Template - Date: Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals

Michael van Gerwen won the Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals title for a fifth time with a brilliant 11-9 win over Gerwyn Price in a sensational final.

 

World Champion Van Gerwen had been defeated by Price in the semi-finals of the Grand Slam of Darts a week ago, with the sport’s top two current form players meeting again this time in the decider. Price went within touching distance of claiming a second successive televised title as he sought to follow up his Grand Slam victory with glory at the Butlin’s Minehead Resort, edging into an 8-7 lead in the final.

However, Van Gerwen found one last push to claim the £100,000 title and erase the memories of his loss in last year’s final to Daryl Gurney. Van Gerwen had landed a nine-darter against Adrian Lewis on Saturday and then overcame Mervyn King in the quarter-finals and Ian White in the semi-finals, seeing off the Stoke ace with an 11-8 victory.

Price had followed up a clinical quarter-final win over Stephen Bunting – where he averaged almost 109 in a 10-3 victory – by coming from 4-1 down to defeat Chris Dobey 11-8 in the last four. Despite coming from two legs behind to move 8-7 up against Van Gerwen, the Welshman was left to rue the Dutchman’s late blitz as he was forced to settle for the £50,000 runner-up prize.

White produced two 180s in a brilliant deciding leg as he edged out William O’Connor 10-9 to reach his first televised ranking semi-final, finally ending his unwanted run of last eight defeats. Dobey, meanwhile, followed up October’s appearance in the last four at the World Grand Prix with another strong showing as he picked up a memorable 10-2 quarter-final win over Raymond van Barneveld.

Van Barneveld now progresses to his final tournament before retirement at next month’s World Championship, having enjoyed wins over Nathan Aspinall, Joe Cullen and Glen Durrant earlier in the weekend in Minehead.


Picture Laurence Lustig ‘PDC’

Sunday November 24th

Quarter-Finals (19)
Gerwyn Price 10-3 Stephen Bunting
Raymond van Barneveld 2-10 Chris Dobey
Michael van Gerwen 10-6 Mervyn King
Ian White 10-9 William O’Connor

Evening Session (19.00 GMT)

Semi-Finals (21)
Gerwyn Price 11-8 Chris Dobey
Michael van Gerwen 11-8 Ian White

Final (21)
Michael Van Gerwen 11-9 Gerwyn Price

Prize Fund
Winner – £100,000
Runner-Up – £50,000
Semi-Finalists – £25,000
Quarter-Finalists – £15,000
Third Round Losers – £10,000
Second Round Losers – £5,000
First Round Losers – £2,500
Total – £500,000

PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship Final

Adam Gawlas 0-6 Luke Humphries (Best of 11 legs

Luke Humphries took glory in the 2019 PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship with a superb 6-0 whitewash of Adam Gawlas in Minehead on Sunday night.

Newbury’s Humphries, competing in his final game at youth level, followed up his success in topping the PDC Unicorn Development Tour Order of Merit in 2018 and 2019 by claiming the £10,000 World Youth Championship title.

Humphries was in ruthless form against Czech teenager Gawlas, a 17-year-old who only took up the sport in February and was making his first appearance in front of the TV cameras.

Two missed doubles from Gawlas in leg one allowed Humphries in to break throw, and he took out 112 for a 3-0 lead before a trio of 14-darters – each begun with a 180 – secured the coveted title.

“It’s been a dream of mine so I’m over the moon,” said Humphries. “In the last three years, in my opinion, I’ve been the best youth player and this has been a long time coming.

“There was a lot of pressure on me and I had to be ruthless. To win 6-0 is amazing and it was a great win for me. I played well but maybe the scoreline is a little bit harsh on Adam.

“He’s a great talent and it’s amazing to think that he’s only been playing the game for nine months, and I’d love to see where he is in five years.”

Luke Humphries & Adam Gawlas (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

Humphries added: “The Development Tour has made me the player I am and I want to thank the PDC for what they’ve done to bring this system in.

“This is my last ever youth tournament and it’s time to take the step up, but it’s a fitting end. It’s special to lift this trophy in my last ever youth tournament.

