Gates Gone As Duffman’s Defence Continues

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Reigning Lakeside World Champion Neil Duff recovered from 2-1 down in sets to defeat Martyn Turner 3-2 on Day 6 of the 2023 WDF World Darts Championship.

Duffman included 5 180s over the full 5 sets played with the 15th Seed, setting up a Quarter Final with Chris Landman who defeated Thomas Junghans earlier in the day, also in a last set decider.

The Last 16 contest went with throw in the opening 2 sets, before a three-leg surge from The Mutts Nut including a 116 finish tipped the match back into his favour, taking a 2-1 lead in a race to 3 sets.

The reigning world champion though dug deep when it really mattered, including an 80 checkout in the fourth set before punishing missed darts at tops from Turner to level the match at 2-2.

Duff closed the 5th and final set out with his last dart at double 5, securing a 3-2 victory over a spirited Martyn Turner at Lakeside and setting up a Quarter Final with 2023 Pro Tour Finalist Chris Landman.

The WDF Ladies World Championship Quarter Final lineup was also confirmed on Day 6, with former 4 Time Champion Lisa Ashton fighting off a spirited performance from Priscilla Steenbergen to win 2-1 and set up a clash with Kirsty Hutchinson, who beat 6th Seed Wendy Harper 2-0 earlier in the day.

There were wins for the likes of Danny Lauby Jr, who defeated multiple World Seniors major winner Leonard Gates and former winner Jelle Klaasen and Dennis Nilsson on Thursday in Surrey.

The Swedish international knocked out 13th Seed Alexander Merkx 3-1 in the afternoon session. 2006 winner Klaasen included a 134 finish in the deciding 5th set before clinching a last leg decider against compatriot Dennie Olde Kalter.

Nilsson will face Wesley Plasier in the Quarter Finals, with the Dutchman enjoying a successful debut so far at the home of world darts.

The Quarter Finals of the 2023 WDF World Championship will take place on Friday from Lakeside, with Beau Greaves returning to face American international Paula Murphy in the Ladies draw.

2023 WDF Men’s World Darts Championship:

Day 6 Results

Jonny Tata 3-0 Jim Widmayer
Dennis Nilsson 3-1 Alexander Merkx (13)
Chris Landman (7) 3-2 Thomas Junghans
Jelle Klaasen (3) 3-2 Dennie Olde Kalter
Neil Duff (2) 3-2 Martyn Turner (15)
Danny Lauby Jr (6) 3-0 Leonard Gates

2023 WDF Ladies World Darts Championship:

Day 6 Results

Kirsty Hutchinson 2-0 Wendy Harper (6)
Lisa Ashton (3) 2-1 Priscilla Steenbergen

2023 WDF Men’s World Championship: Quarter Final Lineup

Andy Baetens (1) v Jonny Tata
Dennis Nilsson v Wesley Plaisier (5)
Neil Duff (2) v Chris Landman (7)
Jelle Klaasen (3) v Danny Lauby Jr (6)

2023 WDF Ladies World Championship: Quarter Final Lineup

Beau Greaves (1) v Paula Murphy
Deta Hedman (4) v Rhian O’Sullivan (5)
Aileen de Graaf (2) v Lorraine Winstanley (7)
Lisa Ashton (3) v Kirsty Hutchinson


Images: Chris Sargeant / WDF


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