Day 7 of the 2020 World Matchplay takes place at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.
Last night delivered another thrilling evening of darts, which featured the two quarter final matches in the top half of the draw. In the first game, Michael Smith reached back to back World Matchplay semi finals after coming through a tough battle to see off a resolute Krzysztof Ratajski. Then in the other game, Gary Anderson eventually saw off Simon Whitlock in a topsy turvy match, despite Anderson missing a bucket lot of double.
Coming up tonight, we have the two quarter final matches in the bottom half of the draw. First up is the two time world champion Adrian Lewis taking on Belgium’s Dimitri Van den Bergh, and then after that, the three time world champion Glen Durrant takes on the experienced Dutchman Vincent van der Voort.
Who will book their places into tomorrow’s semi finals? And what drama will today bring?
Day 7 – Schedule of Play
Adrian Lewis 12-16 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Glen Durrant 18-16 Vincent van der Voort
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.
Adrian Lewis v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Both players trade 180’s in the first leg. Later on, Van den Bergh has first chance, but misses the bull for an 88 finish. Lewis is off target with his three attempts at double 19 and Van den Bergh takes out 25 on double 8 for a 14 dart break. Lewis 0-1 Van den Bergh.
Lewis lands his second 180, and then breaks back immediately in 12 darts after slamming home a 102 checkout on double 16! Lewis 1-1 Van den Bergh.
A beauty from Van den Bergh as he lands a thumping 164 checkout for a 12 dart break of his own! Lewis 1-2 Van den Bergh.
We finally have a hold of throw as Van den Bergh takes out 46 on double 16 for a two leg lead. What an opening four legs! Lewis 1-3 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh piles in with back to back 180’s. He misses double 16 and double 8, but eventually lands double 4 with the last dart, after Lewis missed tops for a 73 finish. Van den Bergh three clear at the first break. Lewis 1-4 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh puts away his fourth maximum, but later on misses double 16 and then suffers a bounce out on double 8 when trying to check out 42. He eventually gets the latter first dart next visit to move four ahead! Lewis 1-5 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh continues his surge with a 79 finish on double 11. Another 14 darter from the Belgian! Lewis 1-6 Van den Bergh.
Lewis begins the leg with his third 180! Van den Bergh comes close to the big fish, but misses the bull! However Lewis finds a timely 161 checkout to finally stop the rot! That could get Lewis going! Lewis 2-6 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh nails his fifth 180, but despite missing tops for a 104 finish, he returns to land it first dart for a 13 darter and to restore his five leg gap! Lewis 2-7 Van den Bergh.
Lewis misses double 18 for a 98 finish, but Van den Bergh just cannot be stopped as he takes out 104 on double 16 to move six ahead at the second break! He is on fire! Lewis 2-8 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh finds his sixth 180, but a poor score hands Lewis control! However Lewis cannot find tops on 107! Van den Bergh misses double 18 and double 9 for a 90 finish to go seven clear, and Lewis eventually tucks home double 10 to rack up just a third leg. Lewis 3-8 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh leaves 32 after 12 darts and the Belgian picks it out last dart to move six clear again! Lewis 3-9 Van den Bergh.
Lewis closes the gap to five again, thanks to a 13 darter on double 16! Lewis 4-9 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh nails his seventh 180 en route to finding a 13 darter of his own on double 18! Lewis 4-10 Van den Bergh.
Lewis plows in his fourth 180, but later on misses tops for a 120 checkout. Van den Bergh misses tops on 74 and Lewis finds the very target with the last dart to trail by five going into the third break. Lewis 5-10 Van den Bergh.
Lewis restarts from the break swifty with an 11 darter and a 76 checkout on double 8. He needs a good run here in order to get back into this match. Lewis 6-10 Van den Bergh.
Lewis continuing to pile on the pressure as he takes out 80 on double 10 for a 14 darter and to claw the gap to three! Lewis 7-10 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh finds a timely eighth 180 and also a timely 14 darter too (44 checkout on double 16) to move four ahead again! Lewis 7-11 Van den Bergh.
Lewis starts the leg with 180 number five, and he responds with a 12 darter, and an 85 finish on tops. Lewis 8-11 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh begins the leg with his ninth 180, and later on misses double 16 for a 62 finish. The Belgian then returns to land double 8 second dart and he takes a four leg advantage into the fourth break! Lewis 8-12 Van den Bergh.
