Global Matchplay: Gerwyn Price defeats Jonny Clayton in Blackpool as Dimitri Van den Bergh continues to defend title | Darts News


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Gerwyn Price beats Welsh teammate Jonny Clayton with an average of 101 and 69% in doubles to reach the quarter-finals of World Matchplay in Blackpool; World No. 1 will face defending champion Dimitri Van den Bergh on Thursday

Last updated: 20/07/21 23:24

Gerwyn Price categorically punished fellow Welshman Jonny Clayton during World Matchplay to set up a meeting against defending champion Dimitri Van den Bergh

Gerwyn Price categorically punished fellow Welshman Jonny Clayton during World Matchplay to set up a meeting against defending champion Dimitri Van den Bergh

World champion Gerwyn Price fled with victory in the highly anticipated all-Welsh competition against Premier League winner Jonny Clayton in World Matchplay in sweltering Blackpool on Tuesday night.

Defending champion Dimitri Van den Bergh clocked an incredible 14,180s, averaging 103.97 to defeat Dave Chisnall and set up a tantalizing clash against Price.

Young contender Callan Rydz continued his dream run in the tournament, accumulating with four sensational finishes right on target, including The Big Fish, to take out former champion Rob Cross.

Krzysztof Ratajski will take on Rydz next after Pole reached the quarter-finals for the second year in a row as he defeated giant slayer Luke Humphries.

Round-the-world matchplay

Rob cross 8-11 Callan rydz
Luc Humphries 5-11 Krzysztof Ratajski
Gerwyn Prize 11-3 Jonny clayton
Dimitri Van den Bergh 11-8 Dave chisnall

Best of Day Four of the World Matchplay action at Blackpool's Winter Gardens

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Best of Day Four of the World Matchplay action at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens

Best of Day Four of the World Matchplay action at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens

Price makes it eight straight wins against Clayton

Price said he deserves respect after the Blackpool crowd booed him during and after his impressive victory

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Price said he deserves respect after the Blackpool crowd booed him during and after his impressive victory

Price said he deserves respect after the Blackpool crowd booed him during and after his impressive victory

Price and Clayton’s friendship was firmly on the back burner as the World Cup-winning duo began hammering tweezers on the big stage at Winter Gardens.

Clayton pulled off that neat crate against Price

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Clayton pulled off that neat crate against Price

Clayton pulled off that neat crate against Price

World number 1 and reigning world champion Price started off with a bang. He hit with an 11-darter, before landing two-dart combinations of 85 and 80. But the ferret responded with a ton, an 11-darter to him, and highs as the match went on at high speed. .

The Iceman asserted his authority by claiming the next four stages on the rebound, including a neat 108 finish, to establish a 7-3 lead.

Price showed his class by leaving this 108 finish

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Price showed his class by leaving this 108 finish

Price showed his class by leaving this 108 finish

Clayton, who entered the tournament after winning the Premier League, Masters and two players’ championship tournaments, had issues with his double and Price mercilessly punished him for completing a full 11-3 demolition job .

Dimitri continues to defend his title with Chizzy’s victory

Van den Bergh says he gets stronger after reaching quarter-finals

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Van den Bergh says he gets stronger after reaching quarter-finals

Van den Bergh says he gets stronger after reaching quarter-finals

Van den Bergh continued his title defense against Chisnall, who was looking to regain his best form after securing his first World Matchplay victory since 2018 against Vincent van der Voort.

Van den Bergh watched at home on the Blackpool stage as the dancing Belgian entered the opening gap 3-2 ahead, despite Chisnall’s 130.

Chisnall released this superb 130 against Van den Bergh

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Chisnall released this superb 130 against Van den Bergh

Chisnall released this superb 130 against Van den Bergh

A 121 on target followed by a double 16 gave the defending champion a 6-4 lead with a cool 104 average and eight 180s.

