DARTS: PDC Ladbrokes World Championship 2013 – Live on Sky Sports

Darts’ biggest and richest prize is up for grabs as the 2013 PDC World Championship gets underway this Friday night, live and exclusive on Sky Sports over the festive period.

The £1 million tournament will be held for the sixth successive year at London’s Alexandra Palace from December 14 to January 1, where the world’s finest players strive to get their hands on the ultimate prize, which has been in the possession of Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis for the past two years.

Sky Sports has live coverage of every throw from every match of the 20th staging of the PDC World Championship, as a total of 72 elite throwers from across the globe will compete over 15 days to lift the new Sid Waddell trophy, renamed in loving memory of the celebrated and hugely popular Sky Sports commentator who sadly passed away earlier this year.

In addition to receiving the brand new trophy, the 2013 champion will also pocket a sizeable share of the £1m prize purse, the world’s biggest darts competition kitty.

The top 32 players on the PDC’s Order of Merit will be among the field, along with qualifiers from both the ProTour and European Tour’s Order of Merit.

The leading dartsman on the North American Pro Tour will also be in attendance, as will a representative from the Professional Darts Players Association, the DPA Australian Grand Prix champion, the Oceanic Masters title holder and a selection of qualifiers from the Asia.

Last year, Adrian Lewis became only the third player to defend the title after winning it for the first time the previous year.

Schooled by current world number one and 15-time world champion Phil Taylor, ‘Jackpot’ saw off Andy Hamilton in the final to join Eric Bristow and Raymond van Barneveld in an elite class of multiple world darts champions.

Lewis goes into this competition as the second favourite for the crown, with the bookmakers backing his mentor Taylor to win his 16th world title.

Despite him not being as dominant as he once was in televised tournaments during 2012, the decision has no doubt been influenced by Taylor’s superb display in winning the Players Championship in the build-up to the tournament.

Following his shock quarter-final exit in last year’s world championship, the 42-year-old also took the 72nd and 73rd titles of his career in the Premier League and World Matchplay competitions, and still tops the PDC’s prize-money list.

There are plenty of other genuine contenders for this year’s crown.

The past 12 months have also seen huge victories for Robert Thornton, Simon Whitlock and Michael van Gerwen, with all three winning their first major televised PDC titles of their careers this year.

The familiar faces of 2012 Grand Slam winner Raymond van Barneveld and James Wade will also be in the mix and viewers can expect some unexpected names upsetting the odds.

Last year, Kim Huybrechts stole some headlines after reaching the quarter-finals of the competition.

After reaching the Players Championship final in Minehead just days prior to the start of the Worlds, where he lost to Taylor, the Belgian star could be one to watch out for to go on another famous run this year.

Other significant names who have qualified for this year’s event include the ever-popular Dennis ‘The Menace’ Priestley and Paul Lim, who hit the first nine-dart finish in a World Championship back in 1990 and plays in his first PDC Worlds since 2002.

For the 2013 PDC World Darts Championship, the tournament’s trophy has been redesigned and renamed ‘The Sid Waddell Trophy’ in honour of the great Sky Sports commentator.

Sid Waddell passed away in August 2012 and the new spectacular trophy will keep alive his memory as well as recognising his contribution to the sport of darts for over 30 years.

The new trophy stands at around 28 inches tall and weighs 25kg and will be presented to the 2013 PDC world champion by Sid Waddell’s son Dan on New Year’s Day.

The arrows will be gleaming under the thrilling lights of the oche, but who will shine brightest come the final on New Year’s Day, and have the distinction of being crownd the first sporting world champion of 2013?

Sky Sports is the only place to see all the drama unfold as it happens, with exclusive coverage of all 15 days from Ally Pally. starting on Friday, December 14, and concluding with the showpiece final on New Year’s Day.

Dave Clark hosts live coverage of each session, with expert analysis and commentary being provided by the likes of Rod Harrington, Wayne Mardle and Eric Bristow.

Also on commentary duties will be Sky Sports regulars John Gwynne, Rod Studd, Stuart Pyke and Nigel Pearson.

As in 2011 and 2012, both the semi-finals and the final will be screened in stunning 3D on the Sky 3D channel.

The Sky Sports darts website has all the latest news, features, video and information about the 2013 World Championships, and Twitter users can get behind-the-scenes pictures, news, live commentary and statistics by following the official Sky Sports Darts account – @SkySportsDarts.

Subscribers can also watch online streaming of every session via Sky Go, available on PCs, laptops, mobiles and tablet devices.

A preview show setting the scene for this year’s PDC World Championship, plus a repeat showing of the moving tribute programme ‘Sid Waddell – A Life in His Own Words’ will been broadcast in the build-up to the opening night on December 14.

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The preliminary and first round will be held across eight sessions in seven days, with play commencing on Friday, December 14. 

Each session will feature one preliminary round game and four first round matches.

