TAYLOR & MVG PROGRESS ON DAY OF COMEBACKS IN CASH CONVERTERS PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS
PHIL TAYLOR and Michael van Gerwen began the Cash Converters Players Championship Finals with victories at the Butlins Minehead Resort on Friday, as Andy Hamilton produced a remarkable comeback from 5-1 down to win 6-5 against John Part.
Reigning champion Taylor dropped only two legs as he moved into the last 16 in Somerset with a comfortable 6-2 win over Paul Nicholson. Taylor won the first two legs and then finished 101 to move 3-0 up, and after Nicholson got off the mark, a 121 bullseye checkout saw Taylor regain his cushion.
Nicholson landed double eight to win leg six, but Taylor scored 170 on his way to the next leg, which he won with a third-dart double 16, before punishing missed doubles from the 2010 champion to seal victory on double two. Taylor now plays number three seed Peter Wright in the second round, after the Scot averaged 101 in a 6-2 win over World Youth Champion Michael Smith, who matched his opponent with four 180s but lacked consistency against the rising star.
Top seed Michael van Gerwen, meanwhile, lost only one leg in his victory over debutant Jamie Lewis, as he set up a mouth-watering second round meeting with world number three Adrian Lewis, who was a 6-3 winner against Kevin Painter. Painter had won the first two legs of their game and also took out 126 on the bull to lead 3-1, but Lewis hit a ten-dart finish in a run of five straight legs as he powered to victory.
Andy Hamilton was another Stoke ace to win through to the second round, as he produced the greatest comeback on a day of fightbacks in Minehead, coming from 5-1 down to defeat John Part in a dramatic decider. Part - the three-time World Champion who was wearing glasses on stage for the first time - missed 18 darts at doubles to win the match as Hamilton clawed back level with four straight legs, before the UK Open finalist followed a 180 with a stunning 158 checkout to snatch victory. Hamilton now plays Northern Ireland's Brendan Dolan, who was another comeback winner, battling back from 3-1 down to win a deciding leg with Wayne Jones with a 126 bullseye checkout.
Somerset-based Gary Anderson came from 4-1 down to defeat Stuart Kellett in a decider, and he now plays Jelle Klaasen, the Dutch ace who knocked out number two seed Dave Chisnall 6-4, with the St Helens ace hitting six 180s and a ten-dart finish in defeat. Former World Champion Steve Beaton hit back from 3-1 and 5-3 down to claim a narrow win over James Wade, hitting a 13-dart leg in the decider as he progressed to a second round clash with Wes Newton.
Newton, who became a father for the second time on Monday as he helped to deliver baby Zac at home in Fleetwood, found himself 2-0 down to Andy Smith before hitting a 106 finish to turn the contest in his favour, sparking a run of six successive legs as he swept to the win. Taunton's Justin Pipe came from 4-1 down to win 6-4 against Simon Whitlock in a battle of last year's semi-finalists, and he now plays Derby's Jamie Caven, who took a 6-3 win over Colin Lloyd despite finding himself 3-2 behind at one stage.
Scotland's Robert Thornton averaged 104 in the day's most impressive display as he overcame Richie Burnett 6-3, setting up a tasty second round contest with Raymond van Barneveld, who edged out Mervyn King 6-5. Terry Jenkins dumped 2012 runner-up Kim Huybrechts out of the tournament with a 6-2 victory over the Belgian, and he now plays Ian White, who was the first of four Stoke players to win on Friday as he opened the event with a 6-3 win against Ronnie Baxter.
