Day 8 (the penultimate day) of the 2020 World Matchplay takes place at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.
Last night’s thrilling action featured the two quarter final matches at the bottom half of the draw. First up, Dimitri Van den Bergh reached his first ever PDC major semi final after beating Adrian Lewis, and then Glen Durrant came back from the dead to defeat Vincent Van der Voort in extra time.
Tonight it’s time for the semi final action. First up 2018 winner Gary Anderson faces last year’s runner Michael Smith and three time world champion Glen Durrant takes on young Belgian Dimitri Van den Bergh, a huge night for both as one of them will reach a maiden PDC major final.
Which two players will contest in tomorrow’s showpiece match?
Day 8 – Schedule of Play
Gary Anderson 18-16 Michael Smith
Glen Durrant 15-17 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Semi Final matches are the best of 33 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 19-19, then the 39th leg would be the final and deciding leg.
Gary Anderson v Michael Smith
First chance goes to Anderson, but he misses three darts at tops. Smith cannot take out 113 and Anderson lands double 10 first dart for first blood! Anderson 1-0 Smith.
Smith lands the first 180 of the game, but later on misses tops for a 125 checkout. He returns to land double 5 last dart and instantly levels! Anderson 1-1 Smith.
A 14 dart leg on double 2 moves Anderson back in front! Anderson 2-1 Smith.
Smith plows in back to back 180’s in this leg, before missing double 8 for an 84 finish. He returns to land double 2 last dart and the game is back level! Anderson 2-2 Smith.
Anderson lands his first 180 to leave himself 153 and he misses double 18 for that very finish. He returns to pick it out first dart to gain the advantage at the first interval! Decent stuff from both so far! Anderson 3-2 Smith.
Smith lands his fourth 180 to leave himself 48, however he then proceeds to miss two darts at tops to level. Anderson then sweeps in with double 4 and that’s a 13 darter break of throw for the Scotsman! Anderson 4-2 Smith.
Anderson lands his second 180 and he goes on to take out 74 on tops to open up a three leg lead on his protege! Anderson 5-2 Smith.
Fantastic from Smith as he plows home a 120 checkout on tops to keep on Anderson’s heels! Anderson 5-3 Smith.
Smith misses a second successive 120 finish on tops to break back and Anderson finds double 14 with the second dart to restore his three leg lead. Anderson 6-3 Smith.
Anderson moves four clear at the interval, thanks to a 13 darter on tops! Anderson 7-3 Smith.
Anderson finds his third 180 of the match! Despite missing tops for a 108 finish, he returns to hit tops first dart to open up a five leg lead on Smith. Not looking good for Bully Boy! Anderson 8-3 Smith.
Both players trade maximums before Smith takes out 55 on tops for a much needed leg! Anderson 8-4 Smith.
Anderson misses double 6 for a 126 checkout and Smith takes out 52 on double 10 for a break and back to back legs! Anderson 8-5 Smith.
Smith begins the leg with his sixth 180, before later on missing tops for a 68 checkout. Anderson can’t find tops on 80 and Smith finds double 10 second dart to cut the gap to two! Anderson 8-6 Smith.
Smith lands his seventh 180 to leave himself double 5 and he gets a deserved chance after Anderson misses tops for a 96 finish! Smith misses double 5, but recovers to hit single 1 and then the double 2 to go one behind at the third break. Excellent response this from Smith, as the match looked like that it was getting away from him! Anderson 8-7 Smith.
Excellent reply from Anderson after he slams home a 127 checkout on the bull and a 12 darter to stop Smith’s revival! Anderson 9-7 Smith.
Smith begins the leg with his eight 180, and he proceeds to break back with a 12 darter of his own, thanks to a 47 checkout on double 10. Anderson 9-8 Smith.
Smith misses the bull for a 127 finish of his own, but returns to take out 25 on double 10 to force a level game! Anderson 9-9 Smith.
Anderson lands his fifth 180 to leave himself double 14, and he picks it out first dart for a brilliant 13 dart reply! Anderson 10-9 Smith.
Outstanding from Anderson as he finds a 128 checkout on double 10 from his back pocket to take a two leg lead at the fourth break. Brilliant timing from the Scot! Anderson 11-9 Smith.
