Wizard left shellshocked by brilliant MVG
This afternoons quarter finals saw some of excellent darts with MVG starring the show yet again. The world number one hit ‘The Wizard’ Simon Whitlock for 10 with a ruthless display. Another standout game this afternoon saw Dave Chisnall continue his excellent form coming from 5-2 and 6-3 down to defeat world number 4 Adrian Lewis 10-6. Elsewhere there was also wins for Peter Wright and Phil Taylor.
First up saw ‘Jackpot’ Adrian Lewis and ‘Chizzy’ Dave Chisnall with Chizzy continuing to show his excellent form in the lead up to the world championship with a great comeback victory.
The pair shared the opening couple of legs before a break of throw from Chisnall looked to of given him a huge advantage so early on but this was a false hope as Lewis won 5 of the next 6 legs hitting taking advantage of some poor scoring and finishing from his opponent put Adrian into the driving seat but a resurgent Chisnall returned from the break with the score at 6-4 and it turned the game on its head.
Adrian missed bull for a 126 finish allowing Chisnall to close the gap to one with a 16 darter and he never looked back as he followed this up with a 13 darter a 12 darter another 13 darter another 12 darter with a 129 finish and a 15 darter with a 110 finish to top off an excellent display to end with a 100.86 average and a 10-6 win.
What made this more impressive is that Dave’s average for the last 6 legs was 111.33 which just show how well he played after that break and the ability he has to put legs together one after the other and if he’s going to beat Mighty Mike tonight he may have to play at that standard the whole game.
While I’m talking about Mighty Mike I may as well talk about his world class performance as he dismantled the inform Simon Whitlock with a wonderful 10-0 win. MVG looked the dogs dangly bits and after a bit of what some may call a cocky post match interview last night he was very right in what he said. Simon explained after the game how he felt very comfortable but he admitted the Dutch maestro was simply unstoppable with all 10 legs being completed in just less than 23 minutes.
The ‘Green Machine’ opened up the first leg against throw winning it in 16 darts before a magnificent 116 finish saw him double his lead defying a 180 from the Aussie before a 180, 140 start against the throw got a few people thinking that this was going to be a very tricky day for the Wizard. The fourth leg followed a very similar pattern with MVG kicking the leg off with a 180 and a 140 and that was sunk in just 12 darts with an 88 finish. A change of scenery in the fifth leg saw MVG open up with a 136 and a 180 which MVG hammered home in just 11 darts going into the break.
Going into the break I thought Simon may come out firing but Van Gerwen was in devastating form and despite a pretty poor 14 darter opened up a 6-nil lead it wasn’t long before he was hitting the heights again with another brutal 11 darter followed by a 12 darter before a interesting ninth leg with Whitlock accepting defeat he saw himself sat on 240 and hit 2 single 20s with the first 2 darts. Instead of throwing at 19 or the same 20 bed he outrageously went for treble 10 to leave 170. He missed the treble 10 leaving himself 190 before he smashed in a 180 to leave 10 but MVG was in ruthless form and he hit double 10 to go within one leg of the victory. And 1 minute and 47 seconds later he was celebrating a whitewash after hitting another 180 and a 105 finish to tie up a great victory over one of his current rivals considering the recent good form Simon has been in. Simon just stood back and applauded Michael in what was one of the best displays of the season as he finished on a 109.71 average. It certainly sets up a much watch semi final tonight with both Michael and Dave throwing some great darts so far this weekend.
Our penultimate game saw Phil Taylor brush aside young gun Benito van de Pas 10-3 with an impressive 103.85 average. Phil raced into an early 3-0 lead kicking off with an 11 dart leg and following that up with two 15 dart legs before Big Ben hit back with a 12 dart leg of his own. A 12 darter for Phil saw him open up a 4-1 lead going into the first break and his first leg out from the break was yet another 12 darter hitting an 84 finish on the back of a 137, 180 and a 100 from The Power. The pair shared the next 4 legs to give Phil a 7-3 lead before a power surge from the legendary darter saw him take the last 3 legs to complete a great display. Phil knew he would be facing the winner of our last game in the second semi final as Snakebite Peter Wright come up against one of this year’s breakthrough stars Rockstar Joe Cullen.
A great weekend will be looked back on by Joe and Peter was a bit too consistent in this afternoon’s final game with a 10-7 victory setting up a interesting clash with the Power as Wrighty is the final Scotsman in the competition and Phil isn’t well liked by the majority of a vocal Glaswegian crowd.
Early on Joe punished a mixture of missed darts and a slow start on the treble by Peter to open up a 2-0 lead before a great 11 darter including Peters first 180 seemed to have got the charismatic Scotsman firing as he won the next 7 legs without reply. In a topsy-turvy tie Joe then went on a run of legs as he won four of the next five but Peter’s consistency just seemed to be a bit too much for the impressive Yorkshireman. One of Joe’s characteristics that stood out this weekend was his ability under pressure to hit his doubles and he didn’t disappoint as overall he hit 50% of his doubles over the 17 legs which is very impressive over such a long format and he will certainly be looking for a repeat performance going into the coming months with so much darts going on. A great 11 darter hitting an 86 finish saw him pull back another leg to trail 9-7 but a great 14 dart leg saw Snakebite secure his place in tonight’s exciting semi final line up.
So who is going to lift the title?
Will Chizzy finally overcome MVG and win his first PDC televised tournament?
Will MVG continue to defeat all in front of him?
Will Phil win his second title of the year?
Or will Snakebite finally win his first deserved televised crown?
Quarter Final Results:
Dave Chisnall 10-6 Adrian Lewis
Michael van Gerwen 10-0 Simon Whitlock
Phil Taylor 10-3 Benito van de Pas
Peter Wright 10-7 Joe Cullen