Dimitri van den Bergh Wins World Matchplay

Dimitri van den Bergh Wins World Matchplay

Dimitri van den Bergh World Matchplay

Darts has a new star in the making after Dimitri van den Bergh saw off Gary Anderson with minimum fuss 18-10 in the final of the PDC World Matchplay last Sunday.

The 26-year-old Belgian world youth champion, who becomes the first youth winner to pick up a ranking TV title, was making his World Matchplay debut but looked increasingly confident as the week commenced in Milton Keynes.

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Van den Bergh is now the first debutant to win the World Matchplay and the first to make the final since James Wade in 2006. The two time World Youth champion is also celebrating his first senior title of any kind.

Played without a crowd, The Dream Maker continued to dance his way to the oche where, over the week, he saw off the likes of Nathan Aspinall, Joe Cullen, Adrian Lewis and Glen Durrant until he met two-time world champion Anderson in Sunday’s final.

In the match, the new world number 12 hit a 170 to level at 6-6 before pulling off and leaving The Flying Scotsman in his wake with further finishes from 132 and 124.

Out of form, Anderson had to wait until the 24th leg before he hit his solitary 180 of the contest as he was blown aside by the 200/1 pre-tournament outsider who became the first player from Belgium to win a PDC major.

The 2020 Darts Premier League season will resume for Night Seven on Tuesday, August 25 where Milton Keynes will once again play host.

That is for the next six rounds of fixtures which will all be played on consecutive nights behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena, before the season switches back to Thursday nights from September 17, where play will head out to Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and London.

Dimitri Van den Bergh is not on the list of this year’s Darts Premier League participants but has been swiftly installed as a 33/1 hopeful at bet365 for success at the Ally Pally World Championships this December.

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World Matchplay Darts Semi Final Betting Tips

World Matchplay Darts Semi Final Betting Tips

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The big names have been tumbling all week. On Sunday we lost reigning champion Rob Cross, on Monday we lost Grand Slam champ and world number three Gerwyn Price. By Tuesday, the best player in the world, Michael van Gerwen, was eliminated at the hands of Simon Whitlock and a day later world champion Peter Wright was a goner.

Those eliminations, and quite a few others, leaves a semi-final line up which will see Michael Smith, the top seed left in the competition, take on two times world champion Gary Anderson and another which pits former BDO hero Glen Durrant against debutant Dimitri van den Bergh as the players duke it out for the next two nights in order to get their hands on the Phil Taylor Trophy.

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Has Bully Boy’s moment finally come? (9/4 Outright Winner Price)

Michael Smith takes on close friend Gary Anderson and, after years of playing the bridesmaid might finally feel like his time has come. Bully Boy is now the top seed left standing in this year’s tourney and has met his former mentor in a semi before.

The pair met in the 2018 Darts Premier League semi-final when Bully Boy went through as the underdog before losing to Michael van Gerwen the final. Should the St Helens chucker proceed again it would mean a sixth televised major final and another opportunity to finally get that elusive major title under his belt.

Smith, of course, has famously been runner-up in the World Championship (2018), World Matchplay (2019), Premier League (2018), Darts Masters (2020) and the World Series of Darts Finals (2018).

Michael Smith to win semi-final: 4/5 at bet365

Old Master Anderson To Rewind The Clock (9/4 Outright Winner Price)

As for The Flying Scotsman, it would represent a 19th PDC major final and a chance to lift his ninth TV trophy in all. And, lets be honest, few would back against him picking up his second ever World Matchplay.

Anderson has admitted to struggling while playing without a crowd in attendance, although his performance here and on the PDC Home Tour, not to mention when winning the 2018 UK Open say differently.

On that note, next Saturday, the Glorious Goodwood horse racing festival will be trialing crowds on its final day for other sports to take note so perhaps some form of darts crowd in attendance may not be so far off.

Back to Anderson though and he has so far seen off Justin Pipe, James Wade and Simon Whitlock which, coupled with his winner’s experience, make him a dangerous member of the last four. Can he produce the old magic over 33 legs against a younger, hungrier opponent? I wouldn’t bet against it.

Gary Anderson to win semi-final: Evens at bet365

Duzza Ready For PDC Glory (9/4 Outright Winner Price)

Glen Durrant is playing in his fourth PDC semi-final since joining the tour at the start of this year. Duzza needed to show all his grit and determination to hang on in there in a bad-tempered semi-final against Vincent van der Voort, where he was at one point trailing 10-5 in an initial race to 16.

The three-time boss of the BDO kept in there though and clawed himself back into the game with two back to back 23 darters to cut the gap to 12-10 after which the Dutchman lost his cool completely and shot an illegal, not to mention dangerous, underarm throw for which he really should have been penalised.

From there though, Duzza had it in the bag despite putting in a less than vintage performance. Despite that, he still managed an average of 95.21 compared to his opponent’s 93.79.

Three-time world champion Duzza knows how to win and the longer this game goes on, the more likely Duzza is to make his first-ever PDC final, something which I think he will achieve.

Glen Durrant to win semi-final: 1/2 at bet365

Dancing Dimitri Looking Sharp (5/1 Outright Winner Price)

Young long shot Dimitri van den Bergh started out at odds of around 200/1 before a dart was thrown last week and has seen off some pretty big names on his relentless march to the last four. The Belgian spent three months staying at world champion Peter Wright’s house during lockdown which must have paid off as he has outlasted Snakebite by some distance.

The uber-confident two-time world youth champion who likes to boogie his way up to the oche has gone deep before reaching four major quarter-finals in the last two years – and third in a row given his deep runs at the World Championship and UK Open at the outset of this interrupted season – so a semi appearance isn’t really that surprising.

The Dream Maker saw off Nathan Aspinall in a comfortable 10-5 victory before beating Joe Cullen 11-9 and two-time world champion Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis and is unlikely to be fazed by Glen Durrant who recently admitted to being thoroughly outplayed in practise by the 26-year-old. Don’t rule out Dimitri.

Dimitri van den Bergh to win semi-final: 13/8 at bet365

QUICK GLANCE AT WORLD MATCHPLAY DARTS

Venue: Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

Dates: 25.07.2020

Format: Best of 31, 33

Current Champion: Rob Cross

Where To Watch: Sky Sports

When To Watch: (1800 GMT)

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