Lockup Dave’s Betting Column: Beaton and Petersen to go at least four sets this evening

By Dave South
16 DECEMBER 2016 • 5:05PM 

The beginning of the preliminary round kicks off tonight with Jerry Hendriks taking on Warren Parry, in what should be a close encounter.

The Dutchman Hendriks is 4/5, with Parry at 11/10. With the best of three sets format it will be a cagey affair.

But with little time to get started I think Hendriks could edge the Kiwi out here.

Parry is no stranger to this stage though and holding throw will be a big factor here.

Gerwyn Price was not convincing the last time we watched him in the Players Championship Finals a few weeks ago, and he takes on fellow Welshman Jonny Clayton in the first round.

Price at just 1/2  is short and for a good reason. Price’s progression over the last two years has led him to generating a good reputation, but I cannot back Price with any confidence in this one.

Steve Beaton is just 4/6 to beat Devon Petersen in what should be another close encounter on day two of the tournament.

Beaton enjoyed a great run at the World Matchplay this year and showed he can still put on a show.

With his silky smooth action versus Petersen who can often pull off a performance on the big stage, it could go some distance.

If I was to place a bet on this, over 16.5 legs is well covered at 8/11 with Betfred and would need at least four sets to be played.

One of which would need to go five legs and the other four to at least four legs.

The treble for the evening for a short price accumulator (Price, Beaton and Hendriks) pays 4.35 at Marathonbet for those interested.

Tonight’s recommendation

Beaton/Petersen over 16.5 legs – 8/11 Betfred

Prices correct at time of publication

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Gary Anderson starts bid for a World Championship hat-trick with straight sets win against Mark Frost

By Alex Moss
15 DECEMBER 2016 • 11:36PM 

Gary Anderson began the defence of his William Hill World Darts Championship with a straight sets win against PDPA Qualifier Mark Frost on the opening night at Alexandra Palace.

The reigning world champion dropped just two legs as he won 3-0 in sets against the world number 76 Frost, who was making his debut in the tournament.

The 2015 and 2016 champion was far from his best in the opening set, averaging just 79, but Anderson punished missed doubles from Frost to win it in three legs.

Anderson raced through the gears in the second set, with a 112 average helping him to another whitewash set, before Frost threatened a comeback by winning two of the first three legs after the restart.

After a 91 checkout got the Scot back on level terms in the set, Anderson hit tops in the fifth leg to complete a straight sets win and book his place in the second round.

Michael Smith battled back from 1-0 and 2-1 down in sets to edge past Ricky Evans 3-2 in a fast-paced first round clash.

Evans took out 120 in the opening leg of the match on his way to winning the first set 3-1, before 11th seed Smith reversed the scoreline in the next set to get back on level terms.

All five legs in the third set went with throw as Evans regained the lead in sets at 3-2, but Smith fought back in style by reeling off six legs on the spin to advance into the last 32.

Bully Boy’s six-leg winning streak included checkouts of 143 and 94, the latter of those on the bullseye, to finish the match with a 96.78 average.

Kevin Painter also rattled off six legs on the bounce as he knocked out 29th seed Jamie Caven 3-1 in the first game of the tournament.

Caven took the first leg on double 18 before Painter fought back with four consecutive legs to go 1-0 up in both sets and legs.

Missed doubles in the next three legs proved costly for the Artist, as Caven went on his own winning streak, claiming five legs on the spin to level the match up in sets and go 2-0 up in the third set.

Painter, who qualified for this year’s tournament after Kyle Anderson withdrew due to visa problems, regained the initiative by winning the next three legs to steal the third set 3-2.

The former World Championship finalist then continued his hot streak in the fourth set, with a 124 checkout sealing a 3-0 win in the set and a spot in the second round.

Jamie Lewis ended his losing record at the Alexandra Palace with a hard fought 3-2 win over Mick McGowan.

The Welshman had lost all four (one preliminary round, three first round) of his previous matches in the World Championship, but stopped the rot with a deciding set win against the Irish qualifier.

