PETER WRIGHT ended Australian hopes at the TABtouch Perth Darts Masters with an astounding 10-2 defeat of Corey Cadby on Friday night, as Michael van Gerwen, Raymond van Barneveld and Dave Chisnall also enjoyed quarter-final wins at the PCEC.
Tasmania-born Cadby had ended Phil Taylor's reign as two-time Perth Darts Masters champion with a stunning performance in Thursday's first round, and was aiming to continue his emergence by overcoming the world number five on day two of the PDC World Series of Darts event.
However, despite producing another fine performance the 21-year-old could only watch on as Wright showed his class in a brilliant display as both players averaged almost 110 in a game of outstanding quality.
Wright - who had switched darts in mid-game against Adam Rowe in round one - set the tone for the contest with a 132 bull finish to win the opening leg and also claimed the next four before the youngster took out 127 to get on the board in leg six.
The pair traded 180s in the seventh before Wright responded with a 116 checkout, only for Cadby to then land two maximums and seven perfect darts during an 11-darter to pull back to 6-2.
Wright, though, saw a pair of tops finishes sandwich a 91 checkout as he pushed out to 9-2 despite Cadby adding his seventh 180, and the Scot landed two maximums of his own in leg 12 as he sealed a brilliant performance.
"I saw Corey beat Phil last night and knew it was going to be a very difficult game," said Wright, who now meets van Gerwen in the semi-finals for a second successive week after losing out to the Dutchman in the Sydney Darts Masters.
"Corey's going to be awesome and he's an entertainer, and I tried to be that tonight too. I was focused despite not feeling my best tonight, and the darts are right for this tournament - I think.
"I fancy my chances, but Michael relaxed a bit once Phil was knocked out and hasn't been at his best yet - and I won't let him off tomorrow. It's a fantastic crowd and I'm privileged to play here."
Van Gerwen emerged victorious 10-8 in a battle of former Perth finalists with James Wade as the Dutchman came from two legs behind at one stage to claim the win in an entertaining contest.
The world number one hit 180s in each of the first two legs, as well as a 100 finish which included two double tops, as he took a 2-0 lead, only to see Wade - inspired by two maximums, a 130 bull finish and a 97 checkout - claim the next four.
Van Gerwen then took four legs of his own to regain the lead, with Wade hitting back to level at six-all before the Dutchman broke in a key 13th leg on tops and landed double nine to open up a two-leg lead.
Wade twice landed double ten as he stayed in touch at 9-8, but an eighth 180 from van Gerwen was followed by double four as he secured his semi-final spot.
"James is a tough player to play against but it's all about winning the game and I got the ten legs today," said van Gerwen. "My scoring power wasn't there but I won, and sometimes it's good to win when you're not at your best.”
The other semi-final will see Chisnall and van Barneveld clash as they bid to reach their first World Series final of 2016 following their high-quality quarter-final wins.
Chisnall produced a sensational display of finishing, including a 160 checkout and ten doubles from 17 attempts as he claimed his first win in seven meetings against World Champion Gary Anderson.
Anderson had responded to early finishes of 72 and 78 from Chisnall by taking out 99 and a 72 of his own as he came from 2-1 down to lead 5-3.
Chisnall then hit back with a 70 checkout, and also took out tops twice, 89 on double five and a sublime 160 finish in a five-leg burst to move himself into command at 8-5.
Anderson finished another 99 checkout and kept his hopes alive at 9-7 with a 13-darter, but saw his second 180 of the game come in vain in the next as Chisnall hit double two to book his place against van Barneveld.
"When it was 5-4, Gary stepped off a little bit and didn't play as well as he does and I stepped up," admitted Chisnall. "I'm in form and I've just got to keep it up and hopefully I can get through the semi-final.
"Barney's a very good player and I've played him loads of times, but tomorrow's a different day and hopefully I can beat him."
Van Barneveld, meanwhile, gained revenge for defeats in two successive Auckland Darts Masters events to Adrian Lewis as he finished ten doubles from 15 attempts in a clinical 10-8 triumph.
A see-saw opening saw the Dutchman capitalise on a slow start from his opponent to lead 2-0, only for Lewis to take out 116 as he got off the mark before winning the next three to take charge.
A three-leg burst - completed with a 121 bull finish - saw van Barneveld edge 5-4 up, only for Lewis to break back and finish 79 to regain the edge as the lead changed hands for a third time.
However, van Barneveld's superior finishing saw him level before taking out 116 and 74 to move two legs clear, with Lewis firing in two 11-darters in reply but unable to break his rival as the Dutchman followed a fourth maximum with double eight to seal the win.
"Normally in Australia I don't do well but I played well and I'm really proud of myself," said van Barneveld. "I changed back to an older set of darts last week and I believe in them, and tonight it was phenomenal.
"Adrian kept coming back but I kept believing because my scoring was good and my finishing went well, so I'm really happy with this win and I'm really looking forward to the semi-finals."
The TABtouch Perth Darts Masters concludes on Saturday with the semi-finals and final at the PCEC, live on Fox Sports and televised worldwide through the PDC's series of international broadcast partners, as well as through www.LIVEPDC.TV for International Pass Subscribers.
Tickets for the TABtouch Perth Darts Masters are available through www.downunderevents.com.au.
