The 2020 Unibet Home Tour is a special tournament organised by the Professional Darts Corporation for players to play indoor tournaments at their homes during the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic. The tournament was open to all players who had a PDC Tour Card in 2020.
Originally the plan was to have 32 consecutive nights in which ONLY the group winners of each group would progress, followed by a knockout stage, but they have extended it until the 5th June, when an overall champion will be crowned.
Night 1- 17th April 2020
This was opening night, and the first 4 players involved were:
Jamie Lewis, Peter Wright, Peter Jacques and Niels Zonneveld. So the world champion was involved.
The results were:
Wright 5-4 Jacques, Lewis 3-5 Zonneveld, Jacques 5-2 Zonneveld, Wright 1-5 Lewis, Lewis 5-4 Jacques and Zonneveld 1-5 Wright. It meant Jamie Lewis was the group winner on 4 points, and the other 3 were knocked out, so the first shock.
Night 2- 18th April
On night 2, the players involved were Price, Woodhouse, Evetts and Rodriguez, would we see another shock or would Price prevail?
Results: Price 5-2 Rodriguez, Woodhouse 5-2 Evetts, Rodriguez 3-5 Evetts,Price 0-5 Woodhouse which included a 9 darter from Woodhouse, Woodhouse 5-2 Rodriguez and Evetts 2-5 Price. The group winner on night 2 was Woodhouse with 6 points and 3 wins out of 3, which meant world number 3 Price and the other 2 were knocked out.
Night 3 – 19th April
On night 3, the players involved were Chisnall, Waites, Worsley and Dekker. Would Chisnall avoid becoming the latest big name to be knocked out?
Results: Chisnall 5-2, Dekker 4-5 Worsley, Waites 5-1 Worsley, Chisnall 5-0 Dekker, Dekker 1-5 Waites and Worsley 1-5 Chisnall. So winner of group 3 was world number 11 Chisnall on 6 points and 3 wins out of 3, the other 3 out.
Night 4- 20th April
On night 4, players involved were: Nentjes, Ross Smith, Mansell and Ashton.
Results: Smith 5—1 Ashton, Mansell 3-5 Nentjes, Ashton 3-5 Nentjes, Smith 3-5 Mansell, Ashton 5-3 Mansell and Nentjes 5-3 Smith. Group winner of number 4 was Nentjes with , other 3 knocked out so another shock in the Home Tour.
Night 5- 21st April
Players involved: Kenny, Humphries, Murnan and Petersen, so involved in this group was 2 time World Championship Quarter finalist Humphries, would he progress though?
Results: Humphries 3-5 Kenny, Petersen 1-5 Murnan, Kenny 5-2 Murnan, Humphries 5-4 Petersen, Petersen 3-5 Kenny and Murnan 3-5 Humphries., winner of group 5 was Kenny with 6 points and 3 wins out of 3, the other 3 knocked out, so another shock.
Night 6- 22nd April
Players involved: Wade, Searle, Boulton and Gray. The big hitter in this group was Wade, another upset or favourite progress?
Results: Wade 5-2 Gray, Searle 5-1 Boulton, Boulton 5-2 Gray, Searle 5-3 Wade, Searle 5-2 Gray, Boulton 5-2 Wade, group winner: Searle on 6 points, 3 wins out of 3, Wade finished 3rd and him and the other 2 got knocked-out.
Night 7- 23rd April
Players involved: Klassen, Meikle, Clemens and Carlin, would tonight be the night where the favourites start to progress?
Results: Clemens 5-3 Meikle, Klaasen 5-2 Carlin, Meikle 5-1 Carlin, Clemens 3-5 Klaasen, Klaasen 4-5 Meikle, Carlin 5-4 Clemens. Group winner: Klassen by a single leg on 4 points the other 3 knocked out.
Night 8- 24th April
Players involved: Clayton, Hunt, Pallett and North. The big name in this group was Clayton.
