Then There Were Four!

Then There Were Four!

JUST over two weeks since the William Hill World Darts Championship kicked off with 72 competitors, the last four players are preparing for Saturday night's semi-finals at Alexandra Palace.

Both matches are repeats of classic contests from last year's World Championship, as Raymond van Barneveld plays Adrian Lewis before Gary Anderson takes on Jelle Klaasen.

A year ago, Lewis landed a sensational nine-dart finish to win the opening leg of his clash with van Barneveld, who went on to win the third round game 4-3 after his opponent missed a match dart in the sixth set.

Anderson had been a second round winner, also by a 4-3 margin, when he took on Klaasen, but the Dutchman led 3-1 before seeing Anderson sweep through the final three sets.

Intriguingly, both semi-finals could force repeats of previous major finals, with Lewis having defeated Anderson in the 2011 World Championship final and Klaasen having seen off van Barneveld in the 2006 Lakeside Championship decider.Saturday January 2.

Reigning champion Anderson remains the 11/10 tournament favourite with sponsors William Hill, with Lewis 9/4, van Barneveld 5/1 and Klaasen the 8/1 outsider going into the semi-finals.

William Hill Outright Winner Odds

11/10 Gary Anderson

9/4 Adrian Lewis

5/1 Raymond van Barneveld

8/1 Jelle Klaasen

Semi-Final Match Odds

11/8 Raymond van Barneveld v 4/7 Adrian Lewis

2/7 Gary Anderson v 11/4 Jelle Klaasen

Odds courtesy and subject to fluctuation.

William Hill World Darts Championship

Saturday January 2 (8pm)


Raymond van Barneveld v Adrian Lewis

Gary Anderson v Jelle Klaasen

Best of 11 Sets

Tournament Stats

High Finish: 170 - Gary Anderson, Rowby-John Rodriguez, Phil Taylor, Jelle Klaasen, Michael  van Gerwen

Highest Match Average: 109.23 - Michael van Gerwen

Highest Tournament Average: 104.32 - Michael van Gerwen

Most 180s: 39 - Jelle Klaasen