Template - Date: Challenge Tours 11 & 12

RICHIE BURNETT and Kelvin Hart both claimed maiden PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour triumphs at ArenaMK in Milton Keynes on Sunday.

Former Lakeside Champion Burnett won his first PDC title for almost five years with a 5-2 defeat of Ryan Searle in the final of Event 11 to scoop the £2,000 first prize.

The former World Matchplay finalist, who returned to action last month following an 18-month suspension, also saw off Adam Huckvale, Michael Burgoine, Mark Carter, fellow Welshman Barrie Bates and Peter Hudson on his path to glory.

Searle, who won Event Seven last month, continued his encouraging form with victories over Kevin Dowling, Evander Stevenson, Arron Monk, Callum Loose and Ben Green before edging out Richard North 5-4 in the semi-finals.

Somerset’s Hart won the second of Sunday’s double-header of events as he claimed his first Challenge Tour title with a 5-3 final victory against German ace Rene Eidams.

The 45-year-old reached his first PDC final by beating Andrew Howarth, Bryan de Hoog, Ian Walters, Saturday’s Event Ten runner-up Mark Dudbridge and former World Cup of Darts finalist Bates before seeing off 27-year-old Eidams to clinch the winner’s cheque.

Eidams claimed wins against both of Saturday’s winners – Matt Padgett and Rob Cross – during his run to the decider.

The German talent, who infamously gave world number one Michael van Gerwen a scare in the first round of the 2016 William Hill World Championship, edged out Samuel Fuller in his opener before defeating Cross 5-3.

He then won three consecutive games 5-4 to reach his first Challenge Tour final, pipping Adam Hunt, Arron Monk and Padgett respectively before losing out to Hart.

The year’s final PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour weekend will take place on September 10-11 at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan, as PDPA Associate Members compete in four £10,000 tournaments.


PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour Event 11

Sunday June 26th ArenaMK, Milton Keynes

Preliminary Round
Adam Hunt 5-4 Ian Withers
Steve Mason 5-4 Chris Skeates
Alan Wilkinson 5-2 Daniel Wood
Peter Hudson 5-2 Aaron Stevens
Michael Dawson 5-2 Scott Taylor
Richard Ballie Bye (Kevin Thomas timed out)
Vernon Sheppard 5-4 Nigel Daniels
Billy Holmes 5-2 Rohit Rabadia
Kevin Lane 5-0 Richie Howson
Dave Ladley 5-0 Jerry Hendriks
Kevin Simm 5-4 Danny Pinhorne
Dan Read 5-4 Peter Mitchell
Richard North 5-0 Stuart Stubbs
Michel van der Horst 5-4 Anthony Urmston-Toft
Jamie Branton 5-0 Jordan Johnston
Dave Place 5-4 Wayne Crossley
Colin Littlecott 5-2 Rob Cross

First Round
Bradley Kirk 5-4 Michael Barnard
Adam Hunt 5-4 Mark Hylton
Dan Russell 5-4 Mick Todd
Steve Mason 5-1 Ashley Hykin
James Young 5-3 Jamie Landon
Paul Rowley 5-1 Alan Wilkinson
Kurt Parry 5-4 Nigel Daniels
Peter Hudson 5-0 Eddie White
Karl Merchant 5-0 Andrew Mcallister
Michael Dawson 5-2 Coni Singh Nagi
Matt Padgett 5-3 Rob Modra
Nick Fullwell 5-0 Lee Shewan
Jamie Kelling 5-3 Andrew Johnson
Steve Hine 5-0 Roxy-James Rodriguez
Andreas Hajimina 5-4 John Newland
Nigel Birch 5-4 Justin Bradshaw
Gary Miles 5-1 Jay Foreman
Richard Ballie 5-3 Glenn Fitzpatrick
Stephen Gallimore 5-4 Paul Coughlin
Barrie Bates 5-0 Vernon Sheppard
Ryan de Vreede 5-1 Joe Croft
Matthew Golding 5-4 Billy Holmes
Colin Fowler 5-2 Glen Parsons
Michael Blake 5-2 Kevin Lane
Sam Head 5-4 Scott Marsh
Jack Todd 5-3 Mark Forman
Daniel Key 5-0 Ian Walters
Mark Carter 5-3 Mark Baxter
Jason Marriot 5-4 Richard Hosey
Michael Burgoine 5-2 Derek Brand
Richie Burnett 5-0 Adam Huckvale
Paul Amos 5-2 Bradley Williams
Eddie Dootson 5-0 Mike Norton
Dave Ladley 5-1 Darren Mawer
Chris Quantock 5-4 Jon Jukes
Kevin Simm 5-1 James Hajdar
Simon Cassidy 5-4 Samuel Fuller
Mick Hasse 5-2 Dan Read
Ritchie Edhouse 5-1 Mark Dudbridge
Richard North 5-1 Steve Perkins
Rene Eidams 5-3 Mareno Michels
Gary Blackwood 5-0 Lex Immers
Sven Groen 5-4 Kirk Shepherd
Barry Lynn 5-3 Dean Stewart
Lee Evans 5-4 David Evans
James Lane 5-4 Peter Evison
Martin Lukeman 5-0 Danny Moore
Harry Ward 5-2 Michael Power
Alex Roy v Ryan Harrington
Michel /van der Horst 5-0 Keith Moore
Joshua Richardson 5-4 Luke Woodhouse
Jamie Branton 5-2 Ben Simpson
Martyn Turner 5-3 Charlie Jackson
Ben Green 5-0 Dave Place
Chris Hartrey 5-3 Diogo Portela
Marc Dewsbury 5-2 Colin Littecott
Bryan de Hoog 5-1 John Gibson
Kelvin Hart 5-1 Andrew Howarth
James Hubbard 5-1 Sheamus Hagan
Callum Loose 5-0 Robert Fuller
Arron Monk 5-2 Mike Symes
Steve Maish 5-0 Ross Parsons
Evander Stevenson 5-1 Ben Ward
Ryan Searle 5-2 Kevin Dowling

