Record-breaking Gary Anderson storms to Players Championship Two title

Gary Anderson opened his account for 2024 by claiming the Players Championship Two title courtesy of an 8-5 victory over Ryan Searle in the final in Wigan.

Anderson enjoyed a record-breaking Tuesday at the Robin Park Sports Centre as he registered a new personal best average of 117.12 on his way to taking the title.

The two-time World Champion produced a quartet of ton-plus averages during his run and remarkably missed double 12 for a nine-darter on three occasions.

Anderson opened up with a 6-3 win over Germany’s Daniel Klose, before whitewashing Adam Gawlas with a 106 average.

He then saw off Daryl Gurney 6-2 before recording a staggering 117.12 average in a 6-0 demolition of WDF World Champion Andy Baetens in the Last 16.

The Flying Scotsman dispatched Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 in the Quarter-Finals, before seeing off his World Cup team-mate Peter Wright 7-5 in the semis, missing double 12 for a perfect leg in the process.

Anderson came up against his close friend and practice partner Searle in the final, and the pair delivered a captivating contest, which saw Anderson open up a 2-0 lead despite a plethora of missed doubles.

Searle rallied with a run of three straight legs to hit the front, including back-to-back checkouts of 129 and 102.

Anderson wrestled back the lead at 4-3, before Searle finished 81 for an 11-darter to restore parity.

Successive legs followed again for Anderson as he produced a stunning 134 checkout on tops-tops to go 6-4 ahead, but Searle stayed in touch with a magnificent 149 checkout in leg 11.

A 78 finish moved Anderson 7-5 ahead, and he began the next leg with back-to-back 180s before missing double 12 for a nine-darter and eventually settling for a ten-darter to seal victory.

“It’s always nice to win these events, especially the way I played today,” said Anderson.

“Yesterday I felt like a kid at a new school, I was nervous but today I felt more settled and it showed in my performances.

“It’s been a long day and I’m happy to come out on top against a great player in Ryan.

“We’ve practiced together a couple of times since the World Championship, we spur each other on.

“He’s a great guy, he just gets on with it and plays darts, he puts the effort in so it’s nice to see him do well.

“I’ll just carry on doing what I do, I’m in a good place in my life and I’m enjoy playing darts.

“I’m looking forward to playing the European Tour events as well this year and I want to keep my form going.”

Searle was forced to settle for second prize for the second day running, having narrowly lost out to Luke Littler in Monday’s final.

Littler’s hopes of claiming back-to-back titles were ended by Poland’s Radek Szaganski, who prevailed in a deciding leg in their Second Round tie.

Meanwhile, Peter Wright enjoyed a welcome run to his first ranking Semi-Final since last October, defeating fellow Scotsmen Alan Soutar and Cameron Menzies along the way.

A resurgent Martin Lukeman advanced to the semi-finals with notable wins over the likes of Chris Dobey and Masters champion Stephen Bunting.

There were shock First Round exits for both Luke Humphries and Michael Smith as they bowed out at the hands of Jurjen van der Velde and Danny Lauby respectively in deciding legs.

Dave Chisnall suffered a second successive exit in Round One and was joined by the likes of Dimitri van den Bergh, Danny Noppert and Dirk van Duijvenbode.

Players Championship Two Results

Tuesday February 13

Round One
Jermaine Wattimena 6-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Cameron Menzies 6-1 Lee Evans
Oskar Lukasiak 6-2 Dave Chisnall
Patrick Geeraets 6-4 Darren Beveridge
Peter Wright 6-3 Alan Soutar
James Hurrell 6-5 Ritchie Edhouse
Joe Cullen 6-3 Jules van Dongen
Michele Turetta 6-5 Owen Roelofs
James Wade 6-5 Ryan Meikle
Robert Owen 6-3 Jeffrey De Graaf
Danny Lauby 6-5 Michael Smith
Stephen Burton 6-4 Haupai Puha
Ryan Joyce 6-2 Thibault Tricole
Mario Vandenbogaerde 6-5 Christian Perez
Luke Littler 6-4 Danny Noppert
Radek Szaganski 6-5 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 Simon Whitlock
William O’Connor 6-5 Geert Nentjes
Karel Sedlacek 6-4 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Graham Hall 6-4 Aden Kirk
Gian van Veen 6-2 Adam Warner
Scott Williams 6-5 Robert Grundy
Ricardo Pietreczko 6-5 Owen Bates
Berry van Peer 6-2 Richie Burnett
Mike De Decker 6-2 Martijn Dragt
Andy Baetens 6-1 Stefan Bellmont
Josh Rock 6-3 Keane Barry
Mensur Suljovic 6-0 Jeffrey Sparidaans
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Darryl Pilgrim
Wessel Nijman 6-2 Jim Williams
Gary Anderson 6-3 Daniel Klose
Adam Gawlas 6-3 Steve Beaton
Chris Dobey 6-1 Matthew Dennant
William Borland 6-5 Nathan Rafferty
Jurjen van der Velde 6-5 Luke Humphries
Ricky Evans 6-2 Jacques Labre
Florian Hempel 6-3 Martin Schindler
Steve Lennon 6-5 Chris Landman
Stephen Bunting 6-3 Josh Payne
Martin Lukeman 6-2 Lukas Wenig
Callan Rydz 6-1 Gabriel Clemens
Danny Jansen 6-3 Benjamin Drue Reus
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Robbie Knops
Leighton Bennett 6-2 Boris Krcmar
Jose De Sousa 6-5 Richard Veenstra
George Killington 6-1 Jamie Hughes
Ross Smith 6-5 Kim Huybrechts
Kevin Doets 6-4 Pascal Rupprecht
Arron Monk 6-5 Luke Woodhouse
Joshua Richardson 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Damon Heta 6-2 Mickey Mansell
Adam Smith-Neale 6-1 Graham Usher
Andrew Gilding 6-5 Maik Kuivenhoven
Adam Hunt 6-0 Matt Campbell
Ryan Searle 6-3 Callum Goffin
Brett Claydon 6-3 Keegan Brown
Rhys Griffin 6-5 Brendan Dolan
Madars Razma 6-3 Ian White
Rob Cross 6-1 Mervyn King
Niels Zonneveld 6-3 Jelle Klaasen
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Danny van Trijp
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-0 Nick Kenny
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-4 Jitse Van der Wal
Paul Krohne 6-3 Dom Taylor

Second Round
Cameron Menzies 6-2 Jermaine Wattimena
Oskar Lukasiak 6-5 Patrick Geeraets
Peter Wright 6-5 James Hurrell
Michele Turetta 6-4 Joe Cullen
Robert Owen 6-5 James Wade
Danny Lauby 6-5 Stephen Burton
Ryan Joyce 6-4 Mario Vandenbogaerde
Radek Szaganski 6-5 Luke Littler
Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 William O’Connor
Karel Sedlacek 6-5 Graham Hall
Gian van Veen 6-4 Scott Williams
Berry van Peer 6-5 Ricardo Pietreczko
Andy Baetens 6-4 Mike De Decker
Josh Rock 6-3 Mensur Suljovic
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Wessel Nijman
Gary Anderson 6-0 Adam Gawlas
Chris Dobey 6-2 William Borland
Ricky Evans 6-3 Jurjen van der Velde
Steve Lennon 6-5 Florian Hempel
Martin Lukeman 6-4 Stephen Bunting
Callan Rydz 6-5 Danny Jansen
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Leighton Bennett
Jose De Sousa 6-5 George Killington
Kevin Doets 6-3 Ross Smith
Arron Monk 6-4 Joshua Richardson
Adam Smith-Neale 6-4 Damon Heta
Adam Hunt 6-0 Andrew Gilding
Ryan Searle 6-4 Brett Claydon
Rhys Griffin 6-5 Madars Razma
Niels Zonneveld 6-5 Rob Cross
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Paul Krohne 6-5 Krzysztof Ratajski
Losers: £1,000

