my best, but I was battling all the way, didn’t let my head drop and kept my spirits high.”

Smith now heads to the World Matchplay filled with confidence as he looks to claim another title for his growing collection.

“Two years ago I made a Semi-Final and that was all that was on my record. I didn’t get lucky in the Premier League – I was showing that I could battle, win matches and I finished second. I have a won a Pro Tour, World Series and the next is a major now. If I can do that in a calendar year then I will be happy.”

Rob Cross began the final day of action in style beating James Wade 8-3 with an average of 106 to progress to the last four.

There, the World Champion met Peter Wright where once again Cross would prove too strong for his opponent, coming out an 8-5 winner but ultimately ran out of steam in the final against Smith.

“In fairness, Michael deserved that – I was useless. At the same time, I can’t be disappointed… I felt knackered when I started and come the final I just didn’t have the energy left, I thought I was lucky to hit the dartboard – but fair play to Michael,” said the 27-year-old.

Cross added: “I'm feeling happy with my game at the moment, but today was just about having no energy – there just wasn’t enough there to carry me through.”

The world's top players now head to Blackpool for the start of the BetVictor World Matchplay taking place between 21-29 July before heading Down Under for the final three World Series events in August.

21.co.uk Shanghai Darts Masters
Saturday July 14 (6.30pm local time)
Quarter-Finals
Royden Lam 5-8 Michael Smith
Michael van Gerwen 8-4 Daryl Gurney
Rob Cross 8-3 James Wade
Peter Wright 8-7 Gerwyn Price

Semi Finals
Michael Smith 8-4 Michael Van Gerwen
Rob Cross 8-5 Peter Wright

Final
Michael Smith 8-2 Rob Cross

All games best of 15 legs

Suljovic Lifts Danish Darts Open Title

MENSUR SULJOVIC secured his first European Tour title of the year as he defeated Simon Whitlock 8-3 in the final of the inaugural Danish Darts Open in Copenhagen.

The reigning Unibet Champions League of Darts champion picked up a second European Tour crown of his career, and a fifth PDC win in total, to cement his place as one of the sport’s elite stars.

The first ever staging of the tournament at the Brondbyhallen saw Whitlock reach his first European Tour final in four years, but Suljovic was the top performer of the weekend, averaging close to 100 in his three Sunday games to pick up the £25,000 prize.

Suljovic eased past Ryan Joyce 6-1 in Saturday evening’s second round, before scraping past Darren Webster 6-5 to reach the final session of the weekend.

There, the Austrian ace fought his way to a 6-4 win over Peter Wright, and then edged a 7-6 thriller against Adrian Lewis to secure his place in his first ranking final of 2018.

“I am so happy to win this title in front of such an amazing crowd,” said Suljovic, whose last European Tour triumph came at the 2016 International Darts Open.
“I am so focussed on my game, I work so hard every day to be at my best and it paid off today.
“It is always difficult to win tournaments because everyone plays so brilliantly but now I want to win more titles.”

Whitlock was in fine form throughout the weekend as he came close to his first European Tour title since 2012.

The former European Championship winner beat in-form Dutchman Jermaine Wattimena 6-3, before edging past Ricky Evans 6-5 to make the final eight.

The Australian number one then defeated Mervyn King 6-4 and Steve West 7-4 to seal his path to a first ranking final of the year.

“It’s a shame I came up just short but I’m over the moon to have made the final,” said Whitlock.
“Congratulations to Mensur, he was the best player of the weekend – I’m proud of him and I’m proud to have played in such a great tournament in Copenhagen.”
The Danish event also proved to be a success for Lewis, who recorded wins over Ted Evetts, Michael Smith, Stephen Bunting and Joe Cullen to back-up his Gibraltar Darts Trophy final berth with a place in the final four.

Brendan Dolan dumped out world number one Michael van Gerwen at the last 16 stage before going out at the hands of Steve West, who made it back-to-back semi-final appearances on the European Tour.

