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PHIL TAYLOR emotionally bowed out at the BetVictor World Matchplay by claiming an incredible 16th Winter Gardens triumph by defeating Peter Wright 18-8 in Sunday’s final in Blackpool.

The 56-year-old Stoke great has dominated the history of the World Matchplay, and said his farewell to the the tournament ahead of his impending retirement in style with a brilliant display to claim the £115,000 title.

Having knocked out reigning champion Michael van Gerwen and former World Champions Raymond van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis en route to the final, Taylor found another huge performance to reclaim the prestigious trophy.

Wright was bidding to add his second career TV title to add to March’s UK Open victory, but the number three seed was unable to match his rival’s superior finishing on the night.

Taylor secured an immediate break of throw in the opening leg on double eight and moved two legs up before Wright took out 101 to get off the mark.

The 15-time champion won two of the next three legs to move 4-2 up before Wright finished 100 with two double tops to respond – only to see Taylor take out 72 and a brace of 81 finishes, both for 12-darters, and 82 on the bull to lead 8-3.

Wright responded superbly with a barrage of big scores to win the next three legs in 12, 14 and 11 darts to pull back to 8-6 – only for Taylor to fire in two maximums in an 11-darter of his own to take leg 15.

Taylor also won the next three legs to move 12-6 up before a 13-darter from Wright saw him hit back briefly, with two further 14-darters moving the 56-year-old four legs away from the title.

After hitting a 13-dart finish, Taylor capitalised on five missed doubles from Wright on double ten to lead 16-7 and hit the same bed to move to the brink of victory.

Wright took out 95 to keep his hopes alive, but Taylor hit his seventh 180 to pull clear in the next leg before hitting double 16 to seal his 16th title.

Taylor, who averaged 104.24 in the final, said: “This has capped everything off for me. It couldn’t have come at a better time for me and it’s a bonus for me.

“It’s lovely, it really is and I’ve loved every minute of it. To win a major at my age is fantastic.

“I’ll miss this place tremendously – I’ve loved it here since the first time I walked through the door.

“During the final I was watching every bit of Peter’s body language and he showed every sign of being a little bit tired and I wanted to keep putting him under pressure. He came back but I was playing ok and I kept him under pressure.”

After being left in tears following the final, Wright said: “I learned a lesson today and I’m grateful to be in the final. Phil is still the best in the world and he’s showed that this week.”

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BetVictor World Matchplay
Sunday July 30

Final
Phil Taylor 18-8 Peter Wright
Best of 35 legs

Leg-By-Leg
1-0 – Taylor misses the bull for a 161 finish but cleans up double eight for an immediate break.
2-0 – Both players miss doubles in two visits before Taylor returns on double ten to move two legs up.
2-1 – Wright finishes 101 on double 16 to hit back.
3-1 – Both players open with 180s before Taylor regains his two-leg lead on double eight.
3-2 – Tops sees Wright claim his second leg.
4-2 – Wright applies the pressure with a 180, but Taylor hits double ten to keep the advantage.
4-3 – Wright takes out 100 with two double tops.
5-3 – Taylor finishes 72 on double 16 to hold throw once more.
6-3 – Wright fires in a third 180, but Taylor takes out 81 on the bull for a second break with a 12-dart finish.
7-3 – Taylor extends his advantage to four legs with another 81 finish, this time landing tops for a 12-darter.
8-3 – Wright misses five darts at double 12 and six, and Taylor follows another 180 by breaking throw again with an 82 finish on the bull.
8-4 – Wright opens with two 180s, and though he is unable to complete a nine-darter he pins double 16 to win the leg in 12 darts for his first break.
8-5 – Wright scores 174, 140 and 171 to leave 16, while Taylor opens with 140 and 180 – but the 15-time champion misses double 13 to break throw to punish further misses from the Scot, who posts double one to continue his revival.
8-6 – Wright fires in another 180 and lands double 16 for an 11-darter to pull back to just two legs behind with another break of throw.
9-6 – Taylor lands two 180s in an 11-darter to halt Wright’s charge.
10-6 – A 14-darter from Taylor moves him clear of Wright once more.
11-6 – Wright misses double six for a 126 finish, and Taylor capitalises on double 16.
12-6 – Taylor claims his fourth successive leg, landing a 177 in a 12-darter.
12-7 – Wright hits double ten to respond with a 13-darter.
13-7 – Taylor lands his sixth 180 before tops for a 14-darter regains his six-leg cushion.
14-7 – Taylor breaks throw once more, finishing 62 on double 16 for another 14-darter.
15-7 – A 13-darter moves Taylor three legs away from the title.
16-7 – Five missed doubles from Wright allow Taylor in on double ten.
17-7 – Wright posts a 180, but double ten moves Taylor to the brink of victory.
17-8 – Wright takes out 95 on double five to keep his hopes alive.
18-8 – Taylor hits his seventh 180 and lands double 16 to seal his 16th World Matchplay win.

2017 BetVictor World Matchplay RESULTS

Saturday July 22nd

First Round
95.45 Michael Smith 5-10 Steve West 99.94
96.08 James Wade 11-13 Darren Webster 96.48
101.95 Gary Anderson 10-7 Christian Kist 99.96
89.26 Peter Wright 10-8 James Wilson 90.51

Sunday July 23rd

First Round
89.34 Jelle Klaasen 5-10 Justin Pipe 90.94
90.82 Robert Thornton 3-10 Cristo Reyes 101.29
89.53 Benito van de Pas 9-11 Daryl Gurney 96.98
94.42 Mensur Suljovic 10-4 John Henderson 86.35

Evening Session

95.16 Dave Chisnall 10-7 Mervyn King 89.22
94.04 Phil Taylor 10-5 Gerwyn Price 88.68
92.42 Raymond van Barneveld 10-8 Joe Cullen 96.95
93.45 Kim Huybrechts 6-10 Alan Norris 90.59

Monday July 24th

First Round
95.77 Simon Whitlock 10-5 Kyle Anderson 96.64
95.07 Adrian Lewis 10-7 Steve Beaton 94.51
98.55 Michael van Gerwen 10-4 Stephen Bunting 94.54
94.61 Ian White 7-10 Rob Cross 95.72

