Around The Boards: A roundup of all this week’s darting action

Around The Boards is a weekly article that gathers all your latest darting news into one place.

Over the last week we have seen many events take place across the world including Gary Anderson’s recent success at the Champions League of Darts in Brighton and Richard Veenstra complete the double in Bridlington’s British Open and British Classic.

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Champions League of Darts
Gary Anderson clinched his maiden Champions League of Darts title in Brighton after thrashing Peter Wright 11-4 in the final on Sunday evening.
Anderson survived two match darts earlier in the day that could have seen him take an early exit and see Daryl Gurney take his place in the semi-finals, but that wasn’t to be and it was ‘The Flying Scotsman’ who headed back to Burnham-on-Sea with the £100,000 winner’s prize fund.
It was a much needed weekend for Peter Wright after his early exits in both the Premier League and the UK Open as ‘Snakebite’ reached the final at the Brighton Centre following a sensational showing, particularly in the finishing department, against the world number one Michael van Gerwen.
Development Tour
Luke Humphries and George Killington on Saturday in Peterborough after the Development Tour returned following its summer break. It was Humphries’ seventh Development Tour win while Killington doubled his tally after winning his first over four years ago.
Humphries enjoyed wins over Peter Fisher, Mario Portela, Aaron Holdstock, Nathan Rafferty, James O’Toole, Christian Bunse, Joe Davis and Justin Van Tergouw en route to the title.
Killington picked up wins over Alex Jacques, Shane McGuirk, Rhys Hayden, John Brown, Nathan Rafferty, Scott Dale, Geert Nentjes and Germany’s Christian Bunse as he secured the 14th Development Tour title of the year.
Bunse, who has appeared on the European Tour on multiple occasions, managed a quarter-finals and final in a sensational showing throughout the day in Peterborough. The German ace then went into reach another final the following day in Peterborough!
Dimitri van den Bergh clinched his tenth Development Tour title after winning his first three years ago. Van den Bergh defeated Lee Budgen in the final. Budgen was a winner at the last weekend of Development Tour action a few months ago.
Junior Darts Corporation European Open finalist Jarred Cole secured his debut win on the Development Tour following a victory over Germany’s Bunse in the final.
World Grand Prix 
The draw for the World Grand Prix was confirmed last week with defending champion Daryl Gurney taking on John Henderson who ended Michael van Gerwen’s hopes 12 months ago.
Other standout ties include Peter Wright taking on Steve West – who defeated Phil Taylor two years ago in Dublin. Van Gerwen will be taking on home-favourite Steve Lennon while James Wade and Mensur Suljovic battle in out in arguably the game of the first round.
Former finalist Adrian Lewis will face Michael Smith. Smith has had a career best season that has seen him reach the final of Premier League at London’s O2 and win his maiden televised title in Shanghai’s Darts Masters.
World Championship
Karel Sedlacek secured his place at the William Hill World Darts Championship in December following a win over Pal Szekely in the final.
Sedlacek will become the second thrower of Czech Republic descent following Miroslav Navratil’s appearance back in 2008. He will join Diogo Portela, Seigo Asada, Lourence Ilagan, Royden Lam, Jeff Smith, Chuck Puleo and Jim Long as confirmed international qualifiers for the 27th showing of the PDC World Championship.

The revamped tournament will see 96 throwers travel to London with over £2.5 million on offer throughout 28 sessions of darts over the Christmas period.

European Tour
The final European Tour qualification event will take place this evening in Dublin. The likes of John Henderson, Kyle Anderson, Stephen Bunting, Paul Nicholson and John Part will be hoping to seal their place in Gottingen.
Irish throwers of Steve Lennon, Mickey Mansell, Jason Cullen and William O’Connor will all be looking to secure qualification on home soil.

British Darts Organisation 

British Classic 
Laura Turner and Richard Veenstra claimed the titles at Bridlington’s British Classic. It was Turner’s maiden major title on the BDO scene.
Turner produced a stunning showing throughout the duration of the day and enjoyed a 5-1 win over reigning World Champion Lisa Ashton in the final. Her win came just a week after she averaged over 28 in her opening county match.
Veenstra defeated fellow Dutchman Wesley Harms in the final to throw his name into the mix for a spot at the Grand Slam of Darts.
British Open
On Friday evening in Bridlington, Andy Hamilton and Glen Durrant sealed the British Open pair’s title following a 3-0 whitewashing of defending champions Scott Mitchell and Ross Montgomery in the final. In the ladies’ side of proceedings, Danielle Ashton and Tori Kewish took the title.
Richard Veenstra, the winner of Saturday’s British Classic, went all the way to victory once again in Sunday’s British Open. The Dutch ace defeated German sensation Michael Unterbuchner in the final.
In the ladies side of proceedings, Lisa Ashton reigning victorious with a 5-1 win over Fallon Sherrock in a one-sided final. Ashton finished runner-up the previous day in Bridlington so she will be delighted with the outcome on Sunday afternoon.
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