Joe Cullen ensured he reached his first TV quarter final with a win over Stephen Bunting. The former Postman from Bradford has been one of the success stories of the weekend and with the pressure off, and the semi finals in sight, you would never write him off. Cullen scored consistently throughout the contest and built up a three leg lead with match point on the table. He threw away numerous chances to wrap up the contest as Bunting re-emerged from the break a completely different player. The young Yorkshireman turned on the style to conclude the contest, a 12-darter to end Stephen Buntings UK Open.
2014 champion Adrian Lewis was many peoples tip to reclaim his title in Minehead, but Jelle Klaasen put an end to his chances with a spectacular victory. Despite getting the win, it could’ve been much simpler for the Dutchman. He entered the first interval clinging on to a precious 4-1 advantage. Lewis returned fighting, closing the gap to a single leg. Klaasen’s explosive scoring returned as the back to back World Champion neared parity. And Despite missing 9 match darts in the final leg, he had enough breathing room to close out the contest.
Michael van Gerwen continued his unbelievable form by beating long term rival Kim Huybrechts. The Belgian had taken the first two legs, making MVG work for his 3-2 lead at the first break. From there on it was plain sailing for the world number one, giving Huybrechts precious little in the way of opportunities, and taking every single leg.
Major regulars Peter Wright and Mark Webster also booked their quarter final places, with the latter overcoming Austrian star Mensur Suljovic on board two. Barry Lynn made PDC history against Gary Anderson in round four, it was back to reality against Stuart Kellett in round five. The Riley’s qualifier has surpassed all expectations in the past couple of days and a 9-5 win over Kellett means he is bound to face another household name on the big stage tomorrow.
A confident looking Phil Taylor continued his excellent tournament, and will now compete on the final day following a nail-biting victory over Dutchman Vincent van der Voort. To his credit, the world number 15 took Taylor all the way, but missed some crucial doubles which could have seen him make a quarter final appearance. As ever, Taylor is taking it one game at a time, and should he avoid Michael van Gerwen in the draw, there could yet be a sixth UK Open title for the Power.