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Chisnall wins Danish Darts Open

DAVE CHISNALL won his third PDC title of 2019 at the Danish Darts Open in Copenhagen on Sunday.

A winner of two Players Championship events earlier in the year, Chisnall defeated Chris Dobey 8-3 in the final at the Brøndby Hallen to continue his impressive run of form in 2019.

The five-time televised finalist last tasted success on the European Tour in 2013, but his clinical display against Dobey saw him end that wait and rack up his 15th PDC crown.

"It's been a while, I've kept getting close but not finishing the job so this means a lot to me," said Chisnall, whose victory in the final saw him become just the fourth player to win 100 games on the European Tour.

"I felt good all day, both in practice and on the stage and I have to say the crowd really spurred me on, they were fantastic for all players across the weekend.

"Chris didn't play his best in the final, luckily for me, but he's someone I respect and he deserves all the success he gets."

The final of the eighth European Tour event of 2019 saw Dobey get off to a flying start with a 146 finish to hold throw followed by a 12-dart break.

However, the lead was short-lived as Chisnall hit back with a 12-dart break of his own, before winning the next three legs to take a 4-2 lead.

Dobey, who was seeking a first PDC title, hit a crucial double top with his last dart in hand for a 100 checkout to stop the rot and make it 4-3.

However, that was to be Dobey's last moment of success as Chisnall took the next four legs without reply, sealing the £25,000 top prize with a 115 finish.

For Dobey, it was his first taste of a big-stage PDC final, having previously come runner-up in three Players Championship events, and the Geordie was quick to take the positives from the weekend.

"I'm definitely pleased with how I played this weekend," said Dobey, who is now up to a career-high 30th on the PDC Order of Merit.

"I came here to do the job of securing my place in the World Matchplay for the first time and I've pretty much done that.

"It just didn't happen for me in the final but if I could pick a player to lose to it would be Dave, he's a great lad and he thoroughly deserves this win."

The £140,000 event reached its climax on the final day of action, with the Last 16 taking place in the afternoon session, followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final in the evening.

An afternoon of surprises saw Jose de Sousa continue his dream European Tour debut with a 6-2 win over number two seed Daryl Gurney, while Chisnall survived match darts from Mensur Suljovic.

The opening quarter-final saw number three seed Gerwyn Price fire in a 110.12 in a 6-1 win over Joe Cullen, before his run was curtailed by Dobey, who recovered from 3-0 down to run out a 7-4 victor.

There was also semi-final disappointment for Price's fellow-Welshman Jonny Clayton, who enjoyed a return to form with victories over James Wade and Simon Whitlock, before going down 7-6 to Chisnall in the last four.

The European Tour returns with the Czech Darts Open in Prague across the weekend of June 28-30, with all the action shown on PDCTV-HD.

Sunday June 16
Afternoon Session
Third Round
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Stephen Bunting
Joe Cullen 6-4 Peter Wright
Chris Dobey 6-2 Kirk Shepherd
Jose de Sousa 6-2 Daryl Gurney
Jonny Clayton 6-2 James Wade
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Adrian Lewis
Dave Chisnall 6-5 Mensur Suljovic
Jermaine Wattimena 6-4 Ian White

Evening Session
Quarter-Finals
Gerwyn Price 6-1 Joe Cullen
Chris Dobey 6-5 Jose de Sousa
Jonny Clayton 6-1 Simon Whitlock
Dave Chisnall 6-1 Jermaine Wattimena

Semi-Finals
Chris Dobey 7-4 Gerwyn Price
Dave Chisnall 7-6 Jonny Clayton

Final
Dave Chisnall 8-3 Chris Dobey

DPA Harrows Challenge Tour Update

In Young NSW Josh Townsend took out two events over the weekend. In event one he defeated Anthony Hatch 4-1 in the semi-final whilst in the final he defeated a resurgent Daniel Sim 4-1 (Sim had overcome Mick Lean 4-1 in the other semi-final.) In the first event on the Sunday Townsend double his winnings after beating Greg LeStrange 4-2 in the final. Losing semi-finalists in that competition were Glenn Casson (4-0 to Townsend) and Rod Crawford (4-1 to LeStrange.)
The night before LeStrange had stopped Townsend from doubling up on the Saturday thanks to a 5-3 win. Losing semi-finalists were Daniel Sim (5-0) and Zac Bartlett (5-2). The final event on the Sunday saw neither LeStrange nor Townsend take part in the semi-finals. Adam Faulkner defeated Bartlett 4-1 whilst Anthony Hatch won by the same score line over Mick Lean in the semi-finals. The final saw Faulkner come out victorious with a last deciding leg 4-3 win over Hatch.
Also in NSW, but on the coast at Mollymook, Shane Wolter and Manny Kato resumed hostilities. In the first event Kato came away with a 5-0 win over Wolter in the final (Matt Gozeff and Satcher McClelland had been losing semi-finalists.) Jake Howie demonstrated his talent later in the Saturday by defeating Danny Watson 5-1 in the final of the second event. Wolter has lost in the semi-final to Howie (5-2) whilst Dave Boyle was the other losing semi-finalists (5-3 to Watson.)
On the Sunday wins by Kato over Alfred Wyatt and Wolter over Boyle in the semi-finals saw a repeat of the clash from the day before but this time Wolter walked away with the win by five legs to three. In the final event Darren Lane lost to Wolter in semi-final one whilst David Boyle lost his third semi-final of the weekend, this time to Kato. So it came down to Wolter and Kato once more and after eight legs the two could not be separated. In the deciding leg Kato threw for the match but consecutive visits of 105 and 125 gave Wolter the momentum. Both players missed match darts before Wolter finally checked out for the win.
Pine Rivers in Queensland has been one of the most interesting venues of the challenge tour as different player after player has won the events. Saturday continued in that tradition with 8 different semi-finalists in the two competitions across the day. This obviously meant two different final lineups and two different champions. The first event of the day saw Jimmy Raroa defeat Rob Cameron 5-1. That evening Tyler Horvat defeated Mick Ruthernberg 5-2 in the second final of the day. Losing semi-finalists across the day were Ky Smith, Tony Davy, Donovan Lottering and Alan Walters.
The early Sunday competition saw two more new semi-finalists for the weekend in Beau McCrae and Jackson Davies. Davies was able to win (4-3 over Raroa) whilst McCrae fell to Rob Cameron (4-1.) The final was a tight affair but Cameron was not going to lost two finals across the weekend and he held on in a last leg decider to be the third winner across the weekend. The final event on the Sunday saw Donovan Lottering improve his previous day’s semi-final finish by qualifying for the final (defeating Horvat) and then defeating Rob Cameron (who therefore did lose two finals on the weekend) in the final. Cameron had qualified by defeating Mark Dutton in his semi-final.

2019 Danish Darts Open Day Two

ROB CROSS suffered a shock exit at the hands of Kirk Shepherd on Day Two of the Danish Darts Open in Copenhagen on Saturday, as 16 players advanced to Sunday's final day of action.

Day Two of the eighth European Tour event of 2019 saw 32 players in action as the 16 seeded players faced Friday's winners at the Brondby Hallen, all looking to secure places in Finals Day of the £140,000 event.

Tournament favourite heading into the event, former World Champion Cross' wait for a first PDC title of 2019 will go on after he went down 6-4 to 2008 World Championship runner-up Shepherd.

Cross missed 13 darts at double in the close contest, while Shepherd's greater accuracy on the outer ring saw him hit six of his 11 attempts at double to advance to the final day of a European Tour event for the first time in his career.

"I'm absolutely delighted. Rob let me off the hook but that's not my fault, and now I've beaten a World Champion," said Shepherd.

"This is the furthest I've ever got on the European Tour and I'm really enjoying it so let's see if I can keep it going tomorrow."

Shepherd will face Chris Dobey in Sunday afternoon's Last 16 after the Geordie survived two match-darts in edging past Ricky Evans 6-5.

Number one seed Ian White also ran out a 6-5 winner against Martin Schindler to begin his bid for a third consecutive European Tour crown after coming back from 5-3 down.

White survived match darts in the first round of his title wins in Sindelfingen and Zwolle in May, and he was made to sweat once again by Schindler who missed a dart for a 6-3 win.

World number ten White avoided a clash with practice-partner Michael Smith as the World Championship runner-up went down 6-4 to Dutch number two Jermaine Wattimena, despite Smith's five-point superior average.

A day of comebacks in Copenhagen saw James Wade land three ton-plus checkouts as he fought back from 3-1 down to overcome Sweden's Dennis Nilsson 6-3, while Adrian Lewis also rose from the ashes in overturning a 4-2 deficit to beat Kyle Anderson 6-4.

Wade will now take on Jonny Clayton who ran out a 6-5 winner over Danish crowd favourite Per Laursen, while Lewis will face 2018 Danish Darts Open runner-up Simon Whitlock, as the Australian number one defeated Nathan Aspinall 6-4.

Defending champion Mensur Suljovic got his bid for back-to-back Danish Darts Open titles underway by edging out Gabriel Clemens 6-5, and he will now meet Dave Chisnall who saw off Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2.

German Darts Championship winner Daryl Gurney recorded a convincing 6-1 win over Ryan Joyce, with the Northern Irishman now set to play Jose de Sousa.

Portuguese number one De Sousa played out a thrilling contest with Darren Webster, who missed a dart at the bullseye to complete a miraculous comeback from 5-1 down, before De Sousa eventually closed it out to win 6-5.

There were no such theatrics in Joe Cullen's meeting with Kevin Burness as Cullen ended his six-week wait for a PDC win with a thumping 6-1 success, and he will now take on Peter Wright.

World number five Wright came out on top of William O'Connor 6-2 in a replay of last weekend's World Cup Final singles tie, with a clinical Wright missing just two darts at double in the match.

Gerwyn Price averaged over 100 in a hard-fought 6-4 victory over Ryan Harrington, and the Welshman's next assignment will be Stephen Bunting, who edged out New Zealander Cody Harris 6-4.

Sunday's third and final day of the Danish Darts Open will see the Last 16 matches take place in the afternoon session, followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final in the evening.

All the action will be broadcast on PDCTV-HD, and through a series of bookmakers' websites worldwide.

Saturday June 15
Second Round
Afternoon Session
Stephen Bunting 6-4 Cody Harris
Jose de Sousa 6-5 Darren Webster
Jonny Clayton 6-5 Per Laursen
Dave Chisnall 6-2 Krzysztof Ratajski
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Nathan Aspinall
Joe Cullen 6-1 Kevin Burness
Daryl Gurney 6-1 Ryan Joyce
Chris Dobey 6-5 Ricky Evans

Evening Session
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Ryan Harrington
Kirk Shepherd 6-4 Rob Cross
Peter Wright 6-2 William O'Connor
James Wade 6-3 Dennis Nilsson
Adrian Lewis 6-4 Kyle Anderson
Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Gabriel Clemens
Ian White 6-5 Martin Schindler
Jermaine Wattimena 6-4 Michael Smith

Sunday June 16
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)
Third Round
Gerwyn Price v Stephen Bunting
Peter Wright v Joe Cullen
Kirk Shepherd v Chris Dobey
Daryl Gurney v Jose de Sousa
James Wade v Jonny Clayton
Adrian Lewis v Simon Whitlock
Mensur Suljovic v Dave Chisnall
Ian White v Jermaine Wattimena

Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST)
Quarter-Finals
Price/Bunting v Wright/Cullen
Shepherd/Dobey v Gurney/De Sousa
Wade/Clayton v Lewis/Whitlock
Suljovic/Chisnall v White/Wattimena

Semi-Finals
Final

Sunday’s games played in Draw Bracket order

Format
All games up to and including the quarter-finals are the best of 11 legs, with the semi-finals the best of 13 legs and the final the best of 15 legs.

