Corey Cadby secured a return to the PDC circuit after coming through Day Two of the Final Stage of 2023 Qualifying School, and was joined by newcomer Graham Usher.
Three years after resigning his Tour Card, Cadby ensured a return to the big time by storming to victory at European Q School in Kalkar, Germany.
Cadby, who initially gained a Tour Card in 2018 and reached the UK Open final that year, showed glimpses of his brilliant best as he registered three ton-plus averages in seven wins en route to qualification.
The 27-year-old hit the ground running by whitewashing Steven Morrison 6-0 with a 103.6 average, before edging out German ace Lukas Wenig in a deciding leg.
He then averaged 98.8 in a 6-2 win over Belgium’s Kevin Blomme, before overcoming Chris Landman 6-3 and thrashing former UK Open quarter-finalist Sebastian Bialecki 6-1 with a 100.5 average in the Quarter-Finals.
Cadby dug deep again to deny Germany’s Pascal Rupprecht in a deciding leg to reach the final – where he denied Czech star Karel Sedlacek 6-3 with a superb 101 average.
“I’ve played some good darts over the week and I believed I could get here and now I’m here,” said Cadby.
“Hats off to the opponents, but the king is back.
“I’ve always believed I’ve had the darts, three years is a long time off but I’m looking forward to what the world has to offer.
“I’ve made mistakes and I’ve done the wrong things – this time I can only put it better.”
Elsewhere, Maik Kuivenhoven registered three ton-plus averages in his bid to seal an immediate return to the ProTour, while German newcomer Rupprecht – a 22-year-old from Bielefeld – defeated Dutch duo Richard Veenstra and Gian van Veen to move top of the Order of Merit on seven points.
Daniel Klose produced the performance of the day in Kalkar, averaging 111.5 in a 6-2 rout of Italy’s Michele Turetta, landing a brace of ten-darters in the process.
Meanwhile, at UK Qualifying School in Milton Keynes, 49-year-old Usher secured a coveted two-year Tour Card for the first time courtesy of a series of superb displays.
UK Open qualifier in 2009, Usher recovered from 5-3 down to edge out Adam Warner in the final, producing crucial legs of 14 and 15 darts in the closing stages.
After battling past Scotland’s Jim McEwan in his opener, the Scarborough veteran dispatched Christopher Holt and Dylan Slevin in emphatic style, dropping just three legs across both games.
Usher also accounted for Lee Budgen, Jarred Cole and Lee Evans to set up a blockbuster tie against former University of Sheffield star Warner, landing 136 and 81 finishes on his way to victory.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” said Usher. “I’ve played well all week – I’m chuffed.
“This time I believed, I didn’t believe before. I didn’t think I should be doing it but it’s down to the practice and getting that match play does make a lot of difference.
“I’m on cloud nine at the minute.”
Warner whitewashed Ryan Murray, overcame 2022 World Youth Championship finalist Nathan Girvan and dumped out former World Youth Champion Keegan Brown in his run to the final, which moves him to the top of the UK Q School Order of Merit.
Brown, a winner on the ProTour last year, defeated Mark McGeeney and Adam Hunt in reaching the Semi-Finals, while Evans completed the Semi-Final line-up, firing in a 104 average midway through the day.
Elsewhere, 2018 World Championship semi-finalist Jamie Lewis enjoyed an impressive run to the Last Eight, alongside former Tour Card Holders Adam Hunt and Ryan Harrington.
Fallon Sherrock suffered a First Round exit at the hands of Darryl Pilgrim, remaining on three points after two days of competition.
The action resumes in Milton Keynes and Kalkar on Saturday for Day Three of four, with a further two automatic Tour Cards up for grabs.
