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World Matchplay 2021: Dimitri Van den Bergh beats Gerwyn Price to reach semi-finals in Blackpool |  Darts News


Dimitri van den Bergh beats Gerwyn Price 16-9 to book the semi-final against Krzysztof Ratajski, who beat Callan Rydz 16-8; World Matchplay quarterfinal coverage continues Friday with Michael van Gerwen vs. Nathan Aspinall and Peter Wright vs. Michael Smith; join us from 7 p.m. live on Sky Sports Arena

Last update: 07/22/21 10:44 PM



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Dimitri Van den Bergh said Gerwyn Price’s mental games of making fun of his dancing made him smile and didn’t stop him from beating the world number one.

Dimitri Van den Bergh said Gerwyn Price’s mental games of making fun of his dancing made him smile and didn’t stop him from beating the world number one.

Dimitri Van den Bergh remained on track to defend his world title in matchplay as a superb performance produced a 16-9 victory over world No.1 Gerwyn Price at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

The star at a sold-out party at the Empress Ballroom went to the clash between the world No.1 and the world champion Price against the reigning Matchplay champion Van den Bergh.

In a contest that featured 16 max of 180s and a series of high-quality rallies, it was Van den Bergh who kept his hopes up of becoming the fourth man to retain the crown in this tournament with a spectacular glow that left him behind. saw winning seven of the last eight stages for victory.

He will then face Krzysztof Ratajski who eliminated 23-year-old Callan Rydz. Despite some temperamental voices – he missed 30 darts in the outside ring – Ratajski’s score was too powerful as the fairy tale Rydz came to a halt and the 44-year-old Pole progressed.

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Dimitri Van den Bergh knocked out world champion Gerwyn Price at World Matchplay in Blackpool (Image: Lawrence Lustig / PDC)

Dimitri Van den Bergh knocked out world champion Gerwyn Price at World Matchplay in Blackpool (Image: Lawrence Lustig / PDC)

The brilliant Van den Bergh too strong for a fickle price

Dimitri Van den Bergh was in excellent shape to take his unbeaten world record to eight games as he passed Gerwyn Price to stay on track to defend the title.

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Van den Bergh remained calm to punish Price’s missed double darts (Image: Lawrence Lustig / PDC)

The brilliant Belgian won on his Milton Keynes debut last year when the tournament was held behind closed doors, and with the competition returning to his iconic home on the Lancashire coast, he continued where he had left him.

Van den Bergh averaged 102.27 and hit a 10 high of 180 on his way to the bottom four, and with both men missing more than 50 double darts in the meantime, The’s power score Dreammaker has kept him in the ascendant.

In sweltering heat on the Blackpool stage, and after Price opened with a 105 finish, Van den Bergh pulled out 96 for a 14 dart break, but only after the Iceman, beaten in the first round of Matchplay in each. of the past four years, had missed four double darts himself.

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Price hit 105 starts in the opening game of his quarter-final at World Matchplay

Price hit 105 starts in the opening game of his quarter-final at World Matchplay

Two more darts took Price’s tally to 10 double missed darts in the first six legs and Van den Bergh punished him again. When he landed a second pitching break, he had a three-legged lead.

After being booed on stage, Price was digging deep into his search for inspiration and when he finally pinned the double top to get a third leg on the chessboard, he played all the way to the gallery with a bellowing roar.

Van den Bergh, 8-4 ahead and halfway to the finish point, saw some double scuffing of his own slip and when the Welshman won the 15th game he was one for the first time since the end of the opening session – and he celebrated with a Van den Bergh style dance.

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Price celebrated his leg hold by performing the Van den Bergh dance in front of the Belgian

Price celebrated his leg hold by performing the Van den Bergh dance in front of the Belgian

However, with the standard climb up, the pair traded 13-dart legs before Van den Bergh regained control with three more legs, including two 12-darts that took his average to 102.

From there, the defending champion was in cruise control, as he extended his lead to six legs with a flurry that left him in one of the other semi-finals. Price only managed one more step as his missed dart tally climbed to 26 and the Belgian kept his cool to cross the finish line and celebrate another victory on his Matchplay CV.

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Ratajski too good as Rydz’s dreams fade

Krzysztof Ratajski ended his quarter-final hoodoo to beat Callan Rydz and reach his first major television semi-final after a 16-8 victory over the young rookie.

Ratajski had been beaten in four previous televised quarter-finals, including the World Championship, UK Open and last year’s Matchplay, but he was too good for the world No.54.

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Krzysztof Ratajski says he’s over the moon to reach his first major semi-final in the PDC, after beating Callan Rydz 16-8

Krzysztof Ratajski says he’s over the moon to reach his first major semi-final in the PDC, after beating Callan Rydz 16-8

Rydz’s memorable run featured three-time world champion Glen Durrant in the first round and 2019 Matchplay winner Rob Cross amidst an astonishing display of hits in the second round.

Ratajski missed three opportunities to break early in the opener, allowing Rydz to step in and win the first leg, but Ratajski – as is in his way – was not disturbed and shot in the First 180 of the game on his way to a 2-1 lead with a 12-dart break.

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Ratajski comfortably touched 105 cases in World Matchplay quarter-finals

Ratajski comfortably touched 105 cases in World Matchplay quarter-finals

Ratajski, a seven-time Pro and European Tour winner over the past three years, won four of the next five stages to take the competition firmly – a sleek 116 finished the climax as the missed doubles remained unpunished by Rydz, who didn’t score enough to challenge the 44-year-old Varsovian.

With a four-legged lead behind him, Ratajski was rock solid on his own throw, adding a second triple-digit finish to extend his advantage to five and it wasn’t until the 18th stop of the contest that Rydz finally made it. perforated.

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Ratajski almost reserved his place in the semi-finals with this elegant 141 case

Ratajski almost reserved his place in the semi-finals with this elegant 141 case

Having himself been broken four times, the Geordie managed to pin 41 for a 13-dart break, but that only reduced the backlog to six and the unflappable Ratajski hit back for a 13th inning of the game that l ‘left within three of the finish line.

An 11 dart break, followed by a 141 finish, seemed to bring Ratajski to the semifinals in style, and while Rydz pinched the next game, it was Ratajski who made the double eight to seal his date. with Van den Bergh.

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