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Simon Gott 29th Dec 2014 - 10:03

Taylor sees off Webster Challenge

 

PHIL TAYLOR powered into the last 16 of the William Hill World Darts Championship with a straight sets win over Mark Webster on Sunday night, but Adrian Lewis and Dean Winstanley survived scares before progressing to the third round.

Webster had knocked out Taylor at Alexandra Palace four years ago, but the 16-time World Champion looked refreshed following his Christmas break, and averaged 101.92 as he cruised into the third round.

Although the left-hander had a chance to take set two, his missed opportunity allowed Taylor in for a 2-0 lead before the number two seed took six of the next seven legs to progress.

It was more his consistent scoring that did the damage, with Taylor hitting 14 scores of 140 or more and more often than not starting the leg with a heavy scoring to put Webster under instant pressure - resulting in the Welshman winning just four legs in the match.

Two of those came with brilliant finishes, a 117 giving him a break and a ray of hope of winning the second set, and a 125 using a combination of bull, outer bull and another bull to win his only leg of the third set.

Taylor responded to both by winning the set, and he raced through the fourth set 3-0 to seal victory in just over 38 minutes and book a last 16 encounter with Belgium's Kim Huybrechts.

"I thought it was a good game," said Taylor. "Mark put me under prssure at times when he hit the right shots at the right time, but he missed a few crucial shots and let me in - especially at the end of te second set.

"If you can win a set it can change everything straight away, if Mark had won that second set then it could have all been different - all of a sudden he's back in the game and I'd have a real match on my hands.

"I'm feeling great, I've had lots of practice, I've had lots of rest and I've done everything right. My preparation has been spot-on, you have to prepare right if you want to win this thing and I've done everything I can.

"It should be a cracking match against Kim, he's a great player, but I'm ready for him."

It was far from easy for double World Champion Adrian Lewis though, as Keegan Brown proved he belongs on the big stage with a determined performance full of promise for the future as he pushed the number three all the way in a 4-2 defeat.

Lewis bossed the scoring charts throughout the match but a tenacious Brown showed he truly belongs on the big stage as time after time he stepped in with crucial doubles, forcing the UK Open champion to produce some of his best darts to progress.

Lewis averaged just over 100 with eight 180s and 24 140-plus scores, but it could have been higher had he taken more than 14 of his 40 shots at a double, with Brown's 14 doubles from 33 attempts complementing a 93 average.

After defeat John Part in the opening match of the tournament, Brown sensed another upset as he took out 124 on the bull to win the first set, and from there it was a battle all the way as every remaining set went the full five legs.

Brown also led 2-1, but Lewis levelled the game with a brilliant 134 finish to take the fourth set - hitting treble 18 and two double tops - before a ten-darter helped him to take the fifth and a 122 checkout secured victory in set six.

"You never give in, and I think that's the key to a champion," said Lewis, who will face either Raymond van Barneveld or Jamie Caven in the third round.

"Keegan's a young lad coming through and he played fantastic; he showed a lot of bottle. I had to dig in really deep there at the end, I just had to keep going at him and I'm relieved to get through that one."

Dean Winstanley almost blew a 2-0 lead as he had to eventually come through a seventh set tie-break to edge out Darren Webster 4-3 as he reached the last 16 at Alexandra Palace for the first time.

Winstanley cruised into a two-set lead and also led 2-0 in the third set before the Norfolk ace - a former quarter-finalist - fought back superbly to win three successive sets and turn the match on its head.

Yorkshireman Winstanley showed his desire by stemming the tide and winning the sixth set to stay in the match, and in a tense finale he produced the goods with three successive legs giving him the deciding set 4-2 in a tie-break.

Winstanley hit seven 180s, 24 140s and averaged 92, a point less than Webster, but had a much better checkout percentage as he landed 45 percent of his doubles to book a last 16 tie with either Vincent van der Voort on Max Hopp.

"Darren did what he always does - he never gives in," said Winstanley. "I knew that even though I was two sets up it wasn't over, I knew he'd come back at me and he did.

"He's like a Yorkshire Terrier who just wouldn't let go, and when it went to 2-2 in the final set I knew I had to give everything to try and win it, and that's what I managed to do.

"I always seem to let players back in when I should be winning but I just did enough in the end, I'm through, and I can move on now. I'm in the last 16 for the first time so who says I can't go all the way now!"

The second round concludes with the remaining four games in Monday's double session, with Brendan Dolan taking on Michael Smith in the afternoon session's opening game.

German teenager Max Hopp then plays Vincent van der Voort and five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld takes on Jamie Caven, with the evening session opening with the eagerly-awaited clash between James Wade and Stephen Bunting.

The third round then begins with reigning champion Michael van Gerwen taking on Terry Jenkins and Robert Thornton playing Dutch youngster Benito van de Pas.

