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MENSUR SULJOVIC enjoyed a fitting end to his stunning September as he claimed glory in Players Championship 20 with a thrilling final victory against Stephen Bunting at Dublin’s Citywest Hotel.

The Austrian ace, who had won his first televised title at the Champions League of Darts just a fortnight earlier, produced a string of fantastic performances and knocked out World Champion Michael Van Gerwen on the way clinching his third PDC title.

Suljovic fired in a nine-darter in Friday’s run to the semi-finals, when he lost out to eventual Players Championship 19 winner Rob Cross – but the world number seven refused to be denied 24 hours later, despite trailing Bunting 3-0 in Saturday’s decider.

Bunting, appearing in his first PDC final for 18 months, opened up that three leg cushion with the aid of a brilliant 160 checkout in the first leg. But Suljovic hit back, using just 55 darts to win the next four legs, including a superb 121 checkout on the bullseye.

Former Lakeside Champion Bunting levelled up at four apiece but Suljovic won the next two legs as he secured the £10,000 first prize with a 112 finish.

“I feel brilliant,” said Suljovic, who takes on Ian White in the first of the Unibet World Grand Prix, which begins on Sunday.

“I felt like I played better darts yesterday but I am very happy with how everything is going at the moment. I’m playing well but tomorrow is a different day and a different tournament.”

Suljovic had started the day with a 6-0 win against Ted Evetts, which he followed up with a 6-2 defeat of Richie Corner. He then edged out Justin Pipe 6-5 before seeing off Alan Norris with a 6-1 success to set up a quarter-final clash with Van Gerwen.

Suljovic proved too strong for the world number one as he enjoyed a 6-3 triumph to reach the semi-finals, where he defeated James Wilson 6-4. Bunting’s charge to the final saw him continue a mini resurgence of late, following runs to the quarter-finals and semi-finals in Barnsley in August.

The former World Grand Prix semi-finalist enjoyed early victories against John Bowles, James Richardson and White, before a 6-4 win over Yordi Meeuwisse saw him reach the last eight. There, he defeated Vincent van der Voort 6-1 to move into the semi-finals, where he claimed a 6-3 success over Latvia’s Madars Razma.

PDC Players Championship 20

Saturday 30th September 2017
City West Hotel, Dublin

For the full results CLICK HERE:

Quarter-Finals
Madars Razma 6-5 Gerwyn Price
Stephen Bunting 6-1 Vincent van der Voort
Mensur Suljovic 6-3 Michael van Gerwen
James Wilson 6-3 John Henderson

Semi-Finals
Stephen Bunting 6-3 Madars Razma
Mensur Suljovic 6-4 James Wilson

Final
Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Stephen Bunting

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Cross has been electric throughout this year, and secured his third PDC title of 2017 in style. After breaking in the opening leg, Wright opened up a two leg advantage. This merely ignited something in Cross, as he began to play some of his finest darts to quickly find a foothold in the final.

Three 12-dart legs in succession from the 27-year-old with finishes of 81, 87 and 81 put him into the lead and he never looked back. A 13-darter then followed to break once more and give control of the final at 4-2, before finding D18 in the eighth leg to seal a dominant victory.

It has been a remarkable year for the former Electrician from Hastings, having won Players Championship’s three and 12 already, as well as reaching the final of the HappyBet German Darts Grand Prix at the beginning of September.

Cross started the day with a convincing 6-1 victory over five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld. This was followed by a 6-2 victory over Dave Pallett, and a 6-3 win against Justin Pipe. His toughest test came in the Last 16 stage, as he survived missed match darts to squeeze past seven-time TV winner James Wade 6-5 in a deciding leg.

A thumping 6-0 victory over Vincent van der Voort – who beat Michael van Gerwen earlier in the day – was to follow, before producing some superb darts as he averaged over 109 and landed a 167 checkout to beat Mensur Suljovic 6-1 to reach the final.

Speaking following his victory, Cross admitted that this unprecedented debut year has come as a shock even to himself. Wright has also been in fine form this year, and come into this tournament fresh from winning the HappyBet International Darts Open in Riesa, Germany, last weekend.

He started the day a little more slowly than Cross, and registered wins over Joe Murnan, Brendan Dolan, Chris Quantock and Gerwyn Price all by a 6-4 scoreline. A thumping 6-1 win followed against Andrew Gilding in the Quarter-Finals, followed by a 6-3 victory over surprise package Antonio Alcinas in the final four.

The Spaniard’s great run started with a 6-4 win over Benito van de Pas. He then saw off the likes of Jeffrey de Zwaan, Darren Webster, Richard North and Steve Lennon to post his best finish on the ProTour.

Players Championship action continues on Saturday with event 20, followed by the start of the Unibet World Grand Prix from October 1-7 Full results from Players Championship 19 can be found in the MATCH CENTRE

Watch live all weekend via PDCTV-HD, with live coverage is also available through the following bookmakers’ websites. The events will be streamed live on PDCTV-HD over both days. Click the banner below for all the details.

PDC Players Championship 19

Friday 29th September 2017
City West Hotel, Dublin

For the full results CLICK HERE:

9 Darter Mensur Suljovic in a 6-5 win v Ryan Searle

Quarter-Finals
Peter Wright 6-1 Andrew Gilding
Steve Lennon 5-6 Antonio Alcinas
Vincent van der Voort 0-6 Rob Cross
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Jimmy Hendriks

Semi-Finals
Peter Wright 6-3 Antonio Alcinas
Rob Cross 6-1 Mensur Suljovic

Final
Rob Cross 6-2 Peter Wright

 

Template - Date: ET 12 UK Qualifier

Former European Tour winner James Wade qualified for the final European Tour event of 2017 the European Darts Trophy (ET 12) on the 13th – 15th October in Göttingen, Germany.

Adrian Lewis lost out to Chris Quantock, but Robert Thornton, Kevin Painter and Stephen Bunting made it through the tough field in Dublin.

Other qualifiers were, Andy Boulton, Keegan Brown, Mick Todd, Jonathan Worsley, Chris Quantock, Steve West, Jamie Caven, Ricky Evans, Chris Dobey, James Wilson, Jonny Clayton, John Bowles, James Richardson and Nathan Aspinall.

The action continues tomorrow with PDC Players Championship 19, which can be seen live via PDCTV-HD from 12.00 noon following an 11.00am registration.

