By Josh Gorton
Final Up to date: 25/07/19 12:11am
Peter Wright prolonged his unbeaten run to 20 matches as he thrashed Simon Whitlock 11-2 to succeed in the World Matchplay quarter-finals, on an evening which additionally noticed Rob Cross and Daryl Gurney progress in Blackpool.
Wright got here into this occasion having received three consecutive PDC titles over the area of the final week and he produced the efficiency of the match to date to brush apart two-time semi-finalist Whitlock in a brutal show.
An epic evening of motion on Tuesday noticed world No 1 Michael van Gerwen and defending champion Gary Anderson chunk the mud, though the large weapons progressed on Wednesday on the Winter Gardens.
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Cross eased previous Krzysztof Ratajski to succeed in the final eight on the Matchplay for the primary time in his profession, whereas Gurney overcame a spate of double-trouble to edge out Keegan Brown in a nervy opener.
Ian White’s wait to succeed in a televised semi-final continued after he surrendered a sizeable benefit towards Stephen Bunting, as ‘The Bullet’ continued his escapology act.
Peter Wright 11-2 Simon Whitlock
Wright produced the efficiency of the match to date to file one other complete victory over Whitlock on the Winter Gardens stage, following up final yr’s 16-5 success with one other devastating show.
The Scot, who averaged 103.74 and landed seven maximums, accomplished a clear sweep within the opening session, which additionally featured a magical 170 end – the primary of this yr’s match.
Whitlock opened his account in leg six, however Wright responded by reeling off 4 straight legs in 14, 15, 15 and 13 darts to proceed the procession.
‘The Wizard’ conjured up a 120 checkout to double his tally in leg 11, however Wright broke again instantly and nearly sealed his development with a nine-darter, firing in seven excellent darts earlier than wrapping it up inside 11 darts.
Rob Cross 11-5 Krzysztof Ratajski
Cross cruised into his first Matchplay quarter-final with a convincing 11-5 victory towards former World Masters champion Ratajski.
‘The Polish Eagle’ made a blistering begin, following up a 14-dart maintain with a spectacular 160 checkout to guide 2-0, though Cross secured the lead on the interval, firing in an 11-darter in a key fifth leg.
Ratajski’s consistency started to evaporate and Cross capitalised, taking out finishes of 100 and 124 as he prolonged his successful sequence to 9 legs.
The Pole finally stopped the rot and received three of the subsequent 4 legs to chop the deficit to 10-5, however the second seed eased any fears of a fightback by pinning double 16 to prevail with a 98.47 common.
Stephen Bunting 14-12 Ian White
Bunting produced a stirring fightback from 9-Four down and survived 5 match darts to edge out White in one other gruelling Winter Gardens tussle.
‘The Bullet’ led 3-2 following a scrappy begin, however White rallied and posted 11 and 12-dart legs en path to establishing a 6-Three lead, earlier than extending his cushion to 9-4.
Bunting responded with a four-leg sequence of his personal, solely to squander two darts at double to degree at 9 apiece, though he was handed an enormous reprieve as White squandered 5 match darts throughout two legs – which noticed Bunting restore parity at 10-10.
The pendulum continued to swing because the pair traded breaks, however White extremely bust his rating on two separate events having left 16 after 12 darts within the 25th leg, straying into double 11 after which double 16.
Bunting exploited this stroke of fortune to interrupt throw and on the second time of asking, the previous Lakeside champion served it out to e book a spot in his first World Matchplay quarter-final.
Daryl Gurney 11-9 Keegan Brown
Gurney battled via to his second World Matchplay quarter-final with a hard-fought victory over former World Youth champion Brown, in a contest dominated by missed doubles.
Brown had darts to win every of the opening 5 legs but was unable to capitalise on Gurney’s profligacy because the Northern Irishman established a 4-1 cushion.
Brown fired in a surprising 10-dart leg within the 10th however the pair traded holds till leg 15, when Brown diminished the arrears to 8-7 after Gurney had spurned two darts at tops for a 9-6 lead.
Gurney restored his buffer with a direct break again however trailing 10-7, Brown confirmed nice resolve to remain alive and scale back the arrears to 10-9, just for ‘Tremendous Chin’ to observe up an eighth most with a 15-dart break to triumph.
Protection of the World Matchplay continues on Thursday with the primary two quarter-final clashes. Be part of us on Sky Sports activities Motion from 7pm.