Last 32
Cameron Menzies 6-1 Oskar Lukasiak
Peter Wright 6-5 Michele Turetta
Robert Owen 6-3 Danny Lauby
Ryan Joyce 6-2 Radek Szaganski
Raymond van Barneveld 6-4 Karel Sedlacek
Gian van Veen 6-3 Berry van Peer
Andy Baetens 6-4 Josh Rock
Gary Anderson 6-2 Daryl Gurney
Chris Dobey 6-5 Ricky Evans
Martin Lukeman 6-5 Steve Lennon
Callan Rydz 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Jose De Sousa 6-3 Kevin Doets
Arron Monk 6-3 Adam Smith-Neale
Ryan Searle 6-2 Adam Hunt
Niels Zonneveld 6-3 Rhys Griffin
Paul Krohne 6-5 Nathan Aspinall
Losers: £1,500

Last 16
Peter Wright 6-2 Cameron Menzies
Robert Owen 6-4 Ryan Joyce
Raymond van Barneveld 6-4 Gian van Veen
Gary Anderson 6-0 Andy Baetens
Martin Lukeman 6-3 Chris Dobey
Callan Rydz 6-4 Jose De Sousa
Ryan Searle 6-1 Arron Monk
Niels Zonneveld 6-4 Paul Krohne
Losers: £2,500

Quarter-Finals
Peter Wright 6-2 Robert Owen
Gary Anderson 6-3 Raymond van Barneveld
Martin Lukeman 6-2 Callan Rydz
Ryan Searle 6-4 Niels Zonneveld
Losers: £3,500

Semi-Finals
Gary Anderson 7-5 Peter Wright
Ryan Searle 7-6 Martin Lukeman
Losers: £5,000

Final
Gary Anderson 8-5 Ryan Searle
Winner: £15,000
Runner-up: £10,000

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Nine-dart Gary Anderson makes it back-to-back Players Championship titles

Gary Anderson fired in a nine-darter en route to securing a second successive Players Championship title with an 8-4 win over Josh Rock in the final.

Anderson, who triumphed at Players Championship 24 last month as well as in Hildesheim in March, continued his blistering floor form to take the £12,000 top prize in Barnsley.

The two-time World Champion boasted a tournament average of 101.45 and moves top of the 2023 Players Championship Order of Merit with five events remaining.

After overcoming Damian Mol in his opener, Anderson achieved perfection with a nine-darter in his Second Round clash with Keane Barry, averaging 105 in a 6-2 rout.

The 52-year-old then recorded a monstrous 113 average to topple European Champion Ross Smith, before averaging 108 and 107 in wins over Gerwyn Price and Danny Noppert respectively.

Anderson later recovered from 4-3 down to defy a spirited Jim Williams in the Semi-Finals, which set up a mouth-watering showdown against World Youth Champion Rock for the title.

The Northern Irishman struck first with an immediate break of throw, but Anderson responded with a 121 checkout on the bull, sparking a run of four straight legs for the Scot.

He landed a 110 finish to stretch his lead to 4-1, and though Rock stopped the rot in leg six, Anderson restored his three-leg advantage with a 12-darter.

Rock hit back with 67 and 72 finishes as he threatened to launch a late rally, but Anderson had other ideas, producing an 127 finish in leg ten to regain control at 6-4.

Rock then paid the price for missing two darts at doubles as Anderson moved to the cusp of victory at 7-4, before pinning double four moments later to seal another superb success.

“I’ve got nothing to lose. I just come up and throw darts and they’re going alright,” said Anderson.

“I last played in Leicester two weeks ago. Today is only the second time I’ve thrown since Andrew [Gilding] battered me on that stage!

“I was struggling at the end there. The young boys that do this every day of the week – hats off to them.

“I’m playing well, but I’m not looking too far ahead. I have my odd practice with Ryan [Searle], play in the Players Championships, and if I qualify for anything else in between it’s a bonus.”

Rock reached his fourth Players Championship final of the year, only to be denied a first ranking title since last October.

The 22-year-old battled past Shaun Wilkinson in his opener, and after rallying from 5-3 down to edge out Simon Whitlock, he brushed aside Steve Lennon to secure his place in the Last 16.

There, Rock reeled off six straight legs from 2-0 adrift to demolish Germany’s Daniel Klose, converting 170 and 136 checkouts to triumph with a 107 average.

The World Youth Champion then dumped out Rob Cross in the Last Eight, before denying his fellow countryman Brendan Dolan in an all-Northern Irish Semi-Final.

Like Anderson, Dolan also achieved perfection on a memorable day in Barnsley, producing his second perfect leg of 2023 in his Quarter-Final win over Martijn Kleermaker.

Former World Grand Prix runner-up Dolan also defeated Owen Bates, Dylan Slevin, Rusty-Jake Rodriguez and Danny Jansen in reaching the Last Four.

Dolan was joined in the semi-finals by Jim Williams – who saw off Mervyn King and Cam Crabtree in the latter stages of the campaign to record his best showing of the season.

Challenge Tour star Crabtree impressed in progressing to his maiden Players Championship Quarter-Final, with Cross, Noppert and Kleermaker also enjoying runs to the Last Eight.

Players Championship 25 Results

First Round
Dave Chisnall 6-4 Bradley Brooks
Adam Smith-Neale 6-0 Jose Justicia
Callan Rydz 6-1 James Wilson
Karel Sedlacek 6-4 Devon Petersen
Martin Schindler 6-0 Robert Owen
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-0 Ronny Huybrechts
James Wade 6-3 Wesley Plaisier
Martijn Kleermaker 6-1 Keegan Brown
Michael Smith 6-3 Adam Gawlas
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 6-3 Robbie Knops
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Owen Bates
Dylan Slevin 6-5 Arron Monk
Nick Fullwell 6-1 Krzysztof Ratajski
Danny Jansen 6-3 Jimmy Hendriks
Gabriel Clemens 6-2 Mario Vandenbogaerde
Jules van Dongen 6-5 Nathan Rafferty
Josh Rock 6-4 Shaun Wilkinson
Simon Whitlock 6-5 Graham Hall
Gian van Veen 6-1 Ritchie Edhouse
Steve Lennon 6-1 Vincent van der Voort
Daniel Klose 6-5 Ricardo Pietreczko
Jacques Labre 6-5 Josh Payne
Jermaine Wattimena 6-1 Nathan Aspinall
John O’Shea 6-5 Scott Williams
Rob Cross 6-4 Pascal Rupprecht
Niels Zonneveld 6-1 Chris Landman
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Ross Montgomery
Adam Warner 6-5 Berry van Peer
Joe Cullen 6-0 Ted Evetts
Graham Usher 6-4 James Hurrell
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Matt Campbell
Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Joe Murnan
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Ryan Meikle
Jeffrey De Zwaan 6-4 Radek Szaganski
Ryan Joyce 6-3 Christian Kist
Mickey Mansell 6-4 Darius Labanauskas
Gary Anderson 6-3 Damian Mol
Keane Barry 6-4 Tony Martinez
Ross Smith 6-1 Danny van Trijp
Kevin Burness 6-4 Alan Soutar
Danny Noppert 6-2 Kevin Doets
Andy Boulton 6-4 Rowby-John Rodriguez
William O’Connor 6-5 Chris Dobey
Scott Waites 6-4 Ian White
Kim Huybrechts 6-0 Peter Wright
Martin Lukeman 6-5 Florian Hempel
Jeffrey Sparidaans 6-5 Jose De Sousa
Ricky Evans 6-1 Brian Raman
Cameron Menzies 6-3 Damon Heta
Cam Crabtree 6-1 Owen Roelofs
Luke Woodhouse 6-5 Jeff Smith
Connor Scutt 6-1 Jurjen van der Velde
Ryan Searle 6-2 Boris Krcmar
Stephen Burton 6-5 Jamie Hughes
Andrew Gilding 6-5 Richard Veenstra
Robert Grundy 6-2 Vladimir Andersen
Nick Kenny 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Jim Williams 6-5 Geert Nentjes
Jamie Clark 6-0 Raymond van Barneveld
Callum Goffin 6-3 Madars Razma
Steve Beaton 6-5 Stephen Bunting
George Killington 6-1 Richie Burnett
Mervyn King 6-0 Mike De Decker
Lee Evans 6-3 Darren Webster

