The 2022 US Darts Masters draws to a close in New York on Saturday as the final eight battle it…
The 2022 US Darts Masters draws to a close in New York on Saturday as the final eight battle it out for glory at Madison Square Garden.
The opening World Series silverware of the season is up for grabs as seven PDC representatives and an American qualifier face off at the Hulu Theater.
Day One saw the big guns largely come through their opening matches unscathed, with the exception of Fallon Sherrock – who was out of sorts in a 6-2 defeat to Leonard Gates with an average of just 71.
Gates’ reward for that memorable victory is a Quarter-Final show-down with world number one and reigning World Champion Peter Wright.
Wright began his quest for a fourth World Series title with a 6-4 win over Tour Card holder Danny Baggish despite an average of just 90 and will be eyeing a marked improvement on that display.
The colourful Scot is aiming to bounce back at the first opportunity, having narrowly missed out on the Premier League play-offs just over a week ago.
The winner of that tie will face either two-time World Champion Gary Anderson or man of the moment Michael Smith in the Semi-Finals.
Smith secured his first weekly Premier League title at the 16th and final time of asking in Newcastle before going on to win the Dutch Darts Championship last weekend.
He continued that winning run by overcoming debutant qualifier Doug Boehm 6-4 with a 96 average on Friday and is looking to follow up his Shanghai Masters success back in 2018.
Anderson, a six-time World Series event winner including the US Masters in 2018, opened up with a 6-3 win over Matt Campbell, averaging 87 having used two different sets of darts.
The world number six finished rock bottom of this year’s Premier League table and was beaten by Smith in two of their three meetings in the event.
A familiar contest between two Welsh giants of the sport sees Grand Slam champion Gerwyn Price take on Premier League champion Jonny Clayton.
Clayton finished top of the Premier League table and has a chance to defend his title in Berlin later this month, but will firstly have his sights set on a second World Series title in five appearances.
The Ferret made light work of Danny Lauby Jr in Round One with a 6-2 victory and is now eyeing a fourth consecutive televised win over Price this year.
Former World Series Finals winner Price has picked up a European Tour title and a Players Championship title this season, but missed out on a place in the Premier League play-offs.
The world number two averted a potential banana skin against World Seniors Master David Cameron in Round One and now aims to stop the rot against his close compatriot.
The fourth Quarter-Final sees decorated duo Michael van Gerwen and James Wade go head-to-head for the eighth time this season.
Van Gerwen has already picked up three European Tour titles and two Players Championship titles this season and will be looking to continue his dominance of the World Series, having racked up 17 tournament wins since 2013.
The Dutch star, who will miss the upcoming World Cup of Darts due to an arm operation, fended off a late revival from Jules van Dongen to prevail 6-4 on Friday with a 96.24 average – the highest of the round.
Wade won three of his five meetings with MVG in this season’s Premier League and their latest encounter marks a dress rehearsal for their Semi-Final in Berlin next Monday.
The world number five was flawless on the outer ring in his First Round match against Jeff Smith, landing six from six on the doubles in a commanding 6-2 victory.
The action gets under way from 7pm EST (12am UK time), with all matches to be contested over the best of 15 legs.
US Darts Masters 2022 Day Two Schedule of Play
Saturday June 4
(12.30am-4.30am BST, 7.30pm-11.30pm EST)
Michael Smith v Gary Anderson
Peter Wright v Leonard Gates
Gerwyn Price v Jonny Clayton
Michael van Gerwen v James Wade
Wright/Gates v Smith/Anderson
Price/Clayton v Van Gerwen/Wade