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DPA CHALLENGE TOUR

The DPA Challenge Tour commences this weekend at various venues around the country

Pine Rivers Darts Club - QLD
Pritchard’s Hotel - NSW
Mollymook Beach Bowls & Recreation Club - NSW
Young Sports Club - NSW/ACT
Sunbury -VIC
Murray Bridge Darts Club - SA

2 events per day
Round Robin to 16 Knockout - am
Straight Knockout - pm

Current numbers
Pine 23
Sydney 30
Mollymook 15
Young 27
Sunbury 30
Murray Bridge 17

Walk ins allowed this weekend only; 8:30am check in 9am start

Damon Heta victory in Russell Stewart classic

Damon Heta capped off a great weekend of darts by winning the Russell Stewart Classic on Sunday, defeating in the final the other winner on Day 2, Steve Fitzpatrick.
The opening leg was won by Heta on throw before he stole the early momentum in the next leg and had his chance to take the leg but missed the bull and Fitzpatrick was able to win the leg on is next visit.
Heta opened with 100 on throw in the third leg and with a 90 left himself requiring 145. He secured another 90 on his next visit and with his opponent on 140 took the leg at his next visit.
A poor visit midway through the middle of the next leg from Fitzpatrick gave Heta an opening which he took to move to 127. Heta left 28 as Fitzpatrick chased 155 but could only gain 70 of it. Heta then secured the first break of the match with his first dart at the next visit to the oche. Despite Fitzpatrick opening well Heta was able to top it on his next visit with a 180 and within nine darts he required 122. He left 24 after his next visit and went to a 4 – 1 lead with his 13th dart of the leg.
Again mid leg Heta jumped on half a chance presented to him by Fitzpatrick and had the darts against the throw. With another ton visit Heta left 121 and had six darts to get it. A strong visit left Fitzpatrick on 76 but with his sixth dart chasing the 121 Heta secured a second break and 5-1 lead.
After opening tons from both players Heta threw 140 to move well ahead of his Tasmanian opponent. Moving from 261 to 205 was just a blip for Heta as he redressed the situation by moving from 205 to 75 at his next visit. He then missed a match dart at tops on his next time at the oche but with Fitzpatrick on 112 Heta had another go and secured the double ten required with his last dart in hand, a check out that had done him so well the previous night as well. The final score was 6-1.
Heta was once more honoured to win. “It is a true honour to have my name added to the list of winners of the Russell Stewart classic, he is a true legend of the game. I have worked hard for this season and this was a great way to start. Team misfits has really helped me concentrate on just throwing darts and I am so thankful to them for all that they have done. I now look forward to building on this success throughout the season.”
Earlier Fitzpatrick had outlasted Koha Kokiri, winning 5-4. The other semi final had been clearer, with Heta defeating former World Championship representative GG Mathers 5-2. All four players had won their quarter finals 5-4, Heta over David Platt, Fitzpatrick over Rob Modra, Mathers over Rhys Mathewson, and Kokiri over Haupai Puha.
Final
Steve Fitzpatrick 1-6 Damon Heta
Top 4
Steve Fitzpatrick 5-4 Koha Kokiri
Damon Heta 5-2 Gordon-Glen Mathers
Top 8
Steve Fitzpatrick 5-4 Rob Modra
Haupai Puha 4-5 Koha Kokiri
Damon Heta 5-4 David Platt
Rhys Mathewson 4-5 Gordon-Glen Mathers
Top 16
Steve Fitzpatrick 5-3 Mick Lacey
Brendan McCausland 3-5 Rob Modra
Haupai Puha 5-2 Mike Bonser
Koha Kokiri 5-2 Aaron Delvendiep
Damon Heta 5-2 Ryan Lynch
David Platt 5-3 Tony Welland
Ben Robb 3-5 Rhys Mathewson
Shane Tichowitch 3-5 Gordon-Glen Mathers
Top 32
Raymond Smith 3-5 Steve Fitzpatrick
Mick Lacey 5-0 Jack Sinclair
Brendan McCausland 5-2 Barry Jouannet Jnr.
Rob Modra 5-1 Dave Marland
Haupai Puha 5-2 Raymond O’Donnell
Mike Bonser 5-1 Mathew Leahy
Aaron Devlvendiep 5-2 Andrew Eagers
Damon Heta 5-1 Mick Anderson
Ryan Lynch 5-3 Russell Stewart
Tim Pusey 2-5 David Platt
Tony Welland 5-3 Jack Deveries
Ben Robb 5-0 Kenny Kennedy
Rhys Mathewson 5-4 Dayle Burton-Pye
Shane Tichowitch 5-1 Paul Cotton
Gordon-Glen Mathers 5-2 James Doherty
Koha Kokiri 5-1 Leigh Giblin

HARROWS PRO TOUR DAY 4 NSW

The Harrows Pro Tour continues this Sunday at the Warilla Bowls and recreation Club, Warilla NSW.
Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest news and results

