Dirk van Duijvenbode can continue to dream of the world title darts. He won in the eighth finals after a 3-1 gap with 4-3 from Glen Durrant, the worlds number twelve. In the quarterfinals on New Years Day, two-time world champion Gary Anderson awaits.
With the loss of a few high-ranking players, Van Duijvenbode was increasingly mentioned as an outsider for the World Cup title. On the London stage he has so far shown a higher level in each party.
Opponent Durrant, winner of the Premier League this year, had a difficult run-up. The triple Lakeside champion was infected with the coronavirus. At this World Cup he did not leave an indelible impression so far.
Just before the party, Van Duijvenbode complained himself over the board, which, according to him, hung crooked. Aubergenius, who owes his nickname to his job as an administrative assistant at an eggplant farm, seemed to be particularly bothered by throwing out, because he missed a lot.
Durrant took advantage and got a 2-0 head start in sets.
Van Duijvenbode continued to score a lot higher than Durrant and it seemed a matter of time before the Westlander would fight back. Part of that happened.
He arrived on 2-1 and appeared on his way to a similar stand thanks to a beautiful 129 finish (via triple 19 and twice double 18). But again, he ruined his chances. Not the tough Durrant: 3-1.
From that moment on, the Dutchman was not allowed to lose a set. Van Duijvenbode is at his best when he stands with his back against the wall, then according to his own words the survivor in him emerges.
He showed that in earlier rounds of this World Cup. Against Bradley Brooks he made a 2-0 backlog and in the game against former world champion Rob Cross Van Duivenbode also showed himself the coolest.
He won the fifth set twice twice again. Durrant was allowed to start the sixth and so Van Duijvenbode, who started to score less, had to break him. He did that by throwing 170, the highest finish, and then cashing the break.
Van Duijvenbode immediately delivered his leg in the seventh and decisive set, but managed to recover and came ahead for the first time in the competition. In the fifth and final leg, he did the job through double six.
Following Van Duijvenbode, Gerwyn Price also placed himself in front of the quarter-finals. The number three in the world was at 4-1 too strong for the 54-year-old Mervyn King.
Van Gerwen vs. Chisnall
The biggest Dutch asset for the title, Michael van Gerwen, was already placed on Tuesday evening before the last eight. He survived against Joe Cullen two game arrows.
In the new year, the worlds number one takes on Dave Chisnall. The Englishman, who was too strong for Danny Noppert in the previous round, surprisingly eliminated the Belgian Dimitri Van den Bergh with 4-2.
Van Gerwen and Van Duijvenbode may meet each other in the semi-finals.