Tuesday July 25th

Second Round (21)

95.57 Mensur Suljovic 11-6 Justin Pipe 92.07
95.39 Darren Webster 11-7 Steve West 95.39
105.17 Gary Anderson 9-11 Daryl Gurney 103.26
104.18 Peter Wright 11-4 Cristo Reyes 93.64

Wednesday July 26th

Second Round (21)
96.90 Dave Chisnall 12-14 Alan Norris 98.61
100.93 Adrian Lewis 11-8 Rob Cross 104.08
102.27 Phil Taylor 11-3 Raymond van Barneveld 98.92
99.97 Michael van Gerwen 11-3 Simon Whitlock 91.37

Thursday July 27th

Quarter-Finals (31)
97.18
Daryl Gurney 16-13 Mensur Suljovic 99.45
95.55 Darren Webster 12-16 Peter Wright 100.19

Friday July 28th (7pm)

Quarter-Finals (31)
101.07
Michael van Gerwen 6-16 Phil Taylor 101.85
91.31 Alan Norris 16-13 Adrian Lewis 94.16

Saturday July 29th (7pm)

Semi-Finals (33)
102.74
Phil Taylor 17-9 Adrian Lewis 93.50
94.40 Daryl Gurney 15-17 Peter Wright 93.92

Sunday July 30th (7pm)

Final (35)
104.24
Phil Taylor 18-8 Peter Wright 99.74

Prize Money:

Champion: £115,000
Runner-Up: £55,000
Semi-Finalists: £30,000
Quarter-Finalists: £17,500
Last 16: £11,000
Last 32: £7,000
TOTAL: £500,000

Each game must be won by two clear legs, with up to a maximum of five additional legs being played before the sixth additional leg is sudden-death. For example, should a First Round game (best of 19 legs) reach 12-12, then the 25th leg would be the final and deciding leg.

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Van Gerwen, who had lost just one leg in his previous three matches began the final in a similar fashion, taking an early 2-0 lead, including an opening leg 124 checkout.

Gurney, as with his semi-final with Anderson then put together a sequence of four consecutive legs to move back in to contention. This seemed to kick-start Van Gerwen who eventually levelled the match in the tenth leg.

Van Gerwen who spoke of his delight of winning the tournament eventually ran out an 8-6 winner. Van Gerwen began the day with an 8-1 victory over Dave Richardson, with the world number one averaging 95.70 and hitting two maximums.

The Dutchman was in an even more ruthless mood in the semi-finals, beating Gerwyn Price 8-0 in front of a noisy Tropicana crowd. Van Gerwen averaged over 100 in his semi-final clash with the Welshman, who struggled to cope with the scoring power of the World Champion, as he set up a deciding match with Daryl Gurney.

Gurney, making his first appearance in a World Series event, faced world number three Peter Wright in the last eight, where he needed a deciding last leg to book his passage in to the final. The match went with throw until the ninth leg, where Wright looked to have stolen the initiative by breaking throw.

Gurney stuck with his opponent and broke back in the 12th leg to level the score at 6-6. The pair then traded holds to take the match to a decisive leg, where Gurney found double 16 to secure a semi-final spot against Gary Anderson.

Gurney, started the last four showdown slowly, with Anderson racing in to a 4-1 lead. With the match seemingly going Anderson’s way, the Northern-Irishman produced a stunning run of seven straight legs to claim a spot in his first ever World Series final.

Despite Gurney’s best efforts the world number one proved too strong in the final, as he claimed a tenth World Series of Darts title. The Norther-Irishman also spoke of his ambitions for the future.

The World Series returns in August, with the world’s best players heading to New Zealand and Australia for the Auckland, Melbourne and Perth Darts Masters.

Friday July 14th (12pm local time, 8pm BST)

First Round (11)

(98.58) Daryl Gurney 6-2 Dennis Sayre (83.20)
(85.04) Gerwyn Price 6-4 Willard Bruguier (80.07)
(92.01) Dave Richardson 6-3 Max Hopp (89.67)
(88.80) Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 David Cameron (85.64)
(81.27) Dawson Murschell 6-5 James Wade (86.72)
(86.51) Peter Wright 6-3 Shawn Brenneman (85.92)
(104.86) Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Chris White (91.22)
(102.48) Gary Anderson 6-0 Jayson Barlow (78.72)

Saturday July 15th (12pm local time, 8pm BST)

Quarter-Finals (15)
(92.00) Gerwyn Price 8-4 Dawson Murschell (90.06)
(95.70) Michael van Gerwen 8-1 Dave Richardson (88.67)
(99.32) Gary Anderson 8-4 Raymond van Barneveld (98.84)
(97.81) Daryl Gurney 8-7 Peter Wright (97.28)

Semi-Finals (15)
(101.04) Michael van Gerwen 8-0 Gerwyn Price (88.58)
(101.89) Daryl Gurney 8-4 Gary Anderson (103.81)

Final (15)
(101.35) Michael van Gerwen 8-6 Daryl Gurney (96.08)

partypoker U.S. Darts Masters

Winner $25,000
Runner-Up $12,500
Semi-Finalists $6,250
Quarter-Finalists $3,125
First Round Losers $1,500
Total $74,500

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South Dakota-based police officer Bruguier had won through Tuesday’s Qualifiers in Las Vegas to secure a spot in the $25,000 North American Championship.

The 35-year-old made a nerveless transition onto the televised stage as he defeated Ohio’s Dennis “DJ” Sayre 6-3 in the quarter-finals and Canadian youngster Dawson Murschell 6-3 in the semi-finals.

He then came from 3-1 and 4-2 down in the final against Canada’s Richardson to claim the $10,000 first prize as well as a coveted place in the sport’s biggest tournament, the William Hill World Darts Championship.

Scottish-born Richardson made the stronger start, winning the opening two legs and recovering from a miss in the third to land a 180 which left double 18 for a 13-darter in leg four He then responded to an 89 finish from Bruguier in leg five by taking out double four to lead 4-2, but a miss at the bull in leg seven gave Bruguier his chance.

