World Darts Championship 2021/22 Dates confirmed

The dates and ticket details for the 2021/22 PDC World Darts Championship have been confirmed.

The William Hill World Championship will return to London’s Alexandra Palace from December 15, 2021 to January 3, 2022, with tickets due to go on sale next week.

The 28th staging of the sport’s most prestigious event will see 96 players compete for £2.5 million in prize money.

Gerwyn Price will return to Ally Pally as defending champion for the first time, having beaten Gary Anderson in the final in January 2021.

Tickets will go on sale to Annual PDC Members at 12pm BST on Monday July 26.

Tickets will then go on Priority Sale to fans who signed-up to the Priority Window at 12pm BST on Wednesday July 28.

Any remaining tickets will go on General Sale at 12pm BST on Thursday July 29.

The top 32 players from the PDC Order of Merit will be joined by the next highest 32 players from the ProTour Order of Merit, plus a further 32 International Qualifiers.

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Price achieves darting dream with World Championship triumph to become world number one

Gerwyn Price fulfilled his darting destiny by defeating Gary Anderson 7-3 in the final to become World Champion for the first time and secure world number one status.

Price produced an astonishing display of finishing for the majority of the final, and despite a late blip on the doubles, closed out victory to become the latest new name on the Sid Waddell Trophy.

He becomes the first Welsh winner of a PDC world title, with the £500,000 top prize elevating him to the world number one spot, ending Michael van Gerwen’s seven-year stint at the top.

The damage was done early in the final as ‘The Ice Man’ won five of the first six sets with the aid of some flawless double top hitting, leaving Anderson unable to recover despite Price squandering several opportunities to wrap up the victory before eventually getting over the line.

“This means the world to me, I’m over the moon,” said Price, who averaged 100 and missed double 12 for a nine-darter at one stage.

“I bombed numerous opportunities to win it towards the end but I knew that I had put myself in such a good position that I would have another chance.

“I’ve never felt pressure like that in my life, it was so tough to hit that winning double but the feeling after doing it is so difficult to explain.

“I’m the World Champion – it’s unbelievable.

“I’m proud to be world number one too, it’s probably even tougher to achieve that than it is to become World Champion. To manage both is incredible for me.”

“The way I’ve played all year, I think I deserve this trophy.”

From 2-0 up, Anderson squandered four darts to take the opening set and Price punished by reeling off three straight legs to draw first blood.

The Welshman took the first leg in set two, but a 180 followed by a 128 checkout sparked a three leg burst that saw Anderson level the match.

Price won the third set 3-1 with 12, 13 and 14-dart legs, shrugging off a sensational 170 checkout from Anderson, before finishes of 84 and 120 helped the former professional rugby player take set four by the same margin.

Checkouts of 83, 97 and 76 saw Price continue an incredible run of finishes to open up a three set lead.

He then produced the best set of darts in William Hill World Championship history when he took out 100 for an 11-dart leg, 161 for a 12-darter and double 12 to go out in ten darts, after missing the bed to complete a nine-darter – posting an astonishing set average of 136.64.

Back-to-back double top finishes saw Price take his success rate on that target to 13 landed from as many attempts, but when he finally missed the bed Anderson pounced to take the seventh set in a decider.

Price moved 6-2 ahead when he landed double top to win the fifth leg in set eight, before claiming the following two legs to move within a leg of glory – but he went on to miss nine match darts across two legs to allow Anderson to steal the set and stay in the contest.

The Scot punished Price for more missed doubles to make it five legs on the spin, but Price came from behind to claim the title on double five after Anderson had missed six darts to keep his hopes alive.

“Getting beaten in the final is disappointing but I’ll give myself a pat on the back for getting this far,” said Anderson, who has moved up five places to eighth in the Order of Merit.

“I couldn’t get near the treble 20, I think if I’d have had a step ladder I’d have still missed it. Gerwyn had a walkover.

“What I’ve done over the last few weeks has been a big bonus for me. I started the final alright but I started to struggle and you can’t do that against players like Gerwyn.”

Price becomes the tenth different PDC World Champion and the first to have achieved the feat as a product of Qualifying School, having earned his Tour Card in 2014 – just two weeks after Van Gerwen’s spell as world number one had begun.

He succeeds Peter Wright as World Champion and becomes the tenth different world number one in PDC history.

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William Hill World Darts Championship 2020/21 Result

Sunday January 3

Final

Gerwyn Price 7-3 Gary Anderson
Set Scores: 3-2, 1-3, 3-1, 3-1, 3-1, 3-0, 2-3, 3-2, 2-3, 3-2

Gerwyn Price v Gary Anderson live stream: How to watch the World Darts Championship final live online

Gerwyn Price and Gary Anderson renew their rivalry when they face off in the 2020/21 World Darts Championship final, and a live stream is available to watch online.

The box office duo are set to provide a fitting climax to what has been a unique and fascinating World Championship as they vie for the sport’s ultimate prize.

For Anderson, this marks his fifth appearance in a PDC World Championship final, while Price finds himself in a first as he looks to create a slice of history.

