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Which players could make it in 2007

2007 – who will break through and who will drop out? Players come and players go. It’s a fickle and often cruel game and one where if you stand still you go backwards. Any ranking system, be it on points or money, has to be based over a period of […]

World Championship Review – Day 10

Taylor and Barney each won their semi finals 6-0, dropping just nine legs between them. Enough said. They are head and shoulders above the rest at the moment and clash head on in the final that all the neutrals wanted. It will be the most eagerly anticipated final of recent […]

World Championship Review – Day 9

More high drama on quarter finals day saw Andy Jenkins come from behind to beat Colin Osborne, and Andy Hamilton hold off another spirited fightback from Terry Jenkins to book his place in the semis. Hamilton will now take on Phil Taylor while Jenkins will tackle Raymond van Barneveld after […]

World Championship Review – Day 8

We will leave Chris Mason until last. Before the evening shenanigans there were some great games and minor upsets with Darren Webster, Colin Osborne and Andy Jenkins all going through to the quarter finals. Webster progressed at the expense of Wynand Havenga and looks to have come to terms with […]

World Championship Review – Day 7

Dennis Priestley completed one of the greatest comebacks while James Wade and Roland Scholten stared defeat in the face before holding their nerve to progress. Priestley was overcome with emotion after watching Per Laursen miss several doubles for the match. He was 3-1 down but rode some almighty luck to […]

World Championship Review – Day 6

Phil Taylor showed that Christmas Day practice sessions pay off with a mind boggling performance to put out the man many thought could cause a big upset. Mick McGowan averaged 101.9 and took a battering from the unstoppable machine that is Taylor. He averaged 109 and hit 50% of his […]

World Championship Review – Day 5

Peter Manley, John Part and Colin Lloyd all departed on day five in quite different ways. Manley was taken out by Havenga after a disastrous start saw him 3-0 down. He fought back well to force a deciding leg but couldn’t keep the resurgence going and Havenga held his nerve […]

World Championship Review – Day 4

Colin Osborne provided the shock of day four in ousting number 13 seed Kevin Painter in a scintillating performance. Painter, finalist in 2004, battled hard but couldn’t get his nose in front and Osborne deservedly booked his place in round two. He hit seven 180’s and looked cool on stage […]

World Championship Review – Day 3

We should be getting used to these upsets by now but I’m sure very few outside The Cave would have predicted Wayne Mardle going out to Alan Caves last night. Semi finalist for the last three years, Mardle had high hopes of going one better. Instead he will be skulking […]

World Championship Review – Day 2

Day two almost mirrored day one with the results producing shocks in the afternoon and more expected winner in the evening. More seeds have fallen by the wayside and parts of the draw have opened right up. There will be many players waking up this morning to realise they are […]

World Championship Review – Day 1

Day One got off to a great start with a cracking match and the first shock – Adrian Gray beating Ronnie Baxter 3-2. Has this game set the tone for the rest of the tournament? Was it actually that big a shock? Well on this afternoon’s evidence the seeds are […]

World Championship 2007 – Preview

Where has 2006 gone? It doesn’t seem like yesterday since I was watching Adrian Lewis storm off the Purfleet stage in protest at Peter Manley’s gamesmanship. It worked for ‘One Dart’ who went on to the final only to be annihilated 7-0 by Phil Taylor in a little sweet revenge […]

World Championship 2007 – Schedule of Play

Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship – Schedule of Play Tickets, priced at £15, are still available for the first round, and can be bought from the Circus Tavern Box Office on 01708 864001 or 01708 867271. FIRST ROUND – Monday 18th December 2006 1pm – Ronnie Baxter v Adrian Gray 2pm […]

The PDC Order of Merit – what does it mean for 2007?

The Order of Merit – what does it mean for 2007? The new system itself is not actually much different from the current rankings system. The time period in which standings are totalled is the same – 2 years. It still based on the same tournaments. The tournaments are categorised […]

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World Grand Prix 06 Review

So the annual PDC jaunt to the Emerald Isle is over for another year and it’s another year where both the expected and the unexpected happened. And we expected both. By this I mean we always expect the unexpected at this tournament, but we also expect Phil Taylor to win. […]

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World Grand Prix 06 Preview

Double start + short format = shocks and upsets. That’s my formula for this tournament, one that many players openly declare is not exactly their favourite. Along with the Desert Classic where early starts and the short format throw up many an upset, this is an event that the established […]

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Dennis ‘The Menace’ Priestley – Interview

We spoke to Dennis in September 2006 to ask him about his Premier League chances amongst other things. You’re still going strong Dennis and right in the mix for those precious Premier League places. Are you confident of making it? If I can perform in the run up to and […]

World Matchplay 06 Review

Day 7 Results (Final) Phil Taylor beat James Wade 18-11 You just get the feeling that it was never in doubt. Since he burst onto the scene, has Phil Taylor ever gone three majors without lifting the trophy? I doubt it. All week he has raised his game when he’s […]

World Matchplay 06 Preview

Day 7 Evening Matches (Final) Phil Taylor v James Wade Dreamland for Wade and he has nothing to lose. Taylor has produced just enough in the last two matches to reach yet another major final. Looking for his eighth title here, it will take some Herculean darts for Wade to […]

World Matchplay 06 Schedule

Schedule Of Play – First Round Phil Taylor (1) v Bob Anderson John Part (16) v Wes Newton Dennis Priestley (8) v Alan Tabern Mark Dudbridge (9) v Alex Roy Wayne Mardle (5) v Steve Hine Terry Jenkins (12) v Lionel Sams Peter Manley (4) v Andy Hamilton Adrian Lewis […]