The 2022 World Series of Darts Finals draws to a close in Amsterdam on Sunday as the final eight face…
The 2022 World Series of Darts Finals draws to a close in Amsterdam on Sunday as the final eight face off in a quest to be crowned champion.
Six of the eight seeded players are left standing at the AFAS Live, including a quartet of former champions, as they battle it out for the £70,000 top prize.
The afternoon session plays host to the Quarter-Final ties, before the Semi-Finals and final take place in the evening.
Reigning champion Jonny Clayton steps up the defence of his title with a show-down against four-time winner Michael van Gerwen in the stand-out Quarter-Final.
Clayton, semi-finalist in the Premier League, claimed his first title of the year at last month’s New South Wales Masters and defeated MVG en route to the final of the subsequent New Zealand Masters.
The Welshman boasts a rare positive head-to-head record over Van Gerwen, having won 11 of their 20 previous meetings, including ten of their last 15.
Clayton opened up in style with a 6-2 defeat of Danny Noppert and an average of 104.4, while Van Gerwen was less than impressive with his 96.8 average in dispatching Damon Heta 6-4.
Van Gerwen claimed this title on three consecutive occasions from 2015-2017 before triumphing again in 2019, and is looking to add this trophy to his Premier League, World Matchplay and Queensland Masters silverware this season.
The opening tie of the afternoon sees world number one Gerwyn Price take on Masters champion Joe Cullen.
Price, the 2020 World Series Finals champion, held his nerve to edge out Canada’s Matt Campbell in a deciding leg on Saturday night.
The 37-year-old picked up the New Zealand Masters title last month and was runner-up in the World Cup and World Matchplay earlier this summer.
Cullen may be counting his blessings to still be in the tournament, having survived a staggering eight match darts from Dave Chisnall in recovering from 5-2 down to snatch a 6-5 victory on Saturday.
The Premier League finalist, who shared two wins apiece with Price during that event, is now bidding to reach the Semi-Finals of this competition for the first time in three attempts.
Two Premier League stars go head-to-head as Michael Smith takes on James Wade in a repeat of the 2018 final.
Smith was left to rue five missed match darts on that occasion in Vienna as Wade claimed his first, and only, World Series title to date.
US Masters champion and runner-up in the World Championship and UK Open this year, ‘Bully Boy’ began his campaign here with a superb 6-4 success over Peter Wright with a 107.4 average – the highest of the tournament so far.
In contrast, Wade battled his way to a 6-4 victory over North American champion Leonard Gates with an 87.8 average and will be eyeing a vast improvement as he looks to make it eight wins from 11 against Smith.
Meanwhile, home favourite Dirk van Duijvenbode takes on Tyneside’s Ryan Joyce in what will be their first televised encounter to date.
Van Duijvenbode, twice a Players Championship event winner this season, survived a huge scare from New Zealand’s Haupai Puha in Round One, edging through in a last-leg decider, before reeling off four consecutive legs to defeat Gary Anderson 6-3.
Joyce, who came through the Tour Card Holder Qualifier last month, narrowly denied Danny Baggish 6-5 in Round One before punishing a below-par Dimitri van den Bergh to seal a dominant 6-2 win on Saturday.
He now finds himself in a first televised Quarter-Final since the 2018/19 World Championship at Alexandra Palace and will be determined to break new ground.
The action gets under way from 12pm BST, with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of 19 legs and the Semi-Finals and final best of 21.
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World Series of Darts Finals 2022 Day Three Schedule
All times BST (local time one hour ahead)
Sunday September 18
Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Gerwyn Price v Joe Cullen
Ryan Joyce v Dirk van Duijvenbode
Michael Smith v James Wade
Michael van Gerwen v Jonny Clayton
Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
Price/Cullen v Smith/Wade
Van Duijvenbode/Joyce v Van Gerwen/Clayton