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Ian’s a Diamond!

Sunday, 18 March 2018 22:18:38 Europe/London

It’s an 8th PDC title for Ian White.

The Unicorn man tasted victory for the first time in nearly two years in Milton Keynes on Sunday as he took the honours in Players Championship 6.

He won a thrilling final, edging out Dave Chisnall in a last leg shoot-out. It was a dominant day for White, as he dropped only 12 legs in six matches in his way to the final.

He started with a 6-3 win over Luke Woodhouse, then demolished Maik Langendorf 6-0, before back-to-back successes against Team Unicorn stablemates.

First there was a 6-3 victory over Keegan Brown, followed by a 6-1 win against James Wade in the last 16.

John Henderson (6-2) and Mervyn King (6-3) were dispatched in the quarter and semi-finals.

It was a terrific final.

White kept his cool and punished Chisnall for a series of missed chances. Chizzy blew five darts to win the opening leg and two more to make it 3-3 and the Unicorn man calmly went about his business.

He led 3-1 and 4-2 but back came Chisnall to win three straight legs. He then missed a dart at the bull to win 6-4 and White forced the decider and took it against the throw. ‘Diamond’ White won it with an impressive 14 darter.

A cheque for £10,000 and a long overdue victory for the 47-year-Old from Stoke.

The other Unicorn highlight saw Dimitri van den Bergh make the quarter-finals but he lost 6-3 to King.


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Dobey pipped at the post!

Sunday, 18 March 2018 00:03:25 Europe/London

Chris Dobey produced a brilliant display to make only his second senior PDC Final.

The Team Unicorn starlet lost in the final of Players Championship 5 in Milton Keynes on Saturday as he was beaten 6-2 by Michael van Gerwen, but it was a lot closer than the scoreline perhaps suggests.

Dobey’s return to form continued in style. He has worked very hard at his game and is reaping the rewards. His only other final was way back in October 2016.

Van Gerwen beat four Unicorn players on his way to his latest success.....Dobey in the final, James Wade in the semi-finals 6-2, Gary Anderson 6-1 in the quarter-finals and Keegan Brown 6-3 in the last 32.

But Dobey enjoyed a terrific day and thoroughly deserved his run to the final. The 27-year-old beat Bradley Brooks (6-0), James Wilson (6-4), Dave Chisnall (6-2) and Stephen Burton (6-4).

In the quarter-Finals, the Unicorn man saw off German Gabriel Clemens 6-2 before a stunning 112 check-out saw Dobey win a last leg decider against Ryan Searle in the semi-finals.

The final was a story of missed opportunities. Dobey missed three darts to win both the first and third legs and found himself 0-4 down. But he showed great character to win the next two, including a 10 darter. He should have made it 4-3 as well. Dobey had left ‘tops’ only for Van Gerwen to crash in a 160 finish!

Dobey averaged over 109 in the final. It was a great display and surely the start of things to come during 2018.

Anderson’s 27 match unbeaten run came to an end despite a 107 average against Van Gerwen. And it was a welcome return to form for James Wade too. He averaged 102.5 but couldn’t get close to the World No.1

Anderson dropped only six legs on his way to the quarter-Finals, while Wade was strong all day.

But congratulations to Chris Dobey and Michael van Gerwen. The stars of Saturday’s show


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Smith marches on!

Thursday, 15 March 2018 23:27:22 Europe/London

Michael Smith got back to winning ways in emphatic fashion as the Premier League hit Nottingham.

Smith was ruthless as he punished an out-of-sorts Peter Wright 7-1. It’s now five wins out of six for the Unicorn man.

But fellow Unicorn star Gary Anderson will be a relieved man after claiming a dramatic draw with Raymond van Barneveld.

Smith stays in second spot in the table after Michael van Gerwen’s 7-3 win over Gerwyn Price saw the Dutchman in top spot on leg difference.

“I know Peter was struggling but I had to focus on what I was doing,” he said. “I came into this desperate to do well. I won’t be eliminated and once Judgement Night is out of the way, I will focus on the top four.”

Smith kicked off with a 13 darter and led 2-0. Wright was hampered by a shoulder problem and when he missed four darts to level at two apiece, the St Helens star seized control. He won five consecutive legs and is in a great position to qualify for a semi-final spot.