Second Round
Adam Smith-Neale 6-3 Dave Chisnall
Callan Rydz 6-3 Karel Sedlacek
Martin Schindler 6-3 Maik Kuivenhoven
Martijn Kleermaker 6-4 James Wade
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 6-4 Michael Smith
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Dylan Slevin
Danny Jansen 6-1 Nick Fullwell
Jules van Dongen 6-5 Gabriel Clemens
Josh Rock 6-5 Simon Whitlock
Steve Lennon 6-2 Gian van Veen
Daniel Klose 6-5 Jacques Labre
Jermaine Wattimena 6-1 John O’Shea
Rob Cross 6-2 Niels Zonneveld
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Adam Warner
Joe Cullen 6-4 Graham Usher
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Mensur Suljovic
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Ryan Joyce 6-5 Mickey Mansell
Gary Anderson 6-2 Keane Barry – *Anderson hits a nine-darter*
Ross Smith 6-2 Kevin Burness
Danny Noppert 6-5 Andy Boulton
William O’Connor 6-5 Scott Waites
Martin Lukeman 6-2 Kim Huybrechts
Ricky Evans 6-5 Jeffrey Sparidaans
Cam Crabtree 6-4 Cameron Menzies
Luke Woodhouse 6-4 Connor Scutt
Stephen Burton 6-1 Ryan Searle
Robert Grundy 6-2 Andrew Gilding
Jim Williams 6-5 Nick Kenny
Jamie Clark 6-3 Callum Goffin
Steve Beaton 6-4 George Killington
Mervyn King 6-5 Lee Evans
Losers: £750

Last 32
Callan Rydz 6-4 Adam Smith-Neale
Martijn Kleermaker 6-4 Martin Schindler
Brendan Dolan 6-5 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Danny Jansen 6-5 Jules van Dongen
Josh Rock 6-2 Steve Lennon
Daniel Klose 6-4 Jermaine Wattimena
Rob Cross 6-3 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Joe Cullen 6-3 Daryl Gurney
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Ryan Joyce
Gary Anderson 6-1 Ross Smith
Danny Noppert 6-4 William O’Connor
Martin Lukeman 6-5 Ricky Evans
Cam Crabtree 6-4 Luke Woodhouse
Stephen Burton 6-5 Robert Grundy
Jim Williams 6-4 Jamie Clark
Mervyn King 6-5 Steve Beaton
Losers: £1,250

Last 16
Martijn Kleermaker 6-4 Callan Rydz
Brendan Dolan 6-4 Danny Jansen
Josh Rock 6-2 Daniel Klose
Rob Cross 6-5 Joe Cullen
Gary Anderson 6-2 Gerwyn Price
Danny Noppert 6-1 Martin Lukeman
Cam Crabtree 6-4 Stephen Burton
Jim Williams 6-3 Mervyn King
Losers: £2,000

Quarter-Finals
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Martijn Kleermaker *Dolan hits a nine-darter*
Josh Rock 6-3 Rob Cross
Gary Anderson 6-4 Danny Noppert
Jim Williams 6-3 Cam Crabtree
Losers: £3,000

Semi-Finals
Josh Rock 7-5 Brendan Dolan
Gary Anderson 7-5 Jim Williams
Losers: £4,000

Final
Gary Anderson 8-4 Josh Rock
Winner: £12,000
Runner-up: £8,000

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Gary Anderson storms to second title of the year at Players Championship 24

Gary Anderson sealed his second ranking title of the season at Players Championship 24 in Barnsley on Friday with an 8-4 defeat of Ryan Joyce in the final.

The two-time World Champion continued his sparkling spell of form to double his title tally for 2023, having also triumphed in Hildesheim back in March.

Anderson had enjoyed runs to the Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals on Wednesday and Thursday respectively, but ended the week in style by scooping the £12,000 top prize.

After opening his challenge with victory over Frenchman Jacques Labre, Anderson averaged over 107 to see off Daniel Klose and then averaged over 100 in wins over Stephen Burton, Kim Huybrechts – in a whitewash of the Belgian – and Martin Lukeman.

He then edged past an in-form Stephen Bunting 7-5 in the Semi-Finals, before powering to the title with a 103.7 average against Joyce.

Anderson took the opening three legs of the final without reply and also led 6-2 before Joyce claimed back-to-back legs to halve the deficit.

The Scot, though, ruthlessly stopped the fightback with an 11-darter before firing in a 12-dart leg to seal the title – a welcome boost ahead of next week’s BoyleSports World Grand Prix.

“I’m happy with that,” admitted Anderson. “My practice over the [summer] holidays hasn’t been great but I came here feeling alright.

“Yesterday and the day before I was playing well; I’ve got new darts – they’re going well.

“Nowadays if you get me to a dartboard, I enjoy playing darts. I just turn up and play darts now, and I giggle when I win.”

Joyce had been bidding to claim his second Players Championship title, having won through to a second ProTour final of 2023 – with Damon Heta previously denying the Tyneside thrower in July.

He defeated four Dutchmen in his six victories on Friday, notably averaging 105.7 in his 6-3 Quarter-Final win over Michael van Gerwen.

He also defeated Wednesday’s runner-up Christian Kist and emerging talents Danny van Trijp and Jurjen van der Velde, as well as enjoying a Second Round win over Ritchie Edhouse and a 7-3 Semi-Final success against Jonny Clayton.

Clayton enjoyed his best run since reaching July’s World Matchplay final, thrashing Heta 6-1 in the Quarter-Finals and edging past Joe Cullen in a tight Last 16 contest.

Bunting followed up his run to the recent German Darts Open final in Jena by reaching a second Players Championship Semi-Final of the year, registering three ton-plus averages in five wins.

Van Gerwen landed a sensational nine-darter during his brilliant Last 16 victory over Chris Dobey as the Dutchman averaged 111.4 – which followed a 112.3 average in a third round win over Pascal Rupprecht.

Woodhouse also achieved perfection on Friday during his first round win over Richie Burnett, as the Bewdley ace prepares to make his World Grand Prix debut next week.

Players Championship 24 Results

Friday September 29

First Round
Kim Huybrechts 6-4 Richard Veenstra
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Josh Payne
Jim Williams 6-1 Dave Chisnall
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-1 Jeffrey Sparidaans
Gary Anderson 6-3 Jacques Labre
Daniel Klose 6-3 Keegan Brown
Andrew Gilding 6-5 Nathan Rafferty
Stephen Burton 6-1 Jamie Hughes
Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 Alan Soutar
Adam Gawlas 6-5 Simon Whitlock
Robert Owen 6-5 Krzysztof Ratajski
Jules van Dongen 6-3 Owen Bates
Martin Lukeman 6-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Kevin Doets 6-5 William O’Connor
Ryan Searle 6-1 Jamie Clark
Krzysztof Kciuk 6-3 David Evans
Gian van Veen 6-3 Ricky Evans
Karel Sedlacek 6-5 Callum Goffin
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-2 Tony Martinez
Vincent van der Voort 6-5 Vladimir Andersen
Daryl Gurney 6-1 Darren Webster
Steve Lennon 6-1 Shaun Wilkinson
Boris Krcmar 6-5 Ross Smith
Peter Jacques 6-1 Brian Raman
Luke Woodhouse 6-1 Richie Burnett – *Woodhouse hits a nine-darter*
Ryan Meikle 6-3 Niels Zonneveld
Cam Crabtree 6-1 Josh Rock
Bradley Brooks 6-4 Jermaine Wattimena
Mervyn King 6-4 Gabriel Clemens
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-3 Ted Evetts
Stephen Bunting 6-3 Graham Hall
Lee Evans 6-5 Joe Murnan
Ryan Joyce 6-3 Danny van Trijp
Ritchie Edhouse 6-3 Owen Roelofs
James Wilson 6-1 Luke Humphries
Jurjen van der Velde 6-5 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Danny Jansen 6-5 Jose De Sousa
Dom Taylor 6-1 Damian Mol
Christian Kist 6-3 Nathan Aspinall
Keane Barry 6-0 Madars Razma
Ricardo Pietreczko 6-3 Darius Labanauskas
Pascal Rupprecht 6-2 John Henderson
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Adam Smith-Neale
Connor Scutt 6-4 Radek Szaganski
Chris Dobey 6-4 Martijn Kleermaker
Matt Campbell 6-3 Dylan Slevin
Cameron Menzies 6-3 Martin Schindler
Adam Warner 6-4 Kevin Burness
Steve Beaton 6-5 Ross Montgomery
Florian Hempel 6-1 Nick Kenny
Damon Heta 6-3 George Killington
Geert Nentjes 6-5 John O’Shea
Mike De Decker 6-3 Ronny Huybrechts
Arron Monk 6-2 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
James Wade 6-2 Scott Williams
Graham Usher 6-2 Jose Justicia
Mario Vandenbogaerde 6-4 Callan Rydz
Ian White 6-0 Chris Landman
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Andy Boulton
Robbie Knops 6-5 Scott Waites
Brendan Dolan 6-4 Mickey Mansell
Robert Grundy 6-2 Devon Petersen
Joe Cullen 6-4 Jeff Smith
Jimmy Hendriks 6-3 Nick Fullwell

