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PDC Premier League Tonight's Preview

The PDC Premier League is back in full swing and after the opening week last week, again the PDC Premier League has some great match up’s in Nottingham tonight.

First up we have Rob Cross versus Nathan Aspinall. Much has been said about Rob Cross being a one hit wonder – but he did win the Matchplay last year – so does that make him a two hit wonder?? The man is a class act and is so dangerous on the 100+ outshots – however he is in a dip of form and up against one of the youngsters who is on an upward trajectory. Cross has lost over two stone in weight and that will affect your game – I expect Cross to get his form back but Aspinall is riding on the crest of wave recently and I can see two wins on the bounce for The Asp. Aspinall to win 7-4.

Second match on the card is the Welsh juggernaut Gerwyn Price against Michael Smith. A tough one to call this. Michael Smith always seems to be there or thereabouts – but unable to cross the line. Gerwyn Price will be looking to pounce on a vunerable Smith in this one and I expect Price to win out 7-5.

The battle of the two Scotland World Cup Pair Gary Anderson versus Peter Wright. Ando beat Northern Ireland star Daryl Gurney last week in Aberdeen without too much trouble to be honest and that backed up a win in the first Pro Tour of the year. Wright meanwhile won the World Championship quite convincingly and followed that up with The Masters… A battle indeed but Anderson has more wins in the head to heads and I expect it to be really close between the pair. Draw 6-6.

Second to last match is Glen Durrant versus Fallon Sherrock. Well a lot has been made about this match during the week from the PDC press and news websites etc. But I really don’t think Sherrock is in Durrant’s league. If Durrant doesn’t win this I will be totally shocked. Sherrock whilst she won two games at Ally Pally, does not have a Tour card (like Lisa Ashton!) and isn’t playing these premier league players every week. Durrant is a class act, reaching two PDC major semi finals in 2019 and shot up the rankings inside the top 32 in less than one season on the circuit. I really can’t see anything but a Durrant win 7-3. Sherrock to hit most 180’s.

Last up we have Daryl Gurney against Michael Van Gerwen. Always a great game between these two and they love to one up each other. Daryl could be attributed with the slight downward trend of MVG winning everything on the calendar with his exploits in the Premier League and Players Championship in previous years. Players no longer fear playing MVG as he does have his B game (96-100) more often. Daryl on his A game is well capable of beating MVG and MVG knows that. MVG will be up for this game, but with the new darts from Winmau, is he ready for Daryl Gurney – time will tell. I’ll go with a 6-6 draw in this one.

2020 Unibet Premier League
Night Two
Thursday February 13

Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Rob Cross v Nathan Aspinall
Gerwyn Price v Michael Smith
Gary Anderson v Peter Wright
Glen Durrant v Fallon Sherrock
Daryl Gurney v Michael van Gerwen

Nathan Aspinall wins Players Championship 2

Stockport’ Nathan Aspinall has won the second Players Championship event of the season after defeating Wales’ Gerwyn Price in the final.

Aspinall averaged 101.3 in the final against a dangerous opponent in Gerwyn Price with an 8-3 scoreline.

His best performance of the day came in the Quarter-Finals; where he showed himself to be a force to be reckoned with today with a 117.5 average to dispel Peter Wright 6-4. It was revealed as the highest ever combined average in Players Championship history as Snakebite also hit a 113.7 average in defeat.

There was also brilliant wins over Gabriel Clemens 7-0 and Keegan Brown 6-5 (103 average); as well as the impressive Jason Lowe 6-3.

Great run again from Northern Irelands Mickey Mansell who fell 6-0 to Gerwyn Price at the quarter final stage. Great weekend for Dolan and Mansell this weekend.

PC1 & PC2 – Combined Prize Money

£ 11.500 Aspinall
£ 10.000 Anderson G.
£ 7.500 Smith J.
£ 7.000 Price
£ 4.500 Wright

£ 4.000 Dolan
£ 4.000 Lewis A.
£ 4.000 van Duijvenbode
£ 3.750 Mansell
£ 3.750 Smith R.

