The Last 16 stage of the most prestigious tournament in darts has concluded at London’s Alexandra Palace and the field of 96 competitors has now been narrowed down to just eight.
It’s the 30th anniversary of the Professional Darts Corporation, since they broke away from the BDO in 1992, and this tournament has been the company’s showpiece event ever since with the standard of play seeming to improve year after year. Fans both in attendance at the Ally Pally and watching from home will be hoping for more of the same from previous years and here is how the schedule of play looks tonight:
PDC World Darts Championship schedule: Michael van Gerwen, Michael Smith and Gerwyn Price book quarter-final spots
It’s been an incredible competition so far and we are now down to the last eight men standing at the Alexandra Palace. World number one Gerwyn Price was the first man to book his spot in the quarter finals with a Last 16 win over Jose de Sousa and was followed by World Cup of Darts partner Jonny Clayton who beat Josh Rock to reach this stage.
Dimitri van den Bergh overcame countryman Kim Huybrechts, who himself had knocked out defending champion Peter Wright, then Gabriel Clemens made history by becoming the first German player to reach the quarter final stage at the World Championship by beating Alan Soutar.
Michael Smith beat Joe Cullen 4-1 and Chris Dobey put out his second former winner, Rob Cross, to reach the quarter final stage for the first time. Finally, Michael van Gerwen made light work of fellow Dutchman Dirk van Duijvenbode and Stepehn Bunting ended Luke Humphries’ tournament.
Here is the full list of quarter final matches taking place on New Year’s Day (Sunday, January 1):
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)
- Dimitri van den Bergh vs Jonny Clayton
- Michael Smith vs Stephen Bunting
Evening Session (7:30pm)
- Gerwyn Price vs Gabriel Clemens
- Chris Dobey vs Michael van Gerwen
PDC World Darts Championship - when is the final?
The final of the 2023 PDC World Darts Championship is due to take place on Wednesday, January 3. Starting at 8pm (GMT), it will be the longest match of the competition with the format extendeding to 13 sets.
Last year’s final saw Peter Wright beat Michael Smith to win the second world title of his career. Of the remaining competitors, Price and van Gerwen are former world champions while Smith is a two time runner-up.
PDC World Darts Championship remaining dates and how to watch on UK TV
Here are the dates for the latter stages of the competition:
- Quarter Finals - January 1
- Semi-Finals - January 2
- Final - January 3
Every match from the 2023 PDC World Darts Championship will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
Sky customers can catch all the action on their Sky Box or on mobile devices via the Sky Go app, which is available to download in most mainstream app stores. Non-Sky customers have the option to purchase NowTV packages which will give them limited time access to watch the event.