Template - Date: PDPA THRIVE APP for Members

The new PDPA THRIVE APP, is for all PDPA members & is specific to darts players’ lifestyles. It can be downloaded for FREE onto any mobile device or tablet from September 2017.

Thrive use App technology to make therapy more engaging, accessible & fun & will use clinically proven techniques to help you build resilience & teach you to prevent & manage stress, anxiety & other mental health conditions.

Thrive Apps are mental wellbeing aids not for the one in four of us who struggle, but for the four in four of us who sometimes find the pressures of life & sport too much; helping you to play better, recover faster & think smarter whilst being fun to use.

We have test driven this APP prior to its release and also given it to a few of our members who have tested it out with great feedback. It is a fun APP for our members use, don’t dwell download it now and try it for your self

The full instructions on how to download the APP will be sent to all PDPA members upon its release on the 1st September via your email address, if you have not received this please let us know by emailing i[email protected]

We can also send you these details by text, if you send a text to 07946 478718 (PDPA Mobile) with your name we will send you the details via a text message.

Template - Date: Crohn’s & Colitis UK Charity Event at WMP

Danny ‘Elvis’ Sullivan and the team of volunteers initially asked us here at the PDPA and backed by the PDC to go ahead with another charity event during the BetVictor World Matchplay at the Winter Gardens.

Danny, who is also part of the Pro-Tour ‘Markers Scheme’ and know by all the players and officials put on a very successful event last year, as the spokesman for all the A Team’ of volunteers.

We had a great response ‘said Danny’ from all the PDC players, managers, the PDPA and the PDC who provided us with loads of prizes including signed shirts, photos, darts and merchandise. (Full list at bottom of page)

The 9 dart challenge was on, the stall set up and the decor kindly donated by the Chrohn’s and Colitis charity to make it more attractive added, even the elvis jumpsuit and wig which proved quite popular.

All challengers would have 9 Darts and whatever their score was would have a pre sealed envelope in a box with either the words unlucky try again or the name of one of our many prizes to be won.

Both myself and Peter Manley attended to show our support said ‘Alan Warriner-Little’ as did many others with a special mention to Nathan Richards. The prize for the highest score on the 9 dart challenge was a very impressive 365 from Mr George Fowler.

The total amount raised was: £2,694.38

The full list of kind volunteers were:

Rebecca Macdonald, Neil Macdonald, Di Wray, Danny & Julie sullivan, Karen Thompson
Donna Ross Smith, Andrea Darville, Scott Greenwood, Jayne Percival ,Peter Christian, James Christian.

Please all take a bow, you deserve it. Your efforts and the time you put in was tremendous, such wonderful and generous people.

The prizes ranged widely, a massive thank you to all the generous players and managers, and everyone else who contributed.

  • A signed shirt from Brendan Dolan
  • A signed Kim Huybrechts shirt
  • A shirt signed by Devon Peterson and Joe Cullen
  • A number of Alan “The Iceman” Warriner shirts
  • A number of Alan “The Iceman “Warriner darts in signed cases
  • A huge load more goodies supplied by Mr Warriner
  • A set of Ian “Diamond” White darts in a signed case
  • A set of Devon “The African Warrior” darts in a signed case
  • A signed darts case from Jamie “Jabba” Caven
  • A signed darts case from Justin Pipe
  • A whole host of goodies from Bob “The Limestone Cowboy” Anderson
  • Signed photo’s from Kim Huybrechts, Robbie Green, Diogo Portielo, Kyle Anderson, Dimitri Van Den Bergh, Mensur Suljovich, Big Thanks to Mark ‘Macca’ Elkin and Karl from A180 shop.
  • A signed MvG shirt (Big thanks to MvG & Jason) this was put up on a silent auction and eventually went for £301.

Danny said on behalf of his team ‘I have to mention that i am truly proud to be associated with and to know so many good people they are all a credit to the sport of darts. We look forward to next year if the PDC are kind enough to allow me the pleasure of running another fundraiser. It gives a warm feeling knowing that we can use our privileged position to raise much needed money for good causes.

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Another huge year of PDC darts will see the sport’s expansion at a professional level continue, particularly with further growth across Europe. The 2018 Premier League will see the sport’s widest-reaching event break new ground with the visit to Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz Arena on Thursday February 22 as the tournament visits Germany for the first time.

The Premier League will also return to Rotterdam Ahoy for a third successive year, following the sell-out success of the event in the Netherlands in 2016 and 2017, as well as arenas across the UK and Ireland from February to May. The sport’s Dutch popularity sees a second European Tour event being held in the Netherlands, with Zwolle joining Maastricht in staging a tournament next year.

The European Tour will also expand to 13 tournaments, with a new competition being staged in Copenhagen as Denmark hosts a PDC ranking event for the first time. Eight European Tour events will be held in Germany, with further tournaments being staged in Austria and Gibraltar during the year.

The exciting expansion of darts throughout Europe will also see a European Qualifying School staged in Hildesheim, Germany simultaneously with the UK Qualifying School in Wigan from January 18-21. Following Qualifying School and the PDC’s Annual Awards Dinner at The Dorchester in London on Monday January 22, The Masters will see the world’s top 16 players competing from January 26-28 at Arena MK in Milton Keynes.