The newcomer took out double 16 to hit back, 80 to level and then landed tops to lead for the first time at 5-4. Richardson showed his quality by landing a 180 and double ten to force a decider as the pair entered a one-leg shoot-out for the title – but Bruguier opened with two 140s and then scored 123 before taking out 98 for a 12-darter to claim glory.

“I can’t believe it, I’m ecstatic,” admitted Bruguier, who had battled from behind in both the semi-finals and final. “This was the goal and I’m happy to have achieved it.

“Dawson and Dave were both hitting their doubles in the first half and then the break came, and thankfully I started picking up and hitting doubles after the break.

“There was a time in the first qualifier where Shawn Brenneman knocked me out and it made me refocus. I put a lot of practice time in after that. To play the way I performed on stage I’m very happy.

“I cannot thank the PDC enough for coming over here, and Fox Sports and everybody else who had a hand in this, it’s absolutely amazing.”

Bruguier added: “I can’t wait for the World Championship, I’ve got no idea what to expect but I’m looking forward to it.”

Bruguier had hit six doubles from eight attempts in his impressive opening win over Sayre, who took out a 140 finish but was unable to halt his fellow American’s effort. He then came from 3-1 down to win five straight legs as he overcame 21-year-old Murschell in the last four, as the Canadian youngster’s impressive TV debut ended in disappointment.

Richardson – who competed in the 2015 World Championship – had opened his 6-1 quarter-final win over Shawn Brenneman with checkouts of 120 and 100, and repeated that scoreline in his semi-final defeat of Chris White, hitting six doubles from nine attempts.

Richardson praised Bruguier’s display, and said: “It puts a little more pressure on you when you know you’re playing a guy who’s finishing as well as he is.

“I tried and in both matches he played he scored really well, his finishing was unreal. He was just relentless through the whole match.”

White had landed a 170 checkout during his 6-1 quarter-final defeat of Jayson Barlow, while Murschell came from 3-1 down in his opener against Nova Scotia’s David Cameron to claim victory in a deciding leg.

All eight North American players now progress to take on eight of the world’s leading players in the two-day U.S. Darts Masters, which begins on Friday at the Tropicana Las Vegas – A Doubletree by Hilton. Bruguier will meet Welshman Gerwyn Price, the 2017 UK Open finalist, while California-based White takes on reigning World Champion Michael van Gerwen.

Richardson plays German youngster Max Hopp – the former World Youth Champion who is making his World Darts of Darts debut – while Murschell drew multiple TV champion James Wade and Barlow and Cameron take on former World Champions Gary Anderson and Raymond van Barneveld respectively.

World number three Peter Wright, the reigning UK Open champion, will play Brenneman, while Sayre takes on another World Series of Darts debutant, Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney. The World Series of Darts event then concludes on Saturday with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

2017 North American Championship

Thursday July 13th

Quarter-Finals
Chris White 6-1 Jayson Barlow
Dave Richardson 6-1 Shawn Brenneman
Willard Bruguier 6-3 Dennis Sayre
Dawson Murschell 6-5 David Cameron

Semi-Finals
Dave Richardson 6-1 Chris White
Willard Bruguier 6-3 Dawson Murschell

Final
Willard Bruguier 6-5 Dave Richardson

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The 2017 UNIBET World GRAND PRIX

The top 16 players in the PDC OoM and the next highest 16 players on the PDC PTOoM tables will feature in the event, as of the cut off date 11th September following ET 10.

5 Events Remaining:
WMP Blackpool
PC 17/18 Barnsley
ET 9 Maastricht
ET 10 Mannheim

UPDATED 10-07-17 14.40hrs

Order of Merit

1 Gerwen, Michael van £1,643,250
2 Anderson, Gary £749,000
3 Wright, Peter £660,250
4 Lewis, Adrian £378,000
5 Chisnall, Dave £345,500
6 Suljovic, Mensur £328,500
7 Barneveld, Raymond van £313,500
8 Smith, Michael £305,750
9 Wade, James £305,500
10 Klaasen, Jelle £305,250
11 Taylor, Phil £294,250
12 Huybrechts, Kim £272,250
13 White, Ian £265,000
14 Pas, Benito van de £258,750
15 Gurney, Daryl £249,500
16 Thornton, Robert £248,750
Whitlock, Simon £239,000
Norris, Alan £233,750
Price, Gerwyn £219,500
King, Mervyn £182,000

Pro Tour Order of Merit

OOM Wright, Peter £194,750
OOM Gerwen, Michael van £157,000
OOM Gurney, Daryl £82,500
OOM Smith, Michael £82,000
1 Whitlock, Simon £80,500
OOM Suljovic, Mensur £74,750
2 Norris, Alan £66,500
3 Cross, Rob £63,250
OOM Chisnall, Dave £62,750
OOM Klaasen, Jelle £59,500
4 Cullen, Joe £59,250
OOM Anderson, Gary £57,000
5 King, Mervyn £56,750
OOM Pas, Benito van de £56,000
OOM White, Ian £55,250
6 Reyes, Cristo £48,000
7 Price, Gerwyn £45,500
OOM Huybrechts, Kim £45,000
8 Webster, Darren £37,750
9 Beaton, Steve £37,750
OOM Lewis, Adrian £37,000
OOM Wade, James £36,000
10 Bunting, Stephen £35,000
11 Kist, Christian £32,500
12 Anderson, Kyle £32,500
13 Henderson, John £32,000
14 Pipe, Justin £30,250
OOM Thornton, Robert £30,000
15 West, Steve £27,750
16 Dobey, Chris £27,000
Clayton, Jonny £25,750
Webster, Mark £25,750
Huybrechts, Ronny £25,750
Voort, Vincent van der £23,000
OOM Barneveld, Raymond van £23,000
Bergh, Dimitri Van Den £22,750
Green, Robbie £22,250
North, Richard £21,750
Lerchbacher, Zoran £21,000
Wilson, James £21,000

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The Bradford ace’s love of the Barnsley Metrodome – where he also took victory in April – continued as he picked up the £10,000 first prize to conclude the weekend’s ProTour action. Cullen had withdrawn during last week’s European Darts Open event in Leverkusen to return to the UK after his father suffered a heart attack, but after seeing him on the road to recovery enjoyed a memorable success in Barnsley.

