Big guns win through at Blackpool darts

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Michael Van Gerwen and James Wade romped into the BetVictor World Matchplay darts quarter-finals with comfortable wins over Ian White and Richie Burnett as Dave Chisnall and Simon Whitlock joined them in the last eight in Blackpool.

World Champion van Gerwen progressed to the last eight for a third successive year at the Winter Gardens with a 13-4 win over White, the number 16 seed who suffered his third straight defeat in the second round of the tournament.

Van Gerwen capitalised on a slow start from the Stoke ace to power into an 8-1 lead, and though White pulled back to 11-3 at one stage, the Dutchman finished 123 to restore his cushion and went on to seal a comfortable victory.

“It was much easier than I expected, but I got the win and that’s what’s important,” said van Gerwen, who is now the 7/4 favourite with sponsors BetVictor. “I didn’t feel comfortable early on, but he didn’t hit his doubles and I took advantage.

“I’m quite happy with the performance but sometimes I get frustrated with myself and I think I need to raise my game. I want to outscore and dominate my opponent in every game. but I did what I had to do.

“I’m really looking forward to playing Dave. I’ve got a good record against him in the last year and he’s a fast player, so it should be a great game.

“At some points you need to be tested, and I’ve not been tested too much yet.”

Van Gerwen will now meet Dave Chisnall in the last eight, after the 2013 World Grand Prix finalist defeated Andy Hamilton 13-10 in a thriller at the Winter Gardens.