Van Gerwen returns to European Tour winner’s circle with German Darts Championship triumph

Michael van Gerwen ended a three-year wait for European Tour silverware by claiming the 2022 German Darts Championship title with victory over Rob Cross in the final.

Van Gerwen followed up back-to-back Premier League triumphs in Exeter and Brighton with his first ranking title of 2022 in style in Hildesheim on Sunday.

The Dutchman’s most recent Euro Tour success had come in Graz in 2019, but he ended the drought by defeating Cross 8-5 in a high quality final to scoop the £25,000 title.

Cross had opened up leads of 2-0 and 4-1, but Van Gerwen hit back with legs of 12, 13 and 12 darts to level up.

Cross took out 121 to move back ahead at 5-4 but Van Gerwen levelled again and capitalised on a miss from ‘Voltage’ at tops to break for a 6-5 lead, before legs of 11 and 14 darts completed the comeback and sealed the title.

“I’ve been working for this for a really long time and it means a lot to me,” said Van Gerwen. “To win a [European Tour] tournament again feels absolutely phenomenal.

“Everyone knows I love to play tournaments in Germany – the crowds have been absolutely fantastic, and it means the world.

“I keep fighting and I never give up. I’m not done yet!”

The victory sees Van Gerwen climb back up to third in the PDC Order of Merit, just seven days after being leapfrogged by Michael Smith and James Wade.

He survived three missed match darts from Dimitri Van den Bergh in the deciding leg of their dramatic Semi-Final as he pinned double 18 for 13-darter.

MVG had benefitted from a bye in the Quarter-Finals following the withdrawal of Peter Wright due to a back problem following the world number one’s Third Round win over Krzysztof Ratajski earlier in the day.

Van Gerwen had seen off Martin Lukeman 6-4 in the Last 16 to follow up Saturday’s opening victory over Spain’s Jose Justicia.

Cross had to produce a rousing comeback from 4-2 down in his Quarter-Final with Karel Sedlacek, reeling off four straight legs to end the Czech qualifier’s dream run.

He subsequently averaged 100 in his 7-4 Semi-Final defeat of Daryl Gurney to follow up an earlier 99 average in a 6-3 Third Round win over Dirk van Duijvenbode.

The reigning European Championship winner fell short for the fifth time in a European Tour final, and admitted: “Michael played great and I missed my chances.

“He took them and that’s what he used to do. I’m happy for him that he got over the line; he’s winning and working hard and I’ve been in the same boat.

“It’s nice to see him back a little bit, and hopefully I can keep improving for the future.”

Premier League pair Michael Smith and Jonny Clayton joined Sedlacek in losing out at the Quarter-Final stage, while Van den Bergh’s wait to reach a European Tour final continues following his narrow Semi-Final defeat.

Smith had averaged above 108 in a 6-1 rout of Dave Chisnall in the Last 16, while Sedlacek finished six doubles from 11 attempts in his 6-4 defeat of top seed Jose de Sousa to reach his first European Tour Quarter-Final for three years.

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German Darts Championship 2022 – Day Three Results

Sunday March 13

Third Round

Afternoon Session
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Martin Lukeman
Peter Wright 6-4 Krzysztof Ratajski
Ryan Searle 1-6 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Michael Smith 6-1 Dave Chisnall
Joe Cullen 3-6 Daryl Gurney
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Mensur Suljovic
Rob Cross 6-3 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Jose de Sousa 4-6 Karel Sedlacek

Evening Session

Quarter-Finals
Michael van Gerwen w/o Peter Wright (withdrawn through injury)
Michael Smith 3-6 Dimitri van den Bergh
Jonny Clayton 5-6 Daryl Gurney
Karel Sedlacek 4-6 Rob Cross

Semi-Finals
Michael van Gerwen 7-6 Dimitri van den Bergh
Rob Cross 7-4 Daryl Gurney

Final
Michael van Gerwen 8-5 Rob Cross

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Peter Wright withdraws from German Darts Championship ahead of Quarter-Final with MVG

Peter Wright has withdrawn from the remainder of the 2022 German Darts Championship in Hildesheim due to a back injury.

Wright had won two matches over the weekend to reach the Quarter-Finals – where he was due to face rival Michael van Gerwen on Sunday evening.

However, the world number one had been suffering with a back injury and has subsequently pulled out of the tournament at Halle 39, meaning Van Gerwen receives a bye into the Semi-Finals.

The Dutchman will now await the winner of the tie between Michael Smith and Dimitri van den Bergh later in the evening.

