Alan Norris (darts player)

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Alan Norris
Personal information
Nickname Chuck
Born (1972-02-21) 21 February 1972 (age 46)
Yeovil, Somerset, England
Home town Southam, Warwickshire
Darts information
Playing darts since 1981
Darts Target Alan Norris Darts 22g Tungsten Darts
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music Can't Take My Eyes Off You by Andy Williams
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 2006–2015
PDC 2015–
Current world ranking 14
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'ship Runner-Up: 2014
World Masters Quarter-Final: 2014
World Darts Trophy Quarter-Final: 2014
Finder Masters Runner-Up: 2012
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'ship Quarter-Final: 2016
World Matchplay Quarter-Final: 2017
World Grand Prix Last 16: 2016, 2017
Grand Slam Last 16: 2014
European Ch'ship Last 16: 2017
UK Open Semi-Final: 2017
Players Ch'ship Finals Last 16: 2015, 2016
The Masters Last 16: 2018
Other tournament wins
BDO British Classic 2014
Catalonia Open Darts 2014
Denmark Open 2014
England Open Early Bird 2011
French Open 2010, 2011
Luxembourg Open 2011, 2012
Polish Open 2014
Scottish Classic 2014
Sweden National Championship 2007
Swedish Open 2014
Wales Masters 2012

European Tour Events

German Darts Championship 2016

Players Championships

Players Championship (IRE) 2015
Players Championship (BAR) 2017
Other achievements

2016 Nine-dart finish at the 2016 Players Championship Finals

2017 Breaks into the top 16 on the PDC Order of Merit for the first time

Alan Norris (born 21 February 1972 in Yeovil) is an English darts player who plays in Professional Darts Corporation events. He was the runner-up at the 2014 BDO World Darts Championship and also lost in the final of the 2012 Zuiderduin Masters, with Stephen Bunting prevailing on both occasions. In 2015, he switched to the PDC and, after reaching the quarter-finals of the 2016 World Championship, he was named the PDC Best Newcomer of the year.

BDO career[edit]

Norris won the 2007 Sweden National Championships, beating Daniel Larsson in the final.[1] He had earlier reached the semi-finals of the Finnish Open.[2] Norris then narrowly missed out qualifying for the last 16 of the 2007 Winmau World Masters, having beaten Michael Rosenauer, Mitchell Crooks and Daniel Brouwer before losing to Jordy Terburg.[3] A quarter-final defeat in the Swedish Open followed.

Norris made his televised debut by reaching the quarter-finals of the 2008 Welsh Open, which was shown live on Setanta Sports. He defeated Martin Adams in the earlier rounds and then went on to beat Ian Jones, before losing to eventual winner Gary Anderson in the semi-finals.[4] He then reached the quarter-finals of the Norway Open, Denmark Open and the Zuiderduin Masters and also reached the semi-finals of the Welsh Classic and the Swedish Open.[5]

Norris made his World Championship debut in 2009, taking one of the automatic non-seeded spots. He defeated 13th seed Steve West 3–0 in the first round but lost 4–0 to fourth seed Scott Waites in the second round.[6] He was defeated in the final of the Welsh Classic 5–2 by Tony O'Shea. Norris advanced through Group B at the Zuiderduin Masters and then eliminated Martin Atkins 3–1 to play in his first major semi-final where Darryl Fitton whitewashed him 4–0.[7]

Norris returned as the eighth seed at the 2010 World Championship, but lost 3–2 to Robert Wagner in the first round despite averaging 90 compared to Wagner's 86.[8] He had a mixed 2010 season, in which he won the French Open by beating Kim Huybrechts and also got to the semi-finals of the European Open in Airdrie.[9] Norris attempted to qualify for the UK Open but fell in the last 64 to Ryan Murray.[10]

In the first round of the 2011 World Championship, Norris beat seventh seed Ross Montgomery 3–1, but was beaten in the second round by 10th seed Garry Thompson.[11] He edged out Dean Winstanley 6–5 to win the England Open Early Bird and retained his French Open title by defeating Garry Thompson 5–3.[12][13] Norris also claimed the Luxembourg Open after beating Christian Kist 6–4.[14]

