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Van Gerwen Loses Out to Wright in World Final

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Michael van Gerwen missed out on a fourth World Championship crown after suffering defeat at the hands of Peter Wright in a high-quality final on New Year’s Day. (more…)

Van Gerwen Sets Up Final Showdown With Wright

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Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright will meet in the final of the 2019/20 William Hill World Darts Championship after van Gerwen defeated Nathan Aspinall on Monday at London’s Alexandra Palace. (more…)

Van Gerwen Through to Semis

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Michael van Gerwen took another step towards a fourth William Hill World Championship title as he moved into the semi-finals. (more…)

Humphries Hammers Huybrechts to Reach Last Eight

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LUKE HUMPHRIES cruised to victory against Kim Huybrechts to reach the quarter-finals of the World Championship for the second consecutive year.  (more…)

Van Gerwen reaches quarters

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN made light work of Stephen Bunting as he stormed to a straight sets victory over the former Lakeside Champion to reach the quarter-finals of the William Hill World Darts Championship and London’s Alexandra Palace.  (more…)

Super Sherrock Stuns Suljovic

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Fallon Sherrock stunned the sporting world again as she knocked Mensur Suljovic out of the William Hill World Championship with a monumental bullseye finish on Saturday. (more…)

Whitlock’s Whitewash at Worlds

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Simon Whitlock defeated Harry Ward 3-0 to move into the third round of the William Hill World Championship.  (more…)

Clayton Defeats Dekker

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Jonny Clayton enjoyed a straight sets win over Jan Dekker at the World Darts Championship. (more…)

Noppie & Hendo Win at Worlds

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Danny Noppert and John Henderson both reached the third round of the World Darts Championship with victories at Alexandra Palace on Thursday. (more…)

Sherrock Makes History With Win at World Championship

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Fallon Sherrock became the first woman to win a William Hill World Championship match on a historic night at London’s Alexandra Palace on Tuesday. 

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Humphries Wins Thriller To Reach Round Three

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LUKE HUMPHRIES won a World Championship classic against Jermaine Wattimena to reach the third round. (more…)

Van Gerwen & Humphries Claim Opening Night

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MODUS DUO Michael van Gerwen and Luke Humphries both enjoyed victories on the first night of the World Championship at London’s Alexandra Palace.  (more…)

Brilliant Humphries Crowned World Youth Champion

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LUKE HUMPHRIES won the World Youth Championship with a dominant final victory over Adam Gawlas in Minehead on Sunday.  (more…)

Van Gerwen Defeats Price To Win Players Championship Finals

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN clinched his fifth Players Championship finals glory with a thrilling 11-9 final victory over new rival Gerwyn Price in Minehead.  (more…)

Van Gerwen Claims World Series Crown

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN picked up his fourth World Series of Darts Finals title with victory in his home country on Sunday.

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Van Gerwen Claims Champions League Crown

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COMEBACK KING Michael Van Gerwen claimed his first Champions League of Darts title with a stunning final fightback against Peter Wright on a dramatic weekend in Leicester.

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Van Gerwen Wins 5th World Grand Prix Crown

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN clinched a fantastic fifth World Grand Prix title with a stunning 5-2 final victory over Dave Chisnall. (more…)

Van Gerwen Storms Through to Final

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN eased into the final of the World Grand Prix with a commanding straight sets victory over Chris Dobey in Dublin. (more…)

Van Gerwen Sees Off King To Reach Semis

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN won a brilliant World Grand Prix quarter-final battle against Mervyn King to move closer to successful title defence in Dublin. (more…)

MVG Eases Past JDZ

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN continued his World Grand Prix title defence with a straight sets success over Jeffrey de Zwaan to reach the quarter-finals in Dublin.  (more…)

Dutch Duo Progress in Dublin

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DUTCH PAIR Michael van Gerwen and Danny Noppert enjoyed World Grand Prix first round victories in Dublin. (more…)

Cullen Clinches Maiden Euro Tour Crown

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Joe Cullen claimed his maiden European Tour title with a sensational performance to defeat Michael van Gerwen 8-5 in the European Darts Matchplay final in Mannheim on Sunday night. (more…)

Van Gerwen Seals World Series Double Down Under

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN won the 2019 NZ Darts Masters with a thumping final victory over Raymond van Barneveld in Hamilton.  (more…)

Van Gerwen Masters Melbourne

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Michael van Gerwen was crowned the 2019 Melbourne Darts Masters champion as he beat Daryl Gurney 8-3 in the final. 

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Lakeside Darts Lives On!

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World number one darts star Michael van Gerwen will return to the famous Lakeside stage when he competes alongside some of the sport’s other top players on Saturday 30 November.

Van Gerwen – the three-time and reigning World Champion – will headline ‘A Night at the Darts’ in the eagerly anticipated event featuring some of the PDC’s best professionals.

The event provides the chance for loyal Lakeside darts fans to enjoy a night at the sport’s spiritual home following the news of that it will not be hosting the BDO World Championship in January for the first time in 35 years. (more…)

Trio Reach Last 16 in Blackpool

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MODUS STARS Michael van Gerwen, Simon Whitlock and Keegan Brown all made it through to the last 16 of the Betfred World Matchplay in Blackpool. (more…)

Van Gerwen Through First Test at Matchplay

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN admitted he was below his best but the Dutchman did more then enough to defeat Steve Beaton in the first round of the Betfred World Matchplay on Sunday evening. (more…)

Cullen Finds Form With Final Run

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JOE CULLEN enjoyed a run to the final of Players Championship 20 on Wednesday in Barnsley, showing good form ahead of his return to the World Matchplay.  (more…)

Portsmouth’s ‘Untouchables’ Darts Night Heads Home to Pyramids for Tenth Anniversary

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PORTSMOUTH’s legendary ‘Untouchables’ darts night will return to its original venue – The Pyramids Centre, Southsea – as a bumper field of professional players provide the entertainment in December for the tenth staging of the popular event. (more…)

Jenkins Seals Perfect Weekend With Title

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ANDY JENKINS claimed his first PDC Challenge Tour title and landed a nine-dart finish on a sensational weekend for the veteran star.  (more…)

World Matchplay Draw & Schedule

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DANNY NOPPERT will face defending Betfred World Matchplay champion Gary Anderson on the opening night of the 2019 tournament at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.  (more…)

Welsh Darts Stars to Compete for Leighton Rees Cup in Merthyr Tydfil

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The Petwise Leighton Rees Cup will see Wales’ top four darts players do battle in Merthyr Tydfil in a celebration of Welsh darts. (more…)

Darts Party Returns to Isle of Wight

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DARTS star Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright will join the Isle of Wight’s Keegan Brown when Newport hosts its annual evening of arrows in December. (more…)

Van der Voort and Brown Complete World Matchplay Field

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MODUS DUO Vincent van der Voort and Keegan Brown’s places at the Betfred World Matchplay later this month in Blackpool were confirmed following Brown’s run to the semi-finals of the Czech Darts Open on Sunday.  (more…)

MODUS Stars Set For Prague

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KEEGAN BROWN heads to Prague still firmly in the hunt for a place at next month’s World Matchplay, while the first ever Czech Darts Masters could also be a significant event for other MODUS stars. (more…)

Noppert and Henderson Secure Matchplay Spots

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DANNY NOPPERT will make his debut at the Betfred World Matchplay next month in Blackpool, where John Henderson will return to compete for the third successive year. (more…)

Humphries Returns to ProTour With Strong Run

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LUKE HUMPHRIES reached the quarter-finals of Players Championship 17 as he returned to PDC ProTour action on Saturday in Wigan.  (more…)

Event News: Van Gerwen and Taylor to Rekindle Rivalry

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The world’s top two darts stars ever will be on show when Manchester’s BEC Arena hosts its second arrows evening of the year as Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen go head to head for one night only.  (more…)

Sherrock Continues Brilliant Form

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FALLON SHERROCK has continued her strong 2019 campaign in recent weeks as she moved up to third in the Women’s World Rankings.  (more…)

Clayton Goes Close in Copenhagen

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JONNY CLAYTON narrowly missed out on a place in the final of the Danish Darts Open, as fellow MODUS stars Simon Whitlock and Joe Cullen reached the quarter-finals in Copenhagen on Sunday. (more…)

Trio Advance in Denmark

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MODUS TRIO Simon Whitlock, Jonny Clayton and Joe Cullen all made it through to the last 16 of the Danish Darts Open with wins on Saturday in Copenhagen. (more…)

Video: Thornton Pledges Return To Form

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DARTS GREAT Robert Thornton believes his recent nine-darter, victory over Michael van Gerwen and run to the semi-finals of a Players Championship event are the start of a return to form for the Scotsman. (more…)

Suljovic and Price to Star at Portsmouth’s Annual Darts Night

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MAJOR CHAMPIONS Gerwyn Price and Mensur Suljovic will appear at the DJ Shop Untouchables, replacing Peter Wright. (more…)

Humphries Claims Development Tour Glory

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LUKE HUMPHRIES clinched his first PDC Development Tour title of the season with victory at Event 11 in Milton Keynes on Sunday.  (more…)

Dutch Denied By Ireland As Scotland Win World Cup

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN’S Netherlands were unable to defend their BetVictor World Cup of Darts title following a shock semi-final defeat Republic of Ireland, who were beaten in the final by Scotland.

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Netherlands and Australia Progress at World Cup

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NETHERLANDS AND AUSTRALIA both won through to the second round of the BetVictor World Cup of Darts with pairs victories on Friday evening in Hamburg. (more…)

Clayton Confident Ahead Of Wales’ World Cup Bid

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JONNY CLAYTON believes that Wales are ‘strong contenders’ to seal glory at the BetVictor World Cup of Darts this week.  (more…)

Whitlock’s World Cup Wish

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SIMON WHITLOCK has earmarked the BetVictor World Cup of Darts as a tournament he is determined to win. (more…)

Van Gerwen Aims For Record World Cup Triumph

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN is determined to defend the BetVictor World Cup of Darts title and has revealed his extra motivation when he captains the Netherlands in Hamburg this week. (more…)

Step In To Summer With A Night At The Darts

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There’s no need to wait until Christmas to give the gift of Darts, with four top quality exhibition events happening on summer nights this month. (more…)

Van der Voort Boosts Matchplay Hopes

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VINCENT VAN DER VOORT’s run to the quarter-finals of the Dutch Darts Masters has strengthened his chances of qualifying for July’s World Matchplay in Blackpool. (more…)

Van Gerwen To Play At Lakeside

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World number one darts star Michael van Gerwen will return to the famous Lakeside stage when he competes alongside some of the sport’s other top players on Saturday 30 November. (more…)

Van Gerwen Wins Fifth Premier League Crown

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN won his fifth Unibet Premier League title at The O2 in London on Thursday, defeating Rob Cross 11-5 in the final. (more…)

Darts Stars Heading to K2 Crawley

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Some of the world’s top professional darts players are set to put on a show at K2 Crawley. (more…)

Van Gerwen Tops Premier League Table

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN finished top of the Unibet Premier League for a seventh consecutive season, maintaining his perfect record of first place finishes in the league phase of the tournament. (more…)

Trio Selected for World Cup

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MODUS STARS Michael van Gerwen, Simon Whitlock and Jonny Clayton will appear at the 2019 World Cup of Darts. (more…)

European Tour: Van Gerwen, Brown and Clayton Progress

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MODUS TRIO Michael van Gerwen, Keegan Brown and Jonny Clayton all reached the last 16 of the European Darts Grand Prix with victories in Sindelfingen on Saturday. (more…)

Anderson to Face Gurney in Edinburgh Darts Clash

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LEGENDARY Scottish darts star Gary Anderson will meet Daryl Gurney in Edinburgh in a change to the original line-up for the two-time World Champion’s homecoming appearance.   (more…)

Whitlock to Meet Anderson at Motherwell Masters

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WORLD NUMBER TEN Simon Whitlock will take on two-time World Champion Gary Anderson following a change to the original line-up for the upcoming Motherwell Masters darts event. (more…)

Van Gerwen’s Graz Glory

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN clinched victory at the Austrian Darts Open with a final triumph over Ian White in Graz on Sunday.

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Dutch Darts Legend Barney Visiting Oldham in Final Season

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Legendary darts star Raymond van Barneveld will appear at Oldham’s annual darts event before retiring from the professional game. (more…)

Statement: Luke Humphries

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LUKE HUMPHRIES bravely revealed that he has been suffering with an anxiety disorder that has caused him severe discomfort, pain and concern during professional darts matches. (more…)

Van Gerwen Seals Saarbrucken Success

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN claimed a third European Tour title of the year with victory at the German Darts Open in Saarbrucken on Sunday. (more…)

Van Gerwen’s 30th Euro Tour Glory

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN claimed his 30th European Tour title with victory at the German Darts Grand Prix on Easter Monday. (more…)

Whitlock Returns To Form With Final Run

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SIMON WHITLOCK enjoyed a fabulous run to the final of the German Darts Grand Prix in Munich on Easter Monday, signalling a return to form for the Australian.  (more…)

Van Gerwen Goes Top After Cross Rout

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN moved to the top of the Unibet Premier League table after a thumping victory over Rob Cross in Cardiff on Thursday.  (more…)

Humphries Extends Red Dragon Deal

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LUKE HUMPHRIES has renewed his deal with Red Dragon as his exclusive darts and equipment sponsor.  (more…)

Clayton Renews Red Dragon Deal

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WELSH ACE Jonny Clayton has extended his contract with Red Dragon, who will continue to be his equipment sponsor. (more…)

Van Gerwen Defeats Smith With Performance of the Season

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN produced the highest average of the 2019 Unibet Premier League season as he defeated Michael Smith convincingly in Liverpool.

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North Extends Red Dragon Contract

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RICHARD NORTH has renewed his deal with equipment sponsor Red Dragon. (more…)

Clayton Claims Third Title

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JONNY CLAYTON picked up his third PDC tile with victory at Players Championship 10 on Sunday. (more…)

Van Gerwen Fightback Earns Draw With Price

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN produced a brilliant comeback to earn a draw against Gerwyn Price in Belfast on Thursday.  (more…)

Tickets On Sale For Grantham Darts Night Featuring Van Gerwen

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WORLD CHAMPION Michael van Gerwen will top the bill when ‘A Night at the Darts’ returns to Grantham Meres Leisure Centre in 2019.  (more…)

Brilliant Brown Enjoys Euro Tour Run

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KEEGAN BROWN produced a string of impressive displays to reach the semi-finals of the German Darts Championship on Sunday. (more…)

Van Gerwen’s Rotterdam Double

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN earned victories over Peter Wright and Raymond van Barneveld on consecutive nights in Rotterdam to return to the top of the Premier League table.  (more…)

ON SALE NOW: Taylor To Star In Dudley’s Darts Night

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DARTS LEGEND Phil Taylor will be the star attraction when Dudley Town Hall hosts ‘A Night at the Darts’ on Thursday 19 September. (more…)

Van Gerwen Hits Incredible Nine-Darter On Way To Another Title

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN hit a nine-dart finish on the way to winning the first European Tour title of 2019. (more…)

Clayton and Brown Reach ProTour Semi-Finals

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MODUS DUO Jonny Clayton and Keegan Brown both enjoyed runs to the semi-finals of Players Championship 8 in Wigan on Sunday.  (more…)

Van Gerwen Sees Off Price to Return to Summit

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN climbed back to the top of the Unibet Premier League table after a convincing victory against Gerwyn Price in Nottingham on Thursday.  (more…)

Humphries Extends MODUS Deal

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LUKE HUMPHRIES will continue to be managed, sponsored and represented by MODUS after extending his deal. (more…)

Portsmouth’s DJ Shop Untouchables Tickets On Sale

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PORTSMOUTH GUILDHALL will host the tenth staging of the popular ‘Untouchables’ darts night in December, as a bumper field of professional players provide the entertainment in one of the most eagerly anticipated annual events. (more…)

Henderson’s Incredible Homecoming

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JOHN HENDERSON enjoyed an incredible reception as he made his Premier League debut in Aberdeen on Thursday evening. (more…)

Brooks Extends MODUS Deal

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RISING STAR Bradley Brooks has agreed a long-term extension to his contract with MODUS. (more…)

Ladbrokes UK Open: Whitlock Reaches Last 16

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SIMON WHITLOCK moved into the last 16 of the Ladbrokes UK Open with a brilliant victory over Gabriel Clemens on Saturday afternoon in Minehead.

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Humphries Impresses In Premier League

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LUKE HUMPHRIES made the most of his Unibet Premier League appearance with a brilliant performance to draw with Gerwyn Price in Exeter.  (more…)

Killington Signs With MODUS

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GEORGE KILLINGTON has become the latest rising star to sign a deal with MODUS Sports Management.  (more…)

Nine-Dart Noppert Enjoys Strong ProTour Weekend

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DANNY NOPPERT reached back-to-back semi-finals and hit a nine-darter as MODUS players impressed at the weekend’s Players Championship events in Barnsley. (more…)

Video: Noppert’s Nine-Darter!

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DANNY NOPPERT produced a perfect leg at Players Championship 5 on Saturday. (more…)

Van Gerwen Crushes Cross to Maintain Perfect Start

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN continued his perfect start to the 2019 Unibet Premier League campaign with a 7-2 victory over Rob Cross in Dublin. (more…)

Collins Qualifies for UK Open

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ROB COLLINS secured his place at the Ladbrokes UK Open after coming through a bumper field at an Rileys Amateur Qualifier.  (more…)

WATCH: Van Gerwen Hits Two Nine-Darters in a Week

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN has turned on the style at the start of 2019, landing two nine-darters in the space of a week. (more…)

Van Gerwen Defeats Suljovic in Premier League

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN continued his fine start to 2019 with a Unibet Premier League victory over Mensur Suljovic in Glasgow on Thursday. (more…)

Van Gerwen Takes Title as MODUS Stars Impress in Wigan

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN won his third title of 2019 as fellow MODUS aces made impressive starts to the new ProTour season. (more…)

Jenkins Seals UK Open Spot

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ANDY JENKINS booked his place at the Ladbrokes UK Open by winning through a Riley’s Qualifier in South Benfleet at the weekend.  (more…)

Rob Collins Signs With MODUS

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ROB COLLINS is bidding to live his dream as a professional darts player after agreeing a deal to be managed, sponsored and represented by MODUS. (more…)

Winning Start for MVG in Premier League

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MICHEAL VAN GERWEN began his bid for a fifth Unibet Premier League title with a 7-5 victory over Michael Smith in Newcastle. (more…)

Humphries & Henderson to Play in Premier League

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MODUS pair Luke Humphries and John Henderson will appear in the 2019 Unibet Premier League following the withdrawal of Gary Anderson. (more…)

Van Gerwen Wins Masters

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN clinched his fifth successive Master title with glory in Milton Keynes on Sunday.

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BetVictor Masters Round One: Van Gerwen & Cullen Progress

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN & JOE CULLEN both moved into the quarter-finals of the BetVictor Masters with opening round victories. (more…)

MODUS Quartet Set For Masters

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN bids for a fifth successive BetVictor Masters title as one of four MODUS represented players in the 16-man field.

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Evans & Cole Earn UK Open Spots

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MODUS pair David Evans and Jarred Cole have been handed places at the Ladbrokes UK Open in 2019. (more…)

Van Gerwen & Humphries Claim PDC Awards

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN & LUKE HUMPHRIES were both honoured at the PDC Annual Awards Dinner at The Dorchester, London, on Monday evening.

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Van Gerwen Extends Management Deal

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN has extended a long-term deal which will see him continue to be managed and represented by MODUS Sports Management and ZWA Sports Management. (more…)

Van Der Voort Extends MODUS Contract

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VINCENT VAN DER VOORT has agreed a deal to extend MODUS’ and ZWA’s management and representation of the Dutch star.

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Meikle Extends MODUS Deal

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RYAN MEIKLE has agreed a contract extension to continue to be managed and represented by MODUS.

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Sherrock Signs MODUS Contract Extension

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FALLON SHERROCK has extended her contract with MODUS as she looks to continue her superb progress as a professional darts player.  (more…)

North Extends MODUS Contract

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RICHARD NORTH has agreed a contract extension, which will see him continue to be managed and represented by MODUS as he continues his rise to prominence in darts.  (more…)

MODUS Hopefuls Set For Q-School

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SEVEN MODUS represented players will be competing in Wigan this week at the PDC’s UK Qualifying School in a bid to win Tour Cards.

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L-style Partnership With MODUS Events Announced

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MODUS Events is delighted to announce a new associate sponsorship deal with leading darts equipment manufacturer L-Style.  (more…)

Brown Renews MODUS Partnership

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KEEGAN BROWN will continue to be represented by MODUS after extending his contract for four more years. (more…)

Sherrock And Hammond Set For Lakeside Challenge

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THE WINNER of a first round meeting between former Ladies World Championship finalists Fallon Sherrock and Corrine Hammond will be looking to go a step further at this year’s tournament.

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Van Duivenbode Wins PDC Tour Card

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MIKE VAN DUIVENBODE celebrated his 20th birthday in style by winning a PDC Tour Card on Day Two at the 2019 European Qualifying School in Hildesheim on Friday. (more…)

LOOK BACK: MODUS At The World Championship

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN produced a string of dominant displays as he charged to his third World Championship glory at Alexandra Palace on New Year’s Day, but he wasn’t the only MODUS represented player to enjoy a wonderful worlds. (more…)

Van Gerwen Claims Third World Title

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN was crowned World Darts Champion for the third time after a dominant performance against Michael Smith in the final at Alexandra Palace. (more…)

Van Gerwen Defeats Anderson To Reach World Final

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN defeated Gary Anderson in stunning style with a 6-1 semi-final success over his fellow two-time World Champion at Alexandra Palace on Sunday.

Van Gerwen will meet Michael Smith in the final of the William Hill World Championship after an incredible demolition of Anderson. (more…)

Van Gerwen To Take On Anderson In World Semi-Final

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN will meet Gary Anderson in the semi-finals of the William Hill World Championship after defeating Ryan Joyce comfortably on Saturday. (more…)

Humphries Ends Cross World Title Defence To Reach Last Eight

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LUKE HUMPHRIES sensationally defeated defending William Hill World Champion Rob Cross to move into the quarter-finals to move into the quarter-finals at Alexandra Palace.  (more…)

Van Gerwen & Humphries March On At Ally Pally

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN moved into the quarter-finals of the William Hill World Darts Championship, while Luke Humphries reached the last 16 at Alexandra Palace. (more…)

Van Gerwen Sees Off Hopp At Ally Pally

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN moved into the last 16 of the William Hill World Darts Championship with a 4-1 victory over Max Hopp at Alexandra Palace on Saturday.  (more…)

Brown Beats Klaasen At World Championship

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KEEGAN BROWN reached round three of the William Hill World Darts Championship with a 3-1 victory over Jelle Klaasen at Alexandra Palace.  (more…)

West Wins Through At Worlds

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STEVE WEST progressed into the third round of the WIlliam Hill World Championship with a 3-1 success over Richard North at Alexandra Palace.
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Henderson Edges Thriller To Progress At World Championship

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JOHN HENDERSON won a high quality affair against Germany’s Gabriel Clemens to reach the third round of the William Hill World Championship.  (more…)

Humphries Defeats Bunting At Ally Pally

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LUKE HUMPHRIES produced an impressive display to defeat Stephen Bunting 3-1 in the second round of the 2018/19 William Hill World Darts Championship. (more…)

Van der Voort Safely Through At Ally Pally

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VINCENT VAN DER VOORT fought off a spirited performance from Lourence Illagan to book his place in the second round of the William Hill World Darts Championship. (more…)

Van Gerwen Cruises Through Ally Pally Opener

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN began his bid for a third William Hill World Darts Championship title with a 3-1 win over Alan Tabern on Saturday. (more…)

Impressive Humphries Storms Past Hunt

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LUKE HUMPHRIES took less than 20 minutes to defeat Adam Hunt 3-0 in the first round of the 2018/19 William Hill World Darts Championship. (more…)

Brilliant Browns Eases Through At World Championship

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KEEGAN BROWN moved into the second round of the William Hill World Darts Championship with a straight sets victory over Karel Sedlacek. (more…)

North Claims Comeback Win At Ally Pally

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RICHARD NORTH completed a fabulous fightback victory to move into the second round of the William Hill World Darts Championship after defeating Robert Marijanovic 3-2 on Saturday. (more…)

Noppert Wins On Ally Pally Debut

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DANNY NOPPERT enjoyed a straight sets victory on his William Hill World Championship debut. (more…)

Lewis Wins World Championship Opener

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JAMIE LEWIS fended off a fightback from Cody Harris to win his first match at the 2018/19 William Hill World Darts Championship on Friday. (more…)

Lewis and Noppert Ready To Star At Ally Pally

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JAMIE LEWIS AND DANNY NOPPERT begin their 2018/19 William Hill World Darts Championship campaigns on Friday at London’s Alexandra Palace. (more…)

Biggest Ever World Championship Beckons For MODUS Stars

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MODUS will proudly represent 13 top players at the biggest ever staging of the William Hill World Darts Championship which gets underway on December 13.

Two-time winner Michael van Gerwen tops the list of the 32-seeded players for the expanded 96-player tournament, with a record prize-fund of £2.5 million on offer. (more…)

Van Gerwen Denied in Players Championship Final

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN missed out on a fourth consecutive Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals title after a dramatic defeat to Daryl Gurney on Sunday. (more…)

Trio Reach Quarter-Finals in Minehead

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LAST YEAR’S FINALISTS Michael van Gerwen and Jonny Clayton both progressed to the quarter-finals of the Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals in Minehead, where they will be joined by debutant Danny Noppert (pictured) after the trio enjoyed a brace of wins on Saturday.

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Six Seal Second Round Spots in Minehead

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SIX MODUS ACES moved into round two of the Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals with victories on Friday in Minehead.  (more…)

MODUS Stars Set For Minehead

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THIRTEEN players represented by MODUS will be in action at the Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals in Minhead this weekend, which is televised live on ITV4.  (more…)

Van Gerwen’s Grand Slam Glory Reign Ended

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN’s three-year reign as bwin Grand Slam of Darts Champion was ended by Gary Anderson in Sunday’s semi-finals before Gerwyn Price went on to take the crown in Wolverhampton.

