Co Stompe stunned world number five Mervyn King with a win in the second round
Co Stompe stunned world number five Mervyn King with a 4-2 win in the second round of thePDC World Championship on Sunday afternoon.
The Dutchman, who reached the quarter-finals at Alexandra Palace last year, stormed into a two-set lead by winning the first six legs on the trot. King responded by edging the third set but Stompe replied by taking the fourth before missing four darts at tops for the match to allow King back in the game.
But there was to be no great comeback from King as Stompe closed out the sixth set, defying King's eight maximums with a 99.86 average - to make King the highest seed to crash out of the tournament to date.
"If I play like that and take out my double opportunities when they come, I could go all the way," said Stompe, who will face the winner of the opening match of the evening session between Alan Tabern and Mark Dudbridge.
"When I missed those four darts at double top for the match, he came back with some fantastic finishing. But I managed to come through in the end and it feels great."
Kevin McDine whitewashed Barrie Bates in the second match of the afternoon and will face Adrian Lewis in the third round, after the Stoke man held of a spirited comeback from Wes Newton to win 4-2.
McDine, who came back from two-sets down to beat Dennis Priestley in the first round, had little trouble against the Welshman who couldn't replicate his fine performance from the first round where he saw off Jelle Klaasen.
Irthlingborough-based McDine came into the match still carrying the knee injury he sustained in his first round comeback win against Dennis Priestley, but made it through to the third round of the World Championship for the first time after a second round exit to Dennis Smith in his debut last year.
Lewis stormed into a 3-0 lead against Newton and missed a dart for a 4-1 win before finally clinching a high-quality match in the sixth leg. The world number eight followed his 106 average from the first round with a 103 average against the Lancastrian, who had Lewis rocking before the 24 year-old fired five maximums in four legs in the final set to progress.
Phil Taylor continues the defence of the World Championship this evening, facing Coventry's Steve Hine in the second match on stage. Tabern and Dudbridge kick-off the session while Robert Thornton faces Jyhan Artut in the final match of the day.
PDC World Darts Championship
Co Stompe 4-2 Mervyn King
Kevin McDine 4-0 Barrie Bates
Adrian Lewis 4-2 Wes Newton
Alan Tabern v Mark Dudbridge
Phil Taylor v Steve Hine
Robert Thornton v Jyhan Artut
CO STOMPE 4-2 MERVYN KING
(3-0, 3-0, 2-3, 3-0, 2-3, 3-2)
CO STOMPE produced one the best televised performances of his career to upset Mervyn King with a 4-2 victory in the second round of the 2010 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship.
Stompe, who reached the quarter-finals of last year's competition, defied eight maximums from his opponent and ended the match with a three-dart average of 99.
Both players started the match superbly hitting 180s with their opening darts. Stompe won the first leg with an 11-dart finish, which was followed by a 13 darter in the second and he continued that form by wrapping up the first set in the third leg with a two-dart 100 checkout in a 14-dart finish.
King, who produced an impressive performance to beat Matt Clark in the first round, missed chances to break at the start of the second set and Stompe kept the winning run of legs going. The Dutchman, who defeated Steve Maish in the first round, then hit a two-dart 72 finish in the second leg, followed by an accurate attempt at double top to take a two-set lead.
King finally managed to get his name on the board by winning the opening leg of the third set. But Stompe levelled the set and then broke throw by landing double 20 to win the third. In the fourth leg Stompe missed a dart at double top to win the set and King hit a vital 119 checkout on the bullseye to keep the set alive. Stompe had another opportunity to establish a three-set lead in the deciding leg. But his attempt at the bullseye was off-target and King landed double eight to pinch the set.
Both players hit maximums at the start of the fourth set, but Stompe won the leg by hitting double 10. King hit another maximum in the second leg, but the end result was the same as Stompe landed double top for a 2-0 lead. The number five seed missed opportunities to win the third leg and Stompe made his opponent pay by hitting the winning double to regain his two sets advantage.
Stompe punished King once again at the start of the fifth set by winning the first leg after King missed two darts at double 15. But King hit the bullseye to convert a 124 checkout to level and then won the third leg, which included a maximum. Stompe won the fourth leg with an accomplished 14-dart finish and was in complete command of the deciding leg to set up victory. But the Dutchman missed four darts at double top and that allowed King to survive yet again by hitting double 20 to reduce the deficit to 3-2.
Stompe put that disappointment behind him by taking out a 94 finish on the bullseye to take the first leg of the sixth set. King then levelled after Stompe missed the bullseye by the smallest of margins for a 170 checkout. Stompe won the third leg to go within touching distance of victory before King hit a fantastic 136 checkout with his opponent waiting on a two darter. In the deciding leg King was unable to hit double 16 with three darts to win the set and Stompe stepped in to hit a pressure two-dart 64 finish to seal a fantastic win.
