The Third Round action continues at the World Darts Championship on Monday night with two of this season’s major champions…
The Third Round action continues at the World Darts Championship on Monday night with two of this season’s major champions 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 evening, as a trio of top 16 stars bid to remain in the running for glory.
World number three Gerwyn Price steps up his quest for a maiden world title with a clash against Northern Ireland’s Brendan Dolan.
Price has picked up the World Grand Prix, World Series Finals and World Cup of Darts titles this season, while also finishing runner-up in the UK Open.
The Welshman banished his previously underwhelming record in the William Hill World Championship by reaching the Semi-Finals last year for the first time, losing out to eventual champion Peter Wright.
With Wright having exited the competition, ‘The Ice Man’ now has a chance to leapfrog him back into second spot in the PDC Order of Merit and potentially even become the new world number one if he were to go all the way on January 3.
Price faces a test of his resolve against former Grand Prix finalist Dolan – who notably reached the Quarter-Finals here just two years ago.
The world number 30 overcame Japan’s Edward Foulkes in Round Two and will look to dictate the pace of this game in an attempt to frustrate the lively Welshman.
Two-time World Champion Gary Anderson also faces a test of his patience when he takes on methodical Austrian Mensur Suljovic.
The duo famously met in the 2018 World Matchplay final, which was contested over a record 40 legs and saw Anderson prevail 21-19 in a Winter Gardens epic.
Anderson has won their last four televised meetings since the 2017 Champions League final in which Suljovic famously triumphed for his first major title.
The Flying Scotsman, twice champion and twice runner-up at Ally Pally, battled past Latvia’s Madars Razma 3-1 with a 96.8 average and is aiming to avoid his early exit in this competition since 2013/14.
Suljovic, on the other hand, has never been beyond Round Three here in 12 previous attempts but began brightly by defeating Matthew Edgar 3-1 with a 98 average.
The world number 20, who was beaten by Fallon Sherrock on this stage 12 months ago, will look to pile the pressure on the number 13 seed – who has been struggling with a knee injury in recent months.
The final match of the night sees reigning Premier League champion Glen Durrant take on America’s Danny Baggish.
Three-time Lakeside Champion Durrant is making his second appearance at Ally Pally, having made the Quarter-Finals on debut last year before losing out to Price.
Seeded number 12, ‘Duzza’ has had a season of two halves, reaching the Semi-Finals of the World Matchplay before topping the Premier League table and going on to win the title, but has since struggled for form after being struck down with Covid-19 shortly after.
The tenacious Teessider needed just an 88 average to defeat Brazil’s Diogo Portela 3-0 before Christmas but is likely to face a much tougher test from a player who has already taken two considerable scalps.
Baggish, the former North American Champion, edged out Australian ace Damon Heta 3-2 in Round One before pulling off a terrific 3-1 victory over two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis.
The Florida thrower is now eyeing another huge result on the biggest occasion of his career to date, carrying the hopes of an entire continent.
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 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
6.15pm Gary Anderson v Mensur Suljovic
7.30pm Gerwyn Price v Brendan Dolan
8.45pm Glen Durrant v Danny Baggish