Grand Slam of Darts: Jonny Clayton explains his decision to keep working full-time as he targets Grand Slam glory | Darts News

first_img“It is genuinely how I feel. I’ve got a young family and I want everything to be spot on before I make that decision. I think I need to win a major before that decision is made.”Having said that, if Clayton continues on his upward trajectory, he may have a decision to make sooner rather than later.After kicking off the year with a run to the last eight at the Masters, the 46-year-old has also progressed to the semi-finals at the UK Open and the European Championship, losing out to Price and Peter Wright respectively.He succumbed to Michael van Gerwen in his first televised final at the Players Championship Finals in 2017, yet he’s a more formidable proposition now, which augurs well in his pursuit of glory.“I’m knocking on the door a few times now, so hopefully my bit of luck will come through and it will be my time at the Grand Slam or the Worlds,” said Clayton. Jonny Clayton helped create history on Sunday, as he and Gerwyn Price clinched Wales’ maiden World Cup crown Clayton featured as a challenger in the 2020 Premier League back in March This presents the perfect opportunity for Clayton to capitalise on this momentum. He was devastated after succumbing 11-8 to Wright in last month’s European Championship semi-finals – a remarkable miscount at a crucial juncture proving expensive.Fortunately for ‘The Ferret’, his World Cup medal ensures that is a distant memory, and now the full-time plasterer is focused on raising his darting ceiling.“I let myself down there [European Championship] but I know I can play darts and lifting that trophy has got to give me confidence. It is my second trophy with the PDC.“Austria was my first and this is definitely the biggest trophy. Hopefully this is going to kick me on and the confidence is definitely there, it’s just putting it all together and carrying on.“There are massive competitions left – the Grand Slam, the World Championship and also the Players Championships. I’m looking forward to it.”Follow the action from the Grand Slam with all nine days covered on Sky Sports Arena from November 16-24. If you are out and about follow via our live blogs and @SkySportsDarts for regular updates. Having flourished in tandem last weekend, the pair will now lock horns at the Ricoh Arena after being pitted together in Group G of the cross-code event alongside Pro Tour winner Ryan Joyce and women’s world champion Mikuru Suzuki.Price is eyeing a third successive Grand Slam crown, yet for Clayton, he is targeting a major title that could aid his bid to become a full-time professional. Gerywn Price bigged up his partner Jonny Clayton in a great team effort to claim the World Cup for Wales. “When we used to play Rugby, the hooker usually listens to the scrum-halfs, but I think he’s a bit bigger than me so I won’t talk to Gezzy about the Grand Slam. I’ll keep that to myself!”Clayton offers a little chuckle as he discusses the prospect of dethroning his World Cup partner, but he’s got every reason to be buoyant following his exploits in Salzburg.The pair struggled to fulfil their potential in their previous two World Cup appearances as a partnership, but they performed magnificently in Austria to become the fourth nation to lift the coveted title.“I’m a very proud man. I think we both are to be honest. I don’t know if you’ve spoken to Gezzy [Price] but on the way back on the flight, we were both still buzzing. It was a great night,” he added.“We’re proud Welshman, so to represent your country and win the World Cup for the first time for your country, it’s a special time and I’m over the moon to be honest.” Clayton’s best major results – Advertisement – Live Grand Slam of Darts November 16, 2020, 1:00pmLive on “I still work. I’ve thought long and hard about do I give up to concentrate on darts?” Clayton told the Darts Show podcast.“I am afraid to take that step and I’m going to leave it as it is at the moment because if darts doesn’t go well, I’ve still got that income coming in. ‘The Ferret’ recently regained his place in the world’s top 16, but he remains the highest-ranked player to balance his darting commitments with a full-time job, as a plasterer for Carmarthenshire Council.Glen Durrant is a prime example of what can be achieved when taking the plunge. The three-time BDO world champion left his job as a housing manager after 30 years when he claimed a PDC Tour Card last January, and now he’s a Premier League champion.However, the pressure of competing against the world’s elite is heightened when you are solely reliant on your performances to earn a living, which Clayton concedes is the main factor behind his hesitation.- Advertisement – Masters quarter-final (2020) Players Championship Final (2017)