The PDC European Tour continues from June 29 – July 1 with the European Darts Matchplay in Hamburg, Germany with coverage to be broadcast at PDCTV-HD and through a series of bookmakers' websites worldwide.
Friday June 22
First Round
Afternoon Session
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 6-5 William O’Connor
Ryan Joyce 6-2 Krzysztof Ratajski
Brendan Dolan 6-4 Martin Schindler
Jermaine Wattimena 6-5 Wayne Jones
Darius Labanauskas 6-5 Richard North
Steve Beaton 6-2 Adam Huckvale
Barry Lynn 6-5 Chris Dobey
Madars Razma 6-0 Jeffrey de Zwaan

Evening Session
Jelle Klaasen 6-5 Mickey Mansell
Scott Taylor 6-5 Robert Thornton
Steve West 6-4 Per Laursen
Peter Jacques 6-4 Paul Nicholson
Ricky Evans 6-4 Dennis Nilsson
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Ted Evetts
Cristo Reyes 6-2 Brian Lokken
Max Hopp 6-4 Dragutin Horvat
Saturday June 23
Second Round
Afternoon Session
Brendan Dolan 6-4 John Henderson
Joe Cullen 6-3 Madars Razma
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Jelle Klaasen
Darius Labanauskas 6-5 Jonny Clayton
James Wade 6-4 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Darren Webster 6-5 Cristo Reyes
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Jermaine Wattimena
Stephen Bunting 6-3 Peter Jacques
Evening Session
Mervyn King 6-5 Max Hopp
Mensur Suljovic 6-1 Ryan Joyce
Peter Wright 6-1 Barry Lynn
Adrian Lewis 6-5 Michael Smith
Rob Cross 6-5 Steve Beaton
Ricky Evans 6-3 Daryl Gurney
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Scott Taylor
Steve West 6-4 Ian White
Sunday June 24
Afternoon Session
Peter Wright 6-1 Gerwyn Price
Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Darren Webster
Joe Cullen 6-4 James Wade
Adrian Lewis 6-4 Stephen Bunting
Mervyn King 6-5 Rob Cross
Simon Whitlock 6-5 Ricky Evans
Steve West 6-5 Darius Labanauskas
Brendan Dolan 6-4 Michael van Gerwen

Evening Session
Quarter-Finals
Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Peter Wright
Adrian Lewis 6-2 Joe Cullen
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Mervyn King
Steve West 6-3 Brendan Dolan

Semi-Finals
Mensur Suljovic 7-6 Adrian Lewis
Simon Whitlock 7-4 Steve West

Final
Mensur Suljovic 8-3 Simon Whitlock

Smith Tops DPA Rankings After Double Delight

RAYMOND SMITH fired himself to the top of the DartPlayers Australia ProTour Order of Merit with a double win on the Harrows ProTour, while Gordon Glen Mathers also picked up a title.
A winner of two ProTour events already in 2018, Smith doubles his tally with impressive displays in the opening two days at the Hobart Australian Italian Club.
After overcoming Steve MacArthur to win Friday's final, Smith then defeated Lucas Cameron in the decider on Saturday to make it two out of two for the weekend.
Gordon Glen Mathers claimed his first ProTour title of the year in Sunday's event, seeing off Smith in the semi-finals before beating James Bailey in the final.
The next DPA Pro Tour weekend will be held in Brisbane at the Brook Hotel from September 7-9. For further details, visit www.dartplayersaustralia.com.
DPA Harrows Pro Tour
Event 13 - Friday June 15
Quarter-Finals
Raymond Smith 6-5 Mike Bonser
Chris Vasey 1-6 Tim Pusey
Steve Fitzpatrick 2-6 Ryan Lynch
Steve Powell 2-6 Steve MacArthur
Semi-Finals
Raymond Smith 6-2 Tim Pusey
Ryan Lynch 5-6 Steve MacArthur
Final
Raymond Smith 6-4 Steve MacArthur
Event 14 - Saturday June 16
Quarter-Finals
Raymond Smith 6-3 Tim Pusey
Steve Fitzpatrick 2-6 James Bailey
Raymond O’Donnell 4-6 Chris Vasey
Lucas Cameron 6-2 Loz Ryder
Semi-Finals
Raymond Smith 6-4 James Bailey
Chris Vasey 5-6 Lucas Cameron
Final
Raymond Smith 6-5 Lucas Cameron
Event 15 - Sunday June 17
Quarter-Finals
Gordon Glen Mathers 6-0 Steve Powell
Tim Pusey 3-6 Raymond Smith
Mick Pearce 1-6 Steve Fitzpatrick
James Bailey 6-1 Alex Evans
Semi-Finals
Gordon Glen Mathers def Raymond Smith
Steve Fitzpatrick 2-6 James Bailey
Final
Gordon Glen Mathers 6-4 James Bailey