Lewis begins the leg with six perfect darts before failing on the seventh. He then proceeds to miss a total of six darts at double, and Van den Bergh steals it with a 52 checkout on double 16 to move within three of glory! Lewis 8-13 Van den Bergh.
Lewis misses tops and tens on 60, and Van den Bergh moves to within two of the semi finals after taking out 50 on double 16! Lewis 8-14 Van den Bergh.
Lewis closes the gap to five, thanks to a 15 darter and a 56 finish on tops! Lewis 9-14 Van den Bergh.
Lewis hits his seventh 180 to leave himself 86, and ‘The Jackpot’ takes it out on double 7 after Van den Bergh fails with a double-double attempt on 92! Lewis 10-14 Van den Bergh.
Lewis misses the big 20 when trying to take out 95, but Van den Bergh fluffs his lines after missing tops for a 77 finish to go within a leg of the match. Lewis then takes out 53 on tops to make it three on the spin. Lewis 11-14 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh finds his 10th 180, but despite missing double 16 and double 8 for a 48 finish, the Belgian returns to hit the latter and move within a leg of his first ever World Matchplay semi final. Lewis 11-15 Van den Bergh.
Lewis lands his eighth 180, but later on misses two darts at double 8 on 67 to stay in the tournament. Van den Bergh squanders a match dart on tops for a 74 finish, and Lewis lands double 4 to stay alive! Lewis 12-15 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh puts away his 11th maximum and then the Belgian does enough to reach his first ever PDC major semi final after taking out 66 on double 8! What a moment in the young Belgian’s career!
Final score: Adrian Lewis 12-16 Dimitri Van den Bergh.
Glen Durrant v Vincent van der Voort
Durrant has first chance at the double, but he misses double 9 for a 91 finish. Van der Voort pressured him with a 170 on tops and the Dutchman gets what he deserves after landing it first dart for an immediate break! Durrant 0-1 Van der Voort.
Durrant breaks back immediately, thanks to a 14 darter and a 72 finish on double 12! Durrant 1-1 Van der Voort.
Van der Voort edges back ahead after taking out tops last dart, despite pressure from Durrant, who hit a 140 to leave double 6! Durrant 1-2 Van der Voort.
Durrant misses double 8 and double 4 when attempting to take out 67 and Van der Voort takes out 71 on tops to move two clear! Durrant 1-3 Van der Voort.
Van der Voort lands the first 180 of the game. Later on he misses two at double 8 for a 76 finish, before returning to land double 4 last dart after Durrant misses double 16 and double 8 on 51. The Dutchman three ahead at the first interval. Durrant 1-4 Van der Voort.
Durrant pulls a leg back with a 14 darter and a 54 finish on tops. Durrant 2-4 Van der Voort.
Van der Voort lands his second 180 to leave himself 81, and the Dutchman takes it out in two for a 14 darter of his own! Durrant 2-5 Van der Voort.
Van der Voort misses bull for a 130 finish, and then proceeds to miss double 19 and then double 8. However he recovers to land double 4 first dart and the Dutchman is four clear of the three time BDO world champion. Durrant 2-6 Van der Voort.
Durrant closes the gap to three after landing double 10 with his final dart! Durrant 3-6 Van der Voort.
Durrant misses the bull for the big fish, but he returns to take out 25 on double 8 for a 14 darter! A huge break for Durrant and he goes two behind at the second interval. Durrant 4-6 Van der Voort.
Van der Voort hits his third 180 to leave himself 95, and the Dutchman takes it out with a last dart double 19 after Durrant missed double 16 for a 107 checkout! Durrant 4-7 Van der Voort.
Van der Voort misses tops for a 117 checkout, but he returns next visit to land double 10 after Durrant missed bull for a 127 finish. Durrant is missing too many key doubles here! Durrant 4-8 Van der Voort.
Durrant misses double 19 for a 118 finish, but the three time world champion finds double 8 with the last dart to cut the deficit to three! Durrant 5-8 Van der Voort.
Van der Voort begins the leg with his fourth 180, but later on misses two darts at double 16 for an 86 finish! The Dutchman returns to land it first dart for a crisp 13 dart hold! Durrant 5-9 Van der Voort.
