Four Nations, one dartboard

From left: James Wade, Adrian Lewis, Simon Whitlock, John Henderson, Mark Webster, Raymond van Barneveld, Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson and Paul Nicholson
From left: James Wade, Adrian Lewis, Simon Whitlock, John Henderson, Mark Webster, Raymond van Barneveld, Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson and Paul Nicholson

NINE of the world’s best darts players will be rolling into Kelso next year for what is likely to be the biggest non-televised event of the year.

Springwood Hall is expected to be packed to the gunnels for the two-day extravaganza which is being organised by Scottish Darts Exhibitions and Modus UK with backing from locally-based Dalgleish Citroen who are putting up a brand new car for a nine-dart finish on day two.

On Friday, September 28, the venue will host the Nations Cup, which will see four teams of pro players lock horns for international darts supremacy.

Local hero Gary Anderson will team up with John Henderson to represent Scotland and the pair will go head-to-head with, Adie Lewis and James Wade (England); Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicolson (Australia) and Ray Barneveld and Mark Webster (Rest of the World).

Local taxi driver Kevin Green is helping promote and organise the event in Scotland and the Borders and feels it is a major coup for the region.

He told TheSouthern: “I was delighted to have been asked to help out with this event. I think the promoters were impressed with the way last year’s match with Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson at the Volunteer Hall in Galashiels went and decided that the Borders would be a good place to hold this kind of event. The four nations should be a cracker with the prospect of a Scotland v England clash as well.”

The following day Phil (The Power) Taylor will join the fray as local darts players get their chance to hone their skills against the pros. He, along with Webster, Anderson, Whitlock, Barneveld, Wade, Lewis and Nicolson will take on eight Borders qualifers for the Dalgleish Citroen Borders Masters title, prize money – and the car should anyone rise to the nine-dart challenge.

“All the players are talking about it already and they are all excited about coming,” added Green. Having the car for the nine-darter is a great incentive as well and we should see some fantastic darts over the two days.

“Although the premier league for next season has not yet been revealed all the players coming to the Borders should be involved, so it is great that they have all agreed to come. It’s huge. I don’t think you will ever get such a good line-up of players anywhere else in the world.”

Not only will there be high quality players on show, but MC`s Russ (The Voice) Bray, and Sky Sport’s George Noble will be on hand to play host, as well as the glamorous walk-on girls and musical interludes.

A Borders-based charity will also benefit from the event as proceeds from the charity auction will go towards a local cause, yet to be named.

As well as backing from Dalgleish the event will also be supported by Kelso businesses W. Blair and the Queen’s Head.

Tickets will go on sale locally in January and February through Kevin on 07958642751 and after that they will be available nationally. Tickets Friday night £30; All day Saturday £50 or weekend passes for £70. VIP tables of 10 are £1,000 and include a meal and waitress service (these are on sale now and going fast). Tel or text 07872 078715 for more details.