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David Thompson 27th Dec 2011 - 18:56

PDC World Darts Championship - Day Ten Round-up

 

PART ENDS BURNETT HOPES IN CLASH OF CHAMPIONS AS JENKINS & HAMILTON IMPRESS

JOHN PART continued his bid for glory in the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship with a comprehensive victory over Richie Burnett as the £1 million tournament resumed on Tuesday, and he was joined in the last 16 by Andy Hamilton and Terry Jenkins.

Three-time World Champion Part will now face Kevin Painter in the third round at London's Alexandra Palace following a clinical display against Burnett.

Canadian star Part won the first three sets by taking nine of the game's first ten legs, with Burnett's only chalk coming courtesy of a 136 checkout.

Although the Welshman rallied briefly to take the fourth set without reply and then led in the fifth, Part took three successive legs to seal his last 16 spot.

"I took my opportunities early on and the only time I wobbled was in the fourth set, and he took the momentum," said Part.

"Maybe Richie was trying too hard and I know he can play better than that, but I think I did well to close it out in the fifth set.

"I'm working hard, trying to win matches and not taking anything for granted. I'm fighting up there like anybody else, and every match I win and every leg I take feels good."

Andy Hamilton came from 3-2 down to win a seven-set thriller against Dutchman Vincent van der Voort, as he reached the last 16 for the third time in four years.

The Stoke ace defied three ton-plus finishes from van der Voort as he won the last two sets 3-2 and 3-1 to set up a third round game with either Phil Taylor or Dave Chisnall on Thursday.

"I felt I was struggling a bit in the opening two sets," admitted Hamilton. "I was chasing the game all the time, but I'm a fighter and I kept fighting.

"It was a great match to be involved in and I'm delighted to have won it. I wasn't aggressive in the first couple of sets but I need to be pumped up and I'll have that in the next game."

Terry Jenkins, a semi-finalist last year, moved through to the third round by seeing off Co Stompe 4-1.

Jenkins impressed as he took a three-set lead, hitting four ton-plus finishes and averaging well over 100 for most of a spell which saw him win nine of the game's first 11 legs.

Stompe - who was affected by an injury to his throwing hand suffered when he was bitten by a dog on Christmas Eve - hit back to win the fourth set 3-2, but Jenkins recovered to edge the next and seal a last 16 place against Justin Pipe.

"I got off to a flying start, which is something you have to do against players like Co," said Jenkins. "I knew the injury hadn't affected Co and he was throwing well, and that showed in his display.

"I'm feeling great. I'm practising well and hitting a lot of 180s, and as long as they are going in and double top then I'm pretty confident."

Tuesday's evening session features 15-time World Champion Phil Taylor up against Alexandra Palace newcomer Dave Chisnall, while Paul Nicholson plays Alan Tabern and James Richardson takes on Kim Huybrechts.

Ladbrokes World Darts Championship
Tuesday December 27
Second Round
Afternoon Session

Terry Jenkins 4-1 Co Stompe
Richie Burnett 1-4 John Part
Vincent van der Voort 3-4 Andy Hamilton

Evening Session (7pm)
James Richardson v Kim Huybrechts
Phil Taylor v Dave Chisnall
Paul Nicholson v Alan Tabern

TERRY JENKINS 4-1 CO STOMPE
(3-0, 3-1, 3-1, 2-3, 3-2)
TERRY JENKINS reached the last 16 of the 2012 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship with a 4-1 victory over Co Stompe, as the action resumed at Alexandra Palace after the Christmas break.

Jenkins, a semi-finalist 12 months ago, produced some superb darts in the early stages of the match - averaging almost 120 across the first two sets and losing just two legs in the process of taking a 3-0 lead.

Stompe - hampered by an injury to his right hand, after being bitten by a neighbour's dog in Holland on Christmas Eve - edged the fourth set and had chances to extend the contest.

But six missed darts at doubles in deciding leg of set five proved costly, allowing Jenkins to close out the match and set up a third round clash with Justin Pipe.

Jenkins opened the match superbly with an 11-dart finish before firing in a maximum at the start of the second leg.

Stompe had the first chance at a finish, but his attempt at double top was off-target and Jenkins hit the same bed to secure an early break of throw before following a third maximum in as many legs with a 116 checkout to take the first set in just 37 darts, with legs of 11, 14 and 12 darts.

The tenth seed, who defeated Joe Cullen in the first round, continued his excellent form at the start of the second, with a 104 finish, to take the opening leg.

