Royden Lam wins back tour card, as Langendorf, North and Edhouse secure professional status at Q-School

By Darts Weekly Staff
20 JANUARY 2017 •9:26PM

Royden Lam won back his PDC Tour Card on day two of the 2017 PDC Qualifying School, as Maik Langendorf, Richard North and Ritchie Edhouse also secured professional status.

Hong Kong’s Lam had previously won a tour card in 2013, and ensured his return to the PDC Pro Tour in 2017 by winning through a field of 423 players on the second of four days of play in Wigan.

Lam began in ominous form with three successive whitewashes as he defeated Scott Darbyshire, Jason Lowe and Sam Hamilton, and he then defeated Jason Wilson, Scott Taylor, Peter Jacques and Jose Sousa for the loss of only eight legs as he sealed his tour card.

The 41-year-old previously qualified for the 2013 UK Open and 2014 World Championship, and has also played three times for Hong Kong in the World Cup of Darts, reaching the quarter-finals alongside Scott MacKenzie in 2015.

“This is my second time in Q-School and I’m very happy,” said Lam. “In the future I’ll be trying my best.

“I’ll be playing in tournaments in Asia too but trying to get back here to play. I enjoy playing against the top players and I’m happy that I can keep doing that.”

Another player with World Cup of Darts experience, Austrian-born Maik Langendorf, secured his tour card for the first time with a narrow 5-4 win over Latvia’s Madars Razma in their decisive final match on Friday.

Langendorf also defeated Germany’s Marko Puls, Gibraltar’s Dylan Duo, English pair Mark Lawrence and Alan Tabern, Dutchman Willy van de Wiel and Ireland’s Steve Lennon in a cosmopolitan route to his tour card.

“I played very well today and I’m very happy,” said Langendorf, who is based in Hamlin, Germany. “Yesterday I played well but lost in my second game, and today I had no easy games.

“My wife encouraged me to come to Q-School and I thought I’d have a try to see where I am in the game, and enjoy the weekend with my German friends, but things went really well.

“I can make a plan for the season now and the next thing for me is the UK Open Qualifiers.”

Enfield’s Ritchie Edhouse, a 33-year-old carpet fitter, bounced back from his defeat to Lee Bryant in their decider on Thursday to secure his tour card 24 hours later.

A qualifier for the UK Open and three European Tour events last year, Edhouse overcame Ian Hurley, Barrie Bates, Scott Dale, Eddie White, Michael Rasztovits and Craig Gilchrist before defeating Northern Ireland’s Mickey Mansell 5-3 in their decider.

“It’s the best thing I’ve done in darts – I didn’t think I’d do it,” admitted Edhouse. “After yesterday I wasn’t sure how I’d get on today but after a couple of games I knew I was playing really well and I thought that this might be it.

“It’s gruelling – my legs were aching yesterday, let alone today, and it’s hard, but I got more relaxed the further I got because I knew I was picking up the ranking points.

“I’ll be practising as much as I can now and I’d like to try and get in the World Championship now – everyone wants to get into the World Championship and I lost out in the last game to Mark Frost in November, so that’s my target now.”

Romsey-based bricklayer Richard North was the day’s other tour card winner, following up his qualification for the 2011 UK Open as an amateur and three previous Qualifying School appearances by securing his spot on the PDC Pro Tour this year.

The 26-year-old defeated Stephen Butkeraitis, Mark Devon, Arjan Konterman, Mark Wilson, Steve Hine and Antonio Alcinas before edging out Scotland’s Jamie Bain 5-4 in their decisive clash.

“I was confident I’d get a tour card this weekend, but I didn’t think I’d win it outright, I just thought I’d rack up enough points to get one,” said North. “It’s long day but today I was on form all day and I don’t think I played one bad game.

“Yesterday I thought I threw it away – I lost 5-4 to Prakash Jiwa and he won his tour card, and I’d played brilliantly up until that point. I had a couple of close games today, especially against Steve Hine, who’s been on the tour for years.

“My ambition now is to win some games against top professionals on the tour, but if I’m honest I want to be in the world’s top 32 within two years. I don’t know if that’s going to happen but I think I’m capable.

“I’ve been practising with Simon Whitlock. I’d beaten him a few times in some local tournaments in Hampshire, and he said to me that I was good enough to play against the best in the world. I think on my day I could beat anyone.”

Saturday sees the third of four days of play held in Wigan, where a further four two-year PDC tour cards will be secured.


Christopher Kempf’s Match of the Week: Duzza is in exhibition form in semi-final smash-up

By Christopher Kempf
20 JANUARY 2017 •7:47PM

Glen Durrant, the newly crowned BDO world champion, had much to prove after the two very shaky wins he recorded en route to the Lakeside semi-finals.

It was only by virtue of Paul Hogan’s three missed darts at doubles for a 4-0 whitewash he managed to reach that stage at all.

But even if Duzza’s extraordinary comeback against Hogan turned heads, his throwing of anaemic sub-90 averages in both the second round and the quarter-finals, and missing every finish greater than 85 he attempted in 58 legs of darts assuredly did not.

His struggles seemed to continue in the initial legs of his semi-final match with Jamie Hughes, the BDO world number two.

Through the first six legs, Duzza was again averaging in the 80s, scoring erratically and only winning three of his first four legs by virtue of missed doubles from his opponent.

Despite winning the first set 3-2, it seemed that Durrant was in for a gruelling semi-final, as he struggled to overcome Hughes’ efforts and capitalise on his mistakes.

Within a half an hour’s time, however, Hughes’ confidence had been utterly broken.

En route to a 4-0 set lead, Durrant threw two 12-dart legs and won six more in five visits, conceding only two legs to Hughes on the West Midlands darter’s throw.

Durrant knew full well that he would need to build a massive early lead to stymie Yozza, and he did it in a way that made the comeback seem hopeless.

As if a 132 checkout on the bull to kick off the third set wasn’t enough, Durrant matched the highest checkout of the tournament with his ensuing 170 finish, doing his celebratory “Duzza shuffle” as he walked to the board to retrieve his darts.

The cameras trained on his opponent, and caught a bewildered Hughes bowing his head as he sought to recompose himself.

His next score, however, was a 47, and Durrant later denied Hughes a shot at 74 when the last of his three darts hit double 10.

Duzza had only won three legs in that spectacular set, but it had the psychological impact of thirty.

After a fourth set in which Durrant continued in exhibition form, setting up a double after nine darts in the first leg and hitting the 117 finish in the second, even scoring another 170 visit along the way, the comeback against an opponent romping to victory must have seemed impossible.

Hughes’ scoring, to his credit, remained consistent – his average of 10.46 darts needed to reach a finish was one of the best recorded in the tournament.

Taking advantage of a sudden spate of inaccuracy on the treble 20, Hughes won the fifth set and pulled ahead 2-1 in the sixth.