Cullen’s day was book-ended by tight contests against Austrian aces, with Rowby-John Rodriguez taking him to a deciding leg in the first round. The 27-year-old then overcame Scotland’s Jamie Bain, Belgium’s Mike De Decker and Dutch ace Benito van de Pas before coming through an 11-leg quarter-final with Nathan Aspinall.

Cullen then raced past Daryl Gurney in the semi-finals – having previously overcome the Northern Irish ace in the final when he won a Players Championship exactly three months earlier. Cullen took that form into the early stages of the final, winning the opening leg on double ten, hitting a 102 finish to break and an 11-darter for a three-leg lead.

The next two were shared before Lerchbacher, aided by a key 96 checkout, hit back to level at four-all, but Cullen regained his composure by taking out 60 in leg nine before following up a 180 with double ten to seal the title.

An emotional Cullen dedicated the win to his father, admitting: “He’d be proud of me. Hopefully he’s on the mend now, he’s back home and obviously things are looking up so I wanted to do it for him.

Cullen had made his breakthrough into the world’s top 32 last year after reaching his first TV quarter-final at the Coral UK Open, and now moves up to a career-high 21st on the PDC Order of Merit. Lerchbacher produced a day of brilliant darts to win through to his first ranking final.

The two-time World Championship qualifier battled past Tony Newell, Robert Owen, Mark Webster and Robert Thornton to reach the quarter-finals, with three of those matches going to a deciding leg. He then saw off former World Youth Champion Keegan Brown 6-4 and came from behind to edge out Steve Beaton 6-5 in the semi-finals, earning £6,000 for his day’s efforts.

Gurney was bidding to win his second Players Championship title of the year, but now travels to Las Vegas to make his World Series of Darts debut on the back of a semi-final appearance. He defeated Paul Nicholson, Matthew Edgar, Jermaine Wattimena, Saturday’s Players Championship winner Darren Webster and his Northern Irish World Cup team-mate Brendan Dolan as he won through to the last four on the day.

Another recent Players Championship winner, Steve Beaton, also made it through to the last four, as he overcame Simon Preston, Aden Kirk, Andy Boulton, Kirk Shepherd and Ian White before agonisingly missing out against Lerchbacher. White was appearing in the quarter-finals for a tenth time on the PDC ProTour this year to continue his strong 2017 form, while Dolan had won through to the last eight for the first time since February.

Former World Youth Champion Brown and recent PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour event winner Aspinall, meanwhile, enjoyed their best runs of 2017 on the ProTour as they also won through to the quarter-finals. The tournament was the last before the cut-off for BetVictor World Matchplay qualification, with Justin Pipe holding on to claim the final ProTour Order of Merit place.

Pipe’s semi-final appearance on Saturday had moved him above Chris Dobey in the standings, with the youngster unable to recover 24 hours later as he joined Jonny Clayton, Ronny Huybrechts, Dimitri Van den Bergh, Vincent van der Voort, Robbie Green and Mark Webster in missing out on Blackpool places.

The next Players Championship weekend will be held on August 5-6 at the Barnsley Metrodome, with coverage being streamed worldwide at PDCTV-HD and through a series of bookmakers’ websites.

The WMP Qualifiers are:

Seeds
1 Michael van Gerwen
2 Gary Anderson
3 Peter Wright
4 Adrian Lewis
5 Dave Chisnall
6 James Wade
7 Mensur Suljovic
8 Phil Taylor
9 Raymond van Barneveld
10 Jelle Klaasen
11 Michael Smith
12 Kim Huybrechts
13 Ian White
14 Robert Thornton
15 Benito van de Pas
16 Simon Whitlock

ProTour Order of Merit Qualifiers
Daryl Gurney
Alan Norris
Joe Cullen
Rob Cross
Mervyn King
Gerwyn Price
Cristo Reyes
Stephen Bunting
Darren Webster
Steve Beaton
James Wilson
Steve West
Kyle Anderson
John Henderson
Christian Kist
Justin Pipe

Draw Bracket
1 Michael van Gerwen v
16 Simon Whitlock v
8 Phil Taylor v
9 Raymond van Barneveld v
5 Dave Chisnall v
12 Kim Huybrechts v
4 Adrian Lewis v
13 Ian White v
2 Gary Anderson v
15 Benito van de Pas v
7 Mensur Suljovic v
10 Jelle Klaasen v
6 James Wade v
11 Michael Smith v
3 Peter Wright v
14 Robert Thornton v