Second Round
Adam Hunt 5-2 Bradley Kirk
Dan Russell 5-4 Steve Mason
Paul Rowley 5-2 James Young
Peter Hudson 5-4 Kurt Parry
Karl Merchant 5-3 Michael Dawson
Nick Fullwell 5-0 Matt Padgett
James Kelling 5-1 Steve Hine
Nigel Birch 5-2 Andrea Hajimina
Gary Miles 5-4 Richard Baillie
Barrie Bates 5-1 Stephen Gallimore
Matthew Golding 5-3 Ryan de Vreede
Colin Fowler 5-1 Michael Blake
Sam Head 5-4 Jack Todd
Mark Carter 5-4 Daniel Key
Michael Burgoine 5-1 Jason Marriot
Richie Burnett 5-3 Paul Amos
Dave Ladely 5-2 Eddie Dootson
Chris Quantock 5-1 Kevin Simm
Mick Hasse 5-3 Simon Cassidy
Richard North 5-2 Ritchie Edhouse
Rene Eidams 5-3 Gary Blackwood
Barry Lynn 5-1 Sven Groen
Lee Evan 5-2 James Lane
Martin Lukeman 5-1 Harry Ward
Michel van der Horst 5-4 Alex Roy
Jamie Branton 5-4 Joshua Richardson
Ben Green 5-3 Martyn Turner
Marc Dewsbury 5-2 Chris Hartrey
Kelvin Hart 5-3 Bryan De Hoog
Callum Loose 5-3 James Hubbard
Arron Monk 5-2 Steve Maish
Ryan Searle 5-1 Evander Stevenson

Third Round
Dan Russell 5-4 Adam Hunt
Peter Hudson 5-1 Paul Rowley
Karl Merchant 5-3 Nick Fullwell
Jamie Kelling 5-3 Nigel Birch
Barrie Bates 5-1 Gary Miles
Colin Fowler 5-1 Matthew Golding
Mark Carter 5-2 Sam Head
Richie Burnett 5-3 Michael Burgoine
Chris Quantock 5-2 Dave Ladley
Richard North 5-1 Mick Hasse
Barry Lynn 5-1 Rene Eidams
Martin Lukeman 5-2 Lee Evans
Michel van der Horst 5-3 Jamie Branton
Ben Green 5-1 Marc Dewsbury
Callum Loose 5-3 Kelvin Hart
Ryan Searle 5-0 Arron Monk

Fourth Round
Dan Russel 2-5 Peter Hudson
Karl Merchant 3-5 Jamie Kelling
Barrie Bates 5-2 Colin Fowler
Richie Burnett 5-0 Mark Carter
Chris Quantock 1-5 Richard North
Barry Lynn 5-3 Martin Lukeman
Ben Green 5-3 Michel van der Horst
Ryan Searle 5-1 Callum Loose

Peter Hudson 5-0 Jamie Kelling
Barrie Bates 3-5 Richie Burnett
Richard North 5-2 Barry Lynn
Ben Green 3-5 Ryan Searle

Peter Hudson 3-5 Richie Burnett
Richard North 4-5 Ryan Searle

Richie Burnett 5-2 Ryan Searle


PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour Event 12

Sunday June 26th ArenaMK, Milton Keynes

Preliminary Round
Bradley Kirk 5-1 Jay Foreman
Mark Hylton 5-4 Coni Singh Nagi
Barry Lynn 5-2 Evander Stevenson
Matt Padgett 5-4 Eddie Dootson
Kevin Simm 5-1 Darren Mawer
Dan Read 5-2 Dan Russell
Arron Monk 5-0 Paul Amos
Pete Dyos 5-1 Mark Carter
Michael Barnard 5-2 Robert Fuller
Alex Roy 5-3 Richard North
Adam Smith-Neale 5-2 Vernon Sheppard
Daniel Key 5-3 Mike Norton
Kevin Thomas v Mick Hasse
Michael Blake 5-4 Simon Cassidy
Mark Dudbridge 5-3 Richard Baillie

First Round
Eddie White 5-4 Luke Woodhouse
Bradley Kirk 5-1 Daniel Wood
Nigel Birch 5-2 Billy Holmes
Mark Hylton 5-3 Stephen Gallimore
Kevin Dowling 5-3 Callum Loose
Barry Lynn 5-3 Joe Croft
Richie Burnett 5-2 Charlie Jackson
Matt Padgett 5-0 Joshua Richardson
Diogo Portela 5-4 Gary Blackwood
Sheamus Hagan 5-1 James Hubbard
Jamie Landon 5-4 Kurt Parry
Ritchie Edhouse 5-1 James Young
Jack Todd 5-3 Ashley Hykin
Ryan de Vreede 5-4 Rob Modra
Paul Coughlin 5-0 Danny Moore
Bryan de Hogg 5-3 Chris Quantock
Colin Fowler 5-2 Kevin Lane
Jamie Kelling 5-2 Kevin Simm
Nigel Daniels 5-3 Stuart Stubbs
Dan Read 5-2 Keith Moore
Peter Mitchell 5-2 Adam Huckvale
Arron Monk 5-3 Ryan Searle
Sam Head 5-3 Sven Groen
Pete Dyos 5-1 Mike Symes
Rob Cross 5-1 Steve Mason
Rene Eidams 5-4 Samuel Fuller
Jamie Branton 5-1 Lex Immers
Steve Maish 5-1 Alan Wilkinson
Mick Todd 5-4 Ian Withers
Adam Hunt 5-1 Glenn Fitzpatrick
Gary Miles 5-2 Karl Merchant
Lee Evans 5-1 Matthew Golding
Andrew Howarth 5-0 Chris Skeates
Michael Barnard 5-4 Glen Parsons
Aaron Stevens 5-3 John Gibson
Danny Pinhorne 5-4 Alex Roy
Paul Rowley 5-3 Lee Shewan
Adam Smith-Neale 5-1 Ben Simpson
Dave Place 5-1 Jon Juke
Daniel Key 5-3 Mark Forman
Ben Ward 5-2 Steve Hine
Dave Ladley 5-3 Jordan Johnston
Bradley Williams 5-2 Michel van der Horst
Barrie Bates 5-3 Harry Ward
Dean Stewart 5-2 Ben Green
Andrew Johnson 5-4 Richie Howson
Richard Hosey 5-3 Nick Fullwell
James Hadjar 5-0 Michael Burgoine
Ian Walters 5-0 Anthony Urmston-Toft
Mick Hasse 5-1 Wayne Crossley
Kelvin Hart 5-4 Scott Taylor
Michael Power 5-1 Michael Blake
Andreas Hajimina 5-4 Derek Brand
Mark Dudbridge 5-0 Chris Hartrey
Kirk Shepherd 5-4 Michael Dawson
Peter Hudson 5-4 Mareno Michels
Jason Marriot 5-3 Colin Littlecott
John Newland 5-4 Jerry Hendriks
Ross Parsons 5-2 Andrew Mcallister
Ryan Harrington 5-3 Mark Baxter
Roxy-James Rodriguez 5-2 Scott Marsh
Martin Lukeman 5-2 Justin Bradshaw
David Evans 5-0 Peter Evison
James Lane 5-3 Marc Dewsbury

