PDC Order of Merit following the 2021/22 World Darts Championship

Peter Wright has moved to within touching distance of the world number one spot following his second World Championship triumph at Alexandra Palace.

Wright defeated Michael Smith 7-5 in Monday’s final to secure his second William Hill World Championship title in the space of three years, becoming the sixth multiple PDC World Champion.

Wright, who also claimed the World Matchplay and Players Championship Finals titles during 2021, headed to Ally Pally defending £500,000 against his world ranking from his initial World Championship success in 2020.

The 51-year-old’s success in defending that tally, coupled with Gerwyn Price’s Quarter-Final exit, means he heads into the new season just £15,250 adrift of the Welshman at the top of the Order of Merit.

Wright, who has now won six major TV ranking titles, is yet to occupy the world number one spot but has the opportunity to do so as early as February.

Smith, who squandered a 5-4 lead in his quest to claim an elusive maiden major, climbs four places to world number five after defeat in a second World Championship final since 2019.

Smith is the only mover inside the world’s top eight, while Michael van Gerwen’s withdrawal from the tournament at the Third Round stage due to a positive Covid test has seen him lose significant ground on the top two.

Dimitri van den Bergh’s shock Second Round defeat to Florian Hempel means he drops four places to ninth, with German ace Hempel surging 25 places to world number 62 at the end of his first season as a Tour Card holder.

Nathan Aspinall is down four places to world number 14 following his Third Round exit to emerging star Callan Rydz – whose remarkable run to the Quarter-Finals sees him enter the world’s top 32 for the first time, climbing six places to 30th.

Dirk van Duijvenbode has regained his place in the top 16, climbing two places to 15th following his run to the Last 16 at Ally Pally.

Mervyn King, who enjoyed a fine run to his first World Championship Quarter-Final since 2009, climbs four places to world number 17 as a result.

Stephen Bunting, who was seeded 16 at Ally Pally, drops four places after a dramatic Second Round defeat at the hands of Ross Smith, while Simon Whitlock falls five places to 25th after losing out to debutant Martijn Kleermaker in his opener.

Dutch ace Kleermaker, who also defeated Joe Cullen en route to the Last 16, climbs ten places to 40th in the PDC Order of Merit.

Glen Durrant’s worrying demise continues as he tumbles a further seven places to 31st after a straight sets defeat to Willie O’Connor in the Last 64.

O’Connor climbs five places to 37th, while fellow Irishman Steve Lennon is also upwardly mobile again, rising eight places to 44th after reaching the Third Round.

Adrian Lewis’ Second Round defeat to Gary Anderson means he falls a further four places to 39th – his lowest ranking position since joining the PDC in 2004.

Alan Soutar became an overnight hero in Scotland after embarking on a sensational debut run to the Last 16, and ‘Soots’ has reaped the rewards by rocketing 26 places to world number 51 at the end of his first season in the PDC.

Willie Borland, who landed an historic nine-darter in a sudden death leg against Bradley Brooks on his Ally Pally debut before losing out to Ryan Searle, climbs ten places to 55th in the PDC Order of Merit.

Raymond van Barneveld, who was beaten by Rob Cross in Round Two on his return to the palace, is up ten places to 58th at the end of his first comeback season which saw him win a ProTour event last February.

Mike De Decker and Ryan Meikle are both up eleven places to 59th and 60th respectively, preserving their Tour Card status for 2022.

World Cup winner John Henderson, who failed to qualify for the World Championship, ends the season as world number 63 and is set to retain his Tour Card alongside Max Hopp – who drops 17 places to 64th after also failing to qualify.

Scott Waites, Darren Webster, Matthew Edgar, Jelle Klaasen, Lisa Ashton, Andy Hamilton and Justin Pipe are among the notable names to lose their Tour Card at the end of the campaign.

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PDC Order of Merit following the 2021/22 World Darts Championship

