The Devonshire Discussion – Have The PDC Jumped The Shark With Sherrock?

Now the dust has settled on this years PDC Q School, one of the big talking points has to be “Were the PDC too quick in their decision to include Fallon Sherrock in every single World Series Event”.

Fallon Sherrock has received many opportunities, after her superb run at Ally Pally, but is there room for Ashton and others?
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Yes we all witnessed history at The Ally Pally’ Fallon winning two matches there to progress to the 3rd Round, an incredible achievement and rightly on the back of that she was named as a Challenger for one of the Premier League nights.  However given the recent situations with the BDO it was common knowledge that quite a few other female players were going to be attending Q School along with Fallon.

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FALLON SHARROCK PRESS CONFERENCE

After Fallon was named as a Premier League Challenger she was then included to play in every single World Series event. There was always going to be the prospect that she may not have gained a Tour Card whilst another female player could have and today we have seen this happen with 4 time BDO Ladies Champion Lisa Ashton creating her own history by winning a place on the main PDC Tour. Surely this achievement should gain her an invitation to at least one World Series event?

Maybe the PDC will have two ladies playing every World Series event or maybe they could have announced Fallon to play two or three to begin with and then the opening was there to include another female namely Lisa Ashton to play a few of the events. Hopefully Lisa gets a place in a few of them.

Lisa Ashton has made history multiple times. Surely more opportunities will come her way?
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Perhaps Barry Hearn will create other opportunities for Ashton, and other female players, from within the Pro Tour structure. Could there be a gender specific qualifier for the UK Open in the same as there was for the World Championship?

One thing is for sure it’s good for World Darts and for Ladies darts in general and this is only the beginning. 

The Devonshire Discussion – Time to Expand the Darting Safe Space?

The Exclusion Zone around and behind the Oche has been in place for some time now. It is usually clearly marked for major events and especially those on TV. A different colour carpet/flooring is used in order to remove and doubt and make it clear to the referee and watching officials.

Jackpot is a master at the art of close combat darts!
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Whilst it’s been one of the better ideas that’s been introduced in the PDC over the years, we still see times where a player will celebrate, which they should rightly do, but the opponent is usually stood right on the edge of the exclusion zone, more often than not a big toe is in there. Adrian Lewis is a superb exploiter of the zone, although the DRA have disagreed at times!

The speed and fluency of many in the modern game can mean that it is almost seemless between throws. It is highly unlikely that both players are within the designated spaces 100% of the time during any match.

The Iceman has been known to get under the skin of opponents.
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Subsequently the two darters can get too close for comfort and this can cause friction and change a game when there’s no need for it. It is possible that this is what causes a build up of tensions between differing types of player or personality. Gerwyn Price vs Gary Anderson for example or Daryl Gurney vs Simon Whitlock at the WGP a couple of years ago.

Also slightly increasing the size of the zone at the back of the Oche can only help when players retrieve their darts from the board, will cut down on avoiding flying arrows too.

Eric & the other’ Founding Fathers’ did not require exclusion zones, they imposed their own!

Others at Darts World seem to feel that that darts has become more and more sanitised and that the over regulation of the playing space and clamping down on players expressing themselves is an example of snowflakery and risks eliminating one of darts key variables. The psychological combat element is and always has been a strong element of the game. No Safe Spaces seems to be their mantra!


What do you think? Let us know your view in the comments or @Darts_World Perhaps tell tell Andrew direct @A_Devonshire

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Devonshires’ Darts Discussion – The Challengers: A Missed Opportunity?

AS many of you will have seen I recently published a piece on the PDC’s ‘Challengers’ concept. Some of our contributors then added their selections to my own. This week the PDC published their choices for the 2020 slots.

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The Power vs Barney in Rotterdam? A Challengers / Legend tie to wet the appetite!
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Following the announcement, of the PDC Premier League Challengers, I wonder if more could have been done or a different path taken? Most selections were as predicted and could easily be accepted. What a missed opportunity for us darts fans to have seen something different in 2020.

The PDC could have reverted to selecting 10 players to play the league season with two relegated. Imagine if along with those ten players two legends were picked for each week to compete against each other!

