World number one Michael van Gerwen remains on course to win his second World Series title of the year as he edged past James Wade, whilst Raymond van Barneveld, Dave Chisnall and Peter Wright also made it through to the last four at the PCEC on Friday night.
However, Van Gerwen survived a major scare as he narrowly defeated James Wade 10-8. The Dutchman fired in eight maximums and averaged 99 to progress against ‘The Machine’ who battled tenaciously.
MvG began the contest strongly, hitting maximums in each of the opening two legs as he established an early 2-0 cushion. However, Wade fired back impressively, converting finishes of 130 and 97 en route to reeling off four consecutive legs- to lead 4-2.
Despite this, Van Gerwen responded in kind by winning four straight legs of his own, to seize command once again. Wade refused to relent however, restoring parity at 6-6, despite missing six darts at double in the twelfth leg.
‘The Green Machine’ then clinched back-to-back legs to restore his cushion, and whilst Wade fought back with D10, Van Gerwen took out 76 to move to the brink of victory. Wade again landed D10 to stay afloat, but after the left-hander missed the bull for a 164 checkout, Van Gerwen advanced to the last four by virtue of pinning D4.
Van Gerwen will take on Peter Wright in the semi’s, after Snakebite produced a sublime performance to dispatch Phil Taylor’s conqueror Corey Cadby 10-2. It was a game of extreme quality, with both players averaging around 110, but the Scot was clinical, as he vanquished Cadby’s hopes of adding another scalp to his list in Perth.
The 21-year-old Tasmanian was terrific in defeating the 16-time world champion on Thursday evening, but Wright proved an obstacle too far. The Scot averaged 109.83, hitting seven maximums and converting 50% of his attempts at double, which included finishes of 132, 116 and 91.
Cadby wasn’t overawed by the situation. He averaged an incredible 109.53, firing in six maximums and taking out a spectacular 127 outshot. However, he was afforded just four darts at double in the entire contest, which illustrates just how clinical Wright was throughout.
Elsewhere, five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld reached his second World Series semi-final of the year, with a high-quality 10-8 win over Adrian Lewis. Lewis averaged 101.64 to Van Barneveld’s 101.34, but the Dutchman’s finishing was the decisive factor.
Van Barneveld hit an impressive 67% of his double attempts, which included finishes of 121, 116 and 76. The 121 finish on the bullseye came at a critical juncture, which saw Barney break to lead 5-4. Lewis scored superbly in patches, and threw two 11-darters in the latter stages to remain in contention, but RvB sealed his win with a 15-dart hold on D10.
Barney’s reward for his victory over Jackpot is a last-four showdown against Dave Chisnall, who produced a clinical display to knock out world champion Gary Anderson. ‘The Flying Scotsman’ was going in search of a fourth World Series crown in 2016, but Chizzy had other ideas, averaging 95.95 and hitting 58% of his doubles.
Anderson also hit 58% of his attempts at double as he averaged in excess of 97, but he ultimately faded in the second half of the match. Chisnall won seven of the remaining nine legs to complete a wonderful win, and the decisive moment came in the twelfth leg, when the St Helen’s star fired in a magnificent 160 checkout to secure a 7-5 advantage.
Raymond van Barneveld takes on Dave Chisnall in tomorrow’s first semi-final, before tournament favourite Michael van Gerwen locks horns with Peter Wright. The final will be played shortly after the conclusion of the second semi-final, as the remaining players battle it out to determine their final seedings for the World Series of Darts Finals.
TABtouch Perth Darts Masters
Friday August 26
Adrian Lewis 8-10 Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen 10-8 James Wade
Gary Anderson 7-10 Dave Chisnall
Corey Cadby 2-10 Peter Wright
Best of 19 legs
Saturday August 27 (7pm)
Semi-Finals Draw Bracket
Dave Chisnall v Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright
Best of 21 legs
Chisnall/van Barneveld v van Gerwen/Wright
Best of 21 legs