Wes Newton, Andy Hamilton, Justin Pipe and Ian White all won through to the quarter-finals of the Cash Converters Players Championship Finals with victories this afternoon at the Butlins Minehead Resort.

Players Championship Finlas

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Newton continued a memorable week, following the home birth of his second son in the early hours of Monday, by claiming a 9-3 win over Steve Beaton in their second round clash in Somerset.

The Fleetwood ace hit five 180s and took out a 141 finish on his way to victory in a game he dominated, with a 145 finish from Beaton his brightest moment in the clash.

“It’s a good win and it’s great to be through to the quarter-finals,” said Newton. “It was a tricky game so I’m glad to come through it. Steve took a couple of good finishes out, but I was in command for most of the match and I knew it wasn’t him at his best there.

“It’s been an amazing week and I’m so happy with everything at the moment, and I’d love to go all the way on Sunday. I’ve got to up my game but I know I’ve got it in me to do it and I’m not just here to make up the numbers.

“I’ll play either Adrian Lewis or Michael van Gerwen in the quarter-finals and they’ve been right up there behind Phil Taylor as the best players in the world this year, but I’ve beaten them before and it’s up to me to produce the goods tomorrow.”

Stoke’s Andy Hamilton followed up Friday’s miracle comeback – as he hit back from 5-1 down to defeat John Part 6-5 with a 158 checkout in the deciding leg – with a 9-3 win over Brendan Dolan.

Dolan was punished for missing 19 darts at a double in the contest, with 12 coming in the first three legs as Hamilton took leads of 3-1 and 8-2 before completing victory with a sensational 160 finish.

“I had to put yesterday’s performance behind me and focus on this game, and I want to keep improving on Sunday now,” said Hamilton, whose win continues his amazing record of reaching the last eight in major events.

“I can look forward to the quarter-finals now and I want to go onwards and upwards from here. Sometimes you need a bit of luck and I had that in my first game, so maybe my name is on the trophy.”

Hamilton will play his local rival Ian White in the last eight in Sunday’s afternoon session, after the 43-year-old raced past Terry Jenkins 9-2 to reach the first major quarter-final of his professional career.

White took the game’s first six legs without Jenkins having a dart at a double, and capitalised on two misses from the seven-time major winner to move 7-0 up.

Jenkins hit 180s in taking two of the next three legs, but double ten saw White complete a comprehensive victory.

“I’m very happy with that,” admitted the two-time Players Championship winner. “I’m playing some steady darts at the moment and it’s taken me two years to get used to playing on the big stage, but it’s starting to pay off now.

“This is a great win because Terry’s one of the greatest players on the tour, but I didn’t give him a chance early on and I hit my doubles well. I couldn’t have asked for a better start and I wanted to stay of top of Terry.

“I hope I’ve got some more in the tank and I can improve on my double 16 and double eight hitting, but I’m enjoying the weekend. I’m looking forward to playing Andy because he knocked me out of the World Matchplay this summer so I want to turn that around.”

Taunton’s Justin Pipe was the afternoon’s other winner, as he picked up a 9-4 victory over Jamie Caven to remain on course to match last year’s run to the semi-finals of this event.

Pipe led 2-0 before Caven hit an 11-darter to get off the mark, but the world number 11 led 4-1 and 7-2 as he defied a 127 bullseye finish from the Derby ace with a 120 checkout of his own in taking command.

A 76 finish on the bullseye from Pipe was sandwiched between legs for Caven as he fought to stay in the game, but the local favourite landed a fourth 180 before double eight sealed the win.

“I love it here and the venue’s being pretty good to me,” admitted Pipe. “Jamie missed a few doubles and let me off the hook, but I had to do my job and I’m really pleased.

“It’s a great venue and I’m fortunate enough to have the home comforts of staying in my own bed – but able to come here and enjoy the atmosphere and the crowd, and hopefully give them something to cheer about.

“My finishing wasn’t brilliant there but it was enough and I know I can improve that in the quarter-finals – but any losing player would take this result so I’m delighted to be in the last eight.”

The second round continues on Saturday night with the remaining four matches, including reigning champion Phil Taylor against Peter Wright and a battle of the players ranked second and third in the world at present, Michael van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis.

Somerset-based Scot Gary Anderson opens the evening session against Jelle Klaasen, while Robert Thornton is up against Raymond van Barneveld as they bid to win through to the last eight.