But his mentor Gary Anderson had to settle for a third straight draw and for the second week, the Scot had to win the last two legs to earn a point.

He started superbly with a 171 setting up a 13 darter to break. Anderson then nailed finishes of 105 and 117 and he broke again and was 4-2 in front. But Van Barneveld was also playing well. He won four legs on the spin, including seven perfect darts in the 8th leg.

At 6-4 though, Barney missed five darts to win and Anderson managed to force a last leg. The Unicorn ace completed the latest ‘Great Escape’ with a brilliant 144 check-out. It may yet turn out to be a priceless point!

Elsewhere Rob Cross made it four wins on the spin. The World Champion averaged 106 in his 7-2 win over Mensur Suljovic.

Daryl Gurney is still searching for a first Premier League win. The 6-6 result with Simon Whitlock was the Irishman’s fourth draw.

Nottingham results:

Michael Smith 7-1 Peter Wright

Simon Whitlock 6-6 Daryl Gurney

Mensur Suljovic 2-7 Rob Cross

Gerwyn Price 3-7 Michael van Gerwen

Raymond van Barneveld 6-6 Gary Anderson

Night 8 Glasgow:

Daryl Gurney v Mensur Suljovic

Michael van Gerwen v Michael Smith

Gary Anderson v Simon Whitlock

Peter Wright v Raymond van Barneveld

Rob Cross v Gerwyn Price


Image courtesy Lawrence Lustig / PDC

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Gary Anderson interview

Thursday, 15 March 2018 08:48:51 Europe/London

Gary Anderson talks to Stuart Pyke just after winning the UK Open and reflects on his victory, his recent back problems and his desire to win more majors.

'The Flying Scotsman' is in breathtaking form right now, claiming the UK Open title, followed by back-to-back Players Championship titles in Barnsley, within the last 10 days.

Anderson is next in action later, as the Premier League roadshow heads to Nottingham.

Listen to the full interview below:


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Asada claims Asian Tour title!

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Fantastic Anderson at the double!

Sunday, 11 March 2018 22:18:49 Europe/London

He’s done it again!

Gary Anderson has completed brilliant back-to-back Players Championship victories. What a weekend for the Team Unicorn star as he followed up Saturday’s PC 3 win in Barnsley with another spectacular triumph at PC 4 on Sunday!

He saw off Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-2 in the final to make it three fabulous tournament wins in seven days! Of course, it all started with the UK Open success in Minehead.

Anderson is now on a run of 22 matches unbeaten and pockets £20,000 from his superb weekend’s work in South Yorkshire.

It is the second time that Gary has won both events on a Pro Tour weekend. It is also a fourth title of the year. He won a UK Open qualifier, coincidentally beating De Zwaan in that final too.

“The darts have been going well, that’s for sure,” he said. “I have the perfect set up so thanks again to Unicorn for all the hard work they put in on my behalf. I need to pick it up in the Premier League now and string a few wins together.”

In truth, it was another Anderson masterclass. He wasn’t really pushed all day, seeing off Mark Dudbridge (6-2), Tytus Kanik (6-2), Cristo Reyes (6-4) and Rhys Griffin (6-1).

That set up an all-Unicorn quarter-final with the ever-improving Keegan Brown. Gary came close to a 9 darter and won 6-3.

In the semi-finals, Anderson was far too good for Dave Chisnall, winning 6-1 with a 106 average. He produced three 13 dart legs and a 12 darter on the way.

Gary wasn’t at his best in the final, averaging just 92 but it was still far too good for De Zwaan. He raced into a 3-0 lead before the Dutchman got on the board but the Unicorn man banged in an 11 darter and there was no stopping him.

Another great Anderson display.

Apart from Keegan Brown, it was an encouraging day for Unicorn’s Jamie Caven. He got through to the last eight - only his second quarter-final appearance in nearly two years. Caven lost 6-2 to Adrian Lewis, who then missed match darts to win his semi-final before losing in a deciding leg to De Zwaan.

There was also good news for Unicorn youngster Adam Hunt who made it through to the last 16 on Sunday.


Meanwhile, there was a brilliant triumph for Team Unicorn’s Japanese star Seigo Asada. The brand new PDC Asian Tour kicked off in Seoul at the weekend and Asada won the second event, surviving match darts to beat Hyun Chul Park 5-4 in the final.


