Dec 13 2013

2014 World Championships; Jabba at the Palace

2014 World Championships; Jabba at the Palace

Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Lawrence Lustig/PDC

The Ladbrokes World Darts Championship will be held from December 13 2013-January 1 2014 at Alexandra Palace in London, featuring 72 players from around the world and a record first prize of £250,000 from over £1 million in prize money.  Coverage is live on Sky Sports HD throughout the event, with the semi-finals and final being shown in 3D.

Jabba has a very tough draw, taking on the Dutch ex-Lakeside world champion Jelle Klaasen in what may be one of the highest quality games of the 1st round.   Both players are on top form, so make sure you tune in on Sky Sports on Sunday to watch, and cheer on Jabba!

Sunday December 15 



(3-0, 3-0, 0-3, 3-1)

JAMIE CAVEN ended the hopes of 2006 Lakeside Champion Jelle Klaasen with a 3-1 victory in the first round of the 2014 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship on Sunday evening.

The world number 23, who won will now face five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld for a place in the third round of the competition.

The opening set saw Caven take advantage of missed doubles from his opponent to claim a 1-0 lead before taking the second set without reply, which featured a fabulous 158 checkout.

The third set started with Klaasen still yet to win the leg, but he overturned that negative in style as he won the third set in a blink of an eye to reduce the gap.

However, Caven regained his authority of the game as he took the first two legs of set four, which included a 115 finish, before wrapping up the contest in the fourth leg.

“I’m really pleased to have won tonight over Jelle, a former World Champion. I’ve had some tough losses here in the past so I’m thrilled tonght,” said Caven, who was defeated by John Bowles at this stage of the competition 12 months ago.

“Jelle was missing a lot of doubles early on and I took my chances well to get those first six legs of the match and get that cushion of a two sets lead.

“He won the third set really quickly and I knew I had to hit hard at the start of the fourth and that 115 finish to win the opening leg was big for me,” added Caven, who has enjoyed a great resurgence in 2013.

“I’m looking forward to playing Raymond in the next round and I really fancy the task. If both of us play to our top level I think it will be a cracker.”

Match Information
First Set
1-0 – Klaasen is guilty of four misses darts at double five and Caven nicks the first leg by hitting the same bed.
2-0 – Caven doubles his lead by taking out 74 on double top.
3-0 – Caven misses two chances to win the set but Klaasen is unable to take out 96 and Caven lands double ten to wrap up the set in double quick time.

Second Set
1-0 – Caven hits double four to hold throw and win his fourth leg in a row.
2-0 – The world number 23 turns on the style as he hits treble 19, treble 17, bullseye for a sensational 158 checkout.
3-0 – Klaasen continues to struggle on the doubles and lets six opportunities to get a leg on the board slip and Caven hits double two to pull further ahead.

Third Set
0-1 – Klaasen posts a 180 before hitting double 18 for an excellent 13-darter to claim his first leg of the match.
0-2 – The former Lakeside Champion suffers more agony on the doubles as he fails with seven attempts. However, Caven gives the Dutchman a life as he is off-target with six chances of his own and Klaasen hits double one to break.
0-3 – Klaasen hits double two to wrap up the set in a little under five minutes to give Caven something to think about.

Fourth Set
1-0 – Caven stops the Klaasen blitz as he takes out a 115 finish on double top.
2-0 – Caven hits his first 180 of the game to leave double 12 which he hits at the first attempt to record an excellent 13-darter.
2-1 – Klaasen replies with a 13-dart-finish of his own to keep his hopes alive.
3-1 – The Dutchman kicks-off with a 180 but a missed dart at bullseye is costly as Caven hits double 20 to claim a fine victory.

Match Stats

Jamie Caven 3-1 Jelle Klaasen
13 100+ 19
5 140+ 6
1 170+ 0
1 180 3
87.03 Average 89.56
158 High Finish 36
5 Breaks of Throw 2
9/23 – 39.13% Finishing – % 4/24 – 16.67%