PREMIER LEAGUE: Van Barneveld checks out 140 in decider to draw with Wright in Brighton

By Alex Moss
23 FEBRUARY 2017 •10:27PM

Raymond van Barneveld fired in a deciding leg 140 checkout to earn a 6-6 draw in the Betway Premier League with Peter Wright in Brighton tonight.

The two played out the fourth draw of the night at the Brighton Centre, which leaves Wright in fourth and van Barneveld in sixth in the Premier League table.

After the opening two legs were shared, Wright missed three darts at double 18 for an early break, and van Barneveld returned to hit the same target for a 2-1 lead.

The first break of the match did not come until the ninth leg, with Snakebite landing double five to break to go 5-4 up.

Wright then secured himself at least a point by hitting double 18 in the next leg, before van Barneveld forced a decider after holding throw in the 11th leg.

Barney made the most of a sluggish deciding leg from Wright and checked out a superb 140 on double 10 to earn a point.

The bespectacled Dutchman hit two treble 20s and double 10 to claim back-to-back legs and ensure the match finished all square at 6-6.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Taylor fights back to share the points with Huybrechts in Brighton

By Alex Moss
23 FEBRUARY 2017 •9:44PM

Phil Taylor came from behind to draw 6-6 with Kim Huybrechts tonight and maintain his unbeaten record in the Betway Premier League this season.

Huybrechts fired in checkouts of 110 and 140 to help him go 6-4 up, before the Belgian missed three match darts over the next two legs and Taylor won them both to snatch a point.

Huybrechts kicked off the match in style with a 110 checkout on double 16 to break the Taylor throw in the first leg, before holding throw on double nine to go 2-0 in front.

The next five legs all went with throw as Huybrechts started the eighth leg leading 4-3, and he doubled his advantage once again with an excellent 140 checkout on double 16.

After Taylor reduced the deficit again in the next leg, Huybrechts fired in a second 87 checkout of the match to secure a point and a 6-4 lead.

The Belgian then had a chance to clinch both points in the 11th leg, as Taylor elected to set up double 16 rather than go for the bullseye, and Huybrechts missed double eight for a 136 finish.

Taylor hit double 16 to force a deciding leg, which looked to be in Huybrechts’ grasp when the 16-time world champion missed the bullseye for an 86 checkout.

But Huybrechts spurned his attempt at a 56 match-winning finish, and Taylor returned to hit double eight for a share of the points.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Wade salvages a point after throwing away a 5-1 lead against Anderson

By Alex Moss
23 FEBRUARY 2017 •8:56PM

James Wade kept his unbeaten record in this year’s Betway Premier League alive with a 6-6 draw against Gary Anderson in Brighton tonight.

The 2009 Premier League champion looked on course to climb to the top of the table as checkouts of 100 and 110 helped him to establish a 5-1 lead.

But Anderson produced a stirring comeback, winning five legs in a row, to go 6-5 up, with Wade hitting double nine in the final leg to salvage a share of the points.

Anderson, a two-time winner of the Premier League, landed double three for the first leg, before Wade reeled off five legs on the spin to take a commanding 5-1 lead.

After missing tops to make it 2-2, Anderson was punished as Wade checked out 100 on double 10 to break for a 3-1 advantage.

Anderson then missed another dart at tops as Wade fired in a 110 finish to go 4-1 up, before holding throw in the next leg to go further ahead.

The Scot fought back, though, with checkouts of 88 and 121, the latter on the bullseye, helping him cut the deficit to 5-4.

Wade then spurned nine darts at doubles in leg 10 to go 6-4 up, with Anderson taking advantage to claim successive legs for a 6-5 lead.

And in the final leg, Wade held his nerve to hit double nine with his last dart to rescue a point.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Van Gerwen and Lewis share the points in a Premier League classic in Brighton

By Alex Moss
23 FEBRUARY 2017 •8:18PM

Michael van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis played out a thrilling 6-6 draw in the Betway Premier League at the Brighton Centre tonight.

World number one van Gerwen, who had won 10 of his 12 previous meetings with Lewis, looked in danger of losing his unbeaten start to the Premier League season as Lewis took a 4-2 lead midway through the contest.

But van Gerwen responded by winning four of the next five legs to go 6-5 up, before Jackpot hit double 12 in the final leg to earn a share of the points.

The Dutchman, who has not lost in front of the television cameras since September 25 last year, made a fine start with an 11-darter to hold throw in the first leg.

However, missed doubles in two of the next three legs were capitalised on by Lewis to go 3-1 up, before a stunning 170 finish saw the 2011 and 2012 PDC world champion establish a 4-2 lead.

Another 11-darter in the next leg saw van Gerwen cut the deficit to 4-3, and in the next leg MVG hit double 18 to level up the match at 4-4.

