Live Darts on Sunday September 9: Dutch Darts Championship 2018 Day Three preview and order of play


Gurney and Cullen go head-to-head (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

A host of lower-ranked hopefuls aim to get their hands on European Tour silverware as the 2018 Dutch Championship draws to a close in Maastricht on Sunday.

The tournament was blown wide open by the shock Second Round exit of Michael van Gerwen on Saturday as the number one seed was thrashed 6-1 by William O'Connor.

Van Gerwen started out at his shortest ever pre-tournament price of 8/13 to claim an eighth Euro Tour title of the year but instead suffered his earliest exit since 2015.

Peter Wright has now been installed as the new title favourite but is tasked with a tough Last 16 tie against multiple Euro Tour finalist Dave Chisnall.

Wright lost out to MVG in the final of the first two European Tour events of the campaign and will be looking to seize his chance to go a step further, having began his run with a commanding win over Kevin Painter.

Chisnall set a new record high average on the European Tour in last week's German Championship but needed an average of just 92 to see off Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-3 in his opener.

Two of the most consistent performers yet to taste success on the Euro Tour go head-to-head as Daryl Gurney faces Joe Cullen.

World Grand Prix champion Gurney was a beaten finalist in the 2016 Dutch Masters in Venray and is yet to open his ranking title account this season.

Cullen, meanwhile, has two European Tour Semi-Finals under his belt this term and will look to draw inspiration from his 11-3 rout of Gurney in July's BetVictor World Matchplay.

Adrian Lewis, whose one and only Euro Tour title to date came at the 2012 German Masters, steps up his quest to end the drought when he meets emerging star Josh Payne in Round Three.

Lewis is seeded here for the first time this season and began strongly by thrashing Wayne Jones 6-1 with an average just shy of 98.

Payne was a Players Championship event winner back in May and now finds himself appearing on the final day of a European Tour event for the first time since 2015 - when he reached the Quarter-Finals of the Dutch Masters.

Jeffrey de Graaf carries the hopes of the host nation on his shoulders as he faces former World Series event winner Kyle Anderson.

The Dutchman has seen all six of his compatriots fall by the wayside in the opening two rounds but has given a fine account of himself in victories over Paul Nicholson and Stephen Bunting.

Anderson followed up a 6-0 whitewash of Christian Bunse with an impressive 6-3 defeat of Jonny Clayton to continue his resugent run of form and will now be looking to mount a run to the final in a wide open top half of the draw.

That section of the draw also houses two players ranked outside of the world's top 50 as William O'Connor takes on Ricky Evans.

O'Connor took full advantage of a below-par MVG to run out a rampant winner in one of the biggest wins of his career on Saturday, but will now look to dust himself down and go again in an attempt to break new ground.

World number 57 Evans captured the imagination for his bizarre walk-on on Saturday but it inspired him to a deciding-leg victory over Steve West in which he took out 122 on the bullseye to progress to the Last 16 of a European Tour event for the second time this season.

Two players ranked outside the world's top 80 collide in a golden opportunity to reach the latter stages as Ritchie Edhouse takes on Ross Smith.

Edhouse pulled off a shock scalp of fifth seed James Wade to follow up his First Round win over Dawson Murschell, marking his joint best run in a PDC ranking event for 18 months.

Smith, who shot to fame for his inaugural Euro Tour nine-darter in 2013, has enjoyed a welcome return to form in recent months and has a tournament average of 97 from his wins over Rusty-Jake Rodriguez and Max Hopp en route to this stage.

World number 70 Darren Johnson looks to continue his inspired run this weekend when he comes up against Premier League and World Series star Simon Whitlock.

Johnson, a former ProTour event finalist, pulled off a remarkable fightback to knock out Gerwyn Price in Round Two and move into the provisional qualification places for the World Championship.

Whitlock brushed aside Cristo Reyes 6-1 in his opener and is bidding to reach his second European Tour final of the season, following on from the Danish Open in June.

Ian White, the number three seed, steps up his pursuit of elusive European Tour glory with a clash against fellow stalwart Mervyn King.

White has won seven of their ten previous meetings, though it was King who prevailed 6-4 in the Semi-Finals of the 2014 Dutch Masters en route to one of a clutch of final appearances on the continent.

The action gets underway from midday, with Third Round and Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs, Semi-Finals best of 13 legs and the final best of 15.

Dutch Darts Championship 2018 Schedule


All times BST (local time one hour ahead)

Sunday September 9

Third Round

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
William O'Connor v Ricky Evans
Joe Cullen v Daryl Gurney
Ritchie Edhouse v Ross Smith
Kyle Anderson v Jeffrey de Graaf
Peter Wright v Dave Chisnall
Simon Whitlock v Darren Johnson
Adrian Lewis v Josh Payne
Ian White v Mervyn King

Evening Session (6.15pm-10pm)

Quarter-Finals
O'Connor/Evans v Cullen/Gurney
Edhouse/Smith v Anderson/De Graaf
Wright/Chisnall v Whitlock/Johnson
Lewis/Payne v White/King

Semi-Finals

Final


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