Second Round
Bradley Kirk 5-0 Eddie White
Mark Hylton 5-4 Nigel Birch
Barry Lynn 5-1 Kevin Dowling
Matt Padgett 5-4 Richie Burnett
Diogo Portela 5-0 Sheamus Hagan
Jamie Landon 5-2 Ritchie Edhouse
Ryan de Vreede 5-2 Jack Todd
Paul Coughlin 5-4 Bryan de Hoog
Jamie Kelling 5-4 Colin Fowler
Dan Read 5-0 Nigel Daniels
Arron Monk 5-3 Peter Mitchell
Pete Dyos 5-0 Sam Head
Rene Eidams 5-3 Rob Cross
Steve Maish 5-2 Jamie Branton
Adam Hunt 5-3 Mick Todd
Lee Evans 5-1 Gary Miles
Andrew Howarth 5-3 Michael Barnard
Danny Pinhorne 5-3 Aaron Stevens
Paul Rowley 5-1 Adam Smith-Neale
Dave Place 5-2 Daniel Key
Dave Ladley 5-0 Ben Ward
Barrie Bates 5-1 Bradley Williams
Dean Stewart 5-4 Andrew Johnson
James Hajdar 5-3 Richard Hosey
Ian Walters 5-3 Mick Hasse
Kelvin Hart 5-4 Michael Power
Mark Dudbridge 5-3 Andrea Hajimina
Kirk Shepherd 5-2 Peter Hudson
Jason Marriot 5-2 John Newland
Ross Parsons 5-4 Ryan Harrington
Martin Lukeman 5-3 Roxy-James Rodriguez
David Evans 5-4 James Lane

Third Round
Bradley Kirk 4-5 Mark Hylton
Barry Lynn 3-5 Matt Padgett
Jamie Landon 5-3 Diogo Portela
Paul Coughlin 5-0 Ryan de Vreede
Jamie Kelling 5-2 Dan Read
Arron Monk 5-2 Pete Dyos
Rene Eidams 5-2 Steve Maish
Adam Hunt 5-2 Lee Evans
Andrew Howarth 5-1 Danny Pinhorne
Dave Place 5-4 Paul Rowley
Barrie Bates 5-4 Dave Ladley
Dean Stewart 5-1 James Hajdar
Kelvin Hart 5-2 Ian Walters
Mark Dudbridge 5-3 Kirk Shepherd
Jason Marriot 5-2 Ross Parsons
Martin Lukeman 5-0 David Evans

Last 16
Mark Hylton 3-5 Matt Padgett
Jamie Landon 5-3 Paul Coughlin
Jamie Kelling 2-5 Arron Monk
Rene Eidams 5-4 Adam Hunt
Andrew Howarth 5-3 Dave Place
Barrie Bates 5-4 Dean Stewart
Kelvin Hart 5-3 Mark Dudbridge
Jason Marriot 5-2 Martin Lukeman

Matt Padgett 5-0 Paul Coughlin
Arron Monk 4-5 Rene Eidams
Andrew Howarth 4-5 Barrie Bates
Kelvin Hart 5-3 Jason Marriot

Matt Padgett 4-5 Rene Eidams
Barrie Bates 1-5 Kelvin Hart

Rene Eidams 3-5 Kelvin Hart

Template - Date: Shanghai Darts Masters

The world number one, a winner of four international events and last year’s World Series of Darts Finals, has missed out in Dubai and Auckland so far in 2016, but produced some of his best form as he claimed the inaugural title in Shanghai.

After battling past Singapore’s Paul Lim in Saturday’s first round, van Gerwen overcame fellow Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld 8-4 in the quarter-finals and then came from 4-1 down in his semi-final to defeat Dave Chisnall 8-5. Chisnall followed up his hard-fought 8-6 quarter-final win over Adrian Lewis with checkouts of 148 and 150 to take the initiative against van Gerwen, who responded with a 145 finish as he turned the game around with a run of four successive legs before claiming victory.

The Dutchman also opened the final with a 138 finish and a pair of tops checkouts gave him a 3-0 lead before Wade took out 116 to respond. A four-leg burst then moved van Gerwen into a 7-1 lead, and though Wade finished 116 in claiming back-to-back legs to keep his hopes alive, a missed bullseye in the next allowed the world number one in to post double 16 for the title.

Wade had won through to his second World Series of Darts final, matching his achievement at the Perth Darts Masters last year, by seeing off World Champion Gary Anderson 8-7 in the quarter-finals and Phil Taylor 8-6 in the semi-finals. Anderson had hit back from 5-1 down to force a deciding leg, but missed three match darts to complete his comeback as Wade followed a pair of earlier 118 checkouts by landing double five to edge through.

He then saw off Taylor in another tight contest, with the 16-time World Champion finishing 121 on the bull to open up a 4-2 lead before Wade claimed four in a row to put himself in command. Taylor had earlier produced a sensational comeback from 7-1 down to defeat Peter Wright 8-7 in their quarter-final, and kept up the pressure on Wade with a 138 checkout before the left-hander eventually sealed his place in the final.

ITV4’s delayed coverage in the UK will be broadcast at 7.30pm on Sunday evening. The PDC World Series of Darts continues with the Zipang Casino Tokyo Darts Masters on July 6-7, with the eight PDC stars set to take on eight Japanese qualifiers across two days at the Yoyogi Olympic Hall. For tickets, visit www.pdj.co.jp


Shanghai Darts Masters

Sunday June 26th

Gary Anderson 7-8 James Wade
Phil Taylor 8-7 Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen 8-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Adrian Lewis 6-8 Dave Chisnall

James Wade 8-6 Phil Taylor
Michael van Gerwen 8-5 Dave Chisnall

James Wade 3-8 Michael van Gerwen

All games on Sunday are the best of 15 legs and played in draw bracket order as above.




(97.28) Gary Anderson 7-8 James Wade (99.01) 0-1 – Wade finishes double top at the first time of asking to break throw immediately. 0-2 – Anderson wires the bull to take out 170 and also misses two darts at double 12 before Wade steps in to land tops and double his advantage. 1-2 – Wade fires in a 171 score to leave 36, but Anderson posts double ten to win his opening leg. 1-3 – Wade’s flawless finishing continues as he takes out 118 on tops. 1-4 – The pair trade 180s before Anderson misses more darts at doubles. Wade moves in to punish the World Champ on tops. 1-5 – More quality from Wade who takes out another 118. 2-5 – Anderson finally finds range on the doubles to reduce the deficit. 3-5 – Wade’s turn to miss darts at the double as Anderson moves in to cut the gap to two. 4-5 – Game on as Anderson makes it three in a row on double 18. 4-6 – A third missed dart at the Bull for Anderson allows Wade to move in a take out the double six. 5-6 – Both starting to find the doubles now as Anderson takes out 88 on double 14. 5-7 – Wade one away from the semi-final as he hits tops. 6-7 – Two match darts missed by Wade as Anderson moves to within one of his opponent. 7-7 – We’re going to a decider as Anderson pins double two. 7-8 – Both miss match darts but it’s James Wade who holds his nerve to take out the winning double and move in to the semi-final.