Events 1-3 DPA 2019 Harrows ProTour

PDC World Championship player James Bailey continued his tradition of winning at least one event over the first weekend of the season as he secured the very first event at the Harrows Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club ProTour. In the final of event one he defeated World Series of Darts finals representative Damon Heta 6-2.
The semi finals had seen both finalists defeat two stars of the Australian game who are both on the comeback trail with Bailey defeating Shane Tichowitsch 6-4 and Heta defeating former Melbourne World Series of Darts representative Rhys Mathewson 6-1.
The depth of the quality of Australian darts was on evidence when the quarter final losers included the likes of World Championship player Ray Smith, former World Youth championship player Robbie King, and World Series of Darts representatives Justin Thompson and Haupai Puha (who also leads the DPNZ tour at present.)
Bailey was obviously delighted to have got through. “That was one of the toughest fields I have ever played in. I defeated Koha Kokiri, Steve Fitzpatrick, Rob Modra, Ray Smith, Shane Tichowitsch and Damon Heta. It is hard to find a more difficult field than what we saw today so I am obviously delighted to have won tonight.”
The second day started with Bailey making another final, this time the Joe Seymour Memorial pro tour final, and event two on the tour calendar, but World Youth Championship player Steve Fitzpatrick took centre stage and won the match in a last leg thriller, 6 legs to 5.
In the final Fitzpatrick won the throw and opened with 95 as Bailey responded with a ton. The young Team Rebel player responded with a 135 and with visits of 58 and 99 moved to a first attempted check out (of 114). It took a couple of visits but Fitzpatrick secured the first leg.
Bailey then started with 57 on his throw but his opponent could not take full advantage. The leg was tight through the middle stages until a 137 from Bull moved him ahead but a poor follow up of 44 gave Fitzpatrick a chance to close the leg up once more. Sixty from Bailey left him requiring 122 as a 140 left Fitzpatrick requiring 60. With Bailey still needing 48 two darts gave the youngster the second leg, and a break of throw.
The third leg saw Bailey take a slight lead against the throw but a 134 saw Fitzpatrick move to a check out target of 132. At the same time a 132 moved Bailey to 87. Fitzpatrick could not check out the big number and Bailey took back the break at his next visit. Bailey then watched as his opponent could not check out 150 in the next leg and with his first dart in hand Bailey leveled the match.
Still able to win by simply holding throw for the remainder of the match Fitzpatrick opened with a 100 before hitting the first maximum of the match. A follow up 140 gave him the chance of an 11 darter. He was unable to secure that on his next visit and instead left 40 for the leg, which he got with his last dart in hand the following visit.
Bailey had to hold throw in the next leg and opened with a 100 of his own, but that was quickly matched by his opponent. Both players had good visits interspersed with poor visits before Bailey hit his first maximum of the match to leave 24. A 140 from Fitzpatrick left 108 but one dart was enough at the next visit for Bailey to hold throw. Bailey then took an early lead in the next leg although Fitzpatrick responded with two excellent visits to move to requiring 182. A 134 left the Tasmanian on 48 as Queenslander Bailey moved to requiring 98. With his last dart in hand Fitzpatrick held on to the leg.
A 140 start in the next leg from Bailey gave the Queenslander a good early lead and he followed it up with the same. A second 180 from Bailey then left him requiring 41 as his opponent got his own maximum to move to 201. Two darts later and Bailey had drawn the match level once more at four legs all.
Bailey then opened against the throw with a 180. A few darts later and Bailey pounced with 100 to move to 116 being needed. A 78 then left The Bull requiring 38 as a 137 saw Fitzpatrick requiring 40. Bailey held his nerve to take the lead for the first time in the match, 5 legs to 4.
In what could have been the final leg a 140 start from Bailey was followed up by 91 as his opponent could only collect 120 in total from two visits. Fitzpatrick was well behind when Bailey moved from 189 to 130. He then could only move to 100 and Fitzpatrick halved his score required to 140. 60 from Bailey gave his opponent an outside chance but Fitzpatrick could not collect and left 40. Bailey then could not score when chasing the same target giving Fitzpatrick another chance at a leg he should never have been in and with a double ten with last dart in hand he secured the leg.
Fitzpatrick now held the throw and collected 140 from his first visit (Bailey got 100). A ton from the Team Rebel youngster was matched by The Bull on their second visits and 140 from the Tasmanian Fitzpatrick left him needing 121 as yet another 100 left Bailey on 201. Fitzpatrick missed his first match dart with last dart in hand on his next visit and a 114 visit left Bailey requiring 78. Double 7 with his first dart at his next visit gave Fitzpatrick match 6 - 5.
Both players had progressed after semi finals against Koha Kokiri (Bailey) and Rhys Mathewson (Bailey) with both matches finishing 5-2. Once more the depth of the field was in evidence with the losing quarter finalists being Ray Smith, Brendan McCausland, Justin Thompson and Gordon Glenn Mathers.
For Fitzpatrick it was his first win on the DPA tour and almost twelve months on from his father, always a great supporter of his and the game, passing away, it was most poignant. “I am over the moon to win, especially in this field, you would not get a better field in Australia than this one. It is fitting that almost twelve months on from my father’s (James) passing I am able to win a tournament like this one as he did so much for me and my game.”
The Kelvin Boyland Memorial was run on Saturday evening and Damon Heta, from Team Misfits, made another final and this time he made sure the victory was his. His opponent was Haupai Puha and the match finished 6-1 with Heta averaging 100.2.
Heta opened the match with a 140 and his opponent matched it. He then watched Puha move to a check out with a 135 visit leaving the Kiwi needing 135. A 138 left Heta needing tops and with Puha missing out at his next visit, Heta secured the leg with a double ten from his last dart in hand. Heta then got to a check out first on his opponent’s throw with a 140 but missed tops with his last dart for the leg. Puha then missed the bull to hold his throw and the double ten with his last dart once more gave Heta the leg.
Opening visits of 96 and 95 from both players were bettered on their second visits by each with a 180 from Heta and 140 from Puha. Both players left twenty trying to check out and double ten gave Heta the leg for the third time in a row. With his Kiwi opponent on 138 Heta moved from 221 to 41 with a maximum and with Puha unable to convert the big check out Heta went four legs up with two darts at his next visit. In the next leg Heta had six darts from 167 and he needed all of them to take a five nil lead.
On throw Puha was able to win his first leg of the final as he converted 84 with his opponent standing just behind him needing a mere 32 to win the match. If it was to be a revival Heta soon put an end to that thought. Another 180 moved him to 162 and with 122 on his next visit Heta just required tops. He missed that target when he returned to the oche but the trusty double ten was again there and he secured the match with it, six legs to one.
Heta was ecstatic after the match, “With a field of this quality it is a great honour to win. I have put a lot of work in and this is the kind of consistency I am expecting of myself. The season has started well and all I can think for the future is bring it on.”
Earlier Heta had just scraped through 6-4 against Rhys Mathewson, who had made his third semifinal in as many 2019 DPA events. Puha had taken an earlier lead in his semi final only for Raymond Smith to come back and give him a fright before the Kiwi cleared out, winning 6-3. The losing quarter finalists were again fine players, this time being Bill Aitken, Rob Modra, Robbie King and Tim Pusey.
Event 3
Final
Haupai Puha 1-6 Damon Heta
Top 4
Raymond Smith3-6 Haupai Puha
Damon Heta 6-4 Rhys Mathewson
Top 8
Raymond Smith 6-2 Rob Modra
Haupai Puha 6-2 Bill Aitken
Damon Heta 6-0 Tim Pusey
Rhys Mathewson 6-4 Robbie King
Top 16
Raymond Smith 6-1 Mick Lacey
Rob Modra 6-1 James Bailey
Haupai Puha 6-4 Raymond O'Donnell
Bill Aitken 6-2 David Hall Snr.
Damon Heta 6-2 Koha Kokiri
Justin Thompson 3-6 Tim Pusey
Ben Robb 5-6 Rhys Mathewson
Shane Tichowitsch 4-6 Robbie King
Top 32
Raymond Smith 6-1 David Platt
Mick Lacey 6-2 Emma Watkins
Rob Modra 6-4 Paul Cotton
James Bailey 6-2 Michael Cassar
Haupai Puha 6-3 Aaron Delvendiep
Raymond O'Donnell 6-4 Laurie Loch
Bill Aitken 6-2 Tremaine Gallagher
Lucas Cameron 3-6 David Hall Snr.
Damon Heta 6-4 Steve Fitzpatrick
Ryan Lynch 2-6 Koha Kokiri
Justin Thompson 6-3 Jack Sinclair
Tim Pusey 6-0 Clayton Collins
Ben Robb 6-0 Trevor Cooke
Rhys Mathewson6-2 Barry Jouannet Jnr.
Shane Tichowitsch 6-3 Russell Stewart
Robbie King 6-4 Matteo Gilr

Event 2
Final
Steve Fitzpatrick 6-5 James Bailey
Top 4
James Bailey 5-2 Koha Kokiri
Steve Fitzpatrick 5-2 Rhys Mathewson
Top 8
Raymond Smith 4-5 James Bailey
Koha Kokiri 5-1 Brendan McCausland
Steve Fitzpatrick 5-2 Justin Thompson
Rhys Mathewson 5-4 Gordon-Glen Mathers
Top 16
Raymond Smith 5-2 Mick Lacey
James Bailey 5-2 Rob Modra
Haupai Puha 3-5 Koha Kokiri
Brendan McCausland 5-4 Bill Aitken
Matt Leahy 1-5 Steve Fitzpatrick
Wiremu Kurupo 4-5 Justin Thompson
Ben Robb 3-5 Rhys Mathewson
Zinzan Culshaw 3-5 Gordon-Glen Mathers
Top 32
Raymond Smith 5-1 David Platt
Mick Lacey 5-2 Shane Tichowitsch
James Bailey 5-4 Raymond O’Donnell
Rob Modra 5-0 Greg Major
Haupai Puha 5-3 James Doherty
Koha Kokiri 5-1 Jamie Suckling
Lucas Cameron 3-5 Brendan McCausland
Bill Aitken 5-0 Alex Evans
Matt Leahy 5-3 Aaron Delvendiep
Ryan Lynch 2-5 Steve Fitzpatrick
Wiremu Kurupo 5-1 Rebekah Promnitz
Justin Thompson 5-1 Brad Johnson
Ben Robb 5-4 Russell Stewart
Rhys Mathewson 5-4 Lorraine Burn
Robbie King 4-5 Zinzan Culshaw
Gordon-Glen Mathers 5-0 Laurie Loch
Event 1
Final
James Bailey 6 Damon Heta 2
Top 4
James Bailey 6-4 Shane Tichowitsch
Damon Heta 6-1 Rhys Mathewson
Top 8
Raymond Smith 2-6 James Bailey
Haupai Puha 5-6 Shane Tichowitsch
Damon Heta 6-2 Justin Thompson
Rhys Mathewson 6-4 Robbie King
Top 16
Raymond Smith 6-3 Mick Lacey
Rob Modra 3-6 James Bailey
Haupai Puha 6-3 Mike Bonser
Bill Aitken 2-6 Shane Tichowitsch
Damon Heta 6-4 David Platt
Justin Thompson 6-4 Leigh Giblin
Ben Robb 2-6 Rhys Mathewson
Aaron Delvendiep 5-6 Robbie King
Top 32
Raymond Smith 6-2 Dwayne Seabourne
Mick Lacey 6-1 Graeme Lowe
Rob Modra 6-5 Tremaine Gallagher
James Bailey 6-4 Steve Fitzpatrick
Haupai Puha 6-2 Hayden Scott
Mike Bonser 6-0 Manny Kato
Bill Aitken 6-3 Mick King
Brad Thorp 3-6 Shane Tichowitsch
Damon Heta 6-2 Raymond O'Donnell
David Platt 6-1 James Doherty
Justin Thompson 6-2 Greg Major
Tim Pusey 4-6 Leigh Giblin
Ben Robb 6-4 Craig Prizeman
Rhys Mathewson 6-0 Jack Sinclair
Gordon Glen Mathers 3-6 Aaron Delvendiep
Robbie King 6-3 Corey Nauman