Second Round
Kim Huybrechts 6-4 Mensur Suljovic
Jim Williams 6-3 Maik Kuivenhoven
Gary Anderson 6-3 Daniel Klose
Stephen Burton 6-4 Andrew Gilding
Adam Gawlas 6-3 Raymond van Barneveld
Jules van Dongen 6-4 Robert Owen
Martin Lukeman 6-3 Kevin Doets
Ryan Searle 6-2 Krzysztof Kciuk
Gian van Veen 6-3 Karel Sedlacek
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-2 Vincent van der Voort
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Steve Lennon
Boris Krcmar 6-5 Peter Jacques
Luke Woodhouse 6-2 Ryan Meikle
Bradley Brooks 6-2 Cam Crabtree
Mervyn King 6-3 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Stephen Bunting 6-0 Lee Evans
Ryan Joyce 6-3 Ritchie Edhouse
Jurjen van der Velde 6-4 James Wilson
Dom Taylor 6-2 Danny Jansen
Christian Kist 6-3 Keane Barry
Pascal Rupprecht 6-4 Ricardo Pietreczko
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Connor Scutt
Chris Dobey 6-3 Matt Campbell
Cameron Menzies 6-4 Adam Warner
Steve Beaton 6-5 Florian Hempel
Damon Heta 6-1 Geert Nentjes
Arron Monk 6-4 Mike De Decker
James Wade 6-3 Graham Usher
Ian White 6-3 Mario Vandenbogaerde
Jonny Clayton 6-1 Robbie Knops
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Robert Grundy
Joe Cullen 6-1 Jimmy Hendriks
Losers: £750

Last 32
Kim Huybrechts 6-4 Jim Williams
Gary Anderson 6-3 Stephen Burton
Jules van Dongen 6-3 Adam Gawlas
Martin Lukeman 6-4 Ryan Searle
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-0 Gian van Veen
Daryl Gurney 6-1 Boris Krcmar
Luke Woodhouse 6-1 Bradley Brooks
Stephen Bunting 6-3 Mervyn King
Ryan Joyce 6-3 Jurjen van der Velde
Christian Kist 6-3 Dom Taylor
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Pascal Rupprecht
Chris Dobey 6-3 Cameron Menzies
Damon Heta 6-2 Steve Beaton
Arron Monk 6-3 James Wade
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Ian White
Joe Cullen 6-1 Brendan Dolan
Losers: £1,250

Last 16
Gary Anderson 6-0 Kim Huybrechts
Martin Lukeman 6-0 Jules van Dongen
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Stephen Bunting 6-3 Luke Woodhouse
Ryan Joyce 6-3 Christian Kist
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Chris Dobey
Damon Heta 6-1 Arron Monk
Jonny Clayton 6-5 Joe Cullen
Losers: £2,000

Quarter-Finals
Gary Anderson 6-5 Martin Lukeman
Stephen Bunting 6-3 Daryl Gurney
Ryan Joyce 6-3 Michael van Gerwen
Jonny Clayton 6-1 Damon Heta
Losers: £3,000

Semi-Finals
Gary Anderson 7-5 Stephen Bunting
Ryan Joyce 7-3 Jonny Clayton
Losers: £4,000

Final
Gary Anderson 8-4 Ryan Joyce
Winner: £12,000
Runner-up: £8,000

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Gary Anderson ends three-year title drought at Players Championship Eight

Gary Anderson ended a three-year wait for a PDC ranking title by claiming glory at Players Championship Eight with an 8-5 win over Krzysztof Ratajski in the final in Hildesheim.

Anderson continued his terrific start to the season by scooping the £12,000 top prize with four ton-plus averages along the way.

The Scot, runner-up to Ross Smith at Players Championship Five last week, went one better as he returned to the winner’s circle for the first time since February 2020.

Anderson fired in six 180s and produced a stunning 170 checkout to overcome an equally resurgent Ratajski in Monday’s final.

The pair shared the opening four legs of the final, only for Anderson to seize control with a run of three straight legs – featuring the spectacular maximum finish in leg seven.

Ratajski responded to reduce the deficit to 5-4, but Anderson kept his cool, producing back-to-back 180s before pinning double five to clinch victory.

“I’m playing well. I am practicing and it’s going alright,” said a fired-up Anderson.

“I must admit, I read a tweet from Paul Nicholson saying I’m one of the world’s worst losers.

“I’m going to have a wee chat with him when I get him on the corner because there’s losing and there’s being done over.

“So which one is being a ‘bad loser’? Is it the Gary that’s getting beat and gives it ‘hands up – you played well’, or is it the boy who’s effing and blinding in your ear?

“I’ve had that in my head today and I’m gunning for them.

“I’m just here to give you a sore head and p*ss you off, which I’m doing quite well to be honest.

“Paul says I’m a bad loser, well we’ll see.

“I’m just back playing darts and enjoying it. It’s been something I’ve not wanted to do for the last three years.

“I usually come here and I’ve got a face like fizz because I’ve had two flights and a taxi but I’ve had a good laugh this weekend.

“I’ve spent 28/29 years of my life out of a suitcase – I like being at home, so for me to come here and play darts, it’s a step forward and it’s giving a lot of folk headaches.”

Anderson boasted a tournament average of 100 across his seven matches, kicking off his campaign with battling wins over Jamie Hughes and Jelle Klaasen.

He then moved through to the Last 16 with an impressive 6-4 success against top seed Luke Humphries, before averaging 110.5 to dump out Premier League star Dimitri Van den Bergh.

The 52-year-old continued his charge with a convincing Quarter-Final win over Dutch prospect Gian van Veen, which he followed with an emphatic 7-3 victory over rival Gerwyn Price.

Meanwhile, fresh from reaching Sunday’s Semi-Finals, Ratajski capped off a terrific weekend by reaching his first ProTour final since last August.

Poland’s number one eased through to the Last 16 with wins over Richie Burnett, Ryan Meikle and Boris Krcmar, before averaging over 107 to complete a last-leg win over Dave Chisnall.

Ratajski converted successive ton-plus finishes to edge out Brendan Dolan in the Quarter-Finals, and a stunning 109 average saw him dispatch Ricardo Pietreczko to seal his spot in the final.

German youngster Pietreczko performed superbly in reaching his second ProTour Semi-Final, whitewashing Keegan Brown and dumping out Jonny Clayton and European Champion Ross Smith on home soil.

Price defeated his Premier League rival Michael van Gerwen en route to reaching the Semi-Finals, denying the Dutchman back-to-back titles.