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Van Gerwen Ends Clayton Run to Reach Last Four

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN set up a semi-final showdown with Gary Anderson after seeing off Jonny Clayton in the bwin Grand Slam of Darts on Saturday.  (more…)

Whitlock Denied Grand Slam Semi Spot in Dramatic Duel

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SIMON WHITLOCK’s 2018 bwin Grand Slam of Darts campaign was cruelly ended by defeat in last-leg decider against Gerwyn Price in Wolverhampton on Friday. (more…)

CULLEN VISITS CMG

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JOE CULLEN paid a visit to CMG’s head-quarters on Wednesday as part of the commercial partnership between the rising darts star and the leading breakdown, recovery and transport specialist. (more…)

Van Gerwen Wins Grand Slam Classic to Reach Quarter-Finals

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN moved into the last eight of the bwin Grand Slam of Darts after winning a classic clash against Michael Smith in Wolverhampton on Thursday.

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Brilliant Clayton Clinches Grand Slam Quarter-Final Place

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JONNY CLAYTON produced a superb display to reach the last eight at the bwin Grand Slam of Darts, defeating Krzysztof Ratajski 10-3 in Wolverhampton on Thursday.  (more…)

Whitlock Through to Last Eight at Grand Slam

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SIMON WHITLOCK continued his impressive recent form by defeating world number two Peter Wright to reach the quarter-finals of the bwin Grand Slam of Darts. (more…)

Clayton and Van Gerwen Through to Last 16 at Grand Slam

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JONNY CLAYTON and MICHAEL VAN GERWEN moved into the knockout stages of the bwin Grand Slam of Darts with victories in Wolverhampton on Tuesday.

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Stunning Display Sees Whitlock Progress at Grand Slam

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SIMON WHITLOCK produced an incredible performance to book his place in the last 16 of the bwin Grand Slam of Darts, where he defeated Gerwyn Price in an epic contest on Monday.

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Gregory Wins Final 2018 JDC MODUS UK Tour Event

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HARRY GREGORY sealed his place at the 2018 Junior Darts World Championship following a sensational run at the final MODUS UK tour event of the season. (more…)

Evans Clinches Maiden Challenge Tour Title

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DAVID EVANS claimed his first PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour title with an impressive run of wins in Peterborough on Saturday.

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Five Set For Grand Slam

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN will be joined by fellow MODUS-represented aces Simon Whitlock, Jonny Clayton, Mark Webster and Keegan Brown in contention for the bwin Grand Slam of Darts title. (more…)

Lewis Impresses at World Series Finals

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JAMIE LEWIS showed signs of a return to the kind of form that took him all the way to the semi-finals of last year’s World Championship, as he reached the last eight of the bwin World Series of Darts Finals in Vienna. (more…)

Humphries Wins DT17 – Brooks Is Runner-Up

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LUKE HUMPHRIES claimed his third PDC Unicorn Development Tour title of 2018 as he won the year’s 17th event, defeating Bradley Brooks in an all-MODUS final.

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Quartet Set For World Series Finals

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FOUR MODUS stars will compete in this weekend’s televised bwin World Series of Darts Finals in Vienna, where Michael van Gerwen is defending the title he has won every year since its inaugural staging in 2015.

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Whitlock Denied European Glory, while Cullen Reaches Semis

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SIMON WHITLOCK was denied a second European Championship title after losing in Sunday’s final in Dortmund, where Joe Cullen had reached is first televised semi-final. (more…)

JDC: Kay Takes MODUS UK Tour Seven Title

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KEELAN KAY returned to form in Solihull as he defeated Connor Arberry in a thrilling final to take the penultimate leg of Junior Darts Corporation MODUS UK Darts Tour. (more…)

West, Whitlock and Cullen Reach Last Eight In Dortmund

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STEVE WEST, SIMON WHITLOCK and JOE CULLEN all made it through to the quarter-finals with impressive wins against higher-ranked opponents on Friday evening. (more…)

Five Star On Opening Night In Dortmund

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN led the charge with a breath-taking performance on the opening night of the Unibet European Championship as five MODUS aces won through to the second round with victories in Dortmund on Thursday evening.

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Humphries Seals Ally Pally Place

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LUKE HUMPHRIES ensured a return to Alexandra Palace for the 2018/19 William Hill World Darts Championship after a brilliant run in the final Players Championship event of the year.

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Brown Books World Series Finals Place

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KEEGAN BROWN sealed a spot in the Bwin World Series of Darts Finals after winning through the Tour Card Holder’s Qualifier in Barnsley on Friday. (more…)

Seven Seal European Championship Places

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SEVEN MODUS stars booked their places at next week’s Unibet European Championship following the conclusion of the PDC European Tour last weekend. (more…)

MODUS Stars Shine on European Tour

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN’S 170 checkout was a fitting end to the 2018 PDC European Tour season following a dominant campaign for the world number one and a special season for MODUS. (more…)

Van Gerwen Clinches Eighth Euro Title of 2018

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN signed off in style as far as the 2018 PDC European Tour season was concerned – as the dominant Dutchman landed a 170 checkout to complete his eighth triumph of this year’s campaign.

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Stars Set for Final Euro Tour Event

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ELEVEN MODUS stars will compete in the final PDC European Tour event of 2018 when the European Darts Trophy gets underway in Göttingen on Friday.

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Meeuwisse Earns World Championship Debut

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YORDI MEEUWISSE will make his William Hill World Darts Championship debut in December after winning the Western Europe Qualifier on Sunday. (more…)

Van Gerwen Seals Grand Prix Glory

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN clinched his fourth Unibet World Grand Prix title with a final victory over Peter Wright on Saturday in Dublin.

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Dominant Van Gerwen Ends Gurney’s Grand Prix Reign

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN moved in the final of the Unibet World Grand Prix following a 4-1 victory over 2017 champion Daryl Gurney in Dublin on Friday.  (more…)

Brilliant Van Gerwen Seals Semi-Final Spot

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN produced a stunning performance to defeat Dave Chisnall in a high-quality Unibet World Grand Prix quarter-final clash in Dublin on Thursday. (more…)

Van Gerwen Cruises into World Grand Prix Quarter-Finals

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN continued his quest to win a fourth Unibet World Grand Prix title with a straight sets demolition of Darren Webster in Dublin on Tuesday. (more…)

Van Gerwen Eases Past Lennon in Dublin

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN brushed off suggestions that he is no longer the best player in the world after sweeping past Ireland’s Steve Lennon in round one of the Unibet World Grand Prix in Dublin.
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Noppert Wins First PDC Title

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DANNY NOPPERT claimed his maiden PDC title by winning Players Championship 20 in Dublin on Saturday.

The Dutch ace earned a cheque for £10,000 and a huge confidence boost ahead of his debut at this week’s World Grand Prix with a 6-4 final win over Ian White. (more…)

World Grand Prix – Whitlock Wants To Go One Better

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SIMON WHITLOCK says that last year’s brilliant run in Dublin has made him even more motivated to secure a second PDC major title ahead of next week’s Unibet World Grand Prix. (more…)

Humphries and Cole Land Development Tour Titles

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RISING STARS Luke Humphries and Jarred Cole both picked up PDC Unicorn Development tour titles with wins in Peterborough at the weekend.

Humphries (pictured) picked up his eighth career Development Tour crown on Saturday, while Cole collected his first on Sunday. (more…)

JDC & NDB SIDE BY SIDE AS MVG PICKS TEAM HOLLAND

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THE JDC (Junior Darts Corporation) has secured the interest of and a possible future relationship with one of the world’s top darting organisations, as its quest to provide the best opportunities for the junior game around the world continues.  (more…)

The DJ Shop Extends Partnership With MODUS Events

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LONG-TERM PARTNERS The DJ Shop has extended its sponsorship of MODUS Events. (more…)

Seven Seal World Grand Prix Spots

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MODUS’ MAGNIFICENT SEVEN will be heading to Dublin for the Unibet World Grand Prix after the 32-player was confirmed on Sunday. (more…)

Turner Takes JDC Title

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BUSTER TURNER secured his first Junior Darts Corporation MODUS UK Tour title on Saturday afternoon as he defeated Keelan Kay in Exeter. (more…)

Whitlock Goes Close in Germany

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SIMON WHITLOCK enjoyed a run to a final on the European Tour for the second time in 2018 but was denied glory in the final of the International Darts Open by Gerwyn Price in Riesa on Sunday.  (more…)

Dutch Duo Do Double

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DUTCH ACES Vincent Van der Voort and Danny Noppert both suffered qualification for the final two Euroepan Tour events of 2018. (more…)

Sherrock Claims Another Title

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FALLON SHERROCK continued her glory charge in 2018 by picking up yet another title last weekend. (more…)

Clayton Extends MODUS Deal

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JONNY CLAYTON has extended his management and sponsorship deal with MODUS, we are delighted to announce. (more…)

Taylor and Van Gerwen Set For December Showdown

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The two greatest darts stars of their generations are set to do battle in Cardiff in December as the legendary Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor takes on world number one ‘Mighty’ Michael Van Gerwen at Ice Arena Wales. (more…)

West Extends MODUS Deal

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STEVE WEST has extended his sponsorship and management agreement with MODUS, we are delighted to announce.  (more…)

Van Gerwen Claims Seventh Euro Tour Title

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN clinched his seventh European Tour title of 2018 with a storming success at the German Darts Championship in Hildesheim. (more…)

Cullen Moving Forward With CMG Sponsorship Boost

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JOE CULLEN has received a new boost with the backing of leading breakdown, recovery and transport specialists CMG. (more…)

North Reaches Champion of Champions Final

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RICHARD NORTH enjoyed a superb run to the final of the Worthington’s Champion of Champions event on Saturday. (more…)

MODUS Supports The Jack Dowding Foundation

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MODUS is delighted to announce its support for The Jack Dowding Foundation as its official charity with immediate effect. (more…)

IN FOCUS: Jarred Cole

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RISING STAR Jarred Cole has made a big impact on his first foray on the Professional Darts Corporation circuit and is aiming to end the season on a high. (more…)

Thornton Ready To Rise Again

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ROBERT THORNTON is aiming to finish the darting year on a high, following a difficult period on and off the oche.

The multiple major champion has made a habit of bouncing back throughout his career and is ready for another glory charge. (more…)

Pro Stars Set For Red Dragon’s Champion of Champions

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PROFESSIONAL DARTS STARS, including several MODUS-represented players, will battle it out at the 2018 Worthington’s Champion of Champions Grand Final in Cardiff on Saturday. (more…)

Darts Legends Taylor and Barney Set for Showdown at Ageas Bowl

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DARTS’ most famous rivalry will be reignited for an exciting night of corporate entertainment when legendary arrows aces Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash in a not-to-be-missed event at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton in 2018. (more…)

Sherrock and Hammond Enter PDC World Championship Women’s Qualifier

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WOMEN’S DARTS STARS Fallon Sherrock and Corrine Hammond will play in qualifiers for the William Hill World Darts Championship, MODUS can confirm. (more…)

Whitlock Takes Heart From Melbourne Displays

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SIMON WHITLOCK remains in a positive frame of mind heading into the final leg of a triple-header of World Series of Darts events following encouraging performances so far. (more…)

West Receives Fleet UK Backing

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STEVE WEST  is the latest star name from the darts world to be handed a sponsorship boost by Fleet UK, as the vehicle supply company expands its partnership with MODUS. (more…)

Melbourne Darts Masters Draw: Whitlock to Face Cadby

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SIMON WHITLOCK will take on Australian rival Corey Cadby in first round of the Melbourne Darts Master, while Michael Van Gerwen meets Raymond Smith at the Hisense Arena on Friday.

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Whitlock Bids to Build on Promising Start Down Under

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AUSTRALIAN ACE Simon Whitlock is brimming with confidence as he returns to his home country following a promising start to August’s triple-header of World Series of Darts events. (more…)

Van Gerwen Takes Auckland Crown

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN picked up his first World Series title of 2018 with a string of dominant displays in New Zealand. (more…)

Confident Whitlock Targets Home Glory

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SIMON WHITLOCK is returning ‘down under’ full of confidence following his run to the quarter-finals of the BetVictor World Matchplay in Blackpool last week. (more…)

Top 16 Boost For Cullen

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JOE CULLEN’s brilliant run to the quarter-finals of last week’s BetVictor World Matchplay may have ended with heartache for the Yorkshireman but may prove to be a pivotal tournament in his career. (more…)

BetVictor World Matchplay: Brilliant Cullen Loses Out In Classic Quarter-Final

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JOE CULLEN exited the BetVictor World Matchplay after being edged out by Gary Anderson on Thursday in one of the best matches ever to take place on the Winter Gardens stage. (more…)

BetVictor World Matchplay: Whitlock Defeats Wade To Reach Last Eight

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SIMON WHITLOCK secured a spot in the quarter-finals of the BetVictor World Matchplay with an 11-7 over former champion James Wade at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on Wednesday. (more…)

BetVictor World Matchplay: Cullen Cruises Into Quarter-Finals

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JOE CULLEN swept aside world number five Daryl Gurney to earn a spot in the last eight of the World Matchplay at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on Tuesday. (more…)

BetVictor World Matchplay: Cullen and Whitlock Progress in Blackpool

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JOE CULLEN & SIMON WHITLOCK moved into the second round of the BetVictor World Matchplay after a sensational start to the £500,000 tournament in Blackpool. (more…)

Matchplay Men – Simon Whitlock

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SIMON WHITLOCK heads to Blackpool looking to continue the form that has seen him return to the elite of world darts. (more…)

Matchplay Men – Richard North

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RICHARD NORTH’s rise as newcomer to professional darts may have gone under the radar but qualifying for the BetVictor World Matchplay in only his second year on the PDC circuit. (more…)

Matchplay Men – John Henderson

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JOHN HENDERSON reached the semi-finals at the World Grand Prix in 2017 and is hoping for an overdue run at the BetVictor World Matchplay next week. (more…)

Matchplay Men – Steve West

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STEVE WEST can continue his rise to prominence in the PDC when he returns to the Winter Gardens stage at the BetVictor World Matchplay on Sunday afternoon.  (more…)

Matchplay Men – Joe Cullen

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JOE CULLEN heads to World Matchplay looking to take his stage form of 2018 into the biggest tournament of the year so far. (more…)

Matchplay Men – Jonny Clayton

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JONNY CLAYTON makes his BetVictor World Matchplay debut on the opening night of this year’s tournament in Blackpool, where he is confident of making his mark. (more…)

Matchplay Men – Keegan Brown

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KEEGAN BROWN heads to Blackpool for his second BetVictor World Matchplay appearance having revived his career since missing out on a place at the Winter Gardens for the last two years.  (more…)

Matchplay Men – Michael Van Gerwen

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN heads to Blackpool in search of a third BetVictor World Matchplay title. (more…)

Sherrock’s Superb Summer Continues With Welsh Win

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FALLON SHERROCK added another title to her ever-growing 2018 haul with glory at the Welsh Masters on Sunday.

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Eight Earn World Matchplay Places

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN will once again be the number one seed for the BetVictor World Matchplay later this month in Blackpool, where eight MODUS-represented players will be in action. (more…)

Van Gerwen Takes Hamburg Honours

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN produced a string of superb performances to clinch his 26th European Tour title on Sunday. (more…)

Young Stars Enjoy First ProTour Quarter-Final Runs

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RISING STARS Jarred Cole (pictured) and Bradley Brooks both achieved their first PDC ProTour quarter-final places at this week’s Players Championship events on Sunday. (more…)

Webster Reaches Semi-Finals At PC15

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MARK WEBSTER enjoyed a brilliant run to the semi-finals at Players Championship 15 in Barnsley on Tuesday. (more…)

Whitlock Goes Close in Copenhagen

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SIMON WHITLOCK enjoyed his best run of the year so far as he reached the final of the inaugural Danish Darts Open in Copenhagen on Sunday. (more…)

Super Sherrock Extends Winning Streak to Six

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FALLON SHERROCK continued her incredible winning run by winning the England National Singles title in Selsey on Saturday. (more…)

Gibraltar Glory for Van Gerwen

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN clinched his fifth PDC European Tour title of 2018 by defeating Adrian Lewis 8-3 in Sunday’s Gibraltar Darts Trophy final. (more…)

Hammond Takes Australian Grand Masters Title

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CORRINE HAMMOND returned to Australia to win the Australian Grand Masters in Canberra. (more…)

Five-Star Sherrock Seals Weekend Double

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FALLON SHERROCK continued her superb form by completing a superb weekend double in Switzerland.  (more…)

Meikle Lands Development Tour Title

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Ryan Meikle clinched his second PDC Unicorn Development Tour title with victory in Wigan on Sunday. (more…)

Super Sherrock Seals Swiss Success

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FALLON SHERROCK continued her incredible run of form by clinching victory at the Swiss Open on Saturday. (more…)

Van Gerwen and Van Barneveld Retain World Cup for Netherlands

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DOMINANT DUTCH DUO Michael Van Gerwen and Raymond Van Barneveld produced a string of superb performances to successfully defend the Betway World Cup of Darts title. (more…)

Superb Sherrock Seals World Trophy Success

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FALLON SHERROCK won the BDO World Darts Trophy after a brilliant final performance against Lorraine Winstanley in Preston on Sunday. (more…)

Van Der Voort Grabs Gibraltar Spot

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VINCENT VAN DER VOORT sealed a place a next weekend’s Gibraltar Darts Trophy after winning through Wednesday’s South & West Europe Qualifier in Frankfurt. (more…)

Stars Set for World Cup of Darts

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN heads to the World Cup of Darts looking to lead the Netherlands to a successful defence of the title, while Wales’ Jonny Clayton makes his debut in Frankfurt.  (more…)

Sherrock Seals Double In Belgium

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FALLON SHERROCK picked up two titles in a brilliant weekend in Belgium, where she won both the Belfry Open and Bruges Open. (more…)

Humphries Claims Development Tour Title

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LUKE HUMPHRIES picked up as sixth career PDC Unicorn Development Tour title with victory in Germany on Sunday. (more…)

Lewis Set For World Series Debut

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JAMIE LEWIS will make his World Series of Darts debut on Friday when he appears in front of an expected 20,000 fans at the German Darts Masters in Gelsenkirchen. (more…)

Darts Legends Taylor And Barney Set For Copthorne VIP Evening

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A true national sporting treasure will be appearing in Copthorne when the Effingham Park Hotel hosts An Evening with Phil Taylor on Wednesday 10 October, where the legendary 16-times World Darts Champion (pictured) will be joined by his greatest rival Raymond Van Barneveld. (more…)

Top Darts Stars to Face Off in Yeovil

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Some of the best Darts players on the planet, including newly-crowned Premier League Champion Michael Van Gerwen, will collide in an exciting event at Westlands Entertainment Venue in 2018. (more…)

Keelan Kay Completes Unbeaten Season

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RISING STAR Keelan Kay (pictured) has completed an unbeaten season as a youth player for his county, Devon.

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Euro Tour Double for Thornton and West

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ROBERT THORNTON AND STEVE WEST both enjoyed double success at Friday’s European Tour qualifiers in Milton Keynes. (more…)

Brilliant Van Gerwen Crowned Premier League King Again

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN produced a breathtaking final performance against Michael Smith to retain the Unibet Premier League Darts title at London’s O2 on Thursday. (more…)

Van Gerwen Crowned Dutch Darts Master

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN claimed a fifth consecutive Dutch Darts Masters title after defeating Steve Lennon 8-5 in Sunday’s final on the PDC European Tour’s first visit to Zwolle.  (more…)

Van Gerwen Claims Latest Euro Tour Title as Noppert Reaches Semis

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN claimed a third European Tour title of 2018 after a string of exceptional displays in Sindelfingen, where he was crowned European Darts Grand Prix champion on Sunday. (more…)

Van Gerwen Seals Premier League Top Spot Again

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN clinched a first place finish in the Unibet Premier League for a staggering sixth consecutive season after defeating Rob Cross in Birmingham on Thursday evening. (more…)

Tickets on sale for King’s Lynn Darts Night

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TICKETS are now on sale for the inaugural KL.FM Darts Masters, which will see some of the stars of the world’s most popular indoor sport appear in King’s Lynn later this year.  (more…)

Van Gerwen Adds Another Title As Clayton Charge Continues

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN claimed his ninth title of 2018 by winning Players Championship Nine in Wigan on Saturday, while Jonny Clayton continued his impressive form by reaching the final the following day. (more…)

Darts Stars Set For King’s Lynn Showdown

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Some of the stars of the world’s most popular indoor sport will be appearing in King’s Lynn when the KL.FM Darts Masters takes place later this year.

World Champions Raymond Van Barneveld and Mark Webster will be competing at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Wednesday 17 October. (more…)

Brilliant Clayton Claims European Tour Title in Austria

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JONNY CLAYTON was crowned 2018 Austrian Darts Open Champion after a brilliant campaign in Graz. (more…)

Jamie Lewis Signs With MODUS

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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP semi-finalist Jamie Lewis will be managed by MODUS with immediate effect.

The Welsh ace is one of the brightest talents in darts and he highlighted that with his brilliant run to the last four at Alexandra Palace in December. (more…)

Nijman Edges Out Brooks in Development Tour Final

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DUTCH YOUNGSTER Wessel Nijman picked up his maiden PDC Unicorn Development Tour title after winning a close final against Bradley Brooks in Wigan on Saturday.  (more…)

JDC’s PDPA Scholarship Winners Set for Development Tour

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WINNERS of PDPA scholarships, achieved on the 2017 Junior Darts Corporation tour, will begin their PDC Unicorn Development Tour campaigns this weekend. (more…)

IN FOCUS: LUKE HUMPHRIES

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LUKE HUMPHRIES has made a strong start to his professional career after making the transition from Development Tour champion to dangerous ProTour player. (more…)

Whitlock & Webster Enjoy Good Runs at PC8

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SIMON WHITLOCK AND MARK WEBSTER (pictured) both enjoyed their best results of 2018 so far with good runs at Players Championship Eight in Barnsley. (more…)

Monk Seals Euro Tour Return

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ARRON MONK will return the European Tour for the first time since 2014 after winning through the qualifier for the European Darts Grand Prix, while Jonny Clayton earned a spot at the Dutch Darts Masters.

Monk, who regained his professional status in January, booked his place in Sindelfingen next month by seeing off Aden Kirk, Stuart Kellett and James Wilson.

Clayton will appear in Zwolle after the 2017 Players Championship finalist by defeating Scott Darbyshire and Kellett.

Premer League Wins for Van Gerwen and Whitlock

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SIMON WHITLOCK boosted his Unibet Premier League play-off hopes with a win against Gerwyn Price in Liverpool, while Michael Van Gerwen continued his winning run by beating Mensur Suljovic in Liverpool. (more…)

MVG’s Munich Glory

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN sealed a second European Tour title in as many weeks after defeating Peter Wright in the final of the German Darts Grand Prix in Munich on Easter Monday.  (more…)

Whitlock’s Premier League Status Safe as Van Gerwen Stays Top

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SIMON WHITLOCK’s place in the Unibet Premier League beyond ‘Judgement Night’ was ensured with a week to spare, while Michael Van Gerwen kept his two point lead after a thrilling night in Belfast. (more…)

Van Gerwen Takes Euro Tour Title as North Surges to Semis

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN won the first European Tour event of 2018 as Richard North enjoyed a brilliant run to the semi-finals in Leverkusen on Sunday. (more…)

Unibet Premier League Week Seven: Van Gerwen Moves Clear at Top

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN defeated Michael Smith to move two points clear of his opponent at the top of the Unibet Premier League Darts table, as Simon Whitlock lost out to Gary Anderson despite a brilliant performance in Glasgow. (more…)

IN FOCUS: Keegan Brown

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KEEGAN BROWN has enjoyed a promising start to 2018, putting himself firmly in contention for appearances in the year’s big televised tournaments. (more…)

Van Gerwen Defeats Price to Stay at Premier League Summit

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN stayed at the top of the Unibet Premier League Darts table after a comfortable victory against Gerwyn Price in Nottingham on Thursday evening. (more…)

Premier League Duo Set for Nottingham Tests

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UNIBET PREMIER LEAGUE stars Michael Van Gerwen and Simon Whitlock have both highlighted Thursday’s fixtures in Nottingham as potentially crucial showdowns.  (more…)

Humphries Maintains Perfect Euro Tour Record

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LUKE HUMPHRIES made it four successful European Tour qualifying campaigns from four attempts as he and Steve West both won through two events in Barnsley on Friday night. (more…)

Van Gerwen Tops Premier League Table

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN moved to the top of the Unibet Premier League Darts table after defeating Simon Whitlock in Leeds on Thursday evening. (more…)

Wonderful West Enjoys Quarter-Final Run at UK Open

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STEVE WEST’s recent rise continued as he reached his first televised PDC quarter-final after a brilliant run at the Coral UK Open in Minehead last weekend.  (more…)

Van Gerwen Wins on Record-Breaking Premier League Night in Berlin

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN defeated Daryl Gurney on a landmark night for the Unibet Premier League as a record-breaking 12,000 fans watched on in Berlin on Thursday evening. (more…)

Van Gerwen Wins Fourth & Fifth Titles of 2018

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN enjoyed double success in Barnsley at the weekend as the world number took victory in each of the first two Players Championship events of the year. (more…)

Van Gerwen Wins Thriller As Whitlock Stays On Top

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN produced a stunning performance to win a Unibet Premier League Darts classic against Gary Anderson in Newcastle, while Simon Whitlock kept up his perfect start to this year’s tournament by beating Raymond Van Barneveld on Thursday. (more…)

Henderson Extends MODUS Deal

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JOHN HENDERSON has extended his exclusive management and sponsorship agreement with MODUS Sports Management. (more…)

UK Open Field Confirmed

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SEVERAL MODUS represented stars will appear in next month’s Coral UK Open finals at Butlins, Minehead, after the six qualifying events were completed over two weekends in Wigan. (more…)

Unibet Premier League Darts: Whitlock On Top After Crushing Cross

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SIMON WHITLOCK enjoyed a fabulous victory against World Champion Rob Cross in Cardiff as he made it two wins from as many matches on his return to the Premier League.

