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Michael van Gerwen proves too good for Ian White, while Nathan Aspinall wins classic against former champion Gary Anderson; Michael Smith claims overtime thriller against Jose de Sousa to set up meeting with Peter Wright after Scotsman categorically defeats Joe Cullen

Last update: 07/21/21 11:32 PM

Michael van Gerwen put an end to Ian White's hopes of hosting a quarter-final clash against Nathan Aspinall at World Matchplay

Michael van Gerwen put an end to Ian White’s hopes of hosting a quarter-final clash against Nathan Aspinall at World Matchplay

Michael van Gerwen remained on track for his third World Matchplay and first PDC title of 2021 after beating Ian White to set up a tantalizing quarter-final clash against Nathan Aspinall.

The Dutchman set up a meeting against Aspinall, who defeated Blackpool favorite Gary Anderson in a match that included two monster strikeouts in a blizzard of blistered arrows.

Michael Smith edged Jose de Sousa in an overtime thriller at Winter Gardens to set up a quarter-final date with Peter Wright after the Scotsman overtook Joe Cullen in a relentless display.

Round-the-world matchplay

Michael smith 13-11 José de Sousa
Gary Anderson 9-11 Nathan Aspinall
Michael van gerwen 11-8 Ian white
Peter Wright 11-5 Joe cullen

MVG shows glimpse of his best form in Whites’ win

Van Gerwen says there is 'more to the tank' after working hard to beat White on scorching night in Blackpool

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Van Gerwen says there is ‘more to the tank’ after working hard to beat White on scorching night in Blackpool

Van Gerwen says there is ‘more to the tank’ after working hard to beat White on scorching night in Blackpool

Van Gerwen won the World Matchplay titles in 2015 and 2016, and his goal is to win the coveted Phil Taylor Trophy for the third time.

After suffering a swing in the first round beating Damon Heta, the deadly Dutchman aimed to return to the kind of ruthless form that saw him rule the darts of the planet. But White, who won the round of 16 for the eighth time in Matchplay after outlasting Daryl Gurney, showed he wasn’t about to turn around as he took a 3-2 lead.

White sank this 108 to stop Van Gerwen's victorious charge

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White sank this 108 to stop Van Gerwen’s victorious charge

White sank this 108 to stop Van Gerwen’s victorious charge

The world number 3, who has yet to win a PDC event in 2021, broke White’s resistance in Game 9, but Diamond immediately hit back with a double 10 to bring the score to 5-5.

Van Gerwen came out after the mini-interval with a neat 84-dart combination before going 7-5 on 13 darts. The Green Machine maintained their two-legged cushion, before punishing their opponent with a superb 92 checkout for 9-6.

Van Gerwen defeated White with this outrageous 121 hit-and-miss crate

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Van Gerwen defeated White with this outrageous 121 hit-and-miss crate

Van Gerwen defeated White with this outrageous 121 hit-and-miss crate

Mighty Mike cleaned 93 to keep one leg away from the win, but White kept his hopes alive with a neat 108 finish and a double 5 after the Dutchman fired off the match darts. Van Gerwen eventually sealed an 11-8 victory with an impressive 121 on the bull’s-eye.

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Aspinall wins the Anderson Classic

Aspinall called the opening two mini-intervals against the

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Aspinall called the opening two mini-intervals against Anderson’s “pants”, but he eventually held his bottle to reach the quarter-finals

Aspinall called the opening two mini-intervals against Anderson’s “pants”, but he eventually held his bottle to reach the quarter-finals

Anderson and Aspinall tended to go deep when they faced each other, with The Asp also enjoying a record winning over the Scotsman.

Anderson, the 2018 champion, made a disastrous start falling 3-0, but slowly regained control to win the next four on the spin. However, a maximum followed by 79 in two darts helped Aspinall come to life and he quickly restored his lead to 6-4 in a crack contest on another balmy night in Blackpool.