(100.47) Phil Taylor 8-7 Peter Wright (94.42) 0-1 – Early nerves as both miss darts at double but it’s Peter Wright who breaks in the first leg. 0-2 – More missed double attempts for Taylor and Wright again punishes him, this time on double eight. 0-3 – It’s another break and more missed darts by Taylor. Wright takes out 94 to move three ahead. 1-3 – Eight missed darts at a double for Peter Wright and Taylor gets himself on the scoreboard on double 16. 1-4 – A majestic 147 checkout from Wright gives him a 4-1 lead. 1-5 – Two maximums from Wright allow him to complete an 11 dart leg and move four in front. 1-6 – Superb again from Wright who takes out 130 on double five. 1-7 – The Scot now one leg away from a huge win against Phil Taylor as he nails double ten. 2-7 – Taylor keeps the match alive, hitting double three to reduce the deficit to five. 3-7 – Another leg back for Taylor hitting double 16 at the first attempt. 4-7 – An 11 dart leg for Taylor who is getting closer. 5-7 – Two missed match darts by Wright and again Taylor moves in to punish the Scot. 6-7 – Three more match darts come and go for Peter Wright and Taylor is now just one back. 7-7 – Six legs in a row for Taylor and we go to a decider. 8-7 – Taylor survives five match darts and comes back from 7-1 down to make his way in to the semi-final.


Michael van Gerwen 8-4 Raymond van Barneveld 1-0 – Great start for van Gerwen who hits double 14 for a twelve dart leg. 1-1 – Van Barneveld hits straight back with a 61 finish on double four. 1-2 – Van Barneveld lands a 180 before finishing double eight to move ahead. 2-2 – Van Gerwen and van Barneveld trade maximums but it’s MVG who hits double 16 to level the match. 3-2 – A 70 checkout moves van Barneveld 3-2 ahead. 3-3 – Level again as the world number one hits double 12. 4-3 – A superb 138 finish gives van Gerwen the break and moves him 4-3 in front. 5-3 – Van Barneveld misses the bull for a 161 finish before van Gerwen moves in for double 8 to complete a 76 finish. 6-3 – Missed darts by van Barneveld punished and its a three leg gap now. 7-3 – Van Gerwen one away as he takes advantage of more mistakes from van Barneveld, taking out 60 on tops. 7-4 – Van Barneveld finally finds the range on the doubles and reduces the deficit to three with double six. 8-4 – It’s Michael van Gerwen who moves in to the semi-final beating fellow Dutchman, Raymond van Barneveld.


Adrian Lewis 6-8 Dave Chisnall 0-1 – An early break for Dave Chinsall who takes out 85 on the bull. 1-1 – Lewis immediately breaks back with 16 on double four. 2-1 – A lovely 110 checkout from Lewis puts him in front for the first time. 2-2 – Back to back 180s from Chisnall and he takes out 40 on double ten to level up. 2-3 – Another break for Chisnall who takes out 82 on double 16.2-4 – A lovely 174 leaves tops for Chisnall, which he takes out at the second attempt.  3-4 – 85 on double eight for Lewis who reduces the gap to one. 4-4 – A 12 darter from Lewis means we are level once again. 5-4 – Three legs in a row for Lewis who hits double eight to lead again. 5-5 – Level again as Chisnall hits tops. 6-5 – Three missed darts at a double for Chisnall to break before Lewis hits double ten to lead again. 6-6 – 80 on tops for Chisnall as he draws level again. 6-7 – Big time to break for Chisnall as he hits tops to move within one of the semi-final. 6-8 – Double 18 gives Dave Chisnall the win over Adrian Lewis. He’ll face Michael van Gerwen in the semi-final.


(98.79) James Wade 8-6 Phil Taylor (95.13) 1-0 – Wade hits two maximums and lands tops to break the Taylor throw. 1-1 – Wade misses five darts to move two in front and Taylor punishes him on tops. 1-2 – More misses at tops and tens for Wade and Taylor moves in front for the first time. 2-2 – 101 on tops from Wade to level up. 2-3 – Taylor ahead again averaging 90. 2-4 – Taylor breaks the throw with a superb 121 on the bull. 3-4 – Wade breaks straight back with 76 on double eight. 4-4 – A hold of throw for Wade, hitting double ten to bring the scores level again. 5-4 – A break for Wade who now leads for the first time since leg one. 6-4 – Four consecutive legs for James Wade as he hits tops. 6-5 – A miscount from Taylor leaves him on double 17 but he takes it out at the third attempt. 7-5 – Wade one away from the final hitting tops to move within sight of victory. 7-6 – 138 from Taylor to keep the match alive. 8-6 – James Wade in to the final hitting tops again to knock out Taylor.


(101.36) Michael van Gerwen 8-5 Dave Chisnall (93.85) 0-1 – What a start for Chisnall, who takes out 148 in the opening leg. 0-2 – A two leg lead for Chisnall on double one. 1-2 – Van Gerwen on the board taking out 56 on tops. 1-3 – Chisnall hits double ten at the first attempt to move two in front. 1-4 – Another huge checkout from Chisnall to break again. He takes out 150 on double 18. 2-4 – A good response from van Gerwen who pins tops to get one leg back. 3-4 – Van Gerwen’s turn to hit the big checkout. 145 for the world number one. 4-4 – 54 checkout from van Gerwen to level the scores. 5-4 – Double eight for van Gerwen as he moves ahead for the first time. 5-5 – Van Gerwen misses tops and allows Chisnall in to level the match. 6-5 – 100 finish from van Gerwen who leads again. 7-5 – One away for van Gerwen how takes out 25 on double eight after missing the bull for the 170 finish. 8-5 – Double 12 for MVG, he faces James Wade in the final.


(94.69) James Wade 3-8 Michael van Gerwen (100.54) 0-1 – A 138 finish from Michael van Gerwen to start the final in style. 0-2 – A 97 now from van Gerwen who breaks the Wade throw. 0-3 – A blistering start from the world number one who takes a three leg lead on tops. 1-3 – Wade takes out 116 to get his first leg on the board. 1-4 – Wade misses tops to break back before van Gerwen pins double one to lead by three. 1-5 – Van Gerwen hits double eight this time to break the Wade throw again. 1-6 – The bull missed by van Gerwen for the 170 but he gets another chance and takes the remaining 25 out on double eight. 1-7 – Wade misses tops again to allow van Gerwen to hit double eight to move within one of the title. 2-7 – Two match darts missed by van Gerwen as Wade mops up 20 on double ten to give himself a chance. 3-7 – 116 on double 18 for Wade. He’s not giving up yet. 3-8 – It’s Michael van Gerwen’s title. He hits double 16 to beat James Wade and win in Shanghai.