The Premier League will begin on February 1 in Dublin, with the six UK Open Qualifiers and opening two Players Championship events also being held in February. March’s UK Open Finals at the Butlins Minehead Resort will be followed by two Players Championship weekends and the year’s first two European Tour events, in Leverkusen and Munich, during a bumper month for players.

April also features two Players Championship double-headers either side of a brace of European Tour events in Saarbrucken and Graz, with May seeing the European Tour events in Sindelfingen and Zwolle followed by another ProTour weekend. The Premier League season opens for the first time at the 3Arena in Dublin on February 1, with further league nights following in Cardiff and Newcastle before the tournament makes its German debut on February 22.

The league nights in Exeter, Leeds, Nottingham and Glasgow are followed by Judgement Night in Belfast on March 29, with the event then visiting Liverpool, Sheffield, Rotterdam, Manchester, Birmingham and Aberdeen before the Play-Offs at The O2 in London on May 17. The 2018 World Cup of Darts will take place from May 31-June 3 in Frankfurt ahead of European Tour events in Gibraltar, Copenhagen and Hamburg during a busy month, with the summer’s popular World Matchplay then being held from July 21-29 at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.

The autumn’s series of televised events will begin with the third staging of the Champions League of Darts on September 21-22 before Dublin stages the World Grand Prix from September 30-October 6. The European Championship moves to Dortmund from October 25-28, with the World Series of Darts Finals from November 2-4 and Grand Slam of Darts from November 10-18 in Wolverhampton ahead of the Players Championship Finals from November 23-25 at the Butlins Minehead Resort.

The World Youth Championship final will also be held in Minehead on November 25, ahead of the sport’s biggest tournament, the World Championship, beginning in December. The 2018 Challenge Tour – for PDPA Associate Members who miss out on a Tour Card at Qualifying School – will see five double-header weekends held next year to offer 20 events for players..

The Development Tour, for players aged 16-23, will also see 20 tournaments held across five weekends in the UK and Europe ahead of the season-ending World Youth Championship. Venues and dates for World Series of Darts events will be confirmed in due course.

Ticket information for all events will be posted at www.pdc.tv/tickets once finalised. Tickets for the 2018 Premier League are likely to go on sale in September or October 2017 and fans are advised to check www.pdc.tv/tickets on a regular basis.

Tickets for European Tour events, the PDC World Cup of Darts and European Championship will be sold through PDC Europe via www.pdc-europe.tv. Details of the 2018 PDC Qualifying School will be confirmed in due course at www.pdc.tv.

2018 PDC Calendar

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The 2017 Dubai Darts Masters champion overcame James Wade in the semi-final before going on to defeat the Dutchman in a superb final at the HBF Stadium.

The decider began in style with both players hitting a 180 in the opening leg of the match, as Van Barneveld took out 61 on double 18 to hold throw. An 11-dart leg followed for Anderson as he found tops and levelled the score at 1-1.

The pair traded holds until the fifth leg where Anderson struck the first major blow of the final. Van Barneveld missed three darts for a third consecutive hold allowing Anderson to break the throw on double five. The Dutchman struck back immediately, punishing Anderson for missing six darts at a double to move two clear. Van Barneveld pinned double 16 to level the score at 3-3.

Yet another break followed, this time Anderson taking out a superb 136 finish on double eight to regain his lead. With both players continuing to struggle on their own throws, a further two breaks followed with the Scot moving in to a 5-4 lead.

Anderson then found the game’s first hold of throw for five legs in the tenth, taking out 40 on tops to give him a 6-4 advantage. Van Barneveld produced a moment of magic in the 13th leg, with Anderson sat on a two-dart finish, the 5-time World Champion hit the bullseye for a delightful 121 finish, to take the score to 7-6 in Anderson’s favour.

Three consecutive holds took the score to 9-7 where Anderson turned the screw with a 14-dart break to move within a leg of the title. Two moments of quality helped to see Anderson over the line, first hitting a maximum to leave 164 and then narrowly missing the bull to finish in style. The 46-year-old sealed the title with his next visit, taking out 25 on double eight.

It was Anderson’s first tournament win since defeating Ian White in the final of Players Championship 14 in June and he spoke of his delight after the final.

“It’s great to win here, this is my kind of town, nice and relaxed! It’s been a long three weeks and I just can’t wait to get home and see my son,” said Anderson.

“Raymond is a legend of the game and beating him at any time is fantastic, so to do it in a final is even better.

“There’s some big things coming up in my personal life and on the dart board over the next few months so I can’t wait to get going,” Added Anderson, who’s partner Rachel is expecting the birth of their second child next month.

Anderson sealed his passage in to the final with a 11-9 win over James Wade earlier in the night. The world number two started in style taking out 160 in the opening leg to set the tone for the match. Despite numerous breaks of throw by Anderson, Wade kept in touch with his opponent throughout the match punishing the Scot for a number of missed darts at doubles during the game.

With the match looking set to go to a decider Anderson broke the throw in the 20th leg to set-up his first PDC final against Raymond van Barneveld. The Dutchman booked his place in his first individual final since the 2015 Auckland Darts Masters after surviving three match-darts against Daryl Gurney in a 11-10 win.

It was the third consecutive match that Van Barneveld had needed a deciding last leg to confirm a victory in Perth, overcoming the Northern-Irishman in a thrilling encounter. Gurney, who had only missed four darts at doubles throughout the entire tournament going in to the match, struggled with his finishing in the semi-finals, only hitting 28.57% of his attempts.

