The first quarter finals of the World Matchplay Darts are over. Gary Anderson and Michael Smith drew the longest end in Milton Keynes.
The evening started with a match between Krzysztof Ratajski and Smith. It was an exciting duel, but the Pole did not reach his level of the first two rounds. With an average of 93.82 he could still offer a nice game, but it was Bully Boy (average 98.32) who was just a bit sharper on his doubles and triumphed with 16-13.
The other quarterfinals went between Anderson and Simon Whitlock, the attacker of Michael van Gerwen. The Scotsman won the tournament in 2018 and this year is hard at work repeating that trick. Anderson defeated Whitlock 16-12 and faces Smith in the semifinals.
Van der Voort
The only surviving Dutchman in the tournament is Vincent van der Voort. In both the first and the second round, Van der Voort eliminated a player from the global top 10. In the first round he eliminated Dave Chisnall and in his second match Daryl Gurney had to go for it.
On Friday evening, The Dutch Destroyer hopes to extend his stay in Milton Keynes when he competes against Glen Durrant in the quarterfinals.
Michael Smith – Krzysztof Ratajski 16-13
Simon Whitlock – Gary Anderson 12-16
Adrian Lewis – Dimitri van den Bergh
Glen Durrant – Vincent van der Voort