Template - Date: Betway World Cup 2018

THE Netherlands won the Betway World Cup of Darts for a record-equalling fourth time as Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld defeated Scotland’s Gary Anderson and Peter Wright 3-1 in Sunday’s final in Frankfurt.


The Dutch duo retained their crown in emphatic style, easing past Gibraltar and South Africa without losing a leg in the opening two rounds to make it through to the last day of action at the Eissporthalle.

Their title bid continued with a 2-0 quarter-final win over hosts Germany, before defeating Belgium 2-0 in the last four and then overcoming Scotland in the first ever final between the two nations. “I think we played a phenomenal game through the whole tournament,” said Van Gerwen.

Netherlands (Kelly Deckers, PDC)

“Any tournament you compete in you want to win, but playing alongside Raymond for our country makes it extra special. “We did the right things at the right moments and that’s what made us champions.”

Van Gerwen got the Netherlands off to a flying start in the opening game of the final, hitting finishes of 143 and 112 in his 4-2 win over Peter Wright to give the Dutchmen an early advantage. Anderson wasted no time in levelling the tie, firing in five maximums en route to an emphatic 4-1 defeat of Van Barneveld to make it all-square going into the doubles.

The Dutch duo blew the Scots away 4-1 in the Doubles with another impressive display, featuring a magnificent 135 checkout from Van Barneveld, to put the Netherlands within a point of glory. Van Gerwen sealed the title for the Netherlands with a 4-0 whitewash of Anderson, with the world number one posting a 111.33 average to retain the World Cup.

“Playing alongside the best player in the world is always a pleasure,” said World Cup ever-present Van Barneveld.

Netherlands (Kelly Deckers, PDC)

“It was a tough game against Gary, he played amazing and hit five 180s and I didn’t have much time to recover for the doubles. “I managed to get it together and we played a great doubles match to really get hold of the match, and then Michael finished the job for us. It feels amazing to win this title again.”

Scotland (Kelly Deckers, PDC)

Scotland’s run to the final was their best finish in the tournament since 2015, as they saw off the United States of America, Brazil, Japan and Australia to reach their second ever final.

“It was a shame we came up short in the final, but I think we can be proud of how we played in the tournament,” said Anderson. “Maybe next year we can go one better, but fair play to Michael and Raymond they deserved the win this time.”

The Scottish pair suffered a shock first round exit at the hands of Singapore in last year’s event, but bounced back with a strong display this year.

“I loved playing in front of this amazing crowd,” said Wright.

Sunday June 3rd


Scotland v Japan

Peter Wright 4-0 Seigo Asada
Gary Anderson 4-0 Haruki Muramatsu
Final Result: Scotland 2-0 Japan

Australia v Wales

Simon Whitlock 4-2 Gerwyn Price
Kyle Anderson 0-4 Jonny Clayton
Doubles: Australia 4-1 Wales
Final Result: Australia 2-1 Wales

England v Belgium

Kim Huybrechts 2-4 Rob Cross
Dimitri Van den Bergh 4-3 Dave Chisnall
Doubles: Belgium 4-0 England
Final Result: Belgium 2-1 England

Netherlands v Germany

Michael van Gerwen 4-1 Martin Schindler
Raymond van Barneveld 4-0 Max Hopp
Final Result: Netherlands 2-0 Germany


Scotland v Australia

(106.14) Peter Wright 4-3 Simon Whitlock (99.49)
(90.91) Gary Anderson 3-4 Kyle Anderson (95.10)
Doubles: Scotland 4-3 Australia
Final Result: Scotland 2-1 Australia

Belgium v Netherlands

(97.65) Kim Huybrechts 3-4 Michael van Gerwen (105.78)
(107.54) Dimitri Van den Bergh 2-4 Raymond van Barneveld (113.38)
Final Result: Belgium 0-2 Netherlands


Scotland v Netherlands

(96.79) Peter Wright 2-4 Michael van Gerwen (97.20)
(97.21)  Gary Anderson 4-1 Raymond van Barneveld (84.60)
Doubles: Scotland 1-4 Netherlands
(99.06) Gary Anderson 0-4 Michael van Gerwen (111.33)
Final Result: Scotland 1-3 Netherlands

2018 Betway World Cup of Darts Results/Schedules

Thursday May 31st

(7pm local time, 6pm BST)