Quarter-Finals
Gabriel Clemens 6 | 2 Jamie Hughes
Nathan Aspinall 6 | 4 Peter Wright
Ross Smith 4 | 6 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Gerwyn Price 6 | 0 Mickey Mansell

Semi-Finals
Gabriel Clemens 0 | 7 Nathan Aspinall
Dirk van Duijvenbode 4 | 7 Gerwyn Price

Final
Nathan Aspinall 8 | 3 Gerwyn Price

Gary Anderson wins PDC Players Championship 1 today

Gary Anderson claimed victory in the first Players Championship of the year. The Flying Scotsman defeated Canada’s Jeff Smith 8-4 in the final.

Anderson, who threw four 100+ averages in his seven games today, led 2-1 and eventually 3-2, before he claimed three legs in a row to streak ahead 6-2 up. The Silencer Jeff Smith was able to nab two legs back to go 6-4 down but Anderson wrapped the victory 8-4 with a deserved win.

The Flying Scotsman beat Adrian Lewis, Joe Cullen, Rob Cross and Gerwyn Price on his way to the final to claim his 49th PDC ranking title.

Great runs by Brendan Dolan and Mickey Mansell today. Mansell hit the first 9 dart leg in the Players Championship today in the first round and kicked on to reach the last 16, going down to the evergreen Steve Beaton. Brendan Dolan beat MVG 6-4 in the last 32 and went on to the semi finals going out to finalist Jeff Smith.

Last 16

Brendan Dolan 6 | 5 Ross Smith
Maik Kuivenhoven 6 | 3 Steve Brown
Peter Wright 6 | 3 Conan Whitehead
Jeff Smith 6 | 5 Nathan Aspinall
Adrian Lewis 6 | 1 Darren Webster
Steve Beaton 6 | 1 Mickey Mansell
Gary Anderson 6 | 2 Rob Cross
Joe Cullen 6 | 1 Nick Kenny

Quarter-Finals

Brendan Dolan 6 | 3 Maik Kuivenhoven
Jeff Smith 6 | 5 Peter Wright
Adrian Lewis 6 | 3 Steve Beaton
Gary Anderson 6 | 2 Joe Cullen

Semi-Finals

Jeff Smith 7 | 2 Brendan Dolan
Gary Anderson 7 | 3 Adrian Lewis

Final

Gary Anderson 8 | 4 Jeff Smith

McKinstry and Rafferty in the PDC UK Open

The Challenge Tour and Development Tour spots have been confirmed for the 2020 UK Open after the conclusion of Q-School and players being taken out as a result of winning Tour Cards.

Cameron Menzies heads the list of the Challenge Tour qualifiers and is joined by names such as Andy Jenkins, Barry van Peer, Cody Harris and Boris Koltzov. They are joined by Northern Ireland player and International Captain Kyle McKinstry. He will look to assert himself in the UK Open at Minehead.

He is joined by three Irish youngsters Keane Barry, Nathan Rafferty and Shane McGuirk who between them headed up the Development tour hierarchy at the end of the season. Each one of them are well capable of winning big time games. A great future ahead. I expect at least one of them to get through to the last 16 stage.

Good luck lads.

PDC Q School Entries so far

A provisional list of entries has been released via DartConnect showing the first participants to register for 2020 PDC UK Q-School.

Well-known players such as Jamie Caven, Robbie Green, Wes Newton, Dave Askew, Andrew Gilding, Alan Norris, Mark Webster and Kevin Painter are among the professionals trying to earn back their tour cards. Andy Hamilton was expected to join the entries also.

We are also seeing some BDO regulars in the line up including Dave Evans, Scott Mitchell, Jim Williams, Scott Waites, Tony ‘Silverback’ O’Shea and Gary Robson.

There are also entries for Fallon Sherrock, Deta Hedman and Japanese star Mikuru Suzuki.

From these shores we have Kevin Burness, Keane Barry, Trevor Vallely, Niall Culleton and BDO World Masters winner John O’Shea to name a few.

