Gerwyn Price secures International Darts Open hat-trick to retain number one spot

Gerwyn Price claimed his third International Darts Open title courtesy of an 8-4 victory over Peter Wright in the final, maintaining the world number one spot in the process.

The final of the year’s first European Tour event saw the world’s top two collide, with the winner taking the world number one spot on the PDC Order of Merit, as well as the £25,000 title.

Price came into the final day of action in Riesa knowing he had to win the title in order to live to fight another week at the top of the rankings, and he did just that with a series of blistering displays.

A high-quality final saw both players average above 106, but Price’s deadly accuracy on the outer ring saw him miss just one attempt at double as he clinched victory with a 130 checkout in front of 2,000 fans at the Sachsenarena.

“I told Peter he will have to wait another week [to become world number one],” joked Price, who last suffered defeat in a European Tour event in 2020.

“There was a lot of pressure on me in that final with the world number one spot resting on it, so I’m proud of myself tonight.

“I’ve played here four times and won three of them; I thank the crowd immensely for the reception they gave me and the way they supported both players in the final.”

Price continued the merciless vein of form which saw him hit two nine-darters on his way to winning Premier League Night Three in Belfast ten days ago.

The Welshman saw off Australia’s Damon Heta in Sunday afternoon’s Last 16 before victories over Danny Noppert and the returning Nathan Aspinall in the Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals respectively.

Wright remains on the verge of becoming world number one for the first time in his career, but will have to wait at least until next weekend’s UK Open.

An impressive weekend from the reigning World Champion saw him come through a last-leg shoot-out with Michael Smith in the Quarter-Finals, before enjoying a 7-3 success over Jonny Clayton in the Semi-Finals – in which he recovered from 3-0 down to reel off seven consecutive legs.

“I’ve got to fight to become world number one, I know it won’t just be given to me,” said Wright.

“Gerwyn showed tonight why he is world number one and a former World Champion; he never gives up, he always fights.

“But I’m after him, and hopefully I can do enough over the next few weeks.”

The afternoon’s Last 16 saw Danny Noppert pull off a 6-4 victory over Dutch rival Michael van Gerwen, while Aspinall marked an impressive return to action by defeating Masters Champion Joe Cullen en route to the Semi-Finals.

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International Darts Open 2022 Day Three Results

Sunday February 27

Afternoon Session

Last 16
Joe Cullen 3-6 Nathan Aspinall
James Wade 6-1 Kim Huybrechts
Michael van Gerwen 4-6 Danny Noppert
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Damon Heta
Dimitri van den Bergh 6-1 Brian Raman
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Lewy Williams
Peter Wright 6-2 Niko Springer
Michael Smith 6-1 Dirk van Duijvenbode

Evening Session

Quarter-Finals
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 James Wade
Danny Noppert 4-6 Gerwyn Price
Dimitri van den Bergh 4-6 Jonny Clayton
Peter Wright 6-5 Michael Smith

Semi-Finals
Gerwyn Price 7-3 Nathan Aspinall
Peter Wright 7-3 Jonny Clayton

Final
Gerwyn Price 8-4 Peter Wright

International Darts Open 2022 | Day Three Preview and Order of Play

The first European Tour event winner of 2022 will be crowned in Riesa on Sunday as the International Darts Open reaches its climax.

Eleven of the top 16 seeds are left standing at the SACHSENarena, 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.

As well as the title, the world number one spot is also on the line as Gerwyn Price and Peter Wright battle it out for supremacy at the top of the Order of Merit.

Price, winner here in 2018 and 2019, must win the title in order to maintain the number one spot, otherwise Wright will be crowned world number one for the first time.

Grand Slam champion Price overcame Ritchie Edhouse in Saturday’s opener and now comes up against former Brisbane Masters winner Damon Heta – against whom he has won all seven of their previous meetings.

Wright, meanwhile, faces a rank outsider in his Last 16 clash as he meets Host Nation qualifier Niko Springer.

The two-time World Champion needed an average of just 88.4 to whitewash a struggling Luke Woodhouse in his opener and will be eyeing a marked improvement on that display when he faces the home favourite.

Springer has enjoyed a dream Euro Tour debut so far, defeating Jermaine Wattimena and Brendan Dolan to become the last German standing in the competition.

Meanwhile, Michael van Gerwen steps up his quest for a 33rd European Tour title with a grudge clash against Dutch rival Danny Noppert.

Noppert notably knocked MVG out of the World Grand Prix in Round One last October, with the pair involved in a controversial exchange on stage.

Noppert is making his first appearance of the season after missing the first quartet of ProTour events following the birth of his first child, and returned to defeat Mervyn King 6-3 on Saturday.

Van Gerwen fended off a tricky test from Irish youngster Keane Barry to prevail 6-4 with a 102 average and is vying for a first Euro Tour triumph since 2019.

