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THE 2018 Junior Darts Corporation’s Modus UK Tour continues on Saturday with Event Three at The Cueball Club in Derby.

The home of the Jamie Caven Darts Academy will host the junior stars as they compete in the third of eight tour events this year ahead of the Grand Finals in Bristol in December. Junior players aged from ten-18 will compete in the remaining six one-day events during the year leading up to the WDS Associates Junior World Championship.

The season began on Saturday February 17 at the George Albert Hotel in Dorchester, with events in Derby, South Benfleet, Chorlton, Exeter, Solihull and Wolverhampton still to come. Brad Phillips will be looking to make it a hat-trick of wins having claimed the opening two events in Dorchester and Worcester.

Among previous winners of the Derby event is Jim Moston, who became JDC European Champion in 2016. “We always look forward to Derby, The Cueball Club has great facilities and there is always a good turnout,” said Darren Barson, Director at the JDC.

“The tour is starting to take shape as we move into the middle part of the year. There is so much to play for on the JDC tour and the standard keeps on rising all the time.”

Victory in one of the Modus UK Junior Darts Tour events will guarantee a player a spot in the WDS Associates Junior World Darts Championship field in December. Further places will also be available to eight players from the JDC Academy Order of Merit, based on the nationwide academies which players compete in during the year.

In addition to securing places in the Junior World Championship, the top three players on the final UK Tour Order of Merit will also win a PDPA Scholarship to compete on the 2019 PDC Unicorn Development Tour. For further information about the JDC, please visit www.juniordarts.com or follow @JDCDarts on Twitter.

2018 Modus UK Junior Darts Tour

Event Three – April 28th

Cueball Club, Derby

Event Four – June 2nd

Rileys South Benfleet

Event Five – July 14th

Rileys Chorlton

Event Six – September 15th

Dart Locker, Exeter

Event Seven – October 27th

Rileys Solihull

Event Eight – November 10th

Rileys Wolverhampton

Grand Finals – December 14th-18th

Bristol

Junior World Championship final to be played on stage at Alexandra Palace during 2018/2019 William Hill World Darts Championship.

Entry fee £5 per event for JDC Members, £10 per event for Non-Members.

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JONNY CLAYTON secured his maiden PDC European Tour title with an 8-5 defeat of Gerwyn Price in Sunday’s Austrian Darts Open final in Graz.

The Welshman had picked up his first PDC tournament win in October 2017, and had to wait just six months to taste glory once more as he scooped the £25,000 title.

The tournament’s first visit to the Steiermarkhalle in Graz had looked set to see a home victory as Austria’s Mensur Suljovic soared into the semi-finals.

Clayton, though, denied the Champions League of Darts winner with a gutsy 7-6 triumph in their last four meeting, before overcoming Price in an all-Welsh final.

2018 Austrian Darts Open

Sunday April 22nd

Third Round
Michael Smith 6-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Joe Cullen 6-3 Mervyn King
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Wayne Jones
Rob Cross 6-5 Steve Beaton
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Darren Webster
Mensur Suljovic 6-3 Cristo Reyes
Ian White 6-3 Simon Whitlock
Jonny Clayton 6-3 James Wade

Quarter-Finals
Joe Cullen 6-2 Michael Smith
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Rob Cross
Mensur Suljovic 6-1 Daryl Gurney
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Ian White

Semi-Finals
Gerwyn Price 7-6 Joe Cullen
Jonny Clayton 7-6 Mensur Suljovic

Final
Gerwyn Price 5-8 Jonny Clayton

Template - Date: German Darts Open ET3

GERMANY’S MAX HOPP won his first ever PDC European Tour title with a dramatic last leg victory over Michael Smith to lift the German Darts Open trophy in Saarbrucken.

In a fairy-tale run, the 2015 PDC World Youth Champion beat a number of top stars on his way to the £25,000 first prize. With over 3,000 home fans cheering him to victory, the young German dug deep and produced some dramatic finishing to secure an incredible comeback win in a historical moment for the sport.

The 21-year-old, who come through Thursday’s (April 12) home nation qualifiers, started his campaign with a convincing victory over Zoran Lerchbacher, and then saw off reigning champion Peter Wright on Saturday.

And on the final day, he came through a gruelling encounter with 2017 finalist Benito van de Pas, squeezed past Joe Cullen and then beat reigning World Champion Rob Cross with a stunning 121 checkout in a last leg decider to reach the final.

