PartyPoker.net European Championship Darts Second Round Results

Second Round Saturday 22 September

In the first of the afternoon session second round games Andree Welge again faced Brendan Dolan (the pair last met in the second round of the German Darts Masters). On this occasion the longer format of the European Championship proved advantageous for Dolan, as he recovered a 2 leg deficit, reeling off 8 legs without reply for 10-5 victory, to avenge the 4-6 defeat just weeks earlier.

Dolan will now play Phil Taylor in the quarter finals, The Power survived a spirited effort from Jerry Hendricks, the young Dutchman had threatened to move 3 legs clear at 4-2, however the double eluded his tungsten twice.Taylor then steadied the ship to emerge the 10-7 winner.

Andy Hamilton faced a tough second round opponent in Ronnie Baxter, having lost 3 of their last 4 matches the Hammer had a score to settle. That score transpired to be 10-8 in favour of the Stoke chucker.

Wes Newton will play the Hammer for a semi-final place tomorrow, his progression courtesy of 10-5 win over Kevin Painter.

The evening session saw Dave Chisnall exit the tournament, he could not stave off The Wizard who was clinical on his finishing taking out 10 of 13 attempts to win by a 5 leg margin.

The Dutch derby promised to offer great darts, with van Barneveld and van Gerwen both playing well in the run up to the weekend. Their match exceeded expectations with both players averaging over 100 in a classic encounter in which they notched up 13 180’s between them. With no more than two legs separating them throughout, the match ended on a last leg shoot out with Barney taking the spoils.

Kim Huybrechts  and Colin Lloyd also won through to the quarter finals, with 10-5 and 10-8 victories over Ian White and Richie Burnett respectively. Tomorrow Hubrechts will take on Barney, and Lloyd has the unenviable task of attempting to topple Simon Whitlock.

Afternoon Session
Welge 5 v 10 Dolan
Hamilton 10 v 8 Baxter
Newton 10 v 5 Painter
Taylor 10 v 7 Hendricks

Evening Session
Second Round
Whitlock 10 v 5 Chisnall
van Barneveld 10 v 9 van Gerwen
White 5 v 10 Huybrechts
Lloyd 10 v 8 Burnett

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PHIL TAYLOR avoided a huge scare before seeing off young Dutchman Jerry Hendriks in the PartyPoker.net European Championship on Saturday afternoon, and was joined in reaching the quarter-finals by Brendan Dolan, Wes Newton and Andy Hamilton.

Taylor, the reigning and four-time European Champion, found himself 4-2 down to the 23-year-old from Venlo at one stage and stared down the barrel of moving three legs behind.

Hendriks, though, missed two darts for a 5-2 lead before Taylor hit back to level and then take out a key 164 in leading 7-6, before winning three of the next four legs to seal a hard-fought victory.

“I was a bit worried to be honest,” admitted Taylor. “I couldn’t seem to break Jerry’s throw and his finishing was great, especially the 142 checkout he hit early on to go 3-2 up.

“I’m not at my best yet but I’m through to Sunday and the quarter-finals. I know I’ll have to improve but I won’t give this title up easily.”

Hendriks had impressed with his first round win over Mensur Suljovic on his European Championship debut, and he admitted: “I’m a little bit disappointed but I felt great on stage and the crowd were great.

“I was always confident but Phil beat me fair and square and he’s a great idol of mine. My goals this year were to qualify for the European Championship and World Championship, so I’ve done the first one and want to get into the World Championship now.”

Taylor now plays Northern Ireland’s Brendan Dolan in the quarter-finals on Sunday afternoon in a repeat of last year’s World Grand Prix final.

Dolan booked his place in the last eight with a 10-5 win over Germany’s Andree Welge, who rode the wave of home support in taking a 5-3 lead before missing two darts to extend his lead in a crucial ninth leg.

His opponent hit double eight to pull back to 5-4, and then won the next six legs without reply to progress.

“It didn’t really happen for me early on and I took a while to find my feet but the second half of the game really went my way,” said Dolan. “If I’d have gone 6-3 down I would have been under enormous pressure, so to win that and go 5-4 kick-started me.”

Wes Newton and Andy Hamilton, who are the fourth and fifth seeds respectively in the tournament, were the afternoon’s other winners as they set up a mouth-watering quarter-final clash.

Newton defeated Kevin Painter 10-5, with a run of six successive legs for the Fleetwood ace in mid-game proving crucial as he moved clear from three-all to reach the quarter-finals of this event for the first time.

“It was a good game to win and I’m happy with that,” said Newton. “I feel I can score with the best of them at the minute, I’m playing really well and am happy with my game.

