World Series Finals 2020 Day Three preview and order of play: Final eight eyeing silverware in Salzburg

The 2020 World Series Finals culminates in Salzburg on Sunday as the eight remaining hopefuls battle it out to be crowned champion.

The World Series Finals is the first PDC event to feature a live crowd since March, with the Salzburgarena welcoming a limited capacity 1,500-strong contingent.

The fans were treated to another enthralling night of action on Saturday which saw seven of the world’s top eight players progress to the final day.

World number one Michael van Gerwen became the only top eight star to crash out at the Last 16 stage as he suffered a fourth defeat in six to his nemesis Glen Durrant.

Durrant, who looks to be heading towards the top eight at a rate of knots, averaged 102.5 in his 6-4 success over MVG and will look to pick up from where he left off when he faces James Wade in Sunday’s afternoon session.

Both players are renowned for their clutch finishing under pressure, and Premier League table-topper Durrant thrashed ‘The Machine’ 16-7 in their only previous televised meeting at the 2019 World Matchplay.

Wade is the only player outside of Van Gerwen to have claimed this title, having done so in 2018, and started strongly in seeing off Jeff Smith 6-3 with a 97 average on Saturday.

Wade is bidding to reach his first televised Semi-Final since the New Zealand Masters last August, while ‘Duzza’ is vying for his fifth since joining the PDC.

Wade is eyeing a second World Series Finals title (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The opening tie of the day sees World Champion Peter Wright take on two-time major winner Daryl Gurney.

Wright was a back-to-back runner-up in this event in 2015 and 2016 and will be determined to go one better in front of his adoring fans for what would be a third televised title of 2020.

The world number two, who was also a winner in both the Summer Series and Autumn Series, averaged 101.5 in a 6-3 win over Damon Heta in Round Two.

His last outing against Gurney saw him produce a first televised nine-darter in the Premier League last month but eventually resulted in an 8-6 defeat despite a 103 average.

After surviving on Judgement Night, Gurney finished bottom of the Phase Two table in the Premier League but looks to have dusted himself down ahead of a busy stage of the season.

The Northern Irishman kicked off with a superb 102.3 average in a 6-2 defeat of New Zealand’s Cody Harris in Round One and has won two of his three televised meetings with ‘Snakebite’ this year.

Another repeat of a recent Premier League clash sees world number three Gerwyn Price take on world number six Nathan Aspinall.

Aspinall recorded back-to-back wins over Price in Milton Keynes on his way to securing a play-off spot, while the Welshman missed out on the top four by just two points.

The former UK Open champion averaged 101 in a 6-1 rout of Darius Labanauskas on Saturday to record a first win in this competition at the second attempt and is now targeting a fourth straight win over the Grand Slam champion.

Price is in the midst of an emphatic 15-game unbeaten run, having followed up successive Autumn Series titles with a 101.5 average in dispatching Vincent van der Voort 6-3.

The Ice Man is now looking to progress to a seventh Semi-Final in his last eleven televised tournament appearances.

The final tie of the afternoon session features a repeat of the 2019 World Matchplay final as Rob Cross takes on Michael Smith.

Both players are looking to bounce back from disappointing ends to their Premier League campaigns, with Cross having suffered elimination at the halfway stage, while Smith went six games without a win and finished seventh.

Cross picked up a confidence-boosting first televised win since March when he whitewashed an out of sorts Steve Beaton 6-0, but knows he will have to improve on a 90 average against a player of Smith’s scoring power.

Smith, meanwhile, overcame Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski 6-4 with a steady 95.4 average and will be hoping to reach the final of this event for the second time, having finished runner-up in 2018.

The action gets underway from 12pm BST, with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of 19 legs and Semi-Finals and final best of 21.