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Friday January 13
Dylan Slevin 6-4 Michael Flynn
Graham Usher 6-4 Jim McEwan
Christopher Holt 6-3 Ryan Furness
Josh Payne 6-4 Michael Barnard
Jim Walker 6-1 Daniel Day
Scott Walters 6-1 John Cook
Lee Budgen 6-3 Owen Bates
Shaun Fox 6-3 Chris Quantock
Robert Thompson 6-5 Callum Goffin
Jarred Cole 6-1 Ryan Hogarth
Steven Beasley 6-3 Pete Burgoyne
Reece Robinson 6-5 Stephen Rosney
Andy Boulton 6-1 Christopher Wickenden
Dale Gadsby 6-1 Brett Claydon
Scott Mitchell 6-1 Prakash Jiwa
Cam Crabtree 6-5 Tom Martin
David Evans 6-2 Nicky Denoon
Jamie Lewis 6-5 Kieron Bridgwater
James Howard Hughes 6-3 Ryan O’Connor
Alec Small 6-0 Steven Plumstead
Daniel Lauby 6-3 Mark Challenger
Conan Whitehead 6-0 Jenson Walker
Conor Heneghan 6-3 Robert Collins
Thomas Lovely 6-5 Sam Cromwell
Peter Hudson 6-1 Stuart Kellett
Colin Osborne 6-4 Cliff Prior
Michael Huntley 6-3 Jim Moston
Lee Evans 6-2 Kevin Thomas
Nick Kenny 6-3 Lee Cocks
Graham Hall 6-1 Liam Meek
Tommy Morris 6-3 Joshua Richardson
Mike Warburton 6-3 Lewis Pride
Andy Hamilton 6-4 Shane McGuirk
Jake Jones 6-2 Niall Culleton
James Hurrell 6-2 William Borland
Peter Jacques 6-1 Stu Wilson
Adam Hunt 6-4 Jason Heaver
Justin Hood 6-1 David Sumner
James Richardson 6-2 John Bowles
Wayne Jones 6-0 Scott Artiss
Christopher Gilliland 6-2 Dom Taylor
Eddie Lovely 6-4 Scott Baker
Keegan Brown 6-5 Shane Hayward
Adam Lipscombe 6-2 Jeremy Fagg
Mark McGeeney 6-4 Stephen McNally
Rhys Hayden 6-5 Luke Smith
Ian Jones 6-4 Gary Jackson
Stephen Burton 6-4 Llew Bevan
Jack Main 6-4 Adam Atkinson
Ryan Harrington 6-4 Christian Perez
Darryl Pilgrim 6-1 Fallon Sherrock
Shaun McDonald 6-5 Carl Sneyd
Alan Tabern 6-2 Cameron Anderson
Ryan Murray 6-2 Benjamin Johnson
Adam Warner 6-3 David Wawrzewski
Gary Blades 6-3 Adam Mould
Lewis Gurney 6-1 Kevin Lowe
Nathan Girvan 6-5 Dan Read
Chris Bird 6-3 Pat Scurfield
John Henderson 6-1 Adam Smith-Neale
Paul Mitchell 6-4 Lee Palfreyman
Dylan Slevin 6-2 Robert Rickwood
Graham Usher 6-2 Christopher Holt
Jim Walker 6-5 Josh Payne
Lee Budgen 6-4 Scott Walters
Shaun Fox 6-2 Robert Thompson
Jarred Cole 6-5 Steven Beasley
Reece Robinson 6-5 Andy Boulton
Scott Mitchell 6-4 Dale Gadsby
Matthew Dennant 6-4 Cam Crabtree
Jamie Lewis 6-5 David Evans
Alec Small 6-4 James Howard Hughes
Conan Whitehead 6-2 Danny Lauby
Conor Heneghan 6-4 Thomas Lovely
Peter Hudson 6-5 Colin Osborne
Lee Evans 6-5 Michael Huntley
Graham Hall 6-5 Nick Kenny
Jack Vincent 6-2 Tommy Morris
Mike Warburton 6-5 Andy Hamilton
Jake Jones 6- 4 James Hurrell
Adam Hunt 6-5 Peter Jacques
Justin Hood 6-3 James Richardson
Wayne Jones 6-0 Christopher Gilliland
Keegan Brown 6-3 Eddie Lovely
Mark McGeeney 6-1 Adam Lipscombe
Ian Jones 6-4 Rhys Hayden
Jack Main 6-3 Stephen Burton
Ryan Harrington 6-3 Darryl Pilgrim
Shaun McDonald 6-0 Alan Tabern
Adam Warner 6-0 Ryan Murray
Lewis Gurney 6-2 Gary Blades
Nathan Girvan 6-3 Chris Bird
John Henderson 6-2 Paul Mitchell
Graham Usher 6-1 Dylan Slevin
Lee Budgen 6-3 Jim Walker
