Nine complete Euro Tour double qualification
Nine UK-based players completed a qualification double on a vital day of action at Robin Park in Wigan. 89 players were vying for 18 spots in the European Tour events in both Prague and Vienna; the former taking place next week and acting as the final event before the cut-off for World Matchplay places.
That meant that Kyle Anderson, Ross Smith, Keegan Brown, Ryan Searle and James Wilson were amongst the places desperate to book their ticket to the Czech Darts Open. That quintet seemed to feel the pressure, and as a result only Brown qualified for both tournaments, while Anderson, Smith and Wilson had to settle for a spot in Vienna. Crucially, though, that event takes place later in the year so has no bearing on this year’s World Matchplay.
That means those players’ hopes of qualifying for Blackpool hang in the balance, along with Ryan Searle, who failed to make it to either event. Keegan Brown’s double was complemented by perfect afternoons from Stephen Bunting, Chris Dobey, William O’Connor, Brendan Dolan, Justin Pipe, Corey Cadby, Jamie Hughes and Ted Evetts. Perhaps the most eye-catching name there, Cadby, had failed to qualify for a single Euro Tour until now, but saw off good friend Glen Durrant in the final of the ET10 qualifier to seal a dream campaign.
‘Duzza’ did manage to qualify for Prague, alongside the likes of Mervyn King, John Henderson, Steve West, and Brendan Dolan. Meanwhile, Robert Thornton’s resurgence continued as he booked a spot in the Czech Republic, Devon Petersen continued his stunning form with a convincing progression, Andrew Gilding qualified for his second European Tour of the year, and Kevin Garcia sealed his debut on the circuit. William Borland also booked a rare Euro Tour outing.
Those qualifiers had a quick turnaround to get ready for the Austrian Darts Championship qualifier. The final tournament in Vienna takes place from 30 August to 1 September, and amongst the notable names set to make an appearance in Austria are Kyle Anderson, Mark Webster, Josh Payne and James Wilson. Luke Humphries seems to be recovering well from his well-publicised mental health issues, and overcame Harry Ward and Simon Stevenson to seal his place at ET10.
Cameron Menzies qualified for his first European Tour of 2019, while Gavin Carlin booked his second appearance and Ross Smith sealed a vital qualification with a strong possibility of a berth at the European Championship for ‘Smudger’. Finally, former world finalist Kirk Shepherd made the final day of a Euro Tour for the first time last weekend and will look to repeat the feat in Vienna after he saw off Ryan Searle and George Killington.
Czech Darts Open (ET9)
Glen Durrant 6-0 Matt Clark
Mervyn King 6-4 Shaun Carroll
Stephen Bunting 6-5 Carl Wilkinson
Chris Dobey 6-4 Matthew Dennant
John Henderson 6-3 Gavin Carlin
William O’Connor 6-4 Matthew Edgar
Andrew Gilding 6-3 Jamie Bain
Keegan Brown 6-3 Peter Hudson
Steve West 6-5 Scott Baker
Ted Evetts 6-4 Luke Humphries
Ryan Searle 2-6 Corey Cadby
Ross Smith 2-6 Devon Petersen
Ryan Joyce 3-6 Justin Pipe
Cameron Menzies 4-6 Kevin Garcia
Jamie Hughes 6-4 James Richardson
Robert Thornton 6-5 Mickey Mansell
William Borland 6-1 Andy Chalmers
Brendan Dolan 6-1 David Pallett
UK Qualifiers: Glen Durrant, Mervyn King, Stephen Bunting, Chris Dobey, John Henderson, William O’Connor, Andrew Gilding, Keegan Brown, Steve West, Ted Evetts, Corey Cadby, Devon Petersen, Justin Pipe, Kevin Garcia, Jamie Hughes, Robert Thornton, William Borland, Brendan Dolan
Austrian Darts Championship (ET10)
Glen Durrant 3-6 Corey Cadby
Mervyn King 2-6 Ted Evetts
Stephen Bunting 6-2 Wayne Jones
Chris Dobey 6-4 Darren Beveridge
John Henderson 2-6 Gavin Carlin
William O’Connor 6-3 Devon Petersen
James Wilson 6-0 Eddie Dootson
Keegan Brown 6-1 Richard North
Steve West 2-6 Cameron Menzies
Kyle Anderson 6-5 Andy Chalmers
Kirk Shepherd 6-5 George Killington
Ross Smith 6-1 Mark McGeeney
Ryan Joyce 4-6 Justin Pipe
Steve Lennon 0-6 Jamie Hughes
Josh Payne 6-3 Mark Dudbridge
Conan Whitehead 0-6 Mark Webster
Luke Humphries 6-5 Simon Stevenson
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Alan Norris
UK Qualifiers: Corey Cadby, Ted Evetts, Stephen Bunting, Chris Dobey, Gavin Carlin, William O’Connor, James Wilson, Keegan Brown, Cameron Menzies, Kyle Anderson, Kirk Shepherd, Ross Smith, Justin Pipe, Jamie Hughes, Josh Payne, Mark Webster, Luke Humphries, Brendan Dolan