Anderson misses the bull for a 124 finish, but eventually returns to take out 25 on double 4 to move three clear again! Anderson 12-9 Smith.
Anderson slams home his sixth 180, but later on misses two darts at double 4 for a 62 finish. Smith steps in, but misses double 10 and double 5 on 74, and Anderson lands double 2 for a 13 darter and increase his lead to four! Anderson 13-9 Smith.
Anderson is hitting the gas pedal now as he lands double 10 for a sweet 14 darter! Anderson now three away from the final! Anderson 14-9 Smith.
Anderson misses double 18 and double 9 for a 96 finish, and Smith steps in to put away 52 on tops to stop the rot and move into double figures. Anderson 14-10 Smith.
Smith lands his 9th 180 of the game and he goes on to compile a 13 darter on tops to cut the gap to three! Still life in this game yet! Anderson 14-11 Smith.
Three in a row for Smith as he takes out 60 on tops! The gap closes to two! Anderson 14-12 Smith.
Smith kicks off with his 10th 180, but later on misses tops on 104! Anderson misses bull for a 167 checkout and Smith returns to land double 10 and puts this semi final back on throw! Anderson 14-13 Smith.
Smith brings this match level again, thanks to a 14 darter on double 14! What fight! Anderson 14-14 Smith.
Smith lands his 11th 180, and then both players proceed to miss a bag of darts at doubles before Smith lands double 1 to take the lead for the first time in this semi final! WHAT A TURNAROUND! Anderson 14-15 Smith.
Both players trade maximums before Smith misses bull on 90 to go within a leg of the final. But Anderson then pulls out a stunning 116 finish tops to level and stop Smith’s six leg winning run. Boy he needed that! Anderson 15-15 Smith.
Anderson moves within a leg of the final, thanks to a 68 finish on double 4. Anderson 16-15 Smith.
Smith puts away two 180’s in a row to leave 81 and he goes on to take it out on double 6 for a 12 darter and sends this match into extra time! Anderson 16-16 Smith.
Leg 33 (Must win by 2 clear legs)
Anderson moves within a leg from the final again, thanks to a 14 darter and a 44 checkout on double 16! Anderson 17-16 Smith.
Leg 34 (Must win by 2 clear legs)
Anderson leaves double 18 after 12 darts AND HE PICKS IT OUT FIRST DART TO REACH HIS SECOND WORLD MATCHPLAY FINAL! IT’S HIS FIRST MAJOR FINAL SINCE THE GRAND SLAM IN 2018!
Can he go on to win his first major title since this tournament two years ago?
Final Score: Gary Anderson 18-16 Michael Smith.
Glen Durrant v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Three 180’s are hit combined in the first leg! Van den Bergh has first chance at double, but misses double 18 and then double 8, after splitting it! Durrant then caps off a brilliant first leg with a supreme 151 checkout on tops! WHAT A START! Durrant 1-0 Van den Bergh.
Durrant continues his solid start with a 14 darter and a 72 finish on double 12 for the first break of throw in this semi final! Durrant 2-0 Van den Bergh.
Dimitri misses bull for the big fish, but returns to take out 25 on double 8 for a 14 dart break of his own, after Durrant missed double 16 for a 108 checkout! Durrant 2-1 Van den Bergh.
Durrant lands his second 180 and he goes on to take out 48 on double 16, to break back in 11 darts! Durrant 3-1 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh nails his third 180, and then misses two darts at double 8 for a 64 finish! Durrant can’t take out 98 and Van den Bergh lands double 8 first dart to go just one behind at the first break. Durrant 3-2 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh leaves 72 after 9, but he misses two darts at double 12 for that finish! He misses three more darts at double 6, but getts it first dart in the next visit. Level! Durrant 3-3 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh hits his fourth 180 to leave himself 120, but misses tops in attempting to take it out. Durrant misses double 18 and double 9 to retake the lead and Van den Bergh lands tops first dart to move in front for the first time! Durrant 3-4 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh leaves 32 after 12 darts and the Belgian finds it final dart for four on the spin! Durrant 3-5 Van den Bergh.
