Template - Date: Betfred World Matchplay

Dimitri van den Bergh sensationally won his first televised ranking title at the 2020 Betfred World Matchplay on Sunday, overcoming former champion Gary Anderson with a dominant 18-10 victory.

 

In his debut year at the event, the young Belgian claimed the Phil Taylor trophy in emphatic style at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, averaging almost 100 and hitting four ton-plus finishes along the way.

 

A nervy start to the final saw the pair struggling to score freely, with both players averaging just 87 going in to the first break, Van den Bergh leading 3-2.

The quality significantly increased during the second session, with both players adding a handful of points on to their averages. Five consecutive holds of throw saw the match level at 5-5, with both players settling in to the contest.

The 11th and 12th legs saw two moments of magic, as first Anderson pinned double five for a 130 finish to break, before Van den Bergh took out 170 with Anderson stuck on 82 to level at 6-6.

Both players missed darts to break and take control of the match in the following legs but it was Van den Bergh who took an 8-7 lead into the third interval. The 26-year-old, playing in his first ever televised ranking final, then took control of the match as he won four of the next five legs to open up a four leg advantage on Anderson.

Another incredible session for Van den Bergh saw him pull further clear of the two-time World Champion, starting with a stunning 124 finish on the bull, before another bullseye checkout in the following leg, this time 132.

Anderson was unable to get a foothold in the game and Van den Bergh went on to secure a 18-10 win just a few legs later, pocketing the £150,000 top prize. “My dreams have come true, what a beautiful trophy, I’m so happy,” said Van den Bergh, the first debut winner of the tournament since its inaugural staging in 1994.

“I have so much respect for Gary, to beat him is showing me how far I have come and now I know I can win, I can’t believe this.” The event, being played outside of Blackpool for the first time in its history, was also the first time the World Matchplay had been played without a crowd, and the new champion was keen to thank those involved in making it happen.

“The world is going through a very difficult time and the PDC, Barry Hearn and Matthew Porter have given me a chance to live my dreams when it hasn’t been possible for other, so thank you to them,” Van den Bergh continued. During lockdown, Van den Bergh was forced to spend a total of 11 weeks living with World Champion Peter Wright as he was unable to return home to Belgium.

The dancing ace spoke kindly of his hosts and credited them with playing a major part in his success. Van den Bergh added: “I spent a lot of time with Peter Wright over the lockdown and he has taught me so much, I’m so grateful to him and his family for everything they did for me during a difficult time.”

 

The run to the final saw Anderson defend a major chunk of the ranking money he won at the 2018 World Matchplay but conceded his opponent deserved the victory on the night. “He played well right from the off, I just wasn’t there tonight. All credit to Dimitri, he is a lovely lad and deserves his win tonight,” said the Scot.

The 49-year-old, known for his scoring power only hit one 180 during the match and couldn’t find the rhythm or form that won him so many titles before. “I’ve got a few weeks off now to sort a few things out, I had a few issues with my grip and darts dropping low but no excuses, he deserves it,” concluded the two-time Premier League champion.

Saturday July 25th (20.00)

Semi-Finals (33)
Gary Anderson 18-16 Michael Smith
Dimitri Van den Bergh 17-15 Glen Durrant

Sunday July 26th (20.30)

Final (35)
Dimitri Van den Bergh 18-10 Gary Anderson

FULL RESULTS:

FIRST ROUND
Michael van Gerwen 10-7 Brendan Dolan
Simon Whitlock 10-4 Ryan Joyce
Gary Anderson 10-5 Justin Pipe
James Wade 12-10 Keegan Brown
Gabriel Clemens 10-8 Rob Crpss
Krzysztof Ratajski 10-4 Jermaine Wattimena
Michael Smith 10-3 Jonny Clayton
Mensur Suljovic 12-10 Jamie Hughes
Peter Wright 10-8 Jose De Sousa
Glen Durrant 10-3 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Daryl Gurney 10-5 Ricky Evans
Vincent van der Voort 10-6 Dave Chisnall
Danny Noppert 10-7 Gerwyn Price
Adrian Lewis 11-9 Steve Beaton
Dimitri Van den Bergh 10-5 Nathan Aspinall
Joe Cullen 13-12 Ian White

SECOND ROUND
Simon Whitlock 11-4 Michael van Gerwen
Gary Anderson 11-8 James Wade
Krzysztof Ratajski 12-10 Gabriel Clemens
Michael Smith 14-12 Mensur Suljovic
Glen Durrant 11-8 Peter Wright
Vincent van der Voort 11-5 Daryl Gurney
Adrian Lewis 11-7 Danny Noppert
Dimitri Van den Bergh 11-9 Joe Cullen

QUARTER FINALS
Gary Anderson 16-12 Simon Whitlock
Michael Smith 16-13 Krzysztof Ratajski
Glen Durrant 18-16 Vincent van der Voort
Dimitri Van den Bergh 16-12 Adrian Lewis

PRIZE MONEY:

Winner – £150,000
Runner-Up – £70,000
Semi-Finalists – £50,000
Quarter-Finalists – £25,000
Second Round Losers – £15,000
First Round Losers – £10,000
Total – £700,000

Template - Date: Summer Series a Striking Success

The PDPA wish to thank the PDC, all behind-the-scenes staff, and all of the players involved for making the Summer Series such a success.