Van den Bergh hit with this 121 on the bull against Chizzy

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Van den Bergh hit with this 121 on the bull against Chizzy

Van den Bergh hit with this 121 on the bull against Chizzy

But he continued to allow Chizzy, a world championship semi-finalist in January, to return to the contest with the St Helens pitcher tying 6-6 with an excellent 127 on target.

Outstanding finishes from Van den Bergh helped him recover as he won four of the next five stages to move closer to a date with Price. And despite 25 missed doubles, he sealed an 11-8 win after an 11-dart leg against the pitch.

Chizzy broke Van den Bergh's throw with that brilliant 127

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Chizzy broke Van den Bergh’s throw with that brilliant 127

Chizzy broke Van den Bergh’s throw with that brilliant 127

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Rydz turns The Big Fish to sink Cross

Rydz said beating Cross at Winter Gardens was

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Rydz said beating Cross at Winter Gardens was “the greatest of my career”

Rydz said beating Cross at Winter Gardens was “the greatest of my career”

Rookie Rydz had already knocked out two-time semi-finalist Glen Durrant and emerging talent from Bedlington had 2019 winner Cross firmly in his sights.

The pair traded early breaks, but it was Voltage who held a slight advantage before activating the afterburners to open a 5-2 lead.

Rydz hit FOUR massive finishes on target in his victory over Cross - including a huge payout of 170

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Rydz hit FOUR massive finishes on target in his victory over Cross – including a huge payout of 170

Rydz hit FOUR massive finishes on target in his victory over Cross – including a huge payout of 170

Cross seemed in control until his three missed double darts and the riot got him paid with three gorgeous finishes on the bull’s-eye – an 86 crate, an 89 party coin, then another clutch finish to clean up. 92 for a 7-5 advantage.

Cross joined in the fun with that brilliant 132 finish on the bull

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Cross joined in the fun with that brilliant 132 finish on the bull

Cross joined in the fun with that brilliant 132 finish on the bull

Rydz was just sizzling on the ocha on a scorching night in Blackpool and he inflicted another cross-throw break with a double 4 to get two legs away from a famous victory. But Cross, a former world champion, stayed in touch at 9-7 with crucial 132 control over the bull.

But an incredible 170 finish from Rydz put him on the verge of victory and the 23-year-old cleaned up 60 for a sensational 11-8 success.

The Polish Eagle flies to the quarter-finals

Ratajski begged to advance to quarter-finals after 'difficult' win over Humphries

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Ratajski begged to advance to quarter-finals after ‘difficult’ win over Humphries

Ratajski begged to advance to quarter-finals after ‘difficult’ win over Humphries

Ratajski produced the tournament’s first ton-plus average in his impressive win over Brendan Dolan and he continued similarly against debutant Humphries.

The Pole took a 4-0 lead, including a whopping 140 with two double-tops, before Humphries moved up the board.

Ratajski hit highs, highs to pull back 140

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Ratajski hit highs, highs to pull back 140

Ratajski hit highs, highs to pull back 140

Humphries made an outstanding debut at Winter Gardens to take out former winner James Wade on Sunday but the 13th seed Ratajski kept him at bay in a top-notch encounter.

Humphries, who reached four finals in 2021 establishing himself in the top 32, gradually found his way back into the contest, but Ratajski managed the double 10 for a much-needed stop before pulling out 88 for an 11-darter to extend his advance to 7-4.

Humphries pinned this majestic 121 to keep himself in the contest

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Humphries pinned this majestic 121 to keep himself in the contest

Humphries pinned this majestic 121 to keep himself in the contest

Cool Hand crashed into a 121 on target, but it was that good for him as Ratajski won the next four on the rebound to end an impressive 11-5 win with an average of 99.94.

Darts is back on your Sky Sports screens with live coverage of World Matchplay from the iconic Winter Gardens through Sunday, July 25. Check out daily Darts news at skysports.com/darts, our mobile app and Twitter account @skysportsdarts

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