Imagine Taylor v Barney in Rotterdam,  Beaton v Burnett in Cardiff, Priestley v Deller, Bob Anderson v Lloyd (with or without the horse!), Manley v Baxter the list could go on and on. Surely fans would support the chance to see the legends, after all they have helped the PDC on its journey.

Challenger on both merit and legacy?
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Many of the ‘Legends’ style players are also highly skilled in entertaining an audience and, although their desire to win is unbowed, they may well provide a different style in terms of personality and flair. Perhaps next year!

Original Article by Andrew Devonshire – http://www.dartsworld.com/challengers-challenge-pick-who-should-face-the-premier-league-field/


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The Devonshire Discussion: New Darts – Is There Any Point?

New Darts, do they work? Add something to your game? Help with confidence? or simply add a feel good factor?

MVG has switched sponsor to Winmau. What effect will his new dart model/s have on his efforts?
Pic: Winmau

So, the Worlds Number one player, Michael Van Gerwen, has switched sponsors / manufacturers. For the first time in at least 8 years he will be throwing a completely new dart! Will it have a good or bad affect we ask ourselves.

Glen changed to a plainer Target dart mid season!
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Recently we have seen players such as Chisnall and Durrant use new darts and to good affect too !! Glen having a stella first year in the PDC with his new Arrows, even though he switched half way through, and Chizzy hitting 180’s for fun but then he always has!

Is it more a question of talent than equipment though. Can a top dart player throw any dart as long as it’s the specified weight he’s always thrown. Imagine an event where all the players are given a new set of darts that differs from their standard set up apart from weight.

Would we have the same players competing at the business end of such an event ?


Snakebite seems to be able to use almost anything and still perform at the elite level.
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Ok Ok , we know, Peter Wright would be, he has used over 20 models, and switched weights more often than a slimming world meeting, but could anyone else (DW Editor-at-Large)

Challengers Challenge! Pick Who Should Face the Premier League Field?

We are at that magical time of year again, a new PDC World Darts Champion has been crowned, many congratulations to Peter Wright, a deserving and popular winner. The Premier League players have also been announced and again this year they will be joined by Nine Challengers.

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FALLON SHERROCK HAS ALREADY CLAIMED ONE OF THE CHALLENGER SLOTS. WHO WILL JOIN HER & JOHN HENDERSON?

The first two of these players are John Henderson who will star on the opening night in Aberdeen and the new Queen of The Alexandra Palace Fallon Sherrock who has been rewarded for her outstanding victories and performances at ‘The Ally Pally.


So here’s the challenge, who else will be given the opportunity to showcase their talents on the Premier League stage. Pick seven player and one ‘popular choice’ and leave them in the comments or via our social media channels. A prize and bragging rights to whoever gets closest!


I’m going to throw my seven players out there who I think have a chance and more importantly deserve the opportunity, plus one more who could well be a popular addition.

The Adonis for a Challenger spot? Richly deserved.
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Let’s start with the ‘Popular Choice’ or ‘Housewives Choice’ ! Wouldn’t it be something to see the legend, the Bronzed Adonis himself,  Mr Steve Beaton be rewarded for his sheer longevity and dedication to the sport  at the highest level, 29 consecutive World Championship appearances and still World Ranked in the top 32 of the PDC rankings. I’m pretty sure Steve would love that one time Premier League Walk-On.


So who will be the other Challengers, it’s certainly a difficult ask to predict all seven selections. I’m not a believer in just picking a ‘Home’ player like a Welsh player for the Cardiff week of the League. If they are ‘Challengers’ then let them do just that at whatever venue. The PDC however take a different view and are likely to give some places partly based on this.


I would certainly throw Luke Humphries in there, another Quarter Final reached at the World Championships and the current World Youth Champion. I think with Fallon already selected you have to go with Mikuru Suzuki too, the Ladies BDO World Champion who was within 36 points of winning her opening World Championship match against James Richardson at The Ally Pally.Third pick would be Chris Dobey, he’s certainly moving swiftly up the rankings and has achieved notable placings in PDC majors and again at the 2020 World Championship.

