Oceanic duo secure World Championship spots

James Bailey (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

Two further international qualifiers have been confirmed for the 2020/21 William Hill World Darts Championship, with James Bailey and Haupai Puha set to compete at Alexandra Palace.

Due to ongoing restrictions across Australia, the planned DPA Oceanic Masters event in November has been cancelled for 2020.

As a result, left-hander Bailey, who was third on the DPA rankings behind Gordon Mathers and Damon Heta, will join his fellow countrymen in the World Championship.

The DPA has already announced plans to stage a series of regional events across Australia in 2021, with seven regional "Bubbles" each hosting five double-header weekends which will lead into a national finals.

DPA Chairman Kevin Berlyn said: "This would have been the 21st anniversary of the Oceanic Masters and it is with great sadness that we are unable to stage the event in 2020.

"We know that James will do us proud in the World Championship and wish him the best of luck alongside his fellow Australians competing on the biggest stage in darts. You'll have the whole of Australia behind you."

Haupai Puha

In addition, 2019 World Cup quarter-finalist Puha will represent New Zealand in the World Championship, having been the 2019/20 DartPlayers New Zealand Order of Merit winner.

Puha headed the rankings ahead of Ben Robb and Warren Parry when the domestic season was brought to a halt in February, and with the DPNZ unable to organise the standalone qualifier this year he will now make his World Championship debut.

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