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Jon Riley 23rd Dec 2012 - 18:45

PDC World Championship - Sunday Afternoon Review

Dean Winstanley hit a nine-dart finish at the World Darts Championship on Sunday afternoon but exited the event to Vincent van der Voort, as James Wade and Mark Walsh also progressed to the third round at Alexandra Palace.

Winstanley capped a tremendous first year on the PDC circuit with his first competitive nine-dart leg, which he hit during the third set of his clash with the Dutchman. Winstanley trailed by two sets at the time, but hit two 180s and then took out 141 with treble 20, treble 19 and double 12 to complete the perfect leg, becoming only the third player - behind Raymond van Barneveld, with two, and Adrian Lewis - to achieve the feat in the PDC World Championship.

The Yorkshireman then hit back to level the game at two-all, but missed darts to win the next two sets as van der Voort took both in a decider to condemn Winstanley to defeat. Winstanley will pocket a £15,000 bonus for his nine-darter should no other player achieve a perfect leg in the remainder of the event to claim a share of the prize.
However, he admitted: "I'm distraught to have lost, but I've made a great impact and I'm proud of what I've done. I'm over the moon to have hit a nine-darter on TV, especially in the World Championship, and I've proved to everyone that I can mix it with the best."

Van der Voort will now play James Wade in the third round next Thursday as he bids to win through to the quarter-finals for the second time in three years.
"In the first two sets I was totally in control and I felt great but the match changed after the nine-darter and I felt I had to do something special to win," he said.
"I think things turned back in my favour when I took the fifth set and I'm impressed with the way I closed out the match under that kind of pressure."

World number three Wade, twice a semi-finalist, booked his last 16 spot with a 4-2 defeat of Steve Beaton, hitting four ton-plus finishes in another solid performance.
The pair shared the opening four sets before Wade took out 130 to edge the fifth, and when Beaton wasted his chance to level in the deciding leg of set six - bursting his score on 122 - the left-hander completed the victory with a 120 checkout.

"I've over the moon to have won but I'm disappointed that I didn't play as well as I wanted to," said Wade. "My darts weren't landing as they normally do and it was frustrating for me because I've practised so hard, but hopefully it will come right against Vincent."

Mark Walsh, meanwhile, will have the chance to win through to the quarter-finals for the first time in the World Championship when he plays Wes Newton next Thursday, after he defeated Justin Pipe 4-2 in their contest. Walsh won six of the game's first seven legs to assume a two-set lead and also held a 3-1 advantage before Pipe cut the gap to one - but he crucially missed two darts to force a deciding set as the former UK Open finalist progressed.

The game had been halted for five minutes during the fifth set when the stem on one of Pipe's darts snapped and the Taunton ace was unable to free the base from his barrel, with Walsh briefly lending one of his spare darts to his opponent whilst the problem was fixed backstage.

"It was going through my head that I can't let him beat me with one of my own darts!" admitted Walsh. "As soon as that set was out of the way I got my focus back and did the business in the end, and I'm delighted to be through. It makes your Christmas dinner so much better when you're still in the World Championship. It's the biggest tournament in the world and it's fantastic to be in the last 16 - but I want to get to the last eight now. I've got to up my game against Wes Newton because he's playing some fantastic darts. He's a heavy scorer and his finishing is second to none and I know what I've got to do against him."

The second round concludes on Sunday evening when Michael van Gerwen plays Peter Wright in the final game, before the first two games from the third round take place as Andy Hamilton meets Terry Jenkins and Phil Taylor plays Robert Thornton.

World Darts Championship
Sunday December 23
Afternoon Session
3x Second Round

Justin Pipe 2-4 Mark Walsh
Dean Winstanley 2-4 Vincent van der Voort - Dean Winstanley hits nine-dart finish
James Wade v Steve Beaton
Evening Session (7pm)
Second Round

Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright
Third Round
Andy Hamilton v Terry Jenkins
Phil Taylor v Robert Thornton
All games the best of seven sets

Match Reports

Mark Walsh 4-2 Justin Pipe
(3-1, 3-0, 0-3, 3-1, 2-3, 3-2)

