Idea for a Darts Competition

There are two rival darts organisations, the British Darts Organisation (BDO) and the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) and their paths only cross on television at the PDC’s Grand Slam of Darts and on rare occasions at the UK Open.

In order to get yet another few nights of terrific tungsten action on TV, I propose to have a Ryder Cup style competition held annually between the two governing bodies.

Each body would be represented by five of its top players.

For arguments sake, these are my own teams:

BDO

PDC

Scott Waits ‘Scotty 2 Hotty’

Phil   Taylor ‘The Power’

Stephen Bunting ‘The Bullet’

Raymond van   Barneveld ‘Barney’

Tony O’Shea ‘Silverback’

Adrian Lewis ‘Jackpot’

Martin Adams ‘Wolfie’

James Wade ‘The Machine’

Wesley Harms ‘Sparky’

Michael van Gerwen   ‘Mighty Mike’

Non-playing   Captain

Bobby George ‘Bobby Dazzler’

Eric Bristow ‘The Crafty Cockney’

The event features a team vs. team match (best of 11 legs of 1,001), as many as seven doubles matches (best of 7 legs) and a possible 13 singles matches (best of 9 legs doubling-in).

Victory will earn one point for your team, and the team that reaches 11 points first wins the event and no further matches are played.

As the title suggests the captain doesn’t play, but rather picks which player(s) will play in what match – rules stipulating; the same doubles pair cannot be picked twice (there are ten possible pairings).

Fixtures will be announce shortly before the session begins except for the 21st and deciding match if need be. In the event of a 21st match, both captains will write their chosen player’s name on a piece of paper and reveal it to the cameras at the same time.

I’m basing the format on the Mosconi Cup, the Nine-ball Pool equivalent of the Ryder Cup.

Format

Saturday afternoon:

  • Match 1 = Team match. All five play.
  • Match 2 = Doubles match.
  • Match 3 = Singles match.
  • Match 4 = Doubles match. All players must play in either Match 2, 3 or 4.
  • Match 5 = Singles match. Cannot be the players from Match 3.

Saturday evening:

  • Match 6 = Doubles match.
  • Match 7 = Singles match. Cannot be the players from Match 3 or 5.
  • Match 8 = Doubles match.
  • Match 9 = Singles match. Cannot be the players from Match 3, 5 or 7.
  • Match 10 = Doubles match.

Sunday afternoon:

  • Match 11 = Doubles match. All players must play in either Match 9, 10 or 11.
  • Match 12 = Singles match. Must be the two players who have yet to play a Singles.
  • Match 13 = Doubles match.
  • Match 14 = Singles match.
  • Match 15 = Singles match. All players must play in either Match 12, 13, 14 or 15.

Sunday evening:

  • Match 16 = Singles match.
  • Match 17 = Singles match.
  • Match 18 = Singles match.
  • Match 19 = Singles match.
  • Match 20 = Singles match. All players must play in either Match 16, 17, 18, 19 or 20.
  • Match 21 = Single match. Captain’s Pick.

One problem I have with this idea is I don’t know what to christen this event.

Double world champion the late Jocky Wilson who played in the BDO and was a founding member of the PDC would be perfect to name the tournament after, but there has already been a Jocky Wilson Cup, a forerunner to what is now the World Cup of Darts.

When it comes to broadcasting I’m not sure who I could give it to either.

The BBC broadcasts the BDO World Championship while Sky Sports broadcasts all the PDC majors bar the Players Championship Finals (ITV4), the Champions League (online) and European Championship (ESPN). The latter broadcasts the BDO World Masters.

ITV also broadcast the Match Of The Century in 1999 which pitted Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld (then the world champions of the PDC and BDO respectively) in a one-off hour long matchplay match that Taylor won 21-10.

Another thing I’m not sure about is the venue, but I’d like it to be somewhere unique. The Isle of Wight or Gibraltar perhaps.

Here is the BDO’s Stephen Bunting taking on the PDC’s James Wade at last year’s UK Open. The commentary is in Dutch by the way.

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About Alex Crouch 92

I'm a lifelong Formula One fan who also enjoys classic rock/heavy metal music.
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