First Round
Canada 5-1 Italy
Spain 5-4 Russia
Switzerland 5-2 China
Brazil 5-1 Denmark
Wales 5-3 Thailand
Australia 5-1 Hong Kong
Scotland 5-1 United States of America
Austria 4-5 Japan

Friday June 1st

(7pm local time, 6pm BST)

First Round
Singapore 5-3 New Zealand
Finland 5-1 Greece
Northern Ireland 5-4 Poland
South Africa 5-3 Hungary
Belgium 5-4 Republic of Ireland
England 5-3 Czech Republic
Germany 5-3 Sweden
Netherlands 5-0 Gibraltar

Saturday June 2nd

Afternoon Session (1.30pm local time, 12.30pm BST)

Second Round
Wales 2-1 Switzerland
Australia 2-1 Spain
Japan 2-0 Canada
Scotland 2-0 Brazil

Evening Session (7pm local time, 6pm BST)

Second Round
Belgium 2-0 Finland
England 2-1 Singapore
Northern Ireland 1-2 Germany
Netherlands 2-0 South Africa

Format: The Second Round will be played as two best of seven leg 501 Singles matches, with both nations nominating the order in which their players play. In the event of both nations winning one Singles match apiece, a best of seven leg 501 Doubles match will be played to decide the tie.

Competing Nations

Seeded Nations
1 Scotland – Peter Wright & Gary Anderson
2 England – Rob Cross & Dave Chisnall
3 Netherlands – Michael van Gerwen & Raymond van Barneveld
4 Australia – Simon Whitlock & Kyle Anderson
5 Wales – Gerwyn Price & Jonny Clayton
6 Northern Ireland – Daryl Gurney & Brendan Dolan
7 Belgium – Kim Huybrechts & Dimitri Van den Bergh
8 Austria – Mensur Suljovic & Zoran Lerchbacher

Other Nations
Brazil – Diogo Portela & Bruno Rangel
Canada – John Part & Dawson Murschell
China – Momo Zhou & Xiaochen Zong
Czech Republic – Roman Benecky & Karel Sedlacek
Denmark – Per Laursen & Henrik Primdal
Finland – Kim Viljanen & Marko Kantele
Germany – Max Hopp & Martin Schindler
Gibraltar – Dyson Parody & Justin Broton
Greece – John Michael & Veniamin Symeonidis
Hong Kong – Royden Lam & Ho Yin Shek
Hungary – Tamas Alexits & Nandor Bezzeg
Italy – Michel Furlani & Alessio Medaina
Japan – Seigo Asada & Haruki Muramatsu
New Zealand – Cody Harris & Warren Parry
Poland – Krzysztof Ratajski & Tytus Kanik
Republic of Ireland – Steve Lennon & William O’Connor
Russia – Boris Koltsov & Aleksandr Oreshkin
Singapore – Paul Lim & Harith Lim
South Africa – Devon Petersen & Liam O’Brien
Spain – Cristo Reyes & Toni Alcinas
Sweden – Daniel Larsson & Dennis Nilsson
Switzerland – Alexander Fehlmann & Andreas Bless
Thailand – Thanawat Gaweenuntavong & Attapol Eupakaree
United States of America – Larry Butler & Darin Young

Prize Fund

Winners (Per Player) £30,000
Runner-Up (Per Player) £16,000
Semi-Finalists (Per Player) £10,000
Quarter-Finalists (Per Player) £7,000
Second Round Losers (Per Player) £4,000
First Round Losers (Per Player) £1,500
Total £300,000

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The Austrian star claimed only the second televised title of his career as he claimed glory on the PDC World Series of Darts circuit for a first time.

Both Suljovic and Van den Bergh had battled through the 16-player field to reach the final on a bumper day in front of a world record crowd, before the Champions League of Darts winner took the £20,000 title.

Suljovic followed up his 6-2 first round victory over Robert Marijanovic with a narrow 8-7 quarter-final defeat of World Champion Rob Cross. He then swept past reigning champion Peter Wright with an 8-2 semi-final triumph and maintained that dominant form throughout the decider with Van den Bergh.

Finishes of 109 and 100 gave Suljovic an immediate lead in the final, with Van den Bergh taking the third leg before the Austrian followed an 80 checkout with finishes of 13 and 11 darts to lead 5-1.

