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Mark Walsh Gets Narrow Win Over Alan Tabern to Slip Into Final 16 of World Champs

WALSH EDGES THROUGH AS DUTCH ACE & JENKINS PROGRESS

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MARK WALSH won through to the last 16 of the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship for the first time with a thrilling 4-3 tie-break win over Alan Tabern at Alexandra Palace on Tuesday.

Walsh, who has battled his way back into the world’s top ten since overcoming a bout of dartitis, saw Tabern miss six match darts during a dramatic contest.

The Hertforshire thrower then edged the seventh set 5-3 in a tie-break to secure his place in the third round on Thursday, where he will now face Terry Jenkins.

“I feel a bit lucky because Alan was the better player and had so many chances to knock me out, but for some reason didn’t take them,” said Walsh.

“He gave me chances and I sneaked through, and I’m happy to be through to the next round. I’m going to enjoy the moment and hopefully get as far as I can.”

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Jenkins won his place in the last 16 with a 4-1 win over Steve Brown, who hit back from losing the opening eight legs to threaten a fightback before the number seven seed took the fifth in securing victory.

“I wanted revenge against him because I felt I should have beat him in the World Matchplay in the summer and I was more determined to beat him this time,” said Jenkins.

“It was difficult to keep my concentration in the early sets because Steve wasn’t hitting anything. But I got the job done and I can look forward to the last 16 now.”

Holland’s Vincent van der Voort was the afternoon’s other winner, impressing with finishes of 148 and 116 in defeating Wayne Jones 4-3.

“I worked really hard and am very happy to get the win,” said van der Voort. “This is the big one and as long as you’re in it, you count for something and I want to be the best I can – every night I go to sleep dreaming of being World Champion.

“I can improve, and my first dart isn’t as good as I want it to be at the moment. I’ll be practising on Wednesday and resting for my next game.”

Van der Voort will now face the winner of Tuesday evening’s game between Simon Whitlock and Denis Ovens in the third round, with world number two James Wade taking on Austria’s Mensur Suljovic in the evening and Wes Newton playing Brendan Dolan.

Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship
Second Round
Tuesday December 28
Afternoon Session (1pm)
Mark Walsh 4-3 Alan Tabern
Wayne Jones 2-4 Vincent van der Voort
Terry Jenkins 4-1 Steve Brown

Evening Session (7pm)
Wes Newton v Brendan Dolan
Simon Whitlock v Denis Ovens
James Wade v Mensur Suljovic

MARK WALSH 4-3 ALAN TABERN
(2-3, 0-3, 3-1, 3-1, 1-3, 3-2, 6-4)
MARK WALSH reached the last 16 of the Ladbrokes.com World Championship for the first time after overcoming Alan Tabern in an epic second round encounter which lasted almost two hours at Alexandra Palace.

Tabern had led the match 2-0 and 3-2 only to see his opponent come back to level on both occassions before he made the St Helens man pay for six missed darts to win the match during the final set.

Walsh will now face Terry Jenkins or Steve Brown for a place in the quarter-finals on Thursday, and admitted: “I feel a bit lucky because Alan was the better player and had so many chances to knock me out.

“He gave me chances and I sneaked through, and I’m happy to be through to the next round. I’m going to enjoy the moment and hopefully get as far as I can.”

Both players held their throws in the opening two legs of the contest and Walsh continued that trend with a 110 finish to win the third leg.

Walsh, who defeated Justin Pipe in the first round, missed double five for a 130 checkout that would have given him the set in the fourth leg and Tabern hit double eight to level matters.

Walsh hit back-to-back maximums in the deciding leg and looked on course to win the set, but three more darts went begging and Tabern hit a superb 160 checkout to steal the lead.

Buoyed by winning that set in dramatic fashion, the left-hander hit double top to win the opening leg and then landed double nine to break throw in the second, defying a maximum from his opponent.

Tabern hit his first 180 of the contest to kick off the third leg but missed three darts to win the set.

