Labanauskas and Engström are ready in Austria

The Austrian Darts Open starts today and several big names are present today.

It is time for the fifth tournament on the European Tour as the Austrian Darts Open starts today. The tournament is therefore the first on this year’s European Tour, which is held outside the German borders.

As always, the day offers matches without the seeded players, but that does not mean that the day today becomes boring, because there are up to several really interesting matches among them.

However, the afternoon is barely as full of profiles as the evening session is. The afternoon’s best matches must be said to be Steve Lennon against Jamie Bain, Stephen Bunting against Patrick van den Boogaard and Ross Smith against John Henderson.

In addition, Swedish Johan Engström will also be in the afternoon session when he meets Boris Koltsov in today’s second game.

The afternoon session also offers the other PDC Nordic & Baltic participant, Darius Labanauskas, since the Lithunian have qualified through the European qualification. He has to face Michael Rasztovits.

The evening, on the other hand, becomes a little more interesting. Here, Chris Dobey will face Andrew Gilding before Diogo Portela faces Ryan Searle.

After the Brazilian/English showdown, we find the match, which must be described as today’s biggest match. It is Kim Huybrechts against Nathan Aspinall. The two have previously met each other twice, where it has become a victory for each.

After that match, the evening also offers Raymond van Barneveld against Mark Wilson, Mervyn King against Devon Petersen and Jeffrey de Zwaan against Benjamin Fasching.

All the matches can be seen at PDC.tv from one o’clock. As always, you can also get an overview of today’s matches below:

Schedule of Play
Friday May 3
First Round
Afternoon Session (13.00)    

Conan Whitehead v Keegan Brown
Boris Koltsov v Johan Engstrøm
Jamie Bain v Steve Lennon
Dietmar Burger v Tytus Kanik
Stephen Bunting v Patrick van den Boogaard
Ross Smith v John Henderson
Darius Labanauskas v Michael Rasztovits
Mark Webster v Dirk van Duijvenbode

Evening Session (19.15)
Mark Barilli v Steve Beaton
Andrew Gilding v Chris Dobey
Diogo Portela v Ryan Searle
Kim Huybrechts v Nathan Aspinall
Jamie Hughes v Patrick Tringler
Raymond van Barneveld v Mark Wilson
Mervyn King v Devon Petersen
Jeffrey de Zwaan v Benjamin Fasching

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Six players selected for the World Cup of Darts

Denmark, Finland and Sweden will compete at the World Cup of Darts and the players have been selected.

Just as last year, Denmark, Finland and Sweden will represent the PDC Nordic & Baltic region at the World Cup of Darts in June.

The six players for each nation has been found according to the selection rules. The six players can be seen below:

Denmark
Per Laursen
Niels Heinsøe

Finland
Marko Kantele
Kim Viljanen

Sweden
Dennis Nilsson
Magnus Caris

For Per Laursen, this will be his 9th appearance at the World Cup of Darts, meaning he is still among the small group of players who has participated in every single World Cup. However this will be the first World Cup for Niels Heinsøe.

For the Finnish players, this will be the 5th time Marko Kantele and Kim Viljanen participate together at the World Cup. The two of them have constituted the finnish team since the World Cup in 2015. Marko Kantele did also play at the World Cup in 2010 and 2012.

Dennis Nilsson and Magnus Caris has constituted the Swedish team once before. They did so in 2012. Since then Magnus Caris has participated at the World Cup in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 beside his participation in 2010.
Last year Dennis Nilsson represented Sweden along with Daniel Larsson.

We wish them all the best of luck at the World Cup.

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Darius Labanauskas with best result ever at Players Championship

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Darius Labanauskas reached the semi-final yesterday in the Players Championship 14.

Once again it was time for Players Championshup at Tuesday and Wednesday. As always the PDC Nordic & Baltic region was represented by Darius Labanauskas, Madars Razma and Marko Kantele.

