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Article: Tabern wins Welsh Player^s Championship

Tabern wins Welsh Player^s Championship

JAMES WADE will begin the defence of his Sky Poker World Grand Prix against Tony Eccles next month, while Phil Taylor meets Ronnie Baxter at the Citywest Hotel.

Wade defeated Terry Jenkins to claim the Dublin title last October, and will open up this year^s 2350,000 event on Monday October 6 against qualifier Eccles, who will be making his debut in the double-start tournament.

Seven-time World Grand Prix champion Taylor, the world number one who has claimed the PDC US Open, Las Vegas Desert Classic and World Matchplay titles already this year, opens his challenge against in-form Baxter, who won a Players Championship in Wales on Saturday.

Taylorfamously lost to Adrian Gray in the first round of last year^s tournament, suffering only his third loss in the history of the event, with all coming in the best-of-three set opener.

World number two Raymond van Barneveld also drew a form player, Alan Tabern - who knocked the Dutchman out of the Desert Classic earlier this year and won Sunday^s Welsh Players Championship.

2004 champion Colin Lloyd faces Vincent van der Voort, while World Champion John Part meets Chris Mason.


^s Mick McGowan will make his debut in the World Grand Prix against Terry Jenkins, while Northern Ireland^s Felix McBrearty - a shock Players Championship winner in his home town of Dromore recently - takes on number six seed Wayne Mardle.

The prize fund for the 2008 Sky Poker World Grand Prix has increased to a tournament-record £250,000, with £50,000 to the champion.

The schedule of play for the event, held from October 6-12, will be confirmed early next week.

Tickets for the Sky Poker World Grand Prix are still available on 00353 (0) 1 401 0500 or via

Sky Poker World Grand Prix First Round Draw & Bracket

James Wade (3) v Tony Eccles

Mervyn King v Wayne Jones

Wayne Mardle (6) v Felix McBrearty

Dennis Priestley v Denis Ovens

Colin Lloyd (7) v Vincent van der Voort

Mark Dudbridge v Kevin Painter

Raymond van Barneveld (2) v Alan Tabern

Adrian Lewis v Roland Scholten

John Part (4) v Chris Mason

Jacko Barry v Brendan Dolan

Terry Jenkins (5) v Mick McGowan

Mark Walsh v Steve Beaton

Andy Hamilton (8) v Andy Smith

Robert Thornton v Peter Manley

Phil Taylor (1) v Ronnie Baxter

John MaGowan v Colin Osborne


Red Dragon Darts

ALAN TABERN completed a Players Championship hat-trick with a final-leg triumph over Colin Osborne in Newport.

Tabern added to his wins in Wigan and Atlanta this year with a third PDC Pro Tour victory, which moves him up to a career-high tenth in the PDC Order of Merit.

He produced a superb comeback to claim the £5,000 title, having trailed 2-1 in sets to Osborne in the final before winning the fourth without reply and then taking the fifth in a deciding third leg after the Derby man missed two darts for victory.

Tabern dropped just one leg in a semi-final rout of Mervyn King, and also defeated Vincent van der Voort, Mick Savvery, Robert Thornton and Danny Pinhorne without losing a set.

Osborne overcame Andy Howarth 3-2 in his first round game, but then failed to drop a set in wins over Jan van der Rassel, Mark Walsh, Wayne Atwood, Andy Jenkins and Co Stompe to reach the final.

King^s run to the semi-finals saw him jump above Kevin Painter into the top 16 of the Order of Merit for the first time, following his move to the PDC circuit 18 months ago.

A dramatic final event before the cut-off for Sky Poker World Grand Prix qualification saw Andy Smith jump into the Dublin tournament at the expense of Kevin McDine with his run to the quarter-finals.

Dutchman Co Stompe needed to win the event to earn a place in the World Grand Prix, but lost 3-0 to Osborne in a high-quality semi-final, after earlier knocking out world number three James Wade and Saturday^s Players Championship winner Ronnie Baxter.

Andy Jenkins dropped only one set on the way to his third quarter-final of the year before losing to Osborne, while Holland^s Vincent van der Voort also reached the last eight.

Terry Jenkins, Wayne Mardle, Colin Lloyd and Peter Manley all lost out in the first round, while Wade was joined by Roland Scholten in exiting at the last 64 stage, with the Dutchman losing to St Helens youngster Michael Smith, who went on to reach the last 16 for a second successive day.

