The 2011 Championship League Darts was the fourth edition of a darts competition — the Championship League Darts. The competition was organized and held by the Professional Darts Corporation, with the 2011 edition having a maximum prize fund of £189,000.

Championship League Darts
Tournament information
DatesSeptember 27 – October 20
VenueCrondon Park Golf Club
LocationStock, Essex
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)PDC
FormatLegs
Prize fund£189,000
Winner's share£10,000
Nine-dart finishAustralia Simon Whitlock
England Phil Taylor
Champion(s)
England Phil Taylor
«2010 2012»

The format of the tournament was similar to the Premier League Darts tournament, also organized by the PDC, except it was contested by a larger pool of players who were split up into a number of groups.

Every match could be watched on one of the thirty bookmaker websites who broadcast the competition. The tournament was available globally through the internet, except in the United States of America where it could not be shown for legal reasons.

Format

The first group consisted of the top eight players from the PDC Order of Merit who were available for the competition. These eight players played each other over the course of a day, receiving two points for each win. All matches were contested over a maximum of 11 legs with a player winning the match on reaching 6 legs. After all players had played each other, the four players with the most points progressed to the semi-finals with the winners of those matches progressing into the final.

The winner of the final progressed to the winners group which took place at the end of the competition. The runner-up, losing semi-finalists and the players finishing fifth and sixth moved into group two, where they were joined by the next three players in the Order of Merit. The format of the second group was the same as the first group with players moving into the third group. In total there were 8 groups before the final group took place.

This format ensures that all players who do not win the group or finish in the last two positions have another chance to qualify for the winners group.

Tournament dates

The tournament took place over 9 days throughout September and October 2010. One group was played on each day. The dates were as follows:[1]

The tournament took place at the Crondon Park Golf Club in Essex.

Co Stompe withdrew following group 6 due to injury. As a consequence John Part was moved from starting in group 8 to group 7 and Jelle Klaasen was added as a replacement in group 8.[2]

Group winners in bold, players eliminated in italic

Winners Group

Group stage

Group 1

Played Tuesday 27 September, group 1 was won by Gary Anderson. Terry Jenkins and reigning world champion Adrian Lewis were knocked out.[3]

Tay And Whi New Web Wad Lew Jen Points, Legs
1 England Phil Taylor 6–2 6–3 6–3 6–1 6–2 6–3 6–2 14, 42–16
2 Scotland Gary Anderson 2–6 6–5 6–5 6–5 6–2 6–2 6–5 12, 38–30
3 Australia Simon Whitlock 3–6 5–6 6–5 6–1 6–1 6–3 6–1 10, 38–23
4 England Wes Newton 3–6 5–6 5–6 6–4 6–4 6–2 6–1 8, 37–33
5 Wales Mark Webster 1–6 5–6 1–6 4–6 6–3 6–5 6–1 6, 29–33
6 England James Wade 2–6 2–6 1–6 4–6 3–6 6–4 6–5 4, 24–39
7 England Adrian Lewis 3–6 2–6 3–6 2–6 5–6 4–6 6–0 2, 25–36
8 England Terry Jenkins 2–6 5–6 1–6 1–6 1–6 5–6 0–6 0, 19–42
Semi-final Final
      
1 England Phil Taylor 5
4 England Wes Newton 6
4 England Wes Newton 1
2 Scotland Gary Anderson 6
2 Scotland Gary Anderson 6
3 Australia Simon Whitlock 4

Group 2

Played on 27 September 2011 group 2 was won by world number one Phil Taylor. James Wade and Mark Webster were eliminated.[4]

