The 2022 European Darts Championship draws to a close on Sunday as the final eight face off in Dortmund. The…
The 2022 European Darts Championship draws to a close on Sunday as the final eight face off in Dortmund.
The £120,000 title is up for grabs at the Westfalenhallen as a host of box office stars do battle in the culmination of this year’s European Tour.
Peter Wright is the only former champion left standing in the competition, and the 2020 winner faces a player making his first appearance in the Quarter-Finals – Ross Smith.
With Gerwyn Price having suffered a shock First Round exit on Friday, Wright knows that a Semi-Final place would be sufficient for him to regain the world number one ranking.
The two-time World Champion has dropped only six legs in commanding wins over Ryan Meikle and Rowby-John Rodriguez so far, but will be poised for a tougher test against the world number 28.
Smith finds himself in only a second PDC major Quarter-Final, following on from the 2019 UK Open, having registered consecutive ton-plus averages in defeating Joe Cullen and Dimitri van den Bergh.
The opening Quarter-Final features an all-Dutch show-down between World Cup team-mate Dirk van Duijvenbode and Danny Noppert.
The pair have met in the UK Open and World Matchplay this year, with Noppert coming out on top on both occasions, and both are vying to reach their first European Championship Semi-Final.
Noppert overcame Andrew Gilding in his opener before edging out Vincent van der Voort in a last-leg shoot-out, while Van Duijvenbode averaged 102.5 in dispatching Madars Razma and then knocking out 2018 champion James Wade 10-7.
Another unmissable encounter sees number one seed Luke Humphries take on world number four Michael Smith.
Humphries has lived up to the billing so far after racking up four Euro Tour titles this season and is through to a first major ranking Quarter-Final since last December’s World Championship.
The world number nine, who has already seen off Krzysztof Ratajski and Ryan Searle, has his sights set on a maiden major title and a potential debut in next year’s Premier League.
Smith, meanwhile, is through to the Last Eight of this event for the third time after defeating Karel Sedlacek in his opener before coming through a classic Second Round tie against Josh Rock with a 106 average and nine 180s.
The seven-time major finalist also remains in pursuit of an elusive first televised ranking crown and faces Humphries for the first time on the big stage since the 2018/19 World Championship Quarter-Finals.
Two naturally-gifted Englishmen also targeting their first televised title go head-to-head as Dave Chisnall meets Chris Dobey.
Dobey dumped out four-time champion Michael van Gerwen in Round One to end the drought against his nemesis, before seeing off Jose de Sousa 10-5 to move into his second successive major Quarter-Final, following on from the World Grand Prix earlier this month.
Chisnall, the recent Belgian Darts Open and ProTour event winner, finds himself in a fourth European Championship Quarter-Final but has never previously surpassed this stage of the event.
The seven-time major finalist blitzed aside Stephen Bunting 6-0 with a 107 average on opening night, before battling past Jonny Clayton in the Last 16 with an average 14 points fewer.
The action gets under way from 12pm GMT (Local time +1 hour), with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of 19 legs and Semi-Finals and final best of 21.
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European Championship 2022 Day Four Schedule
Sunday October 30
Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Danny Noppert
Luke Humphries v Michael Smith
Chris Dobey v Dave Chisnall
Peter Wright v Ross Smith
Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
Van Duijvenbode/Noppert v Humphries/M Smith
Dobey/Chisnall v Wright/R Smith
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