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Stuart Dalgleish 31st Dec 2009 - 8:51

World Darts Championship - Day Ten Evening Session Round-Up

Please find below a round-up of Wednesday's evening session at the World Darts Championship

Courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDC.

JAMES WADE edged a thrilling seven-set battle against Andy Hamilton to reach the quarter-finals of the World Darts Championship.

The world number three was on the brink of exiting the tournament in the fourth leg of the final set when Hamilton missed double 18 to take out 156 for the match. Wade took out 64 to make it two-apiece in the set then edged in front by breaking Hamilton's throw, before taking out 121 to clinch a breathless match and a last eight clash with Simon Whitlock on New Year's Day.

"Obviously I'm very glad that Andy missed that dart at double 18 to win the match," admitted Wade. "Sometimes it's about winning ugly and fortunately I managed to do that.

"I don't feel that I ever found top gear out there and I know that I will need to up my performance if I am going to get past Simon Whitlock."

Whitlock continued his impressive showing at Alexandra Palace by adding world number six Terry Jenkins to the list of seeds he's knocked out of the tournament with a 4-2 win. The Australian danger man saw off world number 11 Colin Osborne in the opening round and then 22nd ranked Wayne Jones to meet Jenkins, and held off a spirited fight back from the Ledbury man, who threatened a comeback after falling 2-0 behind.

Five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld with a 4-1 win over 2004 runner-up Kevin Painter. The world number two looked like making it through three rounds without dropping a set before Painter came from two legs down in the fourth set to pull one back. But Van Barneveld won the fifth set to nil to book his place in the quarters.

The Dutchman will face Ronnie Baxter after the Blackpool ace knocked out Colin Lloyd with a solid 4-1 victory, which all but secures him a spot in the Premier League.

Earlier in the day, Co Stompe and Mark Webster won their third round matches against Mark Dudbridge and Kirk Shepherd respectively to set up a quarter-final clash. Dutchman Stompe beat 2005 runner-up Dudbridge 4-2, while 2008 Lakeside Champion Webster saw off 2008 runner-up Shepherd 4-1.

Their contest kicks-off the quarter-final line-up on New Year's Day, with Whitlock and Wade following. Van Barneveld and Baxter open the evening session before Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis stage their battle at the end of the night.


World Darts Championship

Wednesday 30 December

Third Round

Evening Session

Ronnie Baxter 4-1 Colin Lloyd

James Wade 4-3 Andy Hamilton

Raymond van Barneveld 4-1 Kevin Painter

Quarter-final line-up

Friday 1 January

Afternoon Session - 2pm

Co Stompe v Mark Webster

Simon Whitlock v James Wade

Evening Session - 7.30pm

Raymond van Barneveld v Ronnie Baxter

Phil Taylor v Adrian Lewis


(3-2, 3-1, 3-2, 1-3, 3-1)

RONNIE BAXTER sealed a quarter-final place at the 2010 World Darts Championship with a convincing 4-1 win over Colin Lloyd.

The Blackpool thrower will now take on Raymond van Barneveld or Kevin Painter in the last eight - the first time he has reached this stage at the World Championships since 2002.

Baxter won the first leg of the match with a 64 finish but allowed Lloyd to level after missing a dart at double top. The Chelmsford man then broke throw in the third leg by hitting double 10 but he wasted three opportunities to win the set in the next and Baxter made Lloyd by hitting double top. The deciding leg was a tense affair that saw Lloyd miss another chance to win the set - double 15 for a 110 checkout, and Baxter hit double top to nick the set and open up an early lead.

Baxter won the first two legs of the second set and hit a maximum in the third leg but Lloyd won it by hitting a 94 finish. But Baxter won the fourth leg with an accomplished 80 checkout for a two sets lead.

Both players held their throws in the opening two legs of the third set before Lloyd, who came through a tough encounter with Denis Ovens in the previous round, converted an excellent 130 checkout to win the third against the darts. Baxter immediately broke-back to win the fourth leg and won the decider by hitting double 13 after Lloyd was guilty of missing two darts at doubles to win the set for himself.

That put the Lancastrian 3-0 ahead and in complete command of the game and he won the first leg of the fourth set with an 81 finish, before Lloyd hit back to win the second by recording an 82 checkout. Lloyd also won the third leg, capitalising on a missed dart at double top from his opponent. The deciding leg also went in Lloyd's favour as he hit a two-dart 74 to win the set and get into the game.

The Essex man hit a 14-dart finish at the beginning of the fifth set before Baxter set up a nine-dart finish after hitting a 180, followed by a 174. That left the seventh seed with 147 left and he successfully hit the treble 20, but was off-target with his attempt at treble 17. The magical nine darter was not to be but he won the leg in 10 darts which was followed by winning the next to go one leg away from the match. And the 48-year-old confirmed victory by hitting double top after Lloyd missed four chances to keep the match alive.

"I kept plodding along and never really had to get into top gear," said Baxter. "Colin can throw much better than that. He let me in many times and I kept taking my chances - which gave me the edge."



(1-3, 3-0, 3-2, 0-3, 2-3, 3-0, 4-2)

JAMES WADE reached the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Darts Championships after coming through a nail-biting encounter against Andy Hamilton.

Hamilton had led 3-2 and missed a dart for the match in the deciding set which allowed James Wade to keep his hopes of World title glory alive and set up a clash with Simon Whitlock.