Wright recovered from 4-1 down to defeat Martin Schindler 6-4 on Saturday before overcoming Krzysztof Ratajski in the Last 16 on Sunday afternoon.

Snakebite had cited back problem during last weekend’s UK Open which almost forced him to withdraw in Minehead, before he was eventually beaten by William O’Connor in the Last 16.

Wright will be hoping to recover in time for his clash with Joe Cullen on Night Six of the Premier League in Nottingham on Thursday.

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German Darts Championship 2022 | Day Three Preview and Order of Play

The second European Tour silverware of the season is up for grabs in Hildesheim on Sunday as the final 16 vie to claim the German Darts Championship title.

Eleven of the top 16 seeds are left standing at Halle 39, as well as a host of other in-form hopefuls looking to land the £25,000 top prize.

The afternoon session plays host to the Third Round ties, before the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and final take place in the evening.

World number one Peter Wright resumes his quest for a first European Tour title since 2017 with a clash against fellow top 16 star Krzysztof Ratajski.

Two-time World Champion Wright has seven Euro Tour titles to his name but will be keen to end the drought this season, and avoided an early exit by reeling off five consecutive legs from 4-1 down to beat home favourite Martin Schindler 6-4 on Saturday night.

Ratajski, winner of the 2019 Gibraltar Trophy, defeated Jamie Hughes 6-3 in his opener and is now bidding to reach a third ranking Quarter-Final of the season despite being below his best for most parts.

Michael van Gerwen aims to continue his winning run when he faces the lowest ranked Tour Card holder left standing in the draw – Martin Lukeman.

Van Gerwen has claimed back-to-back Premier League weekly titles, but his early exit at the UK Open last weekend saw him slip to fifth in the PDC Order of Merit – his lowest ranking position for a decade.

The 32-time European Tour event winner averaged 104 in a 6-3 success over Jose Justicia on Saturday and will be poised for a tricky test from the world number 76.

Lukeman finds himself at this stage of a Euro Tour event for the first time, having dispatched Jimmy Hendriks in Round One before defying a 108.8 average from Damon Heta to prevail in a deciding leg thriller with a 104 average on Saturday.

World number nine Dimitri van den Bergh meets world number 16 Ryan Searle in one of the stand-out ties of the Third Round.

Both players are in hot pursuit of a maiden Euro Tour title and began by defeating Alan Soutar and Vincent van der Voort 6-4 respectively.

Reigning Masters champion and two-time Euro Tour event winner Joe Cullen comes up against 2019 German Championship winner Daryl Gurney.

Gurney, who started out in Round One, has overcome Lukas Wenig and Luke Humphries with two contrasting performances so far this weekend, while Cullen returned to winning ways after a patchy run of form by defeating Ricky Evans 6-3 with a 102 average.

UK Open runner-up Michael Smith steps up his quest for a fifth European Tour title when he faces two-time Euro Tour event winner Dave Chisnall.

Smith, who also reached the final of Night Five of the Premier League on Thursday, dethroned reigning champion Devon Petersen in Round Two, while unseeded ‘Chizzy’ has seen off Stefan Bellmont and Gabriel Clemens.

Top seed Jose de Sousa aims to avoid becoming the latest victim of dark horse Karel Sedlacek – who has stormed into the Last 16 as a non Tour Card holder.

The Czech star, who dropped off the tour at the end of last season, has conceded only two legs in thrashing Adrian Lewis and Chris Dobey and now looks to deny the former Grand Slam champion – who battled past Kim Huybrechts in a decider on Saturday.

Rob Cross, twice a European Championship winner but a four-time Euro Tour event runner-up, faces a formidable test against former World Grand Prix finalist Dirk van Duijvenbode – who knocked ‘Voltage’ out of the World Championship two years ago.

Premier League and World Grand Prix champion Jonny Clayton takes on three-time Euro Tour event winner Mensur Suljovic – who whitewashed a struggling Callan Rydz after receiving a bye in the First Round.

The action gets under way from 12pm GMT, with Third Round and Quarter-Final ties to be contested over the best of 11 legs, Semi-Finals best of 13 and the final best of 15.