Premier League crowds love a good Walk-On and there’s none better than YMCA !! My Fourth challenger would be Rapid Ricky Evans. Again he’s produced on the biggest stages at home and at the Euro Tour events and is a joy to watch in full flow even though you could miss it if you blink.

KRYSZTOF RATAJSKI
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Without question Krzysztof Ratajski deserves to be my fifth selection, he’s lifted five PDC Tour titles already and the former Winmau World Master is a threat to anyone on his day and he would most certainly fit the criteria of a ‘Challenger’. Jeffrey de Zwaan would be my next pick. He’s beaten Michael Van Gerwen in a ‘Major’ TV event and has backed that result up in the last 12 months and is a player the ‘Top Guys’ will not relish facing.


My final challenger would be Jermaine Wattimena. A Quarter Finalist at the World Grand and back to back last 16 spots at the UK Open show this likeable Dutchman is moving in the right direction and sits at a career high 23 in the PDC World Rankings. I’m sure to walk on in front of a sell out Rotterdam crowd in the Premier League to possibly face Michael Van Gerwen would be an occasion he wouldn’t forget but also would rise to!

So there we have it, that would be my list of ‘Challengers’. I believe players outside of the top 16 should be classed as Challengers and it gives fans and followers alike the opportunity to see different up and coming players playing at the highest level against the ‘Top Nine’ players. Only time will tell who actually gets the nod, one thing is for sure though, it’s going to be something special. As World Champion Peter Wright would say ‘Let’s Get This Party Started’.

Andy’s 8: Luke Humphries, Mikuru Suzuki, Chris Dobey, Ricky Evans, Krzysztof Ratajski, Jeffrey De Zwaan and Jermaine Wattimena with Steve Beaton as his wildcard choice.

The Wizard’s Picks: W1—Hendo W2— Sherrock, W3—Jonny Clayton, W4—Willy O Conner, W5—Luke Humphries
W6—Joe Cullen, W7—Dobey, W8—De zwann , W9—Dimi Van den Berg. Wildcard : Barney in Rotterdam!

AIM: Ian White, Krystztof Ratajaski, Seigo Asada, Max Hopp, Ricky Evans, Gabriel Clemens, Josh Payne. Wildcard: Ted Hankey!

Jacco Krook: L Humphries, Ricky Evans, Chris Dobey, Ratajaski, De Zwaan, O’Conner (Dublin), Wattinena (Rotterdam). Wildcard; Jose De Sousa.

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Clayton Lifts Champion of Champions Title

Jonny Clayton storms to Worthington’s Red Dragon Champion of Champions Title.

Jonny Clayton Champion of Champions

PDC star Jonny Clayton lifted the £5,000 first prize and the title of Worthington’s Champion of Champions Title with a 2-0 win over Yorkshireman Tony Darlow in Sunday’s Final in Cardiff. Welshman Clayton, playing on home soil was the form player throughout the day and thrived on the format of best of three legs event. The event, sponsorsed by Worthington’s and Red Dragon Darts and in its second year proved once again to be very popular with players and fans alike. 256 winners from Pub / Clubs throughout the UK made up the field on finals day in Cardiff and with a first prize of £5,000 on offer tension was high and add to that the short format and it all made for a recipe of exciting and tension packed darts.

Many ‘Top’ players had made it through to finals day including  stars Wes Newton, defending champion Gerwyn Price, Steve Hine, Jamie Hughes, Richie Burnett, Paul Hogan to name but a few, but the day belonged to Jonny Clayton, who got the better of fellow Welshman Richie Burnett in the semi final, a high qulity game that went to the 3rd with Jonny comin out on top 2-1, this was the only leg that Jonny lost all day, no mean feat in itself in such a tough format. The final proved one step too far for Yorkshire’s Darlow and Clayton powered to the title and a 2-0 triumph to win the coveted title.

The event was superbly organised by Red Dragon Darts along with title sponsors Worthington’s and everyone is already looking forward to next years event.

HappyBet European Darts Open 2016 Draw & Schedule

THORNTON SET TO DEFEND EURO CROWN.

