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World Darts Championship 2020/21 Day Eight: Evening Session preview and order of play

World Darts Championship 2020/21 Day Eight: Afternoon Session preview and order of play

Jamie Shaw in World Darts Championship 22 Dec 2020
Adrian Lewis takes to the stage (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The Second Round action continues at the World Darts Championship on Tuesday afternoon with a host of star names in action at Alexandra Palace.

World number ten Ian White became the highest-profile casualty of the tournament so far when he crashed out at the hands of a resurgent Kim Huybrechts on Monday evening.

A clutch of decorated darters will look to avert a similar fate when they take to the stage for the first time in this year’s show-piece.

Two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis is hoping to rise to the big occasion once again when he takes on American ace Danny Baggish.

Lewis is one of only three players to have successfully defended this title, having claimed back-to-back triumphs in 2011 and 2012, and is looking to recapture that magic almost a decade on.

The Stoke star has provisionally dropped to 23rd in the PDC Order of Merit and has bowed out in the Last 16 in his last two visits to Ally Pally.

Lewis was a quarter-finalist in this year’s World Matchplay and is renowned for producing his vintage best on the big stage, having been involved in some classic contests here last time out.

Baggish, meanwhile, pulled off a shock 3-2 victory over in-form Damon Heta in Round One but rode his luck in doing so, surviving six match darts from the Australian.

The 2019 North American champion is now aiming to record what would be the biggest scalp of his career so far and will be quietly confident of doing so based on Lewis’ indifferent form of late.

The opening match of the afternoon sees Northern Ireland’s Brendan Dolan take on Japan’s Edward Foulkes.

World number 30 Dolan has competed in a dozen World Championships, notably reaching the Quarter-Finals two years ago before losing out to Nathan Aspinall.

The former World Grand Prix finalist has reached one final and a further three Semi-Finals on the ProTour this year and will look to press home his vast experience against the debutant qualifier.

Foulkes made a name for himself by defeating Belgium’s Mike De Decker 3-0 in Round One before giving a hilarious post-match interview.

The 30-year-old, who plays the three-string guitar and has a Welsh father, will look to build on his solid 91 average and pile the pressure on The History Maker.

Joe Cullen aims to improve on his miserable record at Alexandra Palace when he takes on veteran Wayne Jones.

Cullen has mustered just one win in ten previous William Hill World Darts Championship appearances, that coming in 2016/17, but has enjoyed one of his most successful seasons to date.

The world number 16 won a European Tour event and a Players Championship title and was a quarter-finalist in the recent Players Championship Finals.

Jones, who reached the Semi-Finals at the Circus Tavern in 2006, utilised his vast experience to edge past Irish youngster Ciaran Teehan in a five-set battle in Round One.

The Wolverhampton thrower was runner-up in the European Championship a decade ago and has the capability of pulling off an upset here if he catches Cullen on an off-day.

Simon Whitlock looks to continue his blistering burst of form in televised majors this season when he comes up against Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas.

Whitlock, a beaten world finalist here a decade ago, has reached the Semi-Finals of both the World Grand Prix and Grand Slam of Darts this season, defeating Michael van Gerwen during both runs.

The Australian icon is making his 13th PDC World Championship appearance, having also reached the final at Lakeside in 2008, but has progressed beyond Round Two in just one of his last six visits to Ally Pally.

Labanauskas launched his campaign with a routine 3-0 victory over China’s Chengan Liu with a 96 average and is out to continue his impressive record in this competition.

The 44-year-old, Lithuania’s only darts professional, has previously defeated Raymond van Barneveld on this stage and enjoyed a sensational run to the Quarter-Finals 12 months ago.

The action gets underway from 12pm GMT, with all matches to be contested over the best of five 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.

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William Hill World Darts Championship 2020/21 Schedule

Tuesday December 22

Second Round

Afternoon Session

12.15pm Brendan Dolan v Edward Foulkes
1.15pm Joe Cullen v Wayne Jones
2.15pm Simon Whitlock v Darius Labanauskas
3.15pm Adrian Lewis v Danny Baggish