The qualifiers for the Sky Poker World Grand Prix are:

PDC top 16: Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld, James Wade, John Part, Terry Jenkins, Wayne Mardle, Colin Lloyd, Andy Hamilton, Adrian Lewis, Alan Tabern, Roland Scholten, Dennis Priestley, Peter Manley, Ronnie Baxter, Colin Osborne, Mervyn King.

Players Championship Order of Merit qualifiers: Chris Mason, Denis Ovens, Robert Thornton, Kevin Painter, Mark Walsh, Vincent van der Voort, Wayne Jones, Mark Dudbridge, Andy Smith, Tony Eccles, Felix McBrearty, Steve Beaton.

Leading four players from Ireland/Northern Ireland in Players Championship Order of Merit: Mick McGowan, John MaGowan, Brendan Dolan, Jacko Barry (James Keogh has not played the requisite six Players Championship events in 2008).

Welsh Players Championship (Sunday)

Preliminary Round

Michael Rosenauer 3-0 Ricky Williams

Frazer Hill 3-1 Karl Loiseau

Steve Johnson 3-1 Russell Mason

Brendan Dolan 3-1 Geoff Wylie

Mick Savvery Bye (Chris Beeston)

Lionel Sams 3-2 Owen Caffrey

Sean Palfrey 3-2 Alan Reynolds

Ian Jopling 3-0 David Nelson

Michael Barnard Bye (John Kuczynski)

Chris Allen 3-1 Tony Ayres

John Quantock 3-2 David Davies

James Barton 3-0 Steve Grubb

Chris Cooper 3-2 Peter Wright

Peter Walford 3-2 Dave Honey

Michael Smith 3-0 Mark Jodrill

Steve Brown 3-0 Mark Carter

Wayne Atwood 3-1 Lee White

Kevin Harris 3-1 Steve Cusick

Jan van der Rassel 3-1 Ian Perkins

Chris Thompson 3-0 Tom Martin

Dickie Foster 3-1 Paul Anthony

Norman Fletcher 3-2 Kevin Dowling

First Round

Alan Caves 3-1 Gary Mawson

Chris Hook 3-0 Chris Daglish

Stephen Hardy Bye (Phil Taylor)

Michael Rosenauer 3-1 Robbie Newland

Steve Evans 3-0 Chris Mason

Jim Withers 3-2 Joey Palfreyman

Vincent van der Voort Bye (Simon Cunningham)

Steve Johnson 3-0 Fraser Hill

Robert Thornton 3-1 Alex Roy

Steve Maish 3-1 Simon Pratt

Alan Tabern 3-0 Danny Pinhorne

Brendan Dolan 3-1 Danny King

Wayne Jones Bye (Jonathan Overton)

David Platt 3-0 Carl Minter

Kelvin Painter 3-0 Peter Manley

Mick Savvery 3-1 Andy Relf

Mick McGowan 3-1 Richie Burnett

John MaGowan 3-0 Francis Mellor

Andy Hamilton 3-1 Colin Monk

Lionel Sams 3-0 Jon Archer

Andy Smith 3-0 Dave Askew

Nick Fulwell 3-1 Ben Burton

Kevin Painter 3-0 Dave Ansell

Sean Palfrey 3-1 Ian Jopling

Michael van Gerwen 3-1 Darren Green

Shane Passey 3-1 Mark Tiller

Jacko Barry 3-1 Wayne Mardle


Welding 3-2 Michael Barnard


Bates 3-2 Kevin McDine

Aaron Turner 3-1 Darren Latham

Mervyn King 3-0 Jelle Klaasen

John Quantock 3-0 Chris Allen

Matt Clark 3-0 Davey Mansell

Sam Rooney 3-0 Jim Leighton

James Wade 3-0 Tony Littleton

Co Stompe 3-0 James Barton

Kirk Shepherd 3-0 John Jenkinson

Robert Watson-Lang 3-1 Gary Barnett

Mark Dudbridge 3-1 Mark Layton

Chris Cooper 3-1 Peter Walford

Wes Newton 3-2 Mark Frost

Darren Johnson 3-0 Mike Herold

Roland Scholten 3-1 Darren Richardson

Michael Smith 3-0 Peter Aleman

Adrian Gray 3-0 Alan Weist

Matt Gallett Bye (Dave Smith)

Ronnie Baxter 3-0 Alan Warriner-Little

Steve Brown 3-0 Andy Mason

Steve Beaton 3-0 Ian Eames

Carlos Rodriguez 3-0 Steve Musson

Matt Jackson 3-0 Colin Lloyd

Wayne Atwood Walkover (Jason Clark withdrew mid-game)

