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Quick Catch Up with Kyle McKinstry

Quick catch up with Kyle McKinstry – Kyle despite not holding a PDC Tour Card reached the Last 16 in the UK Open recently.

McKinstry started his career in the BDO and still is battling it out on the NIDO circuit. On the main BDO circuit he did quite well winning the HAL and England Opens and also winning the British Pentathlon. In 2019 he reached the Quarter-Finals of the Lakeside World Championship losing out 5-2 to Glen Durrant and he recalls facing the now Premier League leader.

“I started off playing county darts for Armagh in Area 9 County team and doing a few BDO events and got a few wins; Gareth Chambers from Ballymore Inn and David Heasley from Indigo Fleet sponsored me and gave me the opportunity and I grasped it.”

“County level is a high standard and it gets you picked for the Northern Ireland team and three years in a row I finished top of the county averages,” he added.

“I won the Hal Masters (2017) in Holland the first time I went to it – I won the Northern Ireland Open twice and got beat in the final once.

“I’ve won the England Open which is a big one and three years in a row at Lakeside was a good experience.

“Winning the Northern Ireland Open in your own country is a big thing.”

“I made three Lakesides (BDO World Championships), lost out to Glen Durrant in the quarter-finals in 2019 then Matthew Ward from MDA Promotions came along and put me to Q (Qualifying) School and it snowballed from there.

“Coming up against Glen in the quarter-final on a Friday night at a packed Lakeside – the hair was standing on the back of my neck was standing up.”

“I played well, I could have went off 2-1 up at the break in sets but went off 2-1 and then Glen kicked on when we went back on stage.

“Growing up, the Lakeside was the one you’d gear up to watch ever year, I’d have always sat with my dad watching it and I always said to him I’ll be there one day.

“It was my dad that started me off playing darts in the house; he would have went to a few competitions with me, then I would throw myself into the deep end and go to all the big ones put the practice in and it has paid off.”

Switch to PDC

In terms of the PDC he made the decision to switch after the 2019 BDO World Championship and spoke of the difficulty of getting into Q-School.

“It didn’t matter what happened, whether I won it or went out in the first round I was going to the PDC; after the Lakeside I was home two days then I went to Q School.

“It was a big step up and it took me two or three days to adjust; because I had a good Lakeside I felt I had a target on my back. In the second round I played Jim Williams, averaged 97 and got beat 5-2 – it’s all in the luck of the draw.

“Last year I missed the first week of the challenge tour and the top two automatically get a tour card and a place at the Ally Pally (World Championship) and if I hadn’t missed the first weekend I’d have got it; I finished seventh and that got me into the UK Open.”

Facing Fallon Sherrock at UK Open

Speaking of facing Sherrock at the UK Open, he eased past ‘The Queen of the Palace’ and admitted nerves though beforehand despite not showing them on the stage.

“From (when) I saw the draw I was really nervous with the way she’d played at the Worlds and the way the crowd reacted. Where they going to give me hassle?

McKinstry drew the player that nobody would have wanted in the first round the ‘women of the moment’ Fallon Sherrock who’d created history by beating Ted Evetts and the big Austrian Mensur Suljovic at the World Championships in December.

However, the Moygashel man was well prepared for a female opponent as he practices with his 13-year-old daughter Cathlin Rea, who is already an accomplished thrower, having won three Northern Ireland youth events and has adopted the nickname the Village Woman.

“Even backstage before the match I was practising with Fallon and she was missing nothing, so I knew I’d have to be on the top of my game.

“Luckily I got on the stage and my finishing got me through it, I had six out of seven (6-1 victory) on the doubles and it is an experience I’ll not forget.”

Future ambitions

For the Northern Irishman after previously playing at Lakeside only one main dream remains for him at least in the near future.

“I had one dream to get to the Lakeside and I conquered it and the next dream now is the Ally Pally and a tour card.”