Norris played in his fourth successive World Championship in 2012 and once again won his first round match, this time against 14th seed Benito van de Pas 3–2. In the second round, he recovered from 3–1 down against third seed Dean Winstanley to win 4–3 and reach his first World Championship quarter-final, where he was beaten 5–1 by eventual champion Christian Kist.[15] Norris had a shot at double 12 for a nine-dart finish, which would have been only the second in the history of the tournament, but missed the shot and ended up losing the leg. He won the Welsh Masters and the Luxembourg Open for the second year in a row.[16] In December, Norris reached the final of the Zuiderduin Masters, a run that included a 112 three-dart average in his final group match as well as two 170 checkouts. However, he was eventually beaten 5–0 by BDO number one Stephen Bunting in the final.[17]

Norris was then the number nine seed for the 2013 World Championship. He beat Welshman Wayne Warren in the first round 3–1, however, was beaten in a tightly contested second round game, losing 4–3 to eighth seeded Dutchman, Wesley Harms.[18]

World Championship final[edit]

After a slow season, Norris entered the 2014 World Championship as an unseeded player and was drawn against defending champion Scott Waites in the first round. Norris won the match 3–0 averaging over 93 and with a checkout success of almost 50%.[19] He followed this up with another clinical performance in a 4–1 win over Glen Durrant, before beating James Wilson 5–2 in a match described by commentators as one of the best in Lakeside history due to its consistently high scoring. In the semi-finals, Norris trailed Jan Dekker 4–2 after missing three darts to lead 3–1, but eventually won the match 6–5 after Dekker himself missed set darts in the ninth set that would have seen him lead 5–4. Both players hit a number of crucial finishes, most notably Dekker hitting a 158 checkout to hold his throw in the deciding set which would otherwise have seen Norris throw for the match, and the game was cited as the best in that year's tournament by Bobby George among others. Norris played world number one Stephen Bunting in the final and kept the match tight in the first session, entering the interval at 3–3 in sets having seen Bunting miss darts to win two of the sets Norris won. In the seventh set, Norris missed one dart at double four to lead 4–3 having also earlier thrown for the set, then missed darts at doubles in the first two legs of the eighth as Bunting moved into a 6–3 lead. Norris hit back by winning the tenth set courtesy of a 140 checkout, the highest of the match and also Norris's highest of the tournament. Then, as Bunting threw for the title at 2–0 in the 11th set and left himself on 28 for the match, Norris hit a 113 checkout to stay alive. However, Bunting subsequently broke Norris's throw and won the championship. Norris received £35,000 for reaching the final.

The rest of the year proved to be Norris' most successful as he won the Denmark Open, Polish Open, British Classic, Swedish Open, Scottish Classic and Catalan Open.[20] His appearance in the World Championship final earned him a debut at the Grand Slam of Darts where he topped Group B by beating Ronny Huybrechts and Terry Jenkins. In the last 16 Kim Huybrechts knocked Norris out 10–5.[21]

PDC career[edit]

After the culmination of the 2015 BDO World Championship, where Norris lost to Darryl Fitton in the second round after missing three match darts, Norris confirmed his intention to enter the PDC's Q School, ending a nine-year stint with the BDO. He stated that "I've done the BDO circuit for a long time and nothing seems to be changing quickly enough. I'm not getting any younger, so it’s the right time to give the PDC a go. I've spoken to them (BDO Events) on a number of occasions and they haven’t been able to give me straight answers, there’s nothing on paper in terms of new events and so on. It's the same story every year and sometimes a change is as good as a rest, so I'm going to give it a go with PDC".[22] Norris won a Tour Card on the first day of the event by beating Carl Abbiss 5–3 in the final qualifying round. He also threw a nine-dart finish earlier in the day during his fifth round victory over Jason Lovett.[23] Norris' first quarter-final appearance in the PDC came at the final UK Open Qualifier in February where he lost 6–1 to Phil Taylor.[24] He entered the UK Open itself in the third round stage and lost 9–6 to Kyle Anderson.[25]

