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Nic Ladds 31st Oct 2009 - 17:17

European Championship - day three, afternoon session review

Jelle Klaasen edged a thrilling second round clash with Jamie Caven to reach the quarter-finals of the 2009 European Championships at the Claus Event Center in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands.

Klaasen and Caven plundered 13 maximums between them but Klaasen thought he had missed the chance to progress when he squandered darts to win both 9-7 and 9-8 only for Caven to narrowly miss the bull for a dramatic 135 checkout to win.

The Dutchman composed himself to take out double four though to end a high-scoring contest against the in-form Derby man.

"It's always tough against Jamie - he is playing well and he beat me the last time we played at the UK Open he beat me so I knew it was going to be hard and I'm happy to get through," said Klaasen, who faces Colin Lloyd in the quarter-finals - the man he beat in the first round in 2008 - after the Essex man opened the Saturday afternoon session with a 9-5 victory over Mensur Suljovic.

Scotsman Gary Anderson thumped Ronnie Baxter 9-1 to set up a meeting with the winner of Saturday night's clash between defending champion Phil Taylor and Anderson's fellow countryman Robert Thornton, while Mervyn King and Colin Osborne fought a high class battle in which King prevailed 9-6.

Saturday's evening session begins at 7pm with Raymond van Barneveld taking on Mark Walsh in the opening match.

In-form Steve Beaton takes on Michael van Gerwen before the Taylor and Thornton clash, with James Wade and Andy Hamilton bringing the second round to a close.



Second round
Saturday October 31 - 1pm start
Colin Lloyd 9-5 Mensur Suljovic
Mervyn King 9-6 Colin Osborne
Jelle Klaasen 9-8 Jamie Caven
Gary Anderson 9-1 Ronnie Baxter

Saturday October 31 - 7pm start
Raymond van Barneveld v Mark Walsh
Steve Beaton v Michael van Gerwen
Phil Taylor v Robert Thornton
James Wade v Andy Hamilton

Sunday November 1 - 1pm start
Jelle Klaasen v Colin Lloyd
Taylor/Thornton v Gary Anderson
Van Barneveld/Walsh v Beaton/Van Gerwen
Mervyn King v Wade/Hamilton


COLIN LLOYD is the first man through to the quarter-finals of the 2009 European Championship with a convincing 9-5 second round defeat of Mensur Suljovic.

Lloyd roared into action with a 140 and a maximum in his first two visits but missed nine darts to hold his throw and Suljovic pounced with a 135 checkout to break in the opening leg.

The Austrian returned the favour on his throw though by missing darts at double 16 and double eight to let Lloyd level with an 88 checkout.

Suljovic broke Lloyd's throw once more with a 61 checkout and held his throw to open up a two-leg lead at 3-1 and missed two darts to go 4-1 up as Lloyd continued to struggle with his doubles but managed to reduce the deficit with double two.

Colin found his touch with a clinical 64 checkout to break back and level affairs and moved ahead for the first time with a solid hold of his throw and made it three legs in a row when Suljovic missed three darts to level and the Essex man checked out 86 on the bull to move 5-3 up at the break.

Both players held their throw after the break to take the score to 6-4 in Lloyd's favour, who then moved three legs clear after Suljovic failed to make an impression in the eleventh leg.

Both players hit 140s before Lloyd fired in a maximum to put Mensur under pressure to take out 55 - he failed to do so and Colin moved to within one leg of victory.

Suljovic made him wait by breaking Lloyd in the 13th leg but Lloyd fired his fifth maximum of the match and took out 70 to set up a meeting with the winner of the Jamie Caven and Jelle Klaasen game.


MERVYN KING came out on top of a high class encounter with Colin Osborne, edging out the Championship League winner 9-6.

King won six of his legs in 15 darts or fewer with a 104 average while Osborne recorded an 11 darter and averaged 101 as the duo matched each other stride until King forced a crucial break to progress to the quarter-finals.

Osborne had the chance to break King in the opening leg but missed a dart at double 11 to allow King to hold but Osborne followed suit with a 76 checkout to level.

King fired in the first 180 of the match to set up an 88 checkout which he duly took out, but Osborne hit straight back in kind - his first maximum allowing him to take out 81 and level once more.