Cody and Warren in the World Series Auckland

CODY HARRIS and Warren Parry will be joined by World Series of Darts debutants Haupai Puha and Tim Pusey in competing in August's Auckland Darts Masters, presented by TAB & Burger King.

Top New Zealander Harris has made big strides over the past seven months since making his World Championship debut, having based himself in the UK to compete full-time on the PDC circuit.

He won a Challenge Tour event in May and recently represented his country for a third time at the World Cup of Darts, and the 32-year-old has now been invited to compete on home soil in Auckland from August 3-5.

"I'm back home for a while now and I can't wait to play in Auckland again," said Harris, who has played in all three years of the Trusts Arena event.

"Throwing myself into the deep end with the big boys has really helped me out, to play more consistent, and they're pushing me to play really well.

"I've always known that I was good enough, but winning games against the big boys has confirmed that I am good enough to be there and I'm loving every moment of it.

"I had to leave my family behind back home and I've missed them a lot, but if you want to be the best in the sport it's the place to be.

"A lot of people think that their countries are sitting on their shoulders but I picture the people in New Zealand behind me, giving me a shove and pushing me along. Their backing has been fantastic."

Harris' World Cup of Darts team-mate Parry has qualified to compete in the Auckland Darts Masters alongside Puha, who will be appearing on the TV stage for the first time at the Trusts Arena.

That trio will be joined by Australian qualifier Tim Pusey, who has come from the DPA World Series Order of Merit following the completion of their qualifying events.

A further three players will complete the field from the trio of Auckland Darts Masters Qualifiers being held on July 9-10 in Invercargill.

Pusey, who finished in second place on the rankings to the already-invited Corey Cadby, will also play in the Melbourne Darts Masters from August 10-12 and Brisbane Darts Masters from August 17-19.

The Perth-based thrower has never previously competed in a televised event, but has extensive experience on the DPA circuit in recent years.

Raymond Smith, meanwhile, will see his success so far in 2018 rewarded with spots in Melbourne and Brisbane - his home town - in August, as he takes to the big stage in his homeland for the first time.

The Queenslander currently tops the main DPA Order of Merit ahead of Cadby following his double success in Tasmania in June, and is a former qualifier for the Lakeside Championship.

The Auckland Darts Masters will be held from August 3-5 at the Trusts Arena. For tickets, visit www.ticketek.co.nz.

The Melbourne Darts Masters will be held from August 10-12 at the Hisense Arena. For tickets, visit www.ticketek.com.au.

The Brisbane Darts Masters will be held from August 17-19 at the BCEC. For tickets, visit www.ticketek.com.au.

The World Series of Darts Finals will take place from November 2-4 at the Multiversum in Schwechat, Vienna, Austria. For tickets, visit www.pdc-europe.tv.

Auckland Darts Masters
August 3-5, Trusts Arena, Auckland, New Zealand
Competing Players
PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock, Kyle Anderson, Michael Smith, Raymond van Barneveld
Oceanic Representatives: Corey Cadby, Cody Harris, Warren Parry, Haupai Puha, Tim Pusey, three Qualifiers (July 9-10, Invercargill)

Melbourne Darts Masters
August 10-12, Hisense Arena, Melbourne, Australia
Competing Players
PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock, Kyle Anderson, Michael Smith, Raymond van Barneveld
Oceanic Representatives: Corey Cadby, Tim Pusey, Raymond Smith, DPNZ Qualifier (July 15, Invercargill), four Qualifiers (July 22-25, Warilla)

