Last 16 action draws to a close in both the Men’s and Women’s competitions at the 2022 WDF World Darts…
Last 16 action draws to a close in both the Men’s and Women’s competitions at the 2022 WDF World Darts Championship at Lakeside on Thursday.
Day Five of the inaugural event saw Richard Veenstra create a slice of history as he set a new record Lakeside average of 104.91 in a straight sets rout of 15-year-old Luke Littler.
Top seed Brian Raman also impressed with a 97.5 average in thrashing Jarred Cole, while Australia’s Tori Kewish whitewashed women’s number one seed Deta Hedman.
Another intriguing double session at ‘The Home of World Darts’ commences with a clash between fifth seed Neil Duff and PDC Tour Card holder Nick Fullwell.
Northern Ireland’s Duff swept aside Australia’s Justin Thompson in straight sets earlier in the week, while Fullwell safely saw off Canada’s Rory Hansen by the same scoreline to secure his first win in a World Championship.
All eyes will be on 18-year-old sensation Beau Greaves in the women’s draw as she opens up with a tie against Hungary’s Veronika Ihasz.
Greaves reached the Semi-Finals on her World Championship debut in 2020 and returns as the number five seed, having picked up a trio of titles at the recent Isle of Man Darts Festival.
Ihász defeated America’s Paula Murphy in straight sets but knows she will require a marked improvement on her match average of 71 against the talented teenager – who posted a 105 average last month.
Jim McEwan has been installed as the new favourite in the men’s competition and the unseeded Scotsman returns to action to face 13th seed Mike Warburton.
McEwan, a two-time PDC Challenge Tour event winner, averaged 101.3 in a blistering First Round display against Landon Gardiner before overcoming fourth seed Aaron Turner 3-1.
Warburton, meanwhile, held his nerve to edge out Dave Prins in a sudden death leg and will be poised for another close-run contest here.
Sixth seed James Hurrell will be eyeing a marked improvement on his opening performance when he returns to the stage to face Dutch qualifier Ryan de Vreede.
Hurrell averaged just 75 in a gruelling 3-2 win over Belgium’s John Desreumaux, while De Vreede has already dispatched Italy’s Francesco Raschini and PDC Tour Card holder Jules van Dongen en route to the Last 16.
The evening session gets under way with a show-down between 2020 BDO World Champion Wayne Warren and PDC Tour Card holder Cameron Menzies.
Warren, who was initially due to play his first match on Tuesday, pulled off a superb comeback from two sets down to defeat Lee Shewan 3-2 on Wednesday night.
He now comes up against a rejuvenated Menzies, who was convincing in seeing off Ian Jones 3-1 earlier in the week to seal his first win on this iconic stage.
Two-time Women’s World Champion Mikuru Suzuki aims to extend her unbeaten run in World Championships when she faces fourth seed Aileen de Graaf – twice a Lakeside semi-finalist.
Number two seed Thibault Tricole, who held his nerve with a 74 checkout in a sudden death leg to deny Shawn Burt after surviving three match darts from the Canadian, now faces a resurgent Steve Hine in the Third Round.
Hine, a former PDC Tour Card holder, is yet to drop a set this week, having defeated American duo Kevin Luke and Leonard Gates 2-0 and 3-0 respectively.
The final match of the evening sees seventh seed Andy Baetens take on tenth seed Scott Marsh, with both having impressed in their opening salvos on Wednesday.
Belgian ace Baetens, a quarter-finalist here in 2018, defeated Dave Parletti 3-1 with a 92.3 average, while Marsh edged out former Challenge Tour winner James Richardson in a last-set decider.
The action gets under way from 1pm BST, with all Men’s Third Round ties to be contested over the best of five sets and Women’s Second Round ties best of three sets. All sets are best of five legs.
WDF World Championship 2022 Day Six Schedule
Thursday April 7
R3 – Neil Duff v Nick Fullwell
R2 – Beau Greaves v Veronika Ihasz
R3 – Jim McEwan v Mike Warburton
R3 – James Hurrell v Ryan de Vreede
R3 – Wayne Warren v Cameron Menzies
R2 – Aileen de Graaf v Mikuru Suzuki
R3 – Thibault Tricole v Steve Hine
R3 – Andy Baetens v Scott Marsh