In typical Anderson fashion, the Scotsman landed this 149 finish to the delight of the Winter Gardens

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In typical Anderson fashion, the Scotsman landed this 149 finish to the delight of the Winter Gardens

In typical Anderson fashion, the Scotsman landed this 149 finish to the delight of the Winter Gardens

Aspinall, who won the tournament for the first time over veteran Mervyn King, maintained his two-legged buffer at 8-6, until The Flying Scotsman scored a double 10 to strike back.

The former UK Open champion made the double nine for an immediate break, but Anderson cleaned up a stunning 149 in vintage fashion. Aspinall responded with a fabulous 117 checkout before missing the mark for the game.

Aspinall pinned that crucial 117 crate against Anderson

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Aspinall pinned that crucial 117 crate against Anderson

Aspinall pinned that crucial 117 crate against Anderson

But the 30-year-old from Stockport returned to eliminate 96 in two darts to complete a sensational 11-9 victory.

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Smith beats De Sousa in overtime thriller

Smith said he was written off before the tournament, but has proven he

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Smith said he was written off before the tournament, but proved he “can make matches” after beating De Sousa in an epic

Smith said he was written off before the tournament, but proved he “can make matches” after beating De Sousa in an epic

Grand Slam darts winner and Premier League runner-up De Sousa entered that clash after edging out Smith in a decisive stage at the UK Open in March.

Smith, the 2019 finalist, was ready for revenge. Both players hit the lipstick right off the bat, but Bully Boy ended up 2-0. He fought back, however, to win the next five stages on the spin with a cool 99 average.

De Sousa released this 80 with a daring two double tops!

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De Sousa released this 80 with a daring two double tops!

De Sousa released this 80 with a daring two double tops!

The 47-year-old Portuguese ace joined the party after cleaning up 80 to stop the rot, then fired back with a cash of 82. He equalized at 5-5 as he pinned the double-top for his second leg of 11. darts an exciting competition.

The Special One converted a stunning 80 with two tops to gain the upper hand, then held onto an 8-6 lead after suffering a double. De Sousa retained the advantage as he approached a point in the last eight, but the St Helens pitcher fell for 10-10 after sinking 71 in two darts.

A case of 108 kept Smith in the game against De Sousa

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A case of 108 kept Smith in the game against De Sousa

A case of 108 kept Smith in the game against De Sousa

As the match was effectively in overtime, it had to be won by two clear rounds with a maximum of five extra innings before the sixth extra round, which was to sudden death. A 15-dart break put De Sousa back within reach, but after missing a match dart, Smith called him off with a majestic 108 to bring the score to 11-11.

Bully Boy missed the highs for the game, but after the missed doubles darts he came back to the double 10 for a superb 13-11 success.

Global Matchplay: Michael van Gerwen, Nathan Aspinall, Michael Smith and Peter Wright reach quarter-finals | Darts News

“It’s like Gladiator. Aren’t you having fun?”

Michael smith

Snakey sends Matchplay message to rivals

World No.2 Wright faced 2018 quarterfinalist Cullen in good spirits and after taking a 3-0 lead, including a 106, he looked like he was running away with it.

Snakebite smashed Cullen with this exceptional 106 case

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Snakebite smashed Cullen with this exceptional 106 case

Snakebite smashed Cullen with this exceptional 106 case

Cullen, however, showed the form that earned him two ProTour titles in 2021 to take the next two steps despite not quite pulling all cylinders.

The Scotsman then landed that 103 crate as he put Cullen to the edge of the sword

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The Scotsman then landed that 103 crate as he put Cullen to the edge of the sword

The Scotsman then landed that 103 crate as he put Cullen to the edge of the sword

The 32-year-old from Yorkshire came back to the level, but Wright, who changed his rods and steals at the mini-interval, managed a checkout 103 as he won the next four stages for a 7- lead. 3.

Wright looked pleased with his new setup as he pinned the double 16 for the sixth time in the game to move closer to victory.

Snakebite quickly picked up an 11-5 victory averaging 105.87 on three darts to stay the course for his first Matchplay title.

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