In a repeat of the 2015 World Masters final, pre tournament favourite Glen Durrant booked his place in the quarter finals with a comprehensive win over Larry Butler. The Middlesbrough man won eight consecutive legs, was 3-0 up, and on an incredible 79% checkout percentage going into the interval. Ton plus finishes were the order of the day, Durrant kicking off with a spectacular 141 to get the ball rolling and later hitting 148 to seal the third set. A lacklustre Butler could have been within reach of the world number one should he have improved dreadful double hitting. With the tournament hotting up, and the players edging closer to the Lakeside final next Sunday, Durrant will go into his quarter final with supreme confidence. He will face the winner of former Grand Slam champion Scott Waites and Belgian player Geert De Vos.
Lorraine Winstanley completed the line-up for the womens quarter finals with a 2-0 victory over Yorkshire counterpart Rachel Brooks. The third seed was pushed hard in the opening set, having to produce sort scintillating dart to take the early advantage. She hit her first 180 on the Lakeside stage since 2012, putting her within two legs of a final eight match against Deta Headman. Eventually, the former semi finalist would wrap-up the match but may be slightly disappointed with her checkout rate, which will need to be improved if she is to once again reach the final four.
Wesley Harms made the quarter finals after progressing through a drama thrilled encounter against Jim Williams. Playing two matches in two days is never easy, but Harms hit the ground running taking the first set with relative ease. Jim Williams turned the match around with some much improved scoring and was leading at the break. The former electrician Harms came out firing and immediately levelled up the match. In a contest that lacked real quality it was always going to come down to the doubles. Welshman Williams, who knocked out Tony O’Shea in his priminary match, missed several chances to take a healthy advantage as the match went into a deciding set. In the end Harms made his experience count, holding his nerve to close out a nerve-racking contest.