After years of the PDC trying to get darts to take off in North America it seemed that they had given up when no events were released on the 2012 calendar. However PDC darts in North America does not seem to be over.
The PDC will launch a North American Pro Tour (NAPT) that is designed to grow each year and sustain itself after the first 3 years. Each NAPT event will be held over a weekend with the Pro Event being held on the Sunday. An associated tournament or warm-up event would precede the Pro Event on the Friday and Saturday.
The program is designed to sustain itself after the first three years meaning that there would be at least 8 Pro Events in 2015 and subsequent years. Success of the program will mean additional growth in year 4 (2015) in terms of increased prize money per event and/or an increase in the number of Pro Events throughout North America in 2015.
The following details outline the PDC NAPT program for the first three years. At the present time, one of the 3 Pro Events to be held in 2012 has been confirmed, the London Ontario NAPT Pro Event to be held on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at the Hilton London Ontario. The 2 additional Pro Events will be announced as soon as they are confirmed and will be posted on the Bull’s-Eye News website: bullseyenews.com
1. The PDC NA Pro Tour would be open only to North American residents.
2. Each Pro Event in the PDC North America Pro Tour would consist of a guaranteed $10,000
singles event with the PDC Players Championship format.
1st 2nd T-4 T-8 T-16 T-32
$2,000 $1,600 $800 $400 $200 $100
Format: Best of 11 legs of 501 throughout.
• 3 PDC NAPT events in 2012
• 5 PDC NAPT events in 2013
• 8 PDC NAPT events in 2014
The three events for this year are now confirmed
July 20-22 NAPT Event #1 & The Chicago Open (Chicago)
Aug 24-26 NAPT Event #2 & The London Open (Ontario)
Sept 7-9 NAPT Event #3 & The Atlantic City Open (New Jersey)
Hopefully they will be well attended, and we can see some new stars from North America. There are secondary events on Fridays and Saturdays, with the main NAPT events on Sundays. The Canadian U21 event is still going ahead when the tour ventures to Ontario, only open to Canadians. Unfortunately no U21 qualifier for USA yet.
The World Twenty20 qualifier is well under way now and Scotland opened up their account by defeating Kenya by 14 runs in their opening World Twenty20 qualifier in Dubai. The tournament is staged across the United Arab Emirates from 13-24 March, with two of the 16 nations progressing to the finals in Sri Lanka later this year.
The Scots made a very impressive 178 thanks to top scores from Calum MacLeod (55) and Kyle Coetzer (46).
Kenya led by skipper Collins Obuya could never get on terms with the run rate required. The Captain had led the charge with an impressive 50 but the Scots made short work of the Africans’ lower order batsmen.
Gordon Drummond was the pick of the Scottish bowlers, taking three wickets for 20 from his four overs.
MacLeod scored 55 off 35 balls hitting 7 4s along the way as Scotland hit 178 for the loss of seven wickets.
Coetzer scored 46 from 36 deliveries and there were also valuable contributions from Richie Berrington (28) and an unbeaten 22 from Preston Mommsen.
James Ngoche was the leading Kenya bowler with two for 31.
Collins Obuya led the way in Kenya’s reply but when he fell for 50, made from 36 balls, the momentum was lost.
Alex Obanda scored 35 and Rakep Patel also made 21 before he was run out by Berrington.
When Ngoche and his brother Shem were run out off the last two balls, both by Berrington, Kenya were all out for 164.
Elsewhere in the tournament:
| P.N.G. 112/6 v Afghanistan 113/4 (19/20 ov)
Afghanistan won by 6 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
| Namibia 160/8 v Ireland 156/9 (20/20 ov)
Namibia won by 4 runs
| Oman 89/9 v Italy 90/1 (14/20 ov)
Italy won by 9 wickets (with 36 balls remaining)
| U.S.A. 123/8 v Uganda 124/6 (19.2/20 ov)
Uganda won by 4 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
| Bermuda 116/7 v Denmark 117/3 (19.1/20 ov)
Denmark won by 7 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
| Netherlands 135/6 v Canada 93 (16.4/20 ov)
Netherlands won by 42 runs
| Nepal 130/6 v Hong Kong 102/9 (20/20 ov)
Nepal won by 28 runs