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New South Wales Darts Masters 2022 | Day Two Preview and Order of Play

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 20 Aug 2022
Fallon Sherrock salutes the crowd (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The 2022 New South Wales Darts Masters draws reaches its climax in Wollongong on Saturday as the final eight compete for the title.

The fifth World Series silverware of the season is up for grabs as seven PDC representatives and one Australian star do battle on Day Two at the WIN Entertainment Centre

The Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and final take place in one unmissable session, with a top prize of £20,000 on offer.

Top seed Dimitri van den Bergh continues his quest for a third World Series title of the campaign with a clash against ten-time major winner James Wade – who is yet to pick up a regular World Series title.

Van den Bergh claimed the Nordic Masters and Dutch Masters titles back-to-back in June and headed to Australia as a late replacement for Peter Wright.

Despite a lapse in concentration towards the end of the match, the Belgian ace eventually closed out a 6-3 win over DPA qualifier Raymond O’Donnell in Round One on Friday.

Wade bounced back from last week’s First Round exit in Queensland by defeating Tour Card holder Gordon Mathers 6-3, and the world number five will be determined to challenge for silverware in New South Wales.

Meanwhile, world number one Gerwyn Price faces a show-down with Fallon Sherrock for the first time in a televised event.

World Series Finals champion in 2020, Price is yet to win a regular World Series event and was narrowly denied glory by Michael van Gerwen last week, averaging just 89 in an 8-5 defeat in the final.

However, he came flying out of the blocks in Wollongong by whitewashing New Zealand’s Koha Kokiri with a 104.8 average on Friday and will look to pick up from where he left off.

Sherrock secured her second World Series win of the year by edging out Aussie qualifier Mal Cuming in a last-leg decider, but the reigning Women’s World Matchplay champion is likely to require a vast improvement on her match average of 80.7 is she is to threaten a major upset here.

Home hero Simon Whitlock aims to thrill a packed crowd once again when he comes up against Premier League finalist Joe Cullen.

Whitlock, World Cup winner in June, pulled off a fifth consecutive win over MVG in Round One despite a 101.5 average from the Dutchman, and is vying to reach his first World Series final since 2014.

Masters champion Cullen was beaten in the Semi-Finals last time out and will look to at least equal that run, having safely seen off DPA qualifier Dave Marland in the opening round for the second successive week.

Two Premier League stars go head-to-head as Michael Smith meets Jonny Clayton in what has become a familiar encounter this year.

The pair played out a World Championship classic at Ally Pally and look set for another tasty tussle here, with US Masters champion Smith having averaged 106.3 in a 6-5 win over Damon Heta on Friday.

Clayton, the reigning World Series Finals champion, atoned for last week’s First Round exit to Haupai Puha by thrashing the Kiwi 6-1 to get off and running Down Under.

The action gets under way from 10am BST (7pm local time) with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs, Semi-Finals best of 13 and the final best of 15.

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New South Wales Darts Masters 2022 Day Two Schedule

All times BST (local time nine hours ahead)

Saturday August 20

10am-2.30pm

Quarter-Finals
Dimitri van den Bergh v James Wade
Gerwyn Price v Fallon Sherrock
Simon Whitlock v Joe Cullen
Michael Smith v Jonny Clayton

Semi-Finals
Van den Bergh/Wade v Price/Sherrock
Whitlock/Cullen v Smith/Clayton

Final

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