Back on the Pro Tour; Deano in Crawley

After what seems an age, the players of the PDC elite pro tour got back to business this weekend, with the 128 players travelling to Crawley to take part in a double header player championships event.

Players Championship 13
September 13 2014, K2 Centre, Crawley

Round 1:  Dean Winstanley (22) 6-3 David Pallett
Round 2:  Gary Stone 6-5 Dean Winstanley (22)

£250 won day 1.

Players Championship 14
September 14 2014, K2 Centre, Crawley

Round 1:  Dean Winstanley 6-4 James Hubbard
Round 2:  Dean Winstanley 6-3 Steve West
Round 3:  Dean Winstanley 6-5 James Wade
Round 4:  Dean Winstanley 6-4 Kim Huybrechts
1/4 Finals:  Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Dean Winstanley

A great run on day 2, with £1,500 won, and some big names beaten.

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Dean at the World Matchplay

Dean throwing against Chizzy in Blackpool

Dean throwing against Chizzy in the 2014 Matchplay in Blackpool (Pic Lustig/PDC)

Unfortunately Dean didn’t enjoy a long time in Blackpool this year, as his time at the World Matchplay was cut-off too early, after he lost in the first round to an in form Dave Chisnall.

Chizzy hit finishes of 132, 131 and 121 and averaging almost 99.  Dean hit back from 5-1 down to trail just 6-4 at one stage, but missed his chance to cut the gap to one in the 11th leg as Chisnall posed double two to regain the edge before taking the next three legs without reply for a fine win.

Round 1:  Dave Chisnall 10-4 Dean Winstanley

Dave Chisnall v Dean Winstanley
0-0 – Dean Winstanley wins the bull and will throw first.
1-0 – Chisnall makes a brilliant start, taking out 131 on double 16, as Winstanley waits on 40.
2-0 – Winstanley is again left waiting on 40 as Chisnall hits the winning double, this time taking out tops to finish 64.
2-1 – Winstanley initially misses double 12 to take out 97, but Chisnall misses a dart at tops to finish 64 on this occasion, allowing the Yorkshireman to finish double six with his third dart.
3-1 – Chisnall fires in the game’s first 180, before hitting double eight to regain his edge.
4-1 – Double 16 gives Chisnall a second break of throw, as he moves three legs clear.
5-1 – Tops sees Chisnall win a third successive leg as his strong start continues.
5-2 – Chisnall fires in a 180 to leave 139, but pays the price for missing five darts at double as Winstanley steals the leg on double 16.
5-3 – Tops gives Winstanley a second successive leg.
6-3 – Chisnall scores 171 to leave 132, which he takes out on the bullseye to halt Winstanley’s revival.
6-4 – Winstanley wins his third leg from four as he takes out 66.
7-4 – The pair trade 180s and Chisnall hits a 170 score during the leg – and when Winstanley misses double five for a 130 finish, the former World Grand Prix finalist takes out double two.
8-4 – Chisnall lands a fourth 180 of the game before taking out a fine 121 finish, his third ton-plus checkout of the contest.
9-4 – Winstanley posts a second maximum, but is unable to take the leg as Chisnall finishes 72 on tops to move to the brink of victory.
10-4 – Chisnall hits a second 171 score of the game before sealing victory.

Match Stats

Dave Chisnall 10-4 Dean Winstanley
20 100+ 21
10 140+ 12
3 170+ 0
4 180 2
98.96 Average 94.43
132 High Finish 66
5 Breaks of Throw 2
10/23 – 43% Checkout % 4/10 – 44%

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Dean at the Gibraltar Darts Trophy

European Tour Darts on the Gibraltar Rock

THE Gibraltar Darts Trophy kicks off on Friday, with all 16 first round games being held in one bumper session at the Victoria Stadium.  The £100,000 European Tour event is being held from June 27-29 in Gibraltar, with four home players joining players from around the world in competing.

