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Stuart Dalgleish 30th Dec 2014 - 19:12

William Hill World Darts Championship - Tue aft round-up

PETER WRIGHT and Gary Anderson set up an all-Scottish quarter-final at the William Hill World Darts Championship with wins over Andy Hamilton and Cristo Reyes on Tuesday, as Vincent van der Voort joined them in the last eight by seeing off Dean Winstanley's fightback.
Wright, last year's runner-up at Alexandra Palace, enjoyed a comfortable afternoon as he recorded a 4-0 victory over another former finalist, Andy Hamilton, in their third round clash.
Anderson, the 2011 runner-up to Adrian Lewis, joined him the in the last eight as he overcame a brave challenge from Spanish qualifier Cristo Reyes to go through with a 4-1 win.
Wright averaged just over 102, and maintained an average above 100 throughout the contest as he landed five 180s and checked out half of his 24 attempts at doubles to wrap up victory in only 45 minutes.
Hamilton picked up only four legs in the contest, with two missed doubles to win the second set proving costly as Wright took a 2-0 lead before taking six of the next seven legs for the win.
After a Hamilton 78 finish levelled in leg two, Wright hit a 180s and an 83 finish for an 11-darter before he broke in the fourth on double 16 to win the set.
The second set saw Hamilton hold throw twice as he held a 2-1 lead, with Wright posting a 180 in a 13-darter as he levelled and then took a crucial decider on double 16 - after the 2012 runner-up missed two darts at double 16 to level to game.
Wright kicked on to take the third set without reply, finishing 55, 94 for a break of throw - using a single 18, double 18, double top combination - and a 13-darter on tops.
Hamilton won the fourth set's opening leg, but Wright levelled with a fine 104 finish, took out 64 to break and then sealed victory on double top.
"In the first two sets he give me chances and I took them," said Wright. "He could have been 2-0 up but I took my chances, and I knew I had to keep him down because Andy Hamilton's a fighter and he can always come back at you.
"He was a bit down on his usual form but you just have to keep on pushing and make sure you get the win. Now I'm through and starting to play a bit better - I'm mirroring last year with my performances getting better round by round."
Gary Anderson averaged 104.54 in his 4-1 win over Cristo Reyes in the third round, and he needed to be at his best to see off the determined Spanish challenger.
Reyes had enjoyed wins over Christian Perez, Wes Newton and Kevin Painter to become the first Spanish player to reach the tournament's third round - and showed his quality by winning the first set 3-0 with a 115 average with legs of 15, 13 and 11 darts.
Anderson responded in impressive fashionas he hit eight 180s, 17 140-plus scores and continued his run of strong finishing as he took out 12 of his 28 attempts.
The Scot, though, needed two 13-darters as he took the second set 3-1 - as Reyes landed a 13-dart finish of his own - before he came from a leg down to win the third set by the same scoreline.
Legs of 11 and 12 darts helped Anderson win the fourth set without reply before he came from 2-1 down in the fifth to seal victory and a clash with Wright on New Year's Day.
"I'm really pleased with that because I didn't think that my average was as high as it was," said Anderson, who had come from 3-1 down to defeat Jelle Klaasen in round two.
"I was going all right but Cristo played well and in the first set I thought it was going to be one of those games that goes a long way, but I got the job done and that's the main thing.
"I didn't know a lot about Cristo but I know he played well! There are so many good darts players about nowadays and you don't know too much about some of them, so it does make it easier in a way playing Peter on Thursday because I know what I'm going to get."
Vincent van der Voort had to survive a determined Dean Winstanley comeback before a 4-2 win put him into the quarter-finals at Alexandra Palace for the second time in five years.
Van der Voort put himself in control of the game as he punished a slow start from Winstanley to win the first six legs without reply.
The Yorkshireman hit back, but was twice punished for missing his chance to level the game - at two sets apiece and three-all - as van der Voort progressed to meet either Phil Taylor or Kim Huybrechts.
The fast-throwing Dutch star averaged 93.90 and hit three 180s, with Winstanley landing eight 180s and a 122 finish but leaving himself too much to do.
Van der Voort started like a train, kicking off the game with legs of 13 and 14 darts quickly moving 2-0 up with six legs on the spin, including finishes of 97 and 53 as Winstanley failed to get a foothold in the match.
The Yorkshireman got his first leg on the board at the start of the third set, and although van der Voort then went 2-1 up with a break of throw, Winstanley battled back with a 115 finish followed by a 97 checkout to see him claim the set.
