Live Darts on Thursday July 26: World Matchplay 2018 Day Six preview and order of play

Dutch ace De Zwaan celebrates (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Two of the hottest young talents on planet darts aim to continue their landmark runs at the 2018 World Matchplay by overcoming top eight opposition at the Winter Gardens on Thursday.

The conclusion of Round Two on Wednesday saw reigning World Champion Rob Cross crash out at the hands of Darren Webster, while Peter Wright produced the performance of the tournament so far to dispatch Kim Huybrechts with a 105.6 average.

The £500,000 major now enters its business end with the first pair of Quarter-Final ties taking centre stage on Thursday evening as the stakes and format increase.

The opening Quarter-Final sees world number eight Dave Chisnall take on the surprise package of the tournament - Jeffrey de Zwaan.

Dutch ace De Zwaan has sent shockwaves through the sport this week, firstly by dumping out top seed Michael van Gerwen on opening night before sending home another multiple World Champion in Adrian Lewis.

The 22-year-old came into the event as the lowest ranked player in the field (68th) but has taken it all in his stride and will be determined for his dream debut not to end here.

This will be 'The Black Cobra's' first televised Quarter-Final and his fourth meeting in total with 'Chizzy', having won two of their previous three encounters.

Chisnall has continued his consistent record in the sport's second most prestigious major, mounting a charge to his fifth Blackpool Quarter-Final in six years.

The St Helens ace is appearing in his first televised Quarter-Final for more than a year following impressive wins over Keegan Brown and Michael Smith - against whom he came from 7-1 down to prevail 11-8.

Typically renowned as one of the heaviest scorers in world darts, it has been Chizzy's finishing which has stood out so far, with the 37-year-old boasting a tournament checkout percentage of 55.

The second match of the evening sees odds-on tournament favourite Gary Anderson looking to move a step closer to an elusive maiden World Matchplay title at the expense of rising star Joe Cullen.

Anderson, twice a beaten semi-finalist on the Blackpool stage, has witnessed a number of his key rivals fall by the wayside in the early rounds and is now huge favourite to progress to the final from the top half of the draw.

The reigning UK Open and US Masters champion has looked in ominous form en route to the Last Eight, twice coming from behind to defeat Stephen Bunting 10-7 and Raymond van Barneveld 11-9 in an epic with a 104 average.

Anderson is aiming to become the first Scotsman to lift this famous trophy and join an elite group of only seven players to have done so since the inception of the tournament 24 years ago.

Cullen, meanwhile, finds himself in only a second televised Quarter-Final, following on from his run at the 2016 UK Open, and has seemingly come of age on the Winter Gardens stage this week.

The 29-year-old has dropped just six legs en route to the latter stages, fewer than any of the eight remaining players, though admittedly he has been on-hand to take advantage of below-par displays from both Gerwyn Price and Daryl Gurney.

The Bradford ace is already assured of a place in the world's top 16 for the first time as a result of his exploits this week but has his sights firmly set on pulling off another upset to remain in the running for glory.

Cullen has won four of his eight previous meetings with Anderson, including their only televised contest to date - a 6-5 triumph in the Last 16 of the 2016 World Series Finals in Glasgow.

The action gets underway from 7pm BST, with matches to be contested over the best of 31 legs.

Matches will proceed for a maximum of five additional legs before a tie-break leg is required. For example, in a Quarter-Final match, if the score reaches 15–15 then the 37th leg will be the decider.


BetVictor World Matchplay 2018 Schedule


Thursday July 26

Quarter-Finals

7.15pm Dave Chisnall v Jeffrey de Zwaan
8.45pm Joe Cullen v Gary Anderson



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