Van der Voort is turning the screw after following his 14 darter with an 11 darter and a 98 checkout on double 19! Van der Voort leads by five going into break number three! Durrant 5-10 Van der Voort.
Durrant lands his first maximum of the game. He misses bull for a 121 finish and it’s Deja vu as Van der Voort does the exact same! Durrant then takes out 31 on double 8 to close the gap to four! Durrant 6-10 Van der Voort.
It’s back to back legs for Durrant, after he compiles a 14 darter and a 74 finish on double 16! Durrant 7-10 Van der Voort.
Durrant nails his second 180, but then gets a chance to make it three in a row after Van der Voort missed the big 16 when trying to take out 85! However Durrant cannot find the bull for a 74 finish and Van der Voort restores his four leg cushion on tops! Durrant 7-11 Van der Voort.
Brilliant from Durrant as he lands a 108 finish on double 16 to move back to three behind! Durrant 8-11 Van der Voort.
Van der Voort misses double 18 for a 126 checkout, but he eventually returns to land it second dart, despite Durrant pressuring the shot with a 171 score to leave double 16! Great nerve from Vincent and he leads by four at the fourth break! Durrant 8-12 Van der Voort.
Durrant lands his third 180, then proceeds to miss 7 darts at double! Van der Voort narrowly misses double 12 on 144, before Durrant fails to get double 1. Van der Voort then misses three clear darts at double 12 and Durrant eventually nails double 1 to fall over the line! Durrant 9-12 Van der Voort.
It’s getting edgy as both players miss a heap load of doubles! However double 1 strikes gold for Durrant again and he closes the deficit to two! Durrant 10-12 Van der Voort.
More double trouble for Van der Voort as he misses a dart at double 19 and then a dart at double 8! Durrant then slots home tops to move one behind! Is this match starting to turn? Durrant 11-12 Van der Voort.
Van der Voort lands back to back 180’s and then proceeds to land double 10 for a much needed 14 darter! Durrant 11-13 Van der Voort.
Durrant begins with six perfect darts, but he eventually closes it out with a superb 10 darter on double 8 to keep on Van der Voort’s heels! Durrant 12-13 Van der Voort.
Durrant begins the leg with his fourth 180, but it’s Van der Voort who moves to within two of the match, thanks to a 13 darter on double 16! Durrant 12-14 Van der Voort.
Durrant misses double 16 for a 68 finish, but later returns to land double 8 after Van der Voort missed double 12 for a 144 finish! Durrant 13-14 Van der Voort.
Both players trade 180’s but Van der Voort misses two darts at tops to go within a leg of the semi finals. Durrant then takes out an ice cool 66 finish on double 18 for a 14 darter and out of nowhere it’s a level game! Durrant 14-14 Van der Voort.
After being 12-8 down at one stage, Durrant takes the lead for the first time in the match, thanks to a 92 checkout on double 16! Durrant 15-14 Van der Voort.
Durrant finds his sixth 180, but it’s great nerve from Van der Voort as he lands tops for a 13 darter under pressure! Extra time we go!! Durrant 15-15 Van der Voort.
Leg 31 (Must win by 2 clear legs)
Durrant begins with his seventh 180, and the three time world champion moves to within a leg pf back to back World Matchplay semi finals after taking out 85 on tops! Durrant 16-15 Van der Voort.
Leg 32 (Must win by 2 clear legs)
Van der Voort is not giving up just yet! He lands his eighth 180 and he takes out 58 on tops for a 14 darter! Durrant 16-16 Van der Voort.
Leg 33 (Must win by 2 clear legs)
Van der Voort threatens to break after leaving 36 after 12 darts! But Durrant shows us why he’s brilliant under pressure thanks to an ice cool 115 finish on tops! Great nerve once again! Durrant 17-16 Van der Voort.
Leg 34 (Must win by 2 clear legs)
HE’S ONLY GONE AND PULLED IT OFF! Glen Durrant takes out 75 on tops and he’s into the World Matchplay semi finals for the second year in a row after coming back from the dead to defeat Vincent van der Voort! Heartbreak for the Dutchman, but Durrant proved once again why he’s a three time world champion! A great match from both, but a shame that someone had to lose! Durrant faces Dimitri Van den Bergh in the semis! A new major finalist is now guaranteed at the bottom half of the draw!
Final Score: Glen Durrant 18-16 Vincent van der Voort.