Position Name Total Prize Money
1 Gerwyn Price £1,206,750
2 Peter Wright £1,191,500
3 Michael van Gerwen £656,750
4 James Wade £564,750
5 Michael Smith £540,750
6 Gary Anderson £487,500
7 Jose de Sousa £429,750
8 Jonny Clayton £415,250
9 Dimitri Van den Bergh £408,750
10 Rob Cross £357,000
11 Joe Cullen £313,750
12 Krzysztof Ratajski £310,250
13 Dave Chisnall £288,000
14 Nathan Aspinall £275,000
15 Dirk van Duijvenbode £271,750
16 Ryan Searle £261,250
17 Mervyn King £241,250
18 Danny Noppert £233,750
19 Luke Humphries £224,500
20 Stephen Bunting £224,250
21 Gabriel Clemens £218,250
22 Daryl Gurney £213,250
23 Brendan Dolan £206,000
24 Ian White £200,000
25 Simon Whitlock £199,750
26 Devon Petersen £195,500
27 Mensur Suljovic £192,000
28 Vincent van der Voort £178,000
29 Damon Heta £177,250
30 Callan Rydz £175,250
31 Glen Durrant £169,500
32 Chris Dobey £156,500
33 Ross Smith £144,250
34 Ryan Joyce £128,000
35 Kim Huybrechts £123,000
36 Jermaine Wattimena £116,250
37 William O’Connor £111,250
38 Jamie Hughes £111,250
39 Adrian Lewis £106,750
40 Martijn Kleermaker £105,500
41 Ricky Evans £103,000
42 Adam Hunt £87,500
43 Darius Labanauskas £86,000
44 Steve Lennon £85,000
45 Jeffrey de Zwaan £82,750
46 Jason Lowe £80,500
47 Luke Woodhouse £71,250
48 Maik Kuivenhoven £70,750
49 Madars Razma £70,750
50 Steve Beaton £70,000
51 Alan Soutar £67,000
52 Ron Meulenkamp £64,000
53 Jeff Smith £59,000
54 Steve West £58,500
55 William Borland £57,000
56 Andy Boulton £56,500
57 Keegan Brown £55,000
58 Raymond van Barneveld £53,500
59 Mike De Decker £53,000
60 Ryan Meikle £52,750
61 Boris Krcmar £50,000
62 Florian Hempel £49,000
63 John Henderson £48,750
64 Max Hopp £48,000
65 Rowby-John Rodriguez £46,500
66 Scott Waites £46,500
67 Martin Schindler £45,500
68 Ritchie Edhouse £45,250
69 Mickey Mansell £44,500
70 Bradley Brooks £43,500
71 Karel Sedlacek £40,500
72 Keane Barry £40,250
73 Ryan Murray £40,250
74 Nick Kenny £39,500
75 Scott Mitchell £37,500
76 Matthew Edgar £37,250
77 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez £36,000
78 Jelle Klaasen £36,000
79 Lisa Ashton £35,500
80 Wayne Jones £35,500
81 Lewis Williams £35,250
82 Raymond Smith £35,000
83 Joe Murnan £35,000
84 Ted Evetts £34,750
85 Andy Hamilton £34,000
86 Jason Heaver £32,500
87 Chas Barstow £32,000
88 Derk Telnekes £30,000
89 Justin Pipe £29,000
90 Fallon Sherrock £27,500
91 James Wilson £25,500
92 Alan Tabern £25,250
93 Jim Williams £23,500
94 Boris Koltsov £23,000
95 Darren Webster £23,000
96 Peter Jacques £21,500
97 Ciaran Teehan £21,500
98 Kai Fan Leung £20,500
99 Daniel Larsson £20,000
100 Josh Payne £20,000
101 Krzysztof Kciuk £19,250
102 Steve Brown £18,250
103 Gordon Mathers £18,000
104 Adam Gawlas £17,500
105 Jesus Noguera £16,750
106 Kevin Doets £16,000
107 Chris Landman £15,000
108 Martin Atkins £15,000
109 John Michael £14,250
110 Peter Hudson £13,500
111 Matt Campbell £11,500
112 Eddie Lovely £11,500
113 Niels Zonneveld £10,750
114 Aaron Beeney £10,500
115 Nathan Rafferty £10,000
116 Geert De Vos £10,000
117 Martin Lukeman £9,500
118 Robert Thornton £9,000
119 Gary Blades £9,000
120 Adam Smith-Neale £9,000
121 Danny Baggish £8,000
122 Andrew Gilding £8,000
123 Geert Nentjes £8,000
124 Luc Peters £8,000
125 John Brown £8,000
126 Ben Robb £7,500
127 Daniel Lauby £7,500
128 Diogo Portela £7,500
129 Fabian Schmutzler £7,500
130 John Norman Jnr £7,500
131 Ky Smith £7,500
132 Lourence Ilagan £7,500
133 Nitin Kumar £7,500
134 Paul Lim £7,500
135 Roman Benecky £7,500
136 Royden Lam £7,500
137 Toyokazu Shibata £7,500
138 Yuki Yamada £7,500
139 Mark McGeeney £7,500
140 Martin Thomas £7,500
141 Jack Main £7,000
142 Jon Worsley £6,500
143 Jim McEwan £6,000
144 David Evans £6,000
145 Berry van Peer £6,000
146 Zoran Lerchbacher £6,000
147 Steffen Siepmann £5,500
148 Jose Justicia £5,000
149 Brett Claydon £5,000
150 Harald Leitinger £5,000
151 Kirk Shepherd £4,500
152 Joe Davis £4,000
153 Michael Rasztovits £4,000
154 Gino Vos £4,000
155 Darren Penhall £4,000
156 Wesley Harms £4,000
157 Gavin Carlin £3,500
158 Jake Jones £3,500
159 Sean Fisher £3,000
160 Christian Kist £3,000
161 Ryan de Vreede £2,500
162 Kevin McDine £2,500
163 Lukas Wenig £2,500
164 Sebastian Bialecki £2,500
165 Cristo Reyes £2,500
166 Andreas Harrysson £2,000
167 Kenny Neyens £2,000
168 Richard Veenstra £2,000
169 Benito van de Pas £2,000
170 Vincent van der Meer £2,000
171 Carl Wilkinson £1,500
172 Michael Unterbuchner £1,500
173 Scott Williams £1,000
174 Davy Proosten £1,000
175 Craig Galliano £1,000
176 Dyson Parody £1,000
177 Justin Broton £1,000
178 Justin Hewitt £1,000
179 Patrik Kovacs £1,000
180 Gabor Jagicza £1,000
181 Janos Vegso £1,000
182 Johan Engstrom £1,000
183 Jozsef Rucska £1,000
184 Peter Strbik £1,000
185 Thomas Lovely £1,000
186 Shane McGuirk £1,000
187 Lorenzo Pronk £1,000
188 Pero Ljubic £1,000
189 Robert Marijanovic £1,000
190 Mike Warburton £1,000
191 Rhys Griffin £1,000
192 Scott Taylor £1,000
193 Patrick van den Boogaard £500
194 Michal Smejda £500

Peter Wright denies Michael Smith to secure second World Championship title

Peter Wright claimed his second World Darts Championship title courtesy of a 7-5 victory over Michael Smith in the final at Alexandra Palace.

Wright backed up his 2020 triumph with a second world title in the space of three years to become only the sixth multiple PDC World Champion.

The world number two overturned a 5-4 deficit with a timely run of three straight sets to crush Smith’s dream of a first major title.

The triumph caps off an unforgettable season for the colourful Scot, which also saw him win the World Matchplay, World Cup of Darts and Players Championship Finals.

Smith was in control of the final as he led 5-4 in sets and 2-0 in legs, but only for Wright to reel off nine of the next ten legs to join Scottish legends Jocky Wilson and Gary Anderson on two world titles.

“I’m over the moon to lift this amazing trophy for a second time,” said Wright.

“It was a difficult start to the year from me away from darts but I’ve had a great year on the oche and this tops it off.

