The first European Tour champion of 2021 will be crowned at the Hungarian Darts Trophy on Sunday as the 15…
The first European Tour champion of 2021 will be crowned at the Hungarian Darts Trophy on Sunday as the 15 remaining hopefuls do battle in Budapest.
A bumper crowd of around 4,500 is expected at the Budapest Sports Arena for the climax of the ground-breaking inaugural PDC event in Hungary.
The afternoon session will feature the Third Round ties, before the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and final follow in the evening.
William Borland withdrew from the event on Sunday morning due to personal reasons, meaning Peter Wright receives a bye into the evening’s Quarter-Finals.
World Matchplay champion Wright will await the winner of the clash between four-time European Tour event winner Michael Smith and teenage sensation Keane Barry.
Sixth seed Smith averaged 101 in a 6-3 victory over Greek thrower John Michael on Saturday and now comes up against the fearless 19-year-old – who has seen off Thomas Lovely and Dirk van Duijvenbode to reach this stage of a Euro Tour event for the first time.
Barry is one of a clutch of emerging stars featuring on the final day of action, alongside fellow 19-year-old talents Adam Gawlas and Lewis Williams – who go head-to-head in the Last 16.
Welsh ace Williams stunned Krzysztof Ratajski by reeling off six consecutive legs from 3-0 down to prevail with a 98.8 average on Saturday and has continued the fine form he has shown on the ProTour in his debut season so far.
Former World Youth Championship finalist Gawlas has come to life on the big stage after a slow start to his career as a Tour Card holder, claiming thrilling deciding-leg victories over Boris Krčmar and Premier League champion Jonny Clayton.
World number one Gerwyn Price received a frosty reception from the crowd on Saturday but turned on the style to record a comeback win over Richard Veenstra, missing double 12 for a nine-darter along the way.
Price now steps up his quest for a fourth European Tour title with a show-down against former Brisbane Masters champion Damon Heta – who claimed an emotional comeback win over Simon Whitlock on Saturday in memory of his close friend Kyle Anderson.
A repeat of two major televised encounters from earlier in the year sees James Wade take on Luke Humphries.
Wade triumphed when the pair met in the final of the UK Open back in March, before Humphries gained his revenge with a crushing First Round win at the World Matchplay in July.
Top seed and two-time Euro Tour event winner Joe Cullen comes up against 2018 World Champion Rob Cross in a mouth-watering opening tie of the afternoon.
Cullen landed eight 180s and averaged 100 in his 6-3 win over Geert de Vos in Round Two, while 16th seed Cross fended off a tough test from Ross Smith.
Michael van Gerwen steps up his quest for a first PDC title of the year with a clash against in-form Brendan Dolan.
Van Gerwen has dominated the European Tour down the years, picking up a staggering 32 titles, and began in style on Saturday night with a 101.5 average in a 6-4 win over Daryl Gurney.
Dolan, meanwhile, thrashed Alan Soutar 6-1 and will be looking to frustrate the green machine and continue his impressive spell of form.
Two Premier League stars collide as Jose De Sousa takes on Nathan Aspinall in what promises to be a pulsating encounter.
Second seed De Sousa recovered from a slow start to defeat Joe Murnan 6-3, while Aspinall brushed aside Bradley Brooks 6-1 with a 101.7 average to hit the ground running.
The action gets under way 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.
Hungarian Darts Trophy 2021 Day Three Schedule
All times BST (Local time one hour ahead)
Sunday September 5
Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Joe Cullen v Rob Cross
James Wade v Luke Humphries
Michael van Gerwen v Brendan Dolan
Gerwyn Price v Damon Heta
Jose De Sousa v Nathan Aspinall
Adam Gawlas v Lewis Williams
Michael Smith v Keane Barry
Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
Cullen/Cross v Wade/Humphries
Van Gerwen/Dolan v Price/Heta
De Sousa/Aspinall v Gawlas/Williams
Peter Wright v Smith/Barry