PDC World Darts Results Friday 27th December - PETER WRIGHT and Mark Webster both won through remarkable seven-set clashes at the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship on Friday night, and were joined in the quarter-finals by on-song Simon Whitlock at Alexandra Palace.
Wright produced his best-ever televised performance as he knocked out World Youth Champion Michael Smith in a thriller, with his 105.07 average being the highest of this year’s event so far.
The number 16 seed overcame ten 180s from Smith with seven of his own amongst a heavy-scoring performance, which included three ton-plus checkouts.
Having won the game’s opening set in a deciding leg, Wright would lost the next two in the same manner – despite finishes of 161 and 136 – as Smith took a 2-1 lead.
Scottish-born Wright then finishde 116 to win the fourth set in another deciding leg, only for Smith to follow up an 11-darter in set five by taking out 136 himself to regain the lead at 3-2.
Wright, though, showed his class by taking the sixth set 3-1 to level the game before sweeping through the decider without reply to reach his first World Championship quarter-final, where he will meet Wes Newton on Saturday night.
“It’s probably my best performance on TV,” said Wright. “Michael wouldn’t go away – I threw everything at him and he was still there, and you’ve got to expect that against him because he’ll be a World Champion one day.
“I missed a few doubles and had a few dodgy scores, so there’s room for improvement still. Hopefully my averages will get higher and I will get more consistent and confident with every game I play on stage with my new darts.
“Michael finished brilliantly and his 136 hurt – a year ago my head would have gone down and I’d have started thinking about other things and not concentrating on the game, but I forgot about it and got on with the next leg.
“It was hard but I didn’t want to go out, I didn’t want to let myself down. It’s the World Championship and you only get that one chance sometimes; the draw has opened up and I’ve thrown it away in the past in some tournaments and I don’t want to do that this time.”
Smith had defeated reigning World Champion Phil Taylor in the second round, but just fell short in his bid to add to his World Youth Championship title by losing out in the last 16.
“I should have won the first set and I blew the sixth set,” said Smith. “There’s still a lot more I can do and I’m still not playing my best game, but once I start feeling comfortable I know I can win these tournaments.
“I’ve got to come back stronger next year. I beat Phil Taylor but that’s only one game, and credit to Peter because he hung in and got the game today.”
Welsh star Mark Webster, a former Lakeside Champion and a two-time Alexandra Palace semi-finalist, continued his resurgence with another gritty deciding-set victory as he knocked out five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld 4-3.
Webster has previously overcome Mensur Suljovic 3-2 and John Henderson 4-3 as he moved into the last 16, and came from 3-2 down in sets against van Barneveld as he reached his first ranking quarter-final since April.
After the first two sets were shared in deciding legs, van Barneveld took out 110 to win the third 3-1, before Webster levelled in the fourth as he hit two 180s and a 101 finish in the deciding leg.
Van Barneveld responded with two maximums of his own in a 12-darter to open the fifth set, and took out a 13-darter and a 120 finish to move back in front at 3-2 – only for Webster to claim the next six legs without reply to celebrate another gutsy win.
“I’m hanging in there!” said Webster, who now plays either Michael van Gerwen or Gary Anderson. “I could have gone out in the first round, could have gone out in the second round and possibly could have gone tonight, but when you get your chance you’ve got to take it, and I have done in every round.
“I never felt great but I wanted to keep hanging in there because Raymond wasn’t himself and that’s where you have to take your chances.
“It’s been well documented that I’ve not been playing well for 18 months, so wins like that are always going to be very welcome. I’ve really prepared for this competition and I’m in the last eight now.
“I’m riding the crest of a wave at the minute and I think I can do anything, so hopefully I can keep this going. I’m in the thick of it, and you’ve got to be in it to win it!
“I’m feeling like a newcomer at the moment and I still play for the love of the game, and I think my emotions showed that tonight.”
Van Barneveld admitted: “In the last couple of sets Mark played some great darts and didn’t miss his doubles. I’ve been practising very hard for this World Championship so to go out in the last 16 is very disappointing.”