“Michael and I didn’t perform how we can for a lot of the game, but it was still an entertaining final because it was so close.

“Michael is the future of darts, I feel for him tonight because I’ve been in his position.

“But, I’ve got to take the chances I get and thankfully I was able to do that tonight.

“I can’t explain what went wrong with my game tonight, I kept swapping darts trying to find something that worked and thankfully I had a good run at the end.

“Thank you to the crowd for turning out to support us all tournament, they were amazing.”

Smith was left distraught after losing his eighth televised final in nine attempts, as his wait for maiden TV ranking silverware goes on.

Despite his latest disappointment, the new world number five remains determined to break his duck in 2022.

“I got five sets in this time instead of three but losing these finals is doing my head in now,” said Smith.

“Tonight will be difficult but I’ll be back on the practice board soon, getting ready for the next one.

“The bullseye shots for big finishes wouldn’t go in, that’s darts I guess.

“I never once gave up, the emotions just took over at the end there, something happened.”

Smith landed 24 180s in the match to take his tournament total up to a staggering 83, smashing the previous record of 71 set by Gary Anderson at the 2016/17 tournament.

Two of those maximums came in the opening leg, though it proved to be a nervy start from both players with an astonishing 23 missed double attempts between the pair in leg two.

Wright took both the opening two sets 3-1, before Smith established himself in the contest by winning the next two sets to level.

Wright regained the lead by winning the set five decider, before Smith won six of the next seven legs to lead for the first time at 4-3 with a 167 checkout along the way.

After Wright levelled once again, Smith regained the advantage by winning the ninth set and looked on course for the title as he led 2-0 in the tenth.

However, Wright came back to win the set with a tide-turning 84 finish before whitewashing Smith in the 11th set to go back in front.

The world number two continued his sprint to the finish line, with Smith powerless to stop Wright winning the 12th and final set 3-1 to seal victory.

The 51-year-old ended with a match average of 98.3 to Smith’s 99.2, as well as 17 maximums and four ton-plus finishes.

Wright’s triumph sees him close the gap on Gerwyn Price at the top of the PDC Order of Merit to just £15,250 as he bids to become world number one for the first time.

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William Hill World Darts Championship 2021/22 Final Result

Monday January 3

Peter Wright 7-5 Michael Smith (3-1, 3-1, 1-3, 2-3, 3-2, 1-3, 0-3, 3-1, 2-3, 3-2, 3-0, 3-1)

Peter Wright v Michael Smith live stream | World Darts Championship Final preview

Peter Wright and Michael Smith compete for darts’ most prestigious prize as they face off in the final of the 2021/22 World Championship at Alexandra Palace on Monday.

Both players are no strangers to the sport’s show-piece occasion, with Wright bidding to join an elite group of five multiple PDC World Champions, while Smith aims to go one better than 2019 by lifting the trophy for the first time.

Wright is in pursuit of a second world title in the space of three years as he bids to defend the £500,000 prize money against his world ranking position and move within touching distance of the world number one spot for the first time.

Wright, who claimed the World Matchplay and Players Championship Finals titles in 2021, is through to his third World Championship final since 2014 and his 18th major final in total, having won six so far.

The tungsten tinker man opened up with a routine straight sets win over Ryan Meikle before averaging 102 in a 4-3 victory over Damon Heta after an inspired change of darts at two sets down.

Wright then swept aside an out of sorts Ryan Searle 4-1 before holding his nerve in a pulsating tie break to edge out emerging star Callan Rydz 5-4 in the Quarter-Finals with another 99 average.

Snakebite then set a new record for the most 180s hit in a William Hill World Championship match as he landed 24 in a stunning 6-4 victory over two-time World Champion Gary Anderson in the Semi-Finals.

Smith has stormed into his second World Championship final in the space of four years and is looking to avenge the heartbreak of his defeat to Michael van Gerwen in 2019.

The number nine seed, who could climb to a career-high world number three by winning the title, has been arguably the stand-out performer of the tournament and is now on the cusp of securing an elusive maiden major trophy.

Four times a beaten major finalist, Smith had suffered successive Last 64 exits at Ally Pally but has brought his ‘A’ game to the stage this time around, and his 106.3 average against Ron Meulenkamp in Round Two remains the highest of the event so far.

Smith, a semi-finalist in the Grand Slam and winner of two Players Championship titles in 2021, has landed 59 maximums so far and is just 13 short of setting a new World Championship record.

Bully Boy has gone on to defeat Willie O’Connor and Jonny Clayton in thrilling encounters with averages of 97 and 99 respectively, before sensationally dethroning reigning champion Gerwyn Price with a 5-4 triumph on New Year’s Day, defying a nine-darter and two missed match darts from the Welshman to win an epic with a 102 average.

He then swept aside ten-time major winner James Wade 6-3 in the Semi-Finals with a 101 average, taking his tournament average to 100.65, almost identical to that of Wright (100.66).

This will be the 38th meeting between the two players, with Wright having won 23 of their previous encounters, including the 2020 Masters final and their only previous fixture on this stage back in 2013.

Their latest show-down gets under way from 8.15pm GMT and will be contested over the best of 13 sets, best of five legs per set.

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Record-breaking Wright sets up Smith show-down in World Darts Championship final

Peter Wright and Michael Smith will collide in the final of the 2021/22 World Darts Championship after their respective Semi-Final triumphs over Gary Anderson and James Wade on Sunday.

Wright overcame Scottish rival Anderson 6-4 in a blistering battle, hitting 24 180s in the process and breaking the record for the most maximums hit in a match which was previously held by his opponent.

Smith, meanwhile, got the better of Wade with a dominant display in a 6-3 victory to advance to his second Ally Pally final, having lost out to Michael van Gerwen in 2019.

Despite his historic 180 haul and an average of 104.4, Wright had to fight hard to fend off two-time World Champion Anderson, who missed a dart to force a deciding set and landed 15 maximums of his own as the pair created a new semi-final record of 39.