The opening match of the day sees top seed and defending champion Joe Cullen take on the returning Nathan Aspinall.

Cullen, the reigning Masters champion, swept aside Latvia’s Madars Razma 6-1 in his opener and will look to pile more pain on a struggling Aspinall – who continues his recovery from a wrist injury which had kept him out of action until this weekend.

Aspinall, who has dropped to 16th in the Order of Merit, dispatched Canada’s Jeff Smith 6-4 with an average of 88 on Saturday and knows he must raise his level considerably if he is to challenge the Premier League star.

Two unseeded Belgian stars collide as Dimitri Van den Bergh takes on PDC newcomer Brian Raman.

Van den Bergh had to start out in Round One on Friday but has dropped just three legs on his way to this stage, thrashing Martin Lukeman 6-2 and Mensur Suljovic 6-1.

Raman, the current WDF number one, marked his debut with a 6-3 win over Germany’s David Schlichting before edging out second seed Jose de Sousa in Round Two.

James Wade, whose most recent Euro Tour title came back in 2016, continues his quest for glory ahead of his UK Open title defence next week when he faces in-form Kim Huybrechts.

Huybrechts has recorded back-to-back 6-3 wins over Florian Hempel and Devon Petersen en route to this stage, while Wade opened up with a 6-4 defeat of Vincent van der Voort.

Premier League champion Jonny Clayton survived a scare from Krzysztof Kciuk in his opener, recovering from 3-0 and 5-3 down to prevail in a decider courtesy of a 96 checkout.

The Ferret now faces fellow Welsh star Lewy Williams – the confident 20-year-old who has already seen off Dennis Nilsson and tenth seed Krzysztof Ratajski.

The final match of the afternoon sees four-time Euro Tour event winner Michael Smith take on 2021 Players Championship event winner Dirk van Duijvenbode.

Van Duijvenbode made a perfect start by whitewashing Nico Kurz 6-0 with a 100.2 average on Saturday, while Smith saw off Simon Whitlock 6-4 to steady the ship after a rocky start to the season.

The action gets under way from 12pm GMT, with Third Round and Quarter-Finals 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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International Darts Open 2022 Day Three Schedule

All times GMT (Local time one hour ahead)

Sunday February 27

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)

Last 16
Joe Cullen v Nathan Aspinall
James Wade v Kim Huybrechts
Michael van Gerwen v Danny Noppert
Gerwyn Price v Damon Heta
Brian Raman v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Jonny Clayton v Lewy Williams
Peter Wright v Niko Springer
Michael Smith v Dirk van Duijvenbode

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)

Quarter-Finals
Cullen/Aspinall v Wade/Huybrechts
Van Gerwen/Noppert v Price/Heta
Raman/Van den Bergh v Clayton/Williams
Wright/Springer v M Smith/Van Duijvenbode

Semi-Finals

Final

Wright, Price and Van Gerwen advance at the International Open as Clayton survives scare

Gerwyn Price, Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen safely progressed to the Last 16 of the 2022 International Darts Open in Riesa, while Jonny Clayton produced a fine comeback.

The season’s first European Tour event saw the 16 seeded players enter the action in Saturday’s Second Round, but a clutch of the sport’s top stars endured some nervy moments before eventually booking their place on the final day of action.

Price, who must claim the title this weekend in order to retain his status as world number one, had to come from 2-0 down against qualifier Ritchie Edhouse before claiming a 6-3 win.

The Welshman has previously triumphed in Riesa in 2018 and 2019, and now faces Damon Heta on Sunday afternoon after the Australian’s 6-2 win over Daryl Gurney earlier in the day.

“In the first two legs he was firing, but I did enough to win and sometimes that’s all you need to do,” said Price.

“Hopefully I can bring my A-game tomorrow – I’ll need it. I’ve won here twice before and I’d love to make it three.”

Van Gerwen, a 32-time European Tour event winner, overcame Keane Barry 6-4, but needed a crucial 160 finish in leg six to level after the Irish starlet missed his chance to open up a 4-2 lead.

“Keane is a really good player, and when he puts you under pressure you have to perform well,” said Van Gerwen. “The 160 was needed and I was glad I hit that, but I always keep fighting and to be back in front of so many fans is great.

“It’s been so long for us players and the people in the venue. This is what we all want and I’m already looking forward to tomorrow. I want to rock this venue.”

Clayton, meanwhile, recovered from 3-0 and 5-3 down to defeat Krzysztof Kciuk 6-5, with the Polish ace having knocked out Rob Cross in the first round before coming agonisingly close ousting the Premier League champion.

World Champion Wright, who is aiming to succeed Price as world number one after this event, whitewashed Luke Woodhouse 6-0 despite an average of just 88.

Wright finished six doubles from nine attempts, and now plays German qualifier Niko Springer, who reached the last 16 on his European Tour debut by defeating Brendan Dolan in a deciding leg.

