The 2022 Queensland Darts Masters draws to a close in Townsville on Saturday as the final eight face off for…
The 2022 Queensland Darts Masters draws to a close in Townsville on Saturday as the final eight face off for the title.
The fourth World Series silverware of the season is up for grabs as five PDC representatives and a trio of Oceanic hopefuls do battle on Day Two at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre.
The Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and final take place in one unmissable session, with a top prize of £20,000 on offer.
Top seed Dimitri van den Bergh resumes his quest for a hat-trick of World Series titles with a show-down against Masters champion Joe Cullen in the opening tie of the day.
Van den Bergh, who claimed the Nordic Masters and Dutch Masters titles in June, was announced as a late replacement for Peter Wright – who withdrew from the triple-header of events Down Under for medical reasons.
The Belgian star safely saw off New Zealand’s Koha Kokiri 6-2 in his opener with a 164 checkout along the way and now faces a player in the midst of a debut World Series campaign.
Cullen produced the stand-out performance of the opening day as he whitewashed Dave Marland 6-0 with a 108.6 average and six 180s, and the Premier League finalist will be keen to pick up from where he left off.
World Matchplay champion Michael van Gerwen continues his bid for a 17th World Series title with a tie against Kiwi star Haupai Puha.
Van Gerwen was runner-up in June’s US Masters and defied an arm injury to claim a sixth Premier League title, in addition to a further five ranking titles this year.
The Dutchman, however, averaged just 86 in a narrow 6-5 win over Aussie youngster Bailey Marsh on Friday and will be eyeing a marked improvement on that display.
Puha, meanwhile, pulled off perhaps the most notable scalp of his career by defeating World Series Finals champion Jonny Clayton 6-2 with an impressive 95.5 average.
The former World Cup of Darts quarter-finalist will look to replicate that performance over the extended format to mark a new personal milestone in a televised tournament.
World number one Gerwyn Price aims to complete a clean sweep over Australia’s World Cup winning side when he comes up against home hero Simon Whitlock.
Price, who was beaten alongside Clayton by Whitlock and Damon Heta in June’s World Cup final, gained revenge on Heta with a thrilling 6-5 success in Round One.
Price enjoyed a resurgent run to the final of the World Matchplay last month, hitting a nine-darter along the way, and narrowly missed double 12 for another perfect leg yesterday.
Whitlock marked a dream return to his homeland by knocking out world number five James Wade with a commanding 6-2 triumph and an average of 96.
Whitlock is making his 27th World Series appearance and his only final run to date came at the 2014 Singapore Masters.
Number two seed Michael Smith is bidding to back up his US Masters title with a second World Series success of the season, and faces a Quarter-Final tie against Australia’s Gordon Mathers.
Smith was ruthless in whitewashing TV debutant Joe Comito in Round One with a 104.8 average and now meets a player for whom televised wins have proved few and far between.
Mathers, the world number 81, safely saw off Fallon Sherrock 6-3 but knows he must improve on his match average of 79 if he is to threaten an upset here.
The action gets under way from 10am BST (7pm local time) with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs, Semi-Finals best of 13 and the final best of 15.
Queensland Darts Masters 2022 Day Two Schedule
All times BST (local time nine hours ahead)
Saturday August 13
Dimitri van den Bergh v Joe Cullen
Michael van Gerwen v Haupai Puha
Michael Smith v Gordon Mathers
Simon Whitlock v Gerwyn Price
Van den Bergh/Cullen v Van Gerwen/Puha
Smith/Mathers v Whitlock/Price
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