MICHAEL VAN GERWEN reached the last four of the WIlliam Hill World Championship with a 5-1 success over Ryan Joyce at Alexandra Palace.

Van Gerwen set up a semi-final showdown with Gary Anderson after a comfortable victory, in which he posted his 17th consecutive average of over 100 at the World Championship. 

Van Gerwen took the first leg with a 92 checkout and went on to win the opening set 3-0.

The world number one responded to a brilliant 126 from his opponent by taking out 121 to win the second set 3-1.

Joyce took out 66 on the bull to edge the third set 3-2 - and took a two leg lead in set four but saw Van Gerwen reel off three legs to restore a two set cushion.

The Dutchman moved another set clear by winning the fifth set 3-1 - and he went on to seal victory by taking the sixth set by the same margin, with Joyce adding a 122 checkout before his brilliant run was ended. 

Match Stats
Averages:
Van Gerwen - 101.12
Joyce - 88.35

180s:
Van Gerwen - 5
Joyce - 1

Highest Finish:
Van Gerwen - 121 
​​​​​​​Joyce - 126

100+ Checkouts:
Van Gerwen - 2
​​​​​​​Joyce - 2

Finishing:
Van Gerwen - 17/34
​​​​​​​Joyce - 8/14

Michael Van Gerwen (Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Ryan Joyce (Lawrence Lustig/PDC)