By John Lowe, Aug 11 2016 01:32PM
The Professional Darts Council are to return to America in 2017, The U.S.A. Darts Masters will be another addition to the World Series of Darts. featuring the top PDC players and the Cream of American Darts, it will be held at the Tropican Resort, part of the Hilton Double Tree Group of Hotels, from July 13th through 15th, packages are available to would be travellers from the UK at £1250 pp including all taxes for a 5 night stay, which includes a 3 day darts pass and access to an exculsive PDC party on July 13th, flights are from Manchester and London on July 11th, for all booking details: firstname.lastname@example.org
After spending a few years in America promoting the sport with the Las Vegas Dessert Classic, the PDC reluctantly pulled out, resigned to the fact it just wasn't working, now they are returning with a different concept, spectator entertainment, as apposed to player participation, maybe this is the safer option, once sponsorship is in place, the rest is repetition of other World Series events, maybe it will once again open the door to a major USA Open for all players to enter, or maybe this will give some enterprising American organiser the chance to add an event for all the spectator players who would like to play while in Vegas, after all it's a long way to go, hoping you may get a game, dart boards are very few in the City of Gambling.
I have been to Vegas 51 times, 50 to play darts in the North American Open and the Las Vegas Open, the last 1 to watch Ricky Hatton fight Mayweather, I am a big fan of Vegas, it has everything to offer, even if you do not gamble, but remember it's a long flight, you may want to add a few more days which I am told will cost you £40 a person per night, who knows I may even see you there.
By John Lowe, Aug 1 2016 07:26AM
Fresh from his World Matchplay victory in Blackpool, Michael Van Gerwen added the European Darts Open in Germany to his ever growing number of wins, his form is now of a very high consistency, opening with a 6-0 win over Jamie Caven, making it 16 out of the last 16 legs played against Caven, after whitewashing him in the Matchplay a few days earlier, MVG's run in from the top 8 in Germany go: 6-4 win against Jelle Klaasen with a 102-28 average, 6-3 win against Kim Huybrects with 103-65 average, and a 6-5 win in the final against Peter Wright with a 104-06 average, can anyone stop the Green Machine ?
The PDC World Rankings have changed over the last few weeks with Phil Taylor dropping to 4th place.
1. Michael Van Gerwen with £1,250.000
2. Gary Anderson with 856-250
3. Adrian Lewis with 453-750
4. Phil Taylor with 439-250
Photograph: MVG Wins again in Germany.
By John Lowe, Jul 25 2016 07:10AM
Michael Van Gerwen retained his World Matchplay Title in Blackpool last night when he defeated Phil Taylor 18-10.
Taylor took the opening leg of the match and that was the last time he was in front, MVG was simply the better player by a big margin, he cooly and comfortably took Taylor apart, his average of 103 and his 12 maximums was impressive, but his 67% on the finishing doubles was the reason he won the match with so much to spare.
Taylor gave an appealing interview towards his fellow players saying "He Killed me, he bullied me, we have to do the same to him, I'm gutted, I'm shattered" I guess what goes around comes around, Taylor has been doing the same to his opponents for over a decade, MVG in his interview said "I think I won this title quite comfortably, I think I am the best " He is right on both counts, I have a feeling we are going to see more of the same in the coming months, if not years.
The World Matchplay is always a great event, the legs format make it good TV viewing and easy to understand, no one gets a chance to come back like they do in sets where the better player can sometimes go out of the tournament and yet have won more legs, Snooker retained the single frames format for decades to decide it's World Champion, maybe it's time for darts to revert it's show piece event, The World Championship to single leg format, if they don't they are in danger of seeing the World Matchplay, already rated by many the number 1 event on the calendar, the prize fund does not come close to the World Championship, but should that decide who the best player is ? I think not, It was the British Darts Organisation who changed the format from legs to sets after just 1 year of their championship, the PDC simply adopted their format probably assuming that was the accepted norm, I would love to see the PDC be bold, recognise how exciting the World Matchplay can be when players take the lead only to be caught, how tight many matches are and the 2 legs clear to decide the winner is needed, no one, spectator or player can say the winner of every match did not deserve to do so, Michael Van Gerwen said it all " I did not make any mistakes " he proved he is the best.
Photograph: Phil Taylor raises Michael Van Gerwen's arm in a salute to his Victor.