“I worked hard to win this and I think it was my destiny to win this in my final year as a youth player. It’s my ambition now to be the first player to win the World Youth Championship and then the World Championship so the hard work starts now.

“It’s time to start upping my practice because on my day I think I can live with anyone, and on the big stage is where I play my best game.”

The 24-year-old has spoken publicly about his struggles with anxiety this year, and hopes that his triumph can be an inspiration to those in a similar situation.

He said: “A lot of people out there give up and six months ago I could have walked away from darts so I hope people can look at this and realise what you can achieve.”

Template - Date: Grand Slam of Darts

Gerwyn Price produced a scintillating display to beat Peter Wright 16-6 on Sunday night to win the BoyleSports Grand Slam of Darts.

Price produced the performance of his life to retain the BoyleSports Grand Slam of Darts title in incredible fashion by defeating Peter Wright 16-6 in Sunday’s final.

The Welshman followed up his brilliant maiden career victory over Michael van Gerwen in Sunday afternoon’s semi-finals with an unstoppable display to lift the Eric Bristow Trophy once again in Wolverhampton.

Price had never previously defeated Van Gerwen in 18 previous career meetings, but emerged a 16-12 winner in their last four clash to keep his title hopes alive at the Aldersley Leisure Village.

He then wrote his name into the record books with a relentless demolition of Wright to claim back-to-back Grand Slam wins, averaging 107.86 and hitting 11 180s during a remarkbale display.

Price led 10-5 after 15 legs with an average of over 113 and no leg by either player over 15 darts in a very high quality match. Price now wins the Grand Slam of Darts for the second consecutive year after beating Gary Anderson in last years final.

The welshman defeated Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright disposed of BDO Champion Glen Durrant in the earlier semi finals this afternoon.

Sunday November 17th

SEMI FINALS
(31 LEGS)
Peter Wright 16-11 Glen Durrant
Gerwyn Price 16-12 Michael van Gerwen

THE FINAL
(31 LEGS)
Peter Wright 6-16 Gerwyn Price

Full Group Results:

GROUP A

Michael van Gerwen 5-2 Jim Williams
Adrian Lewis 5-2 Ross Smith
Ross Smith 1-5 Jim Williams
Michael van Gerwen 5-2 Adrian Lewis
Michael Van Gerwen 5-2 Ross Smith
Jim Williams 3-5 Adrian Lewis

GROUP B

Ian White 5-1 Steve Lennon
James Wade 5-2 Wesley Harms
Steve Lennon 5-4 Wesley Harms
James Wade 5-4 Ian White
Ian White 5-4 Wesley Harms
Steve Lennon 5-4 James Wade

GROUP C

Gerwyn Price 5-3 Mikuru Suzuki
Dimitri Van den Bergh 4-5 Robert Thornton
Dimitri Van den Bergh 5-1 Mikuru Suzuki
Gerwyn Price 5-4 Robert Thornton
Gerwyn Price 5-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Mikuru Suzuki 3-5 Robert Thornton

GROUP D

Darren Webster 3-5 William O’Connor
Gary Anderson 5-1 Dave Parletti
Darren Webster 5-2 Dave Parletti
Gary Anderson 5-3 William O’Connor
Darren Webster 5-4 Gary Anderson
William O’Connor 2-5 Dave Parletti

GROUP E

Dave Chisnall 5-3 Jamie Hughes
Rob Cross 5-2 Lisa Ashton
Jamie Hughes 5-1 Lisa Ashton
Rob Cross 3-5 Dave Chisnall
Lisa Ashton 1-5 Dave Chisnall
Jamie Hughes 3-5 Rob Cross

GROUP F

Ryan Harrington 5-4 Danny Noppert
Peter Wright 5-2 Wayne Warren
Danny Noppert 5-1 Wayne Warren
Peter Wright 5-2 Ryan Harrington
Ryan Harrington 5-1 Wayne Warren
Peter Wright 5-2 Danny Noppert

