The Semi-Final line-up will be complete at the 2020 World Matchplay come the end of Friday night as four in-form…
The Semi-Final line-up will be complete at the 2020 World Matchplay come the end of Friday night as four in-form stars lock horns in Milton Keynes.
Gary Anderson and Michael Smith set up a Semi-Final show-down by overcoming Simon Whitlock and Krzysztof Ratajski respectively on Thursday, now a further quartet of top talent all hope to follow suit.
The bottom section of the draw has been thrown wide open following the early exits of the likes of Peter Wright, Gerwyn Price and Nathan Aspinall, with only one of the four remaining hopefuls having previously featured in a World Matchplay final.
That man is Adrian Lewis, who finished runner-up to Phil Taylor in 2013, and the rejuvenated Stoke star steps up his quest for glory with a clash against Dimitri van den Bergh in the evening’s opener.
A new-look Lewis appears re-energised both on and off the oche following an intense fitness regime during lock-down and is already reaping the benefits, winning through to only his second major ranking Quarter-Final in three years.
The two-time World Champion has topped his best televised average of the past 18 months in both rounds so far and will be determined to maintain that form and move a step closer to a first major ranking title since the 2014 UK Open.
Lewis began his charge with an epic 11-9 win over Steve Beaton in Round One, before averaging 99.8 in an 11-7 defeat of Danny Noppert in the Last 16.
He is now eyeing a slice of revenge over the young Belgian – who knocked him out of last December’s World Championship in a seven-set thriller.
Van den Bergh has enjoyed a dream World Matchplay debut so far, underlining his love for the televised stage by defeating Nathan Aspinall 10-5 and Joe Cullen 11-9.
The former World Youth Champion, twice a World Championship quarter-finalist, is now eyeing a place in a first major Semi-Final.
The fourth and final Last Eight tie sees three-time World Champion Glen Durrant bidding to make it back-to-back Matchplay Semi-Final appearances by dispatching a resurgent Vincent van der Voort.
Durrant enjoyed a superb run to the Last Four on debut in Blackpool last year, defeating MVG along the way, before going on to reach a further two major Semi-Finals later in 2019.
The Middlesbrough ace, who has charged into the top 16 within 18 months of gaining a Tour Card, is now looking to take the next step by becoming a first-time PDC major champion.
Durrant set his stall out superbly with a 107 average in thrashing Jeffrey de Zwaan 10-3 in Round One, before defying a 100.8 average from Peter Wright to put out the World Champion 11-8.
He now comes up against Dutch star Van der Voort for the first time in televised competition, with the 44-year-old having rolled back the years to reach his first Matchplay Quarter-Final since 2009.
Former UK Open finalist Van der Voort has seemingly benefited from the change of venue and looks to be playing with a new-found freedom as his back pain eases.
He began by knocking out Dave Chisnall 10-6 with a 99 average and followed that up with an 11-5 demolition of Daryl Gurney with a 97.7 average, including bursts of prolific power scoring.
Van der Voort’s last major Semi-Final appearance came back in 2014 at the Players Championship Finals.
The action gets underway from 7pm BST, with Quarter-Finals matches to be contested over the best of 31 legs.
All matches must be won by two clear legs, with a match being extended if necessary for a maximum of six extra legs before a sudden death leg is required.
World Matchplay 2020 Match Schedule
Friday July 24
7.15pm Adrian Lewis v Dimitri Van den Bergh
8.45pm Glen Durrant v Vincent van der Voort