Dirk van Duijvenbode can keep dreaming of the world title of darts. He won in the eighth finals after a 3-1 deficit 4-3 against Glen Durrant, the number twelve in the world. Two-time world champion Gary Anderson awaits in the quarterfinals on New Year’s Day.
With the loss of a few high-ranking players, Van Duijvenbode was increasingly mentioned as an outsider for the World Cup title. On the London stage he has shown a higher level in every game so far.
Opponent Durrant, this year’s winner of the Premier League, had a difficult run-up. The three-time Lakeside champion became infected with the corona virus. He has not left an indelible impression on this World Cup so far.
Just before the game, Van Duijvenbode complained about the plate, which he said hung crooked. ‘Aubergenius’, who gets his nickname from his job as an administrative assistant at an eggplant farm, seemed to be particularly troubled when throwing out, as he missed a lot.
Durrant took advantage and took a 2-0 lead in sets.