Nov 17 2014

BDO To Vote on Removing 365 Day Ban?

I’ve seen that the BDO head honcho’s may be seeing sense and are going to allow a vote to remove the current 365 day ban on darts players who attempt PDC Q School, or even also take part in the PDC youth and challenge tours.   That would allow current BDO players to try to gain a PDC tour card, then also play on the PDC 2nd tour, and continue to take part in BDO sanctioned events.

I think this can only be good – allowing those who just want to play darts, and as much darts as they can, to do so, free from politics.  This is much closer to the BDO’s aim of “Darts for All”.  It will now only be PDC full tour card holders (128 players) who will still not be allowed to take part in BDO events.

Good on the BDO if it’s true – and I hope the counties vote to make this modernising move – please take some of the petty politics out of our game!

From a source on Facebook:

“At the BDO Meeting today some interesting news came out for all Counties to discuss with their membership.
The current 365 day rule which prevents any member of a Darts Body not recognised by the BDO from the event.
They have now as a board decided to propose lifting this ban on any player albeit the 128 Tour Card Holders.
This is a rule that comes from an actual PDC/PDPA Contract.
This as a County we find very encouraging as you all know we have been big advocates of PDC Participation
since we have had many amongst the Tour..
As a result of this proposed ruling any player that goes to Q School in January and does not gain a 128 Tour Card
they will be eligible to play in the challenge tour/ youth tour and also enter any event organised by the BDO
i.e. BDO Gold Cup/ Winmau World Masters/ Lakeside and also all opens organised by Counties.
Myself Brian and Les as Executives are very encouraged by this news as I am sure many of our players will also.
We now wish that all members receiving this email please state yes or no to the proposal.
Please do reply to this email as it affects us directly now and in the future.
This is a copy of the Email I have sent out today to all members.”

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Aug 07 2014



BBC Two is launching a brand new pro-celebrity darts show: Let’s Play Darts for Comic Relief.

Coverage of this special event will be broadcast across an entire week on the channel and will feature the biggest names from the world of BDO darts joining forces with the nation’s favourite comedians and celebrities for a very special knockout competition, all in aid of Comic Relief.

Across two days of action, our darts and comedy stars will battle it out in a winner takes all, knockout tournament held at Lakeside, Frimley Green.

You’ll see superstar players from the BDO including Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams, Bobby George, Andy Fordham, Ted ‘The Count’ Hankey, Deta ‘The Dark Destroyer’ Hedman, Anastasia Dobromyslova, Darryl ‘The Dazzler’ Fitton and Richie George PLUS celebrity players including Lee Mack, Bob Mortimer, Sean Lock and Richard Osman from the BBC’s Pointless with many more to be confirmed. The event is hosted by Gabby Logan and she’ll be joined by many extra special guests on the day.

There’ll be top notch sport full of genuine tension and competition PLUS big laughs and all the excitement you’d expect at a World Championship tournament, including a prize for the best fancy dress costume.

Book your tickets now for the biggest and funniest tournament the world of darts has ever seen and help raise money for Comic Relief.

Tickets are available via, Ticket prices:

Day 1     Standard £15     Premium £25

Day 2     Standard £20     Premium £30

All net proceeds from ticket sales go to Comic Relief (after VAT and admin fee) and will be spent helping poor and disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa.

Over 18’s Only.

Lets Play Darts For Comic Relief Flyer

Lets Play Darts For Comic Relief

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May 16 2014

Ladies Darts Organisation is Officially Recognised by the BDO

Ladies Darts Organisation is Officially Recognised by the BDO

The driving force behind the main ladies darts organisation, Julie Lambie, has been in touch about some great news for the organisation and female dart players.  Read the announcement on the BDO official website.

“This is a ground breaking news in the Ladies Darting World and the LDO is the only Ladies Organisation in the World to be recognised by the main governing body of darts; The British Darts Organisation (BDO).  We’ve come a long way in two years and were so very thrilled and honoured to achieve this amazing recognition.” – Julie Lambie, CEO of the LDO.

