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Coral UK Open Finals, 2nd – 4th March 2018


Butlin’s Minehead Resort was the place to be this weekend for all darts fans, which hosted this year’s Coral UK Open Finals.

Play began on Friday, with James Wade stepping up to the oche for his first match during the third-round evening session, which saw him take a 10-6 win over Simon Stevenson.

Play continued for James on Saturday afternoon which after an impressive match, saw him defeated by David Pallett 10-6.

James will next play in the European Tour UK Qualifying rounds Three and Four, taking place in The Barnsley Metrodome on March 9th.

James named runner-up in Players Championship to make it a treble of celebrations in Barnsley last weekend


It was a treble celebration for James, who was back on top form last weekend at the Barnsley Metrodome.

On Friday, two-time European winner James defeated both Paul Nicholson and John Part (6-4) to qualify for 2018’s first European Darts Open taking place between March 23-25 in Leverkusen.

He then went on to make it a double beating Martin Lukeman (6-4) and Matthew Edgar (6-1) to qualify for the German Darts Grand Prix taking place in Munich over the Easter weekend.

On Saturday, celebrations continued when James reached the final of the Players Championship which saw him named runner-up to Michael van Gerwen (6-4).

James’s run to the final started with a last leg victory over Paul Rowley (6-5) followed by a run of excellent darts seeing him beat Toni Alcinas (6-2) and Chris Dobey (6-1). A brilliant average of 111 secured a further win against John Henderson (6-0).

In the quarter finals it was all to play for when James met World Champion Rob Cross, winning 6-5 a victory he was to repeat in the semi-finals where he won 6-4 against Ryan Joyce.

James, who was the UK Open champion in 2008 and 2011 will once again be appearing at the Coral UK Open TV Finals next weekend (March 2nd) at the Butlin’s Minehead Resort.

As one of the top players in the UK Open Order of Merit, James will begin his matches in the third round, taking place on the evening of Friday 2nd March which will be broadcast live on ITV.

2018 Unibet Masters – January 26-28, Arena MK, Milton Keynes


James Wade, winner of the 2014 Masters, will be joining the other top players in the world this weekend to compete in the Unibet Masters, at Arena MK in Milton Keynes.

In the first round, best of 19 legs, James, will meet Simon Whitlock at the oche in day two of the competition, taking place on Saturday 27th January at 7pm and broadcast live on ITV4.

The quarter finals, best of 19 legs, will begin on the afternoon of Sunday 28th January at 12:45pm, with the semi-finals and finals, best of 21 legs, starting at 7pm, again all broadcast on ITV4.

For the full schedule, click here to visit the PDC website