“It’s a massive game against Andy and hopefully we’ll push each other and it will be an awesome game.”

Hamilton, meanwhile, was a 10-8 winner against Ronnie Baxter in a see-saw clash which saw the Blackpool ace lead 6-3 at one stage only for the World Championship finalist to win four successive legs – including a 160 checkout – to move into a lead he would never relinquish.

“Ronnie played well and it was an enjoyable game, and a real battle too,” said Hamilton. “The 160 changed the game in my favour but I was never worried.

“My form’s come good and my confidence is high, and the player who fought the hardest today came out on top.”

RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD has set his sights on ending a five-year wait for a major title at the PartyPoker.net European Championship on Sunday after a brilliant second round win over Michael van Gerwen at the RWE Sporthalle in Muelheim, Germany.

The five-time World Champion’s last televised individual win came at the 2007 Las Vegas Desert Classic, but he continued his brilliant form in the European Championship with a 10-9 defeat of his fellow Dutchman van Gerwen.

Van Barneveld had averaged 113 and hit six doubles from as many attempts in the first round against Terry Jenkins, and ended his contest with van Gerwen with a 102 average, seven 180s and checkouts of 156 and 136 in a brilliant game.

Van Gerwen played his part, landing six 180s and hitting back from 9-7 down to force a decider, but van Barneveld hit a maximum in a 14-darter to take victory.

He now plays Kim Huybrechts in the quarter-finals on Sunday, and is aiming to take the £50,000 first prize if he can maintain his form across three matches on the day.

“In this shape, with the darts set-up I have, I really believe I can beat any opponent but I’ll have to be perfect and concentrate on my own game on Sunday,” said the Dutchman.

“Michael’s in great form, and it’s not very often anyone will lose a game with a 103 average. I almost gave it away to him when I missed the four darts to win 10-7, but the 180 in the final leg really helped me.”

Belgium’s emerging star Huybrechts reached the quarter-finals for a second successive year with a 10-5 win over Ian White, hitting checkouts of 164, 121, 108 and 101 in a strong performance.

“Reaching the quarter-final again was my aim but I’d like to go further,” said Huybrechts.

“Raymond’s a great player and it will be lovely to play him. I believe I can do well for three games on Sunday, but I’ll take each game at a time. I feel good and I’m really enjoying the tournament.”

Australian Simon Whitlock maintained his challenge for a maiden major title with a 10-5 win over Dave Chisnall, coming from 3-1 down to win six successive legs in taking command.

Whitlock ended the game having hit ten from 13 attempts at doubles in a clinical performance, and said: “I’m delighted with that and my finishing was superb, which is pleasing because I focus on my doubles in practice.

“I want to lift that trophy on Sunday night and I’ll take one game at a time until I hopefully do that – bring it on!”

Whitlock now plays Colin Lloyd in the last eight, after the former World Matchplay champion punished Richie Burnett for 25 missed doubles in a 10-8 win, with the Welshman crucially off-target 20 times on tops during the contest.

“Richie kept letting me in, and in the end I punished him,” said Lloyd. “There’s lots of room for improvement because I gave myself so many opportunities and didn’t take them but I got the win and that’s all that matters.

“I know I’ve got to up my game a bit because I’m a little bit erratic at the minute, but it’s a new day tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it.”

Earlier in the day, reigning champion Phil Taylor avoided a scare against Dutch youngster Jerry Hendriks, coming from 4-2 down to win 10-7 and remain on course for a fifth successive title.

Taylor’s win set up a quarter-final against Brendan Dolan, as the Northern Irishman overcame Germany’s Andree Welge 10-5 to set up a repeat of last year’s World Grand Prix final.

The number four and five seeds, Wes Newton and Andy Hamilton, will clash in the other quarter-final following their respective wins over Kevin Painter and Ronnie Baxter.

Newton came from 2-0 down to defeat Painter 10-5, while Hamilton edged out Ronnie Baxter 10-8.

The quarter-finals will be played in Sunday’s afternoon session, before the destiny of the £50,000 first prize is decided with the semi-finals and final in the evening session in Muelheim.