However, the 2020 winner held his nerve to reach his third World Championship final, sealing the victory with a 116 checkout.

“What a game of darts, it was phenomenal,” said Wright. “That was really hard and I’m exhausted after it to be honest.

“To get a win against Gary Anderson, one of the greatest darts players there has ever been, is amazing. It was an amazing game to play in. Hopefully it was great for the crowd and all the viewers at home.

“Gary was coming back at me like a train, lucky enough I managed to derail him. That’s the best game I’ve ever played.”

Wright raced into a three-set lead before Anderson responded to a fabulous 138 finish from the world number two with a set-winning 92 checkout to reduce the deficit.

A 105 finish saw Anderson clinch the fifth set but Wright responded in style, missing double 12 for what would have been the tournament’s fourth nine-darter on the way to opening up a 4-2 lead.

Anderson clawed another set back but Wright took the eighth, which included his 18th 180 of the match – surpassing the record for the most maximums hit by a player in a World Championship Semi-Final, previously created by Smith in 2019.

Set nine went the way of Anderson by a 3-1 margin, but when he missed a dart at double five to force a deciding set, Wright capitalised as he levelled the set before taking out 116 to complete a brilliant victory.

Smith secured his place in his second World Championship final with a convincing defeat of Wade, who exited at the semi-final stage for a fourth time in his career.

2019 runner-up Smith earned a second tilt at the sport’s richest match with a 6-3 success against the 2021 UK Open champion, whose wait to play in an Ally Pally final continues.

Smith averaged over 101 and landed 16 180s in a classy display as he further highlighted his title credentials.

The former World Youth Champion raced into a 5-1 lead before fending off a mini fightback from Wade to progress to Monday’s final.

“That was a tough game,” said Smith, who had never previously beaten Wade in a knockout match at a televised tournament.

“He pushed me and it was about keeping my cool and I managed to do that. I kept my head.

“I’ve worked hard for this. You don’t get gifted things in life, I’ve earned it. I’m better mentally now and that’s made a difference.

“I’m looking forward to playing in the final again. I’m desperate for a chance to put things right from three years ago and now I’ve got it.”

Smith took the first set in a deciding leg and immediately broke Wade’s throw in set two, which he went on to win 3-1 with an average of 119.

Wade produced a crucial 121 checkout in the deciding leg of the third set but missed a dart a tops in the fifth leg of the fourth set, allowing Smith to come from two legs down as he opened up a 3-1 sets lead.

That cushion was stretched to three sets when the 2019 finalist took out 78 to clinch the fifth set 3-1, before racing through three unanswered legs to go within a set of the final.

Wade ended a seven-leg losing streak before taking out finishes of 85 and 160 to win the seventh set and keep his hopes alive.

The eighth set also went the way of Wade, but any hopes of a comeback were ended when Smith pinned double ten to complete a deserved triumph.

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William Hill World Darts Championship 2021/22 Semi-Final Results

Sunday January 2

Michael Smith 6-3 James Wade
Peter Wright 6-4 Gary Anderson

Peter Wright v Gary Anderson live stream | World Darts Championship Semi-Final preview

Scottish rivals Peter Wright and Gary Anderson lock horns in a quest to reach the 2021/22 World Darts Championship final at Alexandra Palace on Sunday.

The decorated duo go head-to-head in a mouth-watering clash for the right to remain on course to lift the illustrious Sid Waddell Trophy once again.

Both players are no strangers to appearing at this stage of the competition, having racked up 11 PDC World Championship Semi-Final appearances between them.

Wright is in pursuit of a second world title in the space of three years as he bids to defend the £500,000 prize money against his world ranking position.

The world number two opened up with a routine straight sets win over Ryan Meikle before averaging 102 in a 4-3 victory over Damon Heta after an inspired change of darts at two sets down.

Wright, who claimed the World Matchplay and Players Championship Finals titles in 2021, then swept aside an out of sorts Ryan Searle 4-1 before holding his nerve in a pulsating tie break to edge out emerging star Callan Rydz 5-4 in the Quarter-Finals with another 99 average.

Snakebite, who could move to within touching distance of the world number one spot if he was to go all the way on Monday night, boasts a tournament average of 99.08 and 31 maximums to Anderson’s 94.46 tournament average and 21 180s.

Anderson, back-to-back World Champion in 2015 and 2016, has continued his superb spell of consistency on the Ally Pally stage, reaching his sixth Semi-Final in his last eight appearances.

The Flying Scotsman had endured a year to forget by his standards, failing to reach a major ranking Quarter-Final since the last World Championship, but has once again come good on the biggest stage of all.

A 3-1 win over fellow multiple World Champion Adrian Lewis saw Anderson maintain his record of having never lost his opening match here, and he backed that up by recovering from three sets down to defeat Ian White 4-3 before edging out 2018 World Champion Rob Cross by the same scoreline.

Anderson then swept aside UK Open runner-up Luke Humphries 5-2 in the Quarter-Finals on New Year’s Day and is now out to make it three wins from three over his former World Cup winning team-mate in this competition.

Anderson has won 29 of their 51 previous meetings, including a 6-3 success in their last Semi-Final encounter at Ally Pally in 2017.

Their latest show-down gets under way from 9.15pm GMT and will be contested over the best of 11 sets, best of five legs per set.

Either ten-time major champion James Wade or 2019 world finalist Michael Smith will await the winner in Monday’s final.

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James Wade v Michael Smith live stream | World Darts Championship Semi-Final preview

James Wade and Michael Smith go head-to-head for a place in the final of the 2021/22 World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace on Sunday.

A date with destiny awaits as the duo vie to remain in contention for their first world title and avoid falling agonisingly short.

Their respective routes to the Semi-Final stage have been somewhat contrasting, with Smith setting the tournament alight with a series of spectacular displays, while Wade has eased his way through despite a tournament average of just 87.