Prize Fund
Winner: £25,000
Runner-up: £10,000
Semi-Finalists: £6,500
Quarter-Finalists: £5,000
Last 16: £3,000
Last 32: £2,000
Last 48: £1,000
Total: £140,000

Watch Online
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Danish Darts Open Day One round-up

MICHAEL SMITH, Nathan Aspinall and Chris Dobey were among the players to make it through to the second day of the Danish Darts Open as the European Tour event got underway in Copenhagen on Friday.
Day One of the eighth European Tour event of 2019 saw 32 players in action at the Brondby Hallen, all looking to secure places in Saturday's second round where the 16 seeded players will enter the £140,000 event.
World Championship runner-up Smith began the hunt for a fifth European Tour title of his career by averaging 100.02 in an impressive 6-4 defeat of Steve Beaton.
World number six Smith, who was competing as an unseeded player for the first time in almost five years, fired in four 180s and hit 50% of his doubles to prevail over 2019 European Tour ever-present Beaton.
"Tonight I showed again that I'm a fighter. I've been struggling with a foot injury but I always get up there and play no matter what," said Smith, who will meet Jermaine Wattimena in round two.
"I just want to keep playing darts, keep fighting and show people what I'm about.
"Getting Steve was a tough draw, and even my family said to me that I might be coming home early, so I'm really pleased with the result and how I played."
UK Open Champion Nathan Aspinall moved through to face Simon Whitlock following a confident 6-3 win over Mick Todd, finishing six doubles from eight attempts, landing a 160 finish and averaging over 100.
Chris Dobey came through a nervy affair with Steve West 6-3 to edge closer to a World Matchplay debut in July, and the Geordie will now meet Ricky Evans.
Reigning Danish Darts Open Champion Mensur Suljovic will face Gabriel Clemens after the German continued his progression with a 6-3 victory over Mervyn King.
William O'Connor continued the form which took him to the World Cup of Darts final last weekend by landing six 180s in a 6-3 defeat of Luke Woodhouse.
The Irishman will now be looking ahead to a match-up with Peter Wright - having lost out 4-2 in their Singles tie during the World Cup final on Sunday.
O'Connor's World Cup partner Lennon was unable to recapture that form, falling to a 6-0 whitewash at the hands of Sweden's Dennis Nilsson, who will now face James Wade.
Australian number two Kyle Anderson secured a 6-2 win over Belgium's Mike De Decker to set up a second round tie with Adrian Lewis.
Number one seed Ian White will come up against German youngster Martin Schindler, who stormed past Kim Viljanen 6-0 to secure his first European Tour win of the year.
Kevin Burness picked up just his third ranking victory of the year with a roller-coaster 6-5 triumph over Dutch Darts Masters Quarter-Finalist Glen Durrant, with the Irish Matchplay winner now set to face Joe Cullen.
Gerwyn Price will play Ryan Harrington, who fended off a spirited comeback from Danish Qualifier Niels-Jorgen Hansen to win 6-4 and advance to the second round of a European Tour for the first time in over three years.
Danish number one Per Laursen fared better on home soil, delighting the passionate Copenhagen crowd with a 6-4 success over Reece Robinson, and he will now meet Jonny Clayton.
Former World Champion Rob Cross will face Kirk Shepherd in his first assignment of the weekend, after Shepherd saw off Vincent van der Voort 6-4 to taste success on the European Tour for the first time in almost a year.
Krzysztof Ratajski will face Dave Chisnall after beating Krzysztof Kcuik 6-3 in an all-Polish affair, while Portugal's Jose de Sousa was impressive in his 6-3 success over Scott Taylor, and he will now take on Darren Webster.
New Zealander Cody Harris enjoyed a 6-1 European Tour debut win over Teuvo Haverinen to set up a clash with Stephen Bunting, while Ryan Joyce will meet Daryl Gurney after overcoming Spain's Jose Justicia 6-2.
Saturday's second day of the Danish Darts Open will be broadcast on video.pdc.tv, and through a series of bookmakers' websites listed below.
2019 Danish Darts Open
Friday June 14
First Round
Afternoon Session
William O'Connor 6-3 Luke Woodhouse
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Mick Todd
Kyle Anderson 6-2 Mike De Decker
Per Laursen 6-4 Reece Robinson
Cody Harris 6-1 Teuvo Haverinen
Jose De Sousa 6-3 Scott Taylor
Ryan Joyce 6-2 Jose Justicia
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Krzysztof Kciuk
Evening Session
Martin Schindler 6-0 Kim Viljanen
Kevin Burness 6-5 Glen Durrant
Ryan Harrington 6-4 Niels-Jorgen Hansen
Chris Dobey 6-3 Steve West
Gabriel Clemens 6-3 Mervyn King
Kirk Shepherd 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Michael Smith 6-4 Steve Beaton
Dennis Nilsson 6-0 Steve Lennon
Saturday June 15
Second Round
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)
Stephen Bunting v Cody Harris
Darren Webster v Jose de Sousa
Jonny Clayton v Per Laursen
Dave Chisnall v Krzysztof Ratajski
Simon Whitlock v Nathan Aspinall
Joe Cullen v Kevin Burness
Daryl Gurney v Ryan Joyce
Ricky Evans v Chris Dobey
Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST)
Gerwyn Price v Ryan Harrington
Rob Cross v Kirk Shepherd
Peter Wright v William O'Connor
James Wade v Dennis Nilsson
Adrian Lewis v Kyle Anderson
Mensur Suljovic v Gabriel Clemens
Ian White v Martin Schindler
Jermaine Wattimena v Michael Smith

Danish Darts Open

Cody Harris makes his European Tour debut against Teuvo Haverinen, while there is also the intriguing all-Polish clash between former World Cup team-mates Krzysztof Ratajski and East Europe Qualifier Krzysztof Kciuk.

MICHAEL SMITH and Steve Beaton will clash in the Danish Darts Open first round on Friday, while Mensur Suljovic will defend his European Tour title in Copenhagen this weekend.

World Championship finalist Smith had won through the qualifiers to compete in the £140,000 tournament in Copenhagen this weekend, having dropped down the ProTour Order of Merit.

The St Helens ace faces a tasty first round tie against Beaton, who is an ever-present on the European Tour in 2019 and also landed a nine-darter earlier this year.

World Cup finalists Steve Lennon and William O'Connor will return to action following last weekend's success in Hamburg as they take on Dennis Nilsson and Luke Woodhouse respectively.

UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall plays Mick Todd, while three-time Lakeside Champion Glen Durrant meets Kevin Burness.

Former European Tour winners Vincent van der Voort and Mervyn King play Kirk Shepherd and Gabriel Clemens respectively.

Thursday's Host Nation Qualifiers Per Laursen and Niels-Jorgen Hansen take on Reece Robinson and Ryan Harrington respectively.

Reigning champion Suljovic, who won the inaugural Danish Darts Open in 2018, opens his challenge in Saturday's second round against Clemens of King.

Number one seed Ian White, who has won the last two European Tour events and reached four successive finals in 2019, will play Kim Viljanen or Martin Schindler.

World number two Gerwyn Price, six-time European Tour winner Peter Wright, Premier League stars James Wade, Gerwyn Price and Daryl Gurney and two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis also come into the event in round two on Saturday.

The tournament will then conclude on Sunday at the Brondby Hallen, with the third round in the afternoon session ahead of the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final in the evening session.

The Danish Darts Open will be streamed throughout the weekend through PDCTV-HD at video.pdc.tv, and through bookmakers' websites worldwide listed at www.pdc.tv.

For tickets, visit www.pdc-europe.tv/tickets.

2019 Danish Darts Open

Draw Bracket (Second Round Onwards)

(3) Gerwyn Price v Niels-Jorgen Hansen/Ryan Harrington

(14) Stephen Bunting v Cody Harris/Teuvo Haverinen

(6) Peter Wright v Luke Woodhouse/William O'Connor

(11) Joe Cullen v Glen Durrant/Kevin Burness

(7) Rob Cross v Kirk Shepherd/Vincent van der Voort

(10) Ricky Evans v Steve West/Chris Dobey

(2) Daryl Gurney v Jose Justicia/Ryan Joyce

(15) Darren Webster v Jose De Sousa/Scott Taylor

(4) James Wade v Dennis Nilsson/Steve Lennon

(13) Jonny Clayton v Per Laursen/Reece Robinson

(5) Adrian Lewis v Mike De Decker/Kyle Anderson

(12) Simon Whitlock v Mick Todd/Nathan Aspinall

(8) Mensur Suljovic v Gabriel Clemens/Mervyn King

(9) Dave Chisnall v Krzysztof Kciuk/Krzysztof Ratajski

(1) Ian White v Kim Viljanen/Martin Schindler

(16) Jermaine Wattimena v Steve Beaton/Michael Smith

Schedule of Play

Friday June 14

First Round

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)

Luke Woodhouse v William O'Connor

Mick Todd v Nathan Aspinall

Mike De Decker v Kyle Anderson

Per Laursen v Reece Robinson

Cody Harris v Teuvo Haverinen

Jose De Sousa v Scott Taylor

Jose Justicia v Ryan Joyce

Krzysztof Kciuk v Krzysztof Ratajski

Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST)

Kim Viljanen v Martin Schindler

Glen Durrant v Kevin Burness

Niels-Jorgen Hansen v Ryan Harrington

Steve West v Chris Dobey

Gabriel Clemens v Mervyn King

Kirk Shepherd v Vincent van der Voort

Steve Beaton v Michael Smith

Dennis Nilsson v Steve Lennon

Saturday June 15

Second Round

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)

Stephen Bunting v Harris/Haverinen

Darren Webster v De Sousa/Taylor

Jonny Clayton v Laursen/Robinson

Dave Chisnall v Kciuk/Ratajski

Simon Whitlock v Todd/Aspinall

Joe Cullen v Durrant/Burness

Daryl Gurney v Justicia/Joyce

Ricky Evans v West/Dobey

Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST)

Gerwyn Price v Hansen/Harrington

Rob Cross v Shepherd/Van der Voort

Peter Wright v Woodhouse/O'Connor

James Wade v Nilsson/Lennon

Adrian Lewis v De Decker/Anderson

Mensur Suljovic v Clemens/King

Ian White v Viljanen/Schindler

Jermaine Wattimena v Beaton/Smith

Sunday June 16

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)

Third Round

Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST)

Quarter-Finals

Semi-Finals

Final

Format - All games up to and including the quarter-finals are the best of 11 legs, with the semi-finals the best of 13 legs and the final the best of 15 legs.

