PDC Summer Series Coming Soon

PDC Summer Series Coming Soon

PDC Summer Series

In order to kick start the massively rescheduled darts calendar, the PDC has announced that the PDC Summer Series will see live darts make its long-awaited return on Wednesday from July 8-12.

Set to take place behind closed doors at Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, in accordance with the UK Government quarantine policy on overseas visitors, the PDC Summer Series will look to allow all 128 Tour Card holders the chance to compete in five ranking one-day Players Championship events.

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The PDC Summer Series will close out the final five qualification tournaments for the PDC Darts World Matchplay, while the player who tops its Order of Merit, based on prize money won, will receive a place in this year’s Grand Slam of Darts, won for the past two years by Gerwyn Price.

As with all sports, all events have been suspended since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and all we have had to chew on since then is the unranked PDC Home Tour which was won by Nathan Aspinall.

As things stand, the rest of the year should play out as below.

PDC 2020 Revised Calendar

PDC Summer Series

  • Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, July 8-12

World Matchplay

  • Winter Gardens, Blackpool, July 18-26

German Darts Grand Prix (European Tour)

  • Tournament Venue & Dates: Zenith, Munich, July 31-August 2

European Darts Open (European Tour)

  • Ostermann Arena, Leverkusen, August 7-9

Hungarian Darts Trophy (European Tour)

  • ERD Arena, Budapest, September 4-6

Champions League of Darts

  • Monringside Arena, Leicester, September 5-6

German Darts Open (European Tour)

  • Sparkassen-Arena, Jena, September 11-13

World Series of Darts Finals

  • Venue TBC, September 18-20

Gibraltar Darts Trophy (European Tour)

  • Victoria Stadium, September 25-27

World Grand Prix

  • Citiwest Hotel, Dublin, October 4-10

Czech Darts Open (European Tour)

  • Kralovka Arena, Prague, October 16-18

Nordic Darts Masters

  • Copenhagen, October 23-24

European Championship

  • Dortmund, Oct 29-Nov 1

World Cup of Darts

  • Graz, Austria, November 6-8

Was originally going to be in Hamburg on June 18-21

Grand Slam of Darts

  • Tournament Venue & Dates: Aldersley Leisure Village, Wolverhampton, Nov 14-22

Players Championship Finals

  • Tournament Venue & Dates: Butlin’s, Minehead, Nov 27-29

PDC World Championship 2021

  • Tournament Venue & Dates: Alexandra Palace, Dates TBC
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PDC Home Tour Championship Group Tonight

PDC Home Tour Championship Group Tonight

PDC Home Tour Title

The PDC Home Tour reaches its conclusion this Friday as Gary Anderson, Nathan Aspinall, Jonny Clayton and Jelle Klaasen battle it out for the title.

The inaugural PDC Home Tour was designed to give darts fans some live-action while sport was on lockdown but has, in all fairness, worked surprisingly well. Although it is obviously no substitute for the real thing.

Speaking of which, the PDC have confirmed that the 2020 World Matchplay will take place from July 18-26. The prestigious 32-player event is set to be the first fully televised PDC tournament to take place following the suspension of events due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic.

The PDC are working with the UK Government to see if the tournament is able to proceed with a crowd at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens. Should this not be possible, then the tournament will be staged behind closed doors at an alternative venue. Watch this space.

Back to the PDC Home Tour and while it has been decent, let’s hoping this Friday’s Championships Groups is the last we see of this tourney for a while. It is, after all, seven weeks ago on April 17 that Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright threw the first dart and we have had pretty much onsecutive darts nights ever since.

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All that comes to an end this weekend though and, after finally getting his dodgy Wi-Fi sorted, Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson took his second chance with both hands and is now second-favourite in the betting at 13/8 with bet365. On Wednesday he beat Jelle Klaasen, Dave Chisnall and Mike De Decker with 90 plus averages so his home oche form is strong right now.

The man to beat, according to bet365, is the 6/4 favourite Nathan Aspinall. 49-year-old Asp, who lost his 100% record to Rob Cross this week, looks a good call. But if these two are the most backed, then at 4/1 Jonny Clayton is an outside chance that I think is definitely worth taking. I see the appeal of the other two obviously, but Welsh key worker, who has been delivering food to the elderly and disadvantaged during lockdown, looks like good value.