HARROWS PRO TOUR DAY 2,

The Harrows Pro Tour continues this weekend at the Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club, Warilla NSW.
Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest news and results from Saturdays Matches

HARROWS PRO TOUR EVENT 1 Warilla NSW

The Harrows Pro Tour commences this afternoon at the Warilla Bowls and recreation Club, Warilla, NSW
Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest news and results

Harrows DPA Australian Pro Tour Event 1 Draw Online

The Harrows DPA Australian Pro Tour Event 1 Draw is now online .
The event will be held at the DPA's Home of Darts the Warilla Bowls & Recreation Club, Warilla NSW
Registration time is 4.30pm SHARP for commencement at 5pm
Players NOT registered by 4.30pm will be withdrawn from the event

Event 1

Board 1
Raymond Smith
BYE
Brad Johnson
David Marland
Brad Horton
Wiremu Kurupo
Logan Flegg
Dwayne Seabourne

Board 2
Mick Lacey
John Bunyard
Dean Abbott
Alex Evans
Kevin Todd
Graeme Lowe
Tracey Avis
Ian Dowden

Board 3
Rob Modra
BYE
Sam Hickson
Joe Throup
Peter Primmer
Mick Anderson
Daniel Jacobson
Tremaine Gallagher

Board 4
James Bailey
BYE
David Hall Jnr.
Koha Kokiri
Dave Hanel
Steve Fitzpatrick
Tic Bridge
Tony Pettit

Board 5
Haupai Puha
BYE
Laurie Loch
Dale BurtonPye
Lucas Gray
Hayden Scott
Kim Anderson
Ian Sobey

Board 6
Mike Bonser
BYE
Trevor Cooke
Tony Welland
Mathew Leahy
Manny Kato
Emma Watkins
Lavinia Hogg

Board 7
Bill Aitken
BYE
Michael Conlon
Cody King
Ross Perry
Jen Lange
Mick King
Jayne Marshall

Board 8
Lucas Cameron
BYE
Barry Jouannet Jnr
Brad Thorp
Shane Tichowitsch
Mark Smyth
Matteo Gilr
Paul Bebbington

Board 9
Damon Heta
BYE
Andy Pinder
Stefan Cubrilovic
Rebekah Promnitz
Amanda Loch
Raymond O'Donnell
Russell Stewart

Board 10
Ryan Lynch
Matt Clarke
Don Whittington
David Platt
James Doherty
David Williams
Jamie Rogers
Tanya Page

Board 11
Justin Thompson
BYE
Paul Cotton
Margaret Eagers
Mark Taafe
Jack Deveries
Greg Major
Kalani Hillman

Board 12
Tim Pusey
BYE
Ian Dargan
Steve TePaki
Jess Smiley
Zinzan Culshaw
Greg Walsh
Leigh Giblin

Board 13
Ben Robb
BYE
Marshall Allen
Brendan McCausland
Craig Prizeman
Andrew Eagers
Heath Daley
Jamie Suckling

Board 14
Rhys Mathewson
Lorraine Burn
Clayton Collins
Amanda Stone
Lee Chapman
Nathan Simpson
Jack Sinclair
Debra Soden

Board 15
GordonGlen
Mathers
BYE
Steve Duke Jnr.
Michael Cassar
Jordan Ford
Jackie Milligan
Aaron Delvendiep
David Hall Snr.

Board 16
Robbie King
BYE
Simon Farrell
Teresa Hore
Paul Emmerton
Kenny Kennedy
Daniel Sim
Corey Nauman

ENTRIES NOW CLOSED !

Entries have now closed to the Harrows DPA Australian Pro Tour 1 - 4
The 2019 Harrows DPA Australian Pro tour commences on Feb 1 at the Warilla Bowls & Recreation Club, Warilla , NSW
$16,000.00 total prize money is on offer as well as a place in the race to the Ally Pally 2019/20
120 Entries have now been accepted to the opening season.

Names are as follows:-

Aaron Delvendiep
Alex Evans
Amanda Loch
Amanda Stone
Andrew Eagers
Andy Pinder
Barry Jouannet Jnr
Ben Robb
Bill Aitken
Brad Horton
Brad Johnson
Brad Thorp
Brendan McCausland
Clayton Collins
Cody King
Colby Dodge
Corey Nauman
Craig Prizeman
Dale Burton-Pye
Damon Heta
Daniel Jacobson
Daniel Sim
Dave Hanel
David Hall Jnr.
David Hall Snr.
David Marland
David Platt
David Williams
Dean Abbott
Debra Soden
Don Whittington
Dwayne Seabourne
Emma Watkins
Gordon-Glen Mathers
Graeme Lowe
Greg Major
Greg Walsh
Haupai Puha
Hayden Scott
Heath Daley
Ian Dargan
Ian Dowden
Ian John
Jack Deveries
Jack Sinclair
Jackie Milligan
James Bailey
James Doherty
Jamie Hales
Jamie Rogers
Jamie Suckling
Jayne Marshall
Jen Lange
Jerry Weyman
Jess Smiley
Joe Throup
John Bunyard
Jordan Ford
Justin Thompson
Kalani Hillman
Kenny Kennedy
Kevin Luland
Kevin Todd
Kim Anderson
Koha Kokiri
Laurie Loch
Lavinia Hogg
Lee Chapman
Leigh Giblin
Logan Flegg
Lorraine Burn
Lucas Cameron
Lucas Gray
Manny Kato
Margaret Eagers
Mark Smyth
Mark Taafe
Marshall Allen
Mathew Leahy
Matt Clarke
Matteo Gilr
Michael Cassar
Michael Conlon
Mick Anderson
Mick King
Mick Lacey
Mike Bonser
Nathan Simpson
Oisin Ahearne
Paul Bebbington
Paul Cotton
Paul Emmerton
Peter Primmer
Raymond O'Donnell
Raymond Smith
Rebekah Promnitz
Rhys Mathewson
Rob Modra
Robbie King
Ross Perry
Ryan Lynch
Sam Hickson
Shane Tichowitsch
Simon Farrell
Stefan Cubrilovic
Steve Duke Jnr.
Steve Fitzpatrick
Steve TePaki
Tanya Page
Teresa Hore
Tic Bridge
Tim Pusey
Tony Pettit
Tony Welland
Tracey Avis
Tremaine Gallagher
Trevor Cooke
William Kurupo
Zinzan Culshaw

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The Brisbane Darts Masters will be held at the BCEC on August 9-10, with the opening day featuring the eight first round ties, before the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final see the event conclude on day two.

Last year's inaugural World Series event in Brisbane was a huge hit as Rob Cross - then the World Champion - walked away with the title following a thrilling win over world number one Michael van Gerwen.

The World Series of Darts then heads to the Melbourne Arena for the third Melbourne Darts Masters on August 16-17, with Peter Wright having taken the title in 2018.

Tickets for the Brisbane Darts Masters and Melbourne Darts Masters will be available from Monday January 21 from Ticketek via www.ticketek.com.au/darts.

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Van Gerwen Lifts Third World Title

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN won the William Hill World Darts Championship for a third time with a 7-3 victory over Michael Smith at London's Alexandra Palace on Tuesday.

The culmination of darts' biggest-ever event saw world number one Van Gerwen produce a dominant display in which he led throughout in the replay of the 2018 Premier League Final.

The Dutchman opened up four-set leads at 4-0 and 6-2, with a determined Smith unable to work his way back into the contest.

In the first World Championship final since 1983 to feature two players under 30 years of age, Van Gerwen completed a 7-3 triumph to walk away with the £500,000 top prize and the coveted Sid Waddell Trophy.
"It means the world to me to win this trophy for a third time," said Van Gerwen, who previously tasted victory in 2014 and 2017.

"Everyone knows I've had some difficult times this year, but to win this one is all that matters at the end of the day. This is the best feeling in the world.

"I was a little bit nervous, my body was pumping with adrenaline and to be honest I didn't play as well as I wanted to, but as long as you win that's all that matters.

"Michael is a phenomenal player, he pushed me all the way and I am sure that one day he will win the World Championship.

"I think I probably should've won more than three World Championship titles by now but it is a great feeling to be able to call myself a three-time World Champion. Now it's time for a well-deserved holiday!"

The game began with a stunning 129 checkout on the bullseye from Van Gerwen, setting the tone for the tie before edging the deciding leg to claim the opening set.

The Dutchman was at his relentless best, landing a sublime 126 checkout on his way to winning the second set, and followed it up with the next two sets to double his advantage.