Host Nation Qualifier

Thursday June 13

FInal Round Results

Per Laursen 6-0 Dan Jensen

Niels-Jorgen Hansen 6-2 Bent Lambertsen

Full results: https://tv.dartconnect.com/matchlist/pdcnbhnq19et8

Oceanic World Series Spots For Barney & Wade

RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD and James Wade will compete in the PDC World Series of Darts events in Brisbane, Melbourne and Hamilton in August after being confirmed alongside four further qualifiers from Australia and New Zealand.
Five-time World Champion Van Barneveld, a former World Series finalist in both Australia and New Zealand, will be part of the Oceanic treble-header as he continues his final year before retirement by competing in August’s events.
The Dutch legend, 52, will be joined by reigning European Champion Wade - the 2018 World Series of Darts Finals winner and a former Perth Darts Masters finalist - as the final two of eight PDC representatives for the tournaments.
Wade, 36, was recently a Premier League semi-finalist after finishing in fourth position in the final league table following a strong season in the event, and has now spent more than a decade at the sport’s top level.
The duo join the previously-announced Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Daryl Gurney, Peter Wright and Simon Whitlock as the eight PDC representatives for the three World Series events, where they will take on eight Oceanic representatives in each first round.
Former Auckland Darts Masters winner Kyle Anderson and 2016 World Youth Champion Corey Cadby will also compete in all three events, while top Kiwi Cody Harris is set to take part in the NZ Darts Masters, presented by Burger King & TAB.
In addition, Australian duo Damon Heta and James Bailey have now secured places in the Brisbane Darts Masters and Melbourne Darts Masters as the top two players in the DartPlayers Australia standings.
Perth's Heta is enjoying a superb year on the DPA ProTour, and has previously competed in four World Series of Darts events - reaching the quarter-finals in Melbourne last year - and the 2018 World Series of Darts Finals.
Brisbane's Bailey, meanwhile, sits second in the DPA standings at present, having competed in the 2018 Melbourne Darts Masters and at the 2019 PDC World Championship.
Christchurch’s Haupai Puha, who reached the World Cup quarter-finals for New Zealand alongside Harris last weekend, and Wellington’s two-time World Cup representative Craig Caldwell will compete in the NZ Darts Masters as the top two players from the DPNZ rankings.
A further three places in the Brisbane Darts Masters and Melbourne Darts Masters will be on offer in DPA Qualifiers, which will be held from July 4-7 in Warilla, alongside one spot in the NZ Darts Masters. For details, please visit dartplayersaustralia.com.
The DPNZ Qualifiers, which will offer two places in the NZ Darts Masters and one apiece in the Brisbane and Melbourne events, will be held on June 29-30 at the Hornby Working Men’s Club in Christchurch. For details, please visit dartplayers.co.nz.
Tickets for the Brisbane Darts Masters and Melbourne Darts Masters are available now through ticketek.com.au/DartsMasters.
Tickets for the NZ Darts Masters, presented by Burger King & TAB, are available through ticketek.co.nz/Darts.
2019 Brisbane Darts Masters
August 9-10, BCEC, Brisbane
PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Daryl Gurney, Peter Wright, James Wade, Simon Whitlock, Raymond van Barneveld
Oceanic Representatives: Kyle Anderson, Corey Cadby, Damon Heta (DPA Number One), James Bailey (DPA Number Two), DPA Qualifiers x3 (July 4-6, Warilla), DPNZ Qualifier (June 29, Christchurch)
Tickets: ticketek.com.au/DartsMasters
2019 Melbourne Darts Masters
August 16-17, The Melbourne Arena
PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Daryl Gurney, Peter Wright, James Wade, Simon Whitlock, Raymond van Barneveld
Oceanic Representatives: Kyle Anderson, Corey Cadby, Damon Heta (DPA Number One), James Bailey (DPA Number Two), DPA Qualifiers x3 (July 4-6, Warilla), DPNZ Qualifier (June 30, Christchurch)
Tickets: ticketek.com.au/DartsMasters
2019 NZ Darts Masters, presented by Burger King & TAB
August 23-24, Claudelands Arena, Hamilton
PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Daryl Gurney, Peter Wright, James Wade, Simon Whitlock, Raymond van Barneveld
Oceanic Representatives: Kyle Anderson, Corey Cadby, Cody Harris, Haupai Puha (DPNZ Number One), Craig Caldwell (DPNZ Number Two), DPNZ Qualifiers x2 (June 29-30, Christchurch), DPA Qualifier (July 7, Warilla)
Tickets: ticketek.co.nz/Darts
Qualifiers Breakdown
DPNZ Qualifiers – Hornby Working Men’s Club, ChristchurchJune 29 – NZ Darts Masters Qualifier One (open to NZ and Australian residents)
June 29 – Brisbane Darts Masters Qualifier (open to NZ residents only)
June 30 – NZ Darts Masters Qualifier Two (open to NZ and Australian residents)
June 30 – Melbourne Darts Masters Qualifier (open to NZ residents only)
For details, please visit dartplayers.co.nz.
DPA Qualifiers – Warilla Bowls & Recreation Club, NSW
July 4 – Brisbane Darts Masters Qualifier One (open to Australian & NZ residents)
July 4 – Melbourne Darts Masters Qualifier One (open to Australian & NZ residents)
July 5 – Brisbane Darts Masters Qualifier Two (open to Australian & NZ residents)
July 5 – Melbourne Darts Masters Qualifier Two (open to Australian & NZ residents)
July 6 – Brisbane Darts Masters Qualifier Three (open to Australian & NZ residents)
July 6 – Melbourne Darts Masters Qualifier Three (open to Australian & NZ residents)
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Super Scots Claim BetVictor World Cup Glory

SCOTLAND were crowned as BetVictor World Cup of Darts champions for the first time on Sunday night as Gary Anderson and Peter Wright overcame the Republic of Ireland 3-1 in the final in Hamburg.

The Scottish pair have been defeated twice previously in the final of the annual pairs tournament, losing out to England in 2015 and the Netherlands 12 months ago.

However, this time they went all the way as they denied Steve Lennon and William O'Connor a remarkable triumph.

The Republic of Ireland had never won past the Last 16 in the previous eight World Cup tournaments, but followed up a round two demolition of England by defeating Austria and the Netherlands on Sunday to defy the odds and reach the final.

Their semi-final triumph over reigning champions Netherlands was particularly memorable, as they whitewashed Michael van Gerwen and Jermaine Wattimena 4-0 in the Doubles decider with the aid of finishes of 131 and 128 from Lennon.

Lennon also opened the final with a 4-2 win over Gary Anderson, but Wright's 4-2 defeat of O'Connor saw them level before an outstanding Doubles whitewash moved them 2-1 up overall.

Wright then sealed glory for Scotland for the first time as he defeated Lennon 4-1 in their Singles tie to secure the £70,000 top prize and become only the third nation to win the event.

"I'm over the moon," said Wright. "To play with Gary, the best player on the planet, is an honour, and it's about time we did it.

"We're both quality players and we should have won it ages ago, but it's happened now, we've got that monkey off our backs.

"We've got to the final before and run out of steam in the past. We clicked this year and that's why we won. Instead of those silver medals, we've got gold ones!"

Wright added: "We didn't want to go into the pairs 2-0 down because we've done it in the past and it's not very nice."

The Scots had earlier raced past both Belgium and Japan with 2-0 wins to secure their place in the final, marking a hugely successful return to action for Anderson following his treatment for a back problem.

"I came here not knowing what to expect and it's been good, a confidence lifter," said Anderson. "Ireland in the semi-finals were fantastic, and they've been good.

"I'm quite happy. My throw's still not 100 percent but we got there. We played the right games at the right times.

"It's special. We've been beaten by the best in the world and it's taken them to beat us, but we got there at last."

Ireland had begun Sunday's action with a 2-1 quarter-final defeat of Austria, whitewashing their opponents 4-0 in the Doubles decider.

They then secured the biggest win of their careers in a superb semi-final to end the Netherlands' title defence.

Lennon had lost 4-3 to World Champion Van Gerwen in their Singles tie, but O'Connor swept aside Wattimena 4-1 before they limited the Dutch to just one dart at a double in the decisive Doubles contest.

Lennon admitted: "Obviously we're gutted. We've done so well to get here but we will try and take the positives from it.

"I think we played brilliant as a team. Getting to the final was immense, we couldn't have dreamed of it.

"[Scotland] were brilliant, it's why they're two of the best players in the world but we showed what we can do and we'll hopefully be back here next year."

O'Connor added: "I'll look back on the whole tournament positively. Myself and Steve are in the final of the World Cup, it's a dream come true.

"I knew we could do it and it's a pity we couldn't go that one step further. I'm proud to represent Ireland.

"Scotland threw some unreal darts in the final, and the fans were absolutely fantastic all weekend."

New Zealand's run to a first World Cup quarter-final saw the challenge of Cody Harris and Haupai Puha ended with a 2-0 loss to Japan's Seigo Asada and Haruki Muramatsu.

Canada's Dawson Murschell claimed a memorable 4-2 Singles win over Van Gerwen in their quarter-final, only to see Wattimena overcome Jim Long 4-2 before the Dutch took the Doubles contest 4-1.

Belgium's Kim Huybrechts and Dimitri Van den Bergh were unable to match last year's semi-final appearance as they lost out 2-0 to Belgium in the last eight, where Austria also exited the event.

2019 BetVictor World Cup of Darts
Sunday June 9
Afternoon Session
Quarter-Finals
Japan 2-0 New Zealand
Singles One: Seigo Asada 4-1 Cody Harris
Singles Two: Haruki Muramatsu 4-3 Haupai Puha
Doubles: (Not Needed)

Scotland 2-0 Belgium
Singles One: Gary Anderson 4-2 Kim Huybrechts
Singles Two: Peter Wright 4-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Doubles: (Not Needed)

Republic of Ireland 2-1 Austria
Singles One: Steve Lennon 4-1 Zoran Lerchbacher
Singles Two: William O'Connor 0-4 Mensur Suljovic
Doubles: Republic of Ireland 4-0 Austria

Netherlands 2-1 Canada
Singles One: Michael van Gerwen 2-4 Dawson Murschell
Singles Two: Jermaine Wattimena 4-2 Jim Long
Doubles: Netherlands 4-1 Canada

Evening Session
Semi-Finals
Scotland 2-0 Japan
Singles One: Gary Anderson 4-2 Seigo Asada
Singles Two: Peter Wright 4-1 Haruki Muramatsu
Doubles: (Not Needed)

Republic of Ireland 2-1 Netherlands
Singles One: Steve Lennon 3-4 Michael van Gerwen
Singles Two: William O'Connor 4-1 Jermaine Wattimena
Doubles: Republic of Ireland 4-0 Netherlands

Final
Scotland 3-1 Republic of Ireland
Singles One: Gary Anderson 2-4 Steve Lennon
Singles Two: Peter Wright 4-2 William O'Connor
Doubles: Scotland 4-0 Republic of Ireland
Singles Three: Peter Wright 4-1 Steve Lennon
Singles Four: Gary Anderson v William O'Connor (Not Needed)

Format
Quarter-Finals & Semi-Finals
The Second Round, Quarter-Finals & Semi-Finals will be played as two best of seven leg 501 Singles matches, with both nations nominating the order in which their players play. In the event of both nations winning one Singles match apiece, a best of seven leg 501 Doubles match will be played to decide the tie.

Final
The Final will be played as two best of seven leg 501 Singles matches, with both nations nominating the order in which their players play the first two matches, followed by a best of seven leg 501 Doubles match and then Reverse Singles matches. The first team to win three games is declared the winner.

Round-Up
Quarter-Finals
Reigning champions Netherlands overcame a scare against Canada to continue their title defence with a 2-1 win, as they and Scotland were joined in the semi-finals by Japan and the Republic of Ireland.

Dutch duo Michael van Gerwen and Jermaine Wattimena needed a Doubles decider to see off Canada's Dawson Murschell and Jim Long 2-1 in their quarter-final tie in Hamburg.

Van Gerwen suffered his first Singles defeat in the World Cup since 2016 as he went down 4-2 to Dawson Murschell, who capitalised on the World Champion's 20 missed doubles to give Canada the advantage.

Van Gerwen opened the game with a 180 but survived ten misses to claim the opening leg, and landed double ten to move two legs up.

However, Murschell finished 72 to get off the mark and tops in the next two to move 3-2 up, before being given a reprieve for his own misses to return on double five to take a memorable win.

Jermaine Wattimena overcame a scare to send the tie into a Doubles decider, taking a 4-2 win over Jim Long in their Singles contest.

Like Van Gerwen, Wattimena opened up a 2-0 lead - finishing duble 16 and then 100 - only to see missed doubles give his rival a way back into the game.

Long finished tops in leg three and, after Wattimena took the fourth, the Canadian finished 96 with single 20, double 18 and tops to close the gap to 3-2.

Long then missed tops to complete another double-double combination in leg six, and two further misses allowed Wattimena back on double 16 to take the win and set up a decisive Doubles match.

The first two legs of the Doubles game were tied, but Van Gerwen finshed 64 to win a nervy third leg and posted double 16 to move his side 3-1 up before Wattimena posted double 12 to book a semi-final place for his country.

The Netherlands now face the Republic of Ireland in Sunday evening's semi-finals, with the Irish continuing their best-ever World Cup campaign with a 2-1 success against Austria.

Steve Lennon gave Ireland the advantage by defeating Zoran Lerchbacher 4-1 in the opening Singles tie.

The pair shared the opening two legs before Lennon finished 106 in the third to edge back in front and then capitalised on some scrappy finishing from Lerchbacher in the next two to take the win.

Mensur Suljovic then sent the quarter-final into a Doubles decider by whitewashing William O'Connor.

The pair had produced the stand-out individual performances in Saturday's second round, and this time it was Suljovic who was dominant as he restricted O'Connor to just one dart at a double.

The Austrian edged the opener on double one, but then took out 96 to break in leg two, posted a 14-darter and then capitalised on O'Connor's missed double 18 to secure the win with a 13-dart leg.

O'Connor, though, stepped up in style to hit the winning double in all four legs of the Doubles decider as they whitewashed the Austrian pair to claim a semi-final place.

He began by capitalising on a miss at tops from Lerchbacher to take out 62 in the opener, before adding double nine, double ten and double two to move himself and Lennon into the last four.

Japan also won through to their first World Cup semi-final as Seigo Asada and Haruki Muramatsu secured a 2-0 win over New Zealand.

Asada secured the opening Singles tie for Japan by defeating Cody Harris 4-1.

Asada landed a 180 as he broke in the first leg, tops for the second and the scored 140, 140 and 180 as he took the third with a 12-darter.

Harris landed a 174 in reply as he took the fourth following three missed match darts from his rival, but the New Zealander paid for two wired darts at double 18 as Asada sealed victory on double four.

Muramatsu then took a 4-3 win over Haupai Puha to secure his nation's place in the last four - with the Japanese ace having been a quarter-finalist in 2013 and 2018.

Muramatsu came from a leg down to lead 2-1 before Puha punished three misses at tops from his rival to level.

Tops moved Muramatsu 3-2 up, with Puha taking out 76 in two darts to force a decider only to see the Japanese ace be first to a finish as he again landed double top to seal the win.

Two-time finalists Scotland remain on course to challenge for another spot in the final after booking their last four place against Japan with a 2-0 defeat of Belgium.

Gary Anderson secured the opening Singles tie with a 4-2 defeat of Kim Huybrechts.