Play on Friday sees the tournament’s 32 qualifiers face off, with the winners progressing to meet the top 16 seeded players in Saturday’s second round.   Coverage of the tournament will be streamed live through the Bet365, Coral, Ladbrokes, Unibet and William Hill websites, and outside of the UK & Ireland through www.LIVEPDC.TV.  A highlights package will be broadcast on Sky Sports on July 15 & 16.

A highlights package will be broadcast on Sky Sports on July 15 & 16.

Dean plays last on Friday, so it could be about 9.30pm before he takes to the stage to play the local qualifier.

Round 1:  Dean Winstanley 6-0 Manuel Vilerio
Round 2:  Dean Winstanley 5-6 Adrian Lewis  

Dean goes out to Lewis, who needs an 11 dart leg to split the two at the end – another classic game.

2014 Gibraltar darts trophy

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Dean at the Austrian Darts Open 2014

Euro Tour; Dean at the Austrian Darts Open 2014

Dean qualified for the Austrian Darts Open, another PDC European tour event, with 48 top players across Europe playing for the £100,000 prize fun, on a big stage in front of the Austrian darts fans.

Dean beats a European qualifier Uwe Bacher in round 1, only to be drawn against the worlds current number 1, Michael van Gerwen.  But fate lends a hand, and MvG  has to retire from the tournament with a recurrance of his bad ankle, so Dean gets a bye into Sunday’s round 3!

Austrian Darts Open

Round 1:  Dean Winstanley 6-1 Uwe Bacher
Round 2:  Dean Winstanley bye  (MvG pulls out of tournament with ankle injury)
Round 3:  Dean Winstanley 3-6 Wes Newton

Dean goes out in the third round to his good friend Wes Newton, which will be the topic of some Twitter banter between the two I’m sure. £2,000 prize money won by Dean towards the rankings.

Austrian darts open 2014

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Three Days of Darts in Coventry; Euro and ProTour

Three Days of Darts in Coventry; Euro and ProTour

European Darts Open – ET6 UK Qualifier

Round 1:  Dean Winstanley v Bye
Round 2:  Dean Winstanley 6 v 0 Kirk Shepherd
Round 3:  Dean Winstanley 6 v 3 Connie Finnan

ProTour Player Championships 11&12

Players Championship 11
Ricoh Arena, Coventry, Saturday June 14

Round 1:  Dean Winstanley (22) v Johnny Haines
Round 2:  Dean Winstanley (24) 6-0 Colin Osborne
Round 3: Dean Winstanley (24) 6-5  Steve Beaton (9)
Round 4: Dean Winstanley (24) 6-0  John Henderson
1/4 Final:  Ronny Huybrechts 6-5 Dean Winstanley (24)

Players Championship 12
Ricoh Arena, Coventry, Sunday June 15

Round 1:  Dean Winstanley (22) 6-5 Paul Amos
Round 2:  Dean Winstanley (22) 6-5 Johnny Haines
Round 3:  Mervyn King (11) 6-3 Dean Winstanley (22)



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Three Days in Crawley; Dean Winstanley on Tour

Three Days in Crawley; Dean Winstanley on Tour

Dean headed to Crawley for more PDC Pro Tour action, starting on Friday night with the European tour qualifiers for the Gibraltar Darts Trophy next month, then two days of Player Championship events, all taking part in the K2 in Crawley.

Gibraltar Darts Trophy Qualifiers

Round 1:  Dean Winstanley 6-2 Ian Moss
Round 2:  Dean Winstanley 6-3 Glenn Spearing

A good evening’s work as Dean qualifies for the event – which takes place June 27-29 at the Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar.

