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Trent Bridge Double Signing!

Thursday, 17 January 2019 11:44:29 Europe/London

Gunn and Moore are delighted to welcome Nottinghamshire CCC Captain, Steven Mullaney to the GM family, who has signed a deal to use GM equipment for the upcoming 2019 season.

The Outlaws all-rounder was named captain in 2018, taking over from the recently-retired Chris Read, having proved himself to be one of the most consistent and versatile players in the country, a reputation which earned him the honour of being named England Lions captain in their recent series against India A and West Indies A last summer.

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"I am delighted to bring Steven to Gunn & Moore. In Steven we are signing a very good, versatile, all round cricketer who plays in all forms of domestic cricket and a big influence in the Nottinghamshire dressing room,” said Head of Sponsorship, Richard Harris. “Steven follows a long line of Nottinghamshire captains to use GM equipment, including Reg Simpson, Stephen Fleming, Tim Robinson, Chris Read & Jason Gallian. On behalf of the whole Gunn & Moore we look forward to welcoming Steven into the GM Family. In 2018, you will see Steven gracing Trent Bridge with the Noir L555 DXM LE."

In 2010 Mullaney switched to The Outlaws from Lancashire where he added his name to the small list of Nottinghamshire players to score a century on his first-class debut for the county, when he made exactly 100 not out against Hampshire at The Rose Bowl. To date he has scored over 6,500 runs and taken almost 100 wickets in First Class cricket, a CV that will no doubt continue to flourish with his new GM equipment.

Mullaney’s signing is just another indication of the strong relationship between GM and Nottinghamshire CCC, as both parties have agreed to extend the existing partnership agreement.

Under the terms of the deal, Nottinghamshire will expand their retail range to include Gunn and Moore bats and protective equipment and an extended range will be made available on the Trent Bridge website from February.

“Gunn and Moore remain the standard bearer in cricket and the history of our Club is inextricably linked to theirs,” said Nottinghamshire’s Commercial Director Michael Temple. “We’re delighted to extend our partnership and look forward to putting their bats in the hands of young cricketers across the county.”

The existing Partnership already sees GM provide equipment to the Club’s coaching staff, as well as the Club’s Academy and Age Group cricketers.

“We’re delighted to be able to extend our relationship with Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and further strengthen the link between two world renowned names in the game of cricket,” said GM’s Marketing Manager, Tom Coffey. “The 2019 season has a huge amount of promise both on and off the field, which we're all really excited about."

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George Hankins Switches To GM

Monday, 14 January 2019 15:14:32 Europe/London

Gunn & Moore are thrilled to welcome George Hankins to the GM family for the 2019 season.

The Gloucestershire batsman has made a long-term commitment to use GM equipment as he aims to cement his place in the County side in all three formats with the help of the Mythos L540 DXM.

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"I am delighted to finally get George at GM,” said Head of Sponsorship at GM, Richard Harris. “George is someone we have tracked for a couple of years and we really think he has the ability to kick on and play at the highest level. I'm sure after a frustrating year on the sidelines with a knee injury, he will be ready to make a few big scores in the early part of the season, which will set George up nicely for white ball cricket. We wish George all the best moving forward and welcome him to GM.”

The 22-year-old former schoolboy prodigy announced his arrival on the County scene with a 116 in 2016 against Northants and his stock continues to rise after finishing last year’s top run-scorer in the Royal London One-Day Cup, with 291 runs at an average of 58.20 and a high score of 92 against Kent.

"I am excited to join up with GM for the start of the 2019 season and looking forward to play with this prestigious cricket brand,” said Hankins. “I very much look forward to being able to come up to Nottingham and visit the factory to see my bats made first-hand, a process I have heard a lot about."

His white ball performances in 2018 earned him a two-year extension with Gloucester and a call-up to the ECB XI to face a strong India A side, adding to his previous appearances for the England u19 Development side and the England u-19s, for whom he earned Player of the Series in a limited-overs series against Sri Lanka in 2016.

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Sam Robson Joins GM

Monday, 14 January 2019 09:06:07 Europe/London

Gunn & Moore is delighted to announce that Middlesex and England opening batsman Sam Robson has signed a long-term deal to use GM equipment for the upcoming season 2019 season and beyond.