PDC Players Championship 16

Sunday 9th July – Barnsley

First Round

Richard North 6|Simon Whitlock
Kirk Shepherd 6|Brian Woods
James Richardson 6|Harry Robinson
John Michael 6|Ronnie Baxter
Barrie Bates 6|Steve West
Andy Boulton 6|Andrew Gilding
Steve Beaton 6|Simon Preston
Aden Kirk 6|Chris Quantock
Ian White 6|Kevin Painter
Mick Todd 6|Luke Woodhouse
Joe Murnan 6|Ronny Huybrechts
Ryan Palmer 6|Sven Groen
Rob Cross 6|Yordi Meeuwisse
Kevin McDine 6|Jonathan Worsley
Jonny Clayton 6|Dirk van Duijvenbode
Scott Taylor 6|Richie Corner
Kim Huybrechts 6|Josh Payne
Keegan Brown 6|Paul Harvey
Robbie Green 6|Antonio Alcinas
Lee Bryant 6|Jamie Lewis
Cristo Reyes 6|Jimmy Hendriks
Steve Lennon 6|Andy Jenkins
Christian Kist 6|Craig Gilchrist
Simon Stevenson 6|Ritchie Edhouse
Robert Owen 6|Alan Norris
Zoran Lerchbacher 6|Tony Newell
Mark Webster 6|Ross Twell
Jamie Caven 6|Vincent Kamphuis
Stephen Bunting 6|Mick McGowan
Bryan de Hoog 6|Stuart Kellett
Robert Thornton 6|Ron Meulenkamp
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6|Wayne Jones
Diogo Portela 6|Michael Smith
Ryan Searle 6|Ted Evetts
Jan Dekker 6|Adam Hunt
Peter Jacques 6|Berry van Peer
James Wilson 6|Jim Walker
Nathan Aspinall 6|Martin Schindler
Wes Newton 6|Kyle Anderson
Devon Petersen 6|Jim Brown
Benito van de Pas 6|Andy Hamilton
Callan Rydz 6|Madars Razma
Peter Hudson 6|Dimitri Van den Bergh
Darren Johnson 6|Steve Hine
Joe Cullen 6|Rowby-John Rodriguez
Jamie Bain 6|Mark Walsh
Mike De Decker 6|Chris Dobey
Michael Barnard 6|Matthew Dennant
Richie Burnett 6|Jelle Klaasen
Terry Roach 6|Dennis Smith
Vincent van der Voort 6|Matt Clark
Brendan Dolan 6|Mark Barilli
Ricky Evans 6|Mervyn King
Ryan Meikle 6|Martin Lukeman
Justin Pipe 6|William O’Connor
Jeffrey de Graaf 6|Stephen Burton
Daryl Gurney 6|Paul Nicholson
Matthew Edgar 6|David Pallett
Jermaine Wattimena 6|Terry Temple
Max Hopp 6|Ray Campbell
Darren Webster 6|Maik Langendorf
Ryan Harrington 6|Mickey Mansell
John Henderson 6|Paul Rowley
Callum Loose 6|John Bowles

Last 64

Kirk Shepherd 6|Richard North
John Michael 6|James Richardson
Andy Boulton 6|Barrie Bates
Steve Beaton 6|Aden Kirk
Ian White 6|Mick Todd
Ryan Palmer 6|Joe Murnan
Rob Cross 6|Kevin McDine
Scott Taylor 6|Jonny Clayton
Keegan Brown 6|Kim Huybrechts
Robbie Green 6|Lee Bryant
Cristo Reyes 6|Steve Lennon
Christian Kist 6|Simon Stevenson
Zoran Lerchbacher 6|Robert Owen
Mark Webster 6|Jamie Caven
Stephen Bunting 6|Bryan de Hoog
Robert Thornton 6|Jeffrey de Zwaan
Ryan Searle 6|Diogo Portela
Jan Dekker 6|Peter Jacques
Nathan Aspinall 6|James Wilson
Wes Newton 6|Devon Petersen
Benito van de Pas 6|Callan Rydz
Darren Johnson 6|Peter Hudson
Joe Cullen 6|Jamie Bain
Mike De Decker 6|Michael Barnard
Terry Roach 6|Richie Burnett
Brendan Dolan 6|Vincent van der Voort
Ryan Meikle 6|Ricky Evans
Jeffrey de Graaf 6|Justin Pipe
Daryl Gurney 6|Matthew Edgar
Jermaine Wattimena 6|Max Hopp
Darren Webster 6|Ryan Harrington
Callum Loose 6|John Henderson
LOSERS £500

Last 32

Kirk Shepherd 6|John Michael
Steve Beaton 6|Andy Boulton
Ian White 6|Ryan Palmer
Rob Cross 6|Scott Taylor
Keegan Brown 6|Robbie Green
Christian Kist 6|Cristo Reyes
Zoran Lerchbacher 6|Mark Webster
Robert Thornton 6|Stephen Bunting
Jan Dekker 6|Ryan Searle
Nathan Aspinall 6|Wes Newton
Benito van de Pas 6|Darren Johnson
Joe Cullen 6|Mike De Decker
Brendan Dolan 6|Terry Roach
Ryan Meikle 6|Jeffrey de Graaf
Daryl Gurney 6|Jermaine Wattimena
Darren Webster 6|Callum Loose
LOSERS £1,000

Last 16

Steve Beaton 6|Kirk Shepherd
Ian White 6|Rob Cross
Keegan Brown 6|Christian Kist
Zoran Lerchbacher 6|Robert Thornton
Nathan Aspinall 6|Jan Dekker
Joe Cullen 6|Benito van de Pas
Brendan Dolan 6|Ryan Meikle
Daryl Gurney 6|Darren Webster
LOSERS £1,500

Quarters

Steve Beaton 6|Ian White
Zoran Lerchbacher 6|Keegan Brown
Joe Cullen 6|Nathan Aspinall
Daryl Gurney 6|Brendan Dolan
LOSERS £2,250

Semi Finals

Steve Beaton 5|6 Zoran Lerchbacher
Joe Cullen 6|2 Daryl Gurney
LOSERS £3,000

Final

Zoran Lerchbacher 4|6 Joe Cullen 
WINNER £10,000
RUNNER UP £6,000

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The Norwich thrower had entered the final ProTour weekend before the cut-off for qualification for the BetVictor World Matchplay in a precarious position in his bid to secure a spot in Blackpool later this month.

However, he rose to the challenge to take the £10,000 title and seal his World Matchplay place as well as claim a maiden Players Championship title – and his first ranking victory since the Open Oust Nederland in 2005.

Webster – a semi-finalist in last November’s Players Championship Finals – began Saturday’s event with a narrow 6-5 win over Wes Newton before claiming 6-3 wins over Jonathan Worsley and Ron Meulenkamp.

He then overcame another Dutchman, Jeffrey de Graaf, 6-4 at the last 16 stage and overcame Alan Norris for the loss of only two legs to book his place in the semi-finals. There, he raced into leads of 3-0 and 5-1 against Kyle Anderson only for the Australian to punish six missed match darts from his opponent to pull level.

However, Anderson crucially missed a dart at the bull to snatch victory in leg 11 as Webster returned to land tops for a spot in the final. There, he shared the opening two legs with Gurney before pulling clear with some fine darts, breaking throw in leg four to lead 3-1 before taking out 60 and 87 to move to the brink of the title, which he sealed with tops for a 13-darter.