Walsh, though, was unable to capitalise as his dart at double four was just off-target and Tabern returned to hit double five and establish a 2-0 lead.

Tabern, who overcame the challenge of Wales’ Richie Burnett in his first game, continued the winning the run of legs by constructing a 13-darter to make a winning start to the third set.

Walsh managed to stop the rot by taking the second leg on double top to win his first leg in seven and took the third on the same double after Tabern wasted three opportunities to win it himself.

Walsh hit his fourth maximum of the game in the fourth leg and then capitalised on a missed dart at double from Tabern to win the leg by hitting a 103 finish to win the set and get back into the match.

Tabern won the first leg of the fourth set with a two-dart 64 finish before Walsh levelled with the aid of a maximum.

Walsh hit double top at the first time of asking, cashing in on missed doubles by Tabern, and the former UK Open finalist repeated the trick in the fourth leg to win the set and square the match at two apiece.

The fifth set began with some excellent finishing for both players as Walsh hit 146 to win the first leg before Tabern took out 135 and 104 to win the next two.

Both players hit maximums in the fourth leg, but Tabern was first to a finish and hit double 16 at the first time of asking to win the set and regain the lead.

Tabern won the first leg of the sixth set, which included a maximum from both players, before Walsh replied to win the second after holding throw.

Walsh secured a break of throw to win the third leg but could not make that advantage count as four chances at doubles went begging to win the set and Tabern landed a pressure double eight with his last dart.

That put Tabern one leg away from victory but his scoring power deserted him in the decider and Walsh hit a timely 180, followed by a two-dart 61 finish to send the match into the final set.

Walsh won the opening leg by hit double top but Tabern soon levelled by taking out a 64 finish in two darts.

Tabern then secured a break of throw in the third leg with a 15-dart finish, but five chances to win the match in the fourth went begging and Walsh kept his nerve to hit tops and send the match into a tie-break.

Walsh held throw to win the fifth leg and hit a maximum at the start of the sixth, but Tabern produced the more consistent scoring to win the leg and then secured a break of throw by landing double ten.

That took him a leg away from winning the match for the second time but a dart at the bullseye for a 127 finish to end the game was off-target and Walsh hit double 12 to complete a 14-darter.

Walsh hit double five to move 5-4 ahead and then held his nerve to land a 102 checkout to complete a superb victory.

“I think it was a tough game for both of us out there, although the crowd certainly enjoyed it,” added Walsh.

“I feel that Alan played better than me as a whole, but he didn’t take the chances when he had them.”

VINCENT VAN DER VOORT 4-2 WAYNE JONES
(3-1, 1-3, 3-0, 3-1, 0-3, 3-2)
VINCENT VAN DER VOORT defeated Wayne Jones with a 4-2 victory in the second round of the 2011 Ladbrokes.com Word Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.

Van der Voort, who has never won past the last 16 before at the World Championship, will now face either Simon Whitlock or Denis Ovens for a place in the quarter-finals.

Van der Voort hit double eight to win the first leg before Jones, who reached the final of the European Championship this summer, took the second with an 81 finish to level.

The Dutchman, who defeated New Zealand’s Preston Ridd in his first match, held throw for a second time to win the third leg and then hit a 76 finish in the fourth leg to establish an early lead.

Jones hit a 180 at the beginning of the second set and went on to win the first leg by hitting double eight.

Van der Voort hit double 12 to level before Jones regained the lead by recording a 120 checkout after the Dutchman had his first maximum of the game.

Jones then broke his opponent’s throw for the first time in the game, in the fourth leg, by landing double eight to square the game at one apiece.

The third set began with van der Voort winning the first leg by hitting double top and he then broke Jones’ throw to win the second, after the Wolverhampton man missed four attempts at doubles.

Van der Voort then won the third leg by hitting double top to wrap up the set and lead the match for the second time.