Mark Walsh secured a fine 4-2 victory over Justin Pipe in the second round of the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship as he continues his bid to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in the event.
The former UK Open finalist started much the better of the two players as won six of the first seven legs of the contest to establish a two-set lead.
Pipe managed to claim two of the next three sets, before Walsh won a dramatic deciding leg in the sixth set to confirm the win and set-up a last 16 tie against Wes Newton.
The game had been halted for five minutes during the fifth set when the stem on one of Pipe's darts snapped and the Taunton ace was unable to free the base from his barrel, with Walsh briefly lending one of his spare darts to his opponent whilst the problem was fixed backstage.
"It was going through my head that I can't let him beat me with one of my own darts!" admitted Walsh. "As soon as that set was out of the way I got my focus back and did the business in the end, and I'm delighted to be through.
"It makes your Christmas dinner so much better when you're still in the World Championship. It's the biggest tournament in the world and it's fantastic to be in the last 16 - but I want to get to the last eight now.
"I've got to up my game against Wes Newton because he's playing some fantastic darts. He's a heavy scorer and his finishing is second to none and I know what I've got to do against him."
Walsh started the game in fine style as he won the first leg with a 13-dart finish, to break Pipe's throw, and repeated the feat to win the second leg and double his lead.
The third leg saw Pipe miss double 12 for a 144 checkout, but Walsh was unable to land three darts at the same double for the set, and Pipe posted double six to hit back - only to miss three doubles of his own in the fourth as double eight gave the number 22 seed the set.
Walsh continued his good form at the start of the second set as he won the first leg in 13 darts, before taking the second with an excellent 101 finish, making Pipe pay for two missed darts at doubles.
Walsh, who put together a good performance to beat Darren Webster in the first round, the won the third leg on double five to take the set without reply and double his lead.
Pipe won the first leg of set three by landing double eight, before breaking his opponent's throw for the first time in the match as converted a 97 finish, thanks to an accurate dart at tops.
The Taunton ace then hit double eight to win the third leg - and with it the set - to reduce Walsh's advantage to 2-1.
Pipe won his fourth leg in a row to make a winning start to set four, only for Walsh to secure an immediate break back, thanks to an accurate third dart at double ten.
The third leg saw Pipe miss a dart at double top for a 120 finish, and Walsh hit double 12 at the third time of asking to hold throw.
Pipe was off-target with another dart at tops in the next, and that proved costly as Walsh took out 62 to move 3-1 up.
Walsh hit double 12 to break throw at the start of the fifth set, but was unable to capitalise on a miss from Pipe in the next as he allowed his opponent to return and post double two.
After a delay in proceedings to repair one of Pipe's darts, the number 11 seed hit double ten to win the third leg before Walsh took the fourth by taking out 79, after his opponent had missed one dart at tops.
The deciding leg saw Pipe kick off with scores of 180 and 140 and he went to hit double eight, to complete a 13-dart finish in reducing the gap to one set.
Both players held throw at the start of the sixth set before Walsh hit a 180 in the third leg, followed by a clinical two-dart 76 finish to move a leg away from victory for a second time.
The fourth leg saw Pipe miss four darts at double top, before Walsh missed one dart at double six to win the match, and the Taunton ace held his nerve to hit double ten.
Pipe opened the fifth leg with a maximum, but missed two darts to force a deciding set as Walsh cleaned up double eight to secure the victory.

Vincent van der Voort 4-2 Dean Winstanley
(3-0, 3-0, 2-3, 0-3, 3-2, 3-2)

