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

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Anderson, Humphries and King edge final set show-downs to reach World Championship Quarter-Finals

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

Jamie Shaw in World Darts Championship 30 Dec 2021
Cross and Anderson collide (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The final session of televised darts in 2021 sees the Fourth Round action draw to a close at the World Darts Championship on Thursday evening.

Three places remain up for grabs in the Quarter-Finals at Alexandra Palace as a quartet of multiple major winners and two in-form challenges aim to continue their pursuit of the Sid Waddell Trophy.

The opening match of the night sees ten-time major winner James Wade take on Dutch debutant Martijn Kleermaker.

Wade, the number four seed, is gearing up for only his second match in this year’s World Championship after receiving a bye in the last round.

The reigning UK Open champion defeated Maik Kuivenhoven 3-1 in his opener before Christmas despite an average of just 83.7 and then benefited from the withdrawal of Vincent van der Voort due to a positive Covid test.

Wade is appearing at this stage of the competition since the 2018/19 event and is looking to reach his ninth Quarter-Final since his debut at the Circus Tavern back in 2005.

Kleermaker, meanwhile, has won three matches to reach this stage of proceedings, having seen off Greece’s John Michael and 2010 world finalist Simon Whitlock 3-1 before pulling off the biggest win of his career to date against Joe Cullen with a dramatic 4-3 triumph in the Third Round.

The 30-year-old missed out on last year’s World Championship after testing positive for Covid-19 and is already making up for lost time, but will be determined for his landmark run not to end before the New Year.

A blockbuster fixture sees two-time World Champion Gary Anderson take on 2018 World Champion Rob Cross.

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 year to forget by his standards and is vying to avoid failing to reach a major ranking Quarter-Final in a season 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 backed that up by recovering from three sets down to defeat Ian White 4-3 on Wednesday.

Cross is out to improve on a miserable head-to-head record against Anderson which has seen him lose 12 of their 14 previous meetings.

The reigning European Champion is through to this stage of the competition for the first time in three years and has been hugely impressive so far, coming from a set down to defeat Raymond van Barneveld 3-1 before coming through an epic encounter to edge out Daryl Gurney 4-3 earlier in the week.

The final fixture of the year is one to savour as Peter Wright and Ryan Searle face off in a repeat of November’s Players Championship Finals decider.

Wright denied Searle his first major title in Minehead with a thrilling 11-10 win in the final after Searle had left himself on double 12 for victory.

That triumph marked Snakebite’s second ranked major of the year, adding to July’s World Matchplay success, as well as the World Cup of Darts.

Wright is in pursuit of a second world title in the space of three years as he bids to defend the £500,000 prize money against his world ranking position.

The world number two opened up with a routine straight sets win over Ryan Meikle before averaging 102 in a 4-3 victory over Damon Heta after an inspired change of darts at two sets down.

Searle, meanwhile, finds himself at this stage proceedings for the third time in four World Championship appearances.

The world number 15 has been one of this season’s stand-out performers on both floor and stage and has signalled his intent at Ally Pally by defeating nine-dart hero Willie Borland 3-0 and in-form Danny Noppert 4-2.

The Somerset star is now eyeing a slice of revenge over ‘Snakebite’ to enter uncharted territory in the sport’s show-piece and set up a Last Eight clash with Callan Rydz.

The action gets under way from 7pm 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.

WATCH WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP DAY 13 STREAMED LIVE HERE (18+)

World Darts Championship 2021/22 Day 13 Schedule of Play

Thursday December 30

Evening Session

7.15pm James Wade v Martijn Kleermaker
8.30pm Gary Anderson v Rob Cross
9.45pm Peter Wright v Ryan Searle

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