Michael Van Gerwen saw off Nathan Aspinall to reach the semi-finals of the World Matchplay at Blackpool's Winter Gardens.

Van Gerwen, who is bidding for his third World Matchplay and first PDC title of the year, secured a 16-9 win against an out-of-sorts Aspinall.

A slow start from Aspinall allowed Van Gerwen to race into a 5-2 lead and the Dutchman, who won his Matchplay titles in 2015 and 2016, took three successive legs to cross the winner's line and reach the last four for the first time in five years.

He will face Peter Wright, who earlier in the evening secured his fourth visit to the last four.

Wright produced an average of 100.3 and scored nine maximums in a comprehensive 16-7 victory over Michael Smith.

Poland's Krzysztof Ratajski and defending champion Dimitri Van den Bergh will meet in the other best-of-33 semi-final after the Belgian beat world champion Gerwyn Price in their blockbuster quarter-final.