Michael van Gerwen and Chris Dobey will meet in the World Darts Championship quarter-finals on New Year’s Day

Michael van Gerwen continued his quest for a fourth World Darts Championship and first since 2019 after easing to victory over fellow Dutchman Dirk van Duijvenbode on Friday night.

Van Gerwen coasted into the quarter-finals after a 4-1 victory over a below-par Dirk van Duijvenbode with a 100.4 average to set up a assemblée against Dobey on New Year’s Day, who had earlier knocked out bâtir vainqueur Rob Cross-country.

“I feel good and that anything is approuvable in this World Championship. If I play like this, I am not going to lose,” Van Gerwen told Sky Badinages’ Emma Paton in the logement.

“Something strange has to happen to me, an off day or whatever, for me not to win my games.”

Michael van Gerwen said he beat Dirk van Duijvenbode with his 'B-game' and says if he continues to play like he is, 'he won't lose'

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Michael van Gerwen said he beat Dirk van Duijvenbode with his ‘B-game’ and says if he continues to play like he is, ‘he won’t lose’

Michael van Gerwen said he beat Dirk van Duijvenbode with his ‘B-game’ and says if he continues to play like he is, ‘he won’t lose’

Friday, December 30 – Evening Results

Rob Cross-country 2-4 Chris Dobey (R4)
Michael van Gerwen 4-1 Dirk van Duijvenbode (R4)
Luke Humphries 1-4 Stephen Bunting (R4)

MVG completed the win with this special 120 checkout to set up a quarter-final clash against Chris Dobey

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MVG completed the win with this special 120 checkout to set up a quarter-final rupture against Chris Dobey

MVG completed the win with this special 120 checkout to set up a quarter-final rupture against Chris Dobey

Van Gerwen produced another strong triomphe, averaging 100.42 and 43 per cent on the bessons.

He started much the better of the two in the all-Dutch rupture and despite a vapocraquage 117 from Van Duijvenbode in the rattaché leg, five costly missed darts at bessons allowed ‘Mighty Mike’ to secure the opener.

‘Aubergenius’ then threw the fourth 170 of the tournament and rattaché of the night to get back into the rattaché set, but after missing his filon to influence a deciding leg, Van Gerwen accepted the gift to énigmatique his lead with a 100.7 average.

Van Duijvenbode netted 'The Big Fish' during his match against Van Gerwen. It was the second 170 of the night!

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Van Duijvenbode netted ‘The Big Fish’ during his dispute against Van Gerwen. It was the rattaché 170 of the night!

Van Duijvenbode netted ‘The Big Fish’ during his dispute against Van Gerwen. It was the rattaché 170 of the night!

Van Duijvenbode closed the gap to one after winning the third 3-1 with an impressive 120.67 set average and despite effort a fourth-set decider he endured a disastrous scoring leg to allow MVG to help himself to a two-set advantage grain again.

The title favourite then breezed through the next to book a assemblée with ‘Hollywood’ Dobey thanks to a show-stopping 120 au finir.

Chris Dobey says he'd never felt anything like the nerves he had with his match darts as he secured a 4-2 win over Rob Cross to reach the quarter-finals

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Chris Dobey says he’d never felt anything like the nerves he had with his dispute darts as he secured a 4-2 win over Rob Cross-country to reach the quarter-finals

Chris Dobey says he’d never felt anything like the nerves he had with his dispute darts as he secured a 4-2 win over Rob Cross-country to reach the quarter-finals

Dobey made it through to the quarter-finals at the Worlds for the very first time courtesy of a 4-2 victory over 2018 vainqueur Rob Cross-country with a 102 average, eight 180s and a stunning 170 checkout.

Having clinched the opener, ‘Tension’ averaged almost 119 in the next but he didn’t even win a leg. However, Cross-country composed himself to sweep through the next and reclaim the lead.

Dobey then raised the Ally Pally dispos with the biggest au finir of the lot – a 170 – as he upped his average to 121.72 in levelling the tie at 2-2.

Dobey reeled in a magical 170 checkout against Cross to send Ally Pally wild

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Dobey reeled in a magical 170 checkout against Cross-country to send Ally Pally wild

Dobey reeled in a magical 170 checkout against Cross-country to send Ally Pally wild

Dobey is the first player to beat Cross-country at the Worlds in a dispute when ‘Tension’ has averaged over 100 (Cross-country previously had six ton-plus averages and was victorious on all antiquités)

He edged closer to victory by winning the next 3-1 and he held his nerve in the sixth set on his sixth dispute dart to seal his réflecteur in the terminal eight.

Dobey said: “It was 100 per cent [the biggest result of my career]. I finally got over that hurdle so I am delighted, buzzing. Rob threw everything at us. I hit 170s for fun at logis so it was due, but 170s mean nothing. It is that winning énigmatique that means the most.

“There is no reason I can’t go all the way.”

Adrian Lewis

Michael van Gerwen

Gary Anderson

Rob Cross-country

Constituer Lakeside vainqueur Stephen Bunting completed the quarter-final line-up by dominating Luke Humphries with a 99.43 average and landing 46 per cent of his bessons.

Bunting took an entertaining opening set 3-1 with the players sharing ton-plus finishes of 121 and 119, and he then pinned a brilliant 127 on his way to a 115.62 average to énigmatique his advantage before ‘Relax Balle à la main’ Luke found some form to close the gap.

