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Big names clash in Dublin!

Tuesday, 18 September 2018 15:02:21 Europe/London

Michael Smith and James Wade will feature in blockbuster clashes in the 1st Round of the World Grand Prix.

The Team Unicorn duo have been handed tough draws in what is arguably the strongest field seen at the City West Hotel in Dublin.

Smith plays former World Champion Adrian Lewis, while former WGP winner Wade takes on Mansur Sulfonic.

In all seven Unicorn stars will be involved in Dublin when the tournament gets under way on September 30.

Gary Anderson starts his bid against Welshman Jonny Clayton. If he wins, Anderson would face the winner of a big all Unicorn 1st Round match between Jeffrey de Zwane and Kim Hambrecht’s.

Elsewhere, the in-form Ian White plays Josh Payne and Joe Cullen takes on Ron Meulenkamp.

WGP draw (seeds in brackets)

Michael van Gerwen (1) v Steve Lennon

Darren Webster v Stephen Bunting

Dave Chisnall (8) v Max Hopp

Ricky Evans v Raymond van Barneveld

Daryl Gurney (5) v John Henderson

Ron Meulenkamp v Joe Cullen

Gary Anderson (4) v Jonny Clayton

Jeffrey de Zwaan v Kim Huybrechts

Peter Wright (2) v Steve West

Jermaine Wattimena v Mervyn King

Simon Whitlock (7) v James Wilson

Michael Smith v Adrian Lewis

Mensur Suljovic (6) v James Wade

Josh Payne v Ian White

Rob Cross (3) v Steve Beaton

Danny Noppert v Gerwyn Price

Story by STUART PYKE

Comments | Posted in Unicorn Darts By Peter Johnson

White claims biggest win of his career!

Sunday, 9 September 2018 23:51:58 Europe/London

Ian White has won the Dutch Darts Masters

‘Diamond’ sparkled in Maastricht to pocket the £25,000 prize but more importantly for the Unicorn ace, the biggest tournament victory of his darting career.

He saw off surprise finalist Ricky Evans 8-5 to claim the crown in Holland and this win now takes White above Raymond van Barneveld into 11th spot in the world rankings.

But what an achievement - to finally win on the big stage and it completes a superb couple of weeks for White. He’s signed a new contract with Unicorn and his run to the semi-finals on the Pro Tour this week puts him as provisional No.1 seed for the Players Championship Finals.

He kicked off with a hard-fought 6-4 win over Arron Monk in Holland, before a 100 average saw off Mervyn King 6-2. In the quarter-Finals the Unicorn man brushed aside Adrian Lewis 6-1 and he then came back superbly from 0-3 down to beat Peter Wright 7-4 in the semi-finals.

White always looked in control of the final against Evans, who had beaten Team Unicorn star Joe Cullen 6-5 in the quarters. Cullen missed three darts to go 5-3 up and then blew three darts for the match in the deciding leg.

So to the final.....White started with a 14 darter then produced a superb 11 darter with an 81 finish to level at two apiece after Evans threatened to get on a roll. A 96 check-out saw White go ahead at 4-3, he then broke throw with another 14 darter and from there wasn’t to be denied.

Evans did miss two darts to level at 5-5 and White held his nerve to close out the match.

Big congratulations from everyone at Unicorn to one of the good guys of the sport.

Unicorn’s Kyle Anderson had a good run to the last eight before frustratingly losing 6-4 to another surprise packet in Richie Edhouse.

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Team Unicorn Japanese ace Seigo Asada has taken another giant step on his road to the Alexandra Palace.

Asada has won his third event on the PDC Asian Tour and looks unstoppable in his bid to qualify for the World Championship.

But he rode his luck!

In the final Asada survived no fewer than EIGHT match darts by Paul Lim as he won a thriller 5-4 to claim Asia Tour 9 in Taipei.

He averaged over 100 in his quarter-final and semi-final victories over Daisuke Akamatsu and Royden Lam before holding his nerve to beat Lim in that dramatic final.

Lim though claimed victory in event 10 as he saw off Lourence Ilagen 5-3.

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Meanwhile it was the 4th weekend of the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour in Wigan and again there were four different winners.

On Saturday Jamie Hughes beat Kiwi Cody Harris 5-2, while Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski, who also hit a 9 darter on the day, was a 5-2 winner against Mick Todd.

And on Sunday at the Robin Park Arena, Cameron Menzies won event 15 with a 5-0 victory over Mark Frost, then Lee Budgen beat Michael Barnard 5-3 to take the final event of the weekend.

STUART PYKE reporting

Photos courtesy PDC

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9 dart Wade beaten in Barnsley

Tuesday, 4 September 2018 19:30:24 Europe/London

It wasn’t to be for James Wade!

Peter Wright won Players Championship 17 in Barnsley on Tuesday. Wade lost in the semi-finals after hitting a brilliant 9 darter with his new Unicorn Noir darts.

It was the second 9 darter of the day after Dutchman Vincent van der Voort had claimed one earlier.

Wade’s perfect leg came in an all Unicorn quarter-final where he beat Michael Smith 6-3 with a 105 average.

