CRISTO REYES created a piece of history as he became the first Spanish player to reach the last 16 of the William Hill World Darts Championship, coming from 3-1 down to defeat Kevin Painter 4-3 in a dramatic second round clash, while Kim Huybrechts and Andy Hamilton also moved through to round three on Sunday afternoon.

After coming through a field of 154 players in the Iberian Qualifier just to win a place at Alexandra Palace, Reyes defeated Christian Perez and number 13 seed Wes Newton on the opening night of the tournament before Christmas.

The Tenerife ace looked a long way from causing another upset as Painter moved 3-1 up in sets, but Reyes showed his nerve by winning the next two sets 3-2, before dominating the deciding set with three successive legs to earn a shock win and a third round clash with Gary Anderson.

Reyes sensed an upset as he took the first set. Despite Painter hitting two 180s in one leg Reyes checked out 66 and then held his nerve in the decider to win the set 3-2, but it all looked to be going wrong from there as the 2004 finalist won the next six legs on the spin.

Painter took the second set 3-1 and then took out 60 three times on the bounce to win the third 3-0, before Reyes eventually stopped the rot by winning the first leg of the fourth set.

Painter, though, answered with a 141 finish and went on to claim a third successive set as he opened up a 3-1 lead.

Reyes – who survived a sudden-death leg against Newton in the first round – again showed he can hold his nerve on the big stage as he bravely fought his way back, crucially winning the deciding leg of the fifth set when Painter left himself on 163 and unable to finish.

Painter took out 65 and 54 to go ahead in the sixth, but Reyes hit back to level an enthralling game at three sets all.

With the momentum going into the deciding set, Reyes hit two 180s in the first leg to break the throw of Painter, who also hit a maximum, before taking out 44 and then 72 in two darts to seal a famous victory.

“It’s incredible, I’m speechless really,” said Reyes. “I will always fight right until the end, even though I was 3-1 down I was always going to fight until the last dart.

“Until the referee calls the final shot I always think I can win, and until the last dart goes in I will always keep going – that’s the way I always play and that won’t change.

“We have flights booked for tonight so we’ll have to go and try to change them now and try and book the hotel for an extra few days so I can stay here and prepare for the next match in a few days – but that’s a happy thing for me to do.”

Kim Huybrechts exacted revenge in kind on Ian White as he won a see-saw battle 4-3 in the second round – having lost by the same scoreline when the pair met at Alexandra Palace 12 months ago.

White won the first set before Huybrechts went 2-1 up, only to see the Stoke ace take seven legs in a row to lead 3-2.

Huybrechts, though, regained his stride to win the next two sets as he moves through to a third round clash with either Phil Taylor or Mark Webster.

There was hardly anything between the players, with both averaging just under 94 and winning 14 legs in total. White held the edge with ten 180s to Huybrechts’ six and also had a better checkout percentage, but it was the Belgian who emerged victorious.

“It was not about revenge, it was all about today and about this match,” said Huybrechts. “Of course I remember losing 4-3 last year, but I was not thinking about that up on the stage during this match.

“When I was losing 3-2 I knew I had to be a bit more aggressive, that’s part of my game and how I deal with the nerves. Some players don’t like to show their emotions too much but players like myself and Michael van Gerwen celebrate almost every leg.

“I’m a nervous player and I get a bit tight in the arm at times, so celebrating a double helps get rid of some of that tension – every leg is a leg closer to winning the match so I like to celebrate.”

Andy Hamilton also came from behind to claim victory, recovering from a 2-1 defecit to produce a powerful finish as he overcame Kyle Anderson 4-2.

2012 runner-up Hamilton set up a third round clash with last year’s beaten finalist Peter Wright with a trademark battling performance as he responded from going 2-1 behind by winning nine of the next 12 legs to storm through to another third round.

Hamilton’s 90.06 average was just under below Anderson’s, and the Australian also hit one more 180 with three to Hamilton’s two, but it was the finishing power of Hamilton that proved to be the difference.

Hamilton finished almost 43 percent of his chances on doubles and took out 116 and four 80-plus outshots, and although Anderson took out a 156 he could not match the better consistency of the Stoke ace.

“It was tough game, I battled hard and I had to battle hard to win that one,” said Hamilton. “That’s how I win games – my games always seem to be hard work, I always fight hard and never give up.

“Peter Wright’s a great player but I’m not scared of anyone really; it’s all about me and my game. I’m just going to play my own game and let the result take care of itself.”

Phil Taylor continues his bid for a 17th World Championship when he plays Mark Webster in the evening session, with two-time champion Adrian Lewis meeting World Youth Champion Keegan Brown and Darren Webster up against Dean Winstanley.

