In the last of the first round fixtures Ian White capitalised on Robert Thornton’s double demons and booked his place in the last 16 of the 2013 World Matchplay. Thornton’s animated frustration at his inability to perform on the Winter Gardens stage was there for all to see; including White who had raced to a 4-1 lead at the break.

An exhibition finish of 125 (bull, 25, bull) delighted the crowd but crucially extended White’s lead to 7-2 as Thornton continued to struggle. Diamond went on to seal a superb 10-3 victory – an 81 check out on the bull bringing his impressive display to a close.

World Matchplay First Round Results

Robert Thornton 3 v 10 Ian White
Wes Newton 8 v 10 Jamie Caven
Adrian Lewis 10 v 5 Ronny Huybrechts
Andy Hamilton 10 v 1 Ronnie Baxter

Wes Newton looked to be in control against Jamie Caven. After a steady start from both players he  found himself 7-4  ahead with the finishing line in sight.

A spirited fightback from Caven seemingly out of nowhere levelled the match before Newton hit back to restore his advantage. Caven took then next,  then reeled off two more 180 fuelled legs of 13 and 14 darts for a memorable 10-8 victory.

Adrian Lewis earned his right to meet Brendan Dolan in round 2 with a 10-5 victory over Ronny Huybrechts in a game which he admitted afterwards was not his best performance. However Jackpot is confident of his chances this week and intends to win the tournament!

Andy Hamilton took a fine win over an underperforming Ronnie Baxter. The post-match stats revealing a measly 11% of converted doubles for local lad Baxter. In contrast Hamilton’s solid 97 ave and 52% success on doubles is good preparation for his last 16 clash with fellow Stoke slinger Ian White. The full second round fixtures can be found below.

Tuesday July 23 (7pm-12am)
Second Round
van Barneveld v Pipe
Whitlock v Painter
Taylor v Jenkins
Wade v Anderson

Wednesday July 24 (7pm-12am)
Second Round
Hamilton v White
A Lewis v Dolan
van Gerwen v Wright
Caven v Chisnall

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