2020 BETFRED WORLD MATCHPLAY TO TAKE PLACE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

Day 4 of the 2020 Betfred World Matchplay takes place at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.

Last night was another evening of darting drama that had us all on the edge of our seats. Vincent van der Voort produced a brilliant display to knock out Dave Chisnall, Joe Cullen defeated Ian White in a sudden death thriller, Daryl Gurney surged late to defeat Ricky Evans, Gerwyn Price’s Matchplay first round misery continued after he went down to Danny Noppert and Adrian Lewis fended off a resolute Steve Beaton in extra time.

Coming up tonight we have the final first round match, which features former UK Open and reigning US Masters champion Nathan Aspinall taking on back to back former World Youth champion Dimitri Van den Bergh. Then the second round action gets underway featuring multiple major finalist Michael Smith taking on 2017 Champions League winner Mensur Suljovic, one of the greats of the game Gary Anderson plays 10 time major winner James Wade in the battle of the former Matchplay champions, world number one Michael van Gerwen faces two time world finalist Simon Whitlock and Rob Cross’ conqueror Gabriel Clemens takes on the inform Pole Krzysztof Ratajski in an all European clash.

What will Day 4 bring us?

Day 4 – Schedule of Play

Round 1

Nathan Aspinall 5-10 Dimitri Van den Bergh

The match is the best of 19 legs and it must be won by two clear legs, with up to a maximum of five additional legs being played before the sixth additional leg is sudden-death. Should the match reach 12-12, then the 25th leg would be the final and deciding leg.

Round 2

Michael Smith 14-12 Mensur Suljovic
Gary Anderson 11-8 James Wade
Michael van Gerwen 4-11 Simon Whitlock
Gabriel Clemens v Krzysztof Ratajski

Second round matches are the best of 21 legs with each game must be won by two clear legs, with up to a maximum of five additional legs being played before the sixth additional leg is sudden-death. Should the match reach 13-13, then the 27th leg would be the final and deciding leg.

Nathan Aspinall v Dimitri Van den Bergh

Leg 1

Both players hit their first 180’s before Van den Bergh misses double 8 for a 96 finish. Aspinall misses tops when trying to take out 72, but he returns to land double 10 after Van den Bergh missed three at double 4. Aspinall 1-0 Van den Bergh.

Leg 2

Van den Bergh levels brilliantly with a 13 darter on double 16. Aspinall 1-1 Van den Bergh.

Leg 3

Van den Bergh misses bull for a 130 finish, but he returns to take out 25 on double 8 for the first break of throw. Aspinall 1-2 Van den Bergh.

Leg 4

Aspinall begins the leg with his second 180 and then lands double 16 for an instant 13 dart break back. Aspinall 2-2 Van den Bergh.

Leg 5

Van den Bergh begins the leg with his third 180, but despite missing two darts at double 12 for a 72 finish,he returns to nail it first dart at the next to take the advantage going into the first break. Aspinall 2-3 Van den Bergh.

Leg 6

Van den Bergh doubles his lead, thanks to a 13 dart leg on double 18. Aspinall 2-4 Van den Bergh.

Leg 7

Van den Bergh lands his fourth 180 and then picks out double 8 for yet another 13 darter. Aspinall in trouble! Aspinall 2-5 Van den Bergh.

Leg 8

Van den Bergh misses bull for a 94 finish, but the Belgian makes it four the spin after slotting in double 8 after Aspinall missed tops for a 120 finish. Aspinall 2-6 Van den Bergh.

Leg 9

Aspinall tucks home his third 180, but Van den Bergh gets the first shot at double. The Belgian misses bull for a 90 finish and then Aspinall misses the same target on 126. Van den Bergh misses double 8 and double 4 to increase his lead and Aspinall nails double 8 to finally stop the rot. Aspinall 3-6 Van den Bergh.

Leg 10

Aspinall misses double 16 for a 64 finish and he is punished by Van den Bergh who cracks in a supreme 103 checkout on double 16 to go four clear at the second break. Aspinall 3-7 Van den Bergh.

Leg 11

Aspinall a one leg back, thanks to a 14 darter on double 8. Aspinall 4-7 Van den Bergh.

Leg 12

Aspinall misses tops for a 157 finish, but he can only watch as Van den Bergh racks home a superb 156 checkout on double 18 to move within two of the win. Aspinall 4-8 Van den Bergh.

