Wes Newton Wins The 2013 European Darts Trophy

Photo – Carsten Arlt www.pdc-europe.net

Wes Newton claimed the biggest title of his career with a dramatic 6-5 victory over Paul Nicholson in the final of the European Darts Trophy in Sindelfingen on Monday night.

The Warrior kicked off the most important week of his career by taking the £20,000 first prize in the European Tour event at the Glaspalast, just three days before he fights for his McCoy’s Premier League Darts survival in Brighton.

He followed wins over Tomas Seyler and Arron Monk in the early rounds by kicking off Monday’s final stages with a 6-4 defeat of Peter Wright.

He then repeated that scoreline in victories over Justin Pipe in the quarter-finals and Austria’s Mensur Suljovic in the semi-finals as he set up a tasty final with Nicholson.

Newton kicked off the final with finishes of 100 and 116 before Nicholson defied 180s from the Premier League star in the next two legs as he hit back to level.

Newton then finished 104 to move 3-2 up before missing double 12 to repeat the finish in leg six, with Nicholson taking out 71 to square the game and following a 180 with double 16 for a 14-darter to lead for the first time.

However, the game took another twist in the eighth leg when Nicholson opened with scores of 140 and 180, only to miss nine darts at doubles in four visits as Newton hit back to square the game at four-all.

Newton then moved 5-4 up with the aid of an 80 finish, but missed double 14 for a 121 checkout in the next as Nicholson forced a decider with double ten.

Both players landed 180s in the game’s final leg as they both left 161 after nine darts, with Newton initially missing double 16 but then seeing Nicholson miss double 12 and double six for victory – allowing him back to post double four to claim the title.

“It’s the best win of my career,” admitted Newton. “I’m over the moon and it means the world to me to win this title.

“I thought I’d thrown it away at the end and maybe Paul should have been lifting the trophy. I missed one dart in the tenth leg to take the win and then another in the last leg and thought my chance had gone, but the luck was shining down on me.

“To come here and win this tournament means everything and it’s a huge boost for me ahead of Thursday and the Judgement Night in the Premier League.”

“It’s a very big week for me and there’s a few scenarios which could happen in the Premier League on Thursday, but I’ve got to go up there and win my game against Andy Hamilton and that’s what I’ll focus on this Thursday.”

Newton added: “Paul’s had a tough couple of months but he’s back where he should be now and he’ll probably be disappointed because he had three darts to win it and probably should have won it. It’s great to see him playing well again.”

Nicholson revealed that he had considered withdrawing from the event last week after being struck down by a bout of gastroenteritis, but after claiming the £10,00 runner-up prize with wins over Dean Winstanley, Mark Webster and Michael van Gerwen on Sunday he said: “I’m so glad that I came to Germany.

“It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride this weekend but I set myself a goal when I came here and I put myself within touching distance of that.

“I’m very proud of myself but I’m feeling gutted right now because I had a shot to win the tournament, but I feel that this can kick-start my year.”

Van Gerwen’s run to the semi-finals earned him £5,000 in prize money and moves him above Adrian Lewis to a career-high second in the PDC Order of Merit – continuing his remarkable rise from 36th just 16 months ago.

He had dropped just three legs in his first four games as he won through to the semi-finals – storming past UK Masters champion John Part in the quarter-finals – only to be knocked out by a superb display of finishing from Nicholson.

Austrian ace Suljovic enjoyed his best-ever result on the PDC circuit by reaching the last four, as he overcame Andy Smith 6-0 in the third round on Sunday afternoon and then defeated Kim Huybrechts in the quarter-finals before losing out to Newton.

European Darts Trophy Final Session Results

Monday April 1
Evening Session

Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Kim Huybrechts
Wes Newton 6-4 Justin Pipe
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 John Part
Mark Webster 4-6 Paul Nicholson

Mensur Suljovic 4-6 Wes Newton
Michael van Gerwen 2-6 Paul Nicholson

Wes Newton 6-5 Paul Nicholson


European Darts Trophy Third Round Results

Monday April 1
Afternoon Session

Mensur Suljovic 6-0 Andy Smith
Kim Huybrechts 6-3 Terry Temple
Wes Newton 6-4 Peter Wright
Justin Pipe 6-3 Nick Fullwell
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Jamie Robinson
John Part 6-1 Ronnie Baxter
Ian White 5-6 Mark Webster
Dean Winstanley 4-6 Paul Nicholson

Evening Session (7pm)
Mensur Suljovic v Kim Huybrechts
Wes Newton v Justin Pipe
Michael van Gerwen v John Part
Mark Webster v Paul Nicholson

Suljovic/Huybrechts v Newton/Pipe
van Gerwen/Part v Webster/Nicholson

All games on Monday played in draw bracket order, and the best of 11 legs.

Match Information
Mensur Suljovic swept into the quarter-finals of the European Darts Trophy with a superb 6-0 whitewash of Andy Smith. The Austrian took the opening leg on double 16 and then finished 121 for a 12-darter as he doubled his lead. He also won the next two legs and then posted double nine to move 5-0 up, and when Smith missed two darts at double 11, the Austrian star took out 74 in two darts to seal the win with a handy 99 average.