Top seed Joe Cullen was too strong for Latvia’s Madars Razma, and the reigning Masters champion now plays Nathan Aspinall in round three.

Aspinall, on his return to action following a wrist problem which has kept him sidelined for two months, led 4-0 before Jeff Smith cut the gap to one leg before the UK Open champion closed out a 6-4 win.

UK Open champion James Wade finished six doubles from 11 attempts in a 6-4 win over Vincent van der Voort, and now plays Kim Huybrechts after the Belgian ace defeated Devon Petersen 6-3.

Dirk van Duijvenbode averaged 100 as he whitewashed Nico Kurz 6-0, with the young German restricted to just one dart at a double in the contest.

Van Duijvenbode now meets World Championship finalist Michael Smith, who was in fine finishing form to defeat Simon Whitlock 6-4 by hitting two-thirds of his doubles.

Dimitri Van den Bergh landed a 167 checkout and converted six doubles from nine attempts in a clinical 6-1 defeat of Mensur Suljovic.

The 2020 World Matchplay champion now plays Brian Raman in an all-Belgian clash after the new Tour Card Holder survived a missed match dart from Jose de Sousa in the deciding leg of their Saturday afternoon meeting.

Welsh prospect Lewy Williams booked his spot in the last 16 by defeating Krzysztof Ratajski 6-5 after the Polish star had hit back from 5-2 down to take their game all the way.

Danny Noppert, who became a father for the first time recently, now plays MVG in an all-Dutch tie after taking out 142 on his way to a 6-3 win over Mervyn King.

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International Darts Open 2022 Day Two Results

All times GMT (Local time one hour ahead)

Saturday February 26

Second Round

Afternoon Session
Jose de Sousa 5-6 Brian Raman
Damon Heta 6-2 Daryl Gurney
Krzysztof Ratajski 5-6 Lewy Williams
Danny Noppert 6-3 Mervyn King
Brendan Dolan 5-6 Niko Springer
Devon Petersen 3-6 Kim Huybrechts
James Wade 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Jeff Smith

Evening Session
Mensur Suljovic 1-6 Dimitri van den Bergh
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-0 Nico Kurz
Joe Cullen 6-1 Madars Razma
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Keane Barry
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Ritchie Edhouse
Jonny Clayton 6-5 Krzysztof Kciuk
Peter Wright 6-0 Luke Woodhouse
Michael Smith 6-4 Simon Whitlock

International Darts Open 2022 | Day Two Preview and Order of Play

The top seeds kick off their European Tour campaigns at the 2022 International Darts Open in Riesa on Saturday.

The first of 13 European Tour events this season features 48 players battling it out for £140,000 in prize money at the SACHSENarena from February 25-27.

The top 16 players from the ProTour Order of Merit (as of June 28, 2021) are seeded and enter at the Second Round stage, while 32 qualifiers battled it out on Day One for the right to join them.

Friday’s curtain-raiser saw reigning European Champion Rob Cross, world number 16 Ryan Searle and German stars Gabriel Clemens and Florian Hempel dumped out of the competition at the first hurdle.

A host of other notable names will be out to avoid a similar fate on Day Two as the action continues across two unmissable sessions.

One side story to this weekend’s event is the battle for the world number one spot between Gerwyn Price and Peter Wright, and both will look to play their part by coming through their opening ties.

Price, winner here in Riesa in 2018 and 2019, is facing an uphill task to retain top spot, knowing he must reach the final of this event and go deep in the UK Open next weekend and hope that Snakebite suffers early exits.

The 2021 World Champion returns to action for the first time since last Thursday’s double nine-dart heroics in Belfast as he takes on the man he defeated in his Ally Pally opener in December – Ritchie Edhouse.

Edhouse pulled off an impressive scalp of Ryan Searle in Round One and gave Price an early scare in the World Championship when he took the opening set without reply before eventually losing 3-1.

Wright launches his quest for a seventh European Tour title against world number 48 Luke Woodhouse – who overcame Andy Boulton 6-2 in his opener.

The afternoon session kicks off with a clash between 2021 Premier League finalist Jose de Sousa and Belgium’s Brian Raman – the current WDF number one and new PDC Tour Card holder.

Former Brisbane Masters winner Damon Heta takes on two-time major champion Daryl Gurney – who knocked out 16-year-old Fabian Schmutzler in Round One.

Krzysztof Ratajski, a former Euro Tour event winner, starts out against 20-year-old Welsh talent Lewy Williams, while Brendan Dolan faces a tricky opener against Host Nation qualifier Niko Springer – who landed five 180s in defeating Jermaine Wattimena 6-4 on Friday.

Danny Noppert, who recently welcomed the birth of his first child, marks his first competitive outing of the season with a tie against multiple major finalist Mervyn King.

In-form Kim Huybrechts, who saw off Hempel with a 97.5 average in Round One, returns to the stage to face ninth seed Devon Petersen – the 2020 German Championship winner.