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German Darts Championship 2022 Day Three Schedule of Play

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Sunday March 13

Third Round

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Michael van Gerwen v Martin Lukeman
Peter Wright v Krzysztof Ratajski
Ryan Searle v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Michael Smith v Dave Chisnall
Joe Cullen v Daryl Gurney
Jonny Clayton v Mensur Suljovic
Rob Cross v Dirk van Duijvenbode
Jose de Sousa v Karel Sedlacek

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)

Quarter-Finals
Wright/Ratajski v Van Gerwen/Lukeman
Smith/Chisnall v Searle/Van den Bergh
Clayton/Suljovic v Cullen/Gurney
De Sousa/Sedlacek v Cross/Van Duijvenbode

Semi-Finals

Final

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Suljovic and Sedlacek enjoy whitewash wins as Lukeman turns on the style at the German Darts Championship

Mensur Suljovic and Karel Sedlacek secured whitewash wins on Day Two of the 2022 German Darts Championship, while Martin Lukeman continued his landmark run in Hildesheim.

Saturday’s Second Round action saw five of the top 16 seeds bow out of the season’s second European Tour event at Halle 39, though the top ten safely progressed.

World number 76 Lukeman, making only his second European Tour appearance, produced one of the performances of his career so far to edge out Damon Heta in a last-leg thriller.

Heta had battled back from 5-2 down to force a decider, only to miss a big number on a combination finish to allow Lukeman to wrap up a 6-5 success with an average of 104 to the Australian’s 108.8.

Lukeman will now face Michael van Gerwen in Sunday’s Last 16 after the 32-time Euro Tour event winner saw off Spain’s Jose Justicia 6-3 with a 104 average of his own to get his campaign under way in style.

Meanwhile, Suljovic, who came into the event unseeded but received a bye into the Second Round, began with a 6-0 rout of an out of sorts Callan Rydz – who averaged just 73.6 on a night to forget.

Rydz’ fellow Bedlington thrower Chris Dobey also endured a disastrous night on the oche as he went down 6-0 to Czech star Karel Sedlacek – who backed up Friday’s win over Adrian Lewis to reach the Last 16 as a non Tour Card holder.

World number one Peter Wright reeled off five consecutive legs as he battled back from 4-1 down to defeat home favourite Martin Schindler with the aid of a 156 checkout.

Devon Petersen rallied back from 4-0 down against Michael Smith but saw his title defence brought to an end as the UK Open finalist closed out a 6-4 victory.

Premier League champion Jonny Clayton coasted into the Third Round courtesy of a 6-2 win over two-time Lakeside Champion Scott Waites, while Dave Chisnall held his nerve to edge out German number one Gabriel Clemens in a deciding leg.

Top seed Jose de Sousa produced inspired finishes of 90 and 115 in the final two legs to complete a narrow 6-5 win over Kim Huybrechts.

Rob Cross averaged 99.6 in a commanding 6-2 win over Martijn Kleermaker as he set up a Third Round meeting with Dirk van Duijvenbode – who overcame Darius Labanauskas with five 180s to his name.

World number 16 Ryan Searle recovered from 4-2 down to defeat Vincent van der Voort 6-4 and confirm a clash with Dimitri van den Bergh – who safely saw off Alan Soutar 6-4 with a 95.3 average.

A battle of two former Euro Tour event winners saw Krzysztof Ratajski dispatch Jamie Hughes 6-3, while 2019 German Championship winner Daryl Gurney continued his love affair with the Hildesheim venue by knocking out 12th seed Luke Humphries 6-4 with a 96 average.

Premier League star Joe Cullen returned to winning ways as he defeated 2019 runner-up Ricky Evans 6-3 with a 102 average, four 180s and a high checkout of 156.

Sunday sees the Last 16 ties take place in the afternoon session, before the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Final and final in the evening.

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German Darts Championship 2022 – Day Two Results

Saturday March 12

Second Round

Afternoon Session
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Jamie Hughes
Rob Cross 6-2 Martijn Kleermaker
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Darius Labanauskas
Damon Heta 5-6 Martin Lukeman
Ryan Searle 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-4 Alan Soutar
Luke Humphries 4-6 Daryl Gurney
Joe Cullen 6-3 Ricky Evans

Evening Session
Jose de Sousa 6-5 Kim Huybrechts
Michael Smith 6-4 Devon Petersen
Gabriel Clemens 5-6 Dave Chisnall
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Jose Justicia
Peter Wright 6-4 Martin Schindler
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Scott Waites
Callan Rydz 0-6 Mensur Suljovic
Chris Dobey 0-6 Karel Sedlacek

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German Darts Championship 2022 | Day Two Preview and Order of Play

The top 16 seeds commence their German Darts Championship campaigns in Hildesheim on Saturday as the Second Round action takes centre stage.

