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Evetts crowned Unicorn World Youth Champion!

Monday, 29 November 2021 09:44:35 Europe/London

Team Unicorn star Ted Evetts was crowned Unicorn World Youth Champion for the first time in Minehead on Sunday after defeating Nathan Rafferty 6-4 in the final.

Competing in the World Youth Championship for the seventh and final time, the 24-year-old came back from 3-1 down to lift the title on the Main Stage at Butlin's Minehead Resort.

Evetts, who had already secured qualification for the 2021/22 World Championship via the ProTour Order of Merit, also receives the £10,000 winners' prize.

Earlier in the day, Evetts and Rafferty came through a 32-player tournament, played in group and knockout stages in Reds.

The early stages of the final saw Rafferty land the first break of throw to lead 3-1, before back-to-back legs from Evetts saw him draw level.

The following two legs were also won by Evetts, before Rafferty kept his hopes alive with a 100 checkout.

However, his hopes of a first World Youth Championship title were extinguished in the following leg as Evetts cleaned up 37 in two darts to end his youth career on a high.

"I'm over the moon, I would've swapped all my youth titles for this one," said Evetts, the most successful player in Development Tour history.

"If you'd have spoken to 16-year-old me who couldn't make it past the last 16, I wouldn't have believed I'd be standing here with this trophy.

"I don't think I've shown anywhere close to what I can do in the senior ranks so far. There's a lot more to come from me.

"Hopefully I can use this as a springboard for future success on the big stage."

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Wonderful Wade crowned UK Open Champion!

Monday, 8 March 2021 09:00:00 Europe/London

Team Unicorn star James Wade landed his third Ladbrokes UK Open title in Milton Keynes on Sunday, defeating Luke Humphries 11-5 in the final.

Now a winner of ten televised ranking titles, Wade expanded his impressive trophy haul with a first UK Open crown since 2011 thanks to a weekend of consistent performances at the Marshall Arena.

Almost 13 years on from his first UK Open title, Wade's success sees him join Phil Taylor in winning televised PDC titles across three decades.

In addition, the £100,000 winner's prize sees him move up to fourth in the PDC Order of Merit, overtaking Rob Cross as the highest-ranked Englishman.

His first TV success since November 2018 was secured with a typically clinical display in the final against Humphries, who knocked out reigning champion Michael van Gerwen in the semis with a brilliant display but was unable to repeat the feat in the decider.

Experience won the day as Wade - who averaged 102.52 and was on target with 41% of his checkout attempts - made the former World Youth Champion pay for 20 missed doubles.

"To win TV titles across three decades is something I'm very proud of," said Wade. "I'm enjoying it again, I think I've reinvented myself.

"I'm very happy to be in the world of darts, it's a great place to be when you're winning.

"I'm here to provide stability for my son and winning these allows me to do that.

"Luke is quality, he's a gentleman and he showed his quality in the way he dismantled Michael [van Gerwen] in the semi-finals."

In reaching the final Wade was at his unflappable best in defeating world number one Gerwyn Price 11-6 in the semi-finals, having produced a 10-8 comeback win over Simon Whitlock in the afternoon's quarter-finals.

Wade's route to the title began with a scare from Ryan Joyce in round four as he came through a last-leg decider, before defeating Cross and Germany's Gabriel Clemens in rounds five and six on Saturday.

James Wade 11-5 Luke Humphries

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Darting superstar Gary Anderson has dismissed talk of retirement and pledged to win another World Championship.

Over the last year, there has been speculation that the 50-year-old Scot was ready to walk away from the sport which has seen him become one of the greatest players of all time.

But Anderson has banished those rumours by signing a new long-term contract with top darts manufacturer Unicorn, with a promise to be crowned king at the Alexandra Palace for a third time.

“I will win another for sure! I have that hunger and desire back and despite everything, I still love playing this game. I’m old school and just want to play darts the way it should be played and I want to prove a point to all the doubters but more importantly to myself.” he said.

