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Peter Wright returns to the winner’s circle at the Nordic Darts Masters

Nordic Darts Masters 2023 | Day Two Preview and Order of Play

Jamie Shaw in Nordic Darts Masters 21 Jan 2023
Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen in action (Photo by Kieran Cleeves/PDC)

The 2023 Nordic Darts Masters draws to a close in Copenhagen on Saturday as the eight PDC stars compete for the title.

Day One of the season’s second World Series event saw the big names all safely progress at Forum Copenhagen, though not without surviving the odd scare along the way.

The tournament reaches its climax on Saturday with the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and final to be held over two unmissable sessions.

The opening Quarter-Final sees reigning champion Dimitri van den Bergh step up the defence of his title with a show-down against former World Champion Gerwyn Price.

Van den Bergh claimed the first of his two World Series titles here last year with a crushing win over Gary Anderson in the final and recently enjoyed a landmark run to his first World Championship Semi-Final.

The Belgian ace averaged 102 in an impressive 6-2 win over Madars Razma on Friday and will be out to inflict successive defeats on Price at this stage of the Nordic Masters, having prevailed 10-5 when the pair met last June.

Reigning World Series Finals winner Price is bidding to go one better than last week’s runner-up spot in Bahrain and began with a ruthless 6-0 whitewash of Danish youngster Benjamin Drue Reus.

The Welshman boasts a strong recent record in the World Series, having reached the final in four of his last five events.

Man of the moment Michael Smith resumes his quest for a third televised title on the spin with a clash against world number five Luke Humphries.

Newly-crowned World Champion Smith picked up from where he left off at Alexandra Palace earlier this month by claiming Bahrain Masters glory a week ago and will be out to extend his emphatic winning run.

He whitewashed Darius Labanauskas on opening night and now meets Humphries in a repeat of their European Championship Quarter-Final last October.

Humphries will have revenge on his mind for that 10-7 defeat in Dortmund and is also aiming to bounce back from squandering a 5-1 lead in an eventual 6-5 defeat to Raymond van Barneveld on his World Series debut in Bahrain last week.

Two familiar rivals lock horns for the first time this year as Michael van Gerwen takes on Peter Wright.

After a pre-planned family holiday following his defeat in the World Championship final, Van Gerwen returns in pursuit of silverware at the first time of asking.

He appeared somewhat rusty in his opening salvo on Friday but managed to close out a 6-3 win over Sweden’s Andreas Harrysson despite a 91.5 average and 19 missed darts at doubles.

The world number three claimed the inaugural Nordic Masters title in 2021 and has racked up a record 17 World Series triumphs in total.

Wright, a three-time World Series event winner, is making his 47th World Series appearance and is looking to catch his rival cold and kick-start an important year in his career.

The two-time World Champion dug deep to seal a narrow 6-5 success over Sweden’s Dennis Nilsson in Round One and victory over MVG would see him reach the Semi-Finals of this event for the first time.

Former World Champion Rob Cross faces former Premier League champion Jonny Clayton in another intriguing Quarter-Final tie.

Cross, whose sole World Series title to date came in Brisbane in 2018, opened up with a commanding 6-1 win over Denmark’s Vladimir Andersen on Friday and is vying to make it back-to-back Semi-Final appearances in as many weeks.

Clayton was beaten by Price in the Quarter-Finals last week, having also reached the Last Eight of the World Championship for the first time at the beginning of the year.

The 2022 New South Wales Masters winner averaged just 84 in a 6-3 win over Daniel Larsson which saw him miss a staggering 21 darts at doubles.

The action gets under way from 12pm GMT, with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of 19 legs and the Semi-Finals and final best of 21.

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Nordic Darts Masters 2023 Day Two Schedule

All times GMT (local time +1 hour)

Saturday January 21

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)

Quarter-Finals
Gerwyn Price v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Rob Cross v Jonny Clayton
Michael Smith v Luke Humphries
Peter Wright v Michael van Gerwen

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)

Semi-Finals
Price/Van den Bergh v Cross/Clayton
Smith/Humphries v Wright/Van Gerwen

Final

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