Second Round action takes centre stage at the 2022 European Darts Championship in Dortmund on Saturday as a host of…
Second Round action takes centre stage at the 2022 European Darts Championship in Dortmund on Saturday as a host of in-form hopefuls look to remain in contention for glory.
Four of the top six seeds were sent packing in an enthralling opening round at the Westfalenhallen, as well as the world number two and World Grand Prix finalist.
The stakes and format increase on Day Three of the £500,000 major, with the afternoon session playing host to the ties from the top half of the draw, while the evening session features matches from the bottom half.
Perhaps the stand-out tie of the day sees world number four Michael Smith take on rising star Josh Rock.
Smith, winner of this year’s Dutch Darts Championship and US Masters, overcame Karel Sedláček 6-4 in his opener but is now poised for a formidable test against the sport’s hottest new prospect.
Rock defeated Smith 6-3 in the recent Gibraltar Trophy and is riding the crest of a wave after picking up his first ProTour title and reaching the final of the World Youth Championship.
The 21-year-old marked his television debut with an assured 96.6 average in a 6-5 win over Nathan Aspinall is now fourth favourite with the bookmakers to lift the trophy on Sunday.
James Wade, the 2018 European Champion, comes up against three-time TV finalist Dirk van Duijvenbode.
Van Duijvenbode prevailed 7-6 when the pair last met in the Semi-Finals of the Dutch Masters, and is eyeing a second Quarter-Final appearance in three attempts in this event.
Wade punished two missed match darts to dethrone reigning champion Rob Cross on opening night and now look to gain a degree of revenge on the lively Dutchman.
Top seed Luke Humphries continues his campaign with a clash against three-time ProTour event winner Ryan Searle.
Humphries, a four-time European Tour event winner this season, averaged 102 in a superb 6-4 win over Krzysztof Ratajski on Thursday despite forgetting to bring his own darts.
Searle also averaged 102 in a narrow 6-5 success over debutant Martin Lukeman and is eyeing a place in a third televised ranking Quarter-Final.
The afternoon session kicks off with an all-Dutch affair between reigning UK Open champion Danny Noppert and former UK Open finalist Vincent van der Voort.
Noppert averaged 99 in a 6-3 win over Andrew Gilding, while crowd favourite Van der Voort upset the odds by thrashing recent Gibraltar Trophy winner Damon Heta 6-2.
The evening session commences with a tie between former World Matchplay champion Dimitri Van den Bergh and an in-form Ross Smith.
Van den Bergh secured his first win in this event at the third time of asking by overcoming Daryl Gurney 6-2 with a 101.5 average, while Smith replicated that average as he reeled off four consecutive legs from 4-2 down to defeat Joe Cullen with 75 per cent on the doubles.
Peter Wright steps up his quest for a second European Championship crown with a clash against giant-killer Rowby-John Rodriguez.
Wright is defending his title-winning prize money from two years ago against his ranking, with a Semi-Final run required this weekend in order to retain the world number one spot.
Snakebite got off and running with a commanding 6-2 win over Ryan Meikle on Friday with a 103.4 average, but will look to avoid becoming the latest victim of the Austrian youngster – who dumped out Gerwyn Price 6-4 on an emotional night in his career.
Chris Dobey’s reward for a memorable last-leg scalp of Michael van Gerwen is a meeting with world number six Jose de Sousa.
Dobey ended an 11-match losing streak against MVG by holding his nerve with back-to-back 180s and an 84 checkout in the decider and must now reset himself ahead of another gruelling encounter.
De Sousa was emphatic in thrashing home favourite Martin Schindler 6-1 in his opener with a 105.3 average and will be determined to replicate that blistering scoring form over the extended format.
Belgian Darts Open winner Dave Chisnall was the stand-out performer in the First Round, averaging 107.4 in a 6-0 whitewash of Stephen Bunting, and he now comes up against world number seven Jonny Clayton.
Chisnall has never been beyond the Quarter-Final stage of this event in ten previous appearances and faces a testing hurdle against the former Premier League champion – who dispatched Germany’s Gabriel Clemens 6-4 in Round One.
The action gets under way from 12.45pm BST (Local time +1 hour), with Second Round matches to be contested over the best of 19 legs.
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European Championship 2022 Day Three Schedule
Saturday October 29
Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)
Vincent van der Voort v Danny Noppert
James Wade v Dirk van Duijvenbode
Luke Humphries v Ryan Searle
Michael Smith v Josh Rock
Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Ross Smith v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Peter Wright v Rowby-John Rodriguez
Dave Chisnall v Jonny Clayton
Chris Dobey v Jose De Sousa
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