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Phil Taylor Sets Up Mark Webster Matchup in Quarter Final of PDC World Championship

TAYLOR SETS UP WEBSTER TIE AS BARNEY POWERS ON

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PHIL TAYLOR’S bid to win a 16th World Championship title will continue into the New Year after he set up a quarter-final with Mark Webster at the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship.

Reigning champion Taylor overcame colourful qualifier Peter Wright 4-1 to progress through the third round of the tournament at Alexandra Palace on Wednesday night.

Lowestoft’s Wright – nicknamed ‘Snake Bite’ had defeated Co Stompe and Paul Nicholson to reach the last 16, and after losing the first eight legs hit back to win the third set against the 15-time World Champion.

However, he missed three darts to lead in the fourth and Taylor punished him with a 13-darter to take the set before sealing the victory in set five.

“I’m improving and I’m feeling good,” said Taylor. “Peter played well and pushed me, and he took out some good finishes so I was relieved to get the winning double in the end.

“I’ve got two days off before the quarter-finals and I’ll have a good preparation. I’ve not played like a World Champion yet but it’s time to step it up.”

Taylor will now face Welsh left-hander Webster on New Year’s Day in a repeat of their semi-final a year ago, when the Stoke legend took a 6-0 victory.

Webster, though, continued to show his improvement since then with a fine performance to see off Mark Hylton 4-1, hitting finishes of 156, 128, 125 and 118 in another high-quality performance.

“It was a massive round to get through in terms of the competition and I felt under pressure, but I got the job done,” said Webster.

“That average won’t win me a World Championship but I’m still in the tournament and I’ll be better in the next round. I played Phil last year and it didn’t go well for me but I’ve learned from that and I think I’ve got a great chance.”

Wednesday evening’s other game saw the second round completed as Raymond van Barneveld hit ten 180s in a brilliant 4-1 win over Kevin McDine, who held his own for much of the game and hit six maximums.

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Van Barneveld now faces 2009 UK Open finalist Colin Osborne on Thursday in one of the remaining six third round games to be played across two sessions.

“I’m very pleased with my game against Kevin, because I had a 98-odd average and hit my doubles,” said van Barneveld.

“I’m looking forward to playing in a good game against Colin. He’s a world class player but there are no easy games and I’m treating every game as if it’s a final.”

Thursday also sees 2010 World Championship runner-up Simon Whitlock taking on Holland’s Vincent van der Voort, while Wes Newton takes on giant-killer Mensur Suljovic, who knocked out world number two James Wade on Tuesday.

Adrian Lewis opens the afternoon session against Robert Thornton, Andy Smith plays Gary Anderson and Terry Jenkins plays Mark Walsh.

Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship
Wednesday December 29
Second Round
Afternoon Session
Colin Osborne 4-0 Jamie Caven
Gary Anderson 4-2 Dennis Priestley
Mervyn King 3-4 Andy Smith

Evening Session
Raymond van Barneveld 4-1 Kevin McDine
Third Round
Mark Webster 4-1 Mark Hylton
Phil Taylor 4-1 Peter Wright

Thursday December 30
Afternoon Session (1pm)
Adrian Lewis v Robert Thornton
Andy Smith v Gary Anderson
Terry Jenkins v Mark Walsh

Evening Session (7pm)
Simon Whitlock v Vincent van der Voort
Raymond van Barneveld v Colin Osborne
Mensur Suljovic v Wes Newton

SECOND ROUND
RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD 4-1 KEVIN McDINE
(3-0, 2-3, 3-2, 3-2, 3-0)
RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD booked a place in the third round of the 2011 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship with a classy 4-1 victory over Kevin McDine.

With the match balanced at a set apiece the Dutchman won the next three in a performance that included ten maximums to set up a last 16 clash against Colin Osborne on Thursday night.

Van Barneveld, who came from a set down to beat Steve Hine in the first round, started confidently, hitting double eight to win the first leg and began the second with a 180.

The five-time world champion hit another maximum two visits later but missed five darts at doubles to win the leg.

McDine was unable to capitalise as he missed two chances of his own and van Barneveld hit double five to secure a 2-0 lead, and then won the third with a 71 finish to win the set and gain an early advantage.

Van Barneveld took the opening leg of the second set against the darts, despite a 180 from McDine, before winning the second with a maximum of his own.

The Dutchman hit his fifth 180 of the match in the third leg but McDine landed double ten with his last dart to win his first leg of the contest.

McDine then won the fourth leg when he converted an 88 finish, with his opponent waiting on double ten for the set, and then hit double 16 at the first time of asking to take a set that he seemed unlikely to win and level the match.

McDine then won his fourth leg in succession at the start of the third set when he capitalised on a missed attempt at the bullseye from the Dutchman by taking out a 95 finish.

The second leg saw McDine miss five chances to keep his run of legs going and van Barneveld hit double one for an immediate break back, before the five-time World Champion hit a maximum in taking the third.

However, he missed one dart at double four for the set in the next leg and McDine took out 70 in two darts to nick it.

Van Barneveld, though, made no mistake in the deciding leg as he hit back-to-back 140s followed by a clinical 121 checkout to win the set and regain the lead.

Both players hit maximums in the opening leg of set four, which McDine managed to win by landing double 12 with his final dart.

The second leg saw van Barneveld begin with back-to-back 180s to set up the chance of achieving a third nine-darter in this competition.

The attempt at a seventh successive treble 20 fell short of the target, denying him a chance of the £10,000 bonus, but the leg was won in 11 darts.

The next two legs were shared before van Barneveld hit consecutive 140s in the deciding leg to get to a finish first and hit double top to complete a 13-darter to win the set and establish a two-set lead.