Tay Kin Whi Nic New Ham Wad Web Points, Legs
1 England Phil Taylor 6–4 4–6 6–0 6–4 6–1 6–1 6–3 12, 40–19
2 England Mervyn King 4–6 6–4 4–6 6–2 6–2 6–2 6–4 10, 38–26
3 Australia Simon Whitlock 6–4 4–6 5–6 6–5 6–4 6–4 6–4 10, 39–33
4 Australia Paul Nicholson 0–6 6–4 6–5 5–6 6–2 6–3 6–3 10, 35–29
5 England Wes Newton 4–6 2–6 5–6 6–5 6–2 5–6 6–0 6, 34–31
6 England Andy Hamilton 1–6 2–6 4–6 2–6 2–6 6–2 6–4 4, 23–34
7 England James Wade 1–6 2–6 4–6 3–6 6–5 2–6 5–6 2, 23–41
8 Wales Mark Webster 3–6 4–6 4–6 3–6 0–6 4–6 6–5 2, 22–41
Semi-final Final
      
1 England Phil Taylor 6
4 Australia Paul Nicholson 3
1 England Phil Taylor 6
4 Australia Simon Whitlock 5
2 England Mervyn King 5
3 Australia Simon Whitlock 6

Group 3

Group 3 was played on 29 September 2011 and won by Paul Nicholson. Andy Hamilton and Wes Newton were eliminated.[5]

Nic Llo Whi Wal Jon Kin New Ham Points, Legs
1 Australia Paul Nicholson 6–4 6–5 6–3 6–5 3–6 6–4 6–4 12, 39–31
2 England Colin Lloyd 4–6 2–6 6–5 6–4 6–1 6–5 6–3 10, 36–30
3 Australia Simon Whitlock 5–6 6–2 3–6 3–6 6–3 6–1 6–2 8, 35–26
4 England Mark Walsh 3–6 5–6 6–3 6–4 2–6 6–1 6–4 8, 34–30
5 England Wayne Jones 5–6 4–6 6–3 4–6 6–3 5–6 6–1 6, 36–31
6 England Mervyn King 6–3 1–6 3–6 6–2 3–6 2–6 6–3 6, 27–32
7 England Wes Newton 4–6 5–6 1–6 1–6 6–5 6–2 6–5 6, 29–36
8 England Andy Hamilton 4–6 3–6 2–6 4–6 1–6 3–6 5–6 0, 22–42
Semi-final Final
      
1 Australia Paul Nicholson 6
4 England Mark Walsh 4
1 Australia Paul Nicholson 6
4 Australia Simon Whitlock 4
2 England Colin Lloyd 4
3 Australia Simon Whitlock 6

Group 4

Group 4 was played on 11 October 2011 and won by Mark Walsh. Ronnie Baxter and Wayne Jones were eliminated.[6]

Whi Llo Kin Wal Cav Voo Bax Jon Points, Legs
1 Australia Simon Whitlock 5–6 6–4 6–2 6–3 2–6 6–1 6–5 10, 37–27
2 England Colin Lloyd 6–5 2–6 6–5 6–3 6–2 3–6 6–4 10, 25–31
3 England Mervyn King 4–6 6–2 0–6 1–6 6–3 6–2 6–1 8, 29–26
4 England Mark Walsh 2–6 5–6 6–0 6–2 4–6 4–6 6–1 6, 33–27
5 England Jamie Caven 3–6 3–6 6–1 2–6 3–6 6–4 6–3 6, 29–32
6 Netherlands Vincent v d Voort 6–2 2–6 3–6 6–4 6–3 4–6 2–6 6, 29–33
7 England Ronnie Baxter 1–6 6–3 2–6 6–4 4–6 6–4 5–6 6, 30–35
8 England Wayne Jones 5–6 4–6 1–6 1–6 3–6 6–2 6–5 4, 26–37
Semi-final Final
      
1 Australia Simon Whitlock 2
4 England Mark Walsh 6
4 England Mark Walsh 6
3 England Mervyn King 2
2 England Colin Lloyd 2
3 England Mervyn King 6

Group 5

Group 5 was played on 12 October 2011 and won by Mervyn King. Colin Lloyd and Jamie Caven were eliminated. In the group phase Simon Whitlock achieved a nine dart finish checking out 144 with double 18.[7]