"I know what Mervyn can do," said Stompe. "The way he plays in the practice room is unbelievable, but sometimes he can't always bring it on to the stage. When I missed those four darts at double top for the match, he came back with some fantastic finishing. But I managed to come through in the end and it feels great."
"If I play like that and take out my double opportunities when they come, I could go all the way."
KEVIN McDINE 4-0 BARRIE BATES
(3-2, 3-2, 3-1, 3-1)
KEVIN McDINE reached the third round of the 2010 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship for the first time with a straight-sets victory over Barrie Bates.
The Welshman was unable to replicate the kind of form he showed to dump out Jelle Klaasen in the opening round and McDine will now face either Adrian Lewis or Wes Newton.
The opening two legs of the match were shared before Bates went 2-1 ahead with a two-dart 60 finish. Bates hit a maximum in the fourth leg but McDine won it with a 'showpiece' 96 checkout completed by hitting double 18 and double top. McDine then won the fifth leg against the darts with a 76 finish to win the set after Bates missed a dart at double 16.
The first two legs of the second set where held with throw and McDine continued that sequence by hitting double top to complete a 70 finish. Bates replied by converting a pressure 66 finish, hitting double top with his last dart. But McDine held his throw in the deciding leg with an excellent 11 darter to win the set and double his lead.
The 24-year old continued the good form taking out a 127 checkout on the bullseye to win the opening leg of the third set, which included a maximum from Bates. McDine, who came from two sets to nil down to defeat two-time world champion Dennis Priestley on the opening night of the competition, doubled his lead with a 90 finish before Bates won the third with an excellent 110 to take the third.
The Welshman, who defeated Dutch youngster Jelle Klaasen in the opening round, hit back-to-back maximums in the fourth leg and was on-course for a nine darter. But his attempt at a seventh treble 20 was off-target before missing eight darts at double to win the leg and McDine made the Welshman pay by hitting double eight to take the third set.
McDine won the opening leg of the fourth set before Bates levelled in fine fashion with a 120 checkout. But McDine won the third leg with another 76 finish to go one leg away from the match, and the Irthlingborough based thrower made no mistake by hitting double nine to record victory.
"Barrie didn't play at his best today," said McDine. "It was a tough game and the scoreline flattered me a little bit. I always enjoy myself on the big stage and I always try to express myself out there."
ADRIAN LEWIS 4-2 WES NEWTON
(3-0, 3-0, 3-2, 2-3, 2-3, 3-1)
ADRIAN LEWIS ended the hopes of Wes Newton with a 4-2 victory in an enthralling second round encounter at the 2010 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship.
Lewis ended the match with a three-dart average of over 100 for the second consecutive game and will now take on Kevin McDine for a place in the quarter-finals.
The Stoke star appeared to be cruising to a comfortable victory after establishing a 3-0 lead. But Newton put up a spirited fight to win the next two sets before Lewis came through.
Lewis came out of the traps quickly, breaking throw in the opening leg with a 68 finish. He then doubled his lead after missed a dart at double eight for a 136 checkout, and the Stoke ace wrapped up the first set with ease by hitting double 15.
Lewis continued the relentless pace in the second set by winning the first leg with a 107 checkout. He hit his second 180 of the game in the process of winning the second and then won his sixth leg in succession by landing double six for two sets lead.
Newton managed to win his first leg of the game at the start of the third set, defying a maximum from his opponent. Lewis quickly levelled but Newton produced a classy 13-dart finish to regain the lead. The Lancastrian missed two darts at double 16 to win the set in the fourth leg and Lewis cashed in to win that leg and the decider to extend his advantage to 3-0.
Lewis hit a 13-dart finish to win the first leg of the fourth set, but Newton replied to win the second. Lewis then regained the lead to go one leg away from the match, but Newton sent the set to a deciding leg with a two-dart 56 finish. In the fifth leg, Lewis was way off-target with a dart at double 16 for the match and Newton kept his hopes alive to hit that same bed to seal the set.
Lewis hit his sixth 180 of the game in the opening leg of the fifth set, but Newton won it with a fabulous 124 checkout on the bullseye. Lewis won the second, but Newton held throw to win the third leg after Lewis missed a dart at the bullseye for a 121 finish. The eighth seed won the fourth leg with ease but Newton converted an excellent 106 checkout to win the set and reduce the deficit to 3-2.
Lewis hit his eighth maximum of the game in the process of winning the first leg of the sixth set, before Newton won the second, which included a maximum each from both players.
Lewis hit an 11 darter to win the third leg, and then hit back-to-back maximums in the fourth, to leave himself on course for a nine-dart finish. That was not to be but Lewis went on to win the leg by hitting double 16 and with it end a high quality contest.
"My life is very settled and I have been practising hard before and during this event," said Lewis. "Wes came back and pushed me really hard. That game has shown me that I can hold my own when put under pressure".
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