Vincent van der Voort turns out to be a stuntman at the World Matchplay and is now in the quarter finals. Within three days, the Dutch dart player in the British town of Milton Keynes demolished a player from the top 10 of the world rankings. After his earlier win at Dave Chisnall (10th), Daryl Gurney (7th) was also sidelined on Tuesday night.
Van der Voort got off to a flying start in the empty Marshall Arena. In Gurney‘s opening leg he opened with three times 140 and then with three arrows he polished the remaining 81 of the board. With this he immediately set the tone. The four consecutive legs also became a prey for the down-to-earth dart player from Purmerend. Van der Voort hardly missed any chances and besides that his average was about ten points higher than Gurney’s (103 at 94).
Important finishes Van der Voort
After the first break Gurney came a little closer, to 2-5. This was followed by two razor-sharp finishes of 80 with Van der Voort, who again managed to increase the margin to five. The 180-player who followed was then extra hard on his Northern Irish opponent. Fast Vinnie‘ then entered the second break with an 8-2 lead. After that he played the game skilfully despite a few minor hiccups and eventually triumphed 11-5 in legs, reaching a final average of 97.67. With that he equalled his best performance at the World Matchplay, where he also reached the last eight in 2009. At that time Mervyn King proved to be too strong.
Van der Voort had already started the major tournament excellently on Monday. Against Chisnall he also threw an average of almost 100 and with a strong final sprint he ensured a nice victory (10-6 in legs). With that victory he already did good business for the so-called Order of Merit (world ranking based on the prize money of the last two years in ranking tournaments) where he is now virtually on place 29.
In the last eight, Van der Voort will compete against Glen Durrant on Friday. He defeated reigning world champion Peter Wright 11-8. By the way, he has already secured 25,000 British Pounds in prize money.
Just can’t beat Lewis
Danny Noppert also played in the second round on Wednesday evening. The only Dutchman left outside Van der Voort had to compete against Adrian Lewis. Noppie‘ was able to keep up with the world’s top player up to 6-6, but then had to lose against ‘Jackpot’. A justified victory (11-7), because with an average of 100.2, Lewis eventually threw a lot better than Noppert (87.6 average).
Favourites like Van Gerwen eliminated
In the World Matchplay, several title favourites have already been dropped. For example, Michael van Gerwen was surprisingly eliminated by Simon Whitlock in the second round on Tuesday evening. The number one of the world experienced an off-day and reached a dubious average of 90.8. Whitlock took full advantage and sent Van Gerwen home with a marked 11-4 defeat. Gerwyn Price, Rob Cross, Nathan Aspinall and now Wright could also pack their suitcases prematurely.
The finals of the World Matchplay will be finished on Sunday evening. The winner will receive a cheque for 150,000 British Pounds.