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Article: De Zwaan: "I'm in Dreamland"

De Zwaan: "I'm in Dreamland"

Jeffrey De Zwaan admitted he’s in “dreamland” after he dumped another top name Adrian Lewis out of the BetVictor World Matchplay. The dynamic Dutchman KO’d Michael van Gerwen in round one and then added Jackpot to his growing list of scalps on Tuesday night. Under immense pressure from Lewis, De Zwaan held his nerve to seal victory with a showpiece double-double 94 finish as he continued his quest for the Phil Taylor Trophy. Now De Zwaan will face Dave Chisnall in Thursday night’s quarter-finals at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. He said: “I'm still in dreamland, I am so happy with this win," said the 22-year-old, who hit two ton-plus finishes. “I think it was a fantastic game, we both played well - Adrian is a great player so to beat him is a magnificent achievement. Jeffrey De Zwaan, Red Dragon Darts, World Matchplay, Adrian Lewis “Hitting the 94 to win the match felt really great, I was very happy to see it go in. “It is already a dream but I don't want it to end yet and I will give everything to beat Dave - I am scared of nobody and I just want to play like I can." Chisnall had earlier produced an incredible comeback from 7-1 down to beat Michael Smith 11-8 and book his place in the quarter-finals for a fifth time. He said: “It's unbelievable to win in that way. I haven't played great darts for eight months and I started slowly again, and Michael took advantage. “I've had a few good comebacks before but I had nothing to lose at 7-1 and my doubles started going in. “It's nice to be in the quarter-finals but I want to push on from here. Not being in the Premier League was a kick up the backside but I've worked really hard leading up to this event and I feel good.” Dave Chisnall, Red Dragon Darts, World Matchplay, Michael Smith Gary Anderson also produced a big fightback from 5-1 down to beat Raymond van Barneveld 11-9 as he continued his quest for a maiden World Matchplay title. Ando won the match in style, taking out 82 on the bull to spark celebrations in Blackpool and he will now face Joe Cullen in the last eight. He said: “It's not often I give it a big celebration but it felt good when I won that one. “When I was 5-1 behind I wasn't nervous at all, I was kicking myself that I was behind and I knew I could get back into it. “I was playing with a new set of darts tonight and they felt good. Joe will be a tough game in the next round and I'll have to be ready to start well." Cullen dumped out fifth seed Daryl Gurney with a comfortable 11-3 triumph to reach the quarter-finals of a televised event for only the second time in his career, matching his run at the 2016 UK Open. He said: “I felt comfortable, Daryl wasn't himself but my job is to capitalise on his mistakes and that's what I did. “Any player in the world would be happy to hit half their doubles, I need to up my scoring and I will hopefully do so in the next round. “To be honest I'm disappointed that this is only my second televised ranking quarter-final, I feel I should've made a lot more but now I've got the chance to kick on now and do even better.” By Phil Lanning (@lannomedia)

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