Newton, Whitlock and Lewis Breeze into the Last 16
World Darts Championship

The Warrior – Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Ladrokes World Darts Championship Results

22 December Evening Session 
3x Second Round
Wes Newton 4 v 0 Scott Rand (3-2, 3-1, 3-2, 3-0)
Simon Whitlock 4 v 0 Colin Osborne (3-0, 3-2, 3-2, 3-0)
Adrian Lewis 4 v 1 Denis Ovens (3-0, 3-1, 0-3, 3-2, 3-2)

Adrian Lewis’ bid to win a third successive Ladbrokes World Darts Championship continued as he saw off plucky Denis Ovens on Saturday night, as Simon Whitlock and Wes Newton continued their strong starts at Alexandra Palace.

Lewis followed up his first round victory over Gino Vos with a 4-1 defeat of veteran Denis Ovens as he set up a last 16 clash with Kevin Painter following the Christmas break.

The 27-year-old was again below his best, averaging only 88 and hitting five 180s, but said: “It wasn’t brilliant but I got the job done and I’m pleased to be through.

“I hit the crucial shots at the right time, but I’ve got to improve if I’m going to keep the title and the important thing is that I’m through.

“I’ve got a few days over Christmas where I’ll be back on the practice board to prepare for Kevin and I’m looking forward to it. I watched Kevin’s game earlier today and he’s in fantastic form so I’ll be ready for him.”

2010 runner-up Simon Whitlock swept past Colin Osborne in straight sets to set up a third round clash with Dave Chisnall courtesy of a second solid performance at Alexandra Palace.

The Australian lost only four legs and took out a 164 checkout as he progressed, and admitted: “It was a fairly solid display and I’m happy with the way things have been going.

“I had to dig deep in the second set, but apart from that I felt pretty comfortable. I expected more from Colin because he played very well in his first round match but he didn’t perform tonight.

“I’ll need to improve against Dave Chisnall because he’s a superb player and we’ve had some good battles recently. He hits a lot of 180s and I need to do the same sort of thing, otherwise he’s going to try to bully me.

World Darts Championship

The Wizard – Lawrence Lustig/PDC

“I’m looking forward to having Christmas at home [in Hampshire] and I’ll be practising hard.”

Number six seed Wes Newton was the night’s most impressive performer at Alexandra Palace as he overcame Scott Rand 4-0.

Newton, September’s European Championship finalist, hit finishes of 144, 143 and 133 as well as five 180s, and restricted Coventry’s Rand to just five legs as he moved into the last 16.

“I’m very pleased with that performance,” said Newton, who will play either Justin Pipe or Mark Walsh in the third round after Christmas.

“I didn’t realise the performance was that good but I was really focused tonight. Scott had played well to beat Kim Huybrechts in the first round so I knew I had to come out and get on top of him, and I took out some big finishes.

“I felt good but I still think I’ve got more in the locker and I’m getting better with each round at the moment. I’ve been to a few TV finals and I’m used to the big stage now, and I know I’ve got the game to go a long way here.”

Earlier in the day, Painter had held off a stirring fightback from Ronnie Baxter before progressing with a 4-3 victory, after the Blackpool ace – who hit 14 180s in the game – had come from 3-1 down to level and then lead in the decider with a run of eight successive legs.

Former world number one Colin Lloyd was a 4-2 winner against ex-Lakeside Champion Mark Webster, while five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld saw off Northern Ireland’s Brendan Dolan 4-1.

Pipe and Walsh will open Sunday’s play at Alexandra Palace, with the remaining four second round games to be followed by the first two games from the third round before the tournament finishes for a three-day Christmas break.

Dean Winstanley, who enjoyed a debut victory over Mervyn King in the event, then meets Dutch ace Vincent van der Voort before world number three James Wade plays Steve Beaton.

Number seven seed Michael van Gerwen’s clash with Peter Wright in the evening session concludes the second round before the third round begins with the games between Andy Hamilton and Terry Jenkins and Phil Taylor’s meeting with Robert Thornton conclude the pre-Christmas action.