Hamilton started the better of the two players winning the first leg with the aid of the maximum. He hit another 180 in the second and landed double 10 to win the leg. The Stoke star missed two darts at double 15 for the set in the third leg which allowed Wade to get off the board. But Hamilton wrapped up the first set in style in the next leg by converting a 140 checkout.

Wade hit back quickly in the second set, winning it by three legs to nil to level the match. He won the first leg against the darts, the second by hitting double nine and then sealed the set in the third leg after Hamilton missed five darts at doubles to keep the set going.

Hamilton made a winning start to the third set, breaking throw with the help of his fourth 180 of the game. He was off-target with two darts at double 16 for a 2-0 lead and Wade hit double 10 to level. Wade then recorded an excellent 124 checkout to win the third leg but missed a dart at bullseye to win the set and Hamilton hit double five to force a deciding leg. The Aldershot man managed to take that with a pressure 65 finish with his opponent waiting on a two dart finish to lead for the first time in the match.

Both men struggled to find the winning double in the first leg of the fourth set, but Hamilton managed to find double four for an early advantage. The 14th seed then produced some fabulous darts to seal the set. He hit a 12 darter to win the second leg, and hit a maximum in the third followed by double 10 to square the game at two apiece.

Wade gained an early lead in the fifth set by hitting a two-dart 74 finish to win the first leg and that was followed by a break of throw in the second by hitting his favourite double 10. Hamilton defied a maximum from Wade to win the third leg and then won the fourth by hitting double eight after both players had registered 180s. And Hamilton continued the winning run of legs by hitting double 10 with his opponent waiting on 25 to regain the lead for the first time since the opening set.

The Premier League champion hit a 74 finish to win the first leg of the sixth set against the darts and soon won the second with 92. The third leg saw Wade hit a maximum to him in command and he hit double top to send the match into the decider.

Hamilton cashed in on three missed doubles from Wade by hitting a two-dart 64 to win the first leg. He was in control of the second but Wade produced a timely 129 checkout to get back into the set. The Stoke man regained the lead after Wade was off-target with more double opportunities to win the third leg. The fourth saw Hamilton have a dart for the match but his attempt at double for a 156 checkout fell below the target and Wade made his opponent pay by converting a 64 finish to send the game into a tie-break situation.

As the tension rose inside Alexandra Palace, Hamilton's game seemed to dip and Wade won the fifth leg by hitting double top with his last dart to lead for the first time in the set. The world number three then converted a wonderful 112 checkout to end a dramatic contest.

"Obviously I'm very glad that Andy missed that dart at double 18 to win the match," admitted Wade. "Sometimes it's about winning ugly and fortunately I managed to do that.

"I don't feel that I ever found top gear out there and I know that I will need to up my performance if I am going to get past Simon Whitlock."



(3-1, 3-2, 3-2, 2-3, 3-0)

RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD maintained his quest for a sixth World title with a 4-1 victory over Kevin Painter in the final third round match of the 2010 World Darts Championships.

Painter, who reached the World final in 2004, never found his top in game in a disappointing performance which allowed Van Barneveld to set up a quarter-final clash against Ronnie Baxter.

The opening two legs of the match were comfortably held with throw before Van Barneveld won the third leg, courtesy of a 108 checkout. The Dutchman then won the fourth leg against the darts, hitting double 16 for the second time in succession to win the first set.

At the beginning of the second set Van Barneveld hit a 174 to put pressure on Painter. And the 15th seed succumbed by missing three darts at double 16 and the five-time World Champion hit the same bed at the first time of asking to take an early lead. Van Barneveld then won the second leg after Painter missed five more attempts at doubles. But the Daventry thrower fought back and won the third leg with a two-dart 94 and the fourth was won in 15-darts. A tense deciding leg saw Painter miss one dart at double 16 to level the game and Van Barneveld won the leg by hitting double eight to edge the set and go 2-0 ahead.

The Dutchman, who hit a nine-dart finish in his last match against Northern Ireland's Brendan Dolan, won the opening leg of the third set by hitting double 10 before Painter levelled by converting an 82 finish. Van Barneveld won the third leg but Painter won the fourth to take the set to a deciding leg. Van Barneveld was the first to a double but wasted three darts at double 18. However, Painter was unable to set up a finish and the Dutchman returned to the oche to hit double 18 with his first dart to move 3-0 up.

Van Barneveld won the first two legs of the fourth set in clinical fashion courtesy of 65, and 105 checkouts. That put the Dutch star one leg away from the match but Painter hit back to win the next legs, which included a 100 finish in the fourth leg. Painter, who came through a seven-set encounter against Vincent van der Voort in the last 32, then stole the set in the deciding leg with an accurate attempt at double 18 to keep his hopes alive.

Van Barneveld appeared to become fatigued but he managed to put that behind him to establish a 2-0 lead in the fifth set - breaking throw in the second leg after Painter was guilty of missing more darts at doubles. That put Van Barneveld one leg away from the match again and this time he closed out the game by hitting double eight to end the game.

"I can't seem to produce my game on the stage at the moment," admitted Van Barneveld. "I became really tired in the fourth set but I managed to come through.

"Ronnie Baxter is a great dart player and he had chances to beat me here last year. So I know that I am going to have a tough game on my hands."



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