Notable names not on this list are Kyle McKinstry and Neil Duff – who have yet to register and what with the WDF and BDO controversies, it remains to be seen if they will or not. Closing date is midday 14th January. PDC Q School kicks off on the 16th and runs for four consecutive days.

Each day will see the last two players at the UK Qualifying School and the winner of the European Qualifying School secure an automatic Tour Card, with points being allocated to other players based on wins in each full round.

Further Tour Cards will then be awarded based on the respective Q School Orders of Merit, allocated per venue on a pro-rata basis from the numbers of competing players.

Players who do not win a Tour Card will become PDPA Associate Members and can compete on the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour in 2020, with a sixth Challenge Tour weekend now being added to the circuit on September 19-20 in Wigan.

Provisional list of participants for 2020 PDC UK Q-School

Adams, Sean
Adshead, David
Airey, David
Allen, Devon
Anderson, Cameron
Ansell, Frankie
Argyle, Aaron
Asada, Seigo
Ashurst, Michael
Askew, Dave
Atkin, Steven
Atkins, Jamie
Atkins (Leeds), Martin
Atkins (Wigan), Martin
Aubrey, Chris
Baldock, Allen
Balfe, Donal
Ball, Alex
Barilli, Mark
Barnfather, Matthew
Barry, Keane
Barstow, Chas
Batchelor, Carl
Baughan, Tom
Baxter, Craig
Beck, Richard
Beeney, Aaron
Bent, Christopher
Bevan, Ben
Beveridge, Darren
Blades, Gary
Blyth, David
Boon, Nathan
Borland, William
Borthwick, Philip
Bowman, Adam
Brooks, Bradley
Brooks, Rachel
Brown, Darron
Burdett, Nathan
Burness, Kevin
Burness, William
Burton, Corey
Byrne, Shane
Calvert, David
Carr, David
Carter, Jake
Caven, Jamie
Chalmers, Andy
Chance, Ben
Cheeseman, Ben
Chubb, Kirsty
Clark, Jamie
Clark, Tony
Clarke, Ricky
Clarke, Tom
Clifton, James
Cocks, Nick
Colbourne, Stephen
Cole, Jarred
Collins, Robert
Comben, Robert
Cope, Aiden
Costigan, John
Coulson, Derek
Court, Gary
Court, John
Cowan, Martin
Cox, Daniel
Craddock, Ryan
Craven, Chris
Creed, Terry
Cressey, George
Crossley, John
Cullen, Jason
Culleton, Niall
Darbyshire, Scott
Davenport, Perry
Davey, John
Davidson, Andrew
Davies, Darren
Davies, Stuart
Davies (Crewe), Ben
Dawson, Tom
Day, Daniel
Delahunty, Jason
Dennant, Matthew
Denoon, Nicky
Derrick, Andy
Dolan, Jeremy
Dowling, Kevin
Doyle, Cameron
Ducklin, Kelvin
Dudbridge, Mark
Duncan, James
Duncan, Stuart
Duo, Dylan
Dutton, Stuart
Eastwood, Gary
Edhouse, Ritchie
Edwards, Dafydd
Edwards, David
Edwards, Martin
Ellis, Robbie
Emmett-Bowden, Owen
Evans, David
Evans, Kieran
Evans, Lee
Everett, Dale
Ewing, Sean
Farmer, Mark
Fathers, Jason
Finch, Matthew
Fitzpatrick, Glenn
Flitton, Mark
Forde, Dean
Forman, Andrew
Fowler, Martyn
Fox, Shaun
Francis, Callum
Frost, Mark
Furness, Ryan
Gallimore, Stephen
Garcia, Kevin
Geraghty, Keith
Getty, Luke
Gilding, Andrew
Gillet, Mike
Goode, Aled
Goodwin, Phillip
Graham, Mark
Grearson, Martin
Green, David
Green, Robbie
Greenaway, Ian
Gregory, Thomas
Griffin, Rhys
Grimes, Mark
Gwynne, Jacob
Habgood, Josh
Hall, Graham
Hall, Rees
Hallas, Brian