Sunday April 15th
Quarter-Finals
Michael Van Gerwen 2-6 Ian White
Mervyn King 5-6 Michael Smith
Max Hopp 6-4 Joe Cullen
Gerwyn Price 1-6 Rob Cross

Semi-Finals
Ian White 1-7 Michael Smith
Max Hopp 7-6 Rob Cross

Final
Michael Smith 7-8 Max Hopp

Format
All games up to and including the quarter-finals are the best of 11 legs, with the semi-finals the best of 13 legs and the final the best of 15 legs. Sunday’s games played in Draw Bracket order.

Template - Date: Bristow’s Darts Life

Arguably the sport’s first superstar player, Bristow, 60, was World Champion five times between 1980-1986 and also won five World Masters titles during an outstanding career. Bristow was one of the founder players when the PDC (then World Darts Council) was formed in 1993 as the sport’s leading stars broke away from the British Darts Organisation.

The 60-year-old was inducted into the PDC Hall of Fame in 2005 alongside great rival John Lowe, and since retiring from competition at the end of 2007 remained a popular figure on the exhibition circuit. Bristow also worked as a TV pundit and spotter for Sky Sports, was awarded the MBE for his services to sport in 1989 and appeared on ITV’s “I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here” in 2012.

Born in east London on April 25 1957, Bristow later relocated to Staffordshire where he proved instrumental in the development of the Phil Taylor as a sponsor and mentor during the early stages of the eventual 16-time World Champion’s career.

Taylor went on to defeat Bristow in the 1990 World Championship final, while a 6-0 defeat to Dennis Priestley the following year proved to be his last appearance in a televised final. His final World Championship, in 2000, was his 23rd of an illustrious career which saw him win over 70 professional titles in total.

In 1989, he married Jane Bristow with whom he had two children, Louise in 1991 and James in 1993. Bristow’s subsequent battle against dartitis was overcome briefly when he reached the semi-finals of the 1997 PDC World Championship, and after making intermittent appearances on the circuit in the following years he competed for a final time on the PDC circuit in 2007.

PDC Chairman Barry Hearn led the tributes to Bristow, stating: “Eric will always be a legend in the world of darts and British sport. He was a tremendous player and a huge character and even after his retirement fans would travel for miles to meet him and see him play.

“Eric was never afraid of controversy, but he spoke as he found and was honest and straightforward which is what people admired about him. The PDC, and the sport of darts, will miss him.”

Eric Bristow (PDC)

Here, we look back on the life of darts’ first superstar…

  • 1957 – Eric Bristow born on April 25 in London.
  • 1976 – Is given “Crafty Cockney” nickname after visiting a pub of the same name in California.
  • 1977 – Wins World Masters title, defeating Paul Reynolds 3-1 in final.
  • 1978 – Is defeated 6-3 by Conrad Daniels in the first round of the inaugural BDO World Championship.
  • 1979 – Wins second World Masters title, defeating Allan Hogg 2-0 in final.

Eric Bristow (courtesy www.mastercaller.nl)

  • 1980 – Defeats Bobby George 5-3 to win first World Championship title.
  • 1981 – Retains World Championship title with 5-3 win over John Lowe – the first player to win the event twice.
  • 1981 – Wins third World Masters, defeating Lowe 2-1 in final.
  • 1983 – Runner-up to Keith Deller in famous World Championship final.
  • 1983 – Wins News of the World Championship, defeating Ralph Flatt in final.
  • 1983 – Wins fourth World Masters, defeating Mike Gregory 2-1 in final to become first player to retain the title.
  • 1984 – Wins third World Championship, defeating Dave Whitcombe 7-1 in final.
  • 1984 – Retains News of the World Championship title with 2-0 win over Ian Robertson in final.
  • 1984 – Wins fifth World Masters title, defeating Deller 3-1 in final. This remains the most World Masters ever won by a player, with Bob Anderson and Martin Adams winning three apiece.

Eric Bristow (courtesy www.mastercaller.nl)

  • 1985 – Retains World Championship with 6-2 win over John Lowe.

Eric Bristow (courtesy www.mastercaller.nl)

  • 1986 – Wins fifth World Championship, and becomes first player to record three successive victories as he defeats Whitcombe 6-0.
  • 1987 – Loses 6-4 to John Lowe in World Championship final.
  • 1989 – Loses 6-4 to Jocky Wilson in World Championship final.
  • 1989 – Is awarded MBE for Services to Sport.
  • 1990 – Loses 6-1 to protege Phil Taylor in World Championship final.
  • 1991 – Loses 6-0 to Dennis Priestley in what would become his last World Championship final.
  • 1993 – Is one of 14 players who leave BDO to form WDC (later PDC).
  • 1997 – Reaches PDC World Championship semi-final, losing 5-4 to Taylor following a memorable renaissance.
  • 2000 – Bristow loses 3-2 to Steve Brown in first round of PDC World Championship, in what would be his final appearance in the event.

