Chisnall retains spot in Premier League

Dave Chisnall. Picture: Lawrence Lustig
Dave Chisnall. Picture: Lawrence Lustig

Dave Chisnall’s fine 2014 has seen him secure a place in the lucrative Betway Premier League Darts for the second successive year.

The event brings together 10 of the sport’s top stars as they compete around the country over 16 weeks for the prestigious title, which was won in 2014 by Raymond van Barneveld.

The world’s top four players qualify by right alongside six wildcard selections.

Chisnall, a runner-up in November’s Grand Slam of Darts, retains his place having finished seventh in the standings in 2014.

Stephen Bunting and Kim Huybrechts will make their debuts while James Wade will also return to the tournament this year.

World number one Michael van Gerwen and the six-time Premier League winner Phil Taylor head the world’s top four, alongside 2015 World Champion Gary Anderson and two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis.

Dutch star Raymond van Barneveld, a five-time World Champion, heads the list of wildcards as the defending champion as the tournament celebrates its 11th season with 2014 World Championship finalist Peter Wright and Chisnall completing the field.

PDC chairman Barry Hearn said: “The competition for places in the Betway Premier League Darts has been greater than ever this year, and there was a huge amount of deliberation over a host of players for selection.

“The announcement of the field kicks off an exciting month as we prepare to kick off the tournament in Leeds on February 5, in a night which is on course to break the record set at the First Direct Arena last March.”

The Betway Premier League Darts begins at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Thursday February 5, beginning a 16-week tour of the UK & Ireland’s biggest arenas.

Following the opening night, the action moves to Bournemouth, Liverpool, Belfast, Exeter, Nottingham, Glasgow and Dublin before Week Nine in Manchester sees the bottom two players eliminated on “Judgement Night”.

The remaining eight players then do battle across the remaining league nights in Sheffield, Aberdeen, Cardiff, Birmingham, Newcastle and Brighton as they bid to win places in the Play-Offs at The O2 in London on May 21.