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

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Van Duijvenbode sends Cross crashing out of the World Championship in deciding leg as Baggish stuns Lewis

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

Jamie Shaw in World Darts Championship 22 Dec 2020
Rob Cross celebrates (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

A fascinating mixture of youth and experience forms the line-up at the World Darts Championship on Tuesday evening as the Second Round action continues.

Two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis became the fourth seed to bow out earlier in the day as he went down 3-1 to American ace Danny Baggish.

A host of notable names will look to avoid following ‘Jackpot’ through the Ally Pally exit door tonight, including two major winners.

Rob Cross knows exactly what it takes to be crowned king of the palace, having gone all the way in his debut campaign three years ago.

The world number five, who went on to win the World Matchplay and European Championship in 2019, has endured a tough season by his standards, but will be determined to bounce back on the biggest stage of all.

Cross was eliminated from the Premier League at the halfway stage and has reached just one major ranking Quarter-Final this year, though he has finished runner-up in both the World Series Finals and World Cup of Darts.

Voltage faces one of the toughest possible opening ties against World Grand Prix finalist Dirk van Duijvenbode in the pick of the night’s fixtures.

Van Duijvenbode is appearing in the Last 64 here for only the second time, having recovered from two sets down to defeat World Youth Champion Bradley Brooks 3-2 last week.

The lively Dutchman was also a quarter-finalist in both the European Championship and Players Championship Finals and enters this contest as the in-form player of the two, though the bookmakers are unable to separate them.

Devon Petersen aims to round off a landmark year in his career by challenging for William Hill World Championship glory, and the South African star starts out against Ireland’s Steve Lennon.

Petersen has picked up his first PDC ranking title this season on the European Tour and comes into the event seeded for the first time, having also reached the Semi-Finals of the European Championship.

Renowned as one of the deadliest scorers on planet darts, Petersen reached the Last 16 at Ally Pally two years ago to save his Tour Card and has not looked back since.

He faces a tricky test against world number 47 Lennon – who defeated Sweden’s Daniel Larsson 3-1 in the opening round and is the Republic of Ireland’s last remaining hope in the competition.

World Matchplay champion Dimitri van den Bergh aims to continue his incredible year of success by ending the hopes of 66-year-old darting legend Paul Lim.

Van den Bergh claimed his first major title at the World Matchplay in July, storming into the world’s top 16 for the first time and is now at a career-high ninth position on the Order of Merit.

The 26-year-old Belgian backed up that fairy-tale triumph with a run to the Semi-Finals of last month’s Grand Slam and also partnered Kim Huybrechts in reaching the Semi-Finals of the World Cup.

Van den Bergh is looking to continue his superb recent record at Ally Pally, having reached the Quarter-Final stage in two of his last three visits.

Standing in the way of ‘The Dream Maker’ and a place in Round Three is Singapore star Lim, the timeless icon of Asian darts who pulled off another famous win last week.

Lim came from two sets behind to stun last year’s quarter-finalist Luke Humphries in a decider and will have his sights set on another big upset here.

Lim, who hit the first and only nine-darter in the BDO World Championship 30 years ago, remains as big a threat now as he was then and will look to pile the pressure on as the underdog of the two.

The opening match of the night sees former Lakeside finalist Danny Noppert take on South African debutant Cameron Carolissen.

Noppert, the number 25 seed, is making his third consecutive PDC World Championship appearance as he bids to reach Round Three for the second successive year.

Runner-up in last year’s World Series Finals, ‘Noppie’ has reached three ProTour Semi-Finals this season and will look to draw upon his vast experience against the 24-year-old rookie.

Carolissen received a bye into the Second Round after his scheduled opponent Martijn Kleermaker tested positive for Covid-19 and replacement Josh Payne was also ruled out after coming into contact with a family member who had tested positive.

Nicknamed ‘The Javelin’, Carolissen won the South African qualifying event to seal a dream debut at Ally Pally and will be eyeing a significant scalp to mark his arrival on the world stage.

The action gets underway from 6pm 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.


William Hill World Darts Championship 2020/21 Schedule

Tuesday December 22

Second Round

Evening Session

6.15pm Danny Noppert v Cameron Carolissen (R2)
7.15pm Devon Petersen v Steve Lennon (R2)
8.15pm Rob Cross v Dirk Van Duijvenbode (R2)
9.15pm Dimitri Van den Bergh v Paul Lim (R2)