By John Lowe, Jul 24 2016 06:57AM
Reigning Champion Michael Van Gerwen will face 15 times World Matchplay Champion Phil Taylor in today's final in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. The first semi-final last night was between Lewis and MVG, a 3 -0 lead was quickly established by MVG, Lewis responded and leveled 3-3, MVG then went on a 5 straight leg winning run, Lewis responded again winning 3 in row, but that's where it finished, MVG taking the next 5 legs and with it victory, 16-9, MVG averaged 101 and 49% on doubles, in his post match interview he made a point of saying he cannot understand why players try to slow him down, obviously refering to Lewis, and that he always plays the game fair and does nothing wrong, I have to agree, by using tactics that are not familiar to your own style only results in one thing, your mental thoughts are so busy concentrating on trying to stop the other player playing his normal game, they are not concentrating on the real task, in this case beating the best player on the Planet right now, which in itself is very hard indeed.
The second semi-final was a Taylor Master Class, he was almost back to his former years, his concentration for 80% of the match was fierce, Anderson tried to contain him without much luck, Taylor the winner by 16-8, his average matched MVG at 101, and a double finishing average of 50%.
Today's final should be a classic, the form of both players is very similar, will one player pull away early in the best of 35 legs match ? will MVG be the stronger of the 2 in the third quarter of the match ? will there be a 9 dart leg ? all probable, but not predictable, I am going to sit back and enjoy what I believe will be a Battle Royal in Blackpool.
Photograph: MVG makes the final and with it a chance to retain his title against 15 times winner Phil Taylor.
By John Lowe, Jul 23 2016 06:43AM
Phil Taylor produced one of the guttiest performances of his sparkling career last night when he defeated Mervyn King 16-14 in the World Matchplay in Blackpool, King was in front at 10-9, but could not get 2 legs in front after that, it was level at 13-13, and King pulled it back to a 1 leg deficit at 14-15, both players having to win by 2 legs clear, Taylor finished the 30th leg of the match on 66 to literally crawl over the line, Taylor averaged 101 and hit 14 maximums, but his finishing average of 36% told the story of why he did not get the match finished ealier.
Gary Anderson beat a back to form Steve Beaton 16-13 in the other semi-final, Anderson opened a 3-0 lead but Beaton kept the pressure on and eventually leveled at 12 legs each, Anderson set off on another winning run going 3 legs clear again, 15-12, Beaton will not give in winning the 28th leg, but now Anderson has the 2 legs needed to claim victory and after scoring another 177, he finished the leg and the match on double top for an epic win.
Michael Van Gerwen V Adrian Lewis
Gary Anderson V Phil Taylor
Photograph: Phil Taylor throws the winning double against Mervyn King.
By John Lowe, Jul 22 2016 07:10AM
Adrian Lewis will face World Number 1 Michael Van Gerwen inb the first semi-final of the World Matchplay in Blackpool after they both won their quarter final matches, Lewis had a tough match against Peter Wright, the game was even throughout, at 14-15 to Lewis it looked like it would go on and on until one player was 2 legs clear, Lewis however opened the 30th leg with a maximum and reached the double first, he took out double 13 to cross the line.
MVG was a little more convincing in his win over Dave Chisnall, at one stage he was 10-2 in front and it was looking grim for Chisnall, he did manage to stage a mini revival and win another 7 legs, but the end result was inevitable, 16-9 to the World Number 1.
Photograph: MVG fired up at the Winter Gardens.
By John Lowe, Jul 21 2016 06:48AM
Steve Beaton reached his first quarter final of a major event for the last 5 years when he defeated Michael Smith at the Winter Gardens 11-7 last night, it was an all round polished performance from Beaton, a 99 scoring average and an impresssive 65% finishing average, he now goes on to face Gary Anderson in the last 8.
Mervyn King found a come back form of his own as he defeated Brendan Dolan 11-8.
Phil Taylor raised his game to be the in form Menur Soljovic 11-5, Taylor averging 101.
World Champion Gary Anderson was in a very confident mood against Terry Jenkins, it was an almost effortless performance, Jenkins having no answer to the consistent scoring and finishing, 11-5.
Quarter final line up:
Lewis V Wright
MVg V Chisnall
King V Taylor
Beaton V Anderson
Photograph: MVG and Chisnall face each other in the Quarter Final of the World Matchplay.
By John Lowe, Jul 20 2016 06:52AM
Michael Van Gerwen produced another cool and professional dispaly of quality dart playing in Blackpool last night, his defeat of Kyle Anderson 11-3 was a demonstration to players left in the World Matchplay of just how well MVG is playing these days, when ever he was threatened by a Anderson revival, he responded and stopped any challenge there and then, his all round game shows just how mature he has and is becoming, his scoring averages really drop below 100 plus, and his finishing average is consistently around 45%, it will take a specially performance to stop him retaining his title in this form.
Dave Chisnall put Robert Thornton out 11-2, Peter Wright beat Ian White 11-3, and Adrian Lewis, fast becoming the Angry Man of darts, put Gerwyn Price out 11-5.
Photograph: Mr Angry, Adrian Lewis.
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.
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