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David Thompson 27th Jul 2012 - 16:19

Jenkins and Baxter reach World Matchplay semis!

 

Terry Jenkins and Ronnie Baxter won through to the semi-finals of the Betfair World Matchplay on Friday afternoon, as World Champion Adrian Lewis and Justin Pipe were knocked out at the Winter Gardens.

Two-time World Matchplay finalist Jenkins won through to the semi-finals of the £400,000 event for a third time following a superb 16-12 win over Lewis.

Jenkins hit ten 180s to Lewis' nine during a see-saw contest and also hit 121 finishes in successive legs in mid-game before breaking the deadlock at 11-all by winning five of the final six legs.

"I got off to a good start and then went to sleep a little bit, but it was a good match," said Jenkins.

"The two 121s gave me a bit of confidence and I think thet changed the match a bit because they made Adrian think a bit and made him realise I was up for it.

"It made him try a little bit harder in the second half, and he's a tough player to beat so I'm really pleased to win that."

Jenkins had stared defeat in the face in his first round game against Kim Huybrechts before overcoming Raymond van Barneveld, but he is now looking to push on and claim his first major title.

"If you look back, most players who have gone on and won a tournament have, somewhere along the line, had a chance to be knocked out, so maybe it's my year.

I'll just knuckle down and treat every player the same. I've been in the final a couple of times but it would mean quite a lot just to win one TV tournament - I think I deserve one."

Lewis entered the event knowing that he could succeed Phil Taylor as the number one in the PDC Order of Merit should he progress further than his Stoke rival in the World Matchplay.

"I had the world number one on the back of my mind, which doesn't help really," he admitted. "This is the first tournament where I've had a chance to be world number one, and if Phil doesn't win later on in the quarter-finals I'll be world number one anyway.

"But if Phil's number one at the end of the tournament, he deserves it. If I can win the World Grand Prix or European Championship then it's good for me, and I'll have a good go for it now."

Blackpool's home favourite Baxter won through to his first major semi-final for three years with his 16-11 win over rising star Justin Pipe, who was appearing in the last eight of a televised event for the first time.

Pipe played his part in another thriller by sharing the 16 180s which were hit during the game, but Baxter's mid-game surge into a 14-7 lead proved too much for the Taunton thrower to overcome.

"It's great to be back in the semi-finals," said Baxter. "I've dropped from sixth down to 20 and it's been a hard slog for the last 18 months but my form's getting back there.

"My finishing was good and I stayed focused on my game. I began to miss a few doubles but I held on for that one good leg and I got there in the end."

Pipe said: "It wasn't my day and Ronnie played well. I was practising well but I didn't get going and even eight 180s wasn't enough.

"There are some massive positives from reaching my first major quarter-final though, and I've got to keep doing what I'm doing and I hope to progress a stage further in each TV event."

The quarter-finals will conclude with the remaining two games on Friday night, with reigning champion Phil Taylor playing Andy Hamilton and James Wade taking on nine-dart hero Michael van Gerwen.

Betfair World Matchplay
Quarter-Finals

Afternoon Session
Justin Pipe 11-16 Ronnie Baxter
Adrian Lewis 12-16 Terry Jenkins

Evening Session (7pm)
Phil Taylor v Andy Hamilton
Michael van Gerwen v James Wade

MATCH INFORMATION

RONNIE BAXTER 16-11 JUSTIN PIPE
RONNIE BAXTER won through to his first major semi-final for three years at the Betfair World Matchplay with a 16-11 victory over Justin Pipe at the Winter Gardens on Friday.

The Blackpool ace continued his love affair with the tournament with a thrilling performance as he reached the last four for the sixth time since making his debut in 1998 by seeing off rising star Pipe.

The Taunton ace shared 16 180s with Baxter in a heavy-scoring game, but it was the local favourite who produced the stronger finishing to progress to play either Phil Taylor or Andy Hamilton on Saturday night.

"It's great to be back in the semi-finals," said Baxter. "I've dropped from sixth down to 20 and it's been a hard slog for the last 18 months but my form's getting back there.

"My finishing was good and I stayed focused on my game. I began to miss a few doubles but I held on for that one good leg and I got there in the end."