The Welshman also averaged 105 in wins over Ricky Evans and Scott Williams, before later claiming a deciding-leg win against Luke Woodhouse in the Last Eight.

Woodhouse was featuring in his first ranking Quarter-Final of 2023, exiting at the same stage as Players Championship Five winner Smith, emerging Dutchman Van Veen and Sunday’s nine-dart hero Dolan.

Monday’s action also featured a nine-darter from William O’Connor, who achieved perfection in his opening round demolition of Jimmy Hendriks.

Chisnall produced the performance of the day in Germany, averaging 117.4 in his first round victory over Kevin Burness, before succumbing to Ratajski in a dramatic Last 16 tussle.

Sunday’s runner-up Josh Rock was beaten by Van Veen in Round One, while Chris Dobey, Danny Noppert and Joe Cullen were also among the First Round casualties.

Fallon Sherrock’s ProTour debut ended in a 6-2 defeat at the hands of Belgium’s Mario Vandenbogaerde in the opening round.

Players Championship Eight Results

Monday March 20

Last 128
Gary Anderson 6-3 Jamie Hughes
Jelle Klaasen 6-3 Robert Owen
Luke Humphries 6-2 Jeff Smith
Niels Zonneveld 6-5 Stefan Bellmont
Gabriel Clemens 6-2 Darius Labanauskas
Jeffrey Sparidaans 6-2 John O’Shea
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-3 Graham Usher
Alan Soutar 6-4 Keane Barry
Josh Payne 6-5 Kim Huybrechts
Thibault Tricole 6-3 Mickey Mansell
Gian van Veen 6-5 Josh Rock
Owen Roelofs 6-4 Ritchie Edhouse
Mike De Decker 6-0 Chris Dobey
Christian Kist 6-1 Nick Fullwell
Cam Crabtree 6-3 Martin Schindler
William O’Connor 6-1 Jimmy Hendriks – *O’Connor hits a nine-darter*
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Jim Williams
Ryan Joyce 6-4 Jules van Dongen
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 George Killington
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-2 Arron Monk
Madars Razma 6-2 Jamie Clark
Scott Williams 6-4 Dylan Slevin
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Lee Evans
Ricky Evans 6-4 Nick Kenny
Daniel Klose 6-4 Steve Beaton
Luke Woodhouse 6-1 Mensur Suljovic
Damon Heta 6-3 Stephen Burton
Berry van Peer 6-1 Shaun Wilkinson
James Wade 6-1 Danny Jansen
Vincent van der Voort 6-2 Jacques Labre
Owen Bates 6-5 Andrew Gilding
Ted Evetts 6-5 Scott Waites
Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Geert Nentjes 6-2 Connor Scutt
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Kevin Burness
Richard Veenstra 6-1 Radek Szaganski
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Richie Burnett
Ryan Meikle 6-5 Danny van Trijp
Boris Krcmar 6-5 Stephen Bunting
Lukas Wenig 6-3 Robbie Knops
Brendan Dolan 6-0 Graham Hall
Florian Hempel 6-5 Luc Peters
Karel Sedlacek 6-5 Danny Noppert
Mario Vandenbogaerde 6-2 Fallon Sherrock
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-2 Adam Gawlas
Pascal Rupprecht 6-2 Tony Martinez
Andy Boulton 6-3 Joe Cullen
James Hurrell 6-4 Alex Spellman
Krzysztof Kciuk 6-3 Daryl Gurney
Ross Montgomery 6-5 Ian White
Damian Mol 6-5 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Matt Campbell 6-2 Jose Justicia
Ross Smith 6-0 Chris Landman
Cameron Menzies 6-5 Bradley Brooks
Jurjen van der Velde 6-4 Jose De Sousa
Adam Warner 6-2 Callum Goffin
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 6-3 Martin Lukeman
Mervyn King 6-5 Ronny Huybrechts
Keegan Brown 6-3 Rob Cross
Devon Petersen 6-1 Brian Raman
Steve Lennon 6-3 Callan Rydz
Lewis Williams 6-2 Martijn Kleermaker
Jonny Clayton 6-5 Darren Webster
Ricardo Pietreczko 6-1 Vladimir Andersen

Second Round
Gary Anderson 6-4 Jelle Klaasen
Luke Humphries 6-3 Niels Zonneveld
Jeffrey Sparidaans 6-3 Gabriel Clemens
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-1 Alan Soutar
Thibault Tricole 6-4 Josh Payne
Gian van Veen 6-5 Owen Roelofs
Mike De Decker 6-4 Christian Kist
William O’Connor 6-3 Cam Crabtree
Simon Whitlock 6-5 Ryan Joyce
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Maik Kuivenhoven
Scott Williams 6-4 Madars Razma
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Ricky Evans
Luke Woodhouse 6-3 Daniel Klose
Damon Heta 6-5 Berry van Peer
James Wade 6-1 Vincent van der Voort
Owen Bates 6-5 Ted Evetts
Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Geert Nentjes
Dave Chisnall 6-5 Richard Veenstra
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Ryan Meikle
Boris Krcmar 6-4 Lukas Wenig
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Florian Hempel
Karel Sedlacek 6-3 Mario Vandenbogaerde
Pascal Rupprecht 6-1 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Andy Boulton 6-3 James Hurrell
Krzysztof Kciuk 6-4 Ross Montgomery
Damian Mol 6-4 Matt Campbell
Ross Smith 6-3 Cameron Menzies
Jurjen van der Velde 6-4 Adam Warner
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 6-2 Mervyn King
Keegan Brown 6-5 Devon Petersen
Steve Lennon 6-1 Lewis Williams
Ricardo Pietreczko 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Losers: £750

Last 32
Gary Anderson 6-4 Luke Humphries
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-3 Jeffrey Sparidaans
Gian van Veen 6-4 Thibault Tricole
Mike De Decker 6-4 William O’Connor
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Simon Whitlock
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Scott Williams
Luke Woodhouse 6-4 Damon Heta
James Wade 6-2 Owen Bates
Dave Chisnall 6-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Boris Krcmar
Brendan Dolan 6-4 Karel Sedlacek
Andy Boulton 6-3 Pascal Rupprecht
Krzysztof Kciuk 6-2 Damian Mol
Ross Smith 6-3 Jurjen van der Velde
Keegan Brown 6-3 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Ricardo Pietreczko 6-5 Steve Lennon
Losers: £1,250

Last 16
Gary Anderson 6-3 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Gian van Veen 6-4 Mike De Decker
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Michael van Gerwen
Luke Woodhouse 6-3 James Wade
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Brendan Dolan 6-5 Andy Boulton
Ross Smith 6-1 Krzysztof Kciuk
Ricardo Pietreczko 6-0 Keegan Brown
Losers: £2,000

Quarter-Finals
Gary Anderson 6-2 Gian van Veen
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Luke Woodhouse
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-5 Brendan Dolan
Ricardo Pietreczko 6-3 Ross Smith
Losers: £3,000

Semi-Finals
Gary Anderson 7-3 Gerwyn Price
Krzysztof Ratajski 7-2 Ricardo Pietreczko
Losers: £4,000

Final
Gary Anderson 8-5 Krzysztof Ratajski
Winner: £12,000
Runner-up: £8,000

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Gary Anderson issues angry response to Paul Nicholson following Players Championship 8 triumph

A fired-up Gary Anderson has vowed to have a “wee chat” with Paul Nicholson after he was named by ‘The Asset’ as one the sport’s ‘bad losers’.

In his Sporting Life column last week, Nicholson listed Anderson as one of darts’ worst losers and referenced his involvement in a number of incidents over the years.

Nicholson wrote: ‘He’s not been happy about squeaking floorboards, noises behind him, things players have supposedly said and various other antics he believes are bad sportsmanship or etiquette.

‘You’ve got to remember that old school players were brought up with strict etiquette that the younger generation don’t necessarily subscribe to as religiously.

‘He doesn’t shy away from making his feelings known – on stage or during interviews.