 Details of the LDO’s latest competition;

The Ladies Darts Organisation & The England Darts Organisation

are very proud to present the

Ladies Festival of Darts
HELD at The England Open in Selsey

JUNE 20TH 2014



Held in the Solent Bar,

Friday June 20th @ 7.00pm at Bunn Leisure – Selsey

WDF & EDO RANKING POINTS – £12.50 to enter – limited places







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Feb 09 2014

World Trophy Finals Day

It’s a busy finals day in Blackpool at the World Trophy! There are 2 semi finals to play in the Ladies tournament and the Men have their quarter finals to play before the competition reaches its conclusion with both finals being played tonight!

It appears from the EuroSport schedule that the vast majority of the games will be televised, if not all. I have heard a rumour that there is going to be a break in Blackpool during the missing half an hour in the schedules between 7pm and 7.30pm! Let’s see if the match schedule is amended later!

The full schedule is:

Time, Match          

13:00 QF Alan Norris 5-10 Gary Robson

Alan 'Chuck' Norris

Alan ‘Chuck’ Norris

14:00 SF Irina Armstrong 3-6 Anastasia Dobromyslova

14:30 QF Ross Montgomery 0-2 Martin Adams

15:30 QF Paul Jennings 10-8 Scott Mitchell

16:30 SF Fallon Sherrock 1-6 Lisa Ashton

17:00 QF Jeffrey de Graaf  8-10 James Wilson

18:00 Gary Robson 3-3 Ross Montgomery (Semi Final)

19:00 James Wilson 11-2  Paul Jennings

20:00 Anastasia 9-7 Lisa Ashton

20:40 Ross Montgomery 11-13 James Wilson

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Feb 08 2014

World Trophy – Saturday

The BDO World Trophy continues today from The Blackpool Tower Ballroom. There are 4 Ladies 1/4 final games and 8 last 16 games in the men’s competition. The full line up is:

14:30 Deta Hedman 3-5  Irina Armstrong

15:00 Alan Norris 7 – 3 Jim Williams

Alan 'Chuck' Norris

Alan ‘Chuck’ Norris

15:40 Gary Robson 7 – 1 Jim Widmayer

16:20 Anastasia Dobromyslova 5-4 Sharon Prins

16:50 Remco Van Eijden 3-7 Ross Montgomery

17:30 Martin Adams 7-4 Jan Dekker

18:10 Fallon Sherrock 5-4 Aileen De Graaf

18:40 Karel Sedlacek 2-7 Paul Jennings

19:20 Scott Mitchell 7-2 Darryl Fitton

20:00 Lisa Ashton 5-1 Dee Bateman

Adams at Lakeside

Martin Adams is back in form with a great win last night

20:30 Jeffrey De Graaf  7-6 Dave Prins

21:10 Rick Hofstra  6 – 7 James Wilson

The men’s games are best of 13 legs (first to 7) and the women’s games are best of 9 legs (first to 5).

There is coverage on EuroSport, however, last night darts fans were up in arms as EuroSport pulled the coverage and didn’t show the Martin Adams game or the Robbie Green game. The schedule for EuroSport today looks like they have something similar planned as at the moment the darts coverage finishes at 7.00pm!

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Feb 07 2014

BDO World Trophy

BDO Daily Mirror World Trophy

BDO Daily Mirror World Trophy

The first round games in the Men’s and Women’s competition conclude tonight. The action starts at 5.30pm and all 12 matches are live on EuroSport!

The Schedule is:

Time, Match & Odds

Fallon Sherrock 4-2 Paula Jacklin

Rick Hofstra 6-3 Madars Razmar

Jeffrey De Graaf 6-4 Michael Haynes

Aileen De Graaf 4-2 Rachna David

Glen Durrant 5-6 Dave Prins

James Wilson 6-3 Richie George

Trina Gulliver 3-4 Dee Bateman

Scott Mitchell 6-0 David Cameron

Darryl Fitton 6-5 Harley Kemp

Julie Gore 0 v Lisa Ashton 4

Martin Adams 6-1 v Robert Rickwood

12:00 Robbie Green 1-6 v Karel Sedlacek 

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Feb 07 2014

BDO World Trophy

The first BDO World Trophy is being held in Blackpool from 6th – 9th Feb!