GROUP G

Gabriel Clemens 5-1 Brendan Dolan
Daryl Gurney 5-0 Richard Veenstra
Brendan Dolan 5-1 Richard Veenstra
Daryl Gurney 4-5 Gabriel Clemens
Richard Veenstra 2-5 Gabriel Clemens
Brendan Dolan 2-5 Daryl Gurney

GROUP H

Nathan Aspinall 5-0 Martin Schindler
Michael Smith 5-3 Glen Durrant
Martin Schindler 4-5 Glen Durrant
Michael Smith 5-1 Nathan Aspinall
Nathan Aspinall 0-5 Glen Durrant
Martin Schindler 4-5 Michael Smith

Final League Tables:

BoyleSports Grand Slam of Darts

Grand Slam of Darts Groups E-H final tables (PDC)

SECOND ROUND (19)
Dave Chisnall 10-3 Ryan Harrington
Gabriel Clemens 9-10 Glen Durrant
Michael Smith 10-7 Daryl Gurney
Peter Wright 10-3 Rob Cross
Michael van Gerwen 10-7 Ian White
James Wade 7-10 Adrian Lewis
Gerwyn Price 10-1 Darren Webster
Gary Anderson 10-8 Robert Thornton

QUARTER FINALS (31)
Dave Chisnall 12-16 Peter Wright
Glen Durrant 16-12 Michael Smith
Gary Anderson 9-16 Gerwyn Price
Michael Van Gerwen 16-6 Adrian Lewis

Prize Money:

Winner: £125,000
Runner Up £65,000
Semi Finalists £40,000
Quarter Finalists £20,000
Second Round Losers £10,000
Third in Group £7,500
Fourth in Group £4,000
Group Winners Bonus £3,500
TOTAL: £550,000

Template - Date: World Series Finals

Michael van Gerwen clinched the 2019 Jack’s Casino World Series of Darts Finals, beating fellow Dutchman Danny Noppert 11-2 on home soil in Amsterdam.

 

The World Number One blitzed through the pack on the final day of action at the AFAS Live, dropping just 12 legs in victories against Jonny Clayton, Mensur Suljovic and Noppert on his way to the title. Averaging just under 102 for the tournament, Van Gerwen was at his dominant best throughout.

Noppert, playing in his first PDC televised final, started the brighter by clinching the opening leg but quickly faded. Perhaps jaded from his epic last-leg Semi-Final victory over Dave Chisnall, Noppert struggled to keep pace with Van Green who was finding the treble 20 with ease – landing nine maximums in total.

A string of nine successive legs followed from the reigning World Champion, as he raced to within two of the title at the second interval. Looking for a showpiece finish, Van Gerwen landed seven perfect darts and scored 499 in nine, before floundering on double-one, allowing Noppert to take out 42 to get a second leg on the board.

But the title was quickly sealed by Van Gerwen as he clinched the remaining two legs to add to his victories in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

In a tournament marked as the farewell of a legend in his home country as Raymond van Barneveld bowed out after being beaten 10-8 by Dave Chisnall in the last eight, it was perhaps fitting that the final was contested by two younger Dutchmen.

It was a good run for the five-time World Champion as he produced some of his best darts of the year, but ultimately bid his farewell to the Dutch crowd in the quarter-finals. But Chisnall was then denied a repeat of the World Grand Prix Final with Van Gerwen at the hands of Noppert.

The 28-year-old produced an incredible 102 checkout in the deciding leg to capitalise on a missed match dart from Chisnall and book his place in the final. That victory for Noppert was also bad news for Suljovic, with the Dutchman qualifying for the 2019 Grand Slam of Darts at the expense of the Austrian.

That was not the only drama that Noppert had faced on the final day in Amsterdam. The quarter-finals saw him miss a staggering 12 match-darts against Ian White before eventually sealing the win in a last leg decider.

The run to the final marks the Dutchman’s best PDC result and he spoke of his pride after the decider. Noppert will return to action next weekend as the Grand Slam of Darts takes place in Wolverhampton with the draw for the event taking place on Tuesday (November 5).

