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Vincent van der Voort in World Matchplay meltdown as Glen Durrant feels his name’s on the trophy


Vincent van der Voort was left fuming at the World Matchplay (Picture: Getty Images)

Vincent van der Voort was left seething with the referee after his World Matchplay quarter-final defeat to Glen Durrant on Friday night, although it seemed like more a case of sour grapes than rough justice for the Dutch Destroyer.

Durrant bounced back from a 10-5 deficit to win the game 18-16 and book his second consecutive Matchplay semi-final, in only his second appearance in the tournament.

It was a crushing defeat for Van der Voort and he was looking to shift the blame as he quite literally pointed the finger at referee Kirk Bevins.

In the 22nd leg, Van der Voort was on double nine, but hit single nine with his second dart and chucked his final arrow away underarm.

Throwing underarm is not allowed and the ref immediately announced that the final dart didn’t count.

The Dutchman looked confused and irritated, but only because his random throw at the board happened to land in single one, leaving him on a handy double four.

Vincent got another chance as Durrant missed his doubles, but had one less go at the outer-ring as he was on nine rather than eight.

He actually then had three more darts at double, which he missed as both men were having a nightmare.

He lost the leg and it clearly was still bothering him at the end of the match.

After Durrant hit the winning double, Van der Voort angrily pointed at the referee and shouted at Bevins.

Van der Voort could hardly complain as Bevins made the right call and he missed five darts at double in that leg after the disallowed dart, but he was frustrated to toss away such a substantial lead in a huge match.

The £50,000 on offer for a semi-final slot would have been the biggest prize of his career and it slipped through his fingers.

Three-time world champion John Part explained the situation on Sky Sports, saying: ‘He threw it underhand and you’re not allowed to do that, it’s more of a safety issue, for one thing, it’s out of anger and it should be penalised.

‘It’s a recent implementation in the rules to protect the officials up there.

‘As it happened, he threw that silly dart and he it happened to hit a 1, which was total fluke.

‘Then he’s disappointed because it didn’t count and leave hiim on the double, he lost a dart at double and he ended up losing that leg.

‘That was so much further back in the match, it’s hard to believe he’s still angry about that, so we’re just speculating but it doesn’t seem to be anything else.

‘I think he’s just angry at himself.’

Durrant produced a superb display of finishing in the latter stages of the match after struggling early on and he feels the unlikely come-from-behind win might prove his name is on the trophy.

‘No idea how I won that game, the better player lost tonight. I was gone, I was beat, but I’m through,’ Duzza told Sky Sports.

‘Back-to-back semi-finals is absolutely incredible. I was slightly embarrassed I was favourite going into tonight when you’ve got Gary Anderson and Michael Smith still in the competition.

‘Look, my wife’s got good vibes and I was thinking about my wife so much up there. She’s so cool, calm and collected. That one’s for her.

‘I’ve just got this fighting spirit right now. Sometimes you go through that and, is your name on the trophy?

‘I just don’t win 16-8, 16-9, I just don’t win that way.’

Durrant goes on to play Dimitri van den Bergh in the semi-final on Saturday after the Belgian downed Adrian Lewis 16-12 earlier in the evening.

The other semi-final is a tasty encounter between Gary Anderson and Michael Smith, so despite the shock early exits of the likes of Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright and Gerwyn Price, the final four is still a high quality affair.

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