Gervin Price suffered an upset loss in the second round of the Cazoo Masters to Dirk Van Duyvenbode. Price, known as the ‘Iceman’, was dropped after losing 10-8 to Van Duyvenbode in Milton Keynes.

Van Duyvenbode, who has lost 15 of his 16 meetings with Price, told “Those darts that were in my leg earlier were the hardest darts I’ve ever thrown. I’ve always set high standards for myself, so if I don’t average 100 points in every game, I’m not happy, but I’m happy with how I bounced back in this last stretch.

Van Duyvenbode will now face Chris Dobey, who defeated Luke Humphreys by the same score.

World champion Michael Smith advanced safely to the quarterfinals with a 10–7 win over Ross Smith. He will then play Danny Knoppert, who beat Stephen Bunting 10–9. Ross Smith won the European doubles final in October and managed combinations of 126, 130 and 136 en route to a 4-2 lead at Marshall Arena before the world champion fought back.

Michael Smith said: “The reception I got was unreal and I had to get used to it quickly because I was too busy enjoying it. In that first session, when Ross reached 126 and 130, I thought it was the European Championships again!

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“Every time I came out of the cold it crashed, but I went in, I took a chance and I’m glad it did the job.”

Five-time Masters champion Michael van Gerwen beat José de Souza by 10 to 7 to set up the meeting with Rob Cross, who is in the quarterfinals after beating Gary Anderson by 10 to 6 in confrontation with the highest average of the competition. Cross and Anderson each threw eight 180s with averages of 112.32 and 111.17, respectively.

The other quarterfinal is between 2020 title winner Peter Wright and 2021 champion Jonny Clayton. Wright defeated Dave Chisnell 10–7 and Clayton defeated James Wade 10–3.

Source: Wales Online