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

Jamie Shaw in World Darts Championship 27 Dec 2021
Gerwyn Price in action against Kim Huybrechts (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The sport’s two most dominant forces of 2021 feature in a condensed evening session at Alexandra Palace on Monday.

The Third Round action continues on the first day back after the Christmas break as the race to reach the business end of the sport’s show-piece intensifies.

The news broke earlier today that Vincent van der Voort has been ruled out of the tournament after testing positive for Covid-19, meaning James Wade receives a bye into the Last 16.

That match was scheduled to kick off the evening session but now leaves just two ties to be played.

World number one Gerwyn Price resumes the defence of his world title with a show-down against a resurgent Kim Huybrechts in the night’s opener.

Price is bidding 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.

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 in a week’s time.

Huybrechts came into the event as the number 32 seed, having enjoyed a fine return to form in recent months, notably reaching the Quarter-Finals of the World Series Finals in October with wins over Michael Smith and Peter Wright.

The Belgian ace, who was a quarter-finalist on his debut at Ally Pally in 2012, saw off 1996 Lakeside Champion Steve Beaton 3-1 in his opener last week but will be eyeing a marked improvement on his match average of 88 if he is to threaten to dethrone the defending champion.

Another Welsh darting great returns to the stage in the second match of the night as Jonny Clayton takes on German number one Gabriel Clemens.

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 – the second highest of the tournament so far.

Clayton is now bidding to break new ground at Ally Pally, having never previously made it beyond the Third Round stage in five appearances.

Standing in his way is ‘German Giant’ Clemens – who is no stranger to causing an upset on this stage, having knocked out Peter Wright 12 months ago.

Clemens has already climbed six places to a career-high 19th in the provisional Order of Merit following his Second Round success over Lewy Williams in straight sets.

The former BDO World Masters and PDC World Cup semi-finalist is the sole German left standing in this year’s World Championship and will be determined to improve on his match average of 86 before the Christmas break.

The action gets under way from 7pm GMT, with Third Round 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.

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World Darts Championship 2021/22 Day Ten Schedule

Monday December 27

Third Round

Evening Session

7.15pm Gerwyn Price v Kim Huybrechts
8.45pm Jonny Clayton v Gabriel Clemens

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