The seeded players get their German Darts Open campaigns under way in Jena on Saturday as the Second Round action…
The seeded players get their German Darts Open campaigns under way in Jena on Saturday as the Second Round action takes centre stage.
With only two European Tour events remaining after this weekend, the race for European Championship qualification is also set to intensify.
Among Saturday’s stand-out ties at the Sparkassen-Arena is a show-down between multiple World Champions Peter Wright and Raymond van Barneveld.
Wright, who missed last month’s World Series triple-header in Australia and New Zealand for health reasons, was beaten on his return to action by Jim Williams in a deciding leg at this stage of the Hungarian Darts Trophy a week ago and will be determined to avoid a similar fate.
Van Barneveld got off and running with a 6-0 demolition of a struggling Ian White on Friday, and after being edged out 6-5 by Jose de Sousa in Budapest, will look to go a step further here by ousting the world number two.
World number one Gerwyn Price, who withdrew from last weekend’s Euro Tour event, returns to action to face fellow Welshman Lewy Williams in the evening session.
New South Wales Masters winner Jonny Clayton also faces an all-Welsh encounter with in-form Jim Williams – winner of a ProTour event earlier this year and within striking distance of a provisional European Championship spot.
Reigning European Champion Rob Cross, three times a beaten finalist on the Euro Tour this year, faces a tough opening test against Martin Lukeman – runner-up in April’s German Darts Grand Prix and a 6-1 winner over Gabriel Clemens on Friday night.
Martin Schindler was promoted to the seeded places following the withdrawals of Michael van Gerwen and Michael Smith, and the German ace looks to delight his home crowd by overcoming Associate Member qualifier Danny van Trijp – who whitewashed John Henderson in Round One.
Top seed Luke Humphries launches his latest quest for a fantastic fifth Euro Tour title of the year with a tie against Sweden’s Daniel Larsson – conqueror of Jamie Hughes in Round One.
Joe Cullen, last weekend’s Hungarian Trophy champion, starts his bid for back-to-back titles with a meeting with former Players Championship event winner Joe Murnan.
Fifth seed Damon Heta, twice a ProTour event winner, will take on Scottish star Alan Soutar, while the afternoon session commences with a clash between Players Championship Finals runner-up Ryan Searle and a resurgent Luke Woodhouse – who would move into the provisional European Championship spots with a win.
Tenth seed Jose de Sousa, quarter-finalist last weekend, opens up against Host Nation qualifier Dragutin Horvat – who knocked out Jeff Smith on Friday.
Dimitri van den Bergh, winner of two World Series events but yet to triumph on the European Tour, faces David Evans – who saw off Martijn Kleermaker 6-3 to record a rare win on stage in 2022.
Dave Chisnall, who fell at the Semi-Final hurdle a week ago, resumes his quest for a third Euro Tour crown with a tie against former World Youth Champion Bradley Brooks.
Another tasty tie sees former World Grand Prix finalist Dirk van Duijvenbode take on 2019 German Championship winner Daryl Gurney.
Krzysztof Ratajski, a former World Masters and Gibraltar Trophy winner, starts out against Dutch ace Geert Nentjes – who sensationally whitewashed Josh Rock in Round One.
UK Open champion Danny Noppert faces ProTour event winner Ross Smith, while former UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall, semi-finalist in Budapest last week, takes on former Lakeside Champion Steve Beaton.
The action gets under way from 12pm BST, with Second Round matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs.
German Darts Open 2022 Day Two Schedule of Play
Saturday September 10
Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Ryan Searle v Luke Woodhouse
Jose de Sousa v Dragutin Horvat
Krzysztof Ratajski v Geert Nentjes
Dimitri Van den Bergh v David Evans
Danny Noppert v Ross Smith
Dave Chisnall v Bradley Brooks
Nathan Aspinall v Steve Beaton
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Daryl Gurney
Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
Damon Heta v Alan Soutar
Luke Humphries v Daniel Larsson
Joe Cullen v Joe Murnan
Peter Wright v Raymond van Barneveld
Gerwyn Price v Lewy Williams
Martin Schindler v Danny van Trijp
Jonny Clayton v Jim Williams
Rob Cross v Martin Lukeman