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Stuart Dalgleish 29th Dec 2014 - 19:59

William Hill World Darts Championship - Mon aft round-up

RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD defeated Jamie Caven 4-3 for the second successive year at the William Hill World Darts Championship as he secured a third round spot on Monday afternoon alongside Michael Smith and Vincent van der Voort.
Van Barneveld followed up his imperious first round victory over Rowby-John Rodriguez with another strong performance as he moves through to play Adrian Lewis in a tasty last 16 contest.
The Dutchman eased to the first set but it was far from plain sailing from then on, with the five-time World Champion going ahead twice more only to see Caven hit back to level before van Barneveld pulled out all the stops to win the deciding set.
Caven actually edged the averages and the checkout percentages and won 15 legs to his opponent's 14, but the five time World Champion hit the right shots at the right time to make it through, sealing victory by finishing 90 on the bullseye.
"It was a different game to last year but all credit to Jamie - he's such a fantastic player, he never gives in and you always know that if you give him a chance he'll be in there firing back at you," said van Barneveld.
"In the first set I was quite comfortable, I went into the break feeling good but then suddenly then he came back hitting 12, 12,15 darters and I just couldn't believe it.
"I'm just so happy and so pleased to be in the last 16 now, but all credit to Jamie, he's so fantastic and he deserved more but I'm glad I'm through of course, and I'm happy.
"It should be a good game next, I always enjoy playing Adrian, he's fast and he's furious and that suits my game so I'll be looking forward to that in the next round and we'll see how that goes."
Michael Smith showed his newfound maturity to overcome a slow start and catalogue of missed doubles to come from two sets down to win four in a row and secure a 4-2 victory over Brendan Dolan.
The former World Youth Champion quickly slipped 2-0 down as he struggled badly with his doubles - hitting just one of 16 attempts in those first two sets - before he finally found his range to win the next four sets with 12 legs out of 14.
Smith hit ten 180s to still averaged 98.9 despite missing 29 doubles in total, and checked out 104, 121 and 153 when he finally warmed up on his finishing, while he also started two legs with six perfect darts in his quest for a nine-darter.
The St Helens thrower showed some of the form that saw him knock out Phil Taylor last year in the final four sets, as he set up a third round clash with either James Wade or Stephen Bunting in the next round on Tuesday.
"I'm a different player now to what I have been, I've shown that in my last two games here," said Smith. "There's no point showing that at the World Championship then showing up to the next tournament and acting like a kid again.
"The World Championship has brought out the emotional side of me but also the calm side of me when I'm under pressure. I was acting like a spoilt kid and I knew it was ruining my chances.
"If I keep quiet and keep calm like I've done in my past two games I'll do well - I'm satisfied with my performances so far. I can't afford to act like a kid again because I'm not working for myself anymore - I'm working for my son and for his future, so I've got to put the hours in."
Vincent van der Voort made quick work of German Max Hopp as he secured a 4-0 victory in the second round of the William Hill World Darts Championship to book a last 16 tie against Dean Winstanley.
After putting out Mervyn King in the first round, youngster Hopp was fancying another upset against the quick-throwing Dutchman, and the German hit the first 180 of the match in the opening set to level it at 1-1, but van der Voort's response was a 105 checkout on double 16 as he claimed the set.
Van der Voort also took out 77, 125 and 118 in the next, 82 and 93 in the third and 77 in the last to seal a comprehensive victory and a place in the last 16.
"It was a great win," said van der Voort. "It was a poor match really but I won it so I'm happy to be through to the next round and I can go and relax now and prepare for tomorrow.
"In the second set I had those two ton-plus finishes that really hurt him and he never came back, and he never really played like he can in the match.
"It doesn't matter how you play, you just need to get through, but I'll need to play better in the next round. Dean is a great player and he's a fighter as well. I'll have to play better than today to beat him but I'll be up for it."