Whitlock, who defeated Mensur Suljovic on the opening night, continued his perfect start with a 7-1 triumph over Cross on Thursday. (more…)

Van Gerwen Doubles Up as Henderson Continues Good Form

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LAST WEEKEND saw the return of the PDC ProTour and Michael Van Gerwen stormed to the top of the UK Open Order of Merit by winning the first two events of the year. (more…)

Hammond & Winstanley Win Dutch Open Pairs Title

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CORRINE HAMMOND enjoyed glory in the Netherlands last weekend when she won the Ladies Pairs title with Lorraine Winstanley. (more…)

Van Gerwen Reaches 100 PDC Titles

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN’s weekend double in Wigan saw the world number one rack up his 100th PDC singles title. (more…)

Hammond Heads to Dutch Open

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CORRINE HAMMOND will compete in the Dutch Open this weekend as the 2017 BDO World Championship Runner-Up looks to get 2018 off to a flying start. (more…)

PDC ProTour Season Begins

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LUKE HUMPHRIES AND BRAD BROOKS will make their debuts as PDC professionals this weekend when the 2018 ProTour season gets underway in Wigan. (more…)

Dublin Delight for Whitlock and Van Gerwen

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SIMON WHITLOCK marked his return to Unibet Premier League Darts with a brilliant victory over Mensur Suljovic, while defending champion Michael Van Gerwen eased past Rob Cross in Dublin on Thursday. (more…)

MODUS AND FLEET UK WELCOME JOE CULLEN

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MODUS Sports Management, in conjunction with Fleet UK, will represent rising Darts star Joe Cullen with immediate effect. (more…)

Van Gerwen Takes Masters Glory

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Van Gerwen had seen off Belgium’s Kim Huybrechts on Saturday before impressive triumphs against James Wade and Gary Anderson on Sunday saw him reach the final. (more…)

Van Gerwen Named Player of the Year at PDC Awards

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN was named as the PDC Player of the Year for 2017 at the Annual Awards Dinner at The Dorchester, London on Monday Night. (more…)

Fab Five Graduate From Q-School

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FIVE MODUS-represented arrows aces earned the right to compete on the PDC ProTour for the next two years after clinching tour cards at Qualifying School. (more…)

Monk Seals PDC ProTour Return

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FORMER WORLD YOUTH CHAMPION ARRON MONK clinched a two-year PDC professional tour card on day three of the 2018 UK Qualifying School in Wigan. (more…)

Dutch Duo Sign With MODUS

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TALENTED Dutch Darts stars Danny Noppert and Dirk Van Duijvenbode (pictured) have signed with MODUS, we are delighted to announce.  (more…)

Lakeside To Host Top Darts Stars In May

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The popular Night of Champions event will return to the famous ‘home of World Darts’ – the Lakeside Country Club in Surrey in May.

World number one Michael van Gerwen will look to defend another title when he headlines a field of top quality arrows aces on Friday 18 May 2018. (more…)

Whitlock’s Premier League Return

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FORMER PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS RUNNER-UP SIMON WHITLOCK will return to the tournament in 2018, after fighting his way back into the world’s top ten.

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Van Gerwen’s World Title Defence Ended In Dramatic Semi-Final

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN’s second reign as World Darts Champion was ended by Rob Cross in an amazing semi-final battle at London’s Alexandra Palace, where several MODUS-represented players made their mark on a thrilling tournament.  (more…)

Stars Return To Ally Pally As World Championship Continues

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The William Hill World Darts Championship resumes on Wednesday with Michael Van Gerwen, Vincent Van der Voort, John Henderson, Keegan Brown, Steve West and Simon Whitlock all still in contention for the £400,000 title at London’s Alexandra Palace.  (more…)

Van Gerwen Begins World Title Defence In Style

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REIGNING WORLD CHAMPION Michael Van Gerwen began the defence of his title with a brilliant performance against Christian Kist at London’s Alexandra Palace on Thursday.

The world number one defeated his Dutch compatriot by three sets to one with a stunning opening display, in which he averaged over 106 – the third highest first round average in the tournament’s history. (more…)

Jarred Cole Wins Finders Masters Title

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Jarred Cole became the Finders Masters Youth Champion on Sunday, adding the prestigious title to an extremely impressive haul in 2017. (more…)

Brooks Edges Out Cole in Thrilling JDC European Open Final

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Bradley Brooks defeated Jarred Cole in an exciting JDC European Open Final in front of hundred of fans at Action Indoor Sports, Bristol on Saturday. (more…)

MODUS Extends JDC UK Tour Sponsorship

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MODUS’ sponsorship of the JDC UK Tour has been extended to cover the series of events in 2018.

The MODUS UK Tour will be expanded from six to eight events next year. (more…)

DJ Shop Sponsorship Boost For Humphries

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The DJ Shop has announced a new sponsorship deal with rising darts star Luke Humphries. (more…)

Wright Withdraws From Upcoming Events

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PETER WRIGHT will no longer be appearing in upcoming events at Lakeside, Bristol, Ipswich, Portsmouth and Brighton. (more…)

Battle for World Championship Spots at PDPA Qualifier

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EIGHT PLAYERS represented by MODUS are competing at Monday’s PDPA World Championship qualifier in Milton Keynes, with the final three Alexandra Palace places up for grabs. (more…)

Unstoppable Van Gerwen Crowned Players Champion as Classy Clayton Reaches Final

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN continued his incredible form by winning the Mr Green Sport Players Championship Finals in Minehead for third consecutive year – as Jonny Clayton produced a brilliant run to his maiden TV final in Minhead

Dutch sensation Van Gerwen defeated Welshman Clayton 11-2 in Sunday’s final to secure the £100,000 first prize and add another trophy to his impressive recent collection, having won the European Championship, World Series of Darts finals and Grand Slam of Darts in the last few weeks. (more…)

AUCTION: Signed Board & MVG Shirt from Grand Slam Final for Children in Need

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A online silent auction is underway for two incredible items of signed darting memorabilia – with all proceeds going to BBC Children in Need.   (more…)

Van Gerwen’s Grand Slam Glory

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN clinched his third consecutive Grand Slam of Darts title with two brilliant victories on Sunday in Wolverhampton.

The world number one thrashed Phil Taylor 16-8 before defeating Peter Wright in a closely fought final, winning 16-12. (more…)

Corrine Hammond Wins Czech Open

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Corrine Hammond claimed victory at the 2017 Czech Open on Sunday. (more…)

Van Gerwen Joins JDC Board

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World Darts Champion and world number one Michael Van Gerwen has joined the Junior Darts Corporation’s Board of Directors.

Van Gerwen will continue in his role as a Global Ambassador for the JDC in addition to becoming a Director with immediate effect. (more…)

Van Gerwen Progresses At Grand Slam

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN eased through to the knockout stage of the bwin Grand Slam of Darts after a hat-trick of wins in Wolverhampton saw him top Group A. (more…)

Cole Wins Latest JDC Title

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JARRED COLE took glory in event five of the MODUS Junior Darts Corporation UK Tour. (more…)

Grand Slam Draw Made

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN will face Rob Cross, Joe Murnan and Ross Montgomery as the world number one begins his defence of the Grand Slam of Darts title in Wolverhampton. (more…)

Van Gerwen Seals World Series Finals Treble

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN claimed glory at the Ladbrokes World Series of Darts Finals for the third successive year as he defeated Gary Anderson 11-6 in Sunday’s decider in Glasgow.

The world number one remains unbeaten since the tournament was introduced in 2015 after a string of stunning performances at the Braehead Arena, where he scooped the £50,000 first prize. (more…)

Five-Star Humphries Wins Development Tour

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LUKE HUMPHRIES has sealed a two-year professional tour card and a place at the 2018 William Hill World Darts Championship after topping the PDC Unicorn Development Tour Order of Merit for 2017, winning five events along the way.  (more…)

Van Gerwen Clinches Fourth European Championship Title

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN claimed a record-equalling fourth European Championship title as he continued his dominance of the tournament in Hasselt, Belgium last weekend.

Van Gerwen defeated Rob Cross 11-7 in Sunday’s final to claim the £100,000 first prize and lift the trophy for the fourth consecutive year.  (more…)

Jarred Cole Signs With Target Darts

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RISING STAR Jarred Cole has signed with Target Darts. (more…)

North’s Marvellous Maiden Season

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RICHARD NORTH has enjoyed an extremely successful first season as a PDC professional in 2017.

Not only did the Hampshire ace make his debut at the World Grand Prix in October, but he is also set to compete at the Players Championship Finals and World Championship as he bids to make an impressive debut season even better. (more…)

Five Heading to Hasselt for European Championship

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REIGNING EUROPEAN CHAMPION MICHAEL VAN GERWEN will be joined by Simon Whitlock, John Henderson, Jonny Clayton and Vincent van der Voort in Belgium later this month. (more…)

Van Gerwen’s Gottingen Glory Marks 20th Euro Tour Triumph

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Michael van Gerwen picked up an incredible 20th European Tour title with victory at the European Darts Trophy in Gottingen on Sunday. (more…)

Ten Seal Players Championship Finals Places

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN will head to Minehead as the number six seed as he bids to defend his Players Championship title. (more…)

Classy Clayton Claims Maiden Title

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JONNY CLAYTON took victory in the final Players Championship event of 2017 to clinch his first PDC title with a 6-1 defeat of James Wilson in Wednesday’s final. (more…)

Confident Whitlock Ready To Build On Grand Prix Final Run

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SIMON WHITLOCK believes that his brilliant run to the final of last week’s World Grand Prix is the beginning of his return to former glories. (more…)

World Grand Prix: Wonderful Whitlock Seals Final Place

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SIMON WHITLOCK won a thriller against Mensur Suljovic to reach the final of the Unibet World Grand Prix. (more…)

World Grand Prix: Henderson and Whitlock Storm Through to Semi-Finals

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JOHN HENDERSON AND SIMON WHITLOCK both won through to the semi-finals of the Unibet World Grand Prix but Robert Thornton bowed out on a dramatic night in Dublin. (more…)

World Grand Prix: Whitlock Wins Through to Last Eight

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SIMON WHITLOCK reached the quarter-finals of the World Grand Prix with a straight sets victory against Richard North in Dublin on Wednesday.

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World Grand Prix: Flying Scotsmen Reach Quarter-Finals

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SCOTTISH DUO ROBERT THORNTON AND JOHN HENDERSON both progressed to the last eight of the Unibet World Grand Prix with wins on Tuesday evening in Dublin. (more…)

World Grand Prix: Five Go Through In Dublin

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FORMER WORLD GRAND PRIX CHAMPION ROBERT THORNTON was amongst five MODUS stars to progress into the second round in Dublin. (more…)

In-Form Hammond Reaches Three Prestigious Finals

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2017  LADIES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RUNNER-UP CORRINE HAMMOND has reached three further big BDO finals in a matter of days. (more…)

CEL Electrical Sponsorship Boost for Whitlock

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CEL Darts Logo-01SIMON WHITLOCK is proud to become an ambassador for CEL Electrical after a sponsorship deal with the electrical wholesaler was agreed. (more…)

Double Sponsorship Boost For North

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Rising star Richard North has agreed a sponsorship deals with Red Dragon Darts and the DJ Shop. (more…)

Double Success On Development Tour

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LUKE HUMPHRIES AND MIKE VAN DUIVENBODE both won PDC Unicorn Development Tour titles in Barnsley last weekend. (more…)

New Sponsorship Boost For Thornton

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SCOTLAND’S ROBERT THORNTON is delighted to welcome new official partners after receiving sponsorship agreements from Plexiform Lighting Solutions and Rossini Group. (more…)

Six Set For World Grand Prix

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DEFENDING WORLD GRAND PRIX CHAMPION MICHAEL VAN GERWEN leads a field that includes six MODUS stars in competing for the prestigious title in Dublin next month.  (more…)

MODUS Welcomes Dutch Prospect Wessel Nijman

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MODUS is delighted to announce the latest addition to our portfolio of rising Darts stars as 17-year-old Wessel Nijman. (more…)

Van Gerwen Is The Man In Mannheim!

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Michael van Gerwen produced a string of brilliant performances to win the German Darts Grand Prix in Mannheim last weekend. (more…)

Winning Return For MVG

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN returned to the oche in style by winning the Dutch Darts Masters for a fourth consecutive year. (more…)

MODUS Welcomes Youth Pair Cole and Kay

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EXCITING PROSPECTS Jarred Cole and Keelan Kay have been handed management and sponsorship deals with MODUS after impressing on the JDC circuit. (more…)

Stars Set For ProTour Return

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FIVE MODUS DARTS STARS will be on show as PDC ProTour action resumes with the Dutch Darts Masters in Maastricht this weekend. (more…)

Whitlock Ready To Hit Top Form After World Series Trip Home

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SIMON WHITLOCK says he is encouraged by some of his performances in the recent triple-header of World Series of Darts events, after returning from New Zealand and his native Australia. (more…)

MODUS Extends Sponsorship Of JDC Tour Events

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MODUS is delighted to announce the renewal of it’s sponsorship of Junior Darts Corporation tour events beyond 2017. (more…)

Webster Set For Installer Scotland Exhibition With Plumbase

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MARK WEBSTER will appear at Installer Live 2017, Scotland’s National Heating and Plumbing Show with exhibitors Plumbase. (more…)

Darts Legend Van Barneveld Headlines Oldham’s Annual Arrows Evening

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Five-time World Darts Champion Raymond van Barneveld will spearhead a field of major title winners, who will be pitted against young guns when A Night of Champions returns to Queen Elizabeth Hall in December. (more…)

Rising Star Van Tergouw To Appear At Three Top Events

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DUTCH SENSATION JUSTIN VAN TERGOUW has been added to the line-up for three top quality darts events, where he will compete alongside some of the world’s best players. (more…)

North Reaches First PDC Final

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RICHARD NORTH continued his impressive start to life as a professional darts player by reaching his first PDC ProTour final in Barnsley on Sunday. (more…)

WHITLOCK AND WEST ENJOY DJ SHOP BACKING

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SIMON WHITLOCK AND STEVE WEST have both agreed sponsorship deals with The DJ Shop. (more…)

Meikle and Humphries Sign With Red Dragon

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Exciting young talents Luke Humphries and Ryan Meikle have signed sponsorship deals with Red Dragon Darts. (more…)

Van Gerwen Denied Matchplay Treble By Terrific Taylor

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN’s bid to win a third successive BetVictor World Matchplay crown was ended in the quarter-finals by Phil Taylor, who went on to win his 16th title in Blackpool. (more…)

WONDERFUL WEST’S DREAM DEBUT AS WHITLOCK AND VAN GERWEN ALSO WIN

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STEVE WEST produced one of the best performances of the first round on his debut in the BetVictor World Matchplay, where Simon Whitlock and Michael van Gerwen will meet after easing through their openers. (more…)

MODUS World Matchplay Preview – Five Feature In Blackpool

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DEFENDING WORLD MATCHPLAY CHAMPION MICHAEL VAN GERWEN heads to Blackpool in search of a third consecutive triumph at the Winter Gardens, where Simon Whitlock, Robert Thornton, John Henderson and Steve West will be competing in of Darts’ most prestigious tournaments. (more…)

Van Gerwen’s Las Vegas Glory

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Michael van Gerwen claimed his second World Series of Darts title in the space of a week by winning the US Darts Masters in Las Vegas.

The world number one, who had just triumphed in Shanghai, defeated debutant Daryl Gurney 8-6 in a thrilling final after steamrolling his way through to the decider. (more…)

WORLD MATCHPLAY DRAW MADE

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN will begin his defence of the World Matchplay title against former Lakeside Champion Stephen Bunting as the world number one bids for a third consecutive triumph at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.

The draw was made in Las Vegas on Tuesday, as Simon Whitlock, Robert Thornton, John Henderson and Steve West also learnt their first round opponents. (more…)

Van Gerwen Retains Shanghai Crown

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN produced a memorable display to retain his Shanghai Darts Masters title as he defeated Dave Chisnall 8-0 in the final of the year’s second World Series event. (more…)

SHERROCK’S GOLD CUP DOUBLE

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FALLON SHERROCK enjoyed a memorable weekend by winning both the BDO Ladies Gold Cup Singles and Pairs. (more…)

Van Gerwen Wins in Austria

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN clinched his third European Tour title of 2017 with a marvellous victory in the Austrian Darts Open on Sunday.

The World Champion defeated Michael Smith 6-5 in a thrilling final in Vienna to make it back-to-back glories, following his triumph in Hamburg earlier this month. (more…)

Thornton and Red Dragon Extend Partnership

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Robert Thornton has expressed his gratitude and joy following the announcement of the extension of his sponsorship deal with Red Dragon.

Thornton who has won the UK Open, World Grand Prix and several PDC ProTour titles with his Red Dragon Darts has renewed the long-term deal until 2022. (more…)

North Impressing In Debut Season

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RICHARD NORTH is enjoying an encouraging start to his professional career.

The Hampshire ace, who signed with MODUS at the start of 2017, reached the third PDC ProTour quarter-final of his debut professional season in Wigan last weekend. (more…)

Trio Earn European Tour 8 Spots

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MARK WEBSTER, JOHN HENDERSON and RICHARD NORTH all came through Friday’s qualifier to secure their places at the European Darts Open. (more…)

KEEGAN BROWN AND DJ SHOP EXTEND PARTNERSHIP

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Former World Youth Champion Keegan Brown and The DJ Shop have renewed their longstanding partnership.

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WHITLOCK AND WINMAU EXTEND WINNING PARTNERSHIP

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SIMON WHITLOCK and leading Darts brand have renewed their fruitful partnership, with ‘The Wizard’ re-signing for a further five years.

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SHERROCK’S SWISS OPEN SUCCESS

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FALLON SHERROCK took glory at the Swiss Open, defeating Anca Zijlstra in the final on Sunday. (more…)

VAN GERWEN’S SWEET SIXTEENTH EURO GLORY

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN claimed his 16th career European Tour title at the European Darts Open in Hamburg.

The world number one defeated Mensur Suljovic in a repeat if last year’s European Championship final to clinch his second Euro Tour crown of 2017. (more…)

Webster’s World Cup Delight

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WORLD CUP OF DARTS ever-present Mark Webster helped Wales reach the final for the second time as he teamed up with Gerwyn Price for a memorable weekend in Frankfurt.
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Van Gerwen Leads Netherlands To World Cup Glory

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN teamed up with Raymond van Barneveld to win the World Cup of Darts for The Netherlands.

The Dutch duo defeated Wales in the final to clinch the title for their country’s third time. (more…)

Humphries and Van Duivenbode Win Development Tour Titles

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Luke Humphries won his third PDC Unicorn Development Tour title of 2017 as Mike van Duivenbode claimed his maiden triumph in Germany on Saturday. (more…)

Van Gerwen Denied Dubai Glory In Thrilling Final

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN missed out on clinching a fourth Dubai Darts Masters title after Gary Anderson defeated the Dutchman in a final of immense quality on Thursday. (more…)

Classy Clayton Finds Form On ProTour

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JONNY CLAYTON has been in impressive form of late. (more…)

Jenkins Doubles Up At Euro Tour Qualifiers As North & Bryant Secure Debuts

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ANDY JENKINS enjoyed a superb night in Milton Keynes on Friday as he booked his place at each of the next two European Tour events, whilst PDC newcomers Richard North and Lee Bryant both qualified for their maiden Euro Tour tournaments.

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VAN GERWEN RETAINS PREMIER LEAGUE TITILE IN THRILLING FINAL

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN is still the Premier League Darts Champion.

The world number one successfully defended his title in dramatic style after surviving six missed match darts from Peter Wright in Thursday’s final. (more…)

HUMPHRIES ADDS MAIDEN CHALLENGE TOUR TRIUMPH TO DEVELOPMENT TOUR TITLES

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LUKE HUMPHRIES claimed his first Challenge Tour title to continue a brilliant 2017, following two victories on the Development Tour earlier this year. (more…)

VAN GERWEN TOPS PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE AGAIN

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN maintained his brilliant record of first place finishes in the Premier League after sealing top spot once again in 2017. (more…)

WATCH: MIGHTY MIKE AND THORNTON’S FAB FINAL

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Michael van Gerwen and Robert Thornton played out a thrilling final in Players Championship Nine on Saturday.  (more…)

Clayton and Henderson Double Up At European Tour Qualifiers

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WELSH ACE JONNY CLAYTON and Scotland’s John Henderson led the charge of MODUS clients at Friday’s European Tour qualifying events by securing their places at the next two tournaments. (more…)

Van der Voort Joins Euro Tour Qualifiers

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VINCENT VAN DER VOORT made it through the European Qualifier for the German Darts Open to book his place in the third European Tour event of the year.Vincent van der Voort  (more…)

Van Gerwen Takes Euro Title As Whitlock Reaches Semis

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN won his 15th career European Tour title with a dominant display at the German Darts Masters over Easter weekend in Jena, Germany. (more…)

Humphries Highlights Goals After Agreeing MODUS Deal

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EXCITING PROSPECT LUKE HUMPHRIES aims to reach the top of the world of Darts after agreeing a deal with MODUS. (more…)

Scottish Duo Qualify For German Darts Open

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Robert ThorntonROBERT THORNTON followed up his success in qualifying for the second European Tour event of 2017 by securing his place in third, as John Henderson joined him in reaching the German Darts Open. (more…)

VAN GERWEN CLAIMS PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP SIX TITLE

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Michael van Gerwen MICHAEL VAN GERWEN defeated Peter Wright in the final of Players Championship six on Sunday to win his fourth title of 2017. (more…)

MODUS TRIO QUALIFY FOR GERMAN DARTS MASTERS

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Robert ThorntonRobert Thornton, Mark Webster and Jonny Clayton all qualified for the second European Tour event of the year by coming through Friday’s qualifier. (more…)

Another Record For MVG!

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Michael van Gerwen’s Premier League victory over James Wade on Thursday night saw the Dutchman extend his unbeaten run in televised matches to a new record over 44. (more…)

Wonderful Whitlock Wins Again!

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SIMON WHITLOCK won his third PDC ranking title of 2017 as he defeated Darren Johnson 6-3 in the final of Sunday’s Players Championship Four in Barnsley. (more…)

PDC DARTS STARS INCLUDING PHIL TAYLOR AND MICHAEL VAN GERWEN TO COMPETE AT LAKESIDE

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Limited tickets are still available to see Darts superstars Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor and Michael van Gerwen are part of an incredible line-up for March’s ALUK Night of Champions at the world famous Lakeside Country club later this month. (more…)

MEIKLE LANDS THE PERFECT NINE!

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Rising star Ryan Meikle joined the nine-dart club when he produced a perfect leg in the qualifier for the German Darts Championship on Friday night. (more…)

World’s Top Two Darts Stars Set for Motherwell Rematch

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Gary Anderson will look to settle the score against Michael van Gerwen when the two darting giants have their Motherwell rematch in 2017. (more…)

Awesome Foursome Arrowing into Ipswich

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Four of the world’s top Darts stars will compete at Ipswich Corn Exchange in 2017 following the incredible popularity of previous arrows events at the venue. (more…)

World’s Top Two Darts Stars Set for Edinburgh Rematch

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Gary Anderson will look to settle the score against Michael van Gerwen when the two darting giants have their Edinburgh rematch in 2017. (more…)

JDC ANNOUNCE MODUS SPORTS MANAGEMENT PARTNERSHIP IN BOOST FOR FUTURE DARTS STARS

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The Junior Darts Corporation are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with leading professional management company MODUS Sports Management in a move that will result in various benefits for JDC members and participants.

The agreement will see MODUS to become the title sponsor of the JDC Tour with immediate effect, including sponsorships of all events within the tour.
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Bet Victor World Matchplay: van Gerwen Denied by Remarkable Taylor

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Michael van Gerwen’s dreams of World Matchplay glory were put on hold for another year as he lost out to an amazing performance by Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor on Sunday.

Taylor clinched his 15th title at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens with an 18-9 defeat of the reigning World Champion and world number one. (more…)

Bet Victor World Matchplay: van Gerwen Through to final

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Michael van Gerwen moved one step closer to winning the Bet Victor World Matchplay for the first time after defeating Simon Whitlock in an exciting match on Saturday.

Dutch star van Gerwen, the reigning World Champion, won the last four legs to complete victory at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens. (more…)

Bet Victor World Matchplay Quarter-Finals

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Image courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDC Simon Whitlock and Michael van Gerwen will meet at the last four stage of the World Matchplay on Saturday after the pair won through their quarter-finals. (more…)

Bet Victor World Matchplay Round Two

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Image courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDCJames Wade and Simon Whitock will meet in the quarter-finals of the Bet Victor World Matchplay for the second consecutive year, while world number one Michael van Gerwen also progressed to the last eight in Blackpool. (more…)

Bet Victor World Matchplay Round One

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Michael van Gerwen, James Wade and Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson all won through to the second round of the Bet Victor World Matchplay in Blackpool. (more…)

Gibraltar Glory for Wonderful Wade

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James Wade claimed victory in the Gibraltar Darts Trophy as he defeated Steve Beaton in Sunday’s final, ending a three-year wait for a title.

Wade, who has won seven PDC majors, earned his first tournament victory since 2011 with a 6-4 success in the decider. (more…)

Victory for van der Voort

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Vincent van der Voort produced a string of fine performances to take victory at the Austrian Darts Open in Salzburg, defeating Jamie Caven with a brilliant comeback in Sunday’s final.

van der Voort, whose glory charge began in Thursday’s qualifying event, fought back from being 5-2 behind in the decider to win 6-5 and claim the £20,000 winner’s cheque and his first PDC ranking title since 2011. (more…)

Whitlock Pips Wade To Title in Coventry

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Simon Whitlock clinched his first PDC title of 2014 by winning Players Championship 12 in Coventry on Sunday.

Whitlock defeated James Wade 6-3 in the final, which included a 154 checkout from ‘The Wizard’, as he picked up the £10,000 winner’s check. (more…)

Darts Greats Returning to Guildford for Spectrum Spectacle

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Four of the best professional darts players on the planet will be on show when Guildford Spectrum holds The E-Lites Night of Champions 2 on Friday 5 December.

A top quality quartet including world number one and reigning World Champion Michael van Gerwen will do battle following the popularity of the inaugural darts event in Guildford last year. (more…)

World Cup Glory for Tremendous Dutch Duo

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Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld fired the Netherlands to victory in World Cup of Darts by defeating reigning champions England in the final on Sunday.

