By John Lowe, Jan 2 2016 08:44AM
Gary Anderson the reigning William Hill World Darts Champion took another step towards retaining hid crown after he beat James Wade 5-1 in a match he dominated throughout, hois average was 105.25 and contained 10 maximums, coupled with a finishing average of 53% he his doing everything he can to make sure the Sid Wadell Trophy remains in his trophy cabinet.
Jelle Klaasen beat Alan Noris 5-4 but not before he staged a remarkable comeback from 3-1 down, Noris was cruising until klaasen won 5 legs on the spin, at 4-4 Klaasen produced the perfect reply winning 3 legs needed to seal the match.
If Klaasen's comeback was great Barney's was sensational, 3 sets to 0 down against Michael Smith and only 3 legs won looked like being the end of Barney's championship, but he refued to go away and fought back to take the next 3 sets losing just one leg, match on, the next 2 sets where halved and it came down to the last set tie break, Barney completed yet another comeback to add to his previous ones in this championship winning the set 4-2 and going through to the semi-final.
Adrian Lewis and Peter Wright played a very good match, however the score-line suggests different, Lewis winning 5-2, the crucial part of the match was in the 5th set when Wright missed 2 set winning darts, he did take the 6th set and had a dart to take the 7th, but it was Lewis who finished the job and now goes into the semi-final.
Semi-Final line up:
Barney V Lewis
Anderson V klaasen.
Best of 11 sets.
Photograph: Anderson on cue to retain his title.
By John Lowe, Dec 31 2015 08:34AM
Phil Taylor the 16 times World Champion was beaten at Alexrandra Palace in the William Hill World Championship last night,Jelle Klaasen the Dutch former Lakeside Champion beat him in a dramatic tie break in the 7th set of the match, Taylor did have 1 match winning dart before Klaasen overturned a 2 leg deficit winning 4 straight legs and sealing Taylors fate with a magnificent 11 darter, Klaasen hit 15 maximums and averaged 102, Taylor finished 2015 without a Major title to his name and although he is determined to put that right in 2016 it will not be easy with players producing the darts we have seen over the last few days.
Peter Wright beat Dave Chisnall in another epic match that also went down to the 7th set tie break, Wright winning that set 6-4 and the match, Wright outscored Chisnall in the maximumbracket 14 to 9, both players averaged over 102.
Alan Noris beat Mark Webster 4-1 in a good match but following the Wright/Chisnall clash somewhat a anti climax.
The quarter finals look like this:
Barney v Smith
Lewis v Wright
Noris v Klaasen
Anderson v Wade
All games to be played on Friday the 1st of January 2016.
Photograph: Taylor says goodbye to the Palace.
By John Lowe, Dec 30 2015 08:23AM
Raymond Van Barnaveldt rolled back the years at Ally Pally last night producing a brilliant display of darting abilty to beat fellow Dutchman Michael Van Gerwen in a seven-set thriller that had the audience on their feet, the match swayed and frowed from one player to the other, MVG wins the first set 3-1, then loses the second 3-1, that's how it went to the 7th and deciding set, Barney takes out 101 to open, then finishes on 72 to take a 2 leg lead, MVG fires in a 10 dart leg, then drama, MVG misses double 20 to level and Barney takes out 96 in 2 darts to take the set and the victory. Van Gerwen ended with a 105.78 average, hitting 11 maximums and a 170 checkout, no one thought it would be possible to lose with those statistics, except one Raymond Van Barnaveldt.
Gary Anderson brushed aside Vincent Van der Voort 4-0 losing just 1 leg.
Adrian Lewis beat Menus Suljovic 4-0.
James Wade beat a gallant Jamie Caven 4-1.
Jelle Klaasen beat Mervyn King 4-2.
Michael Smith reached top form in the championship against Benito Van de Pas averaging 101 and hitting 12 maximums to win 4-0.
Todays session will see Peter Wright play Dave Chisnall, Alan Noris play Mark Webster and Phil Taylor play Jelle Klaasen.