James Wade's clash with Bunting concludes the second round in the evening session's opening fixture, before the third round kicks off as reigning champion Michael van Gerwen plays Terry Jenkins and Benito van de Pas takes on Robert Thornton.
WILLIAM HILL WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP
Monday December 29
Afternoon Session
Second Round
Brendan Dolan 2-4 Michael Smith
Max Hopp 0-4 Vincent van der Voort
Raymond van Barneveld 4-3 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
MATCH INFORMATION
AFTERNOON SESSION
BRENDAN DOLAN 2-4 MICHAEL SMITH
(3-0, 3-1, 1-3, 0-3, 1-3, 0-3)
MICHAEL SMITH overcame a slow start and catalogue of missed doubles to come from two sets down to secure a 4-2 victory over Brendan Dolan in the second round of the William Hill World Darts Championship.
The former World Youth Champion quickly slipped 2-0 down as he struggled badly with his doubles, hitting just one of 16 attempts in those first two sets before he finally found his range to win the next four sets by taking 12 legs out of 14.
Smith hit ten 180s to still averaged 98.9 despite missing a whopping 29 doubles in total, and checked out 104, 121 and 153 when he finally warmed up on his finshing, while he also started two legs with six perfect darts in his quest for a nine-darter.
The St Helens thrower showed some of the form that saw him knock out Phil Taylor last year in the final four sets, as he set up a third round clash with either James Wade or Stephen Bunting in the next round on Tuesday.
"I'm a different player now to what I have been, I've shown that in my last two games here," said Smith. "There's no point showing that at the World Championship then showing up to the next tournament and acting like a kid again.
"The World Championship has brought out the emotional side of me but also the calm side of me when I'm under pressure. I was acting like a spoilt kid and I knew it was ruining my chances.
"If I keep quiet and keep calm like I've done in my past two games I'll do well - I'm satisfied with my performances so far. I can't afford to act like a kid again because I'm not working for myself anymore - I'm working for my son and for his future, so I've got to put the hours in."
First Set 3-0 - Poor start on the doubles from both men. Both hit two 180s but Smith misses a remarkable 13 doubles in the set, including five in each of the first and second legs. Dolan hits six perfect darts in the third but misses the seventh treble 20 and only wins the leg when Smith misses three more doubles.
Second Set 3-1 - A 94 checkout gives Dolan the lead before Smith finally hits a double - at the 16th attempt in the game - to level. A 180 helps Dolan to win the next and a "Shanghai" 120 clinches the set.
Third Set 1-3 - A 180 helps Smith go in front before he takes out 153 to forget his earlier double troubles, and though Dolan follows that with a 128 finish the youngster takes leg four for the set.
Fourth Set 0-3 - The set features two legs where Smith was on a nine-darter after six perfect darts, and though he is unable to complete the achievement he still took both legs on his way to the set with a clean sweep.
Fifth Set 1-3 - A 56 finish gives Smith the lead, Dolan responds with a 52 checkout, only for the youngster to take out 121 and 104 for the set and a 3-2 lead in the game.
Sixth Set 0-3 - Dolan starts with a 180 but Smith answers and also takes out 51 to go ahead. Double 12 gives him the second and the third follows for a clean sweep and the match.
MAX HOPP 0-4 VINCENT VAN DER VOORT
(2-3, 0-3, 2-3, 1-3)
VINCENT VAN DER VOORT made quick work of German Max Hopp as he secured a 4-0 victory in the second round of the William Hill World Darts Championship to book a last 16 tie against Dean Winstanley.
After putting out Mervyn King in the first round, youngster Hopp was fancying another upset against the quick-throwing Dutchman, and the German hit the first 180 of the match in the opening set to level it at 1-1, but van der Voort's response was a 105 checkout on double 16.
Three missed set darts for van der Voort were punished by a double eight from Hopp, but that same double gave van der Voort the set in the next leg.
Van der Voort won the second set without reply thanks to some brilliant finishing, taking out out 77 in the opener for a break, followed up with a 125 on double top and a 118 checkout for the set.
It was a close-run thing in the third as van der Voort hit successive 180s but still lost a leg, only to recover with an 82 outshot. A 56 finish levelled for Hopp, but after three missed doubles by the German, van der Voort took out 93.
Hopp started the fourth by taking a scrappy leg, but van der Voort then took over with a 180 and double 16 putting him 2-1 up before a 77 finish in the fourth leg handed him the match.