WILLIAM HILL WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP
Second Round
Evening Session
Darren Webster 3-4 Dean Winstanley
Phil Taylor 4-0 Mark Webster
Adrian Lewis 4-2 Keegan Brown

Monday December 29
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)
Second Round
Brendan Dolan v Michael Smith
Max Hopp v Vincent van der Voort
Raymond van Barneveld v Jamie Caven

Evening Session (7pm)
Second Round
James Wade v Stephen Bunting
Third Round
Michael van Gerwen v Terry Jenkins
Benito van de Pas v Robert Thornton

Second & Third Rounds - Best of Seven Sets, Best of Five Legs Per Set

DARREN WEBSTER 3-4 DEAN WINSTANLEY
(1-3, 1-3, 3-2, 3-2, 3-2, 1-3, 2-4)

DEAN WINSTANLEY almost blew a 2-0 lead as he had to eventually come through a seventh set tie-break to edge out Darren Webster 4-3 as he reached the last 16 at the William Hill World Darts Championship for the first time.

Winstanley cruised into a two-set lead and also led 2-0 in the third set before the Norfolk ace - a former quarter-finalist - fought back superbly to win three successive sets and turn the match on its head.

Yorkshireman Winstanley showed his desire by stemming the tide and winning the sixth set to stay in the match, and in a tense finale he produced the goods with three successive legs giving him the deciding set 4-2 in a tie-break.

Winstanley hit seven 180s, 24 140s and averaged 92, a point less than Webster, but had a much better checkout percentage as he landed 45 percent of his doubles to book a last 16 tie with either Vincent van der Voort on Max Hopp.

Winstanley started the match with a 180 in the first two legs on his way to the first set, and he doubled that lead with a 113 the highlight of a 3-1 win in the second.

Two more 180s made it 2-0 to Winstanley in the third and he was cruising, but Webster then launched his comeback with three straight legs to pinch the set, before he pulled out a 14-darter in the deciding leg of the fourth set to level the match at 2-2.

Webster, the 2007 quarter-finalist at the Circus Tavern, raised his game just at the right time again in the fifth as he produced another 14-darter in a deciding leg to move ahead for the first time.

The pair swapped 80-plus finishes in the sixth before Winstanley took it to force a decider, which inevitably went to a tie-break.

Winstanley raised his own game when needed though, hitting a 101 finish, a 79 checkout to break and finished off the win in the next to claim the set 4-2 and victory.

"Darren did what he always does - he never gives in," said Winstanley. "I knew that even though I was two sets up it wasn't over, I knew he'd come back at me and he did.

"He's like a Yorkshire Terrier who just wouldn't let go, and when it went to 2-2 in the final set I knew I had to give everything to try and win it, and that's what I managed to do.

"I always seem to let players back in when I should be winning but I just did enough in the end, I'm through, and I can move on now. I'm in the last 16 for the first time so who says I can't go all the way now!"

Match Information
First Set 1-3 - Winstanley kicks off the match with a 180, and hits double 18 for the leg. Starts the second with another 180 and wins it with a 47 outshot. Webster takes 76 out but Winstanley wins the next for the set.
Second set 1-3 - The players swap legs to start the set, WInstanley then hits another 180 and brilliant 113 checkout to go ahead and wins the set with a 91 on the bull.
Third Set 3-2 - Two 180s help Winstanley to win the first two legs, but Webster hits back in style taking the next three, hitting a 180, double ten and a double 12 to win the set.
Fourth Set 3-2 - Winstanley edges 2-1 ahead with a 72 outshot, but a 62 levels for Webster who then pinches the deciding leg again with a 14-darter.
Fifth Set 3-2 - Webster leads for the first time in the match. Winstanley takes the first leg with both hitting 180s. Webster takes the next two, with a 56 checkout in the second. Winstanley levels but Webster hits a 14-darter with a 71 finish for the set.
Sixth Set 1-3 - Webster hits 80 to level but Winstanley finishes 81 for 2-1. Both men miss doubles in the next, Webster's three missed tops give Winstanley the chance to hit double five with his last dart to level.
Seventh Set 2-4 - Webster holds throw to take a 2-1 lead, but Winstanley levels with a 101 finish, lands a 180 and a 79 checkout to break and then holds on double five to claim victory 4-2 in the tie-break.


PHIL TAYLOR 4-0 MARK WEBSTER
(3-1, 3-2, 3-1, 3-0)

PHIL TAYLOR made short work of former Lakeside Champion Mark Webster with a 4-0 whitewash as he a third round spot in the William Hill World Darts Championship.

Webster had knocked out Taylor at Alexandra Palace four years ago, but the 16-time World Champion looked refreshed following his Christmas break, and averaged 101.92 as he cruised into the third round.

Although the left-hander had a chance to take set two, his missed opportunity allowed Taylor in for a 2-0 lead before the number two seed took six of the next seven legs to progress.

It was more his consistent scoring that did the damage, with Taylor hitting 14 scores of 140 or more and more often than not starting the leg with a heavy scoring to put Webster under instant pressure - resulting in the Welshman winning just four legs in the match.

Two of those came with brilliant finishes, a 117 giving him a break and a ray of hope of winning the second set, and a 125 using a combination of bull, outer bull and another bull to win his only leg of the third set.