Robert Thornton

ROBERT THORNTON will face either Wes Newton or Shaun Griffiths when he begins his defence of the HappyBet European Darts Open title in Dusseldorf this weekend, as world number one Michael van Gerwen prepares to take one Jamie Caven or Christian Kist.

Scottish star Thornton won his first PDC European Tour event in last year’s internet-streamed tournament at the Maritim Hotel, defeating Kim Huybrechts.

The world number eight will be one of the 16 seeded players who enter the 2015 European Darts Open at the second round stage on Saturday, where he faces either Newton – another former European Tour winner – or youngster Griffiths.

Van Gerwen, who won last weekend’s BetVictor World Matchplay, will meet the winner of Friday’s first round tie between fellow Dutchman Kist or former Austrian Darts Open finalist Caven – who was whitewashed by the world number one in Blackpool recently.

Van Gerwen is aiming to pick up his fourth European Tour event win of the year, while another 2016 winner, HappyBet European Darts Matchplay champion James Wade, meets either a Host Nation Qualifier or Andy Boulton.

Friday’s first round will include a meeting between Australian ace Kyle Anderson and Spain’s Cristo Reyes, while Daniele Petri will become the first Italian to compete on the European Tour when he plays James Richardson.

Former European Tour finalist John Henderson plays Dutchman Jan Dekker, while 2016 Dutch Darts Masters runner-up Daryl Gurney plays Robbie Green and Welshman Gerwyn Price – the winner of two Players Championships his year – meets Tony Newell.

Phil Taylor (originally seeded 13) withdrew in advance of the event. As a result, the highest ranked qualifier (Alan Norris) becomes the 16th seed, with other players moving up one place to complete the seedings and a fifth place being awarded to the Host Nation Qualifier.

The HappyBet European Darts Open will be streamed worldwide throughwww.LIVEPDC.TV for all subscribers.

Live coverage with faster streams is also available at the following betting websites:
www.bet365.com – Worldwide
www.betfair.com – UK, Ireland, Spain & Denmark
www.tempobet700.com – Worldwide
www.fonbet.com/en – Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia

Live Scores will be available at the new-look PDC Live Scores website,http://live.dartsdata.com .

Tournament Draw Bracket
Michael Smith (3) v James Richardson/Daniele Petri
Stephen Bunting (14) v Mark Frost/Host Nation Qualifier 2
Ian White (6) v Andy Jenkins/Devon Petersen
Terry Jenkins (11) v Jonny Clayton/Andy Hamilton
Benito van de Pas (7) v Robbie Green/Daryl Gurney
Mensur Suljovic (10) v John Michael/Host Nation Qualifier 4
Peter Wright (2) v Host Nation Qualifier 3/Steve West
Simon Whitlock (15) v Gerwyn Price/Tony Newell
Dave Chisnall (4) v John Henderson/Jan Dekker
Gary Anderson (13) v Kim Viljanen/Host Nation Qualifier 1
Kim Huybrechts (5) v Dimitri Van den Bergh/Jeffrey de Graaf
Robert Thornton (12) v Wes Newton/Shaun Griffiths
Jelle Klaasen (8) v Ritchie Edhouse/Harry Ward
James Wade (9) v Host Nation Qualifier 5/Andy Boulton
Michael van Gerwen (1) v Jamie Caven/Christian Kist
Alan Norris (16) v Cristo Reyes/Kyle Anderson

Session Schedule
Friday July 29– First Round
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm BST)

First Round x8
John Henderson v Jan Dekker
Ritchie Edhouse v Harry Ward
Wes Newton v Shaun Griffiths
Kim Viljanen v HNQ1
James Richardson v Daniele Petri
Robbie Green v Daryl Gurney
John Michael v HNQ4
Jonny Clayton v Andy Hamilton

Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm BST)
First Round x8
Mark Frost v HNQ2
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Jeffrey de Graaf
HNQ3 v Steve West
Jamie Caven v Christian Kist
Andy Jenkins v Devon Petersen
Host Nation Qualifier 5 v Andy Boulton
Cristo Reyes v Kyle Anderson
Gerwyn Price v Tony Newell

Saturday July 30 – Second Round
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm BST)