Mark Walsh 3-0 Geoff Whitworth

Andrew Davies 3-2 Jamie Caven

Colin Osborne 3-2 Andy Howarth

Jan van der Rassel 3-2 Kevin Harris

Tony Eccles 3-2 Justin Pipe

Steve Hine 3-2 Simon Whatley

James Keogh 3-1 Terry Jenkins

Chris Thompson 3-1 Louis Blundell

Andy Jenkins 3-0 Ben Simpson

Martin Burchell 3-0 Joe Cullen

Denis Ovens 3-0 Steve Randall

Dickie Foster 3-2 Norman Fletcher

Second Round

Alan Caves 3-1 Chris Hook

Stephen Hardy 3-1 Michael Rosenauer

Steve Evans 3-1 Jim Withers

Vincent van der Voort 3-1 Steve Johnson

Robert Thornton 3-2 Steve Maish

Alan Tabern 3-2 Brendan Dolan

David Platt 3-2 Wayne Jones

Mick Savvery 3-1 Kelvin Painter

John MaGowan 3-2 Mick McGowan

Andy Hamilton 3-2 Lionel Sams

Andy Smith 3-0 Nick Fulwell

Sean Palfrey 3-1 Kevin Painter

Michael van Gerwen 3-0 Shayne Passey


Welding 3-0 Jacko Barry


Bates 3-0 Aaron Turner

Mervyn King 3-1 John Quantock

Matt Clark 3-1 Sam Rooney

Co Stompe 3-2 James Wade

Robert Watson-Lang 3-0 Kirk Shepherd

Mark Dudbridge 3-2 Chris Cooper

Wes Newton 3-1 Darren Johnson

Michael Smith 3-2 Roland Scholten

Adrian Gray 3-0 Matt Gallett

Ronnie Baxter 3-1 Steve Brown

Carlos Rodriguez 3-1 Steve Beaton

Wayne Atwood 3-1 Matt Jackson

Mark Walsh 3-0 Andrew Davies

Colin Osborne 3-0 Jan van der Rassel

Tony Eccles 3-1 Steve Hine

James Keogh 3-2 Chris Thompson

Andy Jenkins 3-0 Martin Burchell

Denis Ovens 3-2 Dickie Foster

Losers £75

Third Round

Alan Caves 3-0 Stephen Hardy

Vincent van der Voort 3-0 Steve Evans

Alan Tabern 3-0 Robert Thornton

Mick Savvery 3-2 David Platt

Andy Hamilton 3-0 John MaGowan

Andy Smith 3-2 Sean Palfrey

Michael van Gerwen 3-0 Gary Welding

Mervyn King 3-1 Barrie Bates

Co Stompe 3-2 Matt Clark

Mark Dudbridge 3-0 Robert Watson-Lang

Michael Smith 3-2 Wes Newton

Ronnie Baxter 3-1 Adrian Gray

Wayne Atwood 3-2 Carlos Rodriguez

Colin Osborne 3-0 Mark Walsh

Tony Eccles 3-0 James Keogh

Andy Jenkins 3-0 Denis Ovens

Losers £150

Fourth Round

Vincent van der Voort 3-0 Alan Caves

Alan Tabern 3-0 Mick Savvery

Andy Smith 3-2 Andy Hamilton

Mervyn King 3-0 Michael van Gerwen

Co Stompe 3-2 Mark Dudbridge

Ronnie Baxter 3-0 Michael Smith

Colin Osborne 3-0 Wayne Atwood

Andy Jenkins 3-1 Tony Eccles

Losers £300


Alan Tabern 3-0 Vincent van der Voort (2-1, 2-0, 2-1)

Mervyn King 3-0 Andy Smith (2-1, 2-0, 2-0)

Co Stompe 3-2 Ronnie Baxter (2-0, 0-2, 1-2, 2-0, 2-1)

Colin Osborne 3-0 Andy Jenkins (2-0, 2-0, 2-1)

Losers £600


Alan Tabern 3-0 Mervyn King (2-0, 2-0, 2-1)

Colin Osborne 3-0 Co Stompe (2-1, 2-1, 2-0)

Losers £1,250


Alan Tabern 3-2 Colin Osborne (2-0, 1-2, 1-2, 2-0, 2-1)

Winner £5,000

Runner-Up £2,500

News Updates

Preliminary Round


^s Michael Rosenauer wins in straight sets against Ricky Williams.

