The PDC World Darts Championship is down to the last 32 as the tournament moves into its latter stages post-Christmas.
Unfortunately, all four Republic of Ireland players have been knocked out of the competition, including Carlow man Steve Lennon who lost 3-1 to Devon Petersen on Tuesday. However, there is still Irish interest in the competition, with Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney and Brendan Dolan hopes of winning a first World Championship still firmly in place having successfully progressed to the third-round.
‘The History Maker’ Dolan comfortably defeated Japan’s Edward Foulkes in the second-round while Gurney had too much for Limerick’s Willie O’Connor.
The tournament has had its fair share of upsets so far. Two-time world champion Adrian Lewis was surprisingly defeated by American Danny Baggish in what was another desperate display by the once apparent heir to 16-time world champion Phil Taylor’s throne. Lewis is not the only world champion who failed to progress to the third-round, with 2018 champion Rob Cross suffering a shock defeat to Holland’s Dirk Van Duijvenbode to scupper his chances of a second world championship.
The action at the Alexandra Palace begins this Sunday at 12pm and will continue until the final on January 3.
Third-round fixtures at the 2021 PDC World Darts Championship:
Sunday December 27th
Krzysztof Ratajski v Simon Whitlock
Kim Huybrechts v Ryan Searle
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Jermaine Wattimena
Joe Cullen v Jonny Clayton
Peter Wright v Gabriel Clemens
Michael van Gerwen v Ricky Evans
Monday December 28th
Jose de Sousa v Mervyn King
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Adam Hunt
Nathan Aspinall v Vincent van der Voort
Gary Anderson v Mensur Suljovic
Gerwyn Price v Brendan Dolan
Glen Durrant v Danny Baggish
Tuesday December 29th
James Wade v Stephen Bunting
Daryl Gurney v Chris Dobey
Jason Lowe v Devon Petersen
Dave Chisnall v Danny Noppert