Ten-time major champion James Wade begins his quest for a first European Tour title since 2016 with a tie against Vincent van der Voort – who produced the stand-out performance of the First Round by averaging 103.7 in a 6-3 win over Adam Gawlas.

Nathan Aspinall, who is recovering from an elbow problem, returns to action for the first time since the World Championship as he faces former Lakeside finalist Jeff Smith.

The evening session sees Michael van Gerwen launch his pursuit of a 33rd European Tour title with a show-down against Irish sensation Keane Barry.

Van Gerwen has not picked up a Euro Tour title since 2019 and faces a tough opener against the naturally-gifted 19-year-old – who swept aside Ron Meulenkamp in Round One.

Top seed and Masters Champion Joe Cullen begins the defence of his International Open title with a meeting against Latvian star Madars Razma.

Mensur Suljovic, the number 15 seed, starts out against 2020 World Matchplay champion Dimitri van den Bergh – who averaged 101.4 in a 6-2 success over Martin Lukeman on Day One.

Nico Kurz’ reward for his opening round success over compatriot Clemens is a show-down with former World Grand Prix finalist Dirk van Duijvenbode.

Two-time world finalist Michael Smith, four times a Euro Tour event winner, takes on 2012 European Champion Simon Whitlock – who whitewashed Dragutin Horvat 6-0 in his opener.

Premier League champion Jonny Clayton aims to avoid a potential banana skin at the hands of Polish giant-killer Kciuk – who thrashed world number ten Rob Cross 6-1 on Friday.

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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International Darts Open 2022 Day Two Schedule of Play

All times GMT (Local time one hour ahead)

Saturday February 26

Second Round

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Jose de Sousa v Brian Raman
Damon Heta v Daryl Gurney
Krzysztof Ratajski v Lewy Williams
Danny Noppert v Mervyn King
Brendan Dolan v Niko Springer
Devon Petersen v Kim Huybrechts
James Wade v Vincent van der Voort
Nathan Aspinall v Jeff Smith

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
Mensur Suljovic v Dimitri van den Bergh
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Nico Kurz
Joe Cullen v Madars Razma
Michael van Gerwen v Keane Barry
Gerwyn Price v Ritchie Edhouse
Jonny Clayton v Krzysztof Kciuk
Peter Wright v Luke Woodhouse
Michael Smith v Simon Whitlock

Krzysztof Kciuk thrashes Rob Cross on Day One of the International Darts Open

Krzysztof Kciuk pulled off a sensational 6-1 scalp of Rob Cross in Round One of the 2022 International Darts Open in Riesa on Friday.

Reigning European Champion Cross had been bidding to open his account on the European Tour in this weekend’s £140,000 tournament at the Sachsenarena.

However, the 2018 World Champion was punished for nine missed darts at doubles by Poland’s Kciuk, who reeled off five straight legs from one-all to progress to a Second Round tie with Jonny Clayton on Saturday.

Dimitri Van den Bergh impressed as he began his own bid to claim a maiden European Tour title with a 6-2 defeat of Martin Lukeman.

The former World Matchplay champion averaged 101.4 and finished six doubles from nine attempts as he moved through to meet Mensur Suljovic.

Ritchie Edhouse will take on world number one Gerwyn Price after defeating a below-par Ryan Searle 6-4, producing a 157 checkout on his way to an impressive win.

Luke Woodhouse’s 6-2 defeat of Andy Boulton means that he faces World Champion Peter Wright in Round Two, while Irish youngster Keane Barry now faces 32-time European Tour event winner Michael van Gerwen following a dominant defeat of Ron Meulenkamp by the same scoreline.

Youngster Nico Kurz claimed a 6-3 win in his all-German tie with Gabriel Clemens to move through to a meeting with Dirk van Duijvenbode.

A 170 checkout from Jermaine Wattimena was not enough to prevent the Dutchman from falling to a 6-2 loss against Germany’s Niko Springer – who now plays Brendan Dolan.

Kim Huybrechts and Daryl Gurney ended the hopes of German pair Florian Hempel and Fabian Schmutzler respectively as they safely moved into the Last 32.

Australia’s Simon Whitlock powered through to a Second Round clash with World Championship finalist Michael Smith by whitewashing Dragutin Horvat – who missed two darts to win the game’s opening leg before being denied another dart at a double in the contest.

Latvia’s Madars Razma now takes on top seed Joe Cullen following his 6-4 win over Wayne Jones, while Dutchman Vincent van der Voort averaged 104 in a 6-3 win over Adam Gawlas to set up a tie with UK Open champion James Wade.

New PDC Tour Card Holder Brian Raman progressed to a second round date with Jose de Sousa by defeating Host Nation Qualifier David Schlichting 6-3 in the event’s opening tie.