The second round will be held across two sessions on Saturday, live on ITV4, with the quarter-finals on Sunday afternoon before the semi-finals and final are held on Sunday evening. Cash Converters Players Championship Finals
Friday November 29
Ian White 6-3 Ronnie Baxter
Kim Huybrechts 2-6 Terry Jenkins
Wes Newton 6-2 Andy Smith
Gary Anderson 6-5 Stuart Kellett
Brendan Dolan 6-5 Wayne Jones
Jamie Caven 6-3 Colin Lloyd
Peter Wright 6-2 Michael Smith
Steve Beaton 6-5 James Wade Evening Session
John Part 5-6 Andy Hamilton
Simon Whitlock 4-6 Justin Pipe
Robert Thornton 6-3 Richie Burnett
Mervyn King 5-6 Raymond van Barneveld
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Kevin Painter
Paul Nicholson 2-6 Phil Taylor
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Jamie Lewis
Dave Chisnall 4-6 Jelle Klaasen Saturday
Afternoon Session (12.45pm)
Brendan Dolan v Andy Hamilton
Terry Jenkins v Ian White
Jamie Caven v Justin Pipe
Steve Beaton v Wes Newton
Best of 17 legs
Evening Session (7pm)
Jelle Klaasen v Gary Anderson
Robert Thornton v Raymond van Barneveld
Peter Wright v Phil Taylor
Michael van Gerwen v Adrian Lewis
Best of 17 legs MATCH INFORMATION
Ian White v Ronnie Baxter
0-1 - White misses double 16 and eight to win the opening leg, and Baxter breaks immediately on double nine.
1-1 - White breaks back by landing double eight.
2-1 - White kicks off with two 180s to set up a possible nine-dart finish, hitting a seventh treble 20 before seeing his hopes of a first televised perfect leg dashed. He then misses five darts at doubles, only for Baxter to miss the bull to snatch the leg as the Stoke ace returns to hit double one.
2-2 - Baxter levels by landing double top.
3-2 - White posts a 180 and finishes 83 on double nine to move back ahead.
4-2 - White lands his fourth maximum of the game, and hits double eight to break throw and open up a two-leg lead.
5-2 - Baxter fires in his first maximum, but White is first to a finish as double eight puts him a leg away from the victory.
5-3 - White hits another 180, and sees his chance to win the game when Baxter misses double 18 and nine - only for the Stoke ace to miss two darts at double eight for victory as his opponent lands double two to stay in the contest.
6-3 - White misses the bull for a 126 finish, but returns to land double four for the win.
Kim Huybrechts v Terry Jenkins
1-0 - Huybrechts secured an immediate break of throw on double 16.
1-1 - Double five sees Jenkins hit back to level.
1-2 - Jenkins lands double 11 to move ahead, after Huybrechts misses tops for a 160 finish.
1-3 - Tops sees Jenkins break to open up a two-leg lead.
1-4 - Jenkins hits a 180 and finishes 84 on double 12 to move three legs up.
2-4 - Huybrechts opens with his first 180 of the game, and lands double six to hit back.
2-5 - Double top sees Jenkins move to the brink of victory.
2-6 - Jenkins lands back-to-back 180s, and when Huybrechts misses double eight for a 127 finish, the Ledbury ace hits tops again to secure a second round clash with Ian White. Wes Newton v Andy Smith
0-1 - Smith takes the opening leg to draw first blood.
0-2 - Smith hits a 180 and finishes 80 to break and double his advantage.
1-2 - Smith misses a dart at tops, and Newton finishes 106 to get off the mark.
2-2 - Newton hits a 180 and levels by landing tops.
3-2 - Smith misses darts at double top and ten to win the leg, and Newton finishes 63 on double 16 to take the lead.
4-2 - Smith is off-target on tops to finish 71, and Newton capitalises by hitting the same bed.
5-2 - Newton moves three legs clear by hitting three 140s and double 12 in a 13-dart finish.
6-2 - Newton lands a 180 and finishes double 13 to seal his second round place.
Gary Anderson v Stuart Kellett
0-1 - Kellett hits a 180, and when Anderson misses double 18 and nine, the Cheshire ace finishes double ten to lead.
0-2 - Kellett misses double 18 for a 116 finish, but another miss from Anderson allows him back in to hit the bed at the secone time of asking.
1-2 - Anderson finishes 32 to get off the mark.
1-3 - Kellett hits a 180 to leave 45, initially missing double 16 and eight before punishing two more misses from Anderson - both at tops - by returning to finish double two.
1-4 - Anderson misses another dart at tops, and Kellett pins double 16 to move three legs clear.
2-4 - Anderson hits back by finishing double two.