Players Championship 13 at Tuesday was not the best day for the three players. Darius Labanauskas lost already in the first round by 6-4 against Ryan Meikle.

Madars Razma reached the second round and lost in a close match against Mark McGeeney. Mark McGeeney got in front by 5-2, before Madars Razma got himself up on 5-5. Unfortunately Mark McGeeney hit the double first, despite Madars Razma averaged 117,3.

Marko Kantele, just as Darius Labanauskas, lost in the first round, as he lost 6-5 against Christian Kist.

The tournament was won by William O’Connor. It was his first ever win in a PDC-tournament.

At Wednesday Jeffrey de Zwaan won Players Championship 14. In the final he beat Stephen Bunting by 8-2.

Stephen Bunting was the superior of Darius Labanauskas in the semi-final. Darius Labanauskas had never reached a semi-final in the Players Championship before, so this was the best ever result for the Lithuanian in the Players Championship. Before losing against Stephen Bunting in the semi-final, the Lithuanian did beat Mark Webster, Jermaine Wattimena, Toni Alcinas, Brendan Dolan and Harry Ward.
The result means Darius Labanauskas can add another £3000 to the Order of Merit.

Both Madars Razma and Marko Kantele lost in the first round, as they lost against Adam Hunt and Martin Schindler respectively.

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Darius Labanauskas had a good PC-weekend as James Wade dominated

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Darius Labanauskas had a good weekend with the Players Championship 11 and 12.

One more Players Championship weekend has been held. One player stood out, as he won both events. That player was James Wade.

With a 95,97 average at Saturday and a 98,19 average at Sunday, James Wade played some really good dart throughout the weekend.

As it has been the case in the last ten Players Championship events, Madars Razma, Marko Kantele and Darius Labanauskas also participated this weekend.

Marko Kantele had a tough weekend, as he lost in the first round both days. At Players Championship 11 he lost 6-2 against Dave Prins. Marko Kantele averaged 82 in that match. At Sunday he lost 6-1 against Vincent van der Voort, even though he averaged 92,8 in that match. Unfortunately Vincent van der Voort averaged 98,7.

Madars Razma had a little more success at Saturday, as he reached the second round. In the first round he had beaten Michael Barnard by 6-3, before losing 6-1 against Steve West in the second round.

At Sunday Madars Razma lost in the first round, as he faced Glen Durrant. The Englishman won the match by 6-3.

Glen Durrant also became a problem for Darius Labanauskas. Both Saturday and Sunday.

At Saturday Darius Labanauskas won 6-5 against Ted Evetts in the first round and won by the same numbers against Steve Beaton in the second round.
Unfortunately he had to go up against Glen Durrant in the third round, and despite averaging 93,3, the Lithuanian still lost 6-1 as Glen Durrant averaged 103,6.

At Sunday Darius Labanauskas once again lost against Glen Durrant in the third round. And even by 6-1 once again.
Before losing against the Englishman, Darius Labanauskas had beaten Michael Barnard and Ross Smith by 6-1 and 6-3 respectively.

The results of the weekend means Darius Labanauskas now has got himself £5000 for the Order of Merit, only from his results at Player Championship events. Madars Razma have secured himself £4000 and Marko Kantele have secured the very same.

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Marko Kantele did good as Jonny Clayton won Players Championship 10

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Marko Kantele had a really good day at the Players Championship circuit as he reached the top 16.

Jonny Clayton won the 10th Players Championship of 2019 after beating Gabriel Clemens in the final by 8-4. The Welsh played with a good level throughout the entire day, meaning he had the 9th best average in the tournament.

Just as yesterday, the PDC Nordic & Baltic region were represented by Darius Labanauskas, Madars Razma and Marko Kantele.

Darius Labanauskas faced the same destiny as yesterday, as he already lost in the first round. Here he meet Dave Chisnall who won the match by 6-3.