Smith is unbeaten in World Championship Semi-Finals, having won his only previous match at this stage in 2019 before losing out to Michael van Gerwen in the final, while Wade is hoping to make it fourth time lucky.

Smith, a semi-finalist in the Grand Slam and winner of two Players Championship titles in 2021, boasts a tournament average of 100.5 – the highest of the four remaining players, as well as the most 180s (43) and highest checkout percentage (48.5%).

Having suffered successive Last 64 exits at Ally Pally, ‘Bully Boy’ has brought his ‘A’ game to the oche this time around, and his 106.3 average against Ron Meulenkamp in Round Two remains the highest of the event so far.

The St Helens ace has gone on to defeat Willie O’Connor and Jonny Clayton in thrilling encounters with averages of 97 and 99 respectively, before sensationally dethroning reigning champion Gerwyn Price with a 5-4 triumph on New Year’s Day, defying a nine-darter and two missed match darts from the Welshman to win an epic with a 102 average.

Wade, meanwhile, has typically gone about his business in understated fashion and is into his first Semi-Final on this iconic stage since 2013.

The reigning UK Open champion and ten-time major winner is widely regarded as the best player yet to reach a World Championship final and will be determined to rid that tag at the fourth time of asking.

Wade defeated Maik Kuivenhoven 3-1 in his opener before Christmas despite an average of just 83.7 and then benefited from the withdrawal of Vincent van der Voort due to a positive Covid test.

He then whitewashed Dutch debutant Martijn Kleermaker 4-0 before thrashing an out of sorts Mervyn King 5-0 in the Quarter-Finals with an average of 86.5.

A win for Wade would see him leapfrog Michael van Gerwen into the world number three spot, while Smith could climb as high as world number five depending on the outcome of the second Semi-Final.

Wade has dominated the overall head-to-heads against Smith, winning 17 of their previous 22 meetings, including their only previous World Championship encounter back in 2016.

Their latest show-down gets under way from 7.45pm GMT and will be contested over the best of 11 sets, best of five legs per set.

Either 2020 World Champion Peter Wright or two-time World Champion Gary Anderson will await the winner in Monday’s final.

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Michael Smith dethrones nine-dart Gerwyn Price to reach World Darts Championship Semi-Finals

Michael Smith ended Gerwyn Price’s reign as World Champion courtesy of a pulsating 5-4 victory as he defied a nine-darter and two missed match darts in an epic Quarter-Final.

Smith recovered from 4-3 down to win back-to-back sets and reach his second Semi-Final at Alexandra Palace, shattering Price’s hopes of claiming back-to-back world titles.

Another pulsating night of action saw Price produce his first televised nine-darter and the third of this year’s tournament in total, setting a new World Championship record.

Despite landing a perfect leg in set four, Smith averaged 121.3 to win the set and level the contest at 2-2 before Price took the fifth set to regain the advantage at 3-2.

The following two sets were shared, with Price leading 4-3 heading into what proved to be a decisive eighth set.

After Price missed darts at double top and double ten for the match, Smith held his nerve on double eight to force a ninth set.

Smith broke throw in the first leg of the decider and backed it up with a 108 checkout to put Price on the ropes.

The world number one held throw to stay alive but missed tops for a 110 finish in what proved to be the final leg as Smith pinned double 12 for a memorable win.

“I’m so happy, this is up there with one of the best nights of my career,” said Smith.

“I thought I played really well but I started shaking towards the end and I had to compose myself.

“When I was on the last double 12 I just said to myself ‘focus on what you’ve been working on for the last 12 months’.

“I’m one step closer to living my dream. This is my chance.”

An unforgettable start to the year also saw Peter Wright also defeat Callan Rydz in a nine-set thriller to reach his fourth World Championship Semi-Final.

The 2020 World Champion recovered from 3-1 and 4-3 down to deny 23-year-old sensation Rydz the biggest win of his career to date.

A captivating contest saw Rydz get off to a dream start in his first quarter-final appearance, averaging 110 and pinning a 152 checkout to take the opening set.

Rydz continued to endear himself to the crowd, winning two of the next three sets as he took the game to his more experienced opponent.

Wright won the next set to reduce the deficit to 3-2, before a crucial sixth set saw him miss double 12 for a nine-darter, and after Rydz missed a dart at tops for the set, Wright hit double 18 and tops for a 96 checkout to make it 3-3.

Rydz refused to wilt, winning the next set 3-1 to regain the lead before Wright won the eighth set 3-0 to force a ninth and final set.

The decider saw Wright break in the first leg and hold throw to move within a leg of victory, only for Rydz to fight back once again, winning back-to-back legs to force a tie-break.

Wright then pinned a vital double nine with his last dart in hand to break throw once again and this time held throw to bring the curtain down on a classic.

“I’m happy with the win but I was annoyed with myself for missing crucial doubles throughout the match which let Callan back in,” said Wright.

“That was why I reacted the way I did at the end, it was a release of frustration for not getting the job done earlier.

“It was a great match to play in, not many people would’ve beaten Callan the way he played tonight. I think my experience got me through in the end.

“I’m looking forward to playing Gary, I want to achieve as much as him before I retire.

“Hopefully the game will be as good as tonight’s if not better.”

Gary Anderson continued his quest for a third World Championship title with a ruthless 5-2 defeat of Luke Humphries.

A pulsating contest saw Anderson land four ton-plus checkouts as he reached the Semi-Finals at Ally Pally for the seventh time.

UK Open finalist Humphries made a perfect start to his third Quarter-Final appearance on the sport’s greatest stage in four years as he took the opening set 3-0.

The next two sets went Anderson’s way, before Humphries hit back to restore parity at 2-2.

Set five proved pivotal as Anderson recovered from 2-0 down, landing a 110 finish to break throw to win the set decider, before kicking off set six with a 148 checkout under pressure.

Humphries continued to apply pressure, but Anderson’s experience showed as he kept cool to win each of the last three sets 3-2.

