Aspinall’s ‘life-changing’ run continues at Alexandra Palace

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Nathan Aspinall (pictured) produced one of the best displays of his life as he swept aside Brendan Dolan in an assuring 5-1 victory to seal his place in the Semi-Finals in the William Hill World Darts Championship on debut. Photography: Taylor Lanning

Stockport’s Nathan Aspinall produced a sensational display to book his place in the Semi-Finals of the 2019 William Hill World Darts Championship after overcoming Brendan Dolan in a 5-1 success over the Irishman. For Aspinall, it was the biggest match of his life, and it was arguably his greatest performance to date. Aspinall admitted after the match that he felt great on the big stage despite the magnitude of the occassion.

In terms of the match itself, Aspinall came flying out of the blocks as he raced into a 4-0 lead which left Dolan stunned on the oche as to what was happening. In Aspinall’s previous performances especially against Price and Petersen, he had to come from the depths of defeat to go on and produce comebacks to turn the matches around. But, on this occassion, he was able to stamp his authority on the match from the very first leg. And, I think that taking the first set 3-0 really helped him along the way in terms of confidence and composure.

With the victory, Aspinall is guaranteed a minimum of £100,000 in prize money and a huge rise in the World rankings. In terms of just how huge this victory is, for most of the big TV majors £100,000 is normally the prize money for the winner of a big event, and it really is life-changing for Aspinall who has a young family to support, but I still feel that he certainly has much more to offer.

Reflecting on another life-changing victory, Aspinall spoke to the media, and as you’d imagine, he was absolutely thrilled with the win: “I’m just living the dream, I’ve gone up there today with no pressure whatsoever, and exceeded by expectations, and I just got up there and enjoyed the game. I played really well today and I’m really looking forward to the Semi-Final, unbelievable.

“I’m a young lad, I’ve got two young children, I’ve got a house to pay for, the average 26/27 year-old hasn’t got much money, but I believe in myself and I believe that darts could change that for me. Winning my first pro-tour back in September really gave me the confidence to think that I can make a living out of this. I’m not finished yet, I played really well today with almost a 100 average, but I’ve still got more in the tank. Whoever I play tomorrow, it’s going to be a fast game, which suits me, and I’m just really looking forward to it. Rob Cross did it last year, why can’t Nathan Aspinall do it this year.”

Aspinall will face either Michael Smith or Luke Humphries in Sunday’s Semi-Final, and it’s definitely going to be a fast and franetic contest.

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