LEWIS ELIMINATED IN WOLVERHAMPTON AS KIST WINS ALL-DUTCH AFFAIR WITH BARNEY
ADRIAN LEWIS crashed out of the William Hill Grand Slam of Darts with a defeat to John Part on Monday night, as Gary Anderson became the first player to book his place in the second round in Wolverhampton.
Lewis, the PDC World Champion, followed up Sunday’s 5-4 defeat to Tony O’Shea with a disappointing performance as he missed 17 darts at doubles in a 5-2 reverse to Canadian ace John Part 24 hours later.
That result, coupled with Gary Anderson’s later Group E victory over O’Shea, means that Lewis cannot now qualify for the knockout stage of the tournament later this week.
Anderson became the first player to secure his place in the last 16 courtesy of his second successive 5-4 win, and will meet Lewis in their final group game on Wednesday night.
“This is my favourite tournament so it’s great to be through to the last 16,” said Anderson. “I feel like I’m playing well but I’m scraping through games and showing a bit of bottle to win the matches in the last leg.
“Adrian can’t get through now so he’s got nothing to lose and you’ll probably see his best darts on Wednesday.
Three-time World Champion Part will take on O’Shea on Wednesday night in their decisive clash, with the winner progressing to the second round.
“I knew coming into the tournament that all of us in our group would be nervous playing each other and there’s a lot of tension,” he said. “I’ve never played Tony in a tournament before but he hits a lot of 180s and I’m looking forward to it.”
Lakeside Champion Christian Kist, meanwhile, overcame five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld 5-4 in a dramatic first-ever contest between the Dutch stars in Group H.
Van Barneveld missed three darts at double top to edge the deciding leg of the game, and Kist stepped in to his double 16 at the first time of asking to remain unbeaten on his Grand Slam debut.
“It’s the first time we’ve played and it’s unbelievable – it’s a dream for me,” said Kist. “It’s nice to get a second win but I hope I can win my third game and I’ll do my best.”
Van Barneveld now faces a must-win clash with Wayne Jones on Wednesday, with the Wolverhampton ace clinging onto his hopes after losing out 5-4 to Mark Walsh in their second game of the group stage.
“I knew it was going to be a hard game against Wayne and luckily I won the game and I’ve still got half a chance of getting through,” admitted Walsh. “It was edgy stuff and I’ve got to get a good win now on Wednesday.”
Andy Hamilton, the PDC World Championship finalist in January, secured his second successive win in the group stage by defeating Brendan Dolan 5-1 in their Group F contest.
“I’m happy with the result and it’s two more points on the board,” said Hamilton. “I’m looking forward to the next game and there will be more pressure on Paul than on me.”
Hamilton will meet Paul Nicholson in Wednesday’s final game, with the Australian World Cup finalist having seen off Welshman Barrie Bates 5-0 in their contest.
“I’m thrilled because I’ve still got a chance,” said Nicholson. “I know what I’ve got to do, which is to beat Andy on Wednesday, and it’s like a knockout competition for me now.
“Leg difference can be massive – in 2008 I lost out by a couple of legs – and a 5-0 win is good for that, and now I know what I’ve got do on Wednesday – to win!”
Wes Newton, meanwhile, remains unbeaten in Group G following his 5-2 win over Dutchman Wesley Harms, with the result seeing the Fleetwood ace put one foot into the last 16.
“I didn’t play great tonight but to get the two points was what mattered, and I did that,” said Newton. “I’m happy with two wins from two and I’ve put myself in a very good position.”
Newton’s final group game will see him take on Terry Jenkins, who bounced back from Sunday’s loss to Harms by defeating Martin Phillips 5-2.
“I was a bit disappointed to lose on Sunday, even though Wesley played well, but I did enough to win tonight and it puts me back in it,” said Jenkins. “I’m practising well and feeling really confident, and I’m hoping to do well on Wednesday.”
Tuesday’s play will see Groups A-D play their decisive final group games, with reigning champion Phil Taylor – unbeaten after two matches – meeting 2010 winner Scott Waites in Group A, with Mark Webster playing winless Co Stompe in the other fixture.
Michael van Gerwen tops Group B with two wins from two ahead of his clash with Ted Hankey, while Robert Thornton meets Steve Beaton in the group’s other fixture with all to play for.
Unbeaten Simon Whitlock will hope to seal his last 16 place when he meets Dean Winstanley, with Kevin Painter playing World Youth Champion James Hubbard in the other Group C game.
Double winner Mervyn King will hope to remain unbeaten in Group D when he meets former Wolverhampton finalist James Wade, with Arron Monk meeting Jan Dekker in the group’s other fixture.
