WHILE most sports have been shut down for the foreseeable future, darts players are competing in a new form of the game.

Virtual darts competitions are being broadcast online and on social media with players competing from the comfort of their own home for big prize pots.

Shobdon darts players Jim Williams is one of taking on the virtual form of the game by recording his throws live and linking up with a competitor through video link.

He reached the semi-final of the Remote Darts League this week and is due to compete in another competition against 16 players across the world over 21 days shortly.

"Virtual darts has gone massive and everybody has jumped on it including the bookies," said Williams.

"I think everybody has jumped on it because it's live and it's something for people to bet on.

"However, it's not for everybody and it is difficult to get the feel for the game."

Williams finished runner-up in the British Darts Organisation (BDO) World Championships in January.

He sits top of the BDO world rankings after winning the Scottish Open, victory in the Scottish Open also qualified Williams for the World Darts Federation (WDF) World Championships.

However, the Government's social isolation restrictions has put a stop to the open darts season.

Williams says that before the virtual darts began he hadn't picked up a dart in five weeks before the Remote Darts League began.

The 35-year-old won six of his nine group games before losing out in Monday's semi-final.

"It got me back playing again and practicing before each match," added Williams.

"The virtual darts is something to keep players going and stay on top of our game, but I don't think it really improves you.

"I lost to James Richardson in the semi-final who I have beaten a few times on the stage, but it's a bit different at home."