Then Durrant threw a third 170 visit and Hughes’ comeback crumbled.

On his own throw, with two clear visits to win the set, Hughes missed four doubles – none of them by close margins – before ruefully busting after missing double five to the inside.

With that, all the energy and momentum left in Hughes’ game drained away, and the seventh set seemed an afterthought.

The averages from the match tell a tale of a close fight between two men on form, but Duzza’s psychological onslaught brought to the match something unseen in his previous two games.

This time, Durrant proved why he is ranked number one in the BDO.

He did not hesitate to remind Hughes of that with every spellbinding score – and in doing so threatened him still with more.

Prakash Jiwa secures PDC tour card return on first day of Q-School

By Alex Moss
19 JANUARY 2017 •9:04PM

There was a record field of 434 players all bidding to win one of four PDC tour cards up for grabs on the first day of this year’s Qualifying School today.

The list of players was headed up by three-time world champion, and recent PDC Hall of Fame inductee, John Part, along with former major winner Paul Nicholson, and a multitude of ex-major finalists.

Rugby-based Prakash Jiwa was the only previous tour card holder to win one of the four tour cards on day one, with the other three going to Lee Bryant, Stephen Burton and Jim Brown, three players who now own tour cards for the first time.

Jiwa became only the fifth player to become a three-time tour card winner at Q-School, since the event was introduced back in 2011, with his success today.

The 46-year-old claimed wins over James Young, Davyd Venken, Jim Walker, Richard North and Steve Douglas, before a 5-2 win over Irish youngster Steve Lennon secured a quick return to the main tour, after finishing outside of the top 64 at the end of last season.

“This is my third time and my experience of playing with the big boys in the PDC helped massively,” Jiwa said.

“When I saw the field of almost 450 players I went in with a mindset of how good I am.

“I’ve been on the circuit before but now, with my new equipment, I want to move to the next level, which I believe I can do.

“I want to get into that top 64 in two years to keep my tour card. I didn’t have that aspiration before, when I first started playing, but now I’m a seasoned campaigner and I believe that I can do some damage.”

Sussex-based Bryant joins his housemate Rob Cross, who won the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour last year, on the PDC circuit after edging out Enfield’s Ritchie Edhouse 5-4 in their decider.

Bryant overcame Michael Huntley, Teuvo Haverinen, Mickey Mansell, Mareno Michels, Paul Russell, Callan Rydz and Edhouse to earn his first PDC tour card.

“I was over-nervous and maybe over-excited when I woke up this morning but it feels really good,” Bryant said.

“I had to pull some good darts out and I’m really pleased to have done that, especially in the final game.

“Seeing Rob get his tour card through the Challenge Tour has inspired me and he’s driven me up to Wigan and supported me, and that was a big incentive because he believed in me all the way.”

Ipswich-based window cleaner Burton will compete on the PDC circuit for the first time this year after securing a tour card on his Q-School debut today.

“I’m on cloud nine at the moment and it will probably sink in tomorrow when I wake up,” Burton said.

“The hard work has got to start when I get back home on the practice board ready for the UK Open Qualifiers and first Pro Tour events.

“It’s all a learning curve and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Scotland’s Brown was today’s final tour card winner in what was an emotional moment for the 45-year-old from Hamilton.

Brown had lost his wife Annette to cancer in July last year before opting to compete at Q-School.

“It’s an emotional day,” Brown said. “It’s been an incredibly tough time but I think it was just meant to be and I dedicate this to Annette. I didn’t think I could do this but it’s up there with anything I’ve ever done.

“I’ve only played for six years so I want to push myself and see how far I can go. I might not win one game on the Pro Tour but I’ve made it here and I’m looking forward to it.”

2017 PDC Qualifying School Day One Updates

By Darts Weekly Staff
19 JANUARY 2017 • 6:19PM

Updates from day one of the 2017 PDC Qualifying School at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan.

A field of more than 400 players are in action, with today’s play seeing the first four of 28 PDC tour cards being awarded.

Play commenced at 12pm with all games being the best of nine legs and played down to the last four players, who will all win a tour card.

