PDC Release World Matchplay Update.

The PDC has issued the following update in relation to the 2020 Betfred World Matchplay:

At present, the 2020 Betfred World Matchplay remains scheduled for July 18-26 at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, and we continue to work with all relevant parties towards achieving this if possible.

2019 BETFRED WORLD MATCHPLAY FINAL MICHAEL SMITH v ROB CROSS WINTER GARDENS 28/7/19 Pic: Christopher Dean / PDC

As with all PDC tournaments at present, we remain in regular contact with the UK Government in relation to updates regarding regulations and are constantly monitoring the global situation.

However, the PDC plans to confirm on or before Friday June 5 a decision in relation to the planned July dates for this event.

We appreciate that the current global restrictions give cause for concern amongst fans who have purchased tickets for this event.

Should restrictions mean that the July dates are not possible, it would be the PDC’s plan to rearrange the Betfred World Matchplay for a date later in 2020, in line with other recently-affected tournaments.

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Unibet Home Tour: Group 21 To Feature Sedlacek

Karel Sedlacek will replace Derk Telnekes in Thursday’s Unibet Home Tour Group 21.

Czech Republic number one Sedlacek will take the place of Dutchman Telnekes, who is now unable to compete on Thursday for family reasons with his wife’s shifts as a healthcare worker in the Netherlands having changed.

Telnekes is, though, still hoping to take part in the Unibet Home Tour in one of the remaining group phase nights this month.

Sedlacek will now join former World Champion Rob Cross in Group 21 on Thursday evening for what promises to be another memorable night of live darts being shown on PDCTV, through international broadcasters and via bookmakers’ websites.

Group 21 will also feature two-time World Youth Champion Dimitri Van den Bergh and emerging Scottish talent William Borland.

Unibet Home Tour Group 21
Thursday May 7

Rob Cross v William Borland
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Karel Sedlacek
William Borland v Karel Sedlacek
Rob Cross v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Dimitri Van den Bergh v William Borland
Karel Sedlacek v Rob Cross

All Home Tour action will be broadcast live on PDCTV for FREE to ALL registered PDCTV users, regardless of whether you have a paid or free membership.

Registered PDCTV members can also watch for FREE through the official PDC App.

As well as being shown through a series of bookmakers’ websites, the Unibet Home Tour will also be broadcast live by a number of the PDC’s international broadcast partners.

Fans in the UK & Ireland can watch through the Sky Sports App.

Line-ups & fixtures revealed for Unibet Home Tour Groups 21-24

Former World Champion Rob Cross is among the next group of players who will star in the Unibet Home Tour, with the line-ups and fixtures now confirmed for Groups 21-24.

The Polish Eagle will join Voltage and more top flight players in upcoming Home Tour groups
(PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG) KRZYSZTOF RATAJSKI IN ACTION

World number four Cross will headline Thursday’s Group 21, while Ian White, Kyle Anderson and Krzysztof Ratajski are also set to feature this week as the home-staged event continues from May 7-10.
 
Thursday will see the 21st of 32 consecutive nights of live darts take place, as Cross is joined in Group 21 by two-time World Youth Champion Dimitri Van den Bergh, Scotland’s William Borland and Dutch PDC newcomer Derk Telnekes.

World number ten White will be the top ranked played in Friday’s Group 22, which will also feature PDC ranking event winner Danny Noppert, 2018 World Grand Prix quarter-finalist James Wilson and Spain’s Jesus Noguera, a two-time winner on the 2019 Challenge Tour.

Former Auckland Darts Masters champion Anderson, who recently received the all-clear after spending a month in isolation with coronavirus, will make a welcome return to action on Saturday.

Queensland-based Anderson’s Group 23 will see four players join the live broadcast from around the world, as he is joined by German World Cup star Martin Schindler, Dutch internet sensation Dirk van Duijvenbode and Sweden’s Daniel Larsson.

Sunday’s Group 24 will feature Polish number one Ratajski as the highest ranked player, and he will be up against 2019 Czech Darts Open winner Jamie Hughes, Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas – a World Championship quarter-finalist in December – and Spain’s Toni Alcinas, a former World Cup semi-finalist.

The nightly league format will see all four competitors play each other once in matches played over the best of nine legs, with a winner crowned each night.

With the Unibet Home Tour now past the half-way point, Stephen Bunting, Darren Webster and Damon Heta are among the most recent group winners.

Each night’s action will commence at 1930 BST, with darts commentator Dan Dawson on hand to talk through proceedings, which will also include live score graphics on screen.

All Unibet Home Tour action will be broadcast live on PDCTV for FREE to ALL registered PDCTV users, regardless of whether you have a paid or free membership.