The Middlesex vice-captain already has one of the most enviable cricket CV’s in the County game with 21 First Class hundreds, including a Test Match hundred against Sri Lanka in just his third international innings.

"I'm excited to be using such a famous name as Gunn & Moore,” said Robson. “After having a tour of the factory and meeting Richard and the team, I can't wait to get out there for Middlesex in April using Gunn & Moore bats."

Robson represented Australia at u-19 level, but it was England that came calling in 2014 thanks to a lengthy run of form, notching 1,300 runs in the 2013 season at an average of 47. To date he has earned 7 Test caps for England scoring 336 runs against Sri Lanka and India, a record he is keen to add to with the help of the new Noir L555 DXM.

"We are naturally delighted to have the chance to work with Sam moving forward,” said Richard Harris, GM’s Head of Sponsorship. “Sam has the ability to score a huge number of domestic runs and we look forward to providing him with the tools to achieve his goal of playing international cricket again."

In 2016 he was pivotal in Middlesex’s County Championship title win, scoring 899 runs at an average of 45 with three hundreds, including his highest First Class score of 231. The 29-year-old also holds a unique record, having scored the earliest First Class hundred in the UK and the first in March, against Durham MCCU on 31 March 2012.

2019 promises to be a big season for Robson and Middlesex as they seek promotion back to Division One of the County Championship. He will take the field alongside his captain and fellow GM teammate Dawid Malan, as the pair hope to lead the way for their side with the help of the new GM 2019 range.

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Super Smith loses World Final

Tuesday, 1 January 2019 23:24:59 Europe/London

He gave it his best shot but Michael Smith just came up short in the World Championship Final.

Michael Van Gerwen won by seven ses to three to claim a third World crown at the Alexandra Palace.

The scoreline doesn’t tell the story or reflect how well Smith fought back but the St Helens star just left himself too much to do.

He has shown he is World class and there is no doubt that this is only the start. He should be very proud of what he has achieved.

“I am gutted to be honest,” Smith said. “In the cold light of day I will look back at the big chances that I missed. I just couldn’t get going at the start and that cost me.”

“This is my first one and I guarantee it won’t be my last and I guarantee I will win that trophy. I will be World Champion. This will drive me on for sure.”

Van Gerwen agreed: “This is very special for me. Michael pushed my very hard. He had me worried for a time. But one day he will lift this trophy. He is that good.”

A glowing endorsement for Smith who acquitted himself superbly.

Smith found himself four sets down having missed 14 big darts at doubles. He fought back though, refusing to throw the towel in.

The Unicorn ace actually had darts to win five of the last six sets. That’s how close he was, but he could only take three and Van Gerwen joined an elite group of three-time World Champions.

He averaged 102.21 to Smith’s 95.29

But there is no doubt.....Michael Smith’s time will come

The Story of the Final:

Set 1 - Pulsating opening set sees Van Gerwen take it on throw in a deciding leg. The Dutchman made an explosive start with a 129 finish on the bull. But two 180s from Smith and he is back in it. Van Gerwen misses two for the set and the Unicorn man levels, but the World No.1 takes the set on D6

Set 2 - Smith fails to take his chances. After missing the bull for a 167, he blew two chances at D10 to allow his opponent to break. Van Gerwen then takes out 126. The St Helens star breaks back with an 86 finish but then misses two more, this time at D12, to level and Van Gerwen hits D4 for a two set lead. At this stage Smith is 3/13 on the doubles. Those misses proving crucial

Set 3 - Smith just can’t get a foothold in the final. Van Gerwen looks calm and composed. The Dutchman wires D16 to win the set without reply and Smith hits 66 to stay in it. But it is only brief respite as Van Gerwen hits D10 for a three set lead in the final

Set 4 - Disbelief as Smith blows four darts for the set. He led two one in legs and was sat on D10 for the set only for Van Gerwen to nail 84 on the bull. In the deciding leg Smith missed D12 for a 104 to take it. The Dutch ace though misses two darts of his own. The Unicorn ace steps back but is wide of the mark with three more darts at D12 and Van Gerwen opens up a four set advantage on D8

Set 5 - Smith is on the board! Superb from Smith. After Van Gerwen misses the bull for a 170 to win the set 3-1, the Team Unicorn man forces a deciding leg and then produces a magnificent 124 finish on D11 to make it four sets to one with his opponent sat on 20

Set 6 - Smith responds superbly with his best darts of the final....127 on the bull, 124 on the bull and then 70 on ‘tops’ and back-to-back sets. It was brilliant from Smith. He’d won five straight legs

Set 7 - The opening leg was huge. Both players hit 180s but Smith missed D13 to break throw and keep the momentum going. Van Gerwen seized the moment and a 112 finish gave him a five sets to two lead.