Canada’s Jeff Smith shrugged off a 35-hour journey to Germany which had seen him only arrive in Riesa on Friday evening to enjoy a 6-4 win over Danny van Trijp.

Smith will now play Nathan Aspinall, who makes his first appearance since the World Championship following treatment for a wrist problem in recent weeks.

Former European Tour event winner Mervyn King will play Danny Noppert in Round Two after seeing off Hungary’s Janos Vegso 6-3, while Lewy Williams’ 6-4 win over Sweden’s Dennis Nilsson sets up a meeting with Krzysztof Ratajski.

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International Darts Open 2022 Day One Results

All times GMT (Local time one hour ahead)

Friday February 25

First Round

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
David Schlichting 3-6 Brian Raman
Jermaine Wattimena 4-6 Niko Springer
Madars Razma 6-4 Wayne Jones
Fabian Schmutzler 2-6 Daryl Gurney
Adam Gawlas 3-6 Vincent van der Voort
Luke Woodhouse 6-2 Andy Boulton
Keane Barry 6-2 Ron Meulenkamp
Ryan Searle 4-6 Ritchie Edhouse

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
Lewy Williams 6-4 Dennis Nilsson
Mervyn King 6-3 Janos Vegso
Florian Hempel 3-6 Kim Huybrechts
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Martin Lukeman
Rob Cross 1-6 Krzysztof Kciuk
Gabriel Clemens 3-6 Nico Kurz
Simon Whitlock 6-0 Dragutin Horvat
Danny van Trijp 4-6 Jeff Smith

International Darts Open Betting Tips and Accumulator Predictions

The 2022 European Tour begins with the International Darts Open in Riesa, and we’ve picked out our best betting tips for each day.

The first of 13 European Tour events this season features 48 players battling it out for £140,000 in prize money at the SACHSENarena from February 25-27.

The top 16 players from the ProTour Order of Merit (as of June 28, 2021) 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 23 Tour Card Holder Qualifiers (from July 2021), two Associate Member Qualifiers, five Host Nation Qualifiers, one Nordic & Baltic Qualifier and one East European Qualifier.

Joe Cullen is the number one seed and claimed this title when the event was last held in 2020, defeating Michael van Gerwen 8-5 in the final.

Van Gerwen, winner of a record 32 European Tour titles, is the number four seed, with Jose de Sousa second and World Champion Peter Wright the third seed.

Gerwyn Price, bidding to retain the world number one spot, is seeded five, while fellow Premier League stars Jonny Clayton, James Wade and Michael Smith also compete.

Dirk van Duijvenbode, Krzysztof Ratajski and Damon Heta are also among the seeds, while Nathan Aspinall is set to make his first competitive appearance of the season after being sidelined through injury.

Qualifiers include the likes of Dimitri Van den Bergh, Rob Cross, Daryl Gurney, Ryan Searle and Simon Whitlock.

We’ve selected our top betting tips for each day of the 2022 International Darts Open.

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International Darts Open 2022 | Draw, Live Scores and Schedule of Play

The 2022 European Tour commences with the International Darts Open in Riesa, and you can follow the latest results and schedule of play here.

The first of 13 European Tour events this season features 48 players battling it out for £140,000 in prize money at the SACHSENarena from February 25-27.

The top 16 players from the ProTour Order of Merit (as of June 28, 2021) 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 23 Tour Card Holder Qualifiers (from July 2021), two Associate Member Qualifiers, five Host Nation Qualifiers, one Nordic & Baltic Qualifier and one East European Qualifier.

Joe Cullen is the number one seed and claimed this title when the event was last held in 2020, defeating Michael van Gerwen 8-5 in the final.

Van Gerwen, winner of a record 32 European Tour titles, is the number four seed, with Jose de Sousa second and World Champion Peter Wright the third seed.

Gerwyn Price, bidding to retain the world number one spot, is seeded five, while fellow Premier League stars Jonny Clayton, James Wade and Michael Smith also compete.

Dirk van Duijvenbode, Krzysztof Ratajski and Damon Heta are also among the seeds, while Nathan Aspinall is set to make his first competitive appearance of the season after being sidelined through injury.

Qualifiers include the likes of Dimitri Van den Bergh, Rob Cross, Daryl Gurney, Ryan Searle and Simon Whitlock.

