Schedule of play confirmed for Unibet European Championship

Unibet European Championship

Oct 26 2020

The schedule of play has been confirmed for this week's Unibet European Championship.

Cullen defeats Van Gerwen to win International Darts Open

European Tour

Oct 25 2020

Joe Cullen defeated Michael van Gerwen to win the International Darts Open on Sunday.

Smith ends Price's two-year reign at International Darts Open

European Tour

Oct 24 2020

Ross Smith ended Gerwyn Price's two-year reign as champion at the International Darts Open on Saturday.

Super Smith dazzles on International Darts Open Day One

European Tour

Oct 23 2020

Ross Smith was the outstanding performer on the opening day of the 2020 International Darts Open.

Durrant to miss International Darts Open

European Tour

Oct 22 2020

Glen Durrant has withdrawn from this weekend's International Darts Open after receiving a positive test for Covid-19.

2020 International Darts Open draw and schedule

European Tour

Oct 22 2020

The draw and schedule of play have been confirmed for the 2020 International Darts Open.

European Championship race latest ahead of ET4

Unibet European Championship

Oct 22 2020

The latest standings in the race to qualify for the European Championship with one European Tour event to play.

Euro Tour champ De Sousa believes TV success beckons

European Tour

Oct 19 2020

Jose de Sousa is targeting success in TV events after picking up his first European Tour title.

Incredible De Sousa claims European Darts Grand Prix title

European Tour

Oct 18 2020

Jose De Sousa produced the performance of his career to claim the European Darts Grand Prix title.

Price avenges Petersen loss in Sindelfingen rematch

European Tour

Oct 17 2020

Gerwyn Price defeated Devon Petersen as he progressed to the final day of the European Darts Grand Prix

Results
Friday October 23
First Round    
Afternoon Session

Jason Lowe 6-5 Scott Marsh
Andreas Harrysson 6-3 Benito van de Pas
Andy Hamilton 6-2 Simeon Heinz
Ross Smith 6-1 Mario Vandenbogaerde
Franz Roetzsch 6-4 Brendan Dolan
Ron Meulenkamp 6-2 Michael Rosenauer
Steve West 6-3 Toni Alcinas
Danny Noppert 6-1 Sebastian Pohl

Evening Session
Robert Marijanovic 6-0 Jamie Lewis
Martin Schindler 6-1 Tytus Kanik
Scott Baker 6-4 Michael Unterbuchner
Martijn Kleermaker 6-5 Arsen Ballaj
Madars Razma 6-4 Kai Fan Leung
Max Hopp 6-1 Jelle Klaasen
Gabriel Clemens 6-1 Philipp Hagemann
Jesus Noguera 6-0 Maik Kuivenhoven

Saturday October 24
Second Round
Afternoon Session

Jamie Hughes 6-4 Steve West
Danny Noppert 6-3 Adrian Lewis
Michael Smith 6-2 Martin Schindler
Joe Cullen 6-1 Robert Marijanovic
Scott Baker 6-3 Daryl Gurney
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Ron Meulenkamp
James Wade 6-3 Andreas Harrysson
Franz Roetzsch 6-3 Rob Cross

Evening Session
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-4 Martijn Kleermaker
Andy Hamilton 6-5 Stephen Bunting
Nathan Aspinall 6-5 Jason Lowe
Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Gabriel Clemens
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Madars Razma
Ross Smith 6-5 Gerwyn Price
Max Hopp 6-3 Jose de Sousa
Jesus Noguera 6-3 Ian White

Sunday October 25
Afternoon Session
Third Round

Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Andy Hamilton
James Wade 6-2 Nathan Aspinall
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-5 Franz Roetzsch
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Jamie Hughes
Ross Smith 6-4 Max Hopp
Joe Cullen 6-1 Dave Chisnall
Michael Smith 6-1 Jesus Noguera
Danny Noppert 6-2 Scott Baker 

Evening Session
Quarter-Finals

Michael van Gerwen 6-3 James Wade
Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Krzysztof Ratajski
Joe Cullen 6-4 Ross Smith
Michael Smith 6-1 Danny Noppert

Semi-Finals
Michael van Gerwen 7-6 Mensur Suljovic
Joe Cullen 7-3 Michael Smith

Final
Joe Cullen 8-5 Michael van Gerwen

Prize Fund  
Winner - £25,000
Runner-up - £10,000
Semi-Finalists - £6,500
Quarter-Finalists - £5,000
Last 16 - £3,000
Last 32 - £2,000
Last 48 - £1,000
Total - £140,000

Joe Cullen defeated Michael van Gerwen 8-5 in the final of the International Darts Open as he claimed his second European Tour title in Riesa on Sunday.

Cullen defeated Van Gerwen 8-5 in the final of the 2019 European Darts Matchplay last September, and repeated the trick at the Sachsenarena in front of the German fans.

The win also means Cullen tops the final 2020 European Tour Order of Merit and heads into the Unibet European Championship as number one seed.

"It was the same scoreline as last time [the 2019 European Darts Matchplay] but the difference this time was Michael just didn't get going," Cullen admitted.

"It was lucky for me that he didn't, because if he did then it would've been a different game.

"I didn't think I was too great either. It is a confidence-builder but I honestly don't think I played well this tournament.

"That said, the closest I came to losing was against Ross [Smith] in the quarter-finals. I just did enough to win every game.

"It's amazing to pick up this title in front of a crowd, we all miss the fans."

Cullen both out-scored and out-finished the world number one in the final, ending the match with an average of almost six-points more than his opponent.

Van Gerwen, who had grown into the tournament after two below-par displays in his first two matches, got off to an ideal start with a 116 checkout, but it was Cullen who struck the first break of throw with a 13-dart leg to take a 4-2 lead.

It was a lead Cullen never came close to relinquishing as he held throw three times without Van Gerwen attempting a double to break, before producing a 14-dart break of throw in the final leg, pinning double top to seal the £25,000 top prize.

Cullen's weekend began with 6-1 routs of Robert Marijanovic and Dave Chisnall, before edging out Ross Smith 6-4 in the quarter-finals and then defeating Michael Smith 7-3 in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Van Gerwen ends the year without a European Tour title to his name and is seeded fifth for the European Championship.

The conclusion of the final European Tour event of 2020 saw the 32-player field and draw confirmed for the Unibet European Championship, which will take place in Oberhausen, Germany from October 29 - November 1.

Ross Smith, who defeated reigning International Darts Open champion Gerwyn Price in the second round is among the players to make it through to the televised event.

Two-time European Championship quarter-finalist Andy Hamilton will also return to the televised event having enjoyed a positive weekend in Riesa.