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Stuart Dalgleish 29th Dec 2009 - 22:45

World Darts Championship - Day Nine Afternoon Session Round-Up

Please find below a round-up of Tuesday's afternoon session at the World Darts Championship.

Courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDC.

TERRY JENKINS and Simon Whitlock both won their second round matches 4-0 on Tuesday afternoon to set up a last 16 clash in the World Darts Championship.

World number six Jenkins dropped just two legs in disposing of the American Darin Young, while Whitlock followed his opening round average of 101 with a 99 average against world number 22 Wayne Jones.

Jenkins and Young shared Christmas dinner at the Ledbury man's house after he offered the American a place to stay over the Christmas period, and Jenkins believed that had an effect on the performances of both men.

"I feel a bit sorry for Darin," said Jenkins. "He's a good friend and spent Christmas at my house. So that was a bit difficult today.

"I'm happy with the way I'm playing at the moment. My only target for the tournament was to get past Paul Nicholson in the first round, so I'm enjoying things at the moment."

Whitlock showed impressive resolve in his victory, falling 2-0 behind in the second and fourth sets, and 2-1 behind in the third set but the Australian was clinical in his checkouts and won the crucial legs to reach the third round.

Andy Hamilton kicked off the afternoon session with a 4-1 win over the in-form Steve Beaton. World number 14 Hamilton won the first set with the throw but Beaton, who has shot up the rankings after a fantastic year, took the second set to nil to level.

But the Stoke man overpowered Beaton with six maximums in the next three sets to set up a third round clash with the winner of the final second round match between James Wade and Michael van Gerwen.

The world number three kicks off the evening session against the young Dutchman before defending champion Phil Taylor takes on Robert Thornton in the opening match of the last 16 - with the winner facing Adrian Lewis or Kevin McDine in the quarter-finals after they close Tuesday's action.

World Championship
Second Round
Tuesday 29 December
Afternoon Session
Andy Hamilton 4-1 Steve Beaton
Terry Jenkins 4-0 Darin Young
Simon Whitlock 4-0 Wayne Jones

Evening Session
7.10pm James Wade v Michael van Gerwen
Third Round
8.25pm Phil Taylor v Robert Thornton
9.45pm Adrian Lewis v Kevin McDine

(3-2, 0-3, 3-2, 3-1, 3-2)
ANDY HAMILTON booked a place in the last 16 of the 2010 World Darts Championship with a 4-1 victory over Steve Beaton.

The Stoke thrower reached the semi-finals of this competition three years ago and will now take either James Wade or Michael van Gerwen in the third round.

Both players held their throw in the opening two legs and Hamilton kept that sequence going by winning the third in 15 darts, which included a maximum. Beaton won the fourth leg, despite another maximum from his opponent, but Hamilton held throw for the third time to win the opening set after missed double 12 by the width of the wire for a 141 checkout.

The former World Champion hit back well in the second set. A 14-dart finish gave him the opening leg and he won the second against the darts to double his advantage. Beaton, who defeated Carlos Rodriguez in the first round, then recorded a 76 finish in third leg to level the match.

The opening three legs of the third set all went with the darts which gave Hamilton a 2-1 lead. The Stoke man missed a dart at double top to win the set in the fourth leg and Beaton landed double 16.

The deciding leg saw some high quality darts with three maximums, two of which came from Hamilton. And that put the 14th seed to a finish first, and an accurate attempt at double 16 saw him regain the lead.

Hamilton missed chances to win the first leg of the fourth set and Beaton capitalised by hitting double five. Hamilton won the second by landing the same double, and then hit his fourth maximum of the game in the process of winning the third leg. A 177 from Hamilton put him in command of the fourth leg and he hit double eight to go 3-1 ahead and pull further clear of Beaton.

Beaton hit double 20 to win the opening leg of the fifth set and then doubled his advantage by hitting double nine after Hamilton was off-target with three attempts to level. Hamilton was on course for the second nine dart finish of the tournament after hitting a 180 followed by a 177. That feat was achieved but he won the leg in 11 darts to win the leg. Hamilton then won the fourth leg against the darts and then produced another fantastic 11-dart finish to seal the win in style.