A dramatic final leg saw Gurney leave tops after 12-darts before going on to miss three-darts to claim a spot in his second World Series final of 2017. Van Barneveld punished his opponent with an 87 finish on double 18 to book a place in the final.

Despite the 50-year-old’s best efforts it was to be Anderson’s night as a packed HBF Stadium saw the Scot claim the final title of a three week tour of New Zealand and Australia. The World Series of Darts returns on October 20-21 as the inaugural German Darts Masters takes place at the Castello Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany.

TABtouch Perth Darts Masters

Sunday August 27th

Semi-Finals (21)

98.41 Gary Anderson 11-9 James Wade 90.07
91.55 Raymond van Barneveld 11-10 Daryl Gurney 91.60

Final (21)

103.98 Gary Anderson 11-7 Raymond van Barneveld 101.87

The 2017 TABtouch Perth Darts Masters concludes on Sunday with the semi-finals and final being played out in front of another packed out crowd at the HBF Stadium. For tickets, visit www.downunderevents.com.au or www.ticketmaster.com.au 

 

TABtouch Perth Darts Masters FULL RESULTS

Friday August 25th (7pm local time)

First Round (11 Legs)
88.29 Michael Smith 6-2 Adam Rowe 85.50
100.24 Peter Wright 6-2 Rhys Mathewson 98.76
106.09 Daryl Gurney 6-0 Koha Kokiri 95.27
95.94 James Wade 6-0 Darren Hayes 63.20
83.74 Simon Whitlock 6-2 Justin Thompson 80.93
95.90 Phil Taylor 6-4 Kyle Anderson 95.64
96.47 Gary Anderson 6-1 Rob Szabo 78.25
95.35 Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 Corey Cadby 96.40

Saturday August 26th (7pm local time)

Quarter-Finals (19 Legs)
102.38 Gary Anderson 10-5 Simon Whitlock 98.42
101.05 James Wade 10-5 Michael Smith 97.26
93.75 Phil Taylor 9-10 Raymond van Barneveld 94.89
99.43 Peter Wright 4-10 Daryl Gurney 97.70

Sunday August 27th (7pm local time)

Semi-Finals (21 Legs)
98.41 Gary Anderson 11-9 James Wade 90.07
91.55 Raymond van Barneveld 11-10 Daryl Gurney 91.60

Final (21 Legs)
103.98 Gary Anderson 11-7 Raymond van Barneveld 101.87

For the current World Series Merit Table CLICK HERE

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The JDC circuit’s biggest year yet has already seen three UK Tour events take place, with the next to be held on Saturday September 16th at the Rileys Sheffield venue.

Further UK Tour events will then be held on November 11th at the Wolverhampton Rileys and on November 25th at the Coventry Rileys.

The year will then culminate in December at the Action Indoor Sports Arena in Bristol, which begins with a double-header with the Junior European Open on Saturday December 2nd.

Sunday December 3rd then sees the early rounds of the WDS Junior World Darts Championship, which will then have the final played on stage at Alexandra Palace on Saturday December 16th during the PDC’s World Darts Championship.

Entry informaton for the Modus UK Tour events and Junior European Open can be found at www.juniordarts.com

Template - Date: RIP Davy Dodds

From Co Durham, Davy was a former PDPA member from 2013 to 2016 where he attended the PDC Q-School. He also earned a PDC Tour Card in 2014.

On the Tour ‘Dodgy D’ beat some quality players including Raymond van Barneveld, Andy Jenkins, Andy Hamilton and Max Hopp to name a few.

His best performance coming in 2012 at the UK Open as a qualifier LIVE on SKY Sports where he beat Alan Casey 4-1, Jon Jukes 4-3 and Stuart White 4-2 before losing to Gary Anderson in the last 64 on the main stage with Anderson hitting a 9 Darter against him.

He was a regular in all the local competitions in the North East and will be sadly missed by all of the Darts fraternity.

Our sympathies go to all his friends and family.

RIP Davy Dodds

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Taylor, who has only ever been beaten once in Australia began the final in nervy fashion, missing three darts in the opening leg to break the Wright throw. The pair traded holds of throw until the sixth leg of the match, where Taylor missed double 19 for a 158 checkout before Wright took out 81, finishing seven, double 17 and then double 20 for a break. 

The next three legs saw Wright miss a total of twelve darts at doubles, allowing Taylor to gain control of the match. Wright then produced another ‘double-double’ finish in the 11th leg to close the gap to one, as once again he took out 81, this time going nine, double 18, double 18.

’Snakebite’ was unable to capitalise though as Taylor then broke again to open up a three leg advantage, with the score at 8-5. With Taylor looking set to seal the title, Wright then produced a fightback of his own, winning the next three legs to level the score at 8-8.

Once again though, the Scot could not regain the lead as Taylor broke the throw to move in to a 9-8 advantage. A 112 finish and then another break of throw sealed the win for the 16-time World Champion who spoke of his delight after the final.

“I love it over here in Australia, the crowd are brilliant and I’m loving every minute of it, “I’ve not got many tournaments left in me so I want to win as many as I can before I call it a day,” said Taylor.

