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Michael van Gerwen took another step towards a fourth William Hill World Championship title as he moved into the semi-finals.

Van Gerwen continued his title defence with a 5-2 victory over Darius Labanauskas, who missed a huge opportunity to run the world number one much closer.

Having taken the opening set, the plucky Lithuanian missed six darts to cut Van Gerwen’s lead to 4-3 in the seventh, allowing the Dutchman to take another leap towards a fourth World Championship crown.

“I got the job done but I need to play much better,” said the 2014, 2017 & 2019 winner, who will take on Nathan Aspinall in the last four.

“I lost my concentration at times and I shouldn’t do that but I also had some good moments.

“I will put everything right for the next match. Nathan is having a great year and I think we can have a fantastic game but if I play to my top level I will have too much for him.”

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