Nov 26 2014

Jabba previews Players Championship Finals challenge

The wind-lashed North Somerset coast may not be everyone’s first choice to spend a December weekend, but darts star Jamie Caven would wish to be nowhere else.

Jabba is part of a five-strong UK Sports Management team competing at the Players Championship Finals in Minehead, as the seaside resort is transformed into a darting mecca for three days.

With the major’s popularity growing by the year and fans flocking to see the sport’s best before the World Championship, Caven is well-aware of its importance.

As he plots a climb up the Order of Merit, the Unicorn Darts ace said he was looking forward to performing at a venue that was fast becoming one of his favourites.

Listen to Jamie Caven’s exclusive preview here…

Nov 22 2014

Jabba reveals all about Unicorn darts set-up

Ever wondered how a darts player perfects and personalises their set-up to make sure they are at the top of their game?

Wonder no more as UK Sports Management Jamie Caven gives manufacturer Unicorn an insight into exactly what he requires to make sure he fires more 180s than 26s.

World number 19 Jabba recently sat down with Unicorn’s player liaison official Matt Rankin to discuss his tungsten preferences.

Watch Unicorn’s video here…

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Nov 21 2014

Caven hopes hard graft will bring glory

Jamie Caven has stuck to his word following Singha Grand Slam of Darts defeat by going the extra mile at the practice board in the hope of bringing Players Championship success.

Fans’ favourite Jabba told UK Sports Management after bowing out of the Wolverhampton Civic Hall major at the group stages that he would work hard to bounce back.

Instead of dwelling on defeat, the Unicorn Darts player has determinedly battled on – playing long into the night – to ensure he is in the best possible shape ahead of the final ProTour event of the year in Coventry.

Listen to Jamie’s exclusive interview here…

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Jabba Talks Darts with Unicorn

Jabba was interviewed by Matt Ranking at Unicorn darts about his set-up

Nov 13 2014

Jabba out of Grand Slam – but by no means down

Jamie Caven has vowed to use his debut experience at the Singha Beer Grand Slam of Darts as inspiration for a flying finish to 2014.

The Derby-based favourite last night bowed out of the £400,000 major at Wolverhampton Civic Hall having lost all three of his group games.

Having pushed James Wade with a 98 average in a high class opener, rocked BDO ace Tony O’Shea with heavyweight scoring in match two and beaten by only a single leg in a spirited battle against Mervyn King, Jabba admitted he has been left ruing his misfortune.

However, with the Players Championship Finals in Minehead at the end of the month and December’s William Hill World Championship both on the horizon, UK Sports Management’s Caven refused to be downbeat.

The wildcard qualifier, currently ranked 19th in the world, said: “It’s been a good experience, I’ve learned a lot in the last three games. It’s not been favourable for me but when you look at it it’s a case of looking forward for the rest of the year.

“Mervyn said after the game that he’d love me no matter what as we get on well and often sit together at the floor events, but when it’s one-v-one you want to kill your opponent. Even though I was out, a big result could have seen me finish third in the group.

“If you look at my averages from the week I scored quite highly but it wasn’t to be. You can look for justice, but sometimes it doesn’t come.

“It’s been an experience, I’ll roll my sleeves up and push on for the rest of the year. Luckily this year the Grand Slam isn’t a rankings event so it’s a case of building on this for when it matters. You can’t dwell on things because you want to do well later on.”

King himself admitted following their 5-4 thriller that Caven’s form – and a 129 finish in particular – forced him to raise his game in order to top the group.

And while grateful for three further big stage matches against top quality opposition, Unicorn darts user Caven said it was not just his performances at the oche that gave him food for thought.

The CP Cases Scotland and Tag Tots Rugby-backed player said: “The crowd weren’t as favourable, not to either of us, it was a bit in-between.

“In all fairness, when I took out the 129 I thought there would be a bit more noise, but all I could hear was the crowd singing another song.

