Nigel Pearson to present World Matchplay following retirement of legendary Dave Clark

Experienced broadcaster and presenter Nigel Pearson will host Sky Sports’ coverage of the upcoming Betfred World Matchplay following the retirement of Dave Clark.

Pearson replaces the long-serving Clark – who emerged as a darting legend and was inducted into the PDC Hall of Fame after fronting coverage of the sport for almost two decades.

Yorkshire-born Pearson has bundles of experience in the broadcasting industry, and has commentated on the sport for a over a decade.

He’s worked alongside two generations of commentary teams from the iconic Sid Waddell, Dave Lanning and John Gwynne to the current crop consisting of the likes of Wayne Mardle, Stuart Pyke and Rod Studd.

Nigel Pearson interviewing Michael van Gerwen for Sky Sports (Photography: Taylor Lanning)

However, Pearson will now move from behind the microphone to in front of the camera, becoming the face of Sky Sports’ appreciated coverage.

Pearson, who also extensively covers both speedway and football, has previously hosted darts on one-off occasions, but will experience his first full tournament in rather different circumstances.

The World Matchplay will be played in a behind closed doors environment with no spectators being eligible to enter the playing auditorium, though, the prestigious tournament will undoubtedly be watched by thousands of viewers worldwide.

Meanwhile, popular commentator Mardle will not be present in Milton Keynes due to family reasons, and is expected to return to the booth next month upon the Premier League’s resumption.

(Featured Image: Taylor Lanning)

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