Michael van Gerwen held off a valiant fightback from Singapore veteran Paul Lim to move into the Shanghai Darts Masters quarter-finals, as all eight seeds progressed through at the Pullman Hotel, Shanghai South, on Saturday afternoon.
Van Gerwen averaged 96, recorded three maximums and hit 60% of his doubles, but he was pushed all the way by his legendary 62-year-old opponent. ‘The Green Machine’ raced into a 4-1 advantage, but Lim won successive legs to reduce the arrears to 4-3. The next two legs were shared, before Van Gerwen held throw on tops to edge through.
Gary Anderson begin his bid for a third successive World Series crown with a whitewash victory over China’s Yunfei Jiang. The world champion wasn’t at his vintage best, averaging 93.94, but he didn’t allow his opponent a single dart at double in the entire contest.
Adrian Lewis also progressed to the quarter-finals by virtue of a whitewash victory, defeating Jianhua Shen 6-0. Jackpot averaged a modest 81.98 and hit three maximums, but Shen averaged a miserly 62.86 and also failed to register an attempt at double on home soil.
However, the performance of round-one was delivered by Phil Taylor, who averaged 101.76 in beating Yuanjun Liu 6-1. The pair met in last month’s World Cup of Darts, and the outcome was very similar, as Taylor progressed in comprehensive fashion to set up a last-eight clash against Peter Wright.
Snakebite reeled off six successive legs as he eased past the dangerous Royden Lam in the second of Saturday’s last 16 clashes. Lam broke throw in the opening leg on D4, having earlier wired the bull for a 95 finish. Nevertheless Wright rallied impressively, finishing with an average of 89.41.
Raymond van Barneveld will meet Michael van Gerwen in an all-Dutch quarter-final, after the 49-year-old Dutchman eased past Lihao Wen 6-2. Van Barneveld scored impressively throughout, but he struggled in the finishing department, missing 25 darts at double in the match.
However, the five-time world champion still showed his class when it mattered. Barney hit three maximums, eight 140’s, and took out two bullseye finishes, which included a majestic 161 finish to secure victory.
Elsewhere, eight-time major winner James Wade thrashed TV debutant Yanlai Shi 6-1, to set up a quarter-final tussle against world champion Gary Anderson. Wade was playing well within himself; averaging just over 80. However, he was never threatened by Shi, who managed to avoid the whitewash by pinning D11.
Dave Chisnall will meet Auckland Darts Masters finalist Adrian Lewis in Sunday’s quarter-finals, after Chizzy breezed past Hong Kong’s World Cup representative Scott MacKenzie by virtue of a 6-2 scoreline.
Chisnall was considerably below par in the opening exchanges as the scores were locked at two apiece. However, MacKenzie was really struggling and averaged just 60, and the St Helen’s star upped the ante in the latter stages. He reeled off four straight legs to seal his progression, winning the final two legs in 12 and 14 darts respectively.
Shanghai Darts Masters
Saturday June 25
Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 Lihao Wen
Peter Wright 6-1 Royden Lam
James Wade 6-1 Yanlai Shi
Dave Chisnall 6-2 Scott Mackenzie
Phil Taylor 6-1 Yuanjun Liu
Adrian Lewis 6-0 Jianhua Shen
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Paul Lim
Gary Anderson 6-0 Yunfei Jiang
Best of 11 legs
Sunday June 26 (5pm)
Gary Anderson v James Wade
Phil Taylor v Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen v Raymond van Barneveld
Adrian Lewis v Dave Chisnall
Anderson/Wade v Taylor/Wright
van Gerwen/van Barneveld v Lewis/Chisnall
All games on Sunday are the best of 15 legs and played in draw bracket order as above.