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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
May 23 - Wembley Arena, London
Semi-Finals & Final
Tickets: 0844 815 0 815 or www.wembleyarena.co.uk
2010 Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts
5th Place £32,500
6th Place £30,000
7th Place £27,500
8th Place £25,000
High Checkout (Per Night) £1,000
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.