Lewis fired in consecutive scores of 180 and 174 in the ninth leg to help him break the van Gerwen throw again for 5-4, but the match swung once again as the reigning Premier League champion clinched back-to-back legs to go 6-5 up.

And van Gerwen could have snatched both the points as he wired the bullseye for a 170 finish in the deciding leg, with Lewis returning to the oche and hitting double 12 to secure a point.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Klaasen off the bottom after beating Chisnall to clinch first win of the season

By Alex Moss
23 FEBRUARY 2017 •7:40PM

Jelle Klaasen climbed off the bottom of the Betway Premier League table after beating Dave Chisnall 7-3 in Brighton this evening.

The Dutchman, who started the night bottom of the table after losing all of his opening three games of the season, averaged 98.90 and hit four 180s to see off Chisnall and earn his first win of the season.

After Chisnall held throw on double 19 in the opening leg, Klaasen responded with back-to-back legs to go 2-1 in front.

Chisnall, who picked up his first victory of the Premier League season after beating Kim Huybrechts in Leeds last week, broke back immediately with an 86 finish to level up at 2-2.

Missed doubles from Chisnall were then punished by Klaasen, who rattled off four consecutive legs to guarantee himself a point, the highlight of that run a 152 checkout in the seventh leg.

Chizzy kept his hopes of a draw alive by hitting tops to close the gap to 6-3, before Klaasen got over the line with a 72 checkout in the next leg to complete a 7-3 victory.

Klaasen’s maiden win of the Premier League season moves him out of the bottom two of the Premier League table on leg difference, but Kim Huybrechts can climb above him if he avoids defeat against Phil Taylor in his match later on this evening.

Menzies becomes the first Scot to win the Scottish Open for a decade after beating Day in final

By Darts Weekly Staff
20 FEBRUARY 2017 •2:01PM

Cameron Menzies became the fourth Scot to win the Scottish Open after beating Daniel Day 6-2 in the final yesterday.

The Muirkirk thrower ended a ten-year wait for a home winner of the Scottish event, as he saw off England’s Day in the decider to scoop the £3,000 prize.

Menzies, who had earlier beaten defending champion Danny Noppert 3-1 in the last 128, edged past Martin Atkins 5-4 in the quarter-finals, before defeating Wayne Warren, of Wales, 5-2 to reach the final.

The final got off to a slow start, with Day spurning a chance to take an early lead and instead Menzies checked out 76 to go 1-0 up.

Menzies doubled his lead with double top, before Day hit back with back-to-back legs, the second of those a 14-darter, to level the final up at 2-2.

Home favourite Menzies responded with three straight legs to go 5-2 in front and one leg away from the title, and in the next leg he took out 96 to complete a 6-2 win.

Menzies, who was ranked 65th in the BDO before the start of the tournament, is the fourth Scot to have won the title, following in the footsteps of Peter Johnstone (1998), Mike Veitch (2004) and Gary Anderson (2007).

Elsewhere, Fallon Sherrock claimed her first BDO ranking title for over a year with a 5-4 win over Deta Hedman in the Scottish Open ladies final.

Sherrock, whose previous last ranking title success was winning the British Classic in September 2015, saw off Aileen de Graaf 4-2 in the quarter-finals, before defeating Lisa Ashton by the same scoreline to reach the final.

There she took on current world number one Hedman, who had ended the title defence of last year’s winner, Lorraine Winstanley, in the previous round.

Sherrock opened up commanding leads of 3-0 and 4-2 in the final, but was pegged back by Hedman who forced a deciding leg, which the 22-year-old won on double one to win the title.

Premier League Prediction League Standings (after week three)

By Darts Weekly Staff
20 FEBRUARY 2017 •12:18PM

By popular demand our prediction league has returned and will run during the 2017 Premier League season.

It is free to enter and the player with the most points at the end of the competition will win a signed UK Open Riley’s Amateur Qualifiers flyer signed by one-time participant Alex Moss!

Three points are awarded for correcting the right result and scoreline, while one point is awarded for guessing the correct result.

After Judgement Night (Week Nine), each player will have the opportunity to play a joker card during one of the weeks between 10 and 15.

Any points won during that week will be doubled with the use of the joker, but it can only be played for one week so use it wisely. If a player wants to play their joker they must specify BEFORE the evening’s play has begun.

