Template - Date: William Hill World Championship

‘Mighty’ Michael van Gerwen claimed the 2018/19 World Championship and his third title with a 7-3 win over Michael Smith.  

Van Gerwen won the William Hill World Darts Championship for a third time with a 7-3 victory over Michael Smith at London’s Alexandra Palace on Tuesday. The culmination of darts’ biggest-ever event saw world number one Van Gerwen produce a dominant display in which he led throughout in the replay of the 2018 Premier League Final.

The Dutchman opened up four-set leads at 4-0 and 6-2, with a determined Smith unable to work his way back into the contest. In the first World Championship final since 1983 to feature two players under 30 years of age, Van Gerwen completed a 7-3 triumph to walk away with the £500,000 top prize and the coveted Sid Waddell Trophy.

Michael van Gerwen (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)
“Michael is a phenomenal player, he pushed me all the way and I am sure that one day he will win the World Championship.

“It means the world to me to win this trophy for a third time,” said Van Gerwen, who previously tasted victory in 2014 and 2017.“To win the biggest match of the year on this stage is the best feeling you can have, it’s incredible.

“I think I probably should’ve won more than three World Championship titles by now but it is a great feeling to be able to call myself a three-time World Champion. Now it’s time for a well-deserved holiday!”

Michael Smith (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)
“I’m gutted about how the game turned out, I just didn’t get going,” said Smith.

“I’m annoyed with myself for how I played, and if I took my chances then maybe it would’ve been a different game. “I tried way too hard but it’s my first World Championship final and I guarantee it won’t be my last. “I guarantee that one day I will lift this trophy.

Semi Finals
Nathan Aspinall 3-6 (10) Michael Smith
(1) Michael van Gerwen 6-1 (4) Gary Anderson

Quarter Finals
(1) MvG v Ryan Joyce
(12) Dave Chisnall 2-5 (4) Gary Anderson
Luke Humphries 1-5 (10) Michael Smith
Nathan Aspinall 5-1 Brendan Dolan

Fourth Round (Last 16)
(1) MvG 4-1 (16) Adrian Lewis
Ryan Joyce 4-3 (9) James Wade
(28) Jamie Lewis 0-4 (12) Dave Chisnall
(4) Gary Anderson 4-3 (20) Chris Dobey
(2) Rob Cross (31) 2-4 Luke Humphries
Ryan Searle 1-4 (10) Michael Smith
Nathan Aspinall 4-3 Devon Petersen
(30) Benito van de Pas 1-4 Brendan Dolan

Third Round (Last 32)
(1) Michael van Gerwen 4-1 (32) Max Hopp
(16) Adrian Lewis 4-0 Darius Labanauskas
Ryan Joyce 4-3 (25) Alan Norris
(9) James Wade 4-3 Keegan Brown
(5) Daryl Gurney 3-4 (28) Jamie Lewis
(12) Dave Chisnall 4-0 (21) Kim Huybrechts
(4) Gary Anderson 4-3 (29) Jermaine Wattimena
Vincent van der Voort 3-4 (20) Chris Dobey
(2) Rob Cross 4-0 (31) Cristo Reyes
Dimitri van den Bergh 1-4 Luke Humphries
Ryan Searle 4-1 William O’Connor
(10) Michael Smith 4-2 (23) John Henderson
Nathan Aspinall 4-1 (27) Kyle Anderson
Devon Petersen 4-2 (22) Steve West
Toni Alcinas 2-4 (30) Benito van de Pas
Brendan Dolan 4-2 (19) Mervyn King

Second Round (Last 64)
(1) Michael van Gerwen 3-1 Alan Tabern
(32) Max Hopp 3-0 Danny Noppert
(16) Adrian Lewis 3-0 Ted Evetts
(17) Raymond van Barneveld 2-3 Darius Labanauskas
(8) Simon Whitlock 0-3 Ryan Joyce
(25) Alan Norris 3-2 Steve Lennon
(9) James Wade 3-2 Seigo Asada
(24) Jelle Klaasen 1-3 Keegan Brown
(5) Daryl Gurney 3-0 Ross Smith
(28) Jamie Lewis 3-2 Cody Harris
(12) Dave Chisnall 3-2 Josh Payne
(21) Kim Huybrechts 3-0 Daniel Larsson
(4) Gary Anderson 3-1 Kevin Burness
(29) Jermaine Wattimena 3-0 Michael Barnard
(13) Darren Webster 0-3 Vincent van der Voort
(20) Steve Beaton 0-3 Chris Dobey
(2) Rob Cross 3-1 Jeffrey de Zwaan
(31) Cristo Reyes 3-2 Rowby-John Rodriguez
(15) Jonny Clayton 1-3 Dimitri Van den Bergh
(18) Stephen Bunting 1-3 Luke Humphries
(7) Mensur Suljovic 1-3 Ryan Searle
(26) James Wilson 2-3 William O’Connor
(10) Michael Smith 3-1 Ron Meulenkamp
(23) John Henderson 3-2 Gabriel Clemens
(6) Gerwyn Price 2-3 Nathan Aspinall
(27) Kyle Anderson 3-1 Noel Malicdem
(11) Ian White 1-3 Devon Petersen
(22) Steve West 3-1 Richard North
(3) Peter Wright 1-3 Toni Alcinas
(30) Benito van de Pas 3-2 Jim Long
(14) Joe Cullen 0-3 Brendan Dolan
(19) Mervyn King 3-2 Jan Dekker

