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World Darts Championship 2021/22 Day 13 | Evening Session preview and order of play

World Darts Championship 2021/22 Day 13 | Afternoon Session preview and order of play

Jamie Shaw in World Darts Championship 30 Dec 2021
Scotland’s Soutar reacts (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The Fourth Round action continues at the 2021/22 World Darts Championship on Thursday afternoon with four players aiming to enter uncharted territory.

The penultimate session of darts in 2021 features a trio of fascinating ties as six players ranked outside the world’s top 16 look to seal their place in the Quarter-Finals on New Year’s Day.

A pulsating night on Wednesday saw defending champion Gerwyn Price and Michael Smith become the first two players into the Last Eight, now a host of in-form outsiders vie to join them.

The afternoon session kicks off with a clash between multiple major finalist Mervyn King and Australian qualifier Raymond Smith.

King is one of the most experienced players on this iconic stage, having featured in 15 consecutive PDC World Championships since the event was moved to Alexandra Palace.

Semi-finalist in 2009, King has made it to the Last 16 for the second successive year, having battled back from two sets down to defeat Ryan Joyce in Round Two before ruthlessly whitewashing Steve Lennon 4-0.

At 55, King is the oldest player left standing in the competition and will look to utilise his abundance of experience when he faces an opponent already in uncharted waters.

Aussie ace Smith is flying the flag for the Oceanic region and has defied the odds in an incredible run so far which has seen him dispatch Jamie Hughes, Devon Petersen and Florian Hempel for the total loss of just two sets.

The DPA qualifier, making only his second appearance in this event, is now gearing up for the biggest match of his life, which could earn him an automatic Tour Card should he prevail and relegate Max Hopp from the PDC circuit.

Two players enjoying ground-breaking runs in the sport’s show-piece collide as rising star Callan Rydz takes on Scottish debutant Alan Soutar.

Rydz, 23, is the youngest player remaining in the field and has blasted his way into the Fourth Round without dropping a single set and for the loss of just nine legs.

The World Matchplay quarter-finalist and two-time ProTour event winner has swept aside Yuki Yamada, Brendan Dolan and Nathan Aspinall, entering the world’s top 32 for the first time as a result.

The Geordie ace now looks to end the headline-making run of Scottish firefighter Soutar, who has captured the imagination of fans both in his homeland and around the world.

Soutar, who came into the event as world number 77, is already guaranteed to rocket 26 places in the Order of Merit, and will be determined to extend his dream run.

Unlike Rydz, Soutar has done it the hard way in reaching the Last 16, firstly edging past Brazil’s Diogo Portela 3-2 before surviving eight missed match darts from Mensur Suljovic in snatching victory in Round Two.

The Arbroath ace then held his nerve to knock out Premier League finalist Jose de Sousa in a seventh set decider on Wednesday, having trailed 3-2.

The final match of the afternoon sees two box office young talents lock horns as Luke Humphries faces Chris Dobey.

Both players benefited from receiving a bye in the last round and will be looking to take full advantage of their unexpected slice of fortune by reaching the Last Eight.

Humphries began by thrashing Rowby-John Rodriguez 3-0 before Christmas, before Dave Chisnall’s withdrawal due to a positive Covid test on Wednesday handed him a walkover.

The 2021 UK Open runner-up is now aiming to reach the Quarter-Finals at Ally Pally for the third time in four years.

Dobey, meanwhile, came from two sets down to edge out Rusty-Jake Rodriguez in his opener, before Michael van Gerwen’s withdrawal gifted him a place in Round Four.

The two-time major semi-finalist and two-time ProTour event winner has twice fallen at this stage of the competition and will be determined to take the next step and remain in the running for glory.

The action gets under way from 12.30pm GMT, with 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 13 Schedule of Play

Thursday December 30

Fourth Round

Afternoon Session

12.45pm Raymond Smith v Mervyn King
2pm Alan Soutar v Callan Rydz
3.15pm Chris Dobey v Luke Humphries

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