The Dutch pair cruised to a 3-0 success in the best of five final, which began with a stunning van Gerwen whitewash against Phil Taylor before ‘Barney’ repeated the feat against Adrian Lewis. (more…)

van Gerwen Retains Dubai Title

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Michael van Gerwen retained his Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters title with victory over Peter Wright in Friday’s final.

The Dutchman triumphed 11-7 to clinch the $50,000 title at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, after defeating Adrian Lewis by the same scoreline earlier in the evening. (more…)

Darts Stars Set For Dubai Duels

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Michael van Gerwen and James Wade will do battle in the Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters on Thursday evening, as the Dutch ace begins his defence of the World Series title.

World number one van Gerwen claimed the inaugural crown a year ago when he defeated compatriot Raymond van Barneveld in the final at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium.

The reigning World Champion will take on seven-time PDC major winner Wade in the quarter-finals, where Australian star Simon Whitlock will face Dave Chisnall.

van Barneveld takes on Adrian Lewis, while Phil Taylor meets Peter Wright in the other last eight clashes.

The winner of the van Gerwen versus Wade tie will take on van Barneveld or Lewis. If Whitlock progresses, he will meet Taylor or Wright in the semi-finals.

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Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters
Thursday May 29
8pm local time (5pm BST)

Adrian Lewis v Raymond van Barneveld
Simon Whitlock v Dave Chisnall
Phil Taylor v Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen v James Wade

(Best of 19 legs)

Friday May 30
8pm local time (5pm BST)

Semi-Finals
van Gerwen/Wade v Lewis/van Barneveld
Taylor/Wright v Whitlock/Chisnall

(Best of 21 legs)

Final

(Best of 21 legs)

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Brilliant Brown Clinches Youth Crown

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Keegan Brown clinched victory in the final of the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship by defeating Austrian opponent Rowby John Rodriguez at London’s O2.

Brown fought back 2-0 and 3-1 behind to claim a 6-4 victory in the final, which included a 121 finish from the 21-year-old talent. (more…)

van Gerwen Visits Haven House Children’s Hospice

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Michael van Gerwen, the world number one darts player, visited Haven House on Wednesday to meet children and families at the Woodford Green hospice.

The current World Champion visited the hospice as part of a charity partnership, between PDC and Haven House(more…)

Premier League Darts Night 15: van Gerwen Tops Table After Wright Win

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Michael van Gerwen finished top of the Premier League Darts table for the second consecutive year after ending the league phase in style.

The Dutchman, who will defend his title at London’s O2 next Thursday, defeated Peter Wright 7-5 in Brighton – with the aid of a sensational 110 average.

van Gerwen will face Gary Anderson in the semi-finals at next week’s play-offs. (more…)

Wade and Nicholson Picked for Perth

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James Wade and Paul Nicholson will take part in the inaugral Perth Darts Masters in August after being handed Wildcards by the PDC.

Seven-time major winner Wade and 2010 Players Champion Nicholson will join automatic selections Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis, Simon Whitlock, Peter Wright and Dave Chisnall in Perth, along with fellow Wildcard picks Raymond van Barneveld and Australian brothers Kyle and Beau Anderson. (more…)

Premier League Darts Week 14: van Gerwen Stays On Top After Beating Barney

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Michael van Gerwen took a giant step towards finishing top of the Premier League Darts table for the second year running with a fine victory against his closest rival in Newcastle.

World Champion van Gerwen saw off second-placed Raymond van Barneveld 7-4 with an excellent performance on Thursday, moving him two points ahead of his Dutch compatriot with just one more set of fixtures to complete. (more…)

Brilliant Thornton Seals Wigan Weekend Double

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Robert Thornton enjoyed an excellent weekend in Wigan, where he won both of the Pro Tour events thanks to some stunning displays.

The Scottish ace, who has leapt back up to ninth on the PDC’s Order of Merit after scooping £20,000 prize in money in 48 hours, defeated Keegan Brown and Terry Jenkins in the respective finals of Players Championships 7 and 8.

Thornton claimed his second and third titles of 2013, having won Players Championship 6 last month, to complete a hat-trick of consecutive triumphs at Robin Park. (more…)

TICKET BOOST FOR DARTS FANS AHEAD OF LAKESIDE’S CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS

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Due to extremely high demand, extra tickets have been made available for next Saturday’s eagerly anticipated darts contest at the famous Lakeside Country Club.

The Surrey venue, renowned as the home of darts, is hosting an ultimate ‘Champion of Champions’ event on Saturday 10 May, with reigning PDC World Champion and world number one Michael van Gerwen headlining a star-studded field of major championship winners. (more…)

Premier League Darts Night Twelve: van Gerwen Defence on Course

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Michael van Gerwen kept his Premier League Darts title defence on course in Manchester, where a win over Dave Chisnall effectively sealed his place in the play-offs.

The world number one claimed a 7-4 triumph against Chisnall on Thursday to remain top of the table ahead of Dutch compatriot Raymond van Barneveld, who has also all but secured his place at London’s O2 Arena in May.

van Barneveld saw off Adrian Lewis 8-3, while Robert Thornton picked up a point from his two games as he drew with Gary Anderson after losing 7-5 to Peter Wright despite hitting seven 180s in the defeat.

Phil Taylor shared a draw with Anderson in the evening’s other match.

By Chris Murphy

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Thornton Takes Title in Wigan

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Robert Thornton won his first title of 2014 when he edged out Ian White in the final of Players Championship 6 at Robin Park, Wigan on Sunday.

Thornton, who defeated Phil Taylor to reach the final, came back from 4-2 and 5-4 down to see off White and claim his eighth PDC Pro Tour title.

Read the full report on Robert Thornton’s official website

James Wade enjoyed a productive weekend in Wigan, reaching the quarter-finals on both Saturday and Sunday, while there was also a return to form for former World Youth Champion James Hubbard, who defeated Wes Newton, Michael van Gerwen and Mervyn King en route to Saturday’s semi-finals.

Dutch ace Vincent van der Voort produced a strong run to the quarter-finals of Sunday’s event.

By Chris Murphy

Premier League Darts Night Ten: van Gerwen Edges Thornton in Classic

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Michael van Gerwen strengthened his position at the top of the Premier League when he claimed victory in an excellent match against Robert Thornton in Sheffield on Thursday evening.

The defending champion had trailed the Scotsman, who missed double twelve for a nine-darter, 3-2 at one stage but hit back to claim a 7-5 success, kicking off the decisive leg with back-to-back 180s before going out in eleven darts.

The triumph moved the world number one a point ahead of Raymond van Barneveld but van Gerwen has played a game less than his Dutch compatriot. (more…)

Brilliant Brown Reaches World Youth Final

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Keegan Brown is one match away from becoming World Youth Champion after reaching the final, which will take place on May 22.

The Isle of Wight youngster, who has twice beaten Phil Taylor in professional events, came through the last 64 of the £50,000 tournament in Reading on Saturday to set up a decider against Rowby-John Rodriguez. (more…)

Premier League Darts Night Nine: Thornton Survives as van Gerwen and Whitlock Draw on Judgement Night

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Robert Thornton avoided elimination from the Premier League despite his defeat to Phil Taylor on Thursday, as relegated Simon Whitlock and league leader Michael van Gerwen shared a draw in Cardiff.

Thornton’s survival was secured when Dave Chisnall earned a 7-5 victory over Wes Newton, which saw Newton’s campaign end early for the second succesive season.

‘The Thorn’ went on to lose out to world number two Taylor.

van Gerwen and Whitlock served up the match of the evening with a 6-6 draw, in which both players took out enormous finishes.

Adrian Lewis and Raymond van Barneveld also drew, while Peter Wright edged out Gary Anderson.

Following the elimination of Whitlock and Newton, the remaining eight players will compete in Sheffield next week, with fixtures set to be released in due course.

By Chris Murphy

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Premier League Darts Night Eight: van Gerwen Moves Clear With Wright Win

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Michael van Gerwen ended Peter Wright’s unbeaten start in the Premier League with a 7-5 victory in Dublin to move two  points clear at the top of the table. (more…)

Premier League Darts Night Seven: van Gerwen Returns to Top in front of Record-Breaking Crowd

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Michael van Gerwen returned to the top of the Premier League Darts table with a 7-5 victory over Gary Anderson in Leeds, where a record 11,000-strong crowd welcomed the tournament to West Yorkshire for the first time. (more…)

Lakeside to Host Champion of Champions Darts Night

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Some of the World’s top darts stars are set to compete at the famous Lakeside Country Club, renowned as the home of darts, in an ultimate ‘Champion of Champions’ event.

This unique evening of sporting entertainment, which will take place in the Canal Suite on Saturday 10 May, will see reigning PDC World Champion and world number one Michael van Gerwen headline a star-studded field of major championship winners.

Lakeside favourite and three-time BDO World Champion Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams is also in action, alongside James Wade, winner of seven major PDC titles. (more…)

Premier League Darts Night Six: van Gerwen Back on Form as Thornton Takes Point

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Michael van Gerwen produced a brilliant performance on night six of Premier League Darts as he returned to form with a 7-1 thrashing of Wes Newton in Nottingham. (more…)

UK Open: van Gerwen Bows Out in Last Four

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Michael van Gerwen missed the chance to reach the final of the UK Open after Terry Jenkins ended his hopes on Sunday evening.

World champion van Gerwen was beaten 10-8 by an impressive Jenkins at Minehead despite fighting back from 4-1 down to tie the match at 5-5 at one stage. (more…)

UK Open Round Five: van Gerwen Title Charge On Course

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Michael van Gerwen remains in contention to win his first UK Open title after moving into the quarter-finals with victory over Mark Webster on Saturday evening.

van Gerwen prevailed 9-4 against the Welshman at Minehead as he averaged over 100 for the second time in a row. (more…)

UK Open Fourth Round: Wade and van Gerwen March On

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James Wade and Michael van Gerwen continued to impress in Minehead as they reached the last 16 of the UK Open, while Mark Webster also progressed on Saturday afternoon. (more…)

UK Open Third Round: van Gerwen, Wade & Thornton Ease Through

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Michael van Gerwen, James Wade and Robert Thornton stormed into the last 32 of the UK Open in Minehead on Thursday evening, while Paul Nicholson, Mark Webster and Vincent van der Voort joined them in round four. (more…)

UK Open Latest: Hubbard and Alcinas Win Through

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Former World Youth Champion James Hubbard won two matches on Friday afternoon to move into the third round of the UK Open in Minehead, as Antonio Alcinas also progressed.

Hubbard won a last leg decider against Jeff Batham to move into round two, where he triumphed 5-3 against Steve Hine to set up a clash with World Champion Michael van Gerwen this evening. (more…)

Premier League Darts Night Five: Clinical Whitlock Seals First Win

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Simon Whitlock produced a perfect display of doubling to claim his first victory of the 2014 Premier League season as he edged out Robert Thornton in Exeter.

Whitlock recorded a one-hundred-percent finishing success rate in a 7-5 victory over the Scotsman, who had earlier drawn with compatriot Peter Wright. (more…)

New Date for Top Barnsley Darts Event

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The ‘Over the Top’ professional darts event scheduled to take place at Barnsley Metrodome on Friday 7 November will now be held on Friday 21 November due to unforeseen circumstances. (more…)

Premier League Darts Night Four: Thornton Secures Draw in Scotland

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Scotland’s Robert Thornton earned himself a draw when Premier League Darts reached Glasgow on Thursday evening as defending champion Michael van Gerwen suffered his first defeat. (more…)

van Gerwen Wins in Wigan as UK Open Qualifiers Are Confirmed

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Michael van Gerwen stormed to victory in the sixth and final UK Open qualifier of 2014, as the field for the televised finals took shape in Wigan.

van Gerwen defeated Michael Smith 6-0 in Sunday’s final to clinch the £10,000 first prize and his second title since becoming World Champion and world number one on New Year’s Day. (more…)

Premier League Darts Night Three: van Gerwen and Thornton Brilliant in Belfast

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Michael van Gerwen and Robert Thornton turned on the style as both averaged well in excess of 100 in Premier League victories in Belfast on Thursday evening.

van Gerwen maintained his winning start to the season, defeating Dave Chisnall 7-4, while Thornton hit eight 180s in his first win of the campaign – a 7-2 triumph against fellow Scot Gary Anderson. (more…)

Dutch Darts Masters: van Gerwen Grabs Home Glory

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World Champion and world number one Michael van Gerwen turned on the style to win the Dutch Darts Masters on Sunday.

The 24-year-old sensation won four matches to clinch the European Tour title in his native Netherlands, averaging over 100 in every one of them.

van Gerwen defeated Mervyn King 6-4 in a brilliant final in Veldhoven to scoop the £20,000 first prize, delighting his army of adoring fans in the jubilant home crowd. (more…)

Premier League Darts Night Two: van Gerwen Edges Thornton

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Defending Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen made it two wins from two in this year’s tournament with a 7-5 success against Robert Thornton on Thursday evening. (more…)

Premier League Darts Night One: van Gerwen Thrashes Taylor

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World Champion and world number one Michael van Gerwen began his Premier League title defence in sensational style by claiming an incredible whitewash win over Phil Taylor.

van Gerwen performed brilliantly, averaging over 109, to defeat the man he displaced from the top of the PDC Order of Merit 7-0 at Liverpool’s Echo Arena. (more…)

van Gerwen and Whitlock Aim to Produce Premier League Gloss

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World class stars Michael van Gerwen and Simon Whitlock will bring extra gloss to the life of one darts fan around the UK – should they hit a perfect finish during the Premier League.

Leading trade paint manufacturer Leyland Paints sponsor two of the biggest names in the sport and have provided the ideal incentive for either player to turn on the style during the 16-week tour of the United Kingdom, which starts in Liverpool on Thursday night. (more…)

van Gerwen’s E-Lites Delight

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Michael van Gerwen, the World Darts Champion, has revealed his joy at extending his partnership with the UK’s leading electronic cigarette brand, E-Lites, ahead of his next title charge.

The Dutch sensation, who became the new world number one with victory in London on New Year’s Day, was backed by E-Lites in his finest hour and the agreement has been extended for the whole of 2014. (more…)

Thornton Re-Signs With Red Dragon Darts

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Robert Thornton has expressed his delight after extending his partnership with top darts manufacturers Red Dragon Darts.

The Scotsman, who has been working with Red Dragon since 2011, has agreed a new four year sponsorship deal after an extremely successful couple of years. (more…)

World Champion van Gerwen Joins ‘Team Leyland’

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Leading trade paint brand Leyland Paints has hit the bullseye by linking up with newly-crowned World Champion Michael van Gerwen.

Leyland has been at the heart of the UK’s fastest growing sport for the last two years, sponsoring world class stars Simon Whitlock and Mark Webster.

The backing of the pair will continue in 2014, and van Gerwen, the hottest property in darts, has now been added as another ambassador to further boost ‘Team Leyland.’ (more…)

PDC Awards for van Gerwen and Whitlock

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Michael van Gerwen is no stranger to trebles and the newly crowned World Champion collected three honours at the PDC Awards Dinner on Monday Evening, while Simon Whitlock also scooped a prize.

World number one van Gerwen was awarded Pro Tour Player of the Year, Fans Player of the Year and the prestigious PDC Player of the Year title.

“It’s been an amazing year for me and I’d like to thank everyone who has made this happen, because this is a fantastic moment for me to be named as Player of the Year,” said van Gerwen, who won the the Premier League, Dubai Masters and Players Championship Finals before lifting the World Championship trophy on New Year’s Day.

“I’ve worked so hard for this and to be World Champion and number one in the world is amazing. I know what it’s like to be ranked number 35 in the world and I’ve put a lot of work in to get to where I am now.

“I want to stay here but I know it will be very difficult this year.”

Australian ace Whitlock, who is now ranked third on the Order of Merit, won the award for the PDC Televised Performance of the Year for his amazing comeback win against Jamie Caven in the European Championship.

It was also a special evening for legendary darts commentator John Gwynne, who was inducted into the PDC Hall of Fame.

By Chris Murphy

2014 PDC Qualifying School: Alcinas is Top of the Class

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Antonio Alcinas retained his PDC ProTour status by winning a tour card on day one of Qualifying School in Wigan on Wednesday.

The Spanish star, who had to compete in the 340-strong field of hopefuls after falling out of the top 64 on the Order of Merit, was one of four players to pick up a two-year tour card on the opening day. (more…)

Top Darts Stars on Show in Sunderland

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Four of the biggest names in professional darts will be on show in Sunderland in 2014 as the Benfield Nissan Darts Masters returns for its second staging.

The stars, including the newly-crowned World Champion and world number one Michael van Gerwen, will compete at the Nissan Sports and Leisure complex on Saturday 5 April. (more…)

World Darts Championship: van Gerwen Rules The Worlds

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Michael van Gerwen is the 2014 World Darts Champion and the new world number one.

van Gerwen fulfilled his darting destiny by defeating Peter Wright 7-4 in the World Championship final at London’s Alexandra Palace on New Year’s Day. (more…)

World Darts Championship Latest: van Gerwen Storms Through to Final

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Michael van Gerwen claimed an astounding World Championship semi-final victory against Adrian Lewis to edge closer to realising his title dream.

The Dutch ace, who will become the new world number one if he defeats Peter Wright on New Year’s Day, took just 40 minutes to complete a six-set whitewash over the two-time World Champion on Monday. (more…)

World Darts Championship Latest: van Gerwen Reaches Semis

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Michael van Gerwen fought off a brilliant battle from Mark Webster to reach the semi-finals of the World Darts Championship with a 5-3 victory on Sunday evening.

The world number two hit eight finishes of over 100 in the victory, as he set up a semi-final showdown with Adrian Lewis, who ended James Wade’s campaign. (more…)

World Darts Championship Latest: Whitlock in Last Four as Wade and van Gerwen Reach Quarters

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Simon Whitlock fought off Ian White to reach the semi-finals of the World Darts Championship,while James Wade and Michael van Gerwen moved into the quarter-finals on Saturday. (more…)

World Darts Championship Latest: Webster and Whitlock Move into Last Eight

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Simon Whitlock and Mark Webster won through to the quarter-finals of the World Darts Championship with victories at London’s Alexandra Palace on Friday.

Whitlock is yet to drop a set in the tournament after seeing off Kevin Painter in the afternoon session, while Webster enjoyed a brilliant triumph over Raymond van Barneveld. (more…)

World Darts Championship Latest: Wade Through After Fantastic Fight-Back

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James Wade produced a sensational fight-back to stay in the World Championship as he came back from three sets behind to defeat Andy Smith 4-3 on Monday evening. (more…)

World Darts Championship Latest: Webster, Whitlock and van Gerwen Go Through

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Mark Webster and John Henderson served up a treat for fans at the World Championship, with Webster edging a dramatic dual at Alexandra Palace on Sunday, while Simon Whitlock and Michael van Gerwen also progressed to the last 16. (more…)

World Darts Championship Latest: Thorn Storms Through

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Robert Thornton cruised into the last 16 of the World Championship with a straight sets victory against Beau Anderson on Saturday evening.

The world number nine produced an excellent display to see off his Australian opponent, hitting seven 180s and averaging almost 99 in the win.

Robert Thornton 4 – 0 Beau Anderson – Match Report

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World Darts Championship Latest: Barney Marches On

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Raymond van Barneveld reached the last 16 of the World Darts Championship after coming out on top in a thrilling clash with Jamie Caven on Friday night. (more…)

World Darts Championship Latest: Wade and Webster Win Through

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James Wade and Mark Webster both earned victories as the first round of the World Championship concluded on Thursday evening at London’s Alexandra Palace. (more…)

U Moove Backs Monk To Rise To Top of World Darts

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Image courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDCDarts star Arron Monk has been handed a boost ahead of his World Championship campaign after receiving the backing of Portsmouth based Estate Agent U Moove.

The former under-21 World Champion is plotting his move to the top of the sport and has welcomed the deal ahead of his World Championship first round clash against Justin Pipe. (more…)

World Darts Championship Latest: Win for Whitlock and Delight for Dutch Duo

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Simon Whitlock, Michael van Gerwen and Vincent van der Voort all won through to the second round of the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace on Tuesday evening. (more…)

van Gerwen Goes Green With E-Lites

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Michael van Gerwen, the world number two, has unveiled his new partnership with the UK’s leading electronic cigarette brand, E-Lites, as he bids to become World Darts Champion.

The Dutch sensation, who was last year’s runner-up, is ready to light up London with more dazzling darts displays and is delighted to have E-Lites in his corner throughout the sport’s biggest tournament. (more…)

Bet Victor Backing for Whitlock and Wade

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Darts stars James Wade and Simon Whitlock will have the backing of BetVictor when they arrow in to Alexandra Palace for the 2014 World Championship.

‘The Machine’ and ‘The Wizard’ will be sporting the BetVictor logo on their shirts throughout the biggest tournament in the sport after entering a new sponsorship deal. (more…)

Top Darts Stars on Show at Scarlets Masters in January

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Parc y Scarlets is hosting another evening of top class professional darts following the success of previous events.

Some of the world’s very best players are on show at the 2014 Scarlets Darts Masters, which takes place on 25 January. (more…)

World Darts Championship Latest: Henderson Through After Thriller

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John Henderson knocked number seven seed Dave Chisnall out of the World Championship in a dramatic contest on Sunday evening.

The Scotsman progressed into the second round after winning for the first time at Alexandra Palace, defeating Chisnall in a deciding set tie-break.

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World Darts Championship Latest: Thornton and Nicholson Through on Day of Double Perfection

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Robert Thornton and Paul Nicholson both progressed to round two of the World Championships on a day that saw two nine-darters at Alexandra Palace.

Thornton defeated Max Hopp and Nicholson saw off Stuart Kellett on Saturday evening, following an afternoon session which included the two perfect legs.

Terry Jenkins and Australia’s Kyle Anderson currently share possession of the £30,000 prize-pot after both achieved their first televised nine-dart-finishes, but the pair were eliminated from the tournament nonetheless.

Robert Thornton 3 – 1 Max Hopp – Match report

Paul Nicholson 3 – 0 Stuart Kellett – Match report

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2014 World Darts Championship Preview

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The 2014 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship gets underway on Friday evening as 72 players prepare to do battle for the biggest prize in the sport.

Last year’s runner-up Michael van Gerwen is widely considered to be a major contender to be lifting the Sid Waddell Trophy on New Year’s Day, while James Wade and Simon Whitlock are also hoping to pocket the record £250,000 first prize. (more…)

Whitlock Eyes Pyramids Prize

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Simon Whitlock is aiming for glory in the sold-out ‘u moove Untouchables’ darts event, which takes place on Saturday evening at Portsmouth Pyramids Centre.

Whitlock, pictured here with Jody Gough and Tom Soane of title sponsors u moove, wants to be on top form at the Southsea venue as he completes his preparation for the World Championships later this month. (more…)

Players Championship Finals: van Gerwen Triumphs Over Taylor

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Michael van Gerwen defeated Phil Taylor in the final of the 2013 Players Championship with a blistering performance in Minehead.

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Players Championship Finals: Round Two Round-Up

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Michael van Gerwen produced a sensational comeback to defeat Adrian Lewis in the last 16 of the Players Championship in Minehead, while Raymond van Barneveld set up a quarter-final clash against Phil Taylor after a dramatic last-leg win over Robert Thornton on Saturday. (more…)

Players Championship Finals: Round One Round-Up

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Robert Thornton produced the performance of the first round at the Players Championship Finals on Friday, while Raymond van Barneveld and Michael van Gerwen also progressed to the last 16 in Minehead. (more…)

Darts’ Masters Returns to Charlton

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Some of the world’s top professional darts players will be on show at Charlton Athletic FC in February as the Charlton Masters returns to The Valley for its third staging.

Following the success of the previous two events, Premier League stars Michael van Gerwen and James Wade will be the main attractions when the darting party rolls back into town on February 28. (more…)

Darts Stars Set for Wight Christmas Party!

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Some of the world’s top professional darts stars are in action at the inaugural Isle of Wight Christmas Classic in two weeks time.

Tickets are still available for the exciting event on Friday 6 December, which will see Premier League players James Wade, Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld compete at Lower Hyde Holiday Park, Shanklin, which hosted the hugely successful Isle of Wight Pro Masters earlier this year. (more…)

Grand Slam of Darts: Thornton Enjoys Fine Run to Final

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Robert Thornton produced a string of strong showings to reach his first Grand Slam of Darts final but was denied a second PDC major by world number one Phil Taylor on Sunday evening.

Former UK Open winner Thornton continued the good form that saw him win a Players Championship event in Killarney at the end of October, winning five matches over nine days in Wolverhampton before succumbing to ‘The Power’ in the decider.

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Grand Slam of Darts: Quarter-Finals Round-Up

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Robert Thornton reached his first Grand Slam of Darts semi-final with a commanding victory over Tony O’Shea on Friday evening.

The Scottish ace will meet reigning BDO World Champion Scott Waites on Sunday afternoon after defeating Lakeside runner-up O’Shea 16-6 in Wolverhampton. (more…)

Grand Slam of Darts: Last 16 Round-Up

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Robert Thornton and James Wade progressed to the last eight of the Grand Slam of Darts with victories in the second round in Wolverhampton.

Thornton defeated Mervyn King on Wednesday, while James Wade came out on top against Paul Nicholson on Thursday after both of the victors had won all three of their group games. (more…)

Grand Slam of Darts: Day Four Round-Up

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Paul Nicholson will meet James Wade in the last 16 of the Grand Slam after ‘The Asset’ won his decisive group match on Tuesday, while Wade and Michael van Gerwen both made it three wins out of three in Wolverhampton. (more…)

Grand Slam of Darts: Day Three Round-Up

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Mark Webster won through to the last 16 of the Grand Slam in dramatic style, while Simon Whitlock and Robert Thornton progressed before they had picked up a dart on Monday evening. (more…)

Grand Slam of Darts: Day Two Round-Up

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James Wade sealed his spot in the last 16 of the Grand Slam of Darts on Sunday after grabbing his second group stage victory, while Raymond van Barneveld, Simon Whitlock, Michael van Gerwen and Robert Thornton all also won to maintain one-hundred-percent records in the round robin. (more…)

Grand Slam of Darts: Day One Round-Up

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Defending Grand Slam champion Raymond van Barneveld and last year’s runner-up Michael van Gerwen both made winning starts in Wolverhampton on Saturday, when James Wade, Robert Thornton, Mark Webster, Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson all also enjoyed victories. (more…)

Grand Slam of Darts Draw: Dutch Duo Drawn in Same Group

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Dutch pair Michael van Gerwen and Vincent van der Voort will meet in the Group Stage of the 2013 Grand Slam of Darts, where another Dutchman, Raymond van Barneveld, is bidding to defend his title.

