Masters Roundup: Wright shines; Chisnall and Price win thrillers; White suffers another early TV exit
World Champion Peter Wright impressed on the second night of the Ladbrokes World Darts Masters in Milton Keynes.
In the first match of the evening, Dave Chisnall (92.92) hit nine 180s as he edged Daryl Gurney (93.98) in a tense 10-8 victory.
The players could not be split after 10 legs as Gurney recovered from 5-2 down. ‘Superchin’ pinned 81 under pressure to win his third leg on the spin and enter the second break at 5-5.
‘Chizzy’ won two quick legs to lead 7-5. However, Gurney replied stylishly with a 128 finish on the bull followed by a hold to level the match once again.
Gurney missed D16 for a crucial break at 8-8 and Chisnall found D7 to go within a leg of victory.
The Northern Irishman missed three darts to force a deciding leg and Chisnall mopped up, finding D20 to see him over the line.
Gary Anderson (97.15) booked his place in the quarter-finals with a tight 10-8 win over Ian White (88.67).
Anderson early on threatened a nine-darter in the fourth leg, hitting six perfect darts before checking out 90 for an 11-darter. He led 3-2 at the first interval after White missed two darts at double in the fifth leg.
It was tied at 5-5 at the halfway stage in the match with both players exchanging breaks of throw in the second session.
Both players struggled on doubles throughout the night and Anderson missed a chance to break the White throw at 6-6.
Nevertheless, Anderson found the crucial break in the fifteenth leg and took an 8-7 lead.
‘The Flying Scotsman’ held his nerve on D16 to secure a 10-8 victory over White, who is still yet to win a match at the tournament.
Peter Wright (103.55) overcame Joe Cullen (94.20) in his first outing since winning the 2020 World Championship.
The World Champion began with two ton-plus checkouts (121, 130) in the opening five legs, leading 3-2 at the first interval – although there was a 20 point difference in the players’ averages.
After the scores were level at 6-6, Wright surged to victory by winning four of the next five legs. A 10-darter sparked three straight legs before Cullen pulled one back, but ‘Snakebite’ found D16 to hold and seal the match.
Wright averaged over 103 on his way to a 10-7 victory, which means a tie with Dave Chisnall beckons in the quarter-finals tomorrow.
Gerwyn Price (98.16) saw off a spirited performance from Simon Whitlock (97.57) in the final encounter of the evening.
A high-quality opening session went with throw and saw both players average over 100 with excellent finishing. Price checked out 76 twice and 95 while Whitlock hit an 11-darter as the Welshman led 3-2.
A crucial 72 against the darts gave Price a vital 6-4 lead at the second interval.
The Welshman then turned on the screw to win three straight legs and move within one of victory.
Price missed three match darts at the bull and D20 as Whitlock astonishingly reeled off five legs to take the match into a decider.
However, Price prevailed in the final leg and found D12 to complete a 10-9 triumph.
Price will meet Gary Anderson tomorrow afternoon in an intriguing clash.
The final day of the tournament gets underway on Sunday at 12:45 pm with the quarter-finals taking place in the afternoon, followed by the semi-finals and final in the evening session.
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