A Darting Recap Of the Year So Far
As we step into July, now is as good a time as any to have a quick and concise look back at what’s happened so far in 2021.
Obviously, it’s been another broken year so far and no one quite knows what’s around the corner but with well over half the UK population now receiving both vaccinations, hopefully normality is just around the corner.
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The government are hopeful that all current restrictions will be lifted by the 19th of July, which is just two days after the World Matchplay gets underway in Blackpool.
But, broken as it is, let’s look back at what has happened so far in this first six months of darts in 2021.
2021 so far
The year started, as it always does, at the Ally Pally where, just a few days in, Gerwyn ‘The Iceman’ Price dislodged Mighty Michael van Gerwen as the world number one by beating Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson in the final of the World Championships to become the highest-ranked darter in the game.
By the end of the month, Price’s World Cup winning partner Go Go Jonny Clayton picked up his first ever televised PDC major when he successfully took don the Darts Masters which also came with the added bonus of awarding him the final Premier League of Darts place.
Save for a few Players Championship events, February — which is normally when the Darts Premier League gets underway — was largely void of darting action meaning we had to wait until early March for the UK Open.
The third PDC main event of the season went the way of James ‘The Machine’ Wade, who beat Luke Humphries in the final which was held in Milton Keynes, which has become a temporary base for the PDC over the past 18 months.
April and May saw a hurried and rushed Premier League format return. Played nightly rather than weekly and all in the same venue, we eventually whittled the ten-man field down to two darters: Portuguese Jose De Sousa who was beaten by the eventual winner, Jonny Clayton.
The event was missed by world champion Price after the world number one returned a positive test for Covid-19 on the eve of the Premier League and was forced to spend some time watching on from the sidelines.
Since then, in this condensed year, there have been a smattering of untelevised Player Championship events, which have seen successes for the likes of Jose De Sousa and Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright.
But with the Alexandra Palace World Darts Championships, the Darts World Cup and the World Darts Matchplay still to come, there is still a lot more to look forward to in 2021.
Still To Come In 2021
- Winter Gardens, Blackpool, July 17-25
World Cup of Darts
- Sparkassen-Arena, Jena, Germany, September 9-12
Nordic Darts Masters
- Forum Copenhagen, September 17-18
World Grand Prix
- Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin, October 3-9
World Series of Darts Finals
- AFAS Live, Amsterdam, October 29-31
Players Championship Finals
- Butlin’s Minehead Resort, November 26-28
PDC World Championship 2021
- Alexandra Palace, December 15 – January 3