Second Round x8
Terry Jenkins v Clayton/Hamilton
Stephen Bunting v Frost/HNQ2
Robert Thornton v Newton/Griffiths
Jelle Klaasen v Edhouse/Ward
Benito van de Pas v Green/Gurney
Mensur Suljovic v Michael/HNQ4
Ian White v A Jenkins/Petersen
Michael Smith v Richardson/Petri

Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm BST)
Second Round x8
Simon Whitlock v Price/Newell
Kim Huybrechts v Van den Bergh/de Graaf
Dave Chisnall v Henderson/Dekker
Peter Wright v HNQ3/West
Gary Anderson v Viljanen/HNQ1
James Wade v HNQ5/Boulton
Michael van Gerwen v Caven/Kist
Alan Norris v Reyes/Anderson

Sunday July 31
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm BST)

Third Round x8
Games played in draw bracket order

Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm BST)
Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, Final
Games played in draw bracket order

All games are the best of 11 legs

PDC Betway World Cup 2016 Line-Ups Confirmed.

 

Betway World Cup

THE teams have been confirmed for the 2016 Betway World Cup of Darts, with Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis set to represent England in Frankfurt next month as they bid to defend their title.

The £250,000 tournament will see 32 nations competing in a Pairs format from June 2-5 at the Eissporthalle in Frankfurt, Germany, with matches throughout the Sky Sports-televised event featuring a mixture of Singles and Doubles games.

Reigning champions England will be represented by Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis for a fifth successive year as they bid to add to their three previous triumphs in the tournament, with sponsors Betway making them 2/1 to lift the title.

 

Taylor : Lewis

2015 finalists Scotland will be represented by World Champion Gary Anderson and reigning World Grand Prix champion Robert Thornton as the second seeds, while the triumphant 2014 Netherlands team of Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld will team up once again in Frankfurt as the number three seeds and pre-tournament 6/4 favourites with Betway.

Fourth seeds Northern Ireland will be represented by Brendan Dolan and debutant Daryl Gurney, while recent Players Championship winner Gerwyn Price will compete for Wales for the first time alongside Mark Webster as the number five seeds.

Australia’s Kyle Anderson makes his World Cup debut alongside Simon Whitlock for the sixth seeds, while 2013 finalists Belgium – represented once again by brothers Kim and Ronny Huybrechts – are seeded seventh and Austria, whose team comprises Mensur Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez, complete the eight seeds.

The unseeded nations include hosts Germany, who will face Australia in the first round as teenager Max Hopp and Jyhan Artut team up in front of their home crowd, while 2015 quarter-finalists Hong Kong – represented again by Ting Chi Royden Lam & Scott Mackenzie – meet Ireland’s William O’Connor and Mick McGowan.

Spain’s Cristo Reyes and Antonio Alcinas will kick off the tournament against England, while New Zealand’s Warren Parry and debutant Cody Harris face Scotland and Russia’s Aleksandr Oreshkin and Boris Koltsov take on the Netherlands.

Japan’s Keita Ono and Haruki Muramatsu open up against Northern Ireland, while Finland’s Kim Viljanen and Marko Kantele meet Wales, Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski and Mariusz Paul play Belgium and Italian duo Daniele Petri and Michel Furlanis take on Austria.

2016 World Championship qualifier Alex Tagarao will now compete for the Philippines as a replacement for Lourence Ilagan, who has withdrawn through illness. Tagarao finished in third place in the Philippines’ qualifier and now lines up alongside Gilbert Ulang for their first round tie with American pair Darin Young and Larry Butler.

Greece’s debut in the World Cup will see John Michael and Ioannis Selachoglou face experienced Canadian duo John Part and Ken MacNeil, while South Africa’s Devon Petersen and Graham Filby will take on Singapore’s Paul Lim – who has over three decades of top-level experience – and Harith Lim.

Norway’s Robert Wagner and debutant Cor Dekker will face Gibraltar’s Dyson Parody and Manuel Vilerio in round one, with Denmark’s Per Laursen and Daniel Jensen playing Scandinavian rivals Sweden, who are represented by Magnus Caris and Daniel Larsson.

