Darts: Leeds to host Anderson v Taylor rematch

Gary Anderson (left) celebrates defeating Phil Taylor (right) during the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London. PIC: PA

Gary Anderson (left) celebrates defeating Phil Taylor (right) during the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London. PIC: PA

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New world champion Gary Anderson faces a rematch with Phil Taylor when darts’ Betway Premier League returns to Leeds next month.

Anderson won the PDC William Hill World Championship with a 7-6 victory over 16-time world champion Taylor at London’s Alexandra Palace last Sunday.

The duo’s showdown will be the highlight of the Premier League’s opening night at the First Direct Arena on Thursday, February 5 (7pm start).

A record crowd of 11,000 attended the Premier League’s first event in Leeds last year and organisers are hoping to top that by around 1,000 this season.

The Premier League campaign will kick off in Leeds with a clash between Peter Wright and Dave Chisnall.

Match two sees reigning Premier League champion Raymond van Barneveld take on Adrian Lewis, who landed a nine-darter when the pair met in the World Championship last week.

Debutant Kim Huybrechts will face world number one Michael van Gerwen in the night’s third clash - with the Belgian having landed a nine-darter when they met in November’s Grand Slam of Darts - before Anderson, the 2011 Premier League champion, takes on six-time winner Taylor.

The night’s final game in Leeds will see 2009 Premier League champion James Wade make his return to the event against debutant Stephen Bunting, the former Lakeside Champion who comes into the elite ten-player competition following a superb first year on the PDC circuit.

The ten players will face each other once during the Premier League’s opening nine weeks, with two points for a win and one for a 6-6 draw.

Matches are the best of 12 legs and finish once one player wins seven legs.

Following week nine the bottom two players from the league table will be eliminated.

From weeks 10-15, the remaining eight players will play each other again and after week 15 the top four players progress to the play-offs.

The Premier League will return to Yorkshire for week 10 on Thursday, April 9, at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena.

The play-offs and final will be staged at London’s O2 arena on May 21.

PIC: Steve Riding

Photo gallery: Betway Premier League darts in Leeds