With 2023 around the corner, the Cazoo World Darts Championship traditionally heads into the final stages of the tournament. Over the last two days 8 Round of 16 matches have been played. In this article we briefly discuss the results of each and every match!
Round of 16 results
Here you will find all the Round of 16 results!
Price versus De Sousa
Price easily won the first set 3-1, but immediately faced a 0-2 deficit in the second set. However, the winner of the 2021 world championship showed his class by winning the next three legs in a row (2-0). De Sousa, who is nicknamed The Special One, got back into the game by winning the third set 3-1. However, the global number seventeen was unable to maintain his level in the fourth set. He saw Price restore the margin with a win in the decisive fifth leg (3-1). The fifth set was tied at 2-2, after which Price broke the Portuguese and thus decided the match.
Clayton versus Rock
Jonny Clayton pakte voor de eerste keer in zijn carrière een ticket voor de kwartfinales van het WK. The Ferret, de nummer zeven van de wereld, had alle moeite om de 21-jarige Noord-Ier Josh Rock van zich af te schudden. Rocky, 47ste op de wereldranglijst maar pas bezig aan zijn eerste profjaar bij de PDC, was scorend ijzersterk, maar de dubbels lieten hem op momenten in de steek. Rock won dit wereldkampioenschap in het Alexandra Palace al van José Justicia, Callan Rydz en Nathan Aspinall, maar in de beslissende zevende set zorgde Welshman Clayton voor het einde van het droomdebuut van Rock.
Van den Bergh versus Huybrechts
Dimitri van den Bergh was the first Friday player to reach the quarterfinals by beating Kim Huybrechts by a large margin. Dimitri van den Bergh was a lot better than his compatriot Kim Huybrechts in a short race from start to finish. The latter Belgian beat defending champion Peter Wright one round earlier, but today his average of only 87.13 Dancing Dimi came close to 100 with his three-arrow average and therefore also 4-0 in sets too strong for Huybrechts.
Clemens versus Soutar
Gabriel Clemens has become the first German ever to reach the quarter-finals of the World Darts Championship. The German Giant was 4-1 too strong for the Scotsman Alan Soutar in the fourth round. Clemens seemed to waltz over Soutar for a moment. In the first set, the 39-year-old German was amply better than his Scottish opponent and seemed to gain momentum with nerves of steel. But out of nowhere, Soutar, who surprisingly eliminated Danny Noppert a round earlier, came back in the second set with a great 104 finish. He continued that level in the third set, but without result, because Clemens had raised his level again: 2-1 in sets. The fourth set came to a fifth leg that Soutar was allowed to start, but Clemens was just a bit sharper at the decisive moment. The German also remained calm and focused in the fifth and final leg: the set went to him 3-2, thanks in part to a 148 finish. And so he wrote history as the first German in the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Gerwyn Price is waiting there.
Smith versus Cullen
Smith struggled to beat Martin Schindler (4-3) in the third round and knew he had to show a higher level against Cullen. From the start of the duel he wasted no time. With an average of over 100, he won the first set in no time. Cullen came to the same level, but set 3 went to Smith again with an average of 125.25 (!). The turning point of the match was set number 4. Both English darts players started to miss a lot of doubles and gave each other chances to break. In the end, Smith missed just a little less and doubled his lead: 3-1. In the fifth and final set, Smith left no room for Cullen to put pressure in his own legs and thus won the victory.
Dobey versus Cross
Chris Dobey qualified for the quarter-finals of the World Darts Championship for the first time in his career on Friday. The Englishman settled in the fourth round after six sets with his compatriot Rob Cross: 4-2. Stephen Bunting also joined the last eight. The 32-year-old Dobey decided the game with his seventh match dart and is the next opponent of Michael van Gerwen, who easily defeated Dirk van Duijvenbode on Friday evening. Overall, it was fairly even between Dobey and Cross, the 2018 world champion. Dobey had a slightly better three-dart average (101.82 to 100.02), while Cross had a better finish percentage (32.5 to 36.67).
Van Gerwen versus Van Duijvenbode
Thirty-year-old Van Duijvenbode did get chances against Van Gerwen, who was three years his senior, but in most cases failed to use them. Van Duijvenbode hit only 29 percent on his doubles, while Van Gerwen used 43 percent of his chances on a double. Van Duijvenbode only won the third set with which he came back to 2-1. Van Gerwen then made the difference mainly on scoring ability. ‘Mighty Mike’ averaged 100.42 per three darts. ‘Aubergenius’ was far behind with an average of 89.77. With a 170 finish in the second set, Van Duijvenbode still had the highest finish of the match.
Bunting versus Humphries
In the last fourth round match, Bunting was surprisingly too strong for Luke Humphries, the number five in the world, in five sets. Humphries fell short on all counts against the number 21 on the Order of Merit, taking just one set. Bunting is in the quarter-finals at Alexandra Palace for the second time in his career with the victory over his compatriot. Two years ago he even reached the semi-finals, where he lost to eventual world champion Gerwyn Price.