Peter Wright, Gary Anderson And James Wade Reach The Last 8 Of The World Championship

The action is hotting up at Ally Pally, as the PDC World Championship moves into the last eight
22:57, 30 Dec 2021

The action is hotting up at the Alexandra Palace, as the PDC World Championship moves into the last eight. During tonight’s evening session, we found out the identity of the players who will be joining reigning champion Gerwyn Price, Michael Smith, Luke Humphries, Callan Rydz and Mervyn King in the quarter-finals. 

Peter Wright added himself to that honour roll in the evening’s headliner, beating Ryan Searle 4-1. The first set was comfortable for ‘Snakebite’, and he looked largely untroubled in taking it 3-1. A big 111 finish in the second had the 2020 PDC World Champion looking close to his best, and he clinched the set with an 11-dart finish.

'Heavy Metal’ hit all the right notes with a huge 151 checkout to take the third, and Ally Pally came unglued as it looked like we may be in for yet another thriller at this glorious championship. Wright put paid to any thoughts of a comeback though, whitewashing Searle in the fourth set. Averaging 102 across the set, the Scotsman played some world class darts. 

The fifth set was straightforward for the in-form Wright, and he had three match darts at double 18 to clinch it. He knocked it down on the third attempt to take his place in the last eight.

The battle of the former World Champions went to Gary Anderson, though it was hard going for ‘The Flying Scotsman’. The two-time king led 3-1 against Rob Cross, before ‘Voltage’ battled back. The highlight of the early-going was a spectacular 170 checkout in the third set from Anderson, and it looked like being an easy night’s work. He had darts to go within a leg of the match in the fifth, but a stunning 144 checkout saw Cross nick the set out from under him.

The 2018 champion would draw level, when Anderson suffered a rare miscount and busted on 129. Cross took the chance and hit tops to draw a nail-biting clash level. Anderson had been in cruise control, but Cross clawed his way back in. It was with no shortage or relief that the Scotsman reset himself, and did enough to clinch the deciding set and reach the last eight.

In the evening’s opener, James Wade white-washed Martijn Kleermaker 4-0 to progress to the quarter-finals. ‘The Machine’ lived up to his name with an absolutely clinical display, racking up ton-plus finishes galore. 104, 110 and 116 all fell as ‘The Dutch Giant’ could barely find a way into the match. Kleermaker only managed to get four legs on the board all night, as the three-time semi-finalist went about his business with deadeye precision.

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