Brendan Dolan wins the all-Northern Ireland battle with Geoff Wylie for the second successive day after the pair were drawn against each other for both Players Championships in Wales.

Sean Palfrey takes 3-2 victory in all-Welsh clash with Alan Reynolds.

Michael Smith, who reached the last 16 on Saturday, defeats Mark Jodrill 3-0, with James Barton and Steve Brown winning by the same scoreline.

Kevin Harris and Dickie Foster progress with 3-1 wins over Steve Cusick and Paul Anthony respectively.

Lionel Sams defeats Owen Caffrey in five sets - ending the Irishman^s hopes of qualifying for the World Grand Prix.

Ian Jopling takes 3-0 win over David Nelson and will now meet Palfrey in the first round.

John Quantock edges out David Davies in five sets.

Norman Fletcher defeats Kevin Dowling 3-2 to progress to round one.

First Round

Michael van Gerwen wins 3-1 against Darren Green.

David Platt wins 3-0 against Carl Minter, and will meet Wayne Jones in round two.

Welshman Kelvin Painter sends Peter Manley to defeat with straight sets victory.

Wes Newton edges out Mark Frost in five sets.

Adrian Gray, Matt Clark and Steve Beaton open with 3-0 victories.


Caves defeats American Gary Mawson 3-1, condemning the UK Open runner-up to a second successive first round loss.

Tony Eccles - one of the players battling to seal his World Grand Prix place - edges out Justin Pipe 3-2.

Mick McGowan defeats Welshman Richie Burnett 3-0.

Andy Smith, who dropped out of the qualifying places for the World Grand Prix on Saturday, overcomes Dave Askew in straight sets.


^s Carlos Rodriguez overcomes Steve Musson in straight sets to move into last 64, where he meets Beaton.

Mark Walsh wins 3-0 against Geoff Whitworth.

Saturday^s champion Ronnie Baxter opens with 3-0 win over Alan Warriner-Little.

James Wade is straight sets winner against Tony Littleton.

Robert Thornton opens with 3-1 win over Alex Roy.

Matt Jackson defeats Colin Lloyd - last weekend^s Windy City Open Players Championship winner - in straight sets.

John MaGowan defeats Francis Mellor in straight sets to set up second round meeting with Mick McGowan.

Steve Evans knocks Chris Mason out 3-0, while Steve Maish progresses with 3-1 win over Simon Pratt.

Kirk Shepherd defeats John Jenkinson in straight sets.

Co Stompe sets up second round clash with Wade after 3-0 win over James Barton.


^s Steve Brown moves through to last 64 with straight sets win over Andy Mason.

Jacko Barry defeats Wayne Mardle 3-1.

Steve Hine edges out Simon Whatley 3-2.

Jason Clark withdraws during contest with Wayne Atwood due to recurrence of shoulder problem.

Andy Jenkins overcomes Ben Simpson in straight sets.

Alan Tabern opens with 3-0 win over Danny Pinhorne.

Barrie Bates survives Kevin McDine^s comeback to take 3-2 win - leaving the youngster hoping other results go his way to hang on to a World Grand Prix place.

Michael Smith takes second straight sets win of the day, defeating Peter Aleman 3-0.

James Keogh, a semi-finalist on Saturday, defeats Terry Jenkins 3-1.

Saturday^s runner-up Jamie Caven loses 3-2 to Welshman Andrew Davies.

Kevin Painter begins with 3-0 win over Dave Ansell, and will meet Sean Palfrey in the second round, following the Welshman^s win over Ian Jopling.

Denis Ovens opens his challenge with 3-0 win over Steve Randall.

Mervyn King seals 3-1 win over Jelle Klaasen with 160 checkout.

John Quantock wins in straight sets against Chris Allen.

Second Round

David Platt takes narrow 3-2 win over Wayne Jones to reach last 32.

Adrian Gray moves into third round with 3-0 win over Matt Gallett.


Caves progresses with 3-1 win over Chris Hook.

Carlos Rodriguez knocks out Steve Beaton 3-1.

Matt Clark defeats Sam Rooney 3-1.

Mick Savvery^s win over Kelvin Painter sets up board four final against Platt.

Co Stompe produces a 12-darter against the throw to win a deciding leg against James Wade.

Michael van Gerwen defeats Shane Passey 3-0 to move into last 32.

Andy Smith^s hopes of qualifying for the World Grand Prix are boosted by 3-0 win over Nick Fulwell.

