Strong field for Isle of Man International Darts Festival

Francis Hoenselaar

Many of the world's leading darts players will contest the 28th Isle of Man International Darts Festival, which starts on Thursday.

Last year Dutch players dominated the event held at the Villa Marina in Douglas, with Jeffrey de Graaf claiming his first Manx title.

Graaf beat fellow Dutchman Jan Dekker 4-2 in the final.

Francis Hoenselaar claimed her fourth ladies title with a 4-3 victory over the defending champion Deta Hedman.

Meanwhile, Tony O'Shea and Jimmy Hendricks won the men's pairs and Lisa Ashton and Trina Gulliver claimed the ladies doubles.

The line-up will include several world champions, leading internationals and county players.

Valuable ranking points will be available to help towards a place at the World Championships.

More than 1,000 darts players and fans are expected on the island for the event.