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European Tour event 12 UK Qualifier

City West Hotel, Saggart, Dublin
Thursday 28th October 2017

Preliminary Round

Warrick Scheffer 6-4 Darren Johnson
Terry Temple 6-4 Aden Kirk
Richie Burnett 6-2 Tony Newell
Peter Jacques 6-4 Harry Robinson
Paul Nicholson 6-2 Robert Owen
Lee Bryant 6-2 Richie Corner
Craig Gilchrist 6-4 Brendan Dolan
John Norman jnr 6-2 Wes Newton

First Round

Steve Beaton 6-1 Ryan Meikle
Andy Boulton 6-3 Dean Forde
Keegan Brown 6-4 Kyle Anderson
William O’Connor 6-5 Jamie Bain
Darren Webster 6-2 Andy Hamilton
Mick Todd 6-4 Brian Woods
Stephen Bunting 6-3 Peter Hudson
Callum Loose 6-2 Joe Murnan
Luke Woodhouse 6-4 John Henderson
Jonathan Worsley 6-5 Ross Twell
James Wade 6-5 Wayne Jones
Devon Petersen 6-4 Callan Rydz
Chris Quantock 6-2 Adrian Lewis
Mick McGowan 6-3 Steve Hine
Steve West 6-0 David Pallett
Diogo Portela 6-2 Jim Walker
Justin Pipe 6-4 Matthew Dennant
Jamie Caven 6-2 Mickey Mansell
Robert Thornton 6-2 Stephen Burton
Ryan Searle 6-2 John Part
Richard North 6-0 Ritchie Edhouse
Ricky Evans 6-4 Darren Johnson
Chris Dobey 6-3 Paul Harvey
Terry Temple 6-4 Ted Evetts
James Wilson 6-1 Kirk Shepherd
Richie Burnett 6-3 Mark Walsh
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Scott Taylor
Peter Jacques 6-3 Matt Clark
John Bowles 6-3 Mark Webster
Andrew Gilding 6-5 Paul Nicholson
Kevin Painter 6-5 Ryan Palmer
Steve Lennon 6-1 Lee Bryant
James Richardson 6-2 Simon Stevenson
Josh Payne 6-3 Craig Gilchrist
Jamie Lewis 6-2 Andy Jenkins
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 John Norman jnr

Second Round

Andy Boulton 6-4 Steve Beaton – Andy Boulton qualifies
Keegan Brown 6-3 William O’Connor – Keegan Brown qualifies
Mick Todd 6-5 Darren Webster – Mick Todd qualifies
Stephen Bunting 6-1 Callum Loose – Stephen Bunting qualifies
Jonathan Worlsey 6-3 Luke Woodhouse – Jonathan Worsley qualifies
James Wade 6-5 Devon Petersen – James Wade qualifies
Chris Quantock 6-2 Mick McGowan – Chris Quantock qualifies
Steve West 6-4 Diogo Portela – Steve West qualifies
Jamie Caven 6-4 Justin Pipe – Jamie Caven qualifies
Robert Thornton 6-2 Ryan Searle – Robert Thornton qualifies
Ricky Evans 6-4 Richard North – Ricky Evans qualifies
Chris Dobey 6-1 Terry Temple – Chris Dobey qualifies
James Wilson 6-1 Richie Burnett – James Wilson qualifies
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Peter Jacques – Jonny Clayton qualifies
John Bowles 6-4 Andrew Gilding – John Bowles qualifies
Kevin Painter 6-4 Steve Lennon – Kevin Painter qualifies
James Richardson 6-4 Josh Payne – James Richardson qualifies
Nathan Aspinall 6-5 Jamie Lewis – Nathan Aspinall qualifies

Qualifiers

Andy Boulton, Keegan Brown, Mick Todd, Stephen Bunting, Jonathan Worsley, James Wade, Chris Quantock, Steve West, Jamie Caven, Robert Thornton, Ricky Evans, Chris Dobey, James Wilson, Jonny Clayton, John Bowles, Kevin Painter, James Richardson, Nathan Aspinall.

 

Template - Date: UNIBET Premier League Announced

UNIBET UNVEIL HIDDEN CAMERA VIDEO TO LAUNCH SPONSORSHIP OF PDC PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS

Unibet, one of the largest gambling brands across Europe and Australia, has agreed on a three-year deal with the Professional Darts Corporation to become the new title sponsor of the Unibet Premier League.

To mark the start of the partnership that runs through to 2020 the bookmaker worked in secret with PDC chairman Barry Hearn to surprise some of the biggest names in the sport in a hilarious hidden camera style video.

Taking a wry look at the lengths some brands go to get their name up in lights, the hidden camera style video features an actor posing as a Unibet marketing executive alongside Hearn. The duo then set out to convince reigning Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen and world number three Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright to take on various outlandish and ridiculous brand initiatives.

From Unibet logo head tattoos for MVG to brand-themed dances for the two players and even walk-ons riding a horse, nothing is left on the table – all to the increasing bemusement of the world number one in particular.

The video can be seen at the following link :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNm5OX-3aug&feature=youtu.be

Berlin Latest City to Hit The Bullseye. The 16-week long Unibet Premier League will again take place across the UK, Ireland and Netherlands but in 2018 there will also be an exciting first ever stop off in Berlin, Germany at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, leading to the Play-Offs in London in May.

Every leg played in the Unibet Premier League will showcase the “Bettor Experience” activation elements that Unibet’s darts events have become accustomed to. The Unibet Premier League will be the newest addition and the 13th Unibet sponsored darts event following the success of the initial partnership of the Unibet Masters back in 2014.

Since then Unibet, part of the Kindred Group, has become the partner of the Unibet European Championship, the Unibet World Grand Prix, the Unibet Champions League of Darts as well as the World Series Finals and Melbourne Darts Masters. Unibet has also prolonged the partnership with The Masters and European Championship until 2018.

Kindred Group CCO Ebba Ljungerud said:

“Darts has been one of the fastest growing sports in our sponsorship portfolio in the UK and we are extremely excited about extending our partnership with the PDC to become the new sponsor of the Premier League.

We are planning on making what we already know to be a great tournament even better.

“It’s grown to become the widest-reaching event in darts and we’re looking forward to 16 exciting nights across Europe. Darts is an action-packed betting sport and we will continue to bring our best-in-class activation and offer to all the fans.”

PDC Chairman Barry Hearn said:

“We’re delighted that Unibet have furthered their association with us in their sponsorship of the Premier League for the next three years.

“The Unibet Premier League will be bigger than ever in 2018, with our success in the UK, Ireland and more recently the Netherlands leading to the introduction of a league night in Berlin next year, and it promises to be a special tournament.

“The Premier League’s growth since 2005 has been a phenomenon in British sport and it’s another boost that Unibet were so keen to add this prestigious event to their growing darts sponsorship portfolio.”

The 2018 Unibet Premier League will kick off on Thursday February 1st in the 3Arena in Dublin, less than a week after the 2018 edition of The Unibet Masters. Ticket information will be confirmed at www.pdc.tv/tickets

ABOUT UNIBET

Unibet has over 16 million customers and is part of the Kindred Group, one of the largest online gambling companies in the world. Unibet’s other partnerships include Principal partner of Aston Villa, betting partner of Essex Cricket, Warwickshire Cricket and Surrey cricket as well as partner of Investec Derby, Unibet Gold Cup and Cheltenham Festival.

