Much of the focus would have been on Ian White as the new world number 8 took on Robert Thornton. Diamond beat fellow Scotsman Gary Anderson in Wednesday’s second round match, producing scintillating darts to knock out the Champions of the world. White’s form severely dipped overnight. His sensational record of no missed doubles to begin a leg, couldn’t even be preserved until the opening leg as White surrendered the opening leg. The pair took a set a piece on throw as the man from Stoke failed to reproduce his spectacular recent form. It would eventually boil down to a nervy last leg decider. Both players had been shaky throughout but with White low on confidence, Thornton powered past, sparking some passionate celebrations.
Mensur Suljovic performed a drubbing on the out of sorts Vincent Van Der Voort to reach the semi finals. Both had already produced magical giant killings to reach this stage. The big Dutchman performed the impossible and conquered the 16 time world Champion, while Suljovic extinguished James Wade’s chances of lifting the trophy for a second time. A duo of magical finishes confirmed Van Der Voort took the lead. But 11, yes 11, missed darts a double for the Dutchman paved a clear path for Mensur to bustle his way back into the match. From their on the Austrian had the game tied up. Van Der Voort’s scoring feel to pieces, a shot at double was hard to come by, and Suljovic strolled into the lead. Nobody could’ve guessed how the 43-year-old taking out a mind-blowing 170 finish to seal the deal.
Two former Lakeside champions met in the third match of the evening. In a rollercoaster of a match it would last until a final leg shootout. It seemed all over before it had begun, Jelle Klaasen couldn’t find his feet on the Dublin stage, Mark Webster didn’t look like missing a double. The Welshman stretched out a magnificent 2-0 lead but back cam the Dutchman. Back to back 180’s gave him some hope, and a leg in this case. The Spider’s web disintegrated as Klaasen levelled the match. With both knowing a semi final spot could be the starting block to reignite their PDC careers, a faltering final set was full of errors, but only led to more drama as the pair vied backwards and forwards for a last 4 spot. The pivotal moment would be the break of throw, the bullseye giving Webster breathing room. He dually applied the finishing touches showing unbelievable composure to seal his place in tomorrow’s line-up.
Top seeds have been dropping like flies in recent times, and MVG was determined not to preserve this astonishing record. His opponent, Jamie Lewis had squeezed past William O’Connor and Michael Smith. The reigning Grand Prix champion posed a much tougher challenge.. Van Gerwen was quick out of the blocks taking the opening set 3-0. Lewis has started sluggishly in his previous two matches but was able to prevent the demoralising whitewash by putting a leg on the bard in the second set. But he couldn’t prevent Van Gerwen extending his lead. The prosperous Welshman matched Van Gerwen stride by stride throughout the final set. Nevertheless the world number one wrapped up the victory in his trademark merciless style, hitting a 160 finish to kill off the brave Lewis.