Smith produced a magnificent 124 finish to win the deciding leg of set five to get his first set on the board, and then breezed the sixth set without losing a leg to go within two sets of Van Gerwen.

The world number one quashed any hopes of a Smith comeback, taking the next two sets to go within a leg of victory, only for a dogged Smith to get his third set on the board.

Van Gerwen, who posted his 19th consecutive ton-plus average on the Alexandra Palace stage, found double 16 with his third match dart attempt to claim glory.
"I'm gutted about how the game turned out, I just didn't get going," said Smith.

"I'm annoyed with myself for how I played, and if I took my chances then maybe it would've been a different game.

"I tried way too hard but it's my first World Championship final and I guarantee it won't be my last.

"I guarantee that one day I will lift this trophy."

Van Gerwen and Smith are among the players who will now look ahead to the 2019 Unibet Premier League, which begins in February, after being included in the ten-player field.

World Championship Semi-Finals

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN and Michael Smith will meet in the final of the 2018/19 William Hill World Darts Championship after claiming semi-final victories on Sunday at London's Alexandra Palace.

The penultimate day of the £2.5 million event saw dazzling performances from Van Gerwen and Smith, who recorded wins over Gary Anderson and Nathan Aspinall respectively.

A replay of the 2018 Premier League Final, Tuesday's showdown will be the first World Championship final since 1983 to feature two players under 30 years of age, with the winner walking away with the £500,000 top prize and the Sid Waddell Trophy.
Van Gerwen secured a thumping 6-1 success over Anderson in a replay of the 2016/17 final which saw two-time World Champions collide.

A dominant display from world number one Van Gerwen began with him finding double top in the deciding leg of the opening set to edge ahead, before the Dutchman won 12 of the next 13 legs to take a 5-0 lead in a relentless onslaught.

Anderson found double 12 with his last dart in the deciding leg of set six to prevent a whitewash, only for Premier League champion Van Gerwen to take the next set 3-1, taking out 90 to secure a stunning victory.
"I think I played really well, Gary couldn't find his form and I took advantage of that," said Van Gerwen, who ended the tie with a 104.76 average.

"The pressure I put on Gary meant he wasn't at his best, I didn't give him any time to breathe with my finishing.

"It's going to be a phenomenal final against Michael and myself, I've got a great record against him and I'm looking forward to it.

"I'm working hard week after week, so I'm glad that I was able to produce my best game on this occasion."
Smith reached his first World Championship final with a 6-3 triumph over surprise package Aspinall, breaking the record for the most 180s hit in a World Championship semi-final in the process with 17 maximums.

A stunning display from Smith, who ended the match with a 105.22 average, began with him taking the opening seven legs of the contest, before debutant Aspinall produced a gutsy fightback to level at 2-2 and 3-3.

World number ten Smith checked out 90 on the bullseye to regain the lead and he doubled his advantage thanks to back-to-back 12-dart legs in the eighth set.

The Shanghai Darts Master didn't drop another leg and sealed a memorable win with a 121 checkout, his fifth ton-plus finish of a high-quality showing.
"I've never felt like that during or after a match, I couldn't be happier right now," said Smith, whose previous best World Championship performance saw him reach a quarter-final.

"The first two sets I was cruising, but fair play to Nathan, he got better and better but I took my chances when they came which gave me the edge.

"I think the seventh set was the crucial moment because I felt I was going to win after I went 4-3 up. I was so nervous and I nearly made a mess of it, but I'm so glad that I held it together and got the job done.

"I'm now just one step away from living my dream."

The William Hill World Darts Championship Final will take place from 2000(GMT) on Tuesday January 1, and will be broadcast live on the dedicated Sky Sports Darts channel and worldwide through the PDC's international broadcast partners.

Photos by Lawrence Lustig.

World Championship Day 14

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN will take on Gary Anderson, and Michael Smith will face Nathan Aspinall after the four players won through the quarter-finals of the 2018/19 William Hill World Championship at London's Alexandra Palace.

Day 14 of the £2.5 million event saw the four quarter-finals played across two sessions, with two-time World Champions Van Gerwen and Anderson now set for a Sunday night semi-final showdown.
Anderson made it through to the semi-finals for the fourth time in five years as he overcame Dave Chisnall 5-2 with a 103.03 average.

A blistering start from the Scotsman saw him take the opening set 3-0 in just 39 darts, before winning the second set 3-1 to double his advantage.

Finishes of 121 and 112 from Chisnall applied the pressure in set three, but Anderson took the deciding leg to go 3-0 up.

A resilient Chisnall came from 2-0 down to take the fourth set, but back-to-back checkouts of 115 and 130 helped Anderson restore his three-set cushion at 4-1.

The deciding leg of set six went the way of Chisnall, but any hopes of a comeback from the St Helens man were put to bed by Anderson who ended the contest with a 171 followed by a 48 finish to make it through to the final four.

"Dave always gives you a tough game so I'm glad to make it through, and the 180s are back which is pleasing," said Anderson.

"My back was still a bit sore, so it was good that I could get the job done in fairly quick time and now I'm looking forward to tomorrow."
Van Gerwen eased into the final four with a 5-1 triumph over Joyce, which saw the world number one post his 17th consecutive ton-plus average on the Alexandra Palace stage.

The opening two sets went Van Gerwen's way for the loss of just one leg, before Joyce took out 66 on the bull in the deciding leg of set three to go within a set of the Dutchman.

However, the comeback was short-lived as Van Gerwen won the deciding leg of the fourth set to stretch clear once again, restoring his two-set advantage.

The Dutchman took the fifth and sixth sets 3-1 to wrap up the win and continue his quest for a third success at Alexandra Palace, where he will meet Anderson in a replay of the 2016/17 final.

"I think I played well overall tonight, but I had a terrible spell because I put too much pressure on myself," said Van Gerwen.

"I wanted to show everyone what I can do and I dipped down a bit but I can't really complain with a 5-1 win.

"Tomorrow night I will be expecting something special from myself, I can't let myself down and I need to make sure I'm sharp."

The winner of that match will face either Smith or Aspinall in the final after the North West pair advanced to the semi-final stage for the first time with convincing victories over Luke Humphries and Brendan Dolan respectively.
Premier League finalist Smith had no trouble in defeating Humphries 5-1 with a dominant display which saw him end the match with a 103 average.

Smith sealed the opening set with a 117 checkout, before taking the second without dropping a leg to double his lead.

Humphries, who ended Rob Cross' reign as World Champion on Friday, fired in a 170 finish on his way to halving the deficit, only for Smith to restore his two-set cushion by taking the fourth set 3-1.

Smith won the deciding leg of set five, and followed it up with two 11-dart legs in the sixth to edge closer to his first World Championship title.

"My dream is another step close to reality now, I'm pleased with my scoring but not my doubles-hitting," said Smith.

"The way I was two or three years ago that game probably would've turned out differently but I'm a different player now and I put my foot down when I need to.

"I told my son the only time he can come on the stage is if I win this trophy, I've never even touched the trophy myself and I won't do so until I win it."
Aspinall continued his dream debut run with an impressive 5-1 demolition of Dolan.

After cruising through the opening set without the loss of a leg, Aspinall won the deciding leg of set two to double his lead.

It got even better for the former World Youth Championship runner-up as a magnificent 132 checkout helped him on his way to set three, before landing a 122 finish on his way to a 4-0 lead.

Former World Grand Prix runner-up Dolan won three consecutive legs to get a set on the board, but 27-year-old Aspinall slammed the door in the Northern Irishman's face, wrapping up the win with a 96 finish.

"It feels unreal, this is a life-changing win for me and my family," said Aspinall.

"I felt really relaxed and I enjoyed it up there today, it's probably the most calm and confident I've felt up there even though that was the biggest game of my life.

"The dream isn't over yet, I feel there's more to come from me and I can't wait to play my semi-final. I'm just loving every minute of this!"

Sunday's play will open with Smith v Aspinall, followed by Van Gerwen v Anderson.

The tournament will be broadcast live on the dedicated Sky Sports Darts channel from December 13-January 1 and worldwide through the PDC's international broadcast partners.

Photos by Lawrence Lustig.

World Championship Day 13

LUKE HUMPHRIES knocked reigning World Champion Rob Cross out of the 2018/19 William Hill World Darts Championship on a thrilling night at London's Alexandra Palace.

Day 13 of the £2.5 million event saw the final six last 16 ties take place, with Saturday's quarter-final line-up now confirmed.

