Live Darts on Tuesday December 18: World Championship 2018/19 Day Six Evening Session preview and order of play

Gurney aims to continue his clinical form (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

World number five Daryl Gurney is the star attraction at the 2018/19 World Championship on Tuesday night as the First and Second Round action continues at Alexandra Palace.

Gurney warmed up for the sport's show-piece in dream fashion by winning the recent Players Championship Finals in Minehead, his second major title, following on from the 2017 World Grand Prix.

Premier League star Gurney has also reached the Semi-Finals of the World Grand Prix, as well as two ProTour Semi-Finals this season and will harbour genuine hopes of at least surpassing his run to the Quarter-Finals here two years ago.

His first test comes in the shape of a resurgent Ross Smith - a player making his first appearance for five years after finishing 30th on the ProTour Order of Merit, returning to the circuit after a two-year exile.

Smith defeated the legendary Paul Lim 3-1 in Round One on Sunday and will be relishing the prospect of potentially pulling off an upset on the sport's greatest stage.

Back-to-back World Youth Champion Dimitri van den Bergh looks to pick up from where he left off at Ally Pally 12 months ago when he faces USA debutant Chuck Puleo.

Van den Bergh embarked on a wonderful run to the Quarter-Finals last year, defeating Stephen Bunting, Jan Dekker and Mensur Suljovic before bowing out to eventual champion Rob Cross in a final-set thriller.

The charismatic Belgian endured a frustrating first half of the season before going on to reach the final of the German Masters World Series event and win two Development Tour titles.

He then landed a sensational nine-darter en route to the Quarter-Finals of the Grand Slam and heads to the capital riding high after retaining the World Youth crown in Minehead.

Puleo completed the year as the top-ranked American player on the CDC circuit, holding off Darin Young to secure his debut spot at Alexandra Palace.

Steve Lennon, Republic of Ireland's number one, kicks off the evening session with a clash against Australian newcomer James Bailey. 

Lennon has enjoyed a superb second season as a Tour Card holder and is heading for the world's top 32 at a rate of knots.

Dutch Masters finalist in May, Lennon reached the Last Eight of the recent Players Championship Finals - his best run in a televised major to date.

He has also featured in the World Cup of Darts, World Matchplay, World Grand Prix and European Championship this season for the first time.

Bailey, 49, won the prestigious Oceanic Masters to secure his debut in the World Championship and has also featured at Qualifying School and the Challenge Tour at the beginning of the year.

Ron Meulenkamp aims to cap off a solid season with a strong run in his third PDC World Championship, and the Dutch left-hander opens up against Brazil's Diogo Portela.

Meulenkamp has reached the Semi-Finals of a Players Championship event as well as a further three ranking Quarter-Finals in 2018, while also defeating Joe Cullen to reach the Last 16 of the World Grand Prix.

He is yet to win a match in any World Championship, having also made two appearances at Lakeside, but starts out as favourite to set up a Second Round show-down with Michael Smith.

Portela is appearing in his second successive World Championship after making a fine impression on his debut against Peter Wright last year.

The only Brazilian ever to feature in this competition, Portela won the South & Central American Qualifier and has also claimed a Challenge Tour title this season after narrowly missing out on a Tour Card at Qualifying School.

The action gets underway from 7pm GMT, with all matches to be contested over the best of five sets.

All sets are the best of five legs. There are no tie breaks in First Round matches, while a tie-break will be in operation from Round Two onwards, where the final set must be won by two clear legs. If the score reaches five-all, the 11th leg will be a sudden-death leg.

World Darts Championship 2018/19 Schedule


Tuesday December 18

Evening Session

7.15pm Steve Lennon v James Bailey (R1)
8.15pm Ron Meulenkamp v Diogo Portela (R1)
9.15pm Dimitri Van den Bergh v Chuck Puleo (R1)
10.15pm Daryl Gurney v Ross Smith (R2)


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Live Darts on Tuesday December 18: World Championship 2018/19 Day Six Evening Session preview and order of play

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