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Van Gerwen avoids quick dismissal in Australia, Whitlock knocks Wade out of the tournament

Michael van Gerwen is into the quarter-finals of the Queensland Darts Masters. Mighty Mike needed a crucial leg to beat local qualifier Bailey Marsh.

At the start of a triptych of World Series matches in Australia and New Zealand, the Dutchman has been disappointing. Van Gerwen averaged 86 and had a doubles rate of 27 percent.

It wasn’t until the ninth leg that Van Gerwen took the lead for the first time from a 2-4 deficit. The newly-crowned World Matchplay Champion finished 72 and tied for the 17-darter lead with 20-darter.

Van Gerwen lost five shots in the tenth leg and Marsh leveled with double fours. After the Dutchman missed a match dart in the deciding leg, Marsh looked confident of victory but failed to hit the triple for 111 runs. Van Gerwen then hit a double 10 in his second game. Van Gerwen will meet Houbai Buha in the quarter-finals on Saturday, who earlier knocked out Jonny Clayton and caused an upset.

Simon Whitlock was able to claim victory in front of his home crowd. The Australian, who won the World Cup of Darts alongside Damon Hedda for Australia in June, defeated James Wade 6-2.

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