Leg 13

Aspinall lands his fourth 180 to leave double 11, but Van den Bergh denies him a chance after slotting in double 16 and the Belgian is one away from a brilliant win. Aspinall 4-9 Van den Bergh.

Leg 14

Aspinall lands his fifth 180 to leave 121, but despite missing double 18 for it, he returns to pick out double 9 for hope and a superb 14 darter. Aspinall 5-9 Van den Bergh.

Leg 15

It’s a brilliant win and performance for Van den Bergh as he lands in double 16 with the second dart to send Aspinall packing and the Belgian will face Joe Cullen in Round 2.

Final Score: Nathan Aspinall 5-10 Dimitri Van den Bergh.

Michael Smith v Mensur Suljovic

Leg 1

WHAT A START FROM MENSUR! He opens the match with a 180 and he goes on to complete a stunning 10 dart leg on double 8! Smith 0-1 Suljovic.

Leg 2

Suljovic misses double 14 for a 108 finish, but gets it second dart at the next to break, after Smith throws one out of the board when attempting to take out 100. Smith 0-2 Suljovic.

Leg 3

Smith puts in his first 180, but he then misses tops and tens for a 50 finish, and Suljovic takes out 60 on tops to treble his lead. Smith 0-3 Suljovic.

Leg 4

Smith finds a second 180, but despite missing the big number when trying to take out 76, he puts away tops next visit to finally get on the board. Smith 1-3 Suljovic.

Leg 5

Smith gets his third 180 to leave 114, but he never gets a chance as Suljovic bombs in a brilliant 136 checkout on double 8 to go three clear at the first break. Smith 1-4 Suljovic.

Leg 6

180 number 4 is there for Smith, leaving 81, and he takes it out on double 12 last dart, for a 12 darter. Smith 2-4 Suljovic.

Leg 7

Excellent from Smith, as he fires in a superb 116 checkout on tops to put this match back on throw! Smith 3-4 Suljovic.

Leg 8

Suljovic leaves double 12 after 12 darts and he picks it out first dart for a 13 darter and to restore his break of throw. Smith 3-5 Suljovic.

Leg 9

Suljovic restores his three leg lead after taking out 76 on double 8. Smith 3-6 Suljovic.

Leg 10

Smith puts in two 180’s to leave 48 after 9 darts and he takes it out on tops with the last dart, for a 12 dart leg and to go two behind of Suljovic at the second break. Smith 4-6 Suljovic.

Leg 11

Suljovic misses two darts at double 16 for a 50 finish and Smith punishes by slamming home a 104 checkout on tops to close the gap to one again! Smith 5-6 Suljovic.

Leg 12

Smith whacks home a seventh 180, but then misses tops for a 74 finish. Suljovic misses double 14 to take out 108, but Smith then misses tens and fives to level. Suljovic eventually takes down double 7 to move ahead by two once more. Smith 5-7 Suljovic.

Leg 13

Suljovic moves three ahead again, thanks to a 101 checkout on double 14. Smith 5-8 Suljovic.

Leg 14

Smith isn’t bowing down just yet, as he moves two behind once more, thanks to a 68 checkout on tops. Smith 6-8 Suljovic.

Leg 15

Maximum number 8 is there for Smith, but later on he misses tops for a 72 finish. He then misses tops and tens next visit and Suljovic punishes with a superb 125 checkout on tops, to move within two of the quarter finals. Smith 6-9 Suljovic.

Leg 16

Smith misses three darts at double 16, before eventually landing double 8 to keep Suljovic in his sights. Smith 7-9 Suljovic.

Leg 17

Smith takes out a superb 103 checkout on double 18 to move within one again of Suljovic. He hit the 7 first dart, but he recovered well to take it out. Smith 8-9 Suljovic.

Leg 18

Smith fires in his ninth 180, and later he takes out 72 on double 12, for a 14 darter and to level the match once again! Smith 9-9 Suljovic.

Leg 19

Superb from Suljovic as he crashes home his second 136 checkout of the game and a 12 darter to move within one of glory. Smith 9-10 Suljovic.

Leg 20

We go into extra time in the first match of the second round, after Smith takes out 68 on tops. Smith 10-10 Suljovic.