Match Information
Andree Welge v Brendan Dolan
0-0 – Brendan Dolan wins the bullseye and will throw first
0-1 – Dolan makes a nerve-settling start by finishing double six for a 14-darter.
1-1 – Welge initially misses double eight and four but returns to level the match.
1-2 – Dolan finishes 106 to win the third leg.
2-2 – Dolan hits a 180 to give himself a chance to break throw, but misses four darts at double 16 and Welge finishes double 12 to level.
2-3 – Dolan misses tops for a 114 finish, but returns to hit the bed and win the fifth.
3-3 – Welge takes out 35 to win the sixth and level again.
4-3 – The German delights his home crowd with the game’s first break of throw, finishing 72 on double 12.
5-3 – Welge takes out 102 on double 16 to move two legs clear.
5-4 – Dolan hits back, although he initially misses four darts for the leg only for Welge to miss darts at double top and ten to let him return to finish double eight.
5-5 – Welge is unable to convert a 164 checkout, and Dolan posts double ten to break back and level.
5-6 – Dolan wins a third successive leg to regain the lead.
5-7 – Dolan posts a 180 and finishes double 16 to break throw and move two legs clear for the first time.
5-8 – Dolan lands the bull to to move two legs away from victory.
5-9 – Dolan breaks throw with double 16 to move a leg away from a quarter-final in his debut European Championship.
5-10 – Dolan completes a superb comeback with double 16 to win a seventh successive leg.
Brendan Dolan: “It feels really good to have won that. It didn’t really happen for me early on and I took a while to find my feet but the second half of the game really went my way. He put me under some pressure but once I got to five-all it was a different game, and the eighth leg, when he missed two darts to go 6-3 up, was an enormous leg. If I’d have gone 6-3 down I would have been under enormous pressure, so to win that and go 5-4 kick-started me. I’m rooming with Wes Newton so I’ll stay to watch his game and then watch Phil Taylor playing Jerry Hendriks because I’ve got the winner of that tomorrow, but I don’t care who I play.”

Andy Hamilton v Ronnie Baxter
0-0 – Ronnie Baxter wins the bull and throws first
0-1 – Baxter holds throw to take the opening leg.
0-2 – Double six sees Baxter break throw to double his lead.
1-2 – Hamilton hits two 180s and finishes double eight to kick-start his challenge.
2-2 – Hamiton opens with another maximum and although he initially misses his chance to level, Baxter is off-target on double 16 to allow the Stoke ace back in to finish five on double one.
2-3 – Both players get jitters on the doubles, with Hamilton missing three darts to break as Baxter returns to scramble home double one.
3-3 – Double 11 from Hamilton sees him level the contest.
3-4 – Baxter finishes 113 on tops to hold throw and regain his lead.
3-5 – Double eight sees Baxter break and move two legs.
3-6 – Baxter hits a 180 and has enough cushion to initially miss his chance before posting double two.
4-6 – Both players open with 180s, and Hamilton posts tops to hit back.
5-6 – Hamilton finishes 72 on double 12 to break throw and reduce the gap to one leg.
6-6 – Baxter misses three darts to break back, and Hamilton levels with a sensational 160 checkout to bring the German crowd to their feet.
7-6 – Hamilton takes the lead for the first time in a potentially pivotal leg, initially missing double 12 twice only for Baxter to miss darts at double six and three to allow the World Championship finalist to hit double three.
7-7 – Baxter opens with a 180 and finishes double 18 to square the contest with a break of throw.
8-7 – Baxter is again punished for misses as Hamilton takes out tops to break again.
9-7 – Hamilton moves a leg away from the win, initially missing four darts to take the leg before hitting double one.
9-8 – Hamilton misses the bull for a 124 finish and then further match darts at double 16 and eight to allow Baxter in to hit tops and stay alive.
10-8 – Hamilton secures a quarter-final spot for the first time in this event with double 16.
Andy Hamilton: “Ronnie played well and it was an enjoyable game, and a real battle too. Maybe we showed each other too much respect early on, but I was never worried and there’s always a chance for me to get back into the game and I showed that. The 160 changed the game in my favour. My form’s come good and my confidence is high, and the player who fought the hardest today came out on top.”

Wes Newton v Kevin Painter
0-0 – Wes Newton wins the bull and throws first
0-1 – Painter lands a 180 and finishes double ten to make a strong start with a break of throw.
0-2 – Painter finishes 134 on double 16 to double his lead.
1-2 – Newton takes out 46 to win his first leg of the game.
2-2 – Both players hit 180s, and when Painter misses the bull to finish 86, Newton steps in to hit the same bed to complete an 81 combination.
3-2 – Painter is unable to finish 135, and Newton posts double ten to win a third successive leg.
3-3 – Newton opens with a 180, but Painter finishes double five to level.
4-3 – Newton finishes 84 on double 12 to edge back ahead.
5-3 – Painter hits a 180 but is punished for misses – including three at double 12 and one agonisingly in double 13 instead of double six – as Newton lands double one to break and move two legs clear.
6-3 – Newton takes out a confident two-dart 68 checkout to extend his advantage.
7-3 – Painter misses tops, and Newton takes out 71 on double eight to move clear of his opponent.
8-3 – Newton hits a 180 and takes a fifth successive leg.
9-3 – Painter replies with a maximum to be first to a finish, but misses 11 darts at a double to allow Newton back in to post double two and move a leg away from the win.
9-4 – Painter keeps his hopes alive by pinning double top.
9-5 – Newton opens with a 180, but Painter lands double 16 to pull back another leg.
10-5 – Newton hits a 180 to leave 48 after nine darts, and lands double 16 to seal his quarter-final spot against Andy Hamilton.
Wes Newton: “It was a good game to win and I’m happy with that. I feel I can score with the best of them at the minute, I’m playing really well and am happy with my game. I’m trying to keep my feet on the ground though, and it’s a massive game against Andy – not only in terms of the rankings because we’re fifth and sixth in the world – and hopefully we’ll push each other and it will be an awesome game.”