 

Gurney had been bidding to win his second Players Championship of 2017 as he overcame Brendan Dolan, Zoran Lerchbacher, Harry Robinson, Robert Thornton, Dimitri Van den Bergh and Justin Pipe on the day.

The run saw Gurney reach his fourth Players Championship final of the year, but he was unable to halt Webster’s charge in the decider. Pipe’s run to the semi-finals was his best performance of the year, and came at a timely moment to move him into the provisional qualifying places for the World Matchplay.

Pipe – who defeated Martin Schindler, Max Hopp, Joe Cullen, Ryan Searle and John Henderson on Saturday – now sits £750 ahead of Chris Dobey and Jonny Clayton going into Sunday’s Players Championship.

Clayton improved his chances of winning a World Matchplay debut by reaching the quarter-finals in Barnsley, overcoming in-form Rob Cross and South African ace Devon Petersen on his way to the last eight. Kyle Anderson ended Clayton’s hopes in the quarter-finals before narrowly missing his chance to reach the final against Webster, while Norris and Henderson were joined in the last eight by Belgian youngster Van den Bergh.

Mervyn King followed up last week’s run to a European Tour final by reaching the last 16, alongside former World Grand Prix winner Robert Thornton, Petersen, Searle, De Graaf, Mickey Mansell, Steve Lennon and Maik Langendorf. Sunday’s Players Championship will be the final ranking event before the cut-off for the World Matchplay, with the top 16 from the PDC Order of Merit joined in qualifying by the leading 16 players from the ProTour Order of Merit.

The £75,000 tournament will feature a field of PDC Tour Card Holders and PDPA Associate Members competing from 12pm BST. For ‘The Race to the WMP TableCLICK HERE (This will be updated following todays event)

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PDC Players Championship 15

Saturday 8th July – Barnsley Metrodome

First Round

Simon Whitlock 6|Vincent Kamphuis
Steve Hine 6|Luke Woodhouse
Mickey Mansell 6|James Richardson
Andy Jenkins 6|Jamie Caven
Steve Beaton 6|Simon Stevenson
Robert Owen 6|Craig Gilchrist
Kyle Anderson 6|Lee Bryant
Andy Boulton 6|Dennis Smith
Mick McGowan 6|Ian White
Devon Petersen 6|Richie Burnett
Ronny Huybrechts 6|Jamie Bain
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6|Jim Brown
Rob Cross 6|Ritchie Edhouse
Aden Kirk 6|Paul Harvey
Jonny Clayton 6|Callum Loose
Kirk Shepherd 6|Madars Razma
Michael Barnard 6|Jelle Klaasen
Jeffrey de Graaf 6|Diogo Portela
Robbie Green 6|Jim Walker
Paul Rowley 6|Dirk van Duijvenbode
Ron Meulenkamp 6|Cristo Reyes
Matt Clark 6|Ross Twell
Darren Webster 6|Wes Newton
Jonathan Worsley 6|Ryan Palmer
Alan Norris 6|Callan Rydz
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6|Ryan Harrington
Mark Webster 6|Tony Newell
Mike De Decker 6|Yordi Meeuwisse
Stephen Bunting 6|Nathan Aspinall
Joe Murnan 6|Martin Lukeman
Steve Lennon 6|Christian Kist
Kevin Painter 6|Adam Hunt
Michael Smith 6|Matthew Edgar
Terry Roach 6|Simon Preston
Stuart Kellett 6|Jan Dekker
Maik Langendorf 6|Ricky Evans
Steve West 6|Ray Campbell
Richard North 6|Paul Nicholson
John Henderson 6|Ryan Meikle
Chris Quantock 6|Jamie Lewis
Matthew Dennant 6|Benito van de Pas
Kevin McDine 6|Ronnie Baxter
Mark Walsh 6|Vincent van der Voort
Ryan Searle 6|Peter Jacques
Joe Cullen 6|Antonio Alcinas
Stephen Burton 6|John Michael
Justin Pipe 6|Martin Schindler
Max Hopp 6|Terry Temple
Kim Huybrechts 6|Mick Todd
Josh Payne 6|Bryan de Hoog
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6|Andy Hamilton
William O’Connor 6|Keegan Brown
Mervyn King 6|Peter Hudson
Ted Evetts 6|Sven Groen
Chris Dobey 6|Darren Johnson
John Bowles 6|Barrie Bates
Daryl Gurney 6|Brendan Dolan
Zoran Lerchbacher 6|Brian Woods
Harry Robinson 6|Jermaine Wattimena
Andrew Gilding 6|Mark Barilli
David Pallett 6|James Wilson
Wayne Jones 6|Berry van Peer
Robert Thornton 6|Jimmy Hendriks
Richie Corner 6|Scott Taylor

Second Round

Steve Hine 6|Simon Whitlock
Mickey Mansell 6|Andy Jenkins
Steve Beaton 6|Robert Owen
Kyle Anderson 6|Andy Boulton
Devon Petersen 6|Mick McGowan
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6|Ronny Huybrechts
Rob Cross 6|Aden Kirk
Jonny Clayton 6|Kirk Shepherd
Jeffrey de Graaf 6|Michael Barnard
Robbie Green 6|Paul Rowley
Ron Meulenkamp 6|Matt Clark
Darren Webster 6|Jonathan Worsley
Alan Norris 6|Jeffrey de Zwaan
Mark Webster 6|Mike De Decker
Joe Murnan 6|Stephen Bunting
Steve Lennon 6|Kevin Painter
Michael Smith 6|Terry Roach
Maik Langendorf 6|Stuart Kellett
Richard North 6|Steve West
John Henderson 6|Chris Quantock
Kevin McDine 6|Matthew Dennant
Ryan Searle 6|Mark Walsh
Joe Cullen 6|Stephen Burton
Justin Pipe 6|Max Hopp
Kim Huybrechts 6|Josh Payne
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6|William O’Connor
Mervyn King 6|Ted Evetts
Chris Dobey 6|John Bowles
Daryl Gurney 6|Zoran Lerchbacher
Harry Robinson 6|Andrew Gilding
David Pallett 6|Wayne Jones
Robert Thornton 6|Richie Corner
Losers £500

