Ratajski reaches second consecutive Quarter-Final at World Matchplay after beating Humphries

Krzysztof Ratajski has reached the last eight of the World Matchplay for a second consecutive year. The Polish Eagle defeated Luke Humphries in the Last 16 by 11-5.

Humphries played a strong match on Sunday when he defeated James Wade, but was particularly sloppy now. Ratajski gave him several chances to bring back the tension, but at those moments Humphries almost always missed his doubles.

In the first two legs Humphries missed three darts on the doubles, allowing Ratajski to take a 2-0 lead. With a 14-darter and a 140 finish the former World Masters champion steamed through to a 4-0 lead. Humphries then had a strong phase and came back to 5-4. The Englishman started the tenth leg, but was not out in six turns. With a 60 check-out Ratajski made it 6-4.

After the break Ratajski retained the lead to 9-5. Humphries had one last chance to bring back the tension, but missed three chances on double 7. Ratajski took his chance for 10-5 and went on to hit a 14-darter for the win and a place in the last eight in Blackpool.

Ratajski will play the unseeded Callan Rydz in the Quarter-Finals. Rydz has already knocked two of the seeds out of the tournament with wins over Glen Durrant and Rob Cross.

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