Taylor Powers into the third round
Anthony Leaver, of Matchroom Sport, rounds-up the day seven evening session of the 2010 PDC World Darts Championship which included an easy win for Phil Taylor. The image is courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDC.
PHIL TAYLOR eased into the third round of the 2010 PDC World Darts Championship with a 4-0 victory over Steve Hine on Sunday evening.
Taylor is chasing his 15th World title and dropped just two legs in seeing off the baker from Coventry, and will now face in the first match of the last 16 on Tuesday night.
The Stoke ace averaged 103 and hit six maximums in the match, and followed his local rival Adrian Lewis into the third round - with the prospect of a quarter-final clash between the pair a distinct possibility.
"Adrian has impressed me for a few matches now, and if we play in the last eight I think you're going to see the winner in that one - it's a match that would light the World Championship up," said Taylor.
Mark Dudbridge edged a thrilling opening match of the session against Alan Tabern to set up a clash with Co Stompe - the Dutchman dumping out world number five Mervyn King with a 4-2 win earlier in the day.
Dudbridge was 3-1 up against Tabern but missed six darts for the match and the St Helens man dug in to win the following two sets to take an already gripping tie into a final set. Tabern moved two legs in front but missed a dart at double 18 to win the match and 2005 runner-up Dudbridge won pulled a leg back.
Tabern missed four more darts for the match in the fourth set before Mark levelled to take the match into a tie-break, with the fifth and six legs going with throw. Tabern edged ahead once more but missed a costly sixth dart for the match in the eighth leg which proved decisive, as Dudbridge took three legs on the trot to win the final set 6-4 and advance.
Thornton set up his meeting with Taylor with a 4-1 victory against Jyhan Artut, the German qualifier who knocked Wayne Mardle out in the opening match of the tournament.
The Scot dropped just one leg in taking the first two sets to always be in control and although the Hannover man reduced the deficit by taking the third set, the world number 16 claimed the following two sets to form the latest barrier between Taylor and a 15th World crown.
The second round continues on Monday afternoon, when John Part and Kirk Shepherd meet in a repeat of the 2008 final, while the highlight of the evening session is Gary Anderson's clash with world number seven Ronnie Baxter.
PDC World Championship
Sunday December 27
Mark Dudbridge 4-3 Alan Tabern
Phil Taylor 4-0 Steve Hine
Robert Thornton 4-1 Jyhan Artut
Monday December 28 - all second round matches, best of seven sets
1.10pm Colin Lloyd v Denis Ovens
2.25pm John Part v Kirk Shepherd
3.45pm Kevin Painter v Vincent van der Voort
7.10pm Mark Webster v Peter Manley
8.25pm Raymond van Barneveld v Brendan Dolan
9.45pm Ronnie Baxter v Gary Anderson
MARK DUDBRIDGE 4-3 ALAN TABERN
(2-3, 3-1, 3-1, 3-1, 1-3, 2-3, 6-4)
MARK DUDBRIDGE came through a nail-biting second round match against Alan Tabern to seal a last 16 place at the 2010 PDC World Darts Championship.
Dudbridge had led the match 3-1 but saw that advantage slip as Tabern came storming back to level.
But Tabern, who hit 11 maximums and four ton-plus checkouts, was unable to get over the winning line as he missed a total of six darts for the match, which allowed Dudbridge to finally come through.
Dudbridge started the match well, breaking Tabern's throw in the opening leg of the contest with a 68 finish. But Tabern, who defeated Canadian Ken MacNeil, in the first round, won the second leg, and then hit a fabulous 140 checkout to win the third leg.
The St Helens man, who reached the quarter-finals of this event in 2007 missed two darts for the set in the fourth leg and Dudbridge stepped in to hit double 12. But Tabern managed to hold throw in the deciding leg by hitting double 18 with his last dart for a 96 finish, to open an early lead.
Tabern had chances to take a 1-0 lead at the start of the second set, but wasted two darts at doubles and Dudbridge landed double 10 to take the leg. The Bristolian then broke throw to win the second leg, but missed a dart at bullseye to win the set in the third leg and Tabern hit double six with his last dart to keep the set alive - but Dudbridge won the deciding leg to square the game at one set apiece by recording a 78 finish.
The third set saw Tabern take the opening leg by landing double 16, but Dudbridge won the next two legs to take the lead. The 2005 world finalist then hit double 16 after his opponent wasted opportunities to win the fourth leg to establish a 2-1 advantage in the match.
Dudbridge kept the winning run of legs going by winning the first of the fourth set, before Tabern stopped by hitting double 10 to stop the rot. Tabern missed three darts at doubles in the third leg and Dudbridge punished his opponent with an accurate attempt at double 10. Dudbridge missed two chances for the set in the fourth leg, but Tabern was unable to set up a finish and the 21st seed hit double 10 for the second time in succession to move 3-1 ahead.
