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Razma pens new deal

Tuesday, 17 March 2020 15:00:00 Europe/London

Latvian star Madars Razma has extended his contract with Unicorn Darts.

Razma, aged 31, regained his PDC Tour Card at European Q-School in January 2019 with a run to the final on the third day, which saw him finish first on the Order of Merit, giving him at least another two years on the PDC Pro Tour. 

Along with his full-time commitment to the PDC Tour, Razma remains a mainstay on the PDC Nordic & Baltic Tour and via that route after topping the Order of Merit, he earned a prized spot at last years World Championship, where he was just edged by Team Unicorn stablemate Harry Ward in a second round thriller.

Razma is pleased to extend his stay with Unicorn ''I am very happy to be part of this great team since 2014. It is a huge boost for me to have the fantastic support and I'd like to thank everyone for their continued belief. We will continue the fight together''.

Player Liaison Manager Matt Rankin added ''We really admire Madars and his all-round positive attitude towards the game of darts in general. He is fully committed to playing in as many events as possible and he is a fantastic global ambassador for our brand. He is a pleasure to work with''.

'Razmatazz' has risen to 69th place on the main PDC Order of Merit and now has his sights set on another appearance at Alexandra Palace later this year after securing double qualification for two future European Tour events last week in Barnsley. His quest is well underway!.

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White claims first title of 2020

Monday, 16 March 2020 10:47:46 Europe/London

Ian White claimed his first title of the year at Players Championship 8 in Barnsley on Sunday, defeating James Wade 8-3 in an all Team Unicorn final.

White produced an incredibly consistent level throughout the day, averaging over 100 in all but one of his seven victories, including a 111.3 in his win over John Henderson in the last 32.

A winner of two European Tour events in 2019, White began the second day of the ProTour double-header with wins over William Borland, Diogo Portela and Henderson.

The 49-year-old then overcame Stephen Bunting in the last 16 before a 109.7 average was enough to see off Dave Chisnall in the last eight.

White defeated Kim Huybrechts 7-4 in the semi-finals and went on to brush Wade aside to pick up his first Players Championship title since June 2018 and a 13th PDC title of his career.

"I've been playing good darts through the year but not been getting the luck, so this title has been coming," said White, who moves back up to tenth on the PDC Order of Merit.

"The form is coming on, I've had a few problems but I'm sorting myself out and everything is going well.

"A couple of weeks ago Peter Wright was hitting lots of 100-plus averages so that spurred me on to keep up with him.

"Everyone goes on about my TV form not being as good as my ProTour form but I play good darts on the TV stages, I've hit a few averages over 100.

"I've just run into top class players at their best a few times, I just think I've been unlucky.

"My heads on this year and I want to stay in that top ten."

The 2020 PDC ProTour continues with two Players Championship events at Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes on Saturday March 28 and Sunday March 29.

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New deal for JDZ

Friday, 6 March 2020 09:00:00 Europe/London

Ahead of the Ladbrokes UK Open which gets underway in Minehead later today, young Dutch star Jeffrey de Zwaan has penned a new long-term contract with Unicorn Darts.  

Rising star de Zwaan who turns 24 at the end of this month, is tipped by many to make his way to the very top of the game and has already climbed upto World no.20 in just over two years after regaining his PDC Tour card at European Q-School.

JDZ showcased his undoubted potential during the recent World Championship at Alexandra Palace averaging a blistering 106.09 whilst defeating Dave Chisnall and then narrowly losing out to eventual World Champion Peter Wright 4-3 in the Last 16, after battling back valiantly from three sets to nil down.

The talented Dutchman who has become a regular in TV events, will once again play a part in this year’s Premier League as a ‘Challenger’ on his home soil at Rotterdam Ahoy, where he will look to gain revenge over Wright for that World Championship defeat.

Claiming a maiden PDC European Tour title is at the forefront of de Zwaan’s mind, whilst he has his sights set on a place in the World’s Top 16 and is also striving for a coverted place in the Netherlands World Cup of Darts team come June in Hamburg. He certainly has the ability and belief to do just that.

De Zwaan is delighted with the new deal ‘’I am honoured to sign a new contract with Unicorn. To be a part of such a big family company gives me a great feeling especially with the full support and backing they always give me. I am very excited for the future’’.