The second of 13 European Tour events this season features 45 players battling it out for £140,000 in prize money at Halle 39.

Friday’s opening round saw 30 qualifiers battle it out, with a host of notable names safely progressing past the first hurdle.

The withdrawals of Gerwyn Price, Ted Evetts and Brendan Dolan meant that Mensur Suljovic, Jamie Hughes and Devon Petersen each received a bye into the Second Round.

Petersen is the defending champion, having won the most recent staging of this event in 2020, and the South African starts out against recent UK Open and Premier League Night Five runner-up Michael Smith.

Smith is a four-time European Tour event winner, though his most recent triumph came back in 2015, and he will be determined to continue his recovery from last weekend’s agonising defeat to Danny Noppert in the UK Open final.

The evening session also sees reigning World Champion and newly-crowned world number one Peter Wright taking on German ace Martin Schindler – one of four host nation hopefuls in the field.

Michael van Gerwen, fresh from making it back-to-back weekly Premier League titles in Brighton on Thursday, resumes his quest for a first ranking title of the season with a clash against Spain’s Jose Justicia.

Van Gerwen has amassed a staggering 32 European Tour titles, though his most recent came back in 2019 and he has dropped to fifth in the PDC Order of Merit – his lowest ranking position for a decade.

Reigning Premier League and World Grand Prix champion Jonny Clayton faces a tricky opener against two-time BDO World Champion Scott Waites, while top seed Jose de Sousa starts out against in-form Kim Huybrechts – who saw off Joe Murnan in Round One.

Dave Chisnall aims to kick on from his 99 average in a 6-1 rout of Switzerland’s Stefan Bellmont on Friday when he faces German number one Gabriel Clemens.

World Championship quarter-finalist Callan Rydz faces three-time European Tour event winner Mensur Suljovic, as world number 32 Chris Dobey meets Czech star Karel Sedlacek – who thrashed Adrian Lewis 6-2 on opening night.

The afternoon session sees reigning Masters Champion Joe Cullen look to bounce back from a below-par run of form when he takes on 2019 German Championship finalist Ricky Evans.

Players Championship Finals runner-up Ryan Searle takes on Dutch star Vincent van der Voort, while two-time European Champion Rob Cross opens up against Martijn Kleermaker – who knocked out Mario Vandenbogaerde in Round One.

Krzysztof Ratajski, the 2019 Gibraltar Trophy winner, faces former Czech Open champion Jamie Hughes, as ninth seed Dirk van Duijvenbode plays Lithuanian ace Darius Labanauskas.

Damon Heta, conqueror of MVG and Clayton en route to the Quarter-Finals of last week’s UK Open, faces in-form Martin Lukeman – appearing at this stage of a Euro Tour event for the first time.

Former UK Open finalist and recent ProTour event winner Luke Humphries kicks off his campaign against 2019 champion Daryl Gurney – who averaged just 82 in defeating Lukas Wenig on Friday.

Former World Matchplay champion Dimitri Van den Bergh, the number ten seed, is braced for a tough opening test against Scotland’s Alan Soutar – who enjoyed a landmark run to the Last 16 of the recent World Championship.

The action gets under way from 12pm GMT, with Second Round matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs.

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German Darts Championship 2022 Day Two Schedule of Play

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Saturday March 12

Second Round

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Krzysztof Ratajski v Jamie Hughes
Rob Cross v Martijn Kleermaker
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Darius Labanauskas
Damon Heta v Martin Lukeman
Ryan Searle v Vincent van der Voort
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Alan Soutar
Luke Humphries v Daryl Gurney
Joe Cullen v Ricky Evans

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
Jose de Sousa v Kim Huybrechts
Michael Smith v Devon Petersen
Gabriel Clemens v Dave Chisnall
Michael van Gerwen v Jose Justicia
Peter Wright v Martin Schindler
Jonny Clayton v Scott Waites
Callan Rydz v Mensur Suljovic
Chris Dobey v Karel Sedlacek

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Karel Sedlacek sees off Adrian Lewis on Day One of the German Darts Championship

Karel Sedlacek enjoyed a commanding 6-2 victory over two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis in Round One of the 2022 German Darts Championship in Hildesheim on Friday.

The opening round of the season’s second European Tour event saw 30 qualifiers compete at Halle 39 for the right to join the top 16 seeds in Saturday’s Second Round.

Czech ace Sedlacek, who dropped off the PDC tour at the end of last season, punished an out of sorts Lewis – who squandered 12 darts at doubles during the contest.