When Unibet began in 1997, we started with a single ambition. For one player (founder Anders Ström) to share his sporting expertise to help other players make more informed bets. We believe that this is as important today as it was in the beginning.

That’s why Unibet continue to be the experts in understanding what players really need to make bets that enhance their passion for the game. You can find out more about Unibet, Kindred’s history, brands, player safety and career opportunities at www.kindredgroup.com

Template - Date: This weeks health advice from Sean Porter

HEALTH Tips No2 – 25th September 2017

Tips for Tournament Health – Portion Size I truly believe that most people, including professional and semi-professional Darts players, have some knowledge of certain foods and drinks that have been labeled ‘beneficial’ or ‘detrimental’ to health. However, an area that may not be as clear to everyone is Portion Size.

In many circumstances, the foods we are consuming may be correct for us as individuals, but it is the amount at one time that could be having a negative effect.

As an indictor, although by no means can this be a ‘one size fits all’ approach to nutrition, due to multiple factors and individuality, the total number of calories consumed per day should be around 2500 for males and 2000 for females.

As sportspeople, your daily requirements of nutrients, both in terms of quality and quantity are greater to that of a normal person who may not be as physically or mentally active on a daily basis. This however, must still be managed to ensure ‘over-consumption’ of the wrong foods at the wrong time of day does not occur.

To give you an idea of portion size:

  • Imagine the size of a deck of playing cards for meats
  • The size of a small matchbox for cheeses
  • 1 piece of fruit or a handful of berries
  • A small cup full of carbohydrate foods such as rice and pasta and cereals
  • A handful of vegetables
  • A teaspoon of cooking oils (olive, coconut, vegetable)

For further information and the full list of health tips please go to our specific area on the website CLICK HERE

HEALTH TIPS No 1 – 16th September 2017

Tips for Tournament Health – Staying Hydrated Staying hydrated is unquestionably one of the most important aspects of your nutrition as a professional athlete and darts player but arguably one of the most underrated.

We spend a large majority or our time thinking about the food we consume on a daily basis but often neglect the thing that is of key importance in maintaining overall health and ensuring performance levels stay at their maximum.

So what are some of the functions of water in the body and why is it a serious problem that MOST of the population is dehydrated……………..24/7!

  • Aids in controlling your core body temperature at an average of 37°C – a change of as little as 1°C can lead to serious illness and disease.
  • Plasma is the watery substance of blood carrying oxygen and nutrients around the body to keep you healthy and functioning optimally.
  • Lubricates the joints of the body making movements smoother and more efficient – performance as an athlete?
  • Maintains both physiological and neurological functions – allowing you to concentrate and feel energetic throughout the day.

Specifically for a Professional Darts player, life on the road and participating in tournaments for consecutive days at a time can be an extremely tiring experience. One of the biggest contributing factors of fatigue is a lack of hydration.

What are the reasons for this?

  • High levels of sugar, salt, caffeine and alcohol – in the correct amounts our bodies will function the way they should.
  • Environmental temperature – warmer conditions leads to greater perspiration and a loss of water.
  • Frequency, intensity and type of exercise – when training and playing in competitions you are physically and mentally more active. Focus, sweating and higher breathing rates all contribute to dehydration.
  • Higher levels of fat tissue – muscle is made of 70% water meaning the more of this you have the more water your body will hold onto.

So just how much water should you be aiming for on a daily basis?

Body Weight (kg) Estimated Daily Water Intake (Litres)
60kg 1.85
65kg 2.00
70kg 2.15
75kg 2.30
80kg 2.45
85kg 2.60
90kg 2.75
95kg 2.90
100kg 3.05

There is a lot of evidence supporting the amount of water an individual should be consuming. Research will show that 70-80% of your daily requirement each day will come from drinking water alone and the remaining 20-30% will come from the foods we eat.

As a golden rule, I believe as a sportsperson, you should be aiming for no less that 2.5 – 3 litres of water every single day. Ideally increasing this on days of travel and competition. Here are a few tips from myself to help:

  • Keep a bottle of water on you at all times during the day – this makes it easy to measure how much you have consumed and set targets.
  • Every morning include a large glass of water with your breakfast to start the day right and boost your energy and concentration levels.
  • If you are drinking alcohol or fizzy drinks (in moderation of course), consume a glass of water in between every one.
  • Keep an eye on the colour of your urine – a clear couloured liquid is desired – the more yellow the more dehydrated you are.

In summary, staying hydrated would be one of the first and in my opinion, one of the easiest things we can change to make a huge difference to your health, fitness levels and performance on stage. Being at the top of your game physically and mentally can be the difference between winning and losing in any sport!

Sean Porter
Sean Porter Health & Fitness

Template - Date: International Darts Open

In an exhillerating final, Wright posted a 102.65 average as he battled back from 4-2 down before holding off a spirited fightback from the Belgian to win it in a decider. Huybrechts looked dominant in the opening exchanges as he broke twice on his way to a 3-1 lead.

The pair then traded the next three legs before Wright landed a 101 checkout to level things at 4-4 and take the advantage going into the dying embers. With Huybrechts forcing a deciding leg, it was here that Wright produced a moment of quality as he landed a 116 checkout for a 12-dart leg to snatch the title and the £25,000 top prize at the SACHSENarena.

The win is Wright’s fifth European Tour title of the year, and his tenth overall – having clinched the Coral UK Open title, Players Championship 11 and three UK Open qualifiers. Wright has been in imperious form in 2017, having also reached the final of the Betway Premier League and the BetVictor World Matchplay, as well as two World Series and a number of ProTour events.

Huybrechts – hunting his first European Tour title since 2015 – will be frustrated to have fallen at the final hurdle once more, after losing to Mensur Suljovic in the same competition a year previous. World number two Wright started his run to the final by beating Kim’s brother Ronny Huybrechts in a tetchy third round affair.

As the evening session began, Wright kicked off proceedings by capitalising on missed darts from Dutchman Jelle Klaasen for a 6-4 victory to reach the final four. And it was here that he really found his form – winning 6-3, averaging a brilliant 103.65 and landing 50 per cent of his doubles as he put a stop to Ron Meulemkamp’s impressive run in Riesa to reach the final.

Thirty-one-year-old Huybrechts started his run to the final as he edged out Ian White 6-5 in the third round. A strong display of doubling followed in the Quarter-Finals as he beat Wales’ Gerwyn Price 6-4. And in the final four he clashed with Joe Cullen, running out a 6-2 winner despite Cullen missing D18 for a nine-darter.

Twenty-eight-year-old Cullen can be happy with his weekend’s work nonetheless, reaching the Semi-Final stage of the European Tour for the second time this year, and posting the highest average of the competition – 113.77 in the second round.

Elsewhere, Simon Whitlock put in a strong run to reach the quarter-finals, whilst Sweden’s Dennis Nilsson saw his dream debut on the European stage brought to an end in the final eight by Meulenkamp.

