Day 6 of the 2020 Betfred World Matchplay takes place at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.
Last night was the conclusion of the second round matches. Vincent van der Voort put in another impressive display to defeat Daryl Gurney and reach the quarter finals of this event for the first time since 2009. Belgium’s Dimitri Van den Bergh came from behind to defeat Joe Cullen and make it to the World Matchplay quarters finals for the first time. Glen Durrant then defeated reigning world champion Peter Wright in a topsy turvy game to reach back to back Matchplay quarter finals. Finally, Adrian Lewis reached his first ranking quarter final since 2016 after seeing off Danny Noppert.
The quarter final stages commence tonight, featuring the two quarter finals in the tops of the draw. First up is Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski taking on Michael Smith and then it’s Australia’s Simon Whitlock facing one of the all time greats in Gary Anderson.
Who will book their spots into the semi finals? It’s been a predictable tournament so far!
Day 6 – Schedule of Play
Krzysztof Ratajski 13-16 Michael Smith
Simon Whitlock 12-16 Gary Anderson
Quarter final matches are the best of 31 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 18-18, then the 37th leg would be the final and deciding leg.
Krzysztof Ratajski v Michael Smith
First blood to Smith, thanks to a 13 darter on double 4. Ratajski 0-1 Smith.
Smith hits the first maximum of the game, and he goes on to break with a 12 darter and a 76 finish on tops. Ratajski 0-2 Smith.
Ratajski rolls in his first 180 of the game, but later on misses three darts to pull one back. Smith can’t capitalise, missing tops for an 80 finish (a wasted dart in the last visit proving costly) and Ratajski eventually lands double 2 to break back and open his account. That will settle the Pole down! Ratajski 1-2 Smith.
Ratajski levels the match brilliantly with a 128 finish on the bull! Smith was left waiting on 16 after that 170 setup! Ratajski 2-2 Smith.
Advantage to Smith at the first break, after he lands double 10 last dart to move back ahead. Ratajski 2-3 Smith.
Ratajski hits a superb 156 score to set him up on double 16, but he’s cruelly denied after Smith piles in a 92 checkout on double 8 to restore his break of throw. Ratajski 2-4 Smith.
Smith misses bull for a 167 finish and Ratajski lands double 16 for a 13 darter to break back once more. Ratajski 3-4 Smith.
Ratajski misses tops for a 117 finish and then Smith misses the same bed on 74. Ratajski steps in to land double 10 and it’s a level game once more! Ratajski 4-4 Smith.
Smith moves back in front after taking out 76 on tops. Ratajski 4-5 Smith.
Smith hits two 180’s in the leg, but hands Ratajski a golden chance to level after missing the big 11 when trying to take out 84. The Pole takes advantage, landing double 8 with his final dart and we’re all square at the second interval. Ratajski 5-5 Smith.
Ratajski misses bull for an 81 finish, but he returns to take out 25 on double 8, and the Pole breaks and takes the lead for the first time in the match! Ratajski 6-5 Smith.
Smith begins the leg with his fourth 180 and he goes on to pick out tops to break back instantly in 13 darts. Ratajski 6-6 Smith.
Ratajski hits his second 180 to leave himself 144! He can’t take it out and Smith flies in with double 6 to retake the lead. Ratajski 6-7 Smith.
Smith misses double 10 for an 82 finish, after fluffing into the 8 with the first dart. Ratajski misses tops and tens on 56, but then Smith wastes three darts at tens and fives. Ratajski then slots home double 10 to level the game again. Ratajski 7-7 Smith.
A fifth 180 is there for Smith, but WOW that’s a big one from Ratajski! He goes into the break ahead in style with a superb 161 checkout!!! Ratajski 8-7 Smith.
Smith starts the leg with his sixth 180, but later on misses tops for a 66 checkout. Smith then returns to land double 10 second dart for a 14 darter and to move back level. Great response from Smith! Ratajski 8-8 Smith.
Smith threatens the 9 darter!! He hits two 180’s in a row to leave 141. The treble 20 is there, but misses the treble 19! However he returns to take out 44 on double 16 for a 14 darter. He has stepped it up since the break! Ratajski 8-9 Smith.
Speaking of responses, here’s one from Ratajski after he clocks home a supreme 139 checkout on tops to level it up again! Ratajski 9-9 Smith.
Smith starts the leg with his ninth 180. Ratajski gets first chance but misses tops on 74! Smith then nails that double second dart to move back ahead in this epic match! Ratajski 9-10 Smith.
Smith lands his 10th 180 to leave 64, but despite hitting double 8 second dart, he recovers to land double 16 and moves two clear at the fourth interval! Ratajski 9-11 Smith.
Smith flies in his 11th 180, but later on misses double 13 for an 81 checkout. Ratajski then misses two big darts at double 12 and then double 6 on 78 and Smith puts away the latter to move three clear of the Pole! Ratajski 9-12 Smith.
Smith now has momentum behind his sails after taking out 52 on tops to move four legs ahead! Ratajski 9-13 Smith.
Smith is now motoring along nicely after beginning the leg with maximum number 12! He then completes a beautiful 12 darter with an 81 finish on tops to move within two of the semis. Ratajski 9-14 Smith.
It’s now 13 maximums in the match for Smith, but Ratajski stops the rot with a 13 darter on tops! Ratajski 10-14 Smith.
Smith misses tops for an 80 finish to move one away and Ratajski takes out 70 on double 8 for a 14 darter and to claw the gap to three! Ratajski 11-14 Smith.
Ratajski misses double 18 and double 9 for a 72 finish, and then misses three clean darts at the latter next visit. However Smith can’t take out 105 and Ratajski is successful on double 9 with the first dart and it’s now three in a row from the Pole! Can he keep the pressure going? Ratajski 12-14 Smith.
