1ST ROUND WIN IN UNIBET WORLD GRAND PRIX

STEVE BEATON rolled back the years once again to knock out World Champion Rob Cross in round one of the Unibet World Grand Prix in Dublin.

Former semi-finalist Beaton dropped just one leg as he ran out a comfortable 2-0 winner, dumping out the world number three in the opening round of the double-start event for a second successive year.

Making his 15th appearance at the Citywest Convention Centre, the 54-year-old proved more clinical on both starting and finishing doubles to seal his passage to the last 16 of the £400,000 tournament. 

“Knowing I’d beaten him at this stage last year was an advantage for me, I was determined to win again,” said Beaton, who will take on Gerwyn Price in round two.

“We had a bit of banter in the practice room that the last time I beat him here he went on to become World Champion.

“It sounds strange to say it but Rob is more experienced than me at the moment, in terms of his big stage play in 2018 so that makes the win all the more satisfying.”

 

 

UNIBET WORLD GRAND PRIX DRAW AND SCHEDULE CITY WEST DUBLIN 30TH SEPT-6TH OCTOBER

I play Rob Cross in the first round on Monday 1st October !!!!

UNIBET WORLD GRAND PRIX
CITY WEST,DUBLIN
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG

Draw Bracket
Michael van Gerwen (1) v Steve Lennon
Darren Webster v Stephen Bunting
Dave Chisnall (8) v Max Hopp
Ricky Evans v Raymond van Barneveld
Daryl Gurney (5) v John Henderson
Ron Meulenkamp v Joe Cullen
Gary Anderson (4) v Jonny Clayton
Jeffrey de Zwaan v Kim Huybrechts
Peter Wright (2) v Steve West
Jermaine Wattimena v Mervyn King
Simon Whitlock (7) v James Wilson
Michael Smith v Adrian Lewis
Mensur Suljovic (6) v James Wade
Josh Payne v Ian White
Rob Cross (3) v Steve Beaton
Danny Noppert v Gerwyn Price

Schedule of Play
Sunday September 30 (7pm)
First Round

Jeffrey de Zwaan v Kim Huybrechts
Ron Meulenkamp v Joe Cullen
Darren Webster v Stephen Bunting
Ricky Evans v Raymond van Barneveld
Dave Chisnall v Max Hopp
Daryl Gurney v John Henderson
Michael van Gerwen v Steve Lennon
Gary Anderson v Jonny Clayton

Monday October 1 (7pm)
First Round

Jermaine Wattimena v Mervyn King
Josh Payne v Ian White
Danny Noppert v Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright v Steve West
Rob Cross v Steve Beaton
Mensur Suljovic v James Wade
Simon Whitlock v James Wilson
Michael Smith v Adrian Lewis

Tuesday October 2 (7pm)
Second Round

Chisnall/Hopp v Evans/Van Barneveld
Anderson/Clayton v De Zwaan/Huybrechts
Gurney/Henderson v Meulenkamp/Cullen
Van Gerwen/Lennon v Webster/Bunting

Wednesday October 3 (7pm)
Second Round

Suljovic/Wade v Payne/White
Cross/Beaton v Noppert/Price
Wright/West v Wattimena/King
Whitlock/Wilson v Smith/Lewis

Thursday October 4 (7pm)
Quarter-Finals

Friday October 5 (7pm)
Semi-Finals

Saturday October 6 (8pm)
Final 

2018 INTERNATIONAL DARTS OPEN SACHSENARENA RIESA 14TH-16TH SEPT

I spent a lovely few days with my wife for our 25th Silver Wedding Anniversary then flew to Germany for European Tour 12-The 2018 International Darts Open at the Sachsenarena in Riesa.
I won my first game 6-5 against Vincent van der Voort and again my second game 6-5 against Max Hopp then lost Simon Whitlock 6-3.
I am pleased with my game putting in averages over a 100.
I have qualified for the World Grand Prix in Dublin later this month so I hope my good form continues !!!!
Thank you to my sponsors Winmau, The Wigley Group and Airport Placements Ltd !!!!

BARNSLEY 3RD-5TH SEPT

I had a wonderful holiday in Crete with my lovely wife. Arrived home flew straight to Germany for European Tour 10 in Hildesheim, lost in the second round to Martin Schindler, flew home then travelled to Barnsley for two European qualifiers on the Monday evening. I qualified for ET12 (International Darts Open Riesa Germany) but unfortunately not ET11(Dutch Darts Championship Maastricht)- too many missed doubles.Pro Tour17 followed on Tuesday where I lost in the last 32 to Joe Cullen. In Pro Tour 18 today I faired better where I made the quarter finals losing 6-5 to Nathan Aspinall in a very close game. My Congratulations to Nathan as he went on to win the tournament. On my way home now on the train-shattered need another holiday !!!!

JULY UPDATES

Congratulations to Gary Anderson on winning the betvictor World Matchplay Darts Championship!!!!
I lost 10-6 to  Mensur Suljovic in the first round of the Matchplay. Mensur put up a great fight against Gary in a brilliant final.

I have been spending quality time with my wife over the last week and chilling in this lovely weather.

We went to see Katherine Jenkins in concert on Saturday went to the Worstead Festival on Sunday. Such a pleasant change!!!!

A few exhibitions now before ET 10 in Hildesheim Germany at the end of August.

Thank you to my sponsors Winmau, The Wigley Group and Airport Placements for their continued support !!!!

EXHIBITIONS 12TH-14TH JULY

Thurs 12th July:
Harlescott Social Club
Roselyn
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY1 4LP

Fri 13th July:
Nantyglo Rugby Club
Porters Road
Nantyglo
Ebbw Vale
Gwent
NP23 4NH

Sat 14th July:
Penllergaer Social Club
Swansea
SA4 9BW

ET9 HAMBURG WEEKEND

Rubbish weekend in Hamburg. My train was cancelled had to take a taxi to airport, my flight was delayed 2hrs, I missed the shuttle bus in Hamburg because I was so late arriving lost in the 2nd round to Andy Boulton and am still trying to get home !!!!!

PRO TOUR 16 BARNSLEY

Another good run today in Barnsley making the semi’s for the second day running beating Sven Groen, Ritchie Edhouse. Merv King, Joe Cullen, Dave Chisnall and then lost 6-3 to Ian White. On my way home now and then off to Hamburg Germany for ET 9 this weekend. Busy time I will be glad of a few days off next week. So pleased to have qualified for the World Matchplay !!!! Thank you for all your support and thanks to my sponsors #Winmau #TheWigleygroup #Airportplacements

PRO TOUR 15 BARNSLEY & COPENHAGEN UPDATES

Great run to the semi’s today in Pro Tour 15 in Barnsley beating Madars Razma, Ronny Huybrechts, Darren Webster, Daryl Gurney and Michael Smith then lost 6-4 to James Wade. I would think that has secured my World Matchplay spot in Blackpool next month. I was gutted losing to Rob Cross 6-5 in the Danish Darts Open in Copenhagen at the weekend so feeling a lot happier now. Thank you for all your support and to my sponsors #Winmau #TheWigleygroup #Airportplacements

PRO TOUR 13 & 14 WIGAN

The weekend started well having qualified for ET9 & ET10 but went down hill after I lost in the 2nd round on the Saturday and the 1st round on Sunday in Pro tours 13 & 14.  Let’s hope I have a run in ET8 in Copenhagen this coming weekend 22nd-24th June !!!!