But he lost his semi-final by the same score against Daryl Gurney, who was then beaten 6-2 by Wright in the final.

Gary Anderson was edged out 6-5 by great mate Smith in one of the best matches of the day. Both averaged 107 and both had chances to win in their last 16 clash.

Team Unicorn Belgian ace Kim Huybrechts also reached the quarter-Finals where he went down in form German youngster Martin Schindler 6-0. It was Schindler’s first Pro Tour semi-final. He lost to Wright 6-4.

Joe Cullen made it through to the last 16 before losing to Simon Whitlock.

Report from STUART PYKE

Image courtesy PDC

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Joe goes close!

Monday, 3 September 2018 13:43:14 Europe/London

Unicorn ace Joe Cullen reached the semi-finals of the German Darts Championship despite being far from happy with his form.

The tournament in Hildesheim was won by Michael van Gerwen who beat James Wilson 8-6 in the final.

Van Gerwen dropped only seven legs in the entire event including a 7-0 win over Cullen in the semi-finals.

The Unicorn man started with a 6-4 win over Josh Payne and he saw off a Jan Dekker comeback to win 6-5 in the last 16 before sweeping to a 6-1 victory over Adrian Lewis in the quarter-finals. That was his first win over Lewis in nearly 10 years.

Cullen said: “Not much I could do against a guy who just wasn’t missing. A positive weekend ending on a sour note, but to be honest the way I’ve been feeling goodness knows how I reached the semi’s.”

But Cullen remains one of the most consistent players on the Euro Tour in 2018.

Kyle Anderson hit eight perfect darts in his 1st Round win over Lee Bryant but the Team Unicorn Aussie then missed two match darts and lost in a deciding leg to World Champion Rob Cross in one of the matches of the weekend.

Michael Smith’s run ended with a 6-4 last 16 defeat to Ron Meulenkamp.

By STUART PYKE

Photo courtesy PDC

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Kyle Anderson in conversation with Stuart Pyke

Thursday, 23 August 2018 16:09:46 Europe/London

Kyle Anderson talks one-on-one with Stuart Pyke whilst in Brisbane for the World Series. In this exclusive interview for Unicorn Darts, Kyle discusses some the health issues which are impacting on his game.

What also shines through is the importance of his family and how much it meant to him to have his son around him in Brisbane. Clearly there are still decisions to be made about his family living in Australia whilst professional darts keeps him UK based.

Although he is still motivated and committed to his chosen profession, this very personal interview looks behind the glamour of professional darts and examines some of the challenges that Kyle faces trying to fulfil his ambitions.

A great insight into the life of one of the most popular players on the darts circuit.

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Super Seigo looking good for Ally Pally!

Tuesday, 21 August 2018 11:29:54 Europe/London

Team Unicorn Japanese star Seigo Asada looks a shoe in to qualify for the World Championship.

He is a sporting superstar in Asia and another big win on the PDC Asia Tour looks to have cemented his place at the Alexandra Palace.

He won in South Korea earlier in the year and his latest victory in Malaysia has seen him rewrite the darting record books.

Asada’s average of 107.60 is the highest ever on the Asian Tour. It came in his sefinal win over Lourence Ilagan and the Unicorn ace then beat Royden Lam 5-4 in a thrilling final.

Four players from the Asian Tour will secure spots at the World Championship and Seigo is in second place in the Order of Merit behind Ilagan who claimed victory in the second event in Malaysia, with a 5-1 victory over Harith Lam.

There are four more tournaments spread over two weekends in Taipei next month and then Manila in October.

But for Asada, the road to the Alexandra Palace looks to be clear!

Story by STUART PYKE

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Asada victorious once more!

Monday, 20 August 2018 12:31:02 Europe/London

Team Unicorn star Seigo Asada was victorious on the fourth weekend of the 2018 PDC Asian Tour, as the circuit visited Kuala Lumpur.

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Japanese thrower Asada followed up his Asian Tour win in South Korea in March by opening the weekend in Malaysia in style.

Asada landed an Asian Tour record average of 107.60 in his semi-final win over Lourence Ilagan, before edging out Royden Lam 5-4 in the final of tour event seven.

Asada unfortuntely saw his hopes ended at the last eight stage of Tour event eight.

However, scooping the $3,600 first prize in event seven, meant it was a good weekend's work for the Japanese no.1!

 

 

2018 PDC Asian Tour
Event Seven, Saturday August 18
Quarter-Finals
Royden Lam 5-2 Thanawat Gaweenuntavong
Noel Malicdem 5-1 Cher Kai Ang
Lourence Ilagan 5-2 Keita Ono
Seigo Asada 5-3 Shingo Enomata

Semi-Finals
Royden Lam 5-1 Noel Malicdem
Seigo Asada 5-2 Lourence Ilagan

Final
Seigo Asada 5-4 Royden Lam

Event Eight, Sunday August 19
Quarter-Finals
Harith Lim 5-4 Royden Lam
Kai Fan Leung 5-3 Ryan Condat
Paul Lim 5-2 Seigo Asada
Lourence Ilagan 5-2 Alexis Toylo

Semi-Finals
Harith Lim 5-4 Kai Fan Leung
Lourence Ilagan 5-2 Paul Lim

Final
Lourence Ilagan 5-1 Harith Lim

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It’s all White!