Set 8 - It went to another dramatic deciding leg. Smith had the darts but started with only 57 and 40. He fought back and incredibly wired the bull for a 170 for the set. After Van Gerwen missed D16, Smith returned with dart to make it 5-3 in sets. However he couldn’t take his opportunity as darts at D10 and D5 went astray and Van Gerwen cleaned up to make it six sets to two

Set 9 - Smith is a battler and he kept fighting. A great 72 finish when Van Gerwen was sat on 20 for the title and then he stepped up to crack D7 for the set. A brave effort.

Set 10 - But it wasn’t to be. A Van Gerwen 12 darter broke the throw and despite a 13th 180, Smith missed two more doubles. He had hit 18/46. After the Dutchman wired D16 for the title, Smith won what turned out to be his final leg and Van Gerwen hit a 14th maximum and another D16 to take the crown.

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Meanwhile Smith and Van Gerwen will be among the big guns at the 2019 Premier League . Unicorn star James Wade returns to the tournament after his European Championship and World Series victories. Of course Gary Anderson will be there and the field will be made up by Rob Cross, Peter Wright, Daryl Gurney, Gerwyn Price, Mensur Suljovic and Raymond van Barneveld.

Story by STUART PYKE

Image courtesy Lawrence Lustig / PDC

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Classy Keegan hits the right note

Sunday, 16 December 2018 10:41:13 Europe/London

Keegan Brown has set up a mouthwatering all Unicorn 2nd Round clash with Jelle Klaasen at the World Championship.

A 95.7 average with six 180s was enough to take him to a comfortable 3-0 win over Karel Sedlacek on Saturday night at the Alexandra Palace.

When he was good, he was very good but Brown was the first to admit he needs much more consistency in his game.

“I have blown hot and cold this year,” he said. “But I genuinely feel that I am hitting some form when it matters and I relish the chance to take on Jelle.”

Brown of course beat James Wade at the Ally Pally last year and reached the last 16 before losing to Phil Taylor.

He likes the big World Championship stage.

He took the opening set in a deciding leg with a brilliant 11 darter against the man from the Czech Republic. Brown then came from two legs down to win set two with a superb 12 darter.

Brown found some range and despite missing three darts, including the bull for a 170 to win the match, he then nailed a 6th 180 followed it with a 165 and won the match on ‘tops’.

Job done and time to prepare. That Unicorn showdown with Klaasen is next Friday night.

Elsewhere on day three of the tournament, Michael van Gerwen recorded his 14th consecutive World Championship 100+ average as he beat Alan Tabern 3-1. But he was made to battle for the win and will face German ace Max Hopp in the 3rd Round.

Saturday 1st Round results:

Keegan Brown 3-0 Karel Sedlacek
Ryan Searle 3-0 Stephen Burton
Antonio Alcinas 3-0 Craig Ross
Richard North 3-2 Robert Marijanovic
Jim Long 3-1 Mickey Mansell
Josh Payne 3-2 Jeff Smith

2nd Round results:

Max Hopp 3-0 Danny Noppert
Michael Van Gerwen 3-1 Alan Tabern

By STUART PYKE at the William Hill World Championship

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Video blog - Part & Pyke at Ally Pally

Saturday, 15 December 2018 17:57:06 Europe/London

John Part and Stuart Pyke analyse the early stages of the 2018/2019 William Hill World Darts Championship, focusing on Team Unicorn performance!

Watch the video blog from Alexandra Palace below:

Keep up-to-date with all the Team Unicorn news right here on the Unicorn website throughout the tournament

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Anderson off and running at the Palace

Saturday, 15 December 2018 07:53:47 Europe/London

It was a relieved Gary Anderson who booked his spot in the 3rd Round of the World Championship.