“I played alright but I missed a lot of doubles at the start,” admitted Anderson, who landed four ton-plus checkouts.

“I’ve got not expectations whatsoever of winning this tournament; I just play my game and if it’s good enough then great, if not I’ll say good luck to the player who beat me.

“I’m not at my best yet but I feel like it’s getting closer with each game.”

James Wade cruised into his his first World Championship Semi-Final in nine years with a 5-0 whitewash of a struggling Mervyn King.

Wade displayed his trademark timing, winning three of the sets 3-2, to make it back-to-back whitewashes having beaten Martijn Kleermaker 4-0 in the fourth round.

King led 2-1 in both the first two sets, but was unable to recover from those setbacks as Wade cantered to the finish line.

“It wasn’t expected, I thought I had a real battle on hay hands with Mervyn,” said Wade.

“I was fortunate that Mervyn didn’t play his game and I got away with a lot.

“Merv’s beaten me so many times in a row prior to this but I’ve bashed him here and done a proper job on him.

“This is the first year I’ve had no chaos going on away from darts and I feel relaxed heading into the next round.”

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Saturday January 1

Quarter-Finals

Afternoon Session
James Wade 5-0 Mervyn King
Luke Humphries 2-5 Gary Anderson

Evening Session
Peter Wright 5-4 Callan Rydz
Gerwyn Price 4-5 Michael Smith – *Price hits a nine-darter*

Gerwyn Price v Michael Smith live stream | World Darts Championship preview

Reigning World Champion Gerwyn Price and former world finalist Michael Smith collide in a box office World Championship Quarter-Final on New Year’s Day.

Arguably the two most impressive performers of the tournament so far go head-to-head as they bid to keep their title dream alive at Alexandra Palace.

Price is out to join an elite group of only three players to have successfully retained a PDC world title but faces his toughest test yet against a rejuvenated Bully Boy.

The three-time Grand Slam champion defeated Ritchie Edhouse 3-1 from a set down on the opening night of the tournament before battling past Kim Huybrechts 4-3 in a thrilling contest and going on to thrash Dirk van Duijvenbode 4-1 with a run of 12 consecutive legs.

The proud Welshman is aiming to make it three consecutive World Championship Quarter-Final wins but faces an opponent with a tournament average of 99.8 and 27 180s to his name.

Smith was a semi-finalist in November’s Grand Slam and has picked up a further two Players Championship titles this year.

Having suffered successive Last 64 exits at Ally Pally, ‘Bully Boy’ has brought his ‘A’ game to the oche this time around and is into only his third Quarter-Final on this iconic stage.

His 106.3 average against Ron Meulenkamp in Round Two remains the highest of the event so far, and the St Helens ace has gone on to defeat Willie O’Connor and Jonny Clayton in thrilling encounters with averages of 97 and 99 respectively.

Smith and Price are inseparable in terms of their overall head-to-head record, having claimed 14 wins apiece, as well as two Premier League draws.

Price has won each of their last four meetings, including a straight sets triumph in the opening round of October’s World Grand Prix.

Their latest show-down gets under way from around 9pm GMT and will be contested over the best of seven sets, best of five legs per set.

Ten-time major champion James Wade awaits the winner in Sunday’s Semi-Finals.

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World Darts Championship 2021/22 | Quarter-Finals preview and order of play

The World Darts Championship Quarter-Finals take centre stage on New Year’s Day at Alexandra Palace as the final eight face off.

2022 is welcomed in style as eight of the sport’s top marksmen compete for a place in the Semi-Finals of the sport’s show-piece and the right to move a step closer to the £500,000 top prize.

An unmissable double-header at Ally Pally features three World Champions in action, as well as a multiple major winner and three players vying for their first PDC major silverware.

The afternoon session commences with a show-down between darting stalwarts James Wade and Mervyn King.

The pair have met on more than 50 occasions over the past 15 years and there remains little to choose between them in terms of the head-to-head stats.

Their most famous encounter came in the final of the 2014 Masters, which Wade eventually won 11-10, having trailed 9-2 and 10-6.

Wade is appearing in his ninth PDC World Championship Quarter-Final since his debut at the Circus Tavern back in 2005 and is widely regarded as the best player yet to reach a World Championship final.

The reigning UK Open champion defeated Maik Kuivenhoven 3-1 in his opener before Christmas despite an average of just 83.7 and then benefited from the withdrawal of Vincent van der Voort due to a positive Covid test.

He then whitewashed a below-par Martijn Kleermaker 4-0 and is into the Last Eight with a tournament average of 88.5 and no 180s to his name so far.

At 55, King is the oldest player left standing in the competition and finds himself at this stage of proceedings for the first time since 2009 – when he made the Semi-Finals.

King has produced two amazing comebacks en route to the Last Eight, recovering from two sets down to defeat Ryan Joyce in his opener, and after whitewashing Steve Lennon 4-0, he then came from 3-1 down to knock out Australia’s Raymond Smith in a decider.

The second Quarter-Final sees two-time World Champion Gary Anderson take on UK Open finalist Luke Humphries.

Anderson, winner here in 2015 and 2016, has continued his superb spell of consistency on the Ally Pally stage, reaching his seventh Quarter-Final in his last eight appearances.

The Flying Scotsman had endured a year to forget by his standards but has once again come good on the biggest stage of all and is into his first major ranking Quarter-Final of the season.

A 3-1 win over fellow multiple World Champion Adrian Lewis saw Anderson maintain his record of having never lost his opening match here, and he backed that up by recovering from three sets down to defeat Ian White 4-3 before edging out 2018 World Champion Rob Cross by the same scoreline.

Humphries has also continued his fine record at Ally Pally by progressing to his third Quarter-Final in the space of four years.

Cool Hand Luke began by thrashing Rowby-John Rodriguez 3-0 before Christmas, before Dave Chisnall’s withdrawal due to a positive Covid test on Wednesday handed him a walkover.

