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World Series of Darts spot for Fallon Sherrock and Dimitri Van den Bergh – Sky Sports

Paul Prenderville

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Last Updated: 04/08/20 3:21pm

Fallon Sherrock has been handed a spot in the World Series of Darts Finals after her New York debut was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic (pic: Lawrence Lustig)

Fallon Sherrock has been included in the list on invited players for the World Series of Darts Finals, but Premier League leader Glen Durrant is a surprise omission.

With the World Series events in Australia, New Zealand and New York all cancelled, the qualification for the event currently scheduled for Salzburg in September was effectively made redundant.

Upcoming PDC events

August 25-30 Premier League Nights 7-12
September 11 World Series of Darts Finals – Qualifier
September 12-16 Autumn Series
September 18-20 World Series of Darts Finals

It has left the PDC with a balancing act to strike between the best players in world darts and those who had been scheduled to compete in the events around the globe.

‘Queen of the Palace’ Sherrock has missed out on a date at Madison Square Garden as the US Darts Masters was cancelled but after thrilling with her wins over Ted Evetts and Mensur Suljovic, as well as a memorable draw on her Premier League debut against Durrant she will get another chance to impress.

Also on Sherrock’s radar will be the newly announced Women’s Series, a four tournament run across two days where players will be given a chance to qualify for the Grand Slam of Darts and the World Championships.

Sherrock is joined on the list of invited players by Australia’s Simon Whitlock, Kyle Anderson, Cody Harris and Damon Heta, while Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas, Canada’s Jeff Smith and Belgium’s new World Matchplay champion Dimitri Van den Bergh are among the names involved.

Dimitri Van den Bergh, a World Series quarter-finalist three years ago, is invited on the back of his World Matchplay success
Glen Durrant misses out on a place in the 20-player field, but could take one of four qualification spots

Premier League Darts 2020 – Provisional schedule

Tuesday August 25 Night Seven
Wednesday August 26 Night Eight
Thursday August 27 Judgement Night
Friday August 28 Night 10
Saturday August 29 Night 11
Sunday August 30 Night 12
Thursday September 17 Night 13
Thursday September 24 Night 14
Thursday October 1 Night 15
Thursday October 15 Night 16
Thursday October 22 Play Offs

Austria’s own Mensur Suljovic is also on the list but the absence of three-time BDO world champion Duzza, a four-time televised major semi-finalist since his switch to the PDC over 18 months ago will raise eyebrows, as will the absence of Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski while also underlining the growing strength in the game

The eight seeded names are Michael van Gerwen, world champion Peter Wright, Gerywn Price, Michael Smith, Rob Cross, Nathan Aspinall, Daryl Gurney and Gary Anderson with James Wade, Dave Chisnall and Ian White on the list of invited players.

Alongside the 20 names invited, four spots will be up for grabs via a qualification event that will be open to all Tour card holders and Durrant and Ratajski will have to battle it out with the rest of the hopefuls.

The PDC returned to action behind closed doors in July with the successful five-day Summer Series and the World Matchplay all at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes which will also host the Premier League’s return at the end of August.

On Monday, the PDC also confirmed an Autumn Series for Hildesheim in Germany in September, which will be the resumption of the Pro Tour season and the first Pro Tour action away from Milton Keynes.

Darts is back on Sky Sports later this month, as the Premier League returns with six consecutive nights of action getting under way on Tuesday, August 25.