“I’m so proud to see the sport growing in this part of the world, I’ve been lucky enough to see it all over the years, but we never believed it would get this big, “Barry Hearn has done such a brilliant job and here’s to many more years of this sport getting bigger and bigger,” added the 57-year-old.

Earlier in the night ‘The Power’ had overcome his second Australian opponent in as many nights as he defeated Simon Whitlock 11-4 to reach the decider in Melbourne.

Taylor produced a run that saw him win nine of the last 11 legs to seal the victory including an superb 144 finish to seal the victory. An average of 93.97 and an impressive 57.89% success rate on his double attempts was more than enough for the Englishman to overcome and out of sorts Whitlock.

Wright booked his place in the final of the Unibet Melbourne Darts Masters with an 11-4 win over Daryl Gurney at the Hisense Arena. The Scot took full control of the encounter during the first five legs, taking a commanding 4-1 lead, including a 101 checkout.

Despite hitting no 180’s during the match, Wright still managed to average 95.27, mainly thanks to some solid finishing. Wright pinned 55% of his attempts at doubles as he sealed a spot in the decider. It was a fourth World Series final for the Scot, who despite not being able to get over the line on this occasion is vey confident ahead of the next event in Perth.

“I’ve got to learn from these defeats, I will come back stronger and next week in Perth that title is for me,” said Wright.

The sixth World Series of Darts event of 2017 takes place on August 25-27 at the HBF Stadium in Perth, as eight of the world’s best players take on eight qualifiers at the Perth Darts Masters.

Unibet Melbourne Darts Masters

Sunday August 20 (7pm local time)

Semi-Finals (21)
92.68 Daryl Gurney 4-11 Peter Wright 95.27
93.97 Phil Taylor 11-4 Simon Whitlock 90.48

Final (21)
99.74 Peter Wright 8-11 Phil Taylor 98.88

Unibet Melbourne Darts Masters

Saturday August 19th (7pm local time, 11am GMT)

Quarter-Finals
89.82 Peter Wright 10-9 Michael Smith 88.88
91.97 James Wade 9-10 Simon Whitlock 94.40
91.22 Corey Cadby 9-10 Phil Taylor 97.31
91.25 Gary Anderson 8-10 Daryl Gurney 96.22
Best of 19 legs

Unibet Melbourne Darts Masters

FULL RESULTS

Friday August 18 (7pm)

First Round (11)
94.93 Daryl Gurney 6-0 Dave Marland 73.30
87.82 Peter Wright 6-2 Rhys Mathewson 76.59
84.30 James Wade 6-3 Koha Kokiri 82.80
90.24 Michael Smith 6-3 David Platt 89.63
98.01 Phil Taylor 6-3 Cody Harris 91.85
85.71 Raymond van Barneveld 4-6 Corey Cadby 93.42
103.98 Gary Anderson 6-2 Justin Thompson 82.43
107.69 Simon Whitlock 6-1 Kyle Anderson 103.37

Saturday August 19 (7pm)

Quarter-Finals (19)
89.82 Peter Wright 10-9 Michael Smith 88.88
91.97 James Wade 9-10 Simon Whitlock 94.40
91.22 Corey Cadby 9-10 Phil Taylor 97.31
91.25 Gary Anderson 8-10 Daryl Gurney 96.22

Template - Date: DARTS TOPS SPORTS INTEGRITY POLL

The UK Sports Integrity Index by Portland Communications polled over 2,000 members of the general public in June 2017 to measure the perceived level of integrity of the top 12 professional sports in the UK.

“This independent report is a big thumbs-up for the sport of darts during a time of amazing growth at a professional level both in the UK and worldwide,” said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.

“PDC tournaments are amongst the most-watched sporting events on British television and our worldwide circuit will offer a record £12m in prize money this year – figures that could hardly have been dreamed of ten years ago.

The poll looked at how far people had judged sports to be affected by four key issues: match, point or race fixing; players, racers or athletes using performance enhancing drugs; financial corruption; and cover-up stories & scandals.

Darts was perceived as the sport with the highest integrity by the most people in four age categories from 18-54, and as the least likely to be affected by performance enhancing drugs or cover-up stories.

“We work with the Darts Regulation Authority to implement both Anti-Corruption and Anti-Doping programmes, while the Darts Integrity Unit offers a confidential way of reporting any potential irregularities.

“Whilst this report is a massive boost, we have to continue to be vigilant in our development as a professional sport if we are to retain this standing with the most important people; the general public who both watch darts on television and buy tickets to attend PDC tournaments in-person.

“They’re seeing wonderful characters battling it out on the oche, but the real beauty is that darts players are ordinary people with an extraordinary talent for their sport.”

To see the full report:

CLICK HERE

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KYLE ANDERSON claimed his first televised PDC title as he secured a deciding leg win in the final of the 2017 Auckland Darts Masters, presented by TAB and Burger King, with victory over fellow Australian Corey Cadby in the final.

World number 29 Kyle Anderson, who had picked up his first PDC title at Players Championship 17 a week earlier was victorious as the third staging of the Auckland Darts Masters came to a close.

The final began with Cadby, who had earlier defeated Phil Taylor, in fine form. The 2016 World Youth Champion, raced in to 4-1 lead courtesy of three maximums in the open two legs and four out of five successful attempts at doubles.

