Live Darts on Saturday November 3: World Series Finals 2018 Day Two preview and order of play


Anderson aims to get back to winning ways (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The top eight players from the World Series Order of Merit enter the tournament at the Second Round stage on Saturday as they bid to avoid an early exit in Vienna.

The £250,000 invitational witnessed a high quality opening night at the Multiversum Schwechat, with five players recording ton-plus averages and two debutants pulling off shock wins.

One of those newcomers was Australia's Damon Heta - whose reward for a hard-fought 6-5 victory over Maik Langendorf is a show-down with defending champion Michael van Gerwen.

Van Gerwen is out to extend his unbeaten record in this competition to 13 matches, having won all three previous stagings of the event in Glasgow.

The world number one will be out to bounce back from a shock early exit at the hands of Steve West in last week's European Championship by laying down an emphatic marker at the first available opportunity here.

Gary Anderson, who missed out on the European Championship, marks his return to action with a clash against 2016 semi-finalist Dave Chisnall.

Anderson finished runner-up 12 months ago and the reigning UK Open and World Matchplay champion will be out to extend his dominant head-to-head record over 'Chizzy' which has seen him win 17 of their 22 previous meetings, going unbeaten since April 2015.

Chisnall took advantage of a below-par Max Hopp to secure a 6-1 victory with a 103 average on Friday and will be eyeing a similarly-strong scoring display against the two-time World Champion.

A repeat of the 2017 UK Open final sees top seed Peter Wright take on world number 11 Gerwyn Price.

Wright was runner-up in this event in 2015 and 2016 and has enjoyed a superb World Series campaign this year, winning the Melbourne Masters and reaching the Semi-Finals in Gelsenkirchen, Las Vegas, Shanghai, Auckland and Brisbane.

The world number two has won 12 of his 14 previous meetings with Price, including eight consecutive wins over a best of 11 format.

Price was left to ponder what might have been after missing three match darts in the deciding leg of his Quarter-Final clash with James Wade last Sunday but made a routine start in Vienna by thrashing Royden Lam 6-1.

Newly-crowned European Champion James Wade looks to continue his sublime winning streak by spoiling the party against home hero Mensur Suljovic.

Wade's triumph in Dortmund saw him climb back to sixth in the Order of Merit and 'The Machine' is now looking to avenge his First Round defeat to the Austrian at the World Grand Prix last month.

Suljovic is aiming to reach the Quarter-Finals of this event for the first time in three attempts and will be keen to bounce back from a shock First Round exit at the hands of Cristo Reyes in the recent European Championship.

Jamie Lewis stole the show on his return to the TV stage with a 109.8 average in an emotional 6-2 win over Dimitri van den Bergh which he dedicated to his late Grandfather.

The World Championship semi-finalist has endured a tough year on the oche since his exploits at Alexandra Palace but now bids to continue his turnaround by knocking out World Champion Rob Cross.

Cross, the number two seed, claimed the Brisbane Masters title in August but will feel he missed a golden opportunity last weekend, squandering a 6-1 lead in an eventual 10-8 defeat to Joe Cullen in the Quarter-Finals.

A repeat of last year's World Grand Prix final sees Daryl Gurney take on Simon Whitlock - one of four Australians left standing in the competition.

Gurney hit the ground running with a 102.5 average in a 6-0 whitewash of Steve Beaton in Round One and will be encouraged by his dominant record over 'The Wizard', having won 12 of their 15 previous encounters.

Whitlock fell agonisingly short of a second European Championship title last weekend, losing out 11-8 to Wade in the final, but the Aussie's ominous form could spell danger for Gurney here.

Five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld looks to avert a potential scalp at the hands of DPA number one Raymond Smith.

Van Barneveld has been out of competitive action since the Grand Prix a month ago and has fallen to 14th in the Order of Merit, though he has typically produced his best performances in invitational events this year and will look to continue that trend.

Smith produced a fine display of finishing to dispatch Keegan Brown 6-3 on Friday, and having also tasted victory over Michael Smith on the World Series this year, will be quietly confident of pulling off another upset.

The opening tie of the evening sees Shanghai Masters champion Michael Smith up against former Auckland Masters champion Kyle Anderson.

Premier League runner-up Smith was thrashed 10-4 by Cullen in the Last 16 in Dortmund last weekend, following on from a First Round exit at the World Grand Prix, and will be determined to mark a timely return to form.

Anderson produced one of the stand-out showings of the First Round, averaging 101 and taking out 144 in a 6-4 win over Ian White, and the laidback Aussie will be out to pick up from where he left off.

The action gets underway from 7pm GMT, with all matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs.

World Series of Darts Finals 2018 Match Schedule


Saturday November 3

Second Round

7.15pm Michael Smith v Kyle Anderson
7.45pm Raymond van Barneveld v Raymond Smith
8.15pm Gary Anderson v Dave Chisnall
8.45pm Peter Wright v Gerwyn Price
9.15pm Simon Whitlock v Daryl Gurney
9.45pm Rob Cross v Jamie Lewis
10.15pm Mensur Suljovic v James Wade
10.45pm Michael van Gerwen v Damon Heta


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