Anderson lost to new World No.1 Gerwyn Price in the final of the 2021 World Championship. That was his third defeat in an Alexandra Palace final. His two brilliant triumphs came in 2015 and 2016 when he beat Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis.

“The last year has been tough for everyone but it is time for me to take up the challenge with Unicorn in my corner. They have stood by me for over a decade and it is the perfect partnership all round.”

“I really savour the combat on the big stages in the big tournaments. In the last few months I managed to get to the two biggest finals at the World Matchplay and World Championship without playing well. I truly believe if I can get to anywhere near my best, I will be a major threat,” he said.

The new deal will take Anderson’s association with Unicorn to 15 years, much to the delight of Managing Director Edward Lowy “Gary is an absolute legend of the game, a status that many aspire to but few achieve. We have been delighted to be companions on Gary's darting journey around the World and thrilled to be helping put more fuel in the tank for many years to come.”

And the multi Major champion believes the sport has never been so competitive.

“There isn’t just one dominating. We all know how good Michael van Gerwen is but nobody is scared of him anymore. Price is a deserved World Champion. Peter Wright will still be challenging. Jose de Sousa has already proved how good he is and I’m a big fan of Nathan Aspinall, while Joe Cullen and Devon Petersen are now in the mix.”

A fit and firing Gary Anderson will be high on that list.

Anderson’s new Phase 5 Code darts will be available from Unicorn later in 2021.

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Anderson denied third World title at Ally Pally

Tuesday, 5 January 2021 15:11:17 Europe/London

Gerwyn Price won the William Hill World Darts Championship and became the new world number one after defeating Team Unicorn talisman Gary Anderson with an electrifying display in Sunday's final at London's Alexandra Palace, as the hope of a third World title for ‘The Flying Scotsman’, will run on for a year longer.

Price prevailed 7-3 with a dominant performance against two-time winner Anderson to lift the Sid Waddell Trophy, claim the £500,000 winner's cheque and become the first ever Welsh PDC World Champion.

Anderson missed four darts to take the opening set 3-0 and Price punished the Scot by claiming the next three legs to snatch an early advantage.

The Welshman took the first leg in set two, but a 180 followed by a 128 checkout sparked a three leg burst that saw Anderson level the match.

Price won the third set 3-1 with 12,13 and 14-dart legs, shrugging off a 170 checkout from Anderson, before finishes of 84 and 120 helped the former professional rugby player take set four by the same margin.

Checkouts of 83, 97 and 76 saw Price continue an incredible run of finishes to open up a three set lead.

He then produced the best set of darts in World Championship history when he took out 100 for an 11-dart leg, 161 for a 12-darter and double 12 to go out in ten darts, after missing the bed to complete a nine-darter - posting an astonishing set average of 136.64.

Back-to-back double top finishes saw Price take his success rate on that target to 13 landed from as many attempts, but when he finally missed the bed Anderson pounced to take the seventh set in a decider.

Price moved 6-2 ahead when he landed double top to win the fifth leg in set eight, before claiming the following two legs to move within a leg of glory - but he went on to miss nine match darts across two legs to allow Anderson to steal the set and stay in the contest.

The Scot punished Price for more missed doubles to make it five legs on the spin, but Price came from behind to claim the title on double five after Anderson had missed six darts to keep his hopes alive.

"Getting beat in the final is disappointing but I'll give myself a pat on the back for getting this far," said Anderson, who has moved up five places to eighth in the Order of Merit.

"What I've done over the last few weeks has been a big bonus for me. I started the final alright but I started to struggle and you can't do that against players like Gerwyn."

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Gutsy Wade going for Grand Slam Glory!

Tuesday, 24 November 2020 09:01:54 Europe/London

Van den Bergh opened the semi-final with a brilliant 160 finish and punished early missed doubles from Wade to open up a 5-1 lead.

A high-quality contest then saw the pair hold throw for 12 legs - of which 11 were won in 15 darts or less - before Wade broke in leg 18 and then pinned double ten to cut the gap to 10-9.

Van den Bergh hit back, then broke back with a 76 finish and produced an 11-darter as he pulled out to 13-9, only for Wade to then take four of the next five to level at 14-all.