He then came through one of the stand-out matches of the tournament so far as he edged past Chris Dobey in a tie break with a 97.7 average and fourteen maximums.

The evening session kicks off with a clash between 2020 World Champion Peter Wright and emerging sensation Callan Rydz.

Wright is in pursuit of a second world title in the space of three years as he bids to defend the £500,000 prize money against his world ranking position.

The world number two opened up with a routine straight sets win over Ryan Meikle before averaging 102 in a 4-3 victory over Damon Heta after an inspired change of darts at two sets down.

Wright, who has also claimed the World Matchplay and Players Championship Finals titles this season, then swept aside an out of sorts Ryan Searle 4-1 with a 99 average to remain in contention for the Sid Waddell Trophy.

Rydz, 23, is the youngest player remaining in the field and has blasted his way into the Quarter-Finals for the first time, incredibly dropping just one set along the way.

The World Matchplay quarter-finalist and two-time ProTour event winner swept aside Yuki Yamada, Brendan Dolan and Nathan Aspinall to nil before ending the run of Scotland’s Alan Soutar with a 4-1 success.

The Geordie ace has already climbed six places to world number 30 as a result of his run and is now looking to pull off what would be by far the biggest win of his career to date.

The day’s biggest box office clash sees defending champion Gerwyn Price put his title on the line against 2019 world finalist Michael Smith.

Price is out to join an elite group of only three players to have successfully retained a PDC world title but faces his toughest test yet against perhaps the most impressive performer of the event so far.

The three-time Grand Slam champion defeated Ritchie Edhouse 3-1 from a set down on the opening night of the tournament, before battling past Kim Huybrechts 4-3 in a thrilling contest and going on to thrash Dirk van Duijvenbode 4-1 with a run of 12 consecutive legs.

The proud Welshman is aiming to make it three consecutive World Championship Quarter-Final wins but faces an opponent with a tournament average of 99.8 and 27 180s to his name.

Smith was a semi-finalist in November’s Grand Slam and has picked up a further two Players Championship titles this year.

Having suffered successive Last 64 exits at Ally Pally, ‘Bully Boy’ has brought his ‘A’ game to the oche this time around and is into only his third Quarter-Final on this iconic stage.

His 106.3 average against Ron Meulenkamp in Round Two remains the highest of the event so far, and the St Helens ace has gone on to defeat Willie O’Connor and Jonny Clayton in thrilling encounters with averages of 97 and 99 respectively.

The action gets under way from 12.30pm GMT, with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best nine sets, best of five legs per set.

Final set in matches must be won by two clear legs, unless the score reaches 5-5, in which case a sudden-death leg will be played.

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World Darts Championship 2021/22 Quarter-Finals Schedule

Saturday January 1

Quarter-Finals

Afternoon Session (12.30pm-5pm)
James Wade v Mervyn King
Luke Humphries v Gary Anderson

Evening Session (7.30pm-11pm)
Peter Wright v Callan Rydz
Gerwyn Price v Michael Smith

Anderson, Humphries and King edge final set show-downs to reach World Championship Quarter-Finals

Gary Anderson, Luke Humphries and Mervyn King held their nerve in last-set deciders to reach the Quarter-Finals of the World Darts Championship on Thursday.

The final day of darting action in 2021 saw six players complete the New Year’s Day Quarter-Final line-up at Alexandra Palace.

Anderson continued his quest for a third World Championship title with a 4-3 defeat of fellow former World Champion Rob Cross.

The opening set went the way of Cross, who was seeking a first World Championship Quarter-Final appearance since his title winning debut in 2018.

An improved display from Anderson, who was self-critical of his performance in beating Ian White in Round Three, saw him hit back by winning nine of the next 11 legs, including a 170 checkout.

Undeterred, Cross won the fifth set 3-1 to halve the deficit and then came back from 2-0 down to win the sixth and force a decider.

Anderson struck a decisive break of throw in the third leg, before finally finishing the job on double top at the fourth attempt.

“Fair play to Rob, he stuck in and came back at me,” said Anderson.

“I went back to the old darts during the first set and they worked a treat. The 170 came at just the right time.

“We’re at the stage of the tournament now where you have to be at your best, hopefully I can produce it when it matters.”

Meanwhile, Humphries progress to the Quarter-Finals for the third time in four years after an epic fightback against Chris Dobey.

One of the most entertaining games of the tournament so far saw Humphries battle back from 3-1 down to take a captivating contest to a deciding set.

A 117 checkout saw Humphries land the first break of throw, only for Dobey to break straight back and then hold to move within a leg of victory.

After the next three legs went with throw, Humphries landed a decisive 14-dart break and then found double one with his sixth match dart before sinking to his knees.

“At the end my nerves kicked in, my hand was shaking and my heart was pounding,” admitted Humphries.

“But that’s just because it means so much as you could see with my emotion at the end.

“I think it’s time now for me to kick on now. The last two quarter-finals I was very new to the tour, I’ve got a lot more ambition to go further this time.”

 

Peter Wright breezed past Ryan Searle with a comfortable 4-1 win to reach the Quarter-Finals for the sixth time in his last nine appearances at Ally Pally.

The 2020 World Champion, who stuck with the darts he used in the last four sets of his third round win over Damon Heta, landed checkouts of 132 and 111 on his way to taking a 2-0 lead.

Searle replied with a 151 finish to win the third set, but Wright regained control, winning six of the last seven legs to advance.

“I thought it was going to be a lot closer, Ryan is an amazing player but it just wasn’t his night,” said Wright.

“Luckily enough for me I got away with it but I didn’t feel comfortable at all.

“I’m defending a lot of ranking money from two years ago so it’s important for me to go far in this one.

“Hopefully I can leave here with another world title.”

Wright will now face Callan Rydz – who continued his eye-catching run with a 4-1 blitz of Alan Soutar to reach only his second televised Quarter-Final.

The 23-year-old lost his first set of the tournament to impressive debutant Soutar but hit back by winning 12 of the next 13 legs in a ruthless display.