Sunday September 24th

Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm BST)

Third Round
90.02 Peter Wright 6-4 Ronny Huybrechts 88.11
93.93 Jelle Klaasen 6-4 Peter Jacques 84.90
92.83 Dennis Nilsson 6-5 Dave Chisnall 91.70
96.20 Ron Meulenkamp 6-3 Josh Payne 88.72
102.12 Mensur Suljovic 5-6 Gerwyn Price 100.21
97.51 Kim Huybrechts 6-5 Ian White 100.58
88.55 Alan Norris 3-6 Joe Cullen 94.61
99.82 Simon Whitlock 6-1 Mervyn King 92.88

Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm BST)

Quarter-Finals
94.26 Peter Wright 6-4 Jelle Klaasen 93.64
85.50 Dennis Nilsson 2-6 Ron Meulenkamp 99.75
99.04 Gerwyn Price 4-6 Kim Huybrechts 99,79
98.82 Joe Cullen 6-3 Simon Whitlock 91.89

Semi-Finals
103.65 Peter Wright 6-3 Ron Meulenkamp 105.89
90.99 Kim Huybrechts 6-2 Joe Cullen 94.82

Final
102.65 Peter Wright 6-5 Kim Huybrechts 92,44

Friday September 22nd

First Round
90.18 Brendan Dolan 6-0 Andy Hamilton 70.97
99.36 Steve Lennon 6-2 Simon Stevenson 93.74
95.04 Darren Webster 6-4 Luke Woodhouse 88.60
89.68 Justin Pipe 5-6 Christian Kist 92.29
86.92 Dragutin Horvat 3-6 Chris Quantock 91.49
90.63 Dimitri Van den Bergh 4-6 William O’Connor 89.08
87.64 Ron Meulenkamp 6-1 Mick McGowan 85.15
83.63 Bernd Roith 4-6 Josh Payne 87.85
80.71 John Michael 6-3 Nandor Bezzeg 74.23
86.02 Keegan Brown 6-4 Michael Plooy 86.57
90.63 Max Hopp 6-4 Mark Webster 89,50
89.27 Ted Evetts 4-6 Ronny Huybrechts 94.10
85.19 Vincent van der Voort 4-6 Peter Jacques 85.75
86.74 Martin Schindler 3-6 Richie Corner 89.54
86.98 Dennis Nilsson 6-5 Steve Beaton 93.29
91.39 Jerry Hendriks 1-6 Kyle Anderson 100.59

Saturday September 23rd

Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm BST)

Second Round
100.84 Gerwyn Price 6-4 Steve Lennon 93.61
93.85 Ian White 6-3 Keegan Brown 87.26
97.13 Jelle Klaasen 6-4 Brendan Dolan 88.84
92.23 Mervyn King 6-2 John Michael 94.23
99.74 Kim Huybrechts 6-1 Christian Kist 89.64
82.40 Cristo Reyes 4-6 Ronny Huybrechts 94.24
90.91 Benito van de Pas 2-6 Peter Jacques 97.55
113.77 Joe Cullen 6-1 Richie Corner 91.66

Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm BST)

100.21 Dave Chisnall 6-4 Darren Webster 93.74
100.91 Daryl Gurney 5-6 Dennis Nilsson 92.19
90.31 Michael Smith 3-6 Ron Meulenkamp 82.86
88.22 Peter Wright 6-2 Chris Quantock 87.31
92.82 Rob Cross 4-6 Josh Payne 94.39
102.32 Mensur Suljovic 6-3 William O’Connor 96.00
105.06 Alan Norris 6-1 Max Hopp 87.91
100.95 Simon Whitlock 6-4 Kyle Anderson 94.97

 

Template - Date: Mensur Mania Hits Cardiff

MENSUR SULJOVIC claimed the first televised title of his career with a brilliant 11-9 success over Gary Anderson in the Unibet Champions League of Darts final in Cardiff on Sunday night.

The world number seven had won through to only his second TV final with a series of outstanding performances throughout the weekend in the BBC-televised event – despite being the 40/1 pre-tournament outsider with Unibet.

The 45-year-old opened the tournament with a 10-3 group stage win over Anderson and also saw off Peter Wright and Dave Chisnall to book a spot in the semi-finals. There, Suljovic took out a stunning 160 checkout to seal an 11-9 win over Raymond van Barneveld as he secured his place in the decider.

The final proved an equally close affair, before the Austrian emotionally closed out an 11-9 victory to claim the £100,000 title. Anderson – who ended Phil Taylor’s title defence in the semi-finals – led 2-0 and 3-1 before Suljovic took out 116 and 118 in a run of five successive legs to move 6-3 up.

Anderson then took three in a row to level at six-all, finished an 11-darter to square the game in the 16th leg and took out 80 with two double tops in leg 18 as the final went to a three-leg shoot-out. His favourite double 14 moved Suljovic 9-8 up, before three missed doubles from Anderson allowed his rival back in to seal victory by hitting the same bed.

Suljovic’s fairytale story comes only weeks after the birth of his second child, a daughter Ema, and saw the Serbian-born ace emotionally drop to his knees on stage as he celebrated the success.

“I feel perfect,” said Suljovic. “I never thought I could win this tournament. “Gary is a brilliant player, a gentleman and I’ve got so much respect for him but I played well and I never gave up.

I played well and was focused on my game but I never thought I could beat Gary twice. “I couldn’t dream of being in the semi-finals but I gave it my best and fought so hard. I was so happy to get to the final against the best players in the world.”

Anderson had bounced back from his opening loss to Suljovic by overcoming Dave Chisnall on Saturday night before surviving eight missed match darts from Peter Wright in their Sunday afternoon shoot-out to claim a semi-final place with a 10-9 triumph.

He then ended Taylor’s title defence at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff with an 11-6 triumph in the last four, with the reigning champion taking out 102 and 121 in the opening two legs only to see Anderson win eight in a row on his way to victory.

However, Suljovic again enjoyed victory as he denied Anderson the £100,000 title, with the Scot admitting: “Mensur has been brilliant and you can see how much it means to him.

“He’s been phenomenal for the last two years and he’s been the best player this weekend. He deserves it – he’s been the player of the tournament and smashed the lot of us. “It’s been a great event. It’s a couple of weeks since I won in Perth and I got better as the event went on.

I struggled against Mensur, then played better on Saturday evening and played well today. “I did alright in the final and I’d have loved to have made it ten-all and then see what happened in the last leg, but I had three clear darts at double ten and made a complete mess of it, so we’ll never know.”

Taylor had topped Group A after defeating World Champion Michael van Gerwen 10-9 in their decisive final round-robin fixture, coming from 2-0 down to book his spot in the last four.

However, Anderson proved too strong as he won their repeat of the 2015 World Championship final.

“I’ve enjoyed the whole weekend but I didn’t have the energy levels to beat Gary,” admitted Taylor. “It’s great to play one game per day, but this is gruelling for me.

