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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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Dobey and White progress in Dublin

Wednesday, 9 October 2019 09:26:08 Europe/London

Team Unicorn star Chris Dobey, has reached his third televised quarter-final with a superb 3-1 victory over two-time World Champion and stablemate Gary Anderson.

The Scot, a former Dublin finalist, defied a showpiece 134 checkout from Dobey to claim the opening set 3-2, only to see the Newcastle youngster come from 2-1 down to level in the second.

Dobey then finished 90, 60 and 110 to win the third without reply, before securing his last eight place by claiming set four with a 3-1 scoreline.

"I think my overall performance was pretty good and I'm delighted to have won," said Dobey. "I knew I had the game to beat Gary and I had to keep my cool, and it's up there with my best performances on stage.

"It means a lot to me. This is a great competition to be in and I like the double-start format - I think it suits my game. I'm not here to make the numbers up, I'm in it to win it but I'm not going to look any further forward than the next game."

Ian White won through to his first World Grand Prix quarter-final since 2015 with a 3-1 win over Michael Smith in another all Team Unicorn clash. Smith continued his record of failing to win past the last 16 in Dublin.

White led 2-1 early on, only to miss his chance to close out the set as Smith capitalised on two missed doubles with a 14-darter before winning the deciding leg on double ten.

White, though, opened set two with a 12-darter to spark a run of seven successive legs as he moved into a 2-1 lead in the game and also took the advantage in set four.

Smith hit back to win two of the next three as he saved the set, but the fightback was brief as tops sealed White's spot in the last eight.

"I'm delighted to win but it was hard work," said White. "Michael's my practice partner and a close friend so it's hard playing someone you know so well.

"I thought I could have won the first set, but I kept myself focused and not many players win seven legs in a row against Michael Smith.

"I wanted to get towards the latter stages to give myself a chance and I'm glad I'm still going. It's coming up to the end of the year so every major tournament is big and I want to prove to everyone that I can play up there."

White will now play Dobey in a further all Team Unicorn shoot out for a place in the Semi-Finals on Thursday evening in Dublin.

Elsewhere from a Unicorn perspective, James Wade the 2007 and 2010 winner at the Citywest Convention Centre fell to a 3-1 defeat to Mervyn King and Dutch star Jeffrey de Zwaan was defeated 3-0 by World no.1 Michael van Gerwen.

Mervyn King 3-1 James Wade (2-3, 3-2, 3-1, 3-0)

Ian White 3-1 Michael Smith (2-3, 3-0, 3-0, 3-2)

Michael van Gerwen 3-0 Jeffrey de Zwaan (3-0, 3-1, 3-1)

Chris Dobey 3-1 Gary Anderson (2-3, 3-2, 3-0, 3-1)

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Classy Rydz seals the deal!

Monday, 30 September 2019 08:42:01 Europe/London

Talented Team Unicorn star Callan Rydz has topped the 2019 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour Order of Merit, which has earned him a coveted two-year Tour Card aswell as a prized spot in the William Hill World Darts Championship later this year.

Event 18 in Wigan, saw Newcastle-based Rydz, 21, collect his second Challenge Tour title of the year, as he moved to the top of the rankings on Saturday evening, but had to wait nervously towards the conclusion of the weekends action before his double success was confirmed, after reaching the Event 19 semi-finals earlier on Sunday.

In the aforementioned Event 18, Rydz overcame four-time Lakeside Women's Champion Lisa Ashton as well as former UK Open finalist Wes Newton, John Bowles, Andrew Gilding and Aden Kirk before enjoying a 5-1 win over Cody Harris in the final.

Rydz who only joined the ranks at Unicorn a matter of months ago is unsurprisingly delighted with his achievement "I'm absolutely chuffed to win the Challenge Tour and secure my place at the Ally Pally. None of this would be possible without the support, belief and patience shown in me by all of the guys at Unicorn. They truly are the best".

Due to his Challenge Tour success, Rydz has already been making himself known amongst the games elite players, with a run to the Quarter-Finals of the main Pro Tour back in June and a very recent scalp of Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld.

The final Challenge Tour Order of Merit saw Rydz collect £6,750 during the year, ahead of Jesus Noguera (£6,050), as the Spanish player also collects a two-year PDC Tour Card.

