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Rupert Wyman 14th Jan 2010 - 14:48

Premier League Darts fixtures announced

The PDC's media officer, Dave Allen, brings us news of this year's Premier League Darts line-up.

PHIL TAYLOR and Simon Whitlock will meet on the opening night of the 2010 Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts at The O2 on Thursday February 11.

The duo clash in a repeat of their recent meeting in the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship final in the first of 14 weekly rounds in the Premier League Darts.

Whitlock's appearance will mark his debut in the tournament, having been included as one of the two Sky Sports Wildcards following his sensational display in the World Championship.

He eventually lost 7-3 to Taylor in the final, with the Stoke legend bidding to regain the Premier League Darts title this spring after missing out on a fifth successive crown with a semi-final loss to Mervyn King last May.

Reigning champion James Wade meets world number two Raymond van Barneveld in another huge clash on the opening night, while Ronnie Baxter celebrates his return to Premier League Darts against Terry Jenkins and King, the 2009 runner-up, takes on Sky Sports Wildcard Adrian Lewis.

The second week, at the BIC in Bournemouth, sees van Barneveld take on Lewis at the scene of the Dutchman's nine-dart finish in the 2006 Premier League Darts, when he hit a perfect leg against Peter Manley.

Wade will meet King in Bournemouth in a repeat of last year's final, while Taylor takes on Baxter and Jenkins faces Whitlock.

The visit to Belfast in week three sees Taylor meet Wade, who took victory over the world number one at the Odyssey Arena in 2009, while Whitlock takes on van Barneveld.

The clashes between the players ranked one and two in the world, Taylor and van Barneveld, will take place on week four in Exeter and week eight in Cardiff.

Each league night will be played from 7pm-10pm and screened live on Sky Sports in High Definition.

League games are the best of 14 legs, with two points awarded for a win (first player to eight legs) or one point awarded for a 7-7 draw.

 

2010 Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts Fixtures

Week One

February 11 - The O2, London

Ronnie Baxter v Terry Jenkins

Mervyn King v Adrian Lewis

Raymond van Barneveld v James Wade

Simon Whitlock v Phil Taylor

Tickets: 0844 856 0202 or www.theo2.co.uk

 

Week Two

February 18 - BIC, Bournemouth

Adrian Lewis v Raymond van Barneveld

Terry Jenkins v Simon Whitlock

Phil Taylor v Ronnie Baxter

James Wade v Mervyn King

Tickets: 0844 576 3000  or www.bic.co.uk

 

Week Three

February 25 - Odyssey Arena, Belfast

Mervyn King v Ronnie Baxter

Adrian Lewis v Terry Jenkins

Simon Whitlock v Raymond van Barneveld

Phil Taylor v James Wade

Tickets: 02890 739 074/0844 277 4455 or www.odysseyarena.com

 

Week Four

March 4 - Westpoint Arena, Exeter

James Wade v Adrian Lewis 

Ronnie Baxter v Simon Whitlock

Mervyn King v Terry Jenkins

Raymond van Barneveld v Phil Taylor

Tickets: 0844 99 99 55 or www.ticketzone.co.uk

 

Week Five

March 11 - M.E.N. Arena, Manchester

James Wade v Ronnie Baxter

Phil Taylor v Mervyn King

Terry Jenkins v Raymond van Barneveld

Adrian Lewis v Simon Whitlock

Tickets: 0844 847 8000 or www.men-arena.com

 

Week Six

March 18 - The Brighton Centre

Phil Taylor v Terry Jenkins

Raymond van Barneveld v Mervyn King

Ronnie Baxter v Adrian Lewis

Simon Whitlock v James Wade

Tickets: 0844 847 1515 or www.brightoncentre.co.uk

 

Week Seven

March 25 - NIA, Birmingham

Mervyn King v Simon Whitlock

James Wade v Terry Jenkins

Raymond van Barneveld v Ronnie Baxter

Adrian Lewis v Phil Taylor

Tickets: 0844 338 8000 or www.theticketfactory.com

 

Week Eight

April 1 - CIA, Cardiff

Terry Jenkins v Mervyn King

Simon Whitlock v Ronnie Baxter

Adrian Lewis v James Wade

Phil Taylor v Raymond van Barneveld

Tickets: 02920 22 44 88 or www.livenation.co.uk

 

Week Nine

April 8 - SECC, Glasgow

Raymond van Barneveld v Adrian Lewis

Simon Whitlock v Terry Jenkins

Ronnie Baxter v Phil Taylor

Mervyn King v James Wade

Tickets: 0844 395 4000 or www.ticketSOUP.com

 

Week Ten

April 15 - Sheffield Arena

Terry Jenkins v Adrian Lewis

Ronnie Baxter v Mervyn King

James Wade v Phil Taylor

Raymond van Barneveld v Simon Whitlock

Tickets: 0114 256 5656 or www.sheffieldarena.co.uk

 

Week 11

April 22 - Liverpool Echo Arena

Terry Jenkins v Ronnie Baxter

James Wade v Raymond van Barneveld

Adrian Lewis v Mervyn King

Phil Taylor v Simon Whitlock

Tickets: 0844 8000 400 or www.echoarena.com

 

Week 12

April 29 - AECC, Aberdeen

Ronnie Baxter v James Wade

Mervyn King v Phil Taylor

Raymond van Barneveld v Terry Jenkins

Simon Whitlock v Adrian Lewis

Tickets: 08444 77 9000 or www.aecc.co.uk

 

Week 13

May 6 - Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Adrian Lewis v Ronnie Baxter

Mervyn King v Raymond van Barneveld

James Wade v Simon Whitlock

Terry Jenkins v Phil Taylor

Tickets: 0844 493 6666 or www.metroradioarena.co.uk

 

Week 14

May 13 - Trent FM Arena, Nottingham

Simon Whitlock v Mervyn King

Terry Jenkins vJames Wade  

Ronnie Baxter v Raymond van Barneveld

Phil Taylor v Adrian Lewis

Tickets: 0844 124 624 or www.trentfmarenanottingham.com

 

Play-Offs

May 23 - Wembley Arena, London

Semi-Finals & Final

Tickets: 0844 815 0 815 or www.wembleyarena.co.uk

 

2010 Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts

Prize Fund

Winner £125,000

Runner-Up £65,000

Semi-Finalists £40,000

5th Place £32,500

6th Place £30,000

7th Place £27,500

8th Place £25,000

High Checkout (Per Night) £1,000

Total £400,000

 

Tournament Information:

Each player will play every other player twice. Matches to be billed home and away, indicating who will throw first in each match.

Matches to be played over 14 legs of 501 in the league section of the event. The first player to win eight legs will be deemed to be the winner of the match and no further legs will be played after this point.  Four matches will be played per league night.

The top four players in the league table after the completion of the 14 league nights will progress to the play-offs at the Wembley Arena. Semi-Final matches to be played over the best of 19 legs and the Final to be played over the best of 25 legs.

 

 
 
 

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