Jarred Cole 6-2 Shaun Fox
Scott Mitchell 6-2 Reece Robinson
Jamie Lewis 6-5 Matthew Dennant
Conan Whitehead 6-4 Alec Small
Conor Heneghan 6-5 Peter Hudson
Lee Evans 6-4 Graham Hall
Jack Vincent 6-2 Mike Warburton
Adam Hunt 6-4 Jake Jones
Justin Hood 6-4 Wayne Jones
Keegan Brown 6-2 Mark McGeeney
Jack Main 6-5 Ian Jones
Ryan Harrington 6-4 Shaun McDonald
Adam Warner 6-2 Lewis Gurney
Nathan Girvan 6-5 John Henderson
Graham Usher 6-4 Lee Budgen
Jarred Cole 6-3 Scott Mitchell
Jamie Lewis 6-0 Conan Whitehead
Lee Evans 6-3 Conor Heneghan
Adam Hunt 6-3 Jack Vincent
Keegan Brown 6-3 Justin Hood
Ryan Harrington 6-3 Jack Main
Adam Warner 6-5 Nathan Girvan
Graham Usher 6-3 Jarred Cole
Lee Evans 6-1 Jamie Lewis
Keegan Brown 6-4 Adam Hunt
Adam Warner 6-3 Ryan Harrington
Graham Usher 6-2 Lee Evans
Adam Warner 6-4 Keegan Brown
Graham Usher 6-5 Adam Warner
Friday January 13
Markus Kessler 6-5 Jordy Van den Broek
Robbie Knops 6-2 Cedric Coryn
Nick Crouwel 6-5 Sebastian Steyer
Steven Strobbe 6-4 Roemer Mooijman
Owen Roelofs 6-3 Larry Butler
Berry van Peer 6-3 Danny Tessmann
Jimmy van Schie 6-5 Ronny Huybrechts
Richard Veenstra 6-1 Rainer Sturm
Jeffrey De Zwaan 6-3 Christopher Toonders
Pascal Rupprecht 6-1 Luc Snels
Alex Spellman 6-1 Jitse Van der Wal
Marc Vleghert 6-4 Vinay Ramnath
Gian van Veen 6-2 Paulo Ferreira
Jonas Masalin 6-4 Gabriel Rollo
Stefaan Henderyck 6-2 Jeroen Caron
Stefan Nilles 6-3 Marco Obst
Andy Baetens 6-3 Jesus Noguera
Heikki Hyvonen 6-1 Arno Looijen
Ron Meulenkamp 6-2 Andrew Beeton
Franz Roetzsch 6-0 Patrick van den Boogaard
Joaquim Goncalves 6-3 Stefan Schroder
Sebastian Bialecki 6-3 Sander van Ockenburg
John Michael 6-1 Jody Tobback
Tytus Kanik 6-4 Kevin Van Wauwe
Chris Landman 6-4 Jeremy van der Winkel
Thibault Tricole 6-0 Marcel Gugger
Marko Kantele 6-5 John Desreumaux
Kevin Blomme 6-2 Marco Verhofstad
Corey Cadby 6-0 Steven Morrison
Lukas Wenig 6-1 Benjamin Freudenreich
Jacob Taylor 6-2 Jan de Weerdt
Arjan Konterman 6-4 Gino Vos
Derk Telnekes 6-2 Tomas Houdek
Christian Kist 6-3 Yoshihisa Baba
Kenny Neyens 6-5 Patrick Maat
Gilbert van der Meijden 6-4 Oliver Mueller
Benjamin Pratnemer 6-0 Paavo Myller
Roy van de Griendt 6-1 Alexander Masek
David Schlichting 6-1 Miroslaw Grudziecki
Karel Sedlacek 6-1 Remo Mandiau
Neven Resetar 6-2 Reinhard Schumacher
Benito van de Pas 6-3 Nico Kurz
Ricardo Perez 6-4 Martijn Wanders
Jelle Klaasen 6-1 Jens Ziegler
Jeroen Mioch 6-2 Steffen Siepmann
Teemu Harju 6-5 Jacques Labre
Davy Proosten 6- 1 Fabian Stuetz
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-0 Jamai van den Herik
Grant Sampson 6-4 Marcel Hausotter
Dennie Olde Kalter 6-5 Vincent Van der Meer
Francois Schweyen 6-5 Vitezslav Sedlak
Patrick Tringler 6-5 Moreno Blom
Davyd Venken 6-5 Felix Schiertz
Marco Grafweg 6-4 Niels Zonneveld
Michele Turetta 6-2 José Marquês
Daniel Klose 6-4 Jiri Brejcha
Max Hopp 6-4 Marcel Walpen
Marcel Gerdon 6-2 Bram van Dijk
Daniel Zygla 6-5 Diogo Portela
Julio Barbero Gonzalez 6-5 Andreas Toft Jorgensen
Toni Alcinas 6-3 Patrick Plotz