Jones held throw to win the first leg of the fourth set before van der Voort won the second with the aid of his second maximum of the game.

Both players fired in 180s in the third leg but Jones was off-target with two darts at doubles and van der Voort was clinical in completing an 80 finish in two darts to win the leg against the throw.

Van der Voort then kept up that form by hitting a superb 148 checkout to secure the set and increase his lead to 3-1.

The Dutchman should have won the opening leg of the fifth set but two attempts at doubles were off-target and Jones hit double 18 to break throw.

Jones, who has broken into the top 16 for the first time in his career after some excellent performances in 2010, won the second leg and then took out 89 on double 16 to win third leg and reduce the deficit.

Jones kept up the momentum to win his fourth leg in a row with a 93 finish to win the first leg of the sixth set.

Van der Voort won the second leg defying a 180 from his opponent but Jones regained the lead by winning the third after both players had hit maximums.

Van der Voort took the fourth by landing double four with his last dart to move within touching distance of victory, and that was secured in the deciding leg as the Dutchman hit a 116 checkout.

“I worked really hard and am very happy to get the win,” said van der Voort. “This is the big one and as long as you’re in it, you count for something and I want to be the best I can – every night I go to sleep dreaming of being World Champion.

“I can improve, and my first dart isn’t as good as I want it to be at the moment. I’ll be practising on Wednesday and resting for my next game.”

TERRY JENKINS 4-1 STEVE BROWN
(3-0, 3-0, 2-3, 3-0, 3-2)
TERRY JENKINS secured a last 16 place at the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship with a 4-1 victory over Steve Brown.

Jenkins won the opening eight legs of the contest to gain a firm grip on the match and he went to set-up a third round clash against Mark Walsh, who had earlier defeated Alan Tabern in an epic seven-set encounter.

Jenkins came out of the blocks quickly, winning the first leg with an 88 finish before securing a break of throw in the second by landing double ten.

Three maximums were recorded in the next leg, two of which fell the way of Jenkins before he hit double two to win the first set without reply.

Jenkins, who lost to Steve Brown in the first round of this year’s World Matchplay back in July, hit his third 180 in the process of winning the opening leg of the second set.

Brown was unable to take two chances at doubles in the second leg and Jenkins stepped in to hit double five with his last dart.

Jenkins then hit double 19 at the first time of asking to win the next leg and establish a 2-0 lead with his opponent yet to win a leg.

The seventh seed continued his good form by taking out 117 to win the first leg of the third set and then broke Brown’s throw with an 80 finish.

The third leg saw Jenkins miss two darts at double top, which would have given him the set, and Brown hit double eight to win his first leg of the contest.

Brown, who defeated former Lakeside Champion Jelle Klaasen in the first round, won the next by hitting double four and then hit his third maximum of the game in the deciding leg.

Jenkins had another chance to win the set, but a dart at bullseye to complete a 164 finish was off-target and Brown hit double top with his last dart to take a set he seemed unlikely to win.

Jenkins put the disappointment of the third set behind him at the start of the fourth by breaking his opponent’s throw by hitting double five with his last dart.

A clinical two-dart 96 finish gave the Ledbury thrower the second leg and he hit double 18 in the next to regain his two-set advantage and move 3-1 up.

Jenkins held throw at the start of the sixth set before Brown hit back to win the second with an excellent 126 checkout, completed on the bullseye.

Jenkins won the third leg with the aid of his fifth maximum of the game and back-to-back 140s in the next put him on course to win the match.

However, he was off-target with his attempt at double top and Brown landed a pressure double five with his last dart to keep the match alive.

In the deciding leg, though, Jenkins made no mistake as he hit an 80 finish in two darts to end the match.

“I wanted revenge against him because I felt I should have beat him in the World Matchplay in the summer and I was more determined to beat him this time,” said Jenkins.

“It was difficult to keep my concentration in the early sets because Steve wasn’t hitting anything. But I got the job done and I can look forward to the last 16 now.”

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