Dimitri Van den Bergh (PDC-14) has qualified for the eighth finals of The Masters in Milton Keynes, England. In the first round, the 29-year-old Antwerp native defeated Englishman James Wade (WS-19) 6-1.
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“The Dreammaker” didn’t have to use his best darts to beat Wade. An average of 90.65 per three darts was more than enough to outperform the 84.74 of “The Machine”. Van den Bergh’s checkout percentage was 28.6 percent, Wade’s was 6.3 percent. Only in the fourth leg did Wade get on the scoreboard. That only happened with the 24th dart, after Van den Bergh had missed seven leg darts and Wade had also missed eight chances for a double. It was characteristic of the match, in which only the second leg was decided quickly (with an 11-darter) and the highest throw was one of 60.
For a place in the quarter-finals, Van den Bergh will face the Englishman Michael Smith (PC-3) on Saturday, winner of the first Premier League evening on Thursday. The 2023 world champion was the third seed free in the first round.