Template - Date: German Darts Championship ET10

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN claimed his seventh European Tour title of the year as he defeated James Wilson 8-6 in the final of the German Darts Championship in Hildesheim on Sunday.

The world number one lost just seven legs over the course of the weekend, backing up July’s European Darts Matchplay with another crown to continue his dominance on the European Tour in 2018.

The £135,000 tournament at Halle 39 saw runner-up Wilson reach his first ever European Tour final, but Van Gerwen proved just too strong in the final, landing ton-plus checkouts of 154 and 118 to clinch the £25,000 prize.

Van Gerwen was at his unstoppable best, hitting a 103.56 tournament average across the weekend which began with a 6-0 rout of Cristo Reyes in round two.

The two-time World Champion made it back-to-back whitewashes against German crowd favourite Martin Schindler in the last 16 before dropping his one and only leg en route to the final in his 6-1 win over Dave Chisnall.

Van Gerwen then made it a hat-trick of whitewashes with a 7-0 triumph over Joe Cullen to reach the final.

Sunday September 2nd

Afternoon Session (1pm local time, 12pm BST)

Third Round
Rob Cross 6-4 Michael Rasztovits
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Darren Webster
James Wilson 6-3 Robert Thornton
Michael Smith 4-6 Ron Meulenkamp
Daryl Gurney 5-6 Adrian Lewis
Joe Cullen 6-5 Jan Dekker
Terry Jenkins 4-6 Dave Chisnall
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Martin Schindler

Evening Session (7.15pm local time, 6.15pm BST)

Quarter-Finals
Rob Cross 2-6 Mensur Suljovic
James Wilson 6-2 Ron Meulenkamp
Adrian Lewis 1-6 Joe Cullen
Dave Chisnall 1-6 MvG

Semi-Finals
Mensur Suljovic 4-7 James Wilson
Joe Cullen 0-7 MvG

Final
James Wilson 6-8 v MvG

The current ETOoM Table Top 50 (prior to event)

Position

Name

Total Prize Money

1 Gerwen, Michael van £157,000
2 Suljovic, Mensur £51,000
3 Hopp, Max £40,000
4 Wright, Peter £35,000
5 Wade, James £34,000
6 Clayton, Jonny £33,000
7 Cullen, Joe £32,000
8 Price, Gerwyn £28,000
9 Cross, Rob £27,000
9 Whitlock, Simon £27,000
11 Smith, Michael £26,000
12 Gurney, Daryl £25,000
13 Webster, Darren £21,000
14 Lewis, Adrian £20,000
14 White, Ian £20,000
16 West, Steve £19,000
17 King, Mervyn £18,000
17 Lennon, Steve £18,000
19 Wattimena, Jermaine £17,000
20 Bunting, Stephen £16,000
21 O’Connor, William £13,000
22 Nicholson, Paul £12,000
22 Noppert, Danny £12,000
24 Dobey, Chris £11,000
25 Boulton, Andy £10,000
25 Chisnall, Dave £10,000
25 Humphries, Luke £10,000
25 Reyes, Cristo £10,000
29 Huybrechts, Kim £9,000
29 Labanauskas, Darius £9,000
29 Tabern Alan £9,000
32 Beaton, Steve £8,000
32 Dolan, Brendan £8,000
32 Klaasen, Jelle £8,000
32 Menzies, Cameron £8,000
32 North, Richard £8,000
37 Anderson, Kyle £7,000
37 Dekker, Jan £7,000
37 Jones, Wayne £7,000
37 Pipe, Justin £7,000
37 Ratajski, Krzysztof £7,000
37 Van den Bergh, Dimitri £7,000
43 Brown, Keegan £6,000
43 Joyce, Ryan £6,000
43 Lewis, Jamie £6,000
43 Meulenkamp, Ron £6,000
43 Norris, Alan £6,000
43 Schindler, Martin £6,000
43 Thornton, Robert £6,000
43 Voort, Vincent van der £6,000
43 Wilson, James £6,000

 

Template - Date: Brisbane Masters ‘WS6’

The World Champion faced the world number one in a repeat of their epic World Championship semi-final and once again the pair didn’t disappoint in the final event of the PDC’s tour Down Under. It was Cross’ first televised title since his victory at Alexandra Palace in January and his first ever World Series Crown.

The decider began with Cross missing two darts to hold throw in the opening leg allowing Van Gerwen to step in and break. A 114 finish from the Dutchman in the next leg extended the world number one’s lead to two. Cross then put together a run of four consecutive legs including a superb 130 finish to gain the initiative.

Van Gerwen then stopped the rot in style taking out 170 for a 12 dart break before going on to lead 6-4 with a 130 finish of his own. This string of poor legs seemed to spark the Englishman who hit six maximums after that point to regain control.

Seven legs on the spin highlighted an impressive performance from the World Champion who dominated Van Gerwen from the mid-point of the match to win the title at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Cross finished with an average of 106, one of his highest ever televised scores and rounded off the three week trip with his first World Series victory.

“It’s been fantastic this week, I started a bit slow but I knew what I had to do and that was take my chances,” said Cross. “Everything will fall in place and I am a big believer in that but I am still learning I am still progressing and to get another win tonight is massive.

“To win anything these days is special because the field’s so strong,” added the world number three. “This is a kickstart for the rest of the year and we will look to September and promising things there.”

