Durrant Takes Out Wright As van der Voort Stuns Gurney To Reach Last Eight
Glen Durrant sent Peter Wright packing from the BetFred World Matchplay, as he clinched an 11-8 second round win in a topsy turvy contest at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.
Wright kicked off proceedings with a 180 with his first three darts, but missed six clear darts at double to allow Durrant in, but the Teessider missed a dart at tops of his own to allow Wright to clean up double five first dart to open his account. Two missed darts at double cost Wright the second leg in what was a slow start for both. It was a beginning littered with missed doubles, and a 76 finish allowed “Snakebite” to break to take a 3-1 lead, which he extended to 4-1 at the break with a 12 darter. After gaining the first leg after the break, Durrant came to life with a 108 finish to bring the match back onto throw, and levelled at 4-4 on double ten. A 104 finish saw “Duzza” hit the front, and a 92 finish after more wayward double attempts from Wright saw the man from Middlesbrough go 6-4 in front at the second break.
An 11 darter saw Durrant move further ahead on the resumption, but four missed darts at double saw Wright close within two, and an 86 finish, followed by a 121 finish, both on the bull for the Scot made it 7-7. Wright’s scoring was increasing, while Durrant’s was going the other way as the world champion moved in front, but the three time BDO world champion wasn’t finished, with a 76 finish bringing him level. Durrant then went six darts into a nine darter, but settled for the crucial break of throw with a 14 darter for a 9-8 lead. Wright then missed a dart at the bull for another 121 checkout, and then watched Durrant take out 74 in two darts to go to the brink of a place in the last eight. The job was completed in the very next leg, as Durrant finished 90 on double eight to advance and put the tournament favourite out.
“I’m so happy to get through that, I showed my fighting qualities again” said Durrant after his win. “Peter was nowhere near his A game, and I was hoping my doubling would help me out in the end, and I’m delighted to get through”.
van den Bergh kicked off the match with a 105 checkout, and tied the contest at 2-2 with a 118 finish on double 19, but Cullen took the lead into the break, having taken a trip to the madhouse to do so, and break the Belgian’s throw in the process. A 74 finish moved his advantage to 4-2, and a 180 kicked off leg seven, and he wired the bullseye for a 170, before returning clean up 25 to win his third leg in a row. “The Dream Maker” broke straight back to reduce his deficit to 5-3 with a 138 finish, his third ton plus finish in as many winning legs, and closed to one behind with 48 completed in three darts. The comeback should have been complete, but Dimitri missed five darts at double to hand Cullen a 6-4 lead.
van den Bergh shook the disappointment off to trail by one again, but missed three clear darts at double 12, and then watched Cullen hit double eight last dart to keep the buffer at two legs. Worse was to come for Dancing Dimitri, as Cullen rattled in an 11 darter for 8-5. Two missed darts at tops gave the break back in the next leg, and double one came to his van den Bergh’s aid to peg back to 8-7, and he was level when the Bradford man missed three at 32 to allow the Belgian to level the contest on tops. A 104 finish then took van den Bergh into the lead, but Cullen roared back to parity with a 118 finish to make it a combined six ton plus finishes in the match. After pinning double four with his last dart in hand, van den Bergh nervily missed a dart at tops to take the match, and then three more at 20, before clinching a last eight berth on debut finishing 14 in three darts to take a gutsy win. A 93.19 average proved enough to come through.
“At the end of the game, I wast feeling comfortable anymore, but I kept believing in my ability” said van den Bergh post match. “I had a bit of luck on my side. It’s all about experience. I didn’t expect to win at the end, but I pulled through”.
The quarter finals get underway tomorrow night over an extended best of 31 leg distance.
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