The 30th seed took sets one and three in straight legs as he established leads of 1-0 and 2-1, with McGowan winning the second and fourth sets to force a final set.

Leading 2-1 in the fifth set, Lewis took out 108 on double 16 for a 108 checkout to end his wait for a first win on the Alexandra Palace stage.

Stats of the Day

  • 2.16 – Ricky Evans took just 2.16 seconds to hit a 180 in the third leg of the third set during his first round defeat against Michael Smith (Sky Sports)
  • Jamie Lewis finished 11 out of 12 checkouts of less than 100 on his way to beating Mick McGowan in the first round (Burton DeWitt)
  • 34.39 – Mick McGowan’s improvement in three-dart average compared from sets one to two in his defeat against Jamie Lewis. McGowan averaged 68.19 in the first set before averaging 102.58 in the second set (Burton DeWitt)

2017 William Hill World Darts Championship
Schedule of Play
First Round
Thursday December 15 (7pm)
Jamie Caven (29) 1-3 Kevin Painter
Jamie Lewis (30) 3-2 Mick McGowan
Gary Anderson (2) 3-0 Mark Frost
Michael Smith (11) 3-2 Ricky Evans

William Hill World Darts Championship Day One Preview: Could there be a shock or two on the opening night?

By Alex Moss
15 DECEMBER 2016 • 4:21PM 

The 2017 William Hill World Darts Championship gets underway tonight with four intriguing first round tussles kicking off the tournament at the Alexandra Palace.

Gary Anderson begins his bid for a third consecutive world title against PDPA Qualifier Mark Frost, while Michael Smith, Jamie Caven and Jamie Lewis are the other three seeds in action on the opening night.

Caven, seeded 29th for the tournament, enjoyed his best ever run at the World Championship last year when he beat both Rob Szabo and Ricky Evans to reach the last 16.

Since that run 12 months ago, Jabba has not won another match in front of the TV cameras, and he goes into tonight’s opening game against a Kevin Painter who will be wanting to make the most of his unlikely opportunity.

The 2004 PDC World Championship runner-up looked to be heading to the PDPA Qualifier last month in a last-ditch bid to qualify, but was given a reprieve after Kyle Anderson withdrew from the event due to visa problems.

Painter himself has not had the best of years on the PDC circuit, yet his wealth of big stage experience will make him the slight favourite to get through to a potential second round clash with Phil Taylor.

The second match of the night sees 30th seed Lewis take on a resurgent Mick McGowan, who qualified by winning the Tom Kirby Memorial Trophy in October.

Lewis has yet to win in four visits to the Alexandra Palace, while McGowan has won at least one round in his three previous World Championship campaigns.

With the winner likely to face third seed Peter Wright in the last 32, both players will be looking to put in a confident performance to take into that potential tie after Christmas.

Reigning world champion Anderson will then start his quest for a hat-trick of world titles against good friend Frost, who is making his World Championship debut.

Handily nicknamed ‘Frosty the Throwman’, Frost reached the semi-finals of Players Championship 19 in October, his first PDC ranking event semi-final in eight years, and will show no fear against the second seed.

Could he cause an upset though? In the event’s 23-year history, the defending champion has gone out at the first hurdle on just two occasions (John Part 2004 and 2009).

But Anderson will not want to give up his world title without a fight and you can expect him to send out an early message to the rest of the main title contenders with an assured display tonight.

Anderson’s stablemate Smith rounds off the night against the fast throwing Ricky Evans, the world number 49 who loves the Ally Pally Stage.

This will be Evans’ third consecutive appearance in the PDC World Championship, and in his previous two campaigns he has knocked out a seed in the first round.

Since being relegated in his debut season in the Premier League, Smith has experienced an alarming dip in results and will be desperate to recapture some of that form which earned him his first call up to the Premier League.