“Gary seemed to follow me in but I missed a few doubles and the one I’ve learned over the years with Gary is that you’ve got to put him under pressure and I couldn’t – I didn’t have the energy.

“I was trying so hard but it didn’t seem to go in. I’ve loved it in Cardiff and it’s been a great event.”

The third staging of the Unibet Champions League of Darts will take place on September 22-23 2018, live on BBC Sport.

Unibet Champions League of Darts

Sunday September 17th (1pm & 6.30pm)

Dave Chisnall 5-10 Mensur Suljovic
Gary Anderson 10-9 Peter Wright
Adrian Lewis 2-10 Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen 9-10 Phil Taylor

Semi-Finals
Mensur Suljovic 11-9 Raymond van Barneveld
Phil Taylor 6-11 Gary Anderson

Final
Mensur Suljovic 11-9 Gary Anderson

Prize Fund

Winner £100,000
Runner-Up £50,000
Semi-Finalists £25,000
Third In Group £15,000
Fourth In Group £10,000
Total £250,000

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German youngster Schindler won through to his first Development Tour final, surpassing his run to the Event Two semi-finals earlier in 2017 with some fine form in Sunday’s opening event. 

After seeing off Austria’s Rowby-John Rodriguez 4-2 in his opening game, Schindler then saw off Bradley Brooks, Sam Carter, Callum Goffin and Kenny Neyens to reach the last eight.

There, he defeated Ireland’s Steve Lennon 5-2 before repeating the scoreline against fellow German Nico Ziemann in the semi-finals, and he also lost just two legs as he took victory in the final against Van Tergouw. Van Tergouw has shown his promise over the last 12 months, and reached two semi-finals on the Development Tour weekend in Germany in May before making his European Tour debut a fortnight ago in the Dutch Darts Masters.

The 17-year-old defeated Justin Bradshaw and Reece Kiley before overcoming Josh McCarthy in a deciding leg, before picking up a pair of 4-1 wins against Rob Hewson and Callum Loose as he reached the quarter-finals. There, he saw off Ronnie Roberts 5-3 before dropping just two legs against Harry Ward in the semi-finals, only to see Schindler deny him a first Development Tour title.

Following wins for Dimitri Van den Bergh and Mike van Duivenbode in Saturday’s double-header, a further two £10,000 tournaments for players aged 16-23 conclude the year’s fourth weekend.

Luke Humphries won the final event of the weekend with a 5-1 win over Ryan Meikle.

Saturday:

The fourth of five Development Tour weekends of the year began as Belgian ace Van den Bergh claimed his third title of 2017 with victory in Event 13.

The Belgian ace has previously won nine events since 2013 on the PDC’s youth system, and moved into double figures as he defeated Griffin in a deciding leg in the final. After opening Event 13 with 4-1 wins over Scott Dale and Dawson Murschell, he overcame Adam Smith-Neale 4-2 and then dropped just leg in defeating George Andrew to reach the last eight.

There, he saw off Justin Smith 5-3 before repeating that scoreline in the semi-finals against Adam Hunt, and although Griffin shared the final’s opening eight legs it was Van den Bergh who claimed the deciding leg and the £2,000 first prize. Griffin won through to his first Development Tour final since 2015 as he defeated Luke Nelson, Jack Vincent, Ronnie Roberts, Berry van Peer, Luke Humphries and Harry Ward.

Van den Bergh was within touching distance of a daily double as he won through to the Event 14 final against Van Duivenbode, only for the Dutchman to take a 5-3 win in the decider as he claimed his second title of the year. Van Duivenbode defeated Dylan Powell, Sean Johnson, Rob Hewson and William Borland for the loss of only four legs as he reached the quarter-finals.

He then defeated fellow countryman Justin van Tergouw 5-2 in the last eight and saw off Austrian ace Rowby-John Rodriguez 5-3 to reach the final, where he repeated the scoreline to take the £2,000 top prize. Van den Bergh saw off Rusty-Jake Rodriguez, George Killington, Rhys Hayden, Ryan Meikle, Adam Hunt and Christian Bunse as he claimed a spot in a second final of the day during a memorable run of form.

German youngster Bunse joined Rowby-John Rodriguez in the last four, while Hunt, Van Tergouw, Sven Groen and Berry van Peer completed a cosmopolitan line-up in the last eight. Sunday sees Event 15 and Event 16 complete the Development Tour double-header weekend in Barnsley, with a further £20,000 in prize money on offer.

PDC Unicorn Development Tour – Event 13

Last 16
Lee Budgen 4-3 Rhys Hayden
Harry Ward 4-1 Nathan Rafferty
Luke Humphries 4-1 Berry van Peer
Rhys Griffin 4-2 Sam Hewson
Adam Hunt 4-1 Andrew Davidson
Jarred Cole 4-3 Dan Read
Dimitri Van den Bergh 4-1 George Andrew
Justin Smith 4-3 Jeffrey de Zwaan

Quarter-Finals
Harry Ward 5-2 Lee Budgen
Rhys Griffin 5-2 Luke Humphries
Adam Hunt 5-1 Jarred Cole
Dimitri Van den Bergh 5-3 Justin Smith

Semi-Finals
Rhys Griffin 5-3 Harry Ward
Dimitri Van den Bergh 5-3 Adam Hunt

Final
Dimitri Van den Bergh 5-4 Rhys Griffin

PDC Unicorn Development Tour – Event 14

Last 16
Dimitri Van den Bergh 4-2 Ryan Meikle
Adam Hunt 4-3 Jake Jones
Christian Bunse 4-0 Brian Raman
Berry van Peer 4-1 Jimmy Hendriks
Sven Groen 4-1 Lee Budgen
Rowby-John Rodriguez 4-1 Nathan Rafferty
Justin van Tergouw 4-1 Matthew Moore
Mike van Duivenbode 4-1 William Borland

Quarter-Finals
Dimitri Van den Bergh 5-4 Adam Hunt
Christian Bunse 5-4 Berry van Peer
Rowby-John Rodriguez 5-3 Sven Groen
Mike van Duivenbode 5-2 Justin van Tergouw

Semi-Finals
Dimitri Van den Bergh 5-1 Christian Bunse 
Rowby-John Rodriguez 3-5 Mike van Duivenbode 

Final
Dimitri Van den Bergh 3-5 Mike van Duivenbode 

PDC Unicorn Development Tour – Event 15

Last 16
Luke Humphries 4-3 Mike De Decker
Harry Ward 4-2 Joe Davis
Ronnie Roberts 4-1 Joe Twin
Justin van Tergouw 4-1 Callum Loose
Dawson Murschell 4-3 Jimmy Hendriks
Nico Ziemann 4-3 Berry van Peer
Martin Schindler 4-1 Kenny Neyens
Steve Lennon 4-1 Geert Nentjes

