Hot Off the Press Release: Bullseye for Sky Sport

Welsh former World Championship semi-finalist Jamie Lewis.

From tomorrow Sky Sport 9 will screen live coverage of an inaugural, month-long NZ professional darts tournament.

Here’s the media release:

Bullseye! 31 days of live sport on Sky with the ultimate in darts!

The PDC Home Tour live Sunday April 19, Sky Sport 9, daily 6.30 am to 9.30 am.  Also streaming Sky Sport Now.

Darts has a huge following and there will be fans throughout New Zealand keen to get in on the action in the Professional Darts Corporation’s first ever home-staged event. If ever there was a reason to set your alarm for an early weekend get-outta-bed call in lockdown, this is it!

Reigning World Champion Peter Wright heads up Group One with Yorkshireman Peter Jacques, Welsh former World Championship semi-finalist Jamie Lewis and Dutch youngster Niels Zonneveld also lining up.  They played their first round NZT this morning, but this round will be available to view tonight 18 Apr at 6pm, SS9.

Sunday sees two-time Grand Slam of Darts champion Gerwyn Price meet Austria’s Rowby-John Rodriguez in Group Two’s opening match. Former Development Tour champion Ted Evetts, who was one of nine players to take part in the successful ‘Darts At Home’ trial nights, will also star in Group Two along with 2019 breakthrough talent Luke Woodhouse.

Monday’s Group Three will be headlined by multiple televised finalist Dave Chisnall, who will take on PDC newcomer Scott Waites – a former Lakeside Champion and Grand Slam of Darts winner – in a mouth-watering opening game. Former Players Championship Finals quarter-finalist Jan Dekker will also compete in Group Three along with Welshman Jonathan Worsley.

Tuesday – the first female Tour Card winner Lisa Ashton faces 2019 UK Open quarter-finalist Ross Smith in Group Four’s opening game. Former Players Championship event winner Mickey Mansell will also join the live video call from Northern Ireland, along with young Dutch talent Geert Nentjes.

A daily 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 day.

Following the conclusion of the initial days of league phase action, the group winners will advance to the second phase of the competition.

Darts commentator Dan Dawson will be on hand to talk through proceedings, which will also include live score graphics on screen.

PDC Home Tour Fixtures – first four rounds

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 day) will be used to determine who finishes higher.
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