Results: Clayton 5-2 Hunt, North 2-5 Pallett, Hunt 5-3 Pallett, Clayton 5-3 North, Hunt 5-1 North and Pallett 2-5 Clayton. Group winner Clayton with 6 points and 3 wins out of 3.
Night 9- 25th April
Players involved: Michael Smith, Clark, Kleermaker and Ward. Big hitter in this group Smith, and this was the most competitive night of the Home Tour so far.
Results: Smith 3-5 Kleermaker, then a technical fault meant Smith had to play again and this time won 5-3 against Ward, Ward 3-5 Clark, Clark 5-3 Kleermaker, Kleermaker 5-2 Ward and Smith 5-3 Clark, group winner Kleermaker with 4 points, but by just a single leg couldn’t have been any closer.
Night 10- 26th April
Players involved: Aspinall, Joyce, Stevenson and Brown. The big name in this group was 2 time World Championship semi-finalist and world number 7 Aspinall.
Results: Aspinall 5-2 Brown, Joyce 5-2 Stevenson, Brown 5-1 Stevenson, Aspinall 5-2 Joyce, Brown 5-3 Joyce, Aspinall 5-0 Stevenson. Group winner Aspinall with 6 points and 3 wins out of 3, the other 3 knocked out so the favourite progressed.
Night 11- 27th April
Players involved: Whitlock, Shepherd, Tabern and Duivenbode. The big name in this group was Whitlock and it was a dramatic night.
Results: Duivenbode 5-3 Whitlock, Shepherd 5-1 Tabern, Tabern 5-2 Duivenbode, Whitlock 5-4 Shepherd, Duivenbode 5-4 Shepherd and Tabern 5-4 Whitlock. Group winner Tabern on 4 points, the other 3 knocked out, so another night where there’s a surprise winner.
Night 12- 28th April
Players involved: Hopp, Keegan Brown, Whitehead and De Decker. The 2 big names in this group were Hopp and Brown.
This was a very complicated night. Here’s the results: De Decker 5-3 Hopp, Brown 3-5 Whitehead, Whitehead 5-2 De Decker Hopp 5-3 Whitehead, then it got complicated as Brown had to withdraw due to technical issues which meant his result v Whitehead was voided and he didn’t get to play his other 2 games, which then meant it turned into a 3 man group with each player playing each other once, Hopp 5-3 De Decker, Hopp 5-2 Whitehead and De Decker 5-1 Whitehead. It means in a revised table, Hopp wins the group on 6 points.
Night 13 -29th April
Players involved: Beaton, Rydz, Edgar and Wilkinson. The main player in this group is former Lakeside champion Beaton.
Results: Beaton 5—1 Rydz, Wilkinson 5-0 Edgar, Wilkinson 5-3 Rydz, Edgar 5-1 Beaton, Rydz 5-2 Edgar and Wilkinson 5-2 Beaton. It went to the final game of the night, but Wilkinson won the group pretty convincingly on 6 points, the other 3 knocked out.
Night 14- 30th April.
Players involved: Dobey, Teehan, Meulenkamp and Leung. So Dobey highest ranked player in this group, and an international feel with Leung playing in Hong Kong.
Results: Dobey 5-2 Teehan, Meulankamp 5-4 Leung, Teehan 5-1 Leung, Dobey 5-1 Meulenkamp,
Meulenkamp 5-1 Teehan, Leung 5-4 Dobey. Group winner was Dobey with 4 points.
Night 15- 1st May
Players involved: Darren Webster, Scott Baker, Andy Hamilton and Bradley Brooks.
Results: Webster 5-4 Brooks, Baker 5-4 Hamilton, Hamilton 5-3 Brooks, Webster 5-2 Baker, Brooks 5-1 Baker, Webster 5-3 Hamilton. Group winner was Webster.
Night 16- 2nd May
Players involved: Evans, Bunse, J Smith, Atkins. This was the halfway point of the Home Tour, and highest ranked player tonight was Evans.
