TAYLOR AND NICHOLSON SET UP EURO CLASH AS WRIGHT STUNS ANDERSON

PHIL TAYLOR will meet Paul Nicholson in the quarter-finals of the PartyPoker.net European Championship in Dusseldorf after both men completed convincing second round wins.

Defending champion Taylor defeated Mervyn King 10-3 to register his 17th straight European Championship win, to follow Nicholson’s 10-4 win over Terry Jenkins at the sold-out Maritim Hotel venue.

Nicholson has had some strong words to say about the World number one recently, and Taylor said that their match tomorrow will be compulsive viewing live on ITV4.

“Everyone wants to watch us play each other now, it’s something not to be missed,” said Taylor. “Paul played really well and was very calm, and I’m sure he’ll bring his best game. I moved through the gears nicely today and will be right up there tomorrow so it’ll be great to watch.”

“My life is really good right now,” said Nicholson. “I’m happy and I’m fit and you can’t ask for more than that. I’m living my dream – I know I can beat anybody and getting into the top ten in the world is already the biggest achievement of my career.”

Taylor got straight into the groove against King with two ton visits and a maximum before taking out 121 – and that was the first of three legs on the bounce for the Stoke ace. King countered to trail by one leg after five exchanges, but Taylor found the accelerator again with four straight legs after the break taking him 7-2 ahead. A fantastic 105 checkout from King stopped the rot but Taylor was not to be denied, clinically polishing off a 10-3 win with an average just shy of 103.

The key to Nicholson’s win was his heavy hitting of 140s to streak away from Jenkins after the pair shared the opening four legs. Nicholson fired 18 140-plus scores to Jenkins’ nine as the fiery Geordie-Aussie found his rhythm to move 6-2 ahead. Jenkins found relief with a 101 checkout in the ninth leg, but that merely stirred Nicholson to respond again, with three legs on the trot taking him to the brink of a victory he sealed with three 140s in the 14th leg.

Simon Whitlock cruised into the quarter-finals with a dominant 10-2 victory over Colin Lloyd in the opening match of the afternoon session. The Australian all but sealed victory in the opening stanza by taking the first five legs, and with the score at 6-2, he took four on the trot to stroll into Sunday’s action.

The Australian will face Peter Wright in Sunday’s quarter-finals after Snakebite stunned Gary Anderson in the final second round clash of the afternoon session. The in-form Scot held a 4-2 lead of Wright but the Lowestoft man punished Anderson for missing doubles, taking out 121 to level at five-each and then repeating the trick in the 14th leg to move 9-5 ahead. Wright had a dart at tops to take out 114 to win in real style, but it did not cost him as he returned to register his fifth leg in a row to cap a remarkable comeback.

The second round of the PartyPoker.net European Championship concludes tonight in Dusseldorf at 8pm local time, with Wes Newton taking on Kim Huybrechts, Adrian Lewis facing Dave Chisnall, James Wade meeting Ronnie Baxter and Raymond van Barneveld completing the night against Mark Walsh.

Saturday July 30
Second Round
Afternoon Session
Simon Whitlock 10-2 Colin Lloyd
Terry Jenkins 4-10 Paul Nicholson
Phil Taylor 10-3 Mervyn King
Gary Anderson 5-10 Peter Wright

Evening Session (8pm local time, 7pm BST)
Wes Newton v Kim Huybrechts
Adrian Lewis v Dave Chisnall
James Wade v Ronnie Baxter
Raymond van Barneveld v Mark Walsh
All games are the best of 19 legs.

SIMON WHITLOCK v COLIN LLOYD
1-0 A pair of 140s for Whitlock sets him on his way to a solid hold of throw.
2-0 Fabulous 132 checkout from Whitlock on the bull to break the throw with Lloyd left with tops.
3-0 14 dart leg for Whitlock as the pair post their first maximums.
4-0 An 87 checkout on the bull for Whitlock to make it four in a row.
5-0 Scrappy leg and Lloyd misses two darts to register, Whitlock misses three, but Lloyd busts and the Aussie cleans up on double eight.
5-1 Lloyd stays on the board during the break and takes out 46 to disturb the score.
6-1 Six perfect darts from Whitlock, he leaves 58 and it’s a 12-darter for the Wizard.
6-2 Whitlock misses the bull for a 170 and Lloyd takes out 110.
7-2 Whitlock again misses the bull for a big checkout but Lloyd is unable to pressure him and Simon moves five legs clear again.
8-2 Double 16 makes it six legs the difference.
9-2 Whitlock closes in on victory with a solid hold of throw.
10-2 Lloyd misses tops for a 114, then Whitlock misses the bull for an 84, but Lloyd misses three at tops and the Aussie is the first man through.

