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Fox on the Box: Darts players quick to adapt to the familiar surroundings

ONE sport which seems to have adapted better than most to the current coronavirus lockdown is darts.

The PDC’s Home Tour competition (PDCTV via the PDC website) has proved popular with fans who can still enjoy top class ‘arras’ without the fear of catching anything unsavoury from a wheezing Teletubby or any other under-the-weather fan in fancy dress.

Each night, after a quick vacuuming, four players will pack away the polish and invite us into their living rooms, courtesy of their digital device of choice, where they take on each other in a remotely staged round-robin league format.

The action is set to continue tonight, barring a poor wifi signal (from 7.30pm), with Group 19 as Glen Durrant, Vincent van der Meer, Justin Pipe and Maik Kuivenhoven do battle.

On a similar theme, later in the week, Sky Sports will host Paddy Power’s Darts at Home (Thursday, 7pm) where Stoke meets Shikoku in a ‘Battle of the Sexes’ face-off as Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor (pictured) takes on two-time reigning women’s world champion Mikuru Suzuki in a virtual contest in the name of charity.

While Taylor’s oche will be firmly in his Potteries pad, Suzuki will be chugging down the coffee as she takes to the floor at three in the morning at her home on the Japanese island of Shikoku, some eight hours ahead of Stoke time.

Expect plenty of few double tops from this top darting double.