William Hill Grand Slam of Darts
Monday November 12
Groups E-H Second Games
Mark Walsh 5-4 Wayne Jones (H)
Terry Jenkins 5-2 Martin Phillips (G)
Paul Nicholson 5-0 Barrie Bates (F)
Adrian Lewis 2-5 John Part (E)
Andy Hamilton 5-1 Brendan Dolan (F)
Gary Anderson 5-4 Tony O’Shea (E)
Christian Kist 5-4 Raymond van Barneveld (H)
Wes Newton 5-2 Wesley Harms (G)
Tuesday November 13
Groups A-D Final Games
Jan Dekker v Arron Monk (D)
Mark Webster v Co Stompe (A)
Kevin Painter v James Hubbard (C)
Robert Thornton v Steve Beaton (B)
James Wade v Mervyn King (D)
Phil Taylor v Scott Waites (A)
Simon Whitlock v Dean Winstanley (C)
Michael van Gerwen v Ted Hankey (B)
Wednesday November 14
Groups E-H Final Games
Adrian Lewis v Gary Anderson (E)
Brendan Dolan v Barrie Bates (F)
Wesley Harms v Martin Phillips (G)
Raymond van Barneveld v Wayne Jones (H)
John Part v Tony O’Shea (E)
Andy Hamilton v Paul Nicholson (F)
Wes Newton v Terry Jenkins (G)
Christian Kist v Mark Walsh (H)
Current League Tables
Name Pl W L +/- Pts
Gary Anderson 2 2 0 +2 4
John Part 2 1 1 +2 2
Tony O’Shea 2 1 1 0 2
Adrian Lewis 2 0 2 -4 0
Name Pl W L +/- Pts
Andy Hamilton 2 2 0 +7 4
Paul Nicholson 2 1 1 +2 2
Brendan Dolan 2 1 1 -1 2
Barrie Bates 2 0 2 -8 0
Name Pl W L +/- Pts
Wes Newton 2 2 0 +6 4
Wesley Harms 2 1 1 0 2
Terry Jenkins 2 1 1 0 2
Martin Phillips 2 0 2 -6 0
Name Pl W L +/- Pts
Christian Kist 2 2 0 +5 4
Raymond van Barneveld 2 1 1 +4 2
Mark Walsh 2 1 1 -4 2
Wayne Jones 2 0 2 -5 0
Mark Walsh v Wayne Jones
0-1 – Jones fires in a 180 and wins the leg with an 83 finish on the bullseye.
1-1 – The local man is off-target with one dart at double 12 for a 129 finish and Walsh lands double ten with his last dart to level.
1-2 – Jones misses two darts at double 12 but his opponent is in no position to capitalise and Jones returns to land double six.
2-2 – Jones misses two chances on double 16 to break throw and Walsh levels the match on double five.
3-2 – Walsh hits a 174 to reach a finish first and he hits his favourite double top to secure a break of throw.
3-3 – Jones’ scoring power returns as he secures an immediate break-back with the aid of a 13-darter.
3-4 – Walsh hits his first 180 of the game but Jones takes out a 116 finish to go one leg away from victory.
4-4 – Both players hits maximum but Walsh wins the leg on double top to send the match the full distance.
5-4 – A dramatic deciding-leg sees both players once again hit maximums before Jones misses two chances to win the match and Walsh lands double top to snatch two points.
Mark Walsh: “There was lot of pressure on both of us tonight and I think it showed in the way the game panned out. I managed to get the two points though and I’ve given myself half a chance of qualifcation. Reaching the semi-finals last year was great and I would love another good run this year.”
Terry Jenkins v Martin Phillips
1-0 – Jenkins takes out a 78 finish to make a confident start to the match.
1-1 – Phillips makes Jenkins pay for three missed darts at doubles by converting a 61 finish.
2-1 – The Welshman hits a 180 but is just off-target on tops for a 160 finish and Jenkins lands double 12 to regain the lead.
3-1 – Jenkins misses seven darts at doubles but Phillips misses five of his own and Jenkins lands double to break throw.
3-2 – Phillips hits a 177 to leave 22 which is takes out at the first attempt with a successful dart at double 11.
4-2 – Jenkins records his third 180 of the match in the process of completing a 13-dart finish.
5-2 – Jenkins ends the contest by landing double top to keep his hopes of qualification alive.
Terry Jenkins: “I was very disappointed with my defeat yesterday and I put myself on the back foot. It still on my mind coming into tonight’s game but I managed to get the two points and give myself a fighting chance against Wes Newton on Wednesday.”
Paul Nicholson v Barrie Bates
1-0 – Nicholson fires in an 11-dart finish to make a superb start to the match.
2-0 – Bates is just off-target with a dart at tops and Nicholson lands double five to break throw.
3-0 – Nicholson lands double nine to put his opponent under further pressure.
4-0 – Bates is unable to put his opponent under any pressure and Nicholson lands double four to move further ahead.
5-0 – Bates misses three darts at doubles and Nicholson converts a 64 finish to confirm a comfortable victory.
Paul Nicholson: “I felt like I needed to win emphatically tonight and I managed to do that. I’m not usually the best of starters so the 11-darter to win the first leg was a real confidence booster for me. I’m going to treat my final group game against Andy Hamilton as a normal knock-out match.”
Adrian Lewis v John Part
0-1 – The Canadian manages to hold throw after Lewis missed one dart at double six
0-2 – Lewis wastes four chances to level the game and Part lands double four with his third dart to break throw.
