CASH CONVERTERS PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS BUTLINS MINEHEAD RESORT

I defeated James Wade 6-5 in the first round of the Cash Converters Players Championship Finals at the Butlins Minehead Resort.
I hit back from 3-1 and 5-3 down to progress to the second round to play Wes Newton.
I felt really good at the start of the game but never really got into the match losing it 9-3.
I am back on the practise board now and looking forward to the Ladbrokes World Championships.
I will be playing my first round game on Monday 16th December against either Devon Petersen or Mohammed Tatif Sapup at the Alexandra Palace in London.
It’s a fantastic venue so come along and join in the fun!!!!!

BARNSLEY WEEKEND 23RD-24TH NOVEMBER

I had another good run at the weekend making the Quarter Finals at the Metrodome in Barnsley on Sunday defeating Josh Payne, Steve West, Jelle Klaasen and Daryl Gurney then losing to Ricky Evans.
On the Saturday I made it to the last 16 so was pleased with another consistent performance as I had made the Quarters at the beginning of the month at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan.
I also made the Semi Finals in group 7 of the Championship League so I am well happy with my darts
I have finished eighth in the 2013 Pro Tour order of merit so I will be playing James Wade in the first round of the Cash Converters Pro Tour Finals at the Butlins Minehead Resort in Somerset on Friday 29th November, last game on in the afternoon. The tournament is being televised by ITV 4.
I would love to have a decent run in this tournament and with the way I have been playing I am feeling confident.
Happy Darting
Steve

KILLARNEY DOUBLE HEADER WEEKEND 19TH & 20TH OCTOBER

I had a great weekend in Killarney making it to the Quarter Finals on the Saturday in the Gleneagle Hotel Players Championship and the Semi Finals on the Sunday in the John McEvoy Players Championship.
On the  Saturday I started 6-0 against Luke Cheevers then Andy Jenkins 6-2, Joe Cullen 6-3, Dean Winstanley 6-1 and lost 6-3 to Jamie Caven in the Quarters.
Robert Thornton defeated Jamie Caven 6-5 in the final.
On the Sunday I was still in good form starting with  a 6-5 win over Joey Palfreyman in a very close game followed by a 6-4 against Johnny Haines, 6-2 over Vincent van der Voort, 6-5 in another close game against David Pallett, a 6-4 win over Gary Anderson in the Quarters then lost to the eventual winner Kim Huybrechts 6-2.
Kim defeated Kevin Painter 6-0 in the final.
After missing double 12 to beat James Wade in the first round of the World Grand Prix earlier this month I am pleased I’m still playing good consistent steady darts leading up to the Worlds.
I’m now off to the Championship League at Crondon Park next.

Happy Darting
Steve

GERMAN DARTS MASTERS IN SINDELFINGEN 20TH-22ND SEPTEMBER

I won the German Darts Masters at the Glaspalast in Sindelfingen at the weekend.
My first ranking title for almost four years with a thrilling 6-5 defeat of Mervyn King and needless to say I am over the moon and am really happy with my performance and consistency over the three day tournament.
I whitewashed Mick Todd in the first round with a 100 plus average, then defeated Paul Amos 6-1 taking six straight legs to win through to the third round with a 92 average.
I then played Jamie Caven winning 6-1 with a 96 average taking out some great shots on the way to book my place in a fourth successive European Tour quarter final.
Brendan Dolan was next and after hitting 4 x 180’s on the way to victory and another consistent average of 97, I was well happy to be in another semi final.
I then defeated world no 4 Simon Whitlock 6-3 with a 100 plus average, 1 x 13 and 3 x 14 dart legs and another 4 x 180’s, so was feeling really confident going into the final against Mervyn King.
Merv broke throw with a 13 darter in the final’s opening leg. I then broke back to level and took out 70 to lead 2-1.
Merv finished 116 to take the fourth, I then edged back ahead with an 11 darter before Merv punished me for missing double tops to level.
I took the next leg to make it 4-3 and the following one after Merv burst his score with a sensational 160 checkout to make it 5-3. Merv came straight back to taking the next two legs to take it to a decider.
I was the first to a double and took 76 out on tops for the title.
So Happy
Steve

GERMAN DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP IN HILDESHEIM 6TH-8TH SEPT

 

I sealed a 6-2 win over John Henderson in the first round of the German Darts Championship in Hildesheim with a ten dart leg and then grasped victory over Mervyn King taking a very close game 6-5.

