Phil Taylor took another title in Australia winning the Melbourne Open Title by beating Scotsman Peter Wright. After blitzing home favourite Simon Whitlock in the Semi-Final Taylor went in odds on but after five holds of throw to start, it was Wright who struck first, Taylor missed double 19 with Wright on 81 and he took it out to earn the first break of throw and a 4-2 lead.
Taylor then hit back with a series of power legs to take six of the next seven legs and an 8-5 lead. Wright held in the next then hit a double-double finish with two double 18’s to break back and then hold to level at 8-8. Wright would not take another leg though, Taylor broke again then took out a 112 finish in leg 18 to take a 10-8 lead and go one away.
Wright was beaten at this point and Taylor broke again to take the match 11-8. Taylor has only lost once in Australia in a happy hunting ground. He will try and double up next week and make it an Australian Double as the tour heads out west to Perth.
Players Championship Final Round 17 – K Anderson v Painter
Kyle Anderson claimed a maiden title in the 17th Round of the Players Championship in Barnsley. He faced Kevin Painter in the final who was in his first main circuit tournament final for four years. Anderson began with a bang taking out 148 to break in the first leg and then went on to claim another break to take a 3-0 lead.
Anderson then held again and went one away from a whitewash missing the third dart in an attempt to take out another 148 but was able to return and hit double 14 with his next dart. Painter avoided a whitewash by finishing off an impressive 128 to put himself finally on the board. He held to make it 5-2 and prolong the contest but that was as far it it went as Anderson won the eighth leg to wrap up the 6-2 victory over The Artist.
It ended the perfect day for the Australian who earlier in the day hit a perfect nine dart finish in he last 16 in his win against Ronny Huybrechts.
Player Championship Final Round 18 – Chisnall v North
It was third time lucky in 2017 for Dave Chisnall who claimed his first tour title of 2017 in Round 18 of the Players Championship. Having lost two finals this year experience was the key as he faced Swindon’s Richard North. North had never been in a final before but showed few nerves as he moved into a 3-1 lead early on.
Chisnall broke back with a 107 checkout to make it 3-3 and then held twice more to move within one of the title at 5-4. North was not done however and took the match all the way with a brilliant 144 finish under pressure. North had a finish to win it but could not take out 155, allowing Chisnall in to hit double 10 for the victory.
The tour moves down under next for tournaments in Australia and New Zealand.
PDC World Matchplay Final in Blackpool – Taylor v Wright
Phil Taylor rolled back the years to take a 16th World Matchplay title. He thrashed world number 1 Michael van Gerwin earlier in the week and after easing past Adrian Lewis in the Semi Final he faced Peter Wright, who had come through a close semi of his own against Daryl Gurney to get here. Taylor had the better of the opening exchanges taking a 4-2 lead.
Wright finished a 100 with two double tops to close to one but then Taylor went on a tare of four straight legs to take a huge 8-3 lead. Wright would not buckle through taking three on the spin to close to to 8-6 but that would be as close as he got. Taylor took the next four to move to 12-6 and Wright would win only two more legs as Taylor with a 104 average completed his vintage performance tow in 18-8 and claim another major in what he says will be his final year of touring.
Could ‘The Power’ finish with another World Title? on this form, he just might.
In a week of surprises Alan Norris continued his fine form after his win at the Players Championship last week to reach the Semi-Final, Gerwyn Price reached his first final, but the title went to the best player of the tournament, Scotland’s Peter Wright who having been beaten in this event for the last two years, too his first major title.
Two ton plus checkouts saw Wright take an early 3-0 lead over Welshman Price. Maintaining a 100 average through, Wright raced into a 7-2 lead before Price his a run of four out of five to close to 8-6. Wright broke to take a three leg advantage with a key 86 checkout and then took control to take the next to to complete the 11-6 victory, and a title he has been so close to for so long.
Alan Norris and peter Jacques were the surprise finalists in the first round of the Players Championship in the Saturday tournament. Jacques a postman from Huddersfield, does not even have a tour card but had a wonderful run, but his luck ran out in the final. Norris hit a 180 with his first throw and took the lead with a 13 dart finish. He then took the next two legs before Jacques finally got on the board. Norris recovered however to take the next three with finished of 72 and 74 to take the win 6-1 and get off to a flying start in the overall standings.
Gary Anderson took his first ranking title of the year winning round 2 of the Players Championship in Barnsley. Facing fellow Scotsman Peter Wright in the final, he punished Wright for missing a double in the first leg and then raced away to a 4-0 lead. A 76 finish saw Wright get on the board but Anderson hit his third 180 and an 11 darter to hit straight back, going on to win the next to complete a 6-1 victory. Anderson has had a solid start to the season but this is his first ranking title, the first of many on this form.
Mighty Mike marches on to win third straight Masters title
Newly crowned World Champion Michael Van Gerwin has added the UK Masters again to his collection. In a rematch of the World final he again got the better of Scotsman Gary Anderson in Milton Keynes. Van Gerwin set the tone from the off with a 177 and broke straight away to take the first two legs. Anderson kept in touch at 6-4 but Van Gerwin then broke again taking three of the next five legs to take a 9-6 lead. The next two were shared to put Van Gerwin one away. In the 18th leg Anderson had chances but missed doubles allowing the Dutchman to finish it off with a 121 finish averaging a huge 109. On this form it will be a long year for Van Gerwin’s opponents.
BDO Darts World Championship Final – Durrant v Noppert
BDO title heads to Teeside after impressive win for Durrant
Glen Durrant is the new BDO World Darts champion after a 7-3 win against Dutchman Danny Noppert. Noppert broke in the third set to lead 2-1 early on but Durrant hit back by taking the next two. Noppert held his throw to hold onto the sixth set to level but from then on Durrant took control. He took the next three sets with ease to lead 6-3 as Noppert’s confidence appeared to drain. Durrant was given a fight in the tenth set as he was broken twice in the set but he broke straight back both time and held his throw in the decider to complete a 7-3 with with an average of just over 93 and 12 maximum 180’s. He said afterwards his inspiration was watching the legendary final between Eric Bristow and Jocky Wilson, Durrant joins those great names on the BDO trophy as he takes it north to Teeside.