Kin Smi Whi Pain Osb Voo Llo Cav Points, Legs
1 England Mervyn King 6–4 6–5 5–6 6–0 6–3 6–1 6–3 12, 41–22
2 England Andy Smith 4–6 6–4 6–4 5–6 6–4 6–2 6–0 10, 39–26
3 Australia Simon Whitlock 5–6 4–6 2–6 6–2 6–4 6–4 6–3 8, 35–31
4 England Kevin Painter 6–5 4–6 6–2 6–4 4–6 5–6 6–5 8, 37–34
5 England Colin Osborne 0–6 6–5 2–6 4–6 6–2 6–5 6–2 8, 30–32
6 Netherlands Vincent v d Voort 3–6 4–6 4–6 6–4 2–6 6–3 6–5 6, 31–36
7 England Colin Lloyd 1–6 2–6 4–6 6–5 5–6 3–6 6–3 4, 27–38
8 England Jamie Caven 3–6 0–6 3–6 5–6 2–6 5–6 3–6 0, 21–42
Semi-final Final
      
1 England Mervyn King 6
4 England Kevin Painter 2
1 England Mervyn King 6
3 Australia Simon Whitlock 3
2 England Andy Smith 3
3 Australia Simon Whitlock 6

Group 6

Group 6 was played on 13 October 2011 and won by Simon Whitlock, who finally won after reaching all five preceding play-offs. Denis Ovens and Colin Osborne were eliminated.[8]

Bea Whi Smi Voo Tab Pai Ove Osb Points, Legs
1 England Steve Beaton 3–6 6–5 6–4 6–2 6–4 6–1 6–1 12, 39–23
2 Australia Simon Whitlock 6–3 3–6 6–5 6–5 6–3 6–2 6–4 12, 39–28
3 England Andy Smith 5–6 6–3 6–5 6–3 4–6 6–1 6–5 10, 39–29
4 Netherlands Vincent v d Voort 5–6 5–6 5–6 6–5 3–6 6–2 6–3 6, 35–34
5 England Alan Tabern 2–6 5–6 3–6 5–6 6–2 6–4 6–5 6, 33–35
6 England Kevin Painter 4–6 3–6 6–4 6–3 2–6 0–6 6–5 6, 27–36
7 England Denis Ovens 1–6 2–6 1–6 2–6 4–6 6–0 6–4 4, 22–34
8 England Colin Osborne 1–6 4–6 5–6 3–6 5–6 5–6 4–6 0, 27–42
Semi-final Final
      
1 England Steve Beaton 5
4 Netherlands Vincent v d Voort 6
4 Netherlands Vincent v d Voort 5
2 Australia Simon Whitlock 6
2 Australia Simon Whitlock 6
3 England Andy Smith 4

Group 7

Group 7 was played on 18 October 2011 and won by Steve Beaton. Andy Smith and Robert Thornton were eliminated.[9]

Voo Bea Par Pai Tab Dud Smi Tho Points, Legs
1 Netherlands Vincent v d Voort 6–2 2–6 6–2 6–1 6–3 6–5 5–6 10, 37–25
2 England Steve Beaton 2–6 6–5 6–3 4–6 6–4 6–3 6–3 10, 36–25
3 Canada John Part 6–2 5–6 6–4 4–6 4–6 6–5 6–1 8, 37–30
4 England Kevin Painter 2–6 3–6 4–6 6–3 6–3 6–3 6–2 8, 33–29
5 England Alan Tabern 1–6 6–4 6–4 3–6 5–6 5–6 6–2 6, 32–34
6 England Mark Dudbridge 3–6 4–6 6–4 3–6 6–5 5–6 6–5 6, 33–38
7 England Andy Smith 5–6 3–6 5–6 3–6 6–5 6–5 5–6 4, 33–40
8 Scotland Robert Thornton 6–5 3–6 1–6 2–6 2–6 5–6 6–5 4, 25–40
Semi-final Final
      