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Daryl Gurney into final day at the PDC UK Open

Northern Irelands Daryl Gurney is into the final day of darting action in Minehead today at the UK Open.

Daryl came through some nail biting games against Keegan Brown and William O’Connor both in last leg deciders. Then came a bigger task the World Champion Peter Wright. Daryl won out 10-6 and took his chances when Snakebite missed his.

The 148 checkout of Daryl to go 8-5 kind of broke Snakebites heart and after that it was plain sailing for Superchin. Daryl finished off the game with another sublime finish of 108 to move into the quarter finals.

Daryl Gurney has been to the semi final stage before and will look to go one better this time out. He has won here in Minehead at the Players Championship so has the pedigree and experience to go all the way. He will have to get through Jelle Klaasen next who out finished Gary Anderson in the last 16 stage.

Sunday March 8
Afternoon Session (1245 GMT start)

Quarter-Finals
Main Stage
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Gerwyn Price
Michael van Gerwen v Rob Cross
Daryl Gurney v Jelle Klaasen
Jamie Hughes v Jonny Clayton

Evening Session (1900 GMT start)
Semi-Finals & Final
Main Stage

PDC Premier League Night 5 Preview

So here we are again, this week off to Westpoint Arena in Exeter with local thrower and World Youth Champion Luke Humphries in action as this week’s challenger.

First up is Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney, winless in four attempts, taking on Rob Cross. Every week it’s a challenge for Daryl, but we all know he is more than capable but he is just not firing as yet in the Premier League. Rob Cross will look to pounce on any weakness that Daryl shows. Hopefully this is Daryl’s week and he gets off well and continues. I think this is a draw 6-6.

Second match Gerwyn Price the newly crowned Belgian Dart Champion takes on three time BDO winner Glen Durrant. Not hard to predict this one as Gerwyn seems to be on a crest of a wave and I can see no other result but a win for Price. Price 7-2.

Third match is Snakebite vs The Asp – which one will strike first? An intriguing game this one, Aspinall continues to race up the rankings and Snakebite is the newly crowned World Champion. Snakebite has been putting in some serious serious averages on the floor but then hasn’t totally shone at the Premier League. Is this the week the real Snakebite turns up, he will have to or Aspinall will have him. Snakebite to win 7-4.

Gary Anderson next against World Youth Champion Luke Humphries. I canno see anything other than a win for Anderson. Humphries is a real talent but he is not on the level that Anderson is, in my opinion. Anderson to win 7-3.

Last up tonight is Michael Smith versus Michael Van Gerwen. Two of the most talented guys in world darts. Michael Smith is undoubtedly capable of beating anyone, and I mean anyone on planet darts. MVG is the same but he does it on a more consistent basis. With that in mind MVG has not been the same invincible monster he was previously and is vulnerable nowadays. It’s a brave man to bet against MVG and it won’t be me this week. Very rarely does MVG get beat consecutively by the same person. He will be up for getting his revenge on Smith for knocking him out of the Belgian Darts Championship. MVG wins 7-4.

2020 Unibet Premier League
Night Five
Thursday March 5
Westpoint Exeter
Rob Cross v Daryl Gurney
Gerwyn Price v Glen Durrant
Nathan Aspinall v Peter Wright
Gary Anderson v Luke Humphries
Michael Smith v Michael van Gerwen

PDC UK Open Preview

Here we are with our preview of the UK Open, on our screens on ITV this weekend and happily there are a number of Northern Ireland based players competing this weekend.

Kyle Mckinstry vs Fallon Sherrock

First up we have The Village Man Kyle McKinstry playing against Fallon Sherrock. That should be an interesting tie and will give Kyle his much deserved big break on the big stage in the PDC. Sherrock caused quite a storm at the PDC Worlds and is going to the World Series events also, so she will be looking to put on a show. Kyle on the other hand, will just knuckle down and treat as it is – a game of darts. I asked Kyle during the week if he had played Fallon before, the Celtic Challenge Cup and what his aims are for the weekend.