The second leg also fell in favour of Jenkins before Stompe managed to get off the mark by landing double top to take third leg, after Jenkins was off-target with two chances to win the set.

But the man from Ledbury made no mistake in the fourth leg, which was won in 13 darts as he increased his lead to 2-0 and left Stompe under heavy pressure.

Jenkins hit a two-dart 100 finish to make a winning start to the third set, before Stompe took the second leg with the aid of a 180.

Jenkins won the third leg on double four, after Stompe missed tops for a 112 finish, and returned to hit a superb 126 checkout, on the bullseye, to win the set for a 3-0 lead.

Both players held throw in the opening two legs of set four, before Stompe hit a 97 finish to take the third, after Jenkins missed two darts to break.

Jenkins hit double eight to move one leg away from the match, but a dart at double top to win the match fell short of the target.

Stompe accepted the reprieve to hit double ten to nick the set, before taking the first leg of the sixth set, after Jenkins was guilty of missing four darts at doubles.

Jenkins took the second leg with a 14-dart finish, only for Stompe to win the next with a 96 checkout, hitting double 18 with his third dart.

Jenkins won the fourth leg with the aid of his sixth maximum, but missed a dart at double top for match in the deciding leg.

Stompe, though, was unable to make his opponent pay, as the Dutchman missed six darts at doubles keep the match alive, and Jenkins hit double ten to end the contest.

"In the early part of the match I produced the kind form I was showing in the practice room," said Jenkins, who now plays Justin Pipe for a place in the quarter-finals.

"I didn't get too worried when Co started to play better, as I had established that three-set cushion - although I will admit it was tough to cross that finishing line!"

"I got off to a flying start, which is something you have to do against players like Co. I knew the injury hadn't affected Co and he was throwing well, and that showed in his display."

He added: "I'm feeling great. I'm practising well and hitting a lot of 180s, and as long as they are going in and double top then I'm pretty confident.

"I've played Justin Pipe a few times and you've got to prepare yourself to play him. He is slow, but I don't find him too slow and it will be a good game."

Stompe said: "I didn't play all that bad in the first three sets but Tery was awesome. I fought back and could have made it 3-2, but we'll never know if it would have been different if I wasn't injured.

"It hurt a little bit and it was stiff, and I couldn't follow straight through. I felt the injury with every dart I threw at a double because that's when you're under pressure, but it's no excuse - Terry was just superb."

JOHN PART 4-1 RICHIE BURNETT
(3-1, 3-0, 3-0, 0-3, 3-1)
JOHN PART ended the hopes of Richie Burnett with a convincing 4-1 win in the second round of the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship.

Canada's three-time World Champion won nine of the first ten legs to take a 3-0 lead and establish a commanding advantage in the contest with some clinical finishing.

Burnett staged a brief revival to win the fourth set only, for Part to close out the game in the next, to seal a place in the last 16 against Kevin Painter on Thursday.

"I felt good coming into the match, knowing the fact that I have managed to defeat Richie every time we have played," said Part.

"I took my opportunities early on and the only time I wobbled was in the fourth set, and he took the momentum.

"Maybe Richie was trying too hard and I know he can play better than that, but I think I did well to close it out in the fifth set.

"I'm working hard, trying to win matches and not taking anything for granted. I'm fighting up there like anybody else, and every match I win and every leg I take feels good."

Part hit double six to take the first leg of the game against the darts and the second also fell in the Canadian's favour.

Burnett won the third with a fabulous 136 checkout, before Part hit double 16 at the first time of asking to win the opening set.

Part hit a maximum in the process of taking the first leg of the second set, and landed another in the next, followed by a 76 finish, to break throw.

Part, who defeated Scotland's John Henderson in his first round match, missed six darts to win the set, but Burnett could not capitalise with two chances of his own as the Canadian took the opportunity to hit double four to win the set.

He then recorded a clinical two-dart 75 finish to make a positive start to set three, and both players missed chances to take the second leg before Part hit double five with his third dart to take a third successive leg.

Burnett hit a 180 in the next, but missed three more darts at doubles, and Part landed double eight to move further clear.

The Welshman, who defeated fellow countryman Mark Webster in a tough five-set battle in the first round, put together some excellent form in set four to reduce the deficit.

He hit a 65 finish to take the opening leg, and followed that by taking the next two legs in 13 and 14 darts to ignite his hopes of a comeback.

Burnett won his fourth straight leg at the start of the fifth set with an excellent 120 checkout, before both players hit 180s in the next.

Part, though, won it on double eight and then secured a vital break of throw in the next, by hitting double top with his third dart, after Burnett was off-target with three attempts at doubles.

