Template - Date: The Belgian Darts Championship

Gerwyn Price became the inaugural winner of the Belgian Darts Championship in Hasselt on Sunday, defeating Michael Smith 8-3 in the final.

 

In-form Price averaged over 100 in three of his five matches across two days at Expo Hasselt, as the Welsh number one claimed his third European Tour title on St David’s Day.

With the final level at 2-2, world number three Price won five consecutive legs to take full control of the contest before hitting his favourite double top to land his 11th PDC ranking title and the £25,000 top prize.

The only undefeated player in the 2020 Premier League, Price is now also the only player with two PDC ranking titles to his name for the year. Sunday saw the £140,000 event reach its climax, with the last 16 taking place in the afternoon session, followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final in the evening.

Having whitewashed Jamie Hughes with a 105.93 average in the last 16, Price then defeated Mensur Suljovic 6-2 before recovering from 3-0 down to overcome Dirk van Duijvenbode 7-4. Improving Dutchman Van Duijvenbode engaged and entertained the Belgian crowd throughout the weekend as a string of sparking displays saw him reach his first European Tour semi-final.

Meanwhile, Michael van Gerwen’s wait for a first PDC title of 2020 goes on after he lost a deciding leg to Smith in the last 16.

Sunday March 1st

(13.00 local time, 12.00 GMT)

THIRD ROUND (11)
97.43 Michael van Gerwen 5-6 Michael Smith 93.35
93.11 Mervyn King 6-3 Martijn Kleermaker 94.18
99.18 Peter Wright 6-3 Danny Noppert 92.76
93.22 Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Rob Cross 90.81
94.76 Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-4 Jeffrey de Zwaan 91.06
97.42 James Wade 4-6 Nathan Aspinall 103.29
103.66 Gerwyn Price 6-0 Jamie Hughes 101.81
103.58 Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Steve West 96.02

(19.00 local time, 18.00 GMT)

QUARTERS (11)
107.85 Michael Smith 6-1 Mervyn King 93.19
102.09 Peter Wright 6-4 Krzysztof Ratajski 97.51
102.94 Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-5 Nathan Aspinall 103.75
100.16 Gerwyn Price 6-2 Mensur Suljovic 88.31

SEMIS (13)
102.04 Michael Smith 7-5 Peter Wright 100.10
91.38 Dirk van Duijvenbode 4-7 Gerwyn Price 92.58

FINAL (15)
96.26 Michael Smith 3-8 Gerwyn Price 100.03

Full Results:

FIRST ROUND
80.16 Darren Penhall 6-3 Ryan Searle 92.10
91.56 Andy Boulton 5-6 Andy Hamilton 90.81
86.77 Kai Fan Leung 4-6 Steve Beaton 92.98
82.91 Luke Humphries 1-6 Ronny Huybrechts 89.32
81.71 Michael Barnard 0-6 Damon Heta 102.48
86.09 Wesley Plaisier 6-5 Benjamin Pratnemer 82.16
83.14 Martijn Kleermaker 6-4 Stephen Bunting 87.74
94.49 Justin Pipe 4-6 Mervyn King 93.06
101.59 Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-4 Luke Woodhouse 93.33
94.25 Mike De Decker 6-5 Ron Meulenkamp 91.34
98.93 Callan Rydz 3-6 Gabriel Clemens 94.37
88.78 Danny Noppert 6-2 Geert De Vos 86.62
86.18 Ryan Harrington 2-6 Kim Huybrechts 89.88
87.16 Rowby-John Rodriguez 3-6 Steve Lennon 89.77
78.42 Steve West 6-0 Jeffrey van Egdom 67.03
86.58 Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-3 Derk Telnekes 83.78