Price has gone one better than his run to the Semi-Finals last year, where he was beaten by eventual champion Peter Wright, and is out to culminate a sensational season by lifting the Sid Waddell Trophy.

The world number three has already claimed World Grand Prix, World Series Finals and World Cup of Darts glory this term and now stands on the cusp of becoming the first Welshman ever to win a PDC world title.

As well as the world title on the line, ‘The Ice Man’ also knows he that if he was to be crowned World Champion on Sunday night, he would also become the new world number one, ending MVG’s seven-year reign.

Anderson, meanwhile, is bidding for a third PDC World Championship title, having reigned consecutively in 2015 and 2016.

He was also runner-up in 2011 and 2017 has continued his terrific run of consistency on the sport’s most iconic stage despite an indifferent year coming into the event.

Anderson, who celebrated his 50th birthday less than fortnight ago, headed to Ally Pally as a 33/1 outsider, having struggled with injury woes in recent months.

However, he has defied those odds and is now on the verge of becoming Scotland’s most decorated World Champion, eclipsing the joint tally he shares with the great Jocky Wilson.

The final signals a repeat of the infamous 2018 Grand Slam final, which Price won 16-13 after one of the most controversial matches ever contested.

The pair have since buried the hatchet but will be fired-up in their quest to land the £500,000 first prize and stand on top of the world of darts.

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Gerwyn Price v Gary Anderson: World Darts Championship final 2020/21 preview: Box office duo vie for world title

Gerwyn Price and Gary Anderson renew their rivalry in the most important fixture of all as they face off in the 2020/21 World Darts Championship final on Sunday.

The box office duo are set to provide a fitting climax to what has been a unique and fascinating William Hill World Championship as they vie for the sport’s ultimate prize.

For Anderson, this marks his fifth appearance in a PDC World Championship final, while Price finds himself in a first as he looks to create a slice of history.

Price has gone one better than his run to the Semi-Finals last year, where he was beaten by eventual champion Peter Wright, and is out to culminate a sensational season by lifting the Sid Waddell Trophy.

The world number three has already claimed World Grand Prix, World Series Finals and World Cup of Darts glory this term and now stands on the cusp of becoming the first Welshman ever to win a PDC world title.

The 35-year-old has had to do it the hard way in reaching the final at Alexandra Palace, coming through two sudden death legs as well as mounting a superb Semi-Final fightback.

He began by edging out Welsh compatriot Jamie Lewis 3-2 in the Last 64 before narrowly denying Brendan Dolan in a last-leg shoot-out.

Price was then clinical in thrashing Mervyn King 4-1 in the Last 16, but again needed a sudden death decider to deny Daryl Gurney in the Quarter-Finals.

The Semi-Finals also saw him flirt with elimination after going 3-1 down to Stephen Bunting, only to reel off five of the next six sets to set up a date with destiny.

As well as the world title on the line, ‘The Ice Man’ also knows he that if he was to be crowned World Champion on Sunday night, he would also become the new world number one, ending MVG’s seven-year reign.

Anderson, meanwhile, is bidding for a third William Hill World Championship title, having reigned consecutively in 2015 and 2016.

He was also runner-up in 2011 and 2017 has continued his terrific run of consistency on the sport’s most iconic stage despite an indifferent year coming into the event.

Anderson, who celebrated his 50th birthday less than fortnight ago, headed to Ally Pally as a 33/1 outsider, having struggled with injury woes in recent months.

However, he has defied those odds and is now on the verge of becoming Scotland’s most decorated World Champion, eclipsing the joint tally he shares with the great Jocky Wilson.

Anderson kicked with a 3-1 win over Latvia’s Madars Razma, before edging out Mensur Suljovic 4-3 in a marathon contest, after which he launched a furious tirade on the Austrian in his post-match interview.

That appeared to fire up ‘The Flying Scotsman’ – who went on to whitewash Devon Petersen 4-0 before thrashing an in-form Dirk van Duijenbode 5-1 with a 101 average.

The World Matchplay finalist sealed his spot in the final by dispatching Dave Chisnall 6-3 with a 100 average on Saturday night.

There is little to choose between Price and Anderson in terms of their overall head-to-head record, with the Scotsman narrowly edging it 8-7, though ‘The Ice Man’ has won five of their last seven meetings.

The final signals a repeat of the infamous 2018 Grand Slam final, which Price won 16-13 after one of the most controversial matches ever contested.

Price was handed a record £21,500 in fines and a suspended three-month ban for his antics, while Anderson was given a formal warning by the DRA.

The pair have since buried the hatchet but will be fired-up in their quest to land the £500,000 first prize and stand on top of the world of darts.

The final gets underway from 7.30pm GMT and will be contested over the best of 13 sets, best of five legs per set.

In a change from previous World Darts Championship rules to reduce the possibility of sessions over-running, there will be no tie-break. Should the deciding set reach two-all, the fifth leg would be the final leg.

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Price v Anderson – Player’s View:

Price: “I’m here to win this and I’m in the final so I’ve got every chance now.