Van den Bergh posted a 14-darter to move a leg away from victory, but missed a dart at the bull for victory in leg 30 as Wade finished double six to stay in the game.

He then opened the deciding leg with scores of 140 and 180 before taking out 76 for a 12-darter to progress to the final as the winning dart put him ahead for the first time in the game.

"I'm unbelievably happy," said Wade. "I'm buzzing - I used to feel like this many years ago and I haven't felt like this for a long time.

"It hasn't happened for me at times but at the moment I'm pushing forward, and I really am happy to win. It means a lot to me.

"I was so poor to start off and I missed quite a lot of finishes. I probably should have lost that game, Dimitri was the better player, he didn't buckle or back down, but I did enough to win.

"I was beaten and then I wasn't beaten. I was making it hard for myself when it shouldn't have been that hard - I thought I out-played him for the first ten legs.

"I thought I'd blown it when I got back to 14-all and had a poor leg, but in that last leg I was so determined. Now that I'm in the final, I'm going to relax and enjoy myself."

Wade goes into the final as the 4/5 favourite with sponsors BoyleSports, with De Sousa rated at Evens to lift the Eric Bristow Trophy.

"Jose is phenomenal," added Wade. "I don't think he cares what he's doing or how he's doing it, he enjoys darts and is a big scorer and a great finisher - but I'm not bad


BoyleSports Grand Slam of Darts

Monday November 23


Jose De Sousa 16-12 Simon Whitlock

James Wade 16-15 Dimitri Van den Bergh


Tuesday November 24 (1800 GMT)


Jose De Sousa v James Wade

Best of 31 legs

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Wade & Van den Bergh set for Grand Slam showdown!

Monday, 23 November 2020 09:24:38 Europe/London

Team Unicorn duo James Wade & Dimitri Van den Bergh will face off for a place in the BoyleSports Grand Slam of Darts Final later this evening.

James Wade remains on course to reach his third Grand Slam of Darts final after taking a 16-13 win over Damon Heta in a high-quality last eight encounter.

The 2010 and 2016 runner-up made a superb start to win the opening four legs without reply and also led 10-6 at one stage.

Australia's Heta, though, hit back to level the game after 26 legs as he searched for his maiden televised ranking semi-final, only to see the left-hander take three legs without reply to claim victory.

Legs of 15, 15, 13 and 11 darts from Wade saw him make a brilliant start and establish a ton-plus average which he would retain throughout the contest.

Heta pulled back to 4-3, but Wade denied him a chance to level with a key tops, and took out 152 and 101 as he moved into a 9-6 lead.

Tops moved Wade four legs clear once more, but 2019 Brisbane Darts Masters winner Heta showed his quality by finishing 108 and 142 to kick-start his response, before landing a ten-darter and a 101 finish as he pulled back to 13-all.

Wade, though, pinned double 16 for a 14-darter and then took out 96 to move 15-13 up, before a third-dart double two moved him into the last four.

"I'm so happy I won," said Wade, who also reached the European Championship final three weeks ago. "I did the right things at the right times of the game.

"Even though I was well in front and I was probably the better player for the majority of the game, I believe I was lucky.

"I thought he would get nervous and cave in, but he didn't - he showed a bit of class and showed his resilience and I was fortunate he missed a few shots. 

"The 96 finish was massive - if I'd have missed that, I'd have lost the game. I've played in one or two games before and I know what wins and loses games, and at that point I thought it was enough to keep me in the game, not win me the game.

"It was quite a good game and the better player on the day won. I'm grateful to still be in the tournament and I'm looking forward to my next game. I've been there and done it and I'm enjoying myself."

Meanwhile Belgian star Dimitri Van den Bergh edged out Nathan Aspinall 16-15 in a final-leg shoot-out as he continued his bid to follow up July's World Matchplay triumph with another huge title.

Aspinall played his part in another epic contest, leading 11-8 at one stage and coming from 14-12 down to lead 15-14, only for Van den Bergh to finish the stronger and claim the game's final two legs.

