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Article: Darts: Las Vegas Desert Classic - Monday Qualifier

Darts: Las Vegas Desert Classic - Monday Qualifier

FORMER champion Peter Manley was amongst the final six qualifiers for the Las Vegas Desert Classic on Monday.

Manley, the 2003 winner, had to enter the qualifiers at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas after dropping outside the world^s top 16 recently.

However, he bounced back from the disappointment of a defeat to Shane O^Connor on Sunday by winning through 24 hours later.

His victories on Monday included a revenge win over O^Connor, at the semi-final stage, before he whitewashed Holland^s Bryan de Hoog to win his place in the first round draw.

Wes Newton, twice a Desert Classic semi-finalist, booked his spot in this year^s event with a 5-1 defeat of Roland Scholten in his deciding game.

Newton also saw off Graham Warburton, Mark Carter and Paul Lim on the day, with the latter pushing the Fleetwood ace all the way to a deciding leg.

Scotland^s Gary Anderson secured a Desert Classic debut, overcoming Sam Rooney 5-1 in the final and also knocking out number four seed Mark Dudbridge.

Colin Monk responded to a second round exit on Sunday to win his first Desert Classic appearance with a 5-3 defeat of Canadian Ken MacNeil.

He also defeated John Murray, Kevin Dowling and Denis Ovens to earn his place in the main event, just weeks after hitting a nine-darter in a Players Championship in Barnsley.

New Zealander Phillip Hazel will make his first-ever televised appearance after condemning Barrie Bates to defeat in the final game for a second successive day.

Bates lost to Australian Simon Whitlock on Sunday and went down 5-2 to Hazel a day later, as the 53-year-old joiner from Napier progressed to the big stage.

Another player to ensure a first full appearance in front of the Sky Sports cameras is Chorley^s Louis Blundell, whose only other televised event was the UK Open in Bolton last month.

Blundell was a 5-3 winner against Mark Lawrence in his deciding game to secure a spot in the Desert Classic.

American Ray Carver took out 108 to defeat former Lakeside Champion Mark Webster in a deciding leg, only to lose a nine-leg clash with Blundell in the semi-finals.

The draw for the Las Vegas Desert Classic will be made on Tuesday evening, while a £30,000 Las Vegas Players Championship event will be held during Tuesday.

The first round of the Desert Classic, which begins on Wednesday, sees the PDC^s top 16 drawn against the 12 qualifiers from Sunday and Monday and four leading north Americans.

The event will then progress in a bracket format, with the top eight players seeded.

