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

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

Jamie Shaw in World Darts Championship 16 Dec 2021
Daryl Gurney celebrates (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The opening afternoon session of the 2021/22 World Darts Championship features four debutants and a multiple PDC major champion.

Day Two at Alexandra Palace plays host to an unmissable double session, including a clutch of closely-matched First Round ties in the afternoon.

Former BDO World Champion Scott Mitchell is among the high-profile newcomers at this year’s World Championship and faces a tricky opener against Dutch qualifier Chris Landman.

Mitchell, a Challenge Tour event winner in 2020, secured a two-year PDC Tour Card at Qualifying School in February and has reached four Players Championship Quarter-Finals in his debut season.

The 51-year-old reached the Last 32 of the Players Championship Finals in Minehead and will look to utilise his vast experience as he takes to the iconic Ally Pally stage for the first time.

Landman came through the West Europe qualifier to secure his first appearance in a PDC World Championship, having made three previous BDO World Championship appearances.

Quarter-finalist in the last ever BDO World Championship, Landman was unsuccessful at European Q School but is currently ranked 16th in the WDF system.

Two-time major champion Daryl Gurney looks to hit the ground running when he takes on his stablemate Ricky Evans in Round Two.

Gurney returns to Ally Pally as the number 23 seed, having dropped out of the world’s top 16 this season amid a barren run of results and failure to qualify for two ranked TV majors.

The Northern Irishman, however, enjoyed a resurgent run to the Quarter-Finals in Minehead last month and has also reached the Last Eight of the World Championship on two occasions, including his most recent visit.

Evans defeated Indian qualifier Nitin Kumar 3-0 on opening night with an impressive display which included a 167 checkout, and is now bidding to reach Round Three for the third year running.

Evans was beaten by Gurney in the final of the 2019 German Darts Championship, as well as at the World Matchplay in 2019 and 2020.

The opening match of the day sees former World Cup of Darts finalist Steve Lennon take on Latvian ace Madars Razma.

Ireland’s Lennon is making his fifth consecutive World Championship appearance, having twice reached the Second Round.

Having broken into the world’s top 32 in 2019, Lennon has now dropped to 52nd and will be determined to get his career back on track with a strong run this festive season.

Razma secured a place in his third consecutive World Championship via the Nordic & Baltic Order of Merit and has enjoyed a strong year which has seen him reach the Last 32 of the UK Open and the Semi-Finals of a Players Championship event.

Two debutants go head-to-head as Chas Barstow takes on Canada’s John Norman Jnr.

Barstow is one of three non-Tour Card holders who qualified for the event via the ProTour Order of Merit, having seized his call-up to ProTour events as an associate member.

Barstow made two Quarter-Final appearances on the ProTour and also made his debut in the UK Open and Players Championship Finals, but remains in pursuit of a first win in front of the TV cameras.

Norman Jnr is a CDC Canada Tour qualifier who was a Tour Card holder from 2017-2018 but failed to make real inroads.

He also represented Canada alongside John Part at the 2017 PDC World Cup – where they reached the Second Round before losing to Austria.

The action gets under way from 12.30pm GMT, with First Round and Second Round matches to be contested over the best five sets, best of five legs per set.

The tie break rule does not apply to First Round matches, meaning the fifth leg of a deciding set would be sudden death, while the final set in matches from Round Two onwards 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 Two Schedule

Thursday December 16

Afternoon Session

12.45pm Steve Lennon v Madars Razma (R1)
1.45pm Scott Mitchell v Chris Landman (R1)
2.45pm Chas Barstow v John Norman Jnr (R1)
3.45pm Daryl Gurney v Ricky Evans (R2)

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