Will Evans make it a hat-trick of first round scalps, or will Smith make the first steps in his bid for a Premier League recall in 2017?

Lakeside World Professional Darts Championship Schedule

By Darts Weekly Staff
15 DECEMBER 2016 • 1:30PM 

The schedule of play for the Lakeside World Professional Darts Championship has been announced ahead of the BDO’s biggest tournament, which will be held from January 7-15 at the Lakeside Country Club.

A 40-player field will be in action in the men’s tournament, while 16 ladies will be competing to be crowned ladies world champion.

Top seed Glen Durrant will be in action on the opening day on Saturday January 7, with the preliminary and first rounds spanning four days.

The second round takes place across two days on January 11-12, with the quarter-finals on the 13th, the semi-finals on the 14th and the final on the 15th.

Alongside Durrant’s clash with Welsh debutant Nick Kenny on January 7, World Trophy champion Darryl Fitton will take on Wouter Vaes and Jim Williams faces three-time runner-up Tony O’Shea.

The event’s second day on Sunday January 8 will see three-time world champion Martin Adams take to the stage against either Dennis Nilsson or Ryan Joyce, who meet in the preliminary round, alongside the all-English clash between Jamie Hughes and Martin Atkins and the meeting of 2015 winner Scott Mitchell and either Roger Janssen or Mark McGrath.

Day three will see Welsh duo Dean Reynolds and Martin Phillips both in action in the afternoon, with Geert de Vos and Brian Dawson then taking on winners from the preliminary round in the evening.

The men’s first round concludes on Tuesday January 10, with reigning world champion Scott Waites facing either Craig Caldwell or Dennis Harbour in the final last 32 tie.

2017 Lakeside World Professional Darts Championship
Schedule of Play – (P) denotes Preliminary Round
Preliminary Round & First Round
Saturday January 7
Afternoon Session (1pm)
Glen Durrant (1) v Nick Kenny
Trina Gulliver (6) v Claire Brookin
Dennis Nilsson v Ryan Joyce (P)
Darryl Fitton (10) v Wouter Vaes

Evening Session (7pm)
Seigo Asada v Jeff Smith (P)
Roger Janssen v Mark McGrath (P)
Aileen de Graaf (3) v Rachel Brooks
Jim Williams (13) v Tony O’Shea

Sunday January 8
Afternoon Session (1pm)
Martin Adams (5) v Nilsson/Joyce
Tom Sawyer v Paul Hogan (P)
Lisa Ashton (2) v Sharon Prins
Scott Mitchell (2) v Janssen/McGrath

Evening Session (7pm)
Krzysztof Ratajski v Willem Mandigers (P)
Fallon Sherrock (7) v Olive Byamukama
Raymond Smith v Davy van Baelen (P)
Jamie Hughes (4) v Martin Atkins

Monday January 9
Afternoon Session (1pm)
David Cameron v Jimmy Hendriks (P)
Craig Caldwell v Dennis Harbour (P)
Dean Reynolds (7) v Pip Blackwell

Evening Session (7pm)
Martin Phillips (16) v Sawyer/Hogan
Lorraine Winstanley (5) v Anca Zijlstra
Geert de Vos (15) v R Smith/van Baelen
Brian Dawson (12) v Asada/J Smith

Tuesday January 10
Afternoon Session (1pm)
Danny Noppert (3) v Cameron/Hendriks
Richard Veenstra (14) v Ross Montgomery
Deta Hedman (1) v Casey Gallagher
Wesley Harms (9) v Ratajski/Mandigers

Evening Session (7pm)
Mark McGeeney (11) v James Hurrell
Anastasia Dobromyslova (4) v Rhian Griffiths
Darius Labanauskas (8) v Conan Whitehead
Scott Waites (6) v Caldwell/Harbour

Wednesday January 11
Afternoon Session
Men’s Second Round
Corrine Hammond (8) v Patricia Farrell (2.15pm)

Thursday January 12
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)
Nathan Girvan v Justin van Tergouw (World Youth Final)
Men’s Second Round
Ladies Quarter-Finals

Friday January 13
Men’s Quarter-Finals
Ladies Semi-Finals

Saturday January 14
Men’s Semi-Finals
Ladies Final

Sunday January 15
Men’s Final

William Hill World Darts Championship Netzone

By Darts Weekly Staff
15 DECEMBER 2016 • 11:37AM 

The 2017 William Hill World Darts Championship will be held from December 15 – January 2 at London’s Alexandra Palace.