1-2 – Part misses two chances to move 3-0 ahead and Lewis lands double ten with a pressure third dart.
2-2 – Part is off-target on double 18 for a 106 finish and the World Champion hits double two to level the game.
2-3 – Both players struggle to find their range before Part hits a 159 to leave 32 which he takes out to lead again.
2-4 – Part lands double two to move closer to victory after Lewis is guilty of missing six darts at double 18.
2-5 – Part misses a dart at tops but Lewis is off-target with two darts at double top and Part capitalises by hitting double ten.
John Part: “It wasn’t pretty at all but I fought extremely hard and got the two points. I think we both feeling lots of pressure but I feel like I handed my emotions better than Adrian did. I don’t think I’ve ever played Tony O’Shea in competition before so it should be an interesting on Wednesday and I hope to win.”
Andy Hamilton v Brendan Dolan
1-0 – Dolan struggles to find his range early on and Hamilton secures a comfortable break of throw by hitting a 14-darter.
2-0 – Hamilton is off-target with four darts at doubles but Dolan misses three chances of his own to level allowing Hamilton in to hit double ten.
2-1 – Both players struggle to find any kind of rhythm but Dolan holds throw by landing double ten.
3-1 – Hamilton hits double 16 at the first attempt to restore his two-leg advantage.
4-1 – The Stoke ace hits a 180 to leave 48 which he takes out in two darts to move closer to victory.
5-1 – Dolan hits a maximum but Hamilton wins it with a 15-darter to win the match and hold a dominant position in Group F.
Andy Hamilton: “It’s another two points on the board and things are looking good for qualification. It wasn’t a great game tonight and I expected Brendan to push me harder. I took out the doubles when I needed too and that was the important thing.”
Gary Anderson v Tony O’Shea
1-0 – Anderson hits a clinical 84 finish in two darts with O’Shea waiting on tops.
2-0 – The Scotsman continues the good start by claiming the second leg in just 13-darts.
2-1 – O’Shea wins his first leg of the match by taking out 78 in two darts.
2-2 – O’Shea hits a 180 but Anderson hits 159 to leave 30. But he misses the three chances at double 15 and O’Shea hits double four with an accurate third dart to level the match.
2-3 – O’Shea wins his third leg on the spin by recording a 13-dart finish.
2-4 – Anderson is guilty of missing three darts at doubles and O’Shea pounces by hitting double ten to move a leg away from a second win in Group E.
3-4 – O’Shea is off-target with two darts at double 16 to end the game and Anderson lands double six to keep his hopes alive.
4-4 – Anderson fires in his third 180 of the game and wins the leg in 14 darts to force a deciding-leg.
5-4 – O’Shea is off-target with an attempt at bullseye – his third dart to win the match – Anderson takes out 78 to claim a narrow win.
Gary Anderson: “I’m shown a lot of nerve to come through my two games with 5-4 victories. It’s great to know that I’ve guaranteed my place in the last 16 with a game to spare. I enjoy playing here in Wolverhampton and my confidence is building.”
Christian Kist v Raymond van Barneveld
1-0 – Kist hits double two with his third dart to win the opening leg after van Barneveld misses three chances to take it.
2-0 – van Barneveld is off-target on double six to level and Kist nicks it to double his lead.
2-1 – Kist misses double 12 for a 144 checkout and van Barneveld gets off the mark by landing double eight.
3-1 – van Barneveld pays the price for four missed darts at doubles as Kist hits double two for the second time in the game.
3-2 – Kist misses two chances at double top to increase his lead and the five-time World Champion hits double eight.
3-3 – van Barneveld levels the game at three apiece by landing double 14 after Kist’s attempt at bullseye is off-target.
4-3 – Kist hits his first 180 of the game and lands double 16 to move ahead for the second time.
4-4 – van Barneveld takes out 68 to complete a 15-dart-finish to force a deciding leg.
5-4 – Both players hit 180s before Kist misses a dart bull to win the match. However, van Barneveld wastes three darts at tops and Kist returns to hit double 16 at the first time of asking.
Christian Kist: “I’ve delighted with the win tonight. It’s the first time that I’ve played Raymond and to win feels like a dream come true. He had chances in the last leg so I was a little fortunate but I took my chance when it came.”
Wes Newton v Wesley Harms
0-1 – Harms holds throw by hitting double ten to win the opening leg.
1-1 – Newton levels by taking out a clinical two-dart 76 finish.
1-2 – Both players hits maximums but Harms goes on to win it well with a 13-dart-finish.
2-2 – Newton holds throw comfortably by hitting double ten to level for a second time.
3-2 – The Fleetwood ace secures a break of throw with a 15-darter.
4-2 – Newton fires in a 180 and goes on to hit double ten to move two legs clear.
5-2 – Harms lets four chances to keep the match alive go begging and Newton greatly accepts the opportunity to close out the game by hitting double ten.
Wes Newton: “I didn’t play great tonight but to get the two points was what mattered and I did that. I’m happy with two wins from two games and I’ve put myself in a very good position to qualify for the last 16.”