Harrington, Ryan
Harris, Lee
Harrison, Richard
Harrison, Wayne
Hawkins, Marcus
Hayward (Stafford), Edward
Hedman, Deta
Herewini, Darren
Heta, Damon
Heywood, Joseph
Hickey, Mark
Hine, Steve
Hodgson, Darrell
Hogg, Chris
Holgate, Ashley
Holloway, Paul
Hollyhead, Ellis
Hood, Justin
Hope, Ryan
Hope, Scott
Howarth, Joshua
Huckvale, Adam
Hudson, Brian
Hudson, Peter
Hunt, Adam
Hunt, Rory
Hunter, Sam
Huntington, Ben
Hurley, Conor
Hurrell, James
Jacques, Peter
Jenkinson, Adam
Jenkinson, Paul
Johnson, Darren
Jones, Christopher Paul
Jones, Dean
Jones, Stephen
Jones, Wayne
Jones-Swanson, Coby
Jopling, Ian
Kay, Danny
Kelling, Jamie
Kempster, James
Kippen, John
Kirk, Aden
Lacey, Chris
Ladley, David
Lammie, David
Lane, Kevin
Lauby, Daniel
Lawrence, Mark
Lawson, James
Layton, Mark
Lee, Daniel
Leung, Kai Fan
Lever, Ian
Lishman, Tommy
Long , Alex
Lovely, Eddie
Lovely, Thomas
Lowthorpe, Joshua
Lynch, George
Lynskey, Patrick
Main, Jack
Marshall, Ray
Mathers, Gordon
Mathews, Chris
Mawson, Gary
McDine, Kevin
McKinney, Kevin
McKirdy, Jimmy
Mccloskey, Michael
Meaker, Ian
Meaney, Michael
Meek, Liam
Mitchell, Liam
Mitchell, Peter
Modra, Robert
Momma, Taro
Morrison, Alexander
Morrison, Sandy
Morrison, Steven
Moston, Jim
Mold, Adam
Murphy, David
Murphy, Jason
Murphy, Russell
Murray, Geoffrey
Murray, Ryan
Nakanishi, Eikichi
Neads, David
Neary, Jack
Newton, Wes
Nicholson, David
Norris, Alan
O’Boyle, Martin
O’Shea, Anthony
O’Shea, John
O’Toole, William
Osborne, Colin
Owen, Robert
Owen, Tim
Painter, Kevin
Palmer, Ryan
Penhall, Darren
Penney, Danny
Phillips, Brad
Pick, Chris
Pilgrim, Darryl
Pink, Matthew
Place, Darren
Plumb, Ian
Poole, Michael
Portela, Diogo
Portela, Mario
Power, John
Preston, Simon
Price, Shane
Pride, Lewis
Prince, Dave
Procter, Tony
Puleo, Chuck
Quantock, Chris
Quenby, Ben
Quinn, Patrick
Rabadiya, Hitesh
Read, Dan
Redding, Dave
Rees, Robert
Reeves, Curtis
Richardson, James
Richardson, Tony
Ritchie, Greg
Roach, Terry
Robinson, Jamie
Robson, Gary
Rose, Daniel
Ryan, Sean
Sato, Kasumi
Savage, Stephen
Scutt, Connor
Selby-Rivas, Jaikob
Shaw, Matthew
Sherrock, Fallon
Singh Nagi, Coni
Slocombe, Keith
Smith, Dennis
Smith, Suzanne
Stafford, Gary
Stansbury, Robert
Stevenson, Evander
Stocker, Mark
Stubbs, Stuart
Suzuki, Mikuru
Tabern, Alan
Tate, Simon
Taylor, David
Taylor, Dom
Taylor, Scott
Thexton, William
Thomas, Martin
Thompson, James
Treadgold, Nathan
Tucker, Luke
Turle, Lee
Twell, Ross
Urmston-Toft, AJ
Usher, Graham
Vallely, Trevor
Van Der Mescht, Michael
Venables, Mark
Vincent, Jack
Waites, Scott
Ware, Chris
Weaver, Darren
Webster, Mark
West, Ben
White, Chris
White, Stuart
Whittaker , Grant
Whitworth, Lee
Whybrow, Brian
Williams, Derek
Williams, Jim
Williams, Lee
Williams, Lewis
Williams, Stephen
Wilson, Kevin
Wilson, Mark
Wilson, Stu
Wood, Adam
Wood, Tony
Woodhouse, James
Woods, Brian
Woolgar, Simon
Wynn, Jonathan
Yadav, Pranav
Yamada, Yuki
Yates, Luke
Young, James

PDC World Championship Semi Finals tonight

Well here we are at the penultimate round of the PDC World Championship tonight and we have two great match ups to look forward to.

