The Harbour master Dennis Harbour sailed through the quarter finals with a sensational victory over the experienced Welsh international Martin Phillips. Winmau Masters champion Phillips has racked up over a century of appearances for his country, but his experience proved worthless as Harbour cruised through to a 4-1 victory. The methodically throwing style of 54 year old Harbour had Phillips on the ropes from the start. He had a nightmare on the doubles that ultimately cost him a place in the final eight.
Jamie Hughes booked his place in the final eight following a routine win over Madars Razma. A upset looked to be on the cards when Hughes conceded the opening set with a shaky 70 average. But the man from Tipton vastly improved throughout the game, speeding up his throw and shoving immense pressure on the Latvian shoulders. Neither player had reached a quarter final before Wednesday evenings match, but stringing together an impressive run of form could give Hughes the impetus to push on. One thing I will say is that his finishing will have to be hugely improved if he is to progress past Dennis Harbour. The Peterborough based player is ruthless on his doubles and would no doubt outscore Razma, this quarter final could be a cracker.
After knocking out Wolfie in the previous round surely, Doggy Dawson would be a walk in the park for Jeff Smith. The Canadian has proved to be a huge threat thus far, and he would be my outside tip for the title. Former soft tip player Smith, has showcased his ruthless finishing which came to light at the Lakeside in 2015 with great effect in the last few days. A superb start for Smith got the ball rolling, but it could’ve been so different. The silencer hushed the Dawson fans following the Yorkshire man’s mini revival during set three. The World number 15 get two maximums to steal a set off Smith, but couldn’t consistently score throughout the match, which eventually cost him a place in final eight.