Kim Huybrechts produced an impressive performance to defeat Terry Temple 6-3, averaging 102.58 and hitting a 180 and two 174 scores. Huybrechts also landed a 168 score as he left double eight to win the first leg, and though Temple replied to level, the Belgiun hit double 16 in the next two to move 3-1 up and then finished 92 in two darts for a 4-1 cushion. York’s Temple took out 36 and 76 to win two of the next three, but Huybrechts sealed the win in style with a 13-darter.
“My performance was better than yesterday and I’m improving with each game I play in this event,” said Huybrechts. “I’m feeling good and I’ll be confident going into tonight’s quarter-finals.”

Wes Newton booked his European Darts Trophy quarter-final place with a 6-4 win over Peter Wright, averaging just over 100 and hitting four 180s. Wright took the first leg following two misses from Newton, who hit back on double ten before the pair traded 14-darters, but Newton made a key move by winning the next two to move 4-2 up. Wright hit a 180 and tops to hit back, but Newton landed double top to move a leg away from the win at 5-4. Wright saved the game by landing double ten, but Newton posted a 14-darter to seal his last eight spot.
“I’m really pleased,” said Newton. “The standard’s very high at the minute and there are so many great players, so you have to play well to win matches, and it will be the same this evening.”

Justin Pipe set up a tasty European Darts Trophy quarter-final with Wes Newton by seeing off Nick Fullwell 6-3 in their third round contest. Pipe punished missed doubles from Fullwell to take the first two legs, and after the Midlands thrower hit a second 180 of the game in the third, Pipe took out 78 to move 3-0 up. Fullwell added another maximum as he got off the mark in leg four, and after Pipe won a fourth leg he took two of his own to pull back to 4-3. Pipe, though, produced a brilliant 147 finish to regain his cushion before sealing the win with a 116 finish.
“It was a struggle of a game but I’m happy to be through to the quarter-finals, and I can’t wait for tonight,” said Pipe. “Nick’s an awesome player and although the German fans won’t know too much about him, his scoring was great and he did well.”

Michael van Gerwen impressed as he booked a quarter-final spot with a 6-1 win over Jamie Robinson, who had produced two great comebacks against Richie Burnett and Brendan Dolan. The pair traded 141 checkouts in an entertaining opening to the game, and van Gerwen then hit double five to move 2-0 up before following a 180 with a 121 finish to lead 3-1. Double ten edged him further clear before he added a 14-darter and then sealed the win on double eight.
“I know I’m playing well at the minute and although I missed some doubles I’m happy with that,” said van Gerwen. “I want to keep it going tonight and give the fans plenty to cheer about.”

John Part continued his bid to win a second successive European Tour event by overcoming Ronnie Baxter 6-2 with six straight legs. Baxter made a brilliant start, hitting a 180 and finishing 91 for a 12-darter in the opening leg before doubling his lead with a 104 checkout. Part, though, got off the mark on tops and finished 74 to level, before hitting a pair of double 16 finishes to move 4-2 up. Missed doubles from Baxter allowed Part in to finish double eight as he moved to the brink of victory, and when the Blackpool ace missed six darts at double 19, the Canadian stepped in to seal the win on double two.
“I’m playing consistently well at the moment and taking my chances,” said Part. “I’ve got Michael van Gerwen in the quarter-finals and it should be a good game because I’m number one on the ProTour Order of Merit and he’s won three events.”

Mark Webster reached his first European Tour quarter-final with a 6-5 comeback win against Ian White. Despite a 180 from White in the opening leg, Webster finished 72 to lead before the Stoke ace took the next three legs, hitting two 180s and an 11-darter in the process. Tops pulled Webster back to 3-2, but a 112 finish saw White regain his two-leg lead before the Welshman hit back with double top and double 12 to level and double ten to move 5-4 up. White finished another 11-darter to force a deciding leg, but Webster was first to a finish and posted double ten for a precious win.
“This win means a great deal to me because it’s the first time I’ve reached the quarter-finals of a European Tour event and I want to kick on from here now,” said Webster. “It was a great game and Ian threw some great darts, but he gave me a chance and I took it, so I’m really pleased.”

Paul Nicholson completed the European Darts Trophy’s quarter-final line-up with a fine 6-4 win over Dean Winstanley. Nicholson took the game’s first two legs before Winstanley took out 136 to hit back, but the Yorkshireman missed the bull to level as Nicholson pinned double three for a 3-1 lead. Winstanley took two of the next three to cut the gap, but again missed the bull to level, along with two further darts at tops, as Nicholson took out a key 96 finish to move 5-3 up. Double 12 kept Winstanley in the hunt, before Nicholson finished 75 on tops to secure his last eight spot.
“It’s good to get into another quarter-final, especially in a great country like Germany,” said Nicholson. “I’ll look forward to playing Mark now in the quarter-finals, and it should be a great game.”


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