Sunday November 3rd

Afternoon Session (13.45 local time, 12.45 GMT)

QUARTER FINALS (19)
Krzysztof Ratajski 9-10 Mensur Suljovic
Jonny Clayton 6-10 Michael van Gerwen
Ian White 9-10 Danny Noppert
Raymond van Barneveld 8-10 Dave Chisnall

Evening Session (20.00 local time, 19.00 GMT)

SEMI FINALS (21)
Mensur Suljovic 4-11 Michael van Gerwen
Danny Noppert 11-10 Dave Chisnall

FINAL (21)
Michael van Gerwen 11-2 Danny Noppert

Prize Fund
Winner £70,000
Runner-Up £30,000
Semi-Finalists £20,000
Quarter-Finalists £10,000
Second Round £7,500
First Round £5,000
Total £300,000

Template - Date: Development Tours

The 2019 PDC Unicorn Development Tour season concluded on Sunday as top two Ted Evetts and Luke Humphries shared wins in the year’s final two events.

 

Evetts’ runaway success at the top of the Development Tour Order of Merit was already assured going into Event 19, where the 22-year-old claimed his eighth tournament victory of 2019. Having taken victory in Event 18 on Saturday, Evetts’ winning streak continued at the Robin Park Tennis Centre as he defeated Ciaran Teehan 5-2 in the final.

Evetts also defeated Humphries 4-3 in the Last 16 of the event, and saw off former JDC World Junior Champion Rusty-Rodriguez in the semi-finals. Evetts’ challenge in Event 20 was ended by Dan Read in the Last 16, before Humphries went on to take the title – mirroring his Event 17 success on Saturday.

The World Championship finalist negotiated a tricky route to the final, defeating former Development Tour event winners Mike De Decker and Mike van Duivenbode in his opening two matches.

He also had to see off German World Cup star Martin Schindler in the semi-finals – averaging almost 100 in a 5-2 win – before claiming a 5-3 win over Geert Nentjes in the final. That clash proved to be a shoot-out for second place in the Development Tour Order of Merit, with the 2017 & 2018 table-topper taking that slot this time around.

Nentjes’ consolation will be qualification for the William Hill World Darts Championship, with the top two non-qualified players from the Development Tour Order of Merit securing a place at Alexandra Palace.

With Evetts, Humphries and Ryan Meikle currently in provisional ProTour Order of Merit qualifying places, Ciaran Teehan also looks set to secure a World Championship spot, which would mean a debut for the Irish prospect.

Meikle and Teehan are also in line to secure PDC Tour Cards for 2020/2021 from the Development Tour Order of Merit, with a further six players set to secure free entry to the 2020 PDC Qualifying School.

The focus now moves to the 2019 PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship, which will see the early rounds held on Monday in Wigan. The 96-player field will be split into 32 groups of three players for the initial round-robin phase, with the group winners progressing to the knockout phase from the last 32 onwards.

The World Youth Championship final will then take place on Sunday November 24 in Minehead between the semi-finals and final of the Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals.

Click here to see the final 2019 PDC Unicorn Development Tour Order of Merit

PDC Development Tour 20 – Wigan

QUARTERS
Luke Humphries 5-2 Brad Phillips
Martin Schindler 5-3 Keane Barry
Kevin Doets 5-0 Dan Read
Geert Nentjes 5-2 Adam Gawlas

SEMI FINAL
Luke Humphries 5-2 Martin Schindler
Geert Nentjes 5-3 Kevin Doets

FINAL
Luke Humphries 5-3 Geert Nentjes

PDC Development Tour 19 – Wigan

QUARTERS
Rusty Jake Rodriguez 5-2 Christian Bunse
Ted Evetts 5-2 Tom Lonsdale
Ciaran Teehan 5-3 Owen Roelofs
Berry van Peer 5-1 Patrik Kovacs

SEMI FINAL
Rusty Jake Rodriguez 4-5 Ted Evetts
Ciaran Teehan 5-4 Berry van Peer

FINAL
Ted Evetts 5-2 Ciaran Teehan

PDC Development Tour 18 – Wigan

QUARTERS
Ben Cheeseman 5-3 James Beeton
Greg Ritchie 5-2 William Borland
Ted Evetts 5-1 Kevin Doets
Mike van Duivenbode 5-4 Dylan Powell