Atkins 5-2 Evans, Smith 5-1 Bunse, Atkins 5-4 Smith, Evans 5-3 Bunse, Bunse 5-2 Atkins and Smith 5-4 Evans. The winner of the group was Jeff Smith, but it went down to the last game, and Smith knew any win would see him win the group.
Night 17- 3rd May
Players involved: John Henderson, Damon Heta, Gary Blades and Krzysztof Kciuk. The big name in this group was Henderson.
Results: Henderson 5-4 Kciuk, Heta 5-0 Blades, Kciuk 5-3 Blades, Heta 5-3 Henderson, Kciuk 5-3 Heta, Henderson 5-1 Blades. Heta won the group on 4 points as he wonthe 3 legs he needed against kciuk, hopwever 2nd and 3rd also got 4 points, so a tight group overall, but another shock winner of a group.
Night 18- 4th May
Players involved: Bunting, Huybrechts, Derry and Leitinger. The 2 big players in this group were Bunting and Huybrechts but only 1 can win the group.
Results: Bunting 5-4 Leitinger, Huybrechts 5-0 Derry, Leitinger 5-0 Derry, Bunting 5-1 Huybrechts, Huybrechts 5-1 Derry and Bunting 5-1 Derry. Bunting group winner on 6 points.
Night 19- 5th May
Players involved: Durrant, Pipe, Kuivenhoven and Van der Meer. The big player in this group was Durrant.
Results: Durrant 5-1 Van der Meer, Pipe 5-1 Kuivenhoven, Kuivenhoven 5-1 Van der Meer, Durrant 5-3 Pipe, Pipe 5-=2 Van der Meer and Durrant 5-2 Kuivenhoven. It means Durrant wins the group on 6 points.
Night 20- 6th May
Players involved: Cullen, Michael, Wattimena who took De Zwaan’s place due to an injury and Murray. Highest ranked player Cullen.
Results: Cullen 5-4 Murray, Michael 5-2 Wattimena, Murray 5-3 Michael, Wattimena 5-4 Cullen, Murray 5-1 Wattimena, Cullen 5-3 Michael. Group winner on 4 points Murray world number 135, so another upset, but it was a tight group tonight.
Night 21 – 7th May
Players involved: Cross, Van den Bergh, Sedlacek (replacing Derk Telnekes due to family reasons) and Borland. Big names in this group: Cross and van den Bergh, Cross inspired to play after a family tragedy
Results: Cross 5-2 Borland, Van den Bergh 5-1 Sedlacek, Sedlacek 5-0 Borland, Cross 5-4 Van den Bergh, Borland 5-3 Van den Bergh, Cross 5-4 Sedlacek. Cross group winner on 6 points he needed to get to 4 legs and he did it.
Night 22- 8th May
Players involved: White, Noppert, Wilson and Noguera. Highest ranked player White.
Noguera 5-3 White, Noppert 5-4 Wilson, Noguera 5-2 Wilson, White 5-2 Noppert, Noppert 5-2 Noguera, Wilson 5-4White. It means Noguera won the group on leg difference from Noppert as Noguera had a leg difference of +2, Noppert +1, it was 1 of the tightest groups of the Home Tour so far, and yet another shock.
Night 23 – 9th May
Players involved: Kyle Anderson, Schindler, Van Duijvenbode and Larsson. Biggest player in this group Kyle Anderson who’s recovered after contracting coronavirus earlier this year.
Results: Larsson 5-2 K Anderson, van Duijvenbode 5-1 Schindler, Larsson 5-2 Van Duijvenbode, Schindler 5-0 Anderson, Larsson 5-0 Schindler, Anderson 5-3 Van Duijvenbode.
Group winner Larsson so another surprise group winner.
Night 24- 10th May
Players involved: Ratajski, Hughes, Labanauskas and Alcinas. Highest ranked player in this group was Ratajski.
Results: Ratajski 5-3 Alcinas, Hughes 5-2 Ratajski, Hughes 5-2 Labanauskas, Labanauskas 5-0 Alcinas, Hughes 5-4 Alcinas, Ratajski 5-3 Labanauskas. Group winner was Hughes.