"I'm so chuffed that I'm through," said Van den Bergh, who now plays Wade. "It was a proper emotional rollercoaster and I'm still in that ride.

"I kept battling and never gave up because today was a such a struggle. I lost the first three sessions 3-2 and went down 9-6, but I kept digging in and believing in myself. 

"We didn't perform the way we can but at least I have a chance to improve in the next round, and I will learn from this quarter-final. It's a lesson for me but this week is going very well and I'm playing strong."

Van den Bergh opened the tie with six perfect darts but lost the first leg and trailed 2-1 before eight successive breaks of throw left Aspinall 6-5 up.

The Belgian held throw to level, but Aspinall finished double ten, 74 to break and double eight as he opened up a three-leg gap, which he retained at 10-7 and 11-8 despite Van den Bergh again throwing six perfect darts in one leg.

The Belgian finished 82, 130 and double four as he hit back to level at 11-all, and added another three straight legs as he moved into a 14-12 lead.

Aspinall, though, levelled as he punished four missed doubles from the two-time World Youth Champion, and fired in tops for a third straight leg as he moved 15-14 up.

Van den Bergh landed a 180 and posted double 16 to send the game into a deciding leg, in which Aspinall was left on 36 after landing a 180 only to see his rival pin double 18 for the win.

Monday November 23 (1900 GMT)


Simon Whitlock v Jose De Sousa

James Wade v Dimitri Van den Bergh

Best of 31 legs

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Evetts & Rydz victorious on Development Tour!

Monday, 28 September 2020 09:20:19 Europe/London

Team Unicorn stars Ted Evetts and Callan Rydz claimed victories at the year's final PDC Unicorn Development Tour weekend in Barnsley.

Evetts won his 13th title at this level in Event Seven, enjoying a 5-3 win over Joe Davis in the Event Seven decider to open Saturday's second of three days of action.

The 23-year-old won eight matches during the event, including a narrow 5-4 defeat of Northern Ireland's Nathan Rafferty in the quarter-finals and a 5-2 victory over Event Six winner Damian Mol in the semis.

He took a three-leg lead in the final before Davis hit back to trail 4-3, but a 12-darter for Evetts sealed his first title of the year.

Callan Rydz picked up his second PDC Unicorn Development Tour title on Sunday evening, claiming event ten, defeating Hong Kong's Lee Lok Yin 5-1 in the final recording an average of 104 in the process.

Rydz was dominant throughout event ten with comprehensive defeats over George Cressey, Eirwyn Evans, Daniel Castle, Niels Zonneveld with a 103.1 average and Jack Main.

Both Rydz & Evetts will be part of the 96-player field for the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship Last 96, which will take place today at the Barnsley Metrodome and they will be joined by fellow Team Unicorn youngster Jeffrey de Zwaan who is in fact the no.1 seed for the event.

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Maestro Promotion for Team Unicorn trio!

Tuesday, 4 August 2020 13:18:21 Europe/London

We are delighted to announce that three Team Unicorn stars have been promoted to our Maestro category of players ahead of the next phase of new products to be released for our Unicorn 2021 range.

Belgian star Dimitri Van den Bergh, Chris Dobey and Jeffrey de Zwaan have all reached the landmark of entering the Top 20 of the PDC Order of Merit since the turn of the year.

Van den Bergh, last month claimed his maiden PDC televised title by being crowned World Matchplay Champion in the behind closed doors event in Milton Keynes, surging upto World no.12 in the process.

Dobey meanwhile, reached two major televised Semi-Finals during the latter part of 2019 and has risen to a career high World no.18 subsequently, showcasing his undoubted talent along the way.

Dutchman, de Zwaan, finished 2019 in 20th spot in the World after a sensational two years on the PDC Tour which included a run to the Semi-Finals of the 2018 World Matchplay in Blackpool, where he defeated Michael Van Gerwen, Adrian Lewis & Dave Chisnall along the way.

Both Dobey and de Zwaan will once again be participants in the PDC Premier League later this month, under the Contender/Challenger format which has freshened up the line-up of players over the past two years in the popular concept.