Legs of 14 and 12 darts helped van der Voort win set four for a 3-1 lead, but Winstanley hit back again with two 180s and a double 19 finish for a 14-darter giving him the fifth set 3-1.
Winstanley took out 122 on the bull and a 14-darter as he moved 2-1 up in the sixth set, but van der Voort replied in kind in leg four with a 72 finish before punishing a miss at tops from the Englishman by landing double ten to seal the win.
Former champions Adrian Lewis and Raymond van Barneveld kick off the evening session before 16-time World Champion Phil Taylor plays Kim Huybrechts, with Stephen Bunting's clash with Michael Smith completing the third round action.
WILLIAM HILL WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP
Tuesday December 30
Third Round
Afternoon Session
Peter Wright 4-0 Andy Hamilton
Gary Anderson 4-1 Cristo Reyes
Dean Winstanley 2-4 Vincent van der Voort
Evening Session (7pm)
Adrian Lewis v Raymond van Barneveld
Phil Taylor v Kim Huybrechts
Stephen Bunting v Michael Smith
Third Round Best of Seven Sets, Best of Five Legs Per Set
MATCH INFORMATION
PETER WRIGHT 4-0 ANDY HAMILTON
(3-1, 3-2, 3-0, 3-1)
LAST year's beaten finalist Peter Wright produced a superbly consistent performance in a convincing 4-0 victory over Andy Hamilton to make the quarter-finals of the William Hill World Darts Championship, where he will face Gary Anderson.
Wright averaged just over 102, and maintained an average above 100 throughout the contest as he landed five 180s and checked out half of his 24 attempts at doubles to wrap up victory in only 45 minutes.
Hamilton picked up only four legs in the contest, with two missed doubles to win the second set proving costly as Wright took a 2-0 lead before taking six of the next seven legs for the win.
After a Hamilton 78 finish levelled in leg two, Wright hit a 180s and an 83 finish for an 11-darter before he broke in the fourth on double 16 to win the set.
The second set saw Hamilton hold throw twice as he held a 2-1 lead, with Wright posting a 180 in a 13-darter as he levelled and then took a crucial decider on double 16 - after the 2012 runner-up missed two darts at double 16 to level to game.
Wright kicked on to take the third set without reply, finishing 55, 94 for a break of throw - using a single 18, double 18, double top combination - and a 13-darter on tops.
Hamilton won the fourth set's opening leg, but Wright levelled with a fine 104 finish, took out 64 to break and then sealed victory on double top.
"In the first two sets he give me chances and I took them," said Wright. "He could have been 2-0 up but I took my chances, and I knew I had to keep him down because Andy Hamilton's a fighter and he can always come back at you.
"He was a bit down on his usual form but you just have to keep on pushing and make sure you get the win. Now I'm through and starting to play a bit better - I'm mirroring last year with my performances getting better round by round."
Match Information
First Set 3-1 - Wright hits the first 180 of the match but Hamilton takes out 78 for 1-1. Another 180 for Wright and an 83 for an 11-darter. Then a double 16 for the set and 110 average for Wright.
Second Set 3-2 - Double eight for a Hamilton lead but 71 replies for Wright. Both hit 180s but Hamilton misses two for the set and Wright takes it, then wins the set with a 48.
Third Set 3-0 - Clean sweep for Wright, with a 55 checkout, a 94 on double 18 and double 20 for a break and a 13-darter to clinch it.
Fourth set 3-1 - A 57 finish gets a leg for Hamilton but a superb 104 replies for Wright and a 64 after a 180 puts him ahead before he clinches the set.
GARY ANDERSON 4-1 CRISTO REYES
(0-3, 3-1, 3-1, 3-0, 3-2)
GARY ANDERSON averaged 104.5 in his 4-1 win over Cristo Reyes in the third round of the William Hill World Darts Championship, but he needed to be at his best to see off a determined Spanish challenger who produced a brave performance.
Reyes had enjoyed wins over Christian Perez, Wes Newton and Kevin Painter to become the first Spanish player to reach the tournament's third round - and showed his quality by winning the first set 3-0 with a 115 average with legs of 15, 13 and 11 darts.
Anderson responded in impressive fashionas he hit eight 180s, 17 140-plus scores and continued his run of strong finishing as he took out 12 of his 28 attempts.
The Scot, though, needed two 13-darters as he took the second set 3-1 - as Reyes landed a 13-dart finish of his own - before he came from a leg down to win the third set by the same scoreline.