Player Liaison Manager Matt Rankin added “Spending time with Jeffrey and his management team in Holland earlier this week was an absolute pleasure and to conclude a deal which sees him remain with Unicorn for years to come, really is great news. JDZ is a supreme talent”.

Along with the new contract, Jeffrey will be promoted within Team Unicorn to our Maestro selection of players, where he will join Ian White, Joe Cullen & Seigo Asada. The promotion will fall in line with our 2021 range launch later this year, where a new portfolio of Jeffrey de Zwaan products will be released for sale.

Pictured top left: L-R. Unicorn Production Director Lee Parker, JDZ Manager Ben de Kok, Jeffrey de Zwaan & Player Liaison Manager Matt Rankin.

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Sensational Smith lands Dublin 9-darter!

Friday, 28 February 2020 08:54:02 Europe/London

Team Unicorn star Michael Smith celebrated his first televised nine-dart finish in Dublin on Thursday.

Smith followed two 180s with a sublime 141 checkout to bring 9,000 fans to their feet at a sell-out 3Arena, hitting the Premier League's first perfect leg for almost three years.

The moment of magic came in the fourth leg of a tight contest as he levelled, with Gurney then leading 5-4 before seeing Smith claim the game's final three legs to take victory.

"It's a feeling you can't explain - it's amazing," said Smith. "I've never hit a nine-darter on TV before and this was special. I've never felt my heart beat so fast in my life!

"It's something on my list that I've ticked off now and I'm over the moon, but even more pleased to get the win too. I could have played better but I'm chuffed to get the win."

Smith has now put himself in pole position in the race to claim a £50,000 bonus from sponsors Unibet should a player achieve two nine-darters during the 2020 season, with his perfect leg being the first in the event since Adrian Lewis in April 2017.

Smith is one of five players sat on five points in a congested league table, one behind reigning champion Michael Van Gerwen and Nathan Aspinall.

Meanwhile, two-time Premier League Champion Gary Anderson picked up his second victory of the season by seeing off Rob Cross 7-5 in their Dublin contest, jumping above the 2019 Premier League finalist in the process.

Team Unicorn talisman Anderson took out finishes of 109 and 106 as he shared the opening eight legs before taking out 85 to move ahead, while a 14-darter secured at least a draw.

Cross took out a superb 128 bull finish to hit back, but was unable to check out 124 in the decider as Anderson returned to land double ten for the triumph.

"Some of it was pretty and some of it was awful, but it's nice to scrape a win there. I'm still making mistakes but there's times that the throw is working and it will come good.

"It's going well on the practice board and I want to take it up on stage. My darts are getting a bit better week by week - tonight wasn't quite as good but that was down to the person throwing them!"

The Unibet Premier League season continues on Thursday March 5 with Night Five at Westpoint Exeter, where Van Gerwen will meet Smith and Anderson plays Challenger Luke Humphries, the reigning Unicorn World Youth Champion.

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Sato signs!

Friday, 7 February 2020 15:45:00 Europe/London

Kasumi Sato is the latest big name from Asia to sign for the world's leading darts manufacturer.

Sato, aged 28 from Akiruno in Tokyo will join fellow stars Seigo Asada and Toru Suzuki in Team Unicorn, bringing together a now strong representation in Japan.

3 times Ladies Perfect Tour Champion, Sato was the surprise package at the recent Rest of the World Women's Qualifier for the World Championship, as she pushed her compatriot Mikuru Suzuki hard in a keenly-contested final leading 4-3, before Suzuki claimed the last two legs to seal her spot at Alexandra Palace.

Sato reached the World Masters Semi-Finals in 2019, last month appeared at UK PDC Q-School as she looks to further her career in both steel and soft tip formats.

Unicorn Production Director Lee Parker is delighted to welcome Sato to Unicorn Darts ''Having followed Kasumi's progress over the last couple of years we all delighted to warmly welcome her to Team Unicorn. This signing sits perfectly within our growing team of stars in Asia and as 3 time Perfect Tour women's champion it completes the dream team with men's champion Seigo Asada. We look forward to working closely with Kasumi and developing a range of products befitting her championship winning credentials".

The full range of Kasumi Sato products will be released in due course. Stay tuned to our website and social media channels for full details.

