Monday, 20 January 2014

PDC Q School- Day 4

The 2014 Qualifying School has seen 360 players competing for places on the PDC's ProTour and Challenge Tour circuits across four days of action in Wigan.

With four players per day winning an automatic Tour Card, West, Heydon, Murnan and Hogg completed the series of 16 players to secure their spot on the ProTour outright.

They will be joined by 24 players from the Q School Order of Merit, which is based on ranking points won by other players across the four days, with the standings headed by experienced Brian Woods but also containing several new faces.

However, Saturday's four automatic Tour Card winners all had at least one year's experience on the PDC circuit, with both Steve West and Nigel Heydon overcoming medical issues to win back their professional status.

A five-time Lakeside Championship qualifier, West had won a Tour Card alongside brother Tony at Qualifying School two years ago but had major hip surgery in October 2012 before returning to the circuit last February.

 West had been facing the prospect of dropping down to play on the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour after he had been defeated in the first round on the previous three days in Wigan.

However, the 38-year-old from Waltham Abbey regained the form which had taken him to the last 16 of the 2013 UK Open as he swept through the field on Saturday to regain his Tour Card.

He defeated Sandy Stephen, Jack Hill, Mike Norton in his opening three games before edging out Robert Turner 5-4 in the last 32, before defeating Vernon Sheppard 5-2 to set up a decider with Holland's Mareno Michels, which he won 5-3.

 Leamington Spa's Heydon, meanwhile, has had to adapt his throwing style after his previous position, which saw him leaning heavily forward, had led to back problems.

The 43-year-old has also had to get used to throwing with glasses in the past 18 months as his form dipped, but he showed signs of the form which has seen him qualify for two World Championships, the Grand Slam of Darts and five UK Opens in securing his Tour Card.

He opened the day with a whitewash of Roy Lowe, and defeated Dave Honey, Alan Derrett, Brett Claydon and Ryan Palmer for the loss of only five legs in four games, before another 5-0 win, against Sleaford's Scottish-born Stuart Anderson, sealed his progression.

 Bolton's Joe Murnan also secured his third year as a Tour Card professional as he defeated Austria's Zoran Lerchbacher 5-1 in their decider.

The 30-year-old, who has reached the last 32 one in his two previous UK Open appearances, also defeated Scott Johnson, Shane Edwards, Tony Richardson, Glenn Spearing and Hong Kong's Scott MacKenzie on Saturday, and said: "I'm delighted.
 Aberdeen's Jason Hogg continued his success at Wigan's Robin Park Tennis Centre as he won through to claim an automatic Tour Card - having qualified for last June's UK Open by reaching the quarter-finals and semi-finals of qualifying events at the venue last year.

Hogg had competed in 2013 as a PDPA Associate Member after missing out on a Tour Card at Q School, but went all the way this time.

Having opened Saturday's play with a 5-4 win over Stephen Gallimore, he then defeated John Crossley and John Goldie before being pushed all the way by Gibraltar's Dyson Parody.

He then overcame Michael Barnard 5-3 in the last 16 before a 5-2 win over Mick Todd secured an automatic Tour Card.

 Hogg's achievement means that he joins another Aberdeen-based ace, John Henderson, on the PDC ProTour, while Lanarkshire's Gary Stone won a Tour Card 24 hours earlier.

And with three Scottish players - Peter Wright, Robert Thornton and Gary Anderson, competing in Premier League Darts, Hogg added: "It's a great time for Scottish darts at the moment.
 Cumbrian-born Woods, now based in Aberdeen, had reached the last eight in the first two days and topped the final Q School Order of Merit as he won back his PDC Tour Card.

Austria's Lerchbacher, who made his World Championship debut last month, finished tied in second place with Mick Todd, Pete Dyos and the Isle of Wight's Keegan Brown.

Oxfordshire pair Stuart White and Ian Moss - who also qualified for the World Championship last month - were further Tour Card winners from the Q School Order of Merit, with Somerset's Steve Grubb, former Lakeside Champion Christian Kist and Austrian teenager Rowby-John Rodriguez also picking up 14 points.