Player Championships 9 & 10 in Crawley

Two full player championship event on Saturday and Sunday, with £10,000 first prizes up for grabs…

Players Championship 9
K2 Centre, Crawley, Saturday May 24

Round 1:  Steve Brown 6-4 Dean Winstanley

Players Championship 10
K2 Centre, Crawley, Sunday May 25

Round 1:  Dean Winstanley (27) 6-5 John Henderson
Round 2:  Dean Winstanley 6-5 William O’Connor
Round 3:  Dean Winstanley 6-4 Dave Chisnall
Round 4:  Dean Winstanley 6-4 Johnny Haines
1/4 Final:  Dean Winstanley 1-6 Terry Jenkins

Terry Jenkins hits a 107 average to beat Dean in the quarter final – stopping a great run.  £1,500 won over the weekend, which is a solid two days.

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Players Championship 7&8 In Wigan

Players Championship 7&8 In Wigan

This weekend sees the stars of the PDC do battle in Players Championship 7 and 8 at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan. The two £50,000 tournaments features 128 players, with PDC Tour Card Holders joined by PDPA Associate Members.

Play as always commences at 12pm, with the draw being made at 11am following the close of registration, and featuring 32 seeds from the One-Year ProTour Order of Merit.

Players Championship 7 Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan

Round 1:  John Bowles 6-1 Dean Winstanley (24)

Players Championship 8 Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan

Round 1:  Dean Winstanley (28) 6-0 Dave Bird
Round 2:  Dean Winstanley 6-5 Pete Dyos
Round 3:  Robert Thornton 6-4 Dean Winstanley

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Over The Top Qualifies for Austrian Open

Over The Top Qualifies for Austrian Open

The countdown for the 4th European Tour event of the year is on, and Dean Winstanley has booked his place tonight at the qualifiers held in Wigan.

From 20th-22nd June the PDC tour heads to Austria in the Salzburg Arena for the Austrian Darts Open 2014. 48 players playing for three days around £ 100,000 prize money.   16 players from the current Pro Tour Order of Merit go straight into the 3rd round on day 2, with Dean starting on day 1 through his qualification in Wigan tonight.

Austrian Darts Open
European Tour Event Four

Round 1:  Dean Winstanley 6-1 Campbell Jackson
Round 2:  Dean Winstanley 6-3 Matthew Edgar

Dean continues the long darts weekend with two more player championship events on Saturday and Sunday.

Austrian darts open 2014

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Dean Winstanley joins Ecigarette depot

Dean Winstanley joins Ecigarette depot

Dean Winstanley was today unveiled as E cigarette depots first sponsorship client in the world of professional darts. Former BDO number 1 Winstanley will represent the company at all major events as well as the numerous floor tournaments and exhibitions around the country. “OVER THE TOP” who is on the verge of joining the elite 32 players in the PDC said;

“ I am delighted to represent E cigarette depot I will be visiting the store and looking at their many products in the coming weeks.”

Paul Bowers director of the company stated;

“Dean is a fabulous player and definitely has the makings of a world champion in years to come I was there when he hit the 9 darter at Alexandra Palace and the place erupted the hairs on my arms stuck up it was unreal.”


Dean has enjoyed a great start to 2014 reaching a semi- final and final on the pro tour and is in line for a second appearance at Blackpool’s winter gardens in July.

Ecigarette depot


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German Darts Masters; Dean on Tour

German Darts Masters; Dean on Tour

german darts mastersTHE German Darts Masters draw has been made ahead of the £100,000 European Tour event to be held at the Maritim Hotel in Berlin over the Easter weekend.

The 48-player field for the tournament was finalised in Friday’s European Qualifier and Host Nation Qualifier being held in Berlin, with 12 players joining 20 UK Qualifiers in the first round on Saturday.

Sunday sees the 16 seeded players – based on the top 16 players in the ProTour Order of Merit – enter the fray in the second round, before the tournament concludes on Easter Monday with the third round in the afternoon session followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

Dean qualified for the competition on the floor beating  Matt Clark and Mark Cox in a Friday night’s qualifying tournament in Crawley.

Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm BST)

Round 1:  Dean Winstanley 5-6 Steve Douglas


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