Good friends van Gerwen and van der Voort are both in Group D following Monday’s draw after the latter sealed one of the four wildcard qualifier places for the Wolverhampton tournament. (more…)

van der Voort Completes Grand Slam Field

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Vincent van der Voort earned the right to play in next week’s Grand Slam of Darts after winning through Monday’s wildcard qualifier in Wigan.

The rapid Dutchman was one of four men to take up a place at the Wolverhampton tournament as he, Justin Pipe, Peter Wright and Stuart Kellett fought their way through a field of over 180 hopefuls competing for a spot in the televised event. (more…)

KENDA Aid Wade Challenge

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James Wade is joining forces with tyre manufacturing giants KENDA after the prestigious company agreed a sponsorship deal with ‘The Machine’.

Founded in 1962, Kenda is one of the world’s leading tyre and tube manufacture for automotive, motorcycle, ATV, bicycle, lawn care equipment, trailer, and agricultural vehicles. With factories all over the world, the company is able to provide quality products to suit a wide variety of applications.

Wade, a car mechanic by trade and currently ranked in the top six in the world, was seen proudly sporting the KENDA logo on his shirt during his run to the semi-finals of the World Grand Prix in Dublin, which was broadcast live on SKY Sports and on various platforms worldwide. (more…)

Killarney Success For Scots on Saturday

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Robert Thornton won his second Pro Tour event of 2013 with victory in the Gleanegale Hotel Players Championship in Killarney on Saturday, while fellow Scotsman John Henderson enjoyed his best performance of the year with a fine run to the quarter-finals. (more…)

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Championship League Darts: Five Star van Gerwen Wins Through

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Michael van Gerwen made it third time lucky as he won Group Five of Championship League Darts on Wednesday, after falling at the final hurdle on two previous occasions.

The sensational Dutch darter saved his best performance of the day for a high quality decider, where he defeated Peter Wright 6-4. (more…)

Darts All-Stars on Show in Andover Next Month

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Andover darts fans are in for a treat when some of the best players in the world appear in the town on November 7.

The PDC stars, including 2013 Premier League Darts winner Michael van Gerwen, are appearing at an exclusive event at Andover Leisure Centre. (more…)

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James Wade moved into the semi-finals of the World Grand Prix in Dublin after defeating Simon Whitlock in a thrilling match on Friday evening.

The two-time winner of the double-start tournament took out a brilliant 101 finish to win a last leg decider, edging an exciting encounter to progress to the last four.

Wade continues his pursuit of an eighth major title when he meets Phil Taylor in the semi-finals on Saturday.

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partypoker.com World Grand Prix: Quarter-Final Line-Up Complete

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Michael van Gerwen kept alive his hopes of defending his World Grand Prix title as a straight sets victory against Raymond van Barneveld on Thursday earned him a place in the quarter-finals. (more…)

partypoker.com World Grand Prix: Night Three Round-Up

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James Wade and Simon Whitlock will meet in the quarter-finals of the World Grand Prix after the pair claimed second round victories at Dublin’s Citywest Hotel on Wednesday.

Wade defeated Ireland’s Connie Finnan by three sets to two, while Whitlock swept past Ronnie Baxter in straight sets.

They will now go head to head on Friday for a place in the semi-finals. (more…)

partypoker.com World Grand Prix: Night Two Round-Up

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Michael van Gerwen will meet Raymond van Barneveld in the second round of the World Grand Prix after the Dutch pair both claimed comfortable victories in Dublin on Tuesday evening.

Defending champion van Gerwen averaged over 104 in a two nil defeat of John Part, while ‘Barney’ saw off Stuart Kellett by the same scoreline.

The World Cup team-mates will go head to head on Thursday for a place in the quarter-finals. (more…)

partypoker.com World Grand Prix – Night One Round-Up

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James Wade and Simon Whitlock both claimed dramatic deciding leg victories in round one of of the World Grand Prix in Dublin, where Paul Nicholson produced one of the top performances of the opening night.

Two-time champion Wade and Australian star Whitlock were both taken to last-leg deciders by Steve Beaton and Michael Mansell respectively, with both surviving missed match-darts by their opponents before winning through to the second round.

Nicholson produced what he went on to describe as his ‘best ever performance on TV’ to defeat Robert Thornton, as ‘The Asset’ averaged just under 100 in a 2-1 sucess. (more…)

2013 World Grand Prix Preview

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Two-time World Grand Prix winner James Wade is in opening night action when the double-start event gets underway in Dublin on Monday evening.

Wade, who has amassed seven PDC major titles to date, takes on Steve Beaton at the Citywest Hotel, as ‘The Machine’ bids to repeat the form that saw him win the unique tournament, which requires players to start and finish each leg by hitting a double, in 2007 and 2010. (more…)

World Grand Prix Draw Made

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Double World Grand Prix champion James Wade will take on Steve Beaton in the opening round of this year’s tournament in Dublin, where Michael van Gerwen will begin his title defence against Canada’s John Part. (more…)

Championship League Groups Confirmed

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The groups for the 2013 Championship League Darts have been announced, with James Wade, Michael van Gerwen and Simon Whitlock featuring in Group One, which takes place on Tuesday September 24.

The internet-streamed event will see play across nine days, with the eight individual Group Winners going on to contest the title in the Winners Group on Thursday October 24.

Darts Stars Set For Wight Christmas

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Some of the world’s best professional darts players will be on show at the inaugural Isle of Wight Christmas Classic on Friday 6 December.

The exciting event sees the return of top class darts action to Lower Hyde Holiday Park, Shanklin, which hosted the hugely successful Isle of Wight Pro Masters earlier this year. (more…)

Colourful Thornton Inspired to Brush Up

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One of the world’s leading darters has taken the chance to brush up on his painting skills – after being inspired by having a colour named after him.

Ayrshire ace Robert Thornton is one of five oche favourites to feature on the ‘Colours of the Darts Scene’ colour card created by Leyland Paints along with Simon Whitlock, Mark Webster, Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen and James Wade. (more…)

Darts Greats to Compete at Guildford Spectrum

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Four of the world’s greatest darts players will lock horns in an exclusive event at the Guildford Spectrum in October.

The venue is set to hold its first ever professional darts event when Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld, James Wade and Dennis Priestley appear in ‘A Night of Champions’ on Friday 18 October.

The night sees four of the best players on the planet, all of which are major title winners, go head to head, with 16-times World Champion Taylor topping the bill.

Taylor or ‘The Power’ is one of the most successful men in any sport and is undisputedly the best darts player ever to pick up an arrow, having dominated the sport for the best two decades.

The world number one is joined by perhaps his three biggest challengers historically.

Wade has amassed seven major titles, making him the second most successful player in the PDC, while van Barneveld has won the World Championship five times and Priestley twice.

And world number four Wade is delighted to be heading to Guildford.

He said: “I’m really excited about this event. It is area that hasn’t really been visited by top professional darts player so hopefully we will be well received.

“The line-up is fantastic and I’m looking forward to competing on what should be a fantastic night of top quality darts.

“We are all very competitive and will all be doing our very best to take the title of ‘Champion of Champions’.”

Tickets for the inaugural ‘A Night of Champions’ at the Guildford Spectrum are available now from the Spectrum reception (01483 443333), www.dartshop.tv (08450 180 180) or from www.ticketmasters.co.uk (0844 844 0444).

Wade and Unicorn Extend Partnership

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The PDC’s second most successful player James Wade has agreed a new three-year-deal with leading darts manufacturers Unicorn.

The announcement follows Wade’s recent runs to the semi-finals of the World Championship, Premier League and World Matchplay.

And the seven-time major title winner hopes that the extension of his fruitful partnership with the big name in darts will help him continue his success. (more…)

World Matchplay Darts Round-Up

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James Wade and Michael van Gerwen produced some fantastic performances in the World Matchplay at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens before both being denied places in the final by Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis respectively.

Wade followed up his opening round defeat of John Part with a fine performance in seeing off Gary Anderson to reach the quarter-finals.

There, he edged out Simon Whitlock in a thrilling encounter before losing out in his semi-final clash against Taylor, who went on to win the title.

van Gerwen defeated Colin Lloyd in round one before producing a fabulous display to demolish Peter Wright 13-3.

He then saw off Dave Chisnall to reach the semi-final, where he suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of Lewis.

 


 

World Matchplay Darts: van Gerwen Seals Semi Spot

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN 16 – 11 Dave Chisnall

Michael van Gerwen moved into the last four of the World Matchplay with victory over Dave Chisnall at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on Friday evening.

The world number two completed a line-up of the PDC’s four highest ranked players for Saturday’s semi-finals.

van Gerwen will face Adrian Lewis, who he lost out to at the same stage in the European Championship almost three weeks ago. (more…)

Bet Victor World Matchplay Darts: Wade Edges Whitlock in Brilliant Blackpool Battle

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James Wade came out on top in an incredible quarter-final clash against Simon Whitlock to set up a World Matchplay semi-final with Phil Taylor in Blackpool.

Wade edged the Australian ace 18-16 in a tie-break after a sensational display of darts from both players on Thursday evening.

The pair both averaged just shy of 100 in a marvellous match, which saw the lead change hands seven times. (more…)

Bet Victor World Matchplay Darts: Round Two Round-Up

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Simon Whitlock and James Wade will meet in the quarter-finals of the World Matchplay after the pair claimed second round victories at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.

Whitlock claimed a hard fought win against Kevin Painter, who he defeated 13-10 on Tuesday evening, before Wade saw off Gary Anderson 13-9.

Michael van Gerwen also won through to the last eight after he completing a 13-3 drubbing of Peter Wright on Wednesday.

Click below links for full match reports.

 

SIMON WHITLOCK 13-10 Kevin Painter

 

JAMES WADE 13-9 Gary Anderson

 

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN 13-3 Peter Wright

Bet Victor World Matchplay – Round One Round-Up

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James Wade, Simon Whitlock, Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld all won through to the second round of the World Matchplay after an entertaining opening round in Blackpool.

Wade, who won the Blackpool tournament in 2007, defeated John Part 10-8, while Whitlock saw off Jelle Klaasen by the same scoreline and ‘Barney’ beat Mensur Suljovic 10-4 on Saturday.

van Gerwen joined them in the last 16 when he defeated Colin Lloyd on Sunday.

For full match reports click the links below.

JAMES WADE 10-8 John Part

SIMON WHITLOCK 10-8 Jelle Klaasen

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN 10-7 Colin Lloyd

RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD 10-4 Mensur Suljovic

2013 World Matchplay – First Round Preview

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The 20th staging of the World Matchplay gets underway at Blackpool’s Winter Garden’s on Saturday evening, with James Wade, Simon Whitlock and Raymond van Barneveld all in opening night action.

Wade returns to the seaside town having reached the final of the prestigious tournament five times in seven visits, including 2007 when he won his first major title.

Now a seven-time major winner, ‘The Machine’ begins his quest for further Matchplay success against John Part in round one.

“I know what John can do and he knows what I can do,” said Wade, the world number four.

“If we both do it then it should be a great game on Saturday and that is the only one I am thinking about right now.

“I have done well here so far and I think that is because I feel very comfortable. The venue is fantastic and so are the crowd. It is my favourite tournament.”

Whitlock takes on Dutchman Jelle Klaasen on Saturday night in round one.

The Australian reached the final of the European Championships in Germany a fortnight ago and is determined to take his good form to Blackpool.

“I have been playing very well recently,” said ‘The Wizard’, a former World Matchplay semi-finalist.

“It will be a tough game on Saturday but if I can play like I have been in the last few weeks then I’m confident of coming through it.”

van Barneveld takes on Austrian Mensur Suljovic.

Mark Webster is in action on the first of two sessions on Sunday, when he meets Justin Pipe in the afternoon.

Paul Nicholson takes on Dave Chisnall in the evening session, before world number two Michael van Gerwen plays Colin Lloyd.

Monday evening sees the conclusion of the first round matches as Robert Thornton faces Ian White.

By Chris Murphy


Jenkins and Hubbard Heading to German Darts Masters

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Andy Jenkins and James Hubbard will compete in the PDC’s seventh European Tour Event of the year after winning through qualifiers in Barnsley on Friday evening.

The pair will take part in September’s German Darts Masters after a successful night’s work in South Yorkshire.

Former World Championship semi-finalist Jenkins qualified for a European Tour event for the first time in 2013 with two fine performances, dropping just one leg in victories over Sam Hill (6-0) and Jim Walker (6-1).

“I played well tonight and I’m over the moon to have qualified,” said Jenkins.

“I’m looking forward to getting out to Germany and I’ll be working hard to put a run together. The European Tour is very important. It has a massive impact on rankings.

“I’m still enjoying my darts and I know I can still beat the best. So it’s onwards and upwards for me from now on.”

2012 World Youth Champion Hubbard also produced some encouraging performances, defeating Chris Aubrey 6-3 before edging out Prakash Jiwa in a last leg decider.

The Norfolk ace then sealed his spot in Sindelfingen with a 6-1 victory against Ricky Sudale.

“I’m happy with how I played,” said the 20-year-old.

“It was probably the best I have played in a long time. If I’m honest, I’ve had a bad year so far so it is pleasing to come into a little bit of form. Hopefully, qualifying for this can be the start of a better second half of the year.”

By Chris Murphy

World Matchplay Draw Made

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Former World Matchplay champion James Wade will begin his quest for further glory at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens with a first round clash against John Part, twice a runner-up in the prestigious tournament.

Wade, winner of seven major titles, has reached the final five times in his seven visits to the seaside town, including a narrow defeat at the hands of Phil Taylor in last year’s final.

Michael van Gerwen, who hit a nine-darter at the summer event last year, was drawn against 2005 winner Colin Lloyd.

Former European Champion Simon Whitlock, who was also a finalist in Germany last weekend, will resume his pursuit of a second major title when he takes on Jelle Klaasen in round one.

Robert Thornton will meet Ian White in Blackpool, while Paul Nicholson takes on Dave Chisnall and Mark Webster faces Justin Pipe.

2010 runner-up Raymond van Barneveld meets Mensur Suljovic in round one.

The tournament, which celebrates its 20th anniversary, takes place between July 20-28.

The schedule of play will be announced in due course.

BetVictor World Matchplay Draw Bracket
Phil Taylor (1) v Stuart Kellett
Terry Jenkins (16) v Andy Smith
Raymond van Barneveld (8) v Mensur Suljovic
Justin Pipe (9) v Mark Webster
Simon Whitlock (5) v Jelle Klaasen
Kevin Painter (12) v Jamie Lewis
James Wade (4) v John Part
Mervyn King (13) v Gary Anderson
Michael van Gerwen (2) v Colin Lloyd
Kim Huybrechts (15) v Peter Wright
Wes Newton (7) v Jamie Caven
Dave Chisnall (10) v Paul Nicholson
Andy Hamilton (6) v Ronnie Baxter
Robert Thornton (11) v Ian White
Adrian Lewis (3) v Ronny Huybrechts
Brendan Dolan (14) v Steve Beaton

Bronze tickets are still available to see van Gerwen, Whitlock, Wade, van Barneveld, Priestley, Huybrechts and Winstanley at OVER THE TOP in Barnsley on September 27 – GET YOURS HERE

European Darts Championship Round-Up

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Simon Whitlock came close to successfully defending his European Championship title but lost out to Adrian Lewis in the final on Sunday.

‘The Wizard’ produced a fantastic run to the tournament decider, defeating Kim Huybrechts and Colin Lloyd before a sensational fightback in his quarter-final.

Whitlock trailed Jamie Caven 9-3 in the last eight but hit back, incredibly taking seven straight legs to seal a 10-9 victory, which he completed with a brilliant 146 finish.

He then saw off Ronny Huybrechts in the semi-finals but ran into a classy display from world number three Lewis, who took the title with a 10-6 victory.

Lewis also ended the hopes of Michael van Gerwen, who bowed out after a brilliant semi-final clash, in which the Dutch star hit nine 180s and took out a 150 finish.

van Gerwen had produced a majestic display in Sunday afternoon’s quarter-final, averaging 105 in his victory over Jelle Klaasen.

Robert Thornton missed out on a place in the last four when he lost a last leg decider against Ronny Huybrechts.

European Darts Championship: Quarter-Finals Round-Up

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Simon Whitlock and Michael van Gerwen progressed into the semi-finals of the European Darts Championship with sensational victories in Mulheim on Sunday afternoon.

Whitlock produced an amazing comeback fron 9-3 down to defeat Jamie Caven 10-9, winning the deciding leg with a sublime 146 checkout when his opponent was waiting on 56.

“That came from the heart,” said defending champion Whitlock, who will face Ronny Huybrechts this evening.

“I was thinking about when Andy Hamilton did it to me at the World Matchplay a couple of years ago and I just hung in there and weathered the storm.

“Jamie lost his way a bit when I started coming back and I do feel for him but I am the defending champion and I don’t want to let this title go.”

van Gerwen averaged 105 as he defeated Jelle Klaasen with a brilliant performance, which included seven 180s and a 136 finish for the world number two.

“I really wanted to win this game and I’m very happy to have won it,” said van Gerwen, who takes on Adrian Lewis in the last four.

“It was a quality game and I’m very pleased to be through to the semi-finals.

“I’m looking forward to tonight because I know I can play even better than this so hopefully I can keep on improving in this tournament.

“I think I am the favourite but that means nothing and I’ll make sure I’m prepared for a tough opponent.”

Robert Thornton was denied a semi-final spot after losing out in a last leg decider to Huybrechts.

Lewis defeated Andy Hamilton in the afternoon’s other match.

By Chris Murphy

Bronze tickets are still available to see van Gerwen, Whitlock, Wade, van Barneveld, Priestley, Huybrechts and Winstanley at OVER THE TOP in Barnsley on September 27 – GET YOURS HERE

European Darts Championship: Round Two Round-Up

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Michael van Gerwen, Simon Whitlock and Robert Thornton all won through to the quarter-finals of the European Championship with impressive victories on Saturday in Mulheim, Germany.

van Gerwen claimed a commanding win against Mervyn King, Whitlock saw off Colin Lloyd and Thornton completed his first ever success over Raymond van Barneveld.

Dutch star van Gerwen was in imperious form in his 10-3 triumph over King.

The reigning Premier League champion took out four finishes of over 100 and averaged 105 as he set up a last eight tie against Jelle Klaasen.

“I’m really pleased with the win and the performance,” said van Gerwen, the world number two.

“I was glad to improve on yesterday but I had to against Mervyn.

“I hope I can take this form into tomorrow and it could turn out to be a very good day for me.”

Whitlock moved a step closer to a successful defence of his first major title with a 10-6 triumph over Lloyd, which included six 180s for the Australian.

‘The Wizard’, who won the tournament last year, will take on Jamie Caven in Sunday afternoon’s quarter-finals.

“I’m over the moon as I took the couple of chances I had there,” said Whitlock.

“I don’t want to let this title go. I’m like a dog with a bone.

“Colin played very well but I found the shots I needed when I needed them and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

Thornton came out on top in an absolute thriller against ‘Barney’, with the Scotsman winning a dramatic last leg decider.

The Scotsman had looked in control when he led 9-7 but van Barneveld forced the last leg shootout, in which both players missed darts to win.

“I thought i had him when i went 9-7 up,” said former UK Open champion Thornton, who faces Ronny Huybrects in the last eight.

“I always do it the hard way but his comeback got into my head a bit so I’m delighted to be through.

“I’m happy going into Sunday after that and I’m looking forward to another great battle.”

James Wade missed out on a quarter-final spot after suffering defeat at the hands of Jamie Caven, while Paul Nicholson was beaten narrowly by Andy Hamilton.

Meanwhile, Huybrechts won through to meet Thornton after knocking out Phil Taylor in a shock victory for the Belgian.

Sunday sees the conclusion of the £200,000 tournament, with the quarter-finals being played out in the afternoon before the semi-finals and final take place in the evening.

By Chris Murphy

Bronze tickets are still available to see van Gerwen, Whitlock, Wade, van Barneveld, Priestley, Huybrechts and Winstanley at OVER THE TOP in Barnsley on September 27 – GET YOURS HERE

European Darts Championship: Nicholson and van Gerwen Progress

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Paul Nicholson and Michael van Gerwen both won through to the second round of the European Darts Championship with victories on Friday evening in Mulheim.

Nicholson saw off German youngster Max Hopp, while van Gerwen defeated Belgiums Kurt van de Rijck.

The world number two set up a tasty last 16 encounter against Mervyn King after seeing off his Belgian opponent.

“It wasn’t my best performance but I’m happy I won,” said van Gerwen, the reigning Premier League champion.

“It was hard to find my game but I’ll make sure it is there for the next one.

“Winning is the most important thing and I’m through so I am looking forward to tomorrow.”

van Gerwen won the first leg on double one before pegging double four for a break of throw.

He scored his first maximum in leg three, which he won by bedding double top.

But his second maximum couldn’t stop van de Rijck from pulling a leg back.

van Gerwen pinned double 16 to restore his three leg advantage and his third 180 helped him move 5-1 in front.

And the Dutchman finished the job by hitting double four.

Nicholson had to fight back from 3-1 down to defeat Hopp and silence the vociferous home crowd.

Nicholson pegged double 16 to win the opening leg but Hopp took the next three in a row.

‘The Asset’ stopped the rot by pinning double seven and he grabbed a crucial break of throw by taking out 56, restoring parity at three legs apiece.

Hopp broke straight back but Nicholson responded in kind when he neatly took out 65.

And the Australian pegged double top to edge ahead and move withing a leg of victory, and he found the same bed to seal the win.

Nicholson faces Andy Hamilton on Saturday afternoon.

European Darts Championship: Night One Round-Up

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Reigning European Champion Simon Whitlock made a fine start to the defence of his title with a first round victory over Kim Huybrechts on Thursday, while there were also wins for James Wade, Robert Thornton and Raymond van Barneveld in Mulheim, Germany.

Whitlock fought off the challenge of Huybrechts in an entertaining affair, which saw the Australian ace race into a 4-1 lead before his opponent took three legs in a row to draw level.

But ‘The Wizard’ grabbed a crucial break of throw at four apiece and went on to see out the victory with a fine 110 finish.

“I’m extremely pleased to have come through that,” admitted Whitlock, who will face Colin Lloyd in round two on Saturday.

“I knew I was in for a real battle when the draw came out and that’s exactly what happened. But I won’t be giving up this title easily, it was the proudest moment of my career when I won here last year and I would love to defend it.

“That’s a long way away yet but I’ve got past an excellent opponent in Kim and I’ll go away and prepare for the next one.”

Wade defeated Mark Webster 6-2 after winning the first three legs and taking out finishes of 80 and 96.

“I’m happy I won but it was difficult to play a friend,” said Wade.

“But I had a job to do and fortunately I got it done. Now I can look forward to the next one and the rest of the tournament.”

Thornton and van Barneveld will meet each other in the last 16 after their respective successes against Brendan Dolan and Tomas Seyler.

Thornton swept past Dolan convincingly, winning 6-2 despite struggling with a pulled muscle in his back, while ‘Barney’ claimed a 6-1 triumph over Germany’s Seyler.

Friday night’s action will see Michael van Gerwen take on Kurt van de Rijck and Paul Nicholson up against Max Hopp

By Chris Murphy

Bronze tickets are still available to see van Gerwen, Whitlock, Wade, van Barneveld, Priestley, Huybrechts and Winstanley at OVER THE TOP in Barnsley on September 27 – GET YOURS HERE

2013 European Darts Championship Preview

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Simon Whitlock begins the defence of his European Championship title on Thursday evening, when James Wade, Robert Thornton, Mark Webster and Vincent van der Voort are all also in first round action.

Whitlock won the £200,000 tournament last year, defeating Wez Newton in the final to clinch his maiden major title in the PDC.

The Australian ace faces Belgian star Kim Huybrechts on the opening night of the four-day event in Mulheim, Germany.

‘The Wizard’, who defeated Huybrechts in the semi-finals on his way to glory last year, has set his sites on repeating the feat but knows that he has a tough task on his hands.

“It’s a good feeling to be going back to a major tournament as the defending champion and hopefully it can inspire me to another great tournament,” said Whitlock, the world number five.

“Winning the European Championships last year was a very special and proud moment for me.

“Kim is a really dangerous player and I know I will have to be at my absolute best to get the right result. If I can come through with a victory against Kim, it’s the type of game which will set me up nicely for the rest of the tournament.

“The talent in darts at the moment is unbelievable but I will be doing everything I can to hold on to my title.”

World number four Wade will now face Webster after his a original opponent Gary Anderson had to withdraw through illness.

Welsh left-hander Webster is the automatic replacement as the highest ranked player who had not already qualified.

“Obviously I would like to have been there in normal circumstances,” admitted Webster.

“But this is a bonus for me and I will go to Germany with absolutely nothing to lose. I know the enormity of the task when I face one of the best players in the world on Thursday but I’m not putting any pressure on myself so we’ll see how it goes.”

2012 UK Open champion Thornton continues his hunt for a second PDC major title when he takes on Brendan Dolan, while van der Voort faces four time champion Phil Taylor.

Raymond van Barneveld is also in action on the opening night. The Dutch legend takes on Tomas Seyler.

Friday sees Michael van Gerwen and Paul Nicholson enter the fray with first round ties against Kurt van de Rijck and Max Hopp respectively.

The second round will be played across two sessions on Saturday, with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final taking place on Sunday.

By Chris Murphy

Fancy a Christmas party or just a good night out?  Enjoy the presence of top darts players in Weston-Super-Mare this Decemeber. Tickets on sale here.

Video: #AskTheAsset – Nicholson Answers Fans Questions

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Paul Nicholson answered some of the questions sent in by his twitter followers at the charity night in Horsham last week.

