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Jeffrey de Zwaan, William O’Connor, Jamie Hughes and John Henderson enjoyed a European Tour qualifying double on Friday as they secured places in the European Darts Matchplay and International Darts Open.

 

The European Tour Card Holders Qualifier in Hildesheim saw six places on offer for European players in each of September’s tournaments, and eighteen from the UK.

If you qualify, please see your full event brief.

European Tour 11:

European Darts Matchplay, Mannheim, Germany 6th-8th September CLICK HERE
European Qualifiers (6)
Jeffrey de Zwaan, Kim Huybrechts, Dirk van Duijvenbode, Gabriel Clemens, Max Hopp, Maik Kuivenhoven.
UK Qualifiers (18)
Michael Smith, Simon Whitlock, Scott Taylor, Ryan Joyce, Bradley Brooks, William O’Connor, Bret Claydon, Matthew Edgar, Keegan Brown, Jamie Hughes, Mark McGeeney, Ryan Meikle, Steve Lennon, Simon Stevenson, Ross Smith, Robert Thornton, Wayne Jones, John Henderson.

European Tour 12:

International Darts Open, Riesa, Germany 13th-15th Sept CLICK HERE
European Qualifiers (6)
Davy van Baelen, Jeffrey de Zwaan, Danny Noppert, Benito van de Pas, Dimitri van den Bergh, Jelle Klaasen.
UK Qualifiers (18)
Reece Robinson,Brett Claydon, Jamie Hughes, Adam Hunt, Joe Murnan, John Henderson, James Richardson, Ritchie Edhouse, Luke Woodhouse, Kyle Anderson, Arron Monk, Mickey Mansell, William O’Connor, Steve West, Justin Pipe, Harry Ward, Richard North, Andy Boulton.

Template - Date: PDC OoM Update:

Following the Betfred World Matchplay, below is the updated PDC Order of Merit.

 

Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney moves up to No 3 just ahead of Michael Smith in No 4. Keegan Brown is up to No 25 with Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski up to No 33 just outside the top 32.

1-Michael van Gerwen £1,602,250
2-Rob Cross £937,250
3-Daryl Gurney £545,750
4-Michael Smith £538,000
5-Gary Anderson £533,250
6-Peter Wright £466,000
7-Gerwyn Price £424,750
8-James Wade £402,000
9-Mensur Suljoviv £366,000
10-Ian White £339,000
11-Simon Whitlock £325,250
12-Dave Chisnall £312,500
13-Nathan Aspinall £290,500
14-Jonny Clayton £268,500
15-Stephen Bunting £238,750
16-Darren Webster £238,250

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Template - Date: Paddy Power Champions League

The eight players who will compete in the 2019 Paddy Power Champions League of Darts have been confirmed.

 

Broadcast live on BBC Sport, the event gets underway on Saturday October 19 with the first eight group stage matches played across two sessions before Sunday October 20 sees the group stage conclude in the afternoon session, followed by the semi-finals and final in the evening.

Group A includes last year’s winner Gary Anderson, alongside World Champion Michael van Gerwen, World Championship and World Matchplay runner-up Michael Smith and nine-time TV event winner James Wade.

Newly-crowned World Matchplay champion Rob Cross heads up Group B, which also features last year’s runner-up Peter Wright, world number three Daryl Gurney and debutant Gerwyn Price. The groups are based on PDC Order of Merit positions following the World Matchplay.

2019 Paddy Power Champions League of Darts:

Tickets for the Paddy Power Champions League of Darts are now available through SeeTickets at this link. Tickets are also being sold via the Morningside Arena at this linkThomas Cook Sport Breaks: Fans can book a Thomas Cook Sport ticket & hotel package, which includes ticket and accommodation, by clicking here.

Saturday October 19th

Afternoon Session (12.30 Start)
4x Group Matches
Table Seat Tickets £26 – Tiered Seat Tickets £21

Evening Session (18.30 Start)
4x Group Matches
Table Seat Tickets £31 – Tiered Seat Tickets £26

Sunday October 20th

Afternoon Session (12.30 Start)
4x Group Matches
Table Seat Tickets £26 – Tiered Seat Tickets £21

Evening Session (18.30 Start)
Semi-Finals & Final
Table Seat Tickets £31 – Tiered Seat Tickets £26

Tickets are sold subject to standard PDC Terms & Conditions as displayed at www.pdc.tv/tickets.

