TERRY JENKINS won 12 legs without reply and came within a whisker of a nine-darter during an impressive 4-0 victory in the second round of the William Hill World Darts Championship over Laurence Ryder, while Robert Thornton and Peter Wright also secured comfortable wins.

Derby-born Australian Ryder shocked Justin Pipe in the first round but could not live with Jenkins, who averaged 96.45 and hit seven 180s while only occasionally struggling on doubles.

Jenkins also hit a 164 finish, but it was the fifth leg of the match that almost yielded a second nine-darter in as many years for Jenkins, who hit a perfect leg in last year’s event only to later lose to Per Laursen.

The Ledbury star hit back-to-back 180s, another treble 20 and treble 19 in the 141 combination he needed for another perfect leg, but was only just the wrong side of the wire on double 12 to agonisingly miss out on the achievement.

Ryder hit a single 180 and missed all six of his efforts at double as Jenkins secured a possible third round tie against defending champion Michael van Gerwen with an impressive performance.

“It was close wasn’t it,” Jenkins said of his nine-dart effort. “I looked at it first and thought it might have gone in, but it was close.

“After hitting a nine-darter here last year I really thought I could do it again, so I wasn’t scared as I lined up the 141 – I was expecting to hit it.”

Jenkins – the runner-up in the UK Open and European Championship this year – added of a possible third round clash with van Gerwen: “Michael’s an awesome player and I’ll have to play like I did today to stand a chance of beating Michael in the next round.

“But I’ve played well today so I’ll keep practising as normal and fingers crossed I can play that way again. I’ve been on the board an hour a day and that seems to be working just fine for me

“I’ll go into the game with no pressure on my shoulders at all, I won’t be expected to win I suppose but I’ve beaten Michael before and I’ve got nothing to prove up there so I’ll not be feeling the pressure at all.”

Robert Thornton made it into the third round for the fifth time as he kicked-off the resumption of the tournament after Christmas with a commanding straight sets demolition of Ronnie Baxter.

Thornton averaged 93.78 and hit seven 180s and 11 140s in a tremendous scoring performance, as he managed to miss 27 doubles and still make it through without dropping a set.

Baxter hit three 180s, but paid the price for 20 missed doubles during the game, picking up just four legs in the match.

Thornton almost raised the roof as he hit back-to-back 180s to start a leg in the third set, but after the seventh treble 20 he was just millimetres outside of the treble 19 on a prospective nine-darter.

Having never made it beyond the third round at Alexandra Palace, Thornton will try and break that run against either Dave Chisnall or Benito van de Pas on Monday.

“In some of the legs I had chances to win a set and I missed a couple of doubles,” said Thornton. “Ronnie missed more doubles than me and he’s usually a bit better than that on them so I’m happy to have made it through into the next round.

“We had over a week there in between matches and thats probably a bit too long, I’m lucky I had my grandkids to think about and keep me busy over Christmas.

“Then when you get here it’s all business again, and I’m glad it’s not too long now until the next game on Monday.”

Last year’s beaten finalist, Peter Wright, was made to work harder in the third game of the afternoon, but in the end he also made comfortable progress into round three with a 4-1 win over Ronny Huybrechts.

Wright averaged 95.52 and threw three 180s but the real quality was in his finishing, as he hit three ton-plus checkouts and just over 46 percent of his chances at doubles.

Huybrechts had an 87.52 match average, equalled Wright’s 180 tally and hit a 104 checkout of his own, but his scoring was always just a few notches behind the number five seed.

The Scot now moves on to a third round encounter with either Andy Hamilton or Kyle Anderson on Tuesday.

“It was a hard battle,” said Wright. “I got very emotional up there because of all these fans singing my name, I was filling up with tears up there because I’m not used to it!

“It’s so great getting all the support from the crowd and I came out feeling fantastic, but the emotion I got from the crowd took over and I found it hard to concentrate.

“I averaged 95 and I’ve not played well yet in this tournament but I’m through to the next round so I can only improve and get better.”

The evening session opens with Dave Chisnall taking on Benito van de Pas, with reigning World Champion Michael van Gerwen then meeting Germany’s Sascha Stein, before Gary Anderson plays Jelle Klaasen.

WILLIAM HILL WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Second Round
Saturday December 27
Afternoon Session
Robert Thornton 4-0 Ronnie Baxter
Terry Jenkins 4-0 Laurence Ryder
Peter Wright 4-1 Ronny Huybrechts

Evening Session (7pm)
Dave Chisnall v Benito van de Pas
Michael van Gerwen v Sascha Stein
Gary Anderson v Jelle Klaasen

Best of Seven Sets

MATCH INFORMATION
ROBERT THORNTON 4-0 RONNIE BAXTER
(3-0, 3-2, 3-1, 3-1)
ROBERT THORNTON made it into the third round of the William Hill World Darts Championship for the fifth time as he kicked-off the resumption of the tournament after Christmas with a commanding 4-0 demolition of Ronnie Baxter.

