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German Darts Championship 2016 Day Three preview and order of play: European Tour set for gripping climax

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 16 Oct 2016
Joe Cullen in action against Peter Wright at the World Matchplay (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

A pulsating season of European Tour action concludes with the final day of the German Darts Championship in Hildesheim on Sunday, with both silverware and places in the European Championship at stake.

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The tenth and final event of the series enters its final chapter as the 16 remaining hopefuls aim to remain in the running for the £25,000 top prize, as well as cementing their place in the upcoming major in Hasselt, Belgium, later this month.

Despite a number of different permutations before a dart was thrown on Friday, the race to the European Championship is now clear cut, with only Mark Webster and David Pallett in with a chance of gatecrashing the top 32 on the European Order of Merit.

As it stands, James Richardson and Jamie Caven occupy the final two qualifying spots with a healthy cushion over Webster and Pallett - who would need to reach Sunday's final in order to oust either from the field.

Webster, who was already seen off Mervyn King and Michael Smith this weekend, continues his 'mission impossible' with a clash against multiple major finalist Terry Jenkins in the afternoon's last 16.

Shropshire's Pallett, meanwhile, faces a formidable test against International Open champion and European Tour specialist - Mensur Suljovic - who averaged 106.22 in his 6-1 demolition of Darren Johnson on Saturday.

Michael van Gerwen aims to take a step closer to a supreme seventh European Tour crown of the season by overcoming recent World Grand Prix quarter-finalist Daryl Gurney.

Van Gerwen has won the last two European Tour events on German soil, but will be wary of the threat posed by power-scorer Gurney, especially after being pushed hard by Robbie Green in his opener yesterday.

Perhaps the pick of the Third Round ties sees International Open runner-up Kim Huybrechts up against form horse Steve West - a player enjoying the best spell of his career.

West whitewashed his older brother Tony with a 110 average before brushing aside Stephen Bunting, and now looks to take advantage of the potentially vulnerable Belgian, who has been suffering with a bout of Tennis elbow in the build up to this competition.

Another potentially closely-matched tie sees number four seed Ian White taking on in-form Alan Norris, with White having held his nerve to edge out Kevin Painter in a last-leg decider in Round Two.

Dave Chisnall, twice a beaten finalist on the European Tour this year, steps up his latest challenge against Justin Pipe - runner-up at this venue two years ago.

Peter Wright, three times a runner-up to MVG in European Tour events this season, faces a tricky test against a confident Joe Cullen - who is aiming to end a run of six consecutive defeats to 'Snakebite'.

World Championship semi-finalist Jelle Klaasen aims to halt the run of Spanish star Cristo Reyes in another appetizing contest in the afternoon session.

The action gets underway from 12pm BST, with all matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs at Halle 39 in Hildesheim, Germany.

German Championship 2016 match schedule

All times BST (local time one hour ahead)

Sunday October 16

Third Round

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Dave Chisnall v Justin Pipe
Mark Webster v Terry Jenkins
Cristo Reyes v Jelle Klaasen
Peter Wright v Joe Cullen
Ian White v Alan Norris
Kim Huybrechts v Steve West
Mensur Suljovic v David Pallett
Michael van Gerwen v Daryl Gurney

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)

Quarter-Finals 
Chisnall/Pipe v Webster/Jenkins
Reyes/Klaasen v Wright/Cullen
White/Norris v Huybrechts/West
Suljovic/Pallett v Van Gerwen/Gurney

Semi-Finals

Final


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German Darts Championship 2016 Day Three preview and order of play: European Tour set for gripping climax

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