Michael van Gerwen Wins Fourth Straight Dutch Darts Masters

Michael van Gerwen Wins Fourth Straight Dutch Darts Masters

Michael Van Gerwen Wins 4th Dutch Darts Masters

Michael van Gerwen returned to action last weekend and instantly was in familiar territory after claiming his fourth successive Dutch Darts Masters. Playing back in his homeland after taking a month off, Mighty Mike beat English veteran Steve Beaton in a brilliant 6-1 display in Sunday’s final at the MECC in Maastricht.

This was the fourth European Tour title of the year for the world number one who saw off Jeffrey de Zwaan, Kyle Anderson, Daryl Gurney and Michael Smith in route to the final.

Van Gerwen proves too much for Beaton

For 53-year-old Beaton, participation came through the UK qualifiers, where he made the most of things once in Holland. Victories over German youngsters Nico Blum and Martin Schindler, plus impressive wins over third seed Mensur Suljovic and second seed Peter Wright helped the former BDO world number one come close to replicating the golden years.

Alas, the Bronzed Adonis was unable to see off the threat presented by Van Gerwen as the Dutchman’s class shone through immediately, opening up a 2-0 lead courtesy of an 80-dart finish, followed by a 13-darter. A few rounds later, Beaton’s throw was broken by MVG’s 12-darter. That was followed up by a double putting the Dutchman up 5-1 before hitting his third 180 of the night plus a final 77 to record a definitive win.

German Darts betting tips

Michael van Gerwen’s next World Series of Darts circuit appearance will be at the German Darts Masters in Dusseldorf running between the 20th – 21st of October. Also in Germany this weekend, we will see the inaugural German Darts Grand Prix, which will be taking place from September 8-10 in Mannheim.

World Champion Michael van Gerwen will be the hot favourite to win what would be his 12th tournament of the season. At 4/6, he can be picked up at Betway, and there will no better value anywhere else. Certainly, the other darters on the circuit will not be pleased to see the return of Mighty Mike.

UK Open champion Peter Wright should be the closest rival to the Dutchman. Snakebite, this year’s nearly man — who was runner-up in both the Premier League and World Matchplay — is available at 5/1 with Bet365. At 18/1, Dave Chisnall is also well worth a look at Bet365, who are offering the same price for Austria’s Mensur Suljovic.

Next are longshots Michael Smith at 25/1 and a reasonable 40/1 at Bet365 for Simon Whitlock. But it’s likely all chum with a refreshed MVG in the 48-man field who will feel — with more than enough justification — that victory is a near certainty.

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Champions League Of Darts Field Confirmed

Champions League Of Darts Field Confirmed

Phil the Power Taylor Returns for Champion League of Darts

While most players are currently in New Zealand and Australia, next month welcomes the latest major Darts tourney when the Champions League of Darts makes its return to Cardiff. The lineup for the event was recently announced and will be begin in the Welsh capital on 16th of September.

Details of the Unibet Champions League of Darts Lineup

There are no real shocks in the lineup with reigning champion Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor once again involved, allowing him to resume his rivalry with Michael van Gerwen, who will inevitably be the favourite. The pair fell out during last month’s World Matchplay — also won by Taylor — and haven’t attended an event together since.

Also making an appearance in Wales next month will be Raymond van Barneveld, Dave Chisnall and Mensur Suljovic, all of whom will be making their debuts in the Cardiff event. Barney will play in Group A alongside Taylor, MVG and Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis, while Group B will host Chizzy, Suljovic plus Scottish pair Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright and Gary Anderson.

Anderson will be looking for an upturn in form, as the World number two hasn’t posted a very successful season so far. His loss of form was again made apparent last week in Auckland when he went out on day one in an event won by Aussie namesake Kyle Anderson. This weekend, players are in Melbourne with Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson installed as a pre-tournament favourite of 5/2 at bet365. We shall see what shape he is in when the tour resumes in Perth next week.

Much the same can be said for van Barneveld who was eliminated in Melbourne on Friday by 22-year-old Aussie starlet Coady Cadby — available at 8/1 with Betway if you’re speedy.

Back in Cardiff, the BBC have announced a new deal with the PDC to broadcast the event for the next three years following last year’s inaugural BBC-televised tournament from which Taylor emerged victorious.

Following his success in the World Matchplay, Taylor rose to fourth on the PDC Order of Merit leading to his allocation in Group A for this year’s Champions League.

For Welsh fans of Taylor, who is due to retire at the end of the season, the Champions League will provide one last chance to see the 32-time World and Matchplay Champion in competitive action. Prices won’t be available for a week or two yet, so watch this space for more information.