Other Tour Card winners from the rankings were Derbyshire's Scottish-born Jim Walker, Scunthorpe's Dave Ladley, Holland's Mareno Michels, Scottish pair Mark Barilli and Jamie Bain, Romford's Michael Barnard, County Durham's David Dodds, Coventry's Steve Hine, York's Terry Temple, Sleaford duo Ross Twell and Stuart Anderson, Gillingham's Conan Whitehead, Swindon's Mark Cox and Irish ace William O'Connor.

Cheshire's Stuart Bousfield and Holland's Joey ten Berge missed out on a Tour Card through a count-back of points won throughout the event, but will be the first PDPA Associate Members in line to top up the field for 128-player Players Championships during 2014.

Players who missed out a PDC Tour Card now assume PDPA Associate Member status, meaning that they will compete in the PDC's new 16-event PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour, which offers £10,000 prize money per tournament.

Associate Members will also be able to enter the six UK Open Qualifiers, the qualifying events for all eight European Tour events during the year and the PDPA World Championship Qualifiers, as well as topping up the field for Players Championship events should all Tour Card Holders not enter.

2014 PDC Qualifying School
Day Four - January 18 2014
Preliminary Round
(Last 512)
Steve Douglas 5-1 Simon Cassidy
Matthew Edgar 5-2 Gaz Cousins
Paul Osmotherley 5-4 Mark Jones (W Mids)
Stuart Anderson 5-0 Steve Randall
Alex Roy 5-1 Barrie Bates
Brian Lewis 5-2 Jeremy Morgan
Hermie van Orsouw 5-0 Lee Grimshaw
Davyd Venken 5-0 Darren Burksfield
Keith Rooney 5-2 Par Riihonen
Colin Rice 5-3 Jon Jukes
Stephen Hardy 5-1 Darren Mawer
Alan Tabern 5-1 Mathew Dicken
Tim Martin 5-1 Chris Mason
Dave Honey 5-4 Lee Holden
Eric van Meel 5-1 Laurie Selby
Eduardo Sales Lopez 5-3 Jake Patchett
Danny Pinhorne 5-4 Sion Thomas
Alan Tabern Jnr 5-2 Kevin Lane
Mike Norton 5-1 Andy Relf
Simon Burt 5-3 Paul Anthony
Michael Bushby 5-0 Jason Murphy
Jamie Atkins 5-0 Terry Roach
Matthew Dennant 5-3 Leo Hendriks
John Brammeld 5-0 Raymond Balbach
Mark Flawn 5-3 Frankie Ansell
Nathan Richards 5-0 Lawrence Dixon
Richard Ludlow 5-1 Darren Williams
Mareno Michels 5-4 Dan Dean
Phil Henshaw 5-2 Richard Baillie
Mark Hylton 5-2 Ross Twell
William O'Connor 5-4 Jason Lovett
Danny De Haas 5-2 Alex Low
Karl Merchant 5-0 Paul Hodkin
Shane Edwards 5-1 Peter Manley
Ben Gaiter 5-4 Jeffrey Bekema
Prakash Jiwa 5-4 Stuart Gilmour
Mark Lawrence 5-4 Christian Kist
Rowby-John Rodriguez 5-4 Ian McFarlane
Lee Frost 5-1 Marcel Hirzel
Rees Hall 5-4 Michael Beal
Lee Palfreyman 5-1 Dan Read
Richard Denis 5-4 Matt Clark
Jamie Robinson 5-1 Daniel Day
Paul Rowley 5-1 Michael Stevens
Dave Harper 5-2 Adam Thomas
Danny Summers 5-0 Kevin Bambrick
Andrew Johnson 5-0 Arron Wike
Paul Redfern 5-3 Philip Wathan
John Goldie 5-0 Alan Reilly
Jay Foreman 5-3 Joe Heywood
Pete Dyos 5-0 Lee Cushworth
Scott Hudson 5-4 Luke Woodhouse
Steve Grubb 5-3 Paul Barham
Barry Lynn 5-0 Rob Commerford
Martin Bowley 5-1 Steve Cupitt
Scott Coleman 5-1 Anthony Wort
John Burgess 5-1 Paul Harsant

