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Nathan Aspinall hit back at a disruptive darts fan as he steamrollered Jonny Clayton to keep his Premier League campaign alive.
Aspinall’s quarter-final against Jonny Clayton was the standout match of the night in Aberdeen as the league phase came to an end. A win for Clayton would have sent him through to the play-offs at the O2 next Thursday and ended the hopes of Aspinall.
However, it was the Asp who stormed through to the semi-finals on the night with a dominant 6-1 win over the Ferret. That was despite being put off on several occasions by a particularly rowdy member of the audience.
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The nature of the interruption was unclear but it clearly flustered the Stockport thrower, who stepped back from the oche and muttered something in the direction of the offender at one point as the referee called for order.
On Sky Sports commentary, Wayne Mardle said: “Someone is being a bit naughty and Huw Ware, the referee, is having none of it. They’re clearly trying to put Nathan off because it’s only happening when Nathan throws.”
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Then, as Aspinall clinched another leg to go 4-0 up, Mardle added: “Nathan hits double six and looks over as if to say it’s ‘wasted endeavour, pal!’ Security will step in shortly.”
Despite the distractions, it was a rampant performance from Aspinall, arguably his best in the Premier League to date. However, the job wasn’t quite done as he still had to beat Gerwyn Price in the semi-finals to ensure he finishes above Clayton in the standings and book a play-off spot alongside Price, Michael van Gerwen and Michael Smith.
The latter suffered an early exit on the night, losing to Dimitri Van den Bergh, who defeated the world champion 6-4.
Peter Wright’s miserable campaign ended with another early defeat as he was beaten 6-2 in the quarters by Price.
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