Visit www.dartshop.tv to book tickets to see ‘The Asset’ in action at one of our exclusive non-televised professional events.

Video: #AskMvG – van Gerwen Answers Fans Questions

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Michael van Gerwen answered some of the questions sent in by his twitter followers at the charity night in Horsham last week.

 

Visit www.dartshop.tv to book tickets to see Michael in action at one of our exclusive non-televised professional events.

Mighty Mike Marches On

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Michael van Gerwen won his twelfth title of an amazing year so far when he claimed victory in the sixth Players Championship event of 2013 at Crawley’s K2 on Sunday.

The world number two defeated Andy Hamilton 6-1 in the final, after missing out at the semi-final stage on Saturday, when he was defeated by Wez Newton.

But the Dutch sensation stormed back in Sunday’s event, which he kicked off with wins against Kevin Dowling and Richie Burnett, before claiming a 6-0 whitewash over Ronny Huybrechts to reach the quarter-finals.

There, he saw off Andy Smith before hitting back from 5-2 down to defeat Brendan Dolan 6-5 in the last four, where he also missed double twelve for a nine-darter.

And his final victory over Hamilton saw him pass the £100,000 mark in prize money from from Pro Tour events alone this year.

 

 

Darts Charity Fundraiser is Huge Success

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Darts fans packed out Roffey Sports and Social Club, Horsham on Friday night as over £5,000 was raised for charity.

Premier League darts stars James Wade, Simon Whitlock, Michael van Gerwen and Robert Thornton were joined by fellow professionals Mark Webster, Paul Nicholson, Vincent van der Voort and Co Stompe for a night of top quality arrows, hosted by legendary commentator John Gwynne.

The total amount raised from ticket sales, raffle, auction and donations was £5,250, with all proceeds being split between Bipolar UK and Bradbury Enhanced Care Service.

Bipolar UK is the national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with the much misunderstood and devastating condition of Bipolar, while Bradbury Enhanced Care Service provides crucial support for young adults with complex health needs, physical disabilities and life limiting conditions.

All players and staff gave their time freely for what was a wonderful night for two worthy causes.

World number four Wade, who gave a speech about his experience with Bipolar disorder, said: “I want to thank all the players for giving up there time to support the two causes.

“But most of all I want to thank everyone for turning up and raising a lot of money, which I hope can make a real difference.”

Donations can still be made online via this page for Bipolar UK or text the amount you would like to donate & Dart52 to 70070 OR click here for Bradbury Enhanced care or text the amount you would like to donate & Dart54 to 70070

ITV to Screen Four PDC Darts Events

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The PDC have announced a new three-year contract with ITV, which will see them broadcast four events each year.

The European Championships and Players Championship finals will be broadcast on ITV in 2013, 2014 and 2015, as will a brand new event – The Masters – where the world’s top 16 players will do battle in November in Edinburgh.

Further to this, the free-to-view broadcaster will also show the live UK Open finals from 2014.

Further information, including dates can be found here: http://www.pdc.tv/news/article/nd0wsprxrmp61ggiev9jovs8t/title/pdc–itv-agree-new-four-event-deal

 

Stephen Fry Supports Charity Darts Night

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Stephen Fry has backed the upcoming Untouchables charity darts night by tweeting about the event.

Fry, who is an avid darts fan, mentioned the event on his official twitter page in a huge boost for potential fundraising for the two charities it is being held in aid of – Bipolar UK and Bradbury Enhanced Care Service.

The fundraiser, which will take place on the evening of Friday 21 June, will see some of the world’s top professional darts players perform at Roffey Sports and Social Club, Horsham.

Premier League stars James Wade, Simon Whitlock, Michael van Gerwen and Robert Thornton are amongst a fantastic line-up for the event.

They will be joined by former Players Champion Paul Nicholson, former World Champions Mark Webster and Andy Fordham and the Dutch duo of Vincent van der Voort and Co Stompe.

Tickets are priced at £20 and are available from www.dartshop.tv / 08450 180 180
or 01403 210 223

All funds raised from the event will be split directly between the two charities.

Bipolar UK is the national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with the much misunderstood and devastating condition of Bipolar, while Bradbury Enhanced Care Service provides crucial support for young adults with complex health needs, physical disabilities and life limiting conditions.

Fry, the famous actor, comedian and presenter, has been diagnosed with Bipolar disorder and is a patron of Bipolar UK.

His tweet is a huge boost for both charities as it raises awareness of the event to his millions of twitter followers.

Tickets are priced at £20 and are available here or by calling MODUS on 08450 180 180.

Attendees are reminded that all proceeds will be split between the two causes, with further fund-raising activities taking place on the evening.

Items have already been donated for auction by World Snooker, Matchroom Sport and Unicorn Darts.

Donations can also be made via this page for Bipolar UK or text the amount you would like to donate & Dart52 to 70070 OR click here for Bradbury Enhanced care or text the amount you would like to donate & Dart54 to 70070.

By Chris Murphy

 

 

 

Darts Stars on Show in Fundraising Fun Night

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Tickets are priced at £20 and are available from www.dartshop.tv / 08450 180 180
or 01403 210 223

Some of the world’s top darts players will take part in a charity fundraising night at Roffey Sports and Social Club, Horsham for the second consecutive year next week.

Premier League stars James Wade, Simon Whitlock, Michael van Gerwen and Robert Thornton are amongst a fantastic line-up for the event, which will take place on Friday 21 June in aid of two causes.

All proceeds from the night will be split between Bipolar UK and Bradbury Enhanced Care Service.

Joining the quartet of Premier League stars, will be former Players Champion Paul Nicholson, former World Champions Mark Webster and Andy Fordham and the Dutch duo of Vincent van der Voort and Co Stompe.

Wade, winner of seven major titles, who has the condition of Bipolar, is delighted to support both charities.

He said: “I’m looking forward to the night. Both causes are so worthy and all of us players are pleased to be in a position to support them.

“My problems have been well-documented but help is out there and if it wasn’t for charities like these it wouldn’t be so accessible and people with the same condition as myself would be suffering horrendously.

“I hope we can raise a lot of money for both charities and have a lot of fun doing so.”

Bipolar UK is the national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with the much misunderstood and devastating condition of Bipolar, while Bradbury Enhanced Care Service provides crucial support for young adults with complex health needs, physical disabilities and life limiting conditions.

Jason Thame of promoters MODUS Darts said: “The event here last year was so successful and we raised a lot of money for Bradbury Enhanced Care so we are delighted to be able to put on another night, this time to raise money for two great causes.”

Fans will be given the chance to take on the arrows aces before the professionals compete in an exclusive tournament.

Photograph and autograph opportunities will be available on the night as some of stars of top professional sport and fans come together in aid of two fantastic charities.

Tickets are priced at £20 and are available here or by calling MODUS on 08450 180 180.

Attendees are reminded that all proceeds will be split between the two causes, with further fund-raising activities taking place on the evening.

Donations can also be made via this page for Bipolar UK or text the amount you would like to donate & Dart52 to 70070 OR click here for Bradbury Enhanced care or text the amount you would like to donate & Dart54 to 70070

Darts Fan Harry Potter is Spellbound by Wade!

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Actor Daniel Radcliffe is a fan of seven-time PDC major winner James Wade, it was revealed this week.

The 23-year-old, who rose to super-stardom playing the title role in the Harry Potter film series, may have been a top ‘Quidditch’ player on screen but Radcliffe is actually a huge fan of darts.

And, though you might expect his favourite player to be ‘The Wizard’ Simon Whitlock, the esteemed film star is a secretly a fan of ‘The Machine’.

Radcliffe’s passion for darts and support for Wade was revealed by Irish pop group The Duckworth Lewis Method in a BBC Radio 2 interview.

Band members Neil Hannon and Thomas Walsh, who have worked with Radcliffe, mentioned on Monday’s Drivetime Show to host Simon Mayo that: “We worked with Stephen Fry, who is a big fan of darts. Incidentally, Daniel is a big fan of darts too. He is a James Wade fan.”

Wade welcomed the support of the film star, saying: “It is always nice to learn that someone of his profile and status appreciates what you do and he would be more welcome to attend a tournament as my guest.”

You can listen to The Duckworth Lewis Method in interview here.

By Chris Murphy

Speedy Services UK Open: Sunday

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Raymond van Barneveld was denied a place in the UK Open final after losing a dramatic last-leg decider against Andy Hamilton, who was defeated in the final as Phil Taylor won the Bolton tournament for the fifth time.

James Wade and Michael van Gerwen had their title hopes ended in the quarter-finals on Sunday afternoon, losing out to Taylor and Hamilton respectively.

 

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Speedy Services UK Open: Round Five Round-Up

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Michael van Gerwen, James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld all moved into the last eight of the UK Open with wins on Saturday evening.

van Gerwen will meet Phil Taylor after defeating Terry Jenkins in Bolton.

The Dutchman saw off Jenkins 9-3 before being drawn against world number one Taylor in a repeat of the World Championship and Premier League finals.

I am happy to play anyone,” said van Gerwen, who won has recently won the Premier League, Dubai Darts Masters and a European Tour Event.

“I am used to winning at the moment and I am feeling confident ahead of the final day.”

Wade cruised past John Henderson to set up a sixth round clash with Andy Hamilton.

‘The Machine’ triumphed 9-4 against the Scotsman as he bids to win the tournament for a third time.

“I wasn’t at my best and it was lucky for me that John wasn’t either,” said Wade, the 2008 and 2011 winner.

“There is massive strength in depth in the PDC at the moment so it is a huge achievement for me to be in the quarter-finals.

“I’ve just been taking one game at a time and that is all I can continue to do.”

van Barneveld saw off defending champion Robert Thornton in a thrilling last 16 battle.

The Dutchman won 9-7, averaging over 100 in the process.

“I’m very happy,” said van Barneveld. “The way Robert has being playing, I knew I would have to hit that kind of average to beat him and it was a massive relief when that last dart went in.

“I’m in the quarters again so that is the most important thing. I’ll go and rest and to be ready for what will hopefully be a long day tomorrow.”

The draw for the semi-finals will take place following the quarters on Sunday afternoon.

By Chris Murphy

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Speedy Services UK Open: Round Four Round-Up

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In-form Michael van Gerwen and two-time UK Open champion James Wade stormed into the last 16 with comfortable wins on Saturday afternoon, while Scottish pair Robert Thornton and John Henderson also reached the fifth round in Bolton.

Wade swept past Dave Chisnall, winning 9-2 to keep alive his hopes of winning a third UK Open title.

But the 2008 and 2011 winner, who has won five games to reach the last 16, insisted he is not thinking that far ahead.

He said: “I’m looking forward to my next game, whoever it is against, and that is all I’m going to concentrate on at the moment.

“It’s not about this tournament or any individual tournament for me. It is all about getting things right for a good future in the modern era of darts.

“I’m happy with my results so far and if I step my performance levels up a little bit I can beat anyone.”

Wade will take on Henderson in the evening session for a place in Sunday’s quarter-finals after the Scotsman fought back from 8-6 down to defeat Kevin McDine in a deciding leg.

“It’s a massive win for me,” said Henderson.

“It was very tense at the end and we both missed darts for the match but I was over moon when the last one went in.

“I’m really enjoying this tournament and it is onwards an upwards for me now.”

van Gerwen will face Terry Jenkins in round five after the Dutchman saw off Northern Ireland’s Michael Mansell 9-3.

And the world number two is targeting an improved performance.

“I’m not too happy with how I played in the first two games,” said van Gerwen, who had beaten Mervyn King on Friday.

“I have to concentrate better tonight. Terry is a great player and hopefully that will bring out the best in me.”

Defending champion Robert Thornton won the last four legs to claim a 9-5 win over Kirk Shepherd.

The Premier League star, who will face Raymond van Barneveld on Saturday night admitted he had to work hard for the win.

Thornton said: “Kirk is one of those players who will throw a brilliant leg and then a bad leg so when he puts a run together you can be in trouble.

“I dug in and got the job done though. I played fairly well and I’m happy to be through.

“My game is there and so is my confidence and I’m actually playing better than I did when I won it last year.”

van Barneveld won his fourth round match comfortably, defeating Joey Palfreyman 9-3.

 

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Speedy Services UK Open: Round Four Draw

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James Wade will face Dave Chisnall in the fourth round of the Speedy Services UK Open on Saturday afternoon in Bolton.

The two-time champion will take on the world number nine in arguably the pick of matches from the last 32 draw.

2012 winner Robert Thornton will continue his title defence when he faces Kirk Shepherd at the Reebok Stadium, while bookies favourite Michael van Gerwen will meet Michael Mansell.

Raymond van Barneveld was drawn against Joey Palfreyman and John Henderson’s reward for defeating Scott Rand is a tie against Kevin McDine.

 SPEEDY SERVICES UK OPEN – NIGHT TWO ROUND-UP

Speedy Services UK Open: Night Two Round-Up

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Former champions James Wade and Robert Thornton progressed to round four of the UK Open on Friday evening in Bolton, with Dutch duo Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld joining them in the last 32.

Wade survived a late fight-back from Jamie Caven to eventually win 9-7 after he had led 8-4.

The two-time champion averaged over 100 in what was already his fourth win of the tournament so far, taking out a 141 finish and 85 to seal the victory.

“I played okay,” said Wade, who won the title in 2008 and 2011.

“Jamie’s form has picked up recently and there had been a few people tipping him to do well but I felt confident that I would win.

“I’m still going and it doesn’t matter at all to me who I play in the next round. I’ll take each game as it comes.”

Defending champion Thornton also averaged over 100 in his 9-7 success over Matthew Edgar despite trailing 6-4 at one stage.

“I knew Matt was a good player,” said Thornton, the world number eleven.

“I didn’t find out I was playing him until this morning because I was asleep and I’ll be doing the same while the draw is on tonight.

“I can’t get a run as hard as last year and I won it then so I’m not bothered about who I get. This tournament is there for anybody to win and if it is me holding the trophy again on Sunday, I’ll be a very happy man.”

Bookies favourite van Gerwen hit six 180s in an impressive 9-5 victory against Mervyn King and immediately set his sights on the £40,000 first prize.

“I really want to win this,” said the Premier League Champion, who has already won ten PDC titles in 2013.

“I didn’t play my best but I won and that is they way it has been going for me recently. In a way it gives me even more confidence.

“I’m on a great run and I want to keep that up for as long as I can. It was tough to take on Mervyn first but that is the way this tournament is and I am happy to play whoever I come up against because you have to beat good players to win things.”

van Barneveld missed double twelve for a nine-dart finish in his thrilling match against Michael Smith, which the Dutchman edged 9-8.

Scotsman John Henderson reached the fourth round for the first time in his career with a 9-7 victory against Scott Rand.

Henderson, who had never previously defeated Rand, had trailed 4-1 and didn’t take the lead until leg 15 but went on to secure an impressive win.

“I’m over the moon with that,” admitted the 40-year-old. “It is a personal achievement for me and emotion took over when the winning double went in.

“I’m not one to celebrate but I couldn’t stop myself then. Scott is a great player and it was a fantastic win for me.

“I take a lot of inspiration from what Robert Thornton did hear last year. I’m not saying that I’m going to do that but I’m delighted tonight and it is a huge confidence boost.”

There was disappointment for Australian pair Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson, however. ‘The Wizard’ lost out to Wes Newton while ‘The Asset’ suffered defeat at the hands of John Bowles.

Andy Jenkins was beaten by Stephen Bunting, while Mark Webster was knocked out by Welsh World Cup team-mate Richie Burnett.

The draw for the fourth round will take place on the completion of Friday’s play.

By Chris Murphy

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Speedy Services UK Open – Third Round Draw

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James Wade will meet Jamie Caven in the third round of the UK Open in Bolton after winning three matches on Thursday evening.

Wade, who has won the tournament twice, dropped just two legs in victories over Robbie Green, Matt Gallett and Wayne Jones to reach Friday’s last 64.

‘The Machine’ will face an in-form Caven, who recently won back-to-back Pro Tour events, while defending champion Robert Thornton will take on Matt Edgar.

Andy Jenkins’ reward for defeating Nigel Heydon 5-4 is a third round showdown with BDO number one Stephen Bunting, while John Henderson, who also took victory on Thursday, will face Scott Rand.

The draw threw up some tasty clashes between players who had both qualified straight through to the third round, including a repeat of the 2012 World Matchplay final between Michael van Gerwen and Mervyn King.

Australian ace Simon Whitlock is set to take on fellow Premier League star Wez Newton, while Mark Webster faces World Cup team-mate Richie Burnett.

Paul Nicholson was drawn against John Bowles and Raymond van Barneveld will take on reigning World Youth Champion Michael Smith.

The third round will take place on Friday with the victorious 32 players going into the draw for Saturday’s fourth round.

 

 

 

Speedy Services UK Open: Night One Round-Up

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James Wade dropped just two legs in three matches on Thursday evening has he stormed through to the third round of the UK Open in Bolton, while Andy Jenkins and John Henderson also progressed.

Two-time champion Wade defeated former quarter-finalist Robbie Green 5-2 in a preliminary round tie before securing back-to-back whitewashes.

The 30-year-old swept past Matt Gallett 5-0 to reach the second round, where he saw off Wayne Jones by the same margin.

“It wasn’t as easy as it might look,” admitted Wade, who last won the title in 2011.

“I always believe I can win this but it can be a bit of a lottery on night’s like this so I’m glad I got the job done.”

Jenkins won through to the third round by defeating Nigel Heydon 5-4 and revealed his pride after the victory.

He said: “I love the game and I’m trying to get back to my best. It is hard and I have beaten a very good player tonight so it is a good step for me.”

Scotsman Henderson sealed his spot in round three with a 5-2 victory over Dave Place.

There was disappointment for former World Youth Champions James Hubbard and Arron Monk, however.

The pair both missed out at the second round stage after Hubbard had produced a strong showing in a 5-2 victory over John Scott to get there.

He was beaten 5-3 by Andy Smith, while Monk lost out to Gaz Cousins.

Dutch duo Vincent van der Voort and Co Stompe were both eliminated in round one.

Youngster Keegan Brown, who is sponsored by Simon Whitlock, performed brilliantly to reach round two.

He picked up wins against Keith Rooney and Shaun Griffiths but was denied a place in the hat for the third round draw by Joey Palfreyman.

Another promising youngster, Chris Aubrey, suffered a narrow defeat against Steve Farmer in the preliminary round.

The draw for the third round will be made at the end of Thursday’s play.

By Chris Murphy

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Speedy Services UK Open Preview

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Robert Thornton is preparing to defend the title that reignited his career twelve months ago, while 2008 and 2011 champion James Wade is chasing a trio of UK Open triumphs when the tournament dubbed ‘the FA Cup of darts’ gets underway on Thursday evening in Bolton.

Thornton provided the magic in 2012 as he ended 18 months of turmoil by clinching his first PDC major, despite entering the tournament as a 250-1 outsider.

The Scotsman had been recovering from a broken hand and a devastating bout of pneumonia before producing a string of fantastic performances to knock out a whole host of tournament favourites, culminating in a sensational final victory over Phil Taylor.

And Thornton, who has been in fantastic form ever since, admitted it was a special weekend for him.

“It is a time I will never forget,” said Thornton, who is now eleventh in the PDC Order of Merit and was selected for the 2013 Premier League.

“To have even been in that tournament after the previous 18 months was an achievement but to go and win it was a dream come true.

“It started up my career again and I’m looking forward to going back. I’ve got fabulous memories but more importantly, a title to defend.”

Thornton will begin his defence of the £40,000 first prize in Friday’s third round, having being amongst the top 32 qualifiers alongside Simon Whitlock, Michael van Gerwen, Paul Nicholson, Mark Webster and Raymond van Barneveld.

Wade is in action on Thursday after being drawn in a preliminary round clash against Robbie Green in the tournament’s curtain raiser.

Major titles have been elusive for the 30-year-old since his Bolton success in 2011 but ‘The Machine’ believes that the wait could be over.

He said: Winning it a couple of years ago is a great memory for me. I’ve been getting closer to my best over the last few months. I’m in a good place and I feel like it is a matter of when I start winning tournaments again, not if.

 “I was disappointed that I couldn’t find my game in the semi-finals of the Premier League but that is gone now and there are three major tournaments up for grabs in the next couple of months and I hope I can take at least one of them.
“My target for this year is to win a couple of tournaments but if I am going to have a chance of making this the first of them then I will have to start firing straight away. There is no growing into the tournament at the UK Open because of the draw so you have to be ready and I will be.”
Wade will have to win three games to go into the hat for the third round draw, where the 32 second round winners will join the top 32 qualifiers.
Also in opening night action is Dutch ace Vincent van der Voort, who faces Scottish qualifier Andy Murray in a preliminary round match on the main stage.
Youngster Chris Aubrey takes on Steve Farmer for a place in the first round proper, while Keegan Brown, who is sponsored by Whitlock, faces Keith Rooney.
Aubrey could meet Arron Monk in round two.
Andy Jenkins and John Henderson have both also qualified for the second round, with the former facing Nigel Heydon.
Scotsman Henderson, who could meet any one of three potential opponents on Thursday night is hoping that a good run can set him on the way to achieving a personal target.
He said: “The last twelve months have been very difficult. I spent the earlier part of last year recovering from injury and I struggled to get any results.
“My confidence was very low but I feel like I’m getting there now. I had a bit of a break and I think that did me the world of good.
“My goal is to get into the top 32 this year and I take a lot of inspiration from Robert Thornton.”
The 2013 Speedy Services UK Open will run from Thursday June 6 to Sunday June 9.
The open draw for the third round will be made following Thursday night’s play.
By Chris Murphy

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PDC Stars Heading to Australia as Sydney Darts Masters is Announced

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The PDC’s elite will compete in the inaugural Sydney Darts Masters in August, it has been announced today.

The Australian event is the second leg in the new World Series of Darts, which kicked off in Dubai last month.

The tournament will be held at Luna Park in Sydney from August 29-31.

The PDC’s top eight from the Order of Merit, including James Wade, Michael van Gerwen and Australia’s Simon Whitlock, will make up half of the 16-strong field for the three-day event.

Whitlock’s World Cup team-mate Paul Nicholson will also be on show along with the top three players from the DPA rankings, three home nation qualifiers and a qualifier from New Zealand.

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Perfect Ten for Mighty Mike

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Michael van Gerwen’s 2013 success story continued as he picked up his tenth PDC title of the year with a final victory over Mervyn King in the Austrian Darts Open on Sunday.

The Dutchman’s sensational form saw him win his fifth successive tournament as he scooped the £20,000 first prize in Wiener Neustadt.

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Millwall Masters Moved to September

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The visit of top PDC darts stars to Millwall Football Club has been moved to a new date.

Premier League Darts aces James Wade and Michael van Gerwen are still heading to do battle in Millwall, but will appear a couple of weeks later than originally planned.

The Millwall Masters will now take place on 12 September, and will feature world number two van Gerwen and Wade, who is ranked fourth, alongside three more top players.

Also on show are the charismatic trio of former World Champions Ted Hankey and Andy Fordham and former Players Champion Paul Nicholson.

Wade is the second most successful player in PDC history, having won seven major titles, while van Gerwen, the 2013 Premier League champion, is widely tipped to be a dominant force in darts for years to come.

The event will see four local qualifiers given the chance to take on the professionals. Details of how to qualify will be announced in due course.

World Grand Prix winner van Gerwen, who was a guest of honour at a Millwall home game last season, said: “I’m really looking forward to this event.

“I’m a big football fan and enjoyed visiting the club. I’m looking forward to coming back to show everyone what I do best in what is going to be a great night.

“The line-up for the event is fantastic. We are all players that would expect to meet in the quarters and semi-finals of major tournaments so fans are in for a treat.

“We will put on a good show and I hope the qualifiers will be ready because we will all be out to win!”

The date change is due to unforeseen professional commitments. Customers that have already purchased tickets are advised to contact MODUS Sports Management on 08450 180 180 or original place of purchase.

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Nicholson and Thornton Go Close in Wigan

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Paul Nicholson led the MODUS charge in Wigan by reaching the final of the third Players Championship event of the year on Saturday.

Premier League star Robert Thornton also enjoyed a good run before bowing out at the semi-final stage at Robin Park Tennis Centre.

Both were denied potential glory by eventual winner Jamie Caven.

Nicholson won through to his second Pro Tour final of the year, kicking off with wins against promising youngster Chris Aubrey and Germany’s Jerry Hendriks.

The Australian ace then swept past three experienced opponents in Steve Beaton, Mervyn King and Mark Walsh, before defeating Michael Mansell to reach the last four.

There, he recorded an impressive victory over world number ten Justin Pipe but was edged out by Caven in the final.

Thornton began his campaign for a third title in Wigan this year with early successes against Jason Marriot, Darron Brown and Darren Webster.

The Scotsman defeated Andy Smith to reach the quarter-finals, where he saw off the great Dennis Priestley.

Thornton, who was denied a final spot by Caven, will be looking to continue his strong form on Sunday as he bids to grace the top ten in the PDC Order of Merit for the first time.

By Chris Murphy

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Henderson Seals Gibraltar Spot

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John Henderson was amongst the qualifiers for Gibraltar Darts Trophy after a successful night at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan on Friday.

The Scotsman defeated Geoff Whitworth and compatriot Keith Stephen to secure his place in the main draw for the European Tour Event, which takes place from June 28-30.

The £100,000 tournament is being held at the Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar.

van Gerwen is First Dubai Darts Master

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Michael van Gerwen won the first ever Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters, completing an amazing week with an excellent 11-7 final victory over Raymond van Barneveld on Thursday evening.

‘Mighty Mike’, who has also triumphed in the Premier League and European Masters in the last eight days, produced stunning finishes of 164 and 170 to cap a fine string of performances.

The Dutch ace had defeated Wes Newton and Andy Hamilton to set up a last two clash with compatriot van Barneveld.

“There was a little payback there because Raymond beat me in the Grand Slam, but I always enjoy playing him and it was a great final,” van Gerwen told the PDC’s official website.

“I think, with all the conditions, I played very well and put in some great averages and hit the 170 finish and 164 finish at good moments in the final so that was important to make me the champion.”