Last night saw the opening 12 games being played. The results were:


Time, Match

Deta Hedman 4 – 0 Casey Gallagher 

Jim Williams 6 v Scott Waites 5                Viking v Norris

Gary Robson 6 – 1  v Jeroen Geerdink 

Irina Armstrong 4 – 1 v Sue Gulliver 

Tony O’Shea 4 – 6 Jim Widmayer 

Alan Norris 6 – 2 Andy Fordham 

Rachel Brooks 3 – 4 Sharon Prins 

Ross Montgomery 6 – 1 Mike Day

Remco Van Eidjen 6 – 5 Wesley Harms 

Anastasia Dobromyslova 4 – 3  Lorraine Winstanley 

Paul Jennings 6 – 4  Aiba Katsuya 

Jan Dekker 6 – 5 Lee Williams

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Jan 12 2014

Lakeside Mens Final; Bunting World Champion

Lakeside Mens Final; Bunting World Champion

Little Richard Lakeside 14

Little Richard’s last night on the Lakeside stage, what a great job he’s done

What a great Lakeside this has been, with some absolute classic games in both the men’s and ladies events.  The TV coverage has been mostly complete, if a little tricky to determine at some points (the BBC likes to keep us guessing!), and the fans have been fantastically supportive and respectful as always.

Also I’d like to give ‘Little’ Richard Ashdown a big round of applause for the work he’s done in his first year as MC.  I think he’s brought a much needed shot of professionalism to the event, and his dancing along to Status Quo will be long remembered (and I think trended on twitter!).

Lisa Ashton is a well deserved ladies champion, showing real bottle in both her semi final and final games yesterday, coming back from the brink of losing both games to take the title.  I did think it was Deta’s year, and I’m gutted for her – maybe next year!

The final is the best of 13 sets, and is live on BBC2 at 5.45pm.

See Paul’s tips below!

Both players tonight will be giving it their everything, not just for the prize money, but also to have their names down in history.  Whoeever wins it we will have three brand new world champions in darts; PDC MvG, List in the BDO Ladies, and the winner tonight!

Final:   Stephen Bunting 7-4 Alan Norris

The BDO no. 1 proved his class in that final, taking the game against a battling Norris.  His friends and family there to watch him win.  The £100,000 will hopefully help him go on to be an even greater player (rumours of switch to PDC will of course be about at this time of year).

Bunting v Noris final stats

Bunting v Noris final stats


Tips: Well yesterday didn’t go to plan did it! Our forecast was for a marathon session between Bunting and Green and a swift kill by Norris over Dekker. Hmmm! The Bullet brushed aside Kong in emphatic style, although Robbie didn’t do himself any favours last night, he will be the first to put his hand up about that!

I did underestimate Jan I must admit. I had mentioned the “mental toughness” he has acquired in recent times but I should have given that more weight for the game yesterday. I assumed that the power scoring Chuck hurled at The Jammie Dodger would make Dekker crumble too! But Norris did prevail in an epic encounter.

The odds tonight are Bunting 2/5 and Norris 9/4. You may be surprised to know that Chuck has a slightly higher tournament average over Bunting! Chuck 94.24 and Stephen 94.05. So hopefully we are in for another close one!

If the sets do rack up I fancy The Bullet to hit more than 11 180’s at 4/5 with Bet365. He hit 10 yesterday in 7 sets and 11 in 7 sets v Hofstra , we have the potential for 13 sets here tonight!

That will do, I fancy just enjoying the game, counting Bunty’s 180’s home and enjoying another Lakeside classic!

Tip Update! Bunty did the business and hit 12 180’s!


Stephen Bunting world finalist

Stephen ‘the bullet’ Bunting, Lakeside World Champion 2014!

Alan 'Chuck' Norris

Alan ‘Chuck’ Norris, worthy runner up.




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Jan 11 2014

Lakeside Day 8 – Saturday

Saturday is the semi-final day for the Men’s Tournament and  the Ladies’ Tournament also comes to a conclusion. Both semi-finals and the final are being played today.

Saturday 11th January 2014 (all times are approximate)

Ladies Semi-Finals  (here;  BBC Sports Online until 2.30)                                                                                        Robbie Green is Kong

Deta Hedman (England) 2-0 Ann Louise Peters  (Denmark)

Great darts from Deta in that game, an 80 average, with a 132 (bull bull d16) finish to win the game. CLASS!

