Phil Taylor battled through a topsy-turvy match with Peter Wright the eventually claim a semi final spot. Both scored magnificently throughout and always had eachother within reach, but it was the experience of Taylor that told in the deciding leg. Saying that, Wright could do little to stop the rampant Taylor, he hit a maximum and a 174, but his attempt to halt the Taylor momentum was in vein, as the PDC veteran took out 41. Wright had chances in leg 18 to reach the final four, but crumbled under the pressure, playing like this and scoring a 104 average, is sure to earn both players regular TV semi-finals, something that both struggled to attain on a consistent basis last term.
Michael van Gerwen dropped just two legs as Michael Smith was taught a lesson at ArenaMK. Former World youth champion Smith has been compared to his opponent in recent months, but could could not live with him in the early stages. Van Gerwen took a 6-0 lead before Smith avoided the embarrassment of a whitewash by getting a leg on the board. A 76% double rate was the pivotal stat. Smith scored well but had no end product as MVG swooped to fire off leg by leg and reach the final four.
James Wade did what Adrian Lewis couldn’t and ended Kim Huybrechts short and sweet run at this years World Masters. The Belgian produced some sensational darts to dump out the two tie World Champion, but Wade would make no such mistake. In truth it wasn’t a spectacular standard from the 2013 World Champion, but with just one maximum and a lowly 30% check out rate, Huybrechts was never going to threaten a semi final spot. Wade downplayed his performance after that match, but throwing consistently may give him the edge in this evenings match-up.
Vincent van der Voort shocked World Champion Gary Anderson in round one but couldn’t continue his momentum as Dave Chisnall reached his first ever Masters semi-final. The Dutchman looked to have control after going into the break 3-2 ahead, but Chisnall, determined not to see repeat of yesterday’s drama, whitewashed the débutante in the second mini session. From then on Chisnall was dominant, eight 180’s and much improved checkout rates signal his intentions. The bullseye was a fitting way to seal a superb performance from the St Helen’s star.