Template - Date: Challenge Tours 9 & 10

Rob Cross won his first Challenge Tour after 2 runners up spots earlier in the year and goes to the top of the table as Matt Padgett secured his first ranking title as he edged out Gloucestershire’s Lee Evans 5-4 in the Event Nine final to open the third double-header weekend on the 2016 Challenge Tour.


Padgett also defeated Steve Maish, Stephen Gallimore, Callum Loose, Michel van der Horst, Steve Hine and Adam Hunt on his way to the win, as the former World Championship qualifier claimed the £2,000 first prize.

Evans was pushed all the way by Ryan Searle and Adam Smith-Neale in the quarter-finals and semi-finals after earlier deciding-leg wins over Nigel Birch and Jay Foreman, as well as whitewashing Dan Russell in the last 16.

Youngster Hunt overcame former World Youth Champion Arron Monk on his way to the semis, where he was joined by Coventry’s Smith-Neale, who saw off Germany’s Rene Eidams and Dutch duo Sven Groen and Bryan de Hoog.

The double-header of £10,000 tournaments sees PDPA Associate Members competing in the third weekend of the year.

PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour Event Nine

Saturday June 25th, ArenaMK, Milton Keynes

Preliminary Round
Matthew Golding 5-4 Ashley Hykin
Colin Littlecott 5-2 Mark Hylton
Kevin Lane 5-4 Kevin Simm
Marc Dewsbury 5-1 Coni Singh Nagi
Evander Stevenson 5-4 Mick Todd
Michael Dawson 5-4 Mark Forman
Scott Taylor 5-1 Dan Read
Paul Coughlin 5-0 Chris Skeates
Colin Fowler 5-2 John Gibson
Keith Moore 5-2 Dean Stewart
Billy Holmes 5-2 Richie Burnett
Luke Woodhouse 5-0 Mick Hasse
Joshua Richardson 5-0 Daniel Wood

First Round
Jamie Kelling 5-4 Rob Cross
Matthew Golding 5-2 Andreas Hajimina
Ryan Searle 5-2 Danny Moore
Colin Littlecott 5-1 Mike Symes
Daniel Key 5-1 James Hajdar
Kevin Lane 5-1 Richard Baillie
Glenn Fitzpatrick 5-3 Stuart Stubbs
Marc Dewsbury 5-3 Ross Parsons
Nigel Birch 5-2 Mark Carter
Lee Evans 5-0 Dave Place
Andrew Howarth 5-2 Andrew McAllister
Jay Foreman 5-4 Dave Ladley
Jordan Johnston 5-4 Barrie Bates
Dan Russell 5-4 David Evans
Barry Lynn 5-2 Sam Head
Mike Norton 5-1 Kirk Shepherd
Derek Brand 5-0 Ryan Harrington
Evander Stevenson 5-3 Rohit Rabadia
Nigel Daniels 5-2 Mark Dudbridge
Michael Dawson 5-2 Simon Cassidy
Ben Green 5-0 Lex Immers
Bryan de Hoog 5-2 Scott Taylor
Harry Ward 5-3 Eddie White
Ryan de Vreede 5-1 Nick Fullwell
James Young 5-4 Alex Roy
Ian Withers 5-0 Garath Illidge
Lee Shewan 5-3 Joe Croft
Sven Groen 5-4 Jason Marriott
Richard Hosey 5-3 Jerry Hendriks
Adam Smith-Neale 5-3 Rene Eidams
Roxy-James Rodriguez 5-1 Aaron Stevens
Ian Moss 5-2 Kevin Dowling
Michel van der Horst 5-1 Peter Hudson
Paul Coughlin 5-4 Jack Todd
Danny Pinhorne 5-1 Peter Evison
Colin Fowler 5-4 Martyn Turner
Matt Padgett 5-2 Steve Maish
Stephen Gallimore 5-1 Keith Moore
Callum Loose 5-0 Justin Bradshaw
James Lane 5-4 Mark Baxter
Diogo Portela 5-3 Ben Ward
Steve Hine 5-3 Karl Merchant
Martin Lukeman 5-4 Samuel Fuller
Rob Modra 5-0 Alan Wilkinson
Michael Barnard 5-3 Sheamus Hagan
Ben Simpson 5-3 Gary Blackwood
Vernon Sheppard 5-0 John Newland
Glen Parsons 5-0 Robert Fuller
Jamie Landon 5-4 Adam Huckvale
Billy Holmes 5-0 Steve Perkins
Adam Hunt 5-1 Bradley Kirk
Luke Woodhouse 5-3 Jamie Branton
Jon Jukes 5-3 Chris Hartrey
Wayne Crossley 5-4 Joshua Richardson
Arron Monk 5-3 Anthony Urmston-Toft
Michael Burgoine 5-2 Richard North
Richie Howson 5-3 Kelvin Hart
Kurt Parry 5-0 Ian Walters
Gary Miles 5-0 Bartosz Ceglowski
Chris Quantock 5-0 Paul Amos
Charlie Jackson 5-1 Steve Mason
Eddie Dootson 5-4 Peter Mitchell
Michael Power 5-2 Michael Blake
Andrew Johnson 5-4 Ritchie Edhouse

Second Round
Jamie Kelling 5-0 Matthew Gilding
Ryan Searle 5-0 Colin Littlecott
Kevin Lane 5-2 Daniel Key
Marc Dewsbury 5-0 Glenn Fitzpatrick
Lee Evans 5-4 Nigel Birch
Jay Foreman 5-4 Andrew Howarth
Dan Russell 5-0 Jordan Johnston
Mike Norton 5-3 Barry Lynn
Derek Brand 5-2 Evander Stevenson
Michael Dawson 5-0 Nigel Daniels
Bryan de Hoog 5-1 Ben Green
Ryan de Vreede 5-4 Harry Ward
James Young 5-3 Ian Withers
Sven Groen 5-3 Lee Shewan
Adam Smith-Neale 5-1 Richard Hosey
Ian Moss 5-3 Roxy-James Rodriguez
Michel van der Horst 5-1 Paul Coughlin
Colin Fowler 5-2 Danny Pinhorne
Matt Padgett 5-0 Stephen Gallimore
Callum Loose 5-1 James Lane
Steve Hine 5-2 Diogo Portela
Martin Lukeman 5-2 Rob Modra
Michael Barnard 5-2 Ben Simpson
Vernon Sheppard 5-3 Glen Parsons
Jamie Landon 5-4 Billy Holmes
Adam Hunt 5-0 Luke Woodhouse
Wayne Crossley 5-3 Jon Jukes
Arron Monk 5-2 Michael Burgoine
Kurt Parry 5-3 Richie Howson
Chris Quantock 5-4 Gary Miles
Charlie Jackson 5-2 Eddie Dootson
Michael Power 5-4 Andrew Johnson
Losers £50