Sunday, 19 August 2018 20:08:01 Europe/London

Ian White has extended his stay with Team Unicorn.

The popular 48-year-old has penned a new deal as he bids to turn on the style in the big TV tournaments.

The World No.13 has been frustrated by one stat....he’s never been past the quarter-finals of a PDC ‘Major’

“It does annoy me because I know I have the game to win a TV tournament. It isn’t for lack of hard work that’s for sure,” he said.

“The other big aim this year is to get into the world’s top 10. That would be a great achievement for me.”

In 2018 White has won two more events and hit a 9 darter in the Pro Tour.

“The link up with Unicorn has been brilliant for me. It is the top darts company in the world and I love how they thrive on working with all the players to provide the very best equipment.”

Player Liaison Manager for Team Unicorn, Matt Rankin said: "We are very pleased to extend our relationship with Ian. 'Diamond' is a consistent performer on the PDC Tour and certainly has the experience and ability to rival the very best players at the top end of the game. We very much enjoy working with him. Long may that continue."

White will be back in competitive action next month on the Pro Tour and European Tour before he bids to break that Q/Final TV jinx in Dublin at the World Grand Prix.

Story by STUART PYKE

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World Series over for Unicorn duo

Saturday, 18 August 2018 21:28:54 Europe/London

There was no joy in Brisbane for Gary and Kyle Anderson.

The Unicorn pair bowed out at the quarter-final stage of the Brisbane Darts Masters on Saturday night.

Gary lost focus and concentration in the middle of his quarter-final. He was coasting at 5-1 ahead against Raymond van Barneveld and there were no signs of what was to come as he lost 10-8.

Kyle was never really in the game against Michael van Gerwen as he went down 10-3.

Gary was in total control. He also missed one dart at the bull to go 6-1 in front and then it all changed. Van Barneveld got back to within one, then Garry missed three darts to move 6-4 up.

His scoring dropped off and somehow the Dutchman managed to win six straight legs. It really was an unlikely comeback.

Barneveld hit seven 180s in nine legs and Anderson couldn’t find a way to break throw. A 100 finish on D19 kept him in it but that 7th maximum helped the Dutchman to the win.

Kyle never recovered from going 5-0 down. He did manage to win three straight legs but Van Gerwen then reeled off another five legs to close out a comfortable win.

The World No.1 hit finishes of 132 on the bull, 140 and 136. Anderson did manage six 180s but wasn’t able to pressurise Van Gerwen.

Brisbane Q/Final results:

Gary Anderson 8-10 Raymond van Barneveld

Rob Cross 10-4 Corey Cadby

Michael van Gerwen 10-3 Kyle Anderson

Peter Wright 10-4 Raymond Smith

S/Finals (best of 21 legs):

Michael van Gerwen v Raymond van Barneveld

Peter Wright v Rob Cross

By STUART PYKE in Brisbane

Photo courtesy PDC

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Both Andersons win in Brisbane!

Saturday, 18 August 2018 10:55:22 Europe/London

Gary and Kyle Anderson won through to the quarter-finals of the first ever Brisbane Darts Masters.

But there was disappointment for Team Unicorn stablemate Michael Smith, who was sent packing on Friday night at the BCEC.

It was a big performance from Kyle Anderson, who has been struggling all year with diabetes related problems which have affected his vision. By the way, there will be a big interview with Kyle coming very soon on the website. Watch this space!

From 1-2 down against fellow Aussie Barry Gardner, Kyle produced arguably his best five straight legs of darts in months. He hit six perfect darts in one leg, produced some terrific finishing, two 11 dart legs and four 180s in all as he raced to a 6-2 victory and will now face Michael van Gerwen.

Gary was made to scrap again by Aussie Damon Heta. The Unicorn man was coasting at 3-0 and was sat on 32 to make it 4-0 before Heta took out a series of finishes, including a superb 152 to force a deciding leg. Anderson though held firm to set up a clash with Raymond van Barneveld.

But for Michael Smith, the World Series roadshow ended with a heavy defeat against Australian Raymond Smith. The Unicorn ace just never got going after his opponent took out 125 in the opening leg and then raced into a 5-0 lead.

Brisbane 1st Round results:

Michael Smith 1-6 Raymond Smith

Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Gordon Mathers

Kyle Anderson 6-2 Barry Gardner

Peter Wright 6-2 Justin Thompson

Rob Cross 6-2 Tim Pusey

Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Mark Cleaver

Simon Whitlock 5-6 Corey Cadby

Gary Anderson 6-5 Damon Heta

Q/Finals:

Gary Anderson v Raymond van Barneveld

Rob Cross v Corey Cadby

Michael van Gerwen v Kyle Anderson

Peter Wright v Raymond Smith

By STUART PYKE at the BCEC

Photos courtesy PDC

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