In our latest episode of the Josh’s Dartistry Darts Podcast, Josh Gorton is joined by regular co-hosts Jon Dean and Neil Conner to round-up the latest darting action.
First on the agenda – it’s PDC Qualifying School. Darts’ dream factory always delivers and this year’s edition was no different. There were a host of established stars in action, although they enjoyed mixed fortunes across Milton Keynes and Niedernhausen respectively.
Josh also caught up with Danny Baggish, who advanced through UK Qualifying School in dramatic fashion, just weeks after claiming the scalps of Damon Heta and two-time world champion Adrian Lewis at the PDC World Championship.
Qualifying School Round-Up (12:50) – The team reflect on an absorbing 10 days of action at the PDC Qualifying Schools, which saw a host of big names claim some of the 29 Tour Cards available, including Raymond van Barneveld, Scott Mitchell and Martin Schindler.
Danny Baggish Interview (25:55) – ‘The Gambler’ progressed through UK Q-School following a dramatic final day in Milton Keynes, and he spoke exclusively to Josh about becoming the first American to prevail at Q-School, and his ambitions for the next two years on the PDC circuit.
What are the odds? (41:10) – Our resident stats man Neil Conner brings us odds for the Super Series which is taking place in Bolton, before looking at how the Premier League Darts odds have changed following Jonny Clayton’s inclusion.
Premier League Darts update (44:10) – We react to last week’s announcement that the first nine nights of the Premier League will be played behind closed doors in April, while assessing the news that Clayton will make his PL debut following his Masters triumph.
Challenge Josh (54:30) – Challenge Josh returns as Neil tests Josh’s general darting knowledge in another entertaining episode.
In The News (1:20:25) – Josh brings us news of Kevin Painter’s retirement, Kyle Anderson’s decision to relinquish his PDC Tour Card, before we reflect on the latest debacle surrounding the British Darts Organisation.
Q&A section (1:30:45) – The team answer a series of questions sent in by the JDP listeners. We discuss which new Tour Card holders could make the biggest impression on the circuit in 2021, which players are in danger of sliding down the rankings, and who will continue to climb.
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