Former BDO champion Jelle Klaasen is the outsider of the foursome at 13/2 which is understandable when you remember that he has only averaged 90 plus four times on his Home Tour route to the final.

Championship Group – Friday June 5

  • Nathan Aspinall v Jelle Klaasen
  • Gary Anderson v Jonny Clayton
  • Jelle Klaasen v Jonny Clayton
  • Nathan Aspinall v Gary Anderson
  • Gary Anderson v Jelle Klaasen
  • Jonny Clayton v Nathan Aspinall

QUICK GLANCE AT PDC HOME TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS GROUP

Venue: Everywhere

Dates: 05.06.2020

Format: Best of 11 legs

Where To Watch: bet365 TV

When To Watch: (1930 GMT)

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PDC Home Tour Reaches Round Two

PDC Home Tour Reaches Round Two

HomeTour Round 2

 

After 31 consecutive nights of darts, we have our names and fixtures for the second round play-off groups of the PDC Home Tour. World champion Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright will open proceedings on Tuesday 26 May when he takes on Ryan Murray.

Wright required a second chance at qualification in order to see him through after he failed to top his group a month ago. Now, the Scotsman has been grouped with Murphy plus Jelle Klaasen and Cristo Reyes.

There are eight groups from which the top two will go through to two semi-final groups which will be contested on June 3-4, before a four-man Championship Group final on Friday 5 June. Round Two will again be played in a round-robin format with all matches are played at the best of 11 legs. Group winners will be allocated a group determined by ranking order. Any players that cannot, for whatever reason, complete their fixtures will be eliminated.

One player who finally got his Wi-Fi up to the 2020 standard is two-time world champion Gary Anderson will go in Group Three alongside Luke Humphries, Jamie Lewis and Nick Kenny. Anderson amused plenty of people on social media when he revealed his crappy Wi-Fi would stop him competing on the PDC’s Home Tour. Thankfully, Anderson has now changed internet provider and the old boy made it through and will now compete in the next round.

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Anderson will be joined there by World Matchplay champion Rob Cross who will play Ryan Searle, Luke Woodhouse and Daniel Larsson in Group Five. While there’s no Michael van Gerwen, Michael Smith, Daryl Gurney or Gerwyn Price, who blew another chance at qualifying after losing his second chance games. Dave Chisnall, Nathan Aspinall will also both be in competition this week.

Also last week, in a separate PDC NHS charity event called the Darts At Home: Sportsman Special, four professionals from other sports, that included golfer Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston and snooker star Mark Selby, took part in a mini tourney.

Viewers on the PDC’s YouTube channel were able to see Nottinghamshire cricketer Alex Hales hit an eight darter, admittedly in a game of 301, but still lose to out to boxer Dave Allen who won all of his matches to become the champion of the play at home games.

Group One: Tuesday, May 26

  • Peter Wright v Ryan Murray
  • Cristo Reyes v Jelle Klaasen
  • Ryan Murray v Jelle Klaasen
  • Peter Wright v Cristo Reye
  • Cristo Reyes v Ryan Murray
  • Jelle Klaasen v Peter Wright

To win the group, bet365 have unsurprisingly installed the world champion as the ½ favourite but I can see an upset occurring in this group, most likely to come from 9/2 Jelle Klaasen. Cristo Reyes is always dangerous which could tempt some to take the 11/2 on his head, while Ryan Murphy has been priced at 8/1 to top the group on Tuesday night.

Group Two: Wednesday, May 27

  • Stephen Bunting v Mike De Decker
  • Glen Durrant v Alan Tabern
  • Mike De Decker v Alan Tabern
  • Stephen Bunting v Glen Durrant
  • Glen Durrant v Mike De Decker
  • Alan Tabern v Stephen Bunting

As for Wednesday’s Group Two, Glen ‘Duzza’ Durrant is the clear favourite according to bet365 and we’re not going to argue with that conclusion. Even though games played in living rooms, sheds or wherever are not the same as live arena darts, clearly Duzza should top this group even taking into account the likes 12/5 shot Stephen Bunting who managed a draw against Rob Cross as the Liverpudlian local hero in the Darts Premier League in what seems like a lifetime ago. Mike DeDecker and Alan Tabern have been priced at 11/2 and 10/1 respectively.

