Live Darts on Thursday December 20: World Championship 2018/19 Day Eight Evening Session preview and order of play


Adrian Lewis kicks off his campaign (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis headlines the Second Round action at the 2018/19 World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace on Thursday night.

The scramble to remain in the running in the £2.5 million show-piece heading into the Christmas break continues as a clutch of tour event winners aim to keep their Ally Pally dreams alive.

Lewis, back-to-back World Champion in 2011 and 2012 and runner-up in 2016, aims to rekindle his love affair with the Ally Pally stage and get his career back on track.

The Stoke star has endured a turbulent year in which he has battled a serious back injury and yoyoed in and out of the world's top 16.

Seeded number 16, Lewis has reached four ranking finals in 2018, falling short in each, but will be looking to hit the ground running in his latest quest for a third world crown when he takes young gun Ted Evetts.

Evetts, 21, made his World Championship debut 12 months ago, losing out to Gerwyn Price but has kicked on this term, bagging a brace of titles on both the Challenge Tour and Development Tour.

Evetts opened up with an impressive straight sets defeat of Simon Stevenson in Round One and is now eyeing a major upset with a potential Third Round show-down against Michael van Gerwen on the line.

World Matchplay finalist Mensur Suljovic kicks off his campaign against in-form Ryan Searle in the final match of the evening.

Suljovic, the world number seven, is appearing in his eleventh PDC World Championship but has never been beyond the Last 16 stage.

The Austrian ace, who made his Premier League debut this year, picked up the German Masters and Danish Open titles, while also reaching the Semi-Finals of the Champions League, World Grand Prix and Grand Slam in a strong second half of the season. 

Searle, the world number 62, reached the final of a Players Championship event in September and has since gone on to reach a European Tour Quarter-Final and qualify for the Grand Slam.

He came through a potentially tough opening tie against Stephen Burton in straight sets last weekend and will be quietly confident of pulling off an upset upon his return to the stage.

The opening match of the evening sees Spain's number one Cristo Reyes take on Austrian youngster Rowby-John Rodriguez.

Reyes, now established among the world's top 32, is making his fifth consecutive appearance at the World Championship, having reached the Last 16 on his debut in 2014 before suffering First Round exits in two of his next three campaigns.

The Tenerife thrower will hope to draw inspiration from his World Cup team-mate Toni Alcinas - who dumped out third seed Peter Wright in Round Two earlier this week.

Rodriguez, 24, is desperately battling to secure his Tour Card for next season having recently dropped out of the world's top 64.

The lively Austrian won the South & East Europe Qualifier in Zurich with victory over his brother Rusty-Jake Rodriguez in the final to seal a fourth World Championship appearance and began by knocking out 'Rapid' Ricky Evans 3-1 in a highly-charged affair.

Two-time BDO world finalist Mervyn King commences his latest Ally Pally venture with a clash against Dutch ace Jan Dekker.

King, the number 19 seed, is bidding to avert back-to-back Last 64 exits in the sport's show-piece, with his best run to date coming in 2009 - when he reached the Semi-Finals.

King will be braced for a tricky opener against two-time Lakeside semi-finalist Dekker - who fought back from a set down to defeat four-time women's World Champion Lisa Ashton 3-1 on opening night.

Dekker has featured in eight European Tour events this year and is out to reach the Last 32 at Ally Pally for the second time in four attempts.

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. 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


Thursday December 20

Second Round

Evening Session
7.15pm Cristo Reyes v Rowby-John Rodriguez
8.15pm Mervyn King v Jan Dekker
9.15pm Adrian Lewis v Ted Evetts
10.15pm Mensur Suljovic v Ryan Searle


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