Leg 21 (Must win by 2 clear legs)

Smith lands his 10th 180 of the game and later on, checks out 84 on the bull to break and he will throw for the match! Smith 11-10 Suljovic.

Leg 22 (Must win by 2 clear legs)

Suljovic will not be denied as he takes out 91 on tops for an 11 darter and to stay in the tournament. Smith 11-11 Suljovic.

Leg 23 (Must win by 2 clear legs)

Suljovic misses tops for a 119 finish, then suffers rare double trouble after missing tops, tens and fives. Smith on 65, suffers a bounce out on the 25, but he recovers to hit the treble 15 and then misses double 10. Suljovic then lands double 2 to move within one of the match again. Smith 11-12 Suljovic.

Leg 24 (Must win by 2 clear legs)

Superb from Smith again as he levels the match with a 13 darter on tops. Smith 12-12 Suljovic.

Leg 25 (Must win by 2 clear legs)

Suljovic misses double 18 and double 9 for a 87 finish, but returns after Smith misses double 18 on 76. Suljovic misses double 2 and double 1 and then Smith makes no mistake on double 18 to move ahead for the second time in the match and he will throw for the match again. Smith 13-12 Suljovic.

Leg 26 (Must win by 2 clear legs)

Suljovic lands just his second 180 of the game. He then misses double 16 and double 8 to take the match to sudden death and Smith then finds a superb 110 checkout on tops from nowhere to become the first man through to the quarter finals! What a brilliant match to start the second round!

Final Score: Michael Smith 14-12 Mensur Suljovic.

Gary Anderson v James Wade

Leg 1

Anderson lands the first 180 of the game. Later on he misses bull for a 122 finish and then misses two darts at double 8. Wade then lands double 5 with the last dart to snatch the opening leg. Anderson 0-1 Wade.

Leg 2

Wade puts in his first 180 of the game, but later on misses tops and tens, for a 58 finish to double his lead. Anderson then takes out 44 on tops for a 14 dart break back! Anderson 1-1 Wade.

Leg 3

Anderson misses bull for a 68 finish, but he returns to land double 4 with the last dart, after Wade missed double 9 for an 83 finish! Anderson 2-1 Wade.

Leg 4

Wade levels the match, thanks to a 97 checkout on his favourite double 10. Anderson 2-2 Wade.

Leg 5

Anderson misses tops for a 70 checkout and Wade crashes in with a superb 148 finish on double 14, to take the advantage going into the first break. Anderson 2-3 Wade.

Leg 6

Anderson begins the leg with his second 180 and he duly goes on to hit tops for a 13 darter to level. Anderson 3-3 Wade.

Leg 7

Wade starts with his second 180, but it’s Anderson who retakes the lead, after hitting double 12 second dart for a 14 darter. Anderson 4-3 Wade.

Leg 8

Wade misses double 8 for a 96 finish, but he returns next visit to nail it second dart for a level game. Anderson 4-4 Wade.

Leg 9

Anderson begins the leg with six perfect darts, before going into the one on the seventh. Wade hits a third 180 to leave 81, but misses the bull for it. Anderson misses two darts at tops, but retakes the lead next visit, hitting double 5 with the last, after Wade missed a dart at double 4! Anderson 5-4 Wade.

Leg 10

Anderson for the second successive time, opens the leg with six perfects darts before going off target on the seventh. He then misses bull for an 82 finish, before landing double 8 with the last dart in the next for a two leg cushion at the second break. Anderson 6-4 Wade.

Leg 11

Anderson lands his seventh 180, and then lands double 10 second dart for a 14 darter and a three leg lead. Anderson 7-4 Wade.

Leg 12

Anderson begins the leg with his eighth 180, but later on Wade misses tops for a 101 finish and a 5 ton game. Anderson then plucks out 74 on tops to go four ahead and to keep his run going! Anderson 8-4 Wade.

Leg 13

Anderson is flying to the line now and the Scot takes out tops for a 13 darter and to go within two of the line! Anderson 9-4 Wade.

Leg 14

Wade finally stops the rot, as he takes out tops to cut Gary’s lead to four. Anderson 9-5 Wade.

Leg 15

Wade begins the leg with his fourth 180, but later misses the bull for a 121 finish. With plenty of time on his side he returns to land his favourite double 10 for a 14 darter and to make it back to back legs. Anderson 9-6 Wade.