2017 PDC Qualifying School
Day One, Thursday January 19
First Round
Liam Last Bye
Kevin McKinney Bye
Kieran Evans 5-4 Ryan Murray
Dragutin Horvat 5-0 Evan Wilson
Jason Lowe 5-2 Ron Seddon
Scott Rollings 5-2 Billy Holmes
Dawson Murschell 5-0 Rhys Jackson
Marko Puls 5-4 Rhys Julian
Peter Evison Bye
Adam Hunt Bye
Ioannis Selachoglou 5-0 Richard Betteley
Nick Jennings 5-1 Thomas Pavarotti
Tony Lincoln 5-1 Paul Jenkins
Robert Fuller 5-4 Rene Eidams
Paul Harvey 5-1 Stephen Butkeraitis
Sean Ryan 5-1 Michael Kavanagh
Lee Watkins Bye
Dave Honey Bye
Bryan De Hoog 5-1 Scott Taylor
Wayne Jones 5-1 David Wilson
Bradley Williams 5-3 Chris Hartrey
Matthew Edgar 5-1 Jay Murphy
Kelvin Hart 5-3 Chris White
Max Baulcomb 5-2 Nathan Richards
Callum Loose Bye
George Killington Bye
Ash Khayatzadeh 5-2 David Read
Kevin Burness 5-0 Steven Harbert
Neil Meneer 5-0 Stuart Stubbs Snr
Steve Lennon 5-3 Jose Sousa
Adam Huckvale 5-0 Jose Ventura Seijas Ramos
Kai Fan Leung 5-3 Kevin McDine
Prakash Jiwa Bye
James Young Bye
Callum Mackay 5-1 Dorion Hall
Davyd Venken 5-2 Pete Dyos
Jim Walker 5-1 Manuel Vilerio
Jack Bannister 5-4 Fynn Marquardt
Josh McCarthy 5-1 Scott Newton
Mark Lawrence 5-3 Michael Burgoine
Colin Roelofs Bye
Richie Howson Bye
Alan Magee Bye
Richard North 5-0 Matthew Watson
Matthew Moore 5-4 Dai Randall
Ting Chi Royden Lam 5-2 Thom Humphrey
Kevin Simm 5-1 Jason Marriott
Chris Ware 5-4 Matthias Dietrich
Ronnie Baxter Bye
Ricky Sudale Bye
Nathan Aspinall Bye
Paul Nicholson 5-3 Harry Ward
Steve Douglas 5-2 Alan Wilkinson
Jack Todd 5-3 Andy White
Andrew Howarth 5-1 Joey Palfreyman
Sheamus Hagan 5-2 Chris Hornby
Shaun Carroll Bye
David Jamieson Bye
Lee Moffat Bye
Ricky Palmer 5-0 Craig Reeves
Mark Stephenson 5-3 Paddy Boyce
Richard Baillie 5-1 Hayden Barnes
Wilco Vermeulen 5-0 Michael Tafner
Bernd Roith 5-3 Steve McNally
Martin Kask Bye
Robert Marijanovic Bye
Jamie Bain 5-3 Stuart Dutton
Arron Monk 5-3 Haruki Muramatsu
Curtis Hammond 5-0 Mark Forman
Martin Schindler 5-4 Gary Gullan
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 5-0 Benjamin van Erven
Trevor Burkhill 5-0 Steve Perkins
Glenn Fitzpatrick Bye
Tony Martin Bye
Mark Jodrill 5-4 Scott Darbyshire
David King 5-2 Kevin McDonnell
Radoslaw Szaganski 5-0 Tom McIntosh
John Part 5-2 William Stallard
Edward Lovely 5-1 Justin Broton
Eelco Sieperda 5-0 Keith Carter
Paul Milford Bye
Shane Reidy Bye
Shaun Matthews 5-4 Steve Brown
Adam Whieldon 5-3 Ashley Holgate
Karsten Kornath 5-4 Stef Macare
Luke Woodhouse 5-0 Jay McCann
John Brown 5-4 Alan Tabern
Taylor Greaves 5-0 Dariusz Imbs
Richie Edhouse Bye
Eddie White Bye
Daniel Smith 5-1 Par Riihonen
Mark Hylton 5-2 Connor Scutt
Robert Hughes 5-0 Dale Gadsby
Chris Quantock 5-1 Nigel Russell
Scott Dale 5-3 Jamie Guilfoyle
Joe Davis 5-3 Michael Wood
Andrew Poynton Bye
John Bryan Bye
Mareno Michels 5-1 Alan McNiven
Paul Smith 5-0 Andrew Currivan
Lee Bryant 5-2 Michael Huntley
Teuvo Haverinen 5-3 Jamie Landon
Lewis Coult 5-0 Brian Doran
Mickey Mansell 5-4 Richie Burnett
Adam Smith-Neale Bye
Mario Robbe Bye
Diogo Portela Bye
Boris Koltsov 5-1 Lee Siddle
Kenneth Bramall 5-4 Billy Gallie
Paul Russell 5-2 Steve Kingdon
Julio Barbero Gonzalez 5-0 Richard Onions
Peter Mitchell 5-1 Lars Reinecke
Stephen Limer Bye
Callan Rydz Bye
Bobby Crozier Bye
Stuart Stubbs 5-2 James Clifton
Reece Robinson 5-0 Andrew Downs
Nathan Derry 5-4 Stephen Silver
Gary Broomhead 5-4 Sam Head
Joe Croft 5-3 David Evans
Carlo van Peer Bye
Sascha Hertrich Bye
Nigel Daniels Bye
Nolan Arendse 5-1 Michael Barnard
Dylan Duo 5-0 Andrew Belton
Dave Ladley 5-1 Jose Henrique Pinto De Sena
Justin Smith 5-2 Andrew Edwards
Evander Stevenson 5-2 Sandy Morrison
Paul Fellows Bye
Warrick Scheffer Bye
Michael Power 5-1 Eddie Dootson
Kurt Parry Bye (Ricardo Fernandez Carballo timed out)
Paul Rowley 5-2 Peter Hudson
John Purcell 5-0 Josh Wills
Stuart Kellett 5-0 Steve Randall
Jeff Batham 5-4 Darren Brown
Yuki Yamada Bye
Paul Reeve Bye
Marc Dewsbury 5-1 Peter Fisher
Roxy-James Rodriguez 5-3 Mark Baxter
Martin Lukeman 5-4 Jay Foreman
Sam Hamilton 5-3 Colin Fowler
Arron Wike 5-3 Dan Harrington
Steve Hine 5-1 Duvaan Ata
Jimmy Hendriks Bye
David Neale Bye
Kevin Lane 5-3 James Hubbard
Zoran Lerchbacher 5-0 John Court
Daniel Dootson 5-3 Francis Carragher
Alan Jamieson 5-2 Ian Withers
Chris Mathews 5-2 Richie Walsh
Ryan Harrington 5-3 David Copley
Mark Dudbridge Bye
David Mawson Bye
Dean Hyde 5-2 Chris Wilson
Lee Morris 5-1 Jim Moston
Matt Padgett 5-3 Ryan De Vreede
Kelvin Self 5-2 Danny Bosch
Peter Manley 5-2 Ken MacNeil
David Fatum 5-0 Garath Illidge
Colin Osborne Bye
Keita Ono Bye
John McCafferty Bye
Stephen Burton 5-1 Charlie Symons
Richard Platt 5-4 Paul Cook
Luke Humphries 5-3 Ian Lever
Michael Blake 5-0 Wayne Crossley
Madars Razma 5-0 Ian Hurley
Christian Kallinger Bye
Kentaro Suzuki Bye
Roy Morris Bye
James Lane 5-0 Rohit Rabadia
Michael Rasztovits 5-1 Gabriel Florin Olar
Barrie Bates 5-3 Derek Brand
Nicholas Ellis 5-3 Robbie Gorst
Arjan Konterman 5-3 Pierre Finck
Samuel Fuller Bye
Christopher Dale Bye
Justin Bradshaw Bye
Ben Ward 5-3 Allan Edwards
Joshua Richardson Bye (Tom Heldt timed out)
Martin Thomas 5-3 Danny Kay
Jason Lovett 5-2 John Crossley
Darren Johnson 5-0 Michael Regus
Allan Candlish Bye
Antonio Alcinas Bye
Tom Lonsdale Bye
Tim Hope 5-2 Alexander Elia
Richard Calvert Bye (Carlos Rodriguez timed out)
Nick Fullwell 5-2 Kevin Veenstra
Lee Shewan 5-2 Nigel Boeg
Steve Perry 5-2 Bradley Brooks
Adrian Gray Bye
Tatu Pehkonen Bye
Dean Forde 5-2 Jerry Hendriks
Oskar Lukasiak 5-3 Terry Roach
Stuart Harding 5-2 Mark Wilson
Jon Jukes 5-1 Paul Phillips
Richard Boucher 5-4 Micky Stocks
Rob Hewson 5-0 Stephen Cotter
Sven Groen Bye
Barry Morgan Bye
Mark Westgarth 5-1 John Gibson
Simon Cassidy 5-0 Matthew Clarke
Ben Songhurst 5-1 Tony Cole
Morgan Smith 5-2 Luke Ely
Andrew Johnson 5-4 Charlie Jackson
Ian Moss 5-2 Roland Lenngren
Shouichi Hayashi Bye
Michael van Dijk Bye
Ross Rimmer 5-2 Robert Norster
Kevin Garcia 5-1 Steve Hattersley
Steve Smith 5-2 Nicholas Bloor
John Norman 5-0 Jordan Boyce
Paul Osmotherley 5-0 Laurie Selby
Nathan Rafferty 5-4 Mike Norton
Ricky Nathan Bye
Nigel Pinchen Bye
Greg Ritchie 5-0 James Hajdar
Craig Gilchrist 5-2 Dave Askew
George Gardner 5-1 Ben Adams
Coni Singh Nagi 5-2 Douglas Low
Gary Stone 5-4 Colin Littlecott
Dyson Parody 5-0 Ian Moar
Jamie Branton Bye
Marco Smit Bye
Kirk Shepherd Bye
Sonny Johal 5-2 Andy Hutchings
Keith Bassett 5-1 Jamie Cooper
Peter Jacques 5-0 Willy van de Wiel
Jason Wilson 5-0 Daniel Cole
Dean Stewart 5-3 Mark Devon
Andy Nye Bye
Michel van der Horst Bye
Andy Smith Bye
Mark Frost 5-1 Kevin Dowling
Carl Wilkinson 5-0 David Hack
Barry Lynn 5-1 Ryan Hart
John Morris 5-1 John Power
Nigel Heydon 5-0 Craig Ingram
Kevin Thomas Bye
Aaron Stevens Bye
Michael Plooy Bye
Jim McKevitt 5-3 Jacob Cooksey
Jesus Noguera Perea 5-4 Maik Kuivenhoven
Sean Johnson 5-3 Jamie Robinson
Jim Brown 5-3 Lennart Efraimsson
Nicholas Lewis 5-3 Damien O’Driscoll
Eikichi Nakanishi Bye
Stephen Gallimore Bye
Shawn Burt Bye
David O’Donovan 5-4 Lee Hayes
Andreas Hajimina 5-2 Philip Canty
Martyn Turner 5-1 Rob Holroyd
Mick Todd 5-1 Ian Locke
Maik Langendorf 5-1 Alan Tabern Jnr