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World Series Finals 2020 Match Schedule

Sunday September 20

Afternoon Session (11.45am-3.30pm)

Quarter-Finals
Peter Wright v Daryl Gurney
Gerwyn Price v Nathan Aspinall
Glen Durrant v James Wade
Michael Smith v Rob Cross

Evening Session (7.15pm-10.30pm)

Semi-Finals
Wright/Gurney v Price/Aspinall
Durrant/Wade v Smith/Cross

Final

Durrant denies Van Gerwen to reach World Series of Darts Quarter-Finals

Glen Durrant ended Michael van Gerwen’s reign as World Series Finals champion with a 6-4 victory in the Last 16 in Salzburg on Saturday.

Van Gerwen had won four of the tournament’s five previous stagings, but was subjected to an early exit by his new rival, who claimed a fourth win in six over the Dutchman.

A 1,500 sell-out crowd at the Salzburgarena saw Van Gerwen and Durrant share the opening eight legs before a pivotal 68 checkout from the Middlesbrough marksman punished MVG’s miss at double 16.

Van Gerwen then squandered a dart at tops to force a decider, and Durrant needed no second invitation to take out that very double for another impressive win with a 102.5 average.

“That’s a great win for me,” said Durrant, who finished six doubles from nine attempts. “I felt good tonight and I knew what was at stake – I realised I was playing the best player in the world.

“He’s the biggest challenge in the world right now and the second greatest player who’s ever picked up a set of darts.

“My CV compared to him is a million miles away – I think I’ve got an issue in his head, and that could be with the pace, but that’s something he has to deal with, not me.

“I know I’m a good player but this has all come really quickly. I’ve got to be really proud and I believe I’m up there with the best double hitters in the world right now. I’m in a fantastic place.”

James Wade, the 2018 champion, will face Durrant in the Last Eight after he opened up with a 6-3 victory over Canada’s Jeff Smith.

Smith fired in finishes of 123 and 111 as he levelled at two apiece, but Wade took the next three legs, including a 102 checkout, to pull clear, before closing out a solid victory with a 97 average.

“It was quite nice to play in front of a crowd, it was good fun,” said the number eight seed. “Perhaps the break has done me the world of good in some ways, and I’m grateful to be back.”

Gerwyn Price’s bid to win a third successive tournament began in superb fashion as the world number three averaged 102 in a 6-3 win over Vincent van der Voort.

Price’s break of throw in the opening leg proved crucial in putting him into the ascendancy, and after the pair traded 13-darters in mid-match the Welsh ace posted a 124 finish and then sealed victory with a 14-dart leg.

“I was under pressure all the way through the game but I stuck to my game and got over the winning line,” said Price.

“I knew I was in for a tough game but thankfully he wasn’t firing on all cylinders. I’m still playing well but I need to be on my A-game against Nathan.

“It’s nice to have the crowd back, I was enjoying it and it was a bit different. It was a little bit jittery in parts but I enjoyed it.”

Nathan Aspinall raced into the Quarter-Finals with a 6-1 demolition of Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas, who was only afforded one dart at a double.

Aspinall opened the tie with a 14-darter before taking out 142 to double his lead, while an 11-darter gave him the third before Labanauskas hit back by taking out 72 on tops.

However, Aspinall restored his cushion before following up a 13-darter with a 100 finish to move into Sunday’s final stages with a 101 average.

“I played well and I’m into the final day,” said Aspinall. “I used the five days in Germany as preparation for this weekend and I want to do the job – my target is to win it this weekend.

“I love playing in front of the crowd and the fans make the sport so good. We’ve missed them and tonight was special – I loved every minute of it.

“I was looking forward to it so much to play in front of people again. It felt like my TV debut again, I had butterflies before I walked on, and it’s one of the most enjoyable games I’ve played in my career.”

World Champion Peter Wright overcame the challenge of Australian ace Damon Heta, enjoying a 6-3 win as he set up a clash with Daryl Gurney.

The Scot benefitted from the better start, finishing 70, 68 on the bull and double 16 as he took the first three legs to move halfway to victory.

Heta won three of the next five, but Wright followed up legs of 14 and 12 darts with a 13-darter as he wrapped up victory with a 101 average.

