Glen Durrant and Dimitri van den Bergh complete the Betfred World Matchplay's final four

Glen Durrant and Dimitri van den Bergh set up a tantalising semi-final at the Betfred World Matchplay with gutsy victories over Vincent van der Voort and Adrian Lewis respectively on Friday.

By Gavin Browne
Saturday, 25th July 2020, 8:00 am
Glen Durrant had to dig deep for victory
Glen Durrant had to dig deep for victory

Durrant secured his spot in the last four at Milton Keynes’ Marshall Arena for a second successive year with a memorable comeback from 10-5 down to eventually see off van der Voort 18-16 in a tie-break.

Van den Bergh, meanwhile, held off Lewis' fightback from 8-2 down to claim a 16-12 win and reach the semi-finals on his tournament debut.

Despite an early 12-darter from Lewis, which featured a 102 finish, van den Bergh quickly established a 6-1 advantage with the aid of four 180s, a 177 and a 164 checkout.

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Lewis hit back by taking out 161 in leg eight, but van den Bergh finished tops and 104 to move six legs clear, and then retained that cushion by trading 13-darters to lead 10-4.

Lewis took four of the next five - including trading 11-darters with van den Bergh - as he cut the gap to 11-8, but three in a row moved the Belgian 14-8 up.

Although Lewis again hit back, winning three successive legs, van den Bergh had enough of a cushion to eventually secure his spot in the last four with a 66 finish.

“It’s a fantastic feeling - amazing and unbelievable,” said van den Bergh. “It’s my first semi-final in a major and I’m showing the world that I have it in me.

“I’m in the semi-finals and I want to win that now and see how far I can get. It would be a dream come true to win this event but I’ll take it round by round and I'll be practicing, fighting and believing in my own ability.”

The drama of that contest was bettered in a tense final game of the last eight stage, as van der Voort's best run in the event for 11 years came to a devastating end.

The Dutchman started the stronger as he opened up an early 4-1 lead and extended the cushion to 6-2 and 8-4 before legs of 13 and 11 darts moved him five clear at 10-5.

Durrant won three of the next four, including a 108 finish, as he pulled back to 11-8, before punishing a string of missed doubles from the Dutchman to draw level at 14-14.

A classy 92 finish on the bull moved Durrant ahead for the first time at 15-14 before he took out 85 and 115 to hold throw as the tie-break continued before completing his comeback by finishing 75 on tops.

“I’ve no idea how I won that game,” admitted Durrant. “Vincent will be devastated because the better player lost but sometimes you need a bit of luck to get you through.

“I don’t think I ever settled but sometimes you have to rely on experience. I was beaten but I’ve got through and to reach back-to-back semi-finals in this event is tremendous.”

Saturday’s other semi-final sees 2018 champion Gary Anderson taking on 2019 finalist Michael Smith before Durrant and van den Bergh battle it out for the other place in Sunday's decider.