Third Round

Mickey Mansell 6|Steve Hine
Kyle Anderson 6|Steve Beaton
Devon Petersen 6|Rowby-John Rodriguez
Jonny Clayton 6|Rob Cross
Jeffrey de Graaf 6|Robbie Green
Darren Webster 6|Ron Meulenkamp
Alan Norris 6|Mark Webster
Steve Lennon 6|Joe Murnan
Maik Langendorf 6|Michael Smith
John Henderson 6|Richard North
Ryan Searle 6|Kevin McDine
Joe Cullen 6|2 Justin Pipe
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6|Kim Huybrechts
Mervyn King 6|Chris Dobey
Daryl Gurney 6|Harry Robinson
Robert Thornton 6|David Pallett
Losers £1,000

Last 16

Mickey Mansell 3|6 Kyle Anderson
Jonny Clayton 6|Devon Petersen
Jeffrey de Graaf 4|6 Darren Webster
Alan Norris 6|5 Steve Lennon
Maik Langendorf 5|6 John Henderson
Ryan Searle 1|6 Justin Pipe
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6|Mervyn King
Daryl Gurney 6|3 Robert Thornton
Losers £1,500

Quarter-Finals

Kyle Anderson 6|2 Jonny Clayton
Darren Webster 6|2 Alan Norris
John Henderson 5|6 Justin Pipe
Dimitri Van den Bergh 2|6 Daryl Gurney
Losers £2,250

Semi-Finals

Kyle Anderson 5|6 Darren Webster 
Justin Pipe 3|6 Daryl Gurney
Losers £3,000

Final

Darren Webster 6|1 Daryl Gurney
Winner £10,000
Runner-Up £6,000

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FORMER European Tour winners Steve Beaton and Justin Pipe were amongst the 18 UK Qualifiers for September’s Dutch Darts Masters at Friday night’s knockout at the Barnsley Metrodome.

Pipe overcame Lee Bryant and Ryan Palmer with a pair of 6-1 victories as he secured his spot in Maastricht from September 1-3, where he will compete in the next PDC European Tour event. Former German Darts Masters winner Steve Beaton saw off Devon Petersen and Wayne Jones with a brace of 6-3 scorelines as he joined Pipe amongst the UK Qualifiers.

John Henderson and Jamie Lewis, both former European Tour finalists, also secured places in the event, alongside former World Championship finalist Kirk Shepherd and 2015 World Youth Championship runner-up Nathan Aspinall. James Wilson defeated Steve Hine and Scott Taylor as he qualified, while Darren Webster whitewashed Paul Nicholson in his decider to secure his spot.

Australia’s Kyle Anderson edged a pair of 11-leg encounters as he saw off Jonathan Worsley and Paul Rowley on the night, while Steve West went all the way to a deciding leg against David Pallett as he secured his place in Maastricht. Scotland’s Jim Walker, Ireland’s Steve Lennon and Hampshire-based Richard North also qualified following 11-leg deciders, while Jamie Bain overcame former Lakeside Champion Mark Webster as he progressed.

Cumbria’s Harry Robinson, Somerset’s Ryan Searle and Welsh ace Robert Owen all secured places in the Netherlands, while York left-hander Chris Quantock defeated youngster Callan Rydz and experienced Robbie Green to qualify. The Dutch Darts Masters will be held from September 1-3 at the MECC in Maastricht.

Coverage will be available for PDCTV-HD subscribers at www.pdc.tv and through a series of bookmakers’ websites worldwide. Tickets are available at www.pdc-europe.tv

The 18 players will qualified tonight for this event, please see the event brief, hotels, and all travel please CLICK HERE

The event will start at 7pm following at 6pm close of registration, the top 18 players from the PDC OoM will be the 18 seeds for this event.

The 48 qualifiers for the main event are:

16 Seeds:
1 Michael van Gerwen 2 Peter Wright 3 Mensur Suljovic 4 Simon Whitlock 5 Michael Smith 6 Ian White 7 Kim Huybrechts 8 Benito van de Pas 9 Daryl Gurney 10 Jelle Klaasen 11 Alan Norris 12 Joe Cullen 13 Cristo Reyes 14 Gerwyn Price 15 Rob Cross 16 Mervyn King
UK Qualifiers: Nathan Aspinall, Steve Beaton, James Wilson, Steve West, Kyle Anderson, Jim Walker, Darren Webster, John Henderson, Kirk Shepherd, Harry Robinson, Justin Pipe, Chris Quantock, Jamie Bain, Ryan Searle, Jamie Lewis, Robert Owen. Steve Lennon, Richard North
West/South European Qualifiers: x8 (31st August)
Host Nation Qualifiers: x4 (31st August)
Eastern European Qualifier: x1 (TBC)
Nordic/Baltic Qualifier: Ulf Cedar

ET 9 Dutch Darts Masters – UK Qualifier

Friday 7pm – Barnsley Metrodome

First Round
Paul Nicholson 6-1 John Bowles
Josh Payne 6-2 Ross Twell
Kirk Shepherd 6-2 Harry Ward
Harry Robinson 6-1 Jim Brown
Brian Woods 6-3 Wes Newton
Callan Rydz 6-5 Stephen Burton
Andy Boulton 6-1 Mick McGowan
Andrew Gilding 6-4 Keegan Brown
Peter Hudson 6-5 Martin Lukeman
Robert Owen 6-4 Brendan Dolan
Mark Barilli 6-5 Simon Stevenson
Luke Woodhouse 6-3 Ryan Meikle

