Gerwyn Price produced his best performance of the World Darts Championship so far to move into the last eight on day 13.
The Iceman comfortably defeated Players Championship Finals runner up Mervyn King, on a day where the quarter finals line up was complete.
Joining Price in the quarters is The Flying Scotsman, who produced a good display on the doubles to whitewash Devon Petersen 4-0.
Elsewhere, day 13 of the World Darts Championship saw:
- Dirk van Duijvenbode and Stephen Bunting come through last leg deciders
- Dave Chisnall defeated Dimitri Van den Bergh in an utter classic
- Daryl Gurney ease to victory against Vincent van der Voort
Price and Anderson cruise to quarters
Price had survived last set deciders in his previous two victories at the event. In the fourth round, he showed the class and ability that saw him lift the World Grand Prix back in October.
After King missed two darts to win the opening leg, The Iceman punished with an 82 outshot to break. A 13 dart hold, followed by a spectacular 148 checkout after King had missed bull, gave him the first set 3-0 in 43 darts. Two further holds from each saw the second set go to a decider, on which King attacked. He left 32 after 12, before finding double four to level the match.
A 106 out saw King take the lead in the third set, but 42 darts later, Price was 2-1 up, eventually finding double four to take the third set. The King would go within one of levelling the match once more, but Price found double 18, followed by a 93 outshot in consecutive legs to steal the fourth set and go within one.
Both players broke each other once more at the start of the fifth, before Price found a lovely 116 to take back the advantage. Throwing for the match, he saw King squander three darts to take the set into a deciding leg, pinging tops for a 16 darter and a quarter final match against Daryl Gurney.
Gary Anderson is into the quarter finals of the World Darts Championship for the sixth time in seven years, beating Devon Petersen 4-0. He will play Dirk van Duijvenbode in the last eight on New Year’s Day.
Three back to back 18 darters gave Anderson the first set, as Petersen missed darts to win the second and third legs. This seemed to set the tone for the match, as The African Warrior scored well, but could not find the doubles at crucial moments ending up 4/14 on the outer ring. He went 2-0 ahead in the second set, but The Flying Scotsman responded well. A spectacular 160 checkout saw him hold, before going 2-0 up in the match 32 darts later.
Once again, Petersen went one leg from a set, but once again, the two time World Champion reeled off three straight legs to claim the set. He won it with an excellent 12 dart leg, to break and go within one. That seemed to just about finish off Petersen, as Anderson wrapped up the fourth set and the match in just 40 darts to move into the last eight. After the match, The Flying Scotsman launched an attack at members of the Sky Sports commentary team in his press conference. You can view it below.
Van Duijvenbode and Bunting survive last leg thrillers
Dirk van Duijvenbode continued his fantastic form in 2020 with a maiden World Darts Championship quarter final appearance. He fought back from 3-1 down to beat Glen Durrant 4-3.
Durrant, known for his excellent set up play, took the first set thanks to it. He hit key shots at the right moments to set up two dart checkouts, eventually finding double 10 to go 1-0 in front. The key moment of the second set came in the second leg. After breaking Duzza’s throw, the Aubergenius missed three darts to go within one of the set. Durrant found a spectacular 154 finish to break straight back, before surviving three set darts from the Dutchman to take a 2-0 lead.
It was Durrant’s turn to miss key darts in the third set, this time missing five darts in the fourth leg to take it to a decider. Van Duijvenbode found double eight to get his first set on the board and trail 2-1. He won the first leg of the fourth set with a 129, but 46 darts later, he was losing 3-1, as Durrant found double 10 to go with one of the match.
Finishes of 113, 106 and 92 saw The Titan take the fifth set, before both held at the start of the sixth. There, the momentum of the match began to change. Durrant missed one dart at double 16, and the Aubergenius punished with his second big fish 170 checkout of the tournament to break. He then held on double 16 to level the match at 3-3 and force a deciding set.
A break and a hold from each player set up a one leg shootout for a quarter final spot. In a tight and tense affair, Van Duijvenbode pinged double six to end a dramatic contest, winning 4-3 and setting up the match with Anderson.
Stephen Bunting fought back from 2-0 down in the final set to win his last leg decider on day 13 of the World Darts Championship. The Bullet beat Ryan Searle 4-3.
