In-form Ted Evetts celebrates (credit:Jonas Hunold/PDC Europe)
The inaugural Czech Darts Open draws to a close in Prague on Sunday as the 16 remaining hopefuls aim to become the first name on the new trophy.
An historic day of darts on Saturday saw eleven of the 16 seeds crash out at the Second Round stage, including Michael van Gerwen, but it was Gerwyn Price who stole the show with a spectacular nine-dart finish to seal victory over Glen Durrant.
Welsh star Price became the sixth player to achieve a perfect leg on the European Tour since live streaming was introduced and the fourth player to do so this season as he completed a superb comeback in style.
Price is now favourite to claim his second European Tour title, having won the 2018 International Open, and steps up his quest with a clash against Simon Whitlock in Round Three.
Whitlock survived a scare on Saturday as an unfortunate fall-out when Justin Pipe was on a finish allowed the Australian to swoop in and snatch a deciding leg victory, now the Australian looks to take further advantage of that slice of fortune.
A royal rumble on the oche sees nickname namesakes Mervyn King and Corey Cadby go head-to-head for the fourth time this season as the emerging Aussie star aims to extend his dream debut run in a Euro Tour event.
Cadby fended off a Michael Smith fightback from 5-1 down to 5-5 as he closed out a dramatic deciding leg victory, while King produced a ruthless display of finishing to sweep aside James Wade 6-2.
Ian White resumes his pursuit of a third European Tour triumph of the season when he faces a resurgent Andrew Gilding.
White, the number two seed, ended home hopes by defeating Karel Sedlacek on Saturday and boasts a phenomenal recent record on the Euro Tour, having made the final of four of the last five events.
Gilding is appearing on the final day of action on the Euro Tour for the first time in four years, having seen off Rowby-John Rodriguez and Nathan Aspinall with an impressive ten 180s to his name.
The race for the World Matchplay provides a fascinating sub-plot with the final three places to be confirmed following Sunday’s action.
Keegan Brown finds himself in the driver’s seat after keeping his side of the bargain by surpassing the First Round and going on to stun Van Gerwen in a last-leg decider to further strengthen his position.
Brown has his destiny in his own hands and will be fully focused on challenging for the title in Prague, with his next test coming against former Lakeside finalist Danny Noppert – who knocked out Darren Webster in a frosty encounter on Saturday.
Brown’s progress means Ron Meulenkamp must now reach the final and hope that ‘The Needle’ crashes out if he is to gatecrash a spot at the Winter Gardens.
The Dutch left-hander, who saw off Steve Beaton in Round Two, now takes on Tipton’s Jamie Hughes – who is riding high after whitewashing Adrian Lewis to reach the Last 16 of a European Tour event for the third time this season.
Ted Evetts must win the title if he is to pull off a miraculous qualification for Blackpool, but ‘Super Ted’ will feel he has the form capable of carrying him to glory after disposing of Krzysztof Ratajski and Ricky Evans with a tournament average of 96.5 so far.
Evetts, though, faces a tough task against Premier League star Mensur Suljovic if he is to continue his charge, with the Austrian fresh from whitewashing John Henderson in his opener.
Daryl Gurney steps up his pursuit of a second European Tour title of the year when he takes on in-form Jermaine Wattimena – conqueror of Jonny Clayton in Round Two.
Stephen Bunting, who dispatched crowd favourite Peter Wright 6-4, looks to maintain his strong run of form when he runs into Chris Dobey – who is warming up for his upcoming Matchplay debut in style and will fancy his chances of vying for this trophy.
The action gets underway from midday, 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.
Czech Darts Open 2019 Schedule
All times BST (local time one hour ahead)
Sunday June 30
Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Keegan Brown v Danny Noppert
Mensur Suljovic v Ted Evetts
Stephen Bunting v Chris Dobey
Daryl Gurney v Jermaine Wattimena
Ian White v Andrew Gilding
Jamie Hughes v Ron Meulenkamp
Mervyn King v Corey Cadby
Gerwyn Price v Simon Whitlock
Evening Session (6.15pm-10pm)
Brown/Noppert v Suljovic/Evetts
Bunting/Dobey v Gurney/Wattimena
White/Gilding v Hughes/Meulenkamp
King/Cadby v Price/Whitlock