2010 Championship League Darts

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The 2010 Championship League Darts was the third edition of a darts competition — the Championship League Darts. The competition is organized and held by the Professional Darts Corporation, with the 2010 edition having a maximum prize fund of £189,000.

The format of the tournament is similar to the Premier League Darts tournament, also organized by the PDC, except it is contested by a larger pool of players who are split up into a number of groups.

Every match could be watched on one of the ten bookmaker websites who broadcast the competition. The tournament was available globally through the internet, except in the United States of America where it cannot be shown for legal reasons.

Format[edit]

The first group consisted of the top eight players from the PDC Order of Merit who were available for the competition. These eight players played each other over the course of a day, receiving two points for each win. All matches were contested over a maximum of 11 legs with a player winning the match on reaching 6 legs. After all players had played each other, the four players with the most points progressed to the semi-finals with the winners of those matches progressing into the final.

The winner of the final progressed to the winners group which took place at the end of the competition. The runner-up, losing semi-finalists and the players finishing fifth and sixth moved into group two, where they were joined by the next three players in the Order of Merit. The format of the second group was the same as the first group with players moving into the third group. In total there were 8 groups before the final group took place.

This format ensures that all players who do not win the group or finish in the last two positions have another chance to qualify for the winners group.

Qualification[edit]

Players must have been in the top 29 places in the PDC Order of Merit following the 2010 World Matchplay in order to qualify. The top 31 places were used due to Mervyn King and Raymond van Barneveld withdrawing from the tournament through injury.

PDC Order of Merit following 2010 World Matchplay:

  1. Phil Taylor
  2. Raymond van Barneveld
  3. James Wade
  4. Mervyn King
  5. Terry Jenkins
  6. Ronnie Baxter
  7. Adrian Lewis
  8. Simon Whitlock
  9. Mark Walsh
  10. Colin Lloyd
  11. Andy Hamilton
  12. Colin Osborne
  13. Robert Thornton
  14. Dennis Priestley
  15. Kevin Painter
  16. Alan Tabern
  17. Gary Anderson
  18. Paul Nicholson
  19. Co Stompé
  20. Vincent van der Voort
  21. Wayne Jones
  22. Wes Newton
  23. Steve Beaton
  24. Denis Ovens
  25. Jelle Klaasen
  26. Jamie Caven
  27. Mark Dudbridge
  28. Andy Smith
  29. Mark Webster
  30. John Part
  31. Michael van Gerwen

Prize money[edit]

The prize money remained unchanged from the previous two tournaments.

Groups 1–8[edit]

In groups 1–8 the prize money were as follows:

  • Group Matches - £50 per leg won
  • Play-off Matches - £100 per leg won

Winners group[edit]

In the winners group the prize money were as follows:

  • Group Matches - £100 per leg won
  • Play-off Matches - £200 per leg won

In addition the winners group had separate prizes for the winner, runner-up and losing semi-finalists. These prizes broke down as follows:

Tournament dates[edit]

The tournament took place over 9 days throughout September and October 2010. One group was played on each day. The dates were as follows:[1]

  • Group 1 - Tuesday September 7
  • Group 2 - Wednesday September 8
  • Group 3 - Thursday September 9
  • Group 4 - Tuesday September 21
  • Group 5 - Wednesday September 22
  • Group 6 - Thursday September 23
  • Group 7 - Tuesday October 12
  • Group 8 - Wednesday October 13
  • Winners Group - Thursday October 14

The tournament took place at the Crondon Park Golf Club in Essex.

Winners Group
  • * Mervyn King withdrew from the tournament after Group 1 due to injury, with Co Stompé taking his place in Group 2.
  • ** Raymond van Barneveld was due to play in Group 4 but withdrew due to injury, with Dennis Priestley taking his place in the group.

Group One[edit]

Played on Tuesday September 7.[2]

Pos Name P W L LW LL +/- Pts
1 England Mervyn King 7 6 1 39 27 +12 12
2 England Phil Taylor 7 5 2 38 25 +13 10
3 Australia Simon Whitlock 7 5 2 35 23 +12 10
4 England Colin Lloyd 7 4 3 30 30 0 8
5 England Adrian Lewis 7 3 4 29 33 -4 6
6 England James Wade 7 3 4 29 35 -6 6
7 England Mark Walsh 7 1 6 28 37 -9 2
8 Scotland Robert Thornton 7 1 6 22 40 -18 2
Player Legs Player
Colin Lloyd England 2 – 6 England Phil Taylor

Group Two[edit]

Played on Wednesday September 8.[3]

Pos Name P W L LW LL +/- Pts
1 Scotland Gary Anderson 7 5 2 36 19 +17 10
2 Australia Simon Whitlock 7 5 2 38 26 +12 10
3 England Adrian Lewis 7 5 2 37 31 +6 10
4 England Ronnie Baxter 7 4 3 30 27 +3 8
5 England James Wade 7 4 3 31 37 -6 8
6 Netherlands Co Stompé 7 3 4 26 30 -4 6
7 Australia Paul Nicholson 7 2 5 32 36 -4 4
8 England Colin Lloyd 7 0 7 18 42 -24 0