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John Part reviews the first 6 weeks of the 2019 Unibet Premier League

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 09:36:33 Europe/London

Unicorn World Champion Ambassador & Sky Sports Darts pundit John Part reviews the first 6 weeks of the 2019 Unibet Premier League from a Team Unicorn perspective and looks ahead to what maybe in store over the next set of fixtures, including Judgement night!

Comments | Posted in Unicorn Darts By Matthew Rankin

Latest Team Unicorn News Update

Monday, 18 March 2019 10:35:29 Europe/London

Unicorn trio Ted Evetts, Chris Dobey and Kyle Anderson all enjoyed double success at the latest qualifying for the 2019 Euro Tour.
 
Evetts hit another 9 darter on his way to reaching ET3 and ET4 in Munich and Saarbrucken next month, while Dobey and Anderson also made it through to both the German Darts Grand Prix and German Darts Open.
 
Other Unicorn success saw Keegan Brown and Kim Huybrechts qualify for Munich, while Dimitri van den Bergh and Jeffrey de Zwaan made it to ET4.
 
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Mark McGeeney is certainly finding his feet in the PDC! The former BDO No.1 enjoyed his best run on the Pro Tour in Wigan at the weekend as he reached the semi-finals of Players Championshp 7. He lost to eventual winner Dave Chisnall, but McGeeney proving yet again he means business.
 
Keegan Brown just missed out on the final at PC8. The man from the Isle of Wight was in excellent form as he got through to the semi-finals, only to lose a last leg decider to Raymond van Barneveld. The tournament was won by Adrian Lewis.
 
At PC8, Ian White reached the quarter-finals and there was a deserved run to the last 16 for Unicorn youngster Harry Ward.
 
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Gary Anderson made his long awaited return to Pro Tour action, but the Unicorn star was clearly rusty after his recent back problems. He managed to win a couple of games, but it is all about getting 100 per cent and there’s no doubt the results will come for the Scot.
 
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Meanwhile the 2019 Premier League is hotting up. Unicorn ace Michael Smith beat ‘Contender’ Nathan Aspinall in Nottingham to continue his climb up the table. James Wade suffered defeat at the hands of Mensur Suljovic but is still well placed to make an impression.
 
Report from STUART PYKE
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Evetts at the Double!

Monday, 11 March 2019 09:00:50 Europe/London

Unicorn ace Ted Evetts has proved once again just why is he one of the best young talents in the sport. 
 
‘Super Ted’ claimed a brilliant double on the opening weekend of the 2019 PDC Unicorn Development Tour in Wigan. 
 
It takes his tally of Development Tour wins to six. 
 
On Sunday Evetts was in dominant form. He was a 5-1 winner over Andrew Davidson in DT 4. His toughest test came in the last 16 where he edged out Ryan Meikle in a deciding leg. Meikle had earlier won DT3 with a 5-2 success against Greg Ritchie.
 
Evetts also won the opening event of the Development Tour year on Saturday with a 5-0 whitewash over Northern Ireland’s Nathan Rafferty. 
 
The Unicorn starlet averaged 103 in the final. But Rafferty hit back superbly to win DT 2 as he beat Aiden Cope 5-2.
 
There were quarter-final appearances for Team Unicorn’s Jeffrey de Zwaan and Harry Ward. 
 
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Meanwhile Madars Razma has claimed another big win on the PDC Nordic and Baltic Tour at the weekend.
 
The Team Unicorn Latvian star beat Darius Labanauskas 6-1 in event 3 to go back to the top of the Order of Merit in the chase for a World Championship spot. 
 
Story by STUART PYKE
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Wade sits top of the pile!

Friday, 8 March 2019 09:17:51 Europe/London

Team Unicorn star James Wade sits on top of the league after Week Five of the 2019 Premier League.

Aldershot based Wade, produced the first whitewash of the season by storming past Daryl Gurney 7-0.

The 2009 champion followed up last week's victory over Van Gerwen with the highest average of the season to date of 109.59 as he also limited Gurney to just two darts at a double.

Wade's ruthless display saw him take out 158 and 116, and he said: "It's a great win and I'm really happy. Daryl is better than that but it's an evolution of my character.

"Nobody wants to win 7-0 but I played better and took my chances well. I still believe I'm one of the best in the world, if not the best at times."

Meanwhile, recent UK Open Semi-Finalist Michael Smith went down 7-3 to Rob Cross in Aberdeen.

The Unibet Premier League continues on Thursday March 14 with Night Six at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham.

