Damon Heta won his maiden ranked PDC title on day two of the PDC Autumn Series.

Australian Heta beat world number one Michael van Gerwen and Dimitri Van den Bergh en route to his first Pro Tour final. He then defeated Joe Cullen 8-4 to cap off a memorable day.

It’s his second career PDC title, after winning the Brisbane Darts Masters last year.

Elsewhere on day two of the Autumn Series:

  • Stephen Bunting all but secured his World Grand Prix place
  • Chris Dobey remains in 16th place in the Grand Prix qualification race but pulled clear of the field
  • Simon Whitlock snapped Peter Wright’s Pro Tour win streak at 17, as the Australian kept his Grand Prix qualification hopes alive
Damon Heta won his maiden PDC ranking title on day two of the Autumn Series.

Heta handles the heat to land first ranked title

The second Summer Series event saw Ryan Joyce land his first ever PDC ranking title. Now, the second Autumn Series sees Heta capture his.

Given a tough board assignment, Heta started the day by coming through a last leg decider against Scott Waites. This set up a clash against world number one Michael van Gerwen, in which he went 5-1 up, averaging over 100. van Gerwen fought back, but a spectacular 11 dart break of throw saw Heta win the match 6-4 and knockout the Green Machine.

Heta then faced World Matchplay champion Dimitri Van den Bergh, and comfortably won 6-1 to win Board 15. He then had to win another last leg shootout in the last 16, this time against Ross Smith, before producing comfortable 6-3 and 7-3 victories against Martin Schindler and Stephen Bunting respectively to win his quarter and semi final.

This set up a final against Joe Cullen, and both started brightly, each holding their throw for the first eight legs to keep the match all square at 4-4. The turning point of the match came in the ninth and then tenth leg. After missing bull for a 170 checkout, Cullen missed a further two darts for what would have been the first leg of the match. Heta then punished those misses with a D10 shot to go 5-4 up.

This gave Heta all the confidence he needed. A magical 171 in the next leg set up a 138, which he took out in four darts to get the crucial break and go 6-4 up. The Australian then held this throw, and won the match 8-4 with a magnificent 120 checkout to cap off a day he will never forget and win his maiden PDC ranking title.

It also puts him onto £14,000 in the Pro Tour Order of Merit, which sees him just £1,500 off the World Grand Prix qualification places. It also sees him all but qualify for the Players Championship Finals in November at Butlin’s Minehead.

Close for Cullen

It was a case of so near and yet so far for Joe Cullen in Germany, on a day that The Rockstar battled his way into the final.

He started the day with comfortable 6-2 and 6-3 wins against Harald Leitinger and Conan Whitehead to set up a board final against Daryl Gurney. In what would be the first of three last leg deciders for Cullen, he averaged 109.5 en route to a 6-5 win and moved into the last 16.

He then whitewashed Ricky Evans 6-0 in the next round, before averaging 103.0 to beat Gerwyn Price in a last leg shootout. The theme would continue for Cullen against Nathan Aspinall in his semi final, as he punished missed darts from Aspinall for the match to win 7-6 and go through to the final.

After missing those two darts for a 5-4 lead, it seemed to take it out of The Rockstar, and he couldn’t find the extra gear he needed to win his first title of the year. It’s not all bad news for Cullen though, as he moved past the £20,000 mark by making the final, a significant amount of money in the race to qualify for the World Grand Prix.

Joe Cullen was close to winning his first title of the year. Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

What else happened?

Stephen Bunting’s semi final run took him over the £20,000 mark, which should be enough to see him into next month’s World Grand Prix.

Chris Dobey made the last 16 to put some distance between himself and the chasing pack for Grand Prix qualification. He stays in 16th place, but is now £1,000 ahead of nearest rivals Mervyn King and Steve Beaton.

Elsewhere, Simon Whitlock ended Peter Wright’s winning streak on the Pro Tour. Snakebite was looking for three straight Pro Tour titles, but was knocked out in the last 16, ending a run of 17 straight consecutive wins on the floor. A quarter final run for the Wizard sees him stay just about in touch in the race to Coventry.

Two players who might be concerned about their form are Jeffrey De Zwaan and Dirk van Duijvenbode. Both lost in the first round and will need to find wins tomorrow to avoid being caught by the chasing pack.

View the:

  • PDC Order of Merit. The top 16 players on this will be seeded for the World Grand Prix.
  • PDC Pro Tour of Merit. The top 16 players who aren’t already in the top 16 on the normal order of merit will qualify.