Second Round
Liam Last 5-4 Kevin McKinney
Dragutin Horvat 5-4 Kieran Evans
Jason Lowe 5-2 Scott Rollings
Marko Puls 5-3 Dawson Murschell
Adam Hunt 5-0 Peter Evison
Nick Jennings 5-4 Ioannis Selachoglou
Tony Lincoln 5-4 Robert Fuller
Paul Harvey 5-0 Sean Ryan
Dave Honey 5-0 Lee Watkins
Bryan De Hoog 5-3 Wayne Jones
Matthew Edgar 5-2 Bradley Williams
Kelvin Hart 5-1 Max Baulcomb
George Killington 5-3 Callum Loose
Kevin Burness 5-2 Ash Khayatzadeh
Steve Lennon 5-1 Neil Meneer
Kai Fan Leung 5-3 Adam Huckvale
Prakash Jiwa 5-0 James Young
Davyd Venken 5-0 Callum Mackay
Jim Walker 5-0 Jack Bannister
Josh McCarthy 5-0 Mark Lawrence
Colin Roelofs 5-1 Richie Howson
Richard North 5-1 Alan Magee
Ting Chi Royden Lam 5-2 Matthew Moore
Chris Ware 5-3 Kevin Simm
Ronnie Baxter 5-2 Ricky Sudale
Nathan Aspinall 5-3 Paul Nicholson
Steve Douglas 5-3 Jack Todd
Sheamus Hagan 5-4 Andrew Howarth
Shaun Carroll 5-1 David Jamieson
Lee Moffat 5-1 Ricky Palmer
Mark Stephenson 5-2 Richard Baillie
Wilco Vermeulen 5-3 Bernd Roith
Robert Marijanovic 5-1 Martin Kask
Jamie Bain 5-2 Arron Monk
Martin Schindler 5-1 Curtis Hammond
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 5-2 Trevor Burkhill
Tony Martin 5-1 Glenn Fitzpatrick
David King 5-4 Mark Jodrill
Radoslaw Szaganski 5-4 John Part
Edward Lovely 5-0 Eelco Sieperda
Paul Milford 5-2 Shane Reidy
Shaun Matthews 5-3 Adam Whieldon
Luke Woodhouse 5-1 Karsten Kornath
John Brown 5-3 Taylor Greaves
Ritchie Edhouse 5-0 Eddie White
Daniel Smith 5-0 Mark Hylton
Chris Quantock 5-4 Robert Hughes
Joe Davis 5-3 Scott Dale
Andrew Poynton 5-4 John Bryan
Mareno Michels 5-3 Paul Smith
Lee Bryant 5-4 Teuvo Haverinen
Mickey Mansell 5-0 Lewis Coult
Adam Smith-Neale 5-2 Mario Robbe
Boris Koltsov 5-2 Diogo Portela
Paul Russell 5-4 Kenneth Bramall
Julio Barbero Gonzalez 5-2 Peter Mitchell
Callan Rydz 5-3 Stephen Limer
Bobby Crozier 5-3 Stuart Stubbs
Reece Robinson 5-4 Nathan Derry
Gary Broomhead 5-0 Joe Croft
Carlo van Peer 5-2 Sascha Hertrich
Nolan Arendse 5-3 Nigel Daniels
Dave Ladley 5-1 Dylan Duo
Justin Smith 5-3 Evander Stevenson
Warrick Scheffer 5-0 Paul Fellows
Michael Power 5-3 Kurt Parry
Paul Rowley 5-1 John Purcell
Stuart Kellett 5-1 Jeff Batham
Yuki Yamada 5-2 Paul Reeve
Roxy-James Rodriguez 5-4 Marc Dewsbury
Martin Lukeman 5-2 Sam Hamilton
Steve Hine 5-0 Arron Wike
Jimmy Hendriks 5-1 David Neale
Kevin Lane 5-2 Zoran Lerchbacher
Daniel Dootson 5-1 Alan Jamieson
Ryan Harrington 5-4 Chris Mathews
Mark Dudbridge 5-1 David Marson
Lee Morris 5-2 Dean Hyde
Matt Padgett 5-3 Kelvin Self
David Fatum 5-2 Peter Manley
Keita Ono 5-4 Colin Osborne
Stephen Burton 5-0 John McCafferty
Luke Humphries 5-4 Richard Platt
Madars Razma 5-4 Michael Blake
Christian Kallinger 5-2 Kentaro Suzuki
Roy Morris 5-0 James Lane
Barrie Bates 5-3 Michael Rasztovits
Arjan Konterman 5-4 Nicholas Ellis
Samuel Fuller 5-4 Christopher Dale
Ben Ward 5-0 Justin Bradshaw
Martin Thomas 5-4 Joshua Richardson
Darren Johnson 5-4 Jason Lovett
Antonio Alcinas 5-2 Allan Candlish
Tim Hope 5-3 Tom Lonsale
Nick Fullwell 5-0 Richard Calvert
Lee Shewan 5-0 Steve Perry
Adrian Gray 5-1 Tatu Pehkonen
Dean Forde 5-4 Oskar Lukasiak
Jon Jukes 5-3 Stuart Harding
Rob Hewson 5-3 Richard Boucher
Sven Groen 5-0 Barry Morgan
Mark Westgarth 5-2 Simon Cassidy
Ben Songhurst 5-3 Morgan Smith
Ian Moss 5-4 Andrew Johnson
Michael van Dijk 5-1 Shouichi Hayashi
Ross Rimmer 5-2 Kevin Garcia
John Norman 5-1 Steve Smith
Paul Osmotherley 5-4 Nathan Rafferty
Ricky Nathan 5-4 Nigel Pinchen
Craig Gilchrist 5-2 Greg Ritchie
George Gardner 5-3 Coni Singh Nagi
Gary Stone 5-1 Dyson Parody
Jamie Branton 5-4 Marco Smit
Kirk Shepherd 5-3 Sonny Johal
Peter Jacques 5-1 Keith Basset
Jason Wilson 5-2 Dean Stewart
Michel van der Horst 5-1 Andy Nye
Mark Frost 5-1 Andy Smith
Carl Wilkinson 5-4 Barry Lynn
Nigel Heydon 5-1 John Morris
Kevin Thomas 5-3 Aaron Stevens
Michael Plooy 5-0 Jim McKevitt
Sean Johnson 5-2 Jesus Noguera Perea
Jim Brown 5-4 Nicholas Lewis
Stephen Gallimore 5-2 Eikichi Nakanishi
Shawn Burt 5-2 David O’Donovan
Andreas Hajimina 5-3 Martyn Turner
Mick Todd 5-3 Maik Langendorf

