Gerwyn Price produced a sensational performance to make the quarter finals of the Betfred World Matchplay.
He thrashed fellow Welshman and Premier League Champion Jonny Clayton 11-3, winning eight legs in a row and averaging 101, laying a marker down for the rest of the field.
He will face defending champion Dimitri van den Bergh in the quarter finals, after he defeated Dave Chisnall 11-8, hitting 14 maximums in the process.
Elsewhere, day four of the Betfred World Matchplay saw Callan Rydz hit four finishes on the bullseye to beat Rob Cross and make the last eight on debut. He will take on Krzysztof Ratajski, who came through Luke Humphries to reach the quarters for the second straight year.
Price proves he’s the man to beat
Coming into day four, the clash between Price and Clayton was being billed as a potential classic. No one has won more titles in the PDC this year than Clayton, while Price is the World Champion and world number one.
It was a fantastic start for The Iceman, who took just 39 darts to win the first three legs, not allowing his opponent a shot at a double in the process. Clayton though responded well, finding a 100 outshot to get on the board, before hitting double 12 for an 11 dart break of his own and to trail 3-2 at the first interval.
Clayton levelled in the first leg after the interval, before his scoring began to drop. Price took advantage, winning three straight legs in 43 darts. The Iceman then found his first ton plus checkout of the game in the final leg of the second session, hitting a 108 to move 7-3 clear at the second interval.
The big moment came in the 11th leg. Seemingly miles ahead, The Ferret had a chance to win his first leg in five and stop the rot. However, he then missed seven darts to do so, allowing Price to eventually catch up and hit tops for an 8-3 lead.
A comfortable hold followed, before Clayton again missed a dart to win a leg. The Iceman took advantage once more, hitting a 102 to go within one, followed by an 80 to close out a dominant performance.
Van den Bergh comes through close game
Dimitri van den Bergh beat Dave Chisnall for the first time on a TV stage, in a game that featured nine straight breaks of throw to start it. The Dream Maker won 11-8 to set up a quarter final with Price on Thursday.
The early part of the contest saw Van den Bergh easily break Chisnall’s throw. However, he could not find doubles on his own throw to consolidate the breaks, allowing Chisnall to remain with him. After trailing 3-2 at the first interval, Chizzy hit tops to level, after Van den Bergh missed six darts to hold.
Two more breaks followed, before Chisnall looked like he might finally hold, leaving himself on 43. However, Van den Bergh fired in a spectacular 121 finish on the bullseye to go 5-4 in front. He then followed it up with a double 16 to finally get a hold of throw in the game, as he took a 6-4 lead into the second interval.
Chizzy would not lie down though, and got himself back into the game. He held, before hitting a 127 on the bullseye to level up at 6-6. A hold followed for the Yellow Warrior, as he went into the lead for the first time in the game, before Van den Bergh responded with a 15 darter to level at 7-7.
Eventually though, the scoring power from The Dream Maker finally got him the reward. After Chisnall missed the bull for a 124, Van den Bergh took out a 72 shot, to break and go ahead. 28 darts later he was within one of the match.
He could have finished it in spectacular fashion, but missed bull for a 167. When he could not clean up 25, Chisnall hit tops to keep the match alive. It only delayed the inevitable though, as The Dream Maker found an 11 dart break to finally get over the line, hitting his 14th maximum in the final leg.
Rydz finds four bull finishes in victory
Callan Rydz hit four finishes on the bull, including The Big Fish 170 checkout, to beat Rob Cross 11-8 and make the quarter finals on debut.
Both held in the opening two legs, before Rydz got the opening break, hitting a 52 shot to move 2-1 ahead. Voltage would respond instantly though, hitting double 10 to equalise, before holding in 15 darts to take a 3-2 advantage at the first interval.
Cross came out of interval stronger, taking 29 darts to go 5-2 in front. However, the former World Matchplay champion then missed darts to win both the sixth and seventh legs. The Riot took advantage, hitting double five, and then his first bullseye of the game for an 86 outshot, to reduce the arrears to 5-4. A comfortable 14 dart hold for Rydz saw the match level at 5-5 heading into the second interval.
Back to back finishes on the bull gave The Riot a two leg lead, as more darts at the outer ring cost Voltage. Both then held, before Cross missed three darts to cut the gap to one. Rydz again punished, pinging double eight to move three clear.
A fantastic 132 finish from Voltage got the break back, before holding to trail 9-8. However, the moment of the match came in the 18th leg. With Cross on 220, The Riot took out the biggest checkout of them all, raising the roof in the Winter Gardens in the process. Rydz then got over the line in the next leg, taking out tops to end 11/14 on the outer ring, compared to 8/24 for Cross.
Ratajski makes last eight again
Krzysztof Ratajski took advantage of some poor doubling from Luke Humphries to make the last eight for the second straight year.
Cool Hand missed darts to win the opening two legs, allowing Ratajski to take a 2-0 lead. After the Polish Eagle held again, he then found a spectacular 140 outshot in the fourth, hitting two tops in the finish. Humphries would get one of the breaks back though, hitting tops to cut the gap to 4-1 at the first interval.
Both then missed more darts to hold their throw, allowing each other to break. However, Humphries found a fantastic 11 darter to hold his throw for the first time in the match. The next leg saw both players squandered darts to win it, but Humphries found double eight to get the game back on throw.
He could not level up before the end of the session though, missing double 16 for a 70 outshot. The Polish Eagle broke hit double 10 with his last dart in hand, to break and take a 6-4 lead at the second interval.
Ratajski held out of the interval, before he missed the bull to go 8-4 up. Humphries took advantage, hitting 121 on the bullseye to cut the gap to two. However, he squandered darts to win the next three legs, allowing The Polish Eagle to move within one. A 14 dart break saw over the line, ending the match 10/25 on the outer ring. Humphries, by contrast, was just 5/22 on the doubles.
Betfred World Matchplay Day Four Results
Callan Rydz 11-8 Rob Cross
Krzystof Ratajski 11-5 Luke Humphries
Gerwyn Price 11-3 Jonny Clayton
Dimitri van den Bergh 11-8 Dave Chisnall
Betfred World Matchplay Day Five Schedule of Play
Wednesday 21 July (19.00 BST)
Second round x4
Michael Smith v Jose De Sousa
Gary Anderson v Nathan Aspinall
Michael van Gerwen v Ian White
Peter Wright v Joe Cullen
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