Third Round
Jamie Kelling 0-5 Ryan Searle
Kevin Lane 3-5 Marc Dewsbury
Lee Evans 5-4 Jay Foreman
Dan Russell 5-4 Mike Norton
Derek Brand 5-3 Michael Dawson
Bryan de Hoog 5-2 Ryan de Vreede
Sven Groen 5-2 James Young
Adam Smith-Neale 5-2 Ian Moss
Michel van der Horst 5-2 Colin Fowler
Matt Padgett 5-2 Callum Loose
Steve Hine 5-4 Martin Lukeman
Michael Barnard 5-1 Vernon Sheppard
Adam Hunt 5-1 Jamie Landon
Arron Monk 5-1 Wayne Crossley
Kurt Parry 5-2 Chris Quantock
Michael Power 5-3 Charlie Jackson
Losers £100

Fourth Round
Ryan Searle 5-2 Marc Dewsbury
Lee Evans 5-0 Dan Russell
Derek Brand 0-5 Bryan de Hoog
Sven Groen 1-5 Adam Smith-Neale
Michel van der Horst 3-5 Matt Padgett
Steve Hine 5-1 Michael Barnard
Adam Hunt 5-3 Arron Monk
Kurt Parry 4-5 Michael Power
Losers £200

Fifth Round
Ryan Searle 4-5 Lee Evans
Bryan de Hoog 2-5 Adam Smith-Neale
Matt Padgett 5-4 Steve Hine
Adam Hunt 5-3 Michael Power
Losers £300

Lee Evans 5-4 Adam Smith-Neale
Matt Padgett 5-3 Adam Hunt
Losers £500

Lee Evans 4-5 Matt Padgett
Winner £2,000
Runner-Up £1,000

PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour Event Ten

Saturday June 25th, ArenaMK, Milton Keynes

Preliminary Round
Robert Fuller 5-0 Jordan Johnston
Gary Blackwood 5-1 James Lane
Pete Dyos 5-0 Daniel Key
Paul Coughlin 5-3 Michael Power
Colin Fowler 5-1 Danny Moore
Eddie Dootson 5-3 Martin Lukeman
Jamie Kelling 5-0 Bartosz Ceglowski
Matt Padgett 5-1 Harry Ward
Ross Parsons 5-1 Garath Illidge
Ian Withers 5-4 Ashley Hykin
Mike Norton 5-3 Michael van der Horst
Diogo Portela 5-2 Danny Pinhorne
Scott Taylor 5-2 David Evans
Andreas Hajimina 5-4 Adam Huckvale
Jon Jukes 5-2 Wayne Crossley

First Round
Michael Burgoine 5-4 Aaron Stevens
Anthony Urmston-Toft 5-0 Robert Fuller
Ryan de Vreede 5-2 Kelvin Hart
Gary Blackwood 5-2 Mick Todd
Dan Read 5-4 Roxy-James Rodriguez
Peter Evison 5-1 Pete Dyos
Jay Foreman 5-0 Nigel Daniels
Adam Smith-Neale 5-3 Paul Coughlin
Ian Walters 5-3 Eddie White
Richard North 5-3 John Newland
Ryan Harrington 5-4 Charlie Jackson
Mark Baxter 5-4 Luke Woodhouse
Martyn Turner 5-2 James Young
Samuel Fuller 5-3 Michael Blake
Chris Hartrey 5-2 John Gibson
Mick Hasse 5-2 James Hajdar
Dan Russell 5-3 Jamie Landon
Colin Fowler 5-1 Glen Parsons
Michael Dawson 5-0 Lee Shewan
Kirk Shepherd 5-0 Eddie Dootson
Vernon Sheppard 5-2 Rohit Rabadia
Jamie Kelling 5-2 Nigel Birch
Steve Mason 5-1 Rene Eidams
Kevin Simm 5-1 Matt Padgett
Callum Loose 5-1 Steve Perkins
Coni Singh Nagi 5-3 Billy Holmes
Richie Burnett 5-3 Sheamus Hagan
Rob Cross 5-2 Rob Modra
Jerry Hendriks 5-0 Matthew Golding
Richiard Baillie 5-4 Ritchie Edhouse
Lee Evans 5-4 Dave Ladley
Stuart Stubbs 5-1 Ryan Searle
Chris Skeates 5-1 Jamie Branton
Mark Forman 5-3 Ross Parsons
Bryan de Hoog 5-1 Lex Immers
Ian Withers 5-3 Andrew Howarth
Steve Hine 5-4 Richie Howson
Mike Norton 5-3 Chris Quantock
Andrew Johnson 5-4 Glenn Fitzpatrick
Steve Maish 5-2 Diogo Portela
Ian Moss 5-1 Justin Bradshaw
Keith Moore 5-3 Joe Croft
Nick Fullwell 5-1 Ben Ward
Ben Green 5-3 Richard Hosey
Derek Brand 5-2 Dave Place
Sam Head 5-3 Simon Cassidy
Joshua Richardson 5-1 Alan Wilkinson
Barry Lynn 5-2 Karl Merchant
Michael Barnard 5-2 Gary Miles
Scott Taylor 5-1 Jack Todd
Kurt Parry 5-1 Peter Mitchell
Kevin Dowling 5-4 Andreas Hajimina
Mike Symes 5-1 Evander Stevenson
Jon Jukes 5-1 Colin Littlecott
Stephen Gallimore 5-0 Daniel Wood
Kevin Thomas 5-3 Ben Simpson
Bradley Williams 5-0 Andrew McAllister
Sven Groen 5-3 Barrie Bates
Jason Marriott 5-3 Arron Monk
Mark Dudbridge 5-2 Paul Amos
Peter Hudson 5-3 Adam Hunt
Bradley Kirk 5-3 Dean Stewart
Alex Roy 5-4 Kevin Lane
Marc Dewsbury 5-4 Mark Carter

Second Round
Michael Burgoine 5-3 Anthony Urmston-Toft
Ryan de Vreede 5-4 Gary Blackwood
Dan Read 5-1 Peter Evison
Adam Smith-Neale 5-0 Jay Foreman
Ian Walters 5-0 Richard North
Mark Baxter 5-4 Ryan Harrington
Martyn Turner 5-1 Samuel Fuller
Mick Hasse 5-3 Chris Hartrey
Colin Fowler 5-2 Dan Russell
Michael Dawson 5-2 Kirk Shepherd
Jamie Kelling 5-1 Vernon Sheppard
Steve Mason 5-1 Kevin Simm
Callum Loose 5-1 Coni Singh Nagi
Rob Cross 5-2 Richie Burnett
Richard Baillie 5-2 Jerry Hendriks
Ryan Searle 5-4 Lee Evans
Chris Skeates 5-4 Mark Forman
Ian Withers 5-3 Bryan de Hoog
Mike Norton 5-2 Steve Hine
Steve Maish 5-4 Andrew Johnson
Ian Moss 5-0 Keith Moore
Ben Green 5-1 Nick Fullwell
Sam Head 5-2 Derek Brand
Barry Lynn 5-0 Joshua Richardson
Scott Taylor 5-2 Michael Barnard
Kurt Parry 5-2 Kevin Dowling
Jon Jukes 5-4 Mike Symes
Stephen Gallimore 5-1 Kevin Thomas
Bradley Williams 5-2 Sven Groen
Mark Dudbridge 5-2 Jason Marriott
Peter Hudson 5-3 Bradley Kirk
Marc Dewsbury 5-3 Alex Roy
Losers £50

