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Peter Manley Contender for Premier League Place


PETER Manley is in strong contention for a place in the darts world’s elite Premier League next year and a minimum ?20,000 payday.

By Martin Morgan, News & Star:

The eight-man league will boast a bumper prize fund of ?340,000, with a 100 grand bounty to the winner and ?50,000 to the runner-up, with every qualifier pocketing at least 20k.

The top six in the world rankings after the SkyBet World Grand Prix, in Dublin, which starts next Monday, will qualify automatically for the Premier League.

Carlisle-based Manley currently lies fifth in the world rankings, based on prize money, with ?106,660.

But with ?200,000 up for grabs next week and ?45,000 to play for in the Irish Players? Championship over the weekend, he cannot yet relax.

Adrian Lewis, one place behind Manley in the rankings, in sixth, currently holds the final Premier League place.

But with ?90,838 in prize money, he is less than ?3,000 ahead of Andy Hamilton in seventh.

The world?s top two players, Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld, have already qualified, as has World Matchplay champ James Wade, in third.

Terry Jenkins, runner-up in the Premier League on his debut last year, currently lies one place ahead of Manley in fourth.

Two wildcard entries will be chosen after the Ladbrokes.com world championship over Christmas.

Venues and dates for the League will be released shortly. The Sands Centre, in Carlisle, featured on the nationwide League circuit in its opening two years but missed out last year when larger venues hosted the televised event, shown live on Sky Sports.

Manley faces Kevin Hill in the opening round of the Irish championship, and Maryport-based Alan Warriner-Little plays Richie Burnett.

Original article at News & Star website.

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