Michael van Gerwen stormed through to the quarter-finals of the World Matchplay with a brilliant display on Wednesday evening.
The world number two demolished Peter Wright, who has been in fine form in 2013, winning 13-3 to delight the crowd at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.
van Gerwen, who averaged over 105, will meet either Dave Chisnall or Jamie Caven in the last eight.
“I am very happy with the way I played but that is just part of the job,” said the Dutch 24-year-old.
“I will play a tough opponent in the next round and we still have all of the top six in the tournament so we will see what happens if I meet them later.
“I’m really pleased to have found my level tonight though and it makes me feel like I will do very well this week.”
The first five legs all went with the throw, despite van Gerwen having darts to break in each of Wright’s two winning legs, with the Dutch ace taking out 84 to edge the first session 3-2.
‘Mighty Mike’ then fired in six perfect darts but narrowly missed his attempt at a seventh before eventually bedding double 18 for the the first break of throw.
He then produced back to back 12 dart legs to move 6-2 ahead before taking out 104 with Wright waiting on 40.
‘Snakebite’ pulled a leg back but van Gerwen responded by again throwing six darts towards a perfect leg, which he eventually won on tops, before taking out 50 to break.
And van Gerwen finished off a sensational perfomance by completing a run of six straight legs to win 13-3, narrowly missing the bull in the final leg to finish the job in style with a sensational 170 finish.
He added: “It would have been lovely to win it with a 170 but it wasn’t to be. I was frustrated that it didn’t go in and I felt like I might hit a nine-darter.
“I also had darts at doubles in all of the three legs that Peter won but winning is the most important thing.”
By Chris Murphy
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