The Belgian took the opening leg against the throw with a 14-darter, but missed three darts at doubles across the next two legs as Anderson clinically capitalised to move 2-1 up.

Huybrechts levelled again with a 14-darter, but Anderson continued a superb performance with legs of 12 and 13 darts to move Scotland ahead in the tie.

Wright ensured Scotland's passage to the semi-finals by matching that scoreline against Dimitri Van den Bergh.

The pair shared the opening four legs, with Wright firing in an 11-darter in the four to level before breaking with a 76 finish to move 3-2 up.

Van den Bergh fired in five perfect darts to open leg six, but he was unable to stop Wright finishing double 12 to complete victory for Scotland.

Scotland booked their place in a third final at the BetVictor World Cup of Darts with a comfortable 2-0 defeat of Japan, who saw their best run in the tournament ended in the semi-finals.

Gary Anderson claimed the opening Singles tie with a 4-2 defeat of Seigo Asada in a high-quality contest where both players averaged over 100.

Anderson stormed into a 3-0 lead, following up a 14-darter with checkouts of 118 and 113, before Asada landed a 180 and took out 127 on the bull to hit back.

A narrow miss at tops for the match from Anderson in leg five allowed Asada to finish 48 and keep his hopes alive, but the Scot clinically landed two 180s and tops in the next to give his country the edge.

Peter Wright then proved too strong for Haruki Muramatsu, finishing four doubles from seven attempts in a 4-1 victory over the Japanese ace.

Muramatsu had finished 61 to win the opening leg, but Wright matched that to level and then punished a miss at tops from the Japanese thrower to break and move ahead, before reeling off the next two to seal a spot in the final.

Steve Lennon and William O'Connor made history as the Republic of Ireland won through to the World Cup of Darts final with an incredible 2-1 win to end the Netherlands' defence of the title.

The Dutch pair of Michael van Gerwen and Jermaine Wattimena had been the favourites as they sought a fifth World Cup win for their nation, and Van Gerwen had set them on the path to victory with a 4-3 win over Lennon in the opening Singles tie.

However, O'Connor was superb in a 4-1 defeat of Wattimena before the pair produced a sensational 4-0 whitewash win in the Doubles decider.

Van Gerwen withstood a strong fightback from Steve Lennon to take the opening Singles tie.

Van Gerwen opened the game with a 136 finish and moved into a 3-1 lead, only to see Lennon hit back to force a deciding seventh leg, in which a 180 moved the World Champion clear and tops for a 13-darter finally secured victory.

William O'Connor took the semi-final into a Doubles decider with a 4-1 defeat of Jermaine Wattimena in the second Singles match of the tie.

O'Connor took the opening three legs without reply, including a 13-darter in the third, before Wattimena finished 64 to hit back, but double two sealed victory for the Irish ace.

They maintained that momentum in the Doubles decider, with O'Connor's 174 setting up Lennon for a brilliant 131 checkout in the opening leg.

Double 18 moved Ireland two legs up before Lennon then fired in a 128 finish to open up a 3-0 lead, with the youngster landing a 180 before O'Connor's tops secured a huge result for Ireland.

Final
Steve Lennon gave Ireland the lead in the final with a 4-2 defeat of Gary Anderson in the opening Singles tie.

Lennon landed a pair of double ten finishes to win the first two legs, before Anderson hit back in style with successive 12-darters which were both completed with 85 checkouts.

However, tops saw Lennon break to move 3-2 up before he took out 110 to claim the lead in the contest.

Peter Wright levelled the final with a 4-2 win over William O'Connor in their Singles match,reeling off three straight legs from 2-1 down.

Wright finished 91 to capitalise on O'Connor's missed bull in the opener, before the Irish star took out double 16 and a 13-darter to move ahead.

A 14-darter for Wright levelled before he punished two misses from his opponent to land tops and move 3-2 up with a break of throw, before double ten to level matters in the final.

Scotland then claimed a 4-0 whitewash win in the Doubles to move 2-1 up overall, with Wright landing the winning double in three of the four legs.

The colourful star took the opener with a third-dart tops and then took out 96 and 92 before Anderson completed the win by finishing 76.

Wright then sealed glory for Scotland in the fourth game of the final, defeating Lennon 4-1 to scoop the £70,000 top prize and seal a place as only the third nation to claim the title.

He finished 82 and tops to lead 2-0 before Lennon landed a pressure double top to respond in leg three.

Wright, though, finished 86 as he moved Scotland to the brink of the title, before landing double top as he made his nation the World Cup winners

England Crash Out in Germany

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND stunned England with a sensational victory over the number one seeds at the BetVictor World Cup of Darts in Hamburg on Saturday.

William O'Connor averaged over 115 in a breathtaking display to defeat former World Champion Rob Cross after Steve Lennon had edged out Michael Smith.

O'Connor landed four 180s and took out finishes of 88, 70 and a match-winning 64 to seal the shock success over four-time World Cup winners England.
Emerging Irish Ace, Lennon had earlier given Ireland the advantage by defeating Smith 4-3 before O'Connor's incredible performance sealed their place in the quarter-finals for the first time.
"It's an incredible feeling," said O'Connor, who won his first PDC title just over a month ago.
"It just clicked for us tonight. We knew we could beat them but to put in a performance like that against a former World Champion and one of the best players in the world is particularly special for me.
"We are going to take loads of confidence from this. We are enjoying ourselves and we will be dangerous on the final day."
Fifth seeds Australia also suffered an upset as Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson both lost their Singles matches against Canada.
Dawson Murschell and Jim Long both won last-leg deciders to set-up a quarter-final meeting with defending champions Netherlands, who eased past Poland to progress.
Murschell edged out Whitlock in an eventful encounter, in which the Australian skipper took out back-to-back 126 checkouts on the bull to lead 3-2.
A 180 helped Murschell level up and the 23-year-old put Canada in front by taking out 97 in the deciding leg.
Long then came from 3-1 behind to defeat Anderson, who missed a dart in the last leg to take it to a Doubles decider.
Michael van Gerwen and Jermaine Wattimena both won their Singles ties to see off the Polish pairing of Krzysztof Ratajski and Tytus Kanik.
Van Gerwen took out a brilliant 123 finish on the bull to win a crucial fifth leg against Ratajski as the world number one went on to win 4-2.
Kanik threatened to put Poland back in the tie when he won the first leg of his match against Wattimena by following a 180 with a clinical 90 checkout.
After Wattimena levelled, Kanik went seven darts into a potential nine-darter in what proved to be a pivotal third leg as he was cruelly punished for a string of missed doubles by the Dutchman who pinned the bull to complete an 88 combination on the way to a 4-1 victory.
"I don't think either of us performed at one-hundred-percent but we hit the right shots at the right moments," said van Gerwen.
"We are not afraid of anybody and we are going to beat everybody. We are a great team and everybody knows that."
Scotland moved safely through to the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday afternoon.
Gary Anderson set the number two seeds on their way with a 4-0 success over Magnus Caris in the 50-year-old Swede's final game before he retires from professional darts.
Peter Wright was less comfortable in his win against Dennis Nilsson, but a 4-2 victory wrapped up the tie.
Scotland will meet Belgium in the quarter-finals on Sunday afternoon after Kim Huybrechts and Dimitri Van den Bergh sent hosts Germany crashing out of the tournament.
Huybrechts edged a dramatic encounter against Martin Schindler, who missed four darts to win a nail-biting deciding leg.
Schindler fired in seven perfect darts in the game's fifth leg, which he won but Belgian captain Huybrechts took the next two to pinch victory.
Germany never recovered as Hopp was beaten 4-0 by Van den Bergh, securing a last eight spot for the Belgian pair.
"I was expecting Max to play a lot better but I am really pleased we're through," said Van den Bergh.
"We don't think about who we are playing. We just focus on our own games and trust in each other. That's how we won today and we'll keep that attitude going forward."
Austria made light work of United States of America with a brace of Singles wins to set up a quarter-final clash with the Republic of Ireland.
Zoran Lerchbacher defeated Darin Young 4-1 before Mensur Suljovic produced a sublime display to whitewash Chuck Puleo.
Former Champions League winner Suljovic completed finishes of 100 and 126 as he averaged 113 in a 4-0 triumph.
New Zealand reached the quarter-finals for the first time after winning a topsy-turvy affair against South Africa.
Cody Harris claimed a 4-0 victory over Vernon Bouwers to put New Zealand ahead until Devon Petersen hit back with a whitewash win against Haupai Puha.
Petersen averaged almost 102 and took out a brilliant 132 checkout in a high-quality singles match but the South African captain found his team 3-0 down in the doubles decider.
South Africa rallied back a to win the next two legs but Puha finally landed tops to complete victory.
New Zealand will face Japan in the last eight after Seigo Asada and Haruki Muramatsu both claimed Singles match victories to progress at the expense of Singapore.

Asada defeated Paul Lim, who led 3-2 after consecutive checkouts of 160 and 72 but Asada won the last two legs to earn the win.
Muramatsu then enjoyed a 4-2 triumph over Harith Lim to seal Japan's place in the quarter-finals for the second consecutive year.

The event the concludes on Sunday, with the quarter-finals in the afternoon session to be followed by the semi-finals and final in the evening session.

Written by Chris Murphy
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2019 BetVictor World Cup of Darts
Saturday June 8
Second Round
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)
New Zealand 2-1 South Africa
Singles One: Cody Harris 4-0 Vernon Bouwers
Singles Two: Haupai Puha 0-4 Devon Petersen
Doubles: New Zealand 4-2 South Africa
Japan 2-0 Singapore
Singles One: Seigo Asada 4-3 Paul Lim
Singles Two: Haruki Muramatsu 4-2 Harith Lim
Scotland 2-0 Sweden
Singles One: Gary Anderson 4-0 Magnus Caris
Singles Two: Peter Wright 4-2 Dennis Nilsson
Belgium 2-0 Germany
Singles One: Kim Huybrechts 4-3 Martin Schindler
Singles Two: Dimitri Van den Bergh 4-0 Max Hopp
Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 BST)
Canada 2-0 Australia
Singles One: Dawson Murschell 4-3 Simon Whitlock
Singles Two: Jim Long 4-3 Kyle Anderson
Austria 2-0 USA
Singles One: Zoran Lerchbacher 4-1 Darin Young
Singles Two: Mensur Suljovic 4-0 Chuck Puleo
Republic of Ireland 2-0 England
Singles One: Steve Lennon 4-3 Michael Smith
Singles Two: William O'Connor 4-1 Rob Cross
Netherlands 2-0 Poland
Singles One: Michael van Gerwen 4-2 Krzysztof Ratajski
Singles Two: Jermaine Wattimena 4-1 Tytus Kanik
Saturday 9 June - Order of Play
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)
Quarter-Finals
New Zealand v Japan
Scotland v Belgium
Republic of Ireland v Austria
Canada v Netherlands

Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 BST)
Semi-Finals
Final
Format: The Second Round, Quarter-Finals & Semi-Finals will be played as two best of seven leg 501 Singles matches, with both nations nominating the order in which their players play. In the event of both nations winning one Singles match apiece, a best of seven leg 501 Doubles match will be played to decide the tie.

DUTCH SWEEP ASIDE SPAIN

REIGNING champions Netherlands made a sensational start to their title defence at the 2019 BetVictor World Cup of Darts by whitewashing Spain on Friday night, as England and Australia also moved into round two in Hamburg.

World Champion Michael van Gerwen was joined by debutant Jermaine Wattimena in the Dutch side, with four-time World Cup winner Raymond van Barneveld missing out for the first time in the event's history in 2019.

However, Wattimena showed his quality as the Dutch disposed of Spain's Cristo Reyes and Toni Alcinas in under ten minutes in a clinical performance.

Wattimena took out 108 to win the tie's opening leg and also landed key finishes in leg three and four before Van Gerwen checked out 82 to seal a comprehensive win.

"I'm really pleased," said Van Gerwen. "Jermaine was phenomenal and it was a pleasure to play with him - he did really well and couldn't have done much better.

"We are here to defence our title and we're still favourites. I think we are strong as a team, we've started off really well and are confident."

Wattimena admitted: "I was a bit nervous but it felt really great. It's a lot of pressure but with Michael next to me, I feel more confidence."

The Netherlands now play Poland in Saturday's second round, after Krzysztof Ratajski and Tytus Kanik proved too strong for the Czech Republic's Karel Sedlacek and Pavel Jirkal by finishing five doubles from nine attempts in a 5-2 victory.

The Polish duo took command by winning the first three legs without reply, with a 160 finish from Sedlacek helping the Czech duo to cut the gap to 4-2 before Ratajski sealed the win on tops with a 14-darter.

