Jermaine Wattimena will feature in Wednesday’s Unibet Home Tour Group 20 after Jeffrey de Zwaan withdrew due to a shoulder injury.
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
The nine Challengers who will feature in the opening nine nights of the 2020 Unibet Premier League have been confirmed.
In a return to last year’s popular format, nine players will compete under the re-branded ‘Challengers‘ banner, with John Henderson and Fallon Sherrock already confirmed as guest players for the opening two nights.
Scottish crowd favourite Henderson is set to get the campaign off to a bang at the new P&J Live in Aberdeen, before history-maker Sherrock becomes the first woman to star in the Premier League in Nottingham.
The Premier League roadshow then rolls on to Cardiff and Dublin where Welsh number two Jonny Clayton and Irish World Cup runner-up William O’Connor will make their Premier League debuts respectively.
World Youth Champion Luke Humphries will feature in Exeter, while Merseyside man Stephen Bunting will make his Premier League comeback in Liverpool.
Two-time televised semi-finalist Chris Dobey will hope to enjoy another memorable night in Newcastle, before Dutch duo Jeffrey de Zwaan and Jermaine Wattimena entertain the sea of orange in Rotterdam.
Points won by Challengers will not count towards the league table, however their opponents will retain any points gained from the matches. Challengers will receive financial bonuses for winning or drawing their matches.
Following the opening nine nights of fixtures, the player placed ninth on the Premier League table following Judgement Night in Rotterdam on March 26 will be eliminated from the competition.
The remaining eight players will then battle it out from Nights Ten to 16 in the race to win places in the Play-Offs at The O2 on Thursday May 21, with newly-crowned World Champion Peter Wright and world number one Michael van Gerwen among the regular nine players.
Fans in Belfast and Glasgow will also have the chance to welcome home local heroes in Daryl Gurney, Gary Anderson and Wright, while Gerwyn Price will entertain a passionate Welsh crowd in Cardiff.
Nathan Aspinall and Glen Durrant are the new additions to the Premier League line-up in 2020, while former finalists Rob Cross and Michael Smith are among the returning stars.
The 2020 Unibet Premier League will be played from February 6 – May 21 2020 at venues across Europe.
The tournament will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK, on PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers and through the PDC’s worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and RTL7.
2020 Unibet Premier League field Michael van Gerwen Peter Wright Gerwyn Price Rob Cross Michael Smith Gary Anderson Daryl Gurney Nathan Aspinall Glen Durrant
2020 Unibet Premier League Challengers John Henderson (Aberdeen, Night One) Fallon Sherrock (Nottingham, Night Two) Jonny Clayton (Cardiff, Night Three) William O’Connor (Dublin, Night Four) Luke Humphries (Exeter, Night Five) Stephen Bunting (Liverpool, Night Six) Chris Dobey (Newcastle, Night Seven) Jeffrey de Zwaan (Rotterdam, Night Eight) Jermaine Wattimena (Rotterdam, Night Nine)
Glen Durrant, Nathan Aspinall, Dave Chisnall and Jermaine Wattimena were all victorious in Dublin on Wednesday to complete the quarter-final line-up at the 2019 BoyleSports World Grand Prix.
Day Four of the double-start event saw the final four last 16 ties take place at the Citywest Convention Centre as three players won through to the quarter-finals for the first time.
Durrant and Wattimena will meet in Thursday’s quarter-finals after the Lakeside Champion performed under pressure in a five-set thriller with Rob Cross and the Dutchman knocked out Peter Wright.
After a staccato start, the first ever meeting between former World Champion Cross and Lakeside Champion Durrant blossomed into one of the most memorable matches of the tournament so far this year.
The opening set’s decider was won by debutant Durrant, before the second set saw Cross land finishes of 144 and 134 to level with a 3-0 scoreline.
With Durrant being outscored, he relied on missed finishing doubles from Cross to stay ahead in the third set before a 109 checkout saw him regain his one-set lead.
