World Darts Championship Preview, Betting, Schedule & Results

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN and Gary Anderson secured their passage into the quarter-finals of the 2018/19 William Hill World Darts Championship at London’s Alexandra Palace as the tournament resumed on Thursday.

 

Day 12 of the £2.5 million event saw 12 players continue their quest for the Sid Waddell Trophy, with the final four third round games and the first two last 16 clashes in the first day of action following the Christmas break.

 

Two-time World Champion Anderson survived a scare to see off Chris Dobey 4-3 in a thrilling contest which produced 28 180s between the pair.

 

Anderson’s protégé Dobey charged into a 2-0 lead, before the Scot stormed back, taking sets three and four to level.

 

He then took a 2-0 lead in set five, only for Dobey to reel off three straight legs to take a 3-2 lead, and the sixth set also went to a deciding leg, which Anderson won thanks to a 13-darter to take the match to a deciding set.

 

The high-quality contest continued with three consecutive 12-dart holds of throw, with Dobey ahead 2-1, before Anderson came back once again to win three successive legs to seal his place in the quarter-finals following a tie-break.

 

“It was a hard game to win, hats off to Chris he played a great game and I pinched it in the end,” said Anderson.

 

“At the moment my back is causing me pain and every dart hurts me but I’m trying really hard and I’ll keep fighting.”

 

Anderson’s fellow former two-time World Champion Van Gerwen threw the highest average of the tournament so far as he secured a comfortable 4-1 victory over Adrian Lewis.

 

World number one Van Gerwen stormed into a two-set lead, and looked to be coasting as he went 2-0 up in the third before five missed doubles looked to have handed Lewis the advantage, as the Stoke ace halved the deficit to trail 2-1 in sets.

 

With the match in the balance at 2-2 in set four, Van Gerwen fired in a timely 11-dart leg to regain his two-set cushion before edging the fifth set 3-2 to seal a 4-1 victory and his passage into the last eight.

 

“I made myself work harder than I needed to,” Van Gerwen admitted.

 

“I missed darts to go 3-0 up and I gave him too much confidence, I should never have put myself in that situation because Adrian puts the pressure on you.

 

“I had to be at my best and I’m feeling good and confident in myself, so from here I hope to build on this into the rest of the tournament.”

 

In the third round, world number ten Michael Smith came from behind to see off John Henderson 4-2,

 

World number ten Smith found himself trailing 2-1 to Henderson, as the Scot landed two 116 finishes and a set-saving 161 checkout.

 

Smith rallied, set four in just 38 darts without the loss of a leg to level, before reeling off six of the last seven legs to secure his place in the last 16 where he will take on Ryan Searle.

 

The day’s final third round games began as South Africa’s Devon Petersen continued his memorable run with a 4-2 win over Steve West.

 

African Qualifier Petersen hit finishes of 139 and 120 to win sets two and three respectively to take a 2-1 lead, and, after West missed a dart at tops to take a 3-2 lead, Petersen found the double to go in front.

 

Another five darts at double top went begging for West to save the match, and Petersen stepped in to hit double eight and book his place in the last 16, while also securing his 2019 PDC Tour Card.

 

Emerging star Luke Humphries will face reigning champion Rob Cross in the last 16 after he recorded a 4-1 win over Dimitri Van den Bergh.

 

A winner of eight Development Tour titles, Humphries picked up where he left off from his 3-1 victory over Stephen Bunting by storming into a two-set lead, winning both on last-leg deciders.

 

World Youth Champion Van den Bergh pulled a set-back, only for Humphries to slam the door in the Belgian’s face by reeling off six of the last seven legs to seal his place in round four.

 

The final third round game of the tournament saw Benito van de Pas reach the last 16 for the fourth time in five years thanks to a 4-2 victory over Toni Alcinas.

 

Three-time ranking event winner Van de Pas fired himself into a two-set lead, only for Peter Wright’s second round conqueror Alcinas to claw his way back into the contest at 2-2.

