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Nic Ladds 19th Dec 2009 - 19:56

PDC World Darts Championship latest

Muffin baker Steve Hine earned a clash with reigning champion Phil Taylor at the World Darts Championship with victory against Roland Scholten on Saturday afternoon.

Coventry-based Hine entered the Alexandra Palace stage dressed as a chef and tossed muffins into the crowd before knocking out the number 32 seed.

Scholten, who has recovered from shoulder surgery earlier in 2009, took the first and third sets in taking a 2-1 lead in the contest only for Hine to win six of the final seven legs in moving into the last 32.

He will now take on 14-time World Champion Taylor in the second round a week on Sunday, and admitted: "It's the best Christmas present I could have had.

"It's a dream come true to play Phil and I can't wait. It's my third World Championship and the first time I've won a game so it feels fantastic - it's like a raffle ticket to stardom because now I get to play the Guv'nor!"

While Scholten was eliminated, fellow Dutchman Co Stompe - a quarter-finalist on his Alexandra Palace debut last year - saw off Steve Maish 3-1 to book his second round spot.

Kirk Shepherd, the runner-up two years ago, is on course for a potential rematch of the 2008 final against John Part in the second round after defeating American Scotty Burnett in straight sets.

Shepherd dropped only two legs - which were finishes of 154 and 125 from Burnett - in a professional start to his challenge at Alexandra Palace.

Wes Newton also took a 3-0 victory, defeating Jarkko Komula after the Finnish qualifier had earlier defeated Russia's Roman Konchikov 4-3 in the preliminary round.

World Darts Championship
First Round (Preliminary Round games denoted by (P))
Saturday Afternoon Session
Jarkko Komula 4-3 Roman Konchikov (P)
Roland Scholten 2-3 Steve Hine
Co Stompe 3-1 Steve Maish
Kirk Shepherd 3-0 Scott Burnett
Wes Newton 3-0 Jarkko Komula

Saturday Evening Session (7pm Start)
Mervyn King v Matt Clark
Aodhagan O'Neill v Les Francis (P)
Jelle Klaasen v Barrie Bates
Adrian Lewis v O'Neill/Francis
Peter Manley v Andy Jenkins


JARKKO KOMULA booked a first round clash against Wes Newton after defeating Roman Konchikov at the preliminary round stage of the 2010 World Darts Championship.

The Finnish player started the match confidently by hitting a 180 in the first leg and winning it with a 69 finish.

Komula had chances to take a 2-0 lead, but he missed one dart at double 16 and Konchikov hit an excellent two-dart 90 finish to level.

Komula regained the lead by winning the third leg, but missed a number of chances in the next and Konchikov squared the game for a second time.

Komula held throw to win the fifth leg, but wasted two opportunities to win the match and the Russian, who defeated Anastasia Dobromyslova to qualify for the televised stages, landed double 14 to take the game the full distance.

But the Finnish player managed to hold his throw for a fourth time in the deciding leg hitting a 70 finish to seal the win.

(1-3, 3-1, 2-3, 3-1, 3-0)
STEVE HINE came from 2-1 down to defeat Roland Scholten in the first round of the 2010 World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.

Scholten, who suffered a first round defeat at last year's event to Carlos Rodriguez, became the third seed to fall in this year's competition.

Both players started the game in confident mood, as Scholten held throw with a 116 checkout and Hine replied with an 86 finish.

Scholten hit a 13-darter to take the third leg and then won the next, which included his second maximum of the contest, to win the set.

The Dutchman, who has struggled with a shoulder injury should have won the opening leg of the second set, but a host of missed doubles were costly and Hine managed to pinch it on double seven.

Hine doubled his lead with a two-dart 100 finish, before Scholten managed to take the third leg.

But the man from Coventry held throw in the fourth leg by hitting double eight to square the game.

Hine held a 2-1 advantage in the third set but it was Scholten who regained the lead after recording a two-dart 54 finish in the fourth leg, and then hitting double nine in the fifth to take the set.

The disappointment of losing the third set didn't appear to get Hine as broke throw at the start of the fourth and quickly doubled his advantage.

Hine had chances to win the set in third leg, but the attempts at doubles went begging and Scholten stepped in to hit double seven to keep the set alive.