“I’m full of confidence after that game [Semi-Final]. I definitely improved for this match but there is a lot more in the tank.

“I always seem to find that bit of extra edge when I need to and I know I have got what it takes to win the final.

“The trophy’s coming home to the right place!”

Anderson: “I’ve come here with no expectations whatsoever but I’ve managed to make it through to the final so it can’t be bad.

“I feel like I’ve played alright for most of this tournament and I’ll give it a good go in the final.

“I think I need to play better against Gerwyn but I’ll just play my darts and he’ll play his. I’ll be quiet and he’ll be loud and we’ll see how it goes.

“If I can shut him out, he won’t be able to celebrate.

“For Wayne [Mardle] and Rod [Harrington] to call me a “three-time World Champion” – it’d be great.”

World Darts Championship 2020/21 Semi-Finals preview and order of play: Final four face off

The final four face off at Alexandra Palace on Saturday for the right to book a date with destiny in the 2020/21 World Darts Championship final.

Ninety-six players from 29 nations started out on December 15, now just four remain in the running for the Sid Waddell Trophy and £500,000 first prize.

Only one of the final four knows what it takes to go all the way in the sport’s blue riband event, while the race for the world number one spot provides a fascinating sub-plot.

Gary Anderson is bidding for a third William Hill World Championship title, having reigned consecutively in 2015 and 2016, but faces a formidable test against man of the moment Dave Chisnall.

The night’s second Semi-Final sees two of the sport’s most renowned power-scorers lock horns as Anderson aims to deny Chisnall a first appearance in a PDC world final.

Anderson, who celebrated his 50th birthday less than fortnight ago, has turned on the style on the sport’s most iconic stage once again, continuing his superb record in this competition.

The Flying Scotsman is appearing in his fifth Semi-Final from his last seven Ally Pally appearances, with Michael van Gerwen (2018/19) the only player to have previously beaten him at this stage of the tournament.

With MVG now out of the equation, Anderson is aiming to defy the odds and eclipse Jocky Wilson’s tally of two world titles to become Scotland’s outright most successful darter of all-time.

Anderson has been riddled with injury problems this season but has put that behind him here, defeating Madars Razma 3-1 and Mensur Suljovic 4-3 before whitewashing Devon Petersen 4-0 in the Last 16.

He then produced his best performance of the tournament so far to thrash in-form Dirk van Duijenbode 5-1 with a 101 average on Friday afternoon.

The World Matchplay finalist now comes up against a player who enjoyed the best win of his career less than 24 hours ago, whitewashing a helpless Van Gerwen 5-0 with a stunning 107.3 average 14 maximums.

Chisnall created a slice of personal history as he ended his 27-game winless run against the world number one and booked a place in a first PDC World Championship Semi-Final.

Runner-up at Lakeside in 2010, ‘Chizzy’ is looking to finally end his wait for an elusive maiden PDC major and fittingly do so on the biggest stage of all.

Chisnall, who boasts a tournament average of 101, will be determined to back up last night’s heroic performance and improve on a head-to-head record of just five wins from his 24 previous meetings with Anderson.

The opening Semi-Final sees two players vying to reach their first PDC World Championship final as third seed Gerwyn Price faces a rejuvenated Stephen Bunting.

Price is appearing in his second successive Semi-Final at Ally Pally, having lost out to eventual champion Peter Wright 12 months ago.

The reigning World Grand Prix and World Cup winner was given a major scare by Brendan Dolan in the Last 32 but held his nerve to prevail in a dramatic sudden death leg.

He also came from a set down to edge out compatriot Jamie Lewis in Round Two but was clinical in dispatching Mervyn King 4-1 in the Last 16.

The Quarter-Finals also saw him flirt with elimination as Daryl Gurney hit back from two sets down to force a decider, but the nerveless Welshman held firm to edge over the line in sudden death once again.

As well as the world title on the line, ‘The Ice Man’ also knows he that if he was to be crowned World Champion on Sunday night, he would also become the new world number one.

Bunting, meanwhile, has enjoyed a remarkable resurgence following a lengthy spell in the darting doldrums and is through to his first major Semi-Final since the 2015 UK Open.

The 2014 BDO World Champion is already guaranteed to climb at least nine places in the Order of Merit, back up to 17th, but would move to fourth if he was to claim glory.

The former Premier League star has battled his way through two sudden death shoot-outs en route to this stage, starting against Andy Boulton in Round Two and going on to narrowly defeat Ryan Searle 4-3.

Between those nail-biting victories was a superb comeback win over James Wade in which he recovered from 2-0 down and shrugged off a nine-dart finish from his opponent to prevail 4-2.

He then sealed his spot in the semis with a 5-3 victory over Krzysztof Ratajski, averaging 101 in his most impressive display so far.

Bunting has beaten Price on a big stage in recent years, prevailing 13-12 in an epic clash at the 2019 World Matchplay, and will look to apply the pressure on the world number three from the outset.

The action gets underway from 6pm GMT, with all matches to be contested over the best of 11 sets, best of five legs per set.