‘He’s even been in bad moods after victories, such as table-gate with Mensur Suljovic at the World Championship one year, where he said he’d be ‘offski’ if gamesmanship became rife in the sport. And after his next win, he called Wayne Mardle a ‘numpty’.

‘At the 2009 UK Open, he was ready to fill me in! I beat him fair and square on his tournament debut and although my celebration was a bit aggressive, it wasn’t towards him. It was to the camera.

‘One of my old friends from Northumberland was there holding Gary back because he had a desire to take me outside! To be fair, he’s not the only player who has wanted to give me a filling in, but this altercation meant we didn’t talk for about two years.

‘We shook hands if we ever we played each other but we’d never speak. I stayed clear of him because let’s face it, if he got hold of me it wouldn’t end well for me. He’s made of very tough Scottish stuff. I was on notice.

‘Gary is a very passionate individual and I really do admire him for that – it made him the exciting, legendary player he is, with such a huge fanbase. No matter how much he might act like he’s laid back about the game these days, don’t let that kid you about his hatred of losing.

‘But he’s had issues with the likes of Gerwyn Price, Adrian Lewis, Joe Cullen, Chris Dobey and even Raymond van Barneveld in the past.’

Anderson ended a three-year wait for a PDC ranking title at Players Championship Eight in Hildesheim on Monday and was quick to call out Nicholson in his post-match interview.

The Scotsman said: “I must admit, I read a tweet from Paul Nicholson saying I’m one of the world’s worst losers.

“I’m going to have a wee chat with him when I get him on the corner because there’s losing and there’s being done over.

“So which one is being a ‘bad loser’? Is it the Gary that’s getting beaten and gives it ‘hands up – you played well’, or is it the boy who’s effing and blinding in your ear?

“I’ve had that in my head today and I’m gunning for them.

“I’m just here to give you a sore head and p*ss you off, which I’m doing quite well to be honest.

“Paul says I’m a bad loser, well we’ll see.”

Anderson defeated Krzysztof Ratajski 8-5 in the final with a 99.7 average to end his title drought and all but assure himself of a place in July’s World Matchplay via the ProTour Order of Merit.

The world number 22 has enjoyed a superb start to the season, having finished runner-up in Players Championship Five, while also qualifying for a European Tour event to end his seven-year sabbatical.

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Gary Anderson secures European Tour return at the Dutch Darts Championship

Gary Anderson ended his seven-year European Tour sabbatical by securing qualification for April’s Dutch Darts Championship.

Anderson’s most recent appearance in a Euro Tour event came at the 2016 European Darts Open in Düsseldorf, and his sole Euro Tour title to date came at the 2014 German Darts Championship.

The two-time World Champion dropped to 22nd in the PDC Order of Merit following the World Championship but has made a promising start to the season, reaching the final of Players Championship Five on Saturday.

The 52-year-old hinted during January’s Masters in Milton Keynes that he could be prepared to return to the European Tour providing there is minimal travel involved.

The Scot initially entered the Tour Card holder qualifier for the German Darts Grand Prix (ET4) last month but was beaten by Andrew Gilding.

On Monday, he came close to securing a place in April’s Austrian Darts Open, but was denied in the final qualifying round by Raymond van Barneveld.

Anderson led 4-2 and landed a sensational 167 checkout to force a deciding leg, but only for Van Barneveld to land a timely 180 and take out 72 to clinch qualification.

However, the Scotsman responded superbly in the ET6 qualifier later in the day, defeating Tony Martinez and Devon Petersen in last-leg deciders to book his place in the Dutch Championship – which takes place in Leeuwarden from April 28-30.

Elsewhere, Daryl Gurney maintained his record as the only player to have qualified for the first six European Tour events of 2023 via the Tour Card Holder qualifiers.

The two-time major champion was joined by Krzysztof Ratajski, Kim Huybrechts, Madars Razma and Jim Williams in coming through both of Monday’s qualifiers.

A resurgent Ian White and young duo Dylan Slevin and Ricardo Pietreczko also sealed a memorable double qualification.

Ten-time major winner James Wade, former Grand Slam champion Jose de Sousa and two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis missed out on both events, while 2021 World Champion Gerwyn Price opted not to compete in Monday’s double-header.

This year’s PDC European Tour features an increased prize fund of £175,000 per event, including £30,000 to the winner.

Austrian Darts Open (ET5) Tour Card Holder Qualifiers

William O’Connor
Ian White
Cameron Menzies
Jim Williams
Maik Kuivenhoven
Bradley Brooks
Ricky Evans
Daryl Gurney
Owen Roelofs
Simon Whitlock
Madars Razma
Dylan Slevin
Ricardo Pietreczko
Nick Kenny
Krzysztof Ratajski
Jeffrey de Zwaan
Chris Dobey
Matt Campbell
Kim Huybrechts
Luke Woodhouse
Raymond van Barneveld
Brendan Dolan
Mickey Mansell

Dutch Darts Championship (ET6) Tour Card Holder Qualifiers

Dylan Slevin
Adam Smith-Neale
Stephen Bunting
Martin Lukeman
Dimitri Van den Bergh
Jim Williams
Gabriel Clemens
Steve Beaton
Ross Smith
Daryl Gurney
Madars Razma
Ian White
Alan Soutar
Ricardo Pietreczko
Krzysztof Ratajski
Graham Hall
Adam Gawlas
Arron Monk
Kim Huybrechts
Gian van Veen
Gary Anderson
Keane Barry
John O’Shea
George Killington

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Gary Anderson set for European Tour qualifying return

Gary Anderson will bid to end a seven-year absence from the European Tour when he competes in the Tour Card holder qualifier for the German Darts Grand Prix on Monday.

Anderson’s most recent appearance in a European Tour event came at the 2016 European Darts Open in Düsseldorf, and his sole Euro Tour title to date came at the 2014 German Darts Championship.

The two-time World Champion dropped to 22nd in the PDC Order of Merit following the recent World Championship and has since fallen a further two places after the opening two Players Championship events of the season.

Anderson failed to progress beyond the Last 32 stage of a televised ranking tournament last season and also missed out on a place in the Grand Slam for the first time.

The 52-year-old hinted during last month’s Masters in Milton Keynes that he could be prepared to end his European Tour sabbatical providing there is minimal travel involved.

The Scot has entered Monday’s Tour Card holder qualifier in Barnsley for ET4 – which takes place in Munich from April 8-10, however he has not entered the qualifier for the International Open (ET3) in Riesa.

Other notable names in qualifying action include Raymond van Barneveld, James Wade, Chris Dobey, Jose de Sousa, Ross Smith, Daryl Gurney and Adrian Lewis.

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ET3-4 Tour Card Holder Qualifier Entries

Monday February 20

ET3 Tour Card Holder Qualifier

Keane Barry
Steve Beaton
Bradley Brooks
Keegan Brown
Stephen Bunting
Kevin Burness
Richie Burnett
Stephen Burton
Matt Campbell
Jamie Clark
Mike De Decker
Jose de Sousa
Jeffrey De Zwaan
Chris Dobey
Kevin Doets
Brendan Dolan
Ritchie Edhouse
Lee Evans
Ricky Evans
Ted Evetts
Nick Fullwell
Adam Gawlas
Andrew Gilding
Callum Goffin
Daryl Gurney
Graham Hall
Jimmy Hendriks
Jamie Hughes
Kim Huybrechts
Ronny Huybrechts
Danny Jansen
Ryan Joyce
Jose Justicia
Krzysztof Kciuk
Nick Kenny
George Killington
Mervyn King
Martijn Kleermaker
Daniel Klose
Robbie Knops
Boris Krcmar
Maik Kuivenhoven
Darius Labanauskas
Jacques Labre
Steve Lennon
Adrian Lewis
Martin Lukeman
Mickey Mansell
Tony Martinez
Ryan Meikle
Cameron Menzies
Damian Mol
Arron Monk
Ross Montgomery
Joe Murnan
Geert Nentjes
William O’Connor
John O’Shea
Robert Owen
Josh Payne
Luc Peters
Devon Petersen
Ricardo Pietreczko
Nathan Rafferty
Brian Raman
Krzysztof Ratajski
Madars Razma
Rowby-John Rodriguez
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Owen Roelofs
Pascal Rupprecht
Callan Rydz
Connor Scutt
Ryan Searle
Karel Sedlacek
Dylan Slevin
Jeff Smith
Ross Smith
Adam Smith-Neale
Alan Soutar
Jeffrey Sparidaans
Mensur Suljovic
Radek Szaganski
Graham Usher
Raymond van Barneveld
Jurjen van der Velde
Vincent van der Voort
Jules van Dongen
Danny Van Trijp
Gian van Veen
Mario Vandenbogaerde
Richard Veenstra
James Wade
Scott Waites
Adam Warner
Jermaine Wattimena
Darren Webster
Ian White
Simon Whitlock
Shaun Wilkinson
Jim Williams
Lewy Williams
Scott Williams
James Wilson
Luke Woodhouse
Niels Zonneveld