Latest Standings (after week three)
23 – shane wilkinson (@HarrierShane)
22 – Jabba (@jabba1892)
21 – Sarah Collins. (@team_themachine)
20 – Rafal Beder (@RafaBeder)
19 – Darts Fan (@AmazingDart)
18 – Andrew Devonshire (@A_Devonshire180)
17 – Tom Parker (@TheColonelTP); Mike Yates #48 (@CaptMikeYates); Richard Edwards (@ricky_edwards80); – (@Phenohyte180); Matt’s Glory Days (@unitedmixer89)
16 – Price Perception (@PricePerceivers); James Robinson (@JRTerrier24)
15 – Jack Curtis (@jackcurtis90)
14 – Domenic Belisle (@DBelisle22); Finlay Ferguson (@FXTWO); Johnny Maher (@johnnymaher76)
13 – missa marshall (@jafoolee)
12 – James Denson (@OfficialDenno97); Kev McAlpine (@Kev_McAlpine); Christopher Kempf (@ochepedia); TheWack (@TheWack180)
11 – john cpm (@cpm_john_); jamie muir (@nutsack007); Scott Pirie (@Spirie501); Matt (@ycfc_matty); Artur Michalak (@ArturMichalak88); Robin van Aalst (@Rva03); Carl Fletcher (@CarlyFletch)
10 – Babedi Darts Tips (@dartsbybabedi)
9 – Del (@DE180Y); Josh’s Dartistry (@JoshsDartistry)
8 – TheRealArba (@RealArba); Stan (@StanTheGull); Luke Etheridge (@LukeEtheridge95); ben1987 (@ben1987)
7 – Matt (@mattloxston); Warren Allsworth (@warrenallsworth); Jay Bennett (@jb738559)
6 – TheDarts Tipster (@pdcbdotips); simon (@sibbersonics); Ryan garraton (@RyanG180)
5 – Norbert Sinkiewicz (@NSinkiewicz); Ed (@Eddiethegoat); Matthew Maguire (@BobTheMelon); DarrenB1878 (@DarrenBarnard1); Carl Redden (@ReddenCarl); bryan cusack (@cusack_bryan)
4 – ⒿⒸⓡⓔⓔ⑤⓪① ‏(@JohnnyCree); Paul Hackett (@Hackett_MUFC)
3 – Lockup Dave (@LockupTipster); Matt (@matthawk3); Darts Writer (@sportswriter94); Cush_8 (@Cush_8)
2 – Mick Donegan (@donegan_mick); Hayden Johnson (@hjvilla95); Carl Foxton (@CarlFoxy91); TRADING TOPPS (@Kick_Topps_1999)
1 – Paul Briggs (@starman180); Dartsfan (@dartsfan7)

Butler whitewashes Young to win Syracuse Open for the second time

By Darts Weekly Staff
20 FEBRUARY 2017 •10:56AM

Larry Butler claimed his second Syracuse Open title at the weekend after beating Darin Young 4-0 in the final.

The former World Matchplay champion won his first ranking title of the year with a whitewash victory over his PDC World Cup of Darts teammate Young in the decider.

Butler kicked off the final by checking out 73 for a 14-darter, before a 78 finish saw him break the Young throw in the next leg to take a 2-0 lead.

Young then missed the bull for a 121 checkout to break back in the third leg, with Butler returning to finish off 32 with his last dart to go 3-0 up.

More missed doubles from Young were punished again in the next leg, as Butler fired in a brilliant 148 checkout to complete a 4-0 win in the final.

Canada’s Maria Mason won the ladies title at the Syracuse Open after seeing off Bette Cunningham 4-1 in the final.

After the opening two legs were shared, Mason reeled off three straight legs to wrap up a 4-1 win.

DEVELOPMENT TOUR ORDER OF MERIT: Humphries leads the way after the first weekend

By Darts Weekly Staff
19 FEBRUARY 2017 •9:30PM

Luke Humphries tops the PDC Unicorn Development Tour Order of Merit following the first weekend of the season.

The Newbury ace won two of the four events held at the Robin Park Tennis Centre, in Wigan, this weekend, helping him to earn £4,000 towards the Order of Merit.

Humphries won Events One and Four to top the early Order of Merit, while Event Two winner Dimitri van den Bergh is in fourth spot.

Ryan Meikle, who won Event Three, is in third place, while Kenny Neyens reached two finals across the two days to sit in second spot.

The Development Tour returns to Wigan next month, with Events 5-8 played across two days at the Robin Park Tennis Centre on March 18-19.