The PDC’s biggest tournament sees 72 players competing for £1,650,000 in prize money and the prestigious Sid Waddell Trophy across the festive period.

The preliminary and first rounds will be held from December 15-22, with the second round starting on December 23 and finishing after the Christmas break on December 28.

The third round takes place over two days on December 28 and 29, with the quarter-finals played across two sessions on December 30.

The semi-finals will be contested on New Year’s Day, with the final taking place on January 2.

2017 William Hill World Darts Championship
Schedule of Play
Preliminary & First Round
Thursday December 15 (7pm)
Jamie Caven (29) 1-3 Kevin Painter
Jamie Lewis (30) 3-2 Mick McGowan
Gary Anderson (2) 3-0 Mark Frost
Michael Smith (11) 3-2 Ricky Evans

Friday December 16 (7pm)
Jerry Hendriks 2-0 Warren Parry (P)
Gerwyn Price (19) 1-3 Jonny Clayton
Steve Beaton (27) 3-1 Devon Petersen
Peter Wright (3) 3-0 Jerry Hendriks

Saturday December 17
Afternoon Session (1pm)
Tengku Shah 2-1 Masumi Chino (P)
Terry Jenkins (18) 3-1 Josh Payne
John Henderson (31) 2-3 Andrew Gilding
Benito van de Pas (15) 3-1 Tengku Shah

Evening Session (7pm)
Ross Snook 0-2 Kim Viljanen (P)
Cristo Reyes (32) 3-2 Dimitri van den Bergh
Stephen Bunting (16) 2-3 Darren Webster
Michael van Gerwen (1) 3-0 Kim Viljanen

Sunday December 18
Afternoon Session (1pm)
Kevin Simm 2-0 Gilbert Ulang (P)
Justin Pipe (26) 1-3 Chris Dobey
Mark Webster (25) 3-0 Joe Murnan
Ian White (14) 3-0 Kevin Simm

Evening Session (7pm)
John Bowles 0-2 David Platt (P)
Daryl Gurney (24) 3-1 Jermaine Wattimena
Alan Norris (21) 3-2 John Michael
Phil Taylor (4) 3-0 David Platt

Monday December 19 (7pm)
Qiang Sun 0-2 Corey Cadby (P)
Mervyn King (22) 3-2 Steve West
Adrian Lewis (5) 3-0 Magnus Caris
Joe Cullen (28) 3-1 Corey Cadby

Tuesday December 20 (7pm)
Boris Koltsov 1-2 Dragutin Horvat (P)
Brendan Dolan (23) 3-1 Christian Kist
Raymond van Barneveld (12) 3-0 Robbie Green
Simon Whitlock (17) 3-0 Dragutin Horvat

Wednesday December 21 (7pm)
Zoran Lerchbacher 2-1 Simon Stevenson (P)
Mensur Suljovic (8) 3-0 Ron Meulenkamp
James Wade (6) 3-0 Ronny Huybrechts
Robert Thornton (9) 3-0 Zoran Lerchbacher

Thursday December 22 (7pm)
Jelle Klaasen (10) 3-1 Jeffrey de Graaf
Vincent van der Voort (20) 1-3 Max Hopp
Dave Chisnall (7) 3-2 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Kim Huybrechts (13) 3-0 James Wilson

Second Round
Friday December 23
Afternoon Session (1pm)
Ian White (14) 4-1 Jonny Clayton
Michael Smith (11) 4-3 Mervyn King (22)
Benito van de Pas (15) 4-3 Terry Jenkins (18)