First Round (Last 96)
Alan Tabern 3-2 Raymond Smith
Danny Noppert 3-0 Royden Lam
Simon Stevenson 0-3 Ted Evetts
Matthew Edgar 1-3 Darius Labanauskas
Ryan Joyce 3-0 Anastasia Dobromyslova
Steve Lennon 3-0 James Bailey
Krzysztof Ratajski 2-3 Seigo Asada
Keegan Brown 3-0 Karel Sedlacek
Ross Smith 3-1 Paul Lim
Martin Schindler 2-3 Cody Harris
Josh Payne 3-2 Jeff Smith
Robert Thornton 1-3 Daniel Larsson
Paul Nicholson 0-3 Kevin Burness
Michael Barnard 3-2 Jose De Sousa
Vincent van der Voort 3-2 Lourence Ilagan
Chris Dobey 3-0 Boris Koltsov
Jeffrey de Zwaan 3-1 Nitin Kumar
Ricky Evans 1-3 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Dimitri Van den Bergh 3-0 Chuck Puleo
Luke Humphries 3-0 Adam Hunt
Ryan Searle 3-0 Stephen Burton
William O’Connor 3-0 Yordi Meeuwisse
Ron Meulenkamp 3-2 Diogo Portela
Gabriel Clemens 3-0 Aden Kirk
Nathan Aspinall 3-0 Geert Nentjes
Jeffrey de Graaf 2-3 Noel Malicdem
Wayne Jones 2-3 Devon Petersen
Richard North 3-2 Robert Marijanovic
Toni Alcinas 3-0 Craig Ross
Mickey Mansell 1-3 Jim Long
Brendan Dolan 3-0 Yuanjun Liu
Jan Dekker 3-1 Lisa Ashton

Prize Fund

Winner£500,000
Runner-Up£200,000
Semi-Finalists£100,000
Quarter-Finalists£50,000
Fourth Round Losers£35,000
Third Round Losers£25,000
Second Round Losers£15,000
First Round Losers£7,500
Total£2,500,000

Template - Date: John Lowe Awarded MBE

One of the elite group of darts players to become a three-time World Champion, Lowe’s achievements came across three decades with victories in 1979, 1987 and 1993.

Lowe, now 73, was also the World Masters champion twice and News of the World Championship winner, but is arguably best-known for his achievement in recording the first televised nine-darter at the 1984 MFI World Matchplay.

The famous footage of Lowe’s perfect leg against Keith Deller, commentated upon by Dave Lanning, continues to enjoy worldwide airplay as a landmark moment for the sport.

He retired from competing on the PDC circuit at the end of 2007, having been a semi-finalist in the World Championship, World Matchplay and World Grand Prix after being one of the founder players following darts’ split.

Lowe was inducted into the PDC Hall of Fame alongside great rival Eric Bristow MBE in 2005 and had enjoyed a 30-year professional career. “I was away in Cyprus on holiday when the letter arrived and my son passed on the message, and I couldn’t believe it to be quite honest,” said Lowe.

“It took a while to sink in and I think it will only become real when I go to the Palace and collect the award.”It’s such an honour for me and a wonderful thing to receive.” The nine-darter remains one of darts’ most famous moments, and Lowe added: “It’s still something people talk to be about and it’s tremendous.

“You hear that millions of people have seen it on YouTube, and although I’ve not been on TV for over a decade it keeps you remembered because fathers show it to their kids. “I don’t think it’s every going to be forgotten anyway because it was the first TV nine-darter and you always remember the first more than anything.

“It’s still mentioned now and another programme which keeps us players remembered is Bullseye, which is still being shown. “People stop me in the supermarket and tell me that they saw me on Bullseye the previous evening, and things like that are lovely.”

Lowe’s MBE comes at the end of the year which saw Bristow pass away, and he added that it was a poignant moment to be recognised alongside his close friend, who was awarded an MBE in 1989.

“We had a great rivalry and it’s the foundation of what we’ve got today,” said Lowe. “We didn’t do it purposely, it was just us being who we were. “That’s the tinge of sadness, that Eric is not here. We would have had the biggest party.

“Mike Watterson, who set up the World Championship originally with the BDO and also helped set up the World Snooker Championship, had proposed me but I know that Eric had supported that nomination, which means a lot.

“We played together all over the world, and are the most successful pair ever in darts – we won six World Cups, six European Cups, the British Open three times in a row without losing. “It would have been fitting if he was here to celebrate, but sadly he’s left us.”

Lowe continues to play darts on the exhibition circuit and in charity events, and recently visited China alongside fellow former World Champion Dennis Priestley.

BUDWEISER UK OPEN 2005, REEBOK STADIUM, BOLTON (PIC; LAWRENCE LUSTIG)

“I’ve just come back from China, where I was with Dennis Priestley for a competition out there which was on TV, and there were 37 million viewers when we played,” he added.

“It’s quite amazing and to still be involved is incredible. I’ve not played competitively on TV for over ten years, so to be asked to go to China and to get such a reception was great.

“I’ve been there a few times and darts has taken me all over the world over the last four decades. It’s been an amazing journey.”

Lowe remains a huge fan of the sport and has been following the William Hill World Darts Championship avidly over the festive period.

He said: “Someone suggested to me recently that all past champions should receive an invitation to the World Championship, like they do in The Masters golf.

“I know that one golfer was 94 years old and he replied that he was honoured to be invited but declined. If I was asked to play in the PDC World Championship, I would probably decline.

“I watched the game between Gary Anderson and Chris Dobey and it was incredible, and you have got to consider that if you did accept, you would be in that company. “The game has progressed and everything about the game is bigger and better now.”