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Michael Taylor 30th Dec 2009 - 18:17

The Wizard of Oz outduels the Bull

Anthony Leaver, of Matchroom Sport, rounds-up Wednesday's afternoon session of the 2010 PDC World Darts Championship which included wins for Simon Whitlock and Mark Webster. The image is courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDC.

SIMON WHITLOCK dumped world number six Terry Jenkins out of the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship with a 4-2 win to reach the quarter-finals.

The Australian danger man knocked out seeds Colin Osborne and Wayne Jones before his meeting with Jenkins and threatened to run away with the match as he moved two-sets up and dropping just one leg.

Jenkins fought hard to take the third and fifth sets but at 3-2 behind, Whitlock opened the deciding leg of the sixth set with two maximums and although he failed to record the second nine-dart finish of the tournament, he closed the set comfortably to continue his impressive progress to the last eight, to set up a New Year's Day clash with the winner of James Wade's match with Andy Hamilton.

"That was another tough match," said Whitlock, who now guarantees himself a cheque for £25,000. "Terry is a great player and I knew I had to bring out my best game to beat him.

"The money is great but to be a World Champion, would be awesome. I would like to play the circuit in 2010 and my goal is to try and get a Premier League place."

Whitlock's win was sandwiched between third round victories for Mark Webster and Co Stompe, who meet in the quarter-finals.

Webster won the first nine legs against 2008 runner-up Kirk Shepherd, with the Welshman eventually winning the match 4-1 with a 97 average. Stompe came out on top of a high class contest with Mark Dudbridge, moving ahead in the first set and going on to win 4-2. The Dutchman, who saw off world number five Mervyn King to reach the last 16, put his foot on the accelerator in the fourth set, taking out 132 and 116 to move 2-0 up with two 12 dart legs before closing the set in the third leg to move 3-1 in front.

2005 runner-up Dudbridge reduced the deficit by winning the fifth set but Stompe roared home in the sixth, recording maximums in all four legs to take the set 3-1.

Wednesday's action continues when Ronnie Baxter and Colin Lloyd kick-off the evening session in their third round clash. Wade and Hamilton follow that match before the final darts of 2009 are thrown by five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld and Kevin Painter.

Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship
Wednesday 30 December
Third Round
Afternoon Session
Mark Webster 4-1 Kirk Shepherd
Simon Whitlock 4-2 Terry Jenkins
Co Stompe 4-2 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

(3-0, 3-0, 3-0, 2-3, 3-0)
MARK WEBSTER waltzed into the quarter-finals of the 2010 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship with an impressive 4-1 win over Kirk Shepherd.

The defeat for Shepherd sees him fall out of the top 32 after a disappointing couple of years since his superb run to World final in 2008.The Welshman came out firing hitting a 180 with his first three darts. He hit a 117 checkout to complete a 12-dart finish to win the opening leg and then won the second in 13 darts.

Webster hit double six to win the first set before continuing his excellent start to the game by hitting the bullseye for an 88 checkout to take the first leg of the second.

Webster won the second leg against the darts, defying a maximum from his opponent and then hit double 10 to wrap up the set after Shepherd missed three chances at doubles.

Shepherd was made to pay for two missed darts at doubles 16 at the start of the third set as the former Lakeside champion converted a 100 checkout to win a 10th consecutive leg. Another break of throw saw the Welshman go 2-0 ahead and a 13 darter in the third leg put Webster 3-0 up to leave the former world finalist with a mountain to climb.

The first leg of the fourth set saw Shepherd finally open his account by hitting double 16. Webster levelled by landing double five but Shepherd led again by hitting double four after Webster was off-target with a dart at double top. Shepherd missed a dart at double 18 to win the set in the fourth leg and Webster managed to hit double two to go one leg away from the match. But the Birmingham based thrower kept his nerve and converted a two-dart 52 finish to take the fourth set.

Webster, who has taken out Mark Walsh and Peter Manley in this tournament, started the fifth set well by winning the first leg with a 96 finish and then extending his lead by hitting double top to win the second. And a 15-dart finish was recorded by the Welshman in the third leg to confirm a comfortable victory.

"I felt nervous before my last against Peter Manley but I felt much more comfortable today," said Webster. "I knew that if I won the first set that would really settle me down and I did that, unlike my last two matches.

"I was in a ruthless mood and wanted to win 12-0 in legs after winning the first three sets with ease. It's great to be still in the tournament and I want to keep the run going."

(3-1, 3-0, 2-3, 3-2, 2-3, 3-2)
SIMON WHITLOCK continued his excellent run at the 2010 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship with a 4-2 triumph over Terry Jenkins.

Jenkins became the third seed to fall victim of the Australian who ended the match with a 100 average and he will now take on James Wade or Andy Hamilton in the quarter-finals on New Year's Day.

