By John Lowe, Jan 4 2015 09:47AM
Gary Anderson dethroned the reigning champion Michael Van Gerwen by 6 sets to 3 at Ally Pally last night, and the Flying Scotsman did it in style, by hitting 50% of his doubles and 34 x 140, both proved telling factors in the match, MVG played some superb darts in the match but as the score line suggest was well beaten by the unstoppable Anderson.
Phil Taylor beat Raymond Van Barneveld in the second semi-final by 6 sets to 2, and although Taylors average was very similar to Andersons the match did seem like a anti climax after the first semi, we are now set for one of the best finals of all time, can Taylor win his 17th title or can Anderson win his first, I have said Anderson from the off and before that , I have no reason to doubt my belief, however it will need the Gary Anderson who put the champion out to turn up and hopefully have that amazing outshot consistency in his armour to get the job done.
Photograph: Anderson celebrates MVG's dream is over.
By John Lowe, Jan 3 2015 09:07AM
Today is semi-finals day of the biggest darts event on the Planet and what a line up we have in store, last night Phil The PowerTaylor secured his place in the semi by beating Dutchman Vincent van der Voort by 5 sets to 3, the match was superb television viewing and at times the Dutch ace was leading the 16 times world champion, the 6th set was crucial Vincent was leading 3-2 in sets when Taylor missed no less than 8 darts at his double before hitting double 4 to take the set, Vincent could not take out 96 when Taylor was missing and this cost him a 2 set lead and most probabl;y the match. Taylor will now face his old rival Barney in the semi-final.
Raymond van Barnaveldt had a bigger struggle against Stephen bunting, the match went all the way, it was see saw stuff throughout and the outcome not predictable, Barney came out for the 5th set wearing glasses, much to the delight of the commentary team who where running out of anacdotes, it did not provide Barney with instant success but you could see he was far more comfortable, Bunting took the set 3-2, Barney did settle down and came back to take the 7th set, the 8th went to Bunting and it was down to the last set decider to find out who would play the Power, Barney takes it in style putting 3 superb legs together to win the match and leave Stephen in tears.
Today's semifinals are: Anderson v Gerwen - Barney v Taylor.
By John Lowe, Jan 2 2015 09:44AM
Michael Van Gerwen became the first player to reach the semi-final of the William Hill World championship, many thought his match with Robert Thornton would be a close encounter and in many ways it was, both players avergaing over 100, MVG 105-26 and 13 maximums plus a 170 checkout for good measure, Thornton's average was 101-49 with 14 maximums, good enough to beat most, but MVG is not most he is the World champion and he came out to show he can retain the title, he beat Thornton by 5 sets to 2 and now goes on to play Gary Anderson in a mouth watering semi-final clash.
Gary Anderson played the flamboyant Peter Wright in the second semi-final, many including the Sky expert tipsters thought Wright would win this one, I didn't having picked Anderson to win the title a long time ago, Anderson went a long way to making that prediction come true, Anderson took the first 2 sets, Wright the 3rd and that really was it Anderson didn't look like losing another set and he didn't, the score line of 5-1 was justified, Anderson was the better player on the night and now faces the champion Michael Van Gerwen in the semi-final, that is one not to be missed.
Thanks to Adrian Lewis and his 9 dart game William Hill the Championship sponsor have donated £9,000 to the PDC charity Haven House Children's Hospice and £9,000 to Parkinson's UK, Lewis is in line for a £10,000 bonus providing no one else does a perfect game of 501 in the event.
By John Lowe, Jan 1 2015 01:45PM
Happy New Year to everyone and a big thank you for all your support over the last 12 months, I will try to bring you up to date news, details of any exhibitions and travel I will be doing in 2015. but for now lets get the darts underway at Ally Pally and find out who will be the next world champion.
By John Lowe, Dec 31 2014 09:44AM
Adrian Lewis hit a perfect 9 dart leg at Ally Pally to win the first set in his match against Barney, many thought that would determine the outcome of the match which for Lewis went terribly wrong. Barney leveled at 1-1 again at 2-2 and yet again at 3-3, the deciding set was tense Lewis taking the first leg, then fell away to let Barney take the next 3 legs and the victory, Lewis will look back on this match as the one he hit a 9 dart leg then gave the match away, which he certainly did, Barney will thank, as he did on stage his lucky stars.
Dean winstanley battled from 2-0 down against Vincent van der Voort and at one stage looked like he was taking control of the match, the sixth set was for his taking but he missed tops and Van der Voort took out double 10 to move him into the top 8.
Phil Taylor said he would stop Kim Huybrechts jummping around on the stage, well he did but it took him 7 sets do it and with Huybrechts sitting on 36 to win the match he had to take out double 10 to stay alive and take the match to the 7th set, this was when form deserted Huybrechts and Taylors experience came into play, Taylor won the set 3-0 and booked a place in the quarter finals and a step nearer to gaining his 17th world crown.