Photo courtesy Lawrence Lustig / PDC

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Awesome Anderson wins again!

Saturday, 10 March 2018 19:25:59 Europe/London

Team Unicorn superstar Gary Anderson has claimed his third tournament win of the year.

On Saturday in Barnsley, the Scot played some incredible darts to win Players Championship 3, just six days after sweeping to victory at the UK Open. Of course, he’s also won a UK Open qualifier in 2018.

He really is playing some great stuff at the moment despite still being troubled by a longstanding back problem.

He whitewashed Peter Wright in the final to complete a memorable day.

“Don’t worry about me, I can still play a bit,” Anderson joked afterwards. “These days are getting harder. They are very tough tournaments to win, so to play this well again is a great feeling.”

His toughest match came in the very first round. He found himself 1-5 down to veteran Terry Jenkins, but somehow turned it round with a terrific run of five straight legs to win in a deciding leg.

Gary then had to battle to overcome Gary Eastwood and Simon Stevenson 6-4 to set up a clash with World Champion Rob Cross in the last 16.

The Unicorn ace went through the gears. He thrashed Cross 6-0 with a 109 average, a 170 finish and two further finishes on the bull.

Next came a routine 6-3 victory over Steve Hine in the quarter-finals before Gary came up with another stunning display in the semi-finals against Jamie Lewis. The Welshman had beaten Unicorn’s Joe Cullen 6-3 in the last eight, but was no match for Anderson.

The UK Open champ banged in a near 110 average as he raced into the final 6-3......there he found Peter Wright and yet again, Anderson was just too good

6-0 in under 15 minutes with a 101 average! He hit a maximum in the first leg on his way to a break of throw and that set the pattern for the final. There was a 14 darter, 13 darter and a 90 check-out on the bull and it was job done in some style!


James Wade may have had a miserable Saturday in Barnsley, losing 6-0 to Ricky Evans in the 1st Round, but he was celebrating another double qualification for the Euro Tour on Friday night.

The Unicorn man qualified for the German Darts Open and Austrian Darts Open, meaning he has now qualified for the first four Euro Tour events on the year.

Fellow Unicorn man Keegan Brown qualified for the German event, while Adam Hunt made it through to the Austrian tournament in Vienna.

Story from STUART PYKE

Photo courtesy Lawrence Lustig / PDC

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Smith loses Premier League unbeaten record

Friday, 9 March 2018 09:29:36 Europe/London

Michael Smith threw away a fantastic opportunity as he was he beaten for the first time in this year’s Premier League.

He lost 7-5 to Rob Cross, while fellow Unicorn star Gary Anderson was glad to draw his match with Daryl Gurney.

Smith led 4-2 and 5-3 against the World Champion but went off the boil and Cross hit back superbly. At five legs apiece, Cross hit a maximum and an 11 darter. Then in the final leg, Smith was sat on 76 for a draw only to see Cross take out 121 on the bull.

Anderson looked tired after his UK Open exploits at the weekend. It was a strange old game against Gurney. The Unicorn man looked on course to win, then looked like losing, before finally winning what could yet turn out to be a priceless point.

“I struggled to be honest, but grateful to get a point,” Anderson admitted. “I know I need to turn things round now. I need to be climbing that table quickly.”

The Scot led 3-1 but missed the bull in the next two legs to extend his lead. Gurney found some confidence and won four on the spin. From 3-5 down, Anderson kept in the hunt. He missed two darts at D12 and D6 though, to make it five apiece as Gurney guaranteed a point.

But Gary found a way as he got a leg back to force a decider. The Irishman missed two darts for the win and a grateful Anderson nailed D17 to earn the draw.

Elsewhere Michael van Gerwen made it four wins out of five as he got past Simon Whitlock 7-4. The defending PL champ is now top of the table after Smith’s defeat.

And Raymond van Barneveld came from 3-5 down to beat Gerwyn Price. Barney won four straight legs with finishes of 121, 80, 101 and 89 on the bull.

Mensur Suljovic produced his best performance of the Premier League so far as he thrashed Peter Wright 7-1 with a 103 average.