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SuperTed extends stay

Monday, 3 February 2020 14:30:00 Europe/London

The 2019 PDC Unicorn Development Tour runaway winner Ted Evetts has signed a new long-term contract with Unicorn Darts.

Evetts, aged 22, claimed a magnificent eight titles during a sparkling year, which took his overall tally of career wins on the Development Tour to twelve.

Having recently joined the Sportsman Management Company, which includes stablemates Dimitri Van den Bergh and Kyle Anderson, 'SuperTed' is excited by both the future and his new deal ''I am buzzing to extend my stay with Unicorn, more than happy with all of my equipment and I'm looking forward to my best year yet''.

Unicorn Player Liaison Matt Rankin added ''We are extremely pleased to extend our relationship with Ted, he has a great future in the game. Ted is one of the most talented young players around and we look forward to seeing him progress further in his career over the coming months and years''.

Dependant on his playing schedule for the main PDC Tour during 2020, Evetts plans to enter as many events as possible once again on the Development Tour to continue what is already an incredible success story for the man from Stockton.

Evetts will kick start his new season campaign this coming weekend, as the Pro Tour resumes with Player Championship events 1 & 2 taking place in Barnsley.

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Determined Dobey!

Tuesday, 21 January 2020 15:52:05 Europe/London

Chris Dobey chats to Player Liaison Matt Rankin about his recent run to the Last 16 of the World Championship & his excellent form during 2019 which lifted him into the PDC World's Top 20! 

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John Part previews the 2019/20 William Hill World Championship

Wednesday, 11 December 2019 10:45:10 Europe/London

World Champion Ambassador & Sky Sports darts pundit John Part previews the 2019/20 William Hill World Darts Championship from a Team Unicorn perspective, with a festive flavour.

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Team Unicorn set for Ally Pally!

Tuesday, 26 November 2019 10:02:45 Europe/London

Gary Anderson will begin his tilt for a third William Hill World Darts Championship title against Northern Irishman Brendan Dolan or Indian Qualifier Nitin Kumar.

The draw which includes 20 Team Unicorn stars was made on Monday for the 2019/2020 William Hill World Darts Championship, which will see 96 of the world's best players competing from December 13 - January 1 for the Sid Waddell Trophy and £2.5 million in prize money.

The first round will feature 32 qualifiers from the ProTour Order of Merit, based on prize money won across 43 non-televised events in 2019, and 32 international qualifiers.

2019 Runner-Up Michael Smith will be looking to go one step further this year, will play either Luke Woodhouse or Paul Lim for a place in the third round. In form Ian White who reached his first PDC televised Semi-Final at the Players Championship finals in Minehead at the weekend, will play Lithuanian Darius Labanauskas or PDPA Qualifier Matthew Edgar.

No.8 Seed James Wade will go up against Ritchie Edhouse or Boris Koltsov in Round 2, with former Lakeside World Champion Jelle Klaasen needing to overcome Kevin Burness in his first round clash to setup a potential encounter with defending World Champion Michael Van Gerwen.

Rising Dutch star Jeffrey de Zwaan who is setting his sights on a place inside the World’s Top 20, will meet American veteran Darin Young or departing five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld at his final event before retirement. De Zwaan of course a protégé of Van Barneveld in his early career.

Chris Dobey, hot off the back of two televised Semi-Final appearances this year, he will face Ron Meulenkamp or Ben Robb. In the same section of the draw is Development Tour winner Ted Evetts who will take on female qualifier Fallon Sherrock in Round 1.

Belgium's Kim Huybrechts and will take on Geert Nentjes, with World Cup teammate Dimitri Van den Bergh set to take on the winner of Josh Payne and Diogo Portela in Round 2.

Japanese star Seigo Asada will enter at the first hurdle and will play left-hander Mickey Mansell, with the potential to setup a second round clash with Team Unicorn stablemate Keegan Brown.

There will be two all Team Unicorn clashes in Round 1 as Australian Kyle Anderson will face Chinese qualifier Xiaochen Zong, meanwhile talented youngster Harry Ward will take on Latvian Madars Razma, who will make his debut at Alexandra Palace.

