De Zwaan slays another world champion while Anderson and Chisnall battle back in Blackpool
Jeffrey de Zwaan slayed another two-time world champion while Gary Anderson and Dave Chisnall came through thrillers on day four at the Winter Gardens.
Van Gerwen’s conqueror de Zwaan followed up his remarkable 10-6 win with another win over a two-time world champion, this time Adrian Lewis. No one had a better record against de Zwaan than Lewis before play began but the Dutchman dealt with that issue and won the most important game of them.
Both started off slowly with Lewis snatching the first leg but de Zwaan upped his scoring power as he breezed into a 4-1 lead at the first break. The young Dutch sensation followed up a 16-darter in the second leg with 13, 12 and 14 dart legs and hit one more maximum that he did throughout the entirety of his match against Van Gerwen in just five legs of darts.
De Zwaan continued to penetrate the treble 20 bed as he raced into a 6-2 lead, before Lewis reduced the deficit to three legs, only for his Dutch opponent to extend his advantage once again with a 82 checkout to round off a stunning 13-darter.
Lewis recharged at the second interval as he completed a much needed 12-darter with a 121 checkout. He followed that up with another solid leg, surviving a dart at the bull from an inspired de Zwaan before pinning tops. ‘The Black Cobra’ gained an all important break of throw in the 13th leg courtesy of a high-quality finish of 120.
A comical moment was witnessed at the back end of the next leg with both players sat on 181 and de Zwaan hit and accidental 170 before his opponent, Lewis, pulled off exactly the same thing. De Zwaan eventually closed out the leg, converting double four to go within two of victory.
De Zwaan allowed Lewis the next two legs but a special 94 checkout using the double 18 and double top route to roundup a career-changing win. ‘The Black Cobra’ only won his tour card in January and now he will make his major quarter-final debut later this week in Blackpool as he takes on Dave Chisnall.
“I’m still in dreamland, I am so happy with this win,” said De Zwaan, when talking to the PDC’s Josh Phillips after his memorable win.
“I think it was a fantastic game, we both played well – Adrian is a great player so to beat him is a magnificent achievement.
“Hitting the 94 to win the match felt really great, I was very happy to see it go in.”
De Zwaan added: “It is already a dream but I don’t want it to end yet and I will give everything to beat Dave – I am scared of nobody and I just want to play like I can.”
Dave Chisnall dumped fellow St Helens star Michael Smith out in the second round as he battled back from 7-1 down to take his place in the quarter-finals for a fifth time. Chizzy hit ten maximums and was the first player to record a 100 plus average at the 25th edition of the World Matchplay.
Smith made a rampant start, opening the match with a 12-darter before pinning tops to ease into a 2-0 lead. Chisnall was then punished by his fellow St Helens ace in leg three as he missed a crucial dart at tops for a 118 checkout and Smith gained a 3-0 advantage. Chizzy got off the mark with a solid 12-dart leg, only for Smith to regain his three-leg advantage and go in at the first interval 4-1 ahead.
The Shanghai Darts Masters champion came out firing after the break as he won three legs in succession to go just four legs away from his first quarter-final at the World Matchplay.
Smith’s six leg lead was soon shortened as Chisnall fired in checkouts of 128 and 148 en route to winning the next three legs before Smith squandered a dart a double seven and Chisnall pinned double five with his last dart in hand to move within two of his opponent.
Chisnall continued to battle back as a 15-darter followed by a 14-darter on double 18 levelled up a thrilling affair, making it six leg on the spin for the man in yellow. The next two legs went with throw before Chizzy snapped up an all important break of throw before pinning double 18 to move on the brink of victory.
“It’s unbelievable to win in that way,” said Chisnall.
“I haven’t played great darts for eight months and I started slowly again, and Michael took advantage.
“I’ve had a few good comebacks before but I had nothing to lose at 7-1 and my doubles started going in.
“It’s nice to be in the quarter-finals but I want to push on from here. Not being in the Premier League was a kick up the backside but I’ve worked really hard leading up to this event and I feel good.”
Joe Cullen secured his place in the quarter-finals of the World Matchplay for the first time as he pushed aside Daryl Gurney. Cullen has dropped just six legs in two games after thrashing Gerwyn Price on Sunday afternoon in Blackpool.
In the last leg of the game, Smith looked invulnerable on 100 to win it, though a maximum followed by a 60 checkout secured Chisnall’s place in his fifth World Matchplay quarter-final spot.
The early stages of the match were showing signs that the game was going to go the distance with Joe Cullen edging into the first break with a fortuitous 3-2 lead. Both players missed a significant amount of darts at double, which could have proved costly.
Cullen then started to dominate in style as he won four of the next five legs to go within four of his first major quarter-final since the 2016 UK Open. After going 7-3 in front, it was plain-sailing for ‘The Rockstar’ as he wrapped up the match with an 88 checkout.
“I felt comfortable, Daryl wasn’t himself but my job is to capitalise on his mistakes and that’s what I did,” said Cullen, when speaking the PDC after his game.
“Any player in the world would be happy to hit half their doubles, I need to up my scoring and I will hopefully do so in the next round.”
Cullen added: “To be honest I’m disappointed that this is only my second televised ranking quarter-final, I feel I should’ve made a lot more but now I’ve got the chance to kick on now and do even better.”
Gary Anderson dodged a bullet as he battled back from 5-1 down to beat five-time world champion and former World Matchplay finalist Raymond van Barneveld 11-9 in Blackpool.
Van Barneveld raced out of the gates and into a 4-0 lead courtesy of a 12-dart leg, averaging over 112. Barney would have went into the break 5-0 up but missed a chance and Anderson pounced to get himself off the mark. The Dutchman added another leg to his tally due to Amderson struggling on the madhouse, only for Anderson to draw back the advantage and go within two of the five-time world champion at 5-3.
Anderson pulled yet another one back, only for Barney to pull off an out of this world 130 checkout to regain his two leg lead at the second break. The Dutchman added to that 130 outshot in the previous leg as he fired in a sensational 122 finish, once again on the bull.
‘The Flying Scotsman’ followed up a 15-darter with a 14-darter to break throw as he went within one of his Dutch nemesis. Tops was once again Anderson’s get out of jail card as he converted that to level up the match at 7-7. This was the first time Anderson was not behind in the match!
The Scotsman broke the throw in the next leg only for Van Barneveld to pull off a crucial 76 outshot on Mensur Suljovic’s favourite double 14. Anderson then turned the match around with a vital break of throw in the 19th leg to go on the verge of the quarter-finals at the World Matchplay.
Anderson then finished in style with an 82 checkout on the bull. The Scotsman survived dodged another bullet and will face Joe Cullen in the last eight.
Anderson said: “I’m happy with the new setup. Barney’s a top four player in my mind, to play him second round is unheard of but you have to beat everyone in front of you.”
The second round coverage will come to a close tomorrow as eight more players hope to book their places in the World Matchplay quarter-finals.
2018 BetVictor World Matchplay
Tuesday July 24
Dave Chisnall 11-8 Michael Smith
Joe Cullen 11-3 Daryl Gurney
Jeffrey de Zwaan 11-9 Adrian Lewis
Gary Anderson 11-9 Raymond van Barneveld
Photography courtesy of Lawrence Lustig / PDC