Sedlacek landed a 118 checkout in the second leg and closed out the match with a 112 finish to set up a clash with Chris Dobey in the Last 32.

Elsewhere, Dave Chisnall impressed with a 99 average in a 6-1 rout of Switzerland’s Stefan Bellmont, as the two-time European Tour winner progressed to face Germany’s Gabriel Clemens on Saturday.

Kim Huybrechts produced a finishing master-class as he hit six doubles from as many attempts in a 6-3 win over Joe Murnan to progress to a tasty tie with Jose de Sousa.

“I’ve been ill this week, my daughter had a virus and I was not sure if I could make the game, so when I did and won I’m very happy,” said Huybrechts.

“The confidence is back. I used to lose so many games when I was feeling good, and now when I’m feeling bad I win games, so it’s coming back.”

Daryl Gurney held off a strong challenge from German qualifier Lukas Wenig to clinch a 6-4 victory and set up a meeting with Luke Humphries.

Vincent van der Voort took out 156 during his 6-2 defeat of youngster Gian van Veen in their all-Dutch tie to create a Second Round meeting with Ryan Searle.

Germany’s Martin Schindler survived one missed match dart from Jermaine Wattimena before taking victory in the deciding leg of their entertaining First Round tie.

Spain’s Jose Justicia will meet back-to-back Premier League night winner Michael van Gerwen in Round Two following a 6-4 defeat of George Killington.

Ricky Evans will face Masters champion Joe Cullen after completing a 6-3 win over Nathan Rafferty, finishing 50 per cent of his darts at a double in an assured display.

Darius Labanauskas defeated German qualifier Niko Springer 6-2 and now plays Dirk van Duijvenbode, while Martin Lukeman defeated Jimmy Hendriks by the same scoreline to set up a meeting with Damon Heta.

Martijn Kleermaker will play European Champion Rob Cross in Round Two following his 6-4 defeat of Belgium’s Mario Vandenbogaerde, as he finished 102, 96 and 79 to come from 4-3 down and claim victory.

Scotland’s Alan Soutar landed six doubles from 11 attempts in a 6-3 win over Luc Peters, and he now plays former World Matchplay winner Dimitri Van den Bergh.

Scott Waites will meet reigning World Grand Prix champion Jonny Clayton on Saturday after proving too strong for Finland’s Marko Kantele in a 6-3 success.

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German Darts Championship 2022 – Day One Results

Friday March 11

First Round

Afternoon Session
Marko Kantele 3-6 Scott Waites
Alan Soutar 6-3 Luc Peters
Martin Lukeman 6-2 Jimmy Hendriks
Mario Vandenbogaerde 4-6 Martijn Kleermaker
Darius Labanauskas 6-2 Niko Springer
Nathan Rafferty 3-6 Ricky Evans

Evening Session
Jose Justicia 6-4 George Killington
Martin Schindler 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Dave Chisnall 6-1 Stefan Bellmont
Vincent van der Voort 6-2 Gian van Veen
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Lukas Wenig
Joe Murnan 3-6 Kim Huybrechts
Karel Sedlacek 6-2 Adrian Lewis

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German Darts Championship 2022 | Day One Preview and Order of Play

The second European Tour event of the season gets underway in Hildesheim on Friday as the qualifiers collide in Round One of the German Darts Championship.

A field of 45 players will battle it out for £140,000 in prize money at Halle 39 this weekend, with a host of star names in action.

The top 16 players from the ProTour Order of Merit (as of February 1) are seeded and enter at the Second Round stage, while 30 qualifiers vie for the right to join them.

The withdrawals of Gerwyn Price, Brendan Dolan and Ted Evetts through illness mean that Mensur Suljovic, Jamie Hughes and Devon Petersen each receive a bye into the Second Round.

Friday afternoon’s session is comprised of six matches, kicking off with two-time BDO World Champion Scott Waites against Finland’s Marko Kantele.

Alan Soutar, who enjoyed a landmark run to the Last 16 of the recent World Championship, starts out against Dutch youngster Luc Peters, while in-form Martin Lukeman faces two-time Lakeside qualifier Jimmy Hendriks.

Belgian ace Mario Vandenbogaerde marks his Euro Tour debut with a clash against Martijn Kleermaker – who reached the Last 16 of the World Championship in December.

Nathan Rafferty, a four-time Development Tour winner and Grand Slam debutant last year, faces former European Tour event finalist Ricky Evans in one of the stand-out ties of the day.