 

The five-day event at Milton Keynes’ Marshall Arena saw two tournament victories for Michael van Gerwen (pictured), one for James Wade, a maiden title for Ryan Joyce, and a final day triumph for World Champion Peter Wright – who topped the final Summer Series Order of Merit.

The feedback from our members has been overwhelmingly positive, as has the feedback on how the players conducted themselves and embraced the ‘bubble’ environment and social distancing guidelines.

Everyone involved helped to showcase Darts in an enormously positive way and are a credit to our sport.

Template - Date: DAY 5 PDC Summer Series

Peter Wright claimed his third ranking title of 2020 with victory in Sunday’s PDC Summer Series Day Five in Milton Keynes, edging out Gerwyn Price as Devon Petersen made a late claim for Betfred World Matchplay qualification.

 

A dramatic final event of the five days at the Marshall Arena saw the World Champion show his class to take the £10,000 title, defeating Price in a high-quality final. Wright defeated Jelle Klaasen, Darren Webster, Brendan Dolan, Nathan Aspinall on his way to the semi-finals, and averaged 109 in seeing off Wayne Jones 7-2.

After sharing the final’s opening two legs, Wright took four in a row to move 5-1 up, and through the Welshman hit back briefly it was the World Champion who closed out the win. Wright had also reached the Day One final in Milton Keynes, losing to Michael van Gerwen, but Sunday’s triumph saw him top the Summer Series Order of Merit with £22,000 prize money across the five days.

“I’m pleased to win and it’s great for me,” said Wright. “It could have been two wins, but I wanted to be top of the Summer Series Order of Merit and I knew I had to win today, so I’ve done that. “It’s ideal preparation for the World Matchplay and it’s good to be back playing.”

Price was in sensational form to enjoy his best run of the week in Milton Keynes, averaging over 100 in wins over William O’Connor, Darius Labanauskas, Jose De Sousa, James Wade and Devon Petersen. That included a 113 average against Labanauskas as well as his dramatic 7-6 semi-final win over Petersen.

Petersen was agonisingly short of claiming a spot in the final as he staged a late bid for Betfred World Matchplay qualification. The South African had to win Sunday’s event to force his way into the World Matchplay field, and defeated world number one Michael van Gerwen as well as Lisa Ashton, Christian Bunse, Daryl Gurney and John Henderson to reach the semi-finals for the second time this year.

He landed a 170 checkout in the last four against Price, but missed one dart at double 16 for victory as his hopes of glory on the day were shattered. Jones also won through to the semi-finals in his best run on the ProTour since May 2016, seeing off current Unibet Premier League leader Glen Durrant as well as Adrian Gray, Robbie Collins, Mike De Decker and Scott Baker.

Scottish ace Henderson was a quarter-finalist as he also saw a late bid to qualify for the World Matchplay fall narrowly short, with Petersen winning their shoot-out in the last eight. Saturday’s Day Four winner James Wade and former UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall also reached the quarter-finals alongside Scott Baker, who enjoyed his best run for over a year.

Darren Webster landed a nine-darter during his first round win over Kim Huybrechts, matching the achievement of Rob Cross 24 hours earlier in landing a perfect leg.

DAY 5 – PDC SUMMER SERIES

Players Championship 13 – Sunday 12th July

SEMI-FINALS
Peter Wright 7 Wayne Jones 2
Gerwyn Price 7 Devon Petersen 6

FINAL
Peter Wright 8 Gerwyn Price 2

Link for all results via Dart Connect CLICK HERE

DAY 4 – PDC SUMMER SERIES

Players Championship 12 – Saturday 11th July

SEMI-FINALS
Rob Cross 7 Mensur Suljovic 2
James Wade 7 Ian White 4

FINAL
James Wade 8 Rob Cross 2

Link for all results via Dart Connect CLICK HERE

DAY 3 – PDC SUMMER SERIES

Players Championship 11 – Friday 10th July

SEMI-FINALS
Jose de Sousa 7 Daryl Gurney 3
Michael van Gerwen 7 Jeff Smith 4

FINAL
Michael van Gerwen 8 Jose de Sousa 3

Link for all results via Dart Connect CLICK HERE

DAY 2 – PDC SUMMER SERIES

Players Championship 10 – Thursday 9th July

SEMI-FINALS
Ryan Joyce 7 Gary Anderson 3
Dave Chisnall 7 Nathan Aspinall 5

FINAL
Ryan Joyce 8 Dave Chisnall 7

Link for all results via Dart Connect CLICK HERE

DAY 1 – PDC SUMMER SERIES

Players Championship 9 – Wednesday 8th July

SEMI-FINALS
Michael van Gerwen 7 Gabriel Clemens 3
Peter Wright 7 Krzyzstof Ratajski 2

FINAL
Michael van Gerwen 8 Peter Wright 7

Link for all results via Dart Connect CLICK HERE

Template - Date: Open Letter To Challenge and Development Tour Players

Dear Associate Member,

You will be aware that PDC tournament play is set to resume in July with a handful of ProTour events in the form of the ‘Summer Series’ followed by the World Matchplay.