Registered PDCTV members can also watch for FREE through the official PDC App.

Fans in Great Britain and Ireland can also watch the action through the Sky Sports app.

As well as being shown through a series of bookmakers’ websites, the Unibet Home Tour is being broadcast live by a number of the PDC’s international broadcast partners.

Unibet Home Tour
Group 21 Fixtures
Thursday May 7
Rob Cross v William Borland
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Derk Telnekes
William Borland v Derk Telnekes
Rob Cross v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Dimitri Van den Bergh v William Borland
Derk Telnekes v Rob Cross

Group 22 Fixtures
Friday May 8
Ian White v Jesus Noguera
Danny Noppert v James Wilson
Jesus Noguera v James Wilson 
Ian White v Danny Noppert
Danny Noppert v Jesus Noguera
James Wilson v Ian White

Group 23 Fixtures
Saturday May 9
Kyle Anderson v Daniel Larsson
Martin Schindler v Dirk van Duijvenbode
Daniel Larsson v Dirk van Duijvenbode
Kyle Anderson v Martin Schindler
Martin Schindler v Daniel Larsson
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Kyle Anderson

Group 24 Fixtures
Sunday May 10
Krzysztof Ratajski v Toni Alcinas
Jamie Hughes v Darius Labanauskas 
Toni Alcinas v Darius Labanauskas 
Krzysztof Ratajski v Jamie Hughes
Jamie Hughes v Toni Alcinas
Darius Labanauskas  v Krzysztof Ratajski

Tournament Rules
* All matches are the best of nine legs.
* The player listed on the left of the fixture will throw first in odd-numbered legs.
* Two Points awarded for a win.
* Should players finish level on Points, the Leg Difference will be used to decide positions. Should Points and Leg Difference be equal between two players, then the winner of the game between the two players will determine who finishes higher. Should Points and Leg Difference be equal between three players, the Overall Average of each player (across the three games on the night) will be used to determine who finishes higher.

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Matchroom Live To Launch On May 6th And Will Include Classic Darts.

Sports fans can relive many iconic moments and see fantastic archive footage with the launch of Matchroom Live on Wednesday, May 6.

Barney & The Power’s 2007 Clash will be on the
new service.

Matchroom Live allows fans to delve into the history books of Matchroom Sport’s portfolio of events, with many great moments from boxing, snooker, pool and darts any many more sports to be available for free.

Fresh archive footage will be added continuously, ensuring every sports fan has countless hours of sport to watch wherever they are in the world.

Classic moments available at Matchroom Live include the legendary 2007 World Championship final between Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld alongside nine-dart finishes and other memorable contests from PDC history.

Fans will also be able to live stream ongoing events through a subscription package and pay-per-view options in territories without current broadcast rights holders.

This will give fans direct access to events including Pool’s Mosconi Cup and World Pool Championship, the World Snooker Championship and the remainder of Matchroom Sport’s catalogue of live events.

Matchroom Live is a video-first platform, with the ability to cast to virtually any device whether that be a console, Smart TV, or connected device. The services will also allow fans to watch up to four live events at once with ‘QuadPlay’.

The service is built and powered by sports streaming and video technology specialists StreamAMG, a longstanding partner of Matchroom Sport operating PDCTV since 2016 and streaming Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz II for the Indian Subcontinent in December 2019.

Fans can sign up for the free archive of sports from Wednesday May 6 at http://matchroom.live.

The Matchroom Live platform will sit alongside PDCTV, and those with an existing PDCTV Subscription will not be affected.

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Wattimena Subs For Injured De Zwaan.

Jermaine Wattimena will feature in Wednesday’s Unibet Home Tour Group 20 after Jeffrey de Zwaan withdrew due to a shoulder injury.

De Zwaan has had to withdraw from the Home Tour Night. Pic: Christopher Dean / Scantech Media

De Zwaan, a former World Matchplay semi-finalist, will undergo minor surgery to address a long-standing shoulder problem which has been causing pain.

As a result, the 24-year-old will not take part in the home-staged tournament as he looks to focus on making a full recovery as quickly as possible.

De Zwaan’s place will be taken by fellow-Dutchman Wattimena, with the world number 24 set to star alongside three-time PDC ranking event winner Joe Cullen in a stellar night of Home Tour action.

Group 20 will also feature emerging Scottish talent Ryan Murray, while experienced John Michael will dial into the live broadcast from Greece.