Former World Championship quarter-finalist Darius Labanauskas faces German qualifier Niko Springer – who defeated Jermaine Wattimena and Brendan Dolan before losing out to Peter Wright at the International Open a fortnight ago.

The evening session features a show-down between two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis, now ranked world number 40, and former Tour Card holder Karel Sedlacek – who came through the East European Qualifier.

Daryl Gurney, who claimed this title in 2019, opens up against German prospect Lukas Wenig, while two-time Euro Tour event winner Dave Chisnall meets Switzerland’s Stefan Bellmont.

Crowd favourite Vincent van der Voort takes on Euro Tour debutant Gian van Veen, an Associate Member Qualifier, as German ace Martin Schindler takes on rapid Dutchman Jermaine Wattimena.

Two-time Euro Tour event winner Kim Huybrechts takes on former ProTour event winner Joe Murnan, while Spain’s Jose Justicia and former Development Tour event winner George Killington battle it out for the right to face Michael van Gerwen in Saturday’s Second Round.

The action gets under way from 12pm GMT, with First Round matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs.

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German Darts Championship 2022 Day One Schedule

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Friday March 11

First Round

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Marko Kantele v Scott Waites
Alan Soutar v Luc Peters
Martin Lukeman v Jimmy Hendriks
Mario Vandenbogaerde v Martijn Kleermaker
Darius Labanauskas v Niko Springer
Nathan Rafferty v Ricky Evans

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
Jose Justicia v George Killington
Martin Schindler v Jermaine Wattimena
Dave Chisnall v Stefan Bellmont
Vincent van der Voort v Gian van Veen
Daryl Gurney v Lukas Wenig
Joe Murnan v Kim Huybrechts
Karel Sedlacek v Adrian Lewis

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German Darts Championship Betting Tips and Accumulator Predictions

PDC European Tour continues with the German Darts Championship in Hildesheim, and we’ve picked out our best betting tips for each day.

The second of 13 European Tour events this season features 48 players battling it out for £140,000 in prize money at Halle 39 from March 11-13.

The top 16 players from the ProTour Order of Merit (as of February 1) are seeded and enter at the Second Round stage, while 32 qualifiers battle it out for the right to join them.

The 32 unseeded players are made up of 24 Tour Card Holder Qualifiers, two Associate Member Qualifiers, two Host Nation Qualifiers, the top two highest ranked Germans, one Nordic & Baltic Qualifier and one East European Qualifier.

Devon Petersen is the defending champion, having defeated Jonny Clayton 8-3 in the final of the most recent staging back in 2020.

Gerwyn Price’s withdrawal due to injury means Jose de Sousa is the number one seed, while Michael Smith and Peter Wright are seeded two and three respectively.

Premier League champion Jonny Clayton is the number four seed, while Masters Champion Joe Cullen is seeded fifth and 32-time Euro Tour event winner Michael van Gerwen is seeded sixth.

Dirk van Duijvenbode, Krzysztof Ratajski and Rob Cross are also among the seeds, while qualifiers include the likes of Chris Dobey, Adrian Lewis, Dave Chisnall and Alan Soutar.

We’ve selected our acca tips for each day’s action below.

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German Darts Championship 2022 | Draw, Live Scores and Schedule of Play

PDC European Tour continues with the German Darts Championship in Hildesheim, and you can follow the latest results and schedule of play here.

The second of 13 European Tour events this season features 45 players battling it out for £140,000 in prize money at Halle 39 from March 11-13.

The top 16 players from the ProTour Order of Merit (as of February 1) are seeded and enter at the Second Round stage, while 32 qualifiers battle it out for the right to join them.

The 32 unseeded players are made up of 22 Tour Card Holder Qualifiers, two Associate Member Qualifiers, two Host Nation Qualifiers, the top two highest ranked Germans, one Nordic & Baltic Qualifier and one East European Qualifier.

Devon Petersen is the defending champion, having defeated Jonny Clayton 8-3 in the final of the most recent staging back in 2020.

Gerwyn Price’s withdrawal due to injury means Jose de Sousa is the number one seed, while Michael Smith and Peter Wright are seeded two and three respectively.

Premier League champion Jonny Clayton is the number four seed, while Masters Champion Joe Cullen is seeded fifth and 32-time Euro Tour event winner Michael van Gerwen is seeded sixth.

Dirk van Duijvenbode, Krzysztof Ratajski and Rob Cross are also among the seeds, while qualifiers include the likes of Chris Dobey, Adrian Lewis, Dave Chisnall and Alan Soutar.