Leg 16

It’s now three on the spin for Wade, after he checks out 84 on double 6. Anderson 9-7 Wade.

Leg 17

Anderson misses tops for a 76 finish, but the Scot returns to take it first dart and moves a leg away from the quarter finals. Anderson 10-7 Wade.

Leg 18

Wade is not giving up yet, after he takes out 96 on double 18 for an 11 darter to stay alive. Anderson 10-8 Wade.

Leg 19

Both players trade 180’s before Anderson lands tops with the second dart, for a 14 darter to win the match and to secure a spot in the quarter finals.

Final Score: Gary Anderson 11-8 James Wade.

Michael van Gerwen v Simon Whitlock

Leg 1

Whitlock misses double 8 for a 136 finish but the Aussie returns to pick out double 4 for a 13 darter and the perfect start. Van Gerwen 0-1 Whitlock.

Leg 2

Whitlock hits his second 180 before later on misses tops for a 112 finish. He then returns to land double 10 for a 13 darter to break throw! Van Gerwen hasn’t got going so far!!! Van Gerwen 0-2 Whitlock.

Leg 3

Whitlock continues his superb start after taking out 68 on double 16!!! Van Gerwen 0-3 Whitlock.

Leg 4

Van Gerwen finally nails his first 180 of the game, but later on Whitlock finds a maximum to leave double 2 and put Van Gerwen’s 58 under pressure. It works as Van Gerwen misses two at tops for it and Whitlock lands double 1 to move FOUR AHEAD OF THE WORLD NUMBER ONE!!! Van Gerwen 0-4 Whitlock.

Leg 5

More doubling disasters for MVG as he misses two more darts at tops for a 100 finish and Whitlock takes out 52 on tops to go FIVE NIL up on Van Gerwen! What a session from ‘The Wizard’. Van Gerwen 0-5 Whitlock.

Leg 6

Whitlock fires in his fourth maximum, but later misses double 18 for a 92 finish to go 6-0 up! Van Gerwen then cleans up 68 on tops to finally get on the board. Van Gerwen 1-5 Whitlock.

Leg 7

Much better from Van Gerwen as he takes out 54 on tops for a 14 darter and to pull another leg back. Is it starting to turn around? Van Gerwen 2-5 Whitlock.

Leg 8

Whitlock hits two 180’s in a row to leave 84, and ‘The Wizard’ duly takes it out on double 18 with the last dart, to restore his four leg gap. Van Gerwen 2-6 Whitlock.

Leg 9

Van Gerwen misses double 16 for a standout 132 finish, but then proceeds to miss three darts at double 16 and double 8. Whitlock misses two at tops for a 7-2 lead and Van Gerwen finds a clutch double 4 last dart to move back to three behind. Van Gerwen 3-6 Whitlock.

Leg 10

Van Gerwen misses tops for a 112 finish and Whitlock sweeps in with a 68 finish on double 4 to gain a four leg advantage going into the second break! Van Gerwen 3-7 Whitlock.

Leg 11

Van Gerwen finds his second 180 but later on misses double 18 for a 66 finish. He returns next visit to pick it out first dart, after Whitlock missed bull for a 90 finish to go 8-3 up. Van Gerwen 4-7 Whitlock.

Leg 12

Van Gerwen begins the leg with his third maximum, but Whitlock gets first poke at 121, missing double 14. He allows Van Gerwen in after missing two at double 7, but the world number one squanders another dart at tops! Whitlock eventually lands double 2 and he’s three legs away from a famous victory! Van Gerwen 4-8 Whitlock.

Leg 13

Van Gerwen misses double 18 for a 66 finish, then misses three more at the same target. Whitlock needs to punish and does with a 68 finish on double 12 to go within two of victory!! Van Gerwen 4-9 Whitlock.

Leg 14

The world number one is crumbling!!! He misses double 16 and double 8 on 43 and Whitlock slams home tops for a 14 darter and to move within one of a brilliant win! Van Gerwen 4-10 Whitlock.

Leg 15

Whitlock misses two at double 18 for a 87 finish, BUT HE RETURNS TO LAND DOUBLE 9 SECOND DART AND HE HAS BEATEN MICHAEL VAN GERWEN AT THE WORLD MATCHPLAY!!!! What a performance from the Aussie! MVG fails to reach the quarters at this tournament for the third year in a row! WHAT A SHOCK!

