The penultimate European Tour silverware of the season is up for grabs on Sunday as the last 16 collide in…
The penultimate European Tour silverware of the season is up for grabs on Sunday as the last 16 collide in Wieze for the 2022 Belgian Darts Open title.
Four seeds were sent packing on a dramatic Day Two at the Oktoberhallen, including three of the top six, though a number of decorated stars remain in the running.
The afternoon session on Day Three plays host to the Third Round ties, before the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and final take place in the evening.
Kim Huybrechts stole the show on Saturday with a stunning victory over Michael van Gerwen, sealed with a 134 checkout on tops, tops, having trailed by 300 points at one stage in the leg.
The Belgian World Cup star is the last remaining home hope in the competition and now comes up against another multiple World Champion in Adrian Lewis.
Lewis, the number 16 seed, turned on the style with a 103 average in a 6-1 rout of Boris Krcmar in his opener, and is also chasing down a place in next month’s European Championship.
A repeat of last weekend’s Semi-Final at the World Series Finals sees Dirk van Duijvenbode aiming to do the double over Jonny Clayton.
Van Duijvenbode prevailed 11-8 to end Clayton’s title defence, before suffering an agonising 11-10 defeat to Gerwyn Price in the final in Amsterdam.
Both players survived a match dart against them on Saturday, with Van Duijvenbode narrowly edging out Mervyn King, while Clayton held his nerve to see off Keane Barry by the same 6-5 scoreline.
Two of this season’s first-time televised title winners go head-to-head as Masters champion Joe Cullen takes on UK Open champion Danny Noppert.
Eighth seed Cullen is chasing down his second European Tour title of the season, while Noppert has been beaten in two finals.
Niels Zonneveld’s reward for his superb scalp of Peter Wright in Round Two is a clash with Andrew Gilding in the opening tie of the afternoon.
The world number 76 is appearing at this stage of a Euro Tour event for the first time, having edged out the World Champion in a deciding leg, and now faces an in-form Gilding – who has come through last-leg deciders against Simon Whitlock and Dimitri van den Bergh to reach this stage.
The same section of the draw also sees young guns Rusty-Jake Rodriguez and Martin Schindler square off.
Rodriguez is looking to reach his second Euro Tour Quarter-Final of the year, following on from the recent Hungarian Darts Trophy, and has already dispatched Jeff Smith and Damon Heta.
German ace Schindler, meanwhile, began his campaign with a 6-4 success over Karel Sedlacek, having been promoted into the seeded positions as a result of the three withdrawals.
European Champion Rob Cross, runner-up in three Euro Tour events this year, continues his quest for glory with a clash against German number one Gabriel Clemens – who is currently occupying the 32nd and final provisional qualification spot for the European Championship.
Fifth seed Ryan Searle, a ProTour event winner back in April, comes up against world number six Jose de Sousa – the highest ranked player left standing in the competition.
Nathan Aspinall, who has picked up two ProTour titles this year but is yet to claim Euro Tour glory, faces a tasty tie with two-time Euro Tour event winner Dave Chisnall – who has gone three years without a PDC ranking title.
The action gets under way from 12pm BST, with Third Round and Quarter-Final ties to be contested over the best of 11 legs, Semi-Finals best of 13 and the final best of 15.
Belgian Darts Open 2022 Day Three Schedule
All times BST (local time +1 hour)
Sunday September 25
Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Niels Zonneveld v Andrew Gilding
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez v Martin Schindler
Dirk Van Duijvenbode v Jonny Clayton
Rob Cross v Gabriel Clemens
Ryan Searle v Jose de Sousa
Nathan Aspinall v Dave Chisnall
Joe Cullen v Danny Noppert
Kim Huybrechts v Adrian Lewis
Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
Zonneveld/Gilding v Rodriguez/Schindler
Van Duijvenbode/Clayton v Cross/Clemens
Searle/De Sousa v Aspinall/Chisnall
Cullen/Noppert v Huybrechts/Lewis