“It was okay – I wanted to go up and do better than that, but to get the win was the most important thing,” said Wright.

“It was amazing to have the fans back. I interacted with the crowd and they were fantastic.”

Gurney averaged an impressive 102 as he overcame Cody Harris 6-2 to book his spot on the final day in Salzburg.

The two-time World Series finalist produced checkouts of 107 and 124, landed two 14-darters and a 13-dart leg as he opened up a 5-2 lead, before ending the New Zealander’s hopes on tops in leg eight.

“I played well tonight, and as long as you’re winning that’s all that matters,” said Gurney.

“I’ve got to get used to playing in front of a crowd again, tonight there was an extra incentive because you want to go out there and put in a performance.

“I played okay in the Autumn Series and I’ve been trying to be more positive in myself. For the last year and a half I’ve been practising the best I’ve ever practised and I’ve not been taking it onto stage.

“Tonight I felt a lot fresher but I’m still learning and the best’s still to come.”

Rob Cross produced the night’s most dominant display by whitewashing an out of sorts Steve Beaton 6-0.

Cross denied Beaton a dart at a double in the opening five legs – finishing 90 in the opener and a 12-darter in leg three – before punishing four misses from the former Lakeside Champion to close out the win.

“I feel really good,” said Cross. “I’ve changed my set-up and my practice game is so much better than I showed tonight, but I’m glad to get the win.

“I enjoyed it. It was a little bit weird with Steve not playing his best, but it was amazing to have the crowd again. I can look forward to tomorrow now.”

Cross will now face Michael Smith after the 2018 finalist edged out Krzysztof Ratajski 6-4 to progress to the final day.

Smith hit back from a leg down to lead 2-1, only to see the Polish ace take three of the next four to regain the advantage at 4-3.

However, double 14 for Smith levelled before he crucially broke in leg nine on tops, before hitting the same bed for a second successive 14-darter as he sealed his place in the last eight.

“I’m feeling good,” said Smith. “It was a bit of a struggle but I managed to keep my cool and finally get there in the end.”

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World Series Finals 2020 Results

Saturday September 19

Second Round

James Wade 6-3 Jeff Smith
Nathan Aspinall 6-1 Darius Labanauskas
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Cody Harris
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Vincent van der Voort
Rob Cross 6-0 Steve Beaton
Peter Wright 6-3 Damon Heta
Glen Durrant 6-4 Michael van Gerwen
Michael Smith 6-4 Krzysztof Ratajski

World Series Finals 2020 Day Two preview and order of play: Seeds enter the fray in Salzburg

The top eight seeds kick off their 2020 World Series Finals campaigns at the Second Round stage in Salzburg on Saturday.

The opening night of the 24-player invitational featured a series of comebacks and shock results, with the likes of Ian White, Dave Chisnall and Joe Cullen all bowing out.

The World Series Finals is the first PDC event to feature a live crowd since March and the Salzburgarena is set to welcome a limited capacity 1,500-strong contingent on Day Two.

Michael van Gerwen has won four of the five previous stagings of this competition and begins his latest title defence with a clash against rival Glen Durrant.

Durrant recently ended MVG’s seven-year spell of finishing top of the Premier League table, claiming a win and a draw from their two meetings in Milton Keynes.

Van Gerwen, however, recorded a first win over Duzza at the fifth attempt during last week’s Autumn Series, having reverted back to his trusted old setup.

Durrant battled back from behind to defeat World Matchplay champion Dimitri van den Bergh 6-3 in Round One on Friday and will look to catch the Dutchman cold in a bid to continue his impressive head-to-head record.

James Wade is the only other player to have lifted this title, having done so two years ago, and ‘The Machine’ starts out against Canadian number one Jeff Smith.

Wade claimed his most recent televised title in this event in November 2018 but has since gone on to win six Players Championship events, including one in the Summer Series this year.

He faces a tricky opener against the former Lakeside finalist, who pulled off a terrific comeback from 5-1 down to deny Fallon Sherrock in a last-leg decider on Friday, surviving four match darts in the process.

