Mighty Mike and Part to clash in tasty quarter-final

Michael van Gerwen and John Part will clash in a high-profile quarter-final at the European Darts Trophy tonight, as the final eight players bid to take the £20,000 title at the Glaspalast in Sindelfingen.

Dutch star van Gerwen continued his bid to win a fourth event of the year, and a first European Tour title, with a fine 6-1 win over Essex’s Jamie Robinson this afternoon.

Robinson had come back from three legs down to defeat both Richie Burnett and Brendan Dolan in reaching the third round, but despite a 141 finish was unable to match van Gerwen, who also took out 141 and hit a 121 checkout during the win.

“I know I’m playing well at the minute and although I missed some doubles I’m happy with that,” said van Gerwen. “I want to keep it going tonight and give the fans plenty to cheer about.”

Van Gerwen now plays last month’s UK Masters winner John Part in the last eight, with the Canadian remaining on course for a second successive European Tour win by seeing off Ronnie Baxter 6-2 from 2-0 down.

“I’m playing consistently well at the moment and taking my chances,” said Part. “I’ve got Michael van Gerwen in the quarter-finals and it should be a good game because I’m number one on the ProTour Order of Merit and he’s won three events.”

Justin Pipe, the only other player in the last eight who has previously won a European Tour event, at the Austrian Open last year, defeated Nick Fullwell 6-3, taking out finishes of 147 and 116 in the game’s final two legs.

Pipe will face Wes Newton in the quarter-finals, with the McCoy’s Premier League Darts star having seen off Peter Wright 6-4 in their third round contest.

Austrian ace Mensur Suljovic delighted the German crowd with a whitewash of Andy Smith to set up a quarter-final with Belgium’s Kim Huybrechts, who averaged 102.58 in a 6-3 win over Terry Temple.

Welshman Mark Webster came from 4-2 down to defeat Ian White 6-5 and win through to his first European Tour quarter-final, where he now plays Paul Nicholson, who saw off Dean Winstanley 6-4.

Tonight’s evening session at the Glaspalast will see the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of the £100,000 event take place as the destiny of the title is decided.

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