Thailand’s Thanawat Gaweenuntawong and Attapol Eupakaree take on Hungary’s Nandor Bezzeg and Patrik Kovaks, and the Czech Republic’s Michal Kocik and Pavel Drtil play China’s Yuanjun Liu and Wenge Xie.

Tickets for the Betway World Cup of Darts are available through www.pdc-europe.tv.

The schedule of play will be announced in due course.

Betway World Cup of Darts
Seeded Nations

1 – England – Phil Taylor & Adrian Lewis
2 – Scotland – Gary Anderson & Robert Thornton
3 – Netherlands – Michael van Gerwen & Raymond van Barneveld
4 – Northern Ireland – Brendan Dolan & Daryl Gurney
5 – Wales – Mark Webster & Gerwyn Price
6 – Australia – Simon Whitlock & Kyle Anderson
7 – Belgium – Kim Huybrechts & Ronny Huybrechts
8 – Austria – Mensur Suljovic & Rowby-John Rodriguez
NB: The Order of Merit totals for Northern Ireland & Wales were identical (49) and therefore the team with the highest-ranked individual (Brendan Dolan) received the higher seeding. Scotland’s Peter Wright and Netherlands’ Jelle Klaasen made themselves unavailable for selection.

Unseeded Nations
Canada – John Part & Ken MacNeil
China – Yuanjun Liu & Wenge Xie
Czech Republic – Michal Kocik & Pavel Drtil
Denmark – Per Laursen & Daniel Jensen
Finland – Kim Viljanen & Marko Kantele
Germany – Max Hopp & Jyhan Artut
Gibraltar – Dyson Parody & Manuel Vilerio
Greece – John Michael & Ioannis Selachoglou
Hong Kong – Ting Chi Royden Lam & Scott MacKenzie
Hungary – Nandor Bezzeg & Patrik Kovaks
Italy – Daniele Petri & Michel Furlanis
Japan – Keita Ono & Haruki Muramatsu
New Zealand – Warren Parry & Cody Harris
Norway – Robert Wagner & Cor Dekker
Philippines – Gilbert Ulang & Alex Tagarao
Poland – Krzysztof Ratajski & Mariusz Paul
Republic of Ireland – William O’Connor & Mick McGowan
Russia – Aleksandr Oreshkin & Boris Koltsov
Singapore – Paul Lim & Harith Lim
South Africa – Devon Petersen & Graham Filby
Spain – Cristo Reyes & Antonio Alcinas
Sweden – Magnus Caris & Daniel Larsson
Thailand – Thanawat Gaweenuntawong & Attapol Eupakaree
USA – Darin Young & Larry Butler

First Round Draw & Tournament Draw Bracket
England (1) Spain
Czech Republic v China
Austria (8) v Italy
South Africa v Singapore
Wales (5) v Finland
Greece v Canada
Northern Ireland (4) v Japan
Republic of Ireland v Hong Kong
Scotland (2) v New Zealand
Norway v Gibraltar
Belgium (7) v Poland
Hungary v Thailand
Australia (6) v Germany
Denmark v Sweden
Netherlands (3) v Russia
USA v Philippines

Betway Outright Winner Odds
6/4 Netherlands
2/1 England
9/2 Scotland
20/1 Belgium
25/1 Australia, Austria, Wales
33/1 Northern Ireland
66/1 Germany
80/1 Spain
Full odds available at www.betway.com. Odds subject to fluctuation and correct at time of writing.

The Rankings Don’t Lie.

LEWIS & WRIGHT SET FOR DUTCH DRAMA !

As we head over to the Netherlands next week for the very first visit of the PDC Betway Premier League, it’s quite obvious to see that the current World Rankings are very much spot on. The World’s top three players, Van Gerwen, Anderson and Taylor are already guaranteed a spot in the end of league Plays-Offs at London’s O2 Arena and it’s no surprise that the players battling for that fourth and final spot are those ranked 4th and 5th in the world, Adrian Lewis and Peter Wright respectively.