SEMI FINAL
Ben Cheeseman 3-5 Greg Ritchie
Ted Evetts 5-1 Mike van Duivenbode

FINAL
Greg Ritchie 4-5 Ted Evetts

PDC Development Tour 17 – Wigan

QUARTERS
Rhys Griffin 5-4 Berry van Peer
Ted Evetts 5-3 Alex Jacques
Ben Cheesman 5-2 Justin van Tergouw
Luke Humphries 5-2 Geert Nentjes

SEMI FINAL
Rhys Griffin 1-5 Ted Evetts
Ben Cheesman 2-5 Luke Humphries

FINAL
Ted Evetts 3-5 Luke Humphries

PDC Development Tour 16 – Hildesheim

QUARTERS
Keane Barry 5-2 Bradley Brooks
Ciaran Teehan 5-3 Luke Humphries
Lewis Pride 5-4 Danny van Trijp
Ted Evetts 5-4 Niels Zonnerveld

SEMI FINAL
Keane Barry 1-5 Ciaran Teehan
Lewis Pride 4-5 Ted Evetts

FINAL
Ciaran Teehan 3-5 Ted Evetts

PDC Development Tour 15 – Hildesheim

QUARTERS
Geert Nentjes 5-1 Luke Humphries
Joe Davis 5-4 William Borland
Nathan Girvan 5-2 Marc Legant
Jeffrey de Zwaan 5-3 Danny van Trijp

SEMI FINAL
Geert Nentjes 5-3 Joe Davis
Nathan Girvan 5-1 Jeffrey de Zwaan

FINAL
Geert Nentjes 5-1 Nathan Girvan

PDC Development Tour 14 – Hildesheim

QUARTERS
Owen Roelofs 5-1 Dom Taylor
Wessel Nijman 5-0 Bradley Brooks
Adam Gawlas 5-3 Berry van Peer
Ted Evetts 5-4 Mike de Dekker

SEMI FINAL
Owen Roelofs 5-4 Wessel Nijman
Adam Gawlas 2-5 Ted Evetts

FINAL
Owen Roelofs 1-5 Ted Evetts

PDC Development Tour 13 – Hildesheim

QUARTERS
Keane Barry 5-1 Jurjen van der Velde
Nathan Rafferty 5-3 Lewis Pride
Luke Humphries 5-4 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Kieran Spurdle 1-5 Shane McGuirk

SEMI FINAL
Keane Barry 5-4 Luke Humphries
Shane McGuirk 5-1 Nathan Rafferty

FINAL
Keane Barry 4-5 Shane McGuirk

PDC Development Tour 12 – MK

QUARTERS
Ryan Meikle 5-0 Jacob Gwynne
Bradley Brooks 5-4 Andrew Davidson
Geert Nentjes 5-3 Connor Arberry
Ted Evetts 5-2 Owen Roeloffs

SEMI FINAL
Ryan Meikle 4-5 Bradley Brooks
Geert Nentjes 1-5 Ted Evetts

FINAL
Bradley Brooks 0-5 Ted Evetts

PDC Development Tour 11 – MK

QUARTERS
William Borland 5-0 Rusty Jake Rodriguez
Greg Ritchie 5-3 Geert Nentjes
Corey Cadby 5-4 Barry Keane
Luke Humphries 5-1 Callum Mathews

SEMI FINAL
William Borland 3-5 Greg Ritchie
Corey Cadby 3-5 Luke Humphries

FINAL
Luke Humphries 5-4 Greg Ritchie

PDC Development Tour 10 – MK

QUARTERS
Owen Roelofs 2-5 Geert Nentjes
Charlie Symons 4-5 Ciaran Teehan
Shane McGuirk 5-2 George Killington
Carl Batchelor 5-2 George Gardner

SEMI FINALS
Geert Nentjes 5-1 Ciaran Teehan
Shane McGuirk 5-1 Carl Batchelor

FINAL
Geert Nentjes 5-2 Shane McGuirk

PDC Development Tour 9 – MK

QUARTERS
Justin van Tergouw 5-4 Roman Benecky
Ted Evetts 5-1 Justin van Tergouw
Shane McGuirk 5-1 Niels Zonnerveld
George Killington 5-3 Dom Taylor