 

With set five finely poised at 2-2, Van de Pas found a stunning 149 finish to go win a crucial leg of the match and a 3-2 lead.

 

Van de Pas, who also hit a 160 finish in the match, made it a hat-trick of incredible ton-plus finishes with a 151 to take the sixth set to a decider which he won with a 15-dart leg to advance to round four, where he will face Brendan Dolan.

 

The fourth round concludes with the remaining six matches across two sessions on Friday, which include Cross’ tie with Humphries, Dave Chisnall up against Jamie Lewis and James Wade’s tie with Ryan Joyce.

 

2018/2019 William Hill World Darts Championship

Schedule of Play

Thursday December 27

Afternoon Session

Devon Petersen 4-2 Steve West (R3)

Luke Humphries 4-1 Dimitri Van den Bergh (R3)

Michael Smith 4-2 John Henderson (R3)

 

Evening Session

Benito van de Pas 4-2 Toni Alcinas (R3)

Fourth Round x2

Gary Anderson 4-3 Chris Dobey

Michael van Gerwen 4-1 Adrian Lewis

 

Friday December 28

Afternoon Session (1230)

Fourth Round x3

Nathan Aspinall v Devon Petersen

Benito van de Pas v Brendan Dolan

Ryan Joyce v James Wade

 

Evening Session (1900)

Fourth Round x3

Ryan Searle v Michael Smith

Jamie Lewis v Dave Chisnall

Rob Cross v Luke Humphries

GARY ANDERSON survived a scare against Jermaine Wattimena, while Michael van Gerwen saw off Max Hopp on a dramatic day at the 2018/19 William Hill World Darts Championship.

 

Day Ten of the £2.5 million event saw six third round matches take place at Alexandra Palace, with two-time World Champion Anderson surviving a match dart in his breathtaking 4-3 win over Wattimena.

 

Despite losing the opening leg, two-time World Champion Anderson seemed to be running away with the tie as he stormed into a 3-1 lead.

 

However, rapid-fire Dutchman Wattimena clicked into gear and fired in a stunning 11-dart leg to win the fifth set 3-1, and, after Anderson missed five match darts, Wattimena won three successive legs to take the match to a deciding set.

 

A dramatic end to the contest saw Wattimena go 2-0 up and miss the bullseye for a 170, before Anderson battled back to take it to a tie-break.

 

With the pair tied at 3-3, Anderson struck a crucial break of throw and then threw a 14-dart leg to win a classic contest.

 

“I should’ve had that game wrapped up but I made a complete mess of it and fair play to Jermaine he came back well,” said Anderson, who will face Vincent van der Voort or Chris Dobey in round four.

 

“It’s getting harder and harder to keep winning nowadays with the standard of players around, but I’m still going.

 

“This is one of those tournaments where anything could happen but I’m going to give it my best to win title number three.”

 

Van Gerwen also continued his bid for a third world title with a convincing 4-1 win over German number one Hopp.

 

The world number one was at his relentless best as he dropped just one leg on his way to a 3-0 lead, capping off set three with a magnificent 170 finish.

 

German Darts Open champion Hopp battled back, winning set four 3-0 before taking a 2-0 lead in set five, only for Van Gerwen to reel off three consecutive legs to continue his bid for the Sid Waddell trophy.

 

“I think I was in control for most of the match, I got a bit sloppy after I went 3-0 up but I never felt in danger,” said Van Gerwen.

 

“This tournament is like no other, the atmosphere is special and you have to prepare and make sure you play your best game on the big stage.”

 

Earlier in the day another seven-set epic saw Jamie Lewis defeat fifth seed Daryl Gurney 4-3 after a tie-break.

 

Last year’s semi-finalist Lewis continued his phenomenal Alexandra Palace form as he lost just two legs to take a 2-0 lead, before missing three darts at double for a 3-0 lead as Gurney got his first set on the board to halve the deficit.

 

Lewis regained his two-set advantage, before Players Championship Finals winner Gurney won eight of the next nine legs to put him a leg within of victory in the deciding seventh set.

