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World Darts Championship 2021/22 Day 12 | Evening Session preview and order of play

Jamie Shaw in World Darts Championship 29 Dec 2021
Price celebrates against Van Duijvenbode (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Round Three draws to a close at the 2021/22 World Darts Championship on Wednesday evening, before the opening two Last 16 ties take place.

The tournament has been rocked by the withdrawal of three players in as many days due to positive Covid tests, with Vincent van der Voort, Michael van Gerwen and Dave Chisnall all departing the competition at the Third Round stage.

Their exits have left the door open for a number of potential outsiders to mount a challenge at Ally Pally as the tournament enters its closing stages.

The evening session on Day 12 begins with the last remaining Third Round tie, as two-time World Champion Gary Anderson takes on Ian White.

Seven of the top 16 seeds have booked their place in the Fourth Round and world number six Anderson aims to complete the line-up by continuing his superb record in the sport’s show-piece.

Anderson, winner here in 2015 and 2016, has not failed to make it beyond the Third Round stage in each of his last seven visits to Ally Pally and has featured in final finals in the space of a decade.

The Flying Scotsman, however, has endured a season to forget by his standards, failing to reach a major ranking Quarter-Final for the first time since joining the PDC back in 2009.

A 3-1 win over fellow multiple World Champion Adrian Lewis back on December 16 saw Anderson maintain his record of having never lost his opening match at Ally Pally, and he now looks to make his presence felt in the bottom quarter of the draw.

White defeated Anderson in the opening round of October’s World Grand Prix and is now vying to reach the Fourth Round of the World Championship for the first time since 2014.

The world number 27 saw off Dutch qualifier Chris Landman in his opener before Christmas and is looking to end an otherwise below-par year on a high.

A mouth-watering start to the Fourth Round action sees defending champion Gerwyn Price take on Dirk van Duijvenbode in a repeat of the 2020 World Grand Prix final.

Price came out on top on that occasion and has dominated the head-to-heads between the two players, winning 12 of their 13 previous meetings.

Price is out to join an elite group of only three players to have successfully retained a PDC world title and began by defeating Ritchie Edhouse 3-1 from a set down on the opening night of the tournament 12 days ago, before battling past Kim Huybrechts 4-3 in a thrilling contest on Monday.

Grand Slam champion in November for the third time, Price has reached at least the Quarter-Final stage of all but one ranking major this season.

The Welshman lifted the Sid Waddell trophy behind closed doors in January but now must contend with the inevitable barrage of boos if he is to repeat the feat on Monday.

Van Duijvenbode enjoyed a superb run to the Quarter-Finals in only his second appearance in the World Championship 12 months ago and will be determined to emulate that in front of a packed crowd.

The lively Dutchman secured his first win in a televised ranking major since March’s UK Open when he edged out Russia’s Boris Koltsov 3-2 in a highly-charged encounter before Christmas, and then staged a remarkable comeback from three sets down to defeat Ross Smith 4-3 in the Last 32.

The final match of the night sees reigning Premier League champion Jonny Clayton take on 2019 world finalist Michael Smith.

Clayton has enjoyed a remarkable year of success on the televised stage, winning four titles, including the World Grand Prix and Masters.

The number eight seed opened up with a high quality deciding set win over Irish youngster Keane Barry with a 103.7 average and backed it up by whitewashing Gabriel Clemens 4-0 with a 102.5 average.

He now finds himself in the Last 16 of the World Championship for the first time in six attempts and on a collision course for a Quarter-Final show-down with Welsh compatriot Price.

Standing in The Ferret’s way is world number nine Smith – who has been one of the stand-out performers of the tournament so far, averaging 106.3 in a 3-0 rout of Ron Meulenkamp before defeating Willie O’Connor 4-2 with a 97.5 average.

Smith was a semi-finalist in the recent Grand Slam and has picked up a further two Players Championship titles this year.

Bully Boy has won seven of his ten previous meetings with Clayton, including a 10-3 rout in last year’s World Matchplay.

The action gets under way from 7pm GMT, with Third Round and Last 16 matches to be contested over the best seven sets, best of five legs per set.

Final set in matches must be won by two clear legs, unless the score reaches 5-5, in which case a sudden-death leg will be played.


World Darts Championship 2021/22 Day 12 Schedule of Play

Wednesday December 29

Evening Session

7.15pm Gary Anderson v Ian White​ (R3)
8.30pm Gerwyn Price v Dirk van Duijvenbode (R4)
9.45pm Jonny Clayton v Michael Smith (R4)

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