Chris Dobey’s Alexandra Palace run was ended as he pushed North East rival Glen Durrant all the way at the last 16 stage of the 2020 PDC World Darts Championships.
‘Hollywood’ had stole the media attention as he defeated ‘The Queen of the Palace’ Fallon Sherrock in the previous round, but could not repeat that performance against the three time Lakeside World Champion.
It would be a positive start for the Bedlington thrower as he took the opening set, firing home a 110 checkout in the process as he gathered the early momentum.
‘Duzza’ would respond in terrific fashion, improving his game in all areas as Dobey failed to get a foothold. Middlesbrough’s own would seize the advantage in set three as he took the lead for the first time, coming out on top as it went to a decider.
Durrant would again recover from two legs down in set four as he went within three legs of the quarter-finals, taking out a clutch 109 checkout to seal the set.
With the scoring stats heavily in Dobey’s favour the revival would begin taking the fifth set on throw. There would be eight missed doubles from Durrant, Dobey pouncing to put him under even more pressure.
Back to to back sets were sealed as we went to a decider, but it wasn’t to be Dobey’s night. Experience playing a big part as Durrant produced his best darts of the match at the pivotal moments to seal his place in the quarter-finals on debut at the PDC World Championships.
Words Josh Green
Photos Lawrence Lustig/PDC