At the moment though all the talk at Ally Pally is about Barney and the way he handled the World number 1 MVG in a match that will go down one of the finest ever in World Championship History.
By John Lowe, Dec 29 2015 08:38AM
Phil Taylor beat Kevin Painter 4-1 last night but it was a mixed bag of events, Painter took the 1st set 3-1 and should have gone 2-1 sets in front but 4 missed set winning darts cost him dearly, he didn't recover from that set back and Taylor took advantage even though his own double throwing was way below par at 27%, however he goes through and the closer he gets to the last few in the race to become champion the more dangerous he becomes.
Adrian Lewis was in a hurry to put Andrew Gilding out and he did it in fine style winning 4-0, Gilding won just 2 legs and could do nothing to stop Lewis who had the second highest average of the tournament at 103-52, on this form he could be on his way to a big JACKPOT.
Peter Wright looked very comfortable and confident against Ronny huybrechts winning 4-0, which included 9 maximums, Wright is many peoples favourite to lift the trophy on Sunday, if this match was any pointer they could well be right.
Mensur Suljovic battled all the way against David Pallett finally beating him 4-3.
Mark Webster found his form against Terry Jenkins winning 4-0, Jenkins did have a chance to take the 2nd set but then it was one sided to the Welshman.
Alan Noris showed his fire power in his win over Joe Murnan hitting 11 maximums and a 4-1 win.
Tuesday's pick of the matches will be the all dutch clash between Michael Van Gerwen and Raymond Van Barnaveldt, miss it if you dare.
Photograph: Phil Taylor happy to be through.
By John Lowe, Dec 28 2015 08:40AM
Michael Van Gerwen produced a master class of dart throwing against Darren Webster at Alexandra Palace last night, he was in unstopable form and you could only feel sorry for Webster who did not play badly, he just wasn't given a chance to check out, MVG finishing on 3 figure out shots time after time, 117, 121, 136, and a160, his finishing average was 66-67% and to round up a magnificent display, a throwing average of 109-23, it was breathtaking darts.
James Wade put Wez Newton out 4-0 in a one sided match.
Barney beat Bunting in the tightest game of the night, it went to a tie break in the 7th set, Bunting hit 15 maximums to Barney's 4, but Barney hit 22 scores of 100 and over more than bunting and that just gave him the edge and most probably the match 4-3.
Vincent Van der Voort beat Kyle Anderson 4-2, Anderson went 2 sets up only to see der Voort take the next 4.
Michael Smith averaged 100 in his win over Steve Beaton 4-2.
It will be MVG V Barney quarter final in the New Year, a treat I am sure we will all be looking forward to.
Photograph: MVG provided us with a Master Class of Dart Throwing.
By John Lowe, Dec 27 2015 09:12AM
Gary Anderson beat Daryl Gurney 4 sets to 1 at Ally Pally last night but he had to dig deep to find the win, Gurney took the 1st set 3-2 and Anderson looked a little concerned, Gurney was looking to make it 2-0 but missed a set winning double to allow Anderson to level, the third set also looked to be going to Gurney but he missed 4 darts at doubles, Anderson took double 10 out and went 2 sets to 1 in front, Anderson produced his best in the 4th set winning 3-1, Gurney leveled the 5th set at 2 legs each only to see Anderson hit his 8th maximum and take out double 12 to win the set 3-2 and the match 4-1. The score line did not tell the story of the match and Gurney will be disappointed he lost a match that could have been so different, Anderson will be pleased he made it to the top 16 and with a finishing average of 40% he knows his game is in fine form.
Dave Chisnall made his mark against Christian Kist winning 4-1 with an average of 102-85 and 12 maximums, Kist put up a good show, but Chisnall's all round game was the telling factor.
Jamie Caven beat Ricky Evans 4-0, Evans only managing to win 1 leg, he will ask himself this morning what went wrong and hopefully move on to reach his potential, Caven will take the win and go on to play in the 3rd round for the first time.
Photograph: Chisnall celebrates a fine win.