I have not played Fallon before but she was part off my three-a-side team at the Scottish Open two or three years ago alongside Darren Clifford – so I know her game and more importantly she knows mine. This weekend I would like to go and please myself and play to the standard I know I can play at and you never know what happens.

What are your thoughts on your recent win with the NI International team at the Celtic Challenge?

Yes the team was great from one to twelve and I would love to see our big win get people playing more and look to wear that shirt for our country more.

Can I give a big shout out to MDA Promotions, Ballymore Inn and Indigo Fleet whom sponsor and encourage me. And to all my family and friends for their support, and my to wee girls Cathlin and Molly who will be watching at home, and to my partner Danielle who will be with me at the UK Open.

Gavin Carlin vs Harry Ward

The Cannon Gavin Carlin has been in and around the business end of local competitions in Ireland and Northern Ireland this last 12 months or so and will be ready for this game against MDA backed ‘Big H’ Harry Ward. Harry won on the Pro Tour in 2019, so he knows how to string a few games together and more importantly winning. Gavin won his tour card on his first attempt and looking at his results against some players, his averages suggest he has the beating of Harry. Time will tell. Minehead and the multi stage format doesnt suit everyone and there are always surprises.

Nathan Rafferty vs Darren Beveridge

Youngster Rafferty another MDA backed player has all the talent in the world. I’ve been on the receiving end of it at The Dunleath Bar in Cookstown. I’m looking at tops for an out, and he takes out 146! Anyhow Rafferty now needs to step up with that talent and go on a run in one of these. He shows no fear at times and has the scalp of many a professional including Snakebite. I think Rafferty wins this against Beveridge who was on the BDO tour for a while and is dipping his toe in the PDC ranks of late.

Kevin Burness v Harald Leitinger

Kevin Burness has been warming up for the UK Open at home in Northern Ireland and reached the final of the WWMC Open in Newtownabbey. I briefly talked to Kevin while he was practicing and he seemed upbeat about the UK Open and said:

It’s all on the day. Some days you can get through with a 90 average and the very next game a 100+ average will get you beat 6-3. The Pro Tour is so competitive now, that sometimes it’s a lottery who you get and what form they are in. The UK Open is a great tournament and I’m looking forward to getting there and doing my best.

Harald Leitinger is an unknown quantity as I have not seen him on the PDC stream or PDC TV events as yet. However he did win his PDC Tour Card this year in the European event – so he must have something in his locker. I do expect a Kevin Burness win in this first round match though.

Mickey Mansell comes into the tournament in Round 3 and Daryl Gurney & Brendan Dolan in Round 4.

2020 Ladbrokes UK Open
Friday March 6
Afternoon Session (1100 GMT Start, 1200 GMT on Main Stage)
First, Second & Third Rounds 
Main Stage

Mike De Decker v Lisa Ashton (R1)
Damon Heta v Scott Waites (R1)
Kyle McKinstry v Fallon Sherrock (R1)
Scott Baker v Mark McGeeney (R2)
Jeff Smith v John Michael (R2)
David Pallett v Doets/Thompson (R2)
Heaver/Noguera v McKinstry/Sherrock (R2)
Luke Humphries v Kyle Anderson (R3)
Kim Huybrechts v Robert Thornton (R3)
Josh Payne v Luke Woodhouse (R3)

Stage Two
Cody Harris v Scott Taylor (R1)
Kai Fan Leung v Kelvin Self (R1)
Adam Hunt v Karel Sedlacek (R1)
Keane Barry v Alan Tabern (R1)
Andy Hamilton v Patrick Lynskey (R1)
Marko Kantele v Dirk van Duijvenbode (R2)
Heta/Waites v Geert Nentjes (R2)
Larsson/Meikle v De Decker/Ashton (R2)
Menzies/Brooks v Nick Kenny (R2)
Ryan Searle v Cristo Reyes (R3)
William O’Connor v Jan Dekker (R3)
Vincent van der Voort v Smith/Michael (R3)
Koltsov/Van Trijp/Davidson/Borland v Larsson/Meikle/De Decker/Ashton (R3)

