Template - Date: Dutch Darts Masters ET7

Ian White landed back-to-back European Tour titles by winning the 2019 Dutch Darts Masters in Zwolle on Sunday, defeating Michael van Gerwen 8-7 in a thrilling final.

 

White backed up his European Darts Grand Prix triumph earlier in May by going all the way at the Ijsselhallen to rack up a third European Tour title in less than 12 months. Van Gerwen was seeking a sixth successive Dutch Darts Masters crown in front of a partisan home crowd, but the world number one never led in the final of the £140,000 tournament as a gutsy White prevailed in a gripping contest.

The final, contested by the top two seeds, saw a repeat of the German Darts Open and Austrian Darts Open finals, with White wasting no time in racing into a 3-0 lead. White, who tasted success on Dutch soil at the Dutch Darts Championship in Maastricht in September 2018, missed a dart at double top for a 4-0 lead, allowing Van Gerwen to step in and take out 32 to get his first leg on the board.

Newly-crowned five-time Premier League Champion Van Gerwen landed a magnificent 170 finish to raise the roof to break back and followed it up with a hold to make it 4-4. Reigning World Champion Van Gerwen spurned five darts at double as White took out 72 to break throw and move within two legs of the upset, only for Van Gerwen to register back-to-back legs once again and make it all square at 6-6.

The next two legs both went on throw, setting up a tense last-leg shoot-out, which White won with a last dart in hand double ten to end Van Gerwen’s 28-match winning streak in last leg deciders on the European Tour which stretched back to 2014.

Ian White ( Kais Bodensieck, PDC Europe)

White’s route to victory began on Friday as he survived five match darts from Mickey Mansell to run out a relieved 6-5 winner, before defeating Dutch pair Jermaine Wattimena and Vincent van der Voort on Sunday, followed by a semi-final success over Peter Wright.

The seventh European Tour event of the year reached its climax on the final day of action, with the Last 16 matches played in the afternoon, before the evening session saw the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final take place.

The afternoon session began with bitter defeat for legendary five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld who squandered a 5-4 lead as he went down 6-5 to Van Gerwen in an exhilarating all-Dutch affair.

Van Barneveld kicked off the deciding leg with a 180 but failed to back it up, with the result ending the departing Dutchman’s hopes of lifting the title in his final ranking event in The Netherlands. Van Gerwen also came close to defeat in his incredible semi-final with in-form fourth seed Gerwyn Price, which saw the 32-time European Tour event winner prevail 7-6.

With Price waiting on 40 to break throw at 5-5, Van Gerwen fired in a game-changing 143 checkout to hold throw before seeing it out to maintain his undefeated record against the Welsh number one. The weekend was a successful one for two-time ProTour event winner Glen Durrant, who reached the quarter-finals of a European Tour event for the first time where he went down to Price 6-3.

2019 Dutch Darts Masters
Sunday May 26th Zwolle

THIRD ROUND
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Raymond van Barneveld
Dave Chisnall 6-5 Ricky Evans
Glen Durrant 6-0 Dennis Nilsson
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Brendan Dolan
Ian White 6-2 Jermaine Wattimena
Vincent van der Voort 6-4 Max Hopp
Peter Wright 6-3 Simon Whitlock
Mervyn King 6-5 Rowby-John Rodriguez

QUARTER FINALS
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Dave Chisnall
Glen Durrant 3-6 Gerwyn Price
Ian White 6-3 Vincent van der Voort
Peter Wright 6-4 Mervyn King

SEMI FINALS
Michael van Gerwen 7-6 Gerwyn Price
Ian White 7-3 Peter Wright

FINAL
Michael van Gerwen 7-8 Ian White

Prize Fund
Winner: £25,000
Runner-up: £10,000
Semi-Finalists: £6,500
Quarter-Finalists: £5,000
Last 16: £3,000
Last 32: £2,000
Last 48: £1,000
Total: £140,000

Template - Date: UNIBET Premier League goes to MvG

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN won his fifth Unibet Premier League title at The O2 in London on Thursday, defeating Rob Cross 11-5 in the final.

 

World number one Van Gerwen recorded a 10-7 win over Play-Offs debutant Daryl Gurney in the semi-finals to make it through to his seventh successive Premier League final. There, the reigning World Champion got the better of Cross in the battle of the world’s top two to win a record-equalling fourth consecutive Premier League crown and the £250,000 top prize.

“This feeling of winning the Premier League never changes, it means a lot to me,” said Van Gerwen, who had already secured the £25,000 league leader’s bonus after topping the league table for a seventh straight year. “This year has been an amazing tournament, and at times a difficult tournament for myself, but in the end I came through and that’s all that matters.