Brisbane Darts Masters
August 17-19, BCEC, Brisbane, Australia
Competing Players
PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock, Kyle Anderson, Michael Smith, Raymond van Barneveld
Oceanic Representatives: Corey Cadby, Tim Pusey, Raymond Smith, DPNZ Qualifier (July 15, Invercargill), four Qualifiers (July 22-25, Warilla)

Smith Tops DPA Rankings After Double Delight

RAYMOND SMITH fired himself to the top of the DartPlayers Australia ProTour Order of Merit with a double win on the Harrows ProTour, while Gordon Glen Mathers also picked up a title.
A winner of two ProTour events already in 2018, Smith doubles his tally with impressive displays in the opening two days at the Hobart Australian Italian Club.
After overcoming Steve MacArthur to win Friday's final, Smith then defeated Lucas Cameron in the decider on Saturday to make it two out of two for the weekend.

Gordon Glen Mathers claimed his first ProTour title of the year in Sunday's event, seeing off Smith in the semi-finals before beating James Bailey in the final.
The next DPA Pro Tour weekend will be held in Brisbane at the Brook Hotel from September 7-9. For further details, visit www.dartplayersaustralia.com.
DPA Harrows Pro Tour
Event 13 - Friday June 15
Quarter-Finals
Raymond Smith 6-5 Mike Bonser
Chris Vasey 1-6 Tim Pusey
Steve Fitzpatrick 2-6 Ryan Lynch
Steve Powell 2-6 Steve MacArthur

Semi-Finals
Raymond Smith 6-2 Tim Pusey
Ryan Lynch 5-6 Steve MacArthur

Final
Raymond Smith 6-4 Steve MacArthur
Event 14 - Saturday June 16
Quarter-Finals
Raymond Smith 6-3 Tim Pusey
Steve Fitzpatrick 2-6 James Bailey
Raymond O’Donnell 4-6 Chris Vasey
Lucas Cameron 6-2 Loz Ryder

Semi-Finals
Raymond Smith 6-4 James Bailey
Chris Vasey 5-6 Lucas Cameron
Final
Raymond Smith 6-5 Lucas Cameron
Event 15 - Sunday June 17
Quarter-Finals
Gordon Glen Mathers 6-0 Steve Powell
Tim Pusey 3-6 Raymond Smith
Mick Pearce 1-6 Steve Fitzpatrick
James Bailey 6-1 Alex Evans
Semi-Finals
Gordon Glen Mathers def Raymond Smith
Steve Fitzpatrick 2-6 James Bailey
Final
Gordon Glen Mathers 6-4 James Bailey

Day 3 HARROWS PRO TOUR HOBART

Day 3 of the Harrows Pro Tour continues in Hobart Tasmania
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HARROWS PRO TOUR DAY 2 HOBART

The Harrows Pro Tour continues Saturday at the Hobart Australian Italian Club, Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest news and results from Hobart

HARROWS PRO TOUR CONTINUES IN TASMANIA

The Harrows Pro Tour continues this Friday and all weekend at the Hobart Australian Italian Club
Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest news and results from Hobart

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN claimed his 25th European Tour title

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN claimed his 25th European Tour title and a fifth of the year as he defeated Adrian Lewis 8-3 in the final of the Gibraltar Darts Trophy.

The world number one backed up his Unibet Premier League and Betway World Cup of Darts titles with another triumph, making it four European Tour crowns in a row to continue his dominance in 2018.

The sixth staging of the tournament at the Victoria Stadium saw runner-up Lewis return to his best, but Van Gerwen was in unstoppable form in the final, averaging 108.13 as he picked up the £25,000 prize.

Van Gerwen hit an incredible tournament average of 104.37 as he saw off close friend Vincent van der Voort in Saturday evening's second round, before breezing past Andy Boulton, Jonny Clayton and Steve West to reach the final.

"For me to win a game like this gives me even more confidence, I'm really happy with my performance," said Van Gerwen, who has lost just one game on the European Tour this year.

"I think I played a phenomenal game in the final and I think I have earned my holiday, I want to relax now and re-charge my batteries for the events coming up.