Ratajski hits his fourth 180, but makes a fatal error in leaving a bogey number! Smith takes control of the leg and slams in tops to move within one of the match and back to back semi finals! Ratajski 12-15 Smith.
Ratajski still fights on after posting his fifth 180 and then lands tops for a 13 darter to stay in the tournament! Ratajski 13-15 Smith.
Smith misses tops for the match on 97, but Ratajski misses the same bed on 77 to stay alive! Smith returns to land tops with the second dart and he’s through to his second World Matchplay semi final in a row, but boy he had to work hard for it in the end!
Final Score: Krzysztof Ratajski 13-16 Michael Smith.
Simon Whitlock v Gary Anderson
First blood goes to Anderson after taking out 52 on double 16. Whitlock 0-1 Anderson.
Whitlock misses tops for an 80 finish, but then Anderson misses the same bed when attempting to take out 113! Whitlock eventually lands tops to level. Whitlock 1-1 Anderson.
Anderson misses two darts at double 18 for a 96 finish, but returns to land double 9 after Whitlock missed double 16 for a 65 checkout to break. Whitlock 1-2 Anderson.
Anderson suffers a horrific bounce out when attempting to take out 144, but then Whitlock goes for tops and double 18 on 101 but it fails. Anderson lands double 12 second dart and he breaks! Whitlock 1-3 Anderson.
Anderson misses double 16 for a 152 checkout, but the Scot returns to land double 8 for a 13 darter and for a three leg lead at the break. Whitlock 1-4 Anderson.
Whitlock hits the first 180 of the game and then completes an 11 darter with a 100 finish on tops! Whitlock 2-4 Anderson.
Anderson kicks off with his first 180 and then completes a 13 darter on tops to move three clear again! Whitlock 2-5 Anderson.
Anderson lands his second 180 to leave 92, but he makes a huge hash of it after hitting treble 9 with the second dart. He then misses a dart at tops and then a dart at double 16, before Whitlock takes out 50 on double 16 to snatch the leg. Whitlock 3-5 Anderson.
Anderson moves back to three clear after taking out 64 on double 4. Whitlock 3-6 Anderson.
Whitlock begins the leg with six perfect darts before failing on the seventh. He takes out 60 on tops for an 11 darter to go two behind at the second break. Whitlock 4-6 Anderson.
Anderson lands his third 180 but then misses bull for the big fish! Whitlock hits his fourth maximum to leave 67, before Anderson misses two darts at double 8. Whitlock then squanders a dart at double 16 before Anderson lands double 4 to move three ahead again. Whitlock 4-7 Anderson.
Anderson hits his fourth 180, but Whitlock finds a stunning 108 checkout on double 16 to stay in touch. Whitlock 5-7 Anderson.
Brilliant exhibition stuff from Whitlock as he takes out 120 going the BULL, BULL route to break back! Whitlock 6-7 Anderson.
Anderson misses tops for a 72 finish, but Whitlock then misses bull on 88 to level! Anderson lands double 5 to break back immediately! Whitlock 6-8 Anderson.
Anderson slams in his fifth 180, before later on missing double 18 for a 107 outshot. He then misses three more at that target, but gets a reprieve after Whitlock misses bull by a long way on 122. Anderson finally gets double 18 at the sixth time of asking and he goes three clear at the third break. Whitlock 6-9 Anderson.
Whitlock misses tops for an 80 finish and Anderson takes out 68 with a double 4 last dart to move four clear of the Aussie. Whitlock 6-10 Anderson.
Whitlock hits his fifth 180 to leave 80 and he duly takes it out on tops, after Anderson missed the bull for a 164 finish. Whitlock 7-10 Anderson.
Anderson hits his sixth 180, but then Whitlock cuts the gap to two, thanks to an excellent 114 finish going shanghai on 19’s! Whitlock 8-10 Anderson.
Whitlock starts the leg with his sixth 180. He misses tops and tens on 90, but then Anderson misses the big 12 when attempting to take out 112! Whitlock finds double 5 with the last dart and the Aussie is one behind of Anderson! Whitlock 9-10 Anderson.
Whitlock misses double 16 for a 102 finish, but then Anderson can’t find tops on 112! Whitlock then makes no mistake on double 16 and he moves level at the fourth interval! Some turnaround from the Aussie, but Anderson is collapsing on the outer ring! Whitlock 10-10 Anderson.
Anderson lands his seventh 180, before landing double 10 for a much needed 14 darter and to stop Whitlock’s charge! Whitlock 10-11 Anderson.
Anderson makes it back to back 14 darters, thanks to putting away tops with the second dart! Whitlock 10-12 Anderson.
Anderson makes a mess of the 105 checkout by hitting single 2 first dart and Whitlock takes out 90 on the bull to keep this game interesting! Whitlock 11-12 Anderson.
Both players trade maximums, before Anderson misses tops for a 101 checkout and Whitlock strikes home double 12 for a 13 darter and he’s level again! Whitlock 12-12 Anderson.
Anderson moves back ahead in a flash after taking out tops for a 13 darter of his own. Whitlock 12-13 Anderson.
Anderson misses double 8 for a 96 finish, but the Scotsman eventually lands a last dart at double 1 to restore his two leg lead! Whitlock 12-14 Anderson.
Anderson misses tops and tens, but eventually lands double 5 to move within a leg of the semis. This is a well timed run from Anderson! Whitlock 12-15 Anderson.
Anderson finds his ninth maximum and later on misses double 5 for a 95 checkout. Whitlock misses tops on 110 to stay alive and Anderson lands double 5 second dart to move into the World Matchplay semis for the fourth time of his career. His doubling was a big problem but he held it in together at the key moments. He faces his protege Michael Smith in the semis.
Final Score: Simon Whitlock 12-16 Gary Anderson.