Afternoon Session (12.30pm)

3x Second Round
Justin Pipe v Mark Walsh
Dean Winstanley v Vincent van der Voort
James Wade v Steve Beaton

Evening Session (7pm)
Second Round
Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright
Third Round
Andy Hamilton v Terry Jenkins
Phil Taylor v Robert Thornton
All games the best of seven sets

Match Reports
Wes Newton 4-0 Scott Rand
(3-2, 3-1, 3-2, 3-0)

WES NEWTON breezed into the last 16 of the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace with a impressive straight sets victory over Scott Rand.

Rand did little wrong, but was powerless to stop a rampant Newton, who hit three ton-plus finishes and ended the match with a three-dart average of over 99 – after averaging over 100 for most of the game.

“I’m very pleased with that performance,” said Newton, who will play either Justin Pipe or Mark Walsh in the third round after Christmas.

“I didn’t realise the performance was that good but I was really focused tonight. Scott had played well to beat Kim Huybrechts in the first round so I knew I had to come out and get on top of him, and I took out some big finishes.

“I felt good but I still think I’ve got more in the locker and I’m getting better with each round at the moment. I’ve been to a few TV finals and I’m used to the big stage now, and I know I’ve got the game to go a long way here.”

Rand, who knocked out Wes Newton in the first round, hit a 180 with his first three darts of the contest before Newton won the first leg by hitting double 12, and after the Coventry ace levelled it was the European Championsihp finalist who edged the third with a fantastic 144 finish.

The Fleetwood ace produced more high scoring in the fourth leg to leave 64 after nine darts, only to miss to darts at double 12 to win the set, allowing Rand in on double five.

Newton posted his second maximum in the deciding leg before going on to hit double 16 to take an early lead, and end a high-quality set of darts.

Rand hit a 180 at the start of the second set but Newton took out a superb 143 checkout to win the opening leg against the darts.

Rand secured an immediate break back despite a 180 from his opponent, but the number six seed edged ahead once again as hit double top to complete a 13-darter and he then landed his his ton third plus checkout of the match as he took out 133 to leave Rand trailing by two sets.

Newton continued the superb standard at the start of set three as he scored 140, 180 and 140 before taking the first leg with a 12-darter.

Newton hit a 177 to take command of the second leg, but nine missed darts at doubles proved expensive as Rand hit double nine to level.

Newton posted double eight to regain the lead before Rand won the fourth leg, hitting double nine for the second time in the set to level.

Newton kicked off the decider with a brace of 140s to pull clear, but Rand hit a score of 170 to apply pressure – but when the Fleetwood ace missed a dart at tops he was unable to capitalise as the world number six eventually posted double five to take a three-set cushion.

Newton powered on the in fourth set as he broke throw in the first leg with a 74 finish and won the next two legs with finishes of 77 and 68 to round off a fine performance.

Simon Whitlock 4-0 Colin Osborne
(3-0, 3-2, 3-2, 3-0)
SIMON WHITLOCK eased into Ladbrokes World Darts Championship’s third round with a straight sets victory over Colin Osborne at Alexandra Palace on Saturday.

The Australian, who was the runner-up in 2010, dropped just four legs against the Derby thrower, and will now face Dave Chisnall after Christmas to compete for a place in the last eight.

“It was a fairly solid display and I’m happy with the way things have been going,” said Whitlock. “”I had to dig deep in the second set, but apart from that I felt pretty comfortable.

“I expected more from Colin because he played very well in his first round match but he didn’t perform tonight.

“I’ll need to improve against Dave Chisnall because he’s a superb player and we’ve had some good battles recently. He hits a lot of 180s and I need to do the same sort of thing, otherwise he’s going to try to bully me.

“I’m looking forward to having Christmas at home [in Hampshire] and I’ll be practising hard.”

Whitlock won the opening leg by taking out 61 to complete a 15-dart finish, before recording a 104 checkout to break throw in the second.