"The crowd deserved a good performance from me and I am happy that I was able to play well all weekend.

"I had to play well in the final because I know what Adrian is capable of - he is always dangerous and is one of the best players in the world, and it's good to see him doing well again."
Lewis' impressive run to the final confirmed his re-emergence as one of the world's best players and was his best run in a European Tour event since his victory at the 2012 German Darts Masters.

The two-time World Champion whitewashed Gibraltar's Clayton Otton in Friday evening's first round, before seeing off Mensur Suljovic 6-3 to progress to the final day of action.

Lewis then hit an impressive 105.97 average as he edged past James Wade 6-5 into the quarter-finals where he beat Peter Wright 6-3, and then defeated Paul Nicholson in a 7-6 thriller to reach his third ranking final of the year.

"Obviously, I'm disappointed not to win but I think I performed well over the weekend," said Lewis.

"Fair play to Michael he gained confidence from me missing shots and that's why he's the world number one."
The Gibraltar event was also a significant one for Nicholson, who won through to his first PDC ranking semi-final in five years thanks to impressive wins over Antony Lopez, Dave Chisnall, Joe Cullen and Gerwyn Price.

The PDC European Tour continues from June 22-24 with the Danish Darts Open in Copenhagen, Denmark with coverage to be broadcast at PDCTV-HD and through a series of bookmakers' websites worldwide.

2018 Gibraltar Darts Trophy
Friday June 8
First Round
Afternoon Session
Michael Barnard 6-3 Krzysztof Ratajski
Darius Labanauskas 6-4 Jeffrey de Graaf
Brendan Dolan 6-4 James Wilson
Mike De Decker 6-5 Matt Padgett
Andy Boulton 6-5 Ritchie Edhouse
Hannes Schnier 6-2 Roy Asquez
Steve West 6-3 Toni Alcinas
Ross Smith 6-3 Jamie Lewis

Evening Session
Adam Huckvale 6-3 Richie Burnett
Cristo Reyes 6-5 Robert Thornton
Vincent van der Voort 6-3 Barrie Bates
Paul Nicholson 6-0 Antony Lopez
Max Hopp 6-0 Mark Dudbridge
Jermaine Wattimena 6-1 Tony Dawkins
Chris Dobey 6-2 Steve Lennon
Adrian Lewis 6-0 Clayton Otton

Saturday June 9
Second Round
Afternoon Session
Andy Boulton 6-4 Stephen Bunting
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Mike De Decker
Steve West 6-5 Darren Webster
James Wade 6-5 Ross Smith
Simon Whitlock 6-1 Adam Huckvale
Jonny Clayton 6-0 Hannes Schnier
Max Hopp 6-4 Ian White
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Brendan Dolan

Evening Session
Joe Cullen 6-1 Darius Labanauskas
Jermaine Wattimena 6-5 Michael Smith
Rob Cross 6-5 Cristo Reyes
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Paul Nicholson 6-4 Dave Chisnall
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Mensur Suljovic
Chris Dobey 6-3 Mervyn King
Peter Wright 6-2 Michael Barnard

Sunday June 10
Afternoon Session
Third Round
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Andy Boulton
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Max Hopp
Steve West 6-1 Daryl Gurney
Rob Cross 6-2 Simon Whitlock
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Jermaine Wattimena
Paul Nicholson 6-5 Joe Cullen
Adrian Lewis 6-5 James Wade
Peter Wright 6-1 Chris Dobey

Evening Session
Quarter-Finals
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Jonny Clayton
Steve West 6-5 Rob Cross
Paul Nicholson 6-5 Gerwyn Price
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Peter Wright

Semi-Finals
Michael van Gerwen 7-4 Steve West
Adrian Lewis 7-6 Paul Nicholson

Final
Michael van Gerwen 8-3 Adrian Lewis

Nix in winning form

A rejuvenated Paul Nicholson maintained his solid 2018 form as he battled to a 6-4 win over Dave Chisnall to make the final day of European Tour action for a second successive event where he will face Joe Cullen

