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Michael Taylor 30th Jan 2010 - 18:33

Lloyd battles back to pass Painter

PDC Media Officer David Allen brings a round-up and match reports from Friday’s first round games at the totesport.com Players Championship. Image courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDC.

COLIN LLOYD made a thrilling comeback to defeat Kevin Painter 8-4 with an impressive performance in the totesport.com Players Championship on Saturday afternoon.

Lloyd hit back from 4-2 down to win six successive legs in booking a quarter-final place at the Circus Tavern, prevailing in a high-quality battle of the Essex-born stars.

Chelmsford's Lloyd finished the game with the highest average so far in the tournament, of 102.35, and will take on either reigning champion Phil Taylor or Terry Jenkins in the last eight on Sunday.

"It was a fantastic game to be involved in," said Lloyd. "I was battling throughout and an 8-4 scoreline doesn't really reflect the game, but I'll take it.

"I'll have to improve a bit if I'm going to win this but I know there's a bit more in the tank. I can lift my game to 104 and hopefully that will be enough."

Wayne Jones also took six successive legs to make a fine comeback from 5-2 down in knocking out number two seed Mark Walsh.

Jones will now take on either Mervyn King or Jelle Klaasen in the quarter-finals, having trailed 3-1 early on and also 5-2 before an 11-darter turned the contest around and he powered to victory.

"I'm very pleased with the result," said Jones. "I was annoyed at 3-1 down and had to try and break Mark's throw to get back into the game, which I did, and at five-all I kicked on and got the win."

Fleetwood's Wes Newton won another local derby with an 8-7 victory against Blackpool's Ronnie Baxter in a thrilling contest to secure his last eight spot.

Newton led 5-2 and 7-5 but five missed match darts allowed Baxter to level and send the game into a decider, which the world number 24 took to seal victory.

Paul Nicholson, the 2009 Australian Open Players Championship winner, followed up Thursday's win over Dennis Priestley with a defeat of another former World Champion in round two, seeing off Steve Beaton 8-5.

The second round continues on Saturday afternoon, with Taylor meeting Jenkins and King taking on Klaasen in two of the four games.

Adrian Lewis and Andy Hamilton meet in an all-Stoke battle, while Colin Osborne takes on Michael van Gerwen.

totesport.com Players Championship

Second Round

Paul Nicholson 8-5 Steve Beaton

Colin Lloyd 8-4 Kevin Painter

Wayne Jones 8-5 Mark Walsh

Wes Newton 8-7 Ronnie Baxter

 

Evening Session (7pm)

Adrian Lewis v Andy Hamilton

Jelle Klaasen v Mervyn King

Phil Taylor v Terry Jenkins

Colin Osborne v Michael van Gerwen

Best of 15 legs

PAUL NICHOLSON 8-5 STEVE BEATON

PAUL NICHOLSON defeated Steve Beaton 8-5 in the second round of the 2010 totesport.com Players Championship.

Beaton became the second World Champion to fall victim to Nicholson in this year's event, after the Geordie overcame the challenge of Dennis Priestley in the first round.

Beaton hit a maximum in the opening leg of the match and went on to hold throw despite Nicholson missing an opportunity at double top.

Nicholson missed three darts at double eight in the second leg, but Beaton was unable to capitalise and allowed his opponent to return to the oche to hit double eight and level.

Nicholson then broke his opponent's throw by hitting double 18 to win the third, and an accurate attempt at double 11 put him two legs clear going into the break.

Beaton won the fifth leg and then broke Nicholson's throw in the next with the aid of his second 180 of the game.

The fifth seed, who defeated Tony Eccles in the first round, moved into the lead for the second time by hitting double ten to win the seventh leg, defying a maximum from his opponent.

Nicholson managed to stem the tide by hitting double ten to level the game and then forged ahead by winning the ninth leg by hitting a key 104 checkout, after Beaton had a missed a dart at tops.

A clinical two-dart 97 in the next put Nicholson two legs clear and back-to-back maximums in the 11th leg put him on course for a nine-dart-finish.

That was not to be, missing treble 17 with his seventh dart in attempting the 141 finish, and the drama continued as Nicholson missed four darts at double 11 for the leg and he was made to pay as Beaton hit an excellent 95 finish, completed on the bullseye, to nick the leg.

Nicholson put the disappointment of losing that leg behind him by winning the 12th leg in 14 darts to go within touching distance of victory.

And he swept over the winning line by breaking Beaton's throw with a confident 70 finish to book a quarter-final place.

"I'm thrilled," said Nicholson. "I worked hard to get 3-1 up but went to sleep in the middle of the match.

"Luckily I came strong later on, hit some 180s and good finishes, and the 70 to win it was great!"

Beaton conceded: "I didn't get into my rhythm but at four-all I thought I was in with a chance. The 104 finish was a killer and Paul deserved the win in the end."

COLIN LLOYD 8-4 KEVIN PAINTER

COLIN LLOYD produced an impressive display to end Kevin Painter's hopes in the totesport.com Players Championship at the Circus Tavern, Purfleet.

From 4-2 down, Lloyd put together six excellent legs of darts to seal a quarter-final tie against Phil Taylor or Terry Jenkins on Sunday and end the match with a 102 average.

Lloyd hit a maximum in the process of winning the first leg of the game before Painter held throw to win the second, after the Chelmsford-based ace missed a dart at double five for a 95 finish.

