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German Darts Championship 2022 | Day Three Preview and Order of Play

Jamie Shaw in European Tour 13 Mar 2022
Gurney and Cullen go head-to-head (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The second European Tour silverware of the season is up for grabs in Hildesheim on Sunday as the final 16 vie to claim the German Darts Championship title.

Eleven of the top 16 seeds are left standing at Halle 39, as well as a host of other in-form hopefuls looking to land the £25,000 top prize.

The afternoon session plays host to the Third Round ties, before the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and final take place in the evening.

World number one Peter Wright resumes his quest for a first European Tour title since 2017 with a clash against fellow top 16 star Krzysztof Ratajski.

Two-time World Champion Wright has seven Euro Tour titles to his name but will be keen to end the drought this season, and avoided an early exit by reeling off five consecutive legs from 4-1 down to beat home favourite Martin Schindler 6-4 on Saturday night.

Ratajski, winner of the 2019 Gibraltar Trophy, defeated Jamie Hughes 6-3 in his opener and is now bidding to reach a third ranking Quarter-Final of the season despite being below his best for most parts.

Michael van Gerwen aims to continue his winning run when he faces the lowest ranked Tour Card holder left standing in the draw – Martin Lukeman.

Van Gerwen has claimed back-to-back Premier League weekly titles, but his early exit at the UK Open last weekend saw him slip to fifth in the PDC Order of Merit – his lowest ranking position for a decade.

The 32-time European Tour event winner averaged 104 in a 6-3 success over Jose Justicia on Saturday and will be poised for a tricky test from the world number 76.

Lukeman finds himself at this stage of a Euro Tour event for the first time, having dispatched Jimmy Hendriks in Round One before defying a 108.8 average from Damon Heta to prevail in a deciding leg thriller with a 104 average on Saturday.

World number nine Dimitri van den Bergh meets world number 16 Ryan Searle in one of the stand-out ties of the Third Round.

Both players are in hot pursuit of a maiden Euro Tour title and began by defeating Alan Soutar and Vincent van der Voort 6-4 respectively.

Reigning Masters champion and two-time Euro Tour event winner Joe Cullen comes up against 2019 German Championship winner Daryl Gurney.

Gurney, who started out in Round One, has overcome Lukas Wenig and Luke Humphries with two contrasting performances so far this weekend, while Cullen returned to winning ways after a patchy run of form by defeating Ricky Evans 6-3 with a 102 average.

UK Open runner-up Michael Smith steps up his quest for a fifth European Tour title when he faces two-time Euro Tour event winner Dave Chisnall.

Smith, who also reached the final of Night Five of the Premier League on Thursday, dethroned reigning champion Devon Petersen in Round Two, while unseeded ‘Chizzy’ has seen off Stefan Bellmont and Gabriel Clemens.

Top seed Jose de Sousa aims to avoid becoming the latest victim of dark horse Karel Sedlacek – who has stormed into the Last 16 as a non Tour Card holder.

The Czech star, who dropped off the tour at the end of last season, has conceded only two legs in thrashing Adrian Lewis and Chris Dobey and now looks to deny the former Grand Slam champion – who battled past Kim Huybrechts in a decider on Saturday.

Rob Cross, twice a European Championship winner but a four-time Euro Tour event runner-up, faces a formidable test against former World Grand Prix finalist Dirk van Duijvenbode – who knocked ‘Voltage’ out of the World Championship two years ago.

Premier League and World Grand Prix champion Jonny Clayton takes on three-time Euro Tour event winner Mensur Suljovic – who whitewashed a struggling Callan Rydz after receiving a bye in the First Round.

The action gets under way from 12pm GMT, 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.


German Darts Championship 2022 Day Three Schedule of Play

All times GMT (Local time one hour ahead)

Sunday March 13

Third Round

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Michael van Gerwen v Martin Lukeman
Peter Wright v Krzysztof Ratajski
Ryan Searle v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Michael Smith v Dave Chisnall
Joe Cullen v Daryl Gurney
Jonny Clayton v Mensur Suljovic
Rob Cross v Dirk van Duijvenbode
Jose de Sousa v Karel Sedlacek

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)

Wright/Ratajski v Van Gerwen/Lukeman
Smith/Chisnall v Searle/Van den Bergh
Clayton/Suljovic v Cullen/Gurney
De Sousa/Sedlacek v Cross/Van Duijvenbode



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