Third Round
Ryan de Vreede 5-3 Michael Burgoine
Dan Read 5-3 Adam Smith-Neale
Ian Walters 5-2 Mark Baxter
Martyn Turner 5-3 Mick Hasse
Colin Fowler 2-5 Michael Dawson
Jamie Kelling 5-1 Steve Mason
Rob Cross 5-1 Callum Loose
Ryan Searle 5-3 Richard Baillie
Chris Skeates 3-5 Ian Withers
Mike Norton 3-5 Steve Maish
Ian Moss 5-3 Ben Green
Barry Lynn 5-2 Sam Head
Scott Taylor 5-2 Kurt Parry
Stephen Gallimore 5-0 Jon Jukes
Mark Dudbridge 5-1 Bradley Williams
Peter Hudson 5-2 Marc Dewsbury
Losers £100

Fourth Round
Ryan de Vreede 3-5 Dan Read
Ian Walters 4-5 Martyn Turner
Michael Dawson 2-5 Jamie Kelling
Rob Cross 5-3 Ryan Searle
Ian Withers 4-5 Steve Maish
Ian Moss 2-5 Barry Lynn
Scott Taylor 5-0 Stephen Gallimore
Mark Dudbridge 5-0 Peter Hudson
Losers £200

Dan Read 0-5 Martyn Turner
Jamie Kelling 0-5 Rob Cross
Steve Maish 5-0 Barry Lynn
Scott Taylor 2-5 Mark Dudbridge
Losers £300

Rob Cross 5-2 Martyn Turner
Steve Maish 3-5 Mark Dudbridge
Losers £500

Robb Cross 5-2 Mark Dudbridge
Winner £2,000
Runner-Up £1,000

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Template - Date: Auckland Darts Masters

GARY ANDERSON won his second successive World Series of Darts title with a thrilling performance as he overcame reigning champion Adrian Lewis 11-7 in the final of the 2016 Auckland Darts Masters, presented by TAB and Burger King.

World Champion Anderson had won last month’s Dubai Darts Masters title and claimed his first win in New Zealand in style. The Scot followed up his earlier wins over New Zealand’s Bernie Smith and world number five Peter Wright with a stunning 11-7 defeat of Raymond van Barneveld, with his 111.37 average being the second best in World Series history to accompany eight 180s.

He then produced another scintillating display to thrill the Trusts Arena crowd and take the title in the second Auckland Darts Masters. Lewis had won through to his second successive World Series of Darts final with a heavy-scoring 11-9 victory over James Wade, firing in a dozen maximums before coming from 7-6 down to claim five of the final seven legs.

Wade had performed wonderfully in Saturday’s quarter-final win over world number one van Gerwen, but was overpowered by Lewis’ 12 maximums in their semi-final as he missed out on reaching a second World Series of Darts final. Van Barneveld, meanwhile, missed out on reaching the final in Auckland for a second successive year, despite landing six 180s and achieving a 104.85 average in his tie with Anderson.


Sunday June 19th (7pm)

Semi-Finals (21)
Gary Anderson 11-7 Raymond van Barneveld
James Wade 9-11 Adrian Lewis

Final (21)
Gary Anderson 11-7 Adrian Lewis




(111.37) Gary Anderson 11-7 Raymond van Barneveld (104.85) 0-1 – Anderson misses the bull to finish 161, and van Barneveld follows three 140s with an 81 finish on double 12 for an 11-darter to break throw immediately. 0-2 – Double 16 sees van Barneveld move two legs up. 0-3 – Anderson opens with 140 and 180, but van Barneveld replies with a maximum before finishing 121 on double 14 for another break of throw. 0-4 – van Barneveld continues his impeccable finishing by taking out 64 on double eight to win a fourth straight leg. 1-4 – Anderson fires in a 180 before landing double six to win his first leg of the contest with a 13-darter. 2-4 – Anderson scores 140, 180 and 145 before pinning double 18 for a superb ten-darter. 3-4 – A superb leg sees both players trade 180s before van Barneveld leaves 36 after nine darts – only to se Anderson take out 90 on double 15 for an 11-darter. 4-4 – Anderson fires in another maximum before punishing one miss from van Barneveld, at double 16, by taking out tops for a 13-darter to level. 5-4 – Double two sees Anderson win a fifth straight leg to move ahead for the first time in a high-quality contest. 5-5 – van Barneveld lands a 180 before hitting a third-dart double ten to level by winning his first leg in six. 6-5 – van Barneveld’s maximum is followed by a 174 score from Anderson, who takes out double 12 to regain the lead. 7-5 – Anderson opens with 180 and 140 before finishing 60 on tops to break throw and move two legs clear. 7-6 – van Barneveld breaks back by finishing 81 on double 13. 8-6 – Both players land 180s before Anderson pins double 12 again for a 13-dart leg. 9-6 – The World Champion opens with yet another 180 before finishing tops for an 11-darter to open up a three-leg lead. 9-7 – van Barneveld’s 180 is followed by tops as he hits back. 10-7 – van Barneveld fires in a 177, but can only watch on as Anderson takes out double four to move a leg away from the final. 11-7 – Anderson misses match darts across three visits as the tension rises, but van Barneveld also spurns three opportunities to keep the game alive before the Scot returns on double two to finally book his spot in the final. Anderson ends the game with a 111.37 average to van Barneveld’s 104.85, while the combined 14 180s – eight from Anderson and six from van Barneveld – took the tournament’s tally to 82, activating a Burger King special offer across New Zealand once the total passed 80.