Bunting broke in the first leg of the match, and held twice to go 1-0 in front. Both missed bull to win the second set, but it was Bunting who cleaned up 25 first in the deciding leg to double his advantage.
The Bullet looked like he was cruising towards the last eight, but then missed six darts at double 18 for the third set. Searle eventually found double 10 to level it at 2-2, before a 14 darter saw him cut the deficit to 2-1. That seemed to inspire Heavy Metal, as against the darts he broke twice, before holding in 13 darts to make it two all in sets.
However, it would be Bunting who’d come out firing after the final interval. An 11 darter, followed by two 17 darters, saw him take the fifth set 3-0 and gave him the darts in the sixth set. The former BDO World Champion won the opening leg, but Searle reeled off three legs in 40 darts to level the match once again at 3-3.
In the deciding set, Heavy Metal took 26 darts to go 2-0 up and was on the brink of his first ever quarter final at the Alexandra Palace. However, Bunting fought back brilliantly. An 11 dart break was followed by a 107 checkout for a 15 dart hold to level, with Searle on 41 for the match. That seemed to hurt Heavy Metal, who got going too late in the deciding leg, as Bunting found tops for a 13 dart break to win his second last leg decider of the tournament so far. He faces Krzysztof Ratajski in the quarter finals.
Chisnall shatters Dimi’s dreams, Gurney gets past Van der Voort
In unquestionably the best game of the day, Dave Chisnall hit a 101 average to defeat World Matchplay champion Dimitri Van den Bergh 4-2. Van den Bergh himself hit an average of 102.
Chisnall took the first set with an outstanding 144 checkout, punishing missed darts from Van den Bergh to force a deciding leg. Chizzy took further control of the match in the second set, hitting a 106 to break before holding on double 18 to go 2-0 up. The third set went to a deciding leg in which The Dream Maker missed bull for a 161. Chizzy then took out a 60 shot to win the set 3-2, and went within one of the match.
Van den Bergh though would not go quietly. He reeled off the fourth set in just 39 darts, before breaking at the start of the fifth with a 121 finish on the bull. Chisnall would break back, but The Dream Maker would reel off two straight legs to cut the deficit in the match to 3-2.
Chisnall though would eventually close out the gripping contest. Van den Bergh missed 13 darts at double across two legs in the sixth to hold, as Chizzy broke twice to go 2-1 in front. In a tight fourth leg, he finished the match with an excellent 102 checkout, to take the 4-2 victory and set up a last eight clash with Michael van Gerwen.
Another very comfortable performance from Daryl Gurney saw him move into the last eight of the World Darts Championship. He beat Vincent van der Voort to equal his best ever run at this event.
A 125 in the first leg helped Gurney settle in nicely, breaking throw before holding twice to take a 1-0 lead. The second set was much tighter, and saw Superchin miss two darts to double his advantage. Van der Voort would find double ten to level 1-1 and break back.
Superchin almost hit his first nine dart finish on the TV in the third set, but missed double 12 for the accolade. He settled for a 10 darter to take the opening leg, before winning the set 3-1. He continued his good spell into the fourth set, holding twice before hitting a lovely 120 checkout to go one away from the match.
Van der Voort reeled off set five in just 41 darts to cut the deficit, but Gurney kept his cool. Despite missing six darts for the match in the fourth leg of the sixth, the former World Grand Prix winner pinged in double 16 in the deciding leg, to complete the 4-2 victory and set up a showdown with Price in the last eight.
World Darts Championship Day 13 Results
Daryl Gurney 4-2 Vincent van der Voort
Stephen Bunting 4-3 Ryan Searle
Gary Anderson 4-0 Devon Petersen
Evening Session (1800 GMT)
Dirk van Duijvenbode 4-3 Glen Durrant
Gerwyn Price 4-1 Mervyn King
Dave Chisnall 4-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Quarter Finals Schedule of Play
Afternoon Session (1200 GMT)
Krzysztof Ratajski v Stephen Bunting
Gary Anderson v Dirk van Duijvenbode
Evening Session (1800 GMT)
Gerwyn Price v Daryl Gurney
Michael van Gerwen v Dave Chisnall
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