England opened their bid to win a fifth World Cup title with a resounding 5-1 win over the Philippines, as Michael Smith made a strong debut in the tournament alongside Rob Cross.

Cross kicked off the tie with a 106 finish, before Smith landed the winning double in the next three legs as England moved into a commanding 4-0 lead.

Lourence Ilagan took out tops for the Philippines to reply in leg five, but England swiftly wrapped up victory as Smith posted double eight.

"It's been a dream of mine to play for my country, and it's up there with some of my biggest games," said Smith, the 2019 World Championship finalist.

"Every kid wants to represent their country in any sport and I've done it now - but we're here to win this, I'm going to make sure we take the medals home.

"We gelled well then and I hit some good scores at the right time and we got the job done."

Cross added: "I think without Michael tonight I would have struggled a bit more. I didn't play my best tonight and I don't think Michael did but we had good chemistry."

William O'Connor landed the winning double for the Republic of Ireland in four out of five legs as he joined Steve Lennon in seeing off Greece 5-1.

Lennon's double 15 gave Ireland the opener before Veniamin Symeonidis took out tops to level, but O'Connor proved too clinical by claiming the next four as they moved into the second round.

"We're happy with the win and that's all we could aim for today," said O'Connor. "Both of us are capable of producing world class darts, we can beat anyone out there on our day so we'll have to wait and see.

"We'll be giving it our best and whoever beats us is going to have to earn it."

Australia won a shoot-out with Finland to secure their last 16 spot, with Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson claiming a 5-4 win with a 14-darter in the deciding leg.

Finland's Marko Kantele and Kim Viljanen led 1-0 and came from 2-1 down to lead 3-2 in mid-game, only for Australia to level with a 13-darter and then move 4-3 up.

Tops for Finland saw them take the tie all the way, but Whitlock and Anderson both opened the decider with 180s before Whitlock finished 70 in two darts to claim victory.

"It means the world to us," said Whitlock, who was a finalist in 2012. "We are so passionate about our country and this is a great win for us.

"To go 140 and 140 in the last leg you get a little bit of a cushion and we took full advantage of it. I'd love to win this tournament - we play well together and are a great team."

Australia now play Canada, for whom Dawson Murschell and debutant Jim Long overcame Italy's Andrea Micheletti and Stefano Tomassetti 5-3 in a high-quality encounter.

Micheletti fired in a 116 finish in leg two and the Italians levelled in leg four with a 13-darter and shared the opening six legs.

However, Canada followed up a superb 106 checkout in leg five with tops to move 4-3 up, before Long landed double ten to seal a winning World Cup debut.

Austria mounted a fightback from 3-1 down against Russia to claim a 5-3 victory as Mensur Suljovic and Zoran Lerchbacher booked their second round place.

Russian pair Boris Koltsov and Aleksey Kadochnikov came from a leg down to take the next three, including a brilliant 116 finish from the latter to break in leg three with a 12-darter.

Austria, though, stepped in to take the next two to level before Lerchbacher finished 138 to move his country 4-3 up, and Suljovic sealed victory on double 16 for a 13-dart leg.

The Austrians now face the American pair of Darin Young and Chuck Puleo, who booked their place in the last 16 with a 5-1 win over China’s Xiaochen Zong and Yuanjun Liu.

After sharing the opening two legs, USA found their rhythm and combined well to move into a 3-1 advantage.

Young then took the fifth leg for the Americans, before Puleo secured victory on his World Cup debut by landing double three.

Saturday's second round will begin in the afternoon session as Thursday's winning nations return to the stage for their last 16 ties, as the tournament moves into a format of two Singles ties and a possible Doubles decider.

Two-time finalists Scotland face Sweden, while 2013 runners-up Belgium meet host nation Germany.

Thursday's giant-killers South Africa open up against New Zealand before Singapore look to follow up their upset victory over Wales when they face Japan.

Nicholson's World Cup Predictions

FORMER BetVictor World Cup of Darts finalist Paul Nicholson previews and predicts what will happen at this year's event.

Paul, as one of the most synonymous names in the event's history, tell us what it means to represent your country at the World Cup.

Playing for your country means everything to anyone in professional sport, even more so for the smaller darting nations like Brazil who have added a lot to the competition in recent years.

It's a completely different experience because you've got to work alongside your partner and make sure your chemistry is right.

That's why Simon and I had some success because we really clicked and wanted to work for each other. The pairings who do that will go the furthest.

Experience in this competition plays a part, which may make certain teams stronger than others, but then again people who haven't played here before are very dangerous because they have no pressure on them.

I think the strength in depth is now greater than ever and on the face of it this is by far the most open World Cup we've ever seen.

Who do you think can cause an upset in the first round?

Realistically, I can't see many upsets in the first round, but I think there will be a lot of close games.

If there is to be an upset I think it could be Singapore against Wales. Jonny Clayton has been out of form a bit lately, but then he's playing alongside Gerwyn Price who may be able to drag him back into some form, but playing Singapore is not an easy prospect.

England playing the Philippines isn't a straight-forward game by any stretch. Lourence Ilagan is a little pocket of energy and he will bring the game to England. Rob Cross needs to step up and show Michael Smith the way, and they could be in bother if they come into the game flat.

I also wouldn't rule out Italy surprising Canada, and Belgium v Hong Kong will be a blockbuster you won't want to miss.

Who are your dark horses for a big run in the tournament?

I think we've got to watch out for the Republic of Ireland. Steve Lennon and William O'Connor have shown great form over the last 12 months and they could be on course for a tasty match-up with England.

Poland's Krzysztof Ratajski and Tytus Kanik are amazing players individually, and if they can work together as a team they could defeat the Netherlands and Australia and reach the semi-finals.

And most importantly, who will win it?

Of course, I would love to see Australia win it. Simon Whitlock has come so close on a number of occasions, and it would be really heartwarming if he could finally get his hands on the trophy.

However, the team I think will win it is Northern Ireland. I think Daryl Gurney and Brendan Dolan will be right up for this, they're both playing well, they've played well as a team in the past and I think this is their time.

Scotland could also be in the mix. Peter Wright has been playing better lately, but we don't know how Gary Anderson is playing after his lay-off so there's a question mark over them.

WALES & NORTHERN IRELAND KO’D

SINGAPORE and South Africa caused upsets on the opening night of the 2019 BetVictor World Cup of Darts with wins over Wales and Northern Ireland, as Scotland made a strong start to their Hamburg challenge.

Legendary star Paul Lim and partner Harith Lim secured another big-name scalp as they followed up their 2017 first round win over Scotland with a 5-3 defeat of third seeds Wales.

Grand Slam of Darts champion Gerwyn Price and Welsh partner Jonny Clayton led 2-1 early on before Singapore edged 3-2 and 4-3 up.

Paul Lim missed the bull for victory in leg eight, but Clayton was unable to send the tie into a deciding leg as Harith Lim stepped in to land tops for a famous victory.

"It was a great game and we're so happy to win," said Paul Lim, who at 65 is the oldest player in the tournament. "Both sides missed some doubles but we managed to hit five good legs."

Singapore will face Japan in round two on Saturday, and Lim added: "We will take one game at a time and can't underestimate any team. We know the Japanese guys well from the Asian Tour and we'll do our best."

South Africa, meanwhile, knocked out number six seeds Northern Ireland with a memorable 5-4 victory, as Devon Petersen showed his class by landing a 180 and taking out 74 in the deciding leg of their tie.

There was little between the nations throughout as the opening eight legs went with throw, before Daryl Gurney saw a match dart go begging in leg eight and Brendan Dolan missed two further chances to claim the win.

Petersen then stepped up in the decider, landing a 180 before taking out 74 in two darts to send himself and big-stage debutant Vernon Bouwers into the last 16.

"It's a brilliant win but I think in the end we deserved it too," said Petersen. "We knew what we were up against but the pairs match is different because they don't have the same rhythm.

"Vernon showed his class early on and kept us in the game and in the last leg I knew that I needed to step forward.

"It's phenomenal for us, not just for us as individuals but for darts in Africa. It shows that we can progress the sport in Africa now."

Newcomer Bouwers, who won the Last Man Standing event earlier this year and also hails from Mitchell's Plain, admitted: "I've been watching these guys on TV so it's amazing to beat them - but it was nerve-wracking!"

South Africa now play New Zealand after Cody Harris and Haupai Puha defeated debutants Lithuania 5-1.

Harris showed the experience he has gained competing on the PDC circuit for the past 18 months with an early 110 finish as New Zealand moved into a 4-0 lead.

Darius Labanauskas took out 100 to get Lithuania off the mark in leg five, but Harris sealed victory for his country with as a 124 checkout as New Zealand reached the last 16 for the first time since 2015.

"We're so happy to win," said Auckland's Harris. "I'm glad we got through and it was a great night for us.

"Playing over here with all these top players has helped my consistency. We can't wait to play South Africa now - all the teams are really good and on the day it's anyone's game."

Gary Anderson made his return to action, competing on TV for only the second time since the World Championship, as Scotland raced past Denmark in just ten minutes.

A 100 finish from Peter Wright was the match-high finish as the two-time finalists posted an impressive 101.55 average as they restricted the Danish pair of Per Laursen and Niels Heinsøe to just one dart at a double.

"It's good to be back and I'm enjoying it," said Anderson. "We don't play pairs very often so it's hard to get into a rhythm but we got through.

"The darts are going well in practice so we'll see what happens this weekend."

Scotland will now meet Sweden, who came from a leg down to power past Brazil with a 5-1 win, with Dennis Nilsson helping to ensure that Magnus Caris' final tournament would not end in the first round in Hamburg.

Brazil's Diogo Portela and Artur Valle started confidently with a 14-darter, but a 141 checkout from Nilsson in leg three moved Sweden ahead before Caris fittingly sealed the win on double eight.

"Playing with Dennis is a pleasure and when he hit the 141 I felt that we would win," said Caris. "He hit some good doubles and I'm thrilled that I can play again on Saturday."

Host nation Germany reeled off five straight legs as they came from a leg down against Hungary to win 5-1, with Martin Schindler taking out a key 137 checkout in leg four to give his side breathing space.

The Germans have reached the quarter-finals for the past two years, and Schindler admitted: "It was not easy for us and it was difficult in the beginning but we got through it so we're happy."

2013 finalists Belgium raced past Hong Kong with a 5-1 victory to book their spot in round two against the Germans.

Royden Lam took out a 141 finish in leg two to level for Hong Kong, but the Belgian pair of Kim Huybrechts and Dimitri Van den Bergh pulled clear with four successive legs before the World Youth Champion sealed victory with a 136 checkout.

"We're very happy with that because the first round is never easy and I think we did well," said Huybrechts. "This is a special tournament and it's a tournament that brings the best out of you.

"Other teams might be favourites, but as a pair we can match anyone. If we play like we can then we have a great chance."

2018 quarter-finalists Japan progressed to the second round in dramatic fashion with a 5-4 win over Gibraltar.

The Japanese pair of Seigo Asada and Haruki Muramatsu opened up a 4-2 lead before Dyson Parody and Antony Lopez hit back to level, but with Gibraltar waiting on 42 in the decider, Asada took out 104 for victory.

The first round of the 32-nation tournament concludes on Friday at Hamburg's Barclaycard Arena with the remaining eight first round ties.

Reigning champions Netherlands begin their title defence as World Champion Michael van Gerwen and debutant Jermaine Wattimena play Spain's Cristo Reyes and Toni Alcinas.

Four-time champions England play the Philippines, while former finalists Australia play Finland and Austria take on Russia amongst the other ties.

For tickets, visit www.pdc-europe.tv/tickets.

BetVictor World Cup of Darts

Thursday June 6

Japan 5-4 Gibraltar

South Africa 5-4 Northern Ireland

New Zealand 5-1 Lithuania

Belgium 5-1 Hong Kong

Sweden 5-1 Brazil

Singapore 5-3 Wales

Germany 5-1 Hungary

Scotland 5-0 Denmark

Friday June 7 (1900 local time, 1800 BST)

China v USA

Italy v Canada

Poland v Czech Republic

Republic of Ireland v Greece

England v Philippines

Austria v Russia

Australia v Finland

Netherlands v Spain

First Round - Best of nine legs, Doubles

LATE CHANGE FOR CHINA AT BETVICTOR WORLD CUP OF DARTS

YUANJUN LIU will return to compete for China in the BetVictor World Cup of Darts following the withdrawal of Qingyu Zhan.

Youngster Zhan had been set to make his World Cup debut after winning through the qualifying event in China alongside Xiaochen Zong.

