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Article: England and Scotland set for oche in darts^ first Jocky Wilson Cup

England and Scotland set for oche in darts^ first Jocky Wilson Cup

It may not herald a return to the 10 million TV viewers who tuned into darts coverage during the now-reclusive Scot^s heyday in the Eighties, but the inaugural Jocky Wilson Cup will at least pit two fierce rivals against other when Scotland and England take to the oche.

Named in honour of Scotland^s first world champion, who now refuses interviews but has given his approval to the tournament, the four-man event, which takes place in Glasgow on Dec 5, will hold a similar format to Davis Cup tennis.

Five best-of-11 leg games will feature on the night, with one point being awarded for victory in each of the singles and two on offer in the doubles. The winning team will be the first to reach four points.

Robert Thornton and Berwick-born Gary Anderson will represent Scotland, taking on the world^s top two players, English pair Phil Taylor and James Wade.

Promoter Barry Hearn said: "With Gary Anderson and Robert Thornton establishing themselves at the top level of darts with the PDC, this is currently the most exciting time for the sport in Scotland since Jocky was at his peak in the 1980s.

"To pit them against Phil Taylor and James Wade in front of their home fans is a challenge they are both excited by, and it will be a memorable night for all four players.

"Jocky Wilson himself has given his approval for the event and allowed us to name the trophy in his honour - and having passed on his Flying Scotsman nickname to Gary Anderson this year I think we know who he will be cheering on."

Wilson, who walked away from the sport in 1996, twice won the world title in 1982 and 1989 but now lives in recluse in his hometown of Kirkcaldy, Fife.

Under the Professional Darts Corporation, the tour is currently witnessing sell-out venues while last season^s prize money was almost doubled to £5 million from 2008^s purse.
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