Darts on ITV: Japan Darts Masters

This weekend sees the return of the World Series of Darts to ITV4. This time the series moves to Yokohama for the Japan Darts Masters. The two day tournament will include the usual PDC suspects such as Phil Taylor and World Champion, Gary Anderson, along with eight qualifiers from the host country, Japan.

The eight qualifiers for the Japan Darts Masters include Haruki Muramatsu, a PDC Tour Card Holder and four times PDC World Championship Qualifier, who has been drawn against the ever colourful Peter Wright in the first round. The full draw can be seen at the bottom of this article.

This is the second of five tournaments in the World Series, and all five events will be covered by ITV4. The first event, the Dubai Darts Masters, was won by Michael van Gerwen for the third successive time, since its inception in 2013.

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Haruki Muramatsu – four times PDC World Championship Qualifier – could he cause an upset?

Coverage this weekend can be seen on ITV4 Saturday (6:30pm – 11:30pm) and Sunday (6:15pm – 11:15pm), but be warned, this is delayed ‘live’ coverage – so avoid social media (and your mates) to avoid premature results!

After the Japan Darts Masters, the remaining events are…

  • Perth Darts Masters: 14-16 August
  • Sydney Darts Masters: 20-22 August
  • Aukland Darts Masters: 28-30 August

You can  follow the Japan Darts Masters on Twitter @Japan_Darts

The draw and order of play for the first round is as follows…

Stephen Bunting v Shintaro Inoue
Raymond van Barneveld v Katsuya Aiba
Adrian Lewis v Sho Katsumi
Phil Taylor v Masumi Chino
James Wade v Morihiro Hashimoto
Gary Anderson v Yuki Yamada
Michael van Gerwen v Chikara Fujimori
Peter Wright v Haruki Muramatsu

First round will be best of 11 legs, with all other rounds (including the final) best of 15.


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