Evening Session (7pm)
Darren Webster 4-0 Simon Whitlock (17)
Gary Anderson (2) 4-0 Andrew Gilding
Adrian Lewis (5) 4-0 Joe Cullen (28)

Tuesday December 27
Afternoon Session (1pm)
Mensur Suljovic (8) 3-4 Mark Webster (25)
Robert Thornton (9) 3-4 Daryl Gurney (24)
Dave Chisnall (7) 4-2 Chris Dobey

Evening Session (8pm)
Raymond van Barneveld (12) 4-0 Alan Norris (21)
Phil Taylor (4) 4-0 Kevin Painter
Michael van Gerwen (1) 4-2 Cristo Reyes (32)

Wednesday December 28
Afternoon Session (1pm)
Kim Huybrechts (13) 4-0 Max Hopp
James Wade (6) 4-1 Steve Beaton (27)
Jelle Klaasen (10) 4-0 Brendan Dolan (23)

Evening Session (7pm)
Peter Wright (3) 4-0 Jamie Lewis
Third Round
Gary Anderson (2) 4-2 Benito van de Pas (15)
Adrian Lewis (5) 3-4 Raymond van Barneveld (12)

Thursday December 29
Afternoon Session (1pm)
Mark Webster (25) 3-4 Daryl Gurney (24)
Dave Chisnall (7) 4-2 Jelle Klaasen (10)
James Wade (6) 4-3 Michael Smith (11)

Evening Session (7pm)
Peter Wright (3) 4-1 Ian White (14)
Phil Taylor (4) 4-2 Kim Huybrechts (13)
Michael van Gerwen (1) 4-1 Darren Webster

Friday December 30
Afternoon Session (1pm)
Quarter-Finals

James Wade (6) 3-5 Peter Wright (3)
Gary Anderson (2) 5-3 Dave Chisnall (7)

Evening Session (7pm)
Michael van Gerwen (1) 5-1 Daryl Gurney (24)
Raymond van Barneveld (12) 5-3 Phil Taylor (4)

Sunday January 1 (7pm)
Semi-Finals

Gary Anderson (2) v Peter Wright (3)
Michael van Gerwen (1) v Raymond van Barneveld (12)

Monday January 2 (8pm)
Final

Lockup Dave’s Betting Column: Painter to get the better of Caven on opening night at Ally Pally

By Dave South
15 DECEMBER 2016 • 10:26AM 

According to the odds compilers, Jamie Caven could be the first casualty from the William Hill World Darts Championship as the narrow underdog versus Kevin Painter, who made the tournament by virtue of Kyle Anderson’s absence.

Caven has been lacking form in 2016, but so has the Artist, so this game is massive for both players.

I do think Painter will get through this, as the pressure will be off him compared to Caven who is trying to save his top 32 status.

Both players will be ready for the fight and I think this will be closer than most expect.

I expect both to win a set and think Painter will edge this 3-1 or 3-2 and do not see either going down 3-0.

Mick McGowan and Jamie Lewis should be as interesting as the Caven/Painter encounter, with the Welsh maestro 4/6 and the Irish thrower 11/8.

I do think there will be a few maximums in the game but see a cagey affair similarly. I think Lewis should edge this!

Gary Anderson will look to make light work of Mark Frost.

No disrespect to Frosty, but Anderson will be all business here and will want to get the job done quickly.

Although Frost has played on the circuit for many years, he lacks the experience of the Ally Pally stage and the pedigree of the defending champion should be enough to see a comfortable win.

For the accumulator backers, all four favourites on the night (Painter/Anderson/Lewis/Smith) to all win pays 4.20 with Marathonbet.

Tonight’s recommendations

Painter to beat Caven and both to win a set – 5/4 Betfred

First leg 180 NO – Painter and Lewis games – 11/10 Paddy Power and Betfair

Prices correct at time of publication