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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International Darts Open 2022 Schedule of Play

All times GMT (Local time one hour ahead)

Friday February 25

First Round

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
David Schlichting 3-6 Brian Raman
Jermaine Wattimena 4-6 Niko Springer
Madars Razma 6-4 Wayne Jones
Fabian Schmutzler 2-6 Daryl Gurney
Adam Gawlas 3-6 Vincent van der Voort
Luke Woodhouse 6-2 Andy Boulton
Keane Barry 6-2 Ron Meulenkamp
Ryan Searle 4-6 Ritchie Edhouse

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
Lewy Williams 6-4 Dennis Nilsson
Mervyn King 6-3 Janos Vegso
Florian Hempel 3-6 Kim Huybrechts
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Martin Lukeman
Rob Cross 1-6 Krzysztof Kciuk
Gabriel Clemens 3-6 Nico Kurz
Simon Whitlock 6-0 Dragutin Horvat
Danny van Trijp 4-6 Jeff Smith

Saturday February 26

Second Round

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Jose de Sousa 5-6 Brian Raman
Damon Heta 6-2 Daryl Gurney
Krzysztof Ratajski 5-6 Lewy Williams
Danny Noppert 6-3 Mervyn King
Brendan Dolan 5-6 Niko Springer
Devon Petersen 3-6 Kim Huybrechts
James Wade 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Jeff Smith

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
Mensur Suljovic 1-6 Dimitri van den Bergh
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-0 Nico Kurz
Joe Cullen 6-1 Madars Razma
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Keane Barry
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Ritchie Edhouse
Jonny Clayton 6-5 Krzysztof Kciuk
Peter Wright 6-0 Luke Woodhouse
Michael Smith 6-4 Simon Whitlock

Sunday February 27

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)

Last 16
Joe Cullen 3-6 Nathan Aspinall
James Wade 6-1 Kim Huybrechts
Michael van Gerwen 4-6 Danny Noppert
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Damon Heta
Brian Raman 1-6 Dimitri van den Bergh
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Lewy Williams
Peter Wright 6-2 Niko Springer
Michael Smith 6-1 Dirk van Duijvenbode

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)

Quarter-Finals
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 James Wade
Danny Noppert 4-6 Gerwyn Price
Dimitri van den Bergh 4-6 Jonny Clayton
Peter Wright 6-5 Michael Smith

Semi-Finals
Gerwyn Price 7-3 Nathan Aspinall
Peter Wright 7-3 Jonny Clayton

Final
Gerwyn Price 8-4 Peter Wright

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

International Darts Open 2022 | Day One Preview and Order of Play

The 2022 PDC European Tour commences in Riesa on Friday as the 32 qualifiers collide in Round One of the International Darts Open.

The first of 13 European Tour events this season features 48 players battling it out for £140,000 in prize money at the SACHSENarena from February 25-27.

The top 16 players from the ProTour Order of Merit (as of June 28, 2021) 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 23 Tour Card Holder Qualifiers, two Associate Member Qualifiers, five Host Nation Qualifiers, one Nordic & Baltic Qualifier and one East European Qualifier.

The afternoon session sees world number 16 Ryan Searle start out against three-time Challenge Tour event winner Ritchie Edhouse.

Two-time major winner Daryl Gurney kicks off his campaign against 16-year-old Fabian Schmutzler – who made his World Championship debut at Alexandra Palace in December.

One of the stand-out ties of the opening round sees former UK Open finalist Vincent van der Voort take on former World Youth Championship finalist Adam Gawlas.

Brian Raman, the WDF number one and new PDC Tour Card holder, opens up against David Schlichting – one of seven German hopefuls in the competition.

Keane Barry, the 19-year-old Irish star, takes on Dutch left-hander Ron Meulenkamp for the right to face Michael van Gerwen in Saturday’s Second Round.

Luke Woodhouse comes up against Andy Boulton for the right to meet Peter Wright in Round Two, while Latvia’s Madars Razma faces former World Championship semi-finalist Wayne Jones.

Jermaine Wattimena starts out against Host Nation qualifier Niko Springer, while the evening session commences with a tie between Welsh youngster Lewy Williams and Sweden’s Dennis Nilsson.

World number nine Dimitri van den Bergh is the highest ranked player in action on Day One and he opens up with a clash against Martin Lukeman – who reached the Semi-Finals of a Players Championship event last season.

Reigning European Champion Rob Cross looks to bounce back from the disappointment of being left out of the Premier League when he faces Poland’s Krzysztof Kciuk, with Jonny Clayton awaiting the winner.

Multiple PDC major finalist Mervyn King takes on Hungary’s Janos Vegso, while German ace Florian Hempel faces a resurgent Kim Huybrechts – twice a Euro Tour event winner.

A mouth-watering all-German clash sees world number 22 Gabriel Clemens face qualifier Nico Kurz – who will look to avenge the defeat to his compatriot in the World Championship two years ago.

Former European Champion Simon Whitlock meets Germany’s Dragutin Horvat, while Associate Member qualifier Danny van Trijp plays Canadian ace Jeff Smith.