Legs of 11 and 12 darts helped Anderson win the fourth set without reply before he came from 2-1 down in the fifth to seal victory and a clash with Wright on New Year's Day.
"I'm really pleased with that because I didn't think that my average was as high as it was," said Anderson, who had come from 3-1 down to defeat Jelle Klaasen in round two.
"I was going all right but Cristo played well and in the first set I thought it was going to be one of those games that goes a long way, but I got the job done and that's the main thing.
"I didn't know a lot about Cristo but I know he played well! There are so many good darts players about nowadays and you don't know too much about some of them, so it does make it easier in a way playing Peter on Thursday because I know what I'm going to get."
Match Information
First Set - 0-3 - Superb set from Reyes who takes out 81 to start, then double 12 for a break for a 13-darter - after Anderson misses three doubles - and a 180 in an 11-darter to take the set with a brilliant 115 set average.
Second Set 3-1 - Anderson squares it up with a 180 in the first leg. Reyes hangs in there to level but 64 puts the Scotsman ahead and he takes the set in the next on tops.
Third Set 3-1 - Reyes hits a 180 and tops for the opener, but Anderson finds his stride with two 180s helping him to three straight legs.
Fourth Set 3-0 - Anderson is really hitting top gear now, with two 180s and an 80 finish in the first. A 180 and 124 break for a 12-darter in the second and double ten finishes it off.
Fifth Set - A 180 from Reyes but Anderson breaks. Anderson hits a 180 in the next but Reyes breaks back. Reyes takes out 64 but then misses two for the set and Anderson levels. Reyes again misses double 16 for the set and Anderson steps in to win the match.
DEAN WINSTANLEY 2-4 VINCENT VAN DER VOORT
(0-3, 0-3, 3-2, 2-3, 3-1, 2-3)
Vincent van der Voort had to survive a determined Dean Winstanley comeback before a 4-2 win put him into the quarter-finals at Alexandra Palace for the second time in five years.
Van der Voort put himself in control of the game as he punished a slow start from Winstanley to win the first six legs without reply.
The Yorkshireman hit back, but was twice punished for missing his chance to level the game - at two sets apiece and three-all - as van der Voort progressed to meet either Phil Taylor or Kim Huybrechts.
The fast-throwing Dutch star averaged 93.90 and hit three 180s, with Winstanley landing eight 180s and a 122 finish but leaving himself too much to do.
Van der Voort started like a train, kicking off the game with legs of 13 and 14 darts quickly moving 2-0 up with six legs on the spin, including finishes of 97 and 53 as Winstanley failed to get a foothold in the match.
The Yorkshireman got his first leg on the board at the start of the third set, and although van der Voort then went 2-1 up with a break of throw, Winstanley battled back with a 115 finish followed by a 97 checkout to see him claim the set.
Legs of 14 and 12 darts helped van der Voort win set four for a 3-1 lead, but Winstanley hit back again with two 180s and a double 19 finish for a 14-darter giving him the fifth set 3-1.
Winstanley took out 122 on the bull and a 14-darter as he moved 2-1 up in the sixth set, but van der Voort replied in kind in leg four with a 72 finish before punishing a miss at tops from the Englishman by landing double ten to seal the win.
"I started really well and after that it was a bit of a struggle but in the end I got over the line and thats what counts," said van der Voort
Match Information
First Set 0-3 - Van der Voort opens with legs of 14 and 13 darts before punishing a raft of misses from Winstanley in leg three to take the first set without reply.
Second Set 0-3 - Winstanley's poor start continues as van der Voort takes the second without reply, finishing with a 14-darter to move two sets up.
Third Set 3-2 - Winstanley wins his first leg of the game in the third set's opener, and though van der Voort takes the next two for a 2-1 lead, the Yorkshire ace finishes 115 to level and 97 for the set.
Fourth Set 2-3 - Winstanley takes the opening leg before van der Voort finishes legs of 14 and 12 darts to move ahead, with the Englishman taking the set into a decider but being left on 60 as the Dutch star takes out double eight for a 3-1 lead.
Fifth Set 3-1 - After the opening two legs are shared, Winstanley finishes legs of 15 and 14 legs to win his second set of the contest.
Sixth Set 2-3 - van der Voort's opening leg is cancelled out by a 122 finish from Winstanley, who adds a 14-darter to lead 2-1 only to see the Dutchman finish 72 for a 14-darter of his own and double ten to claim victory - after Winstanley missed tops to take the game into a deciding seventh set.

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