(94.51) James Wade 9-11 Adrian Lewis (100.28) 0-1 – Lewis makes a sensational start, taking out 149 for a break of throw. 0-2 – Lewis wires the bullseye for a 161 finish, but returns to land double eight to move two legs up. 1-2 – Wade initially misses three darts at tops, with Lewis hitting a 180 in vain as he watches his rival return on double ten. 2-2 – Three missed doubles from Lewis allow Wade in on double ten to level the game. 2-3 – Lewis lands double eight to edge back ahead with a break of throw. 2-4 – Wade fires in a 180, but Lewis hits tops to move himself two legs clear. 2-5 – Lewis hits a maximum of his own before scrambling home double three to win a third successive leg. 3-5 – Lewis misses his chance to move four legs clear and gives a reprieve to Wade, who returns on double ten to win his first leg in four. 4-5 – Another double ten finish sees Wade cut the gap to one leg. 5-5 – Wade finishes 71 on tops to level the contest. 6-5 – Wade claims a fourth successive leg, with Lewis landing a 180 but being punished for failing to finish the leg as the left-hander posts tops. 6-6 – Lewis fires in two 180s in a 12-darter as double 12 sees him hit back to level. 7-6 – Lewis posts his seventh 180 to leave 24, but misses double 12, six and three to allow Wade back in on double ten to edge back ahead. 7-7 – Lewis hits another maximum before double 19 sees him square the match once more. 8-7 – Another double ten finish from Wade sees him regain the lead. 8-8 – Lewis’ ninth 180 gives him breathing space before he lands double 18 at the fifth time of asking to tie the contest. 8-9 – Lewis fires in his tenth maximum before both players miss doubles in two visits, before the reigning champion finally lands double two to break throw and regain the lead.



(99.90) Gary Anderson 11-7 Adrian Lewis (98.96) 0-1 – Lewis kicks off the final with a 177 score before landing tops to claim the opening leg. 1-1 – Anderson initially misses the bull for a 170 finish and two further doubles to win the leg, with a 162 score from Lewis coming too late as the Scot returns on double three. 1-2 – Anderson fires in a 180, but Lewis takes out 81 on double six for a 12-darter to regain the lead. 2-2 – Anderson misses double 16 to finish 149, but returns to take the leg at the second time of asking. 2-3 – Lewis receives a let-off for three misses at double 18 when Anderson is unable to land double eight and four, allowing his rival back in on double nine. 3-3 – The roles are reversed as Lewis misses double 18 for a 156 finish to break throw, and Anderson steps in on tops to level once again. 4-3 – Anderson lands a maximum, and when Lewis misses two further doubles, at double 12 and six, the World Champion finishes 68 on double ten to break throw and move ahead for the first time. 5-3 – Double top sees Anderson claim a third successive leg as he moves two clear of the reigning champion. 5-4 – The pair trade 180s before Lewis finishes a superb 121 checkout on the bull to cut the gap to one leg. 6-4 – Lewis lands another maximum, only to see Anderson finish 65 on double four to regain his cushion. 7-4 – Lewis hits his third 180 in as many legs, but a miss at tops for a 110 checkout allows Anderson in on double 16 to move three legs clear with a break of throw 7-5 – Lewis breaks back with a third-dart double nine under pressure, with Anderson having hit a 180 to leave 20. 7-6 – Lewis produces a superb 150 checkout to respond. 8-6 – Anderson kicks off the leg with six perfect darts of two 180s, and though he is unable to complete a nine-darter, the Scot finishes double four for an 11-darter to regain his cushion. 9-6 – Both players land 180s before Anderson takes out 70 on double five to break throw again and move three legs clear once more. 9-7 – The pair each miss doubles in two visits before Lewis’ double one sees him respond. 10-7 – Lewis misses double 12 to take out 144, and Anderson finishes 86 on the bull to move a leg away from the title. 11-7 – Anderson hits his eighth 180 of the final before landing double top to secure a second successive World Series of Darts title.



Template - Date: Austrian Darts Open 2016

In his first European Tour event for two years, Taylor fired an impressive seven maximums and broke the throw three times as he squeezed past a resilient Michael Smith 6-4. It was exhilarating stuff between Taylor and Smith, with the pair trading breaks throughout.

After Smith claimed the opening leg, the 16-time World Champion quickly responded before breaking the throw on D10 for the first advantage. However, Smith responded immediately to break back only for Taylor to once again return the favour at 3-2.


A scrappy sixth leg went the way of Smith to square things up after Taylor uncharacteristically missed five darts for a two-leg lead. The 26-year-old then pulled out a majestic 130 finish on the bull to claim a 4-3 advantage and move within two a maiden European Tour title.

This only awoke the Power as he then started to play his best darts, landing an 11-darter and 12-darter to move 5-4 in front. And Taylor clinched the victory in the tenth leg with a 32 checkout to mark a successful return to European Tour action.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for Taylor in reaching the final. After a hard-fought 6-3 third round victory over Kim Huybrechts, in which he wired double-12 for nine-darter, Taylor raced through the quarter-finals with a 6-2 victory over former Lakeside champion Stephen Bunting.

He then faced his toughest test in the semi-finals against a confident Kyle Anderson. The Australian, who had previously knocked World Number One Michael van Gerwen as he hit an incredible three-bull finishes in succession in a 6-4 victory, was on the hunt for his first PDC final and very nearly had the beating of Taylor.

After the pair exchanged the opening legs, Anderson raced into a 4-1 lead and was looking the most likely to reach the final. But Taylor recovered magnificently and won three straight legs to level at 4-4. Anderson again got himself in front and missed one dart for the match, but an 11-darter from Taylor set up a decider which he clinched to reach the final.

Smith also had a troublesome route to the final. After recovering from behind to beat Ron Meulenkamp 6-4 in his third round game, he then repeated the same trick bring an end to Nigel Heydon’s amazing run with a 6-5 victory. He then produced his finest darts of the day in his 6-2 semi-final win over Terry Jenkins.

The World Number Seven had darts to win every leg bar one as he raced into a 5-1 lead. Jenkins, who had beaten the in-form Benito van de Pas and Peter Wright to reach this stage, then clawed a leg back but it wasn’t enough as Smith crawled over line. However, Smith couldn’t get past Taylor to claim a third European Tour trophy in two years, with the Power taking his tally of titles to four.


Austrian Darts Open – European Tour Event 5

Sunday 12th June 2016

Last 16

101.36 Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Steve Beaton 91.28
104.77 Jelle Klaasen 5-6 Kyle Anderson 103.61
102.47 Kim Huybrechts 3-6 Phil Taylor 101.73
94.42 Dave Chisnall 2-6 Stephen Bunting 96.70
95.46 Peter Wright 6-5 Alan Norris 102.82
96.95 Benito van de Pas 3-6 Terry Jenkins 93.07
88.88 Ian White 0-6 Nigel Heydon 92.97
87.41 Michael Smith 6-4 Ron Meulenkamp 86.55


95.84 Michael van Gerwen 4-6 Kyle Anderson 95.31
100.80 Phil Taylor 6-2 Stephen Bunting 88.62
85.72 Peter Wright 4-6 Terry Jenkins 91.44
91.64 Nigel Heydon 5-6 Michael Smith 94.42


105.14 Kyle Anderson 5-6 Phil Taylor 104.20
86.09 Terry Jenkins 4-6 Michael Smith 89.33


97.34 Phil Taylor 6-4 Michael Smith 92.82