2019 Unibet Premier League. Night Five - Thursday March 7

The BHGE Arena, Aberdeen

Michael Smith 3-7 Rob Cross

Daryl Gurney 0-7 James Wade

Mensur Suljovic 3-7 Gerwyn Price

Raymond van Barneveld 3-7 Peter Wright

Michael van Gerwen 6-6 John Henderson

                 
    P W D L +/- LWAT Pts
1 James Wade 5 3 1 1 11 12 7
2 Rob Cross 5 3 1 1 8 9 7
3 Michael van Gerwen 5 3 1 1 7 11 7
4 Gerwyn Price 5 2 3 0 7 11 7
5 Peter Wright 5 2 2 1 3 10 6
6 Mensur Suljovic 5 1 2 2 -5 9 4
7 Daryl Gurney 5 2 0 3 -10 8 4
8 Michael Smith 5 1 1 3 -5 9 3
9 Raymond van Barneveld 5 0 2 3 -10 7 2
                 


 

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Exeter wins for Wade & Smith

Friday, 1 March 2019 08:53:00 Europe/London

It was a double-win delight for Team Unicorn duo James Wade & Michael Smith.

James Wade stole the show as he ended Michael van Gerwen's winning start to the 2019 Unibet Premier League season with an emphatic 7-3 victory over the Dutchman at Westpoint Exeter.

Night Four of the campaign saw four-time champion Van Gerwen taste defeat in a televised match for the first time since November, as Wade repeated his 2016 Premier League triumph over the world number one.

Eight missed doubles in the opening six legs from Van Gerwen saw Wade make the most of his opportunities to stay in the contest at 3-3.

The second half of the game saw Wade turn on the style, romping home to a memorable win without allowing Van Gerwen a shot at double in the final four legs.

Wade found a crucial double 19 with his last dart in hand for a 65 finish to break throw and take the lead for the first time, before holding throw to take full control of the tie.

A clinical 121 checkout on the bullseye followed as Wade sealed a point, before finishing the job in the next leg, finding double 18 at the third attempt to record an impressive win and fire himself up to second in the table.

"I think, performance-wise, it was my worst performance of the season but I took my chances and hit a few more doubles than Michael," said Wade.

"He didn't play his game there and gifted me some opportunities. I didn't play as well as I wanted to and that frustrates me, but I'll move on and enjoy things.

"A lot of people fold against Michael when they shouldn't and I stuck at it tonight, so I'm delighted to win and I'm really happy to be second in the league."

2018 Premier League finalist and Team Unicorn star Michael Smith claimed his first win of the season against Raymond van Barneveld to climb off the foot of the table and send the departing Dutchman bottom in the process.

Van Barneveld took a 3-1 lead, before Smith won three successive legs to go in front, only for Van Barneveld to halt the Smith charge and make it 4-4.

That was as good as it got for the former Premier League champion as injury-hit Smith battled through the pain barrier to land a 90 checkout to go 6-4 up, before finding his favourite double top in the following leg to end his winless start to the season.

Team Unicorn will now be in action at the Ladbrokes UK Open over the next few days at the Butlins Minehead resort. Good Luck to all of our players!

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Smith plays despite emergency surgery

Wednesday, 27 February 2019 11:29:48 Europe/London

Team Unicorn star Michael Smith will play at the UK Open in Minehead after being rushed to hospital this week.

He will also line up against Raymond van Barneveld as he seeks a first Premier League win in Exeter.

Smith needed an emergency procedure at Whiston Hospital near his St Helens home on Monday to remove an abscess from his groin.

“It was nasty and was getting bigger,” he said. “I know I should have got it checked out earlier because it has been there for a few weeks.”

Emergency surgery has left Smith limping and on pain killers and antibiotics and he will need to get the wound dressed daily to prevent infection.

“There is strapping around my leg and it is very important that it is changed every day. I will just get up on the stage and do my best because I need to start winning in the Premier League and I really enjoy the UK Open. It is a tournament I feel that I can win.”

Unicorn stablemate James Wade looks to upset PL pacesetter Michael Van Gerwen in Exeter.

By STUART PYKE

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John Part reviews the first 3 weeks of the 2019 Unibet Premier League

Tuesday, 26 February 2019 14:52:43 Europe/London

Unicorn World Champion Ambassador & Sky Sports Darts pundit John Part reviews the first 3 weeks of the 2019 Unibet Premier League from a Team Unicorn perspective and looks ahead to what maybe in store over the next set of fixtures

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Anderson will defend UK Open crown!

Monday, 25 February 2019 11:33:39 Europe/London

Unicorn star Gary Anderson has pledged to do all he can to win back-to-back UK Open titles.

He will return to action on Friday night in Minehead despite a long standing back injury which forced him to withdraw from the 2019 Premier League.

His last competitive action came in the semi-finals of the World Championship when he lost to Michael Van Gerwen two months ago.

Anderson has been receiving intensive treatment and will have to pick and choose his tournaments as he bids to get back on track.

“To be honest, I’ve missed the competition,” he said. “I have no idea how I will go this weekend because I haven’t thrown much at all. It has all been about getting the best possible treatment to give me the best possible chance.”