Thornton averaged 93.78 and hit seven 180s and 11 140s in a tremendous scoring performance, and despite missing 27 doubles he still make it through without dropping a set.

Baxter hit three 180s for an 84.48 average but was way down at just over 16 percent on his doubles when hitting just four of 24 as he could pick up just four legs in the match.

Thornton almost raised the roof as he hit back-to-back 180s to start a leg in the third set, but after the seventh treble 20 he was just millimetres outside of the treble 19 on a prospective nine-darter, but he was left to celebrate a fine win.

Having never made it beyond the third round at Alexandra Palace, Thornton will try and break that run against either Dave Chisnall or Benito van de Pas on Monday.

Former UK Open champion Thornton opened up with a 13-darter and hit two 180s in the next as he breezed through the opening set 3-0, and started the second set with a 14-darter.

Baxter finally got a leg on the board in the next but another Thornton 180 left him with tops, and a 13-darter next put him 2-0 up.

The third set opened with Baxter first to a finish as he landed a maximum, but a 180 from Thornton – leaving himself four – applied the pressure before he stepped in to punish misses from his opponent on double two.

Tops for a 14-darter moved Thornton two legs up before Baxter hit back in the third, only for Thornton to throw two 180s to set up a possible nine-darter in leg four.

He landed another treble 20, but narrowly missed out on the treble 19, although he would return to post double 16 for a ten-darter to seal the set, and in the fourth Baxter could not get close enough again as Thornton took it 3-1 to cruise into the last 16.

“In some of the legs I had chances to win a set and I missed a couple of doubles,” said Thornton. “Ronnie missed more doubles than me and he’s usually a bit better than that on them so I’m happy to have made it through into the next round.

“We had over a week there in between matches and thats probably a bit too long, I’m lucky I had my grandkids to think about and keep me busy over Christmas.

“Then when you get here it’s all business again, and I’m glad it’s not too long now until the next game on Monday.”

Match Information
First Set 3-0 – A 13-darter is a great way to start for Thornton, and he follows up with two 180s in the second for the break, and seals a quick set in the third – Baxter doesn’t get a shot at double.
Second Set 3-2 – More competitive from Baxter, who gets his first leg on the board and then leads 2-1 as Thornton misses doubles. A 180 leaves tops for Thornton to level before a 13-darter takes the set.
Third set 3-1 – Baxter should win the first leg but misses three at tops after a 180 from Thornton leaves him on double two, which he finishes. Baxter gets it back to 2-1 but Thornton just misses treble 19 when on a nine-darter, before taking out for a ten-darter for the set.
Fourth Set 3-1 – Three breaks to open up the set, leaving Thornton 2-1 ahead after he hits 135 to leave double 16. Baxter misses three darts to stay in the match and Thornton returns to book his place in round three.

TERRY JENKINS 4-0 LAURENCE RYDER
(3-0, 3-0, 3-0, 3-0)
TERRY JENKINS won 12 legs without reply and came within a whisker of a nine-darter during an impressive 4-0 victory in the second round of the William Hill World Darts Championship over Laurence Ryder.

Derby-born Australian Ryder shocked Justin Pipe in the first round but could simply not live with Jenkins, who averaged 96.45 and hit seven 180s while only occasionally struggling on doubles.

Jenkins, who took under half an hour to win the match, also hit a 164 outshot, but it was the fifth leg of the match that almost yielded a second nine-darter in two years for Jenkins, who hit a perfect leg in last year’s event only to lose his first round game to Per Laursen.

The Ledbury star hit back-to-back 180s, another treble 20 and treble 19 in the 141 combination he needed for another perfect leg, but was only just the wrong side of the wire on double 12 to agonisingly miss out on the achievement.

Ryder hit a single 180 and missed all six of his efforts at double as Jenkins secured a possible third round tie against defending champion Michael van Gerwen.

Jenkins started with a 180 in the first leg to take the early lead, and he started the second in exactly the same manner before hitting 59 to finish, before a 102 checkout in the third leg saw him capture a comfortable first set.

Another 180 at the start of the second got Jenkins off the mark, before that sparkling leg almost brought about his second nine-darter in as many years. Jenkins returned to win that leg and completed the second set by taking out 74.

