Barrie Bates

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Barrie Bates
Personal information
Nickname Champagne
Born (1969-10-17) 17 October 1969 (age 47)
Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
Home town Bedlinog,Taff Bargoed Valley
Darts information
Playing darts since 1997
Darts 22g
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music House of Fun by Madness
Organisation (see split in darts)
PDC 2002–
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'ship Quarter Final: 2009
World Matchplay Last 16: 2007
World Grand Prix Quarter Final: 2010
Grand Slam Group Stage: 2007, 2012
Ch'ship League Initial groups, Semi-finals 2008
Desert Classic Last 16: 2006
UK Open Runner-up: 2006
US Open/WSoD Last 16: 2007
Players Ch'ship Finals Last 32: 2011
Other tournament wins
Le Skratch Montreal Open 2006
PDC Eastbourne Open 2006

Players Championships

Players Championship (CRA) 2010
Players Championship (HOL) 2006

Barrie Bates (born 17 October 1969) is a Welsh darts player who played on the Professional Darts Corporation circuit. Born in Merthyr Tydfil, he currently resides in Bedlinog, Mid-Glamorgan. His original nickname was Batesy, but has since 2007 has been known as Champagne, because of his bubbly personality.


Bates made his PDC televised debut at the 2003 UK Open reaching the third round. In 2005 he narrowly lost a last-32 match to Lionel Sams at the UK Open and made a superb run to the final in 2006 before losing to Raymond van Barneveld.

He made a great impression on the circuit in 2006, winning the John Smiths Singles in February and May's Le Skratch Sarantos Retsinas Memorial event in Montreal. He also reached two Regional Finals of the UK Open in March (losing to Chris Mason and to van Barneveld in November. He reached two PDPA Players Championship finals in 2006 losing to Colin Lloyd in the Isle of Wight in June, but beat Phil Taylor to take his biggest title to date in the Netherlands event in November.

He made his World Championship debut in 2007 as the number 17 seed, but suffered a surprise first round defeat to Canadian Brian Cyr. In the 2008 World Championship, Bates got to the third round only to lose to Kirk Shepherd. In the 2009 tournament, Bates defeated Northern Ireland's Felix McBrearty and American Bill Davis to reach the third round again, this time meeting Mark Dudbridge, winning 4-0 with checkout percentage of 60% to reach the quarter finals for the very first time. He lost in the quarters however, falling to twelfth seed Mervyn King by five sets to two.

His success at events away from the television cameras during 2006 helped him to win the award of "Best Floor Player" at the first PDC Awards Dinner. It refers to the non-televised events which feature many boards alongside each other on a smaller arena floor.

World Championship Results[edit]


Career finals[edit]

PDC major finals: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score[N 1]
Runner-up 1. 2006 UK Open Netherlands van Barneveld, RaymondRaymond van Barneveld 7–13 (l)

PDC team finals: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Country Teammate Opponents in the final Score[N 1]
Runner-up 1. 2010 World Cup of Darts  Wales Mark webster Netherlands (Raymond van Barneveld and Co Stompé) 2–4 (s)
  1. ^ a b (l) = score in legs, (s) = score in sets.

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