Posted on October 14th, 2012
Michael van Gerwen is the New PDC World Grand Prix Champion.
Mervyn King opened the 2012 PDC World Grand Prix final against Michael van Gerwen by racing away with a 3 sets to nil lead.
An amazing fightback by van Gerwen including a run of 7 legs without reply saw him draw level, as King felt the pressure in turn his darts became increasingly wayward.
At 4 each King stopped the rot taking the first two legs which included a 117 finish, however van Gerwen squared the set, and started with a 152 as King failed to get away on a double to take the last leg to move ahead for the first time in the match at 5-4.
With the crowd behind him and seemingly against his opponent Mighty Mike completed his comeback in style taking out 145 for a 6-4 victory earning himself a £100k payday, and a massive jump up the PDC Order of Merit. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on October 13th, 2012
The ‘Double-in in Dublin’ King & Van Gerwen Reach the World Grand Prix Final
PartyPoker.com World Grand Prix Semi-final Results Saturday 13 October
Michael van Gerwen reached his first major PDC final with a superb 5-1 defeat of Wes Newton in Saturday’s opening semi-final at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin.
He will take on Mervyn King in Sunday’s final following his 5-2 victory over last year’s runner up and 9 dart history maker Brendan Dolan.
Wes Newton 1 v 5 Michael van Gerwen
Meryn King 5 v 2 Brendan Dolan Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on October 12th, 2012
Results from Night 5 of the ‘Double-in in Dublin’
Justin Pipe 1-3 Brendan Dolan
Wes Newton 3 v 2 Paul Nicholson -
Michael van Gerwen 3 v 2 Andy Hamilton
Robert Thornton 0 v 3 Mervyn King
PartyPoker.com World Grand Prix Semi-final Lineup Saturday 13 October
Wes Newton v Michael van Gerwen
Meryn King v Brendan Dolan
Semi-Finals Best of Nine Sets
All sets are the best of five legs. There will be no tie-break.
All games are double-start and double-finish, meaning a player must first hit a double before he can begin scoring in each leg.
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Posted on October 12th, 2012
There’s trouble a t’mill. As the 2012 Partypoker.com World Grand Prix moves into the quarter final stage Phil Taylor is still picking thorns out of his arse and James Wade is back on the couch.
Wes Newton, 6th on the PDC Order of Merit, goes into tonight’s quarter finals in uncharted territory as the highest ranked player left in the tournament. This does not make The Warrior favourite.
1993 was year zero for the PDC and since the dawn of PDC-time Phil Taylor has been there or thereabouts in major tournaments – if Taylor misses one of his closest rivals hits.
Adrian Lewis taking the last two World Championships, James Wade with his seven major titles, Part & Barney in their pomp – rarely does the top of the PDC pyramid crumble in the early stages of a tournament.
The last time the world’s top five failed to make the quarter finals of a major PDC tournament?
I’m not exactly sure as I don’t have historic Order of Merit rankings to hand. But I can tell you that the last time none of the current top five – Messers Taylor, Lewis, Wade, Anderson and Whitlock – made the quarter finals of a PDC major was eight years ago.
Posted on October 11th, 2012
Results from Night 4 of the ‘Double-in in Dublin’
Andy Hamilton 3 v 2 Steve Beaton
Colin Osborne 1 v 3 Paul Nicholson
Adrian Lewis 1 v 3 Michael van Gerwen
Wes Newton 3 v 1 Ian White
Steve Beaton started well against Andy Hamilton, edging the first set 3-2 in a last leg that saw the pair trade 180′s and each throw for the set. The Hammer then hit back taking the second set 3-0 including a 109 out shot in the opening leg.
The Bronzed Adonis turned round a 2-0 deficit to steal the third and restore the advantage, only for Hamilton to take the next set in the deciding leg to draw level and force a fifth and final set.
With Beaton unable to find the starting doubles and missing two attempted 170 finishes, Hamilton reeled off 3 legs without reply to take the match 3-2. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on October 10th, 2012
Results from Night 3 of the ‘Double-in in Dublin’
Irish eyes were smiling in Dublin as Brendan Dolan continued his winning ways at the Citywest Hotel. Last year’s runner-up and nine dart history maker from County Fermanagh booked his quarter final place with a 3-1 victory over Vincent van der Voort.
Dolan to the delight of his home crowd took the fourth and final set without reply, in match which saw him hit 11 from 16 doubles – a staggering 68.75% check out success.
Justin Pipe progressed into the quarters and celebrated by ‘busting some moves’ on the Dublin stage, although Kevin Painter the man he knocked out would have preferred a simple handshake.