In a change from previous World Darts Championship rules to reduce the possibility of sessions over-running, there will be no tie-break in any match. Should any deciding set reach two-all, the fifth leg would be the final leg.

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William Hill World Darts Championship 2020/21 Schedule

Saturday January 2

Semi-Finals

6.15pm Gerwyn Price v Stephen Bunting
8.00pm Dave Chisnall v Gary Anderson

World Darts Championship 2020/21 Quarter-Finals: Evening Session preview and order of play

The second installment of Quarter-Final action at the World Darts Championship on New Year’s Day sees four box office stars bidding to keep their title hopes alive.

Stephen Bunting and Gary Anderson became the first two players to book their place in Saturday’s Semi-Finals earlier in the day, now a quartet of darting powerhouses aim to join them.

The opening tie of the evening sees Premier League stars Gerwyn Price and Daryl Gurney go head-to-head at Alexandra Palace.

Third seed Price continues his quest for a maiden world title against a player he has had some fierce run-ins with in recent years.

Price is appearing in his second successive William Hill World Championship Quarter-Final and is out to remain on a collision course for a colossal show-down with rival MVG in Sunday’s final.

The reigning World Grand Prix and World Cup winner was given a major scare by Brendan Dolan in the Last 32 but held his nerve to prevail in a dramatic sudden death leg.

He also came from a set down to edge out fellow Welshman Jamie Lewis in Round Two but was clinical in dispatching Mervyn King 4-1 in the Last 16.

Price has lost just three of his 15 previous meetings with Gurney and admitted he is confident of putting the “doubt” back in the mind of the Northern Irishman.

Gurney has banished a below-par season with a trio of terrific performances so far and is now eyeing a place in his first Ally Pally Semi-Final.

The two-time major champion averaged 99 in a 3-2 opening win over William O’Connor before averaging 101 in a superb 4-1 success over Chris Dobey.

He then overcame Vincent van der Voort 4-2 in the Last 16 but will likely require a marked improvement on his match average of 93.6.

The final match of the night sees world number one Michael van Gerwen step up his pursuit of a fourth world title with a show-down against Dave Chisnall.

Chisnall celebrates against MVG (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Van Gerwen has dominated this fixture down the years and is incredibly unbeaten in their last 27 meetings stretching back to February 2016.

Van Gerwen, who won last month’s Players Championship Finals to end an eight-month wait for a televised title, laid down an immediate marker by averaging 109 in his 3-1 win over Ryan Murray.

He then picked up from where he left off by whitewashing a helpless Ricky Evans 4-0 with a 106.8 average to his opponent’s 100.6 before coming through a classic contest against Joe Cullen in sudden death.

Mighty Mike battled back from 3-1 down to deny Cullen in one of the most memorable matches ever witnessed at Ally Pally and may already feel his name is written on the Sid Waddell Trophy.

World Champion in 2014, 2017 and 2019, ‘Mighty Mike’ boasts a superb record of consistency at Ally Pally, having reached at least the Semi-Final stage in seven of his last eight appearances.

Chisnall, meanwhile, is aiming to finally end a seven-year wait for a televised triumph over his nemesis and move through to his first PDC World Championship Semi-Final.

Appearing in his third Ally Pally Quarter-Final, Chisnall has seen off Keegan Brown 3-1, Danny Noppert 4-2 and Dimitri van den Bergh 4-2, notably averaging 101.7 in his win over the World Matchplay champion.

A prolific power-scorer, ‘Chizzy’ has hit 24 maximums to MVG’s 19 so far and will look to pile the pressure on the green machine in this long-haul contest.

The action gets underway from 12pm GMT, with all matches to be contested over the best of nine sets, best of five legs per set.

In a change from previous World Darts Championship rules to reduce the possibility of sessions over-running, there will be no tie-break in any match. Should any deciding set reach two-all, the fifth leg would be the final leg.

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William Hill World Darts Championship 2020/21 Schedule

Friday January 1

Quarter-Finals

Evening Session

6.15pm Gerwyn Price v Daryl Gurney
7.45pm Michael van Gerwen v Dave Chisnall

World Darts Championship 2020/21 Quarter-Finals: Afternoon Session preview and order of play

The curtain is raised on the new darting year with the opening two Quarter-Final ties at the World Darts Championship on New Year’s Day.

Ninety-six came, now just eight remain in pursuit of the Sid Waddell Trophy and £500,000 first prize at Alexandra Palace.

The Quarter-Final line-up features players from a record six different nations, including two multiple PDC World Champions and two in-form hopefuls entering this stage of the competition for the first time.

Friday’s afternoon session plays host to one Quarter-Final from each half of the draw, kicking off with a clash between former Lakeside Champion Stephen Bunting and Polish number one Krzysztof Ratajski.

Bunting is appearing in his first William Hill World Championship Quarter-Final since his debut appearance six years ago, having recaptured his top form on the sport’s greatest stage.

The former Premier League star has battled his way through two sudden death shoot-outs en route to this stage, starting against Andy Boulton in Round Two and going on to narrowly defeat Ryan Searle 4-3.