Double 16 saw Van den Bergh hit back in leg seven, but Suljovic posted a fifth 180 of the final in an 11-darter to move 6-2 up. Double eight moved Suljovic to the brink of glory, and he sealed the title with a 76 finish ending, typically, on his favourite double 16.

“It’s a great feeling for me and I’m really happy,” said Suljovic. “Dimitri is a brilliant player and it was a long day, but I did well. “The crowd was brilliant and to win this tournament makes me so happy. People have been playing really well against me recently but I had a good feeling and it was a great day.”

Van den Bergh enjoyed the most memorable run of his emerging career on a superb day of darts, which began with a 109.98 average in a brilliant 6-0 whitewash of Martin Schindler.

He then defeated Michael van Gerwen for the first time with an 8-3 quarter-final triumph, before claiming a maiden defeat of Gary Anderson in the semi-finals by following finishes of 111 and 124 with an 11-darter in their deciding leg.

Anderson overcame emerging German Gabriel Clemens and World Championship semi-finalist Jamie Lewis on his way to the last four, while Wright defeated Dragutin Horvat and Raymond van Barneveld on the day.

Van Gerwen overcame top-ranked German Max Hopp 6-4 in the first round, with Van Barneveld whitewashing Manfred Bilderl, Cross being a 6-4 winner over Stefan Stoyke and Lewis coming from 3-0 down to edge past Nico Kurz. The German Darts Masters was the first of six global events being held on the PDC’s World Series of Darts circuit this year.

The second U.S. Darts Masters will be held in Las Vegas in July as the World Series of Darts returns to action, before heading to Shanghai to complete a double-header. August then sees tournaments being held in Auckland, Melbourne and Brisbane before the season-ending World Series of Darts Finals see the stars compete in Vienna in November. For tickets, see www.pdc.tv/tickets.

2018 German Darts Masters

Schedule of Play

First Round
Raymond van Barneveld 6-0 Manfred Bilderl
Jamie Lewis 6-5 Nico Kurz
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Robert Marijanovic
Gary Anderson 6-2 Gabriel Clemens
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-0 Martin Schindler
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Max Hopp
Peter Wright 6-1 Dragutin Horvat
Rob Cross 6-4 Stefan Stoyke
Best of 11 legs

Gary Anderson 8-6 Jamie Lewis
Michael van Gerwen 3-8 Dimitri van den Bergh
Peter Wright 8-7 Raymond van Barneveld
Rob Cross 7-8 Mensur Suljovic
Best of 15 legs

Gary Anderson 7-8 Dimitri van den Bergh
Peter Wright 2-8 Mensur Suljovic
Best of 15 legs

Dimitri van den Bergh 2-8 Mensur Suljovic
Best of 15 legs

Template - Date: UNIBET Premier League Goes to MvG

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN retained his Betway Premier League title with a stunning 11-4 win over Michael Smith.


The Dutchman produced a stunning 112.37 average, the highest in this year’s tournament, to win the Premier League crown for a third year in a row. Van Gerwen beat Rob Cross 10-6 in his semi-final earlier in the evening to reach a sixth consecutive final, before clinching the £250,000 first prize – plus a £25,000 league leader’s bonus after topping the regular season’s league table for a sixth straight year.

“I think I played a phenomenal game,” said Van Gerwen, who hit seven 180s in the final. “I know I had a big job to do to win the game but I was focussed on doing something extra – I wanted to break the record average but I fell just short.

“I had to be at my best to beat Michael, he is one of the big boys now. “It means a lot to me to win this tournament, I had to work hard for this over the last 16 weeks and to win it again is amazing.”

Van Gerwen was clinical on the doubles, hitting 11 from 16 attempts, and was on course to average 118 going into the final break. Meanwhile, Smith battled hard to keep himself in the tie, producing stunning finishes of 125 and 104, along with six maximums.

“I want to thank the fans and everyone who supported me,” “Michael was just too good tonight, I tried my best but it just wasn’t enough on the night.

Van Gerwen (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

Van Gerwen became the first man through to the final with a comfortable 10-6 win over Cross. The three-time Premier League champion fired in nine 180s as he threw an impressive 103.65 average to win through to his sixth consecutive Premier League final.

Van Gerwen (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

Smith claimed the biggest win of his career with an impressive 10-6 triumph over his close friend and mentor Anderson to reach his first senior televised PDC final.