A major turning point of the match came in the seventh leg where with Cadby sat on 40, having already missed a dart at tops, Anderson took out 160 to break the Cadby throw. Anderson then went on to move in to the lead for the first time in the match in the ninth leg, taking out 66 on tops.

Cadby regained the break in the next leg, as Anderson decided to go for the bull needing 121, with his opponent not on a finish, leaving 25. ‘The Original’ then missed two darts to hold throw before Cadby broke back.

The pair then exchanged holds until the 15th leg where Anderson hit back-to-back 180’s to move ahead once again. More misses were to follow for Anderson as three chances were blown to move clear, with Cadby taking out 47 to draw level again.

Cadby was next to feel the pressure, with the score at 9-8 in his favour, the 22-year-old squandered five opportunities to extend his lead to two and was eventually punished by Anderson. Two holds of throw followed to take the match in to a decider, where Cadby had the advantage of throwing first.

A crucial maximum in the final leg gave Anderson the initiative and he eventually sealed the title, taking out 68 on double four.

“I’m so pleased to win this, I’ve always known I’ve had the ability and I’m starting to show everyone now.

The 160 in the seventh leg was the crucial moment, it made me believe I could win it after Corey had started so well.” Said Anderson.

“My scoring has been good and I’m hitting my doubles now, so let’s hope I can carry that on when we head to Melbourne and Perth.” Added the eventual winner.

Cadby also spoke after the final and believes there is more to come from him.

“Confidence is the key and I believe in myself, I always want win but I’m really pleased for Kyle. “It’s Aussie, Aussie, Aussie all the way and I can’t wait to go home.” Said Cadby.

Earlier in the night Anderson had put James Wade to the sword with an impressive 11-4 victory. The Australian punished ‘The Machine’ for missing four attempts at double in the opening five legs to take a commanding 4-1 lead in to the first break.

Anderson’s hot streak continued after the break as he won the next five legs, including a 164 finish to move within two legs of the final. Wade then managed to produce a minor comeback of his own, breaking the Anderson throw, taking out 118 on tops before holding throw to close the gap to six.

Anderson’s fourth 180 of the encounter helped him to hold throw in the 13th leg of the match, before sealing his place in a first World Series of Darts final by pinning tops for an 11-4 win. Cadby sealed his place in the final with a magnificent 11-8 victory over Phil Taylor.

‘The Power’, celebrating his 57th birthday started slowly, with the Australian racing in to a 3-0 lead. A quieter period of the match followed with the pair trading holds in front of a packed Trusts Arena crowd.

It wasn’t until the tenth leg of the match that Taylor managed to level the score, taking out 116 on double 18. The intensity levels were then upped as the crowd began to get more involved but it didn’t seem to affect the players as Cadby and Taylor hit 11 maximums between them.

The drama continued right until the end, with the score at 10-7in the Australian’s favour, Cadby then missed two match-darts, seemingly handing the initiative back to Taylor, as he closed the gap to two.

The final leg of the match was also packed with action, with Taylor missing a dart for a 114 checkout before Cadby took out 103 on double 18 to book a spot in the decider. The fifth event of the 2017 World Series of Darts takes place in Australia as the first staging of the Melbourne Darts Masters takes place between August 18-20 at the Hisense Arena.

Auckland Darts Masters, presented by TAB & Burger King

Sunday August 13 (6pm local time)

Semi Finals 
Kyle Anderson 11-4 James Wade
Corey Cadby 11-8 Phil Taylor

Final
Kyle Anderson 11-10 Corey Cadby

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DAVE CHISNALL won his first PDC ProTour title of 2017 by defeating Richard North 6-5 in the Players Championship 18 final in Barnsley on Sunday.

The world number six has lost out twice in finals this year, against Adrian Lewis in a Players Championship in Milton Keynes and to Michael van Gerwen in last month’s Shanghai Darts Masters, but went all the way to the £10,000 top prize by seeing off North in a decider.

A third round loser to Christian Kist in Saturday’s Players Championship 17, Chisnall opened his challenge on Sunday with a superb whitewash of Darren Johnson.

He then edged out Yordi Meeuwisse and Ritchie Edhouse in deciding legs, overcame Premier League rival Jelle Klaasen 6-3 and again went to 11 legs in his quarter-final win over Brendan Dolan.

Chisnall then saw off Ryan Searle 6-2 at the smei-final stage, before coming from 2-0 and 3-1 down in the final against North.

A 107 checkout saw Chisnall level at three-all in the decider, with the Hampshire-based thrower moving 4-3 and 5-4 up before a brilliant 144 finish sent the game all the way.

Chisnall was first to a finish, and though he initially missed tops for the match, North was unable to take out 155 as the St Helens man returned on double ten for the win.

North’s run to the final was his best on the professional circuit since he won a PDC Tour Card at Qualifying School in January.

He defeated Ricky Evans, Ryan Meikle, Steve West, Joe Cullen and Stephen Bunting – surviving a missed match dart in a dramatic semi-final against the former Lakeside Champion – on his way to the final.

Bunting’s run to the last four followed up a quarter-final appearance on Saturday as he enjoyed a strong weekend in Barnsley, while Somerset’s Searle reached his second ProTour semi-final of 2017.

Cullen and Norris both saw their bid for further ProTour glory in 2017 ended at the last eight stage, alongside Northern Ireland’s Dolan and Irish ace William O’Connor, who lost out 6-3 to Searle.

