The inaugural Nordic Darts Masters champion will be crowned on Saturday as the seven remaining hopefuls compete for glory in…
The inaugural Nordic Darts Masters champion will be crowned on Saturday as the seven remaining hopefuls compete for glory in Copenhagen.
The opening day of the season’s first World Series event provided plenty of talking points, with Nathan Aspinall the notable First Round casualty.
Gerwyn Price had battled his way through against Daniel Larsson but later announced he was to withdraw from the tournament due to the recurrence of an elbow injury.
The world number one has returned to Wales to seek treatment, meaning Fallon Sherrock has been handed a walkover into the evening’s Semi-Finals.
Sherrock, who thrashed Denmark’s Niels Heinsøe 6-1 in the First Round, will now await the winner of the tie between Dimitri Van den Bergh and Gary Anderson.
A repeat of the 2020 World Matchplay final sees Van den Bergh aiming to pull off another win over the six-time World Series event winner.
Anderson, making his first competitive appearance since July’s World Matchplay, averaged 95.4 in a 6-3 win over Denmark’s Andreas Toft Jørgensen on Friday despite 15 missed darts at doubles.
Van den Bergh also struggled on the outer ring, missing 19 attempts during his nervy 6-4 success over Sweden’s Johan Engström.
The second tie of the afternoon sees two of this season’s major champions collide as World Matchplay winner Peter Wright faces Premier League champion Jonny Clayton.
Clayton was the most emphatic winner on the opening night as he whitewashed Danish qualifier Ivan Springborg Poulsen 6-0 with a 99 average and a high checkout of 161.
In contrast, Wright barely left third gear as he saw off Finland’s Marko Kantele 6-1 despite an average of just 88.6.
Wright is bidding for his fourth World Series title, while Clayton is making his debut in a regular World Series event.
Michael van Gerwen, the record 15-time World Series event winner, steps up his quest for a first title of 2021 with a clash against Latvia’s Madars Razma.
World number three MVG is enduring his longest title drought in a decade, with his most recent triumph coming at the Players Championship Finals last November.
Van Gerwen survived a scare in Round One as he recovered from 5-4 down to snatch a 6-5 victory over Darius Labanauskas with a 97.7 average in a high quality contest.
Razma, meanwhile, secured his first World Series win in style by knocking out world number ten Aspinall 6-4 with a 95.8 average.
The former ProTour event finalist now aims to cause an even bigger upset over the extended format as the last remaining Nordic & Baltic representative in the field.
The action gets under way from 12pm BST, with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of 19 legs and Semi-Finals and final best of 21.
Nordic Darts Masters 2021 Day Two Schedule of Play
All times BST – Local time one hour ahead
Saturday September 18
Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Gerwyn Price w/d Fallon Sherrock (bye)
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Gary Anderson
Peter Wright v Jonny Clayton
Michael van Gerwen v Madars Razma
Evening Session (7pm-10pm)
Fallon Sherrock v Van den Bergh/Anderson
Wright/Clayton v Van Gerwen/Razma