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Day Two Results


Damon Heta 8-4 Joe Cullen

Semi Finals

Joe Cullen 7-6 Nathan Aspinall

Damon Heta 7-3 Stephen Bunting

Quarter Finals

Joe Cullen 6-5 Gerwyn Price

Nathan Aspinall 6-5 Ian White

Stephen Bunting 6-2 Simon Whitlock

Damon Heta 6-3 Martin Schindler

Round Four

Gerwyn Price 6-0 Mervyn King

Joe Cullen 6-0 Ricky Evans

Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Danny Noppert

Ian White 6-3 Chris Dobey

Simon Whitlock 6-1 Peter Wright

Stephen Bunting 6-1 Andy Boulton

Martin Schindler 6-5 Boris Krcmar

Damon Heta 6-5 Ross Smith

Round Three

Gerwyn Price 6-2 Madars Razma

Mervyn King 6-4 Carl Wilkinson

Ricky Evans 6-4 Mensur Suljovic

Joe Cullen 6-5 Daryl Gurney

Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Jesus Noguera

Danny Noppert 6-4 Adam Hunt

Ian White 6-3 Ron Meulenkamp

Chris Dobey 6-3 Michael Smith

Peter Wright 6-5 Robert Thornton

Simon Whitlock 6-4 Steve Lennon

Stephen Bunting 6-3 James Wade

Andy Boulton 6-5 Ryan Searle

Boris Krcmar 6-5 Kim Huybrechts

Martin Schindler 6-5 Jose De Sousa

Damon Heta 6-1 Dimitri Van den Bergh

Ross Smith 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena

Round Two

Gerwyn Price 6-3 Matthew Edgar

Madars Razma 6-2 Jan Dekker

Mervyn King 6-2 Andy Hamilton

Carl Wilkinson 6-2 Wayne Jones

Mensur Suljovic 6-2 John Henderson

Ricky Evans 6-4 Steve Beaton

Daryl Gurney 6-3 Scott Taylor

Joe Cullen 6-3 Conan Whitehead

Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Mike De Decker

Jesus Noguera 6-4 David Pallett

Danny Noppert 6-0 Daniel Larsson

Adam Hunt 6-5 Ryan Murray 

Ian White 6-5 Robert Collins

Ron Meulenkamp 6-2 Derk Telnekes 

Michael Smith 6-1 William Borland

Chris Dobey 6-5 Jonny Clayton

Peter Wright 6-2 Ryan Meikle

Robert Thornton 6-3 Devon Petersen

Simon Whitlock 6-1 Dave Chisnall

Steve Lennon 6-3 Vincent van der Voort

James Wade 6-1 Arjan Konterman

Stephen Bunting 6-2 Christian Bunse

Andy Boulton 6-1 Glen Durrant

Ryan Searle 6-0 Scott Baker

Boris Krcmar 6-5 Jason Lowe

Kim Huybrechts 6-5 Reece Robinson

Jose De Sousa 6-4 Darren Webster

Martin Schindler 6-4 Vincent Van der Meer 

Damon Heta 6-4 Michael van Gerwen

Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-5 Gavin Carlin

Ross Smith 6-5 Rob Cross

Jermaine Wattimena 6-4 Peter Jacques

Round One

Gerwyn Price 6-2 Richard North

Matthew Edgar 6-0 Gary Blades

Madars Razma 6-1 Matt Clark

Jan Dekker 6-3 Benito van de Pas

Mervyn King 6-5 Brendan Dolan

Andy Hamilton 6-1 Joe Murnan

Wayne Jones 6-4 Ryan Joyce

Carl Wilkinson 6-3 Maikel Verberk 

Mensur Suljovic 6-0 Aaron Beeney

John Henderson 6-5 John Michael

Steve Beaton 6-2 Josh Payne

Ricky Evans 6-2 Andrew Gilding

Daryl Gurney 6-2 Yordi Meeuwisse

Scott Taylor 6-3 Bradley Brooks

Joe Cullen 6-2 Harald Leitinger

Conan Whitehead 6-4 Graham Usher

Nathan Aspinall 6-5 James Wilson

Mike De Decker 6-4 Justin Pipe

David Pallett 6-5 Steve West

Jesus Noguera 6-1 Mickey Mansell

Danny Noppert 6-3 Jamie Lewis

Daniel Larsson 6-5 Karel Sedlacek

Adam Hunt 6-2 Jeffrey De Zwaan

Ryan Murray 6-2 Barrie Bates

Ian White 6-0 Lisa Ashton

Robert Collins 6-2 William O’Connor

Derk Telnekes 6-3 Dirk van Duijvenbode

Ron Meulenkamp 6-4 Luke Woodhouse

Michael Smith 6-5 Keegan Brown

William Borland 6-1 Steffen Siepmann

Jonny Clayton 6-3 Max Hopp

Chris Dobey 6-2 Adrian Gray

Peter Wright 6-5 Jelle Klaasen

Ryan Meikle 6-2 Krzysztof Kciuk

Devon Petersen 6-1 Kai Fan Leung

Robert Thornton 6-3 Marko Kantele 

Dave Chisnall 6-3 Darius Labanauskas

Simon Whitlock 6-5 Brian Raman

Steve Lennon 6-4 Gabriel Clemens

Vincent van der Voort 6-5 Harry Ward

James Wade 6-1 Justin Hood

Arjan Konterman 6-4 Nathan Derry

Stephen Bunting 6-1 Jeff Smith

Christian Bunse 6-3 Steve Brown

Glen Durrant 6-1 Martijn Kleermaker

Andy Boulton 6-2 Toni Alcinas

Ryan Searle 6-4 Maik Kuivenhoven

Scott Baker 6-0 Ryan Hogarth

Boris Krcmar 6-5 Krzysztof Ratajski

Jason Lowe 6-2 Jitse Van der Wal

Kim Huybrechts 6-3 Nick Kenny

Reece Robinson 6-4 Ted Evetts

Jose De Sousa 6-4 Alan Tabern

Darren Webster 6-4 Scott Mitchell

Martin Schindler 6-1 Jamie Hughes

Vincent Van der Meer 6-2 Geert Nentjes

Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Niels Zonneveld

Damon Heta 6-5 Scott Waites

Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-5 Adrian Lewis

Gavin Carlin 6-4 Kirk Shepherd

Rob Cross 6-5 Luke Humphries

Ross Smith 6-5 Rowby-John Rodriguez

Jermaine Wattimena 6-3 Callan Rydz

Peter Jacques 6-3 Mark McGeeney