Baxter hit a 180 in the opening leg of the game as he took the lead on tops, with Pipe levelling before the 1998 runner-up finished double ten to move 2-1 up - only for the Taunton man to win the next three without reply.

The pair traded 180s in the fourth leg as Pipe levelled, before Baxter landed further maximums in the next two only to miss darts at double 16 in both legs as Pipe moved 4-2 up.

Baxter finished double 16 to hit back, and then won the next three legs - finishing tops in all three, once for a 107 finish and twice to punish misses from Pipe - as he regained the lead at 6-4.

He then took out 150 to win a fifth straight leg before Pipe reignited his challenge with a superb 11-darter.

The pair again traded maximums as Baxter fired in a 14-darter to lead 8-5, and after the pair traded the next two it was the home favourite who produced another five-leg burst to take command.

Baxter began the run with legs of 13 and 14 darts, and landed double six, double two and tops to take a 14-7 lead and move within touching distance of the semis.

Pipe punished two missed doubles to land tops and stop that run, and he also hit the same bed to win a ninth leg and a 180 and double ten to pull back to 14-10.

However, he missed one dart at double 18 to continue the fightback as Baxter finished double 16, and although Pipe hit a 13-darter to stay in the game his respite was short-lived as Baxter sealed victory in the same manner on double eight.

Baxter has been battling a shoulder problem in recent times, and having played in the final second round game on the previous night he admitted to some tiredness in his throwing arm.

"I get a little bit of a rub-down and that seems to relax me," he added. "It was a little hectic from last night with only having six hours sleep, and I thought that might have been a bit too much for me but it seems ok."

Pipe had won through to his first major televised quarter-finals with his wins over Joe Cullen and Wes Newton, but admitted he was disappointed not to progress further.

"It wasn't my day and Ronnie played well," said Pipe. "We probably both had a bad night's sleep after our games last night and you've got to get up early to prepare again, but it was the same for both of us and there's no complaints from me.

"I was practising well but I didn't get going and even eight 180s wasn't enough.

"There are some massive positives from reaching my first major quarter-final though, and I've got to keep doing what I'm doing and I hope to progress a stage further in each TV event."

Leg-By-Leg
0-1 - Baxter hits a 180 and finishes tops at the first time of asking to open the game with a 13-darter.
1-1 - Baxter lands another maximum, but Pipe replies in kind to leave 76 and returns to land double eight with his third dart after the home favourite misses one dart at tops.
1-2 - Baxter is again first to a finish, and takes out double ten to regain the edge.
2-2 - The players again trade 180s, with Pipe leaving 60 after nine darts and having enough cushion to miss two darts at tops and one at double ten before hitting the bed to level.
3-2 - Baxter fires in his fourth 180 of the game, but misses two darts at double 16 and Pipe finishes 76 on double 18 to break.
4-2 - Baxter hits a 180 and follows that with 139, but misses three darts to break back, and Pipe takes out tops to move two legs clear.
4-3 - Baxter overcomes his troubles on double 16 to hit back.
4-4 - Pipe misses three darts to win the leg, and Baxter steps in to finish 75 on tops to break back and level.
4-5 - Pipe hits a 180 to leave 130, but misses the bull to take out the finish and Baxter checks out 107 to regain the lead.
4-6 - Baxter breaks by landing tops for a third successive leg to move two clear.
4-7 - Baxter finishes a brilliant 150 checkout on double 15.
5-7 - Pipe opens with 140 and 180 before finishing double 16 for an 11-darter.
5-8 - Both players hit 180s, and Baxter lands double nine to win his eighth leg of the game, taking him half-way to victory.
6-8 - Baxter posts his seventh 180, but Pipe takes out double 16 to hit back.
6-9 - Baxter moves back into a three-leg lead by finishing double ten.
7-9 - Pipe lands his sixth 180 of the game and finishes double nine to hit back.
7-10 - Baxter finishes double 16 to win his tenth leg of the contest.
7-11 - Baxter lands tops to break throw again.
7-12 - Double six sees Baxter pull clear of Pipe.
7-13 - Pipe posts another 180, but misses eight darts at doubles to win the leg and Baxter finishes double two to take another leg.
7-14 - Baxter hits his eighth 180 of the game and posts double 16 to move two legs away from the win.
8-14 - Baxter misses darts at double top and ten to move a leg away from victory and Pipe lands tops to hit back.
9-14 - Baxter misses two further darts at tops, and Pipe hits the bed to complete an 80 combination and break throw.
10-14 - Pipe opens with 140 and 180 and finishes double ten to continue his revival.
10-15 - Baxter misses the single ten to leave 40 on a 104 finish, but Pipe misses double 18 for a 76 finish to allow the 1998 runner-up to take out double 16 and move a leg away from the semis.
11-15 - Pipe finishes double 12 for a superb 13-darter to remain in the hunt.
11-16 - Baxter wins the game in style with a 13-darter, posting double eight to move into his first major semi-final for three years.

