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…)
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…)
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).
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…)
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
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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.
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