Michael van Gerwen wowed the Winter Gardens with a wonderful nine-dart finish in an explosive performance, as he saw off Steve Beaton in Blackpool.
The 23-year-old Dutchman hit six ton plus finishes in a 13-9 triumph to set up a quarter final clash with James Wade, who was impressive in a convincing 13-4 success over Mark Walsh.
“It was a special moment for me,” said van Gerwen, on hitting his second televised nine-darter.
“I have been playing really well on the floor which has given me a lot of confidence and tonight it all came together on TV.
“James is a classy player so I will have to play great again to beat him, but everyone has seen what I can do.”
Wade, who won nine consecutive legs in his triumph over Walsh, said: “I did alright tonight and I’m glad to get through.
“Michael is a confident young lad and I was pleased for him but I’m here to do a job.”
There was disappointment for Raymond van Barneveld however, the Dutchman failed to reach the quarter-finals in Blackpool for the first time ever after suffering defeat at the hands of Terry Jenkins.
By Chris Murphy