Premier League debut for Anderson

GARY Anderson will make his debut in Premier League Darts this year after being confirmed amongst the eight-player field for the tournament.

Anderson’s rise to fourth in the PDC Order of Merit has seen him earn an automatic place in the Premier League Darts, which features the top four from the PDC Order of Merit plus four Wildcards.

World number one Phil Taylor, the reigning Premier League Darts champion, is joined by new World Darts Champion Adrian Lewis and World Grand Prix winner James Wade and Anderson as the automatic selections.

Five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld, 2010 World Championship runner-up Simon Whitlock, 2007 Premier League Darts finalist Terry Jenkins and two-time PDC World Championship semi-finalist Webster are the four Wildcards.

The league stage of Premier League Darts will see the eight players face each other twice before the top four players progress to play in the Play-Offs at the Wembley Arena on Thursday, May 19.

After opening at The O2, Premier League Darts will head to the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham, Belfast’s Odyssey Arena, the Westpoint Arena in Exeter and the MEN Arena in Manchester.

Gary Anderson will be able to compete on home soil when Premier League Darts visits the SECC in Glasgow on March 17, and after visits to The Brighton Centre and the CIA in Cardiff will then return north to Aberdeen’s AECC at the start of April.

Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena, the NIA in Birmingham, Echo Arena in Liverpool and BIC in Bournemouth will then host the event before the 14th and final league night, to be held in Newcastle, before the top four head to the Wembley Arena for the Play-Offs.