Group Three: Thursday, May 28

  • Gary Anderson v Nick Kenny
  • Luke Humphries v Jamie Lewis
  • Nick Kenny v Jamie Lewis
  • Gary Anderson v Luke Humphries
  • Luke Humphries v Nick Kenny
  • Jamie Lewis v Gary Anderson

The Flying Scotsman is back for Group Three having fixed his internet connection issues at his not so Scottish home in the Somerset countryside. Despite being landed with a tough group that includes Luke Humphries (13/5) and Jamie Lewis (11/2), bet365 have priced Anderson as the odds on favourite to win the group at 4/6. 11/1 hopeful Nicky Kenny will also play in this group.

Group Four: Friday, May 29

  • Dave Chisnall v Damon Heta
  • Darren Webster v Geert Nentjes
  • Damon Heta v Geert Nentjes
  • Dave Chisnall v Darren Webster
  • Darren Webster v Damon Heta
  • Geert Nentjes v Dave Chisnall

As the bet365 5/6 group favourite, Chizzy takes sort of centre stage next Friday in a group where he is expected to be challenged by the likes of Damon Heta, who has a 12/5 price on his head, and Darren Webster, who has been priced up at 9/2. Geert Nenties is the 10/1 outsider of the group that looks like it should be Chizzie’s to lose.

Group Five: Saturday, May 30

  • Rob Cross v Daniel Larsson
  • Ryan Searle v Luke Woodhouse
  • Daniel Larsson v Luke Woodhouse
  • Rob Cross v Ryan Searle
  • Ryan Searle v Daniel Larsson
  • Luke Woodhouse v Rob Cross

2018 world darts champion, Rob Cross is the 10/11 group favourite for Group Five. Voltage is joined in the group by Ryan Searle, with betting odds of 11/4, Luke Woodhouse, who is capable of throwing a surprise or two and who bet365 regard as a 16/5 chance, plus 10/1 hopeful Daniel Larsson.

Group Six: Sunday, May 31

  • Joe Cullen v Martijn Kleermaker
  • Chris Dobey v Jeff Smith
  • Martijn Kleermaker v Jeff Smith
  • Joe Cullen v Chris Dobey
  • Chris Dobey v Martijn Kleermaker
  • Jeff Smith v Joe Cullen

Sunday sees Group Six start and finish and pits Chris Dobey against Joe Cullen, who have been priced up as 23/20 and 7/4 respectively. Martijn Kleermaker and Jeff Smith make up the numbers and have both been priced up at 6’s by bet365 but the battle for qualification should be between the PDC pair The Rockstar and Hollywood.

Group Seven: Monday, June 1

  • Nathan Aspinall v Jesús Noguera
  • Jamie Hughes v Jose De Sousa
  • Jesús Noguera v Jose De Sousa
  • Nathan Aspinall v Jamie Hughes
  • Jamie Hughes v Jesús Noguera
  • Jose De Sousa v Nathan Aspinall

Your favourite, and we must say a really rather clear favourite, for Group Seven is Nathan Aspinall. The Asp has been priced up by bet365 at an odds on 8/11 and should top this group or at the very least qualify with the minimum of fuss. Jose De Sousa is the 5/2 second-favorite, ahead of Jamie Hughes (4/1) and Jesus Noguera (18/1).

Group Eight: Tuesday, June 2

  • Jonny Clayton v Scott Waites
  • Max Hopp v Carl Wilkinson
  • Scott Waites v Carl Wilkinson
  • Jonny Clayton v Max Hopp
  • Max Hopp v Scott Waites
  • Carl Wilkinson v Jonny Clayton

Jonny Clayton is the favourite for Group Eight at 7/5, a few points higher than German chucker Max Hopp who is worth 11/5. While Hopp is dangerous, Clayton should be able to see this one out given that BDO start Scott Waites and Carl Wilkinson finish off the group. Waites has been chalked up at 13/5, while Wilkinson can be picked up at 8/1.

QUICK GLANCE AT PDC HOME TOUR ROUND TWO

Venue: Every bloody where

Dates: 26.05.2020 – 02.06.2020

Format: Best of 11

Current Champion: N/A

Where To Watch: bet365 TV

When To Watch: (1900 GMT)

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