On stage needle makes for exciting viewing but afterwards both players assured their fans on Twitter that there was no bad blood between the pair. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on October 10th, 2012
Results from Night 2 of the ‘Double-in in Dublin’
Night 2 of the 2012 PartyPoker.com World Grand Prix darts kicked off with a fine win for Steve Beaton. The Adonis was deadly on his doubles hitting 6 out of 9 and dumping out Andy Smith 2-0, with a 94 average, including 4 180′s.
Mark Webster’s miserable year continued, a brilliant 140 check out from nowhere being the only highlight for him in a 2-0 defeat to the hand of Stoke star Andy Hamilton.
Wes Newton got the all Blackpool affair underway with an opening contribution of 152 (D16 t20 T20) in his game against Ronnie Baxter, however it was Ronnie Baxter who took the early initiative.
Heavy scoring and accurate finishing saw him reel off 5 legs without reply, to move within 1 leg of the match.
Prior to this evening The Rocket had failed to win a game at the Grand Prix since 2006, and despite having a match dart at bull, his barren spell continued.
The Warrior dug deep and reminded the Irish crowd why he is a Top 5 ranked player as he turned the game around zoning in on the doubles and winning the second set 3-2 and the final set 3-1. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on October 9th, 2012
Results from Night 1 of the ‘Double-in in Dublin’
The 2012 PartyPoker.com World Grand Prix darts commenced at the Citywest hotel Dublin yesterday, with 8 first round matches decided over 5 hours of play.
Despite winning the opening set, Mark Walsh could not stop a fight back from the in-form Scotsman as Thornton went on to win the opening game 2-1 with a 94 average.
European Championship winner Whitlock couldn’t get past Pipe, losing 2-1 to the floor specialist means he won’t be adding a second major to his CV just yet.
Mervyn King battled back from a first set loss to Terry Jenkins, taking the remaining 2 sets 3-1 to progress into the second round.
Brendan Dolan once again delighted the Dublin crowd, a 2-0 win of Gary Anderson (3-2) (3-2) seeing him into the second round.
Elsewhere, Michael Smith came up against an unforgiving Taylor who started his defence by posting a 100 average in his 2-0 victory over the youngster.
Kevin Painter completed a professional performance with a legs and set whitewash over Kim Huybrechts to set up a second round clash with Justin Pipe.
Vincent van der Voort survived a first round scare, after losing the first set to local favourite William O’Connor the Dutchman steadied the ship to take the game in a last leg decider.
His 2-1 win facilitates a second round meeting with another Irishman – Brendan Dolan, where he will once again play the crowd as well as the man.
PartyPoker.com World Grand Prix First Round Results Monday 8 October
Mark Walsh 1-2 Robert Thornton
Dean Winstanley 1-2 Dave Chisnall
Simon Whitlock 1-2 Justin Pipe
Terry Jenkins 1-2 Mervyn King
Gary Anderson 0-2 Brendan Dolan
Phil Taylor 2-0 Michael Smith
Kevin Painter 2 – 0 Kim Huybrechts
Vincent van der Voort 2-1 William O’Connor
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Posted on October 5th, 2012
DartsMad Preview of The Double In in Dublin & Expert Comment From The Iceman
The £350,000 ‘Double In’ in Dublin tournament kicks off on Monday 8th October, with Phil Taylor defending and looking to win an 11th title at the CityWest Hotel.
A young man looking to cause another first round Power Cut (and this tournament has seen a few – remember Taylor usually wins or is dumped out first game) and eliminate the defending champion early doors is Michael Smith.
With a couple of Pro Tour wins under his belt, Smith is maturing into a useful player. And the unique double start format could offer him the opportunity to notch up his maiden win against the ten time champion.
Taylor is the 13/8 tournament favourite and won the event in 2011 with a 6-3 victory over Brendan Dolan in the final. The Irishman, who famously produced the first televised double start 9 dart leg earlier in the tournament, exacted his revenge last month sending Taylor out of the European Championship at the quarter final stage. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on October 4th, 2012
Brendan Dolan to Return to The World Grand Prix Stage
History maker Brendan Dolan is eagerly awaiting his return to the PartyPoker.com World Grand Prix next week, a year after hitting his nine-dart finish on the way to the final at the Citywest Hotel.
Dolan went on to reach his first major final, and although he lost out to Phil Taylor the success in the tournament has helped to kick-start the 39-year-old’s career since.
He has now risen to 22nd in the world rankings, and after making his World Matchplay debut this summer he also reached the semi-finals of last month’s European Championship – defeating Taylor along the way.
Dolan takes on world number four Gary Anderson on Monday night in the first round of this year’s World Grand Prix, and is looking forward to his return to the Citywest Hotel.
“I just want to get past the first round this year and not be a complete flop after such a great time last year,” said Dolan. Read the rest of this entry »
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