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Jonny Clayton will make his Premier League debut as a Challenger in Cardiff
Jonny Clayton will make his Premier League debut as a Challenger in Cardiff

Jonny Clayton, William O’Connor and Jermaine Wattimena will join Fallon Sherrock as the debutants for this year’s Premier League Darts.

Nine of the sport’s biggest stars will compete in the 16-week tour of arenas across Europe from February 6 to May 21, with a different Challenger to star in each of the first nine weeks of action.

Welshman Clayton is ranked 16th in the world and won three PDC title in 2019. ‘The Ferret’ will enjoy a homecoming at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on February 20.

Ireland’s World Cup of Darts star O’Connor will head to the 3Arena in Dublin the following Thursday with Dutchman Wattimena in action on Judgement Night at Rotterdam Ahoy.

Premier League Challengers

Date Venue Challenger
Night One, Thursday February 6 P&J Live, Aberdeen John Henderson
Night Two, Thursday February 13 Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham Fallon Sherrock
Night Three, Thursday February 20 Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff Jonny Clayton
Night Four, Thursday February 27 3Arena, Dublin William O’Connor
Night Five, Thursday March 5 Westpoint Exeter Luke Humphries
Night Six, Thursday March 12 M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool Stephen Bunting
Night Seven, Thursday March 19 Utilita Arena, Newcastle Chris Dobey
Night Eight, Wednesday March 25 Rotterdam Ahoy Jeffrey De Zwaan
Judgement Night, Thursday March 26 Rotterdam Ahoy Jermaine Wattimena
Chris Dobey, who reached the fourth round at Ally Pally, returns to Newcastle
Chris Dobey, who reached the fourth round at Ally Pally, returns to Newcastle

Luke Humphries, Chris Dobey, and Jeffrey De Zwaan all return to the Premier League fold having made their debuts last year, while Stephen Bunting makes his comeback having last played in the tournament five years ago.

Fallon Sherrock: 'The Sherrock of Nottingham' will be riding into town on Week Two
Fallon Sherrock: ‘The Sherrock of Nottingham’ will be riding into town on Week Two

Sherrock, who announced herself at the world championship, will follow up her history-making run with an appearance at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham on February 13.

John Henderson, who was confirmed as the second Challenger, will open proceedings in Aberdeen, having enjoyed an unforgettable night in ‘The Granite City’ in 2019 when he drew with Michael van Gerwen.

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Coverage of the Premier League gets underway on Thursday, February 6 in Aberdeen at 7pm on Sky Sports Action with newly-crowned world champion Peter Wright going up against Michael van Gerwen. Gary Anderson and ‘Challenger’ John Henderson also take to the stage.

Source : Sky Sports