Smith (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

On his debut Play-Offs appearance Smith smashed in eight maximums and two ton-plus checkouts to book his place in the final with Van Gerwen. The St Helens star settled from the start, hitting a 100 finish to hold in the first leg, then doubling his advantage with another 15-dart leg to break the Anderson throw.

The Scot broke straight back to halve the deficit, and then hit back-to-back maximums but missed chances to hold and the Englishman punished to lead 3-1. Anderson clawed his way back into the game, finding tops to break the Smith throw and trail 4-3, before finding tops again to level at 4-4.

An emotional Smith found tops to wrap up the win and set up a final clash with Van Gerwen, ending Anderson’s hopes of a third Premier League crown in the process.

“Michael played a good game tonight and he deserved to win,” admitted Anderson, who qualified for The O2 for a fifth successive year.

Anderson (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

Unibet Premier League Play-Offs – Thursday May 17
The O2, London

Semi-Finals (19)

Michael Smith 10-6 Gary Anderson
MvG 10-6 Rob Cross

Michael van Gerwen 11-4 Michael Smith

Prize Fund:

Winner £250,000
Runner-Up £120,000
Semi-Finalists £80,000
Fifth Place £65,000
Sixth Place £55,000
Seventh Place £50,000
Eighth Place £45,000
Ninth Place £30,00
Tenth Place £25,000
League Leader’s Bonus £25,000
Total £825,000

2018 Unibet Premier League Fixtures/Results

Night One – February 1st

3Arena Dublin
Mensur Suljovic 5-7 Simon Whitlock
Gary Anderson 5-7 Michael Smith
Daryl Gurney 6-6 Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen 7-2 Rob Cross
Peter Wright 6-6 Gerwyn Price

Night Two – February 8th

Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Michael Smith 7-4 Daryl Gurney
Rob Cross 1-7 Simon Whitlock
Michael van Gerwen 5-7 Peter Wright
Gerwyn Price 3-7 Gary Anderson
Raymond van Barneveld 7-5 Mensur Suljovic

Night Three – February 15

Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
Mensur Suljovic 2-7 Michael Smith
Daryl Gurney 6-6 Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright 4-7 Rob Cross
Gary Anderson 3-7 Michael van Gerwen
Simon Whitlock 7-4 Raymond van Barneveld

Night Four – February 22

Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
Michael Smith 7-3 Simon Whitlock
Gerwyn Price 3-7 Mensur Suljovic
Michael van Gerwen 7-2 Daryl Gurney
Rob Cross 7-3 Raymond van Barneveld
Peter Wright 6-6 Gary Anderson

March 1 (Postponed)

Westpoint Arena, Exeter

Night Five – March 8

First Direct Arena, Leeds
Michael van Gerwen 7-4 Simon Whitlock
Gerwyn Price 5-7 Raymond van Barneveld
Peter Wright 1-7 Mensur Suljovic
Gary Anderson 6-6 Daryl Gurney
Rob Cross 7-5 Michael Smith

Night Six – March 15

Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Michael Smith 7-1 Peter Wright
Simon Whitlock 6-6 Daryl Gurney
Mensur Suljovic 2-7 Rob Cross
Gerwyn Price 3-7 Michael van Gerwen
Raymond van Barneveld 6-6 Gary Anderson

Night Seven – March 22

The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Daryl Gurney 7-3 Mensur Suljovic
Michael van Gerwen 7-2 Michael Smith
Gary Anderson 7-4 Simon Whitlock
Peter Wright 1-7 Raymond van Barneveld
Rob Cross 7-1 Gerwyn Price

Night Eight – March 29

The SSE Arena, Belfast
Mensur Suljovic 5-7 Gary Anderson
Michael Smith 7-2 Gerwyn Price
Raymond van Barneveld 2-7 Michael van Gerwen
Daryl Gurney 7-5 Rob Cross
Simon Whitlock 6-6 Peter Wright

Judgement Night – April 5

Echo Arena, Liverpool
Simon Whitlock 7-3 Gerwyn Price
Raymond van Barneveld 0-7 Michael Smith
Gary Anderson 5-7 Rob Cross
Mensur Suljovic 4-7 Michael van Gerwen
Daryl Gurney 6-6 Peter Wright
Mensur Suljovic and Gerwyn Price are eliminated

Night Ten – April 12th

The FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield
Raymond van Barneveld 3-7 Daryl Gurney
Gary Anderson 7-2 Peter Wright
Simon Whitlock 1-7 Michael van Gerwen
Michael Smith 5-7 Rob Cross
Raymond van Barneveld 2-7 Peter Wright

