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World Series of Darts Finals 2021 Day Two preview and order of play | PDC seeds take to the stage

Jamie Shaw in World Series Finals 30 Oct 2021
Price celebrates against Van Duijvenbode (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The eight PDC seeds enter the fray on Day Two of the 2021 World Series of Darts Finals in Amsterdam on Saturday.

Night One of the £300,000 invitational saw Mervyn King steal the show with a personal best 115 average in a 6-0 whitewash of former champion James Wade.

Dave Chisnall, Michael Smith and Nathan Aspinall were among the other star names to fall at the first hurdle at the AFAS Live.

The Second Round action takes centre stage on Saturday evening as the box office names aim to avoid an early exit.

Gerwyn Price begins the defence of his title with a clash against home favourite Dirk van Duijvenbode in a repeat of the 2020 World Grand Prix final.

World number one Price is looking to become only the second player to successfully retain this title since 2015, but faces a tough opener against the resurgent Dutchman.

Price, a two-time European Tour event winner this season and runner-up in the recent World Grand Prix, will be out to silence the partisan Dutch crowd – who witnessed Van Duijvenbode defeat compatriot Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-2 on Friday with a 98.5 average.

Michael van Gerwen starts his pursuit of a fifth World Series Finals title with a tie against fellow Dutchman Maik Kuivenhoven.

Van Gerwen claimed this season’s sole World Series title at the Nordic Masters and was runner-up in the European Championship a fortnight ago.

Kuivenhoven marked his debut with a dominant 6-2 victory over World Cup winner John Henderson and has twice beaten MVG on the ProTour over the last 18 months.

World Matchplay champion Peter Wright opens up against a resurgent Kim Huybrechts in another of the stand-out ties.

Wright was runner-up in this event in 2015 and 2016 and is looking to mark a timely return to form after failing to surpass the Last 16 stage in any of last seven tournament appearances.

Huybrechts has enjoyed an emphatic return to his best in recent months, climbing back to within touching distance of the world’s top 32 thanks to a Semi-Final and a Quarter-Final appearance in the recent Super Series.

The Belgian ace will now aim to pick up from where he left off in defeating Michael Smith 6-3 with a 98.5 average 24 hours ago.

Gary Anderson aims to put a miserable Super Series 7 behind him with a strong run this weekend, and the two-time World Champion starts out against Dutch qualifier Niels Zonneveld.

Anderson suffered two First Round exits and a Second Round in Barnsley last week, as well as a First Round loss at the World Grand Prix, and question marks remain over the Scot’s form heading into the final stages of the season.

Zonneveld, meanwhile, pulled off a shock 6-3 scalp of Dave Chisnall in Round One and will fancy his chances of registering another famous result on home soil.

The opening match of the night sees in-form Mervyn King take on Latvian number one Madars Razma.

King produced the performance of the opening round by thrashing Wade 6-0 with a 115.6 average, having booked his place in the event via the Tour Card holder qualifier last week.

Razma is seeded by virtue of his run to the Quarter-Finals of the Nordic Masters – where he defeated Aspinall before losing out to eventual champion Van Gerwen in Copenhagen.

Premier League and World Grand Prix champion Jonny Clayton returns to action after missing the recent Super Series, and he kicks off his campaign against crowd favourite Vincent van der Voort.

Having also missed out on the European Championship, Clayton will be keen to pick up from where he left off at the Grand Prix earlier this month, but runs into an opponent enjoying a fine spell of form of his own.

Van der Voort was a quarter-finalist in Players Championship 26 and pulled off a terrific 6-3 win over Aspinall on Friday to the delight of his home crowd in Amsterdam.

Fallon Sherrock continues her preparations for a return to Alexandra Palace in December with a show-down against World Matchplay semi-finalist Krzysztof Ratajski.

Sherrock sensationally reached the final of the Nordic Masters last month, leading Van Gerwen 7-5 before eventually being edged out 11-7.

She then topped the PDC Women’s Series Order of Merit to secure qualification for both the Grand Slam and World Championship and heads into this event high in confidence and knowing all the pressure lies on the shoulders of her opponent.

Ratajski, the world number 13, safely saw off German number one Gabriel Clemens 6-3 in Round One and now faces Sherrock for the first time as he bids to maintain his consistent performances in televised competition this year.

Two Premier League stars go head-to-head as 2020 World Matchplay winner Dimitri van den Bergh faces 2020 Grand Slam champion Jose de Sousa.

De Sousa’s form has dipped slightly of late amid various health complications, but the Portuguese star still managed to reach the Quarter-Finals of the European Championship, as well as four consecutive Last 16 runs at Super Series 7.

He averaged 103.8 in defeating 2019 finalist Danny Noppert 6-2 on Friday and will look to maintain that trademark scoring power against the Belgian number one.

Van den Bergh picked up the Players Championship 24 title last week but went on to suffer successive a Last 64 defeat followed by successive First Round exits.

He will be out to banish the demons of the Nordic Masters, in which he squandered leads of 8-2 and 10-6 in an eventual 11-10 defeat to Sherrock in the Semi-Finals.

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World Series of Darts Finals 2021 Day Two Schedule of Play

All times BST (local time one hour ahead)

Saturday October 30

Second Round

6.15pm Madars Razma v Mervyn King
6.45pm Gary Anderson v Niels Zonneveld
7.15pm Jonny Clayton v Vincent van der Voort
7.45pm Dimitri Van den Bergh v Jose de Sousa
8.15pm Fallon Sherrock v Krzysztof Ratajski
8.45pm Peter Wright v Kim Huybrechts
9.15pm Gerwyn Price v Dirk van Duijvenbode
9.45pm Michael van Gerwen v Maik Kuivenhoven

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