Quarter-Finals
Harry Ward 5-4 Luke Humphries
Justin van Tergouw 5-3 Ronnie Roberts
Nico Ziemann 5-3 Dawson Murschell
Martin Schindler 5-2 Steve Lennon

Semi-Finals
Justin van Tergouw 5-2 Harry Ward
Martin Schindler 5-2 Nico Ziemann

Final
Martin Schindler 5-2 Justin van Tergouw

PDC Unicorn Development Tour – Event 16

Last 16
Adam Hunt 4-Kenny Neyens
Dimitri Van den Bergh 4-Rhys Griffin
Dan Read 4-Mike De Decker
Luke Humphries 4-Thomas King
Steve Lennon 4-Scott Dale
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 4-Nico Blum
Harry Ward 4-Jake Jones
Ryan Meikle 4-Kevin De Vries

Quarter-Finals
Dimitri Van den Bergh 5-Adam Hunt
Luke Humphries 5-Dan Read
Steve Lennon 5-Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Ryan Meikle 5-Harry Ward

Semi-Finals
Luke Humphries 5-Dimitri Van den Bergh
Ryan Meikle 5-Steve Lennon

Final
Luke Humphries 5-1 Ryan Meikle

For the Full Table CLICK HERE

This weekend’s events in Barnsley will be followed on November 4-5 by Events 17-20 at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan, which will be followed on Monday November 6 by the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship last 64.

Template - Date: German Darts Grand Prix

The World Champion followed up last weekend’s Dutch Darts Masters victory on his return from a month’s break by claiming the £25,000 title at the Maimarkhalle in Mannheim with an imperious display.

Van Gerwen had opened the weekend with a ruthless whitewash of Richard North as he averaged 111 in Saturday’s second round, before seeing off Gerwyn Price 6-2 to book his spot in the quarter-finals. He then averaged 102.56 in a 6-1 quarter-final defeat of fellow Dutchman Jelle Klaasen before punishing 11 missed doubles from Simon Whitlock to record another whitewash as he booked his spot in the decider, where he again averaged 111.

After Van Gerwen opened the final with a 180, both players missed the bull before Cross returned on double eight to hold throw. Van Gerwen levelled in style by taking out 127 for a 12-darter, with Cross finishing 111 to hold in the third after the Dutchman missed double 14 to check out 145.

The World Champion landed a maximum and tops for a 13-darter to square the game in the fourth, but was unable to finish 104 in the fifth as Cross escaped from five missed doubles by landing double five to lead 3-2. A missed bull for a 127 finish in the sixth from Cross allowed Van Gerwen to avoid a possible break as double 16 saw the world number one square the game once more.

Van Gerwen then secured the crucial break himself to move 4-3 up, opening leg seven with a 180 before taking out 76 for an 11-darter to lead for the first time. The Dutchman then backed that up with a superb 12-darter, opening once more with a maximum before taking out 101 on double 16 for a 5-3, lead before a 110 checkout sealed a brilliant win.

“When you play well and win it’s a fantastic feeling,” said Van Gerwen, who lost only six legs during the event. “I think I deserved the win and I’m really happy. “I started off with a 111 average and finished with a 111 average so that’s not too bad!

“Rob was the player who gave me the biggest game and it was difficult to break his throw, but my scoring power was there and my will to win was there, and that makes me the champion today.

“I’m sure I’m going to have more good clashes against Rob, he’s broken through this year and he’s doing really well. He’s going to be one of the big superstars.”

Cross’ remarkable rise in 2017, which has included two Players Championship titles, continued as he won through to his first European Tour final with a series of outstanding performances in Mannheim. He followed up Saturday’s 103.81 average in a 6-3 second round win over Jan Dekker with a stunning 109.10 average as he stormed past Mensur Suljovic 6-2 in Sunday afternoon’s third round.

He then overcame Ian White 6-2 with the aid of a 105.89 average in the quarter-finals and averaged 102.87 in a 6-3 semi-final defeat of Benito van de Pas.

“I played well this week and I really enjoyed it,” said Cross. “I lost my way a bit in the last four legs, but I can’t take anything away from Michael. “That’s why he’s there and the experience he’s got is vast, but it won’t be long before I catch him up there. I’m going to be there.”

The next PDC European Tour event will be the HappyBet International Darts Open in Riesa from September 22-24, with £135,000 in prize money on offer in the year’s 11th tournament. For tickets, visit www.pdc-europe.tv

HappyBet German Darts Grand Prix

Sunday September 10th
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm BST)

Third Round
92.39 Mensur Suljovic 2-6 Rob Cross 109.10
92.41 Daryl Gurney 5-6 Ian White 94.61
92.46 Darren Webster 2-6 Benito van de Pas 94.81
86.33 Ronny Huybrechts 0-6 Vincent van der Voort 96.97
96.09 Simon Whitlock 6-3 Nathan Aspinall 91.71
89.46 Michael Smith 6-1 Joe Cullen 86.04
88.09 Kyle Anderson 1-6 Jelle Klaasen 92.58
98.68 Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Gerwyn Price 93.40

Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm BST)

Quarter-Finals
105.89 Rob Cross 6-2 Ian White 96.14
84.78 Benito van de Pas 6-5 Vincent van der Voort 90.24
85.66 Simon Whitlock 6-1 Michael Smith 90.46
92.82 Jelle Klaasen 1-6 Michael van Gerwen 102.56

Semi-Finals
102.87 Rob Cross 6-3 Benito van de Pas 95.85
92.10 Simon Whitlock 0-6 Michael van Gerwen 100.20

Final
93.38 Rob Cross 3-6 Michael van Gerwen 111.00

Full Results & Schedule of Play

Friday September 8th

First Round
83.70 Paul Rowley 3-6 Tony Martinez 93.04
86.37 Jamie Caven 6-4 Max Hopp 81.19
87.04 Jan Dekker 6-3 Mickey Mansell 92.14
84.21 Michael Plooy 4-6 Jermaine Wattimena 87.49
86.21 Mick Todd 3-6 Richard North 86.00
97.20 Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Bernd Roith 94.63
101.13 Darren Webster 6-5 Ryan Meikle 96.14
91.38 Ronny Huybrechts 6-3 Zoran Lerchbacher 89.56
78.77 Michael Hurtz 1-6 Daniel Larsson 87.30
94.89 Jamie Lewis 6-5 Andy Boulton 95.60
87.55 James Richardson 2-6 Keegan Brown 88.16
95.64 Krzysztof Ratajski 6-4 Robert Owen 103.23
90.63 Jamie Bain 6-4 Steve Beaton 89.42
88.62 Vincent van der Voort 6-2 Andrew Gilding 84.88
100.85 Dirk van Duijvenbode 4-6 Kyle Anderson 101.44
94.69 Martin Schindler 3-6 Mick McGowan 94.85

