As part of the build up for BoyleSports Grand Slam of Darts, their Head of Communication, Leon Blanche, has challenged a number of darts players to compete against him in their countdown challenge. 

The line up includes world number one Michael van Gerwen, pro darts referee Kirk Bevins the 2009 series champion on countdown, Four-time British Darts Organisation women’s world champion Lisa Ashton, Dave Chisnall and ‘Iceman’ Gerwyn Price to name a few.

The 2020 Grand Slam of Darts started on the 14th and runs until the 22 November broadcast live from the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. 

The tournament sees a 32-player field, comprising PDC event winners and qualifiers along with two BDO players, competing for £550,000 in prize money.

On day one Price narrowly overcame Mikuru Suzuki after missing four missed match darts. 

Day two saw Van Gerwen, Dimitri Van den Bergh, Dave Chisnall, James Wade and Simon Whitlock all qualify from their groups.

Also competing in the tournament is Glen Durrant who recently opened up about his experience battling COVID-19. A week after winning his Premier League title in October he tested positive and has admitted the after effects of the virus are still having a significant impact on his body. Stating to BoyleSports: “I was very, very poorly. It was a really bad case of COVID that both my wife and I had. 

“It knocked the stuffing out of me for about six or seven days, even to the point where I was thinking of seeking medical advice. 

Durrant has since taken another COVID test and received a negative result.

BoyleSports challenges dart players to Countdown contest