Our Tip Was: Deta is a huge favourite here and you can understand why. She is playing very well! But, part of the reason for the bookies making her a strong favourite is that  Ann Louise Peters has only just resurfaced  onto the ladies darts scene. I have been watching her this week and Ann Louise has a great technique. I reckon she can  get a set off Deta. Over 2.5 sets at 13/8 may add a bit of extra excitement to what should be a great game.

Anastasia Dobromyslova (Russia) 1-2 Lisa Ashton (England)

Lisa Ashton 2014 Ladies Champion

Lisa Ashton 2014 Ladies Champion

Well what a good comeback, Lisa really turned up the pace in that game – both averaged over 81.

Our Tip Was: I’m sticking with Ana. She’s not at her best (yet), she would admit that. Lisa missed too many doubles for my liking, if that continues it will be semi final heartbreak for Lisa!

Mens Semi-Final (live bbc 1)

Robbie Green (England) 1-6 Stephen Bunting  (England)

Another great display from The Bullet, and he makes the final… can the BDO number 1 finally become the world champion?

Tip: This should be some game. What’s the bet then? Over 7.5 sets at 4/6? Over 19.5 180’s at Evens? You choose.

Ladies Final

Deta Hedman 2-3 Lisa Ashton

Another amazing comeback from Lisa Ashton, who again saw her opponent go ahead, only for her to dig in and win with an impressive display of darts!

Mens Semi-Final (Red button)

Alan Norris (England) 6-5 Jan Dekker  (Netherlands)

What a fantastic game, going down to the wire – real entertainment!

Our Tip Was: I have been told all week that Alan is going all the way at Lakeside this year! I’m not arguing anymore! If Alan is in the same mood as last night then Jan will be blown away. The killer stat for me is the darts thrown in both semi finals last night. In Dekker’s game there were 20 winning legs in 18 darts or over. In Norris’s just 9! Fewer than 36.5 legs in the match at 5/6 with Sky Bet.

BBC Transmission Schedule

Selected Connected TV’s and BBC Sports Online from 12:15 till close of play

BBC 1 14:45 – 16:30

BBC 2 16:30 – 18:00

BBC Red Button 18:00 till close of play

BBC 2 23:40 – 00:30 Highlights

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Jan 10 2014

Lakeside Day 7

Here is the action taking part at Lakeside from 5.30pm tonight:

Friday 10th January 2014 – Evening Session – Quarter Finals (Estimated Time Schedule)

Tamara Schuur (Netherlands) 0-2 Lisa Ashton (England)

Our Tip was: Too close to call, so 4/11 doesn’t appeal, no bet!

Jan Dekker (Netherlands) 5-2 Martin Adams  (England)

Dekker 3 Dart Average 91.42 C/O % 32.73% Adams 3 Dart Average 90.18 C/O % 37.84%

Our Tip was: This could be closer than perhaps the bookies think. The pair hit almost identical averages in the last round and Dekker has developed a more steely exterior by the look of it. Set handicap +2.5 4/7

Martin Adams on the practice board at Lakeside

Martin Adams on the practice board at Lakeside

Fallon Sherrock (England) 1-2 Anastasia Dobromyslova (Russia)

Fallon 3 Dart Average 76.11 Anastasia 3 Dart Average 73.71

Our Tip Was: This should go to a deciding set. We are going for Anastasia, her experience and will to win should pull her through. Fallon does have an excellent recent record against Ana though, you have been warned!

James Wilson (England) 2-5 Alan Norris (England)

Averages: Wilson 3 Dart Average 99.06 C/O % 33.33% Norris 3 Dart Average 97.47 C/O% 55.17%

Our Tip Was: Should be the tie of the night! The Jammie Dodger has looked every inch the number 2 seed but Chuck believes he can go all the way! The sixty bed should get a pounding so over 14.5 180’s 4/6. (22 180`s)


BBC Transmission Schedule

BBC 2 13:00 – 16:15 Highlights

BBC Red Button and BBC Sports Online 17:30 till close of play

BBC 2 23:05 – 23:55 Highlights

BBC 2 23:55 – 01:55 Extra

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