Reigning World Champion Peter Wright looks to avoid a potential banana skin at the hands of in-form Australian Damon Heta.

Both players picked up a title in the Autumn Series, with Heta opening his account as a PDC Tour Card holder, following on from last year’s Brisbane Masters triumph.

World number two Wright is looking to add this title to his World Championship and Masters successes this year and will relish returning to action in front of a sellout crowd.

Krzysztof Ratajski ended home hopes with an emphatic display on Day One as he defeated Mensur Suljovic 6-3 with a 99.7 average and high checkouts of 144 and 141.

The Polish ace, who reached the final of an Autumn Series event last week, now comes up against former world finalist Michael Smith in the final match of the evening.

Smith heads to Salzburg off the back of a disappointing Autumn Series and having also missed out on a place in the Premier League play-offs.

The world number four defeated Ratajski 16-13 in the Quarter-Finals of this year’s World Matchplay and will be eyeing a confidence boosting victory here to get him back on track.

World number three Gerwyn Price aims to pick up from where he left off in the Autumn Series as he faces fans’ favourite Vincent van der Voort.

Price claimed back-to-back Players Championship titles in Germany on Tuesday and Wednesday and heads across the border in a rich vein of form.

Prior to the resumption of the Premier League, the Welshman had reached at least the Semi-Final stage of four of his last six televised tournaments.

Van der Voort, meanwhile, took advantage of an out of sorts Joe Cullen to storm to a 6-0 whitewash and looks to have continued the resurgent form which led him to the Quarter-Finals of July’s World Matchplay.

Former UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall opens up against Lithuanian ace Darius Labanauskas, with ‘The Asp’ out to continue his fine form on the big stage.

Aspinall secured a place in next month’s Premier League play-offs on an emotional final night of the regular season and is now looking to register a first win in this event at the second attempt.

Labanauskas, a World Championship quarter-finalist last December, began with a comfortable 6-2 win over Harry Ward but will look to raise his game accordingly here.

Three-time major champion Rob Cross aims to kick-start a much-needed resurgence at the business end of the season by overcoming darting stalwart Steve Beaton.

Cross has endured a tough season so far, surrendering his World Matchplay title at the first hurdle before being eliminated from the Premier League at the halfway stage.

The world number five has changed darts and will be desperate to record his first televised win since the UK Open six months ago.

Beaton, who came through the Tour Card holder qualifier last week, held his nerve to edge out Simon Whitlock in a tense decider in Round One.

The 1996 Lakeside World Champion has won both of his previous televised encounters with Cross, both of which coming at the World Grand Prix.

Daryl Gurney is hoping to bounce back from a disappointing Premier League campaign which saw him finish bottom of the Phase Two table, and ‘Superchin’ starts out against New Zealand’s Cody Harris.

Harris pulled off one of the most notable wins of his career when he knocked out a below-par Dave Chisnall on Friday and will now be eyeing another significant top 16 scalp.

The action gets underway from 7pm BST, with Second Round matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs.

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World Series Finals 2020 Match Schedule

Saturday September 19

Second Round

7.00pm James Wade v Jeff Smith
7.30pm Nathan Aspinall v Darius Labanauskas
8.00pm Daryl Gurney v Cody Harris
8.30pm Gerwyn Price v Vincent van der Voort
9.00pm Rob Cross v Steve Beaton
9.30pm Peter Wright v Damon Heta
10.00pm Michael van Gerwen v Glen Durrant
10.30pm Michael Smith v Krzysztof Ratajski

World Series Finals 2020 Day One preview and order of play: Star names collide in Salzburg

The 2020 World Series Finals commence in Salzburg on Friday as the 16 invites and qualifiers face off for the right to take on a seed in Round Two.

The 24-player invitational is the first PDC event to be staged in front of a live crowd since March as the Salzburgarena in Austria plays host over the next three days.

The world’s top eight players are seeded through to the Second Round, while Friday’s opening round features the 12 invited players alongside four qualifiers.

