Wayne Jones (darts player)
|Full name||Wayne Alan Jones|
24 April 1965 |
|Playing darts since||1988|
|Darts||20g A180 Darts|
|Walk-on music||Enter Sandman by Metallica|
|Organisation (see split in darts)|
|Current world ranking||34|
|BDO majors - best performances|
|World Ch'ship||Quarter-finalist: 2002|
|World Masters||Runner up: 1999|
|World Darts Trophy||Quarter-finalist: 2002|
|Int. Darts League||Preliminary group stage: 2007|
|PDC premier events - best performances|
|World Ch'ship||Semi-finalist: 2006|
|World Matchplay||Quarter-finalist: 2010|
|World Grand Prix||Quarter-finalist: 2010|
|Grand Slam||Semi-finalist 2010|
|Ch'ship League||Winners group 2010|
|European Ch'ship||Runner up 2010|
|UK Open||Quarter-finalist: 2003, 2008|
|US Open/WSoD||Last 16 2007|
|Players Ch'ship Finals||Quarter-finalist 2010|
|Other tournament wins|
He started his career in the British Darts Organisation in the late 1980s and reached the final of the British Open in 1990 (losing to Alan Warriner and the British Classic in 2000 (losing to Ritchie Davies) - but his best achievement was reaching the final of the prestigious Winmau World Masters in 1999 when Andy Fordham ended his hopes of a first major title.
He didn't make it to the Lakeside Country Club for the BDO World Championship until 2001, losing to Andy Fordham in the second round. He made it to the quarter-finals of the 2002 event by beating Tony Eccles and Ted Hankey but lost 1-5 to Martin Adams.
He then switched to the PDC and made his debut at their version of the World Championship in 2004. In 2006 he produced his best ever World Championship performance by reaching the semi-finals before losing to Peter Manley. In August 2010, he made his first ever televised final appearance (his Masters final appearance was untelevised) in the European Championships, losing to Phil Taylor. However this had guaranteed him a place in the Grand Slam of Darts in his home town of Wolverhampton in 2010 and 2011. At the 2010 tournament he produced quite a big upset in the quarter finals by beating Scotland's number one Gary Anderson, having trailed throughout the match, his never give up attitude earning him the last three legs to take victory 16-15 in a thriller. By reaching the semi finals of this competition where he lost to James Wade, it also guaranteed himself a place in the Grand Slam of darts for an extra year in 2012. He was beaten by James Wade in the semi finals.
In 2012 he reached the last 16 of the PDC World Championship for the first time since 2006. He comfortably beat Scott MacKenzie and Roland Scholten, before being whitewashed, 0–4, to defending champion Adrian Lewis. At the Dutch Darts Masters, Jones produced an upset by beating Phil Taylor 6–5 en route to the quarter-finals, before losing to Paul Nicholson in the semi-finals. After all 33 ProTour events of 2012 had been played, Jones was 32nd in the Order of Merit, gaining the final spot for the Players Championship Finals. He produced a big shock by whitewashing number one seed Dave Chisnall 6–0 in the first round, before bowing out of the tournament 7–10 to Peter Wright.
Jones lost in the first round of the 2013 World Championship to Dutchman Jerry Hendriks 3–0, after being narrowly edged out of each set by two legs to three. He was whitewashed 5–0 by James Wade in the second round of the UK Open. Jones reached his first semi-final on the Pro Tour in almost a year in September's eighth Players Championship but was beaten 6–1 by Ian White. He continued his form by reaching another semi later in the month at the German Darts Masters in a run which included wins over Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson, before Mervyn King beat him 6–4. His recent surge in form saw him qualify for the World Grand Prix, where he faced King again and this time beat him by two sets to nil. Jones won the first set of his next match against Dave Chisnall but lost 3–1. Jones was involved in a deciding leg in the first round of the Players Championship Finals and left 36 only for his opponent Brendan Dolan to take out 126 on the bull to defeat him 6–5.
Jones lost 3–2 to Kevin McDine in the first round of the 2014 World Championship as he missed a total of 26 darts at doubles during the match. He dropped out the top 32 on the Order of Merit afterwards as he was ranked number 33. Jones suffered a surprise 5–3 defeat to Jason Hogg in the second round of the UK Open.
World Championship performances
- 2005: 2nd round (lost to Kevin Painter 2–4)
- 2006: Semi-final (lost to Peter Manley 0–6)
- 2007: 2nd round (lost to Adrian Lewis 3–4)
- 2008: 1st round (lost to Tony Eccles 0–3)
- 2009: 1st round (lost to Robert Thornton 1–3)
- 2010: 2nd round (lost to Simon Whitlock 0–4)
- 2011: 2nd round (lost to Vincent van der Voort 2–4)
- 2012: 3rd round (lost to Adrian Lewis 0–4)
- 2013: 1st round (lost to Jerry Hendriks 0–3)
- 2014: 1st round (lost to Kevin McDine 2-3)
Wayne lists himself as a Wolves fan. He is a widower and has three daughters, Emma (age 25), Katie (age 20) and Joanne (age 18).
- "World Championship - Night One". PDC. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
- "World Championship - Night Eight". PDC. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
- "World Championship - Day 11". PDC. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
- "Whitlock Claims Dutch Masters Win". PDC. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
- "Minehead Qualifiers Confirmed". PDC. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
- "Cash Converters PCF Day One". PDC. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
- "Cash Converters PCF Day Two". PDC. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
- "Ladbrokes WDC Day Two". PDC. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
- "Speedy Services UK Open - Thursday". PDC. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
- "White Claims Maiden Title". PDC. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
- "Brilliant Beaton Claims German Title". PDC. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
- "partypoker.com World Grand Prix Day Four". PDC. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
- "Cash Converters PCF First Round". PDC. 9 December 2013.
- "Ladbrokes World Championship Day Two". PDC. 14 December 2013.
- "Order of Merit on 2 January 2014". PDC. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
- "Coral UK Open - Friday Afternoon". PDC. 7 March 2014.