 

However, Welshman Lewis came roaring back with four consecutive legs, three of which were won in 14 darts, to win a classic contest and advance to the last 16.

 

“I don’t know how I won that game, I thought I was gone when Daryl went 2-0 up in the seventh set,” said Lewis, who will play Dave Chisnall in round four.

 

“I like playing on the big stage and if I could save my best form for one tournament then I would pick this one which I’ve managed to do last year and this year.”

 

Chisnall stormed his way to a 4-0 rout of Kim Huybrechts to reach the last 16 for the fifth time in eight years.

 

A sparkling performance saw from world number 12 Chisnall saw him land a magnificent 110 checkout under pressure to go 2-0 up, before dropping just one more leg on his way to an impressive victory.

 

Ryan Joyce and Ryan Searle continued their dream debuts with victories over Alan Norris and William O’Connor respectively.

 

Joyce, who dumped out eighth seed Simon Whitlock 3-0 in round two came from two sets down to defeat Norris 4-3 thanks to some clinical finishing to set up a meeting with James Wade or Keegan Brown.

 

A convincing display from Searle, who defeated number seven seed Mensur Suljovic in round two, saw him run out a 4-1 winner over William O’Connor, and he will now face Michael Smith or John Henderson.

 

The action continues on Sunday with six more third round ties, featuring two-time winner Adrian Lewis and reigning champion Rob Cross.

 

The tournament will be broadcast live on the dedicated Sky Sports Darts channel from December 13-January 1 and worldwide through the PDC’s international broadcast partners.

 

2018/2019 William Hill World Darts Championship

Schedule of Play

Saturday December 22

Afternoon Session

Ryan Joyce 4-3 Alan Norris (R3)

Dave Chisnall 4-0 Kim Huybrechts (R3)

Jamie Lewis 4-3 Daryl Gurney (R3)

 

Evening Session

Ryan Searle 4-1 William O’Connor (R3)

Gary Anderson 4-3 Jermaine Wattimena (R3)

Michael van Gerwen 4-1 Max Hopp (R3)

 

Sunday December 23

Afternoon Session (1230)

Vincent Van der Voort v Chris Dobey (R3)

Brendan Dolan v Mervyn King (R3)

James Wade v Keegan Brown (R3)

 

Evening Session (1900)

Adrian Lewis v Darius Labanauskas (R3)

Nathan Aspinall v Kyle Anderson (R3)

Rob Cross v Cristo Reyes (R3)

NATHAN ASPINALL dumped out Gerwyn Price, while Devon Petersen shocked Ian White on an incredible day of comebacks at the 2018/19 William Hill World Darts Championship.

 

Day Nine of the £2.5 million event saw the final eight second round matches take place at Alexandra Palace, with Grand Slam of Darts champion Price surrendering a 2-0 lead to former World Youth Champion Aspinall.

 

The opening two sets both went to last leg deciders, with Price edging both 3-2 to take a commanding 2-0 lead.

 

Set three also went the full five legs, but after Price missed the bullseye for a 3-0 victory, ProTour event winner Aspinall hit double 16 with his last dart in hand to get his first set on the board.

 

Growing in confidence, Aspinall hit a 140 checkout to take the third set 3-1, and then took the lead for the first time since the opening leg to go 1-0 up in the deciding set before reeling off the last two legs to secure a famous win.

 

“This is absolutely massive for me and my family, and I’m not done yet,” said Aspinall, who will take on Kyle Anderson in round three.

 

“I know what I can do and I knew if I played my game I could win, even at 2-0 down I thought I would still win and I never gave up.

 

“Going full-time this year was a big risk for me and my family, but winning a ProTour event along with this win tonight gives me security and I couldn’t be happier.”

 

A strong performance from Anderson saw him come through a tough test against Noel Malicdem, defeating the Filipino qualifier 3-1 in another high-quality affair.

 

A sensational comeback from Petersen saw him come back from two sets down to defeat 11th seed White 3-2 after a tense tie-break.

