World Matchplay 2021: Gerwyn Value wins all-Welsh battle over Jonny Clayton – NewsEverything Wales

Gerwyn Price
Value averaged 101 within the first all-Welsh tie within the event’s 28-year historical past

World champion Gerwyn Value beat fellow Welshman Jonny Clayton 11-Three within the World Matchplay second spherical.

Value, 36, has reached the quarter-final stage solely as soon as earlier than again on his Blackpool debut in 2015.

World primary Value faces defending champion Dimitri Van den Bergh within the quarter-finals on Thursday night time.

“Jonny performed effectively. I put him below loads of strain and he slipped up on one or two legs. I used to be there to punish him,” mentioned Value.

The 2021 Premier League champion Clayton, 46, had not overwhelmed Value in a televised recreation since 2017 however each gamers broke one another repeatedly initially of the match.

‘The Iceman’ Value, went into the primary break with a 3-2 lead with neither participant lacking a double at this stage of the match and each with over a 105 common.

Clayton received three legs on the bounce to make issues stage at 3-Three just for Value to return again and win 4 legs to regain management of the match and prolong his result in 7-Three on the second interval.

Clayton squandered his probability to get again within the match with seven misses on the double within the eighth leg after the interval and Value pounced on his alternative to make it 8-3.

The double Grand Prix champion was ruthless along with his scoring and received eight legs in a row to safe his place within the final eight.

“It is troublesome for me to play Jonny as he is a very good buddy, nevertheless it was much more troublesome to play Jonny and the gang collectively,” Value added.

Value was greeted but once more by boos by the two,000 capability crowd within the Empress Ballroom which he shortly silenced throughout the match.

“It does give me that edge and makes me into the zone quite a bit faster and I focus and get right down to the job in hand,” he mentioned.

“I am not saying I adore it as a result of it will get me into that place, nevertheless it goes on a little bit bit an excessive amount of I believe.”

Within the closing match of the night time, Belgian Van den Bergh beat five-time quarter-finalist Dave Chisnall 11-Eight in a high-quality affair.

Earlier, the 2019 winner Rob Cross was knocked out of the competitors after an 11-Eight defeat by debutant and the youngest participant within the competitors, 23-year-old Callan Rydz.

Cross was 5-2 up early on within the match however Rydz produced a sensational show to comeback together with throwing a 170 checkout to take the largest win of his profession and make his first main quarter-final.

The ‘Polish Eagle’ Krzysztof Ratajski additionally reached the quarter-finals for the second consecutive 12 months with a 11-5 victory over Luke Humphries.

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