Stephen Bunting did not need telling he had a game on his hands with Michael Smith, they have know each other for a long time, Bunting does not fear reputations and came out firing big scores, set 1, 2 and 3 went to Bunting with Smith labouring to find his form, Smith started to play like we know he can in the 4th set and with some magical finishing takes the set and the next, Bunting takes out 81 for a 12 darter in the first leg of the 6th set, Smith follows with a 161 out to level, then Bunting sets up double 8 with a 171 and his 8th maximum in the 4th leg to checkout on double 16 and take a great victory, both players averaged over 100 per throw and the match had 118 scores of 100 and over including 8 maximums from each player.
Photograph: Barney congratulates Lewis on his 9 dart game.
By John Lowe, Dec 30 2014 01:54PM
I did not expect Peter Wright to win so comfortable against Andy Hamilton, I did expect and did predict he would make the top 8 before the tournament began, but this performance was world class, Hamilton is not at his best and it showed he could not take out the finishes needed to stay in the match, 4-0 is a score line that suggests it was one sided in this instance it certainly was and the 100 plus average puts Wright a force to be reckoned with.
By John Lowe, Dec 30 2014 10:13AM
Stephen Bunting the BDO world champion moves ever closer to the top of the PDC rankings after last nights performance against James Wade who was many peoples favourite to lift the trophy, bunting won by 4 sets to 1 but it was a lot closer than that scoreline suggests, at 1-1 it really was game on and the 3rd and 4th sets both went 3-2 to Bunting, the last set did belong to Bunting and you can sense he has a lot more to offer.
Robert Thornton continued his clinical dosplay of darts from round one beating Benito van de Pas 4 sets to 0, robert seems to be taking everything in his stride, can he get better ? i am not sure he has to.
Barney and Caven fought a close battle taking their match all 7 sets and it was only that deciding 7th set that seperated the two players, yet agains it was a bullseye finish that sealed the victory for Barney. I remember playing in the World championship at Jollee's night club in 1979 and finishing 5 times on the bull against Ceri Morgan from Wales, the commentator said I was taking the mickey and maybe the BDO should take disciplinary action against me for showing contempt to a fellow competitor, Wow, how times have changed.
The reigning champion Michael Van Gerwen knew he had to play well if he was to get passed a very much in form Terry Jenkins, the 4-1 scoreline suggests he won at a canter, but that's not the case, Jenkins outscored MVG in every department, 57 scores of a ton or more to MVG's 50. 5 x180 to MVG's 3. outshot average of 66% to MVG's 56%, MVG won this match because he won a mediocre first set, the next 4 sets went 3-2, it was a very pleased Van Gerwen who went through and maybe he does have a lot more to offer when the going gets tough and it certainly will.
The PDC cemented their position, the world premier darting organisation when Prince Harry spent a night at the darts, a finer endorsement cannot be received.
Photograph: Prince Harry enjoying his night at the darts.
By John Lowe, Dec 29 2014 03:28PM
Michael probably wont like that title to stick especially when he has adopted one of his own Bully Boy, but if he continues to come from behind he will be stuck with it, at 2 sets down against Brendan Dolan he needed something to happen and quick, it did and he reeled off 4 sets in a row only losing 2 legs to win the match 4-2, he now plays either Stephen Bunting or James Wade to gain a place in the top 8, you have to say he cannot afford to let either of them two players take an early lead, or can he ? this is a little about Michael Smith from Unicorns web site:
Michael Smith believes he can be one of the very best in the business.
He has the drive, the ambition, the ability and the backing of a three-year sponsorship from Unicorn as he continues a journey that he is convinced will lead to ‘Major’ darts titles.
Add to that the support from one of the very best in the business – mentor and fellow Team Unicorn star Gary Anderson – and you can see why it looks like a recipe for success in the darting world.
The 23-year-old starlet from St Helens has already made a big splash on the big darts stages and a place in the top 32 and beyond that is recognition for his talent on the oche.
The 2013 PDC Unicorn World Youth Champion has already tasted success on the Pro Tour – a hugely difficult thing to achieve in the highly competitive world of the PDC and not many have won UK Open qualifiers or Players Championship events, or indeed hit three 9 darters in competition!
Smith has a darting pedigree which will be on display for all to see over the next 20 years.
“I truly believe that I will win TV titles,” he said. “That is not arrogance, but simply belief that I can do that. I feel there is very little point in playing darts at the very highest level unless you believe you can win the big events and that includes the World Championship.”
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.
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the life of John Lowe forever: 13/10/1984
6 perfect bulls
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John Lowe - The Throw 1978-2008
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The Throw of a World Champion
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