Taylor responded to both by winning the set, and he raced through the fourth set 3-0 to seal victory in just over 38 minutes and book a last 16 encounter with Belgium's Kim Huybrechts.

"I thought it was a good game," said Taylor. "Mark put me under pressure at times when he hit the right shots at the right time, but he missed a few crucial shots and let me in - especially at the end of te second set.

"If you can win a set it can change everything straight away, if Mark had won that second set then it could have all been different - all of a sudden he's back in the game and I'd have a real match on my hands.

"I'm feeling great, I've had lots of practice, I've had lots of rest and I've done everything right. My preparation has been spot-on, you have to prepare right if you want to win this thing and I've done everything I can.

"It should be a cracking match against Kim, he's a great player, but I'm ready for him."

Match Information
First Set 3-1 - Webster takes the first leg on double 16, but Taylor responds with the same, then a break of throw and then double 16 again to take the set.
Second Set 3-2 - A 62 finish puts Taylor ahead before he hits his first 180 in the next, but Webster takes it with double five. A 117 finish gives Webster a break but Taylor takes the next two with a 180 and 96 checkout and a 60 finish for the set.
Third Set 3-1 - A 180 and a 61 finish put Taylor ahead, before a brilliant 125 with a showpiece bullseye, outer bull, bullseye finish levels for Webster. Taylor takes the next two though for 3-0.
Fourth Set 3-0 - Clean sweep for Taylor as he takes all three legs, sealing the match with a double top.

ADRIAN LEWIS 4-2 KEEGAN BROWN
(1-3, 3-2, 2-3, 3-2, 3-2, 3-2)

TWO-TIME World Champion Adrian Lewis survived a huge test from current World Youth Champion Keegan Brown as he twice went behind before finally coming away with a 4-2 victory in their exciting second round tie.

Lewis bossed the scoring charts throughout the match but a tenacious Brown showed he truly belongs on the big stage as time after time he stepped in with crucial doubles, forcing the UK Open champion to produce some of his best darts to progress.

Lewis averaged just over 100 with eight 180s and 24 140-plus scores, but it could have been higher had he taken more than 14 of his 40 shots at a double, with Brown's 14 doubles from 33 attempts complementing a 93 average.

After defeat John Part in the opening match of the tournament, Brown sensed another upset as he took out 124 on the bull to win the first set, and from there it was a battle all the way as every remaining set went the full five legs.

Brown started confidently with a 60 outshot in the first leg and a 180 and 58 finish for a break in the second. Lewis responded with an 82 out in the next but Brown took out 124 on the bull to claim the set.

Lewis had to fight to level the match after Brown hit a 12-darter in the second leg, but having missed bull for the set Lewis produced an 11-darter capped with an 84 checkout.

Brown opened with a 180 again in the third set, before his 73 was answered by a 76 from Lewis, but with his opponent left on tops the youngster showed guts to finish off with double five on his last dart for the set.

Lewis hit three 180s in the fourth but missed doubles cost him two legs as Brown's finishing kept him in touch, but the number three seed powered in an 11-darter to level and then hit double top twice in checking out a stunning 134 for the set.

Even better was to come as Lewis hit a ten-darter, finishing with double eight to start the next set, and took out 66 to thwart a Brown 180. He missed four darts for the set over the next two legs but returned with a 68 to go in front.

Brown led again in set six, but Lewis landed four 180s in the next four legs before securing victory with a superb 122 checkout.

"You never give in, and I think that's the key to a champion," said Lewis, who will face either Raymond van Barneveld or Jamie Caven in the third round.

"Keegan's a young lad coming through and he played fantastic; he showed a lot of bottle. I had to dig in really deep there at the end, I just had to keep going at him and I'm relieved to get through that one.

"I've had a bit of a break and it's good to come through a tough game as I'll need to be sharp to play Raymond or Jamie so that'll sharpen me up now."

Match Information
First Set 1-3 - Confident start by Brown, who takes out 60 and then 58 to break after a 180, before a nerveless 124 on the bull gives him the set.
Second Set 3-2 - A 180 for a 12-darter for Brown is answered by two Lewis legs, but he misses a bull for the set. Brown levels but Lewis hits an 11-darter for the set.
Third Set 2-3 - A 180 and 66 out to start from Brown. A 73 follows and Lewis answers with 76, but in the decider Lewis is left stranded on tops as Brown hits double five with his last dart.
Fourth Set 3-2- Three 180s from Lewis but he still struggles to win the set as five missed doubles in two legs allow Brown to go 2-1 up, but Lewis hits an 11-darter to level and wins the set on a superb 134 going treble 18, double top, double top.
Fifth Set 3-2 - A ten-darter from Lewis is followed by a 66 checkout, but five missed doubles cost him two legs before he recovers to take out 68 and go 3-2 in front.
Sixth Set 3-2 - 71 puts Brown ahead but Lewis hits four 180s in the next four legs. He misses three match darts in the fourth as Brown hits a 180 and nips in to pinch it, but Lewis wins it in style with a 122 checkout.

 

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