Third Round
Dragutin Horvat 5-3 Liam Last
Jason Lowe 5-1 Marko Puls
Adam Hunt 5-0 Nick Jennings
Paul Harvey 5-3 Tony Lincoln
Dave Honey 5-2 Bryan De Hoog
Matthew Edgar 5-2 Kelvin Hart
George Killington 5-3 Kevin Burness
Steve Lennon 5-2 Kai Fan Leung
Prakash Jiwa 5-3 Davyd Venken
Jim Walker 5-4 Josh McCarthy
Richard North 5-3 Colin Roelofs
Ting Chi Royden Lam 5-0 Chris Ware
Nathan Aspinall 5-3 Ronnie Baxter
Steve Douglas 5-3 Sheamus Hagan
Shaun Carroll 5-0 Lee Moffat
Mark Stephenson 5-2 Wilco Vermeulen
Robert Marijanovic 5-3 Jamie Bain
Martin Schindler 5-3 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Tony Martin 5-3 David King
Radoslaw Szaganski 5-3 Edward Lovely
Paul Milford 5-0 Shaun Matthews
Luke Woodhouse 5-1 John Brown
Ritchie Edhouse 5-4 Daniel Smith
Chris Quantock 5-2 Joe Davis
Mareno Michels 5-1 Andrew Poynton
Lee Bryant 5-0 Mickey Mansell
Boris Koltsov 5-3 Adam Smith-Neale
Paul Russell 5-3 Julio Barbero Gonzalez
Callan Rydz 5-3 Bobby Crozier
Reece Robinson 5-3 Gary Broomhead
Carlo van Peer 5-4 Nolan Arendse
Justin Smith 5-2 Dave Ladley
Warrick Scheffer 5-1 Michael Power
Stuart Kellett 5-2 Paul Rowley
Yuki Yamada 5-4 Roxy-James Rodriguez
Steve Hine 5-4 Martin Lukeman
Kevin Lane 5-1 Jimmy Hendriks
Ryan Harrington 5-2 Daniel Dootson
Mark Dudbridge 5-4 Lee Morris
David Fatum 5-4 Matt Padgett
Stephen Burton 5-4 Keita Ono
Madars Razma 5-2 Luke Humphries
Christian Kallinger 5-3 Roy Morris
Arjan Konterman 5-4 Barrie Bates
Samuel Fuller 5-3 Ben Ward
Darren Johnson 5-4 Martin Thomas
Tim Hope 5-1 Antonio Alcinas
Lee Shewan 5-4 Nick Fullwell
Adrian Gray 5-2 Dean Forde
Rob Hewson 5-4 Jon Jukes
Sven Groen 5-4 Mark Westgarth
Ian Moss 5-4 Ben Songhurst
Michael van Dijk 5-1 Ross Rimmer
John Norman 5-2 Paul Osmotherley
Ricky Nathan 5-4 Craig Gilchrist
Gary Stone 5-4 George Gardner
Kirk Shepherd 5-0 Jamie Branton
Jason Wilson 5-2 Peter Jacques
Michel van der Horst 5-3 Mark Frost
Nigel Heydon 5-2 Carl Wilkinson
Michael Plooy 5-4 Kevin Thomas
Jim Brown 5-2 Sean Johnson
Shawn Burt 5-1 Stephen Gallimore
Mick Todd 5-3 Andreas Hajimina

Fourth Round
Jason Lowe 5-3 Dragutin Horvat
Paul Harvey 5-4 Adam Hunt
Matthew Edgar 5-2 Dave Honey
Steve Lennon 5-3 George Killington
Prakash Jiwa 5-3 Jim Walker
Richard North 5-4 Ting Chi Royden Lam
Steve Douglas 5-4 Nathan Aspinall
Shaun Carroll 5-0 Mark Stephenson
Robert Marijanovic 5-3 Martin Schindler
Radoslaw Szaganski 5-0 Tony Martin
Paul Milford 5-4 Luke Woodhouse
Ritchie Edhouse 5-2 Chris Quantock
Lee Bryant 5-4 Mareno Michels
Paul Russell 5-2 Boris Koltsov
Callan Rydz 5-3 Reece Robinson
Justin Smith 5-2 Carlo van Peer
Stuart Kellett 5-3 Warrick Scheffer
Steve Hine 5-2 Yuki Yamada
Kevin Lane 5-4 Ryan Harrington
David Fatum 5-2 Mark Dudbridge
Stephen Burton 5-1 Madars Razma
Arjan Konterman 5-4 Christian Kallinger
Darren Johnson 5-4 Samuel Fuller
Lee Shewan 5-4 Tim Hope
Adrian Gray 5-2 Rob Hewson
Sven Groen 5-1 Ian Moss
John Norman 5-3 Michael van Dijk
Gary Stone 5-1 Ricky Nathan
Kirk Shepherd 5-3 Jason Wilson
Nigel Heydon 5-3 Michel van der Horst
Jim Brown 5-1 Michael Plooy
Mick Todd 5-2 Shawn Burt