For full Players Championship 18 results, visit our Match Centre.

Players Championship 18
Sunday August 6, Barnsley Metrodome
Last 16

Richard North 6-4 Steve West
Joe Cullen 6-2 Jonny Clayton
Stephen Bunting 6-2 James Richardson
Alan Norris 6-2 James Wade
Brendan Dolan 6-0 Darren Webster
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Jelle Klaasen
William O’Connor 6-3 Chris Quantock
Ryan Searle 6-2 Daryl Gurney

Quarter-Finals
Richard North 6-3 Joe Cullen
Stephen Bunting 6-1 Alan Norris
Dave Chisnall 6-5 Brendan Dolan
Ryan Searle 6-3 William O’Connor

Semi-Finals
Richard North 6-5 Stephen Bunting
Dave Chisnall 6-2 Ryan Searle

Final
Dave Chisnall 6-5 Richard North

Prize Fund
Winner £10,000
Runner-Up £6,000
Semi-Finalists £3,000
Quarter-Finalists £2,250
Last 16 Losers £1500
Last 32 Losers £1000
Last 64 Losers £500
Total £75,000

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KYLE ANDERSON claimed his maiden PDC title at Players Championship 17, with both he and Jamie Lewis hitting nine-dart finishes on a fascinating day in Barnsley.

The Australian who had made semi-finals on six previous occasions on the PDC Tour finally got over the line defeating Kevin Painter, playing in his first final for almost four years, 6-2 in the final.

The decider began with Anderson in scintillating form, taking out 148 for an early break and setting the tone for the rest of the encounter.

Back-to-back two dart 64 finishes gave Anderson yet another break and a commanding 3-0 lead over his rival.

The gap was to widen further as the 29-year-old from Perth, Australia took out yet another ton-plus finish, this time 108 on tops for a 4-0 advantage.

The Australian followed that with another break of throw, first missing double 14 for a second 148 finish before eventually finding the same target on the next visit.

Anderson then looked set to complete an impressive whitewash win going off 180, 180 in the sixth leg before Painter took out 128 on the bull to get his first leg on the board.

The Englishman then followed that with a convincing hold of throw, checking out 52 on double ten to extend the contest further.

The eighth leg was to be the final one of the match though as Kyle Anderson wrapped up a 6-2 win and claimed his first PDC title.

“Today it all came together, I said to myself, I have to take the chances I make for myself and today I took my chance,” Said Anderson.

“I’ve never doubted myself, everybody on the tour can do what I did today and it’s the one’s who don’t get nervous who come through in the end.” Added the Australian number two.

The world number 29, who is based in Nottingham and has to spend the majority of the year without his wife and son also spoke of how having them around for the last five weeks has benefitted him.

“My boy is with me and I feel comfortable, It’s been so good to see him and I can’t wait to see him again. Having them around has made it so much easier recently.”

“This is not a one off, I have to win again, there has to be more!” Concluded Anderson.

The day began for the Australian with a commanding 6-3 victory over Tony Newell, before needing a last leg decider to overcome Nathan Aspinall.

The last 32 saw Anderson brush Ryan Meikle aside, coming through 6-1 before going on to achieve a perfect leg in his 6-3 win over Ronny Huybrechts.

The quarter-finals saw Anderson beat Stephen Bunting, a man desperately trying to rediscover so form 6-3 to progress in to the last four.

Michael Smith, a good friend of Anderson awaited in the semi-finals, where once again the Australian proved too strong, defeating his rival 6-3 to set up a decider with Kevin Painter.

The former World Championship finalist, who was looking to win his first PDC title since the 2011 Players Championship finals began his route to the final with a 6-2 win over Mike de Decker.

6-4 wins over Vincent van der Voort and another nine-dart hero, Jamie Lewis followed as Painter progressed in to the last 16.

Mervyn King was powerless to resist as Painter advanced yet again, this time with a 6-2 win.

Gerwyn Price provided ‘The Artist’ with his toughest pre-final test, taking the 50-year-old to a last leg decider, where he had to survive match darts from the Welshman.

A scrappy 6-3 win over Jermaine Wattimena meant Painter would face Anderson in the final but it was to be the Australian who would end his run as the highest ranked player without a PDC title.

Players Championship 18 takes place in Barnsley on Sunday with 128 players competing for the £10,000 prize.

PDCTV-HD subscribers will be able to watch all the action on the PDC website as well as a host of bookmakers websites.

Full results from Players Championship 17 can be seen at the ‘Match Centre’.
From the original field of entries, Adrian Lewis, Mensur Suljovic, Cristo Reyes and Ricky Williams have withdrawn, and been replaced by PDPA Associate Members Michael Barnard, Alan Tabern, Luke Woodhouse and Rusty-Jake Rodriguez.

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Prize Fund
Winner £10,000
Runner-Up £6,000
Semi-Finalists £3,000
Quarter-Finalists £2,250
Last 16 Losers £1500
Last 32 Losers £1000
Last 64 Losers £500
Total £75,000

 

Template - Date: UK Qualifiers for ET Events 10 & 11

FIVE PLAYERS, including recent PDC ProTour title winners Darren Webster and Steve Beaton, secured places at both the HappyBet German Darts Grand Prix and HappyBet International Darts Open in Friday’s UK Qualifier double-header in Barnsley, where two nine-darters were produced.

