Van Gerwen and Noppert set up quarter-final clash in Minehead

Michael van Gerwen (Kieran Cleeves/PDC)

Michael van Gerwen and Danny Noppert will collide in an all-Dutch quarter-final at the Cazoo Players Championship Finals, while Dirk van Duijvenbode produced an astonishing display to secure his spot in the last eight.

Six-time champion Van Gerwen remains on course to claim a record-extending seventh Players Championship Finals title after coming through a marathon double-session on Saturday.

Four sessions of action were played across two stages on another action-packed day at Butlin's Minehead Resort, with the second round taking place in the afternoon, before the winners returned for the last 16 in the evening session.

Van Gerwen survived a scare to see off Cameron Menzies 6-4 in a topsy-turvy second round tussle, before producing an imperious display to dump out Dimitri Van den Bergh in round three.

The three-time World Champion averaged almost 106, landed ten 180s and converted 56% of his attempts at double to continue his bid for a fourth televised title of 2022.

“I know what I’m capable of. I know I can do a lot more and that’s what I believe in,” admitted Van Gerwen, who celebrated a 10-6 victory against the Belgian.

“I haven’t won anything yet, I’m only in the quarter-finals. Danny is a very good player, but he’s not capable of winning this as he has to play against me,” quipped the 33-year-old.

Noppert celebrated UK Open success at this venue in March, and he continued his unbeaten run in Minehead with wins over James Wade and Matt Campbell.

Fresh from his 6-1 win over Simon Whitlock in round one, Noppert defeated Wade by the same scoreline before recovering from 4-0 down to edge out Campbell in a last-leg shoot-out, taking out 116 and 156 finishes in the process.

Van Duijvenbode was the third Dutchman to progress to Sunday’s quarter-finals, and the World Series Finals runner-up produced the performance of the tournament in his incredible 10-9 win against Ryan Searle.

Van Duijvenbode and Searle contested one of the greatest games ever seen at Minehead, with Van Duijvenbode recovering from 7-3 down to dump out last year’s finalist in a gripping decider.

The pair traded 21 maximums in a captivating contest, but despite producing a trio of sensational 121 finishes, Searle was denied by the inspired Dutchman.

Van Duijvenbode crashed in 11 180s and posted a career-best televised average of 112.05 to seal his progression, having dispatched 2018 champion Daryl Gurney 6-1 in Saturday’s curtain-raiser.

The 30-year-old will now take on fifth seed Rob Cross for a place in the semi-finals, after the former World Champion closed out a convincing 10-6 success against Martin Schindler to advance.

Earlier in the day, Cross survived a match dart in the penultimate leg of his 6-5 victory against 2014 champion Gary Anderson, taking out 288 in six darts to sink the Scot in a dramatic decider.

Elsewhere, second seed Luke Humphries continued his bid for a maiden televised title with statement victories over Mike De Decker and Krzysztof Ratajski.

The Grand Slam semi-finalist averaged 101 in his 6-4 success against De Decker, before running out a 10-7 winner against Ratajski in a high-quality encounter on the Main Stage.

Humphries raced into a 4-0 lead before Ratajski levelled the tie at six apiece, but the 27-year-old rallied in the latter stages to prevail with a 104 average, nine 180s and 53% on the doubles. 

“I’ve made three TV quarter-finals on the trot, but I want to go further this weekend. I know I’ve got the ability,” insisted Humphries, who took out 103 and 143 outshots to topple Ratajski.

“I haven’t produced my best game on the TV stages this year and a lot of people questioned my ability, but I’ve just proved again that I’m a good stage player.”

Humphries will lock horns with Joe Cullen in a mouth-watering last eight clash, after the Masters champion dumped out debutant Scott Williams 10-7 in an entertaining last 16 tie.

Cullen conjured up a sublime tops-tops 137 finish to wrap up proceedings against Williams, having fired in six 180s in his 6-1 success against former finalist Kim Huybrechts in the second round.

Meanwhile, 2017 runner-up Jonny Clayton will play Callan Rydz in the quarter-finals, after registering wins over Ross Smith and Ryan Joyce across an action-packed day.

Clayton denied European Champion Smith in a last-leg decider in round two, before converting clinical 90, 96, 110 and 122 combinations to complete a 10-3 demolition of Joyce in the last 16.

Rydz accounted for Ricardo Pietreczko in the second round, before reeling off four consecutive legs from 8-6 adrift to complete an impressive comeback victory over UK Open semi-finalist Keane Barry.

The quarter-finals will take place on Sunday afternoon, before the tournament concludes with the semi-finals and final in a blockbuster evening session.

Sunday evening’s action will also feature the 2022 Winmau World Youth Championship final, as Northern Irish sensation Josh Rock and Scottish star Nathan Girvan battle it out for the coveted title.

The Cazoo Players Championship Finals is being broadcast on ITV4 in the UK, and through the PDC's worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and Viaplay.

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Cazoo Players Championship Finals
Saturday November 26
Afternoon Session
Second Round
Main Stage

Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-1 Daryl Gurney
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-5 Ritchie Edhouse
Rob Cross 6-5 Gary Anderson
Jonny Clayton 6-5 Ross Smith
Luke Humphries 6-4 Mike De Decker
Danny Noppert 6-1 James Wade
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Cameron Menzies
Joe Cullen 6-1 Kim Huybrechts

Stage Two
Callan Rydz 6-3 Ricardo Pietreczko
Keane Barry 6-5 Andrew Gilding 
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-1 Jose de Sousa
Martin Schindler 6-5 Chris Dobey
Ryan Joyce 6-3 Jermaine Wattimena
Matt Campbell 6-4 Martijn Kleermaker
Scott Williams 6-4 Dave Chisnall
Ryan Searle 6-1 Jamie Hughes

Evening Session
Third Round

Main Stage
Rob Cross 10-6 Martin Schindler
Luke Humphries 10-7 Krzysztof Ratajski
Michael van Gerwen 10-6 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Joe Cullen 10-7 Scott Williams

Stage Two
Callan Rydz 10-8 Keane Barry 
Jonny Clayton 10-3 Ryan Joyce
Danny Noppert 10-9 Matt Campbell
Dirk van Duijvenbode 10-9 Ryan Searle

Sunday November 27
Afternoon Session (1245-1700 GMT)

Callan Rydz v Jonny Clayton
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Rob Cross
Luke Humphries v Joe Cullen
Danny Noppert v Michael van Gerwen

Evening Session (1900-2300 GMT)
Plus Winmau World Youth Championship Final