Edmonton Oilers surrender surprising center-ice goal vs. Carolina Hurricanes

first_imgThe Edmonton Oilers by no means impressed on Tuesday in a 6-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, and their struggles were summed up on one play in particular in the third period.Gathering the puck off the draw, Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton faked a dump-in and fired the puck on-net from center ice. Low and behold, Mikko Koskinen fell for it as he surrendered the goal, making it 6-3 for Carolina. RELATED: Hurricanes fan steals entire ice cream cone at game Hamilton’s goal marked his 11th of the season and essentially put the final nail in the coffin as the score held to the finish.Good ol’ goal from centre ice 😂 pic.twitter.com/HqWYDJ2G3x— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) December 11, 2019With the loss, Edmonton has now lost three of its last four, bringing its record to 18-11-4. Still, the Oilers remain in first place in the Pacific Division thanks to the Calgary Flames defeat of the Arizona Coyotes in regulation Tuesday. Both teams currently sit at 40 points in 33 games played.Meanwhile, the Canes have now won three straight and are 19-11-1, tying them with the Philadelphia Flyers for third in the Metropolitan Division.last_img read more

Yorkshire and Hampshire to meet in title showdown

first_img Yorkshire and Hampshire will meet tomorrow in a title showdown at the English Men’s County Finals at Sandwell Park Golf Club in Staffordshire.They both won in today’s strong winds to make it two wins from two matches and set up the classic ‘winner-take all’ finale to the championship.Both teams were wrong-footed in the foursomes and trailed 2-1 at lunch, but they came out with such determination in the singles that tomorrow’s head-to-head promises to be excellent.Hampshire, which includes the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands, powered through the singles without losing a game and beat Warwickshire overall by 6.5-2.5. Yorkshire’s singles challenge was spearheaded by Will Whiteoak, who won on the 13th, and the team went on to defeat Cornwall 5.5-3.5.Hampshire’s win was a milestone in their recent history for it’s the first time in at least seven outings at County Finals that the team have won on the Saturday.“We always win on the first day then tie or lose on the second, so this is fantastic,” said team captain Martin Young. He played his own part in the success, teaming up with Billy McKenzie to get Hampshire’s sole point in the foursomes and the polishing off his singles 7/5.“This morning was a bit disappointing, but Warwickshire had lost yesterday and they were really up for it and definitely putted better than us. But this afternoon it came down to ball striking and, from what I’ve seen, our players kept it straight,” said Young.He added his point to those already scored by Tom Robson (3/2) and Ryan Harmer (5/4) and set the stage for McKenzie to clinch the team’s win when he finished 2/1.“I knew coming down the 17th that this was the clincher and it’s a nice feeling to do it,” said McKenzie, who has won all four of his games so far (pictured top, copyright Leaderboard Photography)His match against Max Martin was extremely close over the front nine and he was four-under when he reached the turn all square, before winning 10, 11 and 12 to forge ahead. George Saunders (2/1) added another point while Jordan Sundborg squeezed a half out of his game with Gareth Jenkins.Yorkshire’s plan for the afternoon was simple. Team captain Darryl Berryl told his players: “I want the first point on the board to be a Yorkshire point to level the game.”Whiteoak duly obliged. He was bogey free and three-under par when he won 6/5. “We needed a couple of players to get some early points and hopefully it would seep back to the bottom end,” he said.Steve Robins quickly supported him. He was also bogey free and was four-under when he claimed the team’s second point 4/3 and maintained his own 100% winning record.Kealan Lowe, the Yorkshire order of merit winner, showed tremendous class as he closed out his 4/2 win. First he played a remarkable shot out of thick rough behind the 15th green which finished inches from the hole; then he slotted a tricky, downhill birdie putt on the 16th for the win.Bailey Gill, who became the Yorkshire matchplay champion last week, sealed the team’s victory when he won 3/1. He had been three down after six but turned the tables with three consecutive birdies from the 10th which got him to one up and, as the match moved towards the closing holes, he played crucial shots close to the pin.English champion Dan Brown holed a 25-ft birdie putt on 17 to go down the last one up – but his opponent Rob McGregor, replied by holing a 35-footer on the 18th for his own birdie and a halved result.Darryl Berry commented on his team’s performance: “It was all about getting the momentum to feed the team and the guys have done what they needed to.”Click here for full scores 24 Sep 2016 Yorkshire and Hampshire to meet in title showdown last_img read more