A further two Team Unicorn players will make their debut at the showpiece event as Stockport based Mark McGeeney will look to overcome Canadian Matt Campbell, with Challenge Tour winner Callan Rydz facing off against Irishman Steve Lennon.

Elsewhere for Team Unicorn, Joe Cullen will be looking for a run deep into the event to establish himself amongst the Top 16 in the world, will face James Wilson or Nico Kurz in Round 2, whilst good friend and fellow Bradford resident Devon Petersen, who came through the South African qualifier will take on newly crowned World Youth Champion Luke Humphries in Round 1.

Draw Bracket - Seeded Players Enter In Second Round

Team Unicorn shown in blue

(1) Michael van Gerwen v Jelle Klaasen/Kevin Burness
(32) Ricky Evans v Mark McGeeney/Matt Campbell
(16) Jonny Clayton v Ryan Joyce/Jan Dekker
(17) Stephen Bunting v Arron Monk/Jose Justicia
(8) James Wade v Ritchie Edhouse/Boris Koltsov
(25) Steve Beaton v Kyle Anderson/Xiaochen Zong
(9) Ian White v Darius Labanauskas/Matthew Edgar
(24) Max Hopp v Gabriel Clemens/Benito van de Pas
(5) Gary Anderson v Brendan Dolan/Nitin Kumar
(28) Steve West v Ryan Searle/Robbie King
(12) Nathan Aspinall v Andy Boulton/Danny Baggish
(21) Krzysztof Ratajski v Jamie Hughes/Zoran Lerchbacher
(4) Michael Smith v Luke Woodhouse/Paul Lim
(29) Dimitri Van den Bergh v Josh Payne/Diogo Portela
(13) Adrian Lewis v Cristo Reyes/Lourence Ilagan
(20) Darren Webster v Ryan Meikle/Yuki Yamada
(2) Rob Cross v Kim Huybrechts/Geert Nentjes
(31) Danny Noppert v Steve Lennon/Callan Rydz
(15) Joe Cullen v James Wilson/Nico Kurz
(18) Jermaine Wattimena v Luke Humphries/Devon Petersen
(7) Peter Wright v Rowby-John Rodriguez/Noel Malicdem
(26) Keegan Brown v Mickey Mansell/Seigo Asada
(10) Dave Chisnall v Vincent van der Voort/Keane Barry
(23) Jeffrey de Zwaan v Raymond van Barneveld/Darin Young
(6) Daryl Gurney v Justin Pipe/Benjamin Pratnemer
(27) Glen Durrant v Jose De Sousa/Damon Heta
(11) Mensur Suljovic v Ted Evetts/Fallon Sherrock
(22) Chris Dobey v Ron Meulenkamp/Ben Robb
(3) Gerwyn Price v William O'Connor/Marko Kantele
(30) John Henderson v James Richardson/Mikuru Suzuki
(14) Simon Whitlock v Harry Ward/Madars Razma
(19) Mervyn King v Ross Smith/Ciaran Teehan

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Semi-Final delight for Dobey

Friday, 11 October 2019 09:15:05 Europe/London

Team Unicorn rising star Chris Dobey is through to his first major televised Semi-Final at the World Grand Prix in Dublin. Dobey continued his sensational impact in this his first appearance in the event with five ton-plus checkouts in a win over stablemate Ian White.

A rampant start from Dobey saw him whitewash White in the first set, sealing it with a 132 checkout, before a strong response from White saw him take the second set 3-1.

It was White's turn for a whitewash in the third to go 2-1 ahead in sets, but Dobey fired back with finishes of 120 and 100 to take the fourth 3-1.

A stunning 156 finish from Dobey put him within a leg of the semi-finals, and the Geordie sealed his place in the final four with another 100 checkout in the next leg to secure his first PDC televised semi-final berth.

"It's great to go out there and show what I can do. I felt great up there, I was a bit patchy at times but I finished well," said Dobey.

It's put me into my first semi-final and to beat the number ten in the world is great, especially after beating Gary [Anderson] too.

"I've got all the belief in the world and I'm playing well enough to go all the way but I'll just focus on the semis now, whoever I play. I will never look past my next game and I will prepare myself like I would for any other game."

Dobey's next test at the Citywest Convention Centre, will come in the form of current World no.1 Michael van Gerwen. Everyone at Unicorn wishes Chris all the very best of luck!

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