The second installment of Quarter-Final action at the World Darts Championship on New Year’s Day sees four box office stars…
The second installment of Quarter-Final action at the World Darts Championship on New Year’s Day sees four box office stars bidding to keep their title hopes alive.
Stephen Bunting and Gary Anderson became the first two players to book their place in Saturday’s Semi-Finals earlier in the day, now a quartet of darting powerhouses aim to join them.
The opening tie of the evening sees Premier League stars Gerwyn Price and Daryl Gurney go head-to-head at Alexandra Palace.
Third seed Price continues his quest for a maiden world title against a player he has had some fierce run-ins with in recent years.
Price is appearing in his second successive William Hill World Championship Quarter-Final and is out to remain on a collision course for a colossal show-down with rival MVG in Sunday’s final.
The reigning World Grand Prix and World Cup winner was given a major scare by Brendan Dolan in the Last 32 but held his nerve to prevail in a dramatic sudden death leg.
He also came from a set down to edge out fellow Welshman Jamie Lewis in Round Two but was clinical in dispatching Mervyn King 4-1 in the Last 16.
Price has lost just three of his 15 previous meetings with Gurney and admitted he is confident of putting the “doubt” back in the mind of the Northern Irishman.
Gurney has banished a below-par season with a trio of terrific performances so far and is now eyeing a place in his first Ally Pally Semi-Final.
The two-time major champion averaged 99 in a 3-2 opening win over William O’Connor before averaging 101 in a superb 4-1 success over Chris Dobey.
He then overcame Vincent van der Voort 4-2 in the Last 16 but will likely require a marked improvement on his match average of 93.6.
The final match of the night sees world number one Michael van Gerwen step up his pursuit of a fourth world title with a show-down against Dave Chisnall.
Van Gerwen has dominated this fixture down the years and is incredibly unbeaten in their last 27 meetings stretching back to February 2016.
Van Gerwen, who won last month’s Players Championship Finals to end an eight-month wait for a televised title, laid down an immediate marker by averaging 109 in his 3-1 win over Ryan Murray.
He then picked up from where he left off by whitewashing a helpless Ricky Evans 4-0 with a 106.8 average to his opponent’s 100.6 before coming through a classic contest against Joe Cullen in sudden death.
Mighty Mike battled back from 3-1 down to deny Cullen in one of the most memorable matches ever witnessed at Ally Pally and may already feel his name is written on the Sid Waddell Trophy.
World Champion in 2014, 2017 and 2019, ‘Mighty Mike’ boasts a superb record of consistency at Ally Pally, having reached at least the Semi-Final stage in seven of his last eight appearances.
Chisnall, meanwhile, is aiming to finally end a seven-year wait for a televised triumph over his nemesis and move through to his first PDC World Championship Semi-Final.
Appearing in his third Ally Pally Quarter-Final, Chisnall has seen off Keegan Brown 3-1, Danny Noppert 4-2 and Dimitri van den Bergh 4-2, notably averaging 101.7 in his win over the World Matchplay champion.
A prolific power-scorer, ‘Chizzy’ has hit 24 maximums to MVG’s 19 so far and will look to pile the pressure on the green machine in this long-haul contest.
The action gets underway from 12pm GMT, with all matches to be contested over the best of nine 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
Friday January 1
6.15pm Gerwyn Price v Daryl Gurney
7.45pm Michael van Gerwen v Dave Chisnall