SEMI FINALS
Ted Evetts 5-4 Justin van Tergouw
Shane McGuirk 5-3 George Killington

FINAL
Ted Evetts 5-3 Shane McGuirk

PDC Development Tour 8 – Wigan

QUARTERS (9)
Jarred Cole 5-1 Connor Scutt
Luke Humphries 5-2 Scott Hope
Mike de Decker 5-4 Kieran Brignell
Callan Rydz 5-4 Kevin Doets

SEMIS (9)
Jarred Cole 4-5 Luke Humphries
Mike de Decker 3-5 Callan Rydz

FINAL (9)
Luke Humphries 2-5 Callan Rydz

PDC Development Tour 7 – Wigan

QUARTERS
Harry Ward 5-4 Callan Rydz
Ryan Meikle 5-3 Geert Nentjes
Bradley Clark 5-3 Thomas Loveley
Andrew Davidson 5-1 Luke Humphreys

SEMIS 
Harry Ward 4-5 Ryan Meikle
Bradley Clark 1-5 Andrew Davidson

FINAL 
Ryan Meikle 5-2 Andrew Davidson

PDC Development Tour 6 – Wigan

QUARTERS
Luke Humphries 5-4 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Rusty Jake-Rodriguez 5-2 Shane McGuirk
Corey Cadby 5-3 William Borland
Justin Smith 5-3 Mike de Decker

SEMIS
Luke Humphries 5-1 Rusty Jake-Rodriguez
Corey Cadby 5-2 Justin Smith

FINAL
Luke Humphries 3-5 Corey Cadby

PDC Development Tour 5 – Wigan

QUARTERS
Jeffrey de Zwaan 5-3 Bradley Clark
Seppe Giebens 3-5 Ciaran Teehan
Mike van Duivenbode 3-5 Geert Nentjes
Callan Rydz 0-5 Danny van Trijp

SEMIS 
Jeffrey de Zwaan 5-0 Ciaran Teehan
Geert Nentjes 5-3 Danny van Trijp

FINAL
Jeffrey de Zwaan 5-3 Geert Nentjes

PDC Development Tour 4 – Wigan

QUARTERS
Andrew Davidson 5-0 Jack Main
Callan Rydz 5-3 Patrick van den Boogaard
Ted Evetts 5-1 Ben Cheesman
Keane Barry 5-1 Wiliam Borland

SEMIS
Andrew Davidson 5-4 Callan Rydz
Ted Evetts 5-1 Keane Barry

FINAL
Andrew Davidson 1-5 Ted Evetts

PDC Development Tour 3 – Wigan

QUARTERS
Justin van Tergouw 1-5 Ciaran Teehan
Keane Barry 2-5 Greg Ritchie
Wiiliam Borland 3-5 Geert Nentjes
Ryan Meikle 5-3 Jeffrey de Zwaan

SEMIS
Ciaran Teehan 3-5 Greg Ritchie
Geert Nentjes 3-5 Ryan Meikle

FINAL
Greg Ritchie 2-5 Ryan Meikle

PDC Development Tour 2 – Wigan

QUARTERS
Wessel Nijman 5-4 Callan Rydz
Nathan Rafferty 5-0 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Aiden Cope 5-0 Luke Humphries
Keane Barry 5-0 Manuel Hywel

SEMIS
Wessel Nijman 3-5 Nathan Rafferty
Aiden Cope 5-4 Keane Barry

FINAL
Nathan Rafferty 5-2 Aiden Cope

PDC Development Tour 1 – Wigan

QUARTERS
Jim Moston 1-5 Andrew Davidson
Harry Ward 1-5 Nathan Rafferty
Ted Evetts 5-1 Benjamin Smith
George Killingon 2-5 Geert Nenjes

SEMIS
Andrew Davidson 4-5 Nathan Rafferty
Ted Evetts 5-2 Geert Nentjes

FINAL
Nathan Rafferty 0-5 Ted Evetts