Pinhorne proves Untouchable

Danny Pinhorne has qualified for The Untouchables event. Picture: Mick Young (114014-07)
Danny Pinhorne has qualified for The Untouchables event. Picture: Mick Young (114014-07)
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Danny Pinhorne will take his place on the star-studded oche when The Untouchables come to Southsea next week.

But a player who won’t be at the spectacular Pyramids showpiece is 2010 PDC World Championship runner-up Simon Whitlock.

The current world number five has had to pull out of the sold-out event after breaking his foot – an injury which has also prevented him competing in the Grand Slam of Darts.

Organiser Jason Tame has quickly drafted in World Cup of Darts winner Co Stompe as his replacement, though.

And he joins current PDC world champion Adrian Lewis, five-times world champion Raymond van Barneveld, 2007 World Matchplay winner James Wade and 2008 world beater Mark Webster on the exciting Untouchables line-up – a bill which now also includes qualifier Pinhorne.

The popular Bedhampton player booked his place in the event after becoming Portsmouth champion at the Cosham Royal British Legion on Sunday.

He defeated Jason Crawley in the final of the qualifying event and can now look forward to squaring up against one of the five Premier League players at the event on Friday, December 2.

The draw for the night takes place this Saturday, with Tame guaranteeing a night all Portsmouth darts fans will remember for a long time.

‘This is an event that all the fans and players are looking forward to,’ said Tame.

‘Last year was the first time The Untouchables came to Portsmouth.

That proved a huge success but this year is even bigger.

‘And with current world champion Adrian Lewis coming, it’s not a bad draw.

‘There’s a good mixture for everyone – we’ve got the entertainers plus the world championship winners.

‘They’ll all bring adrenaline and confidence to the event and with the PDC World Championship starting in three weeks, these are players who will all be competing in the latter stages of that and will want to win.’

Tame believes the loss of Whitlock has come as a blow but reckons Dutchman Stompe will prove a big hit with the city’s fans.

‘Simon is a loss but Co is a huge name in his own right,’ he said.

‘Co is a huge personalty and character and he’s already got a bond with the Pompey fans as whenever he plays the fans all sing: “Play up Stompe, Stompe Play up”.’