Tops gave Jenkins a seventh leg on the spin, with Ryder stranded on ten after missing three double fives, and an 81 two-dart finish followed before a 180 set up a superb 164 finish for the third set.

The fourth set followed the same pattern, with a 60 finish on tops putting Jenkins ahead, a 180 helping him to a 36 finish in the second and double 18 sealing the match in just 29 minutes of playing time.

“It was close wasn’t it,” Jenkins said of his nine-dart effort. “I looked at it first and thought it might have gone in, but it was close.

“After hitting a nine-darter here last year I really thought I could do it again, so I wasn’t scared as I lined up the 141 – I was expecting to hit it.”

Jenkins – the runner-up in the UK Open and European Championship this year – added of a possible third round clash with van Gerwen: “Michael’s an awesome player and I’ll have to play like I did today to stand a chance of beating Michael in the next round.

“But I’ve played well today so I’ll keep practising as normal and fingers crossed I can play that way again. I’ve been on the board an hour a day and that seems to be working just fine for me

“I’ll go into the game with no pressure on my shoulders at all, I won’t be expected to win I suppose but I’ve beaten Michael before and I’ve got nothing to prove up there so I’ll not be feeling the pressure at all.”

Match Information
First Set 3-0 – Jenkins kicks off with a 180 as he breaks in the first leg, and starts the second in the same manner before taking out 59. A 102 outshot claims the set.
Second Set 3-0 – A 180 to start the set gives Jenkins the first leg. He almost hits a nine-darter in the next as he just misses double 12 by a whisker wth the crowd on their feet. A 74 outshot in the third makes it another clean sweep.
Third Set 3-0 – Three missed double fives from Ryder allow Jenkins to break. An 81 outshot with two darts gives him the second and a 164 on the bull gives him a ninth leg on the spin.
Fourth Set 3-0 – A 60 outshot on tops starts things off, a 180 in the next and double 18 makes it 2-0 and double 18 seals a whitewash.

PETER WRIGHT 4-1 RONNY HUYBRECHTS
(3-1, 1-3, 3-0, 3-1, 3-2)
LAST year’s beaten finalist Peter Wright made comfortable progress into round three of the William Hill World Darts Championship with a 4-1 win over Ronny Huybrechts.

Wright averaged 95.52 and threw three 180s but the real quality was in his finishing, as he hit three ton-plus checkouts and was just above 46 percent on doubles overall.

Huybrechts had an 87.52 match average, equalled Wright’s 180 tally and hit a 104 checkout of his own, but his scoring was always just a few notches behind the number four seed.

The Scot now moves on to a third round encounter with either Andy Hamilton or Kyle Anderson on Tuesday.

Wright ran away with the first set quickly, but Huybrechts answered in the next with the same 3-1 scoreline.

The Belgian never got a look-in in the third set as Wright caught fire, taking out 144 in the first leg befire hitting a 121 checkout – with Huybrechts on a finish – to double his advantage and also add the third to settle it.

A 104 checkout got Huybrechts away in the fourth, but a 180 helped Wright level before a third big finish of 111 put him ahead and tops gave him the set.

After trading legs in the fifth, Wright threw a ten-darter in the next, scoring 180, 140, 165 and double eight to go a leg away from the match.

Huybrechts bravely levelled with a 180 and 47 checkout, but throwing for the match Wright made no mistake, hitting a crucial 140 to set up a 24 which he took out with ease.

“It was a hard battle,” said Wright. “I got very emotional up there because of all these fans singing my name, I was filling up with tears up there because I’m not used to it!

“It’s so great getting all the support from the crowd and I came out feeling fantastic, but the emotion I got from the crowd took over and I found it hard to concentrate.

“I averaged 95 and I’ve not played well yet in this tournament but I’m through to the next round so I can only improve and get better.”

Match Information
First Set 3-1 – Huybrechts misses three doubles to let Wright in for the first leg, but levels straight away. Wright hits tops and double 12 to claim the set.
Second Set 1-3 – Wright misses doubles as Huybrechts goes in front, but a 180 and double 16 level for the Scot. The same combination puts Huybrechts back in front and he then takes the set.
Third Set 3-0 – Wright hits a brilliant 144 to win the first leg, and follows up with a 121 to thwart a Huybrechts 180. Wright seals the set 3-0.
Fourth Set 3-2 – A 104 finish puts Huybrechts ahead before Wright levels with a 13-darter and then takes out 111 to move 2-1 up, before landing tops for the set.
Fifth Set 3-2 – Wright takes the match. A ten-darter in the third leg is the highlight, having scored 180, 140, 165 before hitting double eight. A 180 helps Huybrechts level, but Wright hits 140 to leave 24 and takes it out with ease.