SECOND ROUND
103.28 Michael Smith 6-1 Ronny Huybrechts 97.12
87.46 Joe Cullen 3-6 Martijn Kleermaker 91.80
98.29 Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Gabriel Clemens 94.56
99.91 Glen Durrant 4-6 Mervyn King 105.98
91.17 Rob Cross 6-1 Damon Heta 92.06
88.19 Ian White 3-6 Dirk van Duijvenbode 87.42
100.40 Jermaine Wattimena 2-6 Danny Noppert 108.96
97.79 James Wade 6-3 Steve Lennon 96.07
98.73 Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Steve Beaton 93.47
89.66 Gerwyn Price 6-1 Wesley Plaisier 82.72
90.92 Peter Wright 6-2 Andy Hamilton 85.15
99.71 Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Mike De Decker 91.08
93.24 Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-4 Kim Huybrechts 91.97
92.15 Jamie Hughes 6-5 Dimitri Van den Bergh 97.42
93.19 Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Ryan Searle 98.28
104.14 Jonny Clayton 2-6 Steve West 100.65

Template - Date: Development Tours 1-4

Berry van Peer, Wessel Nijman and a double from Ryan Meikle were the winners on the 2020 PDC Unicorn Development Tours first 4 events over the weekend from Hildesheim, Germany.

 

Sunday Events 3&4: Ryan Meikle won his second event of the weekend over local hero Nico Kurz and his sixth overall, and he now leads the DTOoM Table by £1,950.

In event 4 Wessel Nijman overcame Martin Schindler. Dom Taylor got to three semi finals over the four events and is 5th equal.

Saturday Events 1&2: Berry Van Peer defeated Germany’s Martin Schindler 5-1 in the final of Event One to take his career Development Tour title tally to four.

Ryan Meikle clinched his fifth Development Tour title by winning Event Two by beating Niels Zonneveld 5-3 in the decider.

Development Tour Junior Membership:

All Development Tour players will be required to be a PDPA Junior Member, this will just be a junior membership and you will not be required to play at Q-School, it will be a FREE Junior Membership, details will be sent to all Development Tour Players, or at the event. From 2020, the PDPA requires all players on the Development Tour to be registered as PDPA Members. See your event brief sent to you, your email sent or online for details.

Current DTOoM Table:

1-Ryan Meikle (ENG) £4,200
2-Wessel Nijman (NETH) £2,250
3-Berry van Peer (NETH) £2,200
4-Martin Schindler (GER) £2,050
5=Dom Taylor (ENG) £1,600
5=Niels Zonneveld (NETH) £1,600
7-Nico Kurz (GER) £1,500
8-Rusty Jake Rodrigues (AUS) £900

Full Table CLICK HERE on APP go to rankings

Development Tour 4 – Sunday 1st March

For Full Results go to Dart Connect CLICK HERE

SEMI FINALS
Martin Schindler 5-3 Dom Taylor
Wessel  Nijman 5-1 Rusty Jake Rodrigues

FINAL
Martin Schindler 3-5 Wessel Nijman

Development Tour 3 – Sunday 1st March

For Full Results go to Dart Connect CLICK HERE

SEMI FINALS
Nico Kurz 5-1 Jamai van den Herik
Ryan Meikle 5-2 Sebastian Bialecki

FINAL
Nico Kurz 3-5 Ryan Meikle

Development Tour 2 – Saturday 29th Feb

For Full Results go to Dart Connect CLICK HERE

SEMI FINALS
Ryan Meikle 5-1 Dom Taylor
Niels Zonneveld 5-4 Brian Raman

FINAL
Ryan Meikle 5-3 Niels Zonneveld

Development Tour 1 – Saturday 29th Feb

For Full Results go to Dart Connect CLICK HERE

SEMI FINALS
Berry van Peer 5-4 Ted Evetts
Martin Schindler 5-3 Dom Taylor

FINAL
Berry van Peer 5-1 Martin Schindler

Template - Date: Premier League Night Three CARDIFF

Nathan Aspinall inflicted a first Unibet Premier League defeat of 2020 on Michael van Gerwen on Night Three in Cardiff, while Gerwyn Price was held to a 6-6 draw by Daryl Gurney in the Welsh capital.

 

Having been at his imperious best in the opening two nights of action, five-time Premier League champion Van Gerwen was halted in his tracks by Aspinall who won 7-5 in front of a sell-out crowd at Motorpoint Arena.

