The Third Round action continues at the World Darts Championship on Monday afternoon with four of this season’s major finalists…
The Third Round action continues at the World Darts Championship on Monday afternoon with four of this season’s major finalists on the oche.
Sunday saw Peter Wright’s world title defence brought to an end by German number one Gabriel Clemens in a sudden death leg, while Michael van Gerwen marched on with a whitewash win over Ricky Evans.
Three more Last 16 spots are up for grabs in the afternoon session at Ally Pally on Monday, with three players bidding to enter uncharted territory on the sport’s biggest stage.
The opening match of the day sees reigning Grand Slam champion Jose De Sousa take on Players Championship Finals runner-up Mervyn King.
A month on from his fairy-tale Grand Slam triumph and receiving a congratulatory message from his fellow countryman Jose Mourinho, De Sousa is now looking to remain in the running for the sport’s most prestigious prize.
The Portuguese star has enjoyed a remarkable rise to prominence this year, winning a European Tour event and hitting a nine-darter in the European Championship alongside his historic Grand Slam success.
The number 14 seed registered his first win on the Ally Pally stage at the fourth attempt by overcoming Ross Smith 3-1 and now faces another tough test against one of the most experienced players on the circuit.
King has been an ever-present in the PDC World Championship since 2008, with his best run coming in 2009 when he reached the Semi-Finals.
The 54-year-old was narrowly beaten in a 21st-leg decider by Michael van Gerwen in the final of the Players Championship Finals last month, having dispatched the likes of Dave Chisnall, Damon Heta and Peter Wright along the way.
He averaged 99.6 in defeating Max Hopp 3-1 before the Christmas break, seemingly picking up from where he left off in Coventry.
World Grand Prix finalist Dirk van Duijvenbode aims to continue his blistering run of form to end the run of Adam Hunt.
Van Duijvenbode recovered from two sets down to defeat World Youth Champion Bradley Brooks 3-2 in Round One before producing a nerveless 99 checkout in a sudden death leg to knock out 2018 World Champion Rob Cross.
The lively Dutchman, who is now on the brink of the world’s top 32, was also a quarter-finalist in both the European Championship and Players Championship Finals and will be confident of going deep in his section of the draw.
Hunt battled his way through a tense deciding set against four-time Women’s World Champion Lisa Ashton in Round One before thrashing an out of sorts Jamie Hughes in straight sets.
The 27-year-old reached the Last 16 of a televised tournament for the first time in November’s Grand Slam and will look to pull off another upset here to match that run.
Premier League finalist Nathan Aspinall aims to maintain his superb record in this competition when he comes up against Dutch veteran Vincent van der Voort.
Aspinall has reached the Semi-Finals in each of his two previous Ally Pally appearances, losing out to Michael Smith and MVG, and will fancy his chances of at least equalling those runs this year.
The 2019 UK Open champion recovered from two sets down and survived four match darts to edge out two-time BDO World Champion Scott Waites in a Second Round thriller.
He now faces a player appearing at this stage of the competition for the fifth time in seven years, underlining his dangerous calibre.
Like Aspinall, Van der Voort also came from two sets down to snatch victory in his opener, denying fellow Dutchman Ron Meulenkamp.
The action gets underway from 12pm GMT, with all matches to be contested over the best of seven sets, best of five legs per set.
In a change from previous William Hill World Darts Championship rules to reduce the possibility of sessions over-running, there will be no tie-break in any match. Should any deciding set reach two-all, the fifth leg would be the final leg.
William Hill World Darts Championship 2020/21 Schedule
Monday December 28
12.15pm Jose de Sousa v Mervyn King
1.30pm Dirk van Duijvenbode v Adam Hunt
2.45pm Nathan Aspinall v Vincent van der Voort