WILLIAM HILL WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Second Round
Sunday December 28
Afternoon Session
Andy Hamilton 4-2 Kyle Anderson
Cristo Reyes 4-3 Kevin Painter
Ian White 3-4 Kim Huybrechts

Evening Session (7pm)
Darren Webster v Dean Winstanley
Phil Taylor v Mark Webster
Adrian Lewis v Keegan Brown

Second Round – Best of Seven Sets, Best of Five Legs Per Set

MATCH INFORMATION
ANDY HAMILTON 4-2 KYLE ANDERSON
(3-1, 1-3, 2-3, 3-1, 3-1, 3-1)

ANDY HAMILTON came from 2-1 down to produce a powerful finish and defeat Kyle Anderson 4-2 in the second round of the William Hill World Darts Championship.

2012 runner-up Hamilton set-up a third round clash with last year’s beaten finalist Peter Wright with a trademark battling performance as he responded from going 2-1 behind by winning nine of the next 12 legs to storm through to another third round.

Hamilton’s 90.06 average was just under a point lower than Anderson’s, and the Australian also hit one more 180 with three to Hamilton’s two, but it was the finishing power of the Stoke ace that proved the difference.

Hamilton finished almost 43 percent of his chances on doubles and took out 116 and four 80-plus outshots, and although Anderson took out a 156 he could not match the better consistency of the Stoke ace.

Hamilton moved ahead with a 116 in the third leg, and he took the set with a break in the next sealed by a 52 checkout.

Anderson levelled in set two, opening with a brilliant 156 checkout before a 13-darter involving a 140 and 180 doubled his lead and a 14-darter clinched the set.

Anderson was flying, and after a 14-darter made it two legs all in the third set he followed up with a 114 checkout to take the decider and move ahead for the first time.

Hamilton, a renowned fighter, hit an 84 finish in set four, and a break of throw helped him level the game before an 86 checkout for a break of throw handed him the fifth set and a 3-2 lead, after Anderson had missed crucial doubles to stay in the set.

An 81 finish on the bull made it seven legs out of eight for Hamilton, and although Anderson broke back immediately the Stoke star hit a 180 in taking the next and then punished three missed doubles from his opponent to seal the win.

“It was tough game, I battled hard and I had to battle hard to win that one,” said Hamilton. “That’s how I win games – my games always seem to be hard work, I always fight hard and never give up.

“Peter Wright’s a great player but I’m not scared of anyone really; it’s all about me and my game. I’m just going to play my own game and let the result take care of itself.”
Match Information
First Set 3-1 – A 52 outshot to start from Hamilton is followed by a 116 checkout to make it 2-1 before another 52 breaks throw to seal the set.
Second Set 1-3 – Brilliant 156 from Anderson to kick-off the set, and he follows it with a 180 in a 13-darter. He misses three doubles for the set as Hamilton hits back, but Anderson takes the next with a 14-darter.
Third Set 2-3 – A 180 from Anderson levels at 1-1, and a 14-darter later makes it 2-2. A 15-darter finished off with a 114 finish secures a break and the set for Anderson.
Fourth Set 3-1 – A 58 to start the set puts Anderson ahead, but Hamilton wins the next three, with an 84 checkout the highlight, to level the game.
Fifth Set 3-1 – A 96 outshot caps a 14-darter for Anderson, who hits a 180 in the next but loses the leg thanks to missed doubles. Hamilton then claims the set with an 86 finish for a break.
Sixth Set 3-1 – A 180 and 81 finish on the bull for Hamilton gives him the opener before another break, thanks to a 180, puts him 2-1 ahead, and after missing six darts for the match he finally seals progression at the seventh attempt.

CRISTO REYES 4-3 KEVIN PAINTER
(3-1, 1-3, 0-3, 2-3, 3-2, 3-2, 3-0)
CRISTO REYES created a piece of history as he became the first Spanish player to reach the last 16 of the William Hill World Darts Championship, coming from 3-1 down to defeat Kevin Painter 4-3 in a dramatic second round clash.

After coming through a field of 154 players in the Iberian Qualifier just to win a place at Alexandra Palace, Reyes defeated Christian Perez and number 13 seed Wes Newton on the opening night of the tournament before Christmas.

The Tenerife ace looked a long way from causing another upset as Painter moved 3-1 up in sets, but Reyes showed his nerve by winning the next two sets 3-2, before dominating the deciding set with three successive legs to earn a shock win and a third round clash with Gary Anderson.

Reyes sensed an upset as he took the first set. Despite Painter hitting two 180s in one leg Reyes checked out 66 and then held his nerve in the decider to win the set 3-2, but it all looked to be going wrong from there as the 2004 finalist won the next six legs on the spin.

Painter took the second set 3-1 and then took out 60 three times on the bounce to win the third 3-0, before Reyes eventually stopped the rot by winning the first leg of the fourth set.

Painter, though, answered with a 141 finish and went on to claim a third successive set as he opened up a 3-1 lead.

Reyes – who survived a sudden-death leg against Newton in the first round – again showed he can hold his nerve on the big stage as he bravely fought his way back, crucially winning the deciding leg of the fifth set when Painter left himself on 163 and unable to finish.

Painter took out 65 and 54 to go ahead in the sixth, but Reyes hit back to level an enthralling game at three sets all.