History-maker Fallon Sherrock is among the wildcard picks as she prepares to make her World Series debut against Canada’s Jeff Smith.

Sherrock enjoyed a ground-breaking run to the Last 32 of the World Championship at Alexandra Palace last December, making global headlines as the first female player to win in the sport’s show-piece event.

She has since gone on to compete in the Premier League and UK Open and will feature in next year’s World Series events following this year’s cancellations.

The 26-year-old faces a tough test against former Lakeside finalist Smith, who came through Qualifying School to gain a Tour Card and reached the final of the first Players Championship event of the year.

The 2018 North American champion was also a semi-finalist in the Summer Series and will be keen to set up a Second Round show-down with 2018 World Series Finals winner James Wade.

Arguably the stand-out tie of the opening round features a repeat of their World Matchplay Semi-Final as Glen Durrant bids for revenge over Dimitri van den Bergh.

Durrant was beaten 17-15 by the young Belgian in an epic contest, before Van den Bergh famously went on to lift the title the following day and secure his first major.

Van den Bergh aims to do the double over Duzza (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Durrant has since secured top spot in the Premier League and a place in October’s play-offs, while Van den Bergh will be making his first televised appearance since that fairy-tale Matchplay triumph.

Now ranked world number 11, Van den Bergh has been hampered by a recent knee injury and was seen playing whilst wearing a knee brace during the Autumn Series earlier this week.

Another closely-matched tie sees home hero Mensur Suljovic take on Polish ace Krzysztof Ratajski.

Both players warmed up for this event by reaching the final in the Autumn Series and are now separated by just one place in the world rankings.

World number 14 Ratajski will have to contend with a partisan, 1,500-strong crowd as they look to roar on their country’s top tungsten talisman – who won this fixture 10-9 at the Quarter-Final stage of this event last year.

Meanwhile, in-form Damon Heta will have his sights set on an upset when he comes up against world number 12 Ian White.

Heta, the reigning Brisbane Masters champion, picked up his first PDC ranking title last week and finished fourth on the Autumn Series Order of Merit to secure a Grand Slam spot.

The Australian ace has gone from strength to strength since clinching his Tour Card and will look to apply the pressure on White – who also has a Players Championship title to his name this year.

White was a quarter-finalist in this event last time around, losing out to eventual runner-up Danny Noppert in a tense last-leg decider.

Dave Chisnall, who celebrated his 40th birthday earlier this week, starts out against top New Zealander Cody Harris.

Chisnall is a two-time World Series Finals semi-finalist and will look to utilise his vast experience against the two-time Challenge Tour event winner.

Stablemates Joe Cullen and Vincent van der Voort collide in what promises to be a quick-fire epic as they meet in a televised event for the first time.

Cullen reached the final of an Autumn Series event earlier in the week, producing multiple ton-plus averages along the way, and will feel he is in fine fettle heading to Salzburg.

Van der Voort, meanwhile, enjoyed a resurgent run to the Quarter-Finals of July’s World Matchplay and joined Cullen in coming through the Tour Card holder qualifier to book a place in this event.

The opening match of the night sees Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas take on former ProTour event winner Harry Ward.

Ward also came through last week’s qualifier but made a shock announcement during the Autumn Series that he is to resign his Tour Card at the end of the season regardless of his finishing position.

The 23-year-old revealed he no longer has the desire to travel and compete on the circuit but has vowed to give it his all for the remaining three months.

Labanauskas has failed to make the impact he would have hoped for since reaching the Quarter-Finals of last year’s World Championship, but remains a significant threat to the field.

The final match of the evening sees former European Champion Simon Whitlock take on former World Champion Steve Beaton.

Whitlock was a quarter-finalist at the World Matchplay and is looking to regain a place in the world’s top 16 at the business end of the season.

The 2010 world finalist has won 13 of his 17 previous meetings with ‘The Bronzed Adonis’, including each of their last three dating back to 2014.