“Rob is a gentleman and a top player who pushed me all the way. He’s been chasing me all year but it wasn’t quite enough for him this time but he is a strong rival for the future.”

Michael van Gerwen (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

The final between the top two from the league phase began with a break of throw in the opening leg from Van Gerwen, who went on to take out 90 for a double-break and a 4-1 lead. The Dutchman, who ended the match with five 180s and a 103.36 average, then landed a 112 checkout for a 5-1 advantage, before Cross rallied and took the next three legs to make it 5-4.

The tenth leg proved to be a pivotal point in the contest as former World Champion Cross fired wide with three darts at double to level, allowing Van Gerwen to take out 74 to make it 6-4 at the interval. After the break, Van Gerwen poured more water on the Cross fire with a 72 checkout to break throw and put daylight between the pair, which he followed up with an 11-dart hold of throw.

Cross found double six to stop the rot and reduce the arrears to 8-5, only for Van Gerwen to reel off the final three legs, sealing victory in style with a sublime 130 checkout to tearfully retain his title.

2019 Unibet Premier League

Thursday May 23rd The O2, London

Semi-Finals (19)
(96.48) Michael van Gerwen 10-7 Daryl Gurney (94.02)
(100.31) Rob Cross 10-5 James Wade (91.91)

Final (21)
(103.36) Michael van Gerwen 11-5 Rob Cross (100.98)

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Friday, from the Metrodome in Barnsley saw two more European Tour qualifiers for Tour Card Holders and the top of the Challenge Tour Table.

 

Players who qualify for either the Dutch Darts Masters or the Danish Darts Open, please click the information for each event below.

European Tour 7:

Dutch Darts Masters from Zwolle, Netherlands 24th-26th May CLICK HERE
18 UK Qualifiers:
Steve Beaton, Michael Smith, Natahan Aspinall, Mervyn King, Ryan Harrington, Harry Ward, Mickey Mansell, Ritchie Edhouse, Keegan Brown, Ross Smith, Glen Durrant, Luke Woodhouse, William O’Connor, Alan Norris, Kyle Anderson, Brendan Dolan, Andy Boulton, Ryan Joyce.
6 European Qualifiers:
Rowby-John Rodriguez, Raymond van Barneveld, Max Hopp, Krzysztof Ratajski, Vincent van der Voort, Danny Noppert.

European Tour 8:

Danish Darts Open from Copenhagen, Denmark from 14th-16th June CLICK HERE
18 UK Qualifiers:
Michael Smith, Steve Beaton, Nathan Aspinall, Mervyn King, Chris Dobey, Glen Durrant, Kyle Anderson, Scott Taylor, Luke Woodhouse, Steve Lennon, Steve West, Kevin Burness, Reece Robinson, Mick Todd, Ryan Harrington, William O’Connor, Kirk Shepherd, Ryan Joyce.
6 European Qualifiers:
Krzysztof Ratajski, Gabriel Clemens, Vincent van der Voort, Martin Schindler, Jose Justica, Jose de Souza

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Daryl Gurney and James Wade secured the final two places in the Unibet Premier League Play-Offs as Michael van Gerwen topped the league after Night 16 in Leeds.

 

Gurney progressed to the semi-finals for the first time with an 8-3 win over 2018 finalist Michael Smith, pulling clear from two-all by winning six of the next seven legs.

“I’m delighted,” said Gurney. “I knew I had to win tonight and I was probably the most focused I’ve ever been. Now I’m in the Play-Offs I’ll do my best to win the title.”

Michael van Gerwen’s 8-5 win over Mensur Suljovic ended the Austrian’s Play-Off hopes and meant 2009 champion Wade qualified for the semi-finals without throwing a dart.

Gerwyn Price defeated Peter Wright 8-3 to end the season with victory, although he was left to rue six draws during the campaign as he missed out on the Play-Offs by a point.

James Wade ended Rob Cross’s chances of topping the table with an 8-6 win in the final game of the night, so Michael van Gerwen is the top of the table for the sixth consecutive time.

Daryl Gurney (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

Night 16 – Thursday May 16th

First Direct Arena, Leeds
Gerwyn Price 8-3 Peter Wright
Daryl Gurney 8-3 Michael Smith
Michael van Gerwen 8-5 Mensur Suljovic
James Wade 8-6 Rob Cross

Play Offs – Thursday 23rd May

O2, London
Semi Finals
Rob Cross v James Wade
Michael van Gerwen v Daryl Gurney

Final
Rob Cross/James Wade v Michael van Gerwen/Daryl Gurney

Template - Date: European Darts Grand Prix (ET6)

Ian White clinched his second career European Title with a dramatic last-leg 8-7 victory over Peter Wright to win the 2019 European Darts Grand Prix in Sindelfingen.