Australian star Simon Whitlock, the 2010 runner-up at Alexandra Palace, maintained his record of not yet dropping a set in this year’s World Championship as he lost only four legs in a 4-0 win over 2004 finalist Kevin Painter.
The number four seed hit four 180s in the opening set as he won a deciding leg to take the advantage, and though Painter led in the second set it was the former European Champion who took command with six straight legs to move 3-0 up.
Painter also led in the fourth set, but Whitlock continued to capitalise on misses as he claimed the next three legs and a place in the quarter-finals against Ian White.
“I thought I played well and I did the right things at the right time,” said Whitlock, who needed only 37 minutes to take the win. “I can’t ask for more than a 4-0 win and I took every chance I had.
“I want to be at my best and I’m still not there, but I’ve been preparing for this tournament for three to four months, putting loads of hours in on the board and I haven’t had to play my best darts yet.
“Ian White’s been fantastic in this tournament and he’s beaten me a few times on the floor this year, but I’ve beaten him on stage before and hopefully I’ve got the advantage.”
Painter said: “I was poor and I don’t know what happened. I couldn’t finish and everything was on the wire – he had Christmas two days ago and he must think it’s Christmas again.
“I’ve been playing so well and practising so well, and I’ve no idea where that performance came from.”
The third round concludes on Saturday afternoon with the final three matches, which are kicked off by two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis’ clash with Mervyn King.
Three-time semi-finalist James Wade then plays South African ace Devon Petersen before number two seed Michael van Gerwen, last year’s runner-up, meets 2011 finalist Gary Anderson.
Ladbrokes World Darts Championship
Friday December 27
Simon Whitlock 4-0 Kevin Painter
Michael Smith 3-4 Peter Wright
Mark Webster 4-3 Raymond van Barneveld
Saturday December 28
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)
Adrian Lewis v Mervyn King
James Wade v Devon Petersen
Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson
Best of seven sets
Evening Session (7pm)
Peter Wright v Wes Newton
Ian White v Simon Whitlock
Best of nine sets
SIMON WHITLOCK 4-0 KEVIN PAINTER
(3-2, 3-1, 3-0, 3-1)
SIMON WHITLOCK produced a convincing display to see off 2004 runner-up Kevin Painter in just 37 minutes and reach the quarter-finals of the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship.
The former European Champion dropped just four legs during the contest and is the only player remaining who has yet to drop a set in the three matches he has played in this competition.
“I was focused on getting a good start against Kevin and getting on top of him, which I managed to achieve”, said Whitlock, who now faces Ian White in the last eight on Saturday night.
“I’ve done nothing really spectacular yet, but I’ve been very solid and it’s done the job for me so far.
“There are a number of great players left in the top half of the draw. I’m the only one who has reached a World Championship final. I know how to do it and there’s much more left in my locker.”
Whitlock made the better start as he won the first two legs before Painter hit back to win the next two, including an 85 finish in the fourth, after the Australian wasted two chances to win the set.
Whitlock, who enjoyed comfortable wins over Ross Smith and Jarkko Komula in the first two rounds, hit a 180 in the deciding leg before converting an 80 finish, on double top, to wrap up the opening set.
The 2004 runner-up made a winning to start to the second set by taking the first leg, before Whitlock hit back to win the next three, including an excellent 14-darter to break throw in the third, to leave his opponent two sets down.
Painter dropped the first leg of the third set after missing four darts at doubles, and the next two legs also fell the way of the Australian number one as he extended his winning run of legs to six.
Painter replied to win the first leg of the fourth set, but lost the next two, including missing four chances to regain the lead in the third as Whitlock moved a leg away from the victory, which he sealed on double eight in the next to complete a comprehensive win.
1-0 – Whitlock misses double top for a 115 finish, before Painter is off-target on the bullseye for a 161 checkout, allowing the 2010 finalist to return and hit tops to hold throw.
2-0 – The Australian hits a 180 before landing double 16 at the first attempt to complete a 14-darter.
2-1 – Painter hits double eight to win the third leg against the darts.
2-2 – Whitlock hits two 180s but two missed opportunities at doubles to win the set prove the prove expensive, as Painter hits double top for an 86 finish.