Durrant kicks off with his third 180, and he goes on to take out tops for a much needed 10 dart leg to stop the rot! Durrant 4-5 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh plows in with his fifth 180, but then misses double 16 for a 100 finish. Durrant then misses tops for a 74 finish to level and Van den Bergh makes no mistake on double 16 to go two clear at the second interval! Durrant 4-6 Van den Bergh.
Much more like it from Durrant as he lands a 104 finish on double 16 for a 12 dart response! Durrant 5-6 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh moves back to two legs clear, thanks to a 76 finish on double 18. Durrant 5-7 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh misses two darts at double 4 for a 68 finish, but nails that double with the first dart next visit to move three clear of the three time world champion! Durrant 5-8 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh is in firm control of this semi final now after landing double 16 for a four leg gap! Durrant 5-9 Van den Bergh.
Durrant lands his fourth 180, but Van den Bergh misses a chance to go five legs clear after missing double 14 for a 96 finish. Durrant then cleans up 42 in two to go three behind at the third break! Durrant 6-9 Van den Bergh.
Durrant bangs in two 180’s, but despite missing double 8 for an 81 finish, he returns to land double 4 for a 13 dart break! Durrant 7-9 Van den Bergh.
Durrant misses double 16 for a 65 checkout, but Van den Bergh then misses bull for a 127 finish! Durrant lands double 8 second dart to close the gap to one! Durrant 8-9 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh misses tops for a 107 checkout, but Durrant wastes two darts at double 18 to level! Van den Bergh lands double 10 to go two clear again! Huge opportunity missed for Duzza! Durrant 8-10 Van den Bergh.
Durrant misses the bull by a country mile on 88 and Van den Bergh takes full advantage with a 13 darter on double 18. The Belgian is three clear once more. Durrant 8-11 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh lands his sixth 180 and later on takes out 68 on double 4 to go four clear at the fourth interval! Durrant 8-12 Van den Bergh.
Durrant lands double 16 for a 13 darter in his effort to try and find his way back! Durrant 9-12 Van den Bergh.
Durrant begins the leg with his 7th 180, but then misses three more crucial darts at double 16 and double 8! Van den Bergh then misses two at double 4 for a 68 checkout and Durrant makes no mistake with double 4 last dart to close to two behind! Durrant 10-12 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh misses double 18 and double 9 for an 84 finish, but returns to post the latter after Durrant missed another crucial dart at tops on 74! Durrant 10-13 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh misses double 9 for a 91 finish, but Durrant then misses double 16 for a 69 checkout! Van den Bergh wastes two more darts at doubles and Durrant closes the gap to two, thanks to double 8! Durrant 11-13 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh lands his seventh 180 to leave 52, but Durrant denies him a chance with an ice cool 76 finish on double 18! Durrant 12-13 Van den Bergh.
Durrant begins with his eighth 180 and he levels this semi final up brilliantly with an 11 darter and a 97 finish on tops. Durrant 13-13 Van den Bergh.
Durrant lands his ninth 180 to leave himself double 4, and the three time world champion nails it with the last dart to move infront for the first time since the fifth leg! Durrant 14-13 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh hits his eighth maximum to leave himself 50, but misses double 16 and double 8 for it. He returns to hit the latter to level it up once more! Durrant 14-14 Van den Bergh.
Durrant leaves 16 after 12 darts, but goes on to miss double 8 and double 4! He returns to take out the latter first dart and moves back in front! Durrant 15-14 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh lands double 18 for a 13 darter! Level at the business end! Durrant 15-15 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh lands his ninth 180 but Durrant misses the bull by a mile when attempting to take out 121. Van den Bergh then lands double 14 first dart and that’s a huge break! Dimitri will now throw for a place in the final! Durrant 15-16 Van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh controls the leg perfectly to leave himself 32 after 12 darts. AND THE BELGIAN GETS DOUBLE 16 WITH THE SECOND DART TO REACH THE FIRST MAJOR FINAL OF HIS CAREER! WHAT A DAY FOR DIMITRI! More semi final misery for Durrant, he gave it his all but those crucial double misses came back to haunt him! But his time will come!
It will be Gary Anderson v Dimitri Van den Bergh in tomorrow’s final. Who will become the 2020 Betfred World Matchplay champion?
Final score: Glen Durrant 15-17 Dimitri Van den Bergh.