The Australian, who defeated Japan’s Haruki Muramatsu in the first round, let three chances to win the set go begging in leg three, but Osborne was unable to set up a shot at a double and Whitlock returned to hit double two for the early advantage.

He then missed three darts to win the second set’s opener as Osorne landed double four to get his first leg on the board.

The former UK Open finalist then recorded a 180 in the second leg and doubles his advantage by taking out 66 in two darts, after Whitlock missed two more darts at doubles.

Whitlock took out a two-dart 76 finish to win the third leg against the throw before hitting a superb 164 checkout to take the fourth and level.

Osborne held advantage of throw in the deciding leg, but Whitlock produced the more consistent scoring and hit a two-dart 65 finish to double his lead.

Both players held throw at the start of the third set, and Whitlock continued the trend as he hit double top, despite a 180 from his opponent, to lead 2-1.

Osborne hit double ten to win the fourth leg, but Whitlock posted the same double in the fifth for a 14-dart finish as he moved a set away from victory.

Whitlock converted a 68 finish to make a good start to the fourth set, and the European Champion took out 64, which included a 180, in the second before punishing a miss at double eight from Osborne to seal victory on tops.

Adrian Lewis 4-1 Denis Ovens
(3-0, 3-1, 0-3, 3-2, 3-2)
DEFENDING CHAMPION Adrian Lewis maintained his bid for a third successive Ladbrokes World Darts Championship title by overcoming Denis Ovens 4-1 in their second round contest at Alexandra Palace on Saturday night.

Lewis never hit top gear during the contest but did more than enough to secure the victory, and will now play Kevin Painter in the last 16 following the Christmas break, after the 2004 runner-up defeated Ronnie Baxter earlier in the day.

“It wasn’t brilliant but I got the job done and I’m pleased to be through,” said Lewis. “I hit the crucial shots at the right time, but I’ve got to improve if I’m going to keep the title and the important thing is that I’m through.

“I’ve got a few days over Christmas where I’ll be back on the practice board to prepare for Kevin and I’m looking forward to it. I watched Kevin’s game earlier today and he’s in fantastic form so I’ll be ready for him.”

Lewis held throw to win the game’s opening leg on double six and then broke by landing tops at the fifthattempt, to leave Ovens immediately under pressure.

The three-time UK Open semi-finalist continued to struggle to find any kind of rhythm in the third leg, and Lewis hit double eight at the first time of asking to wrap up the opening set.

Lewis, who defeated Gino Vos in his opening game, broke his opponent’s throw with a 15-dart finish at the start of the second set and the defending champion then took out 72 on double top to win a fifth straight leg.

Ovens hit double 16 to win his first leg of the contest to pull back to 2-1, but Lewis took the next in 14 darts to secure the second set.

Lewis was off-target with six darts at doubles at the start of the third set, and Ovens capitalised by hitting tops to win only his second leg of the game.

Ovens then hit tops for a second leg running, as he converted an 80 finish, to take the next leg before Lewis hit the first 180 of the contest to take command of the third – only to miss four doubles as Ovens finished 98 to take the set.

Lewis found his groove at the start of the fourth set as he hit back-to-back 180s in a 12-dart finish, but a missed dart at tops in the next allowed Ovens level on double five.

Ovens hit a 61 finish, on double 18, to take the third leg before Lewis won the fourth on double ten to force a deciding leg, which he opened with two 140s and won on double 11 to restore his two-set advantage.

Both players recorded 180s at the start of the fifth set before Lewis claimed the opening leg with a 64 finish, with Ovens levelling on double 18 before the Stoke ace hit the same bed to move to the brink of victory.

Lewis looked on course to complete the win as he left 26 in the fourth leg, but Ovens had other ideas as he hit an excellent 113 checkout to keep his slim hopes alive.

Lewis, though, held the advantage of throw in the fifth leg and he made that count with a 65 finish to ensure his last 16 spot.


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