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World Grand Prix Darts 2022 | Quarter-Finals Preview and Order of Play

Jamie Shaw in World Grand Prix 07 Oct 2022
Dimitri van den Bergh reacts against Peter Wright (Photo by Taylor Lanning/PDC)

The Quarter-Finals take centre stage at the 2022 World Grand Prix in Leicester on Friday as the big names aim to remain in contention for the double-start crown.

Two former Grand Prix champions and two players making their first appearance in a televised Quarter-Final are among those left standing in the £600,000 major at the Morningside Arena.

Arguably the pick of the Quarter-Final ties features the renewal of a developing rivalry between world number two Peter Wright and Dimitri van den Bergh.

The pair met at this stage of July’s World Matchplay, with Van den Bergh coming out on top 16-14 in a thriller, before Wright avenged that defeat in the final of the recent German Darts Open.

Wright, the 2018 runner-up, has returned to the top of the provisional Order of Merit with Gerwyn Price defending his title winning prize money from two years ago, and Snakebite stoked the fire by telling his rivals to “get back on the practice board” after he saw off Kim Huybrechts 2-0 in his opener.

He then edged past Krzysztof Ratajski in a deciding set and is now appearing at this stage of the competition for the first time in four years.

Van den Bergh has enjoyed a superb run to his first Grand Prix Quarter-Final, having seen off Belgian Open winner Dave Chisnall and defending champion Jonny Clayton in last-set deciders, and will be keen to get one over on his former lockdown housemate for the second time in major competition this year.

Michael van Gerwen looks to continue his charge towards a sixth Grand Prix title by overcoming a resurgent Chris Dobey.

The duo met in the Semi-Finals in Dublin three years ago, with MVG storming to a 4-0 whitewash en route to claiming his most recent Grand Prix trophy.

The reigning Premier League and World Matchplay champion brushed aside struggling rival Gary Anderson in straight sets in Round One before surviving a scare from Stephen Bunting to close out a narrow 3-2 victory.

Dobey has bounced back from his World Matchplay heartache with a commanding straight sets defeat of Luke Humphries and a 3-2 success over Adrian Lewis to reach his first TV ranking Quarter-Final since November 2019 and will be eyeing a dose of revenge over his Dutch nemesis.

Gerwyn Price bids to move a step closer to a third consecutive World Grand Prix final when he faces in-form debutant Madars Razma.

Price is defending his title-winning prize money from 2020 against his Order of Merit total, meaning Wright has provisionally regained the world number one spot, but the Welshman will be out to deny his rival by regaining the trophy this weekend.

The Welshman began his campaign with a comfortable straight sets win over Martin Schindler before reeling off six consecutive legs from 2-1 down to deny Joe Cullen in a decider on Thursday.

Razma, meanwhile, has enjoyed a superb run to his first televised Quarter-Final courtesy of wins over Ryan Searle and 2017 champion Daryl Gurney.

The Latvian ace is closing in on a place in the world’s top 32 and is eyeing what would be a significant scalp to continue his dream debut exploits.

Nathan Aspinall aims to move into his first World Grand Prix Semi-Final at the fourth time of asking when he takes on debutant star Martin Lukeman.

Aspinall, quarter-finalist on his Dublin debut in 2019, defeated fourth seed Michael Smith 2-1 in his opener before sensationally recovering from two sets behind to deny Danny Noppert in a fiery encounter on Thursday night.

He now comes up against the lowest ranked player left standing in the competition and a player riding the crest of a wave after reaching a major Quarter-Final in only his second big stage outing.

German Grand Prix runner-up Lukeman has held his nerve to dispatch James Wade and Ross Smith in last-set deciders and is already guaranteed to climb at least 16 places in the Order of Merit to 43rd courtesy of his run this week.

The action gets under way from 7pm BST, with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of five sets.

All Sets are the best of five legs and there will be no tie break in any set. All legs must begin and end with a double, meaning that a player must hit a double before they can begin scoring in each leg.


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World Grand Prix 2022 Quarter-Finals Schedule

Friday October 7


7.15pm Nathan Aspinall v Martin Lukeman
8.15pm Gerwyn Price v Madars Razma
9.15pm Peter Wright v Dimitri van den Bergh
10.15pm Michael van Gerwen v Chris Dobey

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