Live Darts on Sunday November 4: World Series Finals 2018 Day Three preview and order of play


Van Gerwen aims to extend his unbeaten record in the World Series Finals (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The 2018 World Series Finals draws to a fascinating conclusion in Vienna on Sunday as the chasing pack aim to end Michael van Gerwen’s stranglehold on the trophy.

Three of the top four seeds, as well as home favourite Mensur Suljovic, were sent packing at the Second Round stage on Saturday, opening the door for a potential outsider to mount a charge.

Reigning and three-time champion Van Gerwen remains the odds-on favourite to maintain his unbeaten record in this competition, having extended his run to 13 games without defeat since 2015.

The world number one brutally whitewashed Damon Heta 6-0 with a 104.8 average in his opener and now faces a mouth-watering Dutch derby with rival Raymond van Barneveld.

Van Gerwen has won six of their last seven meetings, including this year's Masters and Auckland Masters final and a Semi-Final in Brisbane.

Van Barneveld marked his return to action for the first time in a month with a hard-fought 6-5 victory over Raymond Smith after the Australian qualifier had come from 3-0 down to lead 4-3.

The five-time World Champion averaged just 89.6 and knows he must raise his game significantly if he is to live with the green machine over the extended format.

James Wade steps up his quest for back-to-back televised titles with a clash against a resurgent Jamie Lewis.

Wade, who ended a four-year TV title drought at the European Championship last weekend, has extended his unbeaten run to seven matches courtesy of two typically granite displays.

The world number six began with a 6-3 win over Ross Smith in Round One before silencing a partisan sell-out crowd to knock out home hero Suljovic 6-3 with a 97.8 average.

Wade last reached successive televised Semi-Finals 12 months ago - when he was beaten by Gary Anderson at this stage of the competition in Glasgow.

Lewis, meanwhile, is enjoying a welcome renaissance after a frustrating season since his sensational run to the Semi-Finals of the World Championship last December.

The world number 29 is appearing in only his fourth televised Quarter-Final after two contrasting performances, kicking off with a staggering 109.8 average in a 6-2 defeat of Dimitri van den Bergh before needing an average of just 87.7 to edge out World Champion Rob Cross 6-5.

Two of St Helens' finest darting exports go head-to-head as fifth seed Michael Smith takes on world number ten Dave Chisnall.

Smith produced one of the stand-out performances of the weekend so far in dispatching Kyle Anderson 6-3 with a 104 average - ending a run of three consecutive First Round exits in this tournament.

The Premier League finalist is now looking to avenge his 11-8 defeat to Chisnall in the Last 16 of this year's World Matchplay to remain on course for a second TV title of the season, following on from his Shanghai Masters success.

Chisnall punished four missed match darts from Gary Anderson in snatching a last-leg victory and is now appearing in a fourth Quarter-Final in his last six televised tournament campaigns.

The opening Quarter-Final features a finely-poised tie between European Championship finalist Simon Whitlock and International Open winner Gerwyn Price.

Whitlock rode his luck to survive seven match darts from Daryl Gurney in his opener on Saturday but will be keen to kick on and continue his impressive run of form as he looks to end a six-year wait for a televised title.

The Australian had won four consecutive matches against Price prior to his 8-3 defeat in the final of the International Open in Riesa in September.

Price punished an out of sorts Peter Wright to coast to a 6-1 victory despite an average of just 81.4 and will be out to raise his game accordingly in a bid to reach a first televised Semi-Final of the season.

The action gets underway from 1pm GMT, with Quarter-Finals to be contested over the best of 19 legs and Semi-Finals and Final best of 21.

World Series of Darts Finals 2018 Match Schedule


Sunday November 4

Afternoon Session

Quarter-Finals
1pm Gerwyn Price v Simon Whitlock
2pm Michael Smith v Dave Chisnall
3pm James Wade v Jamie Lewis
4pm Raymond van Barneveld v Michael van Gerwen
 
Evening Session (7pm-10pm)

Semi-Finals
Price/Whitlock v Smith/Chisnall
Wade/Lewis v Van Barneveld/Van Gerwen

Final


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