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Van Gerwen and Van Barneveld breeze into Players Championship Quarter-Finals as Kist and Webster continue dream runs

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 27 Nov 2016
Webster celebrates after knocking out nine-darter hero Norris (credit:Chris Dean/PDC)

Dutch darting giants Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld will collide in the Quarter-Finals of the Players Championship Finals on Sunday following their dominant Third Round victories at Butlins Minehead.

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Reigning champion van Gerwen continued his charge towards a third Players Championship Finals title in four years with commanding defeats of both Vincent van der Voort and Josh Payne on Saturday.
 
After seeing off van der Voort 6-1, van Gerwen then found himself 2-0 down to Kent youngster Payne, who had defeated another Dutchman, Berry van Peer, in the second round before taking that form into the early stages against the world number one.
 
Van Gerwen, though, capitalised on missed doubles from Payne in successive legs as he levelled before pulling clear with the aid of two 11-dart finishes, a pair of 12-dart legs and a 112 checkout as he claimed ten straight legs for victory.
 
Van Gerwen now takes on five-time World Champion van Barneveld in the last eight on Sunday afternoon, after the 49-year-old defeated Adrian Lewis 6-4 in round two before breezing past a below-par Joe Cullen 10-2 in the third round.
 
"Raymond's a fantastic player and if he gets his form he can beat anyone, but I think I'm in better form and I've got the advantage," said van Gerwen. "I think it was a good victory against Josh and I played okay in patches.
 
"If someone plays well they can make it very difficult but there are very good players in this tournament and you need to do the right things at the right moments."

Christian Kist won through to his first TV quarter-final since joining the PDC circuit in 2014 by defeating Justin Pipe 10-6, firing in finishes of 120, 144 and 161 in a strong performance to follow up his 6-2 win over Dimitri Van den Bergh earlier in the day.
 
Darren Webster will now meet Kist on Sunday afternoon after the Norfolk ace defeated Simon Whitlock 6-3 and Alan Norris - Friday's nine-dart hero - with a 10-5 triumph to reach his first TV quarter-final in almost ten years.

Belgian ace Kim Huybrechts, the runner-up in the 2012 Players Championship Finals, enjoyed an impressive day as he won through to the last eight.
 
Huybrechts firstly averaged 108 and hit three ton-plus checkouts to defeat Daryl Gurney 6-1, before seeing off another Northern Irish ace, Brendan Dolan, 10-4 in a game where he sealed victory with a maximum 170 checkout.
 
"The 170 finish was a nice way to seal it and nice for the crowd," said Huybrechts. "I've had a lot of ton-plus finishes so far this weekend and that's good for my confidence, and I'm going to need it in the next round.
 
"I've been in the final a couple of years ago so I want to repeat that and go one stage better."
 
Huybrechts now meets Peter Wright in the last eight, after the world number three averaged almost 105 in a 6-2 win over James Wade before seeing off Dutch left-hander Ron Meulenkamp 10-3 in the third round with a 100 average.
 
Dave Chisnall followed up his 6-4 win over Jamie Lewis in the afternoon session with a narrow 10-9 defeat of Jelle Klaasen, who missed three darts to snatch victory in a dramatic deciding leg.
 
"It was a tough game, crazy," admitted Chisnall, who hit 11 maximum 180s in the game. "I thought I'd thrown it away but that last double is always the hardest and at the end of the day I got that last double."
 
Chisnall's opponent on Sunday afternoon will be Robbie Green, who reached the quarter-finals of a TV event for the first time since rejoining the PDC circuit in 2015 with wins over Jeffrey de Graaf and Terry Jenkins on Saturday.
 
The Merseyside ace averaged an impressive 105 in his 6-1 defeat of emerging Dutchman de Graaf, before pulling clear from five-all against veteran star Jenkins to take a 10-7 triumph.
 
Saturday's afternoon session had culminated with a huge upset as world number 83 Meulenkamp knocked out World Champion Gary Anderson 6-5 in a deciding leg to claim the biggest win of his career.
 
Former TV tournament winners Adrian Lewis, James Wade and Simon Whitlock also exited in round two, while Cullen whitewashed Austrian youngster Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-0 with a fine display.
 
Players Championship Finals 2016 Results

Saturday November 26

Afternoon Session

Second Round

Main Stage
Dave Chisnall 6-4 Jamie Lewis
Mick McGowan 3-6 Alan Norris
Brendan Dolan 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Kim Huybrechts 6-1 Daryl Gurney
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Vincent van der Voort
Raymond van Barneveld 6-4 Adrian Lewis
Peter Wright 6-2 James Wade
Ron Meulenkamp 6-5 Gary Anderson
 
Stage Two
Dimitri Van den Bergh 2-6 Christian Kist
Vincent Kamphuis 2-6 Jelle Klaasen
Simon Whitlock 3-6 Darren Webster
Jan Dekker 1-6 Justin Pipe
Josh Payne 6-4 Berry van Peer
Joe Cullen 6-0 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Ian White 5-6 Terry Jenkins
Jeffrey de Graaf 1-6 Robbie Green
 
Evening Session - Third Round

Main Stage
Dave Chisnall 10-9 Jelle Klaasen
Raymond van Barneveld 10-2 Joe Cullen
Michael van Gerwen 10-2 Josh Payne
Peter Wright 10-3 Ron Meulenkamp
 
Stage Two
Christian Kist 10-6 Justin Pipe
Darren Webster 10-5 Alan Norris
Brendan Dolan 4-10 Kim Huybrechts
Terry Jenkins 7-10 Robbie Green


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