Final Score: Michael van Gerwen 4-11 Simon Whitlock.

Gabriel Clemens v Krzysztof Ratajski

Leg 1

Clemens hits the first 180 to leave 83, but the German misses bull for it. A fantastic start for Ratajski though, as he crashes in a 110 checkout on double 16 for the immediate break. Clemens 0-1 Ratajski.

Leg 2

Clemens gets a second 180 in as many legs, before Ratajski misses bull for an 87 finish. Clemens misses darts at tops and tens and Ratajski steps in to land double 8 last dart to double his lead. Clemens 0-2 Ratajski.

Leg 3

Both players trade 180’s, before Clemens takes out 80 on tops to get off the mark. Clemens 1-2 Ratajski.

Leg 4

Ratajski misses double 16 for a 66 finish, but returns to pick out double 4 to restore his two leg gap. Clemens 1-3 Ratajski.

Leg 5

Clemens misses five darts at double, before eventually falling over the line with double 6 to go one behind at the first break. Clemens 2-3 Ratajski.

Leg 6

Clemens hits his fourth 180 but Ratajski restores his two leg gap after hitting double 8 with his final dart. Clemens 2-4 Ratajski.

Leg 7

Clemens nails his fifth 180 of the match, and he goes on to land double 12 for a sweet 13 darter. Clemens 3-4 Ratajski.

Leg 8

Ratajski lands double 16 to go two ahead once more over Clemens. Clemens 3-5 Ratajski.

Leg 9

Both players trade 180’s before Ratajski misses double 13 for an 81 finish. Clemens eventually wraps up double 18 for another 13 dart leg! Clemens 4-5 Ratajski.

Leg 10

Ratajski hits his third 180 to leave 102, before he misses double 16 to take it out. He proceeds to miss three at double 8 but makes amends on it first dart next time around. Ratajski leads by two at the second break! Clemens 4-6 Ratajski.

Leg 11

Clemens reels in two 180’s in a row to leave 44! He misses double 16 and double 8 for it, but he returns to land double 4 second dart for a 14 darter to stay in touch! Clemens 5-6 Ratajski.

Leg 12

Ratajski moves two clear again, after taking out 52 on double 16 for a 14 darter of his own. Clemens 5-7 Ratajski.

Leg 13

Ratajski misses double 16 and double 8 for a 48 finish to go three clear and Clemens cleans up 41 on double 16 to move one behind again! Clemens 6-7 Ratajski.

Leg 14

Brilliant from Ratajski, as he restores his two leg lead, thanks to a 113 checkout on double 18! Clemens 6-8 Ratajski.

Leg 15

A 76 finish on double 18, puts Clemens one behind again! Clemens 7-8 Ratajski.

Leg 16

Another fantastic outshot from Ratajski, as he checks out 130 on the bull to move two away from the match. Clemens 7-9 Ratajski.

Leg 17

Clemens puts away his ninth maximum and he picks out double 16 last dart, to move one behind once more! It’s like cat and mouse! Clemens 8-9 Ratajski.

Leg 18

Ratajski hits his fourth 180 to leave 32, but the Pole misses three at that target to move within one of glory! And it proves costly as Clemens lands double 18 to finally get the breakback and level. Clemens 9-9 Ratajski.

Leg 19

Ratajski misses double 12 for an 87 finish and Clemens takes the lead for the very first time, after checking out 85 on double 14. The German now one away from glory! Clemens 10-9 Ratajski.

Leg 20

Ratajski takes out 70 on double 16 to send this unpredictable match into extra time! Clemens 10-10 Ratajski.

Leg 21 (Must win by 2 clear legs)

Clemens miss tops and tens, and Ratajski lands double 13 with the second dart and he will throw for the match! Clemens 10-11 Ratajski.

Leg 22 (Must win by 2 clear legs)

RATAJSKI WINS! Ratajski misses tops for a 115 finish, but he returns to land it second dart and the Pole becomes the first Polish player to reach the quarter finals of the Matchplay! A crazy game but the Pole held on and he will face Michael Smith on Thursday.

Final Score: Gabriel Clemens 10-12 Krzysztof Ratajski.