Between those nail-biting victories was a superb comeback win over James Wade in which he recovered from 2-0 down and shrugged off a nine-dart finish from his opponent to prevail 4-2.

Bunting is making up for lost ground having been forced to withdraw from October’s World Grand Prix due to a positive Covid test and is into a first major Quarter-Final since the 2019 Players Championship Finals.

Having come into the tournament as world number 26, victory over Ratajski would see him regain a place in the world’s elite top 16.

Ratajski has already broken new ground in this event by becoming the first Polish player ever to reach the Quarter-Finals at Ally Pally.

The world number 15, a former BDO World Masters champion, has kicked on from his run to the Quarter-Finals of July’s World Matchplay and now appears to be consistently producing his floor form on the televised stage.

The Polish Eagle has swooped to straight sets whitewashes of Ryan Joyce and Simon Whitlock before falling over the line on double one in a nail-biting sudden death shoot-out against Gabriel Clemens.

He survived seven match darts from ‘The German Giant’ in the process and will now look to take full advantage of that huge reprieve by reaching his first PDC major Semi-Final.

Ratajski drops to his knees in celebration (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The afternoon’s second Quarter-Final presents a mouth-watering show-down between two-time World Champion Gary Anderson and in-form Dutchman Dirk van Duijvenbode.

Anderson has made headlines for his post-match outbursts in this tournament perhaps more so than his exploits on the oche but has continued his superb record in the sport’s show-piece.

The 2015 and 2016 World Champion is appearing in his sixth Quarter-Final from his last seven visits to Ally Pally, having been written off as a 40/1 outside before a dart was thrown.

The Flying Scotsman has been riddled with injury problems this season but has put that behind him to remain on course for glory, defeating Madars Razma 3-1 and Mensur Suljovic 4-3 before whitewashing Devon Petersen 4-0.

Anderson was projected to drop out of the world’s top 16 after this tournament but a win over Van Duijvenbode would see him hold down at east 14th spot.

The 50-year-old will now be eyeing a dose of revenge for his below-par 3-1 defeat to the Dutchman in October’s World Grand Prix.

Van Duijvenbode went on to reach the final that week in what proved a pivotal moment in his career, from which he has not looked back.

The 28-year-old, who came into this event unseeded after only regaining his Tour Card 12 months ago, has made it four Quarter-Final appearances in his last five major televised tournaments.

Van Duijvenbode, an aubergine farmer by day, began by coming from two sets down to deny Bradley Brooks in Round One before knocking out 2018 World Champion Rob Cross in a sudden death set.

He then whitewashed a helpless Adam Hunt 4-0 with a stunning 104 average before pulling off another terrific fightback from 3-1 down to defeat Premier League champion Glen Durrant in sudden death.

Van Duijvenbode entered the tournament as world number 43 but would climb to 22nd if he can pull off another landmark win over his darting hero.

The action gets underway from 12pm GMT, with all matches to be contested over the best of nine sets, best of five legs per set.

In a change from previous World Darts Championship rules to reduce the possibility of sessions over-running, there will be no tie-break in any match. Should any deciding set reach two-all, the fifth leg would be the final leg.

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William Hill World Darts Championship 2020/21 Schedule

Friday January 1

Quarter-Finals

Afternoon Session
12.15pm Krzysztof Ratajski v Stephen Bunting
1.45pm Gary Anderson v Dirk van Duijvenbode

World Darts Championship 2020/21 live stream: How to watch live online

The greatest players on the planet battle it out at the World Darts Championship, and a live stream is available for all matches.

This year’s William Hill World Championship will feature a star-studded field of 96 players competing for £2.5 million in prize money and the iconic Sid Waddell Trophy at London’s Alexandra Palace from December 15 to January 3.

The First Round sees the 32 ProTour Order of Merit Qualifiers pitted against the 32 international and domestic Qualifiers, with the winners set to take on the top 32 seeded players from the PDC Order of Merit in Round Two.

Following a three-day Christmas break, the third and fourth rounds will be held from December 27-30, with the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and final held from January 1-3.

Peter Wright is the defending champion after he defeated Michael van Gerwen 7-3 in the final on New Year’s Day to become the ninth different winner of a PDC World Championship.

Three-time champion Van Gerwen is out to add to his tally which began with victory over Wright in the 2014 final, having won the UK Open and Players Championship Finals this season.

World Grand Prix champion Gerwyn Price is on the hunt for his first world title, having reached the Semi-Finals for the first time last year.

Rob Cross, Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis have all lifted this iconic trophy in recent years and will be determined to restore their former glories.

Premier League champion Glen Durrant, two-time semi-finalist Nathan Aspinall, Grand Slam champion Jose De Sousa and World Matchplay champion Dimitri van den Bergh will also be eyeing the top prize.

Former world finalists in action include Michael Smith, Simon Whitlock and the returning Andy Hamilton.

Notable debutants include two-time BDO World Champion Scott Waites and women’s qualifier Deta Hedman and Challenge Tour star David Evans.