 

White, a winner of three PDC titles in 2018, got off to a flying start as he took the opening two sets for the loss of just one leg with an average of over 110.

 

However, a dramatic turn of events saw South African Qualifier Petersen, starring in his sixth World Championship, rattle in five 180s to win both the third and fourth sets 3-1 to take the match to a deciding set.

 

The pair exchanged breaks of throw, followed by two holds to take the contest to a tie-break before Petersen struck a crucial break to go 4-3 up, and then found double ten with his second match dart to clinch victory.

 

“This is the biggest win of my life, I couldn’t be happier right now,” said Petersen, who will face Steve West in round three.

 

“I love playing on the Ally Pally stage, it’s a magnificent showcase for me to show my best game and to show people what I’m all about.

 

“Over the last 18 months I’ve been adapting my throwing style, which is why I haven’t had great results on the tour, but I’m glad that my best game is coming through now when it matters most.”

 

Meanwhile, superior finishing proved to be the difference for West as he ran out a 3-1 winner over Richard North.

 

Dimitri Van den Bergh produced the highest winning average of the tournament (104.45) in his impressive 3-1 triumph over Jonny Clayton.

 

Last year’s quarter-finalist Van den Bergh got off to a flying start, winning the opening leg 3-0 with three 13-dart legs, before Clayton fired in three 180s on his way to winning the second set 3-1 to level the contest.

 

Van den Bergh took set three 3-1, and then came back from 2-0 down in the fourth set, kick-started by a 108 finish, to reel off three successive legs for the win and set up a meeting with Luke Humphries.

 

“I am so happy with how I played tonight but I know this is how I need to play if I’m going to become World Champion,” said back-to-back World Youth Champion Van den Bergh.

 

“I wasn’t feeling comfortable in myself in my first round game but since then I spent a lot of hours on the practice board with my dad which gave me the perfect preparation to produce this performance.”

 

The opening game of the day saw Benito van de Pas survive a match dart before defeating Jim Long 3-2 in a dramatic tie-break.

 

Competing in his fifth consecutive World Championship, Van de Pas took the opening two sets with the concession of just two legs, only for Canadian Qualifier Long to fight back with two sets of his own to take the match to a deciding set.

 

With nothing to separate the pair at 2-2 in the fifth set, the game went to a tie-break with Long missing a dart at tops for the match at 3-2.

 

Van de Pas fought back with three successive legs, winning it with a stunning 150 finish and he will now face Spain’s Toni Alcinas.

 

John Henderson came through a high-quality five-set contest with Gabriel Clemens to set up a meeting with Michael Smith, while former World Youth Champion Keegan Brown will take on James Wade in a rematch of last year’s first round after coming from a set down to defeat former semi-finalist Jelle Klaasen 3-1.

 

The action continues on Saturday with six third round ties, featuring two-time World Champions Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson.

 

The tournament will be broadcast live on the dedicated Sky Sports Darts channel from December 13-January 1 and worldwide through the PDC’s international broadcast partners.

 

2018/2019 William Hill World Darts Championship

Schedule of Play

Friday December 21

Afternoon Session

Benito van de Pas 3-2 Jim Long (R2)

John Henderson 3-2 Gabriel Clemens (R2)

Steve West 3-1 Richard North (R2)

Kyle Anderson 3-1 Noel Malicdem (R2)

 

Evening Session

Devon Petersen 3-2 Ian White (R2)

Keegan Brown 3-1 Jelle Klaasen (R2)

Nathan Aspinall 3-2 Gerwyn Price (R2)

Dimitri Van den Bergh 3-1 Jonny Clayton (R2)

 

Saturday December 22

Afternoon Session (1230)

Ryan Joyce v Alan Norris (R3)

Dave Chisnall v Kim Huybrechts (R3)

Daryl Gurney v Jamie Lewis (R3)

 

Evening Session (1900)

Ryan Searle v William O’Connor (R3)

Gary Anderson v Jermaine Wattimena (R3)

Michael van Gerwen v Max Hopp (R3)

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