Ante-Post prices up for World Championship

For those needing their Darts betting fix in the meantime, satisfy yourself with early, ante-post prices on the World Championships, which is being held this Christmas. Naturally, Mighty Mike VG is the odds-on favourite at 4/6 although Sky Bet are running a three-year long special on the Dutchman winning the next three Championships, worth 11/4 right now.

Gary Anderson is at 6s and Snakebite at 7s, while Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor has been brought right in to 8’s following his Matchplay success in Blackpool. All these prices are currently available at SkyBet where new customers can enjoy a £20 free bet when they sign-up, deposit and wager £5.

This returning promotion is open to players from all countries but deposits made via Skrill and Neteller are excluded.

Unibet Champions League of Darts field

Group A

Michael van Gerwen
Phil Taylor
Adrian Lewis
Raymond van Barneveld

Group B

Gary Anderson
Peter Wright
Dave Chisnall
Mensur Suljovic

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Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor Wins His 16th Matchplay Title In Final Blackpool Performance

Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor Wins His 16th Matchplay Title In Final Blackpool Performance

Phil Taylor Blackpool Match Play

One more for the road for Phil Taylor as he made his glorious bow before impending retirement.

It was the fairy tale ending we were all hoping it would be in Blackpool last Sunday as the greatest darts player of all time marked his final ever appearance in the great ballroom with a championship win. Matching his World Championship tally, victory landed The Power with his 16th Darts Matchplay win.

It was always the win favoured by romantics, but with Michael van Gerwen the current best in the world and in almost unbeatable form for the past two years, most never truly believed it would happen. In fact, Taylor began his campaign last Sunday as a 20/1 outsider, but this being the Winter Gardens, his favourite stage, there was a certain air of inevitability about how things might turn out.

Taylor grabs the momentum

The big change in momentum came in Wednesday night’s quarter final when the big two met, with MVG being cast aside by The Power in surprising and thrilling display which saw Taylor win 16-6. Mighty Mike has barely put a foot wrong in professional darts over the past two seasons, winning just about everything on the table. Here though, he was clearly overwhelmed by such a fanatical crowd as they cheered their English hero. Van Gerwen, who Taylor had branded “stupid” for using a mobile phone during his game with Simon Whitlock, refused to speak to the media afterwards. No matter.

Stoke legend Taylor has been utterly ruthless and dominant in this North-Western venue over the years, as one of only three competitors who have won the event, first held back in 1994. The other two are Dutch pair MVG and Raymond van Barneveld, and it was the latter who became the second victim of Taylor’s run to the final. Famous old foe Barney, went down 11-3 in a somewhat surprisingly comfortable victory.

Fellow Potter, Adrian Lewis was another to fall at the hands of The Power, losing by 17 legs to 9 in the semi-finals, while Gerwyn Price was shot down 10-5 in Taylor’s opening match a week last Sunday.

A legend cements his legacy

All this eventually led to Sunday night’s dream climax as The Power, walking out for the 107th time at this event, met Snakebite in a battle with Peter Wright that went 18-8 in the Englishman’s favour. Wright, hoping to claim his second career TV title, was all that was standing between him and yet another darts record. He was not up to the challenge.

Taylor, in his Matchplay 17th final, averaged 104.24 as he raced to a speedy two leg lead before winning two of the next four while Snakebite foundered. Just a few legs later, the lead, though trimmed, was still massively in The Power’s favour at 8-6. Taylor went on to win the next four legs to move 12-6 up, before Wright landed himself a brilliant but futile 13-darter. By now, 56-year-old Taylor was just four legs away from his record breaking title.

Wright then started to misfire double upon double, and before long, Taylor had landed his seventh 180 to move within touching distance, before victory was secured and history made courtesy of a double 16 in the last leg to seal his 16th title.

The Power himself summed things up, “It’s lovely, it really is and I’ve loved every minute of it. To win a major at my age is fantastic, and I’ve had a tough week when you look at the draw. I’ll miss this place tremendously. I’ve loved it here since the first time I walked through the door. It’s great to win again and it will go down in history, and I’m delighted for everyone who’s supported me.”

A respectfully upset Snakebite added, “Phil is still the best in the world and he’s showed that this week. I’ve watched Phil demolish other players in finals and I was on the other end of that big stick that he normally bashes everyone with but it was a privilege in his last game here.”

Of course, the ultimate dream would be to sign off at the Ally Pally in January with what would be hi 17th World Championship win. Currently. Taylor’s 9/1 with Sky Bet to do exactly that.

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