Leeds PL results:

Michael van Gerwen 7-4 Simon Whitlock

Gerwyn Price 5-7 Raymond van Barneveld

Peter Wright 1-7 Mensur Suljovic

Gary Anderson 6-6 Daryl Gurney

Rob Cross 7-5 Michael Smith

League Table:

1 - Michael van Gerwen 8pts

2 - Michael Smith 8pts

3 - Simon Whitlock 6pts

4 - Rob Cross 6pts

5 - Mensur Suljovic 4pts

6 - Raymond van Barneveld 4pts

7 - Gary Anderson 4pts

8 - Peter Wright 4pts

9 - Daryl Gurney 3pts

10 - Gerwyn Price 2pts

Nottingham schedule week 7:

Michael Smith v Peter Wright

Simon Whitlock v Daryl Gurney

Mensur Suljovic v Rob Cross

Gerwyn Price v Michael van Gerwen

Raymond van Barneveld v Gary Anderson

Report from STUART PYKE in Leeds

Images courtesy Lawrence Lustig / PD

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Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:20:15 Europe/London

Table-topper Michael Smith and World Champion Rob Cross will clash as the Unibet Premier League returns to action at Leeds' First Direct Arena on Thursday.

The season's fifth league night had to be cancelled last week at Westpoint Exeter due to the extreme weather conditions, meaning that Smith remains clear at the top of the standings for the visit to Leeds.

The Team Unicorn star has won his first four games to sit two points clear and is bidding to continue that run when he meets high-flying Cross on Thursday.

"It should be a really good game," said Smith. "Rob's had an amazing year and he's come back into form so I know it's going to be tough.

"I still don't feel I've been at my best yet so I'm aiming to improve, but so far I've been taking my chances and I'll be trying to do the same this week."

Gary Anderson is aiming to maintain his momentum after winning the UK Open on Sunday night, with the two-time Premier League champion up against winless Daryl Gurney.

"I was happy with how I played over the weekend and it was great to win the UK Open," said Anderson. "Hopefully I can keep that going now in the Premier League because every game's important.

"Daryl's a similar style player to me so there should be lots of 180s and it will be great for the crowd."

Tickets for Thursday's Unibet Premier League at the First Direct Arena in Leeds are still available via and 0844 248 1585.

Photo courtesy Lawrence Lustig / PDC

Unibet Premier League

Night Six - March 8

First Direct Arena, Leeds

Michael van Gerwen v Simon Whitlock

Gerwyn Price v Raymond van Barneveld

Peter Wright v Mensur Suljovic

Gary Anderson v Daryl Gurney

Rob Cross v Michael Smith

Tickets via and 0844 248 1585

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Dimitri Van den Bergh steps onto the global stage.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:03:28 Europe/London

Brisbane and Vienna are to host the PDC's World Series of Darts for the first time in 2018 following confirmation of the year's seven events.

Team Unicorn’s Dimitri Van den Bergh will also step onto the global stage for the first time in the German Darts Open, Gary Anderson will be playing in the six internationals and Kyle Anderson will be playing in Auckland, Melbourne and Brisbane.

The ongoing global expansion of the World Series of Darts will see six worldwide events followed by the end-of-season Finals, which will move to Austria in November.

The year's events will begin with the second staging of the German Darts Masters, with a one-day spectacular being held on Friday May 25 at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen.

The stars of the sport will then return to Las Vegas, with the North American Championship to be followed by the second U.S. Darts Masters, which will be held at Mandalay Bay from July 5-7.

July's double-header will then see the third Shanghai Darts Masters held on July 13-14 at the Pullman Hotel Shanghai South, before the action heads Down Under for an August treble-header.

The Auckland Darts Masters takes place from August 3-5 at the Trusts Arena, with the sport's top names returning to New Zealand for the fourth staging of the popular event.

The action then moves to Australia, with the second Melbourne Darts Masters taking place from August 10-12 at the Hisense Arena before the inaugural Brisbane Darts Masters, from August 17-19 at the BCEC, sees the World Series visit Queensland for the first time.

The season-ending World Series of Darts Finals will then be held from November 2-4 at the Multiversum Schwechat in Vienna, as Austria hosts the 24-player event.

Tickets for the German Darts Masters are available now through, while tickets for the North American Championship and U.S. Darts Masters are available via

Ticket information for other events will be confirmed at in due course.

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