With the momentum going into the deciding set, Reyes hit two 180s in the first leg to break the throw of Painter, who also hit a maximum, before taking out 44 and then 72 in two darts to seal a famous victory.

“It’s incredible, I’m speechless really,” said Reyes. “I will always fight right until the end, even though I was 3-1 down I was always going to fight until the last dart.

“Until the referee calls the final shot I always think I can win, and until the last dart goes in I will always keep going – that’s the way I always play and that won’t change.

“We have flights booked for tonight so we’ll have to go and try to change them now and try and book the hotel for an extra few days so I can stay here and prepare for the next match in a few days – but that’s a happy thing for me to do.”

Match Information
First Set 3-2 – Back-to-back 180s for Painter but Reyes takes out 66 to make it 1-1. Painter levels but Reyes hits double 16 for the set.
Second Set 1-3 – Reyes hits two 180s but loses both legs as Painter takes out legs of 14, 15 and 14 darts to win the set and level.
Third Set 0-3 – Strangley it’s a hat-trick of 60 checkouts for Painter that do the damage, and he also hits his fourth 180 as he moves ahead.
Fourth Set 2-3 – A brilliant 141 from Painter in the second leg levels before a 180 helps Reyes move 2-1 up, but Painter takes the next two legs, punishing his opponent in the decider by taking out double three.
Fifth Set 3-2 – Reyes takes out 55 and Painter 65 as it goes to 2-2. Reyes misses the bull for the set but Painter has left himself on 163 and can’t finish – Reyes returns to stay in the match.
Sixth Set 3-2 – Again it goes the distance as Reyes breaks the Painter throw to stay in the match at 2-2, before taking the decider again to level the match.
Seventh Set 3-0 – Reyes runs through this one with two 180s in a break in the first leg, a 44 outshot in the second and a 72 in the third to claim a famous victory.

IAN WHITE 3-4 KIM HUYBRECHTS
(3-2, 2-3, 2-3, 3-0, 3-0, 1-3, 0-3)

KIM HUYBRECHTS exacted revenge in kind on Ian White as he won a see-saw battle 4-3 in the second round – having lost by the same scoreline when the pair met at Alexandra Palace 12 months ago.

White won the first set before Huybrechts went 2-1 up, only to see the Stoke ace take seven legs in a row to lead 3-2.

Huybrechts, though, regained his stride to win the next two sets as he moves through to a third round clash with either Phil Taylor or Mark Webster.

There was hardly anything between the players, with both averaging just under 94 and winning 14 legs in total. White held the edge with ten 180s to Huybrechts’ six and also had a better checkout percentage, but it was the Belgian who emerged victorious.

Momentum was key in the match, as White pinched a close first set with a 95 finish in the fifth leg, but outshot of 86 in the first and 85 in the last gave Huybrechts a similar close win in the second, despite an 11-darter from the Stoke man.

The third set followed the first two in going the full five legs, and despite hitting three 180s and checking out 113 White fell behind as Huybrechts hit a crucial 180 to leave double eight in the second leg and a 180 to leave 32 for a 13-darter in the fifth.

White then burst into life as he took seven legs on the spin, including finishes of 100 and 101 and an 11-darter, as he took a 3-2 lead, but again Huybrechts swung the match his way by taking the sixth set 3-1.

A decider turned out to be one-sided for the Belgian as he started off with an 89 checkout, added a break of throw on double 16 and hit a 180 and double eight to seal the match.

“It was not about revenge, it was all about today and about this match,” said Huybrechts. “Of course I remember losing 4-3 last year, but I was not thinking about that up on the stage during this match.

“When I was losing 3-2 I knew I had to be a bit more aggressive, that’s part of my game and how I deal with the nerves. Some players don’t like to show their emotions too much but players like myself and Michael van Gerwen celebrate almost every leg.

“I’m a nervous player and I get a bit tight in the arm at times, so celebrating a double helps get rid of some of that tension – every leg is a leg closer to winning the match so I like to celebrate.”

Match Information
First Set 3-2 – Both men hit a 180, but White pinches the set with a 95 outshot in the decider.
Second Set 2-3 – 86 starts Huybrechts off, White responds with an 11-darter but Huybrechts finishes 60 to force a decier. Both hit 180s but this time Huybrechts takes out 85 to level the game.
Third Set 2-3 – A 180 sets up double 18 for Huybrechts in the second leg for 2-0. A 113 finish helps White to level but Huybrechts again takes the decider with a 13-darter.
Fourth Set 3-0 – White takes all three legs, with a 68 outshot and a 101 finish aiding his cause.
Fifth Set 3-0 – Another clean sweep for White features a 100 checkout in the first leg.
SIxth Set 1-3 – An 11-darter to start for White continues his run, but a 180 helps Huybrechts respond. He then breaks and hits double 16 in the fourth to level the game.
Seventh Set 0-3 – The deciding set turns out to be one-sided, with an 89 finish first up for Huybrechts, then a break on double 16 and a 180 in the third leg finished off with double eight.