By John Lowe, Dec 24 2015 08:18AM
Adrian Lewis made his long awaited appearance in this years World Championship and he did so in style beating Jan Dekker 3 sets to 0, Dekker did little wrong and took 5 of the 14 legs played, but Lewis had the bigger fire power, 6 maximums and more immpresive a 50% finishing average, if he keeps that kind of combination going he will be hard to beat.
Jelle Klaasen former BDO World Champion beat Joe Cullen 3-0 in a very clinical fast throwing match from both players, Klaasen averaged 102-54 the first average of 100 plus in the tournament.
Beneto Van de Pas beat Max Hopp 3-1 and Andrew Gilding beat Gerwyn Price 3-0.
They now take a short Chirstmas break with play resuming on Boxing Day when Gary Anderson will take on Daryl Gurney.
From me to all of you, have a Happy and enjoyable Christmas "Cheers"
By John Lowe, Dec 23 2015 08:31AM
Dave Chisnall hit the best leg of the William Hill World Championships so far, a 10 darter in his 3-0 win over Rowby John Rodriquez, he also averaged 99.37, Rodriquez also made the record stats hitting the first maximum170 finish in the tournament.
Wes Newton beat Cristo Reyes 3-1 with a very modest 77 average, Reyes average of 87 was far the better scorer but 7 missed darts at the doubles in the first set to win it cost him dearly.
Terry Jenkins went a set down to American Darin Young but fought his way back with the help of 8 maximums to win 3-1
Dean winstanley and Ronny Huybrechts went to a 5th set tie break, Huybrechts winning it by 6 legs to 4 and the match.
Tonight will see 2 times World Champion Adrian Lewis in action for the first time.
Photograph: Chisnall hits a 10 dart leg.
9 Dart Game
John Lowe. three times champion of the world in three seperate decades, the 70's, the 80's and the 90's, the first player in the history of the sport to achieve the perfect game of 501 on Television, in 1984, winning £102,000, winner of over 1000 titles world wide, simply: The Legend of Darts.
About John Lowe
30 year anniversary 9 dart interview
Mr Maximums: Cliff Thorburn the first player to do a 147 Snooker clearance on TV and myself the first person to do the 9 dart 501 on TV
John appeared on ITV's Amazing Greys in 2014 he had to hit as many targets as possible in 30 seconds, all the targets where different heights and lengths, if the competitor beat John he would win £10,000, John won by a margin of 9.
John Explains his darts set up
One of John's favourite charity's is The Variety Club of Great Britain who raise many thousands of pounds by organising golf days around the country, the aim is to buy Mini Coaches for Children, in the picture John is at St Piere Chepstow and the Coach in view is about to be present to a School in Birmingham.
Royal Palm is John's favourite resort in Tenerife situated in Los Cristianos, it has everything you could ask for to make your stay enjoyable, immaculate in every way, all English TV and Satelite channels, quite, secure, close to excellent restaurants and friendly Bars, for a full tour of Royal Palm click the photograph above. Make sure you inform the Manager Neil I sent you, it makes a difference.
John's Tips from the Top
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John talks to Tungsten Tales and explains his practise routine before a match and why he does it his way.
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30 seconds of John Lowe
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World Champion Darts in Tungsten Titanium
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John Lowe's Sporting Heros
A quick fire 30 seconds of John Lowe
John's in depth career interview
John talks about his sporting heros
John talks to Unicorn about his amazing career
The moment in history that changed the sport and
the life of John Lowe forever: 13/10/1984
6 perfect bulls
The Dart designed by John Lowe developed and produced by Unicorn to win over 1000 titles world wide - copied and used by others to win countless major titles - this is where the Evolution started.
John Lowe - The Throw 1978-2008
John was Unicorns first World champion
The Throw of a World Champion
John is credited by many professionals in the sport including
Phil Taylor to have the perfect throwing action, this video shows John's action from 1978 through 2008, the only thing that changes is the speed of throw and John decides that when knowing who his opponent will be, for full detail record on your mobile and slow down to see all movements.