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Van Duijvenbode and Bunting reach World Darts Championship Quarter-Finals in sudden death as Price and Anderson coast through

Dirk van Duijvenbode and Stephen Bunting prevailed in sudden death legs to reach the Quarter-Finals of the World Darts Championship on Wednesday, while Gerwyn Price and Gary Anderson eased through.

The final day of darting action in 2020 saw the Last Eight line-up completed at Alexandra Palace as a clutch of big names continued their charge and two current major champions bowed out.

World Grand Prix finalist Van Duijvenbode battled back from 3-1 down to knock out reigning Premier League champion Glen Durrant in a last-leg shoot-out.

Durrant recovered from losing the opening leg to win the first set 3-1, before a sublime 154 checkout helped him edge the second set after Van Duijvenbode had missed four darts to level.

Two 11-darters helped the Dutchman win the third set 3-1 but Durrant claimed the fourth by the same scoreline to move within a set of victory.

A spell of flawless finishing saw Van Duijvenbode stay in the match as checkouts of 113, 106 and 92 earned him the fifth set.

He then landed his second 170 checkout of the tournament as he levelled up the match, before going on to edge the seventh set to progress by pinning double six.

“I felt like I was better than Glen for most of the match and found myself 3-1 down,” said Van Duijvenbode.

“I would have been devastated to have lost but I had to make sure I didn’t get too frustrated. I dug deep and I won.

“I kept believing in myself like I always do. I think I hurt him with the 170. I was pretty nervous for a lot of the match to be honest but that is good thing and I managed to use it in a positive way.”

Former Lakeside Champion Bunting advanced to the Quarter-Finals for the second time after edging sudden-death shoot-out against Ryan Searle.

Bunting won the first two sets but missed seven darts to make it 3-0, allowing Searle to steal the third set before levelling the tie.

The St Helens ace kicked off the fifth set with an 11-darter and went on to win it in three legs, but Searle responded with 12, 15 and 13 dart winning legs as he took the sixth set 3-1 with the aid of a 100 checkout.

Brilliant finishes of 145 and 90 followed as the Wellington ace put the boot in and moved within a leg of victory.

Bunting battled back, however, taking out 84 to complete an 11-darter before a fabulous 107 checkout forced a deciding leg, which he won with a 13 darter on tops, with Searle waiting on 16.

Gerwyn Price produced an exhibition of finishing with three ton-plus checkouts and a double success rate of 52 percent in a commanding 4-1 victory over Mervyn King.

The Welsh star won by three sets in a high quality affair, in which no leg took more than 16 darts to complete.

“I felt quite comfortable for most of the match but it was little bit patchy at times,” said Price.

“Mervyn wasn’t quite as good as he has been in the last few weeks and I took advantage.

“I just did what I do best and finished well. I never felt under pressure. I hit at the right time and he missed at the wrong time.

“Daryl is a fantastic player and I’ll have to be at my best to beat him but I’m determined to go on and win the tournament because I’ve got my eyes on that world number one spot.”

Price hit double top to win each of the first four legs, which included combination checkouts of 148 and 115, but only claimed one of the first two sets as King edged the second in a deciding leg.

Last month’s Players Championship Finals runner-up King took the lead in set three with a 106 finish, only to see Price win the next three legs to regain the advantage.

The Welshman then took out 93 in the deciding leg of the fourth set to move into a 3-1 lead as he edged towards a second successive Ally Pally Quarter-Final.

A fabulous 116 checkout moved Price 2-1 ahead in set five and a leg away from the win, which he wrapped up in the next leg after King missed three darts to stay in the tie.

Gary Anderson’s straight sets victory over South African star Petersen saw the two-time World Champion progress to the Quarter-Finals at Ally Pally for the eighth time.

The Flying Scotsman steamed through the first set with three unanswered legs before checkouts of 160 and 97 saw him come from two legs behind in the second set to double his lead.

Petersen also led by two legs in set three but was punished for three missed doubles as Anderson again overturned a two-leg deficit to move within a set of victory – and he promptly made it six successive legs to wrap up the win.

“Devon’s scoring wasn’t where it has been this year and I nicked it,” said Anderson.

“I’m nowhere near where I should be playing but next year I’ll start from scratch and get myself back to it.

“I’ve managed to scrape through like I did when I got to the World Matchplay final. This run is a real bonus for me.”

Dave Chisnall won a high quality encounter against World Matchplay champion Dimitri Van den Bergh 4-2 to set up a clash with world number one Michael van Gerwen.

Both players averaged over 101 in exciting tie which saw Van den Bergh threaten to fight back from losing the opening three sets before Chisnall finished the job with a classy 102 checkout.

World number eight Chisnall expertly executed a 144 finish to take the first set before punishing two missed set darts by Van den Bergh to double his lead.

The Belgian ace missed the bullseye when attempting to take out 161 to win the third set, allowing Chisnall to punish again as he closed in on victory.

Van den Bergh kept his hopes alive by taking set four in three legs, with the aid of two 12-darters, before kicking off the fifth set with a 121 checkout for another dozen-dart leg.

