The first semi-final is confirmed at the European Darts Matchplay with Michael van Gerwen set to take on Dave Chisnall later this evening after a duo of deciding leg wins.

Van Gerwen defeated Krzysztof Ratajski in a deciding leg win. He edges closer to a 33rd European Tour title with a 100 average and five 180’s reaching the semi-finals as a result.

Ratajski went 3-2 up in the early going after MVG squandered darts but it went back and forward with Van Gerwen though edging ahead at 5-4 up.

‘The Polish Eagle’ took out 66 to force a decider at 5-5 but Van Gerwen was throwing for the match and he claimed the victory from there.

Chisnall and Rob Cross on the other hand had a game which was marred by a plethora of bounce-outs and he survived three match darts from ‘Voltage’ in a 6-5 victory.

‘Chizzy’ had a strong start going 3-1 up with four 180’s at the time. Chisnall suffered an unfortunate bounce-out and Cross went to one behind.

Cross had problems finishing and Chisnall went 5-3 up but the St Helens ace wired a match dart and Cross came back to ensure a deciding leg.

Despite that though, Chisnall moved through but he will know he will need to play better when he takes on Van Gerwen later on.

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Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST) Quarter-Finals

Michael van Gerwen (100.13) 6-5 (93.09) Krzysztof Ratajski
Rob Cross (87.09) 5-6 (90.14) Dave Chisnall
19:15 Jonny Clayton v James Wade
19:45 Joe Cullen v Glen Durrant

Semi-Finals
Michael van Gerwen v Dave Chisnall
Clayton/Wade v Cullen/Durrant

Final
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Photo: Kais Bodensieck/PDC Europe

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Author: Samuel Gill