Gerwyn Price beats crowd and Kim Huybrechts to win sudden-death leg at World Darts Championship

Look back at Monday’s action at the William Hill World Darts Championship, as Gerwyn Price won an exciting clash with Kim Huybrechts.

Gerwyn Price challenged the crowd and a daring performance by Kim Huybrechts to survive the sudden-death leg drama at the PDC World Darts Championship.

The Iceman suffered a barrage of taunts in his attempts to pay – as well as thousands of cheers whenever he missed his planned triples and doubles – throughout an absorbing third round clash then. as his fiery opponent whipped the fans to create a noisy Ally Pally atmosphere.

There was also a slight altercation at the oche towards the end of the game when Huybrechts challenged Price’s celebrations, but the defending champion then said: “I just said it’s 1-1. go do it to me, then I’ll do it to you.If you’re good enough to give, you’re good enough to receive.

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Dirk van Duijvenbode returned to the PDC World Darts Championship after the Christmas break with a stunning comeback after three sets to defeat Ross Smith 4-3 and secure his place in the fourth round.

The Dutchman, 17th seed, seemed on the verge of defeat when his English opponent chained a comfortable first set (3-1) by pinching the next two on decisive legs.

The fourth set also went the distance, but after Smith failed to earn himself a dart on a double of 66, van Duijvenbode took advantage of his reprieve by striking out 57 and eventually getting on the board.

Aubergenius was now starting to find his trademark prowess and ran through the next two sets for the loss of a single leg overall as Smith’s average plummeted in the ’80s.

Van Duijvenbode, who averaged 91.71 and hit 10 of 12 game highs, kept his momentum going in the fifth and final set, which he also won 3-1 after Smith fought back two darts at the top in the fourth game.

Michael Smith highlighted his title with a 4-2 win over Willie O’Connor which could have been more resounding had it not been for a missed match dart in the decisive stage of the fifth set.

Bully Boy got off to a slow start as the Irishman won the opening set 3-1, but after leading the next 3-2 with his last dart in hand on a double five, it was pretty much a one-way street since he won eight of the nine rounds. to go to the edge of victory.

However, the gritty O’Connor came back 2-0 in the fifth set to stay alive and even took the sixth from a decisive one before Smith kept his cool on a double five to finish the job.

The former finalist averaged 97.42, touched 10 of 17,180 in the game and also weighed in with four 100+ starts, including a stunning 132.

Raymond Smith continued his dream debut with a surprisingly one-sided 4-1 victory over Florian Hempel, who knocked out Dimitri Van den Bergh in the previous round.

The Australian averaged in the mid-90s for the third game in a row, hit four of seven highs, shot in the highest checkout of 102 and was also more clinical on his doubles, hitting 14 of his then 36 that Hempel missed 17 of his 26.

Two of the sets Smith won came in decisive innings, including the last when the German missed the heights agonizingly for a game-saving 100 points.

World Darts: Monday results and Tuesday schedule

Monday, December 27
Afternoon session (12:30 p.m. GMT)
Third round (Best of 7 sets)
TV coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Ross Smith (85.7) 3-4 (91.71) Dirk van Duijvenbode (17)
    (Defined scores: 3-1, 3-2, 3-2, 2-3, 0-3, 1-3, 1-3)
  • (9) Michael Smith (97.42) 4-2 (92.46) Willie O’Connor
    (Overall scores: 1-3, 3-2, 3-1, 3-0, 2-3, 3-2)
  • Florian Hempel (87.66) 1-4 (94.79) Raymond Smith
    (Defined scores: 1-3, 2-3, 3-2, 1-3, 2-3)

Evening session (19h GMT)
Third round (Best of 7 sets)
TV coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • (4) James Wade BYE v Vincent van der Voort (29)
    (VDV withdraws due to Covid)
  • Gerwyn Price vs. Kim Huybrechts
  • Jonny Clayton vs. Gabriel Clemens

Tuesday 28 December
Afternoon session (12:30 p.m. GMT)
Third round (Best of 7 sets)
TV coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Steve Lennon vs. Mervyn King
  • Ryan Searle vs. Danny Noppert
  • Joe Cullen vs. Martijn Kleermaker

Evening session (19h GMT)
Third round (Best of 7 sets)
TV coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Rob Cross vs. Daryl Gurney
  • Peter Wright vs. Damon Heta
  • Michael van Gerwen vs. Chris Dobey


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