Title candidate Price must go deep, Anderson laughs at slowing Suljovic

After the elimination of reigning champion Peter Wright, he is perhaps the biggest competitor to Michael van Gerwen: Gerwyn Price. The Welshman took a 4-3 victory over Brendan Dolan at the last sixteen of the World Darts World Cup.

Price, the world‘s number three and winner of two majors this year, had to go deep. The experienced Dolan gave excellent resistance and, like Price, stood for a long time around the average of one hundred points per turn.

The high scores remained a bit at ‘The Iceman‘ in the beginning, but he made up for that with finishes. Among other things, the highest finish of 170 went out. At a 3-2 stand Price got one competition arrow, but just then he missed and the tough Dolan came along again.

In the seventh and final set, a fifth and decisive lay was needed to get a winner. Price was allowed to start and after a changeable leg on both sides had enough of his second competition arrow. In the eighth finals, Mervyn King awaits.

Anderson defeats dawling Suljovic

Two times world champion Gary Anderson couldn’t hold his laugh earlier in the evening against the slowing Mensur Suljovic, whom he defeated 4-3.

Anderson-Suljovic poster arouses less high expectations in 2020 than a few years ago, when both players were still in the top five in the world. Anderson has now dropped to place 13, Suljovic to place 20.

The game lasted a long time. Suljovic, already not a fast player, took all the time for his turn to not let the fast playing Anderson get into his rhythm.

That seemed to work out pretty well. Suljovic got a 3-2 head start after winning six legs in a row. But the Scotsman did not give up, won six legs in a row and thus managed to win the match.

Durrant opponent Van Duijvenbode

A solid playing Glen Durrant seemed easy to deal with the American surprise Danny Baggish, but after a 3-0 stand in sets the game was still exciting.

Baggish came back to 3-2, in the sixth set also fought back to 2-2 in legs, but was just short to equalize the position. Durrant decided the match with double 16:4-2.

Durrant, triple BDO champion and current number twelve in the world, is the next opponent of Dirk van Duijvenbode on Wednesday. ‘Aubergenius’ impressed Monday afternoon by sending Adam Hunt home 4-0.