Saturday September 9th

Second Round
95.42 Ian White 6-4 Jermaine Wattimena 96.70
108.30 Joe Cullen 6-3 Tony Martinez 93.00
97.94 Benito van de Pas 6-2 Jamie Caven 92.72
103.81 Rob Cross 6-3 Jan Dekker 97.98
97.74 Dave Chisnall 2-6 Nathan Aspinall 89.20
99.54 Mervyn King 5-6 Vincent van der Voort 101.07
91.46 Gerwyn Price 6-3 Krzysztof Ratajski 89.89
84.54 Jelle Klaasen 6-4 Jamie Bain 93.58
75.45 Alan Norris 3-6 Darren Webster 83.35
96.45 Kim Huybrechts 4-6 Kyle Anderson 102.17
87.52 Mensur Suljovic 6-1 Mick McGowan 79.53
96.74 Peter Wright 2-6 Ronny Huybrechts 96.40
111.33 Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Richard North 79.50
97.96 Daryl Gurney 6-1 Keegan Brown 88.70
90.26 Michael Smith 6-5 Jamie Lewis 99.57
80.87 Simon Whitlock 6-2 Daniel Larsson 68.15

 

 

Template - Date: PDC Challenge Tours W/E

Wayne Jones won the first of the final 2 Challenge Tour events on Sunday with a 5-3 win over Stuart Kellett to confirm his Merit Table Win and earn a 2 year PDC Tour Card.

Mark Dudbridge was confirmed as Runner Up and also wins a 2 year PDC Tour Card, Peter Hudson and Gary Stone were Semi Finalists. The Winner and Runner Up on this years CTOoM table receive a 2 year PDC Tour Card and mementos of their achievement.

Players listed No 3 – No 8 receive a FREE Q-School place. In the days second and final Challenge Tour event of 2017, Alan Tabern took the final event with a 5-3 win over Adam Smith-Neale.

Wayne Jones 2017 PDC UNICORN Challenge Tour Merit Table Winner

Mark Dudbridge 2017 PDC UNICORN Challenge Tour Merit Table Runner Up

Top 8 of the final CTOoM Table

1 Jones, Wayne £10,300 Tour Card
2 Dudbridge, Mark £6,500 Tour Card
3 Humphries, Luke £5,700 FREE QS
4 Jacques, Peter £5,550 FRRE QS
5 Dyer, Aaron £5,400 FREE QS
6 Tabern, Alan £5,200 FREE QS
7 Frost, Mark £4,050 FREE QS
8 McDine, Kevin £3,950 FREE QS

For the full and final table CLICK HERE

Saturday 9th September
Robin Park, Tennis Centre, Wigan

PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour 17

For Full Results CLICK HERE

Quarter Finals
Adam Smith-Neale 5-Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Peter Jacques 5-Arjan Konterman
Paul Phillips 4-5 Wayne Jones
Adam Huckvale 5-Ian Withers

Semi Finals
Adam Smith-Neale 4-5 Peter Jacques 
Wayne Jones 5-2 Adam Huckvale 

Final
Peter Jacques 5-2 Wayne Jones

PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour 18

For Full Results CLICK HERE

Quarter Finals
Jay Foreman 5-Francis Carragher
Nick Fullwell 5-Matthew Edgar
Wayne Jones 5-Mark Dudbridge
Kevin Edwards 5-Lee Evans

Semi Finals
Jay Foreman 3-5 Nick Fullwell
Wayne Jones 4-5 Kevin Edwards 

Final
Nick Fullwell 5-4 Kevin Edwards

Sunday 10th September
Robin Park, Tennis Centre, Wigan

PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour 19

For Full Results CLICK HERE

Quarter Finals
Stuart Kellett 5-Paul Phillips
Peter Hudson 5-Martin Lukeman
Gary Stone 5-Sam Head
Wayne Jones 5-Craig Gilchrist

Semi Finals
Stuart Kellett 5-Peter Hudson
Wayne Jones 5-Gary Stone

Final
Stuart Kellett 3-5 Wayne Jones

PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour 20

For Full Results CLICK HERE

Quarter Finals
Alan Tabern 5-Barry Lynn
Diogo Portela 5-Kevin Edwards
Luke Humphries 5-1Martin Lukeman
Adam Smith-Neale 5-Warrick Scheffer

Semi Finals
Alan Tabern 5-3 Diogo Portela
Luke Humphries 3-5 Adam Smith-Neale 

Final
Alan Tabern 5-3 Adam Smith-Neale

Template - Date: PDC Q-School Information

Full details of the Qualifying School will be announced in due course, however for clarity for players the two events will be split between European players and players from the UK, Ireland and Rest of the World.

The UK Qualifying School at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan.

Will be open to players from the UK, Ireland and Rest of the World (non-European countries).

The European Qualifying School will be open to players who are citizens of European nations including:

Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine.

For the current 2018 PDC Q-School details, which will be added to when announced go to the PDC Q-School area on the website CLICK HERE

Further details will be announced at www.pdc.tv and www.pdpa.co.uk

  

 

Template - Date: Dutch Darts Masters

The World Champion marked his return to action follow a month’s break by claiming his fourth European Tour title of 2017 and a £25,000 top prize in front of over 5,000 delighted Dutch fans at the MECC.

Having begun his challenge with a second round win over Jeffrey de Zwaan on Saturday evening, Van Gerwen averaged 107.60 in a dominant 6-1 defeat of Kyle Anderson in Sunday afternoon’s third round. He then edged out Daryl Gurney 6-5 in the quarter-finals, with the game’s opening ten legs all going with throw before the Dutchman produced the decisive break in the 11th leg by finishing 76 for a 12-darter with the Northern Irish ace waiting on 40.

Van Gerwen came from two legs down to win 6-2 against Michael Smith in the semi-finals, with the former World Youth Champion opening with legs of 11 and 14 darts but paying for missed doubles in leg three as the home favourite swept to victory. He then finished 80 and a 13-darter to lead 2-0 in the final against Beaton, who replied by taking out 52 for a 14-darter in leg three only to see the Dutchman pull clear.

A 70 finish restored Van Gerwen’s cushion, a 12-darter broke and double one moved him 5-1 up before he landed a third 180 of the final and took out 77 to seal the title. He added: “You know when you play Steve you have to do the right things at the right moments, make sure you are on him straight away and keep him under pressure and that’s exactly what I did – but he’s been on the tour for so long and is fantastic.”

Beaton had won through the UK Qualifier just to secure a spot in Maastricht but showed some superb form as he searched for his second ranking title of the year and a first European Tour victory since 2013. Wins over German youngsters Nico Blum and Martin Schindler sandwiched a defeat of third seed Mensur Suljovic as Beaton moved into the quarter-finals, where he was a 6-2 victor against John Henderson with a 103 average.

He also averaged over 101 as he ended Peter Wright’s bid for a fifth European Tour title of the year with a 6-4 semi-final triumph, storming into leads of 2-0 and 4-1 before holding off the world number three’s fightback. However, Beaton was unable to get the better of Van Gerwen as the Dutchman denied the 53-year-old a second European Tour victory.