Humphries, a 500/1 shot at the start of the tournament, found himself two sets down to second seed Cross who fired in three ton-plus finishes in an impressive start from the defending champion.

A determined Humphries regrouped, taking the third set 3-1 with a 115 finish, before a trio of 15-dart legs saw the 23-year-old level the tie.

The fifth set also went the way of Humphries, as the Newbury man took the lead in sets for the first time in the match, before coming back from 2-0 down in the sixth set, reeling off three successive legs to book his place in the quarter-finals where he will take on Michael Smith.

"I'm absolutely over the moon to knock out the World Champion on a stage he's never lost on before," said Humphries, who has topped the PDC Unicorn Development Tour Order of Merit in each of the last two years.

"When I went 2-0 down I said to myself 'if you want to be World Champion you've got to dig deep' and that's what I did, I didn't give up because you've got to fight back in those situations.

"Two years ago I might've given up there but I believe in my own ability and I'm hugely proud of myself for that performance tonight.

"I take a lot of inspiration from Rob and his win last year has given players like me the belief that I can win this, and if I keep showing resilience like this then I can go all the way."

Smith cruised through to the quarter-finals for the second time in his career with a comfortable 4-1 win over Ryan Searle.

Smith took the opening set 3-1, and, after Searle went 2-0 up in the second, the Premier League finalist came back to win it with a 130 checkout to double his lead.

Back-to-back 11-dart legs helped Smith on the way to a 3-0 lead, but after he missed two match darts in the fourth, Searle stepped in to take double ten to reduce the deficit to 3-1.

Searle took the opening two legs of set five, but a dogged Smith came back once again with three successive legs, sealing the win with a 106 checkout.

Two-time World Champion Gary Anderson will meet Dave Chisnall in the last eight, after the St Helens thrower made it back-to-back 4-0 wins as he defeated Jamie Lewis to reach the quarter-finals for the second time in three years.

Last year's semi-finalist Lewis took a two-leg lead in the opening set, but Chisnall fought back to win it and followed it up by winning the second 3-1.

Set three went to a deciding leg, and after Lewis missed three darts to halve the deficit, Chisnall found the double to win the set at the ninth attempt, before sealing victory in the next to make it 11 consecutive sets in the tournament.

Ryan Joyce and Nathan Aspinall both continued their fairytale runs in their first World Championships.

Joyce, who won his Tour Card in January, claimed the scalp of a seed for the third successive match as he overcame James Wade 4-3.

Joyce landed a 138 finish to take the opening set, before Wade took the next two sets to lead 2-1.

The next two sets both went on throw to give Wade a 3-2 lead, but after he missed five darts for the match, Joyce stepped in to take the contest to a tense deciding leg.

After Wade took the opening leg, Joyce responded with a 110 checkout followed by a break of throw to go within a leg of victory, and at the fifth attempt the Geordie found the winning double to set up a clash with Michael van Gerwen.

The opening game of the day saw Aspinall come back from 2-0 down to defeat Devon Petersen 4-3 in a roller-coaster affair.

African Qualifier Petersen raced into a two-set lead, but after missing three darts to make it 3-0, Aspinall turned the match on its head to take a 3-2 lead.

Petersen responded to take the tie to a deciding set which went to a tie-break at 2-2, before Aspinall held throw and then found a 13-dart break to book his place in the last eight.

Brendan Dolan reached the quarter-finals for the first time with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Benito van de Pas.

The Northern Irishman won nine of the opening 11 legs as he raced into a three-set lead, before Van de Pas registered his first set.

However, it was to be Dolan's day as the former World Grand Prix finalist edged the fifth set 3-2 to claim a resounding win.

Saturday will see the four quarter-finals take place across two sessions, with Aspinall v Dolan and Chisnall v Anderson in the afternoon, followed by Humphries v Smith and Van Gerwen v Joyce in the evening.

Photos by Lawrence Lustig.

Darts legend John Lowe made MBE

John Lowe, who threw the historic perfect leg in October 1984, has been recognised for his services to the sport and to charity.

One of the most talented players of his generation, the 73-year-old won world championships in 1979, 1987 and 1993.

He said the honour was "absolutely great news" and thanked his supporters.

Lowe, who lives in Chesterfield, threw his famous perfect finish in the World Matchplay tournament against Keith Deller, more than five years before Paul Lim followed up the feat in January 1990.

A former secretary and chairman of the World Professional Dart Players Association, Lowe represented England on more than 100 occasions and captained his country for seven unbeaten years.
Unexpected treat

Over the past 35 years, Lowe has also raised significant sums for a range of charities, with the John Lowe Classic Charity Golf Day bringing in about £250,000 for AMATE (Tenerife's Breast Cancer Association) since it began 14 years ago.

Mr Lowe said he was on holiday in Cyprus when his son called him to tell him of the honour, and that it had been a struggle to keep it a secret before the official announcement.

He added the honour was an unexpected treat at his age.

"It's nice to be recognised for my darts, and for my work for charity," he said.

World Championship Day Twelve

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN and Gary Anderson secured their passage into the quarter-finals of the 2018/19 William Hill World Darts Championship at London's Alexandra Palace as the tournament resumed on Thursday.

Day 12 of the £2.5 million event saw 12 players continue their quest for the Sid Waddell Trophy, with the final four third round games and the first two last 16 clashes in the first day of action following the Christmas break.

Two-time World Champion Anderson survived a scare to see off Chris Dobey 4-3 in a thrilling contest which produced 28 180s between the pair.

Anderson's protégé Dobey charged into a 2-0 lead, before the Scot stormed back, taking sets three and four to level.

He then took a 2-0 lead in set five, only for Dobey to reel off three straight legs to take a 3-2 lead, and the sixth set also went to a deciding leg, which Anderson won thanks to a 13-darter to take the match to a deciding set.

The high-quality contest continued with three consecutive 12-dart holds of throw, with Dobey ahead 2-1, before Anderson came back once again to win three successive legs to seal his place in the quarter-finals following a tie-break.
"It was a hard game to win, hats off to Chris he played a great game and I pinched it in the end," said Anderson.

"At the moment my back is causing me pain and every dart hurts me but I'm trying really hard and I'll keep fighting."

Anderson's fellow former two-time World Champion Van Gerwen threw the highest average of the tournament so far as he secured a comfortable 4-1 victory over Adrian Lewis.

World number one Van Gerwen stormed into a two-set lead, and looked to be coasting as he went 2-0 up in the third before five missed doubles looked to have handed Lewis the advantage, as the Stoke ace halved the deficit to trail 2-1 in sets.

With the match in the balance at 2-2 in set four, Van Gerwen fired in a timely 11-dart leg to regain his two-set cushion before edging the fifth set 3-2 to seal a 4-1 victory and his passage into the last eight.
"I made myself work harder than I needed to," Van Gerwen admitted.

"I missed darts to go 3-0 up and I gave him too much confidence, I should never have put myself in that situation because Adrian puts the pressure on you.

"I had to be at my best and I'm feeling good and confident in myself, so from here I hope to build on this into the rest of the tournament."
In the third round, world number ten Michael Smith came from behind to see off John Henderson 4-2,

World number ten Smith found himself trailing 2-1 to Henderson, as the Scot landed two 116 finishes and a set-saving 161 checkout.

Smith rallied, set four in just 38 darts without the loss of a leg to level, before reeling off six of the last seven legs to secure his place in the last 16 where he will take on Ryan Searle.
The day's final third round games began as South Africa's Devon Petersen continued his memorable run with a 4-2 win over Steve West.

African Qualifier Petersen hit finishes of 139 and 120 to win sets two and three respectively to take a 2-1 lead, and, after West missed a dart at tops to take a 3-2 lead, Petersen found the double to go in front.

Another five darts at double top went begging for West to save the match, and Petersen stepped in to hit double eight and book his place in the last 16, while also securing his 2019 PDC Tour Card.
Emerging star Luke Humphries will face reigning champion Rob Cross in the last 16 after he recorded a 4-1 win over Dimitri Van den Bergh.

A winner of eight Development Tour titles, Humphries picked up where he left off from his 3-1 victory over Stephen Bunting by storming into a two-set lead, winning both on last-leg deciders.

World Youth Champion Van den Bergh pulled a set back, only for Humphries to slam the door in the Belgian's face by reeling off six of the last seven legs to seal his place in round four.
The final third round game of the tournament saw Benito van de Pas reach the last 16 for the fourth time in five years thanks to a 4-2 victory over Toni Alcinas.

Three-time ranking event winner Van de Pas fired himself into a two-set lead, only for Peter Wright's second round conqueror Alcinas to claw his way back into the contest at 2-2.

