Live Darts on Sunday May 13: Dutch Darts Masters 2018 Day Three preview and order of play

Price celebrates against Wright during the Premier League (credit:PDC)

The sixth European Tour event of the season reaches its climax in Zwolle on Sunday as the 16 remaining hopefuls battle to be crowned 2018 Dutch Masters champion.

Michael van Gerwen has made this event his own over the past five years, claiming four consecutive crowns and remains odds-on favourite to extend that incredible run.

Van Gerwen is one of just nine seeds left standing in the competition and continues his title challenge with a clash against world number 16 Darren Webster in the afternoon session.

The pair met in last weekend's European Grand Prix, with Webster racing into a 4-1 lead before MVG fought back to claim a deciding leg victory and went on to win the title.

The Third Round also features two of this year's Premier League fixtures, including number two seed Peter Wright against the man he defeated in the 2017 UK Open final - Gerwyn Price.

Wright was a 6-4 winner over James Wilson on Saturday, while Austrian Open runner-up Price survived a match dart from Germany's Dragutin Horvat before edging a 6-5 victory.

Simon Whitlock, who ended the second phase of the Premier League in eighth position, takes on Champions League winner Mensur Suljovic - who suffered elimination on Judgement Night.

Suljovic, who reached the Semi-Finals on home soil in Austria three weeks ago, will be aiming to avenge a 6-4 defeat at the hands of the Australian at this stage of last weekend's European Grand Prix.

Two dangerous unseeded hopefuls and former World Masters champions go head-to-head as Stephen Bunting faces Krzysztof Ratajski.

Bunting whitewashed an out of sorts Michael Smith with a 106 average in Round Two and any repeat of that display could spell grave danger for the Polish ace - who has seen off Ricky Evans and Jelle Klaasen so far this weekend.

Cameron Menzies aims to extend his ground-breaking run on the European Tour by overcoming Auckland Masters winner Kyle Anderson.

Scottish ace Menzies thrashed Kevin Munch 6-1 before dumping out eighth seed Dave Chisnall 6-4 to reach the Last 16 of a Euro Tour event for the first time.

Anderson, meanwhile, has shown signs of a return to form in Zwolle, averaging 98 and 99 in his wins over Christian Kist and Ian White respectively.

World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney steps up his latest pursuit of a maiden Euro Tour title when he faces former World Grand Prix runner-up Mervyn King.

Gurney, who finished fifth in his debut Premier League season, set his stall out with a 102 average in a 6-4 win over Cristo Reyes in Round Two but has incredibly won just one of his seven previous meetings with 'The King'.

Belgian star Kim Huybrechts hopes to spoil the party when he comes up against home favourite Jermaine Wattimena, while Ireland's Steve Lennon - who benefitted with a bye following the withdrawal of Rob Cross - takes on a resurgent James Richardson.

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 and the final best of 15.

Dutch Darts Masters 2018 Match Schedule


All times BST (Local time one hour ahead)

Sunday May 13

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)

Third Round
Steve Lennon v James Richardson
Mensur Suljovic v Simon Whitlock
Kim Huybrechts v Jermaine Wattimena
Peter Wright v Gerwyn Price
Stephen Bunting v Krzysztof Ratajski
Daryl Gurney v Mervyn King
Cameron Menzies v Kyle Anderson
Michael van Gerwen v Darren Webster
 
Evening Session (6.15pm-10pm)

Quarter-Finals
Lennon/Richardson v Suljovic/Whitlock
Huybrechts/Wattimena v Wright/Price
Bunting/Ratajski v Gurney/King
Menzies/K Anderson v Van Gerwen/D Webster

Semi-Finals

Final



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Live Darts on Sunday May 13: Dutch Darts Masters 2018 Day Three preview and order of play

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