The second round and the opening two games in the third round will take place before the Christmas break, with play resuming on Thursday, December 27, with the remaining six games from the last 16.

The quarter-finals, with two matches on each evening, take place on December 28-29, with the semi-finals on December 30 and the final being held on Tuesday, January 1.

Format

Preliminary Round – Best of 7 Legs (no tie-break)
First Round – Best of 5 Sets
Second Round – Best of 7 Sets
Third Round – Best of 7 Sets
Quarter-Finals – Best of 9 Sets
Semi-Finals – Best of 11 Sets
Final – Best of 13 Sets

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Wednesday 12th December
Sid Waddell – A Tribute: A Life In His Own Words’
6.00pm-7.00pm – Sky Sports 2
 
Thursday 13th December
World Darts Championship Preview
6.00pm-7.00pm – Sky Sports 2
 
 
Day 1 – Friday 14th December
First Round
Robert Thornton (SCO, 17) 3-0 Magnus Caris (SWE)
Andree Welge 4-1 Leung Chun Nam (HKG) – Prelim
Paul Nicholson (AUS, 16) 3-0 Co Stompe (NED)
Adrian Lewis (ENG, 2) 3-1 Gino Vos (NED)
Kevin Painter (ENG, 15) 3-0 Leung Chun Nam (HKG)
LIVE: 7.00pm-12.00am – Sky Sports 1
 
 
Day 2 – Saturday 15th December
Afternoon Session
Wayne Jones (ENG, 32) 0-3 Jerry Hendriks (NED)
Daryl Gurney (NIR) 4-3 Robert Marijanovic (CRO) – Prelim
Richie Burnett (WAL, 25) 3-2 James Hubbard (ENG)
Terry Jenkins (ENG, 9) 3-0 Steve Brown (ENG)
Andy Smith (ENG, 21) 1-3 Daryl Gurney (NIR)
LIVE: 12.00pm-5.00pm – Sky Sports 3
 
Evening Session
Dave Chisnall (ENG, 12) 3-0 Shane Tichowitsch (AUS)
Max Hopp (GER) 4-1 Charl Pietersen (RSA) – Prelim
John Part (CAN, 24) 3-0 Joe Cullen (ENG)
Phil Taylor (ENG, 1) 3-0 Michael Mansell (NIR)
Denis Ovens (ENG, 31) 3-2 Max Hopp (GER)
LIVE: 8.00pm-12.00am – Sky Sports 1
Coverage begins via the Red Button on SS1 from 7pm
 
 
Day 3 – Sunday 16th December
Brendan Dolan (NIR, 20) 3-0 Mark Jones (ENG)
Jarkko Komula (FIN) 2-4 Jani Haavisto (FIN) – Prelim
Andy Hamilton (ENG, 8) 3-1 James Richardson (ENG)
Raymond van Barneveld (NED, 13) 3-0 Michael Smith (ENG)
Gary Anderson (SCO, 4) 3-1 Jani Haavisto (FIN)
LIVE: 7.00pm-12.00am – Sky Sports 1
 
 
Day 4 – Monday 17th December
Peter Wright (SCO, 26) 3-0 Arron Monk (ENG)
Carlos Rodriguez (ESP) 2-4 John Bowles (ENG) – Prelim
Mark Webster (WAL, 10) 3-1 Ian White (ENG)
James Wade (ENG, 3) 3-0 Peter Hudson (ENG)
Jamie Caven (ENG, 29) 2-3 John Bowles (ENG)
LIVE: 7.00pm-12.00am – Sky Sports 2
 
 
Day 5 – Tuesday 18th December
Steve Beaton (ENG, 30) 3-0 Kyle Anderson (AUS)
Lourence Ilagan (PHI) 4-3 Jamie Lewis (WAL) – Prelim
Wes Newton (ENG, 6) 3-0 Johnny Haines (ENG)
Mervyn King (ENG, 14) 2-3 Dean Winstanley (ENG)
Colin Osborne (ENG, 28) 3-0 Lourence Ilagan (PHI)
LIVE: 7.00pm-12.00am – Sky Sports 1
 
 
Day 6 – Wednesday 19th December
Justin Pipe (ENG, 11) 3-0 Andy Jenkins (ENG)
Haruki Muramatsu (JPN) 4-0 Dave Harrington (NZL) – Prelim
Ronnie Baxter (ENG, 18) 3-1 Dennis Priestley (ENG)
Colin Lloyd (ENG, 23) 3-2 Darin Young (USA)
Simon Whitlock (AUS, 5) 3-0 Haruki Muramatsu (JPN)
LIVE: 7.00pm-12.00am – Sky Sports 2
 