Madars Razma though reached the second round, as he beat Martin Schindler by 6-5 in the first round averaging 99,1.
In the second round he faced Wayne Jones and lost by 6-5 even though he averaged impressing 101,5.

The best story of the day was undoubtedly Marko Kantele. He got all the way to the round of 16, in which he lost against the later winner Jonny Clayton. Clayton won that match by 6-2.

Before the defeat, Marko won against Darren Webster by 6-2, Alan Tabern by 6-4 and Mike van Duivenbode by 6-5.

The result for Marko Kantele also means, that he has secured the most ranking points through the Players Championship events by the three PDCNB-players so far. Thus Marko has secured himself £4000, Madars £3500 and Darius £3000.

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James Wade won Players Championship 9

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James Wade gave himself a good birthday present, as he won Players Championship 9.

Once again it is time for Players Championship this weekend. Today the Players Championship 9 was played, an it was won by James Wade.

The Englishman, who could celebrate his 36th birthday today, averaged 98,61 throughout the entire tournament. On his way to the final he did beat Adrian Lewis in the quarter-final and Scott Baker in the semi-final, before beating Michael Smith by 8-2 in the final.

The PDC Nordic & Baltic was also represented today, as Madars Razma, Marko Kantele and Darius Labanauskas all was among the 128 players.

Unfortunately it was a day without any success for the three of them.

Madars Razma was whitewashed 6-0 by Steve Beaton in the first round. The bronzed Adonis played the game with an incredible 106,1 average.

Marko Kantele also lost in the first round, as he had to face the later finalist Michael Smith. The former Youth World Champion won the match by 6-1 and averaged 103 against Marko Kantele’s 95,5.

Not even Darius Labanauskas managed to get through to the second round, even though he was way more close to it, than Madars Razma and Marko Kantele. The Lithuanian faced Joe Cullen in the first round and even though Darius was up by 1-0, 3-2, 4-3 and 5-4, Joe Cullen still managed to win the match by 6-5. Darius Labanauskas averaged 95,2.

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Daryl Gurney wins the German Darts Championship

Daryl Gurney won his first ever Euro Tour, as he won the German Darts Championship.

Daryl Gurney had never won a Euro Tour before this weekend, but now he has.

In the final of todays tournament, he beat Ricky Evans by 8-6. Before that he had beaten Rob Cross, Stephen Bunting and Adrian Lewis to reach the final.

In the final Daryl Gurney averaged 98,32 against the 97,19 from Ricky Evans.

It is also worth to mention Keegan Brown as one of the big surprises this Sunday. After the win against Michael van Gerwen yesterday, he continued his good run by beating James Wilson and Gerwyn Price. But it all ended in the semfinal, in which he lost 7-3 against Ricky Evans.

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Second day at the German Darts Championship

The German Darts Championship continues today. Unfortunately without Kim Viljanen and Madars Razma.

Kim Viljanen and Madars Razma both had their opportunities yesterday, but it just was not meant to be.

Viljanen started quite well, and got up by 2-0 before Ron Meulenkamp won a leg. The Dutchman equalized the score, but then Kim vent up once again by 3-2. Ron Meulenkamp then won the next three legs, and suddenly he was up by 5-3.
Kim Viljanen won the next leg, but he could not break Meulenkamp’s throw in the next leg, and therefore the Dutchman won by 6-4.
Actually Kim Viljanen averaged a lot better than Ron Meulenkamp, but the Dutchman was really good at the doubles and that became decisive.

Madars Razma was really close to making a great comeback against Keegan Brown. Madars was down by 4-1, but slowly he managed to catch up to the Englishman, even though Keegan Brown also being up by 5-2.
Madars Razma managed to equalize the score into 5-5. Unfortunately he started the 11th leg quite poor, and therefore Keegan got away. But suddenly Madars made a fantastic 180 and got himself down to 72. But that did not shake Keegan Brown, who just checked out 112 and won the match by 6-5.