The sixth set saw Tabern produce some excellent darts winning three legs on the trot after Dudbridge won the first. He hit a maximum in the process of winning the second leg, and then a 13-dart finish to record victory in the third. Tabern then wrapped up the set by hitting double 16 to reduce the deficit to 3-2 and keep his hopes alive.
The 12th seed missed an opportunity to keep that run going in the opening leg of the sixth set and Dudbridge capitalised by hitting double 12 to hold throw. In the second leg Dudbridge hit a maximum followed by an 84 finish to take the second leg and go one leg away from victory. But Tabern showed great fighting spirit to win the next two legs. He won the third with a pressure 120 checkout with his opponent waiting on 40, and then a 118 finish to win the fourth.
A dramatic deciding leg saw Dudbridge miss a dart at double top for the match and Tabern hit double 16 to take the contest to a deciding set.
The 43-year old kept that excellent form up by taking the first two legs of the deciding set, which included a 141 checkout to win the first, and a 13 darter in the second. Tabern hit his 10th maximum in the third leg but was off-target with a dart at double 18 to win the match, and Dudbridge hit double 12 to win his first leg in five. Dudbridge survived again by winning the fourth leg but only after his opponent missed four more darts for the match.
That sent the match into a tie-break situation and Tabern regained the lead with a clinical two-dart 76 finish, only to see Dudbridge reply with a two-dart 90 finish. Tabern went ahead once again with by hitting an 80 finish, but he wasted another dart for the match in the eighth leg and Dudbridge produced a vital 92, landing double 16 with his last dart.
Dudbridge then won the ninth leg against the darts and that proved to be the deciding factor as the man from Bristol won the 10th leg to end an enthralling contest.
"Somehow I got through - I don't know how," said Dudbridge. "He just seemed to hit his checkouts at the right time.
"I'm really proud of myself and everyone who has helped me along the way. I've been working really hard recently and it paid off in the latter stages of the match."
PHIL TAYLOR 4-0 STEVE HINE
(3-0, 3-1, 3-1, 3-0)
PHIL TAYLOR made comfortable progress into the last 16 of the 2010 PDC World Darts Championship with a straight sets victory over Steve Hine.
Taylor ended the match with a three-dart average of 103.28 and dropped just two legs to the man from Coventry.
Both players hit maximums in the opening leg of the contest but it was Taylor who won it after Hine missed a dart at double 14 to hold throw. The world number one then hit double top to win the second leg, and wrapped up the first set comfortably in the third by converting a 65 finish.
Taylor won the first leg of the second set courtesy of an 11-dart finish, but Hine won the second with a two-dart 60, after Taylor missed a dart at double top.
That ended a run of 13 consecutive legs won by the defending champion at this year's event, but he won the next two legs with checkouts of 64 and 65 to double his lead.
Hine won his second leg of the encounter at the start of the third set but Taylor won the next two, hitting a maximum in each leg. And Taylor wrapped up the set in the fourth leg, recording a 65 finish, for the third time in the match.
Taylor continued on in supreme fashion in the fourth set. He landed double top to win the first leg, and broke throw to win the second to go one leg away from victory. And the match was soon concluded as Taylor hit his sixth maximum of the game in the third leg, which was followed by double eight to follow his Stoke rival Adrian Lewis into the third round.
"Adrian has impressed me for a few matches now," said Taylor. "If we meet in the last eight I think it will be a cracking, and the winner could well go on to take the title."
ROBERT THORNTON 4-1 JYHAN ARTUT
(3-0, 3-1, 2-3, 3-2, 3-0)
ROBERT THORNTON ended the German challenge of Jyhan Artut with a 4-1 triumph at the 2010 PDC World Darts Championship.
The Scotsman came out firing to take the opening two sets and he managed to keep that advantage, to reach the third round of this event for the first time, despite a spirited effort from Artut.
Thornton won the first leg against the darts and won the next two legs in clinical fashion to wrap up the first set with ease to establish an early lead.
The Scot held throw at the start of the second set before Artut won his first leg of the contest by hitting double six. Thornton, who defeated Christian Perez on the opening night of the competition, then hit finishes of 84 and 81 to take a 2-0 lead keep up his 100 per cent record on the doubles.
The 16th seed hit double top at the first time of asking to win the opening leg of the third set, before Artut managed to level after both players missed several opportunities at doubles. The next two legs were held with throw to send into a deciding leg. That saw Thornton waste a dart at double top for a 3-0 lead and Artut hit double six to take the third set and reduce the deficit.
Artut, who defeated Wayne Mardle in the first round, hit a 96 finish to win the opening leg of the fourth set against the darts. But Thornton hit-back to win the second leg with a 78 checkout, and then took the third leg by hitting double two.
Artut won the fourth leg by taking out 68, but Thornton had the advantage of throw in the deciding leg and he made it count, with an accurate attempt at double eight to restore his two sets lead. Thornton won the first leg of the fifth set with an excellent 105 checkout, after Artut missed a dart at double 16.
The man from Stevenston hit double top to win the second leg, and then wrapped the game up in style with a 13-dart finish in the next to book a last 16 clash with Phil Taylor.