Defending champion Van den Bergh reaches World Matchplay Quarter-Finals with epic win over Chisnall

Defending World Matchplay champion, Dimitri van den Bergh has continued the defence of the title with an epic win over Dave Chisnall to end the first night of second round action.

A thrilling 11-8 win over the St Helens ace saw a 103.7 average and a record breaking 14 maximums as he sets up a tantalising clash with Gerwyn Price.

It was a slow start between the pair but it was Chisnall who lead 2-1 with a 130 checkout.

But at the interval, Van den Bergh turned it around with back-to-back 180's and an 82 checkout to lead 3-2.

They continued with consecutive break of throws getting to nine with Van den Bergh hitting a 121 checkout to lead 5-4 before he finally held throw to make it 6-4 at the interval.

But again it flipped with Chisnall hitting 127 and 67 to lead for the first time at 7-6 before Van den Bergh again edged back in front with a 72 checkout in what proved to be a turning point at 8-7 up.

Chisnall produced back-to-back 180's but Van den Bergh made sure he didn't get a dart at a double with an 85 checkout and 'The Dreammaker' went one away from there.

A twist in the tale followed once more with three missed match darts from Van den Bergh who allowed Chisnall a break to make it 10-8 but the Belgian finally got over the line from there.

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