 
Day 7 – Thursday 20th December
Mark Walsh (ENG, 22) 3-1 Darren Webster (WAL)
Paul Lim (SIN) 4-1 Mohd Latif Sapup (MAL) – Prelim
Kim Huybrechts (BEL, 27) 2-3 Scott Rand (ENG)
Vincent van der Voort (NED, 19) 3-0 Stuart Kellett (ENG)
Michael van Gerwen (NED, 7) 3-0 Paul Lim (SIN)
LIVE: 7.00pm-12.00am – Sky Sports 1
 
 
Day 8 – Friday 21st December
Afternoon Session
Second Round
Andy Hamilton (ENG, 8) 4-1 Richie Burnett (WAL, 25)
Dave Chisnall (ENG, 12) 4-1 Daryl Gurney (NIR)
Gary Anderson (SCO, 4) 4-3 John Bowles (ENG)
LIVE: 12.30pm-4.30pm – Sky Sports 1
 
Evening Session
Terry Jenkins (ENG, 9) 4-1 John Part (CAN, 24)
Paul Nicholson (AUS, 16) 3-4 Robert Thornton (SCO, 17)
Phil Taylor (ENG, 1) 4-1 Jerry Hendriks (NED)
LIVE: 7.00pm-11.00pm – Sky Sports 1
 
 
Day 9 – Saturday 22nd December
Afternoon Session
Kevin Painter (ENG, 15) 4-3 Ronnie Baxter (ENG, 18)
Mark Webster (WAL, 10) 2-4 Colin Lloyd (ENG, 23)
Raymond van Barneveld (NED, 13) 4-1 Brendan Dolan (NIR, 20)
LIVE: 12.30pm-4.30pm – Sky Sports 2
 
Evening Session
Wes Newton (ENG, 6) 4-0 Scott Rand (ENG)
Simon Whitlock (AUS, 5) 4-0 Colin Osborne (ENG)
Adrian Lewis (ENG, 2) 4-1 Denis Ovens (ENG, 31)
LIVE: 7.00pm-11.00pm – Sky Sports 1
 
 
Day 10 – Sunday 23rd December
Afternoon Session
Justin Pipe (ENG, 11) 2-4 Mark Walsh (ENG, 22)
Dean Winstanley (ENG) 2-4 Vincent van der Voort (NED, 19)
James Wade (ENG, 3) 4-2 Steve Beaton (ENG, 30)
LIVE: 12.30pm-4.30pm – Sky Sports 2
 
Evening Session
Michael van Gerwen (NED, 7) v Peter Wright (SCO, 26)
Third Round
Andy Hamilton (ENG, 8) 4-1 Terry Jenkins (ENG, 9)
Phil Taylor (ENG, 1) 4-0 Robert Thornton (SCO, 17)
LIVE: 7.00pm-11.00pm – Sky Sports 1
 
 
Tuesday 25th December
Special Report – The Voice of Darts
A tribute to the legendary commentator Sid Waddell
9.30am, 1.30pm & 5.30pm – Sky Sports News
 
 
Day 11 – Thursday 27th December
Afternoon Session
Wes Newton (ENG, 6) 4-1 Mark Walsh (ENG, 22)
Simon Whitlock (AUS, 5) 4-3 Dave Chisnall (ENG, 12)
James Wade (ENG, 3) 4-0 Vincent van der Voort (NED, 19)
LIVE: 12.30pm-4.30pm – Sky Sports 1
 
Evening Session
Michael van Gerwen (NED, 7) 4-1 Colin Lloyd (ENG, 23)
Gary Anderson (SCO, 4) 0-4 Raymond van Barneveld (NED, 13)
Adrian Lewis (ENG, 2) 4-2 Kevin Painter (ENG, 15)
LIVE: 7.00pm-11.00pm – Sky Sports 1
 
 
Day 12 – Friday 28th December
2x Quarter Finals
Simon Whitlock (AUS, 5) 1-5 Raymond van Barneveld (NED, 13)
Phil Taylor (ENG, 1) 5-0 Andy Hamilton (ENG, 8)
LIVE: 7.00pm-11.00pm – Sky Sports 1
 
 
Day 13 – Saturday 29th December
2x Quarter-Finals
Wes Newton (ENG, 6) 4-5 James Wade (ENG, 3)
Adrian Lewis (ENG, 2) 4-5 Michael van Gerwen (NED, 7)
LIVE: 7.00pm-11.00pm – Sky Sports 1
 
 
Day 14 – Sunday 30th December
Semi-Finals
Michael van Gerwen (NED, 7) 6-4 James Wade (ENG, 3)
Phil Taylor (ENG, 1) 6-4 Raymond van Barneveld (NED, 13)
LIVE: 7.00pm-11.00pm – Sky Sports 1 / Sky 3D
 
 
Day 15 – Tuesday 1st January
Ladbrokes World Championship 2013 Final
Phil Taylor (ENG, 1) v Michael van Gerwen (NED, 7)
LIVE: 8.00pm-11.00pm – Sky Sports 1 / Sky 3D
  
  
  
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