3-2 – Whitlock adds another 180 to his tally before converting an 80 finish, on double top, to win the set.
0-1 – Painter hits double two to hold throw, in a leg which features a 180 from the Daventry-based thrower.
1-1 – The number four seed hits double top to draw level.
2-1 – Whitlock posts a fifth maximum before landing double eight, for a 14-dart-finish, to break throw.
3-1 – Whitlock just misses double 18 for a 144 checkout, but returns to hit double nine to establish a two-set cushion.
1-0 – Whitlock holds throw on double eight to win a fourth leg in a row.
2-0 – Painter is guilty of wasting four chances to level and Whitlock hits double four to break.
3-0 – One missed dart at double top from Painter sees Whitlock hit double six to win the set.
0-1 – Painter misses further chances at doubles only for Whitlock to miss two darts of his own to win a seventh straight leg, allowing the former Players Championship Finals winner to stop the rot by hitting double one with his final dart.
1-1 – Whitlock levels by hitting double top for a solid 15-darter.
2-1 – The winning double proves elusive for both players before Whitlock breaks throw on double three, to move a leg away from victory.
3-1 – Painter hits a 180 with what proves to his last three darts of the tournament as Whitlock hits double eight to end the contest.
PETER WRIGHT 4-3 MICHAEL SMITH
(3-2, 2-3, 2-3, 3-2, 1-3, 3-1, 3-0)
PETER WRIGHT overcame World Youth Champion Michael Smith with a thrilling 4-3 triumph in the last 16 of the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship.
Smith, who created shockwaves around the darting world with his sensational win over reigning champion Phil Taylor in the second round, came from a set down to lead 2-1 and also movd 3-2 up as he took out a fabulous 136 checkout to win the fifth set.
Wright, though, recovered to win six of the next seven legs to pull through to reach his first World Championship quarter-final, and will now play Wes Newton for a place in the last four.
“It’s probably the best performance I’ve ever produced in a televised game,” said the colourful Wright, who ended with a 105.07 average – eclipsing Adrian Lewis’ superb 103-plus effort in round two against Vincent van der Voort.
“I’m shattered right now, it was very nerve wracking. Michael was playing amazing and I was just trying to keep with him. I maintained my level and was sharper on my finishing in the last two sets.
“Many people think I’m just a bloke with a flashy haircut and a loud pair of trousers, but I can really play good darts and I’ve shown that this year.”
Both players traded 14-darters at the start of the match, before Wright edged ahead by taking the third leg, after Smith wasted four darts at doubles.
The St Helens ace then won the fourth leg in 13 darts to level, only for Wright to reply in kind with a 13-dart finish of his own to take the first set.
Smith hit finishes of 74 and 118 to take a 2-0 lead in the second set, before Wright hit back to win the next two legs, landing a fantastic 161 checkout to break throw in the third.
The deciding leg saw Smith leave 40 after 12 darts, and he held his nerve with an accurate third dart at double top to level the game, with his opponent waiting on 45 for a two-set lead.
The first two legs of set three were shared, which included a 136 checkout from Wright in the second, before Smith edged ahead with an 84 finish.
Wright levelled with a 15-darter, but Smith held his throw in the decider by converting a 70 finish to edge 2-1 up.
The fourth set fell into a similar pattern of the previous three, as it also went to a deciding leg – and Wright opened with two 140s against the throw before taking out 116 to square the contest.
Wright then won the first leg of the fifth set, before Smith won the next two, taking out a 60 finish in the third after Wright missed two chances at double 12.
The fourth leg proved to be a brilliant one from both players as Smith kicked off with a 180 before Wright hit back-to-back maximums to leave 41, only to see the St Helens youngster take out a fantastic 136 checkout to win the set in brilliant style and lead the game 3-2.
Wright replied to take the first two legs of set six before Smith converted an 88 finish to win the third and keep the set alive.
The number 16 seed, though, won the set with an 82 finish in the next leg, and kept that form up in the final set, as finishes of 95 and 84 saw Wright move a leg away from victory.