Markus Kessler 6-4 Alexander Merkx
Nick Crouwel 6-5 Robbie Knops
Owen Roelofs 6-2 Steven Strobbe
Berry van Peer 6-0 Jimmy van Schie
Richard Veenstra 6-4 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Pascal Rupprecht 6-1 Alex Spellman
Gian van Veen 6-1 Marc Vleghert
Jonas Masalin 6-4 Stefaan Henderyck
Jamie Lawrence 6-1 Stefan Nilles
Andy Baetens 6-0 Heikki Hyvonen
Franz Roetzsch 6-4 Ron Meulenkamp
Sebastian Bialecki 6-2 Joaquim Goncalves
Tytus Kanik 6-5 John Michael
Chris Landman 6-3 Thibault Tricole
Kevin Blomme 6-5 Marko Kantele
Corey Cadby 6-5 Lukas Wenig
Ryan De Vreede 6-5 Jacob Taylor
Derk Telnekes 6-2 Arjan Konterman
Kenny Neyens 6-3 Christian Kist
Benjamin Pratnemer 6-3 Gilbert van der Meijden
Roy van de Griendt 6-5 David Schlichting
Karel Sedlacek 6-2 Neven Resetar
Ricardo Perez 6-3 Benito van de Pas
Jelle Klaasen 6-4 Jeroen Mioch
Davy Proosten 6-5 Teemu Harju
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-3 Grant Sampson
Francois Schweyen 6-3 Dennie Olde Kalter
Patrick Tringler 6-4 Davyd Venken
Michele Turetta 6-2 Marco Grafweg
Daniel Klose 6-2 Max Hopp
Marcel Gerdon 6-4 Daniel Zygla
Toni Alcinas 6-1 Julio Barbero Gonzalez
Markus Kessler 6-5 Nick Crouwel
Owen Roelofs 6-3 Berry van Peer
Pascal Rupprecht 6-2 Richard Veenstra
Gian van Veen 6-2 Jonas Masalin
Andy Baetens 6-2 Jamie Lawrence
Sebastian Bialecki 6-1 Franz Roetzsch
Chris Landman 6-5 Tytus Kanik
Corey Cadby 6-2 Kevin Blomme
Derk Telnekes 6-4 Ryan De Vreede
Kenny Neyens 6-4 Benjamin Pratnemer
Karel Sedlacek 6-4 Roy van de Griendt
Jelle Klaasen 6-2 Ricardo Perez
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-2 Davy Proosten
Patrick Tringler 6-5 Francois Schweyen
Daniel Klose 6-2 Michele Turetta
Toni Alcinas 6-0 Marcel Gerdon
Owen Roelofs 6-1 Markus Kessler
Pascal Rupprecht 6-1 Gian van Veen
Sebastian Bialecki 6-5 Andy Baetens
Corey Cadby 6-3 Chris Landman
Kenny Neyens 6-5 Derk Telnekes
Karel Sedlacek 6-4 Jelle Klaasen
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-1 Patrick Tringler
Daniel Klose 6- Toni Alcinas
Pascal Rupprecht 6-2 Owen Roelofs
Corey Cadby 6-1 Sebastian Bialecki
Karel Sedlacek 6-4 Kenny Neyens
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-3 Daniel Klose
Corey Cadby 6-5 Pascal Rupprecht
Karel Sedlacek 6-5 Maik Kuivenhoven
Corey Cadby 6-3 Karel Sedlacek
|#||Player||Legs diff||Legs won||Pts|
|#||Player||Legs diff||Legs won||Pts|
|11||Gian van Veen||14||35||3|
|25||Jeffrey de Zwaan||5||31||2|
|31||Berry van Peer||5||25||1|
|39||Benito van de Pas||0||24||1|
|42||Roy van de Griendt||-1||17||1|
|46||Ryan de Vreede||-4||17||1|
|48||Patrick van den Boogaard||-7||13||1|
Corey Cadby has opened up on a nightmare 2019 in which he revealed he hit “rock bottom” and has issued a heartfelt apology to his management, the PDC and those close to him.
Cadby burst onto the scene as a brash, raw young talent in 2016, but has since been overcome by personal problems which have derailed his promising career.