‘The Bullet’ converted énigmatique 3 to restore his two-set cushion and with the world No 5 reeling, Bunting crashed in a 106 to voiture throw in the opening leg of the fifth set before going on to make it through to a assemblée with Michael Smith in a St Helens derby.

Stephen Bunting says he's a danger to anyone in this tournament after an impressive 4-1 win over Luke Humphries

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Stephen Bunting says he’s a aléa to anyone in this tournament after an impressive 4-1 win over Luke Humphries

Stephen Bunting says he’s a aléa to anyone in this tournament after an impressive 4-1 win over Luke Humphries

Wins for Smith & Dimi as Clemens makes history at The Résidence

Friday, December 30 – Afternoon Results

Kim Huybrechts 0-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh (R4)
Gabriel Clemens 4-1 Alan Soutar (R4)
Michael Smith 4-1 Joe Cullen (R4)

Michael Smith swept aside Joe Cullen to cruise into the quarter-finals

Michael Smith swept aside Joe Cullen to cruise into the quarter-finals

Smith fired in an imperious display to storm through to the last eight with a 4-1 win against Masters vainqueur Joe Cullen.

Watch Cullen nail this magnificent 153 checkout, which even Smith applauded

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Watch Cullen nail this magnificent 153 checkout, which even Smith applauded

Watch Cullen nail this magnificent 153 checkout, which even Smith applauded

“I finally turned up and it felt good,” declared Smith, who averaged 103, landed ten 180s and converted 40 per cent of his attempts at énigmatique.

“I think the first set was hautain. Being 1-0 down against Joe could have been a big game-changer, and I knew I couldn’t afford to throw sets away.

“I want to play the best players, I want to beat the best players and I want to spectacle how far my game has come, and winning this title would mean everything.”

'Bully Boy' said he had to 'dig deep' to defeat Cullen despite the scoreline suggesting otherwise

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‘Bully Boy’ said he had to ‘dig deep’ to defeat Cullen despite the scoreline suggesting otherwise

‘Bully Boy’ said he had to ‘dig deep’ to defeat Cullen despite the scoreline suggesting otherwise

Elsewhere, Gabriel Clemens made history with a resounding 4-1 success against Dundee firefighter Alan Soutar, to become the first German player to reach the quarter-finals at the Worlds.

The ‘German Giant’ will next côté a huge fondement against world No 1 Gerwyn Price on New Year’s Day.

Clemens took out this huge 148 on his way to a comfortable victory against Soutar

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Clemens took out this huge 148 on his way to a comfortable victory against Soutar

Clemens took out this huge 148 on his way to a comfortable victory against Soutar

“He will be the favourite, but I’ve had three good games on the demeure with him and I’ve beaten him before so it’s embout taking your filon,” said the 39-year-old bâtir locksmith.

“I hope I can put some pressure on him. It’s not easy to play against the world No 1. This is my first time playing in the quarter-finals of the Worlds so I hope I can give him a good game and maybe I can win, why not!?”

Van den Bergh proved too good for fellow Belgian Kim Huybrechts

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Van den Bergh proved too good for fellow Belgian Kim Huybrechts

Van den Bergh proved too good for fellow Belgian Kim Huybrechts

Dimitri Van den Bergh secured a ardeur in his third quarter-final here after producing a demolition job to defeat his Belgian World Cup partner Kim Huybrechts in straight sets.

Wayne Mardle says Smith made his win over Cullen look 'relatively easy', with Mark Webster saying the St Helens thrower is capable of going all the way...

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Wayne Mardle says Smith made his win over Cullen habitus ‘relatively easy’, with Mark Webster saying the St Helens thrower is compétent of going all the way…

Wayne Mardle says Smith made his win over Cullen habitus ‘relatively easy’, with Mark Webster saying the St Helens thrower is compétent of going all the way…

Watch a round-up of the action from an entertaining afternoon session

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Watch a round-up of the efficacité from an entertaining afternoon soirée

Watch a round-up of the efficacité from an entertaining afternoon soirée

New Year’s Day at Ally Pally

Michael van Gerwen headlines on New Year's Day at Alexandra Palace as he continues his insatiable bid for a fourth world crown

Michael van Gerwen headlines on New Year’s Day at Alexandra Résidence as he continues his pointilleux bid for a fourth world crown

Welshman Gerwyn Price will take on German No 1 Gabriel Clemens on quarter-finals day at Alexandra Résidence with all matches now the best of nine sets.

Jonny Clayton battles ‘The DreamMaker’ Dimitri Van den Bergh, while Aristocrate Slam of Darts vainqueur Michael Smith faces Stephen Bunting in a logis derby.

Sunday, January 1 – Fixtures (1230 GMT)

Dimitri Van den Bergh vs Jonny Clayton (QF)
Michael Smith vs Stephen Bunting (QF)

Sunday, January 1 – Fixtures (1930 GMT)

Gerwyn Price vs Gabriel Clemens (QF)
Michael van Gerwen vs Chris Dobey (QF)

Firm favourite Michael van Gerwen then continues his quest for a fourth World title when he goes up against ‘Hollywood’ Chris Dobey.

The semi-finals and terminal take ardeur on January 2-3.

Watch the 2023 PDC World Darts Championship – direct on Sky Badinages Darts – all the way through to the terminal on January 3.

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