The second PDC European Tour title of the season is up for grabs at the German Darts Championship in Hildesheim…
The second PDC European Tour title of the season is up for grabs at the German Darts Championship in Hildesheim on Sunday.
Forty-eight players started out in the quest to claim the £25,000 top prize at Halle 39, now just 16 remain in the running heading into the final day of action.
World number one Michael van Gerwen steps up his quest for a staggering 33rd European Tour triumph with a clash against rival Mervyn King in the opening match of the afternoon.
The pair have not seen eye to eye after an exchange of words in 2019, after King knocked MVG out of the UK Open that year, the green machine has gone on to win their next four meetings.
Van Gerwen averaged just shy of 100 in defeating Steve Lennon 6-2 in Saturday’s opener, while King averaged 103.8 in seeing off Jermaine Wattimena by the same scoreline.
Reigning champion Daryl Gurney steps up his title defence with a show-down against fellow Premier League star Glen Durrant.
Gurney finished bottom of the second phase of the Premier League but has shown signs of a return to form since, and will be keen to emphasise that here with a win over the man who topped that particular table.
Gurney needed an average of just 88 to brush aside a below-par Gabriel Clemens on Saturday and knows he will require a vast improvement against the consistent Teessider.
Durrant, who is targeting a first Euro Tour triumph, averaged 96 in a 6-3 success over Scott Waites in a repeat of the 2019 BDO world final and has won his last three televised encounters with Superchin.
Home hopes rest on Max Hopp as the German number one aims to overcome in-form Dutchman Danny Noppert in the Last 16.
Hopp knows exactly what it takes to go the distance on the Euro Tour, having done so in 2018, and delighted the Hildesheim crowd with a 6-4 scalp of second seed Ian White in Round Two.
Noppert, meanwhile, has registered back-to-back ton-plus averages this weekend in impressive victories over Josh Payne and Adrian Lewis.
Another stand-out tie sees Devon Petersen, the most improved player on the circuit this season, take on former World Champion Rob Cross.
Petersen’s incredible burst of form shows no sign of relenting, and the South African star will be determined to follow up Saturday’s scintillating comeback win over Gerwyn Price.
Petersen recovered from 5-1 down to deny the world number three in a deciding leg, landing eight 180s in the process and averaging 102.6.
Cross enjoyed a welcome return to form of his own last weekend by reaching the final of the World Series Finals and started this campaign with a solid 6-3 win over William O’Connor.
World Champion Peter Wright continues his quest for a seventh Euro Tour title when he faces former Austrian Open champion Jonny Clayton.
Wright came through the toughest possible opening tie on paper as he defeated Michael Smith 6-3 with a stunning 106.7 average to his name.
Clayton, meanwhile, closed out a crucial 6-4 victory over Chris Dobey with a 100 average to secure his place in the upcoming World Grand Prix.
James Wade missed his scheduled flight on Saturday morning but made it in time for his rescheduled match against Nico Kurz and defeated the German youngster 6-2.
Wade now faces a similarly deadly finisher in Mensur Suljovic, who dug deep to defeat Jeff Smith 6-4 despite a missed double 18 for a nine-darter from the Canadian.
Two prolific scorers go head-to-head as Premier League semi-finalist Nathan Aspinall faces two-time Euro Tour event winner Dave Chisnall.
Chisnall has won the last three meetings between the pair and put last week’s World Series woes behind him by whitewashing Lukas Wenig 6-0 with a blistering 108.6 average in Round Two.
Aspinall brushed aside Germany’s Dragutin Horvat 6-2 and is eyeing his third ranking title of a memorable, albeit unconventional season.
The final match of the afternoon sees Polish number one Krzysztof Ratajaski take on world number 21 Joe Cullen.
Both players tasted glory on the Euro Tour in 2019, with Ratajski reigning in Gibraltar and Cullen going all the way at the European Matchplay.
Ratajski was a 6-2 winner over Richard North in his opener, while Cullen put last week’s World Series Finals nightmare behind him by edging out Adam Hunt 6-4.
The action gets underway from 12pm BST, with Third Round and Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs, Semi-Finals best of 13 and the final best of 15.
German Darts Championship 2020 Match Schedule
Sunday September 27
Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Michael van Gerwen v Mervyn King
Mensur Suljovic v James Wade
Peter Wright v Jonny Clayton
Dave Chisnall v Nathan Aspinall
Max Hopp v Danny Noppert
Daryl Gurney v Glen Durrant
Devon Petersen v Rob Cross
Krzysztof Ratajaski v Joe Cullen
Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
Van Gerwen/King v Suljovic/Wade
Wright/Clayton v Chisnall/Aspinall
Hopp/Noppert v Gurney/Durrant
Petersen/Cross v Ratajski/Cullen