Fifth Round
Paul Harvey 5-3 Jason Lowe
Steve Lennon 5-1 Matthew Edgar
Prakash Jiwa 5-4 Richard North
Steve Douglas 5-0 Shaun Carroll
Radoslaw Szaganski 5-4 Robert Marijanovic
Ritchie Edhouse 5-4 Paul Milford
Lee Bryant 5-0 Paul Russell
Callan Rydz 5-1 Justin Smith
Steve Hine 5-4 Stuart Kellett
David Fatum 5-4 Kevin Lane
Stephen Burton 5-3 Arjan Konterman
Darren Johnson 5-1 Lee Shewan
Sven Groen 5-2 Adrian Gray
John Norman 5-4 Gary Stone
Kirk Shepherd 5-4 Nigel Heydon
Jim Brown 5-3 Mick Todd

Sixth Round
Steve Lennon 5-0 Paul Harvey
Prakash Jiwa 5-4 Steve Douglas
Ritchie Edhouse 5-3 Radoslaw Szaganski
Lee Bryant 5-3 Callan Rydz
Steve Hine 5-4 David Fatum
Stephen Burton 5-4 Darren Johnson
Sven Groen 5-4 John Norman
Jim Brown 5-1 Kirk Shepherd

Final Round
Prakash Jiwa 5-2 Steve Lennon
Lee Bryant 5-4 Ritchie Edhouse
Stephen Burton 5-2 Steve Hine
Jim Brown 5-2 Sven Groen

Tour Card Winners – Day One
Prakash Jiwa
Lee Bryant
Stephen Burton
Jim Brown

Entries for 2017 PDC Qualifying School confirmed – full list here

By Darts Weekly Staff
17 JANUARY 2017 • 11:36AM

Almost 450 players will compete in the 2017 PDC Qualifying School from this Thursday to Sunday, with 28 PDC tour cards on offer across the four days of action at the Robin Park Tennis Centre.

A total of 28 tour cards will be on offer at this year’s Qualifying School, with each of the four days of play in Wigan seeing four players win a tour card automatically, with play on each day being down to the last four.

Ranking points will be allocated to other players based on their finishing position to see a further 12 tour cards allocated from the Q-School Order of Merit following the four days of action.

The field of players includes three-time world champion John Part and former Players Championship Finals winner Paul Nicholson, who are among the players to have dropped out of the PDC’s top 64 in the past year.

Former TV finalists Ronnie Baxter, Mark Dudbridge, Wayne Jones, Barrie Bates, Colin Osborne and Kirk Shepherd are also among the entrants, alongside experienced professionals Andy Smith, Steve Hine, Mickey Mansell, Stuart Kellett and Alan Tabern, former World Matchplay champion Peter Evison and former Las Vegas Desert Classic winner Peter Manley.

Former world youth champions Arron Monk and James Hubbard are also bidding to win back their tour cards alongside 2015 finalist Nathan Aspinall, while 16-year-old Rusty-Jake Rodriguez joins older brother Roxy-James in trying to win a tour card alongside a third brother, world number 41 Rowby-John.

Mark Frost, Dragutin Horvat, Boris Koltsov, Zoran Lerchbacher, Kevin Simm and Jerry Hendriks recently competed in the PDC World Championship, while another Dutchman, Jimmy Hendriks, was knocked out in the preliminary round of the BDO World Championship last week.

Former tour card holders bidding to win back their professional status include Germany’s Jyhan Artut, Japan’s Haruki Muramatsu, Canada’s Ken MacNeil, Hong Kong’s Royden Lam, Spain’s Antonio Alcinas and Gibraltar’s Dyson Parody.

Former BDO world champion Richie Burnett will also be in action at Qualifying School, having returned from suspension on the Challenge Tour in 2016, where he won two tournaments out of 11 during the year.

Results from Qualifying School will be available here throughout the weekend in Wigan.