Group 20 Fixtures
Wednesday May 6

Joe Cullen v Ryan Murray
Jermaine Wattimena v John Michael
Ryan Murray v John Michael
Joe Cullen v Jermaine Wattimena
Jermaine Watimena v Ryan Murray
John Michael v Joe Cullen


Kyle Anderson Recovers and Returns Home!

Kyle Anderson has returned to his family in Australia after over four weeks in isolation.

Kyle Anderson Unicorn
Anderson returns home after over four weeks of corona virus illness. (pic Unicorn)

Anderson had tested positive for coronavirus on March 29, and has spent the period since in isolation on a nearby farm in Mount Morgan, Queensland.

Although the former Auckland Darts Masters champion did not require hospital treatment and did not suffer from serious symptoms, continued positive tests had kept him in isolation.

However, Anderson finally received a negative test result on Thursday, and has returned to be with wife Tara and son Charles.


Darts World wishes Kyle and his family the very best and is delighted to see him recovering. (DW Ed.)

Featured Pic: PDC

Keegan to Swap Needles For Darts. NHS Worker Brown To Play Home Tour!

Keegan Brown will swap his white lab coat for his trademark pink darts shirt as he returns to PDC action by competing in the Unibet Home Tour on Tuesday night.
 
Brown has been part of the NHS workforce over the past month during the global Coronavirus pandemic, expanding his part-time role in a testing laboratory on the Isle of Wight for full-time shifts at the hospital.
 
The former World Youth Champion will be using one of his days off to compete alongside Max Hopp, Conan Whitehead and Mike De Decker in Group 12 of the Home Tour.
 
“We stopped playing tournaments in mid-March, so it’s probably the longest break I’ve had from playing since I was 13,” admitted Brown.
 
“I’ve tried to do some practice in my spare time at home to keep my arm in, but it’s not been that much. The last week or so I’ve tried to make two or three hours a day to make sure that I’m not playing from memory.
 
“We’ve planned me being on the Home Tour on the second of two days off so that I’ve been able to do some more practice to prepare.”

Brown (Right) Has previously juggled a successful darts career with his NHS role. (Pic PDC)

Brown has previously juggled part-time midweek hours in the blood sciences department with his playing career, but has put his skills to good use as a key worker in recent weeks.
 
“It’s more or less the same role, but the shifts are longer and different hours,” he said. “As we’re support workers, it’s a 24/7 rota so I’m still on call – even on Tuesday when I’m playing in the Home Tour!
 
“There are procedures in place for us to stay safe and we’re following the guidelines that are there to keep us safe and well.
 
“I’ve had a lot of supportive messages from other players and it’s been overwhelming. It’s a nice feeling and it shows that people appreciate what people are doing in these tough times.
 
“I take my hats off to all of the key workers who are working at the moment – it’s not just me. My life has not changed as much as others.
 
“I’ve found out about another PDC player, Aaron Beeney, who is working full-time still as a prison officer, and so many people are doing such amazing things.”
 
Brown is one of two former World Youth Champions in action on Tuesday, alongside Germany’s Hopp – the 2015 winner who succeeded the Isle of Wight ace in lifting the trophy – while Belgian youngster De Decker is a four-time winner on the PDC Unicorn Development Tour.
 
Whitehead, meanwhile, is a five-time UK Open Qualifier who is in his second stint as a Tour Card Holder on the PDC circuit.


More Disruption for PDC: May and June’s Events & World Cup Under Threat.

The PDC’s ranked events during May and June, along with the BetVictor World Cup of Darts, will not now take place as planned and are the latest amendments to the calendar during the ongoing suspension of tournaments.

Scotland’s Peter Wright and Gary Anderson may be unable to defend their World Cup of Darts title this year. (Pic : L Lustig/PDC)

PDC events have been unable to take place for the past month following the restrictions imposed globally due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Unibet Premier League’s remaining planned dates have already been rescheduled for later in 2020, with the World Series of Darts events in New York and Copenhagen also being moved in the calendar.

The five planned European Tour events in May and June – which were to be held in Graz, Budapest, Riesa, Sindelfingen and Trier – will not now take place as scheduled, along with four Players Championship events, two PDC Unicorn Development Tour weekends and a Challenge Tour weekend.

In addition, the popular 32-nation BetVictor World Cup of Darts, which was scheduled for June 18-21, will now be postponed, and it is hoped to move this event to a date later in 2020.

The Hungarian Darts Trophy in Budapest has been moved to September 4-6, with the Paddy Power Champions League of Darts – which had originally been planned for the same weekend – now set to not take place in 2020.

The PDC’s intention is to arrange as many ProTour and secondary tour events as possible into the second half of 2020, or as and when work and travel restrictions are eased.

