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Nic Ladds 1st Nov 2009 - 15:06

European Championship - day three, evening session review

Defending champion Phil Taylor sent a warning out to the rest of the quarter-finalists in the 2009 European Championships with a 9-0 whitewash of Robert Thornton at the Claus Event Center in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands.

Taylor averaged 110.88 with three 11-dart legs in a performance that showed no mercy to the Scotsman - and he now faces Thornton's fellow countryman and Jocky Wilson Cup teammate Gary Anderson in Sunday's quarter-finals.

"No-one likes to see a fellow pro lose to nil but I just try my best and I'm here to win - that's what I do, it's my job," said Taylor.

"Whoever beats me will have to play out of their skin - Colin Osborne did it at the Championship League and that gave me a kick up the backside which does you good every now and then."

Mark Walsh came back from 6-1 down against world number three Raymond van Barneveld to beat the Dutchman 9-7 and set up a clash with Steve Beaton, who saw off Van Barneveld's compatriot Michael van Gerwen by the same score.

"I knew that if I kept going at the same standard I would get chances and I capitalised on a couple of mistakes and it just shows that you cannot give up in this game," said Walsh.

In the final match of the second round, James Wade beat Andy Hamilton 9-5 to face the man he beat in the Premier League final in May, Mervyn King, in the final quarter-final on Sunday afternoon.



Second round results - evening session
Mark Walsh 9-7 Raymond van Barneveld
Steve Beaton 9-7 Michael van Gerwen
Phil Taylor 9-0 Robert Thornton
James Wade 9-5 Andy Hamilton

Sunday November 1 - 1pm start
Jelle Klaasen v Colin Lloyd
Phil Taylor v Gary Anderson
Mark Walsh v Steve Beaton
Mervyn King v James Wade

Semi-finals and final
Sunday November 1 - 7pm start
Semi-final order of play to be determined by toss of coin at the end of the quarter-finals.



MARK WALSH produced a stunning comeback from 6-1 down to knock out the world number three Raymond van Barneveld with a 9-7 victory.

The Dutchman looked to be heading towards the quarter-finals in double-quick time as he opened up a five-leg lead but Walsh recorded an 11-dart leg to go into the break 6-2 behind, before winning seven of the next eight legs to record a famous win.

"I wouldn't say the eighth leg was the crucial one as I was scoring well in the first half but Raymond was hitting his doubles brilliantly," said Walsh.

"I knew that if I kept going at the same standard I would get chances and I capitalised on a couple of mistakes and it just shows that you cannot give up in this game."

Walsh had an early chance on Van Barneveld's throw in the opening leg, leaving tops from a 96 checkout, but the Dutchman closed the door by hitting the bull to take out 122.

The Englishman levelled straightaway in a scrappy second leg where both players missed chances to win it.

Van Barneveld soon stepped on the gas though, knocking in two 140s to take a 2-1 lead then breaking Walsh's throw thanks to six perfect darts in the fourth leg.

He then held his throw with a 13-dart leg and broke once more with a 76 checkout to open up a four-leg gap over Walsh.

The Englishman came close to breaking back when he narrowly missed the bull for a 121 checkout but Barney cleared up on 76 again to make his a five leg lead before Walsh repeated the Dutchman's pair of 180s for an 11-dart leg to move into the break 6-2 behind.

Walsh reduced the deficit to three legs with a break of throw when the players returned and a 180 in the tenth leg made it three in a row as he began to put pressure on the five-time World Champion.

Van Barneveld was really on the ropes as Walsh moved to within one leg of the Dutchman who missed tops and failed to register a score over 100 in the 11th leg, and Walsh completed the comeback despite missing a double for the leg with Van Barneveld himself missing the bull for a 125 to allow Walsh to level.

The Dutchman stopped the rot with a 107 checkout to move 7-6 in front and fired a maximum to put Walsh under pressure.

Mark responded well though to hold his throw and turned the screw on his opponent with four ton-plus scores too much for Van Barneveld to answer.