Van Barneveld then continued the momentum by holding throw to win the first leg of the fifth set and broke with a 94 finish as he moved a leg away from the match, before double 18 to completed victory.

“I started well and looked like going two sets up, but Kevin played well in the middle of the game,” said van Barneveld. “I put big scores together at important times to get the win, and I am pleased with the 98 average.”

THIRD ROUND
MARK WEBSTER 4-1 MARK HYLTON
(3-1, 1-3, 3-2, 3-1, 3-1)
MARK WEBSTER became the first player to reach the quarter-finals of the 2011 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship with a 4-2 victory over Mark Hylton.

The contest fell in favour of the Welshman when Hylton missed five darts to win the third set for a 2-1 lead, and from then Webster won six of the next eight legs to progress.

He will now take on Phil Taylor in the quarter-finals on New Year’s Day as he bids for revenge against the world number one for a 6-0 loss in last year’s semi-finals.

Webster, who defeated Ronnie Baxter in straight sets in the second round, started the match superbly with a 156 checkout to win the first leg and then won the second by hitting double top.

Hylton got off the mark by landing double ten and then hit a maximum in the fourth leg, but Webster took out tops to secure the first set.

Hylton, who defeated Steve Beaton and Colin Lloyd to reach this stage in his World Championship debut, won the opening leg of the second set against the darts and took the second with an 81 finish.

The third leg saw Webster miss five chances to hit back, but Hylton missed four doubles of his own and the Welshman returned to hit double five.

Hylton, though, made no mistake in the deciding leg by hitting his second maximum of the game in a 14-dart finish to win the set and level the match.

Hylton held throw at the start of the third set by hitting double ten with his third dart before Webster won the second with an excellent 125 checkout.

Hylton hit a 68 finish to win the third leg but missed two darts at double 19 to win the set in the fourth and Webster stepped in to level.

The deciding leg saw Hylton miss three more chances to win the set and Webster once again punished him, taking out a 118 checkout to steal a set he seemed unlikely to take.

Hylton won the first leg of the fourth set in 14-darts before Webster hit back to win the second with a 128 checkout.

Both players hit 180s in the third leg, which Webster won by hitting double five, and he then hit double ten to win the fourth leg and the set after Hylton missed two chances at double 16.

The former Lakeside Champion then broke throw at the start of set five and hit double top in the next to win his fifth successive leg, which put him within touching distance of victory.

Hylton stopped the rot by winning the third leg on double five but Webster hit double ten in the next to complete a 15-darter and win the match.

“It was a massive round to get through in terms of the competition and I felt under pressure, but I got the job done,” said Webster. “Everything’s been plain sailing so far, so when you get a challenge you have to meet it and I did that.

“That average won’t win me a World Championship but I’m still in the tournament and I’ll be better in the next round. I played Phil last year and it didn’t go well for me but I’ve learned from that and I think I’ve got a great chance.”

PHIL TAYLOR 4-1 PETER WRIGHT
(3-0, 3-0, 2-3, 3-1, 3-2)
PHIL TAYLOR booked a quarter-final clash against Mark Webster on New Year’s Day after a 4-1 victory over Peter Wright in the last 16 of the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship.

Taylor appeared to be strolling to a comfortable victory after he won the opening eight legs of the match, but Wright produced a spirited performance to win a set against the 15-time World Champion and had chances to lead in the fifth.

However, three missed doubles cost him dearly as Taylor hit back to win the set and also took the next to secure the win.

“It was bit difficult to concentrate after getting so far ahead early on,” admitted Taylor. “Peter really picked up his game and I’m pleased he gave me a test like that as it should be a real help when I play Mark Webster in the next round.”

Taylor won the opening leg of the match against the darts by hitting double 16 after Wright missed a dart to hold throw.

Taylor then landed double eight to win the second, defying a 180 from Wright, and went to win the set without reply by hitting three straight 140s in the third leg, followed by double six for a 1-0 lead.

The world number one hit a maximum in the opening leg of the second set, which was won with a 14-darter, and then won a fifth consecutive leg after Wright missed three darts at tops.

Wright missed a dart at the bullseye for a 121 finish in the third leg and Taylor continued the charge to hit double eight with his final dart to double his lead.

Taylor, who defeated Gary Mawson and Per Laursen in straight sets in his first two matches, hit an 88 finish to win the first leg of set three, with Wright waiting on a double.

Taylor landed double eight to win the second leg but Wright took his first leg of the contest in the next with an impressive two-dart 98 finish.

Wright then hit his second 180 followed by a 116 checkout to win the fourth leg and then took the deciding leg with a 61 finish, completed on double top, to take the set and reduce the deficit.

Wright missed a dart at double top for a 120 finish which would have given him his fourth leg in a row at the start of the fourth set, as Taylor stepped in on double four.

Wright levelled on double ten but missed three darts at double 18 and nine to win the third and Taylor punished him.

Taylor then stepped up a gear by hitting back-to-back maximums to open the fourth and set up a possible nine-darter.

His attempt at a seventh successive treble 20 was just above the wire, but he went on to win the leg in 13 darts to restore his two-set advantage.

Wright started the fifth set in superb fashion by winning the first leg in ten darts before Taylor levelled by hitting double four.

Taylor then the third leg to put himself within touching distance of victory after Wright had missed three darts at doubles.

In the fourth, Taylor missed a dart at double top for a 117 finish and Wright managed to take out 75, hitting double 12 with his third dart, to keep the match alive.

The deciding leg proved to be dramatic as Taylor missed a dart at double 19 to win the match, but Wright was unable to take the two chances he had at double 18 and Taylor returned to complete the win with his third dart.

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