First Round (Last 256)
Steve Hine 5-1 Gary Eastwood
Mark Barilli 5-1 Michael Waterworth
Mark Forman 5-2 Bradley Williams
Steve Douglas 5-4 Matthew Edgar
Liam Fox 5-0 Steve McNally
Paul Carter 5-3 Robert Fuller
John Ferrell 5-1 Steven Mead
Stuart Anderson 5-3 Paul Osmotherley
Ad Verhoeks 5-3 Lee Moffat
Sam Hamilton 5-1 Craig Pope
Adrian Gray 5-3 Richie Howson
Alex Roy 5-2 Brian Lewis
Trevor Burkhill 5-3 Adam Smith-Neale
Jim Walker 5-1 Paul Smith
Jamie Landon 5-1 Lance Hackett
Davyd Venken 5-1 Hermie van Orsouw
Ben Davies 5-3 Steve Rumble
Ryan Palmer 5-4 Joe Bata
Darren Whittingham 5-0 Peter Gallacher
Colin Rice 5-4 Keith Rooney
Kurt Parry 5-1 Peter Nightingale
Ian Dargan 5-0 Joshua Tunnicliffe
John Scott 5-1 Malcolm Smallshaw
Alan Tabern 5-4 Stephen Hardy
Alan Derrett 5-1 Keegan Brown
Reece Robinson 5-0 Michael Uxa
Nigel Heydon 5-0 Roy Lowe
Dave Honey 5-3 Tim Martin
Dylan Duo 5-2 Craig Mansell
Sean Ryan 5-3 Curtis Hammond
Simon Pratt 5-4 Michael Harrison
Brett Claydon 5-3 Eric van Meel
Dave Ladley 5-0 Wayne Atwood
Robert Turner 5-1 Jeff Batham
Brian Woods 5-0 Gavin Baker
Eduardo Sales Lopez 5-3 Danny Pinhorne
Steve West 5-2 Sandy Stephen
Jack Hill 5-0 Michael Wilson
James Bevan 5-4 Andy Pearson
Mike Norton 5-2 Alan Tabern Jnr
David Murphy 5-0 Kristen Bircher
Brandon Walsh 5-4 Tony Tasker
Joe Lacey 5-0 Daniel Astbury
Simon Burt 5-3 Michael Bushby
Vernon Sheppard 5-1 Mick Bushby
Stuart Holden 5-1 Kevin Thomas
Oliver Stell 5-0 Peter Lock
Matthew Dennant 5-3 Jamie Atkins
Terry Temple 5-1 Andy Hutchings
Shaun Griffiths 5-3 Ian Lever
Andy Pearce 5-3 Kentaro Suzuki
Mark Flawn 5-0 John Brammeld
Mark Stephenson 5-2 Maurice Whelan
Conan Whitehead 5-1 Andrew Halls
Darren Weaver 5-0 Mike Nott
Richard Ludlow 5-2 Nathan Richards
Martin Homer 5-0 Greg Dickinson
Jack Tweddell 5-2 Lee Martin
Richard van Zijtveld 5-3 Martin Perring
Mareno Michels 5-3 Paul Lennon
Wilfried Hoberg 5-2 Steve Perkins
Ewan Hyslop 5-0 Nick Paenen
Leon De Geus 5-2 Nigel Birch
Phil Henshaw 5-2 Tony Baker
John Newland 5-4 Tony Cole
Ron Meulenkamp 5-0 Dave Weston
Scott MacKenzie 5-0 Damien Sherwood
William O'Connor 5-4 Mark Hylton
David Dodds 5-0 Mark Wilson
John Trembeth 5-4 Michael Rasztovits
Carlos Rodriguez 5-0 Peter Roebuck
Danny De Haas 5-4 Karl Merchant
Tony Richardson 5-3 Jonathan Worsley
Colin Fowler 5-2 Philip Milburn
Joe Murnan 5-0 Scott Johnson
Shane Edwards 5-0 Ben Gaiter
Glenn Spearing 5-2 Ben Songhurst
Peter Walford 5-0 Jamie Guilfoyle
Wayne Dunn 5-3 Karsten Kornath
Mark Lawrence 5-1 Prakash Jiwa
Shaun Littler 5-2 Nicholas Bloor
Manuel Croskery 5-3 Dave Kelly
Zoran Lerchbacher 5-1 Carl Sparrow
Rowby-John Rodriguez 5-1 Lee Frost
Paul Palmer 5-2 Graham Kurle
Ian Moss 5-3 Steve Haggerty
Jaron Esteve 5-1 Glyn Thomas
Lee Palfreyman 5-1 Rees Hall
Steve Maish 5-3 Lewis McGurn
Darron Brown 5-0 Michael Burgoine
Mark Cox 5-0 Nathan Derry
Jamie Bain 5-1 Richard Denis
Kevin Voornhout 5-0 Vincent Tipple
Wayne Thomas 5-2 Jason Wilson
Andrew Howarth 5-3 Harry Lane
Dave Place 5-2 Jamie Robinson
Michael Barnard 5-2 Barry Tyler
Max Hopp 5-4 Stuart White
Wayne Pepper 5-4 Krit Middleton
Paul Rowley 5-0 Dave Harper
Mark Frost 5-0 Curtis Bagley
Mike Gorst 5-0 Daren Barber
Tony Stone 5-4 Jamie Gemmell
Danny Summers 5-0 Andrew Johnson
Jason Hogg 5-4 Stephen Gallimore
John Crossley 5-4 Martin Carvill
Lee Whitworth 5-4 Shaun Narain
John Goldie 5-1 Paul Redfern
Garry Spedding 5-2 Michael Blake
Dyson Parody 5-0 Ryan Herrington
Doug Thompson 5-4 Keith J Stephen
Pete Dyos 5-3 Jay Foreman
Aden Kirk 5-0 Colin Feeley
Ryan Harrington 5-3 Steven Lippett
Dimitri van den Bergh 5-0 Stuart Stubbs
Steve Grubb 5-1 Scott Hudson
Dick van Dijk 5-0 Sam Hill
Steve Evans 5-1 Geoff Heath
Nathan Aspinall 5-1 Ashley Holgate
Barry Lynn 5-4 Martin Bowley
Mick Todd 5-0 Joshua Priestley
Trevor Williams 5-3 Andy Bless
Geoff Whitworth 5-0 Lee Hunter
Scott Coleman 5-2 Robbie Parker
Rocco Maes 5-0 Mark Breakspear
Ricky Sudale 5-3 Jay Walford
Stuart Bousfield 5-2 Adrian Daniels
John Burgess 5-4 Bernd Roith