1 Netherlands Vincent v d Voort 4
4 England Kevin Painter 6
4 England Kevin Painter 4
2 England Steve Beaton 6
2 England Steve Beaton 6
3 Canada John Part 5

Group 8

Group 8 was played on 19 October 2011 and won by Dennis Priestley. As this was the last group all other seven participants missed out on qualifying to the winners group.[10]

Par Pai Voo Pri Dud Tab Kla Bro Points, Legs
1 Canada John Part 6–4 6–1 6–5 6–1 5–6 6–1 6–4 12, 41–22
2 England Kevin Painter 4–6 6–5 6–2 6–5 6–5 6–1 6–4 12, 40–28
3 Netherlands Vincent v d Voort 1–6 5–6 2–6 6–1 6–1 6–2 6–3 8, 32–25
4 England Dennis Priestley 5–6 2–6 6–2 5–6 6–3 6–5 6–3 8, 36–31
5 England Mark Dudbridge 1–6 5–6 1–6 6–5 6–5 6–1 6–4 8, 31–33
6 England Alan Tabern 6–5 5–6 1–6 3–6 5–6 6–2 6–5 6, 32–36
7 Netherlands Jelle Klaasen 1–6 1–6 2–6 5–6 1–6 2–6 6–5 2, 18–41
8 England Steve Brown 4–6 4–6 3–6 3–6 6–4 5–6 5–6 0, 28–42
Semi-final Final
      
1 Canada John Part 5
4 England Dennis Priestley 6
4 England Dennis Priestley 6
2 England Kevin Painter 5
2 England Kevin Painter 6
3 Netherlands Vincent v d Voort 4

Winners Group

The winners group was played on 20 October 2011 and won by Phil Taylor, who in the group phase achieved the second nine dart finish of the tournament by checking out 141 with double 12.[11]

Tay Kin Nic Bea Wal And Pri Whi Points, Legs
1 England Phil Taylor 6–3 6–1 6–3 6–3 6–5 6–2 6–5 14, 42–22
2 England Mervyn King 3–6 2–6 6–0 6–3 3–6 6–2 6–3 8, 33–26
3 Australia Paul Nicholson 1–6 6–2 2–6 6–3 6–1 5–6 6–2 8, 32–27
4 England Steve Beaton 3–6 0–6 6–2 3–6 6–2 4–6 6–3 6, 28–31
5 England Mark Walsh 3–6 3–6 3–6 6–3 2–6 6–1 6–5 6, 29–33
6 Scotland Gary Anderson 5–6 6–3 1–6 2–6 6–2 2–6 6–4 6, 28–33
7 England Dennis Priestley 2–6 2–6 6–5 6–4 1–6 6–2 3–6 6, 26–35
8 Australia Simon Whitlock 5–6 3–6 2–6 3–6 5–6 4–6 6–3 2, 28–39
Semi-final Final
      
1 England Phil Taylor 6
4 England Steve Beaton 1
1 England Phil Taylor 6
3 Australia Paul Nicholson 1
2 England Mervyn King 3
3 Australia Paul Nicholson 6

Coverage

The tournament was streamed worldwide through the PDC website. It was also streamed through thirty bookmaker websites.[12]

Bookmaker website Streamed in
12bet Worldwide
118 Bet Asia
The Bet Arena Asia
Bet24 Southern Europe
Bet365 Nordics
Betathome Worldwide
betboo South America
Betclic Southern Europe * France
Betfair UK, Ireland & Southern Europe
Bets 10 Southern Europe
Bwin Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Danskespil Denmark
Digibet Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Expekt Nordics
Favoritbet Central and Eastern Europe
FDJ France
Fortuna Central and Eastern Europe
Fonbet Russia
Forvetbet Turkey
Goldbet Italy
Hititbet Southern Europe
NordicBet Nordics
Paddy Power UK & Ireland
Paris Mutual Urbain France
Sportingbet Mainland Europe
Stan James UK & Ireland
TrioBet CEE
Unibet Europe
VivaroBet CEE
William Hill UK, Ireland & Australia

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