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Stan James World Matchplay: Taylor Soundly Defeats Osborne

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Phil Taylor’s latest victim on the oche was Colin Osborne. Taylor defeated Osborne 13-4 in what is being called one of the greatest televised displays of darts ever.

Taylor was on course to achieve a record average in a major championship when he peaked at 114.7 in taking a 10-0 lead against the Derby challenger.

Although his average dipped as Osborne hit back, hitting a ten-darter in pulling back to 12-5, Taylor eventually wrapped up the win with a 50 percent checkout ratio and a 109.45 average – the third highest in World Matchplay history.

“I was just aiming to get the win and that’s fantastic,” said Taylor. “You don’t always think about your average but it’s great to be playing so well.

Taylor now meets Kevin McDine in Thursday’s quarter-finals, after the 23-year-old from Northamptonshire overcame Mark Walsh 13-9.

McDine had knocked out Adrian Lewis on his World Matchplay debut and landed seven 180s in a mature performance to reach the last eight.

Earlier on Tuesday, defending champion James Wade began his challenge to retain the title with a 10-4 romp against Wayne Jones.

Wade’s average peaked at 109 in taking a 6-0 lead, and he landed a 157 checkout in moving into the second round, where he meets Ronnie Baxter on Wednesday.

The second round matches will also feature the mouth-watering meeting between 2003 World Matchplay finalist Wayne Mardle and Dutch wonderkid Michael van Gerwen, and World Champion John Part against in-form left-hander Alan Tabern.

Stan James World Matchplay – Tuesday
First Round (continued)
Ronnie Baxter 10-4 Andy Smith
Alan Tabern 10-8 Vincent van der Voort
Andy Hamilton 12-14 Michael van Gerwen
Peter Manley 10-4 Denis Ovens
James Wade 10-4 Wayne Jones

Second Round
Phil Taylor 13-5 Colin Osborne
Kevin McDine 13-9 Mark Walsh

Wednesday 23 July
1pm Start
Terry Jenkins v Dennis Priestley
John Part v Alan Tabern
Michael van Gerwen v Wayne Mardle
7pm Start
Matt Clark v Peter Manley
Raymond van Barneveld v Tony Eccles
James Wade v Ronnie Baxter

JAMES WADE 10-4 WAYNE JONES

JAMES WADE made a strong start to the defense of his Stan James World Matchplay title with a 10-4 win over Wayne Jones in Blackpool last night.

Wade powered into a 6-0 lead against the qualifier from Wolverhampton, and included a 157 finish in booking his place in the second round.

Wade made a sensational start, breaking Jones’ throw in 13 darts to open the game, hitting double ten in the second leg and then double eight for a 14-darter to move 3-0 up, with a 170 score from Jones leaving him sat on 16 without getting a shot at the double.

Wade hit two 180s in a ten-darter to extend the lead to 4-0, and landed five perfect darts in the next leg, a 12-darter, to lift his average to 109.

Jones missed his chance to get off the mark in the next as Wade made the score line 6-0, before double nine saw the Wolverhampton man – who was suffering from food poisoning ahead of the game – get his first chalk on the board.

Jones also took out 116 in getting a second leg, and two in a row saw him pull back to 8-4 as Wade began to miss doubles.

But a superb 157 checkout from the reigning champion saw him move a leg away from the win, and double eight put the youngster into round two.

“I played well for the first five or six legs but then I got lazy,” said Wade.

“I have to change that if I’m to become the number one but there was pressure on me as defending champion and people are expecting more of me now.

“It’s been a long wait while everyone else has played in the first round and I was nervous, but it’s out of the way now and I can relax and enjoy the second round now.”

SECOND ROUND
PHIL TAYLOR 13-5 COLIN OSBORNE

PHIL TAYLOR produced one of the greatest ever televised displays to romp into the quarter-finals of the Stan James World Matchplay with a 13-5 victory over Colin Osborne.

Taylor was on course to achieve a record average in a major championship when he peaked at 114.7 in taking a 10-0 lead against the Derby challenger.

Although his average dipped as Osborne hit back, hitting a ten-darter in pulling back to 12-5, Taylor eventually wrapped up the win with a 50 percent checkout ratio and a 109.45 average – the third highest in World Matchplay history.

“I was just aiming to get the win and that’s fantastic,” said Taylor. “You don’t always think about your average but it’s great to be playing so well.

“Colin has a lot of bottle and showed that by keeping fighting right to the end.”

Osborne missed two darts to win the game’s opening leg, with Taylor opening with double six before leaving his opponent trailing with a devastating burst.

He landed maximums in three successive legs in going 7-0 up, took out double 18 in the eighth and then landed double 16 in the ninth after Osborne left himself on 40 after 12 darts.

Double nine put Taylor 10-0 up before a 110 finish got Osborne off the mark.

Finishes of double 16 and double eight took Taylor a leg away from the win, before Osborne produced some brilliant darts of his own to hit back.

He followed up legs of 14 and 15 darts with a sensational ten-darter, which included back-to-back 180s, in pulling back to 12-5, before Taylor eventually sealed victory on double ten.

“I missed two darts to win the first leg and you can’t afford to do that against Phil,” said Osborne. “Even at 5-0, 6-0 or 7-0 I still felt that I wasn’t playing as well as I could and I kept plugging away.

“I was never going to give up and from 12-1 down I didn’t waste any darts and made the scoreline respectable – but I needed a 110 finish just to get a leg on the board!”

KEVIN McDINE 13-9 MARK WALSH

KEVIN McDINE continued his emergence as a darting star with a 13-9 win over Mark Walsh to reach the quarter-finals of the Stan James World Matchplay.

The 23-year-old made his Winter Gardens debut with a win over Adrian Lewis on Monday, and backed up that victory with a solid display to see off Walsh.

McDine now meets Phil Taylor on the televised stage for a first time in Thursday’s quarter-finals, in what will be the biggest test of his 18-month career as a professional.

“I’m tired after this win but I’ve got a day off to recuperate,” admitted McDine. “This was a harder game than playing against Adrian, Mark pushed me all the way.

“My scoring was great but I’m not happy with my finishing and I’ll be working on that because I’ll have to average something special to beat Phil.”

McDine certainly showed flashes of his brilliant best in taking a 6-1 lead in the game, including a 120 finish in pulling clear of Walsh.

Walsh had landed two 180s in a 12-darter to get himself off the mark, and took four legs out of five, including a 12-darter and two 14-darters, to pull back to 7-5.

Legs of 12, 14 and 16 darts saw McDine edge away again, before Walsh battled to stay in the contest once more.

He landed a 13-darter and a 14-darter in punishing another lapse from McDine to take four out of five legs in reducing the arrears to 11-9.

But a strong reply from McDine saw him take out 89 on double 16, and he landed a 174 in setting up the same double for victory.

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