BetVictor World Matchplay quarter-finalist Webster continued his superb form by winning four matches to qualify for both European Tour events, seeing off Luke Woodhouse and Matthew Dennant in the first knockout before defeating Ronnie Baxter and Kevin Painter in the second event – incredibly sealing both of his final victories with 170 finishes.

Former European Tour title winner Beaton claimed victories against Richie Burnett and Lee Bryant to secure his place in Mannheim before triumphs over Matt Clark and Andy Boulton earned the former Lakeside Champion a place in Riesa.

Australia’s Kyle Anderson achieved double qualification by seeing off Paul Harvey and Andy Jenkins in the opening event before defeating Jim Brown and Mickey Mansell, who hit a nine-dart finish in his win against Darren Johnson that saw him qualify for the German Darts Grand Prix.

Keegan Brown’s three victories to qualify for European Tour 10 included 6-5 wins against Wayne Jones and Kevin Painter, while a pair of 6-1 successes against Michael Barnard and Robert Thornton saw the former PDC Unicorn World Youth Champion reach the International Darts Open.

Mick McGowan also secured his place at both events by claiming victories against Matt Clark, Brendan Dolan, Ross Twell and Matthew Dennant.

Former European Tour finalists Jamie Caven and Jamie Lewis both qualified for the German Darts Grand Prix and will be joined in Mannheim by Robert Owen, Andy Boulton, Jamie Bain, Andrew Gilding, Paul Rowley, Mick Todd, Nathan Aspinall, James Richardson, Richard North and Ryan Meikle.

The qualifier for the International Darts Open saw a second nine-darter of the evening fired in, as Rob Hewson produced a perfect leg in his defeat to Caven.

Former World Championship finalist Andy Hamilton was also amongst the qualifiers in the evening’s second event, defeating Stephen Bunting 6-0 and Ricky Williams 6-1 to earn his place in Riesa.

Former European Tour winner Justin Pipe also won through with victories against Aden Kirk and Gilding – who was denied a double success in a last-leg decider.

Ted Evetts, who turned 20 yesterday, gave himself a late birthday present by seeing off Chris Dobey and Lee Bryant to secure a spot in European Tour 11.

The other qualifiers for the International Darts Open were former Lakeside Champion Mark Webster, William O’Connor, Chris Quantock, Josh Payne, Richie Corner, Peter Jacques, Simon Stevenson, Steve Lennon, Luke Woodhouse and former World Grand Prix finalist Brendan Dolan.

The HappyBet German Darts Grand Prix takes place in Mannheim between September 8-10, with the HappyBet International Darts Open following later in the month in Riesa on September 22-24.

The weekend continues with two Players Championship events on Saturday and Sunday (12pm start), with coverage streamed live online from two boards simultaneously throughout each event for PDCTV-HD Subscribers worldwide.

HappyBet German Darts Grand Prix (ET10)
UK Qualifier
Friday August 4, Barnsley Metrodome
First Round

Andrew Gilding 6-3 Andy Hamilton
Terry Temple 6-5 Jim Walker
Josh Payne 6-3 Steve Hine
Mickey Mansell 6-1 Steve Lennon
Keegan Brown 6-0 Ryan Palmer
Ricky Evans 6-0 Richie Corner
Jamie Caven 6-1 Adrian Gray
Nathan Aspinall 6-1 John Part
Ritchie Edhouse 6-2 Callum Loose
Ronnie Baxter 6-5 John Bowles
Matt Clark 6-4 Harry Robinson
Simon Stevenson 6-5 Peter Hudson

Second Round
Stephen Bunting 6-5 Peter Jacques
Robert Owen 6-3 Jonathan Worsley
Andy Boulton 6-2 James Wade
Michael Barnard 6-1 Ted Evetts
Darren Webster 6-5 Luke Woodhouse
Matthew Dennant 6-4 Wes Newton
Steve Beaton 6-3 Richie Burnett
Lee Bryant 6-4 Tony Newell
Ray Campbell 6-5 James Wilson
Jamie Bain 6-2 Ryan Searle
Chris Quantock 6-4 Steve West
Andrew Gilding 6-5 Aden Kirk
Kyle Anderson 6-2 Paul Harvey
Andy Jenkins 6-0 Terry Temple
Robert Thornton 6-2 Scott Taylor
Jamie Lewis 6-3 Josh Payne
Darren Johnson 6-5 John Henderson
Mickey Mansell 6-4 Diogo Portela
Kevin Painter 6-3 Justin Pipe
Keegan Brown 6-5 Wayne Jones
David Pallett 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Paul Rowley 6-2 Ricky Evans
Chris Dobey 6-4 Ross Twell
Jamie Caven 6-4 Rob Hewson
Mick Todd 6-2 Robbie Green
Adam Hunt 6-2 Paul Nicholson
Mark Webster 6-2 Ricky Williams
Nathan Aspinall 6-5 Stephen Burton
James Richardson 6-5 Brian Woods
Ritchie Edhouse 6-1 Callan Rydz
Richard North 6-5 Devon Petersen
Ronnie Baxter 6-0 Warrick Scheffer
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Jim Brown
Mick McGowan 6-1 Matt Clark
Kirk Shepherd 6-0 Joe Murnan
Ryan Meikle 6-3 Simon Stevenson

