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Rupert Wyman 30th Dec 2009 - 8:22

Taylor v Lewis quarter-final is now on

Anthony Leaver, of Matchroom Sport, rounds-up the day nine evening session of the 2010 PDC World Darts Championship which included wins for Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis. The image is courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDC.

PHIL TAYLOR and Adrian Lewis set up a mouth-watering quarter-final clash on New Year's Day with scintillating second round wins on Tuesday night at the PDC World Darts Championship.

Taylor averaged 104 as he saw off Robert Thornton with a clinical 4-1 win to continue his search for a 15th World title, while Lewis fired 10 maximums in his 4-0 win over Kevin McDine with a 103 average.

"I think you are going to see the best quarter-final you've ever seen," said Taylor. "I don't know how it's going to go, normally I beat him convincingly but he seems a different person and he has grown up a lot. I'm going to go at him like I normally do though, so we'll see how he copes with it."

"I'm not frightened of Phil anymore, I'm really looking forward to playing him," said Lewis. "I won't fold before I go on stage against him liked I might have done in the past and it's going to go all the way. If I beat Phil I think I will go on to win it, I really do."

The evening session began with James Wade winning the final second round match 4-2 against Michael van Gerwen.

World number three Wade took the first set 3-1 but the Dutchman replied in kind to level matters. The Premier League champion took the third set 3-1 before edging a high-quality fifth set 3-2, with checkouts of 104 and 121 before clinching the set with a 150 checkout in the fifth leg. Van Gerwen reduced the deficit by taking the fifth set 3-1 but Wade would not be denied and hit tops to win a match where he hit seven 180s and recorded five ton-plus finishes.

Wade now faces Andy Hamilton after the Stoke man saw off Steve Beaton 4-1 in the opening match of the afternoon session, before Terry Jenkins and Simon Whitlock set up a third round clash by beating their opponents in straight sets - Jenkins against American Darin Young and Whitlock versus world number 22 Wayne Jones.

The third round of the PDC World Darts Championship continues on Wednesday when 2008 runner up Kirk Shepherd meets 2008 Lakeside champion Mark Webster in the opening match. Jenkins and Whitlock follow before Dutchman Co Stompe faces 2005 runner-up Mark Dudbridge.

The evening session begins with world number seven Ronnie Baxter tackling world number ten Colin Lloyd ahead of the Wade-Hamilton clash. Nine-dart hero Raymond van Barneveld ends the night with Kevin Painter hoping to halt the Dutchman's pursuit of a sixth world title.

PDC World Championship
Second Round
Tuesday 29 December
Evening Session
James Wade 4-2 Michael van Gerwen
Third Round
Phil Taylor 4-1 Robert Thornton
Adrian Lewis 4-0 Kevin McDine

Wednesday 30 December Order of Play
Third Round
Afternoon Session
1.10pm Kirk Shepherd v Mark Webster
2.25pm Terry Jenkins v Simon Whitlock
3.45pm Co Stompe v Mark Dudbridge

Evening Session
7.10pm Ronnie Baxter v Colin Lloyd
8.25pm James Wade v Andy Hamilton
9.45pm Raymond van Barneveld v Kevin Painter

(3-1, 1-3, 3-1, 3-2, 1-3, 3-1)
JAMES WADE ended the hopes of Michael van Gerwen with a 4-2 triumph in the last second round match of the 2010 PDC World Darts Championship.

The 20 year-old Dutchman put up an excellent fight but it was not enough to take out the Premier League champion, who will now take on Andy Hamilton in the last 16.

Van Gerwen won the opening leg of the match with an impressive 14-dart finish before Wade levelled courtesy of a two-dart 81. Wade broke throw with a 71 finish in the third leg, and then recorded a 114 checkout in the fourth to win the set and open up an early lead.

Van Gerwen hit back early in the second set by winning the first two legs with the aid of a two-dart 64, followed by his second 14 dart-leg of the game. The Dutch youngster missed two darts for the set in the third leg and Wade won it by hitting double top but Van Gerwen made no mistake in the next, landing double 16 to level the game.

Wade began the third set well by breaking throw but missed chances to double his lead after three opportunities went begging and van Gerwen cashed in by hitting double top.

The man from Aldershot regained the lead by converting a 112 finish and then hit double 16 to lead the match for a second time.

The fourth set saw some high quality finishing from both players. Wade hit 104 to win the first leg before van Gerwen replied with a 125 checkout.

Wade hit a 121 finish to take the third leg but van Gerwen won the fourth with an 88 completed with an accurate attempt at the bullseye. But Wade converted a 150 checkout in the deciding leg - his third ton plus finish of the set.