With set five finely poised at 2-2, Van de Pas found a stunning 149 finish to go win a crucial leg of the match and a 3-2 lead.

Van de Pas, who also hit a 160 finish in the match, made it a hat-trick of incredible ton-plus finishes with a 151 to take the sixth set to a decider which he won with a 15-dart leg to advance to round four, where he will face Brendan Dolan.

The fourth round concludes with the remaining six matches across two sessions on Friday, which include Cross' tie with Humphries, Dave Chisnall up against Jamie Lewis and James Wade's tie with Ryan Joyce.

Photos by Lawrence Lustig.

2018/2019 William Hill World Darts Championship
Schedule of Play
Thursday December 27
Afternoon Session
Devon Petersen 4-2 Steve West (R3) - REPORT
Luke Humphries 4-1 Dimitri Van den Bergh (R3) - REPORT
Michael Smith 4-2 John Henderson (R3) - REPORT

Evening Session
Benito van de Pas 4-2 Toni Alcinas (R3) - REPORT
Fourth Round x2
Gary Anderson 4-3 Chris Dobey - REPORT
Michael van Gerwen 4-1 Adrian Lewis - REPORT

Friday December 28
Afternoon Session (1230)
Fourth Round x3
Nathan Aspinall v Devon Petersen
Benito van de Pas v Brendan Dolan
Ryan Joyce v James Wade

Evening Session (1900)
Fourth Round x3
Ryan Searle v Michael Smith
Jamie Lewis v Dave Chisnall
Rob Cross v Luke Humphries

World Championship Day Eleven

REIGNING William Hill World Darts Champion Rob Cross continued his impressive title defence with a straight sets victory over Cristo Reyes at Alexandra Palace on Sunday.
Cross averaged over 100 for the second consecutive match as he moved into the last 16 with a convincing win on the final day of action before the Christmas break.
Cross took the first set 3-1 before a 126 checkout on the bull helped him double his lead by winning three straight legs in set two.
An 11-darter put Reyes 2-1 ahead in the third set but Cross edged it 3-2.
The Spanish ace went seven darts into a nine-darter attempt as he took the first leg in the fourth set, but a brilliant 147 finish levelled the set for Cross, who went on to seal victory with a clinical 76 checkout.
"I felt really good up there," said Cross, who had beaten Jeffrey De Zwaan on the opening night of the tournament.
"I think the ten days in between games helped me. I've felt relaxed and I was ready for this match and I think that showed in my performance.
"It's a good start and I know if I can keep this up I've got every chance of going all the way again."
Two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis raced past Darius Labanauskas to set up a mouth-watering last 16 showdown with world number one Michael van Gerwen.
Lewis needed less than 35 minutes of playing time to complete a 4-0 demolition of Lithuania's Labanauskas, who defeated Raymond van Barneveld in the previous round.
"I wanted to win quickly because I haven't felt great since the last match," said Lewis, who remains in the hunt for a third World Championship title.
"I've been tucked up in bed for a couple days watching the darts and I'm going to rest up and get ready for the game against Michael.
"I think that Michael looked vulnerable in his last match and I'm really looking forward to playing him."
James Wade survived a scare as he completed a comeback victory against Keegan Brown.
Wade came from 3-1 down in sets to seal a 4-3 triumph against the player who had knocked him out of the tournament 12 months ago.
Brown won deciding legs in each of the first two sets and, after Wade had halved the deficit, stormed set four without losing a leg.
Three-time semi-finalist Wade bounced back from the brink, however, winning three successive sets to clinch a victory that he capped off with a 101 checkout.
"It feels amazing, I'm so happy and Santa has come a little bit early for me," said Wade, who will return after Christmas to take on Ryan Joyce.
"I was numb at the end of the match. I can't explain how I came back and won.
"I'm going to enjoy myself now. I'm very excited for Christmas. It's my first one with my son and as a family so I'm really excited and really happy."
Nathan Aspinall continued his dream debut run as he reached the last 16 with a comfortable victory over Australia's Kyle Anderson.
Aspinall, a winner on the ProTour in 2018 after winning back his Tour Card at Qualifying School in January, landed four finishes of over 100 on the way to a 4-1 success over the former Auckland Darts Masters winner.
"I'm over the moon," said 27-year-old Aspinall, who had beaten sixth seed Gerwyn Price in the second round.
"I think some of the top seeds might have underestimated us other players. We are all capable and anybody can beat anybody else on their day.
"I'm living the dream and this could be a life-changing tournament for me."
Brendan Dolan reached the last 16 for the first time after defeating Mervyn King 4-2, continuing a strong return to form for the 2010 World Grand Prix finalist.
Chris Dobey defeated Vincent Van der Voort 4-3 in a high-quality encounter, in which the two-time TV quarter-finalist hit nine maximums as he progressed to the last 16, where the 28-year-old will take on mentor Gary Anderson.
The action at Alexandra Palace resumes on December 27 with the remaining four matches from round three before the first two last 16 ties, featuring two-time champions Anderson, Van Gerwen and Lewis.
The tournament is being broadcast live on the dedicated Sky Sports Darts channel from December 13-January 1 and worldwide through the PDC's international broadcast partners.

2018/2019 William Hill World Darts Championship
Sunday December 23
Afternoon Session (1230)
Chris Dobey 4-3 Vincent Van der Voort (R3) - REPORT
Brendan Dolan 4-2 Mervyn King (R3) - REPORT
James Wade 4-3 Keegan Brown (R3) - REPORT
Evening Session (1900)
Adrian Lewis 4-0 Darius Labanauskas (R3) - REPORT
Nathan Aspinall 4-1 Kyle Anderson (R3) - REPORT
Rob Cross 4-0 Cristo Reyes (R3) - REPORT
Thursday December 27
Afternoon Session (1230)
Devon Petersen v Steve West (R3)
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Luke Humphries (R3)
Michael Smith v John Henderson (R3)
Evening Session (1900)
Toni Alcinas v Benito van de Pas (R3)
Fourth Round x2
Gary Anderson v Chris Dobey
Michael van Gerwen v Adrian Lewis

Friday December 28
Afternoon Session (1230)
Fourth Round x3
Nathan Aspinall v Petersen/West
Alcinas/Van de Pas v Brendan Dolan
Ryan Joyce v James Wade
Evening Session (1900)
Fourth Round x3
Ryan Searle v M Smith/Henderson
Jamie Lewis v Dave Chisnall
Rob Cross v Van den Bergh/Humphries
Saturday December 29
Afternoon Session (1230)
Quarter-Finals x2
Aspinall/Petersen/West v Alcinas/Van de Pas/Dolan
J Lewis/Chisnall v G Anderson/Dobey
Evening Session (1900)
Quarter-Finals x2
Cross/Van den Bergh/Humphries v Searle/M Smith/Henderson
Van Gerwen/A Lewis v Joyce/Wade
Sunday December 30 (1900)
Semi-Finals
Tuesday January 1 (2000)
Final
Images: Lawrence Lustig/

Aspinall Dumps Out Price On Day of Comebacks

NATHAN ASPINALL dumped out Gerwyn Price, while Devon Petersen shocked Ian White on an incredible day of comebacks at the 2018/19 William Hill World Darts Championship.

Day Nine of the £2.5 million event saw the final eight second round matches take place at Alexandra Palace, with Grand Slam of Darts champion Price surrendering a 2-0 lead to former World Youth Champion Aspinall.

The opening two sets both went to last leg deciders, with Price edging both 3-2 to take a commanding 2-0 lead.

Set three also went the full five legs, but after Price missed the bullseye for a 3-0 victory, ProTour event winner Aspinall hit double 16 with his last dart in hand to get his first set on the board.

Growing in confidence, Aspinall hit a 140 checkout to take the third set 3-1, and then took the lead for the first time since the opening leg to go 1-0 up in the deciding set before reeling off the last two legs to secure a famous win.

"This is absolutely massive for me and my family, and I'm not done yet," said Aspinall, who will take on Kyle Anderson in round three.

"I know what I can do and I knew if I played my game I could win, even at 2-0 down I thought I would still win and I never gave up.

"Going full-time this year was a big risk for me and my family, but winning a ProTour event along with this win tonight gives me security and I couldn't be happier."

A strong performance from Anderson saw him come through a tough test against Noel Malicdem, defeating the Filipino qualifier 3-1 in another high-quality affair.

A sensational comeback from Petersen saw him come back from two sets down to defeat 11th seed White 3-2 after a tense tie-break.