ET4 Tour Card Holder Qualifier

Gary Anderson
Keane Barry
Steve Beaton
Bradley Brooks
Keegan Brown
Stephen Bunting
Kevin Burness
Richie Burnett
Stephen Burton
Matt Campbell
Jamie Clark
Mike De Decker
Jeffrey De Zwaan
Chris Dobey
Kevin Doets
Brendan Dolan
Ritchie Edhouse
Lee Evans
Ricky Evans
Ted Evetts
Nick Fullwell
Adam Gawlas
Andrew Gilding
Callum Goffin
Daryl Gurney
Graham Hall
Jimmy Hendriks
Jamie Hughes
Kim Huybrechts
Ronny Huybrechts
Danny Jansen
Ryan Joyce
Jose Justicia
Krzysztof Kciuk
Nick Kenny
George Killington
Mervyn King
Martijn Kleermaker
Daniel Klose
Robbie Knops
Boris Krcmar
Maik Kuivenhoven
Darius Labanauskas
Jacques Labre
Steve Lennon
Adrian Lewis
Martin Lukeman
Mickey Mansell
Tony Martinez
Ryan Meikle
Cameron Menzies
Damian Mol
Arron Monk
Ross Montgomery
Joe Murnan
Geert Nentjes
William O’Connor
John O’Shea
Robert Owen
Josh Payne
Luc Peters
Devon Petersen
Ricardo Pietreczko
Nathan Rafferty
Brian Raman
Krzysztof Ratajski
Madars Razma
Rowby-John Rodriguez
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Owen Roelofs
Pascal Rupprecht
Callan Rydz
Connor Scutt
Ryan Searle
Karel Sedlacek
Dylan Slevin
Jeff Smith
Ross Smith
Adam Smith-Neale
Alan Soutar
Jeffrey Sparidaans
Mensur Suljovic
Radek Szaganski
Graham Usher
Raymond van Barneveld
Jurjen van der Velde
Vincent van der Voort
Jules van Dongen
Danny Van Trijp
Gian van Veen
Mario Vandenbogaerde
Richard Veenstra
James Wade
Scott Waites
Adam Warner
Jermaine Wattimena
Darren Webster
Ian White
Simon Whitlock
Shaun Wilkinson
Jim Williams
Lewy Williams
Scott Williams
James Wilson
Luke Woodhouse
Niels Zonneveld

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Grand Slam of Darts 2022 Qualifier Entries | Gary Anderson opts out

The list of entries for the 2022 Grand Slam of Darts qualifier has been confirmed, with Gary Anderson having opted out of competing.

More than 100 players will battle it out in Barnsley on Sunday November 6 for the final eight places in the £650,000 ranking event.

This year’s Grand Slam of Darts will take place from November 12-20 at the Aldersley Leisure Village, with 23 of the 32 available places having already been confirmed.

The final place among the 16 automatic qualifiers will be decided following this weekend’s Players Championship double-header in Barnsley, with Rob Cross currently occupying the last provisional qualification spot following two tournament wins this season.

A further eight places will be up for grabs in the last-chance qualifier on Sunday, with notable entrants including former Grand Slam champions Jose De Sousa, Raymond van Barneveld and Scott Waites.

Three-time runner-up James Wade is bidding to preserve his ever-present record in the event since its inception in 2007, but two-time World Champion Anderson will see his 100 per cent appearance record come to an end after opting not to enter the qualifier.

Dimitri van den Bergh, Adrian Lewis, Stephen Bunting, Krzysztof Ratajski and Daryl Gurney are among the other high-profile entries.

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Grand Slam of Darts 2022 – Tour Card Holder Qualifier Entries

Danny Baggish
Keane Barry
Steve Beaton
William Borland
Andy Boulton
Bradley Brooks
John Brown
Keegan Brown
Stephen Bunting
Kevin Burness
Richie Burnett
Matt Campbell
Jamie Clark
Brett Claydon
Gabriel Clemens
Rob Cross
Mike De Decker
Jose de Sousa
Jeffrey De Zwaan
Chris Dobey
Kevin Doets
Brendan Dolan
Glen Durrant
Ritchie Edhouse
David Evans
Ricky Evans
Nick Fullwell
Adam Gawlas
Andrew Gilding
Daryl Gurney
Jason Heaver
Florian Hempel
John Henderson
Jimmy Hendriks
Max Hopp
Peter Hudson
Jamie Hughes
Adam Hunt
Kim Huybrechts
Danny Jansen
Jake Jones
Ryan Joyce
George Killington
Mervyn King
Martijn Kleermaker
Boris Krcmar
Maik Kuivenhoven
Darius Labanauskas
Steve Lennon
Adrian Lewis
Eddie Lovely
Jason Lowe
Martin Lukeman
Jack Main
Mickey Mansell
Tony Martinez
Gordon Mathers
Ryan Meikle
Cameron Menzies
Ron Meulenkamp
John Michael
Scott Mitchell
Damian Mol
Ross Montgomery
Joe Murnan
Geert Nentjes
William O’Connor
John O’Shea
Luc Peters
Devon Petersen
Ricardo Pietreczko
Brian Raman
Krzysztof Ratajski
Madars Razma
Rowby-John Rodriguez
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Callan Rydz
Martin Schindler
Connor Scutt
Jeff Smith
Alan Soutar
Mensur Suljovic
Radek Szaganski
Raymond van Barneveld
Dimitri Van den Bergh
Vincent van der Voort
Jules van Dongen
Berry van Peer
Mario Vandenbogaerde
James Wade
Scott Waites
Jermaine Wattimena
Darren Webster
Steve West
Ian White
Shaun Wilkinson
Jim Williams
James Wilson
Luke Woodhouse
Jon Worsley
Niels Zonneveld

Grand Slam of Darts 2022 – Current Qualifiers

2021/22 PDC World Champion – PETER WRIGHT
2021 Grand Slam Champion – GERWYN PRICE
2022 Premier League Champion – MICHAEL VAN GERWEN
2022 World Matchplay Champion – (Michael van Gerwen)
2022 World Grand Prix Champion – (Michael van Gerwen)
2022 Masters Champion – JOE CULLEN
2022 UK Open Champion – DANNY NOPPERT
2022 European Champion – ROSS SMITH
2021 Players Championship Finals Champion – (Peter Wright)
2022 World Series of Darts Finals Champion – (Gerwyn Price)
2022 World Cup Champions x2 – DAMON HETA & SIMON WHITLOCK
2021/22 PDC World Championship runner-up – MICHAEL SMITH
2021 Grand Slam runner-up – (Peter Wright)
2022 Premier League runner-up – (Joe Cullen)
2022 World Matchplay runner-up – (Gerwyn Price)
2022 World Grand Prix runner-up – NATHAN ASPINALL
2022 Masters runner-up – DAVE CHISNALL
2022 UK Open runner-up – (Michael Smith)
2022 European Championship runner-up – (Michael Smith)
2021 Players Championship Finals runner-up – RYAN SEARLE
2022 World Series of Darts Finals runners-up – DIRK VAN DUIJVENBODE
2022 World Cup runners-up x2 – (Gerwyn Price &) JONNY CLAYTON