TERRY JENKINS 16-12 ADRIAN LEWIS
TERRY JENKINS won through to the Betfair World Matchplay semi-finals with a brilliant 16-12 victory over World Champion Adrian Lewis at the Winter Gardens on Friday afternoon.

The 2007 and 2009 runner-up won through to his third Blackpool semi-final by emerging from a see-saw battle with Lewis, who played his part in a thriller.

The pair landed 19 maximums during the game, with Jenkins hitting ten to Lewis' nine but also landing a pair of 121 checkouts - and although the Stoke ace came from 10-6 down to level at 11-all, it was the number ten seed who finished the game the stronger.

The game began at a frantic pace, with Jenkins opening the match with a 180 and taking the first leg in 13 darts before adding another maximum in the second, which Lewis took on double four with a 76 finish.

The pair then traded maximums in leg three, with Jenkins finshing 91 for an 11-darter, only for Lewis to level in 12 darts by following his second 180 with a 11 checkout.

Lewis also posted a maximum in leg five, but missed the bull to break on a 119 finish to let Jenkins in for a 78 checkout.

Jenkins then finished 56 to secure the game's first break before landing tops to win his third straight leg and move 5-2 up.

Jenkins then kicked off leg eight with a 180 but was punished for three missed doubles as Lewis finished 80 with two double tops before hitting a 180 and an 83 finish for a 14-darter before trading maximum and finishing double ten to level.

The next two were shared to leave the scores tied at six-all before Jenkins won two key legs in the same manner - hitting a 180 and taking out 121 on the bull in successive legs with Lewis waiting on a finish to move 8-6 up.

He then punished missed doubles from the World Champion to take the next two legs and move four clear, only to miss three darts at tops in the 17th as Lewis finished the same bed to hit back.

Lewis added a 180, his eighth of the game, in a 14-darter as he pulled back to 10-8, only to see his chances of reducing the gap further dented in a dramatic next leg, as he missed seven darts at doubles to allow Jenkins off the hook from his own misses to land double two for an 11-8 lead.

Double ten from Lewis saw him regain his range, before he took out 84 to break with a 14-darter and double 16 to level the contest - only for Jenkins to again edge away.

The seven-time major finalist firstly took out double eight to move 12-11 up, before breaking on double ten with Lewis waiting on tops, and a 14-darter moved Jenkins two legs away from the semis.

Lewis hit tops with his third dart to pull back to 14-12, but Lewis landed back-to-back maximums in a 12-darter and then secured victory by landing tops.

"I got off to a good start and then went to sleep a little bit, but it was a good match," said Jenkins.

"The two 121s gave me a bit of confidence and I think thet changed the match a bit because they made Adrian think a bit and made him realise I was up for it.

"It made him try a little bit harder in the second half, and he's a tough player to beat so I'm really pleased to win that."

Jenkins had stared defeat in the face in his first round game against Kim Huybrechts before overcoming Raymond van Barneveld, but he is now looking to push on and claim his first major title.

"If you look back, most players who have gone on and won a tournament have, somewhere along the line, had a chance to be knocked out, so maybe it's my year.

"I'll just knuckle down and treat every player the same. I've been in the final a couple of times but it would mean quite a lot just to win one TV tournament - I think I deserve one."

Lewis admitted: "It was a great game for the audience. It was a good game and I enjoyed it, but it's disappointing to lose.