Cash Converters Players Championship Finals Results

Saturday November 30
Second Round
Afternoon Session

Brendan Dolan 3-9 Andy Hamilton
Terry Jenkins 2-9 Ian White
Jamie Caven 4-9 Justin Pipe
Steve Beaton 3-9 Wes Newton

Evening Session (7pm)
Jelle Klaasen v Gary Anderson
Robert Thornton v Raymond van Barneveld
Peter Wright v Phil Taylor
Michael van Gerwen v Adrian Lewis
Best of 17 legs

Brendan Dolan v Andy Hamilton
0-1 – Dolan misses three darts at double 14, and Hamilton capitalises to break by finishing 90 on double five.
0-2 – Dolan misses a further eight darts at doubles, and Hamilton returns on tops to double his lead.
1-2 – Dolan finally gets off the mark, hitting double four at the second time of asking – his 13th dart at a double in the match.
1-3 – Hamilton finishes 80 on double five to regain his cushion.
2-3 – Dolan hits double eight to cut the gap once again.
2-4 – Hamilton takes out 63 on double 16 to hold throw.
2-5 – Hamilton misses double top and ten, but Dolan is off-target on double 16 to allow him back in to finish double five and move three legs clear.
2-6 – Double 16 sees Hamilton extend his advantage further.
2-7 – Hamilton posts the game’s first 180, and lands double 16 to win a fourth successive leg and move two legs from victory.
2-8 – Hamilton takes out 56 on tops to move to the brink of a semi-final spot.
3-8 – Dolan finishes 70 on the bull to keep his hopes alive.
3-9 – Dolan hits his first 180, but Hamilton seals another victory in superb style, taking out a sensational 160 finish to follow up Friday’s 158 to seal victory against John Part.

Terry Jenkins v Ian White
0-1 – Double four sees White win the opening leg.
0-2 – White takes out 82 on tops to break throw and double his lead.
0-3 – Double 16 gives White a third successive leg, without Jenkins having a dart at a double.
0-4 – White finishes 54 on tops for another break of throw.
0-5 – White hits a 159 score to set up 32, and lands double 16 to win a fifth successive leg, holding an average of 101.55.
0-6 – Double ten sees White win a sixth leg.
0-7 – The pair trade 180s and White adds a 177 score, but initially misses three doubles to win the leg to allow Jenkins his first sight of a double – only for the Ledbury ace to miss double 16 and eight to allow his opponent back in on double five.
1-7 – Jenkins finally gets off the mark, finishing 60 in improvised style on double ten after hitting double top with his first dart.
1-8 – Double 16 moves White one leg away from the quarter-finals.
2-8 – Jenkins lands a 180, his third of the game, and finishes double six to continue his revival in the contest with a 13-darter.
2-9 – White finishes double ten to seal victory and his place in the quarter-finals of a PDC major for the first time in his professional career.

Jamie Caven v Justin Pipe
0-1 – Caven misses the bull for a 170 finish and is unable to punish Pipe for three misses as the Taunton ace lands double ten to win the opening leg.
0-2 – Caven opens the leg with a 177 score but misses tops to punish a missed bullseye from his opponent, and Pipe again capitalises by landing double eight.
1-2 – Caven opens with a 180 and finishes 81 for an 11-darter to get off the mark.
1-3 – Pipe finishes 79 on double 11 to win his third leg.
1-4 – Pipe misses tops for a 160 finish, but Caven misses the same bed to finish 72 – and both players doubles in two further visits before Pipe hits double five to edge the leg and take a three-leg cushion.
2-4 – Caven finishes 127 on the bull to hit back.
2-5 – Caven misses double top for a 160 finish, and Pipe capitalises with a 120 checkout to regain his three-leg lead.
2-6 – Pipe opens with leg with his second 180 of the game, and though he misses the bull for an 81 finish, he returns to eventually take the leg on double four following two more missed doubles by Caven.
2-7 – Pipe – a semi-finalist last year – finishes 70 on double 16 to move two legs away from the last eight.
3-7 – Caven lands a 177 to leave 24, and when Pipe misses the bull for a 124 finish, the Derby ace hits double six to reply.
3-8 – Caven opens with a 180, but misses double 16 as Pipe takes out 76 on the bullseye to move to the brink of victory.
4-8 – The pair trade 180s before Caven finishes 81 on double 12 to keep his hopes alive.
4-9 – Pipe hits his fourth 180 of the game, and finishes double eight to win through to the quarter-finals for a second successive year.

Steve Beaton v Wes Newton
0-1 – Newton makes a fine start to win the opening leg with a 13-darter, finishing double 14.
0-2 – Beaton misses double top and ten, and Newton steps in to land double 16 to win a second leg.
1-2 – Newton leaves 56, but Beaton wins his opening leg of the game in style with a fantastic 145 finish.
1-3 – Newton regains his two-leg lead.
2-3 – Beaton lands the bull to finish 74 as he hits back.
2-4 – Newton hits a 180 and finishes double five to regain his edge.
2-5 – Newton moves three legs clear by finishing double two with a break of throw.
2-6 – Beaton misses five darts at double top, ten and five, and Newton steps in to finish 65 on double six to move four legs away from his opponent.
2-7 – Newton opens with a 180 and finishes a 14-darter on double two to break throw once more.
2-8 – Newton takes out a stunning 141 checkout as he moves to the brink of a quarter-final spot.
3-8 – Double top from Beaton sees him keep his hopes alive.
3-9 – Newton hits tops himself to complete a comprehensive win.


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