The 2020 European Darts Championship draws to a close on Sunday evening as the final four vie for the title…
The 2020 European Darts Championship draws to a close on Sunday evening as the final four vie for the title in Oberhausen.
Two multiple major champions and two players bidding for their first televised silverware comprise the Semi-Final line-up as they battle it out for the £120,000 top prize.
Six different players have lifted this trophy since the tournament began in 2008 and only one of them remains in the running to add to their tally.
James Wade, who claimed glory in 2018, is targeting his tenth televised PDC title as he makes his first major ranking Semi-Final appearance since that triumph in Dortmund two years ago.
The decorated left-hander came through two close-run contests to reach the Last Eight, edging out Steve Lennon 6-5 before overcoming Premier League finalist Nathan Aspinall 10-8.
He then swept aside Ireland’s William O’Connor 10-4 with a 98.5 average and will now look to draw upon his vast experience of featuring in the business end of TV majors.
The Aldershot ace comes up against man of the moment Devon Petersen in the night’s opening Semi-Final for what will be only the second televised meeting between the two.
Petersen has broken new ground in Germany this week, reaching his first major Semi-Final five years on from his run to the Quarter-Finals of the UK Open.
The popular South African has affirmed himself as the most improved player of the season and a win here would see him enter the world’s top 32 for the first time in his career.
German Championship winner a month ago, Petersen has displayed consistently clinical scoring power of late, underlined on Saturday when he landed ten 180s and averaged 106 in defeating Ian White 10-6.
Prior to that, he had seen off Andy Hamilton 6-1 before battling back from behind to defeat Martijn Kleermaker 10-8 with a 101 average.
Wade has come out on top in all five of their previous meetings but faces a reformed opponent enjoying undoubtedly the best spell of his career so far.
The second Semi-Final sees reigning World Champion Peter Wright take on Welsh star Jonny Clayton.
Wright is appearing in his third European Championship Semi-Final, four years on from his most recent, and is out to continue an unforgettable year which has already seen him claim World Championship and Masters glory.
The colourful Scot would leapfrog Gerwyn Price back into the world number two spot if he were to reach the final and has won all five of his previous meetings with Clayton.
Having opted out of the two recent European Tour weekends, Wright has returned refreshed and in red hot form, recording three consecutive ton-plus averages in his wins over Gabriel Clemens, Gerwyn Price and Steve West.
Clayton, meanwhile, is into his third PDC major Semi-Final and is looking to reach his second final, following on from the 2017 Players Championship Finals.
His run this week has already seen him reclaim a place among the world’s top 16, though he is likely to require a marked improvement on his Semi-Final average of 88 if he is to record a first victory over Snakebite.
The number 14 seed edged out Max Hopp in a deciding leg on Thursday before defeating nine-dart hero Jose de Sousa 10-6 with a 98.5 average and brushing aside an out of sorts Dirk van Duijvenbode 10-4.
The action gets underway from 7pm GMT, with both the Semi-Finals and the final to be contested over the best of 21 legs.
European Darts Championship 2020 Schedule
All times GMT (local time one hour ahead)
Sunday November 1
7.15pm James Wade v Devon Petersen
8.15pm Peter Wright v Jonny Clayton
9.15pm Wade/Petersen v Wright/Clayton