April 2017

SATURDAY 1

Players Championship 5 (PDC) – Milton Keynes Report

British Inter-Counties Championship matches (BDO) – various venues (runs through to Sunday 2) Report

SUNDAY 2

Players Championship 6 (PDC) – Milton Keynes Report

THURSDAY 6

Betway Premier League Week 10 (PDC) – Dublin, Ireland

FRIDAY 7

German Darts Open (ET3) UK Qualifier (PDC) – Barnsley

White Mountain Shootout (BDO) – USA (runs through to Sunday 9)

Mediterranean Open (WDF) – Turkey (runs through to Sunday 9)

SATURDAY 8

Players Championship 7 (PDC) – Barnsley

Bulls German Open (BDO) – Bochum, Germany

SUNDAY 9

Players Championship 8 (PDC) – Barnsley

Bulls German Masters (BDO) – Bochum, Germany

MONDAY 10

Cut off for the World Trophy (BDO)

THURSDAY 13

Betway Premier League Week 11 (PDC) – Liverpool

FRIDAY 14

German Darts Masters (ET2) Host Nation Qualifier (PDC) – Jena, Germany

Victorian Easter Classic (BDO) – Corio, Australia (runs through to Sunday 16)

SATURDAY 15

German Darts Masters (ET2) (PDC) – Jena, Germany (runs through to Monday 17)

Unicorn Challenge Tour 5 and 6 (PDC) – Barnsley

Winmau Iceland Open (BDO) – Iceland

Belfrey Open (BDO) – Belgium

SUNDAY 16

Unicorn Challenge Tour 7 and 8 (PDC) – Barnsley

Bruges Open (BDO) – Belgium

THURSDAY 20

Betway Premier League Week 12 (PDC) – Belfast

German Darts Open (ET3) European and Host Nation Qualifier (PDC) – Saarbruecken, Germany

FRIDAY 21

German Darts Open (ET3) (PDC) – Saarbruecken, Germany (runs through to Sunday 23)

Charlotte Open (BDO) – USA (runs through to Sunday 23)

SATURDAY 22

British Inter-Counties Championship matches (BDO) – various venues (runs through to Sunday 23)

Estonian Open (BDO) – Tallinn, Estonia

DON Youth Cup (WDF) – Russia

SUNDAY 23

Estonian Masters (BDO) – Tallinn, Estonia

Murray Bridge Classic (BDO) – Australia

North Island Masters (BDO) – New Zealand

THURSDAY 27

Betway Premier League Week 13 (PDC) – Birmingham

FRIDAY 28

European Darts Grand Prix (ET4) and Gibraltar Darts Trophy (ET5) UK Qualifier (PDC) – Wigan

Silver Cup Challenge (WDF) – Canada

SATURDAY 29

Players Championship 9 (PDC) – Wigan

Denmark Open (BDO) – Denmark

SUNDAY 30

Players Championship 10 (PDC) – Wigan

Winmau Denmark Masters (BDO) – Denmark

Zakamsk Youth Cup (WDF) – Russia

Michael van Gerwen aiming to bounce back to winning ways in the Premier League tonight

By Alex Moss
30 MARCH 2017 • 1:34PM

Michael van Gerwen is hoping he can get back to winning ways in the Betway Premier League in Cardiff tonight.

The reigning Premier League champion saw his unbeaten record this season ended by Raymond van Barneveld in Manchester last week.

Van Gerwen takes on Dave Chisnall at the Motorpoint Arena this evening and will need a victory to return to the top of the table.

“It was disappointing to lose to Raymond but that game’s gone now and I have to prepare myself properly for this week,” said the world number one.

“It’s close between everyone (in the table) so you can’t afford any more mistakes.

“Dave’s a brilliant player and he’s one of the biggest scorers in the game, so I know I’ve got to be on form.”

Van Gerwen dropped to second place in the table this morning after it was announced Peter Wright had been awarded a 7-0 win in his scheduled game tonight against Kim Huybrechts, after the Belgian withdrew from the match due to family reasons.

The revised order of play for tonight’s Betway Premier League will now be as follows:

Betway Premier League
Week Nine – Thursday March 30
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Phil Taylor v Jelle Klaasen
Gary Anderson v Adrian Lewis
Raymond van Barneveld v James Wade
Michael van Gerwen v Dave Chisnall
(all matches are the best of 12 legs)

Episode 11 – Darren Johnson interview, Euro Tour review, Judgement Night preview and more!

By Love The Darts Staff
30 MARCH 2017 • 12:13PM

The Weekly Dartscast is the brand new podcast for darts fans. Editor of the Love The Darts magazine Alex Moss and darts statistician Burton DeWitt provide pre- and post-tournament analysis, observations, opinions and interviews with darts sources, players and fans.

In this week’s episode of the Weekly Dartscast, listen as the team recaps Peter Wright’s triumph in Hildesheim & the English men’s team win in the BDO Internationals.

They are joined by guest Darren Johnson, who discusses his recent run of form, which includes wins over MvG, Barney, James Wade, and Dave Chisnall, just since the start of March.

Listen to the episode via the player below or to download the podcast click here

Kim Huybrechts pulls out of Premier League in Cardiff tonight due to family reasons

By Alex Moss
30 MARCH 2017 • 10:52AM

Kim Huybrechts has withdrawn from tonight’s Betway Premier League fixture in Cardiff due to family reasons.

The Belgian was scheduled to play his final game of the season before elimination against Peter Wright at the Motorpoint Arena this evening.

Huybrechts has informed the PDC that he is unable to travel to the UK, in order to remain with his terminally ill mother in Belgium during her final hours.

As the withdrawal comes in week nine, and with Huybrechts already eliminated from the Premier League as of next week, under the tournament rules the game will not be played.