Night 11 – April 18th

Rotterdam Ahoy (1)
Michael Smith 2-7 Gary Anderson
Rob Cross 7-4 Daryl Gurney
Raymond van Barneveld 7-3 Simon Whitlock
Peter Wright 7-5 Michael van Gerwen
Rob Cross 3-7 Gary Anderson

Night 12 – April 19th

Rotterdam Ahoy (2)
Simon Whitlock 1-7 Michael Smith
Daryl Gurney 3-7 Gary Anderson
Rob Cross 6-6 Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen 5-7 Raymond van Barneveld
Daryl Gurney 7-1 Simon Whitlock

Night 13 – April 26th

The Manchester Arena
Peter Wright 1-7 Michael Smith
Daryl Gurney 6-6 Michael van Gerwen
Simon Whitlock 7-5 Gary Anderson
Raymond van Barneveld 6-6 Rob Cross
Michael Smith 1-7 Michael van Gerwen

Night 14 – May 3rd

Arena Birmingham
Peter Wright 7-4 Simon Whitlock
Rob Cross 2-7 Michael Van Gerwen
Daryl Gurney 6-6 Michael Smith
Gary Anderson 3-7 Raymond Van Barneveld

Night 15 – May 10th

The BHGE Arena, Aberdeen
Michael Smith 6-6 Raymond van Barneveld
Peter Wright 6-6 Daryl Gurney
Simon Whitlock 6-6 Rob Cross
Michael van Gerwen 5-7 Gary Anderson
Tickets via www.ticketmaster.co.uk/AECC and 08444 77 9000

Final Table

Play-Offs – May 17th

The O2, London
Michael Smith 10-6 Gary Anderson
MvG 10-6 Rob Cross

Michael van Gerwen 11-4 Michael Smith


League Leader Michael van Gerwen
Final – Michael van Gerwen defeated Michael Smith 11-4


League Leader Michael van Gerwen
Final – Michael van Gerwen defeated Peter Wright 11-10


League Leader Michael van Gerwen
Final – Michael van Gerwen defeated Phil Taylor 11-3


League Leader Michael van Gerwen
Final – Gary Anderson defeated Michael van Gerwen 11-7


League Leader  Michael van Gerwen
Final – Raymond van Barneveld defeated Michael van Gerwen 10-6


League Leader  Michael van Gerwen
Final – Michael van Gerwen defeated Phil Taylor 10-8


League Leader  Phil Taylor
Final – Phil Taylor defeated Simon Whitlock 10-7


League Leader  Phil Taylor
Final – Gary Anderson defeated Adrian Lewis 10-4


League Leader  Phil Taylor
Final – Phil Taylor defeated James Wade 10-8


League Leader  Phil Taylor
Final – James Wade defeated Mervyn King 13-8


League Leader  Phil Taylor
Final – Phil Taylor defeated James Wade 16-8


League Leader  Phil Taylor
Final – Phil Taylor defeated Terry Jenkins 16-6


League Leader  Phil Taylor
Final – Phil Taylor defeated Roland Scholten 16-6


League Leader  Phil Taylor
Final – Phil Taylor defeated Colin Lloyd 16-4

Betway Premier League – Nine-Dart Finishes (8)

2006 – Raymond van Barneveld v Peter Manley (Bournemouth)
2010 – Raymond van Barneveld v Terry Jenkins (Aberdeen)
2010 – Phil Taylor x2 v James Wade (Wembley)
2012 – Phil Taylor v Kevin Painter (Aberdeen)
2012 – Simon Whitlock v Andy Hamilton (The O2)
2016 – Adrian Lewis v James Wade (Belfast)
2017 – Adrian Lewis v Raymond van Barneveld (Liverpool)


Highest Winning Average
123.40 Michael van Gerwen 7-1 Michael Smith Aberdeen 2016
Highest Losing Average
115.80 Phil Taylor 3-7 Raymond van Barneveld Glasgow 2015

Template - Date: Mental Health Awareness Week 14th-18th May 2018

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, this year for Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May), we’re focusing on ‘STRESS’. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this.

By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide. We will look at how we can tackle stress and help improve our mental health.

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN claimed his fourth European Tour title of the year as he defeated Steve Lennon 8-5 in the final of the Dutch Darts Masters in Zwolle.