But Hine managed to take the game into a deciding set by hiting a pressure double top with his last dart, with Scholten waiting on a double.

Hine took the early advantage in the final set after he moved into a 2-0 lead.

Scholten had chances to keep the game alive in the third leg, but the three attempts at doubles were off-target and Hine hit double top to book a last 32 clash against Phil Taylor.

(3-2, 1-3, 3-1, 3-0)
CO STOMPE came out on top against Steve Maish with a 3-1 victory in the first round the World Darts Championship.

The match was evenly poised at one set all before Stompe won six of the next seven legs played to win the match.

Both players endured a nervy start to the match missing numerous doubles in the opening leg, but Stompe landed double two to break throw.

Maish hit a fabulous 136 checkout to take the second leg and then won the third to take a 2-1 lead.

Stompe took the fourth leg, before Maish hit a maximum in the deciding leg. The Essex man had a chance to take the set, but his attempt at double 12 was off-target, and the Dutchman made him pay by pinching it on double top.

Maish hit back by winning the opening two legs of the second set, but he allowed Stompe to take the third leg after missing chances to win the set.

However, he made no mistake in the next leg as he hit double six to square the game at one-all.

At the start of third set Stompe broke his opponent's throw after Maish missed a chance at double 16.

Stompe soon doubled that lead before Maish won the third leg by hitting double eight.

But the Dutchman, who reached the quarter-finals of last year's event, won the fourth leg to regain the lead.

The frustration started to show in Maish and Stompe quickly established a 2-0 lead in the fourth set and go one leg away from the match.

And he closed out the game in the next leg, by hitting double 10 for the second time in the set to book a last 32 clash against Mervyn King or Matt Clark.

(3-1, 3-1, 3-0)
KIRK SHEPHERD enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 victory over American Scott Burnett at the 2010 World Darts Championship.

Shepherd, a finalist at this event two years ago, could potentially play John Part in the second round in a repeat of the 2008 final.

The Birmingham-based player started the game well winning the opening leg of the match, which included a maximum.

Burnett hit back by taking the second with an excellent 154 finish before Shepherd regained the lead with a 13-dart finish which featured another maximum.

Shepherd then won the set in the fourth leg after both players were guilty of missing a number of opportunities at the doubles to win it.

The Californinan took the opening leg of the second set with an excellent 125 checkout, but Shepherd landed another 180 in taking the second leg, and then broke throw to win the third.

Burnett hit a maximum in the fourth leg but it was not enough as Shepherd recorded a two-dart 65 finish to move two sets ahead.

Shepherd kept up the momentum in the third set, hitting his fourth 180 of the game in the second leg to go one away from victory.

And the American's hopes were ended in the next leg as Shepherd hit double top to win the match.

(3-0, 3-2, 3-2)
WES NEWTON defeated Finland's Jarkko Komula in straight sets to book a place in the last 32 of the 2010 World Darts Championship.

Newton broke his opponent's throw in the second leg to build a 2-0 lead and then wrapped up the opening set in the next by hitting double eight.

Komula, who defeated Roman Konchikov earlier in the day, won his first leg of the match after Newton was guilty of two missed darts at doubles.

Newton quickly levelled and followed that by hitting the first 180 of the match in third leg, but wasted two darts at double top and Komula stepped in for a 2-1 lead.

The Lancastrian managed to hold throw in the fourth leg and then secured a vital break of throw in the deciding leg for a two sets lead after Komula missed a dart at double 16 for a 152 finish.

Newton, who claimed his first Players Championship victory a month ago, hit a 111 checkout to kick off the third set, but Komula held throw in the second to level.

Newton won the third leg to go one away from victory, but failed to close the game out in the fourth when he missed two darts at double top, and Komula stepped in to hit the same double.

In the deciding leg, Komula missed one dart at double to take the set and keep the match alive, and this time Newton made no mistake and hit double 20 to seal victory.

After the match Newton said: 'It's the biggest tournament in the world and it can feel intimidating up there.

'In the past i've possibly practised too hard before coming into this event as it means so much. But i've been playing really well recently I felt relaxed today.'

Thanks to Lawrence Lustig at the PDC for this article!



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