3-4 - The Scot's revival continues as he takes out 101 to reduce the gap to one leg.
3-5 - Anderson hits a 177, but Kellett lands double seven to move a leg away from the win.
4-5 - Anderson posts tops to finish 76 as he replies to keep his hopes alive.
5-5 - Kellett is unable to finish 145 for the game, and Anderson takes out 44 on tops to force a deciding leg.
6-5 - Anderson misses three darts at double 16 for victory, but Kellett is unable to hit tops for a 120 finish, and the Scot returns to take out double 16 at the fourth time of asking to complete a fine comeback.
Brendan Dolan v Wayne Jones
1-0 - Dolan finishes 74 on double 16 to take first blood.
1-1 - Jones levels by taking leg two.
1-2 - Jones finishes double 18 to break and move ahead.
1-3 - Dolan hits a 180, but Jones finishes 80 on double five to move two legs clear.
2-3 - Jones opens with a maximum, but misses two darts at double 12 to finish 81, and Dolan capitalises by landing double 16 to hit back.
3-3 - Jones is first to a finish, but misses five darts at double top, ten and five as Dolan steps in on double five.
4-3 - Jones hits a 180, but Dolan takes out 106 on double 16 to regain the lead.
4-4 - Both players miss doubles in two visits before further opportunities for Dolan go begging, and Jones takes a tense leg on double one.
5-4 - Jones is unable to regain the lead, with Dolan punishing another miss by taking out 76 on double eight.
5-5 - Jones regains his range on double 18 to force a deciding leg.
6-5 - Jones fires in his third 180 of the game, and then leaves 36 only to see Dolan take out 126 on the bull to snatch victory.
Jamie Caven v Colin Lloyd
1-0 - Caven hits a 180 and finishes 64 to take the game's opening leg.
1-1 - Lloyd replies on double 15.
2-1 - Caven lands tops to move back in front.
2-2 - Lloyd holds throw to level the contest.
2-3 - Lloyd opens with a 180 but misses the bull for a 110 finish, only for Caven to miss two darts at tops and allow him back in on double five to break for the first time.
3-3 - Caven hits a 180 and levels on tops.
4-3 - Caven lands a fourth maximum of the contest, and finishes double five to move back ahead.
5-3 - Caven finishes 63 to move a leg away from the win with a break of throw.
6-3 - Double ten sees the Derby ace seal victory. Peter Wright v Michael Smith
1-0 - Smith opens the game with a 180, but Smith responds with a maximum before finishing 61 for the leg.
2-0 - Wright posts 177 to leave 24, and takes out the finish for a 14-darter to double his lead with a break of throw.
2-1 - Wright opens with a maximum, but Smith levels in a bizarre leg - scoring 140, 180 and 170 - hitting a bullseye with his final dart, leaving 11 instead of 36 with the single bull, but he then returns and finishes with treble three and double one for an 11-dart finish.
3-1 - Wright lands another 180 and finishes double 16 to regain his cushion.
4-1 - Smith hits his third maximum of the game, but Wright takes out 21 to move three legs clear, maintaining an average of 105.64 for the opening half of the contest.
5-1 - Wright posts double 16 to move to the brink of a high-quality win.
5-2 - Both players miss the bull for ton-plus finishes - Smith on 164 and Wright on 122 - and Smith's two further misses are not punished as Wright misses two match darts to allow Smith to break on double two.
6-2 - Smith lands his fourth 180 of the game, but Wright initially misses the bull for a 121 finish before returning to seal victory.
Steve Beaton v James Wade
1-0 - Beaton hits a 180 and lands double 16 to hold throw in the opening leg.
1-1 - Wade opens with a maximum and lands double ten to level the game.
1-2 - Beaton lands another maximum to leave 70, but misses double eight and four to allow Wade in to hit tops for a 13-darter to break throw.
1-3 - Wade posts another 13-dart finish, hitting a superb 162 score to set up double ten.
2-3 - Wade misses a second bullseye to complete a showpiece 125 checkout, and Beaton lands double ten to hit back.