Stage Three
Steffen Siepmann v Krzysztof Kciuk (R1)
Peter Jacques v Ciaran Teehan (R1)
Michael Barnard v Steve Brown (R1)
Daniel Larsson v Ryan Meikle (R1)
Harry Ward v Gavin Carlin (R2)
Kirk Shepherd v Leung/Self (R2)
Hunt/Sedlacek v Barrie Bates (R2)
Hayden/J Clark v Richardson/Penhall (R2)
Ron Meulenkamp v Richard North (R3)
Jones/Blades/Whitehead v Steve West (R3)
Devon Petersen v Menzies/Brooks/Kenny (R3)
Justin Smith/Jenkins/Beeney/Harms v Atkins/Murray/Bunse (R3)
Huckvale/Burton/Van der Meer v Heaver/Noguera/McKinstry/Sherrock (R3)

Stage Four
Jason Askew v Greg Ritchie (R1)
Jason Heaver v Jesus Noguera (R1)
Adam Smith-Neale v Ben Cheeseman (R1)
Darren Beveridge v Nathan Rafferty (R1)
Andy Boulton v Reece Robinson (R2)
Nathan Derry v Maik Kuivenhoven (R2)
Justin Smith/Jenkins v Beeney/Harms (R2)
Telnekes/Kleermaker v Madars Razma (R2)
Jamie Lewis v Ross Smith (R3)
Evetts/Van Peer/Roelofs v James Wilson (R3)
Steve Lennon v Barnard/Brown/Barry/Tabern (R3)
Mickey Mansell v Zonneveld/Hamilton/Lynskey (R3)

Stage Five
Adam Huckvale v Stephen Burton (R1)
Rhys Hayden v James Clark (R1)
Cameron Menzies v Bradley Brooks (R1)
Kevin Burness v Harald Leitinger (R1)
Jonathan Worsley v Matt Clark (R2)
Carl Wilkinson v Siepmann/Kciuk (R2)
Ted Evetts v Van Peer/Roelofs (R2)
Barnard/Brown v Barry/Tabern (R2)
Justin Pipe v Shepherd/Leung/Self (R3)
Ryan Joyce v Jacques/Teehan/Meeuwisse (R3)
Jose De Sousa v Williams/Owen/Gray (R3)
Van Duivenbode/Beveridge/Rafferty v Jamie Hughes (R3)

Stage Six
Aaron Beeney v Wesley Harms (R1)
Boris Koltsov v Danny van Trijp (R1)
Andrew Davidson v William Borland (R1)
Lewis Williams v Robert Owen (R1)
Harris/Taylor v Jason Lowe (R2)
Atkins/Murray v Christian Bunse (R2)
Mike van Duivenbode v Beveridge/Rafferty (R2)
Niels Zonneveld v Hamilton/Lynskey (R2)
Derry/Kuivenhoven v Gabriel Clemens (R3)
Darius Labanauskas v Kantele/Van Duijvenbode (R3)
Hayden/J Clark/Richardson/Penhall v Toni Alcinas (R3)
Matthew Edgar v Smith-Neale/Cheeseman/McGuirk/Rydz (R3)

Stage Seven
Martin Atkins v Ryan Murray (R1)
Shane McGuirk v Callan Rydz (R1)
Wayne Jones v Gary Blades (R1)
Berry van Peer v Owen Roelofs (R1)
Rowby-John Rodriguez v Askew/Ritchie (R2)
Jacques/Teehan v Yordi Meeuwisse (R2)
Williams/Owen v Adrian Gray (R2)
Burness/Leitinger v Joe Murnan (R2)
Martin Schindler v Benito van de Pas (R3)
Baker/McGeeney v Boulton/Robinson (R3)
Worsley/M Clark v Harris/Taylor/Lowe (R3)
Telnekes/Kleermaker/Razma v Heta/Waites/Nentjes (R3)