Wright will now be awarded a 7-0 win and will not compete in Cardiff tonight.

“We all send our best wishes to Kim and his family during what is a particularly difficult period,” said PDC chief executive Matt Porter.

“This was not the way that Kim wanted his Betway Premier League season to end, but the needs of his family are foremost at this time.”

The revised order of play for tonight’s Betway Premier League will now be as follows:

Betway Premier League
Week Nine – Thursday March 30
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Phil Taylor v Jelle Klaasen
Gary Anderson v Adrian Lewis
Raymond van Barneveld v James Wade
Michael van Gerwen v Dave Chisnall
(all matches are the best of 12 legs)

Adrian Lewis and Gary Anderson both feeling confident ahead of Premier League tussle in Cardiff

By Alex Moss
29 MARCH 2017 • 10:25PM

Adrian Lewis and Gary Anderson will both be aiming to steal a march on each other when they do battle in the Betway Premier League tomorrow evening.

The duo have met in two previous PDC World Championship finals at Alexandra Palace, but their next meeting, at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, will have Premier League points on the line this time round.

Both players are locked together on nine points after eight games each, with Anderson just ahead of his rival in the table by virtue of a superior legs difference.

Lewis is looking to extend his three-game winning streak in the competition when he takes on the world number two tomorrow night.

“It’s not going too bad, points-wise,” said Lewis. “I know I’m coming into form and I’m practising hard.

“I just go up there and try my best, and at the moment the results are coming even if I’m not at my best.

“I’ve had three wins on the trot and I want to keep that going now.”

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Gary Anderson can boost his Betway Premier League play-off hopes with a victory over Adrian Lewis in Cardiff tomorrow night CREDIT: LAWRENCE LUSTIG/PDC

Lewis prevailed 7-5 when the two met in the 2011 PDC World Championship final, while Anderson reversed the scoreline in his favour in the second world final decider between the pair in 2015, and the Scot is predicting another entertaining contest in Cardiff.

“The games usually get built up but Adrian’s back playing how we know he can,” said Anderson.

“He’s a good friend of mine and he has me in stitches all the time, laughing about things, but we’ll go up there and the best man will win on the night.

“I’ve had lots of draws and games I could have won. I’m trying to get more time on the practice board and I’m going to put the work in.”

Betway Premier League
Week Nine – Thursday March 30
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Peter Wright v Kim Huybrechts
Phil Taylor v Jelle Klaasen
Gary Anderson v Adrian Lewis
Raymond van Barneveld v James Wade
Michael van Gerwen v Dave Chisnall
(all matches are the best of 12 legs)

Phil Taylor not putting any pressure on himself ahead of clash with Jelle Klaasen in the Premier League

By Alex Moss
29 MARCH 2017 • 9:16PM

Phil Taylor says the pressure will be off both him and Jelle Klaasen when the two face off in the Betway Premier League tomorrow night.

Klaasen, along with Kim Huybrechts, can no longer avoid being eliminated from the tournament heading into ‘Judgement Night’ at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff tomorrow.

Both Klaasen and Huybrechts will exit the Premier League after tomorrow night’s fixtures, leaving the eight remaining players to battle it out for the top four and places in the end of season play-offs.

“Jelle will be dangerous because he’ll want to finish on a high and there’s no pressure on him – but it’s the same feeling for me too,” said the 16-time world champion Taylor, who plans to retire from competitive darts at the end of this season.

“I’m enjoying it now and I’m not going to put myself under pressure. I’ve had 30 years of being under pressure week-in and week-out, and I’ve earned the right to enjoy myself a bit, but I’m going to keep pushing to get into the top four.”

Taylor joined Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis on nine points in the table after defeating then table-topper Peter Wright 7-5 in Manchester last week.

Klaasen’s 7-5 defeat to Lewis last week means he can no longer catch Dave Chisnall who, in eighth place and on six points, is three points clear of both the Dutchman and Huybrechts heading into tomorrow’s action.

Huybrechts takes on Wright in Cardiff tomorrow night, with the Belgian bidding to claim his first victory of the campaign, which would ensure he does not take the unwanted record as the first player to register no wins in a Premier League season.

Betway Premier League
Week Nine – Thursday March 30
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Peter Wright v Kim Huybrechts
Phil Taylor v Jelle Klaasen
Gary Anderson v Adrian Lewis
Raymond van Barneveld v James Wade
Michael van Gerwen v Dave Chisnall
(all matches are the best of 12 legs)

Phil Taylor to miss out on Players Championship Finals this year

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Missing out: Phil Taylor will not be appearing in Minehead next month (Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Phil Taylor will not be in the Players Championship Finals in Minehead next month after opting to not enter the last two Players Championship events. Continue reading “Phil Taylor to miss out on Players Championship Finals this year”

Would a return to group stage format make the World Cup less predictable?

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It was the PDC’s turn to hog the darts television space at the weekend, as England’s Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis won the World Cup for the fourth time, beating Dutch pair Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld in Sunday’s final. Continue reading “Would a return to group stage format make the World Cup less predictable?”

Harbour seeded 18th for defence of Isle of Man title from 2015

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Dennis Harbour goes into the defence of his PokerStars Isle of Man Open title as the 18th seed, with a field of 428 players set to compete for the trophy at the Villa Marina complex on the Douglas Promenade this weekend. Continue reading “Harbour seeded 18th for defence of Isle of Man title from 2015”

Premier League week six round-up: Anderson banishes UK Open blues with win against Smith

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PICTURE: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Gary Anderson bounced back from his disappointment at the UK Open with  7-3 win over Michael Smith in week six of the Betway Premier League last night. Continue reading “Premier League week six round-up: Anderson banishes UK Open blues with win against Smith”