THE eyes of the darting world will be locked on the Barnsley Metrodome this coming weekend for one of the most important Players Championship double-headers of the year.

The pair of £75,000 tournaments being held on July 8 & 9 will be the final events before the cut-off for qualification for the BetVictor World Matchplay.

Following this weekend's event, the top 16 players from the PDC Order of Merit will qualify by right, along with the top 16 non-qualified players from the ProTour Order of Merit.

Simon Whitlock currently occupies the 16th spot on the PDC Order of Merit, but with two £10,000 first prizes up for grabs in Barnsley the trio of Daryl Gurney, Gerwyn Price and Alan Norris could still jump into the top 16.

Gurney, Price and Norris - as well as Whitlock - would also be amongst the ProTour Order of Merit Qualifiers alongside the fast-emerging Rob Cross, who has enjoyed a meteoric rise since joining the circuit in January.

Cristo Reyes, James Wilson, Steve West, Christian Kist and Chris Dobey are also all in line to make their World Matchplay debuts from the current standings.

However, Justin Pipe, Jonny Clayton, Ronny Huybrechts and Vincent van der Voort all sit just outside the provisional qualifying places, while Dimitri Van den Bergh, Robbie Green, Mark Webster and Jermaine Wattimena may need to win a Players Championship to secure a Blackpool place.

Steve Beaton's Players Championship victory last month cemented his spot in the World Matchplay, where he reached the quarter-finals last year, while John Henderson's run to the last eight in the HappyBet European Darts Open last weekend strengthened his position in the qualification spots.

With no prize money to be removed from the respective Order of Merit tables, prize money won in Barnsley will be added to the totals below.

The draw for the BetVictor World Matchplay will be made in w/c July 10. Further details will be confirmed at www.pdc.tv in due course.

Current Provisional PDC Order of Merit Standings

Position Name £ Total
1 Michael van Gerwen £1,748,250
2 Gary Anderson £759,000
3 Peter Wright £688,750
4 Adrian Lewis £388,000
5 Dave Chisnall £364,500
6 James Wade £360,500
7 Mensur Suljovic £347,500
8 Phil Taylor £321,250
9 Raymond van Barneveld £319,500
10 Jelle Klaasen £314,750
11 Michael Smith £312,750
12 Kim Huybrechts £286,750
13 Ian White £281,750
14 Robert Thornton £276,750
15 Benito van de Pas £264,750
16 Simon Whitlock £250,500
  Could Still Qualify  
17 Daryl Gurney £241,500
18 Gerwyn Price £238,000
19 Alan Norris £235,000

Current Provisional ProTour Order of Merit Standings (Top 40)
Provisional Qualifiers marked with a *

Position Name £ Total
1 Michael van Gerwen £262,000
2 Peter Wright £223,250
3 Mensur Suljovic £125,500
4 Simon Whitlock £95,000
5 Michael Smith £93,000
6 * Daryl Gurney £78,250
7 * Alan Norris £76,500
8 Jelle Klaasen £75,750
9 Kim Huybrechts £75,250
10 Benito van de Pas £74,000
11 Ian White £72,500
12 Dave Chisnall £70,750
13 Gary Anderson £70,500
14 * Rob Cross £60,750
14 * Gerwyn Price £60,750
16 * Joe Cullen £60,250
17 * Mervyn King £59,500
18 * Cristo Reyes £57,500
19 * Stephen Bunting £51,000
20 James Wade £49,000
21 * James Wilson £41,750
22 * Steve West £41,250
23 * Steve Beaton £39,500
24 Adrian Lewis £39,000
25 * Kyle Anderson £36,000
26 * John Henderson £35,750
26 Robert Thornton £35,750
28 * Christian Kist £35,500
29 * Darren Webster £33,250
30 * Chris Dobey £32,750
30 Raymond van Barneveld £32,750
  Not Yet Qualified  
32 Justin Pipe £31,500
32 Jonny Clayton £31,500
34 Ronny Huybrechts £31,250
35 Vincent van der Voort £30,250
36 Dimitri Van den Bergh £28,000
37 Robbie Green £27,750
38 Mark Webster £25,750
39 Jermaine Wattimena £24,250
40 Jan Dekker £22,750

* Prize money won in Barnsley to be added to totals above.