Template - Date: Betfred World Matchplay Final

Rob Cross won his first World Matchplay title with an incredible win over Michael Smith in tonights final, after a 9-0 start Cross looked odds on but Smith rallied to take it to the wire.

 

Cross held off a superb fightback from Michael Smith to claim Betfred World Matchplay glory with an 18-13 success at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on Sunday night. Cross followed up his fairy-tale 2018 World Championship success with a second televised ranking title as he scooped the Phil Taylor Trophy and a £150,000 pay-day in style.

Having reeled off eight straight legs to win his semi-final against Daryl Gurney 17-15, Cross extended that run by opening the final with another nine in a row to move half-way to victory. He began the contest with back-to-back 72 checkouts, and added an 81 combination for a 12-darter before punishing misses from Smith in three straight legs to pull clear.

St Helens’ Smith had missed nine doubles during the opening six legs of that spell, but finally found his range to take out 84 in two darts to win leg ten. Smith also won three of the next four to cut the gap, only for Cross to steady his nerve with finishes of 73 and 115 before punishing five misses from his rival to move 12-4 up.

The 2018 World Championship finalist hit back superbly with legs of 12, 13 and 12 darts as he pulled back to 12-7, before a last-dart double 16 from Cross gave him the 20th leg. Smith, inspired by a capacity Winter Gardens crowd, claimed another three legs – including an 11-darter – as he pulled back to 13-10, and after Cross finished 110 the St Helens man came from 250 points behind to win the 25th leg on double 18.

The next two were shared, before six misses from Cross allowed Smith to cut the gap to just two legs at 15-13 as he threatened to complete the greatest comeback in the event’s history. The Hastings ace, though, held his nerve with another 72 combination and posted double 16 to move to the brink of glory and sealed the title with double four.

Smith, a former Premier League and World Championship finalist, said: “My doubles deserted me tonight. I was constantly chasing and I didn’t turn up. “My scoring wasn’t there and my finishing wasn’t, but all credit to Rob because he did a job. I’ve made another final and it’s another runner-up trophy but it won’t stop me.”

SUNDAY 28th July

Betfred World Matchplay
Winter Gardens, Blackpool (7pm)

The Final (35 Legs)
Michael Smith (95.91) 13-18 Rob Cross (95.16)

Template - Date: German Darts Masters ‘WORLD SERIES 2’

Peter Wright won the German Darts Masters for a second time in three years in Cologne on Saturday.

 

Wright, who won the 2017 title in Dusseldorf, defeated rising German star Gabriel Clemens 8-6 in the final in front of 8,000 fans at the Lanxess Arena to claim a third World Series of Darts crown.

The Scottish World Cup winner last lifted an individual TV title at the Melbourne Darts Masters in August 2018, but a series of clinical displays saw him overcome Nico Kurz, James Wade and Clemens in a marathon final session.

“It feels great to win this title again, I thought I was in the form to win it but you never know because there are so many good players who can beat you,” said Wright, who also beat Germany’s Robert Marijanovic in Friday’s last 16.

“There were a few moments where I was lucky but I think I was skilful enough and mentally strong enough to win it. I’m coming back to my best but I’m not there yet.

Peter Wright (Kais Bodensieck, PDC)

Starring in his first televised final, Clemens got off to a perfect start by taking a 2-0 lead, and after Wright hit a 116 to get his first leg on the board, the German fired in a roof-raising 134 checkout using two double tops to regain his two-leg advantage. Undeterred, Wright broke straight back and after the next two legs went with throw, Clemens missed two darts to go 5-3 up, allowing Wright to hit tops to level and then produce an 11-dart leg to hit the front for the first time at 5-4.

With time running out for Clemens to claw himself back into the contest, the German missed a dart at double 16 to make it 6-6, and Wright made no mistake on the same target to go within a leg of the title. A determined Clemens refused to give in as he made it 7-6, but it was to be Wright’s night as the former UK Open champion showed composure to find the match-winning double four and clinch the £20,000 top prize.

