International Darts Open 2019 Day Three preview and order of play: Last 16 lock horns in Riesa

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 15 Sep 2019
Form horses Cullen and Cross collide (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The penultimate European Tour event of the season draws to a close in Riesa on Sunday as the 16 remaining hopefuls battle to be crowned International Darts Open champion.

With Michael van Gerwen withdrawing from the competition, the field was immediately blown wide open as a host of major title winners and emerging stars scramble to pick up the £25,000 top prize.

The European Tour has already produced seven different winners in 2019 an could potentially crown a fourth first-time winner at the end of the evening.

Gerwyn Price is looking to retain the title he claimed 12 months ago, and after a scintillating opening salvo, the Welshman aims to continue in that vein when he faces rank outsider Joe Murnan.

Price averaged 106, the highest of the tournament so far, in defeating Kyle Anderson 6-4, while Murnan continued his impressive return to the Euro Tour for the first time this season by following up Friday's scalp of Jelle Klaasen with a 6-3 win over Jeffrey de Zwaan.

Three-time Lakeside Champion Glen Durrant bids to reach his third Euro Tour Quarter-Final in his debut season in the PDC by ending the hopes of German veteran Michael Rosenauer.

Rosenauer, 53, has already seen off Mike De Decker and Krzysztof Ratajski and is out to avenge his 6-4 defeat at the hands of 'Duzza' in the European Darts Open earlier this season.

UK Open and US Masters champion Nathan Aspinall aims to get his hands on a maiden European Tour title and steps up his chase with a clash against two-time finalist Ricky Evans - who saw off Dimitri van den Bergh in Round Two.

Two Premier League stars collide as Austrian Championship winner Mensur Suljovic meets World Cup of Darts winner Peter Wright.

Suljovic, who whitewashed Harry Ward with a 101.3 average on Saturday, has won all three of their meetings in 2019 and eight of their last nine.

Adrian Lewis, whose sole European Tour title came back in 2012, aims to remain in the running to end the drought by overcoming former Austrian Open winner Jonny Clayton.

Lewis averaged just 81 in his 6-4 win over William O'Connor, while Clayton came from behind to defeat host nation qualifier Steffen Siepmann by the same scoreline.

Perhaps the stand-out tie of the Third Round sees World Matchplay champion Rob Cross and European Matchplay champion Joe Cullen collide.

Cross is yet to get his hands on a European Tour title but after thrashing John Henderson 6-1 with a 101.5 average, will feel he is well-equipped to go all the way.

Cullen is eyeing back-to-back Euro Tour titles following last week's ground-breaking success in Mannheim but will once again be forced to play with a set of his darts and shirt acquired from the merchandise stall after his luggage was lost in transit on the way to Riesa.

The opening tie of the day sees reigning German Championship winner Daryl Gurney up against 2013 German Masters champion Steve Beaton.

Gurney held his nerve to edge past Danny Noppert in a deciding leg on Saturday, while Beaton recovered from 3-0 down to defeat Luke Woodhouse 6-4.

Two players enjoying their best runs on the European Tour this year go head-to-head as world number 24 Steve West takes on a resurgent Richard North.

West has landed a plethora of 180s on his way to defeating Daniel Larsson and Jamie Hughes, while North has marked his first Euro Tour appearance of the campaign with impressive comeback wins over Russia's Boris Koltsov and top seed Ian White.

The action gets underway from midday BST, with matches up to and including the Quarter-Finals to be contested over the best of 11 legs, Semi-Finals best of 13 and the final best of 15.


International Darts Open 2019 Schedule


All times BST (local time one hour ahead)

Sunday September 15

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)

Third Round
Daryl Gurney v Steve Beaton
Glen Durrant v Michael Rosenauer
Nathan Aspinall v Ricky Evans
Gerwyn Price v Joe Murnan
Mensur Suljovic v Peter Wright
Adrian Lewis v Jonny Clayton
Rob Cross v Joe Cullen
Steve West v Richard North

Evening Session (6.15pm-10.15pm)

Quarter-Finals
Gurney/Beaton v Rosenauer/Durrant
Aspinall/Evans v Price/Murnan
Wright/Suljovic v Lewis/Clayton
Cullen/Cross v North/West

Semi-Finals

Final


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International Darts Open 2019 Day Three preview and order of play: Last 16 lock horns in Riesa

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