Van Gerwen leads Ally Pally averages as quarter-finals set to get underway

Van Gerwen leads Ally Pally averages as quarter-finals set to get underway
Van Gerwen is the favourite to win the tournament
Van Gerwen is the favourite to win the tournament
With the quarter-finals of the World Darts Championship underway on New Year's Day, who is currently leading the tournament stats of the remaining eight players?

It might come as no surprise, but Michael van Gerwen currently leads the tournament averages at Alexandra Palace with 104.3 and is remarkably the only player left vying for the coveted trophy with an average above 100.

The 33-year-old has been ruthless on his way to the quarters with his nearest rivals Michael Smith in second, on 98.17, with Stephen Bunting (98.01) in third. The two Brits will come head-to-head on Sunday.

Of the eight quarter-finalists, Bunting has recorded the most 180’s hitting 23 perfect scores.

Chris Dobey, who will face van Gerwen in the last of the quarter-finals, has recorded the second-highest (21) with ‘Mighty Mike’ on 19.

World number seven Jonny Clayton, who will play Dimitri van den Bergh in the day's opening game, has the highest checkout percentage of the quarter-finalists with 50.65 per cent, with the Belgian second on 47.14. Van Gerwen is third on 42.53.

World number one Gerwyn Pryce is strangely absent from all the top scores. 

The Welshman has a tournament average of 93.76 with the lowest finishing percentage across all remaining eight players (34.31 per cent).

Pryce has also hit only 16 180’s on the way to the quarters, putting him in seventh-place above van den Bergh.

Ahead of the action getting underway in Ally Pally, here are the stats of the tournament's quarter-finalists:

Tournament averages

104.03: Michael van Gerwen
98.17: Michael Smith
98.01: Stephen Bunting
96.51: Jonny Clayton
95.96: Gabriel Clemens
95.66: Chris Dobey
94.86: Dimitri Van den Bergh
93.76: Gerwyn Price

Number of 180-scores

23: Stephen Bunting
21: Chris Dobey
19: Michael Smith, Jonny Clayton
18: Michael van Gerwen
17: Gabriel Clemens
16: Gerwyn Price
11: Dimitri Van den Bergh

Checkout percentages

50.65% (39/77): Jonny Clayton
47.14% (33/70): Dimitri Van den Bergh
42.53% (37/87): Michael van Gerwen
40.66% (37/91): Gabriel Clemens
40.00% (38/95): Michael Smith
39.39% (39/99): Stephen Bunting
37.78% (34/90): Chris Dobey
34.31% (35/102): Gerwyn Price

Stats courtesy of dartsnews