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Dutch Darts Masters 2022 | Day Two Preview and Order of Play

Jamie Shaw in Dutch Darts Masters 25 Jun 2022
Dirk van Duijvenbode reacts (Photo by Kelly Deckers/PDC)

The 2022 Dutch Darts Masters draws to a close on Saturday as the eight remaining hopefuls battle it out for the title in Amsterdam.

A dramatic start to the third World Series event of the season saw six of the eight seeds crash out of the competition on the opening night on Friday.

Six Dutch darters and two former major champions are left standing in the race for the £20,000 title, with the Quarter-Finals, Semis and final all taking place in one blockbuster session.

Dimitri van den Bergh is the only player of the final eight to have previously claimed a regular World Series title, having triumphed earlier this month at the Nordic Masters in Copenhagen.

The Belgian ace is now bidding to go back-to-back and steps up his pursuit with a clash against world number 38 Jermaine Wattimena.

Van den Bergh, quarter-finalist alongside Kim Huybrechts in last week’s World Cup of Darts, was a comfortable 6-2 winner over Ron Meulenkamp in Round One.

Wattimena, meanwhile, produced an inspired display to defeat World Series Finals champion Jonny Clayton 6-5 with the aid of a 122 checkout in his opener.

The former World Grand Prix quarter-finalist has struggled for form and consistency in recent times but now has the opportunity to break new ground by reaching a first televised Semi-Final.

Fourth seed James Wade continues his latest pursuit of a maiden World Series title with a tie against Maik Kuivenhoven – the lowest-ranked player left standing in the competition.

Former World Series Finals winner Wade was a semi-finalist alongside Michael Smith for England in the recent World Cup of Darts and opened up in Amsterdam with a routine 6-2 win over Jeffrey de Zwaan, despite an average of 90.

Kuivenhoven put a struggling Fallon Sherrock to the sword with a dominant 6-1 victory on Friday, and the world number 52 will now look to claim perhaps his biggest win in front of the TV cameras, having already beaten a number of top stars on the floor circuit.

The opening Quarter-Final sees two Dutch power-scorers go head-to-head as Dirk van Duijvenbode takes on Martijn Kleermaker.

Van Duijvenbode, semi-finalist at the World Cup of Darts, picked up from where he left off by dispatching world number one Peter Wright 6-3 with six 180s along the way.

Kleermaker also crashed in six maximums en route to a 6-4 scalp of top seed Michael Smith and now finds himself in a first PDC televised Quarter-Final.

Reigning UK Open champion Danny Noppert resumes his quest for a second televised title of the year with a show-down against crowd favourite Vincent van der Voort.

World number 11 Noppert is producing arguably the most consistent and clinical darts of his career at present and registered the highest average (97.9) of the night in his 6-4 win over Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen in Round One.

The Friesland thrower now comes up against another quick-fire compatriot in Van der Voort – who enjoyed a superb deciding leg scalp of world number two Gerwyn Price on Friday.

The former UK Open finalist averaged 96 as he recovered from 2-0 down to send the crowd into raptures, and is chasing down his first title in eight years.

The action gets under way from 6pm BST, with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs, Semi-Finals best of 13 and the final best of 15 legs.

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Dutch Darts Masters 2022 Day Two Schedule

All times BST (local time one hour ahead)

Saturday June 25

6pm-10pm

Quarter-Finals
Martijn Kleermaker v Dirk van Duijvenbode
James Wade v Maik Kuivenhoven
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Jermaine Wattimena
Danny Noppert v Vincent Van der Voort

Semi-Finals
Kleermaker/Van Duijvenbode v Wade/Kuivenhoven
Van den Bergh/Wattimena v Noppert/Van der Voort

Final

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