“Merv got the 164 in the next leg and the place erupted – I did wonder what I needed to do. It’s a case of another lesson learned, there was nothing wrong with the game and it wasn’t as if I missed doubles.

“It hasn’t worked out for me this week but I have had three games more experience and that will stand me in good stead.”

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Nov 08 2014

Jabba at the 2014 Grand Slam of Darts

It’s time for Jabba to once again play on TV – it’s a busy time in darts at the moment, which gives Jamie more chances to have a long run and move up the rankings.  Tonight Jabba takes part in the fans favourite ‘Grand Slam of Darts’ in Wolverhampton.  This is Jabba’s first time at the Slam, and hopefully far from the last!  He qualified in the special wild-card qualifier on Monday, and spoke about it here.

The tournament starts with a group stage, with each player getting to play in at least 3 games, before it heads into a straight knockout stage.  So losing game 1 isn’t a game over situation, but Jamie will of course be looking for a fast start.

The format in the group stage is best of 9 legs, so it’s important to start fast and keep it going!

SINGHA Beer Grand Slam of Darts

Group G

Game 1:  Jamie Caven 1-4 James Wade
Game 2:  Jamie Caven 3-4 Tony O’Shea
Game 3:  Jamie Caven 4-5 Mervyn King

 

Group G

Played

Won

Lost

Leg Diff

Points

Mervyn King (Q)

2

2

0

+2

4

James Wade

2

1

1

+3

2

Tony O’Shea

2

1

1

+1

2

Jamie Caven (E)

2

0

2

-6

0

Nov 07 2014

Jabba focused on Grand Slam of Darts battle

With much of the attention on James Wade and Mervyn King’s eagerly-anticipated Singha Beer Grand Slam of Darts battle, Jamie Caven is ready to create headlines of his own in Group G.

Jabba shrugged off disappointment of narrowly missing out in recent years by storming to one of his goals for 2014 by booking a place at the £400,000 major as one of Monday’s three wildcard qualifier winners.

While darts followers were captivated by the draw bringing together Unibet Masters finalists Wade and King, UK Sports Management’s Caven believes he can capture some of the limelight.

The Unicorn Darts user and BDO star Tony O’Shea complete the line-up for their shared pool, with the first round taking a round robin format where the top two performers progress to the knockout stages.

Caven and The Machine – a 11-10 winner over King in Edinburgh having trailed 9-2 – go toe-to-toe close Saturday’s evening’s session with Jabba relishing his chance to shine.

Listen to Jamie’s exclusive interview here…

Nov 03 2014

Caven through to Grand Slam of Darts as wildcard

Jamie Caven will join the 32-strong field at this weekend’s SINGHA Beer Grand Slam of Darts after beating almost 250 players to one of three wildcard qualifying spots.

The UK Sports Management player dropped just five legs in a barnstorming run at Wigan’s Robin Park Tennis Centre.

Jabba started strongly by following a first round 4-2 defeat of Nick Fulwell by whitewashing David Dodds and Mick Bushby.

The Unicorn Darts user again failed to drop a leg against Brett Claydon and moved to within a game of the Grand Slam by edging Mike Zuydwijk by the odd leg in seven.

Caven avoided any last six drama with a cool 4-0 success over Matt Edgar as Darren Webster and the winner of Brendan Dolan v Andy Smith nailed the other final places at the week-long major that brings together the cream of the PDC and BDO at Wolverhampton’s Civic Hall.

The Grand Slam sees players initially drawn into eight groups of four for the round-robin first round phase, the top two players from each progressing to the knockout stages.

Caven will be in pot four for the draw that will be made live on the Free Radio 80s Goalzone show from 6pm this evening. Click here to listen live.

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Oct 24 2014

Jabba at the European Championships

This year’s three-day European Championship event kicks off today when the 32 players compete in the first round in Germany, with Jabba playing the Serbian-born Austrian darts pro.

The £250,000 tournament, featuring an increased prize fund this year, will be televised live on ITV4 from the RWE Sporthalle in Muelheim, Germany.

