For a pub-based sport, our Darts From Home series is proving very popular – so let’s just hope our WiFi holds out for the next installment this week.
We’ve gone international again, with Phil Taylor taking on another darting luminary in Mikuru Suzuki.
It’s PDC vs BDO, man against woman, Stoke facing up to Shikoku. GAME ON!
The greatest darts player of all time, Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor, will take on two-time reigning women’s world champion Mikuru Suzuki in a virtual darts match – a clash reminiscent of the famous ‘Battle of the Sexes’.
It follows Taylor’s match against Raymond Van Barneveld, which we arranged and broadcast last month, in conjunction with Target Darts.
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As per the initial Darts From Home match, the first player to seven legs will win the match – with money raised for charity throughout.
We’ll be donating £1,000 for every 180 hit and £200 for every first dart finish. Taylor has chosen to donate to NHS charity Heroes, while Suzuki’s chosen charity is Peace Winds. Taylor’s match with Van Barneveld raised £15,000 for charity.
Using the interactive Target Nexus dartboard, the pair will be able to play remotely. Because the board allows players to interact and see each other play, it means the match can take place with Phil at home in Stoke, while Mikuru is spending lockdown with family in Shikoku, Japan.
But the same standard of darts can be expected, with high-scoring practically guaranteed, as the entire bullseye (including outer and as well as inner bull) is worth 50 in soft-tip darts.
The clash will be filmed on mounted iPhones sent to both players and will be available to view on ours and Target Darts’ social media channels – and broadcast on Sky Sports – from 7pm on Thursday 7th May.
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