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Front Runner to bring live England Open Darts coverage to Freeview

England Darts Organisation's flagship international event the England Open will be live on Front Runner this year.

The 10th England Open will be broadcast live on Saturday and Sunday 17th and 18th June via free-to-air sports channel Front Runner 1 (Sky 469 and Freeview & YouView channel 91*).

On Saturday, Front Runner will air the National Singles Men’s and Ladies Finals from 4.30pm, and the main show will start on Sunday at 3pm with six hours of darts from The Men’s, Ladies and Youth stage finals.

Filming will take place at the Bunn Leisure Holiday Centre in Selsey, near Bognor Regis, in West Sussex - a venue which has become famous through hosting this popular annual event.

Players competing in the men’s categories include:-
  • World Champion Glen “Duzza” Durrant, who will return to defend the titles he won last year;
  • Northumberland’s Gary “Big Robbo” Robson, who will mark his 50th birthday attempting to retain his National Singles Title from last year and also win his second open title following his previous victory in 2011; 
  • Wesley “Sparky” Harms who leads the Dutch invasion of players and will be bidding for his fourth title as the most successful player in the history of the event; and 
  • Scotland's Ross “The Boss” Montgomery who leads the invasion from the north in a bid to win his second title.

Players lined up for the women’s categories are:-
  • Deta “The Dark Destroyer” Hedman, who bids to retain both her Open and National Singles Title from last year; 
  • Anastasia “From Russia with Love” Dobromyslova, Russia’s former three-times world champion; 
  • Trina “Golden Girl” Gulliver MBE, 10 times world champion; and 
  • Lisa “The Lancashire Rose” Ashton, who is the current world champion and is attempting to win her first England Open title. 

In the youth categories, Owen Maiden from the West Midlands and Yorkshire’s Beau Greaves will attempt to defend their previous titles.

Tommy Thompson, Chairman of the England Darts Organisation, said: 
“The England Darts Organisation is thrilled that Front Runner is transmitting our flagship event which celebrates its 10th anniversary this weekend. We hope this strengthens our current and future collaboration with the channel, which also broadcast The Isle of Man Open and British Internationals live from their respective venues earlier this year.”

Ross Ravago, from Front Runner, said: 
“We’re really pleased to be offering another weekend of live international darts on Front Runner. Be sure to tune in from 4.30pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday for all the action at the England Open.”

*Front Runner's Freeview service is subject to local coverage. The signal reaches around 3/4 of UK households. Within the coverage area, a Freeview HD or Freeview Play compatible device is needed to access the service on Freeview channel 91. Freeview coverage can be checked online.
BT, TalkTalk or Plusnet TV users in the Freeview coverage area will also be able to accesa coverage on channel 91.