Phil Taylor v Jerry Hendriks
0-0 – Phil Taylor wins the bull and throws first
1-0 – Taylor finishes 80 on tops to win the opening leg.
1-1 – Hendriks replies by taking out 80 in reply.
2-1 – Double 12 from Taylor sees him take the third leg.
2-2 – Hendriks posts tops to square the game again.
2-3 – Taylor misses two darts at doubles and Hendriks finishes a sensational 142 on tops to break throw and lead.
2-4 – Taylor misses a dart at double 15 to take out 90, and Hendriks finishes tops to move two legs clear.
3-4 – Hendriks misses two darts at tops to take a three-leg lead, and Taylor hits the same bed to reply.
3-5 – Hendriks misses double top and ten, but Taylor is unable to make him pay as the Dutch youngster returns to post double ten and regain a two-leg lead over the world number one.
4-5 – Taylor again hits back, finishing double 12 after Hendriks was unable to finish 95.
5-5 – Taylor breaks throw to level the contest.
6-5 – Taylor opens with a 180 and adds a second maximum to leave 41 after nine darts before returning from two misses to post double eight for a 14-darter.
6-6 – Hendriks hits a 180 and posts double ten to level the game.
7-6 – Taylor finishes a superb 164, hitting two treble 19s and the bullseye.
8-6 – Taylor misses double eight and double four to finish 70, but Hendriks is off-target on tops and with two darts at double ten, and allows the reigning champion back in to hit double two.
9-6 – Taylor hits a 177 to leave 82, and when Hendriks misses the bull to finish 122, he returns to post tops and move a leg away from the win.
9-7 – Taylor misses the bull for another 164 checkout to take victory, and Hendriks follows a 180 by taking the leg to stay in the contest.
10-7 – Hendriks posts a maximum, but Taylor hits a 177 to leave 24 and returns to hit double 12 for a 13-darter to seal the win.
Phil Taylor: “I was a bit worried to be honest. I couldn’t seem to break Jerry’s throw and his finishing was great, especially the 142 checkout he hit early on to go 3-2 up. I’m not at my best yet but I’m through to Sunday and the quarter-finals, and I know I’ll have to improve but I won’t give this title up easily.”
Jerry Hendriks: “I’m a little bit disappointed but I felt great on stage and the crowd were great. I was always confident but Phil beat me fair and square and he’s a great idol of mine. My goals this year were to qualify for the European Championship and World Championship, so I’ve done the first one and want to get into the World Championship now.”

Match Information
Simon Whitlock v Dave Chisnall
0-0 – Simon Whitlock wins the bull and will throw first.
1-0 – Whitlock makes a fine start by posting double top for a 14-darter.
1-1 – Chisnall posts a 180 and finishes double 18 to level.
1-2 – Chisnall finishes double top to break throw and lead.
1-3 – Chisnall lands tops again to move two legs clear.
2-3 – Chisnall misses tops to move three legs ahead and Whitlock hits back by posting double 18.
3-3 – Whitlock misses double 18, but Chisnall is off-target with two darts at the same bed to allow Whitlock back in to level.
4-3 – Whitlock finishes 118 on tops to win a third successive leg.
5-3 – Chisnall misses four darts at double top, and Whitlock finishes double ten to move two legs clear.
6-3 – Whitlock opens with two 180s to set up a potential nine-darter, with Chisnall landing a maximum of his own. Whitlock is unable to hit a seventh treble 20, but leaves 36 and finishes double 18 for a ten-dart leg.
7-3 – Chisnall lands a 180 to leave 127, but incredibly bursts his score – hitting a single 16 instead of double eight – and then misses the bull for the combination to allow Whitlock to steal the leg on tops.
7-4 – Chisnall wins his first leg in seven by posting double ten.
8-4 – Whitlock fires in a 180 and finishes 121 on double five to regain his four-leg cushion.
9-4 – Chisnall hits a 171 to leave 32, but can only watch on as Whitlock fires in double 19 to move a leg away from the quarter-finals.
9-5 – Chisnall keeps his hopes alive by powering in a crowd-pleasing 167 checkout.
10-5 – Chisnall is unable to finish 124 and Whitlock lands double top to seal victory – hitting ten from 13 darts at a double in a clinical display to defeat Chisnall for the first time.
Simon Whitlock: “I’m delighted with that and my finishing was superb, which is pleasing because I focus on my doubles in practice. Dave had a great start but to go into the first break at 3-2, when it could have been 4-1, was important and I went on to win the next five legs too. It was great to have a win last weekend in the Players Championship in Barnsley and I was fantastic, and I want to improve my game to that level on Sunday. I want to lift that trophy on Sunday night and I’ll take one game at a time until I hopefully do that – bring it on!”

