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Darts: PDC World Matchplay Reaches Semi-Finals

 

Darts is deep into its first major tournament since the resumption of live sport and it’s been a successful one. The PDC World Matchplay has been shown live on Sky Sports since the tournament began and it has already seen some major shocks.

Welshman Gerwyn Price suffered a humiliating first-round World Matchplay defeat for the fourth year in a row. World number three who has risen to prominence in the past 18 months, was surprisingly beaten 10-7 by 24th ranked Danny Noppert behind closed doors in Milton Keynes.

World number one and many peoples tournament favourite, Michael Van Gerwen was then knocked out after a stunning second-round defeat by Australian Simon Whitlock. The 16th seed raced into a 5-0 lead on his way to thrashing two-time winner Van Gerwen 11-4 behind closed doors in Milton Keynes.

It was then World champion Peter Wright’s turn to be upset when he lost 11-8 to Glen Durrant in the second round. Wright led 4-1 at one point, but Durrant reeled off five legs in a row, including 108 and 104 checkouts, to take a 6-4 lead at a pivotal stage. A 121 from Wright made it 7-7 but Englishman Durrant pulled clear to reach the quarter-finals.

The tournament reaches its semi-final stage on Saturday night with Peter Wright’s conqueror Glen Durrant taking on Belgian Dimitri van den Burgh. Not before an all UK affair between Scotsman Gary Anderson and Stoke born Adrian Lewis.

Having defeated Wright to reach this stage Glen Durrant may be considered a slight favourite to reach the final. The first match of the night is too close to call, both former World champions and both in great form, it could be a classic.

The action gets underway in Milton Keynes at 8.05pm and will be live on Sky Sports.

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