The Tasmanian-born star made his TV debut in the 2016 Sydney Masters, going on to win the PDC World Youth Championship that year and eventually securing a coveted Tour Card at Qualifying School in 2018.
In his first month on the tour, he picked up a ranking title and was runner-up in the UK Open in March, but visa issues and personal complications saw him miss the next 13 months of competition.
He returned to the ProTour and Development Tour in April 2019, with his last ranking tournament coming at the Czech Open in June, but by the time he headed back Down Under for the World Series, the cracks had begun to show.
His relationship with his management and family had broken down, and he suffered successive First Round exits in Brisbane and Melbourne before refusing to board the plane to New Zealand for the next leg of the tour.
The 25-year-old was not seen in a PDC tournament thereafter and resigned his Tour Card at the end of the season, leaving him in the darting wilderness.
Now, in an raw interview with Phill Barrs, Cadby has opened up on his roller-coaster 12 months and has vowed to wipe the slate clean and resurrect his career.
“I promised a lot and I let a lot of people down,” said Cadby.
“It was all wrong at the start but I had to do it, not just for myself, but for Mac [Elkin] and Garry [Plummer] because they put in a lot of work.
“But if I had my decision, I wasn’t ready when I came over.
“To be honest I was my own worst enemy and I believe that I had no one in my corner, which was complete bullsh*t, there were a lot of people in my corner but I believed it was myself against the world.
“It all went pear-shaped.”
Cadby unleashed a series of social media tirades against his management, causing their relationship to break down and resulting in a damaging impact on his game.
He added: “I feel absolutely disgraced in myself and what I wrote was definitely not true.
“I was trying to bring everyone down to my level.
“I had never been a man for social media but I was putting stuff on there, and at this hard time, that’s what it depended on.
“Mac’s never betrayed me or anything like that, I do not know why I put it up.”
Cadby was officially reported to have “withdrawn” from the 2019 New Zealand Masters due to “personal reasons”, but ‘The King’ has now set the record straight over the real circumstances.
He failed to show at the airport and refused to answer calls from his manager and the PDC, leaving them with no option but to pull him out of the tournament.
Cadby revealed: “It was the worst World Series I’ve ever had, I can’t even bring myself to watch my games.
“I know for a fact it wasn’t me playing, it was the other Corey.
“I’m so disappointed in myself but hopefully I can build the bridges back.
“In Melbourne [World Series], that was me at rock bottom for sure.
“I thought everyone was turning against me, I don’t know why because I’ve always played darts to make money for the family.
“In saying that, I didn’t have my wife and kids on my side either.
“They were always there but I pushed them right to the side and it felt like they weren’t there.
