Two times champion Gary Anderson a new look on the oche to fuel his William Hill World Darts Championship title hopes.
The Flying Scotsman changed his glasses and darts after struggling to find his best form during the first few rounds at Alexandra Palace.
Anderson’s tactic worked as he hit seven 180s, getting an average of 97.27 to hit Rob Cross 4-3 and reached his seventh World Cup quarter-finals in eight years.
“I went back to the old darts and they worked great,” 2015 and 2016 World Champion Anderson told Sky Sports.
“I was fine. I was 3-1 ahead and messed up one leg completely.
“Rob stayed and came back. But there was no nerve.
“I’m winning and it’s fantastic to progress. If I get hit, I go home and spend a few more days with the family. No pressure.”
Cross, the 2018 world champion, took the first set, but Anderson then won five legs in a row and a 170 checkout gave him a confident 3-1 lead.
Anderson missed seven darts on a double to take a 2-0 lead in the fifth set, and Cross – who produced a 144 checkout – stormed back to equalize in an Ally Pally thriller.
But Anderson kept his nerve and dominated the last set to secure the quarterfinals against Luke Humphries.
Peter Wright remove Ryan Searle 4: 1 with the Scottish scoring power – the 2020 world champion beat seven 180s and 20 140s – too much for his English rival.
The pair met in the Playoff of the Players Championship Finals last month, which Wright beat 11:10.
But it was a lot easier for Wright this time around, as his average of 102 in the third set put Searle’s hopes of a comeback to an end.
James Wade meets Mervyn King in the last eight after going over to a 4-0 win Martin Schneider.
The Dutchman won just four legs, while Wade only had one win from his fourth World Cup semi-final.
Wade said, “This game is so beautiful and so much fun when you get a shot here and there.
“If you don’t hit, it’s the most boring thing in the world.
Veteran Mervyn King turned back the clock to reach the quarterfinals.
King made it to Alexandra Palace for the first time since reaching the semi-finals in 2009 with a 4-3 comeback win over the last eight Raymond Smith.
The 55-year-old Englishman fought his way back 2-0 and 3-1 before taking advantage in the last set with a spectacular 124 checkout at the bullseye.
Australian Smith missed four darts on double 20 in the next leg and King used the capital to gloss over the last set.
“I could feel the atmosphere building and building as I made my comeback,” King told Sky Sports.
“It was nice to be able to get involved and benefit from it.
“I have the game to get to the final. It just depends on whether my real game pays off. “
Luke Humphries reached his third quarter-finals in four years with a 4-3 win over Chris Dobey.
Humphries was given a bye to the round of 16 when Dave Chisnall tested positive for coronavirus.
Dobey took the lead 3-1, but Humphries turned the tide, with three tons more than crucial checkouts.
“I got human in the end, my nerves were high,” said Humphries, who hit 177 to leave the tops before missing match darts and eventually finishing the job with double 1.
“In the end my hand was shaking, my heart was spinning. The nerves have conquered me.
“Now it’s time for me to take off. In the last two-quarter-finals, I was brand new to the tour.
“But I now have more knowledge and experience to go into the next game with more ambition.”
Callan Rydz secured themselves with a 4-1 victory over the quarterfinals Alan Soutar.
Rydz bounced back from his first set of the tournament to advance into the final eight for the first time.