2-4 - Beaton is off-target on the bullseye to finish an 87 combination, and Wade pins double 12 for another 13-darter as he moves his average above 107.
3-4 - Beaton takes out 100 on double 16 to hit back.
3-5 - Wade moves a leg away from victory.
4-5 - Beaton finishes 88 on double seven to keep his hopes alive.
5-5 - Beaton posts his third 180 of the game, but Wade replies with a maximum of his own only to miss one dart at tops for victory, allowing Beaton back in to finish 48 on double 16 to break for the first time and force a deciding leg.
6-5 - Beaton leaves 36 after 12 darts, and finishes double 18 - with Wade waiting on 160 - for a 13-darter to complete a fine comeback.
John Part v Andy Hamilton
0-1 - Part, wearing glasses for the first time on stage, misses five darts at a double in a nervy opening, and Hamilton lands double four to win the opener.
1-1 - Part hits a 180 and lands tops to level the game.
2-1 - Double one sees Part edge back ahead.
3-1 - Hamilton lands a 180 but bursts his score on 68 - hitting double 13 instead of double four - and Part mops up 52 on double 16 to move two legs clear.
4-1 - Double ten sees Part win a fourth successive leg.
5-1 - Part lands another maximum and finishes 43 to move to the brink of victory.
5-2 - Hamilton takes out 68 on double 16 to keep his hopes alive.
5-3 - Hamilton breaks throw on double 16 to continue his revival.
5-4 - Part misses the bull for a 167 finish to claim a spectacular win, and then misses match darts in three more visits before Hamilton edges home double one to pull back to just one leg behind the Canadian.
5-5 - Hamilton opens with a 180, and when Part misses six more match darts at double eight, he lands double one to force a deciding leg.
5-6 - The comeback is remarkably completed as Hamilton hits a 180 to leave 158 before taking out the finish with two treble 20s and double 19!
Simon Whitlock v Justin Pipe
1-0 - Pipe misses the bull for an 86 finish and Whitlock takes out double ten to win the opener.
1-1 - Double 16 sees Pipe level.
2-1 - Whitlock fires in a maximum and finishes 81 to move back ahead.
3-1 - The pair trade 180s with Pipe then missing double 16 to allow Whitlock to break for the first time by finishing 82 with treble 14 and double top.
4-1 - Pipe misses two more darts at double 16, and Whitlock hits tops with his third dart at the bed to move three legs clear.
4-2 - Pipe takes out 90 in two darts on double 15 to hit back.
4-3 - Pipe initially misses double for a 116 finish, but returns to take out double nine for his first break of throw.
4-4 - Pipe is first to a finish, initially missing double 16 for a 92 finish, before returning to hit the bed with his third dart as he levels.
4-5 - Pipe posts his second 180 and hits double 16 to move ahead for the first time.
4-6 - Whitlock misses darts at double 16 and eight, and Pipe completes his fightback by finishing 78 on tops.
Robert Thornton v Richie Burnett
1-0 - Burnett opens with a 180, but Thornton replies in kind as he takes the opening leg.
1-1 - Double five sees Burnett level.
2-1 - Thornton hits a 180 and tops to take the third leg.
3-1 - Burnett misses tops to finish 82, and Thornton takes out double 12 to break and move two legs up.
4-1 - Thornton land his fourth maximum of the game, and takes out 90 on double top for a 12-darter.
4-2 - Thornton misses the bull for a 170 finish, and Burnett steps in to take out 78 to hit back.
5-2 - Burnett misses a dart at tops, and Thornton hits the same bed to move a leg away from the win.
5-3 - Burnett lands a maximum and finishes 64 on double four to keep his hopes alive.
6-3 - Thornton posts another 180, and seals victory on tops with a 14-darter. Mervyn King v Raymond van Barneveld
0-1 - King lands a 180, but the maximum comes too late to stop van Barneveld making a confidence-boosting opener on double four.
0-2 - van Barneveld opens with a 180 and finishes 86 on double 16 for an 11-darter to double his lead.
1-2 - King takes out 140 to get his challenge up and running.
2-2 - van Barneveld hits a 180 to leave 76, but misses one dart at double 18 as King steps in on double ten - with his third dart - to level the match.
