Dimitri Van den Bergh was unable to treat himself to a quarter final against Michael van Gerwen at the World Cup darts. “Dancing Dimi” reached a very high level in his eighth final, but bumped into an even stronger Dave Chisnall. For example, the last Belgian died in the Alexandra Palace.
With two smooth victories without loss of set, Dimitri Van den Bergh was able to draw towards the eighth finals at the World Cup darts with a virtually clear report. With a possible quarter-final against Michael van Gerwen, a “clash of the Low Countries” lay ahead, although the Belgian had to throw himself past Dave Chisnall for that.
Ironclad Chisnall starts like a rocket
However, “Chizzy”, the number 8 in the world, immediately showed that he is of a different caliber than Van den Bergh’s previous opponents. After a raging start and including a handsome 146 checkout, he immediately set the tone with a win in the opening set.
Van den Bergh raised his level a bit, but a devilishly strong Chisnall always had an answer ready. With another 2 ton-plus-checkouts, the Englishman also took set 2. Hit the kettle at Van den Bergh, who also missed a setdart on the bullseye in set 3. A gift that Chisnall was grateful for: 3-0.
Van den Bergh goes down fighting
Van den Bergh faced a very tough assignment, but did not let himself be known. With sky-high scores, he quickly threw himself to a win in set 4. It gave “The Dreammaker” courage, because in set 5 Van den Bergh showed himself slightly stronger than his opponent. For example, we had another match in a 3-2 score.
In the important sixth set the nerves started to play with both men. Van den Bergh left no less than 6 arrows on a double in the opening leg and missed another 7 two legs later. Deadly it turned out, because with a 2-1 lead, Chisnall finished in style with a 102-checkout: 4 -2.
So end of story for the Belgians at this World Cup. Van den Bergh, who had come to London with title ambitions, does not see his top season crowned with a quarter final against the world’s number one, Michael Van Gerwen.