Eric Bristow & John Lowe (PDC)

  • 2004 – Plays John Lowe in curtain-raiser to The Showdown between Phil Taylor and Andy Fordham at Circus Tavern, winning 6-1.

Eric Bristow & John Lowe with Barry Hearn (PDC)

  • 2005 – Inducted into PDC Hall of Fame alongside great rival Lowe as the inaugural members.
  • 2007 – Competed in final PDC tournament, losing 5-2 to Colin McGarry in last 64 in World Championship Qualifiers.

Eric Bristow (PDC)

  • 2012 – Stars in ITV’s “I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!”, finishing fourth.
  • 2018 – Passes away on April 5 following a heart attack.

Images from 1980, 1985 and 1986 World Championship wins used with permission from www.mastercaller.nl.

Template - Date: ET 5&6 UK Qualifiers

BIRTHDAY BOY James Wade was one of seven stars who secured double qualification success for European Tour events Five and Six at the UK Qualifiers in Barnsley.

Joining Wade in the double success for the European Darts Grand Prix in Sindelfingen and the Dutch Darts Masters in Zwolle were Kyle Anderson, Stephen Bunting, Adrian Lewis, Ricky Evans, Jamie Lewis and Steve Lennon.

Former Premier League champion Wade, who turns 35 today, kicked off his qualification for the European Darts Grand Prix in Sindelfingen with victory over former Lakeside Champion Mark Webster 6-3.

He then followed this by beating 2005 World Championship finalist Mark Dudbridge to qualify. In Qualifier six, Wade saw off Jamie Caven 6-4, before a comfortable 6-3 win over Aden Kirk. Stephen Bunting landed a nine-dart leg on his way to a double qualification.

The entries for these events are at the bottom of this page and are also on the event brief page.

CLICK HERE for the Event Brief for ET 5&6 UK Qualifier.

If you qualify for any of these 2 events, you must go to the event brief for each event, for tournament information, travel, hotels and other information. SEE BELOW


CLICK HERE to go to the Event Brief for the European Darts Grand Prix, for tournament information, travel, hotels and other information.

UK Qualifiers:

Kyle Anderson, Stephen Bunting, Robert Owen. Matt Padgett, Adrian Lewis, Alan Tabern, James Wade, Arron Monk, Dawson Murschell, Ricky Evans, Steve Hine, Peter Hudson, Paul Nicholson, Jamie Caven, Andy Boulton, Jamie Lewis, Steve Lennon, Kirk Shepherd


CLICK HERE to go to the Event Brief for the Dutch Darts Masters, for tournament information, travel, hotels and other information.

UK Qualifiers:

Kyle Anderson, Stephen Bunting, Robert Owen. Matt Padgett, Adrian Lewis, Alan Tabern, James Wade, Arron Monk, Dawson Murschell, Ricky Evans, Steve Hine, Peter Hudson, Paul Nicholson, Jamie Caven, Andy Boulton, Jamie Lewis, Steve Lennon, Kirk Shepherd

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN claimed a 22nd European Tour title and a second in as many weeks as he defeated Peter Wright 8-5 in the final of the German Darts Grand Prix in Munich.

MVG set the tone in the opening leg of the final breaking the Wright throw to take the early initiative. The world number one then kept Wright at arms length until the night leg of the match when the Scot took out 106 to close the gap to one.

Wright, who was looking for his seventh European Tour victory, then produce a stunning 161 checkout to break the Van Gerwen throw and level the match at 5-5. The Dutchman reacted immediately, retrieving the break of throw that had just been snatched from him by pinning tops for a 6-5 lead.

Van Gerwen then won the following two legs to claim an eighth PDC title of 2018 and yet another victory over Peter Wright in a European Tour final.

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Schedule of Play

Monday April 2nd

Afternoon Session (1pm local time, 12pm GMT)
Last 16 (11 Legs)
Michael Smith 1-6 James Wade
Mensur Suljovic 2-6 Max Hopp
Joe Cullen 6-0 Steve West
Peter Wright 6-0 Alan Tabern
Rob Cross 6-5 Luke Humphries
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Ian White
Keegan Brown 6-5 Darren Webster
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Alan Norris

Evening Session (7.15pm local time, 6.15pm GMT)
Quarter-Finals (11 Legs)
James Wade 6-3 Max Hopp
Peter Wright 6-1 Joe Cullen
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Rob Cross
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Keegan Brown

Semi-Finals (13 Legs)
James Wade 3-7 Peter Wright
Daryl Gurney 3-7 Michael van Gerwen

Final (15 Legs)
Peter 5-8 Michael van Gerwen