Gerwyn Price beats Dave Chisnall to reach the World Matchplay quarter-finals, while Jose de Sousa, Danny Noppert and Dirk van Duijvenbode make the last eight for the first time; watch every session at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool – live on Sky Sports
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Price has the opportunity to go beyond the World Matchplay quarter-finals for the first time after battling 6-4 to defeat Dave Chisnall. Check out the best crates…” class=”roadblock__image”/>
Gerwyn Price has the opportunity to go beyond the World Matchplay quarter-finals for the first time after battling 6-4 to defeat Dave Chisnall. Check out the best crates…
Gerwyn Price continued his bid for a first world title in matchplay by reaching the quarter-finals while Dirk van Duijvenbode staggered ‘The Big Fish’ to stun Michael Smith, who came agonizingly close to landing a nine-dart finish.
Price came from behind to beat Dave Chisnall 11-8 and reach his third World Matchplay quarter-final, while Jose de Sousa broke down in tears after beating Rob Cross by the same scoreline to reach the last eight for the first time .
Danny Noppert put a marker on the rest of the field with an impressive display to blast two-time semi-finalist Daryl Gurney 11-4 and in the final game of the night Dirk van Duijvenbode notched a magnificent 170 finish beating Michael Smith 11-7 with ‘Bully Boy’ within a wire width of landing a magic nine-dart.
Wednesday July 20 – Results
|Second turn||Daryl Gurney||4-11||Danny Nopert|
|Jose de Sousa||11-8||Rob Cross|
|Gerwyn Award||11-8||Dave Chisnall|
|Michael Smith||7-11||Dirk van Duijvenbode|
Price slashed that superb 164 on target to swing the momentum his way
Price landed crates of 164 and 161 on his way to passing a stern test against Chisnall, who was seeking a sixth quarter-final appearance.
Chisnall held the advantage at 6-4, but two innings later the scores were tied as “The Iceman” hit with a 124 bullseye check.
The world number 2 opened the proceedings with his incredible 161…
This passage of play proved to be crucial, as the next game saw Price move past; a lead from which the Welshman never relinquished despite checkouts of 142 and 111 from Chisnall who kept the pressure on until the end.
“I knew I was playing well, but I let Dave down a few times early on, just like I did in my first-round game,” Price said.
“I was trying too hard to break Dave’s pitch and I was a little frustrated.
“The big crates were nice, they go in about two or three times out of 10; I needed them tonight.
“I’m really confident in my game, sometimes I overthink it when I’m trying to break people down.
“I’m coming back to where I should be and I love myself against anyone.”
Emotional Jose de Sousa says it meant a lot to him to reach World Matchplay quarter-finals
Price will now face a rejuvenated De Sousa, who shot in nine trademark 180s and hit 11 of 23 double attempts in his loss to Cross.
A 120 check-out saw De Sousa break throw to go 8-4, but a missed single 14 in an attempted 108 check-out from the Portuguese, which would have put him 10-4 ahead, proved the catalyst of a cross response.
Cross, the 2019 champion, had already fought back 8-2 to beat Chris Dobey 11-9 in the first round, and he shot a 106 to make it 9-5 before winning three of the next four legs to trail 10-8 .
But De Sousa allayed any fears of a second Cross comeback in as many rounds with straight 180s before sealing victory with a final double four at the dart.
“It’s been a tough year for me, so this win means the world to me,” said a moved De Sousa.
“No one can imagine how happy I am to be playing well again.
“I’m just taking game by game, but right now I’m feeling good. I hit 180s and 140s again, and when I hit my doubles as well, I’m a danger to everyone.”
Van Duijvenbode went fishing with this magnificent 170!
Van Duijvenbode notched the first 170 checkout of the tournament to continue his winning streak over one of the title favorites, Smith.
An explosive start from Van Duijvenbode saw it climb 4-0, a deficit from which Smith was never able to recover.
It was a story of doubles doom for Smith, who saw 23 of his attempts on the outside ring go wide of the target, including a double-12 dart for a nine-dart.
Michael Smith hit eight perfect darts before wiring D12 for what would have been a magical nine-dart finish at the Winter Gardens
Smith threatened to come back as he cut the deficit from 9-5 to 9-7, but an 86 check-out from Van Duijvenbode saw him hit a crucial break before finishing the job in the next game.
“I feel lucky tonight that the best version of Michael didn’t appear,” admitted Van Duijvenbode.
“I felt nervous tonight. I kept waiting for Michael to play his usual game and because I was thinking about it, I started playing badly too.
“The 170 was a good time; I didn’t need to go but I felt so good at the time, I thought I would go anyway.”
Dirk van Duijvenbode has reflected on his victory and he is now looking forward to facing fellow Dutchman Danny Noppert
World Matchplay Darts Live
July 21, 2022, 8:00 p.m.
Thursday July 21 – Calendar (2000 BST)
|Quarter-finals||Peter Wright||versus||Dmitri Van den Bergh|
|Michel van Gerwen||versus||Nathan Aspinal|
Van Duijvenbode next faces World Cup teammate Noppert as ‘The Freeze’ averaged 102.36 in a comfortable victory over two-time semi-finalist Gurney.
Showman Noppert showcased some serious darts as he hit with a no-look 180 before striking out 86 on target in a rooftop darts leg.
The Dutchman, who won his first televised title in March at the UK Open, hit a no-look 180 in response to Gurney’s attempt at the same feat, but Noppert eventually sealed the leg to lead 7-3 .
Gurney couldn’t turn the tide, winning just one of the next five stages as the 31-year-old advanced to the quarter-finals for the first time.
‘The Freeze’ was very pleased with his performance as he passed Gurney
Friday July 22 – Calendar (2000 BST)
|Quarter-finals||Dirk van Duijvenbode||versus||Danny Nopert|
|Gerwyn Award||versus||Jose de Sousa|
On Thursday, the first two quarter-finals will take place, as Peter Wright and Dimitri Van den Bergh meet in a repeat of last year’s final, before two-time champion Michael van Gerwen takes on a reborn Nathan Aspinall.
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