Tournament favourite Peter Wright will take on two-time champion Raymond van Barneveld in the UK Open quarter-finals on Sunday afternoon, as Simon Whitlock, Kim Huybrechts, Alan Norris, Daryl Gurney, Ian White & Gerwyn Price all moved into the last eight on a dramatic day of action in Minehead.
Wright remains on course to win his maiden PDC major title after defeating Dave Chisnall and Rob Cross on day two. The world number three overcame a potential banana-skin in round-four to defeat Chisnall 10-5. The St Helens’ ace landed seven maximums but struggled on the doubles, as Snakebite prevailed 10-5 with a 98.87 average.
Wright then faced the impressive Rob Cross in the last 16. Cross made his name here in Minehead twelve months ago and acquitted himself impressively against the Scot. However, Snakebite was extremely solid; averaging 101.33, landing five maximums and converting 53% of his double attempts to progress 10-6.
Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld remains in the hunt for his third UK Open triumph after defeating Ron Meulenkamp and Alan Tabern on day two. Van Barneveld was in sensational form to ease past his compatriot Meulenkamp on the main stage on Saturday afternoon, averaging 104.03 and landing eight maximums.
However, his last 16 tussle against a resurgent Alan Tabern was far more attritional. Van Barneveld scored superbly but missed 26 darts at double throughout the match. Nevertheless, he reeled off four legs on the spin to prevail 10-7 with a solid 96.52 average, to set up a real heavyweight clash with Wright in the quarter-finals.
Simon Whitlock continued his impressive form to secure a spot in the last eight. ‘The Wizard’ saw off a spirited Dirk van Duijvenbode in round-four, before battling past William O’Connor 10-7. The Australian trailed 5-4 a one stage, but won six of the final eight legs after crashing in eight maximums and posting a solid 94.80 average.
Whitlock will face Daryl Gurney for a place in the last four, after Gurney recorded impressive victories over Mark Webster and Vincent van der Voort respectively. ‘Super-Chin’ produced an impressive performance to dismantle Webster 10-3; averaging 97.09, posting five maximums and hitting 45% of his attempts at double.
The Northern Irishman then faced Vincent van der Voort in the last 16, after Vincent recovered from 6-2 down to defeat his compatriot Jelle Klaasen in a last-leg shootout.Gurney trailed the Dutchman 5-4 but won six legs in succession to round-off victory, as Van der Voort was left to rue hitting just 5 of his 31 double attempts.
Kim Huybrechts survived a major scare as he secured a place in his maiden UK Open quarter-final. ‘The Hurricane’ was in scintillating form to dispatch Ted Evetts 10-1 in the last 32, averaging an incredible 110.29, firing in five maximums and boasting an impressive checkout success rate of 67%.
Nevertheless, his last 16 clash against Joe Cullen was a dramatic affair. Cullen dropped just seven legs in defeating Robert Thornton and Cristo Reyes earlier in the competition, and stormed into a 5-1 lead over the Belgian. However, Huybrechts rallied and survived a match dart from ‘The Rockstar’ to clinch victory on D10 in a nerve-jangling decider.
Huybrechts will face Alan Norris in the quarter-finals, after ‘Chuck’ moved into his third PDC major quarter-final with victories over Benito van de Pas and Michael Smith. ‘Chuck’ produced a blistering surge to defeat ‘Big Ben’; recovering from 5-4 down to reel off six legs in succession having landed eight maximums.
Norris then maintained his incredible record over Michael Smith to move into Sunday’s quarter-finals. Norris had won their six previous meetings and recorded a 10-6 victory, with 12 of the 16 legs going against throw. Smith registered nine maximums but was ruthlessly punished for a miserly 21% checkout success rate in a topsy-turvy affair.
Welsh number one Gerwyn Price booked his place in his second major quarter-final after defeating the giant-killing Paul Hogan in the last 16. After stunning Gary Anderson in round-three on Friday night, Hogan repeated the heroics to dump out Adrian Lewis 10-6; averaging 99.78 and taking out majestic finishes of 160 and 161.
Nevertheless, he was unable to overcome the imperious Welshman. Price had comprehensively beaten David Pallett on Saturday afternoon, despite averaging a modest 87.07. However, he averaged 101.26, landed four maximums and converted 45% of his double attempts to complete an accomplished 10-6 win over ‘Crocodile Dundee’.
Price will face Ian White in the last eight, who continues to go under the radar in Minehead having recorded victories over Kirk Shepherd and Martin Lukeman on the outer boards. White took out a sublime 158 checkout to defeat Shepherd 10-7, before easing past relative unknown Martin Lukeman 10-3, having led 7-0 at one stage.
Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC
Coral UK Open
Saturday March 4
Daryl Gurney 10-3 Mark Webster
Alan Norris 10-5 Benito van de Pas
Raymond van Barneveld 10-3 Ron Meulenkamp
Peter Wright 10-5 Dave Chisnall
Gerwyn Price 10-4 David Pallett
Kim Huybrechts 10-1 Ted Evetts
Vincent van der Voort 10-9 Jelle Klaasen
Paul Hogan 10-6 Adrian Lewis
William O’Connor 10-6 Ronnie Baxter
Martin Lukeman 10-5 Chris Dobey
Joe Cullen 10-5 Cristo Reyes
Simon Whitlock 10-6 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Alan Tabern 10-6 John Michael
Rob Cross 10-5 Ryan Searle
Ian White 10-7 Kirk Shepherd
Michael Smith 10-8 Jermaine Wattimena
Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Played across two stages
Gerwyn Price 10-6 Paul Hogan
Alan Norris 10-6 Michael Smith
Kim Huybrechts 10-9 Joe Cullen
Peter Wright 10-6 Rob Cross
Ian White 10-3 Martin Lukeman
Simon Whitlock 10-7 William O’Connor
Raymond van Barneveld 10-7 Alan Tabern
Daryl Gurney 10-5 Vincent van der Voort
Quarter-Finals – Draw & Order of Play
Kim Huybrechts v Alan Norris
Ian White v Gerwyn Price
Simon Whitlock v Daryl Gurney
Peter Wright v Raymond van Barneveld