The Dutchman raised hopes with a 180 but missed a dart at double 16 to level and Walsh hit tops to make it through to the quarter-finals.


STEVE BEATON will face Mark Walsh in the quarter-finals of the 2009 European Championship after beating Michael van Gerwen 9-7 in their second round clash.

The Dutchman fought back well from 6-2 down to level matters but Beaton continued his good form to close a tight match out.

"We've played a lot each other this year and know each other's games inside-out and I think that showed out there," said Beaton.

The first four legs went with throw before Beaton broke the young Dutchman's throw to move 3-2 ahead and held for a two leg advantage and chose a good time to fired a 180 to leave 63 which he took out to move 5-2 ahead.

The Englishman won his fourth straight leg to move into the break 6-3 up but Van Gerwen stopped the rot with a solid hold as the players returned and then raised the roof in his home venue with a 170 checkout.

Van Gerwen was pumped up now and took the 11th leg after both players missed chances and the Dutchman levelled matters thanks to his third 180.

Beaton took out 72 to move 7-6 in front and quickly moved to within one leg of victory.

Van Gerwen gave him the chance when he missed two darts at double seven but the Englishman repeated that on double eight and the Dutchman took out 14 on double two.

He was unable to take the match to a deciding leg though, with Beaton firing his tenth 140-plus score of the match to leave 75 and finishing off the contest with double one to reach the quarter-final.


PHIL TAYLOR produced a scintillating whitewash of Robert Thornton to remain on course to defend his European Championship title.

The 14-time World Champion recorded a 110.88 average in a demolition job over the Scotsman and said he was totally focussed on retaining the trophy he won in Frankfurt last year.

"I just try my best and I'm here to win - that's what I do, it's my job," said Taylor.

"Whoever beats me will have to play out of their skin - Colin Osborne did it at the Championship League and that gave me a kick up the backside which does you good every now and then."

By the standards he set in the rest of the game the opening leg was sloppy as Taylor missed four darts to win the opening leg and Thornton missed bull to break.

The defending champion then moved into gear with a 12-dart leg followed by two 11-dart legs, the second of which he started with seven perfect darts.

The fifth leg was the first that Taylor failed to notch a maximum in and Thornton had a chance on 80 but missed two double tens and Taylor cleaned up to move 5-0 in front.

The Stoke ace returned to the 180s for his third 11-dart leg and continued to pile the misery on the Scotsman with four ton-plus scores setting up a 136 checkout that he missed on double eight but claimed in his next visit.

Three more scores above one-hundred secured the eighth leg and he returned after the break to finish in style, checking out 138 to see off one opponent in the Jocky Wilson Cup and set up a meeting with the other.


JAMES WADE claimed the final place in the quarter-finals of the 2009 European Championship with a 9-5 win over Andy Hamilton.

Wade faces Mervyn King in a repeat of this year's Premier League final, throwing a 100.19 average and pressing on the accelerator in the latter stages of the contest.

The Premier League champion broke Hamilton in the opening leg and registered the first 180 of the game to move 2-0 up.

Hamilton responded with his first maximum in a 12-dart leg and Wade replicated that with two 180s of his own to go 3-1 up.

He looked like making that 4-1 with two 140s and another ton to leave six darts from 121 but missed two at double ten for the leg and Hamilton capitalised with an 86 checkout to take the fifth leg.

The Stoke man then missed tops to break Wade who pulled into a 4-2 lead but Hamilton ensured he remained on his tail with a 72 checkout.

It was at this point that Wade stepped up a gear, moving into the break with a 5-3 lead with his fourth maximum and then checking out 101 in the first leg after the break to go 6-3 up.

Three scores of 140-plus saw him move to within one leg of victory but Hamilton made him wait, a 112 checkout breaking Wade in the 13th leg.

It only delayed Wade's joy though, as he threw two tons and a 140 en route to taking out 79 and setting up a mouth-watering clash with King.


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


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