"I tried to keep digging in at him but there were a few times when I left a double and he took out a big finish - he hit some big shots at the right time and was the better player today.

"I've put a lot of work in for this but I'll start preparing now for the European Championship and the other big events later this year.

"It's in the back of my mind that, with the quality of player I am sometimes, that I should be playing better. A 94 average isn't good enough against the quality of players nowadays, and I'll go away and try to put that right, and hopefully it will come together."

Lewis entered the event knowing that he could succeed Phil Taylor as the number one in the PDC Order of Merit should he progress further than his Stoke rival in the World Matchplay.

"I had the world number one on the back of my mind, which doesn't help really," he admitted. "This is the first tournament where I've had a chance to be world number one, and if Phil doesn't win later on in the quarter-finals I'll be world number one anyway.

"But if Phil's number one at the end of the tournament, he deserves it. If I can win the World Grand Prix or European Championship then it's good for me, and I'll have a good go for it now."

Leg-By-Leg
0-1 - Jenkins opens the game with a 180 and takes out tops for a 13-darter to win the opening leg.
1-1 - Jenkins kicks off a second successive leg with a maximum, but Lewis finishes 76 on double four to level.
1-2 - Both players land maximums, and Jenkins finishes 91 on tops to edge back in front.
2-2 - Lewis fires in his second maximum and takes out 11 on tops for a 12-darter.
2-3 - Lewis opens with a 180 - the sixth of the game so far - but misses the bull to take out 119 and Jenkins finishes 78 to hold throw going into the break.
2-4 - Jenkins maintains his flawless record on the doubles by taking out 56 to break.
2-5 - Jenkins again lands tops, with Lewis waiting on 80, to win a fifth leg.
3-5 - Jenkins opens the leg with his fourth maximum of the game and adds a 140, but misses the bull and two darts at double four to allow Lewis to take out 80 with two double tops.
4-5 - Lewis breaks for the first time, hitting a 180 and finishing 83 in two darts.
5-5 - The pair trade their fifth 180s of the game, with Jenkins missing tops for a 116 finish to break and allow Lewis in on double ten to level with a third successive leg.
5-6 - Double eight from Jenkins edges him back in front.
6-6 - Lewis initially misses a dart at tops - in single one - but returns to finish double 16 to level.
6-7 - Jenkins lands another 180 to leave 121, and takes out the combination on the bull.
6-8 - Both players hit 180s, and when Lewis is unable to take out 96, Jenkins lands the bull to finish 121 for a second successive leg.
6-9 - Jenkins is first to a finish but initially fails to set up a double and then misses two darts at double two, but Lewis is unable to convert tops and he returns to finish double two.
6-10 - Lewis hits a 180, but misses double top and ten to allow Jenkins back in to finish double two.
7-10 - Jenkins lands a 180 but returns the favour with three misses at tops, allowing Lewis in to finish 56 on the same bed.
8-10 - Lewis opens with a 180 - his eighth and the game's 16th - before landing double ten to reduce the gap to two legs.
8-11 - Jenkins wins a dramatic leg - initially missing six darts to take the leg only for Lewis to miss seven doubles of his own and allow him in to land double two.
9-11 - Lewis finishes 56 on double ten to pull back another leg.
10-11 - Lewis adds the pressure with his ninth 180 of the game, and Jenkins misses a dart at tops to allow the World Champion back in to finish 84 to break throw.
11-11 - Lewis levels the contest by winning a third successive leg, finishing double 16.
11-12 - Double eight from Jenkins sees him regain the lead.
11-13 - Jenkins takes advantage as Lewis initially fails to leave a finish, and lands double ten to break throw and move three legs away from the win.
11-14 - The breathless pace continues as Jenkins finishes tops for a 14-darter to edge closer to the semis.
12-14 - Lewis lands tops with his third dart to stay in touch with Jenkins.
12-15 - Jenkins moves a leg away from the match with a fantastic 12-darter, hitting back-to-back 180s to leave 82, which he finishes on tops.
12-16 - Jenkins finishes tops to cmoplete a brilliant win and move into his third Betfair World Matchplay semi-final.

 

 
 
 

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