PDC World Championship Day 8 afternoon session round-up
Anthony Leaver, of Matchroom Sport, rounds-up the day eight afternoon session of the 2010 PDC World Darts Championship which included Kirk Shepherd gaining revenge over John Part. The image is courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDC
KIRK SHEPHERD gained revenge for his 2008 final defeat to John Part by knocking the world number four out with a 4-1 victory in the second round of this year's Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship on Monday afternoon.
Part won his third World title against Shepherd with a 7-2 win at Alexandra Palace but this time round on the same stage, the Canadian was not at the races and Shepherd was able to claim a place in the third round.
Neither player was at their best during the tussle, but the world number 29 took three straight sets after Part levelled the game at one-apiece, and Shepherd will face the winner of Monday evening's opening match between Mark Webster and Peter Manley.
"I'm happy to get through but it wasn't tidy," said Shepherd. "I grinded it out but I think there was maybe too much respect up there and that we were both thinking about the final. In the World Championship you have to play well to go far and I didn't play well at all. I can't just click my fingers and play well, it doesn't work like that - I need to go away and practice and I'll do that and come back better."
Shepherd's win was sandwiched between two tense 4-3 thrillers, which were edged by Colin Lloyd and Kevin Painter against Denis Ovens and Vincent van der Voort respectively.
Lloyd had to come from behind three times against the Hertfordshire man to force the match into a deciding set, which the World number ten took 3-0.
Painter and Van der Voort finished the session in some style, with the Dutchman coming from 2-0 and 3-2 down to force a final set. Van der Voort took out a 164 checkout to take the first leg of the decider, but the 2004 runner-up dug in and won three legs on the bounce to secure a spot in the last 16.
The afternoon's winners will found out their opponents tonight, with Webster and Manley kicking-off proceedings in a bid to face Shepherd. Five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld takes on Irishman Brendan Dolan in the second match with Painter awaiting the winner, before Gary Anderson and Ronnie Baxter close proceedings in a battle to face Lloyd in the third round.
Ladbrokes.com World Championship
Monday December 28
Colin Lloyd 4-3 Denis Ovens
Kirk Shepherd 4-1 John Part
Kevin Painter 4-3 Vincent van der Voort