In October, Norris claimed his first PDC title at the 18th Players Championship event by defeating Kim Huybrechts 6–1 in the final with an average of 108.06.[26] He lost 6–3 to Peter Wright in the first round of the European Championship and beat Terry Jenkins 6–3 at the 2015 Players Championship Finals, but was then thrashed 10–3 by Adrian Lewis in the second round.[27][28]

Norris finished as the highest non-qualified player on the Pro Tour Order of Merit for the 2016 World Championship and on his debut in the event he knocked out sixth seed Robert Thornton 3–0 in sets.[29][30] His form continued as he scored 11 180s in a 4–1 win over Joe Murnan to meet Mark Webster in the third round, who he also defeated 4–1.[31] Norris moved 3–1 up on Jelle Klaasen in the quarter-finals, before being pegged back to 3–3. He won the next set and then missed a dart at double 12 for a nine-dart finish. Norris threw for the match but would ultimately be defeated 5–4, losing the final five legs of the match.[32] He was ranked 37th on the Order of Merit afterwards, the highest of 2015's Q School graduates and was named best newcomer at the PDC Annual Awards Dinner.[33][34] Norris lost 6–4 in the final of the second UK Open Qualifier to Michael van Gerwen.[35] He reached the fourth round of the main event, but lost 9–6 to Joe Cullen.[36] Norris qualified for his first World Matchplay and won the opening leg against Gary Anderson, but was defeated 10–1.[37] On his World Grand Prix debut he overcame Michael Smith 2–1 and was a leg away from knocking out Simon Whitlock in a deciding set, before the Australian won the match.[38]

Norris won his first European Tour title by narrowly defeating Jelle Klaasen 6–5 in the final of the German Darts Championship.[39] The win gave him entry into the Grand Slam of Darts, but he failed to win any of his games to finish bottom of the group.[40] Norris earned £35,000 for throwing a nine-dart finish in his first round win over Michael Smith at the Players Championship Finals.[41] He reached the third round, where he lost 10–5 to Darren Webster.[42]

In the first round of the 2017 World Championship, Norris overturned a 2–0 deficit against John Michael to win 3–2.[43] He lost the first 10 legs in the second round against Raymond van Barneveld and would lose 4–0.[44] Norris was ranked 18th on the Order of Merit after the event.[45] Norris won his third PDC title by overcoming Peter Jacques 6–1 in the first Players Championship.[46] He got to the quarter-finals of the 2017 UK Open with a 10–6 win over Michael Smith and survived two match darts from Kim Huybrechts to progress to the semi-finals 10–9. In another close match Norris was level with Gerwyn Price at 9–9 and missed three darts to take the 19th leg. Price won it by taking out 100 with two double tops and then broke Norris in the next leg to inflict an 11–9 defeat on him.[47]

World Championship results[edit]

BDO[edit]

PDC[edit]

Career finals[edit]

BDO major finals: 2 (2 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
World Championship (0–1)
Zuiderduin Masters (0–1)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score[N 1]
Runner-up 1. 2012 Zuiderduin Masters England Stephen Bunting 0-5 (s)
Runner-up 2. 2014 BDO World Darts Championship England Stephen Bunting 4–7 (s)
  1. ^ (l) = score in legs, (s) = score in sets.

Performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
PDC World Championship Non-PDC QF 2R 2R
The Masters Not held Non-PDC Did not qualify 1R
UK Open Did not play 3R 4R SF 2R
World Matchplay Non-PDC DNQ 1R QF
World Grand Prix Non-PDC DNQ 2R 2R
European Championship NH Non-PDC 1R 1R 2R
Grand Slam of Darts Did not qualify 2R DNQ RR RR
Players Championship Finals NH Did not qualify 2R 3R 1R
BDO World Darts Championship DNQ 2R 1R 2R QF 2R F 2R Not BDO member
Winmau World Masters 4R 1R 2R 5R 2R 5R 3R QF Not BDO member
Zuiderduin Masters DNQ QF SF RR RR F DNQ RR Not BDO member
BDO World Trophy Not held QF Not BDO member
Performance timeline legend
DNP Did not play in the event #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament

Nine-dart finishes[edit]

Alan Norris televised nine-dart finishes
Date Opponent Tournament Method Prize
25 November 2016 England Michael Smith Players Championship Finals 3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12 £35,000

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