The top eight seeds enter the fray in Round Two of the 2022 World Series of Darts Finals in Amsterdam…
The top eight seeds enter the fray in Round Two of the 2022 World Series of Darts Finals in Amsterdam on Saturday.
Day One of the £300,000 non-ranking event at the AFAS Live saw a host of big names safely progress through the opening round, including four top 16 players.
Friday’s winners will now come up against one of the top eight players from this year’s World Series Order of Merit for a place in Sunday’s Quarter-Finals.
The night’s action begins with a blockbuster clash between two-time World Champion Gary Anderson and home hero Dirk van Duijvenbode.
The pair have met in both the Quarter-Finals of the World Grand Prix and World Championship in recent years, winning one apiece, and are set for another memorable tussle here.
Anderson is making his first televised appearance since his First Round exit to Daryl Gurney at the World Matchplay, and the Flying Scotsman has failed to surpass the Last 64 stage in his last six Players Championship events.
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, and will look to delight his home crowd once again.
Reigning champion Jonny Clayton begins the defence of his title with a show-down against UK Open champion Danny Noppert.
Clayton, semi-finalist in the Premier League, claimed his first title of the year at last month’s New South Wales Masters and opens up with a formidable task against the world number ten – who landed six 180s and a 170 checkout in a 6-4 win over Simon Whitlock on Friday.
Meanwhile, Michael van Gerwen launches his quest for a fifth World Series Finals crown with a tasty tie against World Cup winner Damon Heta.
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.
Heta crashed in six maximums and averaged 98.8 in a 6-3 win over Aussie compatriot Gordon Mathers on opening night and is eyeing a first Quarter-Final appearance in four attempts at the World Series Finals.
World number one Gerwyn Price, the 2020 champion, opens up with a tie against Canadian ace Matt Campbell.
Price picked up the New Zealand Masters title last month and was runner-up in the World Cup and World Matchplay earlier this summer.
Campbell, who came through the Tour Card Holder qualifiers, marked his debut with an impressive 6-3 defeat of crowd favourite Vincent van der Voort with an average of 95.5.
US Masters champion Michael Smith, the number three seed, faces a formidable opener against two-time World Champion Peter Wright.
Smith, runner-up in this event in 2018, was denied by Wright in January’s World Championship final after squandering a five sets to four lead.
Wright, who missed the World Series triple-header in Australia and New Zealand, is subsequently unseeded in this event as he bids to claim this title for the first, but began with a 6-4 win over Fallon Sherrock with a 103.5 average in Round One.
Premier League finalist Joe Cullen begins his third World Series Finals campaign with a clash against Dave Chisnall in a match which signals a repeat of January’s Masters final – in which Cullen prevailed 11-9 to claim his first televised title.
Dimitri van den Bergh, winner of two World Series events this season and runner-up in last weekend’s German Darts Open, takes on Tyneside’s Ryan Joyce – who held firm to deny Danny Baggish in a deciding leg on Friday.
World number five James Wade, the 2018 World Series Finals winner, starts out against reigning North American champion Leonard Gates – who knocked out Devon Petersen in Round One.
The action gets under way from 6pm BST, with Second Round matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs.
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World Series of Darts Finals 2022 Day Two Schedule
All times BST (local time one hour ahead)
Saturday September 17
Gary Anderson v Dirk van Duijvenbode
James Wade v Leonard Gates
Joe Cullen v Dave Chisnall
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Ryan Joyce
Gerwyn Price v Matt Campbell
Michael van Gerwen v Damon Heta
Michael Smith v Peter Wright
Jonny Clayton v Danny Noppert
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