White, a winner of three PDC titles in 2018, got off to a flying start as he took the opening two sets for the loss of just one leg with an average of over 110.

However, a dramatic turn of events saw South African Qualifier Petersen, starring in his sixth World Championship, rattle in five 180s to win both the third and fourth sets 3-1 to take the match to a deciding set.

The pair exchanged breaks of throw, followed by two holds to take the contest to a tie-break before Petersen struck a crucial break to go 4-3 up, and then found double ten with his second match dart to clinch victory.

"This is the biggest win of my life, I couldn't be happier right now," said Petersen, who will face Steve West in round three.

"I love playing on the Ally Pally stage, it's a magnificent showcase for me to show my best game and to show people what I'm all about.

"Over the last 18 months I've been adapting my throwing style, which is why I haven't had great results on the tour, but I'm glad that my best game is coming through now when it matters most."

Meanwhile, superior finishing proved to be the difference for West as he ran out a 3-1 winner over Richard North.

Dimitri Van den Bergh produced the highest winning average of the tournament (104.45) in his impressive 3-1 triumph over Jonny Clayton.

Last year's quarter-finalist Van den Bergh got off to a flying start, winning the opening leg 3-0 with three 13-dart legs, before Clayton fired in three 180s on his way to winning the second set 3-1 to level the contest.

Van den Bergh took set three 3-1, and then came back from 2-0 down in the fourth set, kick-started by a 108 finish, to reel off three successive legs for the win and set up a meeting with Luke Humphries.

"I am so happy with how I played tonight but I know this is how I need to play if I’m going to become World Champion," said back-to-back World Youth Champion Van den Bergh.

"I wasn't feeling comfortable in myself in my first round game but since then I spent a lot of hours on the practice board with my dad which gave me the perfect preparation to produce this performance."

The opening game of the day saw Benito van de Pas survive a match dart before defeating Jim Long 3-2 in a dramatic tie-break.

Competing in his fifth consecutive World Championship, Van de Pas took the opening two sets with the concession of just two legs, only for Canadian Qualifier Long to fight back with two sets of his own to take the match to a deciding set.

With nothing to separate the pair at 2-2 in the fifth set, the game went to a tie-break with Long missing a dart at tops for the match at 3-2.

Van de Pas fought back with three successive legs, winning it with a stunning 150 finish and he will now face Spain's Toni Alcinas.

John Henderson came through a high-quality five-set contest with Gabriel Clemens to set up a meeting with Michael Smith, while former World Youth Champion Keegan Brown will take on James Wade in a rematch of last year's first round after coming from a set down to defeat former semi-finalist Jelle Klaasen 3-1.

The action continues on Saturday with six third round ties, featuring two-time World Champions Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson.

The tournament will be broadcast live on the dedicated Sky Sports Darts channel from December 13-January 1 and worldwide through the PDC's international broadcast partners.

2018/2019 William Hill World Darts Championship
Schedule of Play
Friday December 21
Afternoon Session
Benito van de Pas 3-2 Jim Long (R2)
John Henderson 3-2 Gabriel Clemens (R2)
Steve West 3-1 Richard North (R2)
Kyle Anderson 3-1 Noel Malicdem (R2)

Evening Session
Devon Petersen 3-2 Ian White (R2)
Keegan Brown 3-1 Jelle Klaasen (R2)
Nathan Aspinall 3-2 Gerwyn Price (R2)
Dimitri Van den Bergh 3-1 Jonny Clayton (R2)

Saturday December 22
Afternoon Session (1230)
Ryan Joyce v Alan Norris (R3)
Dave Chisnall v Kim Huybrechts (R3)
Daryl Gurney v Jamie Lewis (R3)

Evening Session (1900)
Ryan Searle v William O’Connor (R3)
Gary Anderson v Jermaine Wattimena (R3)
Michael van Gerwen v Max Hopp (R3)

Searle Shocks Suljovic In Second Round

RYAN SEARLE sent Mensur Suljovic crashing out of the William Hill World Championship on Thursday, while Adrian Lewis eased through to the third round at Alexandra Palace, London.

Somerset talent Searle pulled off one of the shocks of the tournament so far as he defied ten 180s from Austrian ace Suljovic to claim a 3-1 success.

The game had looked likely to go Suljovic's way when he claimed the first set 3-1 with the aid of a superb 11-darter.

ProTour finalist Searle responded with a 120 finish on his way to winning the second set, before winning three consecutive legs to claim set three and a 2-1 lead.

World Matchplay finalist Suljovic continued to apply the pressure, but Searle landed a magnificent 118 finish to claim a memorable victory.

"I am over the moon," said Searle, who will take on William O'Connor in round three.

"Mensur was awesome in the first set but I managed to find my game. I'm really happy to have done so well having only just squeaked into the tournament.

"I've got a great record against Willie. We've played three times and I've won them all so I am hoping that continues."

Lewis produced his best quality at key moments in his 3-0 win against Ted Evetts.

The two-time World Champion won deciding legs in each of the first two sets with 14 and 13 dart legs, before an 11-darter helped him seal the third set 3-1.

"I thought it was a great game," said Lewis, who famously suffered a shock first round defeat in last year's tournament.

"I did feel some pressure coming into this tournament but I've been playing really well in practice and I'm confident I can do really well.

Lewis, who will play Darius Labanauskas in the last 32 after the Lithuanian claimed a shock win against Raymond Van Barneveld on Monday, added: "I wanted to play Barney. I mean that from the heart.

"I think he deserved that big match. He's only got a couple of years left of playing and it was sad to see him lose.

"It won't change my approach because it will be an equally tough game against Darius."

Mervyn King fended off a fightback from Jan Dekker to win a tie-break in a dramatic contest.

King appeared to be coasting to victory when he won the first two sets but Dekker took out 100 in the deciding leg of the third set after a chance to win the match went begging.

The Dutchman went on to level and took the match into overtime when the final set reached two apiece but King regained his composure to win the two legs he required to progress.

"I made hard work of it," admitted King, who had thrown away a two-set lead to lose in the last 64 at Ally Pally 12 months ago.

"I should have won that easily but I knew Jan would come good at some point in the match because he is a great player.

"I was happy with how I played but I have been practising really well. The important thing was getting over this hurdle and hopefully my practice game will come out later in the tournament."

Alan Norris won a thrilling contest against Steve Lennon, which went all the way down to a sudden-death leg.

The pair couldn't be separated after four sets and four legs, forcing a tie-break and eventually a last-leg shoot-out.

Lennon won the bull but a 180 put Norris in control and he took out 81 to set up a third round meeting with Ryan Joyce.

"Determination got me through that one," said Norris, who was making his first televised appearance since February.

"I've had rough year but I've been on the practice board and started wearing glasses and I feel like I'm coming back.

"Simon Whitlock gave me his glasses to try and since then I can actually see again. They've made a huge difference and I hope things are on the up now."

Cristo Reyes came from two sets behind to defeat Rowby-John Rodriguez, becoming the second Spanish player to reach the last 32 - following Toni Alcinas' win over Peter Wright.

Reyes produced four finishes of over 100 as he punished Austrian youngster Rodriguez for missed opportunities to set up a third round clash with defending champion Rob Cross.

Day Eight of the £2.5 million event began with a straight sets victory for Jermaine Wattimena over Michael Barnard.

The highlight for the quickfire Dutchman was a 130 checkout as he set up a third round meeting with Gary Anderson.

Luke Humphries produced a highly impressive performance to defeat Stephen Bunting, while Chris Dobey raced through a 3-0 victory over Steve Beaton.

The action continues on Friday with eight second round ties, featuring Grand Slam of Darts champion Gerwyn Price.

The tournament will be broadcast live on the dedicated Sky Sports Darts channel from December 13-January 1 and worldwide through the PDC's international broadcast partners.
2018/2019 William Hill World Darts Championship
Schedule of Play
Thursday December 20
Afternoon Session
Jermaine Wattimena 3-0 Michael Barnard (R2)
Alan Norris 3-2 Steve Lennon (R2)
Luke Humphries 3-1 Stephen Bunting (R2)
Chris Dobey (R2) 3-0 Steve Beaton

Evening Session
Cristo Reyes 3-2 Rowby-John Rodriguez (R2)
Mervyn King 3-2 Jan Dekker (R2)
Adrian Lewis 3-0 Ted Evetts (R2)
Ryan Searle 3-1 Ryan Searle (R2)

Friday December 21
Afternoon Session (1230)
Benito van de Pas v Jim Long (R2)
John Henderson v Gabriel Clemens (R2)
Steve West v Richard North (R2)
Kyle Anderson v Noel Malicdem (R2)

Evening Session (1900)
Ian White v Devon Petersen (R2)
Jelle Klaasen v Keegan Brown (R2)
Gerwyn Price v Nathan Aspinall (R2)
Jonny Clayton v Dimitri Van den Bergh (R2)

William Hill World Darts Championship Update

JAMES WADE survived a scare when he was taken to a tie-break by Japan's Seigo Asada before winning through to the third round of the William Hill World Darts Championship, while Michael Smith also progressed at Alexandra Palace on Wednesday.