Gabriel Clemens (Kais Bodensieck, PDC)

Despite defeat at the final hurdle, the tournament will go down as a landmark moment for three-time ProTour runner-up Clemens who reached his first televised final in front of an adoring German crowd.

The German number three followed up his opening round win over Raymond van Barneveld with victories over former World Champion Rob Cross and reigning German Darts Masters champion Mensur Suljovic in just his fifth TV event. The 2019 World Series of Darts continues with the Brisbane Darts Masters from August 9-10, the first of a triple-header Down Under.

QUARTER FINALS
Peter Wright 8-6 Nico Kurz
Daryl Gurney 0-8 James Wade
Martin Schindler 2-8 Mensur Suljovic
Rob Cross 5-8 Gabriel Clemens

SEMI FINALS
Peter Wright 8-4 James Wade
Mensur Suljovic 3-8 Gabriel Clemens

FINAL
Peter Wright 8-6 Gabriel Clemens

Template - Date: US Masters ‘WORLD SERIES 1’

Nathan Aspinall completed a dream World Series of Darts debut with glory in the Dafabet US Darts Masters at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Friday, defeating Michael Smith 8-4 in a superb final.

 

Aspinall has enjoyed an incredible six months to establish himself amongst the sport’s top stars with a run to the World Championship semi-finals and a maiden TV title at the UK Open. Those successes earned the 27-year-old a place in his first World Series event in Las Vegas, and he scooped the £20,000 title in a brilliant day at the Mandalay Bay.

Aspinall followed up Thursday’s first round win over Shawn Brenneman with a fine 8-5 quarter-final victory against world number two Rob Cross. He then edged out Peter Wright 8-7 in a tight semi-final – hitting back from two legs behind on three occasions, landing finishes of 161 and 126, before surviving a missed match dart from the Scot in the deciding leg.

Aspinall then saved his best performance for the final, where he overcame Smith in a fast-paced and heavy-scoring contest. He won the opening leg with a brilliant ten-dart finish, and landed two 180s in the second only to see Smith take out 130 to level.

The next two were also shared before Aspinall finished 70 and 120 to move 4-2 up as he maintained an average of over 111. Smith took out 118 and 87 to level at four-all, but Aspinall edged the ninth leg on double 18 and pulled clear with checkouts of 85 and 80 and then landed tops to seal a sensational triumph.

Friday July 5th (7.45pm UK)

QUARTER FINALS (15)
(88.59) Michael van Gerwen 6-8 Michael Smith (90.27)
(94.96) Gary Anderson 6-8 Gerwyn Price (98.57)
(95.58) Rob Cross 5-8 Nathan Aspinall (100.37)
(99.14) Daryl Gurney 6-8 Peter Wright (100.59)

SEMI FINALS (15)
(101.77) Michael Smith 8-4 Gerwyn Price (98.05)
(104.21) Nathan Aspinall 8-7 Peter Wright (102.10)

FINAL (15)
(100.14) Michael Smith 4-8 Nathan Aspinall (106.70)

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Danny Baggish took glory in the Dafabet North American Championship as the American ace celebrated Independence Day in style in Las Vegas with a dramatic 6-5 win over Jeff Smith.

 

The 35-year-old from Florida claimed the $10,000 title and a place in the World Championship by defeating Smith in a superb final at the Mandalay Bay Casino & Resort on Thursday.

The Guam-born thrower had made his TV debut in the Dafabet US Darts Masters earlier in the day, losing out to Daryl Gurney, but came through the eight-player field to succeed Smith as North American Champion. Checkouts of 71, 97 and 82 gave Baggish a 3-0 lead in the final, twice taking advantage of Smith’s missed doubles before the Canadian took out 120 to get off the mark in leg four.

Baggish extended his lead to 4-1 and 5-2 as he moved to the brink of victory, with Smith taking out 88 on the bull and double 16 – after surviving one missed match dart – to reduce the gap to 5-4. He then finished a third-dart double 16 to take the final to a deciding leg, but the Canadian missed the bull for victory to allow Baggish in on tops to claim the title.