Set four went to a deciding leg, but after Durrant took eight darts to get away, Cross landed a 138 checkout to keep his hopes alive at two-all in sets.
The deciding set began with both players hitting their stride as they exchanged 180s before Durrant found double 16 with his last dart in hand to go 1-0 up.
The third leg saw Cross miss three darts at double, before Durrant found double five to go within a leg of the match once again and this time he drove home the advantage, kicking off with a 152 and taking out 54 to bring the curtain down on a dramatic affair.
“I wish I could stand here being really happy but there’s something not quite right with the way I’m playing at the moment,” Durrant admitted.
“One thing I don’t lack is bottle and that’s what got me through tonight. I’ve come through a really tough section of the draw without playing well.
“I know I need to up my game in the next round if I’m to progress and that’s what I’m working towards now.”
Meanwhile, Wattimena was left in tears after beating Wright 3-1 to reach his first individual televised quarter-final – following June’s run to the World Cup semi-finals for the Netherlands.
Wright followed up an earlier 111 finish by taking out 148 in the set one decider, but Wattimena was not disheartened and replied by taking set two 3-0.
The third set also went to a fifth leg and after Wright missed three darts to regain his one-set lead, Wattimena pinned two double tops to take out 100 and deal a body blow to the World Cup-winning Scot.
Having gone two legs down in the fourth set, Wright fought back to 2-2, only for Wattimena to show great composure, hitting a huge 145 score and then making no mistake on double 12 to seal a memorable victory.
“I’m really happy with this win, now I have shown that I can play on stage,” said an emotional Wattimena.
“I am over the moon but I can’t get too carried away because now I have a huge game with Glen tomorrow – he is a great player and I think it will be a good match.”
UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall will face 2013 World Grand Prix finalist Dave Chisnall in the quarter-finals after Dublin debutant Aspinall twice came from behind to claim a 3-2 win over Danny Noppert.
Dutchman Noppert, who knocked out 2017 champion Daryl Gurney in round one, got off to the worst possible start, taking 17 darts to land a starting double in the opening leg.
However, Noppert recovered and after Aspinall missed three darts at double top to take the set, he found double five to go 1-0 up in the contest.
Aspinall stormed back, taking the second set 3-0, but found himself behind once again as Noppert took the third set 3-1.
An 88 checkout on the bullseye saw Aspinall win the fourth set 3-1 – a fourth consecutive set won against throw – to take the match to a decider.
After Aspinall held throw in leg one, the US Darts Masters champion showed his class, firing in a 180 followed by a 92 checkout to break throw, before wrapping up the win in the next leg.
It was a simpler passage into the last eight for Chisnall, who won in straight sets against Stephen Bunting.
After Bunting surrendered a 2-0 advantage to lose the first set 3-2, Chisnall seized the initiative and failed to drop another leg in a one-sided contest.
Doubling-in proved to be the main stumbling block for Bunting, who missed 43 darts at starting doubles to Chisnall’s 22.
Thursday’s quarter-finals will begin with the tie between Ian White and Chris Dobey, while reigning champion Michael van Gerwen continues his bid to win a fifth Dublin title against Mervyn King in a repeat of the 2012 decider.
BoyleSports World Grand Prix Wednesday October 9 Second Round Nathan Aspinall 3-2 Danny Noppert Dave Chisnall 3-0 Stephen Bunting Glen Durrant 3-2 Rob Cross Jermaine Wattimena 3-1 Peter Wright
Thursday October 10 (1900 BST start) Quarter-Finals Ian White v Chris Dobey Dave Chisnall v Nathan Aspinall Michael van Gerwen v Mervyn King Glen Durrant v Jermaine Wattimena
Friday October 11 (1900 BST start) Semi-Finals Van Gerwen/King v White/Dobey Durrant/Wattimena v Chisnall/Aspinall
Saturday October 12 (2000 BST start) Final Preceded by Tom Kirby Irish Matchplay final between Liam Gallagher & Keane Barry
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