Smith hit a tenth 180 as he fought back in leg three, but scores of 140, 140 and 105 from Wright saw him pull clear, and an accurate attempt at double ten sealed a memorable win.
0-1 – Wright hits double six to complete a confident 14-dart finish.
1-1 – Smith lands double 12 for a 14-darter of his own.
1-2 – The St Helens wastes four darts at double top to break, allowing Wright to edge ahead on double nine.
2-2 – Smith hits double top to record a fine 13-darter.
2-3 – Wright hits a brillant 165 score to leave 24, which he takes out at the first attempt to edge a high-quality opening set.
1-0 – Smith takes out a 74 finish on double top, with his opponent waiting on a two-darter.
2-0 – One missed dart at double 16 proves expensive for Wright, as Smith hits a clinical 118 finish.
2-1 – Wright breaks throw in superb fashion with a 161 checkout.
2-2 – The number 16 seed takes out eight, for a solid 15-dart finish.
3-2 – Smith hits double top thanks to an accurate third dart, with Wright waiting on 45.
1-0 – Wright hits a 180 but proceeds to miss three chances to win the leg, allowing Smith to break throw on double top.
1-1 – Wright recovers well from the mistakes of the previous leg with a fantastic 136 checkout.
2-1 – Smith hits a third maximum before taking out an 84 finish on double six.
2-2 – Wright starts leg with a 180, before landing double four with his third dart.
3-2 – Wright hits a 134 to leave 32, but the St Helens youngster shows great composure to convert a 70 finish on double eight for the set.
1-0 – Smith holds throw thanks to an accurate third dart at double five.
1-1 – Wright lands double 16, to record an excellent 14-darter.
2-1 – Smith posts a fourth 180 before taking out an 87 finish on double nine.
2-2 – Wright hits double 16 to force a deciding leg for the fourth set running.
2-3 – Smith holds advantage of throw but Wright kicks-off the leg with two 140 scores to take command. Smith leaves 62 after 12 darts, but Wright takes out a 116 finish to level.
0-1 – Wright holds throw on double four to edge ahead.
1-1 – Smith wastes three chances to level, only for Wright to miss two darts of his own at doubles, allowing his opponent to hit double ten and draw level.
2-1 – Smith hits back-to-back 180s and takes out 60 in two darts, after Wright misses two darts at double 12.
3-1 – The St Helens ace hits a 180 but that effort is bettered by Wright as he lands two of his own to leave 41 – but Smith produces a brilliant 136 checkout to stun his opponent and claim the set.
0-1 – The brilliance of the previous leg eludes both players as Wright misses four darts at doubles, only for Smith to fail with five chances in allowing his opponent back in to take the leg on double two.
0-2 – Wright holds throw on double 16 to take command of the set.
1-2 – Smith hits double 14 to convert an 88 finish.
1-3 – Smith posts a 180 but Wright wraps up the set in style with a clinical two-dart 82 finish.
0-1 – Wright hits double 16 to convert a 95 finish.
0-2 – One missed dart at tops for a 116 finish is costly for Smith, as Wright takes out 84 in two darts.
0-3 – Smith hits a tenth 180 but scores of 140, 140, 105 see Wright pull ahead, and though he misses one dart at tops for a 116 finish he has enough cushion to return and hit double ten.
MARK WEBSTER 4-3 RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD
(2-3, 3-2, 1-3, 3-2, 0-3, 3-0, 3-0)
RESURGENT Mark Webster ended Raymond van Barneveld’s hopes in the 2014 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship with a battling 4-3 victory in the third round.
The game was finely balanced at two sets apiece before van Barneveld produced excellent form in the fifth set, winning it without reply, to move ahead for a third time.
Two-time Ally Pally semi-finalist Webster, though, hit back brilliantly as he won the next six legs without reply to reach the quarter-finals of a major tournament for first time since the 2011 Players Championship Finals.
“I kept on digging in and from 3-2 down I managed to put it all together and come through, which I’m over the moon about,” said the Welshman, who will now face Michael van Gerwen or Gary Anderson for a place in the last four.