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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International Darts Open 2022 Day One Schedule

All times GMT (Local time one hour ahead)

Friday February 25

First Round

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
David Schlichting v Brian Raman
Jermaine Wattimena v Niko Springer
Madars Razma v Wayne Jones
Fabian Schmutzler v Daryl Gurney
Adam Gawlas v Vincent van der Voort
Luke Woodhouse v Andy Boulton
Keane Barry v Ron Meulenkamp
Ryan Searle v Ritchie Edhouse

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
Lewy Williams v Dennis Nilsson
Mervyn King v Janos Vegso
Florian Hempel v Kim Huybrechts
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Martin Lukeman
Rob Cross v Krzysztof Kciuk
Gabriel Clemens v Nico Kurz
Simon Whitlock v Dragutin Horvat
Danny van Trijp v Jeff Smith

International Darts Open 2022 Live Stream | How to watch live online

The 2022 PDC European Tour commences with the International Darts Open in Riesa, and a live stream is available for all matches.

The first of 13 European Tour events this season features 48 players battling it out for £140,000 in prize money at the SACHSENarena from February 25-27.

The top 16 players from the ProTour Order of Merit (as of June 28, 2021) 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 (from July 2021), two Associate Member Qualifiers, four Host Nation Qualifiers, one Nordic & Baltic Qualifier and one East European Qualifier.

Joe Cullen is the number one seed and claimed this title when the event was last held in 2020, defeating Michael van Gerwen 8-5 in the final.

Van Gerwen, winner of a record 32 European Tour titles, is the number four seed, with Jose de Sousa second and World Champion Peter Wright the third seed.

Gerwyn Price, bidding to retain the world number one spot, is seeded five, while fellow Premier League stars Jonny Clayton, James Wade and Michael Smith also compete.

Dirk van Duijvenbode, Krzysztof Ratajski and Damon Heta are also among the seeds, while Nathan Aspinall is set to make his first competitive appearance of the season after being sidelined through injury.

Qualifiers include the likes of Dimitri Van den Bergh, Rob Cross, Daryl Gurney, Ryan Searle and Simon Whitlock.

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International Darts Open 2020 Day Three preview and order of play: Euro Tour concludes in Riesa

The 2020 PDC European Tour draws to a close in Riesa on Sunday as the 16 remaining players battle to be crowned International Darts Open champion.

A condensed Euro Tour campaign has consisted of just four events this season, nine fewer than originally scheduled, meaning a number of new faces are set to appear in next week’s European Championship.

Following Sunday’s conclusion, the top 32 players from the European Order of Merit will comprise the field for the European Championship in Oberhausen.

As it stands, four of the remaining 16 hopefuls sit outside of the provisional field and will require one further win in order to move in to the top 32.

One of the the quartet is in-form Ross Smith, who is looking to continue his superb run of results by overcoming home favourite Max Hopp.

Smith averaged 112.8 in a 6-1 demolition of Mario Vandenbogaerde on Friday before overturning a 4-0 deficit to dethrone back-to-back champion Gerwyn Price in a last-leg decider.

Smith is now eyeing a fifth consecutive win over Hopp – who was a semi-finalist in the 2018 European Championship, having notably claimed the German Open title earlier that year.

Having thrashed Jelle Klaasen 6-1 in Round One, ‘The Maximiser’ then defeated last week’s European Grand Prix winner Jose de Sousa 6-3 on Saturday night.

Not since 2012 has Michael van Gerwen gone an entire season without picking up a European Tour title, and the world number one will look to go one better than last week’s runner-up spot in Sindelfingen.

Van Gerwen averaged just 90 in a struggle of a 6-4 win over Latvia’s Madars Razma on Saturday and now faces former World Championship finalist Andy Hamilton.

A resurgent Hamilton has moved into the provisional field for the European Championship following victories over Simeon Heinz and Stephen Bunting to mark his best run of the season.

Former European Champion James Wade looks to avenge last week’s 6-2 defeat to Nathan Aspinall when the pair meet at the same stage of the competition.

Jamie Hughes will also have revenge on his mind when he faces Mensur Suljovic, having incredibly squandered a 5-0 lead in an eventual 6-5 defeat seven days ago.

Gibraltar Open winner Krzysztof Ratajski looks to end the landmark run of Host Nation qualifier Franz Rötzsch – who has already knocked out Brendan Dolan and Rob Cross, averaging 103 in the latter tie.

A repeat of their recent World Grand Prix Quarter-Final sees Dave Chisnall aim to repeat the dose on Joe Cullen, with both having registered impressive ton-plus averages in Round Two.

Multiple Euro Tour event winner Michael Smith aims to end the ground-breaking run of Spain’s Jesus Noguera – who knocked out third seed Ian White to reach this phase for the first time.

Scott Baker is another man who finds himself in uncharted territory, and ‘The Mod’ looks to follow up his wins over Michael Unterbuchner and Daryl Gurney by overcoming former Lakeside finalist Danny Noppert.

Noppert averaged 103.4 in a 6-3 victory over Adrian Lewis on Saturday and is looking to reach his second Euro Tour Quarter-Final of the year.