Adrian Lewiswright

So who’s going to make it to London. Lewis sits a point ahead of Wright as we stand at the moment, but ‘Snakebite’ Wright may have the advantage because he plays before Lewis and if he can get that all important win then the pressure will definitely be on Lewis who faces a repeat of the World final when he clashes with Champion Gary Anderson. There’s something on the last match of the evening too with Taylor and Van Gerwen not only battling for top spot but also achieving that will mean avoiding Anderson in the play-off semi finals.

The Dutch crowd are in for a feast of tungsten drama and they will no doubt be vocally at their very best !

Night 15 – May 12
The Ahoy Arena, Rotterdam
** Revised Order of Play **

Robert Thornton v James Wade
Peter Wright v Raymond van Barneveld
Adrian Lewis v Gary Anderson
Phil Taylor v Michael van Gerwen
Best of 12 legs

‘ALRIGHT DAVE’ !

BDO DARTS HIT UK TV SCREENS WITH DAVE !

bdo world trophy

Frank Warren partners with UKTV and the BDO to launch ‘Darts on Dave’: Dave to broadcast the BDO World Trophy live and exclusive from Lakeside London – Wednesday 4 May, 2016 – Hall of Fame boxing promoter Frank Warren is delighted to announce he has partnered with UKTV to deliver the British Darts Organisation (BDO) live television coverage for their annual ‘World Trophy’ event, that is set to take place over the May Bank Holiday weekend at the home of British darts, Lakeside. The event will take place over three days on 28th, 29th and 30th May at the most iconic darts venue in the country, Lakeside, with 2016’s event boasting a huge £150k prize fund, which will incorporate £50k for a nine dart leg. The UK’s biggest multichannel operator, UKTV, will broadcast ten hours of live coverage of the World Trophy each day on free to air entertainment channel Dave. Live Darts: BDO World Trophy 2016 will start daily at 12 midday. This further extends Dave’s live sport coverage, and follows the channel’s first live boxing event earlier this year when over three million viewers tuned in to watch David Haye knock out Mark de Mori. A high spec production and bumper crowd will see the BDO’s biggest names, including reigning World Champions Scott Waites and Trina Gulliver MBE, along with the likes of Glen Durrant, Martin Adams, Scott Mitchell, Deta Hedman, Lisa Ashton, with wildcards for Jeff Smith, Andy Fordham and Ted Hankey. They will compete for the £150k on offer at the iconic Lakeside venue. Frank Warren, said: “Though I have worked predominantly in boxing for nearly 40 years, I have also promoted and been involved in various other sports and entertainment ventures throughout my career. I am delighted to have been part of setting this event up and securing the BDO one of the UK’s leading broadcasters for the event. In my opinion, Dave is the perfect channel for the event and with it taking place at Lakeside, the iconic home of British darts, I am sure the atmosphere will be electric.” Richard Watsham, director of commissioning at UKTV said: “This is an exciting time for the BDO and I’m thrilled that we’re able to bring Dave viewers the BDO World Trophy, free to air and live from Lakeside, the iconic home of world darts. This is an important step for Dave as we continue to expand into important new genres such as live sport.” Steve North, Dave general manager, said: “We are constantly looking for new opportunities and show ideas for Dave to keep our audiences entertained. After the incredible experience we had with the David Haye fight at the start of the year we are delighted to be delving further into the sporting world by partnering with the BDO in what is a fantastic opportunity to offer fans extended live coverage of the BDO World Trophy.”

Sue Williams, Chairman of the BDO said: “Our exciting new partnership with UKTV and Frank is certain to delight all of the BDO’s loyal members and fans. We look forward to working with Dave on the opening event of this new partnership. The World Trophy is set to be an excellent few days of top level darts.”

Tickets for the BDO World Trophy 2016 at Lakeside are available from lakesideworlddarts.co.uk and +44 (0)1252 836 464 Dave’s live coverage will start at 12 midday on each day of the event finishing at 10pm, ensuring darts fans don’t miss a moment of the action. Details of the on-site broadcast team will follow in the coming weeks. Live Darts: BDO World Trophy 2016 is produced by Input Media, executive produced for Input media by Jonathan Parry and executive produced by Gerald Casey and Arch Dyson for UKTV.

Live Darts: BDO World Trophy 2016 starts Saturday 28 May at 12 noon on Dave