Yet another 12-darter for the former World Youth Champion saw Chisnall’s lead reduced to a single set, but he won a nervy third leg in the sixth set before landing a sweet match-winning 102 checkout to reach the last eight at Ally Pally for the third time.

“I could’ve won that game a little bit more comfortably but I’m just happy to have won it,” said Chisnall.

“I’ve felt really confident throughout the whole tournament and I think it will be a great match against Michael van Gerwen.

“I will just have to tidy up a few sloppy darts but I know I can beat him. It will be a fast, exciting game and I’m looking forward to it.”

Former World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney progressed to the Last Eight of the William Hill World Darts Championship for the second time after a 4-2 victory over Vincent van der Voort.

Gurney took out 125 to break in the opening leg and went on to win the first set 3-1, before Van der Voort responded with a 111 checkout on the way to winning the second set in five legs.

Gurney missed double 12 for a nine-darter in the first leg of set three, which he won, before a 120 finish saw him move two sets clear.

Two-time Ally Pally quarter-finalist Van der Voort used just 41 darts in the fourth set, which he won without reply.

Gurney missed six darts to win the sixth set 3-1 but returned to finish the job in the following leg after his opponent missed a dart at the bullseye to stay in the contest.

The action resumes on New Year’s Day with all four Quarter-Finals being played across two unmissable sessions.

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William Hill World Darts Championship 2020/21 Results

Wednesday December 30

Last 16

Afternoon Session
Vincent van der Voort 2-4 Daryl Gurney
Stephen Bunting 4-3 Ryan Searle
Devon Petersen 0-4 Gary Anderson

Evening Session
Dirk van Duijvenbode 4-3 Glen Durrant
Gerwyn Price 4-1 Mervyn King
Dave Chisnall 4-2 Dimitri van den Bergh

World Darts Championship 2020/21 Day 13: Evening Session preview and order of play

The Quarter-Final line-up will be confirmed at the World Darts Championship on Wednesday night with three places left up for grabs.

The final session of action in 2020 sees three current major champions among those looking to remain in the running for world title glory at Alexandra Palace in the New Year.

Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Krzysztof Ratajski, Stephen Bunting and Daryl Gurney have already secured their spot in the Quarter-Finals and a clutch of star names are vying to join them.

World number three Gerwyn Price continues his quest for a maiden world title with a show-down against a rejuvenated Mervyn King in arguably the stand-out tie of the night.

Price, who reached the Semi-Finals at Ally Pally 12 months ago, is out to remain on a potential collision course for a dream final show-down with rival MVG on January 3.

The reigning World Grand Prix and World Cup winner was given a major scare by Brendan Dolan in the Last 32 but held his nerve to prevail in a dramatic sudden death leg.

He also came from a set down to edge out fellow Welshman Jamie Lewis in Round Two and has proven he is willing to do things the hard way if necessary as he looks to add to his growing haul of silverware.

King has proved a revelation in recent months, kicking on from his run to the final of the Players Championship Finals in November by producing the best William Hill World Championship performance to date.

The 54-year-old, twice a BDO World finalist, averaged 103.5 in whitewashing Grand Slam champion Jose De Sosua 4-0 following up a 99.6 average in a 3-1 win over Max Hopp.

The world number 19 last reached the Quarter-Finals at Ally Pally in 2009 – when he was eventually halted by Phil Taylor in the Last Four – and will be confident he can silence the animated Welshman with a similarly strong showing.

The opening match of the night sees reigning Premier League champion Glen Durrant take on World Grand Prix finalist Dirk van Duijvenbode.

Three-time BDO World Champion Durrant is bidding to make it back-to-back Quarter-Final appearances at Ally Pally, having been denied by Gerwyn Price on his debut 12 months ago.

The world number 12 swept aside Brazil’s Diogo Portela in straight sets before holding off a late fightback from America’s Danny Baggish to close out a 4-2 triumph.

The tenacious Teessider now faces his toughest test yet against a player enjoying the best spell of his career, having broken new ground at Ally Pally this year.

Victory for Van Duijvenbode would see him enter the world’s top 32 for the first time and set up a mouth-watering show-down with two-time World Champion Gary Anderson.

The pumped-up Dutchman came from two sets down to deny Bradley Brooks in Round One before knocking out 2018 World Champion Rob Cross in a sudden death set and going on to whitewash Adam Hunt 4-0 with a stunning 104 average.

He is now targeting a fourth Quarter-Final appearance in his last five major televised tournaments, underlining his new-found consistency since regaining a Tour Card in January.

Dimitri van den Bergh is also enjoying the best year of his career to date, and the reigning World Matchplay champion steps up his latest pursuit of glory with a clash against Dave Chisnall.

Van den Bergh has continued his superb record in this competition to move to the brink of a third Quarter-Final appearance in his last four Ally Pally campaigns.

The world number nine is yet to drop a set so far, thrashing Singapore legend Paul Lim 3-0 with a 105.6 average before whitewashing Jermaine Wattimena 4-0.

Semi-finalist in the recent Grand Slam, Van den Bergh is eyeing only a second win over Chisnall in six meetings since 2017.