Elsewhere for Team Unicorn, Scottish star Cameron Menzies (£5,800) came agonisingly close to also securing a tour card, as he finished in 3rd place on the Order of Merit, earning free entry to the 2020 PDC Qualifying School & a spot at the UK Open in Minehead for his efforts.

Callan is pictured above alongside PDPA Chairman Peter Manley in Wigan.

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Team Unicorn set for Dublin

Monday, 23 September 2019 16:24:39 Europe/London

The field has been confirmed for the 2019 BoyleSports World Grand Prix, with two Team Unicorn youngsters set to make their Dublin debuts in October.

The double-start tournament will return to the Citywest Convention Centre from October 6-12.

Following Sunday's Players Championship 26, the line-up has now been confirmed with the top eight players on the PDC Order of Merit seeded for the event.

Double World Youth Champion Dimitri Van den Bergh will make his World Grand Prix debut, alongside Chris Dobey, in a line-up that that will feature NINE Team Unicorn stars.

Former finalist Gary Anderson will be the fourth seed, World Championship finalist Michael Smith seeded fifth, with 2007 & 2010 event winner James Wade seeded eighth.

PDC Order of Merit qualifiers & 2019 European Tour event winners Ian White and Joe Cullen will be looking to make their mark at this years tournament along with Dutch sensation Jeffrey de Zwaan, who landed a 9-dart finish during the Players Championship events in Barnsley at the weekend and also Keegan Brown, who will be aiming to continue his impressive form in Dublin.

With a record £450,000 in prize money to play for, the action will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

The draw for the 2019 BoyleSports World Grand Prix will take place on Friday September 27th.

PDC Order of Merit Qualifiers (Seeding in brackets)

(1) Michael van Gerwen, (2) Rob Cross, (3) Daryl Gurney, (4) Gary Anderson, (5) Michael Smith, (6) Gerwyn Price, (7) Peter Wright, (8) James Wade, Mensur Suljovic, Ian White, Dave Chisnall, Simon Whitlock, Nathan Aspinall, Jonny Clayton, Adrian Lewis, Joe Cullen.

ProTour Order of Merit Qualifiers

Krzysztof Ratajski, Glen Durrant, Jermaine Wattimena, Jamie Hughes, Jeffrey de Zwaan, Ricky Evans, Steve Beaton, Keegan Brown, Chris Dobey, Stephen Bunting, Danny Noppert, Max Hopp, John Henderson, Vincent van der Voort, Mervyn King, Dimitri Van den Bergh.

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Wade claims PC24 title

Thursday, 12 September 2019 08:48:09 Europe/London

Team Unicorn star James Wade won his fifth PDC title of the year at Players Championship 24 in Barnsley on Wednesday.

Wade, whose four previous wins in 2019 also came at Players Championship events, continued his consistent floor form to pocket yet another £10,000 top prize.

The final between Wade and Chisnall saw a meeting of two players who were yet to lose a ranking final this year, but it was Wade who prevailed to maintain his unbeaten record.

"It was a nerve-wracking final," Wade admitted.

"I thought I was going to have it over and done with a lot quicker than I did but it's onwards and upwards from here."

A slow start to the final from Danish Darts Open champion Chisnall was punished by Wade, who took out 76 to break throw in the opening leg, before finding double one in leg three for a second break of throw.

From there, Wade maintained his commanding position with holds of throw, while Chisnall needed to take out a magnificent 126 finish on the bull to hold throw at 5-2.

Another three holds of throw followed, as Wade went within a leg of the match at 7-3, before Chisnall held and then took out 98 in two darts for a first break of throw to stay alive at 7-5.

Chisnall then inadvertently left 14 but made no mistake on double seven to go within a leg of Wade for the first time, only for Wade to find his favourite double ten with his last dart in hand for an 82 checkout to seal victory.

Wade, who will defend his Unibet European Championship title in Germany next month, began the day with wins over Marko Kantele, Jonathan Worsley and James Richardson.

The world number eight then produced his best performance of the day against Raymond van Barneveld, averaging 105 to seal his path to the quarter-finals where he edged past Jermaine Wattimena 6-5.

Wade then ended the dream run of Scott Taylor, who reached his second ProTour semi-final despite entering the tournament as a late replacement for Michael van Gerwen.

The 2019 ProTour campaign continues with the International Darts Open in Riesa from September 13-15.

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