Peter Wright vs Gerwyn Price

Peter Wright hasn’t lit up Ally Pally as yet with some stuttering wins, but a win is a win as they say. He dispatched Luke Humphries 5-3 in the quarter finals and did just enough. Seems he is keeping his powder dry for the final? He will need to get all his guns ablaze tonight as Gerwyn Price is coming through like a train. Price demolished Durrant with a 5-1 scoreline but it kind of flattered the Welsh man. Durrant missed too many doubles and set up shots to ever trouble Price after he went 3-1 up, Durrant looked dead and buried. Price plays well one game, average the next, so can we expect a good one this time? I think so, Price can see the winning line and has that focus of a primed competitor ready to strike. Unfortunately for Wright fans, we just dont know what darts he will turn up with, never mind what form he will be in. Price is the measured bet here, but you just can’t write Snakebite off.

Michael van Gerwen vs Nathan Aspinall

MVG has ruffled a few feathers on his way to the semi final stage this year. Not been at his best and still winning games with a 99 odd average. Darius Labanauskas could have made it 4-3 but for missed doubles last night but MVG wasnt really even interested. He let it slip while interviewed after that he was bored, and maybe that’s the secret, slow play him to boredom… MVG last night went for 141 whilst on 400 required to try and put off Labanauskas whilst he was on a 9 darter, just disrespectful in my opinion. Aspinall has been stellar throughout each round and dispatched Van Den Bergh 5-3 in the quarter final stage. The UK Open and US Masters Champion in 2019, he knows how to win and I do hope he doesnt get overawed by the occasion. MVG interviewed yesterday and tried the mind games again, saying that Aspinall looks up to him – I suspect not, as MVG isn’t a role model for anybody, he has some personality traits that you would not want to mimic, the 141 above as an example. On the other hand Aspinall is nothing but gracious in winning and losing check out his pre tournament interview.

I expect this to be close, but The Green Machine will win out with two of his sets being 108+ in average.

PDC Quarter Finals Day

So we are down to the quarter finals at the PDC World Championship and it should be a great day of darts at Alexandra Palace in London.

PDC World Championship

Nathan Aspinall vs Dimitri Van Den Bergh

How Dimitri came through against Adrian Lewis after being 3-1 down in sets showed his resolve. Jackpot must be kicking himself that he has to wait a full year to put that right. Apsinall played superb to overcome Gary Anderson, and I expect he will do the same again. The Asp to win.

Luke Humphries vs Peter Wright

Peter Wright sneaked through in a decider and has done just about enough to win games all the way through. Humphries has looked great all the way through and hammered Huybrechts in last round. He will have the bit between his teeth after Huybrechts comments after their game. But will the Snakebite actually turn up this time? Snakebite to win for me.

Michael Van Gerwen bs Darius Labanauskas

A bit of humility would do MVG good as he has got very over confident at this worlds, without even showing his A game. Could have and should have been beat if opponents had turned up against him. He always seems to find a way but he must not under estimate Labanauskas. MVG to win.

Glen Durrant vs Gerwyn Price

Last up we have the current BDO world champion taking on the back to back Grand Slam champion. Gerwyn played an average game against Whitlock last night, blaming the Aussie of slow playing. Durrant isn’t a fast player either and will play his own game, so will it be another frustrating game for Gerwyn? I expect Durrant to dictate the pace here as we saw him slow down Dobey in his last game. Durrant is lethal on double 16 and I expect him to hit it a lot again today. I’m going with Durrant, I can’t see Gerwyn beating Durrant on form, I just really can’t.