"It was a great win," said van der Voort. "It was a poor match really but I won it so I'm happy to be through to the next round and I can go and relax now and prepare for tomorrow.
"In the second set I had those two ton-plus finishes that really hurt him and he never came back, and he never really played like he can in the match.
"It doesn't matter how you play, you just need to get through, but I'll need to play better in the next round. Dean is a great player and he's a fighter as well. I'll have to play better than today to beat him but I'll be up for it."
Match Information
First Set 2-3 - Hopp hits the first 180 at 1-1 before van der Voort takes out 105. Three missed set darts let Hopp level but van der Voort wins the decider.
Second Set 0-3 - It's all van der Voort as he takes out 77 for a break, 125 on tops for a hold and then a 118 for the set.
Third set 2-3 - Van der Voort opens with back-to-back 180s but somehow loses the leg after nine missed doubles. An 82 finish in the next levels but after a 56 makes it 2-2 from Hopp, van der Voort takes out 93 to take the set and move three clear.
Fourth Set 1-3 - Hopp wins a scrappy first leg strewn with missed doubles. Van der Voort levels and goes ahead after both hit 180s, before a 77 checkout wins the match.
RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD 4-3 JAMIE CAVEN
(3-1, 0-3, 3-2, 0-3, 3-2, 2-3, 3-1)
RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD was pushed all the way by Jamie Caven for a second successive year at the William HIll World Darts Championship, but like 12 months ago the Dutchman ran out a 4-3 winner in the second round.
Van Barneveld followed up his imperious first round victory over Rowby-John Rodriguez with another strong performance as he moves through to play Adrian Lewis in a tasty last 16 contest.
The Dutchman eased to the first set but it was far from plain sailing from then on, with the five-time World Champion going ahead twice more only to see Caven hit back to level before van Barneveld pulled out all the stops to win the deciding set.
Caven actually edged the averages and the checkout percentages and won 15 legs to his opponent's 14, but the five time World Champion hit the right shots at the right time to make it through, sealing victory by finishing 90 on the bullseye.
"It was a different game to last year but all credit to Jamie - he's such a fantastic player, he never gives in and you always know that if you give him a chance he'll be in there firing back at you," said van Barneveld.
"In the first set I was quite comfortable, I went into the break feeling good but then suddenly then he came back hitting 12, 12,15 darters and I just couldn't believe it.
"I'm just so happy and so pleased to be in the last 16 now, but all credit to Jamie, he's so fantastic and he deserved more but I'm glad I'm through of course, and I'm happy.
"It should be a good game next, I always enjoy playing Adrian, he's fast and he's furious and that suits my game so I'll be looking forward to that in the next round and we'll see how that goes."
Match Information
First Set 3-1 - A good start from van Barneveld sees him win the first two legs - the second containing a 180 and a 102 finish for a break. Caven stays in the set with double eight but the Dutchman hits a 180 and checks out 65 on double ten for the set.
Second Set 0-3 - Great response from Caven, who hits a 180 in the first two legs and takes them in 12 and 11 darts. Barney hits a 180 in the next but hits the wrong double to stay in the set and Caven levels the game on double 16.
Third Set 3-2 - A 180 and double 11 help Barney level at 1-1, and he takes the second despite a Caven 180. Caven levels but he misses a second double top for a 140 in the next as van Barneveld edges the set.
Fourth Set 0-3 - Van Barneveld hits a 180 but Caven takes out 96 and then hits a 180 of his own and 36 finish for a break. He completes the set on tops.
Fifth Set 3-2 - The Dutchman leads only to see Caven level, but a 180 in the decider is enough to pull van Barneveld ahead with the throw as he takes edges the set.
Sixth Set 2-3 - Caven takes out 127 on the bull to start the set, with van Barneveld levelling only to land the wrong double for a break, allowing Caven to go 2-1 in front. A 52 finish for van Barneveld makes it 2-2 but he's off the pace in the decider and despite hitting a 180 to leave a finish Caven holds his nerve to take out 74.
Seventh Set 3-1 - An 87 finish gets van Barneveld underway, and a 180 with a 70 finish secures a break in the next. Caven finishes 60 to break back, but van Barneveld recovers to finish 90 on the bull for the win.

 
 
 

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