Beaton underlined his incredible longevity once again by coming through the qualifying event to make his third appearance in this competition.

The 56-year-old has reached two ProTour Quarter-Finals this season and continues to solidify his spot among the world’s top 32.

The action gets underway from 7pm BST, with First Round matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs.

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World Series Finals 2020 Match Schedule

Friday September 18

First Round

7.00pm Harry Ward v Darius Labanauskas
7.30pm Ian White v Damon Heta
8.00pm Cody Harris v Dave Chisnall
8.30pm Vincent van der Voort v Joe Cullen
9.00pm Jeff Smith v Fallon Sherrock
9.30pm Krzysztof Ratajski v Mensur Suljovic
10.00pm Glen Durrant v Dimitri Van den Bergh
10.30pm Simon Whitlock v Steve Beaton

World Series of Darts Finals live stream: The essential guide of how to watch live online

The World Series of Darts Finals take centre stage in Salzburg, and all matches are available to watch live online.

The 24-player invitational will be the first PDC event to be staged in front of a live crowd since March, as the Salzburgarena in Austria plays host from September 18-20.

The world’s top eight players are seeded through to the Second Round, while Friday’s opening round features the 12 invited players alongside four qualifiers.

Michael van Gerwen has won four of the five previous stagings of the competition, reclaiming the title last year with an 11-2 rout of Danny Noppert in the final.

James Wade is the only other player to have lifted this trophy, having triumphed in 2018, and ‘The Machine’ has moved into the seeded positions this week following the withdrawal of Gary Anderson.

World Champion Peter Wright, world number three Gerwyn Price and fellow Premier League stars Michael Smith, Rob Cross, Nathan Aspinall and Daryl Gurney comprise the other seeds.

Anderson’s decision to opt out also means a call-up for Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski, while home hero Mensur Suljovic, Glen Durrant, Dave Chisnall, Ian White and Dimitri van den Bergh make up the other Order of Merit qualifiers.

Fallon Sherrock, who made history with her run to the Last 32 of the World Championship last December, makes her World Series debut, while Brisbane Masters champion Damon Heta also features.

Former world finalists Simon Whitlock and Jeff Smith are among the International Representatives, while Steve Beaton, Harry Ward, Joe Cullen and Vincent van der Voort came through last week’s Tour Card holder qualifier.

All matches will be available to watch live on desktop and mobile in the UK and various other regions.

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World Series of Darts Finals 2020 Live Scores and Tournament Schedule of Play

Televised darts returns with the World Series Finals in Salzburg, and you can follow the latest results and match schedules here.

The 24-player invitational will be the first PDC event to be staged in front of a live crowd since March, as the Salzburgarena in Austria plays host from September 18-20.

The world’s top eight players are seeded through to the Second Round, while Friday’s opening round features the 12 invited players alongside four qualifiers.

Michael van Gerwen has won four of the five previous stagings of the competition, reclaiming the title last year with an 11-2 rout of Danny Noppert in the final.

James Wade is the only other player to have lifted this trophy, having triumphed in 2018, and ‘The Machine’ has moved into the seeded positions this week following the withdrawal of Gary Anderson.

World Champion Peter Wright, world number three Gerwyn Price and fellow Premier League stars Michael Smith, Rob Cross, Nathan Aspinall and Daryl Gurney comprise the other seeds.

Anderson’s decision to opt out also means a call-up for Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski, while home hero Mensur Suljovic, Glen Durrant, Dave Chisnall, Ian White and Dimitri van den Bergh make up the other Order of Merit qualifiers.

Fallon Sherrock, who made history with her run to the Last 32 of the World Championship last December, makes her World Series debut, while Brisbane Masters champion Damon Heta also features.

Former world finalists Simon Whitlock and Jeff Smith are among the International Representatives, while Steve Beaton, Harry Ward, Joe Cullen and Vincent van der Voort came through last week’s Tour Card holder qualifier.