“Coming into this tournament my career was on the line as I was on the verge of dropping out of the top 32, but now I’m in the quarter-finals and anything can happen, as we’ve already seen in this tournament.”
The first set fell the way of van Barneveld, who hit double 18 to take the deciding leg after Webster had earlier wasted five opportunities to take the lead.
The second set also went the full distance as Webster posted tops to level the contest, after van Barneveld missed one dart at the same bed to move two sets clear.
Van Barneveld, who edged out Jamie Caven by a 4-3 margin in the previous round, won the third set with the aid of finishes of 86, 96, and 110 as he moved ahead for a second time.
The fourth set went to deciding leg which saw both players post maximums before Webster added another to leave 101, and he took out the finish on double 19 to level the game at two sets apiece.
The five-time World Champion sped up his rhythm in the fifth to great effect, as he won the first two legs with finishes of 12 and 13 darts, before a 120 checkout in the third saw van Barneveld lead the match for the third time.
However, from that point on van Barneveld failed to win a leg, as Webster won the next six without reply to romp through the final two sets, hitting two 13-darters before a 68 checkout completed a brilliant win over the great Dutchman.
1-0 – Webster breaks van Barneveld’s throw on double ten.
1-1 – van Barneveld hits back with an excellent 14-darter, which featured a 180 from the Dutch ace.
2-1 – The number ten seed hits a 180 to take command but goes on to miss five darts at doubles, allowing Webster to step in on double ten.
2-2 – Winning double proves to be a struggle for both players, as Webster fails with five attempts to win the set and van Barneveld levels on double two.
2-3 – van Barneveld hits double 18 at the first attempt to edge the opening set.
1-0 – Webster holds throw on double ten to make a positive start to the set.
1-1 – One missed dart at double top for a 101 finish from Webster sees van Barneveld level on double eight.
2-1 – Webster misses two chances to regain the before van Barneveld is off-target with his attempt at double 16, and the left-hander regains the lead by hitting double ten.
2-2 – van Barneveld hits double eight to force a deciding leg.
3-2 – The Dutchman misses a dart at tops to increase his lead, and Webster hits the middle of the double top bed to level the contest.
0-1 – van Barneveld holds throw with a clinical two-dart 86 finish.
1-1 – Webster takes out a two-dart 79 finish to draw level.
1-2 – van Barneveld starts the leg with a 180 before rounding it off with a two-dart 96 finish, after Webster just missed with an attempt at bullseye.
1-3 – The five-time World Champion takes out a 110 finish, on double 18, to lead the match for a second time.
0-1 – van Barneveld breaks throw with a clinical 77 finish, with Webster waiting on 24.
1-1 – Webster hits back thanks to an accurate third dart at double four, after van Barneveld missed one dart at tops to win a fourth leg in a row.
2-1 – The Welshman misses five chances to win the leg, before finding the double ten bed with his last dart.
2-2 – van Barneveld hits double 16 at the first time of asking to force a deciding leg.
3-2 – A dramatic fifth leg sees both players record 180s before Webster adds another maximum and takes out a 101 finish, on double 19, to square the game at two sets apiece.
0-1 – van Barneveld hits two maximums in a brilliant 12-darter.
0-2 – The Dutchman breaks his opponent’s throw on double top, for a clinical 13-dart finish.
0-3 – van Barneveld defies Webster’s fifth 180 with a fine 120 finish to take the set and move back ahead.
1-0 – Webster converts a 60 finish, after van Barneveld posts an eighth 180.
2-0 – The Welshman breaks throw with a fine 13-darter, after van Barneveld misses the bullseye for a 126 checkout.
3-0 – Webster fails with two chances to win the set, but van Barneveld is unable to hit double top for an 80 finish to allow the Welshman to return to hit double ten and force a deciding set for the third successive game.
1-0 – van Barneveld misses double top for a 102 finish, and Webster hits double 11 to break throw.
2-0 – Webster hits double ten for a 13-darter after van Barneveld just misses the bullseye for a 130 checkout.
3-0 – van Barneveld leaves 40 after 12 darts, but Webster takes out 68 on double top to claim a brilliant win.