Night 25- 11th May
Players involved: Brown, Sousa, Thornton and Robinson.; Brown gets a 2nd chance after not being able to finish last time and he’s the highest ranked player.
Results: Brown 5-4 Robinson, De Sousa 5-0 Thornton, Robinson 5-2 Thornton, De Sousa 5-0 Brown, De Sousa 5-1 Robinson and Brown 5-2 Thornton. De Sousa stormed the group with a Leg difference of +14.
Night 26 – 12th May
Players involved: Whitehead, De Decker, Atkins and Steve Brown. These 4 have played already in the Home Tour, and get a 2nd chance as with almost all of the 101 Tour Card holders who registered an interest in taking part having played across the first 25 nights, the remaining groups will mainly be filled with previous group runners-up.
Results: Brown 5-0 Whitehead, Atkins 5-3 De Decker, Brown 5-2 Atkins, De Decker 5-1 Whitehead, De Decker 5-2 Brown and Atkins 5-4 Whitehead. De Decker needed to beat brown by 3 legs to top the group on leg difference and he did, so De Decker won the group.
Night 27- 13th May
Players involved: Beaton, Waites, Meulenkamp and Ross Smith. These 4 came runner up in their groups.
Results: Waites 5-3 Beaton, R Smith 5-1 Meulenkamp, Waites 5-0 Meulenkamp, Smith 5-4 Beaton, Waites 5-2 Smith, Beaton
Group winner Waites on 6 points.
Nigh 28- 14th May
Players involved: Michael Smith, Humphries, Boulton and Duivenbode.
Results: Smith 5-0 Van Duivenbode, Humphries 5-4 Boulton, Boulton 5-4 Van Duivenbode, Humphries 5-2 Smith, Humphries 5-3 Van Duivenbode,
Group winner Humphries, but it was a really quality night all round, Van Duivenbode unlucky not to win a game.
Night 29- 15th May
Players involved: Noppert, Henderson, Noppert and Meikle
Results: Noppert 5-2 Meikle, Reyes 5-4 Henderson, Reyes 5-4 Meikle, Henderson 5-4 Noppert, Henderson 5-0 Reyes and Reyes 5-2 Noppert. Reyes won the group 6 points on same leg difference as Henderson, but Henderson only got 4 points.
Night 30- 16th May
Players involved: Gary Anderson, Van den Bergh, Huybrechts and Van Duijvenbode. This looked like a belter of a night on paper, would it turn out that way?
Results: Anderson 5-1 Van Duijvenbode, Huybrechts 5-2 Van den Bergh, Huybrechts 5-3 Van Duijvenbode, Anderson 5-1 Van den bergh, Van den Bergh 5-0 Van Duijvenbode, Anderson 5-2 Huybrechs. Gary Anderson group winner on 6 points.
Night 31- 17th May
Players involved: Price, Brooks, K Brown and Cullen. The penultimate night of the first phase of the Home Tour.
Results: Price 5-3 Brooks, Cullen 5-2 Brown, Brown 5-1 Brooks, Cullen 5-3 Price, Cullen 5-0 Brooks, Brown 5-4 Price. Cullen group winner on 6 points.
Night 32- 18th May
Players involved: Wright, Ratajski, Pipe and Hunt. This was the last night of the first phase of the Unibet home tour.
Results: Wright 5-2 Hunt, Ratajski 5-0 Pipe, Hunt 5-3 Pipe, Wright 5-4 Ratajski, Hunt 5-4 Ratajski, Pipe 5-4 Wright. Wright is the last group winner of the 1st phase of the Home Tour.
So there’s 15 Englishmen, 3 Welshmen, 2 Spanishmen, 1 Belgian, 1 Portuguese, 1 Australian, 2 Dutchmen, 1 Swede, 3 Scotsmen, 1 Dutchman, 1 German and 1 Canadian in the last 32.
Phase 2 begins on May 26th, however the sponsors will be Low6 for the rest of the tournament and I will update my blog when this phase happens and an explanation of how it will work.