2017 PDC Qualifying School Entries
Ben Adams
Antonio Alcinas
Nolan Arendse
Jyhan Artut
Dave Askew
Nathan Aspinall
Duvaan Ata
Richard Baillie
Jamie Bain
Jack Bannister
Julio Barbero Gonzalez
Michael Barnard
Hayden Barnes
Keith Bassett
Barrie Bates
Jeff Batham
Max Baulcomb
Mark Baxter
Ronnie Baxter
Andrew Belton
Nigel Birch
Michael Blake
Nicholas Bloor
Nigel Boeg
Danny Bosch
Richard Boucher
Stuart Bousfield
Jordan Boyce
Paddy Boyce
Justin Bradshaw
Kenneth Bramall
Derek Brand
Jamie Branton
Bradley Brooks
Gary Broomhead
Justin Broton
Darren Brown
Jim Brown
John Brown
Steve Brown
John Bryan
Lee Bryant
Michael Burgoine
Trevor Burkhill
Kevin Burness
Richie Burnett
Aubrey Burt
Stephen Burton
Stephen Butkeraitis
Richard Calvert
Allan Candlish
Philip Canty
Ricardo Fernandez Carballo
Francis Carragher
Shaun Carroll
Keith Carter
Simon Cassidy
Matthew Clarke
James Clifton
Daniel Cole
Tony Cole
Paul Cook
Jacob Cooksey
Jamie Cooper
David Copley
Stephen Cotter
Lewis Coult
John Court
Joe Croft
John Crossley
Wayne Crossley
Bobby Crozier
Andrew Currivan
Christopher Dale
Scott Dale
Nigel Daniels
Scott Darbyshire
Joe Davis
Bryan de Hoog
Ryan De Vreede
Nathan Derry
Mark Devon
Marc Dewsbury
Matthias Dietrich
Henry Doherty
Daniel Dootson
Eddie Dootson
Brian Doran
Steve Douglas
Kevin Dowling
Andrew Downs
Mark Dudbridge
Dylan Duo
Stuart Dutton
Pete Dyos
Matthew Edgar
Ritchie Edhouse
Allan Edwards
Andrew Edwards
Lennart Curt Efraimsson
Rene Eidams
Alexander Elia
Nicholas Ellis
Luke Ely
David Evans
Kieran Evans
Steve Evans
Peter Evison
David Fatum
Paul Fellows
Pierre Finck
Peter Fisher
Glenn Fitzpatrick
Dean Forde
Jay Foreman
Mark Forman
Colin Fowler
Mark Frost
Robert Fuller
Samuel Fuller
Nick Fullwell
Dale Gadsby
Billy Gallie
Stephen Gallimore
Kevin Garcia
George Gardner
John Gibson
Craig Gilchrist
Robbie Gorst
Adrian Gray
Taylor Greaves
Sven Groen
Jamie Guilfoyle
Gary Gullan
David Hack
Sheamus Hagan
James Hajdar
Andreas Hajimina
Dorion Hall
Sam Hamilton
Curtis Hammond
Steven Harbert
Stuart Harding
Dan Harrington
Ryan Harrington
Kelvin Hart
Ryan Hart
Chris Hartrey
Paul Harvey
Steve Hattersley
Teuvo Haverinen
Shouichi Hayashi
Lee Hayes
Sam Head
Tom Heldt
Jerry Hendriks
Jimmy Hendriks
Sascha Hertrich
Rob Hewson
Nigel Heydon
Steve Hine
Ashley Holgate
Billy Holmes
Rob Holroyd
Dave Honey
Tim Hope
Chris Hornby
Dragutin Horvat
Andrew Howarth
Richie Howson
James Hubbard
Adam Huckvale
Peter Hudson
Robert Hughes
Thom Humphrey
Luke Humphries
Adam Hunt
Michael Huntley
Ian Hurley
Atif Hussain
Andy Hutchings
Dean Hyde
Mark Hylton
Garath Illidge
Dariusz Imbs
Craig Ingram
Charlie Jackson
Rhys Jackson
Peter Jacques
Alan Jamieson
David Jamieson
Paul Jenkins
Nick Jennings
Prakash Jiwa
Mark Jodrill
Sonny Johal
Andrew Johnson
Darren Johnson
Sean Johnson
Wayne Jones
Jon Jukes
Rhys Julian
Christian Kallinger
Martin Kask
Michael Kavanagh
Danny Kay
Stuart Kellett
Ash Khayatzadeh
George Killington
David King
Steve Kingdon
Boris Koltsov
Arjan Konterman
Karsten Kornath
Maik Kuivenhoven
Dave Ladley
Ting Chi Royden Lam
Jamie Landon
James Lane
Kevin Lane
Maik Langendorf
Liam Last
Mark Lawrence
Roland Lenngren
Steve Lennon
Zoran Lerchbacher
Kai Fan Leung
Ian Lever
Nicholas Lewis
Stephen Limer
Tony Lincoln
Colin Littlecott
Ian Locke
Tom Lonsdale
Callum Loose
Edward Lovely
Jason Lovett
Douglas Low
Jason Lowe
Oskar Lukasiak
Martin Lukeman
Barry Lynn
Stef Macare
Callum Mackay
Ken MacNeil
Alan Magee
Peter Manley
Mickey Mansell
Steven Marfleet
Robert Marijanovic
Fynn Marquardt
Jason Marriott
David Marson
Tony Martin
Dale Masterman
Chris Mathews
Shaun Matthews
Jay McCann
Jim McKevitt
John McCafferty
Josh McCarthy
Kevin McDine
Kevin McDonnell
Tom McIntosh
Kevin McKinney
Steve McNally
Alan McNiven
Neil Meneer
Karl Merchant
Mareno Michels
Paul Milford
Peter Mitchell
Ian Moar
Lee Moffat
Stuart Monaghan
Arron Monk
Matthew Moore
Barry Morgan
John Morris
Lee Morris
Roy Morris
Sandy Morrison
Ian Moss
Jim Moston
Haruki Muramatsu
Jay Murphy
Ryan Murray
Dawson Murschell
Coni Singh Nagi
Eikichi Nakanishi
Ricky Nathan
David Neale
Scott Newton
Paul Nicholson
John Jnr Norman
Robert Norster
Richard North
Mike Norton
Andy Nye
David O’Donovan
Damien O’Driscoll
Gabriel Florin Olar
Richard Onions
Keita Ono
Colin Osborne
Paul Osmotherley
Matt Padgett
Joey Palfreyman
Ricky Palmer
Richie Parkin
Dyson Parody
Kurt Parry
John Part
Thomas Pavarotti
Tatu Pehkonen
Jesus Noguera Perea
Steve Perkins
Steve Perry
Paul Phillips
Nigel Pinchen
Jose Henrique Pinto De Sena
Richard Platt
Michael Plooy
Diogo Portela
John Power
Michael Power
Andrew Poynton
Marko Puls
John Purcell
Chris Quantock
Rohit Rabadia
Nathan Rafferty
Dai Randall
Steve Randall
Michael Rasztovits
Madars Razma
David Read
Paul Reeve
Craig Reeves
Michael Regus
Shane Reidy
Lars Reinecke
Richard Betteley
Nathan Richards
Joshua Richardson
Par Riihonen
Ross Rimmer
Greg Ritchie
Terry Roach
Mario Robbe
Jamie Robinson
Reece Robinson
Carlos Rodriguez
Roxy-James Rodriguez
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Colin Roelofs
Bernd Roith
Scott Rollings
Paul Rowley
Nigel Russell
Paul Russell
Sean Ryan
Callan Rydz
Warrick Scheffer
Martin Schindler
Roger Scrivens
Connor Scutt
Ron Seddon
Jose Ventura Seijas Ramos
Ioannis Selachoglou
Laurie Selby
Kelvin Self
Kirk Shepherd
Lee Shewan
Lee Siddle
Eelco Sieperda
Stephen Silver
Kevin Simm
Marco Smit
Andy Smith
Daniel Smith
Justin Smith
Morgan Smith
Paul Smith
Steve Smith
Adam Smith-Neale
Ben Songhurst
Jose Sousa
William Stallard
Mark Stephenson
Aaron Stevens
Evander Stevenson
Dean Stewart
Micky Stocks
Gary Stone
Stuart Stubbs
Stuart Stubbs Snr
Ricky Sudale
Kentaro Suzuki
Charlie Symons
Radoslaw Szaganski
Alan Tabern
Alan Tabern Jnr
Michael Tafner
Scott Taylor
Kevin Thomas
Martin Thomas
Jack Todd
Mick Todd
Emre Toros
Martyn Turner
Willy van de Wiel
Michel van der Horst
Michael Van Dijk
Benjamin van Erven
Carlo van Peer
Kevin Veenstra
Davyd Venken
Wilco Vermeulen
Manuel Vilerio
Jim Walker
Richie Walsh
Ben Ward
Harry Ward
Chris Ware
Lee Watkins
Matthew Watson
Mark Westgarth
Adam Whieldon
Andy White
Chris White
Eddie White
Arron Wike
Alan Wilkinson
Carl Wilkinson
Bradley Williams
Josh Wills
Chris Wilson
David Wilson
Evan Wilson
Jason Wilson
Mark Wilson
Ian Withers
Michael Wood
Luke Woodhouse
Yuki Yamada
James Young

Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson to face off on opening night of the 2017 Premier League

By Darts Weekly Staff
16 JANUARY 2017 • 11:12PM

Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson will clash on the opening night of the 2017 Betway Premier League season at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on February 2.

The opening nine weeks’ fixtures for the 10-player tournament which begins its four-month tour of the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands next month, were announced earlier today.

The new season will begin in Newcastle on Thursday, February 2, with the opening night featuring the rematch of the recent PDC World Championship final between van Gerwen and Anderson, which the Dutchman won 7-3 to claim his second world title.

Former world champions Raymond van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis also meet at the Metro Radio Arena, with 2009 Premier League winner James Wade meeting Kim Huybrechts on the Belgian’s return to the event.