Player Liaison Manager Matt Rankin commented ‘’It has been incredibly pleasing to see the progression of all three players over the past 18 months or so, especially with Dimitri winning the World Matchplay. All three players are incredibly talented and fully deserve their promotion to Maestro and I am sure Chris & Jeffrey will be looking to join Dimitri in the Major winners enclosure in the not too distant future’’.

New products for our newly promoted trio will be released over the coming weeks and months >

As ever, stay tuned to our website and social media platforms for further news.

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Incredible Dimitri crowned World Matchplay Champion!

Monday, 27 July 2020 08:05:15 Europe/London

Belgian star Dimitri van den Bergh sensationally won his first televised ranking title at the 2020 Betfred World Matchplay on Sunday, overcoming former champion Gary Anderson with a dominant 18-10 victory in an all Team Unicorn final.

In his debut year at the event, the young Belgian claimed the Phil Taylor trophy in emphatic style at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, averaging almost 100 and hitting four ton-plus finishes along the way.

A nervy start to the final saw the pair struggling to score freely, with both players averaging just 87 going in to the first break, Van den Bergh leading 3-2.

The quality significantly increased during the second session, with both players adding a handful of points on to their averages. Five consecutive holds of throw saw the match level at 5-5, with both players settling in to the contest.

The 11th and 12th legs saw two moments of magic, as first Anderson pinned double five for a 130 finish to break, before Van den Bergh took out 170 with Anderson stuck on 82 to level at 6-6.

Both players missed darts to break and take control of the match in the following legs but it was Van den Bergh who took an 8-7 lead into the third interval.

The 26-year-old, playing in his first ever televised ranking final, then took control of the match as he won four of the next five legs to open up a four leg advantage on Anderson.

Another incredible session for Van den Bergh saw him pull further clear of the two-time World Champion, starting with a stunning 124 finish on the bull, before another bullseye checkout in the following leg, this time 132.

Anderson was unable to get a foothold in the game and Van den Bergh went on to secure a 18-10 win just a few legs later, pocketing the £150,000 top prize.

“My dreams have come true, what a beautiful trophy, I’m so happy,” said Van den Bergh, the first debut winner of the tournament since its inaugural staging in 1994.

“I have so much respect for Gary, to beat him is showing me how far I have come and now I know I can win, I can’t believe this."

The event, being played outside of Blackpool for the first time in its history, was also the first time the World Matchplay had been played without a crowd, and the new champion was keen to thank those involved in making it happen.

“The world is going through a very difficult time and the PDC, Barry Hearn and Matthew Porter have given me a chance to live my dreams when it hasn’t been possible for other, so thank you to them," Van den Bergh continued.

During lockdown, Van den Bergh was forced to spend a total of 11 weeks living with World Champion Peter Wright as he was unable to return home to Belgium.

The dancing ace spoke kindly of his hosts and credited them with playing a major part in his success.

Van den Bergh added: "I spent a lot of time with Peter Wright over the lockdown and he has taught me so much, I’m so grateful to him and his family for everything they did for me during a difficult time."

The run to the final saw Anderson defend a major chunk of the ranking money he won at the 2018 World Matchplay but conceded his opponent deserved the victory on the night.

“He played well right from the off, I just wasn’t there tonight. All credit to Dimitri, he is a lovely lad and deserves his win tonight,” said the Scot.

The 49-year-old, known for his scoring power only hit one 180 during the match and couldn’t find the rhythm or form that won him so many titles before.

“I’ve got a few weeks off now to sort a few things out, I had a few issues with my grip and darts dropping low but no excuses, he deserves it,” concluded the two-time Premier League champion.

Everyone at Unicorn would like to congratulate Dimitri for his magnificent achievement upon being crowned World Matchplay Champion!.

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Anderson & Van den Bergh to battle it out for Matchplay crown!

Sunday, 26 July 2020 09:58:50 Europe/London

Gary Anderson and Dimitri Van den Bergh will clash in an all Team Unicorn Betfred World Matchplay final on Sunday evening after battling through thrilling semi-final contests in Milton Keynes.