While the PDC are understandably and correctly prioritising these events and the backlog of ProTour tournaments as they revise the seasonal calendar, we can assure you that you have not been forgotten.

Planning for a resumption of Challenge Tour and Development Tour tournaments is more logistically challenging and it is impossible to make any firm commitments while current restrictions are in place.

Both the PDPA and PDC can assure all participants on these Tours that safety, wellbeing, and fairness will be at heart of the decision making process going forward.

PDC Chief Executive Matthew Porter said: “We’d like to reassure all Challenge and Development Tour players that they certainly haven’t been forgotten about, and we very much hope to be able to continue those tours in some way this year to give players on those tours further opportunity to compete within a PDC environment.

“Much of the reality of that will depend on whether or not we would need to create ‘bubble’ environments as we are doing for the Summer Series, as they are very costly and place onerous requirements on players which may not be as practical when you are dealing with semi-professional players in many cases.

“Once we have clarity over the August events in respect of whether or not we can stage them as normal, we’ll make an announcement but in the meantime we would urge players to be aware of the financial risks of making travel plans without insurance or cancellation options.”

As your Players Association, the PDPA recognises the importance of staying in contact with all of our members regularly and particularly while we are unable to do so in person at tournaments.

With this in mind, we are developing a series of information, education and community initiatives aimed at connecting with players on the Challenge and Development Tours.

We will shortly be launching our ‘Prepare to be a Pro’ series, in which we are working with several partners to provide helpful tips and guidance on what you can do away from the dartboard to help your career.

The series will include webinars, info-graphics and articles on numerous relevant issues ranging from mind management to money management.

Please keep an eye on your inbox and our website and social media channels for further updates.

We appreciate your continued patience during what has been an uncertain time for all of us.

In the meantime, we would like to remind you of some of the benefits you could be utilising as an associate member of the PDPA: –

Thrive – Mental Wellbeing App
All PDPA members have free access to the Thrive Mental Wellbeing App in order to help you deal with the common problems you may be facing.

The app can help you manage your mental health, emotional wellbeing, stress and anxiety with a range of simple techniques that you can practice in less than five minutes.

Simply search for ‘Thrive Mental Wellbeing App’ on the app store or via google play, set up a new account and use the activation code PDPA2017 – this will secure your free subscription.

Thrive have also published a series of free webinars that you can access here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLT6USzzJdk6a4_dajecbkPry1qkU40r-0

DartConnect
The PDC and PDPA have made a special arrangement with DartConnect to provide all PDPA Members with dedicated online practice groups during this period of social distancing.

All current registered PDPA members are eligible to participate with their respective “tours”. You can now compete at will, under the PDC banner, against fellow tour mates, while keeping your darting skills sharp, until in-person competition resumes.

This is a FREE program. All you need is a FREE Guest account. It is important that you use your personal, non-shared email. This will need to match the email used with your PDPA account.

PDPA Virtual Coffee Mornings
PDPA Virtual Coffee Mornings were established during the suspension of the 2020 season as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We continue to offer the option to join PDPA Directors in live video meetings to give members an opportunity to connect with the PDPA and each other, and to ask questions or raise concerns in a friendly and casual environment.

If you would like to take part in a PDPA Coffee Morning (or afternoon) please e-mail [email protected] to express your interest.

Financial Advice
The PDPA has an official Taxation and Accountancy Partner and an official Wealth Management Partner – both organisations offer our members a free initial consultation.

For more information on our Accountancy Partner Griffiths & Pegg visit: https://www.pdpa.co.uk/pdpa/accountancy/

For more information on our Wealth Management Partner Prosperity Wealth visit: https://www.pdpa.co.uk/prosperity-wealth-management/

This communication has also been e-mailed directly to all PDPA members who compete on the Challenge Tour and/or Development Tour. 

Template - Date: COVID-19 Financial Support Latest

The funds were designed to help Tour Card Holders suffering financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Every Tour Card Holder was welcome to apply for and receive an Emergency Fund payment and up to two Hardship Fund payments to support them through the months of April, May and June 2020.

The PDPA is delighted to have offered this support to all members and provided it to many during a time when they were unable to receive an income from professional darts.

The PDPA supports the return to tournament play in July 2020.

In the event that tournament play is suspended again for a prolonged period of time, the PDPA may consider further financial support initiatives.