That put the three-time World Champion one leg away from victory, and after Burnett missed a dart at double top, Part stepped in to close out the game on double 16.

Part meets recent Cash Converters Players Championship winner Kevin Painter in Thursday's third round, and added: "I know that Kevin is playing the best darts of his life right now, and our game on Thursday will be a very tough test for me.

"I've played Kevin in two World Championship semi-finals in 2003 and 2008, and I have gone on to win the title on both occasions. That says something for both of us spanning a period of time.

"I've had the better of it but he's just won a major so it's anybody's game. I feel pretty good but I'm sure he's feeling about as good as he's ever felt and I'll have to earn it."

ANDY HAMILTON 4-3 VINCENT VAN DER VOORT
(2-3, 3-0, 2-3, 3-2, 0-3, 3-2, 3-1)
ANDY HAMILTON came from 3-2 down to win the final two sets of a dramatic last 32 clash against Vincent van der Voort in the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace on Tuesday afternoon.

Van der Voort led the match on three occasions, only to see Hamilton hit back on each occasion before claiming the final set 3-1 to reach the third round, where he will face either Phil Taylor or Dave Chisnall.

"I felt I was struggling a bit in the opening two sets," admitted Hamilton. "I was chasing the game all the time, but I'm a fighter and I kept fighting.

"It was a great match to be involved in and I am delighted to have won it and reach the next round."

Both players held throw at the start of the match, before Hamilton claimed a break of throw in the third with an accurate attempt at double eight.

Van der Voort responded immediately by hitting double four to break, before a dramatic deciding leg saw the Stoke ace just miss a dart at bullseye for a 161 checkout only to see the Dutchman hit the bed to complete an 83 finish to pinch the set.

Hamilton recovered from that disappointment to win the first two legs of the second set, to take an early advantage.

Hamilton, who came through a five-set match against the excellent Antonio Alcinas in the first round, then hit double ten in the third leg, to win the set without reply and level the match.

Van der Voort started the third set confidently, with an 11-dart finish, but Hamilton took the second in the same manner by taking out 98.

The Dutchman then finished 86 to lead again, but Hamilton held throw with a 100 checkout to claim the fourth leg in 12 darts.

The deciding leg saw van der Voort miss three darts to win the set, but Hamilton could not set up an opportunity at a double and he returned to hit double two to lead the match for the second time.

Hamilton won the opening leg of set four on double 16 before the Dutchman claimed the second by taking out 65 in two darts, but van der Voort missed the bull for a 123 finish in the third as the Stoke ace stepped in on double ten.

The fourth leg saw van der Voort hit his first 180 of the game, and he followed that with a superb 121 checkout for a 12-darter to leve the set.

However, the deciding leg saw the Dutchman miss a dart at double 16 to win the set, and Hamilton held his nerve to hit double top and leave the match finely balanced at two apiece.

Van der Voort hit a 110 checkout to kick off the fifth set and then converted a 72 finish in two darts to take the next.

The Dutchman then won the third leg with a 13-darter to win the set without reply, landing double 12 for the second consecutive leg to regain the lead once more.

Hamilton was off-target with darts at doubles in first leg of the sixth set, but van der Voort missed six chances of his own to allow the Stoke man to take the leg on double two.

Van der Voort hit back with a superb 148 checkout to take the second leg, but Hamilton hit an accomplished 13-dart finish to lead again.

The Dutchman hit double eight to force a deciding leg with a 13-darter of his own, before Hamilton kicked off leg five with back-to-back maximums.

His hopes of a nine-darter were extinguished when his seventh dart missed the treble 20, but the leg was won in 12 darts, completed by landing double four, as he levelled the match for a third time.

Both players held their throws at the start of the final set, before van der Voort missed three darts at doubles, allowing his opponent to secure a vital break of throw and move a leg away from the match at 2-1.

The fourth leg saw Hamilton hit a superb 174 to leave 36, only for van der Voort to hit a 180 in reply to leave the same score.

Hamilton had first opportunity at the double, and he calmly slotted double 18 at the first time of asking to end a thrilling match and ensure his place in the third round.

"It was a great atmosphere and Vincent had some fantastic support, but I made that into a positive," he added.

"I wasn't aggressive in the first couple of sets but I need to be pumped up and I'll have that in the next game against either Phil Taylor or Dave Chisnall.

"I'm not scared of Phil and it will be great if we play in the next round - two Stoke guys together - but I'd also love to follow Phil and Adrian Lewis and be the next World Champion from Stoke."

 

 
 
 

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