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  Saturday, 20 July, 2002, 22:15 GMT 23:15 UK
Players check out rival organisation
Steve Beaton
Beaton will not be competing in Frimley Green
A few familiar faces will be missing from this year's Embassy World Darts Championship after half-a-dozen players decided to change camp.

Six Embassy regulars have elected to toe the oche with many of the stars of yesteryear who left the British Darts Organisation following a bitter row back in 1993.

Ronnie Baxter and former Embassy champion Steve Beaton, who would both have been seeded at Frimley Green, have moved to the Professional Darts Corporation Skol-sponsored event at Purfleet.

They have been joined by Kevin Painter, Chris Mason, Andy Jenkins and Paul Williams.

Ronnie Baxter
Baxter has opted to play in the Purfleet event

Five of the players qualified for both competitions via ranking points gained throughout the year and made their decision to leave the Embassy after being offered a guaranteed cash sum and a place in two other televised competitions during 2002.

The sixth, Paul Williams, looked to be heading for the Embassy but opted for the Skol at the last minute.

Two other players, Peter Manley and England captain Martin Adams, also had enough points to take part in both world championships.

Manley elected to stay with the PDC while Embassy regular Adams was one of the first players to accept his invitation to the Lakeside Country Club in Surrey.

The 1993/94 dispute between the BDO and the PDC (then known as the World Darts Council) burned on for years and was eventually dowsed by an "out of court" settlement known as the Tomlin Order.

It gave players more freedom of movement between the camps but stated that players who reached the last 16 of either world championship could not move to the other side the following year.

Adams said: "My decisions to stay with the Embassy are two-fold.

Andy Jenkins
Jenkins: Embassy is still the biggest tournament

"Firstly the Tomlin Order states if I get to the last 16 of the Embassy, which I did last year, I can not play in the Skol the following year and I don't want legal action against me.

"Two: I have always had a dream of winning the Embassy and I will not let anyone get in the way of that dream.

"So long as the Embassy is there, I will try to win it."

A spokesman for sponsors Imperial Tobacco said: "It is most disappointing that some darts players have chosen not to play in the 2002 Embassy World Darts Championship in January, particularly as this event will be celebrating its Silver Jubilee.

"However, we do respect their freedom to choose and wish them well.

"Their non-appearance gave an opportunity to other players who are now included in the line-up of 32 sportsmen who I am sure will give the Lakeside crowd and huge BBC television audiences another festival of darts skills and entertainment."

Jenkins, who just two years ago travelled to Australia in a successful bid to scramble together enough points for the Embassy said: "I still call the Embassy the biggest tournament in the world.

"I have tried to win it eight times. This was going to be my last but these contracts came out and I made the decision before I really wanted to."

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