UK Open: Richie Burnett stuns Peter Wright to reach quarter-finals in Minehead | Darts News

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Richie Burnett knocks out Peter Wright to reach the last eight of the UK Open; Michael van Gerwen to face Nathan Aspinall in quarter-finals after the pair beat Luke Humphries and Joe Cullen respectively. Defending champion Danny Noppert knocked out by William O’Connor.

Last Updated: 04/03/23 11:13pm

Richie Burnett produced the result of the day to knock out Peter Wright

Richie Burnett produced the result of the day to knock out Peter Wright

Richie Burnett stunned Peter Wright to reach the quarter-finals of the UK Open for the first time in his career on Saturday, while Michael van Gerwen recorded a dominant win over Luke Humphries to continue his pursuit of a fourth Minehead crown.

Burnett, whose previous best at the UK Open came in 2007 when he reached the last 16, was a 10-8 winner against 2022 world champion Wright after ousting Ted Evetts 10-9 earlier in the day.

The 56-year-old ‘Prince of Wales’ will now face Dimitri Van den Bergh for a place in the semi-finals on Sunday after the Belgian defeated 2018 champion Gary Anderson 10-8.

“I’ve been an idiot over the years, I’ve really underachieved, I’ve been an absolute maniac but I’ve never harmed anybody, only been a fool to myself. I’m just making up for lost time,” Burnett told ITV Sport.

It marks a first quarter-final appearance for the 1995 BDO world champion since his appearance in the final eight at the 2014 Grand Prix.

Van Gerwen followed up Friday’s hard-fought victory over Dave Chisnall by dispatching Martijn Kleermaker 10-6 before making light work of Humphries, who had overcome world champion Michael Smith 10-9.

Awaiting the Dutchman in the next round is Nathan Aspinall after the 2019 tournament winner booked his place in the last eight with a 10-2 victory over Joe Cullen after seeing off Dirk van Duijvenbode in the afternoon session.

UK Open: Last 16 results

Main Stage Nathan Aspinall 10-2 Joe Cullen
Peter Wright 8-10 Richie Burnett
Gary Anderson 8-10 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Michael van Gerwen 10-4 Luke Humphries
Stage Two Brendan Dolan 8-10 Andrew Gilding
William O’Connor 3-10 Adam Gawlas
Jonny Clayton 8-10 Martin Schindler
Jeffrey de Zwaan 7-10 Rob Cross

UK Open quarter-final draw

Andrew Gilding v Martin Schindler
Michael van Gerwen v Nathan Aspinall
Rob Cross v Adam Gawlas
Richie Burnett v Dimitri Van den Bergh

Adam Gawlas continued his fine run with a 10-3 triumph over William O’Connor, who had knocked out defending champion Danny Noppert with a 10-9 win earlier in the day.

Jonny Clayton’s weekend was brought to an end in a 10-8 loss to Martin Schindler after the Welshman had cruised past Jose de Sousa, and Rob Cross marched on to the quarters with a 10-7 win over Jeffrey de Zwaan, who had progressed to the evening session by edging out Gerwyn Price.

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