Beaton Fit For Battle

Red Dragon Darts

LEGENDARY tungsten titan Steve Beaton credits regular exercise and enjoyment as the keys to his remarkable elite level longevity as he prepares to face in-form Gary Anderson

The iconic pair will clash, in a battle of former World Champions, on the main stage at the 2023 Players Championship Finals in Minehead this Friday, in what is the last major tournament before the 2024 PDC World Darts Championship. 

The Bronzed Adonis looks set to confirm his place in a 23rd consecutive Professional Darts Corporation World Championship, after another solid showing on the Pro Tour where he currently sits 11th on the Order of Merit, with the Top 32 earning places. 

“The Pro Tours have been tough, I started well at the beginning of the year and played fairly well. I did ok on the European Tour as well but had one bad week at the Pro Tours in Hildesheim, which cost me a spot at the Grand Prix and European Championship. It’s so easy to drop down the Order of Merit but I have my tour card for next year, so will give it my best shot.”

The 1996 BDO World Champion is still going strong with the PDC schedule growing by the year, living a healthy lifestyle away from the oche and getting plenty of exercise whilst back home in Norfolk. 

“This is my 33rd year on the trot, I can’t believe it as every year gets tougher. I go cycling and swimming most days when I’m home which has helped with my longevity.” 

Steve has a tough challenge in front of him on Friday evening as he faces 2014 Players Championship Finals winner Gary Anderson, who recently reached the Quarter Finals of the Grand Slam of Darts. Beaton clinched a 10-8 win in one of the clashes between the pair in the 4th Round at the 2019 UK Open.

“Me and Gary have had a few ding dong games against each other, so hopefully it will be a good match. Gary’s on top form at the moment so need to be on my game to have a chance.”

Beaton will be looking for a strong run in his 16th Players Championship Finals campaign, reaching the Quarter Finals being his furthest run in the competition back in 2017, with wins over Dutch duo Jermaine Wattimena and Jelle Klaasen. 

“Really looking forward to it, I don’t get the best of draws but it’s best of 11, so it’s anyone’s game on the day.” 

The 2023 Cazoo Players Championship Finals starts from 12:45 on Friday live on ITV 4 at Butlins Minehead Resort, with former European Championship winner Ross Smith facing former Pro Tour winner Scott Williams in the opening clash on the main stage, below are the ways you can watch live wherever you are in the world…

DAZN – GermanyAustria & Switzerland
DAZN – Spain
DAZN – USA & Brazil
Fox Sports – Australia
Nova – Czech Republic & Slovakia
Sport TV – Hungary
Setanta – Philippines
Setanta – Ireland
Sky – New Zealand
Viaplay – Baltic region
Viaplay – Iceland
Viaplay – Netherlands
VTM – Belgium
Viaplay – Poland
Viaplay – Scandinavia

PDCTV – Subscribers outside UK, Germany, Austria & Switzerland

Matches from Stage Two will be streamed live on PDCTV for all Subscribers – subscription options include Day and Weekend Passes

2023 Cazoo Players Championship

Order of Play: 

Afternoon Session: 

Stage 1: 

Ross Smith v Scott Williams 

Ryan Searle v Boris Krcmar 

Damon Heta v Jules van Dongen 

Gian van Veen v Chris Landman 

Rob Cross v Cameron Menzies 

Josh Rock v Rowby-John Rodriguez

James Wade v William O’Connor 

Stage 2: 

Radek Szaganski v Ian White 

Luke Woodhouse v Simon Whitlock 

Ryan Joyce v Daniel Klose 

Mike de Decker v Mario Vandenbogaerde 

Ricardo Pietreczko v Chirstian Kist 

Stephen Bunting v Micky Mansell 

Gabriel Clemens v Connor Scutt

Dimitri van den Bergh v Jim Williams 

Jonny Clayton v Stephen Burton 

Evening Session: 

Stage 1: 

Dylan Slevin v Matt Campbell 

Chris Dobey v Raymond van Barneveld 

Michael Smith v Richard Veenstra 

Gary Anderson v Steve Beaton 

Gerwyn Price v Ricky Evans 

Callan Rydz v Michael van Gerwen 

Luke Humphries v Martin Lukeman 

Stage 2: 

Jose de Sousa v Kevin Doets 

Krzysztof Ratajski v Maik Kuivenhoven 

Brendan Dolan v Ritchie Edhouse 

Andrew Gilding v Steve Lennon 

Daryl Gurney v Niels Zonneveld 

Kim Huybrechts v Martin Schindler 

Dirk van Duijvenbode v Jermaine Wattimena 

Joe Cullen v Jamie Hughes 

Dave Chisnall v Lee Evans


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