Anderson and the rest of the top 64 in the world enter the UK Open on Friday night, so we will know then how much progress he has made.

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Meanwhile as far as the rest of Team Unicorn is concerned, it was a good weekend in South Yorkshire for Ted Evetts. ‘Super Ted’ hit a superb 9 darter in Barnsley at the Euro Tour qualifiers. He also won through to the first event of the year in Leverkusen next month at the European Darts Open.

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And there was double success for Dimitri van den Bergh. The young Unicorn ace qualified for Leverkusen and the German Darts Championship in Hildesheim at the end of March.

Other Unicorn qualifiers were Adam Hunt, Kim Huybrechts and Jeffrey de Zwaan for ET 1, while Madars Razma and Keegan Brown will play at ET 2

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At the latest Players Championship weekend, James Wade, Ian White and Kyle Anderson reaches the quarter-finals across the two days in Barnsley

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But there was disappointment for Wade and Michael Smith at the latest Premier League night in Dublin. Wade threw away a good position as he drew with Gerwyn Price and Smith is still looking for a first win. He was beaten by Daryl Gurney in Ireland.

Story by STUART PYKE

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Mark McGeeney in conversation with Stuart Pyke

Monday, 18 February 2019 15:57:50 Europe/London

PDC main tour card holder & Team Unicorn newcomer Mark McGeeney speaks to Stuart Pyke after PC3 in Wigan about his start to the season, whilst looking ahead to the rest of the year in a positive frame of mind

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Latest Team Unicorn news as Asada wins in Asia

Monday, 18 February 2019 08:41:38 Europe/London

Japanese darting star Seigo Asada is off and running at the the 2019 PDC Asian Tour.

The Unicorn ace won event four on home soil in Kobe after just missing out in the final of event three!

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Asada saw off Hong Kong’s Royden Lam 5-3 in the final to claim his first Asian Tour victory of the year as he bids to qualify for the World Championship again.

The top four from the Asian Tour Order of Merit will claim prized spots at the Ally Pally. Asada had a tough route to victory. He beat Lourence Ilagan 5-4 in the quarter-finals, then produced a blistering display to see off Paul Lim 5-0 in the semi’s.

At event three in Japan, Asada lost out 5-3 to Haruki Muramatsu in the final. The next Asian Tour double-header is in Leyte at the end of March.

Dimitri van den Bergh and Ian White have made terrific starts to the Players Championship circuit after both Team Unicorn men reached finals in Wigan at the weekend.

For Dimitri, it was a landmark moment as he battles to make a big impression in the floor tournaments. He was superb at PC4 before losing the final 8-3 to PDC new boy and three times Lakeside Champion Glen Durrant.

The PDC Unicorn Youth Champion kicked off with victory over stablemate Chris Dobey and also beat James Wade along the way. An average of over 100 saw the Belgian secure a 7-5 victory over Rob Cross in the semi-finals.

It was good to see Mark McGeeney have a good run to the last 16 before losing an all Unicorn clash to Kyle Anderson, who then lost to Cross in the quarters.

On Saturday White played superbly to reach the final at PC3 but ran up against an inspired Michael van Gerwen. The World Champion took out 170 and 160 twice as he triumphed 8-5, but White once again proving his pedigree on the floor.

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What a few weeks it has been for Unicorn youngster Chris Dobey after his brilliant run at the World Championship. It has all clicked into place!

He said it was like “Alan Shearer walking out at St James’ Park’ as he played in the Premier League as a Contender on week one in Newcastle.

Dobey played superbly as he drew six apiece with Mensur Suljovic. He then hit is first PDC 9 darter at PC2 in Wigan and he also reached the semi-final at PC3 after he Unicorn ace also missed D12 to claim another 9 darter!

Dobey lost in the semi’s to White but he is certainly showcasing just how good he is.

By the way, Michael Smith has been hitting averages of 110, 111 and 112 regularly at the Players Championship tournaments so far. But a quarter-final and a run to the last 16 are his best results so far.

In the Premier League it has been a mixed start for Smith and Wade. The World Championship runner-up was edged out by Van Gerwen in Newcastle and threw away a big lead to only draw against Peter Wright in Glasgow.

Wade beat Raymond van Barneveld on the opening night but was defeated by Cross in Scotland.

Gary Anderson continues to receive intensive treatment on the back problem that ruled him out of the Premier League.

The good news is that the Unicorn star does not need surgery and his aim is to be at Minehead to defend his UK Open crown.

His return to action can’t come soon enough!

It is congratulations to Team Unicorn Latvian ace Madars Razma who won the first tournament of the year on the PDC Nordic and Baltic Tour.

And finally, it is also congratulations to Jamie Caven. Playing in his first competitive BDO tournament for 15 years, ‘Jabba ‘ won through to the semi-finals of the Scottish Open but lost to eventual winner Wesley Harms.

Stories from STUART PYKE

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