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Betfred World Matchplay 2022 | Semi-Finals Preview and Order of Play

Betfred World Matchplay Darts | Day Seven Preview and Order of Play

Jamie Shaw in World Matchplay 22 Jul 2022
Ditch team-mates Van Duijvenbode and Noppert collide (Photo by Kais Bodensieck/PDC Europe)

The Quarter-Final action continues at the 2022 Betfred World Matchplay in Blackpool on Friday with another pair of unmissable show-downs.

A pulsating Night Six at the Winter Gardens saw Dimitri van den Bergh and Michael van Gerwen book their place in Saturday’s Semi-Finals by edging out defending champion Peter Wright and Nathan Aspinall respectively.

Two Dutch stars and two former Grand Slam winners will now vie to join them as the race to lift the Phil Taylor trophy intensifies.

The opening match of the night sees two recent World Cup team-mates face off as Dirk van Duijvenbode takes on Danny Noppert.

The Dutch duo joined forces to reach the Semi-Finals of last month’s World Cup in Frankfurt and are enjoying arguably the most prolific spells of their respective careers to date.

Both are appearing at this stage of the competition for the first time and look set to contest a high-scoring thriller over the long format.

Van Duijvenbode, the number 14 seed, averaged 103.6 in seeing off Ryan Searle 10-8 in Round One before knocking out world number three Michael Smith 11-7, with the aid of a 170 checkout, to continue his charge.

The 180 specialist knows what it takes to reach a major ranking final, having done so at the 2020 World Grand Prix, and was also runner-up in this year’s Dutch Masters World Series event.

Noppert, meanwhile, reeled off six consecutive legs from 6-4 down to dispatch Brendan Dolan in his opener with a 100.7 average, before thrashing Daryl Gurney 11-4 with a 102.3 average to extend his ground-breaking run.

The world number 11 is chasing a second major title of the season, having secured UK Open glory in March, and appears at ease with the iconic Blackpool stage, landing a a blind 180 during his win over Gurney.

The fourth Quarter-Final sees world number two Gerwyn Price come up against seventh seed Jose de Sousa.

Price, who has never been beyond the Quarter-Finals of this event, opened up with a 10-8 victory over German debutant Martin Schindler before defeating Dave Chisnall 11-8 to reach this stage for the third time.

The reigning Grand Slam champion has picked up a European Tour title and a ProTour title this term and was runner-up alongside Jonny Clayton for Wales in the recent World Cup of Darts.

With Wright having exited the competition on Thursday, victory over De Sousa would see Price leapfrog ‘Snakebite’ back into the provisional world number one spot.

De Sousa, meanwhile, overcame German number one Gabriel Clemens in Round One for the second successive year before turning on the style to dispatch 2019 champion Rob Cross 11-8 with a 103 average and nine 180s.

The 2020 Grand Slam champion and 2021 Premier League runner-up looks to have recaptured his brilliant best form after a below-par first half of the season and is now aiming to tear up the script and remain in the running for glory.

The action gets under way from 8pm BST, with Quarter-Final 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.

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Betfred World Matchplay 2022 Day Seven Schedule

Friday July 22

Quarter-Finals

8.15pm Dirk van Duijvenbode v Danny Noppert
9.45pm Gerwyn Price v Jose de Sousa

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