Pos Name Prize Money
1 Luke Humphries £4,000
2 Kenny Neyens £2,550
3 Ryan Meikle £2,500
4 Dimitri van den Bergh £2,350
5 Adam Hunt £1,700
6 Harry Ward £1,150
7 Dawson Murschell £1,050
8 Ted Evetts £1,000
9 Martin Schindler £900
10 Rowby-John Rodriguez £850
11 Ronnie Roberts £800
12 Jimmy Hendriks £750
13 Andrew Davidson £650
= Steve Lennon £650
15 Nico Blum £550
= Rhys Hayden £550
= Rob Hewson £550
= Stephen Rosney £550
19 Mike De Decker £500
= Rhys Griffin £500
21 Daniel Cole £400
= Sonny Johal £400
= Josh Payne £400
24 Charlie Beaumont £350
= Scott Dale £350
= Sven Groen £350
= Sam Head £350
= Rusty-Jake Rodriguez £350
29 Mark Baxter £300
= Justin Bradshaw £300
= Lee Budgen £300
= Mike van Duivenbode £300
= Dean Finn £300
= Liam Freeman £300
= Sam Hewson £300
= Daniel Jensen £300
= Callum Loose £300
= Kevin de Vries £300
39 Scott Jackson £250
= Ryan Jones £250
= George Killington £250
= Berry van Peer £250
= Brian Raman £250
= Adam Smith-Neale £250
= Jordan Thomas £250
46 Callum Goffin £200
= Fabian Herz £200
= Thomas Lovely £200
= Callum Matthews £200
= Jordan Matthews £200
= Geert Nentjes £200
= Kurt Parry £200
= Justin van Tergouw £200
54 James Carroll £150
= Joshua Church £150
= Sam Cromwell £150
= Owen Emmett-Bowden £150
= Jake Jones £150
= Rhys Julian £150
= Jack Main £150
= Conor Mayes £150
= Matthew Moore £150
= Adam Paxton £150
= Greg Ritchie £150
= James Smith £150
= James Thompson £150
= Brandon Walsh £150
68 Andy Alker £100
= Dylan van Beek £100
= William Borland £100
= Connor Bowler £100
= Roy Brands £100
= John Brown £100
= Reece Colley £100
= Aiden Cope £100
= Zak Cross £100
= Nicholas Day £100
= Jack Dickinson £100
= Mark Emmett-Bowden £100
= Arron Fairweather £100
= George Gardner £100
= Job ten Heuvel £100
= Ryan Hoggarth £100
= Daniel Key £100
= Viggo van der Kuijl £100
= Brandonn Monk £100
= Lewis Pride £100
= Nathan Rafferty £100
= Connor Scutt £100
= Jack Seymour £100
= Justin Smith £100
= Kevin Troppmann £100
93 Ben Adams £50
= Luis Barberan £50
= Patrick van den Boogaard £50
= Jamie Branton £50
= Jamie Britten £50
= Bradley Brooks £50
= Sam Carter £50
= Ben Chance £50
= Sam Chance £50
= Jacob Paul John Cooksey £50
= Shaun Devonald £50
= Brad Ellis £50
= Tony Field £50
= Pascal Herwig £50
= Cas Hogenhout £50
= Billy Holmes £50
= Sean Johnson £50
= Joseph Kelly £50
= Jack Kerr £50
= Alfie Lazar-Woodward £50
= Tommy Lishman £50
= Robert Ludlow £50
= Craig Morgan £50
= Luke Nelson £50
= Ryan O’Connor £50
= Sebastian Pohl £50
= Casper Rasmussen £50
= Paul Reid £50
= Shane Reidy £50
= Joshua Richardson £50
= Callan Rydz £50
= Zac Sanders £50
= Jordan Singh £50
= Kieran J Smith £50
= Charlie Symons £50
= Luciano Tardio £50
= Daniel Thomas £50
= Adam Watson £50
= James Wilkinson £50
= Nico Ziemann £50

Humphries doubles up as Meikle seals first PDC Development Tour title

By Darts Weekly Staff
19 FEBRUARY 2017 •8:48PM

Luke Humphries completed a weekend double by winning PDC Unicorn Development Tour Event Four on Sunday, after Ryan Meikle had claimed his first title with victory in Event Three.

Humphries, who won the first Development Tour of the season yesterday, triumphed again by defeating Kenny Neyens 5-2 in the final in the second of two £10,000 tournaments on Sunday.

Meikle had earlier beaten Harry Ward 5-1 to clinch his maiden title and continue his good start to the year, having qualified for the Coral UK Open last weekend.

The 20-year-old began Sunday’s action with successive 4-0 wins against Joshua Burksfield and Guido Den Hartog, before seeing off Neyens and Mike De Decker to reach the last 16.

The PDC tour card holder then beat Rhys Hayden 4-1 and Nico Blum 5-1 to progress to the semi-finals.

A 5-4 victory against former PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship finalist Rowby-John Rodriguez saw Meikle reach his first final, which he won convincingly, triumphing 5-1 against 19-year-old Ward.

Humphries then embarked on a second tournament win from the four events played over the weekend to place himself top of the early Development Tour Order of Merit.

The Newbury-based ace, who had suffered a second round exit in Event Three, bounced back with wins over Rusty-Jake Rodriguez, Casper Rasmussen and Jake Jones to reach the last 16 of Event Four.

A 4-2 victory against Liam Freeman and a 5-2 win over Stephen Rosney saw him reach the semi-finals, where he defeated Ronnie Roberts 5-3.

Humphries then completed a brace of tournament triumphs with a 5-2 win against Belgium’s Neyens, who sits in second place on the Order of Merit after reaching two finals in as many days.