Aspinall: ‘The dream isn’t over yet’
Nathan Aspinall continued his dream debut World Championship run as he thrashed Brendan Dolan at Alexandra Palace.
‘The Asp’ cruised to the semi-finals with a 5-1 victory over Northern Ireland’s Dolan; he produced potentially his best performance to date with a sensational showing – in which he hit five maximums and a 99.72 average.
Aspinall raced into a 4-0 lead; he hit finishes of 122 and 132 along the way, only for Dolan to pull a set back as he reeled off three legs in succession.
Fortunately, for Aspinall, the luck stopped there for Dolan and the former world youth finalist closed out a 5-1 win in an impressive style – hitting a checkout 96 using both double 18 and double 20.
Stockport’s Aspinall will rise to at least number 35 in the world courtesy of his exploits in London, and will trouser a life-changing £100,000 – which could could be added to as he takes on either Michael Smith or Luke Humphries on Sunday.
“It feels unreal, this is a life-changing win for me and my family,” said Aspinall, when talking to pdc.tv after his quarter-final. “I felt really relaxed and I enjoyed it up there today; it’s probably the most calm and confident I’ve felt up there even though that was the biggest game of my life.
“The dream isn’t over yet, I feel there’s more to come from me and I can’t wait to play my semi-final. I’m just loving every minute of this!”
The dream is certainly not over for Aspinall as he returns to the theatre of dreams to take on either Michael Smith or Luke Humphries on Sunday.