Unibet European Championship | Day Three round-up

Darren Webster produced a sensational 156 finish to see off Cristo Reyes in a 19-leg thriller in Dortmund. Photo : Kelly Deckers / PDC

The last four matches from the last 16 of the Unibet European Championship took place on Saturday evening as 7,000 darts-crazed fans packed into the Westfalenhalle. The stand-out match for me has to be Darren Webster’s last-gasp victory over the Spaniard Cristo Reyes. It was a topsy-turvy contest, in which Webster dominated in the opening 10 legs as the ‘Demolition Man’ opened up a 7-3 lead as Reyes had just three attempts at a double during the first ten legs. The break came at the wrong time for Webster as Reyes came firing back as the Spaniard made the most of some missed opportunities from his opponent as he reeled off five legs on-the-spin to somehow move 8-7 infront by producing some great darts en route which included a stunning 10-dart leg.

But, as you’d expect, Webster came firing back as he moved into a 9-8 lead, and Webster left himslef in a great position as he left D4 to complete the victory, but he was denied an attempt as Reyes produced a spectacular 145 finish to force a 19th and deciding leg. You couldn’t have wrote what was about to unfold in the decider, Webster sensationally fired in a huge 156 checkout to stun his opponent and the 7,000 fans in the audience. It was a fantastic performance from the ‘Demolition Man’.

Meeting Webster in the QF’s tomorrow afternoon in the German no.1 and crowd favourite Max Hopp who completed an impressive 10-7 victory over ‘Lethal Biscuit’. The match was closely contested from the first leg up untilo the second interval as the scores were level at 5-5. Coming out of the second interval, it was Hopp that rose to the occasion, and despite going 7-6 down, the German reeled off four excellent legs to cement his place in the Quarter-Finals. The German no.1 produced a spectacular 156 finish in the penultimate leg as he delighted the home crowd.

Earlier on Saturday evening, the no.3 seed Gerwyn Price was in blistering for as he ran out a comfortable 10-5 winner against Dave Chisnall. ‘The Iceman’ produced a performance to be admired, especially when it came down to finishing legs. Price hit 50% of his doubles attempted, and his timing was immaculate. Chisnall struggled to find any sort of way back into the game really as Price contiuned to pile the pressure on Chisnall with power scoring and relentless finishing. Price will face off with James Wade tomorrow afternoon in the Quarter-Finals which of course is LIVE on ITV4.

As for Wade, he overcame Ricky Evans fairly comfortably as ‘The Machine’ ran out a 10-5 winner. It was a typical Wade performance really as the Aldershot-based srar averaged just under 95, hit six maximums, and hit 34.48% on the doubles, Wade was always in control of the match as he moved into a 4-1 lead heading into the first interval. Wade then increased his lead to 7-1 as Evans was visibly unhappy with his performance at that stage, but ‘Rapid’ found a way back as he reduced to deficit to just three legs to make it 8-5, but Wade closed out the match with back-to-back 12-dart legs with two fantastic finishes of 130 and 121.

Unibet European Championship – Day Three RESULTS

Gerwyn Price 10-5 Dave Chisnall

Darren Webster 10-9 Cristo Reyes

James Wade 10-5 Ricky Evans

Max Hopp 10-7 James Wilson

Unibet European Championship – Quarter-Finals (12:45 BST LIVE on ITV4) order of play TBC

Steve West – Simon Whitlock

Joe Cullen – Rob Cross

Darren Webster – Max Hopp

James Wade – Gerwyn Price


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