World Matchplay title sponsors Betfred are set to donate £32,000 to The Stroke Association following their charity pledge pre-tournament.

£50 was pledged for every 180 hit during the tournament; as well as a £10,000 bonus should last year’s total of 330 be matched or beaten.

The record tally was beaten during the final between Gary Anderson and Dimitri Van den Bergh; with the final total ending up at 333 securing £16,650 as well as the £10,000 bonus.

In addition, stars from the event took part in a special Nine-Dart Challenge; with £1 per point scored also donated by the title sponsors

The total of £32,000 will now be donated to the Stroke Association; who were chosen as this year’s partner in support of Sky Sports commentator Rod Studd.

The same was previously done for Parkinson’s UK in 2019, a charity which was nominated due to now former Sky Sports Darts presenter, Dave Clark.

“I’m delighted to be writing such a big cheque, especially after a record breaking number of 180s this week,” said Betfred boss Fred Done.

“It was fitting that Dimitri Van den Bergh was the player to hit the 180 which took us beyond last year’s total before he went on to take a well-deserved victory, and we congratulate him on his success.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the players, PDC staff and Sky Sports for putting on such an entertaining event in challenging times.”


Author: Samuel Gill