James Wade had become the first PDC player to win a professional game outdoors when he defeated Simon Whitlock in a thrilling quarter-final match on Thursday.

But ‘The Machine’ was denied a place in the final by ‘Barney’.

PDC Chairman Barry Hearn has revealed that the tournament will return to Dubai in 2014.

He said: “We’re looking forward to building on this because the crowd have created a fantastic atmosphere.

“We’ve had over 5,000 fans visit the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium for the tournament and millions watching around the world, and I’m sure we can sell out next year’s event.”

By Chris Murphy

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van Gerwen Takes Euro Title With Whitlock Win

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Michael van Gerwen’s sensational run of success continued on Sunday evening as he won the European Darts Open in Dusseldorf with a 6-2 final victory over Simon Whitlock.

The 24-year-old Dutch star, who was crowned as Premier League Darts Champion on Thursday, followed it up by claiming his eight PDC title of 2013.

‘Mighty Mike’ defeated Andre Welge, Wayne Jones, Terry Jenkins, Gary Anderson and Peter Wright to reach the final, where he saw off ‘The Wizard’ to clinch the £20,000 first prize.

“It’s been a brilliant few days,”  van Gerwen told the PDC’s official website.

“I’m a bit tired at the moment but winning is the most important thing, and I’m very glad I saved my best game for the final.

“Simon beat me the last time we played in a final and I knew I needed to play a proper game to beat him, and I think I showed my class with a very good performance tonight.”

The highlight of Whitlock’s charge to the final was a dazzling display in his last eight triumph over Justin Pipe, when the Australian hit eight 180s and took out a 170 finish.

van Gerwen and Whitlock will join the likes of James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld in Dubai next week as the top eight player in world darts compete in the inaugural Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters.

By Chris Murphy

McCoy’s Premier League Darts: van Gerwen Takes Title

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Michael van Gerwen defeated Phil Taylor to win the McCoy’s Premier League at London’s O2 Arena on Thursday, while James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld bowed out at the semi-final stage.

Dutch ace van Gerwen avenged January’s World Championship final defeat to ‘The Power’ with a thrilling victory over the world number one.

The 24-year-old prevailed by ten legs to eight and sealed the biggest win of his career with a spectacular 132 finish, completing the three-dart combination on the bull.

“I’m so happy to win this Premier League and it is a dream come true,” said ‘Mighty Mike’, who clinched his second PDC major title after winning October’s World Grand Prix.

“It was important for me to get this win after losing to Phil at the World Championships. I was a bit sick about that but this was my night, my tournament.

“I think I deserved to win it and Phil played really well so I had to show my class. It is my best moment and I hope there will be many more like this.”

van Gerwen trailed six-time and defending champion Taylor 5-2 before putting together a brilliant run of five consecutive legs to take charge of the final.

The 16-time World Champion hit back though as he broke van Gerwen’s throw before the youngster declined a shot at the bull, only for Taylor to produce a stunning 160 checkout.

With parity restored at seven legs apiece, world number two van Gerwen responded with one of his nine 180s before pegging double top to edge back ahead.

He then broke Taylor’s throw to close in on victory but missed two match darts at double eight in the following leg, allowing his opponent to keep the match alive.

But van Gerwen ensured victory before the prospect of a deciding leg when he produced a sensational 132 finish to clinch the £150,00 first prize and title of 2013 Premier League Champion.

He added: “Phil started off really well but being 5-2 down probably took a little bit of pressure off me and I settled down after the break.

“I was gutted when I missed the two darts at double eight but that didn’t matter when I hit that bull to win.

“I’m so proud. I have loved every minute of this Premier League and to win it like that, by beating the greatest player ever in the final, is very special.”

It was the first time that Taylor had lost in the final of the £520,000 tournament and he was chasing his seventh victory when he saw off van Barneveld in the last four.

van Gerwen had ended 2009 champion Wade’s chances of winning his eighth major title with an 8-4 semi-final success over ‘The Machine’.

Wade said after the defeat: “I wasn’t good enough and Michael was. That’s the story of it.

“I missed too many doubles and he punished me for being messy.”

By Chris Murphy

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McCoy’s Premier League Darts: Play-Offs Preview

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James Wade and Michael van Gerwen will go head to head in the semi-finals of the McCoy’s Premier League on Thursday, when the final four will compete for the prestigious title.

Wade, a former winner of the £520,000 tournament, meets ‘Mighty Mike’ who topped the table in his debut season, as the 14 week elite darts showcase reaches its climax at London’s O2 Arena.

Raymond van Barneveld takes on defending champion Phil Taylor in the other clash of a semi-final line-up that is identical to the last four stage of January’s World Championship.

Seven-time PDC major title winner Wade believes that the tournament, which he won in 2009, is there for the taking.

“I really don’t think anyone can confidently pick a winner this year,” said ‘The Machine’.

“You’ve got four quality players, who are all capable of fantastic things so it’s all on the night.

“Michael van Gerwen is playing brilliant but we’ve had some close games recently. I’ll just concentrate on my own game and I know I what I can do.

“His strength his scoring and mine is finishing so I hope we both go up and play our best games because it could be something really great.

“I want to win a couple of majors this year and I’m hoping the first one comes my way on Thursday.”

World number two van Gerwen is chasing his second televised success in the PDC after losing two major finals since winning the World Grand Prix in October.

He said: “I want to win this Premier League. Finishing first in the table was a nice thing for me but now I have to follow it up.

“I have two more matches hopefully and I need to win them both.

“Everybody keeps saying I will win a lot in the future but you never know how your form might change.

“I’m playing well now and I want to make it count now.”

van Barneveld has set his sights on reaching a first Premier League final after five unsuccessful attempts.

But the Dutchman knows he has his work cut out against a player he is yet to beat in the competition.

“I had a good chance to beat Phil Taylor in the league this year,” said ‘Barney’, the five-time World Champion.

“But maybe that wasn’t my time. I hope Thursday night is. If I play like I can then I can do it.

“Five times I have lost in the semis so to make the final, just once, would be great for me and to win the whole tournament would be a dream come true.”

Whoever does take glory on Thursday will scoop a £150,000 first prize – the second largest winners cheque on the PDC tour.

By Chris Murphy

Individual previews can be viewed at the players’ official websites: James Wade – www.jameswade.co.uk / Michael van Gerwen – www.michaelvangerwen.tv / Raymond van Barneveld – www.barneyuk.tv

 

 

Darts Stars Make North East Return

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Four of the biggest names in professional darts will be on show at the Benfield Nissan Darts Masters in Sunderland next month.

The stars, including five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld, will compete at the Nissan Sports and Leisure complex on 15 June.

Dutch legend ‘Barney’ will be joined by Australian ace and European Champion Simon Whitlock, double World Champion Ted Hankey and James Wade, winner of seven major titles.

They will battle it out, alongside local qualifiers, in the type of thrilling tournament as seen on TV as high quality darts heads to Sunderland.

“This should be a great night,” said van Barneveld, who starred in the Premier League in Newcastle last week.

“I know that fans up there are very passionate about their darts. They were amazing on Thursday and I’m looking forward to meeting the guys in Sunderland.

“I’m sure there will be some good players from the local area, who will give us a run for our money.

“It is a brilliant line up and we will all be aiming to put on a show and, most importantly, win!”

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McCoy’s Premier League Darts: Night 14 Round-Up

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James Wade secured the final McCoy’s Premier League semi-final spot, as Michael van Gerwen finished top of the table following the final night of league action in Newcastle on Thursday evening.

The pair will now meet in the play-off’s on finals night, which take place at London’s O2 next week.

Wade shared a draw with world number one Phil Taylor with a gutsy display.  A point proved to be enough for ‘The Machine’ to progress after Robert Thornton suffered two defeats and Simon Whitlock took a point from his two matches, ending the pairs’ semi-final aspirations.

“It was nervy but I did enough and that draw was bigger than any win I’ve had all season,” Wade told www.pdc.tv  “I feel fresh now and I’m ready for the Play-Offs.

“Michael’s a brilliant player, but I’m also pretty good myself and I think it’s the most even Premier League ever. I don’t think anybody could pick a player to win it.

“I still haven’t played great, and apart probably from five games where I played well and in other games I rode my luck and got through them. I’ll prepare right for the Play-Offs and I’m looking forward to it.”

van Gerwen became the only player other than Taylor to end the season as the league leader after producing a thrilling performance to defeat Thornton.

“It was a big target for me and it’s a very special moment for me,” said van Gerwen. “It means a lot to me and you can see how difficult it is to finish top because nobody has ever done it other than Phil.

“It was important to win tonight with a very good game, and I can look forward to playing James in the semi-finals now. He’s a quality player who knows exactly how to win games, but I just want to play my own game, like I did tonight.”

Raymond van Barneveld finished in second place after securing two victories in Newcastle. ‘Barney’ will face Taylor next Thursday as he bids to reach the final for the first time.

By Chris Murphy

 

Thornton & van Gerwen Grab Glory in Wigan

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Robert Thornton and Michael van Gerwen claimed triumphs in the first two Players Championships of 2013 in Wigan at the weekend.

The pair warmed up for the final night of McCoy’s Premier League action on Thursday by each collecting the recently increased first prizes of £10,000.

Thornton, who is chasing a Premier League play-off place when he meets van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld in Newcastle, took Saturday’s title with brilliant run at Robin Park.

The Scottish ace stormed to a 6-0 final success over Ronnie Huybrechts, averaging over 111 to seal his second Pro Tour victory of the year.

van Gerwen claimed his sixth floor tournament success on Sunday when he saw off Stuart Kellet 6-1 in the final.

‘Mighty Mike’ needs a point from his match with ‘The Thorn’ to finish top of the Premier League table in his debut season.

Further reports are available at the players’ official websites: www.robertthornton.co.uk / www.michaelvangerwen.tv

 

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McCoy’s Premier League: Night 13 Round-Up

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Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld sealed McCoy’s Premier League play-off places, leaving James Wade, Robert Thornton and Simon Whitlock to battle it out of the final top four spot after a dramatic night in Liverpool on Thursday.

van Gerwen’s victory over Andy Hamilton saw the 24-year-old reach the semi-finals on his debut season with one week of league action remaining.

And the Dutchman, who triumphed 7-4 against ‘The Hammer’, has set his sights on becoming the only player other than Phil Taylor, who has also qualified for the play-offs, to finish top of the table.

“I was always confident of making the top four but I am proud to have done it,” admitted van Gerwen, the world number two.

“Now I want to finish first. That would be a great achievement because only Phil has done it.

“It will be amazing to play in the Play-Offs at the O2 in London. I lost out in the youth final there last year so I really want to go and win the Premier League.”

van Barneveld can still catch his compatriot after enjoying a 7-4 success against Adrian Lewis in Merseyside to cement his place in the semi-finals.

Whitlock’s victory over Wade kept him in contention while Thornton can still make the top four despite losing out Taylor.

Wade, who also lost out to Hamilton, sits in the fourth and final play-off spot ahead of the last night of the league phase.

By Chris Murphy

Remaining Fixtures (Newcastle, May 9) Andy Hamilton v Adrian Lewis Robert Thornton v Raymond van Barneveld Adrian Lewis v Simon Whitlock Phil Taylor v James Wade Michael van Gerwen v Robert Thornton Simon Whitlock v Raymond van Barneveld
Latest League Table

After Week 13 P W D L +/- LWAT Pts
Michael van Gerwen (Q) 15 10 2 3 +28 36 22
Phil Taylor (Q) 15 8 3 4 +22 39 19
Raymond van Barneveld (Q) 14 8 3 3 +18 36 19
James Wade 15 7 2 6 +6 30 16
Robert Thornton 14 6 3 5 +2 30 15
Simon Whitlock 14 7 0 7 -6 31 14
Andy Hamilton 15 6 0 9 -9 29 12
Adrian Lewis 14 3 1 10 -29 21 7

McCoy’s Premier League Darts: Night 13 Preview

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Michael van Gerwen, James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld could secure their places in the McCoy’s Premier League play-offs when the tournament visits Liverpool on Thursday.

But Simon Whitlock and Robert Thornton can keep their bids to reach the top four alive with victories on the penultimate night of the league stage.

Table-topping van Gerwen needs just a point from his match against Andy Hamilton after missing the chance to cement his place in the finals, which take place at London’s O2 in a fortnight, with defeat to Whitlock last week.

The 24-year-old Dutch ace bounced back to win his fifth UK Open qualifier from the series of eight events on Sunday, however, and is determined to take that form to Merseyside.

He told the PDC’s official website: “Winning on Sunday was good preparation for me because I’ve got a couple of tough weeks ahead in the Premier League.

“Last week was disappointing for me and I don’t like losing, but it’s part of the game and you can’t win for 14 weeks in a row. I missed too many doubles but it’s a new game this week and I’ve got to make sure I win against Andy.”

Thornton will need to complete a historic double over reigning champion Phil Taylor in order to stay in contention for a play-off spot.

‘The Scotsman’, whose victory over ‘The Power’ in Brighton was his third in their last four televised meetings, would be the first player in the Premier Leagues eight year history to defeat the 16-time World Champion twice in one season should he repeat the feat in Liverpool.

‘The Thorn’ conceded that Taylor, who is looking to cement his top four position, will be out for revenge.

He’ll be out for my blood!” said Thornton.

“I’m just going to go up on stage and do my best and enjoy myself, and whatever happens will happen.

“You’ve got to thrive playing against the best players and I’ve done that for most of this season. If you don’t play at your best then they’ll run riot against you.”

Wade will qualify for the play-offs if he wins both of his matches on Thursday, as he takes on Whitlock and Hamilton, who both need wins and other results to go their way to stay in with a chance of a place in the finals.

van Barneveld faces Adrian Lewis, the only player that is mathematically out of the running for a top four finish, with the Dutchman hoping to seal his play-off place after missing out last year.

By Chris Murphy

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UK Open Qualifiers Confirmed

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Michael van Gerwen topped the Order of Merit after winning five of the eight ranked Speedy Services UK Open qualifiers, as fellow Premier League stars James Wade, Robert Thornton, Simon Whitlock and Raymond van Barneveld all booked their places at the Bolton tournament.

van Gerwen won the final event of the 2013 series on Sunday, when the field of qualifiers for June’s finals were confirmed.

As one of the top 32 in the final Order of Merit, ‘Mighty Mike’ gains automatic entry to the third round on Friday June 7 along with reigning champion Thornton, Whitlock, van Barneveld, Paul Nicholson and Mark Webster.

Andy Jenkins qualified for the second round on Thursday June 6 as he collected £1,800 in prize money and returned to the top 64 in the world rankings.

Joining ‘Rocky’ in round two are Co Stompe, John Henderson and Arron Monk, while Wade, Chris Aubrey, Vincent van der Voort and James Hubbard all also qualified for the tournament and will compete in the first round on the Thursday.

 

 

McCoy’s Premier League Darts: Night Twelve Round-Up

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Robert Thornton secured a brilliant McCoy’s Premier League double in Birmingham, where Simon Whitlock defeated Michael van Gerwen on Thursday evening.

Thornton kept up the heat on the top four with victories against Andy Hamilton and Adrian Lewis at the NIA.

“It was an important couple of wins for me,” admitted the Scotsman, who faces Phil Taylor next week in Liverpool.

“I have slipped up a bit in the last couple of weeks but I’ve kept myself in it and I’m looking forward to the challenge of reaching the play-offs.

“I’ve had the better of Phil in our last few matches so if that continues then I’ve got a great chance of closing the gap.”

Whitlock was denied a double when he lost out to Taylor after seeing off league leader van Gerwen earlier in the evening.

Raymond van Barneveld came out on top in his match against James Wade, while Lewis lost to Taylor in the other match of the night.

By Chris Murphy

Image courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Further match reports and reaction can be found on the players’ official websites:

www.jameswade.co.uk    www.simonwhiltock.tv    www.michaelvangerwen.tv    www.robertthornton.tv    www.barneyuk.tv

McCoy’s Premier League Darts: Night Twelve Preview

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Michael van Gerwen can secure his place at the McCoy’s Premier League play-off finals with a positive result in Birmingham, where James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld will be looking to move closer to cementing their places inside the top four.

Simon Whitlock and Robert Thornton are also in the race to compete in the tournament’s finale in May ahead of the twelfth night of action on Thursday.

League leader van Gerwen is hoping to celebrate his 24th birthday by obtaining the point that would guarantee his place at London’s O2 in next month’s finals night but his opponent Simon Whitlock knows the importance of securing victory to keep his own bid alive.

Whitlock, who hit a nine-dart finish in last year’s play-offs and finished as runner-up, faces a double-header against world number two van Gerwen and the highest ranked player, Phil Taylor. But ‘The Wizard’ insisted that he is not daunted by the challenge.

“I’ve got the top two players in the world rankings but I’ll be looking to do some damage,” warned Whitlock, who has claimed back-to-back victories since surviving relegation.

“I know that I can beat both of these guys but you’ve got to play one match at a time. I need to get at least six points out of my next five matches to have a chance of reaching the play-offs but I’m going in the right direction.”

Second and third place will go head to head in Birmingham as Wade and van Barneveld clash at the NIA.

After the pair shared a draw in their previous meeting, Wade is confident of getting a result against the Dutch star.

“I won’t lose to him,” said ‘The Machine’, speaking to www.pdc.tv

“We drew the last time we played and I was awful. I had gastroenteritis and hadn’t slept for two days and I still got a draw.

“He has been getting good results but I don’t think he is at his very best and I’m starting to get closer to mine so I look forward to playing him.”

Thornton takes on Stoke pair Andy Hamilton and Adrian Lewis and is looking to close the gap on the top four, or even climb back into it, after falling two points behind fourth-placed Taylor.

“My focus is on the reaching the play-offs now,” said the Scottish ace.

“That can only be achieved one game at a time though and it starts again with a tough match on Thursday.

“A win against Andy started what has been an amazing first season in the McCoy’s Premier League for me and hopefully another one can kick-start my play-off push.

“Whatever happens then I have to prepare for Adrian Lewis. It will be a difficult night but it could be a very sweet one if it goes right.”

Taylor and Lewis face each other in the evening’s other match.

By Chris Murphy

Images courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Latest League Table

P W D L +/- LWAT Ave Pts
Michael van Gerwen 13 9 2 2 +27 32 99.25 20
James Wade 12 7 2 3 +19 28 96.78 16
Raymond van Barneveld 12 6 3 3 +10 31 98.50 15
Phil Taylor 12 5 3 4 +9 30 99.60 13
Robert Thornton 11 4 3 4 +2 25 98.48 11
Andy Hamilton 12 5 0 7 -8 23 94.56 10
Simon Whitlock 11 5 0 6 -8 23 93.94 10
Adrian Lewis 11 3 1 7 -19 18 91.46 7

 

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McCoy’s Premier League Darts: Night Eleven Round-Up

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James Wade and Michael van Gerwen tightened their hold on McCoy’s Premier League play-off positions, while Simon Whitlock kept himself in the race on Thursday evening in Dublin.

Wade secured a 7-4 victory against Robert Thornton to move onto 16 points in second place behind van Gerwen, who increased his lead at the top to four points with two wins at the O2.

‘Mighty Mike’, who also claimed four points in Sheffield last week, upped his debut season tally to 20 with triumphs over Raymond van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis.

The Dutch star averaged over 106 in his 7-4 success against ‘Barney’, who shared a draw with Phil Taylor to boost his bid to stay in the top four.

Whitlock earned an impressive 7-3 victory over Andy Hamilton, who had lost out to Taylor in the opening match of the night.

van Gerwen, whose exploits included finishes of 152 and 158, admitted his delight at his Dublin double.

“This is the biggest crowd I’ve played in front of and it felt great,” said van Gerwen who also won a UK Open qualifier last Sunday.

“My confidence is high and I’m very happy with how I’ve done in this Premier League.

“I have great people behind me and I am enjoying everything at the moment.

“It is difficult playing two games but I’ve won them both times and now I just need to win once every week.”

The race for May’s finals night continues in Birmingham next Thursday.

By Chris Murphy

Image courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Further match reports and reaction can be found on the players’ official websites:

www.jameswade.co.uk    www.simonwhiltock.tv    www.michaelvangerwen.tv    www.robertthornton.tv    www.barneyuk.tv

Latest League Table

After Week 11 P W D L +/- LWAT Pts
Michael van Gerwen 13 9 2 2 +27 32 20
James Wade 12 7 2 3 +19 28 16
Raymond van Barneveld 12 6 3 3 +10 31 15
Phil Taylor 12 5 3 4 +9 30 13
Robert Thornton 11 4 3 4 +2 25 11
Andy Hamilton 12 5 0 7 -8 23 10
Simon Whitlock 11 5 0 6 -8 23 10
Adrian Lewis 11 3 1 7 -19 18 7

McCoy’s Premier League Darts: Night Eleven Preview

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Michael van Gerwen is hoping to extend his lead at the top of the McCoy’s Premier League with another double-header in Dublin, where James Wade, Robert Thornton, Raymond van Barneveld and Simon Whitlock will bid to boost their play-off chances.

van Gerwen, who took four points from two matches in Sheffield last week, faces van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis on the eleventh night of action in what is proving to be a fabulous debut season for the young Dutchman.

Victories over Wade and World Champion Phil Taylor pulled ‘Mighty Mike’ two points clear of the chasing pack at the top of the table and the reigning World Grand Prix champion has his eyes set on increasing that advantage in front of 10,000 fans at the O2 Arena.

He told the PDC’s official website: “I’m top of the table now and I want to keep my place there.

“I’m really happy with how I’m playing and I’m very confident at the moment.

“Last week was a difficult night for me but I walked away with four points against Phil Taylor and James Wade, and it would be great to do it again in Dublin.

“I like to play Raymond, and I think it’s a game that everyone else likes to see at the moment too because we’ve had some great matches in the Grand Slam final and at the Premier League earlier this year.

“I’m looking forward to playing Adrian too because he beat me earlier this season, so it would be nice to win this time. It’s two big games for me in a great venue and I’m going to enjoy it.”

Second-placed Wade goes head to head with Thornton, who is currently occupying the final play-off spot.

van Barneveld faces the tough task of taking on van Gerwen and Taylor in the same evening, while Whitlock is hoping victory against Andy Hamilton can put him firmly in the race for May’s finals night.

“It’s another huge game against somebody above me in the table,” said the Australian, who won a UK Open qualifying tournament at the weekend.

“Andy is a tremendous player and really tough to beat because he is so gritty.

“I’ve got eight points at the moment and am probably going to need at least 15 or 16 to make the top four.

“There’s a lot of work to do but there’s still six games left for me to play and a lot can happen in that time.”

By Chris Murphy

Images courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Updates from the McCoy’s Premier League will be available as usual via twitter: @modusdarts180 , Facebook and here at www.modusdarts.tv

Match reports and reaction can be found on the players’ official websites:

www.jameswade.co.uk    www.simonwhiltock.tv    www.michaelvangerwen.tv    www.robertthornton.tv    www.barneyuk.tv

van Gerwen and Whitlock Grab Wigan Weekend Wins

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Simon Whitlock and Michael van Gerwen both picked up Pro Tour victories in Wigan at the weekend.

Whitlock won Saturday’s UK Open Qualifier Five with an excellent final victory over van Gerwen, who went on to win Sunday’s event – his fourth success out of the six floor events played so far this year.

‘The Wizard’ produced some magic on Saturday to win through a tough field of players competing to gain entry for June’s UK Open.

He fought back from 5-1 down to defeat Ian White 6-5 in the quarter-finals before seeing off Peter Wright to reach the final, where he claimed an impressive 6-1 win against world number two van Gerwen.

“This is one of the best wins I’ve ever had. I’m absolutely thrilled to bits,” Whitlock told the PDC’s official website.

“I had a bit of luck earlier on but I played really well in the final and I’m over the moon.

“At 5-1 down against Ian White you don’t expect to win, but I somehow pulled one out of the bag and got there. You need a little bit of luck sometimes and I got that today, and I just rode with it.”

van Gerwen, whose run to Saturday’s final included a second victory in three days against World Champion Phil Taylor, clinched Sunday’s £6,000 first prize by edging past Kim Huybrechts in the final.

His best performance en route to glory was a 6-1 semi-final success over Michael Smith, with the Dutchman averaging over 112.

“I’m very proud of myself but I can still do better than this,” van Gerwen told the PDC’s official website.

“It feels so good to get another win. I’m very confident at the moment and that has a lot to do with it because I’m even winning bad games and I’m doing very well.

“I’m playing well and I’m happy with my form – in the semi-final against Michael Smith I threw some great darts. It was a fabulous game and I enjoyed it – but I still had to win the final and it was a very important win for me.”

Whitlock and van Gerwen will now turn their attentions back to the McCoy’s Premier League, which continues in Dublin on Thursday evening.

By Chris Murphy

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McCoy’s Premier League Darts: Night Ten Round-Up

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Michael van Gerwen moved clear at the top of the McCoy’s Premier League as James Wade, Simon Whitlock and Raymond van Barneveld all also grabbed important victories in Sheffield on Thursday evening.

van Gerwen claimed a brilliant triumph against world number one Phil Taylor before going on to edge out Wade, who had earlier seen off Adrian Lewis with an equally delightful display at the Motorpoint Arena.

van Gerwen, who also faces a double-header in Dublin next Thursday, was delighted with his evening’s exploits.

“To beat Phil Taylor in the Premier League was a huge moment for me,” said the world number two.

“I had targeted at least two points tonight so to go on and take on all four makes me very happy.

“I felt that I was much the better player against Phil and then I had to win a game that wasn’t as good against James.

“Maybe, playing twice affected us both but winning is the most important thing.”

The tenth night of action began with Whitlock, who survived a relegation scare last week, getting back to winning ways against Robert Thornton.

Wade then swept past Lewis with a 7-2 success, in which ‘The Machine’ averaged around 104 and hit five 180s before van Gerwen took to the stage against Taylor in a repeat of January’s World Championship final.

‘The Power’ prevailed on that occasion but ‘Mighty Mike’ stormed to victory in Yorkshire, also averaging 104 in a comfortable 7-3 triumph.

van Barneveld then earned a hard fought win against Andy Hamilton to leave himself tied on 14 points with Wade and van Gerwen at the top of the table.