First Round
Board One
Peter Manley (1) Bye
David Flowers Bye
James Barton 5-2 Ron Peppers
Chris Cooper 5-0 Geoff Daniels
Board Two
Steve Brown (24) Bye
Shane O^Connor 5-2 Jon Archer
John Kuczynski 5-0 Joe Formica
Dan Zimmerman 5-4 Gary Barnett
Board Three
Andy Smith (7) Bye
Kevin Harris 5-0 Neil McKnight
Bryan de Hoog 5-0 Andy Bradbury
Ben Burton 5-0 Andy Askey
Board Four
Jan van der Rassel (18) Bye
Joachim Koessler 5-0 Preston Fox
Daz Horler 5-1 Mark Nielsen
Brian Rowe 5-4 Chris Goodband
Board Five
Robert Thornton (2) Bye
Anthony Eugenia Bye
Mark Stephenson 5-1 Pat Breithaupt
Andy Fordham 5-2 Gregory Coburn
Board Six
Jason Clark (23) Bye
Larry Butler 5-1 Robert Race
Phillip Hazel 5-0 Chris White
Aaron Turner 5-4 Robert Heckman
Board Seven
Barrie Bates (8) Bye
Lee Williams 5-2 Steve Gooch
John Quantock 5-0 Adrian W Lewis
Steve Hine 5-1 Bernard Prenter
Board Eight
Gary Mawson (17) Bye
Steve Hogan 5-4 Steve Carey
Robbie Newland 5-2 Gary Storey
Scott Henning 5-4 Pete Riehl
Board Nine
Denis Ovens (3) Bye
Mark W Robinson 5-4 Brad Hann
Gordon Morrison 5-1 David Goodchild
Dave Ladley 5-2 Michael Putz
Board Ten
Colin Monk (22) Bye
John Murray 5-0 Anne Gustafsson
Tony Ayres 5-1 Corey Donham
Kevin Dowling 5-2 Pete Galloway
Board 11
Tony Eccles (9) Bye
Joe Cullen 5-0 Kevin Hill
Darren Johnson 5-3 Ian Jopling
Paul Knighton 5-3 David Fatum
Board 12
Steve Maish (16) Bye
Andreas Waldenmaier 5-0 Roger England
Ken MacNeil 5-1 Andy Mason
John Denich 5-2 Stephen Osborne
Board 13
Mark Dudbridge (4) Bye
Gary Anderson 5-0 Drazen Severin
Joe DaVanti 5-4 Patrick Thernstrom
Allan Snabel 5-3 Sato Fumihiro
Board 14
Jacko Barry (21) Bye
Stuart Holden 5-0 Dale A Slamon
Karl Loiseau 5-0 Paul DiCecca
Matt Jackson 5-2 Davey Mansell
Board 15
Michael van Gerwen (10) Bye
Jeff Hubbard 5-4 Mark Venable
Sean Palfrey 5-0 Mark Tiller
Jules Budd 5-2 John Jenkinson
Board 16
Matt Clark (15) Bye
Gerry Convery 5-0 John Dawes
Morihiro Hashimoto 5-0 Pete Allsopp
Sam Rooney 5-4 Timmy Nicoll
Board 17
Roland Scholten (5) Bye
Dan Butler 5-3 Sara Rose
Alan Taylor 5-1 John Latchic
Darren Latham 5-1 Mark K Robinson
Board 18
Mick McGowan (20) Bye
Brian Jones 5-2 Adam Young
Nick Fullwell 5-0 Kevin Fletcher
Stephen Panuncialman 5-3 Par Riihonen
Board 19
Andy Jenkins (11) Bye
Paul Lim 5-0 Paul Walker
Brian Griffiths 5-2 Marc Garcia
Jim Newman 5-0 Bill Grubb
Board 20
Wes Newton (14) Bye
Graham Warburton 5-0 Stephen Grant
Mark Carter 5-3 Gregor Cruickshank
Scott Clifford 5-0 Piki Morrison
Board 21
Kirk Shepherd (6) Bye
David Ansell 5-2 Neil Dickson
Dieter Schutsch 5-1 Chris Duff
Mark Lawrence 5-0 Jeff Angione
Board 22
Dennis Smith (19) Bye
Martyn Turner 5-4 Scott Robertson
Nikash Patel 5-1 Eddie Lawrence
Steve Grubb 5-0 Simon Craven
Board 23
Kevin McDine (12) Bye
Louis Blundell 5-0 Jim McKevitt
Chuck Pankow 5-4 Tom Wilson
Rocco Maes 5-4 Dan Lauby
Board 24
Steve Beaton (13) Bye
Ray Carver 5-0 Davis Snider
Mark Webster 5-0 Andrew Bennett
Anthony Thompson 5-2 Martin S Rodda
Second Round
Peter Manley 5-0 David Flowers
James Barton 5-4 Chris Cooper
Shane O^Connor 5-3 Steve Brown
John Kuczynski 5-2 Dan Zimmerman
Andy Smith 5-1 Kevin Harris
Bryan de Hoog 5-3 Ben Burton
Jan van der Rassel 5-0 Joachim Koessler
Daz Horler 5-1 Brian Rowe
Robert Thornton 5-0 Anthony Eugenia