“I look up to Jeff – he’s a class act and a great player and it’s an honour to be on the same stage as him. I was hanging in there and that moment came, and I had to take it.” Baggish will make his World Championship debut at Alexandra Palace in December, as he becomes the latest American to compete in the sport’s biggest tournament.

“Every player dreams of playing at Alexandra Palace and I can’t wait for that,” he added. “It hasn’t sunk in yet but I know it will. “I’m going to go there and have fun and I’m excited for the opportunity.”

Danny Baggish

Smith had bounced back from his narrow US Darts Masters defeat to Peter Wright earlier in the day by defeating Gary Mawson 6-2 in their quarter-final tie. The reigning champion then battled past CDC number one Darin Young in the semi-finals with a 6-4 success, but saw his title defence ended by Baggish in the decider.

American number one Young had seen off Canada’s Jim Long 6-4 in the quarter-finals, landing checkouts of 103, 136 and 102 to progress to the last four. Gates, the former Minor League Baseball player who made his TV debut in Las Vegas, was a 6-3 quarter-final winner against Canada’s Shawn Brenneman.

North American Championship

Quarter-Finals
Danny Baggish 6-2 Elliot Milk
Leonard Gates 6-3 Shawn Brenneman
Darin Young 6-4 Jim Long
Jeff Smith 6-2 Gary Mawson

Semi-Finals
Danny Baggish 6-5 Leonard Gates
Jeff Smith 6-4 Darin Young

Final
Danny Baggish 6-5 Jeff Smith

Template - Date: DRA Announcement on Beta Blockers

Circular
 – Drug Testing in Darts Update on Beta Blockers

 

  • 1 – Below is the official announcement by the DRA on Beta Blockers
  • 2 – The DRA Rule 7.1.2 (ii)
  • 3 – User friendly terms of what this means for members

 

1- Since 6th January 2019 unapproved use of Beta-Blockers has been subject to disciplinary rules (as then amended).

Given the complexity of processing Therapeutic Use Exemption Applications and other technical procedures required which flow from these rule changes, the DRA has been in detailed communication with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) to implement these changes. Unfortunately, we have been unable to finalise our procedures with UKAD and this has proved more difficult than originally anticipated. Accordingly, and so that testing can continue the DRA Board of Directors has made the following decision:

The application of section 7.1.2 (ii) of the DRA Rules is suspended until further notice. Please note that this suspension does not affect your obligation to inform the DRA if you are currently prescribed Beta-Blockers. It also does not affect your obligations in respect of other medications and TUEs.

We remind all players that it is your responsibility to have any medication you use checked to see if it or any of its ingredients are prohibited. If any player is unsure or has any questions regarding any medications (including Beta-Blockers), please contact us using the email addresses or a telephone number below.

You can also check your medication on the Global DRO website: CLICK HERE

If you need any further assistance or help, please contact us using the following email addresses: [email protected] and [email protected] Alternatively, you can speak to Tim Ollerenshaw or Monika Krtenova using this following telephone number +44(0)1926 674544 – Dated 3rd June 2019

2 – DRA Rule 7.1.2 (ii)

For the purpose of these Disciplinary Rules the following shall amount to “Misconduct”: a breach of the DRA’s Rules and Regulations, including and in addition (without limitation):

(ii) the unauthorised use by a Player of Beta-Blockers [in or out of competition] for incidents occurring on or after 6th January 20191;

3 – What does this mean

NOTE a
Players will still need to check all Medications and will still need a TUE Certificate for all prohibited substances/medications.

NOTE b
If a player is on Beta Blockers, they are obliged to inform the DRA but can use this medication with a TUE form, We do not recommend their using Beta-Blockers, if there is an alternative medication available, but it will not be treated as a Disciplinary matter currently, if they are tested and found to have Beta-Blockers in their system.

They do not need a TUE Form for Beta-Blockers now as there is currently no procedure in place to deal with Beta-Blockers TUE Forms (this will obviously change once such a procedure has been adopted). At the moment, their only obligation in respect of Beta-Blockers is to inform the DRA.

If you have any issues, comments or queries please refer to the above correspondence or contact your PDPA

Regards

The PDPA