World Darts Championship: Friday afternoon quarter-final tips
Upsets, 180s and a couple of monster checkouts are all included in this 21/1 double for the first of the last-eight matches.
JAMIE LEWIS v DARREN WEBSTER
Lewis to win the match, hit the most 180s and score the highest checkout –
Lewis had to emerge from preliminary qualifying to even make the first round of this tournament, but is now a marginal favourite against one of the top 25 players in the world to reach the semi-finals.
That is a testament to both the quality of darts he has played and his composure under pressure, having lost the opening set in each of his last two matches before romping to 4-1 wins.
The Welshman has shown a real penchant for spectacular checkouts, with a 170 and 121 in the last 16 to go alongside the three bullseye finishes he managed against Peter Wright the night before.
He is also a steady scorer of 180s, whereas Webster was trumped in that regard by Simon Whitlock in the second round, and could only manage three in a 4-0 win against Toni Alcinas on Thursday.
DIMITRI VAN DEN BERGH v ROB CROSS
Van den Bergh to win the match and score the highest checkout –
It would not be in keeping with the story of this year’s tournament if we did not see at least one upset in the quarter-finals.
Van den Bergh was superb in the last 16, dropping just five legs in a 4-0 win against the No. 5 seed Mensur Suljovic that has suddenly got people talking up his chances of a Premier League call-up.
The World Youth champion clearly has both the class and confidence to mix it with the best and, despite being just 23-years-old, has more experience on this stage than his debutant opponent, with this his third appearance at Alexandra Palace.
Crucially, Cross was outshone by John Henderson when it came to finishing in the previous round, whereas Van den Bergh added to his tally of impressive checkouts with a 120 and 115.