Saturday December 22 Afternoon Session Results

World Darts Championship

The Artist – Lawrence Lustig/PDC

3x Second Round
Kevin Painter 4 v 3 Ronnie Baxter (3-1, 1-3, 3-0, 3-0, 1-3, 0-3, 4-2)
Colin Lloyd 4 v 2 Mark Webster (3-2, 3-0, 3-2, 0-3, 2-3, 3-1)
Raymond van Barneveld 4 v 1 Brendan Dolan (3-0, 3-1, 0-3, 3-2, 3-1)

Kevin Painter won the opening set of his second round clash with Ronnie Baxter 3-1, assisted by a string of missed doubles from The Rocket. The Artist hit 3 from 4 attempts as Baxter converted a woeful 1 from 7 to leave the door open.

A handful of maximums and an 11 dart fourth leg saw Baxter hit back and square the match as the man from Blackpool found some much needed accuracy on the outer segments that had earlier eluded him.

Painter kicked of the third set with a 151 checkout to break the Baxter throw, a double double 94 checkout secured the second leg (S18 D18 D20) before he fired in 116 to take the set without reply.

The fourth set saw a relaxed and confident Artist push his average up to 100+ to win 3-0 and move within 1 set of a place in the last 16, and guaranteed £15k payday.

The fifth set was a tighter contest with Baxter prevailing amongst a barrage of 180’s from both players. The Rocket them moved 2 legs clear in the next, a leg which saw both players miss doubles but Baxter tidied up to force a deciding set.

Baxter with the darts drew first blood in the final set after Painter wasted 4 chances to kill off the leg and get the break, he took the second leg as well with the Artist languishing on 269 to make it 8 without reply and put himself in the driving seat.

With 100 left after his opponent failed to finish 65 having, Baxter didn’t leave himself a match dart thus allowing Painter to clean up on double 12.

Painter then squared the match in the next leg as Baxter’s darts drifted further away from the same treble twenty bed he earlier couldn’t miss.

Painter reeled off two more legs, finishing double 4 for the 4-3 victory in a high quality match that saw, 25 180’s and averages of 95 and 93 for Painter and Baxter respectively.

A 117 checkout  from Colin Lloyd captured a closely fought first set against Mark Webster, the opening 4 legs were shared but it was Webster who had first chance to close the set out, the Welshman missed 41 with 3 darts though allowing Lloyd an opportunity at the 3 figure finish.

Jaws kicked off the second set with a break of throw and went on to win 3-0 for a two set lead , he then missed a 170 to take the third set 3-1 , Webster hit back to square the set but missed a 120 finish in the next as Lloyd took out 78 to go 3 sets clear.

Webster won the fourth set without reply and backed it up with 110 checkout to take the fifth set 3-2 and reduce the deficit to just one set and threaten to  take the game to the distance.

A focused Lloyd was uninterested in any sort of comeback from Webster and defiantly set about his own game, taking the sixth and final set 3-0 with legs of 11, 15  and a brilliant 10 darts to seal the victory.

Raymond van Barneveld continued his winning ways, albeit not so emphatically as in his first round win over Michael Smith. He dropped just one set against an under performing Brendan Dolan to move into the last 16.

The solid performance from Barney included a 95 average and 50% success on doubles, but lacked the 180 count and ton+ finishes he achieved against Smith, with the pace of the game probably affecting the Dutchman’s rhythm.

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