Willem Mandigers progressed in the battle of the Dutch, as he defeated former semi-finalist Wesley Harms in one of the games of the tournament so far.
Checkouts of 70 and 98 made the opening set light work for Mandigers, before Harms replied immediately on tops in the following set. An early break of throw in the third set gave Harms the edge for the first time. In a roller-coater match-up Mandigers would draw level once again, tops coming to his rescue this time around.
With both players averaging in the low nineties, it would have to be something special to create a gap. A 136-checkout doing exactly that as Mandigers regained the lead for a second time. It seemed as if the match was going to a final set as Harms nailed double one, but two legs on the spin from ‘Sparky’ put him right back in the mix.
Two missed darts at double tops for Harms would prove disastrous as Mandigers swooped on double to confirm his place in the quarter-finals for the first time in his career.
JOSH GREEN (@JoshGreenMedia)