Lloyd hit double 16 to win the third leg, but missed three chances to establish a 3-1 lead which allowed Painter to step in and hit double nine to level.

Painter, who defeated 2009 runner-up Robert Thornton in the first round, broke throw to win the fifth leg with a clinical 11-dart-finish and that was followed by a 13 darter to move 4-2 ahead.

But Lloyd fought back to win the seventh leg and then hit a 106 checkout in the next to keep the game finely poised at four-all.

Lloyd, who came through a deciding-leg clash against Denis Ovens on Thursday evening, continued his purple patch by moving 5-4 ahead with 13-dart-finish and then posted an accurate dart at double four to break Painter's throw.

The local man then hit an excellent 108 finish, completed on the bullseye, to move to the brink of victory, and the end was swift as a 15-darter secured his quarter-final spot.

"It was a fantastic game to be involved in," said Lloyd. "I was battling throughout and an 8-4 scoreline doesn't really reflect the game, but I'll take it.

"Kevin has been a big friend of mine for a lot of years, we used to room together on the circuit and to beat him in such a tough match is great for me.

"I'll have to improve a bit if I'm going to win this but I know there's a bit more in the tank. I can lift my game to 104 and hopefully that will be enough."

Painter said: "Colin came out all guns blazing and should have been 4-0 up really so I was happy with a two-all score at the first break.

"When I went 4-2 up I thought I could kick on, but it didn't happen for me and Colin was superb. That's the best he's played on TV for a couple of years, I thought he played well in every leg and I had too many bad legs."

WAYNE JONES 8-5 MARK WALSH

WAYNE JONES came back from 5-2 down to send number two seed Mark Walsh crashing out of the totesport.com Players Championship on Saturday afternoon.

Walsh appeared to be in complete command having established a 5-2 lead, but Jones won six legs on the trot to set up a quarter-final clash against Jelle Klaasen or Mervyn King.

Both players held their own throws at the start of the match before Jones won the third against the darts with a clinical 101 checkout.

Walsh hit two maximums in the fourth leg but it appeared to be in vain as Jones was at a finish first. However, he missed four chances to move 3-1 ahead and Walsh pinched the leg to level the game at two apiece.

The second seed then won the fifth leg to move ahead for the second time in the game and broke throw with an 81 finish, despite a maximum from Jones, to go 4-2 up.

Walsh extended his lead to three legs with an accurate dart at double top to win the seventh leg before Jones hit back-to-back maximums at the start of the next.

A seventh treble 20 was successfully converted but an off-target attempt at treble 19 ended the hopes of a nine-dart-finish - although the leg was won in 11 darts to reduce the deficit to 5-3.

Jones won the ninth leg against the darts, with a 15-dart-finish, and then levelled the game at five-all on double 16.

The man from Wolverhampton kept the run going by converting a two-dart 64 finish to move 6-5 up and go two legs away from taking the match.

Walsh missed a chance at double ten for a 140 checkout in the 12th leg and Jones stepped in to make it five consecutive legs.

The next leg saw Walsh miss four darts at doubles to keep the match alive, and Jones hit double top to end the contest and confirm a quarter-final place.

"I'm very pleased with the result," said Jones. "I was annoyed at 3-1 down and had to try and break Mark's throw to get back into the game, which I did, and at five-all I kicked on and got the win."

Walsh admitted: "I got the lead but couldn't close him out and my performance wasn't great. Wayne's got a very good record against me and he played well again, and he deserved the win."

WES NEWTON 8-7 RONNIE BAXTER

WES NEWTON came out on top in the battle of the Fylde coast throwers with a dramatic deciding-leg second round victory over Ronnie Baxter at the totesport.com Players Championship.

Newton had led 5-2 and 7-5 but he missed five chances to close out victory as Baxter hit back to force a decider.

However, world number 24 Newton held his nerve to prevail in the 15th leg and claim a quarter-final place.

Newton started the match in impressive fashion winning the first leg with a 15-dart-finish and then breaking throw with a 99 checkout to secure a 2-0 lead.

Newton missed several chances to extend the advantage, allowing Baxter to win the third leg, but he made no mistake in the fourth with an excellent 124 checkout, completed on the bullseye.

A clinical 13-dart-finish in the fifth extended Newton's lead to three legs before Baxter managed to pull one back by hitting double three.

Newton won the seventh leg with a successful attempt at double top before Baxter produced his best leg of the match by winning the eighth with a 116 checkout.

Baxter, who will competing in the 2010 Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts, broke throw to win the ninth but missed chances to level and Newton cashed in with an excellent two-dart 69 finish to move 6-4 up.

Baxter won the 11th leg on double top, but Newton maintained his two-leg advantage with a pressure last dart at double 18 in the next to go one leg away from the match.

Newton appeared to have the match wrapped up in the 13th leg, but he missed five darts for victory and Baxter kept his hopes alive by hitting double six.

Baxter had the advantage of throwing first in the next leg and he made that count by hitting double six for the second leg in succession to force the match to a decider.

A tense deciding leg was in the balance until Newton hit a 136 to leave 32, which proved decisive as he returned to the oche to hit double four and end an enthralling contest.

"I'm so relieved to get the win," said Newton. "Early on I felt very comfortable and everything went in but I put a few slack darts in and Ronnie came back at me.

"I thought I might have blown my chance, but I got over the finishing line in the end."

Baxter added: "The last leg was Wes' all the way, he was too strong and I couldn't match him."

 

 
 
 

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