Germany last week extended their restriction on mass gatherings to the end of August, meaning that the four European Tour events in the country which had been rescheduled for July and August cannot now take place as planned.

In the unlikely event of restrictions being eased to make tournament play possible before July, the PDC would advise players appropriately of any plans.

Affected PDC Events
May 1-3 – Hungarian Darts Trophy (ET6) – NOW September 4-6
May 2-3 – Development Tour 9-12
May 15 – European Tour 8 TCH Qualifier
May 16-17 – Players Championship 13-14
May 22-24 – International Darts Open (ET7)
May 29-31 – European Darts Grand Prix (ET2)
June 6-7 – Challenge Tour 9-12
June 13-14 – Players Championship 17-18
June 15 – European Tour 9-10 TCH Qualifiers
June 18-21 – BetVictor World Cup of Darts
June 20-21 – Development Tour 13-16
June 26-28 – European Darts Matchplay (ET8)
July 3-5 – German Darts Championship (ET9)
July 10-12 – German Darts Open (ET10)
July 31-August 2 – German Darts Grand Prix (ET4)
August 7-9 – European Darts Open (ET3)

The PDC is continuing to work with its partners in rescheduling tournaments, with further details to be announced once available. Further announcements in relation to the current situation can be seen at this page once available.

Fans with tickets for affected European Tour events or the BetVictor World Cup of Darts will be contacted by their point of purchase in due course in relation to their booking.


Feature Pic: L Lustig / PDC

Unibet Home Tour – Where and How to Watch For Free!

The Unibet Home Tour will initially run for 32 consecutive nights as PDC stars bring elite level darts from their living rooms to yours – below are the various ways you can watch wherever you are in the world.

All Home Tour action will be broadcast live on PDCTV for FREE to ALL registered PDCTV users, regardless of whether you have a paid or free membership.

Registered PDCTV members can also watch for FREE through the official PDC App.

Fans in Great Britain and Ireland will also be able to watch the first three nights through the Sky Sports app.

As well as being shown through a series of bookmakers’ websites, the Unibet Home Tour will also be broadcast live by a number of the PDC’s international broadcast partners listed below.

Unibet Home Tour – International Broadcast Partners

Fox Australia – Australia
DAZN – Austria, Germany, Switzerland USA, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Italy, Spain
Pragosport – Hungary, Czech Rep/Slovakia
Viaplay – Scandinavia
Sky – New Zealand
Channel 2 Sport – Iceland
Supersport – South Africa, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (Republic of), Code d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cape Verde, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia (including Somaliland), South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Socotra, St. Helena and Ascension, Seychelles, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Lewis Shocks Wright To Top Home League Group.

Jamie Lewis was the inaugural winner on the Unibet Home Tour as he took victory in Group One on Friday night.

William Hill World Darts Championship - Day 11 Round-Up
Jamie Lewis showed the difference that may become apparent in the PDC’s Home League Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

The Welshman came out on top in a group including World Champion Peter Wright, Dutch youngster Niels Zonneveld and Huddersfield’s Peter Jacques, with the race for the title going all the way.

Lewis lost out 5-3 to Zonneveld in their opening tie of the night, but a superb 5-1 win over Wright proved crucial in the final standings.

The former World Championship semi-finalist then saw off Jacques 5-4 in his third match, with Zonneveld unable to secure the big win he needed against Wright in the evening’s final game which could have given him victory.

Wright had opened the night with a 5-4 defeat of Jacques, and book-ended his challenge by coming from a leg down to defeat Zonneveld 5-1 – but finished second to Lewis on Leg Difference in the final table.

The Unibet Home Tour continues on Saturday April 18 (1930 BST) with Group Two, which will feature world number three Gerwyn Price, 2019’s breakthrough star Luke Woodhouse and young duo Ted Evetts and Rowby-John Rodriguez.

The Unibet Home Tour can be watched live and free through PDCTV for registered users, as well as through bookmakers’ websites and international broadcasters.

Worldwide coverage is available through DAZN, Fox Sports Australia, Sky New Zealand, Viaplay in Scandinavia, Channel 2 Sport in Iceland, Pragosport in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Supersport across Africa and through the Sky Sports App.

Unibet Home Tour 
Group One – Friday April 17 
Peter Wright 5-4 Peter Jacques
Niels Zonneveld 5-3 Jamie Lewis 
Peter Jacques 5-2 Niels Zonneveld
Jamie Lewis 5-1 Peter Wright 
Jamie Lewis 5-4 Peter Jacques
Peter Wright 5-1 Niels Zonneveld


Featured Pic – L Lustig / PDC