Preview and Selections by Shane McArdle
The quarter-finals of the World Series US Darts Masters takes place this evening from Las Vegas. All eight of the big names got through their opening games last night, with some finding it easier than others. Gerwyn Price was below par in a 6-4 win over Gary Mawson, UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall was impressive in his 6-2 win over Shawn Brenneman, Daryl Gurney averaged over 92 in a convincing 6-1 win over Daniel Baggish, Michael Smith had to work hard for a 6-4 win over Jim Long, Rob Cross dished out a 6-0 whitewash to Leonard Gates, defending champion Gary Anderson had to battle for a 6-4 win over Elliot Milk, Peter Wright had a tough opener against Jeff Smith and he just prevailed 6-5, whilst World No.1 Michael van Gerwen was pushed closer than many may have expected and eventually came good on a 6-4 scoreline over Darin Young.
Schedule of Play
Friday July 5th (From 8pm) (Quarter-Finals)
Michael van Gerwen v Michael Smith – Selection – Michael van Gerwen at 1/5
Both players were under-par in their respective opening round matches but this could be an absolute cracker if they both show-up on top form and I’m expecting a win for MVG as he has publicly announced his desire to lift the trophy in this coveted tournament.
Gary Anderson v Gerwyn Price – Selection – Gary Anderson at 8/13
Another match in which both players were way below their best in their first-round games. Gerwyn Price has been in very good form of late but with the opening game under his belt having not played very often lately, I expect a top performance from reigning champion Gary Anderson and he is my strong fancy to take the win in this exciting contest.
Rob Cross v Nathan Aspinall – Selection – Rob Cross at 2/5
This game see’s probably the two most impressive first-round winners meet and it should be a closely contested match. Rob Cross looked very good in yesterday’s impressive whitewash win and he is a confident selection to make the semi-finals.
Daryl Gurney v Peter Wright – Selection – Peter Wright at 4/5
This match is the toughest to call of the four quarter-finals and if both players turn-up on top-form then we are in for a cracker. I’m taking a chance on Peter Wright to produce an improved performance from his first-round win over Jeff Smith and if that is the case then he should have enough to get through this tough encounter.