Third Round
Robert Owen 6-5 Stephen Bunting
Andy Boulton 6-4 Michael Barnard
Darren Webster 6-2 Matthew Dennant
Steve Beaton 6-2 Lee Bryant
Jamie Bain 6-5 Ray Campbell
Andrew Gilding 6-3 Chris Quantock
Kyle Anderson 6-1 Andy Jenkins
Jamie Lewis 6-3 Robert Thornton
Mickey Mansell 6-4 Darren Johnson – Mickey Mansell hits nine-dart finish
Keegan Brown 6-5 Kevin Painter
Paul Rowley 6-4 David Pallett
Jamie Caven 6-5 Chris Dobey
Mick Todd 6-3 Adam Hunt
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Mark Webster
James Richardson 6-0 Ritchie Edhouse
Richard North 6-1 Ronnie Baxter
Mick McGowan 6-4 Brendan Dolan
Ryan Meikle 6-4 Kirk Shepherd

Qualifiers:
Robert Owen, Andy Boulton, Darren Webster, Steve Beaton, Jamie Bain, Andrew Gilding, Kyle Anderson, Jamie Lewis, Mickey Mansell, Keegan Brown, Paul Rowley, Jamie Caven, Mick Todd, Nathan Aspinall, James Richardson, Richard North, Mick McGowan, Ryan Meikle.

HappyBet International Darts Open (ET11)
UK Qualifier
Friday August 4, Barnsley Metrodome
First Round

Andrew Gilding 6-4 Andy Jenkins
Wes Newton 6-4 Ray Campbell
Jamie Caven 6-2 Rob Hewson – Rob Hewson hits nine-dart finish
Harry Robinson 6-5 Callan Rydz
Ryan Searle 6-5 John Bowles
Stephen Burton 6-3 Brian Woods
Ross Twell 6-2 Adam Hunt
Peter Hudson 6-3 John Part
David Pallett 6-5 Callum Loose
Luke Woodhouse 6-4 Paul Harvey

Second Round
Andy Hamilton 6-0 Stephen Bunting
Ricky Williams 6-2 Mick Todd
Darren Webster 6-2 Ronnie Baxter
Kevin Painter 6-4 Jamie Lewis
Steve Beaton 6-1 Matt Clark
Andy Boulton 6-4 Jamie Bain
Richie Burnett 6-3 James Wilson
Simon Stevenson 6-5 Robert Owen
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Steve West
Peter Jacques 6-5 Ritchie Edhouse
Kyle Anderson 6-1 Jim Brown
Mickey Mansell 6-5 Adrian Gray
Robert Thornton 6-4 Warrick Scheffer
Keegan Brown 6-1 Michael Barnard
Josh Payne 6-5 John Henderson
Paul Rowley 6-4 Devon Petersen
Justin Pipe 6-1 Aden Kirk
Andrew Gilding 6-3 Kirk Shepherd
Richie Corner 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Wes Newton 6-4 Ryan Palmer
Ted Evetts 6-5 Chris Dobey
Lee Bryant 6-4 Jamie Caven
Robbie Green 6-2 Scott Taylor
Chris Quantock 6-3 Harry Robinson
Mark Webster 6-2 Ryan Meikle
Ryan Searle 6-5 Terry Temple
William O’Connor 6-2 James Richardson
Stephen Burton 6-2 Paul Nicholson
Matthew Dennant 6-1 Richard North
Mick McGowan 6-5 Ross Twell
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Wayne Jones
Jonathan Worsley 6-2 Peter Hudson
Joe Murnan 6-1 Tony Newell
Steve Lennon 6-5 David Pallett
Darren Johnson 6-4 Jim Walker
Luke Woodhouse 6-3 Ricky Evans

Third Round
Andy Hamilton 6-1 Ricky Williams
Darren Webster 6-1 Kevin Painter
Steve Beaton 6-3 Andy Boulton
Simon Stevenson 6-5 Richie Burnett
Peter Jacques 6-5 Nathan Aspinall
Kyle Anderson 6-5 Mickey Mansell
Keegan Brown 6-1 Robert Thornton
Josh Payne 6-5 Paul Rowley
Justin Pipe 6-5 Andrew Gilding
Richie Corner 6-3 Wes Newton
Ted Evetts 6-2 Lee Bryant
Chris Quantock 6-4 Robbie Green
Mark Webster 6-2 Ryan Searle
William O’Connor 6-1 Stephen Burton
Mick McGowan 6-2 Matthew Dennant
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Jonatahn Worsley
Steve Lennon 6-5 Joe Murnan
Luke Woodhouse 6-4 Darren Johnson

Qualifiers:
Andy Hamilton, Darren Webster, Steve Beaton, Simon Stevenson, Peter Jacques, Kyle Anderson, Keegan Brown, Josh Payne, Justin Pipe, Richie Corner, Ted Evetts, Chris Quantock, Mark Webster, William O’Connor, Mick McGowan, Brendan Dolan, Steve Lennon, Luke Woodhouse.

Players who qualify for either of these 2 events must go to that event brief on the calendar to get all the hotel, travel and tournament information, see below.

For European Tour 10 in Mannheim CLICK HERE

For European Tour 11 in Riesa CLICK HERE