Aspinall got off to a great start against the world number one as he pinned a 110 checkout on his way to a 4-2 lead. Van Gerwen hit back with three successive legs to hit the front, only for Aspinall to stop the rot with a last dart double 18. The 11th leg saw Van Gerwen hit some uncharacteristically low scores, and Aspinall took full advantage, hitting double top in each of the last two legs to rack up his third win in six attempts against the Dutchman.

Welsh number one Price was unable to deliver a win for his army of fans as he drew for the third consecutive week, this time against Gurney, who picked up his first point of the campaign. Undeterred, Gurney won back-to-back legs to secure the draw, but Price held firm in the last leg to maintain his unbeaten start to the season.

Price’s World Cup teammate Jonny Clayton suffered a baptism of fire on his Premier League debut, as Michael Smith produced the performance of the night to claim a 7-1 victory, Clayton took the opening leg but had no answer to a Smith onslaught, which saw the former Premier League runner-up average 105.51.

Having salvaged a point against Fallon Sherrock on Night Two, Durrant was at his clinical best as he landed finishes of 107, 89 and 85 on his way to a 5-1 lead. Two-time Premier League champion Anderson hit back with checkouts of 122 and 64, but Durrant maintained control of the contest to move to the table summit.

World Champion Peter Wright eventually found his way to a first victory of the campaign with a 7-5 defeat of Rob Cross, though Wright averaged over 20 points more than his opponent for much of the contest. With Cross struggling to find his range on the trebles, Wright took advantage to race into a 3-0 lead thanks to a trio of 13-dart legs.

Former World Champion Cross fought back and took the match all the way to a 12th leg, but after the former World Champion failed to take out 126, Wright found a last dart double five to condemn Cross to his first loss of the season.

The 2020 Unibet Premier League continues with Night Four in Dublin on Thursday February 27 as Republic of Ireland’s World Cup runner-up William O’Connor stars as a Challenger against Van Gerwen, while table-topper Durrant meets Aspinall in the battle of the newcomers.

Unibet Premier League Night 3

February 22nd, Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

(101.95) Peter Wright 7-5 Rob Cross (90.13)
(97.44) Jonny Clayton 1-7 Michael Smith (105.51)
(96.84) Michael van Gerwen 5-7 Nathan Aspinall (100.46)
(97.46) Daryl Gurney 6-6 Gerwyn Price (93.70)
(97.24) Glen Durrant 7-4 Gary Anderson (96.89)

League Table:

5pts – Glen Durrant (+7)
4pts – Michael Van Gerwen (+6)
4pts – Nathan Aspinall (+4)
3pts – Michael Smith (+2)
3pts – Rob Cross (0)
3pts – Gerwyn Price (0)
3pts – Peter Wright (0)
3pts – Gary Anderson (-1)
1pt – Daryl Gurney (-8)

Unibet Premier League Night 2

February 15th, Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham

(94.71) Rob Cross 7-5 Nathan Aspinall (95.48)
(98.11) Gerwyn Price 6-6 Michael Smith (101.71)
(95.58) Gary Anderson 6-6 Peter Wright (88.72)
(92.21) Glen Durrant 6-6 Fallon Sherrock (87.36)
(93.92) Daryl Gurney 1-7 Michael van Gerwen (105.05)

Unibet Premier League Night 1

February 6th, P&J Live, Aberdeen

(95.01) Glen Durrant 7-3 Michael Smith (95.41)
(94.71) Gary Anderson 7-5 Daryl Gurney (91.65)
(104.13) Michael van Gerwen 7-5 Peter Wright (97.71)
(89.19) Nathan Aspinall 7-3 John Henderson (81.93)
(95.86) Gerwyn Price 6-6 Rob Cross (100.10)

Template - Date: PDPA Players show support to Australian ‘Bushfire Fund’

PDPA Players have shown their full support to the devastation we have all seen due to the Bushfires in Australia.

 

Australia is facing one of the most dangerous and catastrophic bushfire seasons it has ever seen. The fires are devastating, and the crisis is still ongoing.