“It is a disgrace, especially when I’ve been asked to go and represent the PDC.
“I did let a lot of people down at the end and I’m totally ashamed of that.
“Each day was so hard and that obviously led to alcohol.
“I was never one bit happy, I was actually depressed every day.
“I didn’t want to wake up and to be honest, there was thoughts of suicide on my mind.
“I never even watched the darts and that’s not like me. Usually as soon as there’s darts on, I’m watching it.
“Being a cigarette smoker and having everything to not being able to afford a cigarette, that’s how I knew I was at rock bottom.”
In October, Wyndham Police issued a search warrant for Cadby after he failed to show in court for charges in relation to alleged driving with no licence.
He relinquished his Tour Card in January this year having played only fraction of the tour, and though he says the decision was tough, he is certain it was the right one.
“With the circumstances I was in, the best decision was to give up my Tour Card,” added Cadby.
“Giving that Tour Card up has made me more eager to go back and get this card.
“It’s bitten me and made me realise what a Tour Card means – it’s a new start so I’ve got to go back and earn it.
“I’m a lucky man because I put a lot of people through hell.
“I think I need to give the PDC an email because my behaviour was atrocious, especially not showing up to New Zealand, it made them look like idiots.
“Hopefully I can come back over and have a conversation with Matt Porter and the rest of the PDC crew to say how sorry I am and give them an explanation as to why it happened.
“I’ve got to prove everyone wrong once again.
“I’m not that far off rock bottom but all I can do is look forward to the future.
“It was either get a day job or continue with darts, and having five months away from the game, having nightmares that I was waking up with dartitis, it proves to me that darts is the way I’m going to go.”
Cadby has begun reconciling his relationship with his management and sponsors and has recently competed in streamed webcam competition, which he hopes will kick-start a return to form.
The Australian ace plans to compete on the DPA circuit at the next available opportunity and use that as a route to qualification for the World Championship and a return to the UK on a permanent basis.
“I’ve just got to stay with the good vibes, appreciate the family that’s around me and go day by day,” Cadby added.
“Having Mac and Garry is a big help and is a motivation to not let them down again.
“I’m surprised they didn’t [walk away] and I don’t know why they haven’t, but I must be something special.
“I think I’m going to go back onto the DPA circuit to get some match practice and hopefully win the Oceanic to get in the Worlds, then while I’m there for the Worlds I’ll stay for Q School.
“They all say that I’m done – I’m nowhere near done.”
Corey Cadby has resigned his PDC Tour Card, quitting the professional circuit just two years after coming through Qualifying School.
Cadby, 24, burst onto the scene in 2016, storming to the top of the DPA rankings and clinching a debut spot in the World Championship, as well as a clutch of World Series events.
The Australian ace became World Youth Champion later that year before coasting through 2018 Qualifying School on Day One and making an instant impact by winning a UK Open qualifier and going on to finish runner-up in the UK Open itself.
However, Cadby has suffered a turbulent spell away from the oche since, missing 12 months of competitive action due to visa complications and later admitted to suffering with stress and depression.
He has remained in his homeland since his last competitive appearance in the World Series last August and had not featured in a PDC ranking event since the Czech Open two months earlier.
In October, a warrant was issued by Wyndham Police which stated Cadby failed to appear in court, to which he replied on Facebook that he missed a court date in regards to alleged driving with no licence but did attend court at a later date.
Despite being in danger of losing his Tour Card, ‘The King’ ended the 2019 season inside the world’s top 64, but on the eve of the new campaign, opted to relinquish his place on the circuit.
With Raymond van Barneveld also resigning his Tour Card, Toni Alcinas and Simon Stevenson retain their Tour Cards as members of the top 64 in an adjusted Order of Merit.
Jamie Bain, a Tour Card Holder from 2019/20 who was outside the top 64, has also relinquished his Tour Card, opening up an additional place via Qualifying School.
The 12 automatic Tour Card winners from this week’s Qualifying School will now be joined by 19 additional players from the Qualifying School Orders of Merit, with 12 from UK Q School and seven from European Q School.