Jelle Klaasen opens up his first Premier League campaign since 2009 against world number three Peter Wright, and 16-time world champion Phil Taylor plays Dave Chisnall.

Following Judgement Night in Cardiff on March 30, the bottom two players in the table will be relegated from the tournament.

The fixtures for the remaining league nights will be confirmed following Judgement Night as the remaining players then jostle for play-off places.

2017 Betway Premier League
Night One – Thursday February 2
Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
Kim Huybrechts v James Wade
Raymond van Barneveld v Adrian Lewis
Phil Taylor v Dave Chisnall
Gary Anderson v Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright v Jelle Klaasen

Night Two – Thursday February 9
Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Adrian Lewis v Dave Chisnall
James Wade v Phil Taylor
Jelle Klaasen v Gary Anderson
Peter Wright v Michael van Gerwen
Kim Huybrechts v Raymond van Barneveld

Night Three – Thursday February 16
First Direct Arena, Leeds
Gary Anderson v Peter Wright
Adrian Lewis v James Wade
Phil Taylor v Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen v Jelle Klaasen
Dave Chisnall v Kim Huybrechts

Night Four – Thursday February 23
The Brighton Centre
Dave Chisnall v Jelle Klaasen
Michael van Gerwen v Adrian Lewis
Gary Anderson v James Wade
Phil Taylor v Kim Huybrechts
Raymond van Barneveld v Peter Wright

Night Five – Thursday March 2
Westpoint Arena, Exeter
Dave Chisnall v Raymond van Barneveld
Jelle Klaasen v Kim Huybrechts
Gary Anderson v Phil Taylor
Michael van Gerwen v James Wade
Adrian Lewis v Peter Wright

Night Six – Thursday March 9
The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Adrian Lewis v Phil Taylor
James Wade v Peter Wright
Kim Huybrechts v Michael van Gerwen
Jelle Klaasen v Raymond van Barneveld
Dave Chisnall v Gary Anderson

Night Seven – Thursday March 16
Rotterdam Ahoy
James Wade v Jelle Klaasen
Peter Wright v Dave Chisnall
Raymond van Barneveld v Gary Anderson
Phil Taylor v Michael van Gerwen
Kim Huybrechts v Adrian Lewis

Night Eight – Thursday March 23
The Manchester Arena
Kim Huybrechts v Gary Anderson
James Wade v Dave Chisnall
Peter Wright v Phil Taylor
Jelle Klaasen v Adrian Lewis
Raymond van Barneveld v Michael van Gerwen

Judgement Night – Thursday March 30
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Raymond van Barneveld v James Wade
Phil Taylor v Jelle Klaasen
Gary Anderson v Adrian Lewis
Michael van Gerwen v Dave Chisnall
Peter Wright v Kim Huybrechts

Night 10 – Thursday April 6
3Arena, Dublin

Night 11 – Thursday April 13
Echo Arena, Liverpool

Night 12 – Thursday April 20
The SSE Arena, Belfast

Night 13 – Thursday April 27
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

Night 14 – Thursday May 4
The Sheffield Arena

Night 15 – Thursday May 11
GE Oil & Gas Arena, Aberdeen

Play-Offs – Thursday May 18
The O2, London

OPINION: Will maiden world title triumph at Lakeside sway Glen Durrant to stay with the BDO for another year?

By Alex Moss
15 JANUARY 2017 • 11:58PM

“My dream is to play in the PDC, but holding this trophy, that seems a million miles away.”

Those were the words uttered by BDO number one Glen Durrant, just moments after he beat Danny Noppert 7-3 to win the Lakeside World Professional Darts Championship for the first time, earlier this evening.

While Durrant has been the man dominating the BDO circuit over the last two years, winning the Winmau World Masters, Finder Darts Masters, as well as countless other titles, the biggest one of them all has alluded him until now.

The BDO World Championship has, until tonight, been a tournament filled with heartache for Duzza. Narrow defeats to Martin Adams (2015) and Scott Waites (2016) in the last two years have left the proud Teessider quite visibly distraught afterwards.

But he has battled through adversity and has come out the other side with the World Championship trophy in his hands. Durrant will forever be remembered as a world champion, a tag which him and only 27 other men can lay claim to.

Yet while Durrant will, quite rightly, take the plaudits from his latest triumph, talk of his future in the sport has reached fever pitch. By this time tomorrow evening we will know where Durrant’s future lies, will he be staying with the BDO, or is he jumping ship to the PDC?

Durrant did not detract from the big question when asked on Channel 4 after his victory in the final, and said he would need a few days to sit down with his management to discuss his options. But the reality is, if he is going to give the PDC a go this year he will need to make up his mind quickly.

PDC chairman Barry Hearn no longer dangles the carrot of a tour card in front of the semi-finalists at Lakeside, instead they will need to come through the minefield that is Qualifying School later this week.

The deadline for entries into this year’s Q-School, which runs from Thursday to Sunday, is at 2PM tomorrow, meaning any potential switchers from the BDO now have less than 24 hours to make up their minds.

Will Durrant make the switch? If you would have asked me on Wednesday evening when he was three sets down against Paul Hogan and facing elimination from Lakeside in the second round, I would have said yes.

Now that we’ve seen him come back from that and go on and win the title for the first time, I’m not so sure.

Durrant has said in plenty of interviews over the last two years if he was to win the World Championship at Lakeside he would “honour the trophy” and come back and defend it the following year.

Only John Lowe (in 1994) and Stephen Bunting (in 2015) have not appeared at Lakeside the year after winning at Lakeside since the split, will Durrant add his name to that list?

Durrant turned 46 last November and away from darts has a full-time job as a housing officer. There are obvious benefits in whichever code he decides to play in for the rest of 2017.

As the newly crowned BDO world champion, Durrant will have a whole host of opportunities come his way over the next 12 months. He will not be short of exhibition work in 2017.

As the world champion I can see him taking great pride in showcasing the trophy all around the country, and I’m sure he would do a sterling job in flying the flag for the BDO.

If the qualification criteria stays the same, Durrant will be in the Grand Slam again in 2017, and he is guaranteed to be at Lakeside for the next few years.

It means he can spend less time travelling and chasing ranking points playing in tournaments, instead he can focus on the roles and responsibilities of being a world champion.

Giving Q-School a go represents a whole new challenge for Durrant. From conquering the BDO’s biggest tournament and being at the top of the rankings this evening, he will be back at square one and battling it out against hundreds and hundreds of players for a PDC tour card just a few days later.

With that comes a lot of added pressure, and after achieving his dream of becoming world champion in the BDO, will Durrant want to start from scratch so soon after that triumph?

Whether it’s BDO or PDC for Durrant for the rest of 2017, it will be a life-changing year for the Teessider and a 12 months which he will never forget.