However, the 21-year-old has withdrawn due to a passport issue, and will be replaced by Chinese number three Liu, who is now set to make his third World Cup appearance.

The 37-year-old from Guangxi previously competed in the 2016 and 2017 World Cups, qualified for the World Championship last year - losing to Brendan Dolan at Alexandra Palace - and has played twice in the Shanghai Darts Masters.

China begin their challenge at the World Cup of Darts when they face the USA in Friday's opening first round tie at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg.

The BetVictor World Cup of Darts will be held from June 6-9 at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

Broadcast live on Sky Sports, the tournament will see 32 countries represented by two players each in the unique event which features both doubles and singles matches.

Session Times
Thursday June 6 (1900 local time, 1800 BST)
First Round x8

Friday June 7 (1900 local time, 1800 BST)
First Round x8

Saturday June 8
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)
Second Round x4

Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 BST)
Second Round x4

Sunday June 9
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)
Quarter-Finals

Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 BST)
Semi-Finals
Final

Prize Fund
Winners (Per Player) £35,000
Runner-Up (Per Player) £20,000
Semi-Finalists (Per Player) £12,000
Quarter-Finalists (Per Player) £8,000
Second Round Losers (Per Player) £4,000
First Round Losers (Per Player) £2,000
Total £350,000

Roll of Honour
2010 - Netherlands (Raymond van Barneveld & Co Stompe) def Wales (Mark Webster & Barrie Bates) 4-2
2012 - England (Phil Taylor & Adrian Lewis) def Australia (Simon Whitlock & Paul Nicholson) 4-3
2013 - England (Phil Taylor & Adrian Lewis) def Belgium (Kim & Ronny Huybrechts) 3-1
2014 - Netherlands (Michael van Gerwen & Raymond van Barneveld) def England (Phil Taylor & Adrian Lewis) 3-0
2015 - England (Phil Taylor & Adrian Lewis) def Scotland (Gary Anderson & Peter Wright) 3-2
2016 - England (Phil Taylor & Adrian Lewis) def Netherlands (Michael van Gerwen & Raymond van Barneveld) 3-2
2017 - Netherlands (Michael van Gerwen & Raymond van Barneveld) def Wales (Gerwyn Price & Mark Webster) 3-1
2018 – Netherlands (Michael van Gerwen & Raymond van Barneveld) def Scotland (Peter Wright & Gary Anderson) 3-1


Competing Nations
(Seed 1) England Rob Cross & Michael Smith
(Seed 2) Scotland Gary Anderson & Peter Wright
(Seed 3) Wales Gerwyn Price & Jonny Clayton
(Seed 4) Netherlands Michael van Gerwen & Jermaine Wattimena
(Seed 5) Australia Simon Whitlock & Kyle Anderson
(Seed 6) Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney & Brendan Dolan
(Seed 7) Belgium Kim Huybrechts & Dimitri Van den Bergh
(Seed 8) Austria Mensur Suljovic & Zoran Lerchbacher
Brazil Diogo Portela & Artur Valle
Canada Dawson Murschell & Jim Long
China Xiaochen Zong & Yuanjun Liu (Qingyu Zhan withdrew)
Czech Republic Pavel Jirkal & Karel Sedlacek
Denmark Per Laursen & Niels Heinsøe
Finland Marko Kantele & Kim Viljanen
Germany Max Hopp & Martin Schindler
Gibraltar Dyson Parody & Antony Lopez
Greece John Michael & Veniamin Symeonidis
Hong Kong Royden Lam & Kai Fan Leung
Hungary Pal Szekely & Janos Vegso
Italy Andrea Micheletti & Stefano Tomassetti
Japan Seigo Asada & Haruki Muramatsu
Lithuania Darius Labanauskas & Mindaugas Barauskas
New Zealand Cody Harris & Haupai Puha
Philippines Lourence Ilagan & Noel Malicdem
Poland Krzysztof Ratajski & Tytus Kanik
Republic of Ireland Steve Lennon & William O'Connor
Russia Boris Koltsov & Aleksey Kadochnikov
Singapore Paul Lim & Harith Lim
South Africa Devon Petersen & Vernon Bouwers
Spain Cristo Reyes & Toni Alcinas
Sweden Dennis Nilsson & Magnus Caris
United States of America Darin Young & Chuck Puleo

Draw Bracket
(1) England v Philippines
Republic of Ireland v Greece
(8) Austria v Russia
China v USA
(5) Australia v Finland
Italy v Canada
(4) Netherlands v Spain
Poland v Czech Republic
(2) Scotland v Denmark
Brazil v Sweden
(7) Belgium v Hong Kong
Hungary v Germany
(6) Northern Ireland v South Africa
New Zealand v Lithuania
(3) Wales v Singapore
Gibraltar v Japan
Schedule of Play
Thursday June 6 (1900 local time, 1800 BST)
First Round x8
Gibraltar v Japan
Northern Ireland v South Africa
New Zealand v Lithuania
Belgium v Hong Kong
Brazil v Sweden
Wales v Singapore
Hungary v Germany
Scotland v Denmark

Friday June 7 (1900 local time, 1800 BST)
First Round x8
China v USA
Italy v Canada
Poland v Czech Republic
Republic of Ireland v Greece
England v Philippines
Austria v Russia
Australia v Finland
Netherlands v Spain

Saturday June 8
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)
Second Round x4

Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 BST)
Second Round x4

Sunday June 9
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)
Quarter-Finals

Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 BST)
Semi-Finals & Final

Format
First Round
Best of nine legs 501 Doubles

Second Round, Quarter-Finals & Semi-Finals
The Second Round, Quarter-Finals & Semi-Finals will be played as two best of seven leg 501 Singles matches, with both nations nominating the order in which their players play. In the event of both nations winning one Singles match apiece, a best of seven leg 501 Doubles match will be played to decide the tie.

Final
The Final will be played as two best of seven leg 501 Singles matches, with both nations nominating the order in which their players play the first two matches, followed by a best of seven leg 501 Doubles match and then Reverse Singles matches. The first team to win three games is declared the winner.

BetVictor World Cup of Darts Ever-Presents
Toni Alcinas
Brendan Dolan
Per Laursen
Haruki Muramatsu
William O'Connor
Dyson Parody
Mensur Suljovic
Simon Whitlock
Darin Young

Have lost ever-present record in 2019
John Part
Raymond van Barneveld

BetVictor Odds
Tournament Winner Odds
3/1 Netherlands, England
4/1 Scotland
7/1 Wales
14/1 Northern Ireland
25/1 Australia, Belgium
33/1 Germany, Austria
66/1 Poland
80/1 Republic of Ireland
250/1 Lithuania, Philippines, Spain, Japan
300/1 Czech Republic
400/1 Finland, New Zealand
500/1 Russia, Singapore, South Africa, USA, Brazil, Sweden, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong
1000/1 China, Greece, Hungary, Italy
1500/1 Gibraltar

First Round Match Odds

Thursday
3/1 Gibraltar v 1/4 Japan
1/8 Northern Ireland v 5/1 South Africa
8/11 New Zealand v 11/10 Lithuania
1/10 Belgium v 6/1 Hong Kong
5/4 Brazil v 8/13 Sweden
1/7 Wales v 9/2 Singapore
7/1 Hungary v 1/12 Germany
1/12 Germany v 7/1 Denmark

Friday
9/4 China v 1/3 USA
7/2 Italy v 1/5 Canada
2/5 Poland v 15/8 Czech Republic
1/10 Republic of Ireland v 6/1 Greece
1/12 England v 7/1 Philippines
1/10 Austria v 6/1 Russia
1/5 Australia v 7/2 Finland
1/10 Netherlands v 6/1 Spain

Odds courtesy www.betvictor.com and correct at time of writing, subject to fluctuation.