The Team Unicorn star had to battle before overcoming Northern Ireland qualifier Kevin Burness 3-1.

“I was nervous. I always am first game. I have a lot of work to do for sure but yes, just relieved to get that one out of the way!” he said.

Burness missed two darts to go two legs clear in the opening set before Anderson took it with a 13 darter in the deciding leg. His opponent hit back to level the match despite a 130 finish on the bull from Gary in that second set.

But class told and Anderson produced a string of 180s as he won six legs on the spin to close it out on ‘tops’. He banged in seven maximums and averaged 95.

It was job done and that’s all that matters and Gary will get better, that’s for sure. He will play Jermaine Wattimena or Michael Barnard in that 3rd Round.

And there was also superb 1st Round success for Team Unicorn young guns Ted Evetts and Chris Dobey.

Evetts showed tremendous courage and skill to pull off arguably the biggest win of his young career.

He won three last leg deciders to beat Simon Stevenson 3-0 and set up a huge 2nd Round showdown with two-times World Champion Adrian Lewis.

“I loved every minute of it and made every dart count,” Evetts said. “I just can’t wait to play Adrian now. It’s been a great year winning on the Development Tour and Challenge Tour and to get a tour card and win on the Ally Pally stage is an amazing feeling.”

The 21-year-old Unicorn starlet held his nerve to pin D8 to take the opening set after Stevenson missed two darts to take it. ‘Super Ted’ then found a fantastic 180 to set up a winning dart at ‘tops’ to make it 2-0. Again his opponent had a dart for the set.

And in a dramatic 3rd set, it went the distance again. The nerve ends were jangling. Both players missed a stack of chances before Evetts sealed the deal on D2 with his 9th match dart!

And it was delight for Dobey who dropped only two legs in sweeping aside Russian Boris Koltsov.

After drawing Phil Taylor 12 months ago, Dobey knew he needed to put on a show and at one stage it looked like a whitewash as he won six straight legs to go two sets up.

Koltsov finally found some rhythm in set three to force a deciding leg but Dobey won a scrappy leg in 20 darts to set up a 2nd Round clash against Steve Beaton.

“It was important to get off to a good start. I feel like I am in decent form so there is no reason why I can’t have a really good run here,” he said.

Friday results - 1st Round:

Ted Evetts 3-0 Simon Stevenson
Chris Dobey 3-0 Boris Koltsov
Danny Noppert 3-0 Royden Lam
Michael Barnard 3-2 Jose De Sousa
Alan Tabern 3-2 Raymond Smith
Kevin Burness 3-0 Paul Nicholson

2nd Round:

Jamie Lewis 3-2 Cody Harris
Gary Anderson 3-1 Kevin Burness

Report from STUART PYKE at the Alexandra Palace

 

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Europa League Round-Up

Friday, 14 December 2018 12:18:54 Europe/London

Despite the frosty weather, things are beginning to heat up in the Europa League for three British teams.

Last night signalled the end of the group stages, with only Arsenal coming away with a victory having already secured progression through to the knock-out stages.

Perhaps the most fortunate team to make their way to the last-32 was Celtic, who qualified despite a loss to FC Red Bull Salzburg thanks to a shock result that saw Norwegian side Rosenborg draw with RB Leipzig in Germany.

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The Scottish Champions fell behind after two goals in 10 minutes in the second half which had most of Celtic’s supporters resigned to the realisation that their European journey was over. A late goal from Oliver Ntcham restored a touch of pride but in truth Celtic will be indebted to Rosenborg should they progress any further.

Meanwhile, the Gunners hosted FK Qarabag, who had only managed three points in the competition. Alexandre Lacazette gave the home side an early lead which proved to be the only goal of the game, despite registering 11 shots and retaining almost 70% possession.

Victory extends Arsenal's unbeaten run into a 22nd match. It is their longest run without defeat in all competitions since a 28-game stretch that ended in November 2007. As group winners, Arsenal will avoid the four best-placed teams dropping down from the Champions League in the draw for the last 32.