Wright had begun his challenge in Maastricht with a borrowed set of darts after his luggage failed to arrive in the Netherlands, but overcame Rob Cross and Krzysztof Ratajski on Sunday to reach the last four. Smith, May’s Gibraltar Darts Trophy winner, saw off Joe Cullen in the third round and then edged out Robert Owen 6-5 in the quarter-finals, taking out a 14-darter with the Welshman waiting on 32.

Owen’s run in Maastricht had seen him reach his first European Tour quarter-final – and only his second last eight finish on the PDC circuit – as he overcame Simon Whitlock 6-4 in the third round, sealing that win with a 136 checkout. Polish star Ratajski, an ever-present on the European Tour so far this year, also won through to his first quarter-final by producing an outstanding display against Christian Kist in the third round, averaging almost 105.

Northern Ireland’s Gurney and Scottish ace Henderson, both former European Tour finalists, completed the quarter-final line-up in the first of three £135,000 events being held during September.

Next weekend sees the HappyBet German Darts Grand Prix take place in Mannheim, Germany, with 48 players competing from September 8-10 for £135,000 in prize money. For ticket information, visit www.pdc-europe.tv

Sunday September 3rd

Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm BST)

Third Round
107.60 Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Kyle Anderson 100.96
84.40 Nathan Aspinall 2-6 Daryl Gurney 88.50
93.23 Michael Smith 6-2 Joe Cullen 89.62
86.13 Simon Whitlock 4-6 Robert Owen 91.19
92.84 Peter Wright 6-3 Rob Cross 94.48
91.88 Christian Kist 1-6 Krzysztof Ratajski 104.58
95.23 John Henderson 2-6 Mike De Decker 89.26
99.10 Steve Beaton 6-4 Martin Schindler 92.80

Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm BST)

Quarter-Finals
104.13 Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Daryl Gurney 94.47
89.76 Michael Smith 6-5 Robert Owen 90.64
91.42 Peter Wright 6-3 Krzysztof Ratajski 90.02
94.43 John Henderson 2-6 Steve Beaton 102.62

Semi-Finals
100.42 Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Michael Smith 104.12
95.27 Peter Wright 4-6 Steve Beaton 101.26

Final
99.59 Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Steve Beaton 98.54

Other Results/Averages

Friday September 1st

First Round
84.82 Jamie Bain 0-6 Robert Owen 85.89
84.18 Ryan Searle 5-6 Steve West 87.96
88.27 Darren Webster 5-6 Jim Walker 90.49
90.69 Chris Quantock 4-6 Martin Schindler 88.34
88.59 Justin van Tergouw 5-6 Christian Kist 89.64
95.66 Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Ulf Ceder 86.96
87.85 Richard North 3-6 Mike De Decker 96.00
91.31 Kirk Shepherd 6-4 Max Hopp 100.01
91.41 Steve Lennon 0-6 Krzysztof Ratajski 102.48
81.65 Harry Robinson 2-6 Jamie Lewis 95.58
88.69 Ronny Huybrechts 4-6 John Henderson 90.51
89.78 James Wilson 3-6 Rowby-John Rodriguez 94.40
99.94 Justin Pipe 4-6 Kyle Anderson 108.96
92.03 John Michael 4-6 Jeffrey de Zwaan 91.63
80.32 Nico Blum 4-6 Steve Beaton 85.60
89.20 Jimmy Hendriks 6-5 Rene Berndt 100.69

Saturday September 2nd

Second Round
88.33 Cristo Reyes 5-6 Robert Owen 92.38
92.60 Alan Norris 5-6 Mike De Decker 87.66
105.58 Rob Cross 6-1 Jamie Lewis 93.60
90.07 Jelle Klaasen 3-6 Krzysztof Ratajski 97.11
96.73 Gerwyn Price 5-6 Martin Schindler 92.85
100.80 Ian White 3-6 John Henderson 104.30
96.43 Joe Cullen 6-5 Jimmy Hendriks 86.44
103.01 Mervyn King 3-6 Kyle Anderson 100.71
88.28 Benito van de Pas 1-6 Nathan Aspinall 102.24
102.80 Daryl Gurney 2-6 Steve West 95.78
101.75 Simon Whitlock 6-4 Kirk Shepherd 98.40
99.66 Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Jeffrey de Zwaan 88.01
87.13 Peter Wright 6-5 Jim Walker  83.54
90.96 Kim Huybrechts 4-6 Christian Kist 94.39
87.15 Michael Smith 6-2 Rowby-John Rodriguez 79.42
89.78 Mensur Suljovic 3-6 Steve Beaton 86.78

Sunday September 3rd

Third Round
107.60 Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Kyle Anderson 100.96
84.40 Nathan Aspinall 2-6 Daryl Gurney 88.50
93.23 Michael Smith 6-2 Joe Cullen 89.62
86.13 Simon Whitlock 4-6 Robert Owen 91.19
92.84 Peter Wright 6-3 Rob Cross 94.48
91.88 Christian Kist 1-6 Krzysztof Ratajski 104.58
95.23 John Henderson 2-6 Mike De Decker 89.26
99.10 Steve Beaton 6-4 Martin Schindler 92.80

Prize Fund:

Winner: £25,000
Runner-up: £10,000
Semi-Finalists: £6,000
Quarter-Finalists: £4,000
Last 16 losers: £3,000
Last 32 losers: £2,000
Last 48 losers: £1,000
Total: £135,000

Template - Date: PDPA Health and Fitness with Sean Porter

It is our intention to look at every aspect of our members wellbeing, further to other projects we will have on offer for our members, we have also looked at all aspects of health in our sport.

We all have a heavy workload at events with travelling, practice, long days, staying in hotels and the nutrition on offer.

Due to this we are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Sean Porter ‘Health & Fitness’ to give us all some advice and guidance directly related to the lifestyle of a professional dart player.

Sean will provide all of our members with nutrition & exercise guidance on a regular & frequent basis. These will be here on the website and will be sent directly to each member.

Sean truly believe’s that maintaining a standard of health & fitness is the key factor for anyone wishing to achieve all that is possible in their profession.

Good quality nutrition, food choices & exercise habits will all be available on the PDPA website on a regular basis so take advantage of this opportunity which could help you

As an extra benefit & added service, any member looking to gain further support will be welcome to contact Sean for one-to-one coaching & individual guidance. Monthly tips will be available on the PDPA website, Social Media & will also be sent to all members.

Sean is committed and very much looking forward to beginning this journey with you. Look out for more information on this service on the PDPA website very soon.

 

‘Coming Soon, message from Sean’

I am delighted to announce that i will now be working as a partner with the PDPA to provide all of its members with Nutritional and Exercise guidance on a regular and frequent basis.

Have a go, you never know where it can take.

The PDPA