Mervyn King ends long wait for World Darts Championship quarter-final return

The 55-year-old beat Raymond Smith 4-3.
Mervyn King ends long wait for World Darts Championship quarter-final return

PA Sport Staff

Veteran Mervyn King turned back the clock to reach the quarter-finals of the William Hill World Darts Championship.

King made the last eight for the first time at Alexandra Palace since reaching the semi-finals in 2009 with a 4-3 comeback victory over Raymond Smith.

The 55-year-old Englishman fought back from 2-0 and 3-1 down before seizing the advantage in the final set with a spectacular 124 checkout on the bullseye.

Australian Smith missed four darts at double top in the next leg and King capitalised to complete a final-set whitewash.

โ€œI could feel the atmosphere building and building as I made my comeback,โ€ King told Sky Sports.

โ€œIt was nice to be able to dig in and take advantage of it.

โ€œIโ€™ve got the game to make the final. It just depends if my proper game turns up.โ€

Luke Humphries reached his third quarter-final in four years with a 4-3 victory over Chris Dobey.

Humphries had received a bye into the last 16 when Dave Chisnall tested positive for coronavirus.

Dobey soared into a 3-1 lead but Humphries turned the tide, with three ton-plus checkouts proving decisive.

โ€œI got human at the end, my nerves kicked in,โ€ said Humphries, who scored 177 to leave tops before missing match darts and finally finishing the job on double one.

โ€œAt the end my hand was shaking, my heart was going mad. Nerves got the better of me.

โ€œItโ€™s time for me to kick on now. The last two-quarter finals I was very new to the tour.

โ€œBut Iโ€™ve got more knowledge and experience now to go into the next game with more ambition to go further.โ€

Callan Rydz secured a quarter-final spot with a 4-1 victory over Alan Soutar.

Rydz recovered from losing his first set of the tournament to breeze into the last eight for the first time.

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