The £700,000 tournament will conclude on Sunday as Scottish ace Anderson challenges for his second title in three years after seeing off Michael Smith 18-16 in a tie-break.

Van den Bergh, meanwhile, became the first debutant to win through to the final since James Wade in 2006 with a narrow 17-15 defeat of Glen Durrant in another exciting contest.

Anderson lifted the Phil Taylor Trophy in 2018 and remains on course for another success in the tournament after surviving Smith's fightback.

The Scot had looked on course for the final after opening up a 14-9 lead, only for Smith to move ahead for the first time with six straight legs, but Anderson regained his composure to close out victory.

"To win it would be fantastic - to get my name on that trophy again would be special," admitted Anderson.

"I got a good lead and let him in. Michael will be gutted - his scoring wasn't quite up there tonight and he was struggling a little bit.

"It was great up to a point for me and I felt like I had it done and dusted but then it went wrong - I was struggling to get my darts up but I plodded on and pinched it at the end.

"I'm fighting myself and it's driving me nuts. I had all the time off last year and then I was just getting into it again and we went into lockdown.

"I want to get my game back to where I know it should be and I'm expecting to play like I used to but it's not happening for me at the moment. I'm playing nowhere near what I should be."

A tight opening five legs saw neither player able to break throw before Anderson broke twice as he moved into an 8-3 advantage, defying a 120 finish from Smith with some clinical doubling.

Smith responded strongly with four successive legs, and after the pair traded 12-darters the St Helens man levelled at nine-all.

Anderson, though, fired in a 13-darter to regain the lead before following an earlier 127 checkout with a 128 combination to break for an 11-9 cushion, and he also won the next three to move five clear of his rival.

Smith produced a five-leg burst to turn the game around as he drew level at 14-all, before punishing four missed doubles from the 2018 champion to move ahead for the first time at 15-14.

Anderson took out a pressure 116 to level after Smith missed the bull to move two legs clear, and the Scot then punished another miss as he regained the edge at 16-15.

Smith landed two 180s and finished 81 to level, but Anderson took out 44 and double 18 in the next two to ensure his return to the final.

Van den Bergh's tie with Durrant followed a similar pattern to Friday's quarter-final win over Adrian Lewis as the Belgian eventually took a 17-15 from another tight contest.

Durrant began the match with an outstanding 151 checkout and doubled his lead with a 14-darter, before adding an 11-darter as he moved 3-1 up - only to see the Belgian produce four straight legs to move ahead.

Durrant hit back with a ten-dart leg and a 104 checkout for a 12-darter, but crucially missed a bullseye to level before seeing Van den Bergh move into a 9-5 lead.

Three straight legs cut the gap to one, but Durrant then saw two darts at double 18 to level go begging as Van den Bergh edged away again on double ten, before winning the next two for a 12-8 cushion.

However, Durrant - as he did in the quarter-finals - dug in to find a second wind as he won five of the next six legs to level, including pressure finishes of 76 and 97, before regaining the lead for the first time since leg five at 14-13.

The next two were shared as Durrant edged 15-14 up, but Van den Bergh posted double eight to level, punished his opponent's miss at the bull to regain the lead at 16-15 with another 13-darter before posting double 16 to secure victory.

"It's incredible - I don't think I realise what I've done yet," said the 26-year-old. "I kept digging in and I did the job when I had to do it at the end.

"I know Glen so well so I was nervous right to the end because you expect him to step up at any moment. Tonight he gave me opportunities and those little moments are the ones where I step in.

"I'm so proud to be in the final but I want to win it now. I'm in the final for a reason, and if I manage to win it will not be an upset.

"It's because I've worked hard for it and kept digging in and believing in myself. Tomorrow I will need to be on top of it from the start to the end.

"I think it will work for me that Gary is a fast player because I've played other fast players this week. I'll be ready and I think I have a big chance to be one of those winners who everyone remembers."

Everyone at Unicorn would like to wish both Gary & Dimitri all the very best of luck ahead of what will be a fantastic all Team Unicorn final.

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