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Premier League Darts on Tyneside

Premier League Darts returns to Newcastle tonight for round 14 of the season.

World number one, Phil "The Power" Taylor and Simon Whitlock have both already secured their semi-final spots. But there's still plenty to play for with five players battling it out for the last two places.

Reigning World Champion Adrian Lewis could join them if he beats Whitlock in the opening match. As could James Wade or Raymond van Barneveld if either of them win what is arguably the biggest match of the night.

If Lewis were to lose, Kevin Painter or Andy Hamilton will have the chance to qualify from their clash.

Taylor takes on Gary Anderson in the final game, who has already been eliminated.

Tonight's order of play

  • Adrian Lewis v Simon Whitlock
  • Andy Hamilton v Kevin Painter
  • Raymond van Barneveld v James Wade
  • Gary Anderson v Phil Taylor

It's a bit like going in the ring with Mike Tyson. You've got to make them think, "I'm on for a battle here".

– Phil "The Power" Taylor, World number one darts player

Speaking ahead of tonight's event, Taylor said: "Pressure's off for qualifying. But you still want to bang in 120 average just to put the hebbie-jeebies on the other players. You've got to get in their minds really. You've got to make them think.

"I suppose it's a bit like going in the ring with Mike Tyson. You've got to make them think, "I'm on for a battle here". That's what you've got to do."

The prize: Players pose with Premier League Darts trophy Credit: ITV

More than 8,000 people are expected to attend the Newcastle Arena for tonight's event.

Such is the popularity of darts in the north east that an exhibition match has been organised for November 22 in Gateshead.

Tungsten on the Tyne will be the biggest non-televised darts event of its kind anywhere in Europe. Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis will all be back in an eight-player knockout tournament. Afterwards, all three are taking part in a "World Champions Challenge".

The event is a joint venture between Newcastle-based Precision Sports Management and Players Inc.

Precision Director Danny Cox said: "There's 840 tickets available. One hundred and forty VIP, which are selling very fast, and it's quite simply the biggest non-sanctioned, non-televised darts event in Europe this year.

"We just wanted to bring it to the Geordie crowd, as they love their darts as the 8,000 in the Arena will prove tonight."

Steve Wraith, Director of Players Inc said: "The key for this event is that people actually get a chance to meet their idols with the VIP tickets. You've got the three lads you've seen today are all willing to spend a little bit of time with the fans, and that's something they don't get the chance to do at these bigger events."

Tungsten on the Tyne tickets can be obtained from the event box office on 0191 4932300.

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