Michael van Gerwen who is the most successful player in the history of the World Series was aiming to win his second crown on the world tour this year after his success in Auckland but came unstuck in the decider and spoke of his disappointment after the match.

“I can only blame myself tonight, I had chances to get further in front and didn’t take them. “You can’t do that against players like Rob and I’m disappointed tonight but it’s been another amazing trip and I thank everyone who supported me.”

Sunday August 19th

Semi-Finals (21)
101.04 Peter Wright 8-11 Rob Cross 95.79
96.81 Michael van Gerwen 11-9 Raymond van Barneveld 93.91

Final (21)
103.81 Rob Cross 11-6 Michael van Gerwen 98.41

UK TV coverage on ITV4 will be from 7pm BST on each night.

Friday August 17 (7pm)

First Round
87.62 Michael Smith 1-6 Raymond Smith 98.35
92.12 Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Gordon Mathers 75.35
98.77 Kyle Anderson 6-2 Barry Gardner 78.48
100.37 Peter Wright 6-2 Justin Thompson 89.90
95.80 Rob Cross 6-2 Tim Pusey 91.47
99.15 Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Mark Cleaver 85.16
93.61 Simon Whitlock 5-6 Corey Cadby 96.20
94.99 Gary Anderson 6-5 Damon Heta 94.60

Saturday August 18 (7pm)

Quarter-Finals (19
Peter Wright 10-4 Raymond Smith
101.02 Rob Cross 10-4 Corey Cadby 90.80
98.44 Michael van Gerwen 10-3 Kyle Anderson 91.60
96.13 Gary Anderson 8-10 Raymond van Barneveld 93.60

Template - Date: Melbourne Masters ‘WS5’

Wright became the fifth winner from five World Series events in 2018 and secured his second title on the PDC’s world tour after victory in the German Darts Masters in 2017.

The Scot, who was beaten in the final by Phil Taylor in Melbourne a year earlier, first defeated Michael van Gerwen in the last four before going on to claim victory over Shanghai Darts Masters Champion Smith in a hard fought final.

The decider began with the pair trading holds of throw, with neither player able to make too much of a mark when their opponent threw first. A 120 checkout to level in the sixth leg from Smith with Wright sat on tops to break, was the highlight of the opening exchanges.

The 2017 UK Open Champion squandered three darts at a double in the eighth leg to break the throw and take a 5-3 lead, allowing Smith to step in and level once more. The holds of throw continued until late in the contest when in the 14th leg with Smith waiting on 60, Wright took out 130 on double five to break and lead 8-6.

Smith came straight back at Wright though, hitting a 180 before pinning tops to break straight back. The crucial moment in the match came in leg 16 when another magical finish from Wright, this time a 131, broke the throw and handed control of the contest to the Scot.

The 48-year-old eventually sealed an 11-8 win and spoke of his delight to be back on the winners podium. It was Smith’s second final on the World Series in 2018 but unlike in Shanghai the former World Youth Champion was unable to claim the title with a final victory.

“Fair play to Peter he deserved that tonight, It was a tough match and he got the job done,” said Smith. “It’s another final for me though and more proof that I’m getting to where I want to be, things are starting to improve and I’m happy.”

The pair of Smith and Wright faced daunting challenges in their respective semi-finals with match-ups against Gary Anderson and Michael van Gerwen.

Like in the semi-final of the 2018 Premier League, Smith got one over on his mentor and friend Anderson, running out an 11-5 winner. The 27-year-old averaged 100 and hit eight maximums on his way to victory in a match he controlled throughout.

Peter Wrght’s passage to the final was a sealed with a 11-7 win over world number one Michael van Gerwen. The Scot punished Van Gerwen for missing 14 darts at doubles and averaged 103.47 as he secured his place in the decider.

The final saw ‘Snakebite’ average 97, two points less than his opponent but the statistic that mattered read 11-8 in Wright’s favour as he claimed the title in Melbourne. The World Series of Darts continues in Brisbane on August 17-19 as the final of three events Down Under takes place.

Sunday August 12th

Semi-Finals (19)
103.47 Michael van Gerwen 7-11 Peter Wright 104.24
100.40 Michael Smith 11-5 Gary Anderson 95.75

Final (21)
97.70 Peter Wright 11-8 Michael Smith 99.17

2018 Melbourne Darts Masters

Friday August 10th RESULTS

First Round (11)
82.71 Raymond van Barneveld 6-4 Ray O’Donnell 81.86
92.46 Michael Smith 6-2 Tim Pusey 81.31
93.31 Rob Cross 6-2 Haupai Puha 91.33
107.56 Gary Anderson 6-2 James Bailey 87.42
99.10 Peter Wright 6-0 Mike Bonser 84.28
112.61 Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Raymond Smith 89.46
94.41 Simon Whitlock 6-4 Corey Cadby 84.50
86.42 Kyle Anderson 5-6 Damon Heta 83.45

Saturday August 11th

Quarter-Finals (19)
100.20 Michael van Gerwen 10-8 Simon Whitlock 93.96
101.91 Peter Wright 10-4 Raymond van Barneveld 97.16
96.57 Rob Cross 9-10 Michael Smith 100.33
95.58 Gary Anderson 10-7 Damon Heta 90.91