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Stoke ace bows out of World Matchplay in last eight

Stoke-on-Trent darts star Adrian Lewis has missed out on a place in the last four of the World Matchplay.

He was beaten 16-12 in the quarter-finals by Dimitri Van den Bergh.

The Belgian held off a Lewis' fightback from 8-2 down to claim a 16-12 win and reach the semi-finals on his debut in the tournament.

Lewis cut the gap to three legs at one stage, but Van den Bergh punished some key missed doubles as he pulled clear to continue a remarkable week, averaging almost 100 and finishing 41% of his darts at a double.

A two-time World Youth Champion, Van den Bergh has reached five televised quarter-finals in recent years as well as the World Cup semi-finals alongside Kim Huybrechts, but has now set his sights on lifting the Phil Taylor Trophy.

"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 practising, fighting and believing in my own ability.

"I'm so happy about my game and I know that I've learned from each match. I keep learning and I keep digging in and I'm chasing my dreams.

"Adrian has been in the final but I showed that I can play long games. When he came back I had to keep playing my game. It's the first time I've played a game of the first to 16 but match-play is all about legs, not sets, and I took the chances I got on my doubles."

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. 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 with the Stoke ace 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.

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

2020 Betfred World Matchplay

Friday July 24

2x Quarter-Finals

Dimitri Van den Bergh 16-12 Adrian Lewis

Glen Durrant 18-16 Vincent van der Voort

 

Saturday July 25 (2000 BST)

Semi-Finals

Glen Durrant v Dimitri Van den Bergh

Gary Anderson v Michael Smith

 

Semi-Finals: Best of 33 legs

Each game must be won by two clear legs, with up to a maximum of five additional legs being played before the sixth additional leg is sudden-death. For example, should a Semi-Final (best of 33 legs) reach 19-19, then the 39th leg would be the final and deciding leg.

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