PAUL NICHOLSON sealed his place in the Championship League Darts Winners Group next month with a 6-4 victory over Simon Whitlock in Thursday’s Group Three final at Crondon Park GC in Essex.

Nicholson, who was defeated in Wednesday’s semi-finals by Phil Taylor, powered through the eight player field by losing just one game in his seven group matches to top the table, before defeating Mark Walsh 6-4 in the semi-finals.

Nicholson opened the final against Whitlock superbly with a maximum and went on to win the opening leg by hitting double eight. Both players missed chances to win the second leg but it was Whitlock who won it to level.


Nicholson hit another 180 in the third leg and won it with just 13 darts to lead for a second time only, for Whitlock to hold throw by hitting double seven to win the fourth leg.

Whitlock had a chance to win the fifth leg against the darts but his attempt at tops for a 160 checkout was just high. That allowed Nicholson in to hit 87 and steal the leg for a 3-2 lead before breaking throw by hitting double 10 to move two legs clear.

Nicholson won the seventh leg to go within touching distance of victory but Whitlock kept fighting by taking the next by hitting double six with his last dart.

Nicholson missed three darts for the match in the tenth leg, and Whitlock stepped in to hit double 10 and reduce the gap to 5-4. Whitlock had a chance to force a deciding-leg but missed a dart at double top for a 120 finish and Nicholson hit the same double with his last dart to confirm victory.

Whitlock, who lost narrowly to Phil Taylor in the final of Group Two, will now return to Crondon Park after the PartyPoker.com World Grand Prix in October to contest Group Four, which will see Ronnie Baxter, Vincent van der Voort and Jamie Caven enter the fray.

Mark Walsh and Colin Lloyd enjoyed good days, both finishing in the top four, before losing their semi-final matches to Nicholson and Whitlock respectively.

Wes Newton, suffered a dramatic exit from the competition having reached the semi-finals on Wednesday. Needing victory against Lloyd to progress, the UK Open finalist was edged in a final-leg thriller to the Essex man to confirm his elimination on legs difference, despite three victories.

Championship League Darts is screened solely on the internet through LIVEPDC.TV and a series of 30 bookmakers’ websites worldwide, and offers a potential total prize fund of over £200,000, plus places in the Grand Slam of Darts for the eventual finalists.

Played over nine days from 27-29 September, October 11-13 and October 18-20, the event offers £50 per leg won prize money in the league phase and £100 per leg won in each group’s Play-Off’s, with prize money doubled in the Winners Group.

CHAMPIONSHIP LEAGUE DARTS

GROUP THREE RESULTS

Board One Board Two
Simon Whitlock 6-1
Wes Newton
Mark Walsh 5-6 Colin
Lloyd
Mervyn King 3-6
Wayne Jones
Paul Nicholson 6-4
Andy Hamilton
Colin Lloyd 2-6
Simon Whitlock
Wes Newton 1-6 Mark
Walsh
Andy Hamilton 3-6
Mervyn King
Wayne Jones 5-6 Paul
Nicholson
Colin Lloyd 4-6 Paul
Nicholson
Simon Whitlock 3-6
Wayne Jones
Andy Hamilton 4-6
Mark Walsh
Wes Newton 6-2
Mervyn King
Paul Nicholson 6-5 Simon Whitlock Colin Lloyd 6-4
Wayne Jones
Wes Newton 6-5 Andy
Hamilton
Mark Walsh 2-6
Mervyn King
Mark Walsh 3-6 Paul
Nicholson
Mervyn King 3-6
Simon Whitlock
Wayne Jones 5-6 Wes
Newton
Andy Hamilton 3-6
Colin Lloyd
Mervyn King 1-6
Colin! Lloyd
Wes Newton 4-6 Paul
Nicholson
Wayne Jones 4-6 Mark
Walsh
Simon Whitlock 6-2
Andy Hamilton
Andy Hamilton 1-6
Wayne Jones
Paul Nicholson 3-6
Mervyn King
Mark Walsh 6-3 Simon
Whitlock
Colin Lloyd 6-5 Wes
Newton
Semi-Finals
Paul Nicholson 6-4
Mark Walsh
Simon Whitlock 6-4
Colin Lloyd
Final
Paul Nicholson 6-5
Simon Whitlock

GROUP THREE FINAL LEAGUE TABLE & PRIZE MONEY

Pl W L Won Lost Leg +/- £Won Pts Total £
Paul Nicholson 7 6 1 39 31 +8 £1950 12 £3150
Colin Lloyd 7 5 2 36 30 +6 £1800 10 £2200
Simon Whitlock 7 4 3 35 26 +9 £1750 8 £2750
Mark Walsh 7 4 3 34 30 +4 £1700 8 £2100
Wayne Jones 7 3 4 36 31 +5 £1800 6
Mervyn King 7 3 427 32 -5 £1350 6
Wes Newton 7 3 4 29 36 -7 £1450 6
Andy Hamilton 7 0 7 22 42 -20 £1100 0

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