Mark Stephenson 5-1 Andy Fordham
Jason Clark 5-1 Larry Butler
Phillip Hazel 5-3 Aaron Turner
Barrie Bates 5-3 Lee Williams
Steve Hine 5-1 John Quantock
Gary Mawson 5-1 Steve Hogan
Scott Henning 5-1 Robbie Newland
Denis Ovens 5-2 Mark W Robinson
Dave Ladley 5-4 Gordon Morrison
Colin Monk 5-0 John Murray
Kevin Dowling 5-4 Tony Ayres
Tony Eccles 5-4 Joe Cullen
Paul Knighton 5-4 Darren Johnson
Steve Maish 5-0 Andreas Waldenmaier
Ken MacNeil 5-0 John Denich
Gary Anderson 5-1 Mark Dudbridge
Joe DaVanti 5-3 Allan Snabel
Jacko Barry 5-2 Stuart Holden
Matt Jackson 5-0 Karl Loiseau
Michael van Gerwen 5-0 Jeff Hubbard
Sean Palfrey 5-2 Jules Budd
Gerry Convery 5-4 Matt Clark
Sam Rooney 5-0 Morihiro Hashimoto
Roland Scholten 5-0 Dan Butler
Darren Latham 5-3 Alan Taylor
Mick McGowan 5-0 Brian Jones
Nick Fullwell 5-3 Stephen Panuncialman
Paul Lim 5-3 Andy Jenkins
Jim Newman 5-2 Brian Griffiths
Wes Newton 5-0 Graham Warburton
Mark Carter 5-0 Scott Clifford
Kirk Shepherd 5-0 Dave Ansell
Mark Lawrence 5-3 Dieter Schutsch
Martyn Turner 5-1 Dennis Smith
Steve Grubb 5-1 Nikash Patel
Louis Blundell 5-3 Kevin McDine
Chuck Pankow 5-4 Rocco Maes
Ray Carver 5-3 Steve Beaton
Mark Webster 5-2 Anthony Thompson
Third Round
Peter Manley 5-3 James Barton
Shane O^Connor 5-4 John Kuczynski
Bryan de Hoog 5-4 Andy Smith
Daz Horler 5-2 Jan van der Rassel
Mark Stephenson 5-3 Robert Thornton
Phillip Hazel 5-3 Jason Clark
Barrie Bates 5-4 Steve Hine
Gary Mawson 5-0 Scott Henning
Denis Ovens 5-2 Dave Ladley
Colin Monk 5-3 Kevin Dowling
Paul Knighton 5-3 Tony Eccles
Ken MacNeil 5-2 Steve Maish
Gary Anderson 5-1 Joe DaVanti
Jacko Barry 5-4 Matt Jackson
Michael van Gerwen 5-3 Sean Palfrey
Sam Rooney 5-3 Gerry Convery
Roland Scholten 5-1 Darren Latham
Mick McGowan 5-2 Nick Fullwell
Paul Lim 5-4 Jim Newman
Wes Newton 5-3 Mark Carter
Mark Lawrence 5-3 Kirk Shepherd
Steve Grubb 5-4 Martyn Turner
Louis Blundell 5-2 Chuck Pankow
Ray Carver 5-4 Mark Webster
Fourth Round
Peter Manley 5-3 Shane O^Connor
Bryan de Hoog 5-1 Daz Horler
Phillip Hazel 5-0 Mark Stephenson
Barrie Bates 5-1 Gary Mawson
Colin Monk 5-2 Denis Ovens
Ken MacNeil 5-1 Paul Knighton
Gary Anderson 5-1 Jacko Barry
Sam Rooney 5-1 Michael van Gerwen
Roland Scholten 5-4 Mick McGowan
Wes Newton 5-4 Paul Lim
Mark Lawrence 5-4 Steve Grubb
Louis Blundell 5-4 Ray Carver
Losers £250
Fifth Round
Peter Manley 5-0 Bryan de Hoog
Phillip Hazel 5-2 Barrie Bates
Colin Monk 5-3 Ken MacNeil
Gary Anderson 5-1 Sam Rooney
Wes Newton 5-1 Roland Scholten
Louis Blundell 5-3 Mark Lawrence
Winners - Place in Las Vegas Desert Classic

Losers £1,000

Peter Manley
Phillip Hazel
Colin Monk
Gary Anderson
Wes Newton
Louis Blundell Las Vegas Desert Classic - Complete Field

PDC Top 16 Qualifiers
Phil Taylor (seed 1)
James Wade (2)
Raymond van Barneveld (3)
John Part (4)
Terry Jenkins (5)
Mervyn King (6)
Adrian Lewis (7)
Alan Tabern (8)
Dennis Priestley
Ronnie Baxter
Colin Lloyd
Wayne Mardle
Colin Osborne
Kevin Painter
Andy Hamilton
Mark Walsh
North American Order of Merit Qualifiers
Darin Young
Scott Burnett
Chris White
Bill Davis
Gary Anderson
Louis Blundell
Jamie Caven
Phillip Hazel
Jelle Klaasen
Peter Manley
Colin Monk
Wes Newton
Co Stompe
Vincent van der Voort
Simon Whitlock
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