2022 European Tour Event Winners

In order of number of event wins and then PDC Ranking Order

LUKE HUMPHRIES (x4)
(Michael van Gerwen) (x3)
(Gerwyn Price)
(Michael Smith)
(Joe Cullen)
(Peter Wright)
(Dave Chisnall)
(Damon Heta)

2022 Players Championship Event Winners

In order of number of event wins and then PDC Ranking Order

Rob Cross (2)
Brendan Dolan
Adrian Lewis
Keegan Brown
Jim Williams
Scott Williams
Danny Jansen
Currently: Rob Cross with the PC29+30 remaining

Additional Qualifiers
2021 World Youth Champion – TED EVETTS
2021 World Youth Championship runner-up – NATHAN RAFFERTY
2022 Challenge Tour Order of Merit winner – SCOTT WILLIAMS
2022 Development Tour Order of Merit – JOSH ROCK
2022 Women’s World Matchplay Winner – FALLON SHERROCK
2022 Women’s Series Order of Merit Winner – LISA ASHTON
2022 PDC Asian Championship Winner – CHRISTIAN PEREZ
2022 North American Championship Winner – LEONARD GATES

Gary Anderson returns to winning ways on Night Six of Premier League Darts

Gary Anderson kick-started his Premier League campaign by claiming the Night Six title in Nottingham on Thursday with victory over Michael Smith in the final.

Anderson had failed to register a win since the opening night of the competition in Cardiff last month but stopped the rot in style to move off the foot of the table.

The two-time Premier League champion produced his best display of the season so far to claim the £10,000 bonus at the Motorpoint Arena, becoming the fifth different winner from the opening six nights.

The Scot survived a missed dart at the bullseye from Jonny Clayton to win the deciding leg of their Quarter-Final clash, before seeing off World Cup-winning team-mate Peter Wright 6-3 by hitting six doubles from nine attempts.

He opened the final against Smith with a majestic ten-darter, and though the UK Open runner-up finished 105 and then moved 2-1 up, Anderson produced a blistering burst to pull clear.

Double eight levelled for Anderson, before legs of 12 and 13 darts were followed by a 74 finish as he moved 5-2 ahead.

Smith finished double eight for a 13-darter to respond in leg eight and took out 68 to pull back to just one leg behind his former mentor.

However, Anderson regained breathing space with a 177 score in the next and took out double four for the win, ending the final with a 104.2 average.

“I’m off the bottom of the table and I’m happy,” admitted Anderson. “Just to get two points would have done me, I’d have been happy.

“It was a struggle against Jonny, I played a bit better against Peter and I played well against Michael. When I got to near the winning line I was panicking a bit!

“I’m surprised, after the way I’ve been playing. It’s been an absolute nightmare. It’s soul-destroying when you turn up week-in, week-out and get beaten, and you’re hitting 89 averages.

“Once we step on that stage, even if you know you’re struggling, you still want to win.

“On the practice board, everything’s fine but when I come up [on stage] everything’s not right so that’s up to me to sort out.”

The defeat means Smith has lost out twice in Premier League finals in as many weeks, having also been the Brighton runner-up.

The two-time World Championship finalist was a clinical 6-1 winner against James Wade in the Quarter-Finals, before reeling off six straight legs in a stunning comeback win over Gerwyn Price in the Semi-Finals.

On his return to action following a hand injury which ruled him out of Night Five, Price ended Michael van Gerwen’s bid to win a third successive night with an impressive 6-4 Quarter-Final success, having trailed 3-1.

Wright also returned to action, having withdrawn midway through last weekend’s German Championship due to a back problem, and saw off a struggling Joe Cullen 6-4 in the Quarter-Finals.

The Premier League will return to the Netherlands for the first time since 2019 for Night Seven of the competition at the Rotterdam Ahoy next Thursday.

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Premier League Darts 2022 – Night Six Results

Thursday March 17

Quarter-Finals
Michael Smith 6-1 James Wade
Michael van Gerwen 4-6 Gerwyn Price
Gary Anderson 6-5 Jonny Clayton
Joe Cullen 4-6 Peter Wright

Semi-Finals
Michael Smith 6-4 Gerwyn Price
Gary Anderson 6-3 Peter Wright

Final
Gary Anderson 6-4 Michael Smith

Gary Anderson opts out of 2021 World Cup of Darts

Gary Anderson has opted out of representing Scotland at the 2021 World Cup of Darts and will be replaced by John Henderson.

Anderson, who partnered Peter Wright to glory in 2019, pulled out of last year’s behind closed doors event in Salzburg and has declined the chance to pull on the Scotland shirt again this month.

Wright also missed last year’s event due to travel concerns but has confirmed he will return to captain the Scottish side in Jena from September 9-12.

World number 44 Henderson partnered Robert Thornton last time around and will return to the line-up alongside reigning World Matchplay champion Wright.

Anderson will not feature in either of the two European Tour events this season and will consequently miss the European Championship as he remains on home soil.

The full line-up for the 32-nation tournament is expected to be confirmed next week.

The top eight teams will be seeded in the draw based on combined Order of Merit rankings and the remaining 24 teams will be unseeded in the First Round.

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Gary Anderson pays tribute to “gentleman” Andy Fordham

Gary Anderson has paid tribute to darting great Andy Fordham, who passed away last week following a long health battle.

Fordham was one of the sport’s most recognisable faces over a period of two decades and his greatest triumph saw him claim the BDO world title in 2004.

Having also won the World Masters in 1999, Fordham was a regular in the latter stages of major tournaments and made 12 World Championship appearances between 1995 and 2006.

He passed away on Friday aged 59 following multiple health complications.

Anderson joined the BDO in 2000 and faced Fordham in only his second Lakeside appearance three years later, prevailing by three sets to one in the Second Round.

Fordham would go on to clinch the Lakeside crown the following year, and Anderson has described ‘The Viking’ as “an absolute gentleman”.

“I’d known Andy for a long time – an absolute gentleman,” he told Live Darts.

“Like myself, he was one of the laziest dart players but he was very, very good!

“He would sit on his backside all day but then go up and play good darts, he was absolutely fantastic.

“If you mention dart players from the past, you had Eric Bristow, Jocky Wilson, Andy Fordham, they’re the boys who were always mentioned.

“Andy was a gentleman and he’ll be sadly missed in the darting world.”

Tributes have poured in for one of the sport’s most loved characters, and Sky Sports’ Wayne Mardle has recalled the time he spent in Fordham’s company during his playing years.

“We were doing exhibitions in Holland from 2000 to about 2006 and I’ve shared hotel rooms with Andy and there was one time when we shared a bed,” said Mardle on air during the opening night of the World Matchplay.

“There was a mix-up with the hotel rooms, let’s say!

“He was brilliant to be around. He was a fun character, he was a masterful and brilliant darts player but he was a better human being than that.

“I’ll miss him, of course, and the darting world will miss a legend, that’s for sure.”

Three-time World Champion John Part recalled: “From the first time I travelled to England to play the Welsh Open after I won the BDO tournament in 1994 I was staying with Martin Adams and we were driving from where he lived near Peterborough to Wales and we picked up Andy along the way.

“We had a long car ride with Andy so we really got to know him. To know Andy there were never any problems, or anything but levity and joy really.

“We soon found out how well he could play darts. He was extremely talented and a dangerous opponent around the time I was playing in ’94, it took him 10 years to become a world champion from that point.

“It was never a surprise, but in fact people were surprised it took him that long.

“He had a talent for sure and he knew it.”

Mervyn King, who lost to Fordham in the 2004 Lakeside final, laughed: “I always said to him he was lucky I let him win!

“It was great to play Andy in the final, being a good friend.

“We had been friends for a lot of years and it was one of those things you hope for but never think will happen.

“The game itself, I can’t really remember a great deal about it apart from the 101 checkout I had and his winning dart where he hit the double to win.”

Andy Fordham (1962-2021) (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)