2-3 - van Barneveld lands a third maximum of the game, and lands double eight to regain the lead.
2-4 - King lands a 180, but misses two darts at double eight and one at double four to allow the Dutchman to atone for an earlier miss at tops by hitting the bed to break throw.
3-4 - King lands another maximum and finishes tops to break back.
4-4 - King takes out 95 with a bullseye, single 13 and double 16 combination to level again.
4-5 - van Barneveld initially misses double top and ten, but King is unable to capitalise on double 16 and the Dutch ace returns on double five to move a leg away from the win.
5-5 - King posts double 12 to force a deciding leg.
5-6 - van Barneveld leaves 36 after 12 darts, with King hitting two 140s to leave 116 but only able to watch on as the Dutchman misses two darts at double 18, with the second landing in single four to leave double 16, which he hits to claim the win.
Adrian Lewis v Kevin Painter
0-1 - Painter takes out double 16 to win the opening leg.
0-2 - The 2011 champion finishes 70 to double his lead in a strong start.
1-2 - The pair trade 180s before Lewis lands tops to get off the mark.
1-3 - Lewis lands a 180, but Painter takes out 126 on the bull to move two legs clear once again.
2-3 - Double 18 sees Lewis hit back again.
3-3 - Lewis lands tops to level the contest.
4-3 - Double ten sees Lewis move ahead for the first time.
5-3 - The pair trade 180s before Lewis posts a 171 to set up double eight for a superb ten-dart leg.
6-3 - Lewis hits a 180, and lands double 19 with his third dart at the bed to claim victory with a fifth straight leg. Paul Nicholson v Phil Taylor
0-1 - Taylor edges a scrappy opening leg to move ahead.
0-2 - The reigning champion doubles his lead by hitting double 18.
0-3 - Taylor finishes 101 on double 16 to win a third successive leg.
1-3 - Nicholson posts a 180 and finishes double eight to win his first leg of the game.
1-4 - Taylor takes out 121 on the bull to regain his three-leg cushion.
2-4 - Nicholson hits back by landing double eight.
2-5 - Taylor hits a 170 to leave 32, and lands double 16 with his third dart to move to the brink of victory.
2-6 - Nicholson opens with a 180, but pays the price for missed doubles as Taylor seals victory on double two.
Michael van Gerwen v Jamie Lewis
1-0 - Double eight sees van Gerwen claim the opening leg.
2-0 - Both players miss darts at double top for 120 checkouts, with Lewis unable to capitalise on his return to the oche as double top sees van Gerwen break throw.
3-0 - van Gerwen scores 140 and 180 to pull clear, before landing double two to win a third leg.
4-0 - The Dutch ace breaks throw again by taking out 46 on double 16.
4-1 - Lewis misses further doubles before getting off the mark with double two.
5-1 - Lewis lands a 180 and scores 171, with van Gerwen hitting a 177 in reply before punishing three more missed doubles from the Welsh youngster by landing double one.
6-1 - van Gerwen hits a 180 before sealing the win.
Dave Chisnall v Jelle Klaasen
1-0 - Chisnall finishes 65 on tops to win the opening leg.
1-1 - Klaasen opens with a 180 before hitting double 18 to level the game.
1-2 - Chisnall hits a 180 but is punished for missing his chance to take the leg as Klaasen breaks throw on double 18.
2-2 - Chisnall opens with two 180s, and though he is unable to finish a nine-dart leg, he lands double 18 for a ten-darter.
2-3 - Klaasen takes out 84 on double seven to move back in front with another break.
2-4 - Chisnall misses tops, and Klaasen finishes double 14 to move two legs clear.
3-4 - Chisnall posts another 180 as he hits back.
4-4 - The pair trade 180s before Chisnall hits tops to level the game.
4-5 - Klaasen is first to a finish with a 180, and he lands double two to move a leg away from victory.
4-6 - Klaasen initially misses double 18 for the win, with Chisnall applying pressure with a 180 to leave 20 - his sixth maximum of the game which comes in vain as the Dutch ace returns to take the win.