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22 November 1963 |
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
|Playing darts since||1977|
|Darts||21g Target Pure|
|Walk-on music||Burning Love by Elvis Presley|
|Organisation (see split in darts)|
|Current world ranking||90|
|PDC premier events - best performances|
|World Ch'ship||Last 32: 2004, 2008|
|World Matchplay||Last 16: 2006|
|Grand Slam||Group stages 2009|
|Desert Classic||Last 32: 2007, 2008|
|UK Open||Last 32: 2006|
|US Open/WSoD||Last 16: 2009|
|Players Ch'ship Finals||Last 32: 2009|
|Other tournament wins|
|Updated on 17 February 2008.|
Maish made his televised debut at the 2003 UK Open beating Vic Hubbard but lost 5–0 to former World Champion Steve Beaton. He then played in his first PDC World Darts Championship in 2004, beating former World Masters semi-finalist Tony Payne of the United States in the first round and then beat four-time World semi-finalist Cliff Lazarenko in the second round before losing in the third round to Wayne Mardle. He followed this with victory in the UK Open Scottish Regional and began his 2004 UK Open campaign in the third round, but was drawn against Phil Taylor who eventually beat him 8–3.
In 2005 he reached the final of the Irish Masters, losing to James Wade. He followed this good run though with a surprise early exit from the 2005 UK Open, losing to former Norway Open champion Andy Hayfield and failure to qualify for the Las Vegas Desert Classic and World Grand Prix. He did however play in the 2006 PDC World Darts Championship, but lost in the first round to Jason Clark. He made then made two finals, the first being the UK Open North West Regional losing to Alan Tabern. The second was the Antwerp Open which he lost to defending champion Terry Jenkins. He then made the fourth round of the 2006 UK Open, starting in the third round stage with a win over Colin Osborne and eventually losing to Colin Lloyd.
Maish then got his own back on 'Jaws' in the 2006 World Matchplay in which Lloyd entered as the defending champion. Maish beat him 10–6 in the first round, listed as one of the biggest upsets in the history of the tournament. He ended up losing in the next round to Chris Mason. Maish then had a poor run of form leading up the 2007 PDC World Darts Championship, and the poor form continued, losing in the first round to unknown South African Wynand Havenga. This was followed with a first round exit from the inaugural US Open, losing to Canadian Dan Olsen. He did however qualify for the Las Vegas Desert Classic for the first time, losing in the first round to defending champion John Part.
Maish qualified for the 2008 PDC World Darts Championship, he defeated former World Champion Dennis Priestley (who was diagnosed with prostate cancer before the event), but lost in the second round to Tony Eccles.
Maish enjoyed a fine weekend at the Scottish Players Championship regional in Irvine on 18 October 2008 reaching the semi-finals.
World Championship Results
- 2004: 3rd Round (lost to Wayne Mardle 2-4)
- 2006: 1st Round (lost to Jason Clark 2-3)
- 2007: 1st Round (lost to Wynand Havenga 2-3)
- 2008: 2nd Round (lost to Tony Eccles 3-4)
- 2009: 1st Round (lost to Denis Ovens 0-3)
- 2010: 1st Round (lost to Co Stompé 1-3)
- 2011: 1st Round (lost to Mark Webster 0-3)