Live Darts on Sunday August 5: Auckland Masters 2018 Day Three preview and order of play

Wright celebrates against Van Gerwen (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The 2018 Auckland Masters reaches its climax on Sunday as the final four battle for World Series silverware.

The fourth World Series event of the season draws to a close at the Trusts Arena, with a brace of former World Series winners aiming to add to their tally and two players bidding to open their account. 

The opening Semi-Final sees five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld up against former European Champion - Simon Whitlock.

Van Barneveld is on a redemption mission here after missing five darts to secure the title in 2015, and despite appearing in more World Series events than any other player, is yet to get his hands on a trophy.

The world number 11 beneftted from the shock early exit of Michael Smith, following up his First Round win over Warren Parry with a comfortable 10-4 triumph over Mark McGrath.

He has won seven of his last nine meetings with Whitlock and is vying to reach his third televised final of the year - following on from the Unibet Masters and World Cup of Darts.

Whitlock had to survive match darts from debutant Ben Robb in his opener before recovering from 2-0 down to defeat reigning World Champion Rob Cross 10-7 in the Quarter-Finals.

The Australian has not reached a World Series event final since the 2014 Singapore Masters - where he defeated Van Barneveld in the Quarter-Finals.

The second Semi-Final sees the latest installment of one of the most commonly contested fixtures in the history of the World Series as Michael van Gerwen takes on Peter Wright.

Van Gerwen remains a man on a mission following his shock early exit at the World Matchplay and failure to claim a World Series title so far this season.

The world number one has made his intentions clear with two dominant displays so far this week, averaging 102.45 in a 6-2 defeat of Cody Harris before powering past rival Gary Anderson 10-4 with a 105.8 average on Saturday.

The Dutch star is bidding to secure his 16th PDC title of the campaign and a fourth win over Wright in their last five meetings.

Wright has maintained his impressive record of having reached the Semi-Finals of all four World Series events so far this year but will be determined to go a step further.

The world number two, who also reached the Semi-Finals of the World Matchplay, began his run with a 6-3 win over Tahuna Irwin before brushing aside a below-par Kyle Anderson 10-3 in the Last Eight.

The Scot needed an average of just 93.6 to dethrone the defending champion and knows he will require a marked improvement if he is to threaten MVG over this distance.

The action gets underway from 8am BST, with Semi-Final matches to be contested over the best of 19 legs and the final best of 21.


Auckland Darts Masters 2018 Schedule


All times BST (Local time eleven hours ahead)

Sunday August 5

Semi-Finals

8.15am Simon Whitlock v Raymond van Barneveld
9.15am Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright

10.30am
Final


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