Second Round (Last 128)
Steve Hine 5-4 Mark Barilli
Mark Forman 5-0 Steve Douglas
Liam Fox 5-4 Paul Carter
Stuart Anderson 5-4 John Ferrell
Sam Hamilton 5-0 Ad Verhoeks
Alex Roy 5-3 Adrian Gray
Jim Walker 5-1 Trevor Burkhill
Jamie Landon 5-3 Davyd Venken
Ryan Palmer 5-4 Ben Davies
Colin Rice 5-3 Darren Whittingham
Kurt Parry 5-2 Ian Dargan
John Scott 5-4 Alan Tabern
Alan Derrett 5-3 Reece Robinson
Nigel Heydon 5-2 Dave Honey
Dylan Duo 5-2 Sean Ryan
Brett Claydon 5-3 Simon Pratt
Robert Turner 5-4 Dave Ladley
Brian Woods 5-0 Eduardo Sales Lopez
Steve West 5-1 Jack Hill
Mike Norton 5-4 James Bevan
Brandon Walsh 5-3 David Murphy
Joe Lacey 5-2 Simon Burt
Vernon Sheppard 5-3 Stuart Holden
Matthew Dennant 5-4 Oliver Stell
Terry Temple 5-4 Shaun Griffiths
Andy Pearce 5-2 Mark Flawn
Conan Whitehead 5-4 Mark Stephenson
Darren Weaver 5-3 Richard Ludlow
Jack Tweddell 5-2 Martin Homer
Mareno Michels 5-2 Richard van Zijtveld
Ewan Hyslop 5-3 Wilfried Hoberg
Phil Henshaw 5-2 Leon De Geus
Ron Meulenkamp 5-3 John Newland
Scott MacKenzie 5-4 William O'Connor
David Dodds 5-1 John Trembeth
Danny De Haas 5-0 Carlos Rodriguez
Tony Richardson 5-3 Colin Fowler
Joe Murnan 5-3 Shane Edwards
Glenn Spearing 5-3 Peter Walford
Mark Lawrence 5-1 Wayne Dunn
Shaun Littler 5-4 Manuel Croskery
Zoran Lerchbacher 5-2 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Ian Moss 5-0 Paul Palmer
Jaron Esteve 5-1 Lee Palfreyman
Steve Maish 5-4 Darron Brown
Mark Cox 5-0 Jamie Bain
Kevin Voornhout 5-3 Wayne Thomas
Dave Place 5-2 Andrew Howarth
Michael Barnard 5-3 Max Hopp
Wayne Pepper 5-4 Paul Rowley
Mark Frost 5-2 Mike Gorst
Tony Stone 5-1 Danny Summers
Jason Hogg 5-2 John Crossley
John Goldie 5-3 Lee Whitworth
Dyson Parody 5-4 Garry Spedding
Pete Dyos 5-3 Doug Thompson
Aden Kirk 5-3 Ryan Harrington
Steve Grubb 5-3 Dimitri van den Bergh
Dick van Dijk 5-4 Steve Evans
Nathan Aspinall 5-3 Barry Lynn
Mick Todd 5-0 Trevor Williams
Geoff Whitworth 5-4 Scott Coleman
Rocco Maes 5-2 Ricky Sudale
John Burgess 5-2 Stuart Bousfield

