CDC Championship League: Lauby whitewashes Butler as Campbell and Long win
Danny Lauby whitewashed the first ever World Matchplay champion Larry Butler as the CDC Championship League commenced.
The CDC Championship League consists of online league play contested remotely, bringing viewers inside the homes of North America’s elite darts talent.
Established in order to provide supporters of the CDC with top class entertainment amid a time of little to no sporting action, the league consists of two divisions in its early stages with players from America and Canada being separated.
The two then eventually merge together, in a format similar to that of the renowned Unibet Premier League – which is broadcasted across the world.
Danny Lauby and Larry Butler lifted the curtain on the new initiative on Monday, with the former running out an emphatic 8-0 winner.
Lauby, whose father competed in both the World Championship and World Matchplay over 20 years ago, sealed the victory with a 105 checkout, pinned three maximums and recorded an 84.1 average in his opener.
Also in the American division, Gary Mawson overcame last year’s BDO World Trophy quarter-finalist Joe Chaney, while Jeremiah Millar – who claimed his maiden CDC title last year – defeated Nick Linberg in his opening match.
Elsewhere, Canadian World Championship qualifiers Jim Long and Matt Campbell both secured winning starts with wins over Shawn Brenneman and Kerry Way respectively.
Brenneman led 4-2 against Ontario-based Long, but the latter battled back from behind, reeling off six legs in succession and pinning a 112 finish to prevail.
The relatively unknown Way held his worth against the reigning Tri-City Open champion, though, experience pulled Campbell through as he punished squandered opportunities on the outer ring from the former Canadian Open semi-finalist.
Kiley Edmunds, the former World Masters quarter-finalist, was also amongst the winners in the Canadian division as he narrowly defeated the inaugural CDC Evolution Tour winner Keifer Durham.
In a match which saw both players hit ton-plus checkouts, it was Edmunds who proved slightly more clinical in the doubling department, with 17 misses on the outer ring costing the youngster, Durham.
The CDC Championship League resumes on Monday in North America, with selected matches being streamed via Championship Darts Circuit on Facebook.
Ross Snook and Chuck Puleo will commence their campaigns in replace of Matt Campbell and Joe Chaney as each player is handed one weeks rest throughout the league phase.
CDC CHAMPIONSHIP LEAGUE
Monday April 6 – Saturday April 11
Danny Lauby 8-0 Larry Butler (USA)
Matt Campbell 8-4 Kerry Way (CAN)
Jim Long 8-4 Shawn Brenneman (CAN)
Kiley Edmunds 8-6 Keifer Durham (CAN)
Gary Mawson 8-6 Joe Chaney (USA)
Jeremiah Millar 8-6 Nick Linberg (USA)
Monday April 13 – Thursday April 16
Nick Linberg v Chuck Puleo (USA)
Jim Long v Kiley Edmunds (CAN)
Keifer Durham v Ross Snook (CAN)
Danny Lauby v Gary Mawson (USA)
Larry Butler v Jeremiah Millar (USA)
Shawn Brenneman v Kerry Way (CAN)
Best of 14 legs
(Photography: Championship Darts Circuit)