A ding-dong battle ensued as the Bradwell man held once more with a 124 checkout to move 3-2 up only for Osborne to level with an 11-dart leg in the same fashion he did in the fourth.

Both players took out double top to ensure the first eight legs went with throw and the first two legs after the break followed suit before King became the first player to flinch, missing tops to take out 120 and allowing Osborne a chance on 65 which he took to move 6-5 in front.

Having waited 11 legs for a break in throw we had two back-to-back as Osborne missed the bull by a whisker to take out 130 and King punished him in style with a 116 checkout.

Colin applied pressure on Mervyn with a 180 to leave 61 but King resisted with a 61 checkout to edge ahead once more.

Osborne missed double 16 to take out 104 and level again and King pounced on double 12 to win the pivotal 14th leg - and finished off the match with a 50 checkout in the next leg.


JELLE KLAASEN clinched a thrilling final leg encounter with Jamie Caven to send his home crowd into raptures.

The duo rained in 13 maximums between them with the Dutchman compiling 30 scores of 100+ in the match and both players missed darts for the game in the final leg before Klaasen clinched a quarter-final meeting with Colin Lloyd - a repeat of the second round clash Klaasen won in 2008.

"It's always tough against Jamie - he is playing well and he beat me the last time we played at the UK Open he beat me so I knew it was going to be hard and I'm happy to get through," said Klaasen.

"I was always behind in the game really - 4-2 then 6-4 - but I missed two darts to win the game 9-7 and almost gave it away in the final leg."

Caven registered maximums in the first two legs - Klaasen holding his throw in the first with a 13-darter before Jamie levelled.

Klaasen found his range with his first 180 to edge in front with another 13-dart leg and the pair traded 180s in the fourth leg, with Caven failing to take out 54 to leave Klaasen with a chance to break but he was unable to make an impression with a 118 checkout and Caven held.

The Derby man then made the first move of the contest, firing the sixth 180 of the match in just the fifth leg to break the Dutchman before taking out 83 to open up a two-leg lead.

Jelle answered straight back with his third 13-dart leg and they continued to deal in high scores only, both starting the eighth set with two ton-plus scores and Klaasen breaking back to level the match at 4-4 at the break.

The break certainly benefitted Caven as he broke immediately, with his fifth maximum of the match setting up a 124 checkout to break Klaasen to open up an advantage which he soon extended with a hold of throw in the tenth leg.

The 180 count hit ten in the 11th leg which Klaasen edged and then hit his fifth 180 of the match to draw level with a 72 checkout.

Caven got back on the scoresheet as the 180s continued to flow, hitting his seventh to leave tops which he nailed at the second attempt to break Klaasen, only for the Dutchman to reply in kind with an 81 checkout to break back and level at 7-7 and then move ahead with a 14-dart leg.

Klaasen moved 8-7 ahead but Caven levelled with a 106 checkout to take the match to a 17th and final leg.

The Dutchman seemed in control with two ton-plus scores and with six darts at 110, but he missed four chances to close the game and on 135, Caven missed the bull for the win and Klaasen finished him off to the delight of the crowd.


GARY ANDERSON thumped Ronnie Baxter 9-1 in the final match of the afternoon session to reach the quarter-finals of the 2009 European Championship.

The Scotsman moved 8-0 in front with an imperious display of finishing with Baxter grabbing a consolation leg before Anderson claimed a fine win which sees him meet the winner of Phil Taylor and Robert Thornton's second round match later on Saturday evening.

"That was not the real Ronnie out there today," said Anderson.

"But I'm obviously happy to get through and it'll be a good battle between Taylor and Thornton tonight."

Baxter never managed to get a foothold in the game as Anderson hit the first 180 with his second visit to the board to break the throw in the opening leg.

Anderson moved through the gears with ease as Ronnie continued to struggle, with Gary taking out 120 to move 3-0 ahead and then 84 to make it 4-0.

A 13-dart fifth leg was followed by a sixth leg with three ton-plus visits and 7-0 came with the 100s in a row.

Gary made it eight out of eight before the break when he took out tops at the second attempt, with Ronnie finally getting on the board with a hold of throw in the ninth leg - but it only delayed the inevitable and Anderson took the tenth leg of the match to complete a comprehensive win of the Lancastrian.


Copy courtesy of Anthony Leaver, PDC
Picture courtesy of Lawrence Lustig, PDC


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