SUPER IAN ENJOYS ALL-WHITE CHAMPIONSHIP LEAGUE DARTS DEBUT
The Stoke ace^s rise into the world^s top 32 was recognised with his first participation in Championship League Darts, which features eight eight-player groups doing battle before the daily champions face off in next Thursday^s big-money Winners Group.
White was one of four players to win four of their seven league matches in one of the tightest groups so far in the event, with Paul Nicholson^s five victories seeing him top the table.
Kim Huybrechts and Peter Wright finished second and third respectively, while White narrowly qualified for the Play-Offs on Leg Difference ahead of Gary Anderson - who missed out by one leg after losing his final league game 6-4 to Colin Lloyd.
White then defeated Nicholson 6-4 in their semi-final clash, averaging 100.55 before winning the decider by the same margin in a tight clash with Wright.
The pair hit 180s in the final^s opening leg as White held throw with a 97 finish, before Wright levelled with scores of 180 and 171 in a 12-darter.
A 14-dart leg gave White the third before double 16 saw Wright level, with the same bed coming to his rescue in leg six - to complete a 13-darter - after his opponent had claimed his third leg on double 18.
Wright, seeking a break of throw to move ahead, hit another maximum in leg seven, only to miss two darts at double 16 as White posted the same bed to hold - only for the roles to be reversed as the Stoke ace wasted three chances to break as double 16 saw his opponent take the eighth leg.
Wright then missed the bull to win the ninth as the tension mounted, with double eight putting White 5-4 up before he hit a 177 in leg ten, sealing victory by finishing 89 in the middle of the bullseye.
"It can^t get any better than that!" said White. "Gary missed a bull in his last game and lost 6-4 to Colin Lloyd and that put me through by one leg, so I was quite happy with that - I got my chance and I took it.
"Against Paul Nicholson in the semi-finals I had to keep power scoring, I hit a few 180s and Paul was trying to hit me back and couldn^t do it, and in the final I had a couple of good finishes.
"It was a pretty hard day and the standard^s quite high, often you^re throwing nine darts and not getting another throw in the leg because of the players you^re up against."
"I couldn^t have imagined coming here for my first day and winning - I^d have been happy just to survive and come back to play in Group Seven, but I can forget that now and get ready for the Winners Group."
White won his first Players Championship event in Barnsley last month, and will now challenge for the biggest title of his career next week, with a £10,000 first prize plus double-money available in the Championship League Darts Winners Group.
"It^s a very special time for me at the moment," he added. "Last year, I had a lot of finals and lost them, but I learned from that. I^ve only had one ProTour final, but I had a win, and now I^m in the Winners Group of Championship League Darts."
Wright^s defeat meant that he suffered the disappointment of losing in the final for a second successive day, after being edged out by Michael van Gerwen 24 hours earlier.
The Mendham-based star, who has risen into the world^s top 16 following two ProTour wins this year, made the Play-Offs in all three of this week^s groups, but will now return on Tuesday to compete in Group Seven.
He had sealed his place in the final with a 6-3 victory over Kim Huybrechts in the last four, while the Belgian had landed a brilliant nine-dart finish during his run to the Play-Offs.
Huybrechts^ perfect leg, achieved in a narrow win over Nicholson, was the fourth hit so far in this year^s Championship League Darts, with Phil Taylor hitting a nine-darter in Group One before two were landed in Tuesday^s Group Four, by van Gerwen and Mervyn King.
King, though, was eliminated alongside Colin Lloyd in Group Six after the pair won only two of their seven league matches, while Jamie Caven and Gary Anderson survived to progress to Group Seven.
The five survivors from Thursday^s play at Crondon Park GC in Essex are joined in next Tuesday^s Group Seven by a trio of former World Champions, as John Part, Richie Burnett and Steve Beaton enter the fray.
Championship League Darts will be streamed live online worldwide to LIVEPDC.TV Subscribers, and streamed online through a series of bookmakers^ websites around the world who are listed at www.pdc.tv.
Prize money is paid at £50 per leg won in the league phase as the eight players meet each other once, before prize money rises to £100 per leg in the Play-Offs.
Championship League Darts
Group Six - Thursday October 17
Board One Board Two
Mervyn King 2-6 Kim Huybrechts Ian White 6-5 Jamie Caven
Paul Nicholson 6-3 Colin Lloyd Peter Wright 6-4 Gary Anderson
Jamie Caven 5-6 Mervyn King Kim Huybrechts 6-1 Ian White
Gary Anderson 2-6 Paul Nicholson Colin Lloyd 2-6 Peter Wright
Jamie Caven 6-2 Peter Wright Mervyn King 5-6 Colin Lloyd
Gary Anderson 6-4 Ian White Kim Huybrechts 6-5 Paul Nicholson
Peter Wright 6-4 Mervyn King Jamie Caven 6-3 Colin Lloyd
Kim Huybrechts 5-6 Gary Anderson Ian White 4-6 Paul Nicholson
Ian White 6-5 Peter Wright Paul Nicholson 3-6 Mervyn King
Colin Lloyd 3-6 Kim Huybrechts Gary Anderson 6-4 Jamie Caven
Paul Nicholson 6-4 ! Jamie Caven Kim Huybrechts 5-6 Peter Wright
Colin Lloyd 2-6 Ian White Mervyn King 4-6 Gary Anderson
Ian White 6-3 Mervyn King Jamie Caven 6-5 Kim Huybrechts
Gary Anderson 4-6 Colin Lloyd Peter Wright 4-6 Paul Nicholson
Paul Nicholson 4-6 Ian White Kim Huybrechts 3-6 Peter Wright
Ian White 6-4 Peter Wright
Final League Table & G6 Prize Money
Pl W L Won Lost Leg +/- £Won Pts £Total
Paul Nicholson 7 5 2 38 29 +9 £1900 10 £2300
Kim Huybrechts 7 4 3 39 29 +10 £1950 8 £2250
Peter Wright 7 4 3 35 33 +2 £1750 8 £2750
Ian White 7 4 3 33 33 0 £1650 8 £2850
Gary Anderson 7 4 3 34 35 -1 £1700 8
Jamie Caven 7 3 436 34 +2 £1800 6
Mervyn King 7 2 5 30 38 -8 £1500 4
Colin Lloyd 7 2 5 25 39 -14 £1250 4
Collated Championship League Darts Prize Money
Michael van Gerwen £13,100
Peter Wright £8,050
Dave Chisnall £8,000
Kim Huybrechts £7,650
Mervyn King £6,550
Wes Newton £6,200
Adrian Lewis £5,900
Gary Anderson £5,450
Andy Hamilton £4,600
Kevin Painter £4,050
Paul Nicholson £3,750
Phil Taylor £3,150
Terry Jenkins £3,150
Ian White £2,850
Jamie Caven £1,800
Robert Thornton £1,750
Brendan Dolan £1,550
Simon Whitlock £1,350
Mark Webster £1,350
Colin Lloyd £1,250
James Wade £1,200
Ronnie Baxter £1,200
Justin Pipe £1,100