TABtouch Perth Darts Masters
Friday August 26
Adrian Lewis 8-10 Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen 10-8 James Wade
Gary Anderson 7-10 Dave Chisnall
Corey Cadby 2-10 Peter Wright
Best of 19 legs
Saturday August 27 (7pm local time)
Semi-Finals Draw Bracket
Dave Chisnall v Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright
Best of 21 legs
Chisnall/van Barneveld v van Gerwen/Wright
Best of 21 legs
Adrian Lewis v Raymond van Barneveld
0-1 - An early break for van Barneveld who punishes Lewis for four missed darts at a double.
0-2 - 52 on double eight for van Barneveld as he doubles his lead.
1-2 - An important hold for Lewis as he takes out 116 on tops.
2-2 - 61 on double nine for Lewis as he levels the match.
3-2 - Lewis has his third leg in a row taking out 48 on tops.
4-2 - Tops again for Lewis, who is currently averaging 100.
4-3 - van Barneveld stops the rot, pinning double nine to move to within one leg of Lewis.
4-4 - 76 on double 18 levels the match.
4-5 - van Barneveld finds the bull at the crucial moment to take out 121.
5-5 - An immediate break back for Lewis as he finds tops for a 13-dart leg.
6-5 - Lewis back ahead as he hits tops with van Barneveld stranded on 36.
6-6 - 25 on double eight for van Barneveld, who has hit six of his nine attempts at doubles.
6-7 - Another break and van Barneveld hits the front again, taking out 116 on double 18.
6-8 - Tops for van Barneveld, who extends his lead.
7-8 - An important hold for Adrian Lewis, as he takes out 59 on tops.
7-9 - van Barneveld one away from the semi-finals as he holds throw.
8-9 - Pressure on van Barneveld as Adrian Lewis holds throw.
8-10 - van Barneveld move into the semi-finals in style, hitting 67% of his double attempts.
Michael van Gerwen v James Wade
1-0 - An early break for van Gerwen who takes out 100 with two double tops.
2-0 - Tops again for van Gerwen as he doubles his advantage.
2-1 - Wade gets on the board, hitting double ten.
2-2 - Double seven for the left-hander levels the score.
2-3 - Wade moves into the lead for the first time, taking out 130 on the bull.
2-4 - Four legs on the spin for Wade, as he checks out 97.
3-4 - van Gerwen breaks the Wade throw on double ten to close the gap to one.
4-4 - 72 on tops for van Gerwen with Wade sat on 40.
5-4 - van Gerwen goes into the break with a lead, hitting double ten.
6-4 - van Gerwen's turn to register four consecutive legs as he hits double eight.
6-5 - Wade holds throw to stop the van Gerwen charge.
6-6 - Wade misses six darts at doubles but isn't punished by van Gerwen and returns to hit double two.
7-6 - 53 on tops for van Gerwen to move back in to the lead.
8-6 - van Gerwen finds double nine to move two legs clear.
8-7 - An important hold for Wade as he finds double ten.
9-7 - 76 on double four moves van Gerwen to within one leg of the semi-finals.
9-8 - Wade still in the contest as he hits double ten again.
10-8 - Wade misses the bull for a 164 to keep the match going before van Gerwen hits double four to advance in to the semi-finals.
Gary Anderson v Dave Chisnall
0-1 - 72 on tops for a confident hold of throw for Chisnall.
1-1 - 42 on tops for the World Champion.
1-2 - Double 16 for Chisnall as he holds again.
2-2 - Chisnall misses tops to break before Anderson takes out 99 on tops to level the score.
2-3 - Another hold for Chisnall as he hits double six.
3-3 - Another strong hold from Anderson as he hits tops to level the score again.
4-3 - The first break of the match goes to Gary Anderson as he hits double 12 for a 72 checkout.
5-3 - Three in a row for Anderson as he hits double ten.
5-4 - Big hold for Chisnall as he takes out 70 on tops.
5-5 - Anderson misses tops for a 160 out allowing Chisnall a shot at the same target, which he takes to draw level.
5-6 - 89 on double five for Chisnall and he leads again.
5-7 - Massive 160 out for Chisnall and he is in control of this one now.
5-8 - Five legs in a row for Chisnall as he hits tops again.
6-8 - 99 on tops for Anderson sees him win his first leg in six.
7-8 - Break of throw for Anderson, finding double four.
7-9 - Tops for Chisnall, he'll throw for the match next.
7-10 - Chisnall reaches his second semi-final in a week as he beats the World Champion.
Corey Cadby v Peter Wright
0-1 - 132 on the bull to give Peter Wright an early hold.
0-2 - Wright breaks at the first opportunity hitting tops for a 2-0 lead.
0-3 - Double ten for Wright as he moves three clear.
0-4 - Wright cruising here as he takes out 58 on tops.
0-5 - Tops again for Wright, he's halfway there in ten minutes!
1-5 - 127 on double eight for Cadby as he gets a leg on the board.
1-6 - 116 on tops for Wright as he holds his throw.
2-6 - Seven perfect darts from Cadby followed by 60 on tops to give the crowd something to shout about.
2-7 - Wright hits tops again to go in to the break five legs clear.
2-8 - Exceptional again from Wright as he takes out 91 on tops to break again.
2-9 - Wright one leg away as he hits tops again. He's currently averaging 110.
2-10 - Cadby has averaged 109 here and been beating by Wright. Stunning from the Scot who also averaged 109.
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