The world number one followed up last weekend’s victory at the European Darts Grand Prix with another triumph, this time in front of his passionate home crowd.

The tournament’s first visit to the IJsselhallen saw a fairy tale weekend unfold for runner-up Lennon, but Van Gerwen proved too strong in the final as he scooped the £25,000 prize. Van Gerwen whitewashed Terry Jenkins in Saturday evening’s second round, before recording wins over Darren Webster, Kyle Anderson and Daryl Gurney to book his place in the final.

The Dutch Darts Masters will be broadcast throughout the weekend for PDCTV-HD Subscribers , and through a series of bookmakers’ websites worldwide.

2018 Dutch Darts Masters

Sunday May 13th

Third Round
Steve Lennon 6-5 James Richardson
Mensur Suljovic 6-3 Simon Whitlock
Kim Huybrechts 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Peter Wright 6-3 Gerwyn Price
Stephen Bunting 6-3 Krzysztof Ratajski
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Mervyn King
Kyle Anderson 6-5 Cameron Menzies
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Darren Webster

Steve Lennon 6-3 Mensur Suljovic
Kim Huybrechts 6-4 Peter Wright
Stephen Bunting 2-6 Daryl Gurney
Kyle Anderson 2-6 Michael van Gerwen

Steve Lennon 7-5 Kim Huybrechts
Daryl Gurney 6-7 Michael van Gerwen

Steve Lennon 5-8 Michael van Gerwen

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The 2018 European Darts Grand Prix concludes in Sindelfingen, Germany on Sunday with finals day.

Following the opening two days of action, the remaining 16 players return to compete for the £25,000 top prize. The afternoon session features the third round, with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final taking place in the evening session.

The European Darts Grand Prix will be broadcast throughout the weekend for PDCTV-HD Subscribers , and through a series of bookmakers’ websites worldwide. For the tournament event brief CLICK HERE

For the current ETOoM Table CLICK HERE

Sunday May 6th

Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Dave Chisnall
Jamie Lewis 2-6 Michael Smith
Danny Noppert 6-5 Joe Cullen
Simon Whitlock 3-6 James Wade

Michael van Gerwen 7-0 Michael Smith
Danny Noppert 3-7 James Wade

Michael van Gerwen 8-3 James Wade

Template - Date: Honours for Bristow & van Gerwen

The late Eric Bristow MBE is to be honoured by the PDC with the naming of the Bwin Grand Slam of Darts trophy in memory of the five-time World Champion.

The legendary darts star passed away on April 5 2018, aged 60, having enjoyed a remarkable career in the sport. A five-time World Champion from 1980-1986, Bristow was also a five-time World Masters winner and one of the game’s most recognisable stars.

He later helped to form the PDC, and went on to become a TV pundit and spotter on Sky Sports’ coverage of PDC events and starred in ITV’s “I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!” show in 2012.

Van Gerwen (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

A member of the PDC Hall of Fame, Bristow will now be remembered at the cross-code Grand Slam of Darts, with this year’s players competing to win The Eric Bristow Trophy.

“Eric’s achievements marked him out as the greatest player of his generation and he’ll be remembered forever as the original superstar of darts,” said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn. “He was a character who transcended the sport and was known worldwide, and so many sports fans worldwide have fond memories of Eric.

Bristow (PDC)

“As such, we felt that it was fitting to introduce The Eric Bristow Trophy, which will be presented to the winner of the Bwin Grand Slam of Darts from 2018 onwards.

“Whilst Eric played an integral role in the creation of the PDC, the most successful period of his career came in the BDO and, as the only cross-code tournament in darts, we feel this is the most appropriate way to honour his contribution to the sport.”

Bristow becomes the third legend of the sport to see their achievements recognised with the naming of a trophy, following Sid Waddell (William Hill World Darts Championship) and Phil Taylor (BetVictor World Matchplay).

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN has been presented with the Dutch equivalent of an MBE.

The world number one became the youngest person to receive the prestigious medal as a Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau by the Mayor, on behalf of the King.


Fellow Dutch darts legend Raymond Van Barneveld also received the honour in 1999.

Since switching to the PDC in 2007, Van Gerwen has racked up an astonishing 41 televised titles, including five televised nine-dart finishes, along with 64 non-televised PDC titles.

The two-time World Champion now has his sights set on adding to his three Premier League crowns at The O2 on May 17.