As do Chelsea, who fielded a weakened side against MOL Vidi, safe in the knowledge that their qualification was already guaranteed. The Blues took the lead from a free-kick by Willian before the Hungarian side equalized less than two minutes later thanks to an own goal from teenager Ethan Ampadu. Vidi then took the lead just before the hour mark but their plans of taking all three points were scuppered by another free-kick, this time from Olivier Giroud to maintain their unbeaten run in the competition.Chelsea

Rangers were the unfortunate team to miss out on qualification due to a 1-0 loss away to Rapid Vienna. Steven Gerrard’s side went into the game knowing that a win would secure progression to the knock-out stages, but an 84th minute goal saw them relinquish second place in the group to their opponents, bringing an end to their European adventure.

The draw for the last-32 will be on Monday December 17 in Nyon, Switzerland at 12pm GMT. Chelsea and Arsenal have qualified as seeded teams after their unbeaten campaigns, whereas Celtic go into the knock-out stages unseeded meaning that they will likely face a sterner test in the next round.

Seeded teams are drawn against unseeded sides with the first leg at the home of the unseeded teams, before a second leg at the home stadium of the seeded side a week later. Teams from the same group or same country cannot be drawn together for the round of 32, meaning Arsenal and Chelsea will not be playing each other. However, Celtic could be drawn against the Premier League clubs. The first legs will be played on February 14 before the second leg a week later on 21 February.

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De Zwaan pushes Cross all the way

Friday, 14 December 2018 08:55:20 Europe/London

It wasn’t to be for Jeffrey de Zwaan on the opening night at the World Championship.

But the Team Unicorn ace gave the World Champion a real scare at the Alexandra Palace.

Rob Cross won their thrilling 2nd Round encounter by three sets to one on Thursday night. But that only tells half the story.

De Zwaan’s 106 average was the second highest losing average in World Championship history. The young Dutchman forcing Cross to produce his best darts in many months.

De Zwaan raced through the opening set in superb style winning it in three straight legs. Cross hit back to win a dramatic second set with a 96 finish in a deciding leg.

The World Champ then nailed 121 on the bull to claim the third set. De Zwaan had done very little wrong.

It was the same story in the fourth set but Cross held firm to deny De Zwaan another famous TV win.

De Zwaan breezed past India’s Nitin Kumar in the opening match of the tournament. He hit five 180s on his way to a 3-0 victory.

Also on the opening night Ladies World Champion Lisa Ashton put up a terrific display before losing 3-1 to Jan Dekker.

Thursday 1st Round results:

Jeffrey de Zwaan 3-0 Nitin Kumar
Martin Schindler 2-3 Cody Harris
Jan Dekker 3-1 Lisa Ashton

2nd Round:

Rob Cross 3-1 Jeffrey de Zwaan

By STUART PYKE in London

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Anderson aims for Ally Pally hat-trick

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 16:00:00 Europe/London

He is already one of the most successful players in the history of the sport, but Gary Anderson is hungry for more.

The Team Unicorn superstar is bidding for third World Championship crown at the Alexandra Palace.

And after the disappointment of missing out on the Grand Slam and Players Championship, the Scot is determined to prove a point in London.

“To win the World Championship twice in this era of the sport takes some doing and I am very proud of that. I feel I am playing well to give it a real go again and go for a hat-trick. That’s the aim but it is the hardest tournament to win. The competition is fierce but that’s the way I like it!” Gary said.

Anderson starts his bid on Friday against the winner of Paul Nicholson or Kevin Burness. He is the second favourite with the sponsors behind Michael van Gerwen who is also aiming for a third world title.

But is is Team Unicorn’s Jeffrey de Zwaan who will take centre stage on the opening night. He should beat Nitin Kumar in round one to set up a showdown with World Champion Rob Cross and the real belief he can cause a big upset.

De Zwaan of course has already beaten Van Gerwen twice at the UK Open and World Matchplay this year and the Ally Pally stage will hold no fears. All the pressure will be on Cross as defending champion.

Michael Smith has a great opportunity this year. He is in the bottom half of the year and there is a real belief that he will be a big threat to the title.

Smith kicks off against either Dutchman Ron Meulenkamp or Brazil’s Diogo Portela on Wednesday night.

There will be regular news updates, features, opinion pieces and video blogs on the Unicorn website over the duration of the World Championship. We will keep you right up-to-date with the progress of all the Team Unicorn stars on view at the greatest darts show on earth! 

By STUART PYKE

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