"I felt really comfortable towards the end of the game and I knew that I was going to win," said Hamilton. "I've started to believe in myself again and I've played consistently over the last six months."

(3-1, 3-1, 3-0, 3-0)
TERRY JENKINS reached the third round of the 2010 World Darts Championship with a convincing 4-0 win over Darin Young.

The sixth seed only dropped two legs in the match and will now take on Simon Whitlock for a place in the quarter-finals.

Jenkins landed double top to win the first leg of the match but Young replied in the second by hitting double four. Jenkins won the third despite a 180 from his opponent and the Ledbury man then broke throw with a 91 finish to seal the first set.

Double top gave Jenkins the first leg of the second set and he then doubled his lead by hitting double 10. Young kept the set alive by winning the third leg after hitting double 16 but Jenkins established a two sets lead after hitting double five.

Jenkins, who survived a five set tussle against the talented Paul Nicholson in the first round, hit a 100 checkout to open the third set, which was followed by double four to win the second. A successful attempt at double five gave Jenkins a three sets lead before taking the opening leg of the fourth set.

Jenkins won the second leg after both players recorded maximums and the 46-year-old hit double ten for the third leg in succession to confirm victory.

"I feel a bit sorry for Darin," said Jenkins. "He's a good friend and spent Christmas at my house. So that was a bit difficult today.

"I'm happy with the way I'm playing at the moment. My only target for the tournament was to get past Paul Nicholson in the first round, so I'm enjoying things at the moment."

(3-1, 3-2, 3-2, 3-2)
SIMON WHITLOCK ended Wayne Jones hopes at the 2010 World Darts Championship with a 4-0 win in the second round.

The Australian, making his debut at Alexandra Palace, will now take on Terry Jenkins in the last 16 of the competition.

Whitlock got out of the blocks quickly, winning the first leg by hitting double 10 and then the second against the darts.

Jones hit a 101 checkout to win the third leg after Whitlock missed an opportunity to win the set. But the Australian hit double eight in the fourth to wrap up the set and open an early lead.

Whitlock hit the first maximum of the game at the start of the second set but Jones won the leg by hitting double eight with his last dart. The second leg followed a similar pattern as Whitlock hit another 180, before Jones won it by hitting double 12, for a break of throw.

Jones, who defeated Alex Roy in the first round, missed four darts at double 12 to win the set in the third leg, and that allowed Whitlock to nick it on double nine and he then hit a two-dart 74 to win the fourth, after Jones wasted another chance to win the set.

The deciding leg saw Whitlock hit his fourth maximum of the set and he went on to hit double four to seal a set that he seemed unlikely to win.

Whitlock, who defeated 11th seed Colin Osborne, in a high quality first round encounter, won the opening leg of the third set with a 13-dart finish.

Jones managed to win the second with an 80 finish after Whitlock missed three darts at doubles for a 2-0 lead. Jones went into the lead by winning the third leg but Whitlock won the fourth by hitting a pressure double 16 with his last dart, after Jones missed a dart at bullseye for the set.

The Australian then produced an excellent 120 checkout in the deciding leg to establish a 3-0 lead and take complete command of the match.

The man from Wolverhampton began the fourth set well by winning the first two legs, which included a 116 finish to move 2-0 ahead. But Whitlock hit his fifth maximum of the game in the process of winning the third leg, and then won the fourth to go within touching distance of victory. And he got over the winning line by recording a 62 checkout record a straight-sets victory.

"I've been hitting 180s when I need and taking out big finishes at the right times," said Whitlock who will play Jenkins on Wednesday afternoon. "I played Terry in Las Vegas earlier this year, and he thrashed me then, so I hope to give him a better game this time.

"To win this tournament would be unbelievable. I've come close to winning a world title before and I really hope I can go all the way here."



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