This took me through to a third round clash with Andy Smith. I won a tight 11 leg thriller to  book my place in a third successive European Tour quarter final.

I then defeated Andy Hamilton 6-3, my winning leg 140, 135, 180, 46 out.

I lost in the semi’s 6-4 to the eventual winner Dave Chisnall.

I had a great weekend, love the format and am looking forward to next event.

Thanks for all your support and  your best wishes.

Happy Darting

Steve

AUGUST EXHIBITION NIGHTS

I  would like to say a Big Thank You to Punch Taverns and to everyone that has joined in my exhibition nights this month and made them such cracking events.  I’ve met some great people and we have had lots of fun. I  am still adding pictures to my gallery so please email me with your photo’s from any of the evenings and I will put them on. Here’s to next time, Cheers !!!!!

BETVICTOR WORLD MATCHPLAY WINTER GARDENS BLACKPOOL

Well I  lost 10-8 to Brendan Dolan in the first round, I’m extremely disappointed with myself after working so hard to get there.
I am now looking  forward to the next European Tour in Hildesheim in Germany at the beginning of September and must focus all my efforts in to qualifying  for the World Grand Prix in Ireland in October.
Congratulations to Phil Taylor on his 14th World Matchplay Title, what a brilliant display of darts from both Phil and Adrian !!!!!
Fantastic Television and great for all the Dart Fans !!!!!

Gibraltar Darts Trophy 28th – 30th June

I had another great run in the in the 5th European Tour of the year making it to the Quarter Finals.
64 players across three days in the Tercentenary Hall at the Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar.
First round I defeated George Federico 6-2, Second Connie Finnan 6-5, third John Henderson 6-5.
I then lost 6-0 in the Quarter Finals to Phil Taylor, I averaged 102 but Phil was in tremendous form and averaged 112.

Phil went on to win the tournament beating Welsh Youngster Jamie Lewis  6-1  in the final.

I’m now looking forward to my favourite tournament, The World Matchplay at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool and hope the draw is kind to me !!!!!

Happy Darting
Steve

 

SPEEDY SERVICES UK OPEN FINALS REEBOK BOLTON 6TH-9TH JUNE

Well I never got  going in this event and missed  far too many doubles.
It  just wasn’t my day and I lost to Joey Palfreyman  9-5.
So I’m putting  it behind me and am back on the practise board for Crawley and Gibraltar at the end of the month.

European Tour 4 Austria 31st May- 2nd June

 

May has been another busy month.

 

I  qualified for the European Tour 4 in Austria at the beginning  of the month in Wigan and had a great run to the Semi’s in it at the weekend.

This was held at Arena Nova in Wiener Neustadt.

I played Erwin Freidl in the first round and  won 6-4.
I landed two 11 dart legs on my way to beating John Henderson 6-5 in the second.

A 6-1 victory over Kevin McDine in the third set me up for a clash against another  World Champion Jelle Klaasen in the Quarters.

I won the battle of  the Former World Champions 6-2 to reach my first European Tour Semi Final.

My opponent was Mervyn King  and he punished me for missing four match darts in the deciding leg.

I was first to a double in the final leg but missed double 16 for a 102 finish and then three further darts at the bed, so Mervyn snatched the victory on  double ten.

Michael Van Gerwen defeated Mervyn  6-3 in the final.

Congratulations to Michael who is a  great player and is playing brilliant darts!!!

 

The previous weekend I made the Quarter Finals at the Pro Tour event on the Sunday by defeating Keith Rooney 6-4, Dan Russell 6-3, Ian White 6-4, Ronnie Baxter 6-0, then lost  to Andy Smith 6-3.

 

Congratulations to Jamie Caven who  had a fantastic double win over that weekend.

 

I also commentated for Eurosport on the first round matches of the Dubai Duty Free Masters.

 

I was part of a charity golf day in aid of  the Afghanistan Trust hosted by The Wigley Group at the De-Vere in Staverton, Northamptonshire.

Shame about the weather, we all came in drenched but a big thank you to everyone who helped to make the whole day such a success.

 

I have also qualified for the European Tour 5 in Gibraltar at the end of June which is great news but first I am looking to take my present form in to the Speedy Services UK Open Finals at the reebok Stadium in Bolton later this week.

 

I would like to say a big thank you to my sponsors Winmau and The Wigley group for their continued support which is really appreciated.

 

Happy Darting

Steve