Harrows DPA Pro Tour Update

The Harrows DPA Pro tour hit the border country this weekend as Barooga Sporties hosted the tour for the very first time. After keen interest from locals and the media over the previous week the events finally kicked off on Friday night and delivered on the promise of world class darts.
Weekend Event One
Surprise packet Peter Sutton made it all the way through to the quarter finals where he met Pro Tour leader Damon Heta. Heta had to fight hard as he lost the opening leg on his own throw before breaking back immediately. There were then two more breaks before Heta hit double 16 with his opponent sitting on 156 to hold throw for the first time in the match. Sutton then held throw with a 14 dart leg before Heta upped the ante with a 12 dart leg. The 8th leg was critical as Sutton moved from 177 to 40 before Heta hit double 10 to grab the leg. Heta was in for a shock as on throw in the next leg both players failed to take darts for the leg before Sutton broke the Heta throw and move within a leg of his opponent. He was unable to hold his throw in what would be the last leg of the match though, the final score 6-4 to Heta.
In the last events at Dubbo Ben Robb and Steve Fitzpatrick had gone head to head on several occasions and it was to continue in this event. It was Robb who took the early leads, 2-0 and then 4-2, and with wins in the 8th and 9th leg he was able to move through to the semi finals of the competition. The match between Queenslanders James Bailey and Robbie King was a classic, and a tight affair at that. After five legs the players had held throw throughout but in the sixth leg King was able to break Baileys’ throw before collecting a 12 dart leg where he averaged 125.3 to lead 5-2 and be just one leg away from the semi finals. However Bailey is not someone to ever think himself defeated and in the next three legs he averaged 100.2 and hit 15 dart legs each time to move the match back into parity. He still had a lot to do though as King had the darts in the deciding leg. King started strongly but followed up with two poorer visits and then watched as Bailey hit a maximum (only The Bull’s second and the fourth of the match in total.) A 140 left King needing tops which he had a shot at after Bailey was unable to convert 62. King failed to make his target and left himself requiring 20 but he did not have another throw at it as Bailey secured the match on his next visit with last dart in hand.
The final quarter final saw two players from Team Kiwi DPA / DPNZ face off as Koha Kokiri put the cleaners through Haupai Puha six legs to one with Puha unable to secure a leg after holding his throw in the very first one. Leg five was completed by Kokiri in 11 darts, with visits of 100, 180, 145 and a 76 conversion in two darts.
The semi finals saw three players from Team Kiwi and one from Team Misfits. James Bailey and Koha Kokiri had an inter team play off with Bailey seeing his opening throw broken and his opponent holding his throw to move to an early two leg lead. In a theme reminiscent of the previous round Bailey then went unbeaten for the rest of the match, turning a 0-2 deficit into a 6-2 victory. He started the run with a 121 check out and hit the highlight reel with a 12 dart leg to take the lead for the first time in the match (100, 125, 180 and a 96 check out.)
In the other semi final Robb took out the table topping Heta by the same scoreline. Heta actually broke the Robb throw in leg one but his Kiwi opponent returned the favour in leg two before moving ahead with a ten dart leg (visits of 180 and 177 leaving Robb on a nine darter which he was unable to convert, instead leaving himself 24 which he took with his next dart.) Robb then broke once more in leg four and held his own in five to lead 4-1. Heta then did what he had to by holding throw but a 15 dart leg from Robb moved him just one away from the win and with Heta unable to take his chance in the next leg Robb took the break and the match, with 6-2 being the final scoreline.
The final saw Robb break the Bailey throw immediately and he held his own throw to take an early lead. After 13 and 14 dart legs the third leg went to 16 darts but it was Robb who once again threw the last one, thus getting half way to his target after just three legs. He was aware of his opponent, and Team Kiwi DPA DPNZ team mate’s reputation though, and knew the job was not done yet. Robb held his throw to go 4-0 up before Bailey had a leg finally go his way to move the scoreline to 4-1. Just in case there were thoughts of bigger things from his opponent Robb then threw an eleven dart leg with visits of 100, 177 and 180 before hitting the required 44 in two darts. Bailey then did hold throw once more and in the next leg threw at tops to get a break back (his first darts at a break all match.) He managed only 35 and Robb went back to the oche to chase tops for the match at his next visit. With last dart in hand Big Rig collected the required double to win the match and event 19.
Robb was ecstatic to take the win, “Against such a quality field you can’t put in a poor performance at any time. It really challenges my game to play such quality players throughout this tournament and I am pleased that my game continues to stand up to the pressure.”
Weekend Event Two
Saturday saw two knockout competitions played. Damon Heta made the quarter finals once more in event 20 with a 6-4 win over team mate from Team Misfits, Brendan McCausland. In the quarters he matched up against Mick Lacey, of Team Rebel, and took early leads at 2-0 and then 3-2 before a 12 dart leg put him two clear once more. Both players then held throw before a long ninth leg saw Heta miss chances to take the match but he eventually hit double ten for the match.
Steve Fitzpatrick (another member of the Team Rebel family) and Ben Robb (of Team Kiwi DPA DPNZ) went head to head once more and the Tasmanian got his revenge on his young Kiwi opponent in full. He broke his opponent in the first leg and soon moved to a four nil lead. Robb held in the fifth leg before Fitzpatrick held his own throw and then broke his opponent with his 14th dart in the seventh and final leg to win 6-1. Robbie King was just as comprehensive in his quarter final match with 2018 World Youth Championship player Ryan Lynch. Lynch held throw in the opening leg but it was the only success he would enjoy in the match as King hit six in succession (including a 12 darter in leg three) to get a semi final position he had missed out on the previous night.
The final quarter final saw another inter Team Kiwi DPA DPNZ match with Puha and Kokiri going head to head. Kokiri held the opening leg and broke Puha in the next leg for an early 2-0 lead. He then repeated that performance over the next two legs to lead 4-0 before Puha finally held his throw in leg five. With Kokiri holding throw in the sixth leg it looked a matter of course for him to take the match. A 15 dart leg from Puha had him hold throw before he hit another one to take his opponents throw. He backed it up by holding throw in leg nine and moved just one leg from parity and a final leg decider. Before that he had to break his opponent’s throw once more but requiring 80 to do so he had to stand back and watch his opponent visit the oche where Kokiri hit 20 and double 20 to secure the leg and a 6-4 victory.
The semi final match ups saw both games finish in a deciding leg. In a Team Misfits v Team Rebel clash Damon Heta took an early break off Steve Fitzpatrick with a 102 check out. He then held throw in 13 darts before his Team Rebel opponent held throw. Heta then moved two legs clear once more before a leg where both players secured ton plus averages (Fitzpatrick 107.4 and Heta 115.3) saw Fitzy hold throw in 14 darts. Legs six to nine were held by the respective players before Heta stood on the oche in the tenth game just needing to hold throw for the match. He counted the cost after being unable to put away 32 as Fitzpatrick stepped up and scored double ten for the break, the leg, and drew the match back to parity once more. Fitzy had the throw for the final leg and with a 161 attempt unsuccessful he left himself 31 to win. He busted his first attempt but with Heta only scoring 99 when trying to convert 167 Fitzpatrick had another chance only to bust once more. Heta was not so charitable on his next visit and secured the required 68 in two darts to take the match 6-5. For Heta it was a huge break whilst for his young opponent it was a bitter pill to swallow.
The second semi final was a Team Misfits v Team Kiwi DPA DPNZ affair. King broke Kokiri and then held throw in the opening two games before the next three legs went on throw. Kokiri broke King in the sixth leg before a 15 dart leg from King gave him back the break straight away. Kokiri responded with a 15 dart leg of his own and this time he held throw to lead 5-4. Another 15 dart leg from King saw him hold throw and put the match into a deciding leg. With a couple of ton visits early on in the leg Kokiri held the leg comfortably and secured the 32 required to progress through to the final.
The final saw two WA residents face off with Heta holding throw in 15 darts to take the opening leg. His opponent would hold throw before Heta did the same to lead 2-1 on throw. In the fourth game Heta chased the first break but busted chasing 80 and Kokiri stepped up to throw 47 for the leg. Heta then held throw before taking the break he thought he had two legs previous. He did not have it for long through as Kokiri took 15 darts to take the break back at the first attempt. However with Kokiri failing to check out 124 in the next leg Heta took the lead once more and then held his throw with 14 darts (an average for that leg of 107.4) in the ninth and final leg of the match. The 6-3 scoreline giving Heta another win on this year’s tour. “Obviously I am pleased to have taken out another title. It is great to lead the way but you want to be winning events, not just be consistently in semis and finals, so I am pleased to have secured another event victory today.”
Weekend Event Three
That afternoon Damon Heta made it three semi final victories from three starts at Sporties Barooga. He took on Mick Lacey for the second time in the quarter final stage that day and both players won their opening two throws before Heta hit four legs in a row to win the match 6-2. If Steve Fitzpatrick had got revenge earlier in the day then Ben Robb showed him how it was really down with a 6-0 white washing of the young star. The other two quarter finals were almost as comprehensive with James Bailey winning 6-1 over Robbie King (King winning only the fourth leg when he held throw) and Haupai Puha conquering a resurgent Lucas Cameron by the same scoreline (Cameron holding throw in the third leg.)
The semi finals were contrasting affairs. In the first one Heta continued the run of 6-1 results with a comprehensive win over Ben Robb. Having opened the match with a 12 darter on throw, Heta broke Robb in 15 darts before holding throw. A 14 dart leg broke Robb again and then 15 darts later Heta was 5-0 up. It took a 15 dart leg of his own for Robb to finally hold throw but the same amount of darts gave Heta the match after seven legs.
Semi final two was a shoot out between the players ranked second and third on the Pro Tour table. Puha broke his Team Kiwi DPA DPNZ colleague straight away before holding throw. Bailey then held throw in 14 darts before Puha took back his two leg lead. A poor leg from both players saw Bailey just hold his throw before Puha held throw once more. Leg seven went Bailey’s way before Puha upped the tempo with a 14 dart leg to move two legs clear at 5-3. Bailey did what he had to by holding throw in the next leg and was looking to throw for the match if he could break his opponent in the next leg. However a second visit to the oche of 140 by Puha put the Kiwi ahead in the leg and he held onto his throw by securing the 32 required for the match.
The final was an even tighter affair with Puha taking the first leg on throw in 15 darts. He then broke his opponent but a 68 check out in 15 darts saw Heta take the throw back at the first attempt. Heta then held his own throw to bring the match back to even terms. Puha then held throw in 15 darts before his opponent did the same but with one less dart. Remarkably both players then repeated these feats to move the match to four legs each. After ten legs the scoreline was five all and thus it came down to a decider with Puha having the throw. Puha opened with 100 before Heta hit a maximum. Puha’s class was demonstrated in his response, hitting a maximum of his own. Heta scored 60 as Puha secured another ton. Heta then moved to 161 as his opponent failed to convert 121. Heta could only move to 96 and may have contemplated his match being over but chasing 38 Puha scored just six. Heta then only scored 56 of his own to leave tops but he never had a shot at it as Puha collected 32 with a dart left in his hand. The deciding leg, match and event 21 were Puha’s, “This was my second last competition before heading off to Germany to represent New Zealand with Cody Harris at the PDC World Cup. I could not be happier with this win and the momentum it gives me going into such a prestigious tournament.”
Weekend Event Four
The final day saw a round robin format followed by eliminations from the final 32 onwards. The quarter finals saw some regular names appear alongside players who have enjoyed success previously this season. In the first semi final GG Mathers returned to the quarter final stage as he took on a man who had previously won three from three at this stage over the weekend. Things were not to change for Heta as he took out the match 5-2. An early break gave Heta the momentum and he soon led 2-0. Mathers then held throw with a 14 dart leg before Heta held throw in 13. A 15 dart leg from the Team Rebel man moved Mathers back to within a leg of his Team Misfits opponent but 15 darts later from Heta and he had moved away once more. A 14 dart hold of throw and then 15 dart break gave Heta the match by five legs to two. From the second leg until the end each player had won each leg with an average over 100.
Quarter Final two saw Steve Fitzpatrick unable to serve more revenge in his hit outs with Robb as he instead faced Robb’s team mate Haupai Puha. Puha was chasing second spot on the Pro Tour table but it was the former PDC World Youth Championship player who took out the match, by five legs to one. Things had started well for the Kiwi as Puha broke the throw of his Tasmanian opponent at the first attempt but that was to be his last joy in the match. Consistent, rather than spectacular, scoring from Fitzpatrick saw him win five legs on the trot, including breaks of throw on three occasions. James Bailey was the player that Team Kiwi DPA DPNZ team mate Puha was chasing for second spot and early on in his quarter final Puha might have thought things would go his way, for whilst he was up a break after one leg Bailey was down three legs to nil to the ever consistent Mick Lacey. Leg four saw the Bull finally secure a leg and he was right back in the match when he secured a 15 dart break of throw in leg five. Bailey then held throw to move the match back to parity before a 13 dart break of throw moved him in front for the first time in the match. His opponent was not done yet, however, as a 14 dart leg saw Lacey break Bailey and move the match back to all square. Lacey now had the throw for the match and opened with a ton. Bailey responded with a 131 before two poor visits from Lacey gave his opponent the momentum in the leg. Despite being unable to collect 36 in one visit Bailey was far enough ahead to visit the oche once again and this time he made no mistake to collect the ninth and final leg, and the match 5-4.
The final quarter final saw Raymond O’Donnell lose a leg on throw in the opening of his match against Koha Kokiri. O’Donnell struck straight back though before being broken for a second successive time. Yet again O’Donnell responded straight away with another break and this time he held throw, which Kokiri did for the first time as well in the following leg. Both players then repeated this feat to push the match into a deciding leg. It was O’Donnell who threw first but it was Kokiri who moved well ahead in the leg. In six darts Kokiri was unable to put 91 away and in the meantime O’Donnell scored a 140 to move to requiring 18 which he did on his next visit to secure his position in the semi finals of the final event of the weekend.
In the semi finals O’Donnell faced Bailey in yet another Team Misfits verse Team Kiwi DPA DPNZ showdown. Bailey held throw in his first two legs and in between broke his opponent to lead 3-0. He then broke O’Donnell a second time before the man from Broken Hill was able to secure a break of his own in the fifth leg with a 15 darter. It was too little too late though as Bailey broke once more in the sixth leg (with 14 darts) to take out the match 5-1.
Bailey (at number two in the Pro Tour table) would face Heta (number one) in the final after Heta saw off a huge challenge from Team Rebel’s Steve Fitzpatrick in the other semi final. It had been all good news for Fitzpatrick early as he held throw and then broke the Heta throw on the first attempt. In such a short format it was critical he maximise this break by holding throw but he was unable to do so in the next leg. He seemed to regain the momentum, though, as he broke Heta once more in the fourth leg. However 15 darts from Heta later and he was back within a leg of his opponent. The next leg saw the Tasmanian secure another break, this time in 14 darts, and the number one was on the back foot. A poorer leg saw Fitzpatrick bust when chasing match darts and having already missed the bull for the leg Heta came back to the oche and put away 25 to break back once more. Finally Heta held throw in leg eight, not giving his opponent a chance at a check out. Thus it was down to the final leg, where Fitzpatrick would visit the oche first. The Team Rebel man had to put any thoughts of their last leg decider the previous day out of his mind, but a maximum on his second visit gave Heta the opportunity to take the lead in the leg and would have put fear through his opponents body, especially with the Tasmanian knowing he had already missed one match dart. Heta was in no mood to give his opponent a second chance and secured a 14 dart leg to take the match five legs to four.
The final was appropriately the match the locals deserved as the current number one player took on number two (and as a side note Team Misfits took on Team Kiwi DPA DPNZ one last time this weekend.) Damon Heta took an early lead by holding his throw and then breaking the Bailey throw. Despite three consecutive tons from Heta in the next leg Bailey had a shot at the leg with Shanghai. He failed to collect it but cleaned it up on his next visit to get the break back on the first attempt. Five visits under 100 handed Heta back the darts in the following leg and despite not converting 160 he did hit the 60 required at his next visit to take the lead out to two legs once more. A 78 check out in the next leg (with Bailey on 167) gave Heta his first three leg lead of the match at 4-1.
A 140 start from Bailey in the next leg was upped by Heta with a maximum at his first visit. Follow up visits of 97, 100 and 140 from Bailey left him requiring just 24 whilst 134 left Heta on 42. Bailey hit the required target with his next dart to double his legs won tally and move the match that little bit closer. He then opened with a maximum against the Heta throw and a follow up 100 put him well ahead in the leg. A 139 left Heta on 167 though as Bailey could only secure a 96 to leave 126. Heta sensationally converted the 167 finish to take the seventh leg and put a halt to Bailey’s mini revival, moving the West Australian to within a leg of victory.
A 137 left Heta needing 160 in the next leg but Bailey chased the same score first. Bailey left 60 after a ton visit with Heta then replicating that visit. Bailey secured the leg in two darts to move the match into a ninth leg. He now had to break the Heta throw to remain in the match and took an early lead in the leg, punishing a 58 visit from Heta with a 125 score. Heta then hit a 140 to regain tilt but Bailey still hung in there with another ton. A 136 left Heta requiring another 167 as Bailey hit 140 to leave 136. Heta left 68 after his next visit as Bailey left himself 54 after his own visit. With last dart in hand Heta was able to hold his throw and take out the match by six legs to three.
“James is a great opponent and we are having a great tussle this year. To win again this weekend is fantastic as I continue to chase the number one position at season’s end. Thanks to the Team Misfits crew for their support, as ever, and congratulations to Barooga Sporties for hosting such a great weekend.” The Harrows DPA Pro Tour was a great success at Barooga with a quality field entertaining the locals throughout the weekend.
In other news out of the weekend a couple of places for PDC competitions were secured with Tremaine Gallagher and James Rundle securing places in this year’s PDC World Youth Championships and Emma Watkins securing a place in the female playoffs for positions in this year’s PDC World Championships. Congratulations to all of them and best of luck as they head overseas towards the end of the year for these competitions.