Jenkins won the opening leg of the match before Whitlock replied with a two-dart 82 finish in the second. A 13-dart finish gave Whitlock a 2-1 lead and he hit his second maximum of the game in the process of winning the fourth leg to seal the first set.

Both players hit 180s at the start of the second set but it was Whitlock that won it with a 100 checkout. The Australian then won the next two legs to take the set and double his lead.

Whitlock kept up the winning run of legs by hitting double eight to win the first leg but Jenkins stopped the rot in the next leg by taking out 96 to win his first leg in eight. Jenkins then won the third leg which included his second maximum of the game. Whitlock won the next leg by hitting double four but Jenkins managed to win the deciding leg by hitting double six with his last dart to get into the match.

Whitlock made a winning start to the fourth set by hitting double 12 but missed two darts at double eight in the next leg which allowed Jenkins to level. The Australian lead for a second time but Jenkins converted an impressive two-dart 92 finish to force a deciding leg.

Whitlock, who has defeated Colin Osborne and Wayne Jones on the way to the third round, had the advantage of throw in that leg and he made it count by hitting a 61 finish to lead 3-1.

The opening three legs of the fifth set were all held with throw which gave Jenkins a 2-1 lead. An opportunity at double top for the set went begging and Whitlock hit double top to pinch the leg. That put the Australian a leg away from winning the match but the Herefordshire made no mistake in the decider by hitting a two-dart 80 finish to win the set and keep his hopes alive.

Whitlock began the sixth set with a two-dart 82 finish before Jenkins managed to out 66 to win the second, which included a fourth maximum of the game from Whitlock. The third leg saw both players fire in 180s but Jenkins won it against the darts to go 2-1 up. But Whitlock broke back immediately to win the fourth leg, and hit back-to-back maximums in the fifth leg to set up the chance of a nine-dart finish. The attempt at a seventh treble 20 fell just short but Whitlock went on to win the leg courtesy of a 69 finish to confirm an excellent victory.

"That was another tough match," said Whitlock, who now guarantees himself a cheque for £25,000. "Terry is a great player and I knew I had to bring out my best game to beat him.

"The money is great but to be a World Champion, would be awesome. I would like to play the circuit in 2010 and my goal is to try and get a Premier League place."

(3-2, 2-3, 3-2, 3-0, 1-3, 3-2)
CO STOMPE reached the quarter-finals of the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship for the second time in succession with a 4-2 victory over Mark Dudbridge.

Stompe backed up his superb win over Mervyn King in the last round with a three-dart average of 102.42 and will take on Mark Webster in the quarter-finals.

Stompe started well hitting double five for the first leg and then doubled his lead landing double top, to break throw. But the Dutchman missed several opportunities to wrap up the set over the course of the next two legs and Dudbridge stepped to win both and take the set to a deciding leg. Stompe, who produced a fabulous display to end the hopes of fifth seed, Mervyn King, in the last round, put those errors behind by winning the deciding leg which included his second maximum of the game to establish an early lead.

Dudbridge took the opening leg of the second set after Stompe suffered further problems on the doubles. Double top saw Stompe level but he fell behind again after Dudbridge hit double 10 to win the third. Stompe won the fourth leg by hitting double 10 and he also fired a 180 in the decider. But Dudbridge won the leg by hitting a pressure 56 finish to square the game, with his opponent poised on a two darter.

Stompe made an impressive start to the third set by taking the first two legs. But Dudbridge fought hard and won the two legs, by hitting double eight to win the third, and a two-dart 50 finish took the set to a deciding leg. The Dutchman won that leg by hitting double top to regain the lead, before recording checkouts of 132, followed by 116 to take the first two legs of the fourth set. He missed a dart at double top for another 116 finish but he returned to the oche to hit double 10, to go 3-1 ahead and go one set away from victory.

Stompe hit a maximum at the start of the fifth set and won the leg with a 65. But Dudbridge started to find some form with his finishing; converting a 104 to win the second leg, and two-dart 79 gave him the third. The Bristolian, who came through an epic seven-set encounter against Alan Tabern in the last 32, hit his third 180 of the game which was followed by an accurate attempt at double 10 to reduce the deficit.

The sixth set saw the Dutchman take the opening two legs with style. He hit a 13-dart finish to win the first, which was backed-up by a 120 checkout to go within touching distance of victory. Dudbridge hit an 11-dart finish to keep the match alive, before both players hit maximums in the fourth leg. But the Dutchman was first to a finish and he hit double top to seal a quarter-final place.

"The win against Mervyn was great, but this better," revealed Stompe. "He really fought hard and I'm pleased that I kept my form up throughout the game."

Stompe, who takes on Mark Webster in the quarter-finals added: "Me and Mark have had some great games in the past and I don't this match being any different."




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