Multiple major finalist Chisnall came out on the wrong end of a seven-set thriller against Jeffrey de Zwaan in Round Three last year and could be set for another classic here.

The two-time Ally Pally quarter-finalist has seen off Keegan Brown 3-1 and Danny Noppert 4-2 with averages of 97.3 and 99.7, notably recovering from two sets down in the last round.

Chisnall landed eleven 180s in his comeback win over Noppert but could face similar power-scoring from Van den Bergh – who set a new record average at the Grand Slam last month.

The action gets underway from 6pm GMT, with all matches to be contested over the best of seven sets, best of five legs per set.

In a change from previous World Darts Championship rules to reduce the possibility of sessions over-running, there will be no tie-break in any match. Should any deciding set reach two-all, the fifth leg would be the final leg.

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William Hill World Darts Championship 2020/21 Schedule

Wednesday December 30

Last 16

Evening Session
6.15pm Dirk van Duijvenbode v Glen Durrant
7.30pm Gerwyn Price v Mervyn King
8.45pm Dave Chisnall v Dimitri van den Bergh

World Darts Championship 2020/21 Day 13: Afternoon Session preview and order of play

Round Four continues at the World Darts Championship on Wednesday afternoon with two former World Champions among those aiming to reach the Last Eight.

A breath-taking day of action at Alexandra Palace on Tuesday witnessed a nine-dart finish and two sudden death shoot-outs, and more darting drama is on the cards on the final day of action in 2020.

The afternoon session plays host to a trio of finely-poised ties, the stand-out of which a show-down between two-time champion Gary Anderson and in-form Devon Petersen.

A furious Anderson hit the headlines for his post-match tirade after edging out a methodical Mensur Suljovic earlier in the week, threatening to walk away from the sport if that is how matches are going to be played.

The Flying Scotsman battled past Latvia’s Madars Razma 3-1 with a 96.8 average and dug deep again to deny Suljovic 4-3 and progress to the Last 16 for the seventh consecutive year.

Anderson fell at this hurdle 12 months ago, going down 4-2 to Nathan Aspinall, and will be wary of the threat posed by power-scoring Petersen – who has been arguably the most improved player of the season.

Petersen has picked up his first PDC ranking title this season on the European Tour and came into this event seeded for the first time, having also reached the Semi-Finals of the European Championship.

Renowned as one of the deadliest 180 hitters on planet darts, Petersen reached the Last 16 at Ally Pally two years ago to save his Tour Card and has not looked back since.

The world number 29 has dropped just one set en route to this stage, defeating Ireland’s Steve Lennon 3-1 before whitewashing Jason Lowe 4-0 24 hours ago.

Stephen Bunting is another player enjoying a timely resurgence in his career, and the 2014 Lakeside Champion now looks to reach the Quarter-Finals at Ally Pally for the first time since his debut in 2014/15.

The world number 26 has done it the hard way in reaching this stage, denying Andy Boulton in a sudden death leg before recovering from two sets down to defeat James Wade 4-2 despite a nine-darter from The Machine.

Bunting is making up for lost ground having been forced to withdraw from October’s World Grand Prix due to a positive Covid test and is in reach of his first major Quarter-Final since the 2019 Players Championship Finals.

Searle, meanwhile, finds himself at this stage of the competition for the second time in three years, having once again produced his brilliant best on the sport’s greatest stage.

Searle battled his way past America’s Danny Lauby in a last-set decider in Round One before defying a 98.2 average and nine 180s from Jeffrey de Zwaan to prevail in straight sets.

The Somerset star, who picked up his first Players Championship title at the beginning of the year, then overcame Kim Huybrechts 4-2 to continue his charge under the radar.

The opening match of the afternoon sees world number 11 Daryl Gurney aiming to end the run of popular Dutchman Vincent van der Voort.

Gurney has banished a below-par season with two fine performances so far and is now eyeing a place in his second World Championship Quarter-Final, four years on from his first.

The two-time major champion averaged 99 in a 3-2 opening win over William O’Connor before averaging 101 in a superb 4-1 success over Chris Dobey yesterday afternoon.

The Northern Irishman is now has revenge in his sights after his 11-5 defeat to Van der Voort in July’s World Matchplay.

Van der Voort has typically risen to the occasion in the sport’s show-piece event down the years and now stands on the verge of a third Quarter-Final appearance since 2011.

A quarter-finalist in this year’s World Matchplay, Van der Voort has so far seen off Dutch compatriot Ron Meulenkamp and world number six Nathan Aspinall and will be quietly confident of doing the double over Superchin this season.

The action gets underway from 12pm GMT, with all matches to be contested over the best of seven sets, best of five legs per set.

In a change from previous World Darts Championship rules to reduce the possibility of sessions over-running, there will be no tie-break in any match. Should any deciding set reach two-all, the fifth leg would be the final leg.

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William Hill World Darts Championship 2020/21 Schedule

Wednesday December 30

Last 16

Afternoon Session
12.15pm Vincent van der Voort v Daryl Gurney
1.30pm Stephen Bunting v Ryan Searle
2.45pm Devon Petersen v Gary Anderson