Darts: van Gerwen to play Anderson at Leeds arena

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REIGNING Premier League Darts champion Michael van Gerwen will play 2011 winner Gary Anderson when the tournament visits Leeds for the first time in March, while Phil Taylor will play Wes Newton at the First Direct Arena.

The seventh league night of the four-month Premier League Darts season will see the tournament make its debut at Leeds’ newest venue, which is set to welcome 10,000 fans, on Thursday March 20.

The five games on the night will include the meeting of new World Champion van Gerwen, who also won last year’s Premier League in his debut season, and Scottish ace Anderson, the 2011 champion.

The high-scoring pair’s most recent meeting came in the World Championship’s third round last month, when van Gerwen came from two sets behind to claim a dramatic 4-3 victory on his way to the title at Alexandra Palace.

The night in Leeds will be opened by Australian ace Simon Whitlock’s meeting with Dave Chisnall, the St Helens thrower who is making his Premier League debut after reaching last year’s World Grand Prix final in his rise to fifth in the world.

Reigning European Champion Adrian Lewis, the two-time World Champion, then faces Scotland’s former UK Open champion Robert Thornton before Anderson’s date with van Gerwen.

Legendary 16-time World Champion Taylor will take on Fleetwood’s world number eight Wes Newton in their clash on the Leeds stage, before World Championship finalist Peter Wright plays five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld.

Tickets for the Premier League Darts’ visit to First Direct Arena in Leeds are still available by calling 0844 248 1585 or online at: www.firstdirectarena.com

Tickets can also be purchased from viagogo, the official ticket exchange of the Premier League Darts at: www.viagogo.co.uk

2014 Premier League Darts

Week Seven

March 20, First Direct Arena, Leeds

Dave Chisnall v Simon Whitlock

Robert Thornton v Adrian Lewis

Gary Anderson v Michael van Gerwen

Wes Newton v Phil Taylor

Peter Wright v Raymond van Barneveld

PIC: Steve Riding

Photo gallery: Betway Premier League darts in Leeds