MERRY CHRISTMAS

I would like to wish my family, friends and sponsors a very Merry Christmas. It didn’t go my way in the worlds so I will now enjoy some quality time at home over Christmas !!!!

2018 LADBROKES PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS MINEHEAD

I edged an 11-leg thriller against Kim Huybrechts in the first round of the Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals only to lose 6-4 against Joe Cullen in the second round. I had my chances on doubles but it wasn’t to be.
It was a great weekend and it didn’t snow so that was a bonus!!!!
Thank you to all my supporters and to my great sponsors Winmau, The Wigley Group and Airport Placements Ltd.
I am 20th in the world and am looking forward to the World Championship draw later today!!!!

WORLD SERIES RESULT

I went out first round to Daryl Gurney in the 2018 bwin World Series of Darts Finals in Vienna then flew back hoping to qualify for the Grand Slam of  Darts but unfortunately I lost to Luke Humphreys so I am travelling home now for a well earned rest and am hoping for a run in the Players Championship Finals at Butlins Minehead later this month !!!!

UNIBET EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS DORTMUND RESULT

Disappointed losing 6-3 to Simon Whitlock but I missed doubles at crucial times.
Wishing Simon all the best for the rest of the tournament.
Back on the practise board tomorrow and focus on the next tournament The World Series of Darts Championships in Vienna 2nd-4th Nov.

PRO TOUR 21 & 22 RESULTS

Pro Tour 21 Saturday 20th Oct Barnsley Metrodome
I made the Semi Finals but lost 5-6 to Krzysztof Ratajski who came back from being 5-1 down to secure a place in the final. Still not sure how I lost the game but fair play he fought back and went on to win the tournament.
On the way to the Semi’s I defeated Robbie Green, Justin Pipe, Nathan Aspinall, Terry Jenkins and Ricky Evans.
Pro Tour 22 Sunday 21st Oct Barnsley Metrodome
I was still in good form on the Sunday and made the last 16 losing 3-6 to Michael Smith after defeating Simon Preston, Darren Johnson and Vincent Kamphuis.
A great weekend overall and of course the icing on the cake was qualifying on the Friday evening for the World Series Finals in Vienna at the beginning of November.
Off to the European Championships in Dortmund this coming week where I will play Simon Whitlock in my first round game.

A big thank you to my sponsors Winmau, The Wigley Group and Airport Placements !!!!

BWIN WORLD SERIES OF DARTS QUALIFIERS

I am over the moon to have qualified for the bwin World Series of Darts Finals to be held at Multiversum, Schwechat, Vienna from 2nd-4th November 2018.
PDC write up and field below.
KEEGAN BROWN, Ross Smith, Maik Langendorf and Steve Beaton completed the field for the 2018 Bwin World Series of Darts Finals, after winning their way through the field at the Tour Card Holder’s Qualifier in Barnsley.

The Qualifier confirmed the final four players for the tour ending Finals with the event taking place in Vienna for the first time from November 2-4.
Former World Youth Champion Keegan Brown sealed his spot in Austria by first beating Paul Rowley and then Luke Woodhouse 6-3.
The 25-year-old then defeated Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-2 before claiming an impressive 6-3 victory over former Lakeside Champion Stephen Bunting.
Brown’s final game of the evening came against Ron Meulenkamp with the former Grand Slam quarter-finalist running out a 6-0 winner to qualify.
Steve Beaton will feature at the World Series Finals for the second time after he booked his place in Barnsley.
The 54-year-old began with a bye in the first round before comfortably beating Aden Kirk 6-1 and then wrapping up a 6-4 win against Brendan Dolan.
A 6-2 win against Steve West followed before a final success, this time a 6-4 victory over Ryan Searle saw Beaton progress to Vienna.
Ross Smith will make his debut on the World Series in Vienna after his success in Barnsley.
A 6-1 win over Kevin Burness began Smith’s day before then needing an incredible run of four last leg deciders to beat Jeffrey de Graaf, Robert Thornton, Tony Newell and finally Darren Johnson.
Maik Langendorf was the final man to seal his place in Vienna beating Kim Huybrechts in the decider.
The 48-year-old, who has featured on the European Tour in 2018 was given a bye in the opening round before needing a deciding 11th leg to beat Kirk Shepherd in round two.
Wayne Jones provided the Austrian with another stern test where once again a deciding leg was needed to decide the match.
Langedorf, who will play in front of a home crowd in Austria then beat Ronny Huybrechts 6-3 before then going on to beat his brother Kim 6-1 to advance.
Vienna’s Multiversum will host the World Series of Darts Finals from November 2-4 as a 24-player field competes for a £250,000 prize fund, live on ITV4 and worldwide through the PDC’s international broadcast partners.

2018 bwin World Series of Darts Finals
Complete Field
Top Eight From World Series Order of Merit
(Seeded & Enter in Round Two)

1 Peter Wright
2 Rob Cross
3 Michael van Gerwen
4 Gary Anderson
5 Michael Smith
6 Raymond van Barneveld
7 Mensur Suljovic
8 Simon Whitlock

Top four non-qualified players from PDC Order of Merit
Daryl Gurney, Dave Chisnall, Ian White, Gerwyn Price

Eight Invited Players from World Series Order of Merit
James Wade, Dimitri Van den Bergh, Kyle Anderson, Damon Heta, Raymond Smith, Jamie Lewis, Dawson Murschell, Royden Lam
NB: Players tied on points on the World Series Order of Merit are separated (where applicable) by PDC Order of Merit ranking

Four players from Tour Card Holders’ qualifier
Steve Beaton, Ross Smith, Keegan Brown and Maik Langendorf

EUROPEAN DARTS TROPHY (ET13) LOKHALLE GOTTINGEN 12TH-14TH OCTOBER

I survived a match dart to defeat Kim Huybrechts 6-5 in a dramatic first round game at the European Darts Trophy ET13, as the European Tour event began in Gottingen on Friday.

The clash between us two former European Tour event winners promised to be the tie of the opening round and so it proved, although I looked like a runaway winner as I raced into a 5-1 lead but Kim fought back to level 5-5.

Kim missed a dart at the bullseye for a 121 checkout in a tense deciding leg before I found tops with my last dart to land a high-pressure 78 finish and seal my place in the Unibet European Championship in Dortmund later this month.

“I always believe I can win at any stage of a match, that’s probably why I’ve lasted so long in the game.”
The win set up a second round clash with Gerwyn Price who beat me in the second round of the World Grand Prix the week before.

I was pleased to win the game against Gerwyn Price with a tension-filled 6-5 victory.
For the second game in succession I survived a match-dart before finding the winning double with my last dart in hand to book a meeting with fifth seed Michael Smith in the third round.

Absolutely gutted after such a hard weekend to lose 6-0 to Michael Smith but fair play his finishing was awesome and I had my chances on 5 of those legs.

I love the crowds and I love playing darts so am now looking forward to Barnsley next weekend for the World Series qualifier on the Friday evening followed by the last 2 Pro Tour events of the year !!!!