Gibraltar Darts Trophy: Michael van Gerwen reaches quarter-finals
Last Updated: 30/06/13 6:32pm
Michael van Gerwen: Dutchman continues fine form in Gibraltar
Michael van Gerwen's bid to win a third successive European Tour title continued with a comfortable win over Colin Lloyd in the third round of the Gibraltar Darts Trophy.
The Dutchman triumphed in both Dusseldorf and Wiener Neustadt last month, and remains on course to pick up another £20,000 first prize after sweeping aside Lloyd 6-1 in only 13 minutes in their third round clash.
He now plays world No 3 Adrian Lewis who produced a fine display to defeat Jamie Caven 6-4, with the Stoke ace leading 3-0 before his opponent roared back with four successive legs to hit the front.
Lewis, though, showed the class of a two-time world champion by taking the next three legs to move into the last eight.
"I finished really well and that's what got me through," said Lewis. "Jamie put together some great legs when he was 3-0 down but I'm really pleased to have come through with the win.
"It's exciting to be playing Michael and hopefully I can beat him and go all the way. I'll play my own game, and if I can score a little bit better and finish like I did this afternoon then it will be a great match."
World Champion Phil Taylor matched van Gerwen's 6-1 win as he soared past Leon De Geus in style, setting up a quarter-final against Steve Beaton.
Kevin Painter powered into the last eight with a fine 6-3 win over James Wade.
Painter now meets Jamie Lewis after the Welsh youngster reached the last eight for the first time on the PDC ProTour by whitewashing Steve Brown 6-0, hitting checkouts of 108 and 106 in a memorable performance.
Third round results:
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Colin Lloyd
Jamie Caven 4-6 Adrian Lewis
Kevin Painter 6-3 James Wade
Jamie Lewis 6-0 Steve Brown
Steve Beaton 6-5 John Henderson
Leon De Geus 1-6 Phil Taylor
Kim Huybrechts 6-4 Peter Wright
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Andy Hamilton
Michael van Gerwen v Adrian Lewis
Kevin Painter v Jamie Lewis
Steve Beaton v Phil Taylor
Kim Huybrechts v Dave Chisnall