All matches up to and including the Quarter-Finals are to be contested over the best of 11 legs, with Semi-Finals best of 13 and the final best of 15.

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German Darts Championship 2022 Schedule of Play

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Friday March 11

First Round

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Marko Kantele 3-6 Scott Waites
Alan Soutar 6-3 Luc Peters
Martin Lukeman 6-2 Jimmy Hendriks
Mario Vandenbogaerde 4-6 Martijn Kleermaker
Darius Labanauskas 6-2 Niko Springer
Nathan Rafferty 3-6 Ricky Evans

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
Jose Justicia 6-4 George Killington
Martin Schindler 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Dave Chisnall 6-1 Stefan Bellmont
Vincent van der Voort 6-2 Gian van Veen
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Lukas Wenig
Joe Murnan 3-6 Kim Huybrechts
Karel Sedlacek 6-2 Adrian Lewis

Saturday March 12

Second Round

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Jamie Hughes
Rob Cross 6-2 Martijn Kleermaker
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Darius Labanauskas
Damon Heta 5-6 Martin Lukeman
Ryan Searle 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-4 Alan Soutar
Luke Humphries 4-6 Daryl Gurney
Joe Cullen 6-3 Ricky Evans

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
Jose de Sousa 6-5 Kim Huybrechts
Michael Smith 6-4 Devon Petersen
Gabriel Clemens 5-6 Dave Chisnall
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Jose Justicia
Peter Wright 6-4 Martin Schindler
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Scott Waites
Callan Rydz 0-6 Mensur Suljovic
Chris Dobey 0-6 Karel Sedlacek

Sunday March 13

Third Round

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Martin Lukeman
Peter Wright 6-4 Krzysztof Ratajski
Ryan Searle 1-6 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Michael Smith 6-1 Dave Chisnall
Joe Cullen 3-6 Daryl Gurney
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Mensur Suljovic
Rob Cross 6-3 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Jose de Sousa 4-6 Karel Sedlacek

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)

Quarter-Finals
Michael van Gerwen w/o Peter Wright (withdrawn through injury)
Michael Smith 3-6 Dimitri van den Bergh
Jonny Clayton 5-6 Daryl Gurney
Karel Sedlacek 4-6 Rob Cross

Semi-Finals
Michael van Gerwen 7-6 Dimitri van den Bergh
Rob Cross 7-4 Daryl Gurney

Final
Michael van Gerwen 8-5 Rob Cross

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Prize Fund
Winner: £25,000
Runner-up: £10,000
Semi-Final losers: £6,500
Quarter-Final losers: £5,000
Last 16 losers: £3,000
Second Round losers: £2,000
First Round losers: £1,000
Total: £140,000

German Darts Championship 2022 Live Stream | How to watch live online

PDC European Tour continues with the German Darts Championship in Hildesheim, and a live stream is available for all matches.

The second of 13 European Tour events this season features 48 players battling it out for £140,000 in prize money at Halle 39 from March 11-13.

The top 16 players from the ProTour Order of Merit (as of February 1) are seeded and enter at the Second Round stage, while 32 qualifiers battle it out for the right to join them.

The 32 unseeded players are made up of 24 Tour Card Holder Qualifiers, two Associate Member Qualifiers, two Host Nation Qualifiers, the top two highest ranked Germans, one Nordic & Baltic Qualifier and one East European Qualifier.

Devon Petersen is the defending champion, having defeated Jonny Clayton 8-3 in the final of the most recent staging back in 2020.

Gerwyn Price is the number one seed as he bids to make it back-to-back European Tour titles, while Jose de Sousa and Michael Smith are seeded two and three respectively.

World number one Peter Wright is the number four seed, while Masters Champion Joe Cullen is seeded sixth and 32-time Euro Tour event winner Michael van Gerwen is seeded seventh.

Dirk van Duijvenbode, Krzysztof Ratajski and Rob Cross are also among the seeds, while qualifiers include the likes of Chris Dobey, Adrian Lewis, Dave Chisnall and Alan Soutar.

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German Darts Championship 2020 Day Three preview and order of play: Title hunt culminates in Hildesheim

The second PDC European Tour title of the season is up for grabs at the German Darts Championship in Hildesheim on Sunday.

Forty-eight players started out in the quest to claim the £25,000 top prize at Halle 39, now just 16 remain in the running heading into the final day of action.