Vincent Van Der Voort defied an amazing nine-dart finish from Dean Winstanley to take a 4-2 victory in their memorable Ladbrokes World Darts Championship second round clash.
Van der Voort won the opening six legs of the contest to establish a two-set lead, before Winstanley kick started his challenge with a brilliant perfect leg in the third leg of the third set.
Winstanley went on to take the set and then won the fourth without reply to level the game, but crucially missed doubles to win the next two sets in deciding legs as van der Voort secured his last 16 spot.
"In the first two sets I was totally in control and I felt great but the match changed after the nine-darter and I felt I had to do something special to win," he said.
"I think things turned back in my favour when I took the fifth set and I'm impressed with the way I closed out the match under that kind of pressure."
Van der Voort, who overcame debutant Stuart Kellett in the first round, broke throw in the first leg on double four before taking the second by hitting double top at the first attempt.
The Dutchman, who reached the last eight at Alexandra Palace two years ago, then wrapped up the first set in clinical fashion as he converted a 105 finish.
Winstanley recorded a 180 at the start of the second set, but three missed darts at doubles proved costly as van der Voort hit double four to edge ahead.
The former UK Open finalist won the second leg with a 13-darter and his sixth in a row on double ten, to move two-sets clear and leave Winstanley in big trouble.
Winstanley won his first leg of the match on double ten at the start of the third set before van der Voort landed double eight to take the second.
Winstanley kicked off the third leg with back-to-back 180s to ignite hopes of the first nine-dart finish at this year's World Championship, before coolly slotting home the seventh successive treble 20, treble 19 and double 12 to achieve the amazing feat.
Van der Voort won the fourth leg on double 16 before Winstanley went to hit a 180 the fifth and landed double five to win the set.
Both players hit 180s in the first leg of the fourth set, before Winstanley won the opener on double 12 to complete a 13-dart finish.
Winstanley hit double top to win the second leg, which included his seventh maximum of the game, and a 120 checkout secured the set - levelling the match at two-all - after van der Voort was off-target with two attempts at double 16.
Both players held throw in the opening two legs of set five before Winstanley won the third leg with an excellent 13-dart finish.
Van der Voort won the fourth by taking out 82 in two darts before claiming a tense fifth leg by hitting a vital double four with his third dart, after Winstanley let four chances to win the set go begging.
Van der Voort held throw at the start of set six on double 16, before Winstanley took the second to level thanks to an accurate attempt at double eight.
Winstanley hit the same double to secure a break of throw in the third leg, but van der Voort hit back by converting a superb 103 checkout, with his opponent waiting on 40, to move a leg away from victory.
He missed a dart at double 16 to take the win in the next leg, but Winstanley burst his score needing nine and van der Voort stepped in to post double eight for a dramatic win.
Winstanley will pocket a £15,000 bonus for his nine-darter should no other player achieve a perfect leg in the remainder of the event to claim a share of the prize.
However, he admitted: "I'm distraught to have lost, but I've made a great impact and I'm proud of what I've done.
"I'm over the moon to have hit a nine-darter on TV, especially in the World Championship, and I've proved to everyone that I can mix it with the best."

James Wade 4-2 Steve Beaton
(3-0, 1-3, 3-0, 0-3, 3-2, 3-2)

James Wade overcome the challenge of Steve Beaton with a 4-2 victory in the second round of the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship to set up a clash with Vincent van der Voort at Alexandra Palace after Christmas.
Wade led the match twice only for Beaton to hit back on both occasions to leave matters finely balanced following four sets.
However, Wade managed to edge the fifth set with a 130 checkout before taking out a 120 finish to end Beaton's hopes in a dramatic decider to the sixth.
"It was a really hard game but I produced the right finishes at the right time," said Wade, who hit eight of his nine attempts at double top during the game.
"The 130 finish was a massive shot but I felt the 100 finish on two double tops in the third leg of the sixth set was much better.
"No one's been talking about me and I've come into this tournament under the radar - but I've won seven major titles, which proves that I can win the world title."
Wade held throw with a 78 finish to win the opening leg before breaking Beaton's throw at the first opportunity by taking out a 121 checkout.
The number three seed continued the good finishing as he took out 72 to win the set in the next and establish an early lead.
Beaton won his first leg of the match at the start of the second set by converting a 64 finish before Wade held throw in the next to level.
The 1996 Lakeside Champion then hit double 16 to win the third leg and put together an excellent 14-darter, against the throw, to level the match.
Wade hit back at the start of the third set as he took out an 80 finish before breaking throw on double ten in the next, and he followed a 180 with tops in leg three to take the set and move 2-1 up in the match.
Beaton won the opening leg of the fourth set before breaking throw, as he landed double 16 to complete a 68 finish, to move two legs up.
Beaton, who defeated Australia's Kyle Anderson in the first round, took out 84 to win the set without reply and square the game.
Wade held throw to win the opening leg of the fifth set before Beaton took out a 78 finish, on double 18, to level, and the next two were shared before the left-hander pinned a superb 130 checkout to edge the set and lead for a third time.
The beginning of the sixth set saw Beaton miss four darts at doubles, but Wade was unable to capitalise as he missed two attempts at double ten, allowing his opponent back in.
Wade hit tops at the first time of asking to win the second leg, and then won the third with a showpiece 100 checkout, completed with two accurate darts at double top.
That put Wade a leg away from a place in the last 16, but Beaton showed his class as he won the fourth leg against the throw with a fabulous 12-darter.
Beaton kicked off the deciding leg with back-to-back 140s and left 122 after nine darts - but burst his score with his next visit and then failed to take out the finish to allow Wade in to take out 120 for the triumph.

 

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