The PDPA collected signed shirts from our players which were delivered to Rob Denny from the DPA ‘Dart Players Australia’

The PDPA would like to thank all the players who donated signed shirts, with all the proceeds going to the ‘Bushfires Fund’

We have all seen the devastation that our Australian friends have had to endure, we are glad to help the fund and send our best wishes to everyone.

The PDPA

  1. Michael van Gerwen
  2. Simon Whitlock
  3. Jelle Klaasen
  4. Kim Huybrechts
  5. Steve Beaton
  6. Adrian Lewis (2)
  7. Gerwyn Price
  8. Daryl Gurney
  9. Glen Durrant

Watch the appeal video by CLICKING the image below.

Template - Date: Challenge Tours 5-8

The second PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour weekend of 2020 will now be played across three days from April 10-12 in Wigan.

 

After reviewing the opening weekend of the 2020 season with the PDPA, the PDC has decided to stage the next four events of the year over three days, scheduled as follows:

  1. Friday April 10 – Event Five
  2. Saturday April 11 – Events Six and Seven
  3. Sunday April 12 – Event Eight

Event Five on April 10 will commence from 1400 GMT on Friday April 10, with registration for players from 1100-1300. The action on April 11-12 will see registration from 0800-0930, with play commencing 15 minutes after the draw is confirmed.

Entries for Events Five-Eight are now available for PDPA Associate Members through the PDC Online Entry System. The format and structure of the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour will continue to be assessed ahead of the year’s remaining 16 tournaments.

Template - Date: FAQ During Covid-19

FAQ

1 – When will we get back to playing Pro-Tour events in 2020, and how will they be run? We are working alongside the PDC on a daily basis, looking at guidance and planning for the immediate future. Guidance continues to evolve, and we are obviously subject to government and health advice which is of paramount importance. As soon as any events are possible, details will be released including any restrictions that may need to be adhered to.

2 – How will the rankings work in terms of money coming off and TV event qualification due to no events taking place since mid-March? We have looked at and continue to look at all options as the current restrictions continue to progress and develop. As the situation is changing constantly, all ideas and plans require constant revision and any decisions reached by ourselves and the PDC will take all considerations into account.

3 – The PDPA financial support funds cover April, May and June, what help financially will there be if events are not up and running by July? We initially set up the Emergency and Hardship funds to help our members through the first three months of event cancellations/postponements (April-June). If disruption to the PDC calendar continues past this period, we will assess the options available to us in order to help our members.

4 – If, when PDC events restart, players cannot travel to them due to their country’s restrictions, what protocols will be put in place to ensure fairness for competition for all members? As with Question one above, we work with the PDC daily, looking at guidance and planning for future possibilities with government and health advice at the forefront of our thoughts. As soon as any events are possible, details will be released including any restrictions that may need to be adhered to.

5 – I am struggling with my Mental Health due to the current Covid-19 situation, is there any help available? Yes, we have our partnership with Sporting Chance. Contact with their teams is available 24/7, follow THIS LINK for their information.

6 – There are currently a lot of online darts events and tournaments due to the Coronavirus pandemic; as a Tour Card Holder can I play in these?  You cannot play in events that are streamed online which are not sanctioned or organised by the PDC. Online events with live data are generally fine, but streamed images are not. If you are unsure, ask! Contact us or the PDC to make sure participation in the event(s) will not be putting you in breach of the PDC Rules or your PDC Contract.

7 – Where can I get financial information to help me through these uncertain times Our Accountancy and Taxation partner Adrian Grainger of Griffiths & Pegg is available for any of our members, whether he is your accountant or not. CLICK HERE for contact information. Our Wealth Management partners at Prosperity Wealth are also available for any of our members, including mortgage and savings advice. CLICK HERE for contact information.

8 – I qualified for a European Tour event before the restrictions, will I have to qualify again if these events eventually take place in 2020? Until we get events up and running again, we simply do not know. Players who have already qualified for a postponed event will be informed once we know the restart date for PDC events and can confirm an answer.