It was van Gerwen who was to take a clear lead as he increased his tally to 16 with a 7-5 victory over the 2009 champion.

Next Thursday sees the tournament reach Dublin, where ‘Barney’ will take on Taylor and van Gerwen, who will also face Lewis.

Wade and Thornton will do battle at the O2, where Whitlock will play Hamilton.

By Chris Murphy

Visit Michael van Gerwen’s official website for further report and reaction

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McCoy’s Premier League Darts: Night Ten Preview

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James Wade and Michael van Gerwen are both preparing for a double header in Sheffield, which sees the pair play their tenth and eleventh fixtures of the McCoy’s Premier League Darts season.

The top of the table duo are set to face each other in final fixture of the night in South Yorkshire, where Wade will also face Adrian Lewis and van Gerwen takes on Phil Taylor.

They are the first of the players who will have to play two fixtures in one evening following the elimination of Wes Newton and Gary Anderson in Brighton last Thursday.

‘Mighty Mike’, who lost out to Wade just a fortnight ago in Glasgow is looking forward to the challenge.

“I’d like to play five games every evening,” said van Gerwen, who is joint top of the league with Wade and Raymond van Barneveld.

“That’s not going to happen I know but I will enjoy playing two.

“I like to play darts and I like to win. I don’t really care about playing more games because I like darts and I don’t worry about anything apart from winning each game.”

Second-placed Wade also goes into the evening in fine form after defeating Anderson last week and hitting seven doubles out of eight attempts in the process.

“My finishing is going well,” said Wade, the 2009 champion.

“But my scoring is getting there as well now and I’m feeling great.

“I’ve still got a lot more in the locker so hopefully I will peak at the right time as I’m definitely in it to win it.”

van Barneveld, who secured a fine win over Lewis last Thursday, faces Andy Hamilton in Sheffield, while Robert Thornton, who currently occupies the other play-off slot takes on Judgement Night survivor Simon Whitlock.

By Chris Murphy

Image courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDC

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Robert Thornton v Simon Whitlock

Adrian Lewis v James Wade

Michael van Gerwen v Phil Taylor

Andy Hamilton v Raymond van Barneveld

James Wade v Michael van Gerwen

 

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McCoy’s Premier League Darts: Night Nine Round-Up

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Robert Thornton stunned Phil Taylor with a brilliant performance in Brighton, while James Wade and Michael van Gerwen moved joint top of the McCoy’s Premier League on Thursday evening.

Thornton moved into the play-off places at the expense of world number one Taylor as the Scotsman continued to impress on his debut season.

The reigning UK Open champion averaged well over 100 for the second week running as he claimed an impressive 7-4 success over ‘The Power’.

The victory moved ‘The Thorn’ onto eleven points and third in the table, as attention turns to the race for the play-offs after Wes Newton and Gary Anderson suffered relegation.

“I’m very proud of myself,” admitted Thornton, who has now won three of his last four televised matches against Taylor.

“Not just for tonight but for how I’ve taken to the Premier League so far.

“It was a huge relief to have not been in the relegation fight tonight so I just relaxed an enjoyed myself.”

Wade defeated Anderson in convincing fashion, with ‘The Machine’ hitting seven out of eight attempts at doubles en route to a 7-3 triumph.

“It is going really well this year,” said Wade, the 2009 winner.

“It wasn’t nice to knock Gary out of the tournament but I had a job to do and I did it.

“It puts me in a good position to reach the play-offs.

“I’ve set myself a target of winning two majors this year and hopefully this can be the first of those.”

van Gerwen joined Wade at the summit of the table with victory over Simon Whitlock, who survived relegation despite the defeat.

Raymond van Barneveld claimed a comfortable victory over Adrian Lewis to join van Gerwen and Wade on twelve points, while Andy Hamilton defeated Newton in the other match of the evening.

By Chris Murphy

Image courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDC

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After Week Nine P W D L +/- LWAT Pts
Michael van Gerwen 9 5 2 2 +16 21 12
James Wade 9 5 2 2 +13 19 12
Raymond van Barneveld 9 5 2 2 +11 23 12
Robert Thornton 9 4 3 2 +8 21 11
Phil Taylor 9 4 2 3 +9 22 10
Andy Hamilton 9 5 0 4 +2 18 10
Adrian Lewis 9 3 1 5 -12 14 7
Simon Whitlock 9 3 0 6 -15 16 6
Relegated
Wes Newton 9 2 1 6 -14 15 5
Gary Anderson 9 2 1 5 -18 13 5

McCoy’s Premier League Darts: Night Nine Preview

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Simon Whitlock faces a ‘Judgement Night’ showdown in Brighton as he and three other players battle to avoid being the first ever casualties of the new relegation format of the McCoy’s Premier League, which will see two players eliminated on Thursday night.

Whitlock, who has six points from the first eight weeks of action, faces Michael van Gerwen at the Brighton centre in the knowledge that victory will ensure his safety from the dreaded drop.

However, van Gerwen will prove a tough opponent as one of the players in a four way tie at the top of the table in the tightest ever staging of the tournament in it’s nine year history.

“I know it will be tough,” admitted Australian ace Whitlock.

“But every game has been tough for all of us. That is why it is so close.

“Whoever stays up will then have a great chance of going on to reach the play-offs.

“The good thing for me is that is in my own hands and I believe in myself. Hopefully, I have saved my best performance for when it really matters.”

Whitlock may avoid relegation before he faces ‘Mighty Mike’ if other results go his way.

James Wade takes on Gary Anderson and victory for ‘The Machine’ paired with defeat for Wes Newton against Andy Hamilton would see ‘The Wizard’ reach safety.

Wade, who is also on ten points after seeing off van Gerwen in Glasgow last week, is hoping continue his good form against 2011 winner Anderson, who is currently in the relegation zone.

“I want to keep playing well and winning games to reach the play-offs,” said 2009 champion Wade.

“It won’t be a nice thing to beat someone and relegate them but while it may be new in the Premier League it’s nothing new in darts.

“In most tournaments if you win, the other player goes out so I will just have that attitude against Gary.”

Raymond van Barneveld, another of the joint leaders, takes on Adrian Lewis and a victory for the Dutch legend would leave ‘Jackpot’ in danger of elimination and awaiting other results.

Robert Thornton takes on Phil Taylor in the only match that won’t affect the relegation battle.

The Scotsman reached safety with victory over Whitlock last week and is in a relaxed mood ahead of his tie against the world number one.

“Bring on Mr Taylor,” said Thornton, who defeated the 16-time World Champion twice on TV last year – including in the final of the UK Open.

“I know I can beat him and he knows he can beat me so it is all about how we perform on the night.

“I’m just glad to not be scrapping for survival and I can just concentrate on a game of darts.”

By Chris Murphy

Image courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDC

P W D L +/- Pts
Phil Taylor 8 4 2 2 +12 10
Michael van Gerwen 8 4 2 2 +12 10
James Wade 8 4 2 2 +9 10
Raymond van Barneveld 8 4 2 2 +6 10
Robert Thornton 8 3 3 2 +5 9
Andy Hamilton 8 4 0 4 0 8
Adrian Lewis 8 3 1 4 -7 7
Simon Whitlock 8 3 0 5 -11 6
Wes Newton 8 2 1 5 -12 5
Gary Anderson 8 2 1 5 -14 5

 

 

European Darts Trophy Round-Up: Nicholson Comes Close to Glory

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Paul Nicholson was denied victory in a dramatic final of the European Darts Trophy in Sindelfingen as he was edged out by Wes Newton on Monday evening after a brilliant run.

‘The Asset’ scooped the £10,000 runners-up prize but two missed darts at doubles proved the difference between winning the tournament, with Newton taking a 6-5 victory in Germany.

Nevertheless, Nicholson, who was also runner-up at the Dutch Darts Masters last year, can take great pride from his performances over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, which included an impressive semi-final victory over the new world number two Michael van Gerwen.

‘The Asset’ began his campaign in the PDC’s second European Tour event of 2013 with a 6-5 defeat of Belgian ace Ronny Huybrechts on Saturday.

He then went on to see off Colin Lloyd by the same score-line on Sunday after launching an incredible comeback from 5-1 down to reach the last 16.

There the Australian star fought off the challenge of Yorkshireman Dean Winstanley, winning 6-4, before progressing past Mark Webster in the quarter-finals.

Nicholson, the 2010 Players Champion, produced a fantastic performance in the last four to claim a 6-2 triumph against van Gerwen but narrowly missed out on victory in the deciding leg in the final.

“I’m so glad that I came to Germany,” said Nicholson, who is appearing at the Allstars of Andover later this year.

He told the PDC’s official website: “It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride this weekend but I set myself a goal when I came here and I put myself within touching distance of that.

“I’m very proud of myself but I’m feeling gutted right now because I had a shot to win the tournament, but I feel that this can kick-start my year now.”

van Gerwen’s run to the semi-final help him leapfrog Adrian Lewis in the Order of Merit to a career high second place.

Webster also enjoyed a fine run of results as he defeated the likes of Andy Hamilton and Ian White before losing out to Nicholson.

By Chris Murphy

Image courtesy of Carsten Arlt/PDC Europe

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‘Topless’ Darts Stars to Brush Up on Style

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Five of the world’s leading darters are preparing to go ‘topless’ for a major tournament after agreeing to swap their trademark shirts for paint!

To celebrate its involvement in the fast-growing sport, Leyland Paints has created a Professional Darts Colour Card taking inspiration from the shirt colours of world number three, four and five players Michael van Gerwen, James Wade and Simon Whitlock, as well as Robert Thornton and Mark Webster.

That has prompted the quintet of oche favourites to agree to take to the stage at the UK Open at Bolton in June without their shirts, and instead cover their entire upper body in Leyland Paint, sprayed in their respective darts shirt colour.

“There are going to be some interesting sights with the five of us covered in sprayed on Leyland paint but it will be great fun,” said 44-year-old Australian Whitlock.

“I think my throwing arm will be freed up by replacing the shirt with spray paint so I’m convinced that all five of us will have a great tournament.”

The Colours of the Darts Scene card includes van Gerwen Green, named after the rising Dutch star, and Wizard Yellow for Whitlock.

Wade and Thornton will be represented by Machine Black and Thorny Blue, while former BDO world champion Webster who is nicknamed Webby will be sprayed in Red Back Spider for the UK Open.

Flight White and Oche Matt complete the card, which is called ‘Colours of the Darts Scene’.

“The inspiration for the colours came from the darter’s shirts and are all colours from the Leyland Trade colour range,” said Vicky Jones, stockist brand manager for Leyland Paints.

“We have given the colours special darts names for the occasion. After all, colour is highly emotive and these Colours of the Darts Scene certainly get the players in the mood for winning. You too could win with Leyland!”

 

*Please note – the above story was for the purposes of an April Fools joke… thankfully!

McCoy’s Premier League Darts: Night Eight Round-Up

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James Wade and Robert Thornton sealed impressive victories on night eight of the McCoy’s Premier League in Glasgow on Thursday evening.

Wade defeated Michael van Gerwen with another display of ruthless finishing to put himself on ten points alongside his Dutch opponent, Raymond van Barneveld and Phil Taylor in the play-off places.

‘The Machine’ took out finishes of 135, 134 and 130 to seal the win.

“This game is all about finishing and that’s been my strength again,” said Wade, who takes on relegation-threatened Gary Anderson in Brighton next week.

“Everyone knows the form that Michael has been in but mine has been picking up and nobody scares me.

“I’m putting the work in this year and it’s showing in my performances.”

Thornton assured he would not be involved in the ‘Judgement Night’ relegation scrap as he produced an excellent display in defeating Simon Whitlock.

‘The Thorn’ moved onto nine points after averaging over 107 to delight his home crowd, while ‘Barney’ was beaten by Taylor.

The night’s results mean Whitlock may have to get a result against van Gerwen if he is to avoid relegation in Brighton next week.

By Chris Murphy

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McCoy’s Premier League Darts: Night Eight Preview

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Raymond van Barneveld will reignite his rivalry with world number one Phil Taylor in Glasgow, where James Wade and Michael and van Gerwen will meet on Thursday evening.

‘Barney’ will meet the ‘The Power’ for the first time since their high profile World Championship semi-final clash at Alexandra Palace.

But the Dutchman, who is one of two players already safe from the threat of relegation, says the pair have left that affair in the past.

“We’ve solved what happened at the World Championship and we’re still friends,” van Barneveld told www.pdc.tv

“We’ll forget all about that game this week and I have to because it’s a big game.

“In all these years in the Premier League I’ve never beaten him and only got one draw, so it would be a dream to beat him. I know I can do it but I’ll have to lift my game from last week when I drew with James Wade.

“This is a shorter format than the World Championship, the best of 12 legs, so I know I have to start well. I didn’t play my game in the first four or five sets the last time we played and I’m not sure why.

“Perhaps it was because he is Phil Taylor, but I played so many great matches in the World Championship up to that point and against him I didn’t turn up.

“When I did turn up I was 5-1 down and it was a tough battle because from that far behind against Phil Taylor you’re never going to beat him.”

Wade will do battle with the other player who can’t be relegated in van Gerwen – in another repeat of the World Championship semi-finals.

Simon Whitlock and Robert Thornton will both be looking to add to their points tally and move closer to safety when they go head to head, with ‘The Thorn’ enjoying home advantage.

Gary Anderson meets Wes Newton while Adrian Lewis and Andy Hamilton do battle in the evening’s other matches.

The ten Premier League players will then become eight when they head to Brighton for the final week of action before relegation in what is being billed as ‘Judgement Night’.

By Chris Murphy

Image courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDC

 

Premier League Darts Stars Back in Belfast

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It all started in Belfast back at the beginning of February when thousands of darts fans packed into the Odyssey Arena to see the best arrow flingers in the world showcase their talent.

Now, three of the stars of the incredibly popular Premier League Darts are heading back to the city to treat fans to another night of superb sporting entertainment.

Table-topping Dutch duo Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld spearhead the brilliant line-up on show at the inaugural Belfast Masters, which takes place at The Devenish Entertainment and Leisure Complex next Friday (5 April), to take on some local hopefuls and fellow professionals.

They will be joined by Simon Whitlock following the much-hyped ‘Judgement Night’ which will see hundreds of thousands of viewers tune in to see which two stars will suffer the fate of relegation from the Thursday night tournament.

Over a thousand fans are set to flock to the Devenish to see their darting heroes in more intimate surroundings, with VIP ticket holders getting the exclusive chance to meet the players.

Northern Ireland’s very own History Maker Brendan Dolan will also compete in the biggest darts show Belfast has ever seen aside from the Premier League itself.

Four local men have earned the right to share the stage with the darting elite. Gary Elliot, Dave McCusker and two players with the same name, John Elder, will take on the professionals in the main event, an eight-man knockout tournament.

The night will also see two challenge matches, including one between Northern Ireland Darts legends Geoff Wylie and John Magowan to warm up the crowd.

And van Gerwen, the leader of the Premier League, can’t wait to get back to Belfast.

“I’m really looking forward to going back for this event with a chance to meet the fans,” said ‘Mighty Mike’.

“I made me Premier League debut in Belfast and the crowd were really great to me so it will be great to be back.

“It will be a night of great darts, which we will all want to win but we will have a lot of fun too.

“Fans should snap up the remaining tickets as they won’t be disappointed.”

A range of ticket options are available and can be purchased directly from The Devenish (02890 301154) or via the event’s promoters MODUS Sports Management online at www.dartshop.tv or by calling the box office 08450 180 180.

A limited number of tickets will be made available on the door on the night of the event.

Darts will be back at the Devenish just a fortnight later when professional player Chris Mason takes to the stage for a charity night in support of Cedar Foundation on Saturday 20 April.

McCoy’s Premier League Darts: Night Seven Round-Up

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Michael van Gerwen charged to the top of the McCoy’s Premier League with a fantastic victory in Cardiff, where James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld shared a draw on Thursday evening.

van Gerwen produced a sensational display to take a 7-1 triumph against Gary Anderson, with the Dutch ace hitting consecutive checkouts of 121, 120 and 164 along the way.

The 23-year-old’s fourth win of the season, in which he averaged over 107, sent him to the summit of the table and clear of any relegation danger with ‘Judgement Night’ looming in two weeks.

“I played really well and I’m very happy with this,” van Gerwen told www.pdc.tv

“My finishing at the beginning of the game was very good with those three ton-plus finishes but I was playing so well that I didn’t give Gary any chances.

“I’m very confident at the moment and I feel like I could play every day! I can’t be relegated any more and I want to keep my place at the top of the table.”
Wade produced fine finishes of 118 and 124 to share a draw with van Barneveld, who hit five 180s and is now second in the table.
‘The Machine’ remains inside the top four.
There was disappointment for Robert Thornton and Simon Whitlock, however, as they were edged out by Adrian Lewis and Andy Hamilton respectively.
Phil Taylor defeated Wes Newton in the evening’s other match.
By Chris Murphy
P W D L +/- Pts
Michael van Gerwen 7 4 2 1 +15 10
Raymond van Barneveld 7 4 2 1 +10 10
Phil Taylor 7 3 2 2 +8 8
James Wade 7 3 2 2 +6 8
Andy Hamilton 7 4 0 3 +3 8
Robert Thornton 7 2 3 2 -1 7
Simon Whitlock 7 3 0 4 -5 6
Adrian Lewis 7 2 1 4 -10 5
Gary Anderson 7 2 1 4 -12 5
Wes Newton 7 1 1 5 -14 3

Thornton and van Gerwen Shine in Wigan

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Michael van Gerwen and Robert Thornton both won UK Open qualifiers on a wonderful weekend for the Premier League pair in Wigan.

van Gerwen added Saturday’s title to the two he had previously won last month, before Thornton stopped his rampant run on Sunday and took the honours himself.

‘Mighty Mike’ saw off Michael Smith in Saturday’s final to clinch the £6,000 first prize after he had narrowly missed double twelve to nail a nine-dart-finish in an earlier round.

“It’s always nice to win a tournament like this and I’m delighted,” van Gerwen told PDC.tv

“I know I’m playing well and I’ve shown everyone again today.

“I was strong from the beginning but I played a lot of good players, like Simon Whitlock, Gary Anderson and Peter Wright. I’m full of confidence and I’m taking that into my games at the moment.”

The Dutch sensation looked set to continue is incredible run of success on the Pro Tour, having won UK Open qualifiers 1, 2 & 3 in addition to the final Players Championship event in 2012, before he ran into the brilliant Thornton in Sunday’s semi-finals.

Thornton, the reigning Speedy Services UK Open champion, claimed a 6-3 victory, before triumphing 6-4 against Jamie Caven in the final.

“I’m chuffed to bits to get the win,” said Thornton, who will be appearing alongside van Gerwen in the Portsmouth International Masters in June.

“It’s about time Michael let somebody else win!

“In all seriousness though it’s so tough now.

“The standard is incredible and it’s a proud day when you win one of these.

“It’s harder than winning your Premier League match on a Thursday night and in an odd way, playing in that tournament has prepared me for this!”

Both players will turn their attentions to night seven of the McCoy’s Premier League in Cardiff, where they are in action on Thursday.

There was also a strong showing from Paul Nicholson in both of the weekend’s events, with ‘The Asset’ reaching the quarter-finals on both days.

By Chris Murphy

Image courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDC

McCoy’s Premier League Darts: Night Six Round-Up

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Raymond van Barneveld and Robert Thornton shared a draw in Manchester on Thursday, while Michael van Gerwen and Simon Whitlock enjoyed victories on night six of the McCoy’s Premier League.

‘Barney’ stayed at the top of the table after taking a point from his 6-6 draw with ‘The Thorn’, who bounced back after suffering his first defeat in his debut season a week earlier.

van Barneveld looked set to take victory in a game that included five consecutive breaks of throw but, with the Dutchman leading 6-4, Thornton hit fine finishes of 78 and 100 to share the spoils.

Fantastic finishing was the theme in a thrilling game between Whitlock and James Wade, which went the way of ‘The Wizard’ despite sensational checkouts of 170 and 144 from ‘The Machine’.

Whitlock eventually triumphed 7-4 as both players hit three finishes over 100.

And the Australian ace was delighted to come out on top in such a great game.

“It was a brilliant match and an important win,” said the world number five.

“I knew that I’d have to play great darts to beat James and it proved to be the case.

“He produced some class finishes and I had to deal with that and take some decent shots out myself.

“I felt I had to get at least a point tonight so it’s a huge win and I’ll have to play my best game again next week to beat Andy Hamilton, but that’s the Premier League for you!”

van Gerwen produced another brilliant performance to see off Wes Newton with an average of over 100 as he put last weeks defeat to Adrian Lewis behind him.

Lewis and Gary Anderson reached stalemate, while Phil Taylor was beaten by Andy Hamilton in the evening’s other match.

By Chris Murphy

McCoy’s Premier League Darts: Night Six Preview

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James Wade and Simon Whitlock will do battle at Manchester’s MEN Arena on Thursday evening, when table-topper Raymond van Barneveld will meet Robert Thornton on night six of the McCoy’s Premier League Darts season.

Wade, who sits second in the league table, is looking to build on an impressive run of form that has seen him take seven points from his five matches so far when he meets ‘The Wizard’, who also enjoyed victory in Nottingham last week.  (more…)

PDC Announce Pro-Tour Prize Fund Boost

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FOLLOWING the announcement of the Professional Darts Corporation’s new contract with Sky Sports, the PDC have now confirmed the latest prize fund increase as Players Championship events move to £50,000 per tournament.
The success of the 2013 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship led to the PDC confirming in January that a review of all prize money would be undertaken, and that the first prize for the 2014 World Championship would increase to £250,000.
Prize money for the McCoy’s Premier League Darts has increased to £520,000 this year, with prize funds for other major televised events currently under review.
In addition, the PDC increased prize money for European Tour events in 2013 by almost £20,000 to £100,000 per event, with the series being expanded from five to eight events since last year.
The PDC are now delighted to confirm that the 16 Players Championship events to be held in 2013 will now offer £50,000 each in prize money, an increase of £15,000 per event.
The first prize in each Players Championship will increase from £6,000 to £10,000 as part of the move, as a total of £240,000 is added to the ProTour prize fund this year.
“Earlier this year we committed to undertaking a review of prize money across all of our tournaments, and we’re delighted to be able to continue pushing prize money past £6 million annually,” said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.
“The news of our new, five-year Sky Sports contract is a great boost to the PDC and is also a recognition of the excellence shown by our players and the brilliant entertainment they are providing huge audiences around the world.
“These players are now receiving greater rewards than ever in our sport and our increase in Players Championship prize money will be followed with further announcements as we continue with our aim to develop the professional circuit.
“This increase also shows our commitment to providing increased prize money across the board in PDC events, not just at the top level in major televised championships, and will undoubtedly lead to greater competition than we’ve ever seen before on the ProTour!”
Further to the PDC’s announcement that Sky Sports have extended their contract to broadcast six major tournaments through to 2018, the PDC wish to clarify that the 2013 Speedy Services UK Open will also be broadcast on Sky Sports HD.
The PDC continue to hold discussions with other broadcasters in relation to our other major tournaments for broadcasts both in 2013 and beyond, with further announcements to follow in due course.
Players Championship Events Prize Money Breakdown

  Now Was
Winner £10,000 £6,000
Runner-Up £4,500 £3,000
Semi-Finalists £3,000 £2,000
Quarter-Finalists £1,250 £1,000
Last 16 Losers £1,000 £600
Last 32 Losers £500 £400
Last 64 Losers £250 £200
Nine-Dart Finish Bonus £500 £400
Total £50,000 £35,000

McCoy’s Premier Leage Darts: Night Five Round-Up

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James Wade, Simon Whitlock and Raymond van Barneveld all claimed excellent victories on night five of the McCoy’s Premier League.

Wade produced a brilliant performance to see off Thornton with a 7-1 triumph, averaging over 105 and taking out two 121 finishes along the way.

“I felt really good up there and it showed in my performance,” said ‘The Machine’, who upped his points tally to seven.

“I keep saying it but the practise is really making all the difference and I feel that there’s more to come.

“In fact I know there is. I’m working harder than ever on my game and I’m delighted with the start I’ve made.”

Whitlock had to fight back from 4-1 down to take a 7-5 triumph against Wes Newton and was delighted to claim his second win of the season.

He said: “That could be a very important win.

“I have been playing well for the last few weeks but not getting the results so I’m thrilled to win tonight.

“Every game is so competitive that you’ve got to be happy with every good result.”

van Barneveld went top of the table with his 7-5 success against Andy Hamilton, as six 180s and an average of over 100 gave the Dutchman his fourth win of the season.

“Every opponent is tough in the league so I’m really delighted to have got four wins already,” said ‘Barney’ who faces Thornton next Thursday.

“I’m a confident person now and maybe that’s what got me through in the last leg. I was relaxed and I believed in myself.

“That’s so important in this game and I will have to do it all over again next week against Robert, who has been amazing in his first season.”

Michael van Gerwen suffered defeat at the hands of a rejuvenated Adrian Lewis, while Gary Anderson beat Phil Taylor in the evening’s other matches.

By Chris Murphy

PDC Announce Sky Sports Deal Extension

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SKY SPORTS will take its partnership with the Professional Darts Corporation into a 25th year thanks to a new five-year broadcast deal.
The agreement offers Sky Sports viewers over 50 days of live and exclusive darts throughout the year including the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship each Christmas until 2018.
As part of the deal, Sky Sports viewers will also enjoy live coverage of the McCoy’s Premier League, PartyPoker.com World Grand Prix, William Hill Grand Slam of Darts, Betfair World Cup of Darts and the Betfair World Matchplay, which celebrates its 20th staging this summer.
The partnership between Sky Sports and the PDC extends back to the organisation’s formation two decades ago, beginning with the 1994 World Championship.
Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: “Sky Sports has worked with the PDC since the early 1990s, helping to build the sport from working men’s clubs to some of the biggest arenas in the UK and Ireland.”
He added: “This is a real success story and an excellent long term partnership.  Our live coverage and promotion of darts is unique and Sky Sports viewers can enjoy the fantastic atmosphere that these events generate for a further five years.”
Since the PDC’s formation, live televised darts has grown from just a few hundred fans at venues such as the Circus Tavern and Salford’