That put the third seed 3-1 ahead and he hit his fifth maximum of the game in the first leg of the fifth set but van Gerwen managed to hold throw by hitting double 16.

Wade won the second leg with an 11-dart finish but van Gerwen regained the lead with a 76 finish. The Dutchman then hit an 84 checkout in the fourth leg to reduce the deficit after Wade had missed five attempts at doubles.

At the start of the sixth set Wade hit a maximum in the process of taking the first leg before van Gerwen won the second by landing double 18.

Wade regained the lead hitting double five with his last dart to go one leg away from the match. A dramatic deciding leg saw van Gerwen miss two attempts at double top to keep the match alive and Wade hit the same double to confirm victory.

'I knew this game with Michael was going to be a tough one, and so it proved, said Wade. Reaching the semi-finals last year was a bit more by luck, than judgement. I feel better this year and my two matches have shown that.'

(3-1, 3-1, 3-1, 2-3, 3-0)
PHIL TAYLOR continued his quest for a 15th world title after defeating Robert Thornton 4-1 in the third round of the 2010 PDC World Darts Championship.

Taylor ended the match with a three-dart average of 104.26 and will face either Adrian Lewis in the quarter-finals on New Year's Day.

Taylor broke throw immediately by hitting double 16 but Thornton was not fazed and won the second leg, which included a maximum from the Scotsman. The world number one regained the lead after Thornton missed an opportunity at double 11. And Taylor wrapped up the first set in the next, with a 98 finish.

Taylor won the first leg of the second set, defying a 180 from his opponent and won the next leg with a superb 11-dart finish, which included two maximums. Unusually, Taylor missed three darts at doubles to seal the set in the third leg and Thornton capitalised by converting a 61 finish. Thornton missed a dart at tops to take the set to a deciding leg and Taylor hit a 66 checkout to double his advantage.

Taylor, who defeated Colin Monk and Steve Hine with ease, in his first two matches, continued his dominance by winning first two legs of the third set with 14, and 12 dart finishes.

Thornton won the third leg by hitting double 16 after the Stoke star was off-target with an attempt at double 18, for the set. But Taylor registered his fourth maximum of the game in the fourth, which saw him to a finish first and he hit double 20 to establish a 3-0 lead.

The fourth set began with Taylor hitting a 103 checkout with his opponent waiting on 40 but the Scot hit back to win the second with an impressive 121 checkout, completed on the bullseye.

Taylor regained the lead with a 68 finish to go one leg away from the match but Thornton hit a two-dart 56 finish, rounded off by hitting double top to win the fourth leg. The deciding leg saw Taylor in command, but he missed three chances to seal a straight-sets victory and Thornton managed to hit double 10 with a pressure last dart to keep his hopes alive.

That saw Taylor drop a set for the first time in this year's championship but he soon put the match to bed with some fabulous darts in the fifth set. He won the first leg against the darts by hitting double top and then stormed to victory with 13, and 12 dart finishes in the next two legs to complete the win.

(3-1, 3-2, 3-1, 3-1)
ADRIAN LEWIS set up a dream quarter-final clash against Phil Taylor on New Year's Day after a convincing 4-0 victory over Kevin McDine in the last 16 of the 2010 PDC World Darts Championship.

The Stoke star ended the match with a three-dart average over 100 for the third successive game in this event to continue his impressive form at Alexandra Palace.

McDine started the better of the two players by hitting a 104 checkout to win the opening leg against the darts. But Lewis hit back by firing three maximums in the next two legs to take a 2-1 lead.

Both players hit 180s in the fourth leg but it was Lewis won it in fantastic fashion with a 164 checkout to win the first set.

The opening two legs of the second set were held with throw and that sequence continued when McDine hit an excellent 64 finish, with his opponent waiting on 40 to win the third. But Lewis put together two fabulous of darts, winning them both with 12-dart finishes to win the set and double his advantage.

Lewis hit his ninth maximum of the game in the process of winning the first leg of the third set, but McDine won the second, despite his opponent registering another 180 - his 10th in the match.

McDine was off-target with two darts at double eight in the third leg and Lewis hit that double to take a 2-1 advantage. He then won the fourth leg against the darts with a 13-dart finish to move three sets clear.

Lewis then hit a 70 finish to make a winning start to the fourth set and then doubled his lead by hitting double eight in the next leg, which included a maximum from McDine.

That put the eighth seed one leg away from the match but McDine continued to fight and took out a 105 to win the third leg but Lewis ended the contest in the next, courtesy of a 14 darter.

"The Premier League experience helped me when the crowd started to get a bit loud, and I felt a bit sorry for Kevin," said Lewis.

"I'm really looking forward to playing Phil in the next round. I won't fold before I go on stage against Phil and he knows his in for a tough match."


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