A determined and animated Wade earned a hard-fought victory against his impressive opponent, who had taken the scalp of Krzysztof Ratajski in round one.

Asada, who has won three titles on the PDC Asian Tour this year, averaged over 97 and fired in a spectacular 130 checkout but was ultimately punished for missed opportunities at pivotal moments in the match.

"His performance shocked and surprised me," admitted Wade, the winner of two televised titles in 2018.

"I honestly didn't think he had that game in him and I should have prepared better.

"I didn't play well and I had to dig in deep. I could have easily lost but I dug in and it's a magnificent feeling to win a game that I probably shouldn't have won."

Smith - the third favourite with title sponsors William Hill to lift The Sid Waddell Trophy - moved safely through with a 3-1 victory over Ron Meulenkamp.

Finishes of 112 and 132 helped Premier League runner-up Smith book his place in the third round.

"I don’t take a lot of positives from that match but I got the job done and now I can go home, enjoy Christmas and prepare for my next game," said Smith, who won the Shanghai Darts Masters in July.

"I'm getting married in the New Year and I want my fiancé to be the first woman in history to be waiting for me at the end of the aisle with the World Championship trophy!"

Eighth seed Simon Whitlock was dumped out by Ally Pally debutant Ryan Joyce in a surprise straight sets defeat for the 2010 finalist.

Joyce, who defeated Anastasia Dobromyslova in round one, edged the first set 3-2 before a 109 finish helped him take the second set 3-1 before he wrapped up an impressive victory.

"I think this is the biggest win of my career," said Joyce, a semi-finalist on the ProTour in 2018.

"I realise I caught Simon on a bad day but I'm pleased that I played to my strength and hit the doubles.

"I was always expecting Simon to click in, play world class darts and come back but when that didn't happen I sensed my opportunity and I'm glad I took it."

Kim Huybrechts stormed through to the third round with a brilliant whitewash win over Daniel Larsson.

Huybrechts averaged over 103 as he romped to victory without dropping a leg against Sweden's Larsson, who had beaten Robert Thornton in round one.

"I'm really happy with how I played," said Huybrechts, who dedicated the victory to his late mother.

"It's been really hard for me over the last couple of years to come to terms with losing the most important person in my life but my mum will always be my inspiration.

"I've put in some hard work both physically and mentally and I know I will be back better than ever."

Brendan Dolan took out the first 170 finish of this year's event during in his triumph over an out-of-sorts Joe Cullen as the former World Grand Prix finalist moved into the last 32.

The Northern Irishman, who has dropped just one leg in each of his first two matches, will meet either Mervyn King or Jan Dekker in round three.

"Joe didn't perform and I was able to take advantage of that," said Dolan.

"I kept him down and he didn't get a leg on the board until the third set which must be soul destroying for a player.

"Things haven't gone to plan for me during the year but I'm in the third round now and the past can be wiped off. There's more to come from me and I'll show it in the next round."

Ireland's William O'Connor also reached the last 32 after edging out James Wilson in a five-set thriller.

After hitting ten 180s and four ton-plus finishes between them, O'Connor came out on top by averaging 116 in the deciding set.

PDC Asian Tour star Noel Malicdem moved into the second round with a hard fought victory against Jeffrey De Graaf.

Malicdem, who won two events on the Asian Tour and hit a nine-darter in the Event One final, landed crucial finishes of 96 and 91 as he came from 2-1 down to progress.

Nathan Aspinall enjoyed a comfortable victory against fellow World Championship debutant Geert Nentjes.

Aspinall, who won a Players Championship event in September, defeated the Dutch youngster by three sets to nil as the first round concluded.

The second round action continues with another double session on Thursday, featuring eight matches, including opening ties for two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis and former Champions League winner Mensur Suljovic.

The biggest ever World Darts Championship is being broadcast live on the dedicated Sky Sports Darts channel from December 13-January 1 and worldwide through the PDC's international broadcast partners.

William Hill World Darts Championship
Wednesday 19 December
Afternoon Session
Nathan Aspinall 3-0 Geert Nentjes (R1)
Noel Malicdem 3-2 Jeffrey de Graaf (R1)
Brendan Dolan 3-0 Joe Cullen (R2)
Kim Huybrechts 3-0 Daniel Larsson (R2)

Evening Session
William O’Connor 3-2 James Wilson (R2)
Ryan Joyce 3-0 Simon Whitlock (R2)
Michael Smith 3-1 Ron Meulenkamp (R2)
James Wade 3-2 Seigo Asada (R2)

Thursday December 20
Afternoon Session (1230)
Jermaine Wattimena v Michael Barnard (R2)
Alan Norris v Steve Lennon (R2)
Stephen Bunting v Luke Humphries (R2)
Steve Beaton v Chris Dobey (R2)

Evening Session (1900)
Cristo Reyes v Rowby-John Rodriguez (R2)
Mervyn King v Jan Dekker (R2)
Adrian Lewis v Ted Evetts (R2)
Mensur Suljovic v Ryan Searle (R2)

Image courtesy “Lawrence Lustig/PDC”

Cologne & Hamilton Host World Series

THE PDC World Series of Darts will enjoy two new destinations in 2019 as Cologne and Hamilton host the sport's top players alongside events in Las Vegas, Brisbane and Melbourne.
The World Series of Darts enjoyed a brilliant year in 2018, including a world record crowd of 20,210 fans for the German Darts Masters in Gelsenkirchen.
Next year, the tournament will revert to a two-day event and be held at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne on July 12-13, as eight top PDC players take on eight leading German aces.
That tournament will follow the US Darts Masters on July 4-5, as the sport's stars return to the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas.
The action at the Mandalay Bay Casino & Resort will begin with the North American Championship, before the two-day World Series of Darts event sees PDC stars take to the stage.
A treble-header in August will then see the stars head Down Under for events in Brisbane, Melbourne and New Zealand, where Hamilton will host a PDC tournament for the first time.
The three events will begin on August 9-10 at the BCEC with the Brisbane Darts Masters, which first welcomed the World Series of Darts in 2018.
The third staging of the Melbourne Darts Masters will then take place on August 16-17 at the Hisense Arena, before the World Series crosses the Tasman Sea to New Zealand.
Hamilton's Claudelands Arena will host the NZ Darts Masters on August 23-24, with a new destination in New Zealand following four successful years in Auckland.
The international events will be followed from November 1-3 by the World Series of Darts Finals in Amsterdam, as 24 players contest the season-ending tournament at AFAS Live.
"Following the success of our 2018 World Series of Darts events, this is an exciting schedule for 2019 which will take the world's top players around the globe," said PDC Chief Executive Matthew Porter.
"The German Darts Masters kicked off this year's action with a world record crowd and we're expecting huge interest once again with our first event in Cologne.
"It's also great to be able to take the World Series to Hamilton, with the sport growing in popularity year-on-year in New Zealand, while established destinations in Australia and Las Vegas are a great place to see the biggest names in darts live."
Travel packages from the UK for the World Series of Darts Festival in Las Vegas will be available in due course, with information to be posted at www.pdc.tv/vegas. Ticket-only options will also be available.
Tickets for the German Darts Masters are available now through www.eventim.de/german-darts-masters.
Ticket information for the Brisbane Darts Masters and Melbourne Darts Masters will be available in due course, with fans able to register for information via www.ticketek.com.au/darts.
Tickets for the NZ Darts Masters will go on sale in January through www.ticketek.co.nz/darts.
Tickets for the 2019 World Series of Darts Finals are available now through www.pdc-europe.tv/tickets.
2019 PDC World Series of Darts
US Darts Masters – July 4-5, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas
German Darts Masters – July 12-13, LANXESS Arena, Cologne
Brisbane Darts Masters – August 9-10, BCEC, Brisbane
Melbourne Darts Masters – August 16-17, Hisense Arena, Melbourne
NZ Darts Masters – August 23-24, Claudelands Arena, Hamilton
World Series of Darts Finals - November 1-3, AFAS Live, Amsterdam

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