The Second Round action commences at the 2022 WDF World Championship at Lakeside on Monday as a host of seeds…
The Second Round action commences at the 2022 WDF World Championship at Lakeside on Monday as a host of seeds enter the fray.
The opening round of the inaugural event saw the Regional Table Qualifiers and rankings qualifiers battle it out, now the top 16 seeds enter the men’s event, while the top eight enter the women’s competition.
The likes of Martin Adams, Paul Hogan and pre-tournament favourite Connor Scutt have already departed the men’s draw, and a host of in-form hopefuls will be aiming to avoid suffering an early exit.
The afternoon session kicks off with a clash between 13th seed Mike Warburton – semi-finalist in the 2019 World Masters – and Durham’s Dave Prins – who won the recent Isle of Man Open and defeated another Welshman in Mark Graham by two sets to nil in Round One on Saturday.
Seventh seed Maria O’Brien, BDO Women’s World Championship semi-finalist in 2019, opens up with a clash against Dutch qualifier Marjolein Noijens – who battled past Amanda Harwood in Round One.
Aaron Turner, the number four seed, faces a formidable opener against Scottish veteran Jim McEwan – who produced the stand-out performance of the First Round with a 101.3 average in his straight sets win over Australia’s Landon Gardiner.
The main event of the afternoon sees 15-year-old sensation Luke Littler mark his Lakeside debut with a tie against Ben Hazel.
Littler has been touted as one of the hottest young properties on planet darts, having won the 2021 Men’s Irish Open and hit a streamed nine-darter on the Junior Darts Corporation circuit.
Hazel averaged just 72.5 in his deciding set win over New Zealand’s Haupai Puha and will be determined to raise his game considerably against the fearless number eight seed.
The evening session kicks off with a tie between another rising star – Jarred Cole – and 16th seed Antony Allen.
Cole enjoyed a dream Lakeside debut by knocking out three-time World Champion Martin Adams in straight sets with an average of 92.7 in the opening match of the tournament.
Women’s number two seed and 2017 world finalist Corrine Hammond takes in Welsh ace Rhian O’Sullivan – whose 86 average in defeating Paula Jacklin was the sixth highest of the First Round across both competitions.
Ninth seed Richard Veenstra, semi-finalist at Lakeside in 2016, marks his return with a tie against Romania’s Laszlo Kadar – who survived six missed match darts from Sweden’s Andreas Harrysson in their dramatic First Round contest.
Belgium’s Brian Raman, the number one seed and one of five new PDC Tour Card holders in the field, opens up with a clash against Swindon’s Johnny Haines – who averaged 89.6 in a straight sets win over John Scott on Saturday.
The action gets under way from 1pm BST, with all Men’s Second 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 Three Schedule
Monday April 4
R2 – Michael Warburton v Dave Prins
R2 – Maria O’Brien v Marjolein Noijens
R2 – Aaron Turner v Jim McEwan
R2 – Luke Littler v Ben Hazel
R2 – Antony Allen v Jarred Cole
R2 – Corrine Hammond v Rhian O’Sullivan
R2 – Richard Veenstra v Laszlo Kadar
R2 – Brian Raman v Johnny Haines