“I’m winning games and the confidence is growing,” said Rydz.

“I was never going to win every game to nil but now I can concentrate on my own game.

“It’s going well for me at the moment but it’s up to me to make that continue.”

Three-time semi-finalist James Wade and 2009 semi-finalist Mervyn King will also collide following wins over Martijn Kleermaker and Raymond Smith respectively.

King fought back from 3-0 down against Smith to win 4-3 and reach the quarter-finals for the first time in 13 years.

Surprise package Smith looked set to continue his dream run as he dominated the opening exchanges, winning three of the first four sets to move to the brink of the biggest win of his career.

However, King, who came back from 2-0 down to beat Ryan Joyce 3-2 in round two, showed his never-say-die spirit by winning six of the next seven legs to force a deciding set.

King kicked off the decider with a 124 checkout on the bull before rattling off the next two legs to end Australian hopes in the tournament.

“Wow, it’s unbelievable, it’s brought tears to my eyes,” said the 55-year-old, who was visibly overwhelmed by the support he received from the crowd.

“From 3-1 down I started my comeback and I could feel the atmosphere building and building.

“I’ve got the game, if it turns up then there’s no reason I can’t win it.”

Wade enjoyed a more simple passage through, dropping just four legs as he breezed past Dutch debutant Kleermaker 4-0 to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in five years.

The Machine, who received a bye into the Last 16 following Vincent van der Voort’s positive Covid test, has progressed to the Quarter-Finals without hitting a single 180 so far.

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William Hill World Darts Championship 2021/22 Day 13 Results

Thursday December 30

Fourth Round

Afternoon Session
Raymond Smith 3-4 Mervyn King
Alan Soutar 1-4 Callan Rydz
Chris Dobey 3-4 Luke Humphries

Evening Session
James Wade 4-0 Martijn Kleermaker
Gary Anderson 4-3 Rob Cross
Peter Wright 4-1 Ryan Searle

World Darts Championship 2021/22 Day 13 | Evening Session preview and order of play

The final session of televised darts in 2021 sees the Fourth Round action draw to a close at the World Darts Championship on Thursday evening.

Three places remain up for grabs in the Quarter-Finals at Alexandra Palace as a quartet of multiple major winners and two in-form challenges aim to continue their pursuit of the Sid Waddell Trophy.

The opening match of the night sees ten-time major winner James Wade take on Dutch debutant Martijn Kleermaker.

Wade, the number four seed, is gearing up for only his second match in this year’s World Championship after receiving a bye in the last round.

The reigning UK Open champion defeated Maik Kuivenhoven 3-1 in his opener before Christmas despite an average of just 83.7 and then benefited from the withdrawal of Vincent van der Voort due to a positive Covid test.

Wade is appearing at this stage of the competition since the 2018/19 event and is looking to reach his ninth Quarter-Final since his debut at the Circus Tavern back in 2005.

Kleermaker, meanwhile, has won three matches to reach this stage of proceedings, having seen off Greece’s John Michael and 2010 world finalist Simon Whitlock 3-1 before pulling off the biggest win of his career to date against Joe Cullen with a dramatic 4-3 triumph in the Third Round.

The 30-year-old missed out on last year’s World Championship after testing positive for Covid-19 and is already making up for lost time, but will be determined for his landmark run not to end before the New Year.

A blockbuster fixture sees two-time World Champion Gary Anderson take on 2018 World Champion Rob Cross.

Anderson, winner here in 2015 and 2016, has not failed to make it beyond the Third Round stage in each of his last seven visits to Ally Pally and has featured in final finals in the space of a decade.

The Flying Scotsman, however, has endured a year to forget by his standards and is vying to avoid failing to reach a major ranking Quarter-Final in a season for the first time since joining the PDC back in 2009.

A 3-1 win over fellow multiple World Champion Adrian Lewis back on December 16 saw Anderson maintain his record of having never lost his opening match at Ally Pally, and he backed that up by recovering from three sets down to defeat Ian White 4-3 on Wednesday.

Cross is out to improve on a miserable head-to-head record against Anderson which has seen him lose 12 of their 14 previous meetings.

The reigning European Champion is through to this stage of the competition for the first time in three years and has been hugely impressive so far, coming from a set down to defeat Raymond van Barneveld 3-1 before coming through an epic encounter to edge out Daryl Gurney 4-3 earlier in the week.

The final fixture of the year is one to savour as Peter Wright and Ryan Searle face off in a repeat of November’s Players Championship Finals decider.

Wright denied Searle his first major title in Minehead with a thrilling 11-10 win in the final after Searle had left himself on double 12 for victory.

That triumph marked Snakebite’s second ranked major of the year, adding to July’s World Matchplay success, as well as the World Cup of Darts.

Wright is in pursuit of a second world title in the space of three years as he bids to defend the £500,000 prize money against his world ranking position.

The world number two opened up with a routine straight sets win over Ryan Meikle before averaging 102 in a 4-3 victory over Damon Heta after an inspired change of darts at two sets down.

Searle, meanwhile, finds himself at this stage proceedings for the third time in four World Championship appearances.

The world number 15 has been one of this season’s stand-out performers on both floor and stage and has signalled his intent at Ally Pally by defeating nine-dart hero Willie Borland 3-0 and in-form Danny Noppert 4-2.

The Somerset star is now eyeing a slice of revenge over ‘Snakebite’ to enter uncharted territory in the sport’s show-piece and set up a Last Eight clash with Callan Rydz.

The action gets under way from 7pm GMT, with Last 16 matches to be contested over the best seven sets, best of five legs per set.

Final set in matches must be won by two clear legs, unless the score reaches 5-5, in which case a sudden-death leg will be played.

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World Darts Championship 2021/22 Day 13 Schedule of Play

Thursday December 30

Evening Session

7.15pm James Wade v Martijn Kleermaker
8.30pm Gary Anderson v Rob Cross
9.45pm Peter Wright v Ryan Searle