TERRY JENKINS v PAUL NICHOLSON
0-1 Both players miss the bull for big checkouts – Nicholson breaks with double eight
0-2 13 darter for Nicholson to go two-up
1-2 78 checkout for Jenkins as Nicholson lurked behind him.
2-2 Jenkins fires the first 180 of the match and levels with a 76 checkout.
2-3 It’s another break of throw as Nicholson nudges ahead with a 48 checkout
2-4 Nicholson gets breathing space hitting tops at the second attempt for a 57 checkout
2-5 Jenkins misses tops to hold and Nicholson makes him pay with a clinical two-dart 85 checkout.
2-6 Solid as you like from Nicholson who begins to look the winner here.
3-6 Important 101 checkout from Jenkins to stay in touch.
3-7 Bounce out robs Terry of a 180, Nicholson misses double 16 for the leg but Jenkins misses three darts for the leg and Nicholson gobbles up leg 10
3-8 Paul edges closer to victory with a fourth break of throw
3-9 Jenkins misses two at tops and Nicholson makes him pay to move within one of victory.
4-9 Paul misses the bull for a 121 and Jenkins keeps the game alive
4-10 Paul hits his 18th 140+ shot and takes tops for the match

PHIL TAYLOR v MERVYN KING
1-0 The Power hits the first 180 then takes out 121 to go ahead
2-0 14 leg dart against the throw for the World number one.
3-0 Taylor extends his lead with a solid hold.
3-1 King registers his first leg…
3-2 …and then as Taylor misses three darts for 4-1 King reduces the deficit
4-2 Taylor gets back on the board despite three missed darts at double 16, hitting it on the fourth attempt.
5-2 The three leg cushion is back as Taylor takes out 90 on double 15.
6-2 Three on the trot for Taylor who takes out 80 with his second dart at double ten.
7-2 Taylor’s average touching 105 as he moves five legs clear.
7-3 An impressive 105 checkout for King to stay in touch at the break.
8-3 Chance missed by King, two at double eight, Taylor accepts the reprieve to move within two of victory
9-3 Taylor relentless on the King throw, leaves double 16 and takes it on the second attempt
10-3 The Power totally in control of the 13th leg, affords two missed darts for the match, but nails the third

GARY ANDERSON v PETER WRIGHT
1-0 Anderson breaks in the opening leg as both men struggle.
1-1 A break apiece as Snakebite levels.
1-2 Tops for Wright at the first time of asking for the first hold of throw.
2-2 Anderson levels comfortably as both players start to settle
3-2 Felt like a big leg and it goes to Anderson against the throw
4-2 Three in a row for the Scot
4-3 Wright holds with double nine
4-4 Anderson misses a dart a double seven for the leg and Wright levels
5-4 Anderson misses double 10 for a 140 but Wright unable to pressure the Scot who comes back to break
5-5 Fabulous 121 checkout from Wright to level matters
5-6 13 dart leg for Wright
5-7 Crucial 116 checkout for Wright to open a lead.
5-8 Peter moves to the brink of a famous win with a fifth leg on the trot.
5-9 Wright repeats the trick of the tenth leg – Anderson misses a dart to take out 106 and Peter punishes him with a second 121 checkout.
5-10 Wright misses tops for a 114 checkout but Anderson cannot capitalise and Wright reaches the quarter-finals.

Source – PDC/Lawrence Lustig

4 Responses

  1. des caldwell

    What is Gary Anderson doing to improve his game .Since the premier league his form has slumped,and he is slipping down the rankings ,he must improve on doubles or he is in trouble in the p.d.c great talent but he must graft in practice…come on gaz….your a fab player…..

    • steve

      Thanks for the input Des, he does seem to have lost momentum following his Premier League glory. Maybe its all that coffee he drinks!

  2. des caldwell

    Gary Anderson is the most frustrating darts player i have ever seen,his talent is undeniable but he must work on his finishing or he will struggle to reach the latter stages in tournaments.While other players are hitting the darts practice room it appears Gary thinks it makes him worse..come on Gary you need to have a practice partner or two in the mould of Simon Whitlock who will get you over the dreaded doubles trouble…you must change or you will get swept away like Mardle and Manley….wake up mate…..

    • steve

      You obviously want great things from Gando Des, perhaps you should offer to manage him! Thanks again for the comments, hard to disagree with what you have said!