World Series of Darts: Champion Peter Wright is knocked out after a shock defeat by Kim Huybrechts

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A snapshot of the best action from the evening session of Day 10 of the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.

A snapshot of the best action from the evening session of Day 10 of the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.

Kim Huybrechts pulled off a stunning upset to dethrone reigning champion Peter Wright with a 4-1 victory in their third round match at the Cazoo World Darts Championship.

Although he took the opening set, Wright looked out of reach at Alexandra Palace and No. 31 seed Huybrechts duly took advantage to prematurely end the 52-year-old’s quest for a third world title.

The Hurricanes will be joined in the round of 16 by Jeroen Price, who stressed his status as world number 1 after a 4-0 thrashing of former world champion Raymond van Barneveld, and Gabriel Clemence after he beat Jim Williams in the opener. the night.

Tuesday 27th December – Evening results

Jim Williams 3-4 Gabriel Clemens (R3)
Jeroen Price 4-0 Raymond van Barneveld (m3)
Peter Wright 1-4 Kim Huybrechts (R3)

Tuesday, December 27th – Afternoon results

Dimitri van den Bergh 4-1 Krzysztof Ratajski (R3)
Nathan Aspinall 3-4 Josh Rock (R3)
Johnny Clayton 4-1 Brendan Dolan (R3)

Kim Heybrechts beat current world champion Peter Wright in a shock 4-1 victory that set up Belgium's last-16 match against Dimitri van den Berg.

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Kim Heybrechts beat current world champion Peter Wright in a shock 4-1 victory that set up Belgium’s last-16 match against Dimitri van den Berg.

Kim Heybrechts beat current world champion Peter Wright in a shock 4-1 victory that set up Belgium’s last-16 match against Dimitri van den Berg.

Wright, who was chasing a third world title, got off to a perfect start against Huybrechts after dropping the win 3-0 in the first set, but the Belgian came back to level the match in a set in which he averaged over 107 and won. The legs are at 14, 13, and 15 arrows, respectively.

Despite changing his dart, the reigning world champion continued to struggle in the third set as Huybrechts cruised to a 3-1 victory, striking out a 51 to seal the set and move ahead.

It was much closer in the fourth and Wright was a missed point away to take the set to level the match, but that allowed Huibrechts to slip through and force the duly victorious decider with a 67 out to put himself on the verge of a memorable victory.

The first two hours of the fifth set were shared, but Huybrechts moved to within one stretch of the win with a 68 checkout in the third. Wright was able to send the set to the winner, however he could not get 115 out and was penalized when Huybrechts landed double 18 on the third attempt.

Kim Huybrechts remains humble as he reacts to Peter Wright's dismissal to secure his place in the last 16 of the World Darts Championship.

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Kim Huybrechts remains humble as he reacts to Peter Wright’s dismissal to secure his place in the last 16 of the World Darts Championship.

Kim Huybrechts remains humble as he reacts to Peter Wright’s dismissal to secure his place in the last 16 of the World Darts Championship.

“I just played,” said Heberschits, who faces compatriot Dimitri van den Berg in the fourth round. “I beat the name Peter Wright, but the person who wasn’t there was Peter Wright — I have to be honest about this.

“Normally, he’s twenty times better than this, but I took my chance and got the win. I did what I had to do, but usually he plays much better – everyone knows that and I know that. To beat the world champion, I’m happy.”

Price demolishes Van Barneveld to advance

Price, who has been beaten by Van Barneveld three times this year, including a quarter-final meeting at a Grand Slam last month, built an early lead against the Dutch icon after firing fast in the first set as he hit an 87-goal to seal a 3-1 victory. victory.

An impressive checkout 117 saw the Welshman work the second set and he took a 66 to go two sets ahead, although ‘The Iceman’ had a cool and really tested third set as Van Barneveld took it to a team decider after the pair traded the first four legs.

Gerwen Price wins the match on 128 checkout and takes the match 4-0 against Raymond van Barneveld.

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Gerwen Price wins the match on 128 checkout and takes the match 4-0 against Raymond van Barneveld.

Gerwen Price wins the match on 128 checkout and takes the match 4-0 against Raymond van Barneveld.

Eight doubles missed by the 2007 PDC world champion and four-time Lakeside title winner allowed Price to snatch the win to go just short of victory, yet Van Barneveld gave himself a glimmer of hope by taking a 1-0 lead in the fourth on the back of an impressive finish of 147.

But there was no stopping the 2021 world champion and he delivered a clean sweep of Van Barneveld with a checkout of 128 in the final round, setting up a last-16 showdown with former Grand Slam winner Jose de Souza or Ryan Searle.

“In the Grand Slams, I’ve let Raymond out a few times, but today I was treated,” Price said. “I left him with one leg and he won it and then the crowd came back with Raymond so it’s really tough – but come on!

“I think I scored better than him, played better than him, was a deserved 4-0 winner and you can’t say I never beat him on TV anymore.

World No. 1 Jeroen Price reacts after his 4-0 victory over Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld in the third round of the World Darts Championship.

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World No. 1 Jeroen Price reacts after his 4-0 victory over Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld in the third round of the World Darts Championship.

World No. 1 Jeroen Price reacts after his 4-0 victory over Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld in the third round of the World Darts Championship.

“I’m here to win, not here to make up numbers. Raymond and I were both world champions fighting for our second PDC world title, so I’m here to win.”

Clemence takes victory over Williams

Earlier in the evening, Clemens won six of the last seven meetings to seal a thrilling 4-3 victory over Williams and reach the last 16 of the PDC World Championship for the second time in his career.

Spurred on by a large group of his compatriots in the crowd, the ‘German giant’ lifted three straight legs to take the first set of the night after Williams hit a fine 111 in the opener. However, the runner-up in the BDO edition of the World Championship in 2020 immediately came back by sweeping his opponent in a second that included 13 and 14 shots.

The nature of the swing continued in the third set which swung one way and then the other, including a 157 checkout from Clemens who won the deciding match after Williams made it 2-2 with an impressive finish of 134.

Gabriel Clemens beat Jim Williams in the opening match of the night

Gabriel Clemens beat Jim Williams in the opening match of the night

The Welshman drew level one in the fourth set that moved back into a playoff, capitalizing after Clemens twice missed doubles for a win that would have put him just one set away from a place in the fourth round.

Instead, it was Williams who set himself on the brink of victory when he took the fifth set 3-1, however there was more drama to come as Clemens came back from 2-0 down and forced a deciding set after his opponent missed a brace. Six to match.

The 39-year-old seized his opportunity when it came, booking his place against No. 9 Danny Neubert or Alan Souttar in the next round in style.

Wednesday at Ally Pally

Three-time world champion Michael van Gerwen returns home to darts when he takes on Austria’s Mensur Suljović in a stellar evening session, which also features The Rockstar’ Joe Cullen and last year’s finalist Michael Smith.

Wed, Dec 28 – Afternoon schedule

Ryan Searle against Jose de Sousa (R3)
Danny Neubert against Alan Soutar (R3)
Gary Anderson against Chris Dobie (R3)

Wed, Dec 28 – Evening schedule

Joe Cullen against Damon Hita (R3)
Michael van Gerwen against Mansur Suljovic (M3)
Michael Smith against Martin Schindler (R3)

Two-time consecutive winner Gary Anderson plays during the afternoon session when he takes on “Hollywood” Chris Doby.

The third and fourth rounds will be held from December 27-30, before the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals will be held from January 1-3.

Watch the 2023 PDC World Darts Championship – live on Sky Sports Darts – through to the final on 3 January.


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