It was third time a charm for White as he made a third successive European Tour final in as many weeks, before finally picking up the top prize. Losing out to Michael van Gerwen in both the German Darts Open and Austrian Darts Open, White must have been relieved to face a different opposition in this final, but was pushed all the way by the world number six.

After trading the opening three legs, White was the first to break throw as he produced a show-stopping 170 checkout – the third of the tournament – to lead 3-1. Wright quickly bit back to level things at 3-3, as he chased his first European Tour title since 2017.

One hold of throw after another came next, with little to separate the two in a nervy encounter as it got to six legs apiece. It was there that Wright stuck what seemed a decisive blow. White missed tops for a 120 checkout, and ’Snakebite’ landed a huge 104 checkout on D16 to move one leg away from the title.

But White wasn’t ready to let another European Tour title slip through his fingers, and fired his second 180 of the match in response as he broke back to force a deciding leg at 7-7. And with the throw in last, the Stoke-star held firm and sealed his second career European Tour title on D16.

The European Tour action will continue on May 24-26 with the 2019 Dutch Darts Masters in Zwolle, The Netherlands, with Van Gerwen looking to retain his title.

Sunday May 12th

Afternoon Session (13.00 local time, 12.00 BST)
THIRD ROUND
Ian White 6-3 Keegan Brown
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-4 Michael Smith
Steve Beaton 6-4 Ryan Searle
Gerwyn Price 4-6 Darren Webster
Daryl Gurney 4-6 Nathan Aspinall
Jamie Hughes 6-4 Mark McGeeney
Peter Wright 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 James Richardson

Evening Session (19.15 local time, 18.15 BST)
QUARTERS
Ian White 6-1 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Steve Beaton 6-2 Darren Webster
Nathan Aspinall 5-6 Jamie Hughes
Peter Wright 6-3 Michael van Gerwen

SEMIS
Ian White 7-5 Steve Beaton
Jamie Hughes 1-7 Peter Wright

FINAL
Ian White 8-7 Peter Wright

Template - Date: PDPA World Cup (JDC)

In addition to these events all International players who represent their country will be granted a place in the Scott Farms International Junior World Darts Championship finals on Thursday 26th September in the same venue at Europa point on the rock. The actual final will be played out on the biggest stage in the world at the Alexandra Palace London in December.

Updates and information on the JDC World Championship 2019 in Gibraltar.
VENUE FOR ALL EVENTS – EUROPA POINT SPORTS STADIA GIBRALTAR

DATES:

TUESDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER – PDPA WORLD CUP TEAM EVENT
2X Teams of 4 players from each nation
Players will receive a free World Cup Team shirt from the JDC
Estimated times 11am – 6pm ( format TBC nearer the time)
Entry for the teams to this event is FREE of charge by invitation

WEDNESDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER  –  INTERNATIONAL OPEN
Open event to any player of qualifying age
Entry will be online ( details TBC) £30.00 per entrant
Estimated times 11am – 6pmStraight knockout – ( formats TBC nearer the time)
You must be over 10 yrs old & under 18 yrs old on the day of the event to compete

£3,600 prize fund:
Winner – £1,500
Runner Up – £800
Semi Final – £350
Quarter Final – £150

THURSDAY 26TH OF SEPTEMBER  – JDC JUNIOR WORLD DARTS FINALS
Estimated times 10am – 6pm
Format – Group stage, followed by knockout rounds (TBC nearer the time)
This event will be played up to the final in Gibraltar
The actual final will be played at the Alexandra Palace in London during the PDC World Darts Championship ( Date TBC)
Age restriction apply
Entry for this event will be online for qualifiers only (Details TBC) – £30.00 per entrant

£6,000 Prize fund:
Winner – £2,000
Runner Up – £1,000
Semi Final – £500
Quarter Finals – £250
Last 16 – £125

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Rob Cross secured his place in the Unibet Premier League Play-Offs with an 8-4 win over Mensur Suljovic in Sheffield on Thursday night.

 

The 2018 World Champion ensured that he will go into the final league night of the season top of the table, and in pole position to claim the £25,000 league leader’s bonus, after another top-class display.