Friday October 24
Afternoon Session (1.45pm-6pm local time, 12.45pm-5pm UK)

Round 1:  Jamie Caven (95.03) 6-2 (91.41) Mensur Suljovic

0-1 – Caven misses a dart at tops to break throw, and Suljovic finishes 34 to take the opening leg.
1-1 – Caven initially misses double 12 for a 144 finish, but has enough cushion to return and land double three to level.
2-1 – Suljovic misses darts at double 18, nine and four to win the leg, and Caven takes out 72 on double 16 for a break of throw.
3-1 – Double eight sees Caven take a third successive leg.
4-1 – Caven secures another break of throw as double ten moves him three legs clear of the Austrian.
5-1 – The Englishman finishes 145 on tops for a superb checkout to move to the break of victory.
5-2 – Caven opens with 180 and 140, with Suljovic landing a 177 and returning following two misses for the match at tops from Caven by landing double four to stay alive.
6-2 – Caven finishes 120 to seal the victory and move into the last 16.

Round 2:  Jelle Klaasen 10-7 Jamie Caven

Jabba against Jelle Klaasen

Jabba against Jelle Klaasen (Pic Lustig/PDC)

0-1 – Caven opens with 140 and 180, and needs the breathing space with six initial missed doubles before he returns to post double 12 – although Klaasen misses one dart at double 18 to break.
1-1 – Klaasen posts a maximum of his own, and when Caven misses the bull for a 92 finish, the Dutchman returns to land double ten.
1-2 – Caven opens the leg with a 174 score, before hitting tops to move back ahead.
2-2 – Klaasen finishes a third-dart double 16 as he levels.
3-2 – Klaasen kicks off the leg with a 180 and adds scores of 140 and 105 before finishing 76 for an 11-darter to break throw and move ahead for the first time.
3-3 – Double four sees Caven break back to level.
3-4 – Klaasen lands a 180 but pays for missed doubles as Caven steps in on double 12 to move back ahead.
4-4 – Klaasen posts another maximum and then takes out double 18 for a 12-darter to level.
4-5 – Caven posts a 180 and finishes 138 on double nine to edge back in front with a fine leg.
4-6 – Caven breaks throw by finishing 100 to move two legs up for the first time.
5-6 – Klaasen lands a 177 before missing doubles across two visits, but Caven is unable to finish 147 on double 18 to allow the Dutchman back on double two.
6-6 – Klaasen scores seven perfect darts with a 177 and 180, but misses a second treble 20 on a 144 finish for a nine-darter – although he returns to win the leg in 11 darts on double 18 to level.
7-6 – Klaasen’s charge continues as he fires in a sixth 180 of the game, with Caven landing a 177 in reply only to see his opponent finish tops for a 13-darter to regain the lead.
8-6 – Klaasen posts another maximum and takes out 110 on double 18 as he moves two legs clear with a fourth successive leg.
8-7 – The pair trade 180s before double top sees Caven slow his rival’s momentum.
9-7 – Klaasen lands his ninth 180 – and posts a maximum for a fifth successive leg – before double three moves him to the brink of victory.
10-7 – A tenth 180 of the game sees Klaasen pull clear, and when Caven misses double 12, the former Lakeside Champion returns to pin double two to complete a heavy-scoring win.

Jabba beats Mensur in Germany

Jabba beats Mensur in Germany (Pic Lustig/PDC)

 

Oct 23 2014

Jabba wary of Suljovic test at European Championship

Derby darts dynamo Jamie Caven heads to the European Championship in confident mood but is refusing to underestimate his first round opponent.
Jabba – represented by UK Sports Management – locks horns with Austrian ace Mensur Suljovic at the RWE Sporthalle, Muelheim, in the £250,000 competition.
A run to Sunday’s last 16 in the Players Championship and an almost successful fight back against eventual winner Michael van Gerwen means Caven heads to Germany buoyant.
However, he knows he cannot allow his game to drop against a player who is no stranger to the big stage.
Listen to Jamie’s interview here…

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