World number one Michael van Gerwen steps up his quest for a staggering 33rd European Tour triumph with a clash against rival Mervyn King in the opening match of the afternoon.

The pair have not seen eye to eye after an exchange of words in 2019, after King knocked MVG out of the UK Open that year, the green machine has gone on to win their next four meetings.

Van Gerwen averaged just shy of 100 in defeating Steve Lennon 6-2 in Saturday’s opener, while King averaged 103.8 in seeing off Jermaine Wattimena by the same scoreline.

Reigning champion Daryl Gurney steps up his title defence with a show-down against fellow Premier League star Glen Durrant.

Gurney finished bottom of the second phase of the Premier League but has shown signs of a return to form since, and will be keen to emphasise that here with a win over the man who topped that particular table.

Gurney needed an average of just 88 to brush aside a below-par Gabriel Clemens on Saturday and knows he will require a vast improvement against the consistent Teessider.

Durrant, who is targeting a first Euro Tour triumph, averaged 96 in a 6-3 success over Scott Waites in a repeat of the 2019 BDO world final and has won his last three televised encounters with Superchin.

Home hopes rest on Max Hopp as the German number one aims to overcome in-form Dutchman Danny Noppert in the Last 16.

Hopp knows exactly what it takes to go the distance on the Euro Tour, having done so in 2018, and delighted the Hildesheim crowd with a 6-4 scalp of second seed Ian White in Round Two.

Noppert, meanwhile, has registered back-to-back ton-plus averages this weekend in impressive victories over Josh Payne and Adrian Lewis.

Another stand-out tie sees Devon Petersen, the most improved player on the circuit this season, take on former World Champion Rob Cross.

Petersen’s incredible burst of form shows no sign of relenting, and the South African star will be determined to follow up Saturday’s scintillating comeback win over Gerwyn Price.

Petersen recovered from 5-1 down to deny the world number three in a deciding leg, landing eight 180s in the process and averaging 102.6.

Cross enjoyed a welcome return to form of his own last weekend by reaching the final of the World Series Finals and started this campaign with a solid 6-3 win over William O’Connor.

World Champion Peter Wright continues his quest for a seventh Euro Tour title when he faces former Austrian Open champion Jonny Clayton.

Wright came through the toughest possible opening tie on paper as he defeated Michael Smith 6-3 with a stunning 106.7 average to his name.

Clayton, meanwhile, closed out a crucial 6-4 victory over Chris Dobey with a 100 average to secure his place in the upcoming World Grand Prix.

James Wade missed his scheduled flight on Saturday morning but made it in time for his rescheduled match against Nico Kurz and defeated the German youngster 6-2.

Wade now faces a similarly deadly finisher in Mensur Suljovic, who dug deep to defeat Jeff Smith 6-4 despite a missed double 18 for a nine-darter from the Canadian.

Two prolific scorers go head-to-head as Premier League semi-finalist Nathan Aspinall faces two-time Euro Tour event winner Dave Chisnall.

Chisnall has won the last three meetings between the pair and put last week’s World Series woes behind him by whitewashing Lukas Wenig 6-0 with a blistering 108.6 average in Round Two.

Aspinall brushed aside Germany’s Dragutin Horvat 6-2 and is eyeing his third ranking title of a memorable, albeit unconventional season.

The final match of the afternoon sees Polish number one Krzysztof Ratajaski take on world number 21 Joe Cullen.

Both players tasted glory on the Euro Tour in 2019, with Ratajski reigning in Gibraltar and Cullen going all the way at the European Matchplay.

Ratajski was a 6-2 winner over Richard North in his opener, while Cullen put last week’s World Series Finals nightmare behind him by edging out Adam Hunt 6-4.

The action gets underway from 12pm BST, with Third Round and Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs, Semi-Finals best of 13 and the final best of 15.

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German Darts Championship 2020 Match Schedule

Sunday September 27

Third Round

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Michael van Gerwen v Mervyn King
Mensur Suljovic v James Wade
Peter Wright v Jonny Clayton
Dave Chisnall v Nathan Aspinall
Max Hopp v Danny Noppert
Daryl Gurney v Glen Durrant
Devon Petersen v Rob Cross
Krzysztof Ratajaski v Joe Cullen

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)

Quarter-Finals
Van Gerwen/King v Suljovic/Wade
Wright/Clayton v Chisnall/Aspinall
Hopp/Noppert v Gurney/Durrant
Petersen/Cross v Ratajski/Cullen

Semi-Finals

Final