First Round and Second Round matches are to be contested over the best of 11 legs, while Quarter-Finals are best of 19 and the Semi-Finals and Final best of 21.

World Series Finals 2020 Tournament Schedule

All times BST (Local time one hour ahead)

Friday September 18

First Round

7pm-11pm
Harry Ward 2-6 Darius Labanauskas
Ian White 5-6 Damon Heta
Cody Harris 6-2 Dave Chisnall
Vincent van der Voort 6-0 Joe Cullen
Jeff Smith 6-5 Fallon Sherrock
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Mensur Suljovic
Glen Durrant 6-3 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Simon Whitlock 5-6 Steve Beaton

Saturday September 19

Second Round

7pm-11pm
James Wade 6-3 Jeff Smith
Nathan Aspinall 6-1 Darius Labanauskas
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Cody Harris
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Vincent van der Voort
Rob Cross 6-0 Steve Beaton
Peter Wright 6-3 Damon Heta
Glen Durrant 6-4 Michael van Gerwen
Michael Smith 6-4 Krzysztof Ratajski

Sunday September 20

Afternoon Session (11.45am-3.30pm)

Quarter-Finals
Peter Wright 10-5 Daryl Gurney
Gerwyn Price 10-9 Nathan Aspinall
Glen Durrant 9-10 James Wade
Michael Smith 8-10 Rob Cross

Evening Session (7.15pm-10.30pm)

Semi-Finals
Peter Wright 6-11 Gerwyn Price
James Wade 7-11 Rob Cross

Final
Gerwyn Price 11-9 Rob Cross

Prize Fund
Winner: £70,000
Runner-up: £30,000
Semi-Final losers: £20,000
Quarter-Final losers: £15,000
Last 16 losers: £7,500
First Round losers: £5,000

World Series of Darts Finals 2020 Draw: Sherrock to face Smith on debut

The draw for the 2020 World Series Finals has been confirmed, with Fallon Sherrock handed a debut clash against Canada’s Jeff Smith.

The 24-player invitational will be the first PDC event to be staged in front of a live crowd since March, as the Salzburgarena in Austria plays host from September 18-20.

The world’s top eight players are seeded through to the Second Round, while Friday’s opening round features the 12 invited players alongside four qualifiers.

Sherrock, who embarked on an historic run to the Last 32 of the PDC World Championship last December, will start out against former Lakeside finalist Smith.

The winner of that tie will go on to face 2018 World Series Finals champion James Wade in Round Two.

Premier League group winner Glen Durrant has been drawn to face World Matchplay champion Van den Bergh, with the winner to take on reigning champion and world number one Michael van Gerwen.

World Champion Peter Wright will take on the winner of the first round tie between 2019 Brisbane Masters champion Damon Heta and Stoke star Ian White, while world number three Gerwyn Price plays Vincent van der Voort or Joe Cullen.

Austria’s Mensur Suljovic will be banking on home support as he takes on Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski, while Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas takes on emerging star Harry Ward.

Australia’s Simon Whitlock will play qualifier Steve Beaton, while New Zealand number one Cody Harris takes on Dave Chisnall.

The schedule of play will be confirmed in due course.

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World Series of Darts Finals 2020 Draw

First Round – Draw Bracket Order

Glen Durrant v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Jeff Smith v Fallon Sherrock
Krzysztof Ratajski v Mensur Suljovic
Simon Whitlock v Steve Beaton
Ian White v Damon Heta
Cody Harris v Dave Chisnall
Vincent van der Voort v Joe Cullen
Harry Ward v Darius Labanauskas

Second Round – Draw Bracket Order

(1) Michael van Gerwen v Durrant/Van den Bergh
(8) James Wade v J Smith/Sherrock
(4) Michael Smith v Ratajski/Suljovic
(5) Rob Cross v Whitlock/Beaton
(2) Peter Wright v White/Heta
(7) Daryl Gurney v Harris/Chisnall
(3) Gerwyn Price v Van der Voort/Cullen
(6) Nathan Aspinall v Ward/Labanauskas