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Joe Cullen clinches capital title at The O2 to boost Premier League play-off push

Premier League Darts 2022 Night 15 | O2 London Preview and Order of Play

Jamie Shaw in Premier League Darts 19 May 2022
Price and Clayton go head-to-head (Photo by Kelly Deckers/PDC)

Premier League Darts heads to The O2 in London on Thursday for Night 15 of the competition as the race to reach the play-offs takes another twist.

With just two nights of action remaining before the Semi-Final line-up is finalised, the gap between fourth and fifth position has been narrowed to just two points.

The top two are already assured of play-off qualification, while those beneath them look to bolster their hopes of reaching Berlin next month by claiming the £10,000 weekly title at The O2.

The night kicks off with a potentially pivotal contest in the battle for the top four as Welsh stars Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton collide.

Price picked up maximum points in Sheffield last week to breathe new life into his quest for a maiden play-off appearance, and is now within touching distance of Peter Wright in fourth.

The world number two secured his first weekly title since Night Three in Belfast and now has the opportunity to move into the top four for the first time since Night Six back in March.

Price, however, faces a formidable opener against his compatriot in a repeat of last year’s World Grand Prix final, with this only their second meeting of the competition so far.

Defending champion Clayton, who prevailed 6-5 when the pair met in Rotterdam, is three points clear at the top of the table and could wrap up top spot by claiming his fifth weekly title of the campaign.

The Ferret slipped to his first Quarter-Final defeat since Night Six a week ago before suffering a shock early exit to Jose Justicia at the Czech Darts Open on Saturday.

Joe Cullen, who sits just one point behind Price in sixth, looks to remain in the race for the play-offs on debut by inflicting another Quarter-Final defeat on the eliminated Gary Anderson.

Masters Champion Cullen received a bye into the Semi-Finals last time out before going down 6-3 to Price with an average of just 90.

He is without a win in his last four Premier League outings and now faces Anderson for the first time since their fiery encounter in Rotterdam two months ago – in which Cullen came from 5-3 down to snatch a deciding leg victory on his way to taking the title.

Anderson is playing for both pride and prize money as he aims to end the campaign on a high and move off the foot of the table.

The two-time Premier League champion has managed just five wins from 17 matches but could still have a say in who makes the play-offs.

Meanwhile, Michael van Gerwen looks to apply the pressure on Clayton at the top of the table, and the five-time champion starts out against Michael Smith in a repeat of last week’s Semi-Final.

Van Gerwen recovered from 4-1 down to prevail 6-5 in Sheffield seven days ago before narrowly losing out in the final by the same scoreline.

The world number three, a winner of three European Tour events this season, has finished top of the league table in eight of his previous nine Premier League appearances.

Van Gerwen has won all five of his meetings with Smith in this year’s revamped Premier League so far, and a sixth in a row would spell the end of ‘Bully Boy’s’ outside play-off hopes.

Former finalist Smith finds himself six points adrift of fourth spot, having lost in three consecutive Semi-Finals, and knows he must realistically reach the final if he is to take it down to the wire in Newcastle next week.

Another crucial contest in the play-off reckoning sees reigning World Champion Peter Wright take on the returning James Wade.

Wright is aiming to end a miserable run of three consecutive Quarter-Final defeats with a combined total of just six legs to show for them.

The world number one, who pulled out of the weekend’s Euro Tour trip to Prague, is clinging on to the all-important fourth spot, but knows any further slip-ups could see him drop out for the first time this season.

Wade withdrew from last week’s trip to Sheffield after a health scare in Leverkusen the previous weekend, but has been declared fit to compete in the capital.

The 2009 champion has two weekly titles to his name over the past month and has reached the final in four of his last six outings, leaving him handily poised in third position and on the brink of securing a return to the play-offs.

Night 15 of Premier League Darts gets under way from 7pm BST, with all matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs.


Premier League Darts 2022 Night 15 Schedule of Play

Thursday May 19

7.15pm Gerwyn Price v Jonny Clayton
7.45pm Michael Smith v Michael van Gerwen
8.15pm James Wade v Peter Wright
8.45pm Joe Cullen v Gary Anderson

9.15pm Price/Clayton v Smith/Van Gerwen
9.45pm Wade/Wright v Cullen/Anderson

10.15pm Final

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