Third Round (Last 64)
Steve Hine 5-3 Mark Forman
Stuart Anderson 5-3 Liam Fox
Sam Hamilton 5-3 Alex Roy
Jim Walker 5-4 Jamie Landon
Ryan Palmer 5-1 Colin Rice
Kurt Parry 5-4 John Scott
Nigel Heydon 5-1 Alan Derrett
Brett Claydon 5-3 Dylan Duo
Robert Turner 5-4 Brian Woods
Steve West 5-2 Mike Norton
Brandon Walsh 5-2 Joe Lacey
Vernon Sheppard 5-2 Matthew Dennant
Andy Pearce 5-4 Terry Temple
Conan Whitehead 5-4 Darren Weaver
Mareno Michels 5-0 Jack Tweddell
Ewan Hyslop 5-2 Phil Henshaw
Scott MacKenzie 5-4 Ron Meulenkamp
David Dodds 5-4 Danny De Haas
Joe Murnan 5-3 Tony Richardson
Glenn Spearing 5-3 Mark Lawrence
Zoran Lerchbacher 5-2 Shaun Littler
Ian Moss 5-0 Jaron Esteve
Mark Cox 5-3 Steve Maish
Kevin Voornhout 5-4 Dave Place
Michael Barnard 5-4 Wayne Pepper
Mark Frost 5-0 Tony Stone
Jason Hogg 5-2 John Goldie
Dyson Parody 5-1 Pete Dyos
Steve Grubb 5-3 Aden Kirk
Dick van Dijk 5-4 Nathan Aspinall
Mick Todd 5-0 Geoff Whitworth
John Burgess 5-3 Rocco Maes

Fourth Round (Last 32)
Stuart Anderson 5-2 Steve Hine
Jim Walker 5-2 Sam Hamilton
Ryan Palmer 5-3 Kurt Parry
Nigel Heydon 5-1 Brett Claydon
Steve West 5-4 Robert Turner
Vernon Sheppard 5-1 Brandon Walsh
Conan Whitehead 5-1 Andy Pearce
Mareno Michels 5-3 Ewan Hyslop
Scott MacKenzie 5-3 David Dodds
Joe Murnan 5-1 Glenn Spearing
Zoran Lerchbacher 5-2 Ian Moss
Mark Cox 5-2 Kevin Voornhout
Michael Barnard 5-0 Mark Frost
Jason Hogg 5-4 Dyson Parody
Steve Grubb 5-0 Dick van Dijk
Mick Todd 5-0 John Burgess

Fifth Round (Last 16)
Stuart Anderson 5-4 Jim Walker
Nigel Heydon 5-1 Ryan Palmer
Steve West 5-2 Vernon Sheppard
Mareno Michels 5-3 Conan Whitehead
Joe Murnan 5-3 Scott MacKenzie
Zoran Lerchbacher 5-4 Mark Cox
Jason Hogg 5-3 Michael Barnard
Mick Todd 5-1 Steve Grubb

Sixth Round (Last Eight)
Nigel Heydon 5-0 Stuart Anderson
Steve West 5-3 Mareno Michels
Joe Murnan 5-1 Zoran Lerchbacher
Jason Hogg 5-2 Mick Todd

Day Four Tour Cards Winners
Nigel Heydon
Steve West
Joe Murnan
Jason Hogg