Robert Thornton edges out Steve Maish 3-2, while Stephen Hardy defeats Germany^s Michael Rosenauer 3-1.

Steve Evans follows up win over Chris Mason by defeating Jim Withers 3-1.

Michael Smith secures another big scalp with 3-2 defeat of Roland Scholten.

Wayne Atwood sets up board 13 final with Rodriguez after 3-1 win over Matt Jackson.

Sean Palfrey knocks out Kevin Painter 3-1.

Mark Dudbridge sneaks past Chris Cooper 3-2, and will meet Robert Watson-Lang in last 32, after the Essex youngster defeated Kirk Shepherd in straight sets.

Denis Ovens edges out Dickie Foster 3-2 and now meets Andy Jenkins.

Mervyn King defeats John Quantock 3-1.

Andy Hamilton defeats Lionel Sams 3-2 to set up board final with John MaGowan.

Colin Osborne wins in straight sets against Jan van der Rassel.

Third Round

Mick Savvery wins board four with 3-2 defeat of David Platt.


Caves reaches last 16 with 3-0 win over Stephen Hardy.

Ronnie Baxter remains on course for back-to-back titles with 3-1 win over Adrian Gray.

Wayne Atwood edges past Carlos Rodriguez in five sets to move into fourth round.

Michael van Gerwen progresses to last 16 with straight sets defeat of Gary Welding.

Michael Smith secures second successive last 16 appearance with narrow win over Wes Newton, earning him fourth round clash with Baxter.

Co Stompe edges out Matt Clark 3-2, and another Dutchman, Vincent van der Voort, defeats Steve Evans to progress.

Alan Tabern defeats Robert Thornton in straight sets to move into last 16, where he meets Mick Savvery.

Andy Smith wins in five sets against Sean Palfrey to reach round four.

Mark Dudbridge moves into last 16 with straight sets win over Robert Watson-Lang.

Andy Hamilton wins 3-0 against John MaGowan to set up last 16 clash with Andy Smith.

Mervyn King^s 3-1 win over Barrie Bates leaves Wayne Atwood as the sole Welshman remaining in Newport.

Colin Osborne completes last 16 line-up with 3-0 win over Mark Walsh.

Fourth Round

Ronnie Baxter marches into quarter-finals with 3-0 whitewash of Michael Smith.

Vincent van der Voort sweeps into quarter-finals in straight sets against Alan Caves.

Alan Tabern sets up quarter-final with van der Voort after 3-0 win over Mick Savvery.

Co Stompe holds off Mark Dudbridge^s fightback to win in a deciding set, with the Bristol man having come back from 2-0 down to level.

Andy Jenkins knocks out Tony Eccles 3-1 to reach the quarter-finals.

Mervyn King reaches quarter-finals with 3-0 defeat of Michael van Gerwen.

Andy Smith wins tense five-set clash with Andy Hamilton in a deciding leg, with the Stoke man missing six darts for the win in the deciding leg.

Colin Osborne seals quarter-final place with 3-0 win over Wayne Atwood.


Alan Tabern drops just two legs in straight sets win over Vincent van der Voort.

Co Stompe reaches his first PDC Pro Tour semi-final with five-set win over Ronnie Baxter, coming from 2-1 down to win four of the final five legs.

Mervyn King drops just one leg in win over Andy Smith to remain on course for second PDC Pro Tour win of 2008.

Colin Osborne reaches semi-finals with 3-0 win over Andy Jenkins, also dropping just one leg.


Colin Osborne reaches only his second PDC Pro Tour final of the year with a straight sets win over Co Stompe. He edged the first set 2-1, and took out 108 to win the second in a decider before claiming the win by taking the third without reply.

Alan Tabern defeated Mervyn King in style, dropping just one leg in a 3-0 win. Tabern won the first set 2-0 after King missed four darts at a double to level, and an 11-darter saw him take the second without reply. Tabern missed two darts for the match in leg two of the third, as King got off the mark, but King - who moves up to 16th in the PDC Order of Merit - missed two more darts at a double in the next and the St Helens man landed double 12 for victory.

Sky Poker World Grand Prix

Mervyn King moves above Kevin Painter into the top 16 of the PDC Order of Merit, although Painter still qualifies for the World Grand Prix through the Players Championship Order of Merit.

Andy Smith^s run to the last eight puts him back into the 12 qualifying places.

Steve Beaton^s £75 puts him level with Kevin McDine, but above the youngster in the 12th qualifying place on count-back after Co Stompe and Andy Jenkins failed to reach the final.

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