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DAY 2 HARROWS PRO TOUR BAROOGA SPORTS CLUB

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CHALLENGE TOUR UPDATE

The NSW and Qld events ran over the 18th and 19th of May. At the Mount Pritchard Club Scott Johnson returned to success with a win over Mark Lennard in the final of the first competition (5 legs to 4) before Kerry Allen took out the evening’s event with a 5-2 win over Luke Wilson. Sunday saw the two winners from the previous day face off in the first final with Allen taking the win over Johnson by five legs to two. In the fourth event the two most consistent players of the weekend took on each other again and it was Allen who took the win over Johnson again, this time 5-3.
At the Mollymook Beach Bowling club Many Kato defeated Mat Goozeff 5-0 in the first final of the weekend before Russell Northey finished the Saturday night by whitewashing Dave Boyle in the final of the second event. The next day, as at Mount Pritchard, the two winners from the Saturday played out the final of the third event with Northey taking it out in a final leg decider, 5-4, over Kato. Kato was not done for the weekend though and defeated Danny Watson 5-4 in the final event of the weekend.
At the Young Services Club it was no surprise to see both Josh Townsend, fresh off success at the pro tour level in Dubbo, take on Greg L’Estrange. Townsend got the best of his opponent and won 4-3 in the final. The two players were back at it again in the Final later that evening with Townsend winning a final leg decider for the second time in the day (this time winning 5-4.) On the Sunday morning Adam Faulkner broke the dominance of the same two players in the final by defeating Josh Townsend 4-2 in the semi final only to fall to L’Estrange in the final (4-2, including a 12 dart leg from L’Estrange.) Replicating the day before the Final was a copy of earlier in the day in terms of the result, although the scoreline read L’Estrange 4 Faulkner 1 this time. (Townsend lost to L’Estrange in the semifinal this time around.)
Meanwhile in Queensland at the Pine River Darts Club players bucked the trend of the same players making the finals all weekend. In the first event Michael Ruthenberg won his maiden event of the tour with a 5-3 win over Tony Davy. In the second event of the Saturday Jimmy Raroa took out a final leg decider to defeat Jackson Davies 5-4. The next day Mark Dutton beat Andrew Brown 5-2 to be crowned the third separate winner of the weekend (in fact there were twelve different semi finalists in the first three events.) On Sunday afternoon Andrew Brown was the first player to make a second final on the weekend but he was unable to change his runners up position, this time losing 5-1 to Dave Evans in the final (and thus crown four different winners over the four events on the weekend.)
Last weekend the Tasmanian challenge tour got underway with John Riley winning the first event by defeating Braydon Abbott in the final 5-3. That night Riley made the final once more but lost to Nathan Seabourne 5-2. Seabourne would add to this success on Day 2 with wins over Matt Woodberry (5-0) and Riley once more (6-4) to come away from the weekend leading the competition with Riley one place behind him. Weekend 2 of this event is May 25th and 26th at the East Devonport Recreation Centre.
In Victoria their tour continued at the MDDA centre it was Tyler Fitch doubling up on the Sunday with wins in each final, both over Brandon Weening (5-2 and 5-3.) The previous day Weening had made another final but in that he had met Brody Klinge who continued his good form across this tournament by winning another final, this time 5-1. That night Klinge made the final once more but came up one leg short of a perfect day with a 5-4 loss to Aaron Bradley.

WORLD CUP OF DARTS

NETHERLANDS will begin the defence of their BetVictor World Cup of Darts title against Spain in Hamburg next month, with the draw for this year's event now made.

The Dutch won a fourth title in last year's event, with World Champion Michael van Gerwen set to be partnered in 2019 by debutant Jermaine Wattimena.

They will take on Spain - the 2010 semi-finalists - in the first round at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg on Friday June 7.

England will be represented by Rob Cross and Michael Smith and they will take on the Philippines, while Scotland's Gary Anderson and Peter Wright drew Denmark and will be in action on the opening night on Thursday June 6.

Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton will compete as third seeds Wales, and they will meet Singapore, who will be captained by legendary Paul Lim.

Fifth seeds Australia, represented by Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson, will face Finland, while Northern Ireland will play South Africa.

Kim Huybrechts and Dimitri Van den Bergh reached the semi-finals for Belgium in 2018, and they will team up again as they take on Hong Kong in the opening round, while Mensur Suljovic will star for number eight seeds Austria, who will play Russia.

Host Nation Germany see Max Hopp and Martin Schindler continue the partnership which has seen them reach the quarter-finals for the past two years, and they will begin their campaign against Hungary on Thursday June 6.

The Republic of Ireland will be represented by Steve Lennon and recent Players Championship event winner William O'Connor, and they will meet Greece.

USA stalwart Darin Young will be partnered by Chuck Puleo, and they will meet China, while Canada are set to take on Italy.

Krzysztof Ratajski will head up a Polish side against the Czech Republic, Diogo Portela's Brazil will meet Sweden, Gibraltar will come up against Japan and Lithuania will play New Zealand.

The BetVictor World Cup of Darts will be held from June 6-9 at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

Broadcast live on Sky Sports, the tournament will see 32 countries represented by two players each in the unique event which features both doubles and singles matches.

Tickets are available now through PDC Europe at www.pdc-europe.tv.

2019 BetVictor World Cup of Darts

Draw Bracket

(1) England v Philippines

Republic of Ireland v Greece

(8) Austria v Russia

China v USA

(5) Australia v Finland

Italy v Canada

(4) Netherlands v Spain

Poland v Czech Republic

(2) Scotland v Denmark

Brazil v Sweden

(7) Belgium v Hong Kong

Hungary v Germany

(6) Northern Ireland v South Africa

New Zealand v Lithuania

(3) Wales v Singapore

Gibraltar v Japan

First Round Schedule of Play

Thursday June 6 (1900 local time)

Gibraltar v Japan

Northern Ireland v South Africa

New Zealand v Lithuania

Belgium v Hong Kong

Brazil v Sweden

Wales v Singapore

Hungary v Germany

Scotland v Denmark

Friday June 7 (1900 local time)

China v USA

Italy v Canada

Poland v Czech Republic

Republic of Ireland v Greece

England v Philippines

Austria v Russia

Australia v Finland

Netherlands v Spain

Nations & Competing Players

(Seed 1) England - Rob Cross & Michael Smith

(Seed 2) Scotland - Gary Anderson & Peter Wright

(Seed 3) Wales - Gerwyn Price & Jonny Clayton

(Seed 4) Netherlands - Michael van Gerwen & Jermaine Wattimena

(Seed 5) Australia - Simon Whitlock & Kyle Anderson

(Seed 6) Northern Ireland - Daryl Gurney & Brendan Dolan

(Seed 7) Belgium - Kim Huybrechts & Dimitri Van den Bergh

(Seed 8) Austria - Mensur Suljovic & Zoran Lerchbacher

Brazil - Diogo Portela & Artur Valle

Canada - Dawson Murschell & Jim Long

China - Xiaochen Zong & Qingyu Zhan

Czech Republic - Pavel Jirkal & Karel Sedlacek

Denmark - Per Laursen & Niels Heinsøe

Finland - Marko Kantele & Kim Viljanen

Germany - Max Hopp & Martin Schindler

Gibraltar - Dyson Parody & Antony Lopez

Greece - John Michael & Veniamin Symeonidis

Hong Kong - Royden Lam & Kai Fan Leung

Hungary - Pal Szekely & Janos Vegso

Italy - Andrea Micheletti & Stefano Tomassetti

Japan - Seigo Asada & Haruki Muramatsu

Lithuania - Darius Labanauskas & Mindaugas Barauskas

New Zealand - Cody Harris & Haupai Puha

Philippines - Lourence Ilagan & Noel Malicdem

Poland - Krzysztof Ratajski & Tytus Kanik

Republic of Ireland - Steve Lennon & William O'Connor

Russia - Boris Koltsov & Aleksey Kadochnikov

Singapore - Paul Lim & Harith Lim

South Africa - Devon Petersen & Vernon Bouwers

Spain - Cristo Reyes & Toni Alcinas

Sweden - Dennis Nilsson & Magnus Caris

United States of America - Darin Young & Chuck Puleo

Event Schedule

Thursday June 6 (1900 local time, 1800 BST)

First Round x8

Gibraltar v Japan

Northern Ireland v South Africa

New Zealand v Lithuania

Belgium v Hong Kong

Brazil v Sweden

Wales v Singapore

Hungary v Germany

Scotland v Denmark

Friday June 7 (1900 local time, 1800 BST)

First Round x8

China v USA

Italy v Canada

Poland v Czech Republic

Republic of Ireland v Greece

England v Philippines

Austria v Russia

Australia v Finland

Netherlands v Spain

Saturday June 8

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1800 BST)

Second Round x4

Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 BST)

Second Round x4

Sunday June 9

Afternoon Session (1200 local time, 1800 BST)

Quarter-Finals

Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 BST)

Semi-Finals

Final

Day Four of the Harrows DPA Pro Tour

Day Four of the Harrows DPA Pro Tour Dubbo events saw the competition move back to a round robin format at the ALH Macquarie Inn. The final eight had a couple of surprise entrants but the first should not have come as a shock to those who have followed the challenge tour. Josh Townsend has been making his mark in that tournament not too far away from Dubbo in Young and he defeated Michael Cassar and James Bailey to make the top eight. In that quarter final he played Ryan Lynch, who had played so well through the week. Townsend got through in another deciding leg after being down four legs to two.
Dale Burton-Pye caused a huge upset by knocking out Damon Heta in the round of 16 (having already seen off Greg Major) by five legs to three. In the quarter finals he met Haupai Puha but unlike Townsend this was one step too far as the Kiwi won 5-1.
In the other quarter finals Koha Kokiri and Steve Fitzpatrick repeated the final of the night before with a similar result. Fitzpatrick won the first game but then Kokiri, of team Kiwi (DPA and DPNZ), rattled off four straight games and the gap was too great for his opponent to close and Kokiri went through to the semi finals, winning five legs to three. In the other semi final Mick Lacey, who had enjoyed so much success in Tasmania, defeated Brendon McCausland 5-2, both players having left their most success in Dubbo to the final event of the week.
The first semi final saw Puha take a strong early lead over Townsend of 3-0. He broke Townsend in the second leg and in the third, with Townsend needing 48, he hit Shanghai to hold throw. Townsend held his throw in the fourth leg, and Puha did the same in the fifth to move a leg away from the match. In what would be the final leg Puha missed the bull for a 164 check out but Townsend was unable to convert 68 and Puha put the 25 away for a 5-1 win.
The second semi final saw Lacey go to an early two leg lead before Kokiri did what he had in his previous match, and win four games in succession. He broke Lacey in the fourth and sixth leg to go 4-2 up only to have Lacey break him for the second time in the match (after doing so previously in leg one) in the seventh leg. However, with Lacey needing 32, Kokiri was able to put 48 away to make his second final in succession.
The Final was a tight affair although early it looked like Puha could run away with it. The first leg saw Kokiri miss has chance to hold throw and Puha pounced on his next visit to take an early lead. He consolidated this in the second leg thanks to a 16 dart leg and two successive visits scoring 130 or over. A tight leg three saw Kokiri hold throw before he took the break back from his team Kiwi (DPA and DPNZ) colleague. 15 darts from Kokiri was enough in leg five to take the lead for the first time (he converted 83 with his opponent needing just 41 so the pressure was ever present.) Puha then demonstrated his class with a 12 dart leg where he averaged 125.3 across the leg, including a 140 finish.
At 3-3 something had to give and it was Kokiri as Puha followed up leg six with another confident throwing display and broke his opponent once more. He then held throw in 15 darts to take a two leg lead. Kokiri held his nerve in the next leg to reduce the deficit to one leg but it left him needing to break Puha in the next leg to take the match to a decider. Both players opened with 81 visits but a 140 turn on the oche for Puha gave him the impetus in the leg and he checked out the required 40 to win the match and event 18 of the Harrows DPA Pro Tour.

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