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

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International Darts Open 2020 Schedule

Sunday October 25

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)

Third Round
Michael van Gerwen v Andy Hamilton
James Wade v Nathan Aspinall
Krzysztof Ratajski v Franz Rötzsch
Mensur Suljovic v Jamie Hughes
Ross Smith v Max Hopp
Dave Chisnall v Joe Cullen
Jesus Noguera v Michael Smith
Scott Baker v Danny Noppert

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)

Quarter-Finals
Van Gerwen/Hamilton v Wade/Aspinall
Ratajski/Rötzsch v Suljovic/Hughes
R Smith/Hopp v Chisnall/Cullen
Noguera/M Smith v Baker/Noppert

Semi-Finals

Final

Ross Smith dethrones Price at the International Darts Open as White and Cross also crash out

Ross Smith continued his rampant run at the 2020 International Darts Open by dethroning defending champion Gerwyn Price, as Ian White and Rob Cross also suffered Second Round exits.

Day Two of the season’s final European Tour event in Riesa saw seven seeded players bite the dust as the race to reach next week’s European Championship took another twist.

Smith, who averaged 112.8 in a blistering 6-1 win over Mario Vandenbogaerde on Friday, continued his impressive form as he recovered from 4-0 down to edge out the world number two in a deciding leg.

Smith looked to be heading for home after losing the opening four legs, with Price taking out 130 and 90 along the way, but hit back with finishes of 68 and 113 in restoring parity.

Price stopped the rot with a 13-darter to regain the lead, but hit a 180 and double eight in forcing a decider, before adding another maximum en route to a 14-darter to win it in style.

Smith will now face home favourite Max Hopp in Sunday’s Last 16 after the German number one knocked out last week’s European Grand Prix winner Jose de Sousa 6-3 with a classy display.

Hopp, the 2018 German Open champion, averaged 98.7 and landed five 180s and a 148 checkout in dispatching the in-form Portuguese star.

Reigning European Champion Rob Cross was dumped out at the first hurdle by Host Nation qualifier Franz Roetsch – who continued his landmark run with a 6-3 triumph.

Roetsch had defeated Brendan Dolan in Round One and followed that up with the performance of his career as he averaged 103 with 60 per cent on the doubles in overcoming the world number five.

Third seed Ian White also suffered a shock early exit as he went down 6-3 to Spain’s Jesus Noguera.

Noguera punished just 27 per cent on the doubles from the Stoke star as he moved through to the Last 16 of a European Tour event for the first time and bolstered his hopes of World Championship and European Championship qualification.

Daryl Gurney also departed the tournament at the Second Round stage as he lost out 6-3 to debutant Scott Baker.

Baker will now face Danny Noppert on Sunday after the former World Series Finals runner-up overcame the returning Adrian Lewis 6-3 with a clinical 103.4 average.

World number one Michael van Gerwen battled his way past Latvia’s Madars Razma 6-4 despite an average of just 90 as he set up a show-down with Andy Hamilton.

Former world finalist Andy Hamilton moved into the provisional places for the European Championship after surviving three match darts to edge out Stephen Bunting in a tense decider.

Krzysztof Ratajski avenged last week’s defeat to Martijn Kleermaker in Sindelfingen by progressing 6-4 with a solid 99 average.

James Wade recovered from 2-0 down to defeat Swedish debutant Andreas Harrysson 6-3, while Joe Cullen thrashed Robert Marijanovic 6-1 with a 101.2 average.

Michael Smith landed five maximums en route to a 6-2 victory over Martin Schindler, as Dave Chisnall overcame Ron Meulenkamp 6-3 with a 104.4 average and a high checkout of 135.

Mensur Suljovic, who came from 5-0 down to defeat Jamie Hughes 6-5 last weekend, set up a rematch between the pair after a deciding leg success over Gabriel Clemens.

Suljovic produced a timely 11-darter in the decider to get over the line, while Hughes was a 6-4 winner over Steve West in the opening match of the day despite an average of just 84.5

Premier League runner-up Nathan Aspinall held his nerve to edge out Jason Lowe 6-5 and will now face Wade in Round Three for the second consecutive weekend.

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International Darts Open 2020 Results

Saturday October 24

Second Round

Afternoon Session
Jamie Hughes 6-4 Steve West
Adrian Lewis 3-6 Danny Noppert
Michael Smith 6-2 Martin Schindler
Joe Cullen 6-1 Robert Marijanovic
Daryl Gurney 3-6 Scott Baker
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Ron Meulenkamp
James Wade 6-3 Andreas Harrysson
Rob Cross 3-6 Franz Roetsch

Evening Session
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-4 Martijn Kleermaker
Stephen Bunting 5-6 Andy Hamilton
Nathan Aspinall 6-5 Jason Lowe
Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Gabriel Clemens
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Madars Razma
Gerwyn Price 5-6 Ross Smith
Jose De Sousa 3-6 Max Hopp
Ian White 3-6 Jesus Noguera