Stage Eight
Justin Smith v Andy Jenkins (R1)
Derk Telnekes v Martijn Kleermaker (R1)
James Richardson v Darren Penhall (R1)
Kevin Doets v Alfie Thompson (R1)
Huckvale/Burton v Vincent van der Meer (R2)
Jones/Blades v Conan Whitehead (R2)
Koltsov/Van Trijp v Davidson/Borland (R2)
Smith-Neale/Cheeseman v McGuirk/Rydz (R2)
Jelle Klaasen v Rodriguez/Askew/Ritchie (R3)
Ward/Carlin v Wilkinson/Siepmann/Kciuk (R3)
Pallett/Doets/Thompson v Simon Stevenson (R3)
Hunt/Sedlacek/Bates v Burness/Leitinger/Murnan (R3)

Schedule of Play
Friday March 6
Afternoon Session (1100 GMT start – 1200 GMT start on Main Stage)

First, Second & Third Rounds
Main Stage, Stage Two & Stages Three-Eight

Evening Session (1900 GMT start)
Fourth Round
Main Stage, Stage Two & Stages Three-Eight

Saturday March 7 
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT start)
Fifth Round
Main Stage, Stage Two & Stages Three-Four

Evening Session (1900 GMT start)
Sixth Round
Main Stage & Stage Two
* NB Session times for Saturday amended from one session to two sessions.

Sunday March 8
Afternoon Session (1245 GMT start)

Quarter-Finals
Main Stage

Evening Session (1900 GMT start)
Semi-Finals & Final
Main Stage

Format
First, Second & Third Rounds – Best of 11 legs
Fourth, Fifth & Sixth Rounds & Quarter-Finals – Best of 19 legs
Semi-Finals & Final – Best of 21 legs

Prize Fund
Winner – £100,000
Runner-Up – £40,000
Semi-Finalists – £20,000
Quarter-Finalists – £12,500
Sixth Round Losers – £7,500
Fifth Round Losers – £4,000
Fourth Round Losers – £2,000
Third Round Losers – £1,000
Total – £450,000

PDC Premier League In Dublin

Quick preview of tonight’s matches at the PDC Premier League in Dublin.

Premier League Darts 2020 schedule

Night Four, Dublin

19:15 Glen Durrant vs Nathan Aspinall

Both debutants in the PL this season Durrant and Aspinall have been great so far. I think Durrant takes this one 7-5.


19:50 Rob Cross vs Gary Anderson

Hard to look past Anderson in this one. Ando to win 7-4.


20:25 Daryl Gurney vs Michael Smith

Gurney back in Dublin, where he won his first major, The World Grand Prix. Smith hasn’t really shone in Dublin before, but signs of his form are there or thereabouts. Going for a draw here.


21:00 Michael van Gerwen vs William O’Connor [challenger]

This weeks challenger is Limerick man William Oconnor versus MVG. Who would bet against MVG? Oconnor is a tough opponent, but will he let his head get in the way of the match in front of him. MVG near his A game should win this, but on his B game and Oconnor will have him. MVG to win 7-3.


21:35 Gerwyn Price vs Peter Wright

Last up is the repeat of the World Final, Snakebite vs Price. Going for a draw 6-6. Both playing near their peak at the moment. Could go either way.

Enjoy the darts!

PDC Premier League Preview

So the PDC Premier League is back on our screens on Sky Sports tonight, from Cardiff for this weeks action.

The challenger this week is Wales’ own Jonny Clayton, a player who is often underestimated. A dangerous player when the doubles go in.

My predictions for tonight.

Wright 5 – 7 Cross
Clayton 4 – 7 Smith
MVG 6 – 6 Aspinall
Gurney 4 – 7 Price
Durrant 4 – 7 Anderson

Good luck to all, but most of all to Daryl Gurney who is bottom of the table after two weeks action.

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