Oche stars arrow in on return to Portsmouth

Last year's winner Raymond van Barneveld, left, with qualifier Danny Pinhorne
Last year's winner Raymond van Barneveld, left, with qualifier Danny Pinhorne
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The titans of Tungsten are coming back to Portsmouth again this year.

And there are some fresh faces ready to delight the crowd at the Pyramids for this year’s Money Shop Untouchables, in association with Choice Bet.

This year’s popular darts event will take place on Saturday, December 8, and looks set to be another sell-out after its huge success last year.

Waterlooville-based Aussie Simon Whitlock and Cosham’s Andy Jenkins will carry the local hopes, while a Petersfield under-21 academy prospect will also be given the chance to face some of the top players in the world rankings.

Ted Hankey – the double BDO world champion, who has a big following – has recently joined the PDC and will be making his first appearance at the event.

But Dutch trio Raymond van Barneveld – who claimed victory over Adrian Lewis in last year’s final – Co Stompe and Michael van Gerwen will also fancy their chances.

James Wade, Arron ‘The Mad Monk’ Monk will also be battling for the top prize, while former World Matchplay champion Rod Harrington will be VIP host.

Organiser Jason Thame said: ‘I’m really pleased with the line-up and we’re all looking forward to another successful event.

‘We’ve got Ted Hankey for the first time this year, after he joined the PDC, and Simon Whitlock has recovered from his broken ankle so he’ll be in it this year.

‘Raymond van Barneveld will also be back to defend his title.

‘We like to have a few different players and we’ve got Ted and Simon both playing.

‘We take it around the country and we’ve got a lot of players that we always use.

‘But it’s good to have a bit of variety and for fans to see some of their favourites.’

While tickets have only just gone on sale, Thame revealed they are already selling fast.

He said: ‘Tickets have been on sale for a short time and we’ve sold 30 per cent of them already.

‘We’ve got some serious darts fans in the Portsmouth area. Most of those are people who came last year and have been eager to come again.

‘But I’ve got a good relationship with the Pyramids and it’s a great venue. We sold out last year and we are expecting to do the same again this time.

‘There was a great atmosphere in there last year and the players loved playing in it.’

Tickets for the event – ranging from just £12.50 to the VIP tickets at £75 each – can be booked at theuntouchables.tv or telephone 08450 180 180 for more information.

There will also be an after-show party this year.