He took a 3-0 lead and also finished 126 on the bullseye to move clear of the Austrian, before sealing a tenth victory of the season which dents Suljovic’s own top four hopes. James Wade moved a step closer to securing his first Play-Offs appearance since 2013 with a draw against Michael Smith.

A high-quality opening saw Wade respond to finishes of 76 and 94 from the World Championship finalist with a 144 checkout to level in leg four, only for Smith to then fire in a 128 bull combination.

Double ten in leg six saw Smith claim the first break to move 4-2 up, but his missed doubles in four of the next five allowed Wade back in to move 6-5 up. A brilliant 161 checkout from Wade saw him secure a point, but Smith took the final two legs to share the spoils.

Daryl Gurney and Gerwyn Price also remain in the hunt for Play-Off places following their draw, which ended with the Northern Irish ace exchanging words with the Grand Slam of Darts champion.

Price hit back from a leg down to lead 3-1, while Gurney landed a superb ten-darter as he pulled back to 4-3, before levelling after 12 legs courtesy of a 95 finish – maintaining his superb finishing record on the night.

Price then held his nerve with a 96 finish that featured double 18 and double top as he secured a point, keeping his Play-Off hopes alive, but missed double 13 for the match in a dramatic decider before Gurney took out 64 to claim the draw.

Michael van Gerwen destroyed Peter Wright 8-1 despite Wrights average of 102.29, it was no match for van Gerwen’s 110.85 who is also now guaranteed a play off spot with one week to go.

Night 15 – Thursday May 9th The FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield
Michael Smith 7-7 James Wade
Mensur Suljovic 4-8 Rob Cross
Daryl Gurney 7-7 Gerwyn Price
Michael van Gerwen 8-1 Peter Wright

Night 16 – Thursday May 16th First Direct Arena, Leeds
Gerwyn Price v Peter Wright
James Wade v Rob Cross
Michael van Gerwen v Mensur Suljovic
Daryl Gurney v Michael Smith
Tickets: 0844 248 1585 or click here

Play-Offs – Thursday May 23rd The O2, London
Semi-Finals
Final
Tickets: 0844 856 0202 or click here

Template - Date: Austrian Darts Open (ET5)

Michael van Gerwen continued his European Tour dominance by edging out Ian White 8-7 to win the Austrian Darts Open final in Graz on Sunday night.

 

 

World Champion Van Gerwen travelled to Austria having won three of the four European Tour events held so far in 2019, including two over the past fortnight. He extended that record with another outstanding performance as he claimed the £25,000 title and a commemorative green jacket as the Austrian Darts Open champion.

Van Gerwen had whitewashed Steve Lennon in Saturday’s second round and dropped only one leg on Sunday afternoon with a big win over Stephen Bunting in the last 16. He was pushed all the way by Peter Wright in the quarter-finals, with the Scot coming back from 5-3 down to force a decider only for the Dutchman to be too strong.

Van Gerwen then overcame Daryl Gurney 7-3 in the semi-finals, taking out finishes of 170 and 164 as he pulled into an early 4-1 lead before going on to seal his spot in the decider. There, he took on White in a repeat of last weekend’s German Darts Open final, which Van Gerwen had won on that occasion 8-3 only to find their rematch a tougher prospect.

White took an early 3-1 lead as he followed up two 14-darters with a 138 checkout, only for Van Gerwen to win three in a row and move 4-3 up. The pair then traded the next four legs before a 13-dart break of throw from Van Gerwen saw him open up a 7-5 lead and move to the brink of victory.

Legs of 14 and 15 darts from White saw him take the contest all the way, but Van Gerwen – with the advantage of throw – produced a brilliant 13-darter to secure yet another triumph.

Sunday May 5th

THIRD ROUND
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Stephen Bunting
Peter Wright 6-5 Tytus Kanik
Adrian Lewis 6-1 Nathan Aspinall
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Mark Webster
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Darius Labanauskas
Mensur Suljovic 3-6 James Wade
Rob Cross 2-6 Steve Beaton
Ian White 6-1 Keegan Brown

QUARTER-FINALS
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Peter Wright
Adrian Lewis 5-6 Daryl Gurney
Gerwyn Price 4-6 James Wade
Steve Beaton 2-6 Ian White

SEMI-FINALS
Michael van Gerwen 7-3 Daryl Gurney
James Wade 4-7 Ian White

FINAL
Michael van Gerwen 8-7 Ian White

Prize Fund
Winner: £25,000
Runner-up: £10,000
Semi-Finalists: £6,500
Quarter-Finalists: £5,000
Last 16: £3,000
Last 32: £2,000
Last 48: £1,000
Total: £140,000