ROB CROSS produced a stunning comeback to defeat Cristo Reyes 6-5 in the second round of the Gibraltar Darts Trophy on Saturday.
Spanish star Reyes raced into a 3-0 lead, including an impressive 12-dart leg, before reigning World Champion Cross pulled one back.
Reyes went into a commanding 4-1 lead, only for Cross to respond with a 12-darter of his own to keep himself in the contest.
The Spanish World Cup ace went within a leg of victory at 5-2, and then kicked off the eight leg with a 180, before Cross rallied to rattle off the final four legs and seal his place in the final day of action.
"I made it difficult for myself but I'm just glad to get the win," said Cross.

"I want to win my first European Tour title this weekend and I know I've got the game to do it, I've proved it before and I can do it again."
Cross will meet Simon Whitlock in the last 16 after the Australian recorded a comfortable 6-1 win over Adam Huckvale.

The second day of action at the Victoria Stadium also saw Adrian Lewis continue his up-turn in form with a 6-3 win over sixth seed Mensur Suljovic.
Two-time World Champion Lewis hit four 180s and a 122 checkout en route to a convincing victory to set up a clash with old foe James Wade.
Wade survived a scare earlier in the day as he won the final three legs of his game with Ross Smith to stay in the tournament, despite missing 17 darts at double over the course of the match.

Cullen hit a stunning 107.97 average as he cruised past Darius Labanauskas 6-1 to get the evening session off to a flying start.

Rapid-firing Dutch star Jermaine Wattimena dumped last year's Gibraltar Darts Trophy champion Michael Smith out of the tournament with an impressive 6-5 win, and he will now face Gerwyn Price.
Price wrapped up a 6-2 win over Belgian youngster Mike De Decker, while fellow-Welshman Jonny Clayton breezed through with a 6-0 win over Hannes Schnier and he will now meet German star Max Hopp, who was in fine form in his 6-4 win over Ian White.
World number one Michael van Gerwen hit a 107.86 average against close friend Vincent van der Voort, and he will now play Andy Boulton who saw off Stephen Bunting 6-4.

Daryl Gurney was victorious in the battle of the Northern Ireland World Cup of Darts stars, defeating Brendan Dolan 6-4 and he will face Steve West after he edged past Darren Webster 6-5.
Peter Wright rounded off the day's action with a 6-2 win over Challenge Tour Order of Merit leader Michael Barnard, and the Scot will meet Chris Dobey who posted a 6-3 triumph over Mervyn King.
Sunday will see the conclusion of the tournament, with eight round three games in the afternoon session, followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final in the evening.
The Gibraltar Darts Trophy will be broadcast throughout the weekend for PDCTV-HD Subscribers, and through a series of bookmakers' websites worldwide.
2018 Gibraltar Darts Trophy
Saturday June 9
Second Round
Afternoon Session
Andy Boulton 6-4 Stephen Bunting
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Mike De Decker
Steve West 6-5 Darren Webster
James Wade 6-5 Ross Smith
Simon Whitlock 6-1 Adam Huckvale
Jonny Clayton 6-0 Hannes Schnier
Max Hopp 6-4 Ian White
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Brendan Dolan

Evening Session
Joe Cullen 6-1 Darius Labanauskas
Jermaine Wattimena 6-5 Michael Smith
Rob Cross 6-5 Cristo Reyes
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Paul Nicholson 6-4 Dave Chisnall
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Mensur Suljovic
Chris Dobey 6-3 Mervyn King
Peter Wright 6-2 Michael Barnard

Sunday June 10
Afternoon Session (1pm local time, 12pm BST)
Third Round
Michael van Gerwen v Andy Boulton
Jonny Clayton v Max Hopp
Daryl Gurney v Steve West
Rob Cross v Simon Whitlock
Jermaine Wattimena v Gerwyn Price
Joe Cullen v Paul Nicholson
Adrian Lewis v James Wade
Peter Wright v Chris Dobey

Evening Session (7.15pm local time, 6.15pm BST)
Quarter-Finals
Semi-Finals
Final
Sunday’s games played in Draw Bracket order

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