Therefore there will be no players from the PDC Nordic & Baltic region today in the tournament.

But it is still quite a interesting program today. All the big names will come into the tournament, and that means we will have matches such as Darren Webster against Luke Humphries, Stephen Bunting against Dimitri van den Bergh, Mensur Suljovic against Ricky Evans and Dave Chisnall against Mervyn King.

Of course we will also see Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross and Peter Wright in action.

You can see the full program of the day below:

Saturday March 30
Second Round
Afternoon Session (1300)

Darren Webster v Luke Humphries
Ian White v Jamie Hughes
James Wade v Boris Koltsov
Jonny Clayton v Simon Stevenson
Adrian Lewis v Kevin Knopf
Jermaine Wattimena v Steffen Siepmann
Gerwyn Price v Mark Dudbridge
James Wilson v Mario Robbe

Evening Session (1915)
Daryl Gurney v Andy Boulton
Joe Cullen v Nathan Aspinall
Rob Cross v Ron Meulenkamp
Peter Wright v Andrew Gilding
Stephen Bunting v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Mensur Suljovic v Ricky Evans
Michael van Gerwen v Keegan Brown
Dave Chisnall v Mervyn King

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German Darts Championship starts today – Viljanen and Razma are up for it

Both Kim Viljanen and Madars Razma will participate today in Germany as German Darts Championship starts.

The second European Tour starts today, as the German Darts Championship will be held this weekend.

Today 32 players will be in action, and amongst them we find Kim Viljanen and Madars Razma.

Kim Viljanen will go up against Ron Meulenkamp in the afternoon session. Madars Razma will face Keegan Brown in the evening session. Should both players win, the draw has not been made easy for the two of them in the second round.
Kim Viljanen will have to meet Rob Cross and Madars Razma will have to meet Michael van Gerwen.

Besides the two players from the PDC Nordic & Baltic region, we will also see names as Luke Humphries, Ricky Evans, Robert Thornton, Mervyn King, Dimitri van den Bergh and Nathan Aspinall in action.

It is interesting to notice, that Ricky Evans and Robert Thornton will go up against each other today. This may be the most profilic match today.

You can follow all the matches on PDC.tv from one o’clock.


Friday March 29
First Round
Afternoon Session (1300)

Dave Prins v Simon Stevenson
Martin Atkins (Leeds) v Luke Humphries
Ricky Evans v Robert Thornton
Jyhan Artut v Boris Koltsov
Mike De Decker v Andrew Gilding
Kevin Knopf v Scott Taylor
Ron Meulenkamp v Kim Viljanen
Josh Payne v Andy Boulton

Evening Session (1915)
Tytus Kanik v Jamie Hughes
Keegan Brown v Madars Razma
Steffen Siepmann v Mickey Mansell
Diogo Portela v Mervyn King
Maik Langendorf v Mario Robbe
Mark Dudbridge v Gabriel Clemens
Steve Beaton v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Mike Holz v Nathan Aspinall

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Michael van Gerwen wins European Darts Open

Michael van Gerwen won yet another title when he won the European Darts Open this evening.

Michael van Gerwen won eight tournaments on the European Tour last year. This evening he secured the first in 2019 when he beat Rob Cross in the final.

Michael van Gerwen started the day by beating Jermaine Wattimena 6-0. It took him barely ten minutes to accomplish this.

Then he faced Gerwyn Price in the quarter-finals, where he won 6-5 after a match with an incredibly good level, where both players averaged ​​above 100.

In the semi-finals, it was Mensur Suljovic, who was on tour, and here it became a 7-5 victory for the Dutchman.

In the final he had to face Rob Cross, who had beaten Jonny Clayton, Justin Pipe and Peter Wright to reach the final.

The final was a really close affair, where Michael van Gerwen in the end could pull out with a 8-6 victory, even though Rob Cross was ahead by 4-3 along the way.

Thus, the hunt for yet another great European season has started for Michael van Gerwen.

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