2017 William Hill World Championship – Day Two Preview
It’s day two at the 2017 William Hill World Championship.
Tonight’s action will see the number three seed Peter Wright start his World Championship campaign. The evergreen and ever popular Steve Beaton will take to the stage to face the flamboyant South African Devon Petersen. There is also an intriguing match between Welshmen Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton to look forward to.
Here are my previews for the evening’s matches.
Friday December 16 (7pm)
Jerry Hendriks v Warren Parry – Preliminary Round
- Jerry Hendriks will be competing at the PDC World Championship for the 2nd time having earned qualification via the PDC West Europe Qualifier where he defeated twice BDO World Championship semi-finalist Jan Dekker in the final match.
- On his last visit to the Alexandra Palace for the 2013 World Championship he won 3-0 in the first round against Wayne Jones before running into the eventual champion Phil Taylor in round two, Hendriks took the first set against Taylor but lost the next four sets without winning a leg.
- Warren Parry has qualified for his 4th PDC World Championship, he made his debut at the Circus Tavern during the 2006 World Championship, it’s the first time he has qualified since the 2010 tournament.
- Parry qualified for the 2017 William Hill World Championship courtesy of winning the DartPlayers New Zealand Qualifier where he defeated Cody Harris and former World Championship participant Rob Szabo along the way.
- All 3 of his previous World Championship appearances resulted in first round defeats, having lost to Mark Walsh, Alex Roy and Raymond van Barneveld.
- Parry has previously competed at the PDC World Cup of Darts and also in a number of World Series of Darts tournaments, notably he claimed the prize scalp of Michael van Gerwen at the 2014 Sydney Masters in their last 16 encounter.
Head to Head
This is their first competitive meeting.
Gerwyn Price (19) v Jonny Clayton
- Gerwyn Price is making his 3rd appearance at the PDC World Championship having also qualified in each of the last 2 years.
- Price hasn’t managed to get through the first round on his 2 previous visits to the Alexandra Palace and indeed has failed to win a set, having lost 3-0 to both Peter Wright and Andrew Gilding.
- On the PDC circuit in 2016 he has two tournament wins to his name; both were in Players Championship tournaments only a matter of weeks apart in May.
- Jonny Clayton is making his PDC World Championship debut, last year he lost to Ricky Evans in the qualifiers.
- He does have previous TV tournament experience having played at the Grand Slam of Darts, UK Open and Players Championship Finals.
- Clayton’s best ranking tournament performance this season came at a Players Championship tournament in Barnsley back in August where he reached the semi-finals before losing to Gary Anderson, on his way to the semi-final he had beaten Gerwyn Price in the quarter-final.
Head to Head (They are level with 1 win each)
The two Welshmen have met in PDC competition twice and have both claimed a win. As mentioned above Clayton got the better of his compatriot in a Players Championship quarter-final match in August. Price won their previous match in a European Tour event qualifier back in 2015.
Steve Beaton (27) v Devon Petersen
- 1996 BDO World Champion Steve Beaton is appearing at his 16th PDC World Championship and overall this will be his 26th appearance at a World Championship tournament since making his Lakeside debut way back in 1992. Only Phil Taylor and John Lowe have made more World Championship tournament appearances.
- During his time in the PDC he has won just 8 matches at the World Championship, though he did win 6 of those matches without dropping a set.
- 11 of Beaton’s last 14 wins in best of 5 sets matches at World Championship tournaments (PDC & BDO included) have been won without dropping a set.
- Overall Beaton has played 11 best of 5 sets matches at the PDC World Championship, 8 of those matches have only lasted 3 sets.
- Steve Beaton’s 8 previous match wins at the PDC World Championship have been against 8 different nationalities. A win here against Petersen would make it 9 wins against 9 different nationalities.
- The 8 players he has beaten at the PDC World Championship have been from: New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Spain, Wales, Canada, Scotland and England.
- This is Devon Petersen’s 4th PDC World Championship tournament appearance and it will be first time he hasn’t had to play in a preliminary round match (he never failed to win his prelim round match).
- Petersen last appeared at the Alexandra Palace in the 2014 World Championship when he reached the last 16 defeating seeded players Steve Beaton and Justin Pipe along the way before losing to James Wade.
- At the 2012 World Championship he defeated the number 29 seed Steve Brown before losing 4-2 to Gary Anderson.
Head to Head (Petersen leads 2-1)
They have met three times previously with Petersen having won each of the last two games, this includes his 3-1 win against Beaton in the 1st round of the 2014 World Championship, in that match Beaton led 1-0 and had darts to win the 2nd set before Petersen rallied and turned the match around. Their most recent encounter was in April this year at a Players Championship tournament when Petersen won 6-4.
Peter Wright (3) v Hendriks/Parry
- 2014 PDC Championship finalist Peter Wright is appearing at his 8th consecutive PDC World Championship having made his debut at the 2010 tournament. Wright had featured at the 1995 BDO World Championship where he lost to Richie Burnett in the opening round, but he didn’t appear at another World Championship tournament until 15 years later.
- Wright has won 3-0 in each of his last 4 first round matches at the PDC World Championship.
- His only 2 PDC World Championship first round defeats have been against Michael van Gerwen and Jelle Klaasen.
- All of Wright’s 8 World Championship defeats have been against players who have either been a World Champion or have won a World Championship since. Those players are: Richie Burnett, Jelle Klaasen, Michael van Gerwen (3 times), Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis.
Head to Head
Peter Wright has played Warren Parry twice previously and has won both matches, the most recent of which was a 6-1 win in the Auckland Masters in June. Wright and Hendriks have yet to meet in a competitive match.