Second Round
Ted Evetts 6-3 Stephen Bunting (1)
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Craig Gilchrist
Steve Beaton (2) 6-3 Devon Petersen
Wayne Jones 6-2 Adam Hunt
James Wilson (3) 6-2 Steve Hine
Scott Taylor 6-1 Richie Corner
Steve West (4) 6-4 Peter Jacques
David Pallett 6-3 Ronnie Baxter
Kyle Anderson (5) 6-5 Jonathan Worsley
Paul Rowley 6-2 Simon Preston
Tony Newell 6-5 Robert Thornton (6)
Jim Walker 6-3 Mickey Mansell
Darren Webster (7) 6-4 Diogo Portela
Paul Nicholson 6-3 Darren Johnson
John Henderson (8) 6-5 Richie Burnett
Andy Jenkins 6-3 Josh Payne
Matt Clark 6-3 Chris Dobey (9)
Kirk Shepherd 6-3 Ray Campbell
Ricky Evans 6-5 Jonny Clayton (10)
Harry Robinson 6-3 Jamie Caven
Justin Pipe (11) 6-1 Lee Bryant
Ryan Palmer 6-2 Brian Woods
Robbie Green (12) 6-3 Terry Temple
Chris Quantock 6-3 Callan Rydz
Mark Webster (13) 6-5 Mick Todd
Jamie Bain 6-5 Andy Boulton
Ryan Searle 6-5 Joe Murnan (14)
Andrew Gilding 6-5 Matthew Dennant
Jamie Lewis (15) 6-3 Paul Harvey
William O’Connor 6-3 Peter Hudson
Michael Barnard 6-0 James Richardson (16)
Robert Owen 6-3 Callum Loose
Steve Lennon 6-2 Kevin Painter (17)
Ritchie Edhouse 6-2 Mark Barilli
Richard North (18) 6-4 Andy Hamilton
Aden Kirk 6-4 Luke Woodhouse

Third Round
Nathan Aspinall 6-5 Ted Evetts
Steve Beaton 6-3 Wayne Jones
James Wilson 6-0 Scott Taylor
Steve West 6-5 David Pallett
Kyle Anderson 6-5 Paul Rowley
Jim Walker 6-5 Tony Newell
Darren Webster 6-0 Paul Nicholson
John Henderson 6-5 Andy Jenkins
Kirk Shepherd 6-1 Matt Clark
Harry Robinson 6-1 Ricky Evans
Justin Pipe 6-1 Ryan Palmer
Chris Quantock 6-2 Robbie Green
Jamie Bain 6-2 Mark Webster
Ryan Searle 6-3 Andrew Gilding
Jamie Lewis 6-2 William O’Connor
Robert Owen 6-2 Michael Barnard
Steve Lennon 6-5 Ritchie Edhouse
Richard North 6-5 Aden Kirk

Qualifiers
Nathan Aspinall, Steve Beaton, James Wilson, Steve West, Kyle Anderson, Jim Walker, Darren Webster, John Henderson, Kirk Shepherd, Harry Robinson, Justin Pipe, Chris Quantock, Jamie Bain, Ryan Searle, Jamie Lewis, Robert Owen, Steve Lennon, Richard North

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN defended his Shanghai Darts Masters title in style as he whitewashed Dave Chisnall in the final of the second World Series event of 2017.

The Pullman Hotel Shanghai South hosted the event for a second year and world number one Van Gerwen did not disappoint in the final. The decider began with the Dutchman pinning double 12 for for a comfortable opening leg hold, before a fourteen-dart break set the tone for the rest of the match.

A first maximum for Van Gerwen followed as he moved in to a 3-0 lead, then taking out 65 on double four to open up a four leg gap. The 28-year-old went in to the break with a 6-0 advantage courtesy of a simple hold of throw and then a 12-dart break, taking out 84 on double 12.

The World Champion only allowed Dave Chinsall a single shot at the bull in the entire match and sealed the win in style, checking out 114 to confirm the victory with a 102.77 average. Chisnall’s defeat saw him lose out to Van Gerwen in a second World Series of Darts final, following his reverse in Perth last August, and he has now not defeated the Dutchman for almost 18 months.

The day had not started so comfortably for Van Gerwen though, with the defending champion trailing Phil Taylor 5-0 in the quarter-final. An incredible fightback followed as Van Gerwen won eight of the last ten legs including five maximums and a 106 checkout to stun Taylor.

The semi-final also began slowly for Van Gerwen, as James Wade, who had earlier defeated Peter Wright 8-5, raced in to a 2-0 lead. This was the prompt for the Dutchman to turn on the afterburners with finishes of 130 and 143 putting him in to a commanding position before going on to seal an 8-3 victory.

Wade, who was runner-up to the World Champion in Shanghai last year was unable to cope with Van Gerwen’s scoring power and consistency on the double attempts as a place in the final was sealed. Dave Chisnall, who was making his 7th appearance in a televised final had earlier faced Gerwyn Price in the last eight where an average of 103.37 was enough to earn him an 8-4 win.

Raymond van Barneveld was Chisnall’s opponent in the semi-final, where five maximums helped secure the 36-year-old another 8-4 win and a spot in the final. It was to be Van Gerwen’s day though, as the world number one took home the ¥300,000 prize and a ninth World Series of Darts title.

The World Series returns on July 14-15 as the world’s best players head to Las Vegas for the U.S Darts Masters at the Tropicana Hotel.

Coverage on ITV4 in the UK will be shown from 9pm BST on Thursday and Friday.

2017 Shanghai Masters ‘World Series’

Schedule of Play

Thursday July 6th (6.30pm local time)

First Round (11)
(94.07) Gerwyn Price 6-2 Royden Lam (83.80)
(83.50) Raymond van Barneveld 6-0 Cheng An Liu (69.14)
(81.24) James Wade 6-0 Xiao Chen Zong (66.94)
(104.21) Phil Taylor 6-1 Hyun Chul Park (76.70)
(97.43) Dave Chisnall 6-1 Paul Lim (89.76)
(106.09) Peter Wright 6-0 Haruki Muramatsu (82.81)
(114.23) Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Hai Long Chen (64.20)
(108.65) Gary Anderson 6-0 Wei Hong Li (75.54)

Friday July 7th (6.30pm local time)

Quarter-Finals (15)
Gary Anderson 1-8 Raymond van Barneveld
Gerwyn Price 4-8 Dave Chisnall
Michael van Gerwen 8-7 Phil Taylor
Peter Wright 5-8 James Wade

Semi-Finals (15)
Raymond van Barneveld 4-8 Dave Chisnall
Michael van Gerwen 8-3 James Wade

Final (15)
Michael van Gerwen 8-0 Dave Chisnall