Raymond van Barneveld v Michael van Gerwen
0-0 – Raymond van Barneveld wins the bull and will throw first
0-1 – van Gerwen makes a sensational start, hitting 140, 180 and 135 before finishing 46 on tops for an 11-darter to break.
1-1 – van Barneveld replies with an 11-darter of his own, hitting 180, 85 and another maximum before finishing 56 on tops.
2-1 – van Barneveld, who hit 6/6 doubles in his first round win over Terry Jenkins, posts double 18 to finish 76 in continuing that run.
2-2 – van Gerwen finishes a confident 70 in two darts to level.
2-3 – The youngster lifts his average to 109 by finishing 89 on the bull to break throw and move back ahead.
3-3 – van Gerwen opens with a 180, and van Barneveld replies with a maximum of his own, only to then miss his first double of the tournament on the bull for a 121 finish. Van Gerwen, though, misses double ten and five to allow him back to finish double four.
4-3 – van Barneveld moves back in front by taking out a superb 156.
5-3 – van Barneveld finishes 96 on double eight to win his fifth leg, maintaining his superb finishing with 5/7 in raising his average to 103.
5-4 – van Gerwen posts his fourth 180 of the game, and takes out 85 in two darts with a treble 19, double 14 combination.
5-5 – van Barneveld lands a 180 but sees the chance to break slip away with misses at double top and ten, and van Gerwen steps in to finish double four.
6-5 – van Barneveld posts double eight to edge back in front.
6-6 – Double four from van Gerwen sees him level.
7-6 – van Gerwen posts a 180, but can only watch on as van Barneveld finishes 136 coolly to win the 13th.
7-7 – The brilliant standard continues with van Gerwen finishing 128 with two treble 18s and double ten.
8-7 – van Gerwen misses tops for a 102 finish to break, and van Barneveld lands double four to move a leg closer to victory.
9-7 – van Barneveld breaks to move a leg away from the win by posting double 17.
9-8 – Both players land 180s, but van Barneveld misses four match darts, at double top and ten, to allow van Gerwen to take out 70 on double four to stay in the tournament.
9-9 – van Barneveld posts his sixth 180 of the game, but van Gerwen takes out 68 on tops to force a decider.
10-9 – van Barneveld lands a 140 and a 180 to leave 90 after nine darts, and sets up 32 before finishing double eight for a 14-darter to take a brilliant victory.
Raymond van Barneveld: “I was an exciting game and Michael played awesome darts. He started brilliantly and I just had to try and keep my own throw all the way through the game and not leg him break me. He’s in great form, and it’s not very often anyone will lose a game with a 103 average. I almost gave it away to him when I missed the four darts to win 10-7, but the 180 in the final leg really helped me. In this shape, with the darts set-up I have, I really believe I can beat any opponent but I’ll have to be perfect and concentrate on my own game on Sunday.”

Ian White v Kim Huybrechts
0-0 – Kim Huybrechts wins the bull and will throw first
1-0 – White finishes 104 for a 15-darter to break in the opening leg.
1-1 – White opens with a 180 and is sat on double 12 when Huybrechts takes out a brilliant 164 checkout to level – meaning the Stoke ace loses a leg for the first time in the tournament following Friday’s whitewash of Adrian Lewis.
1-2 – Huybrechts finishes double 16 to hold throw and edge ahead.
1-3 – Huybrechts raises his average to 109 by posting a 180 and finishing 82 on tops.
1-4 – Huybrechts takes out 121 for a 12-darter to move three legs clear, with his average now a superb 112.57.
2-4 – White finishes double four to hit back.
2-5 – Huybrechts holds throw to regain his three-leg cushion.
3-5 – White takes out 75 on double 12 to respond and maintain his flawless finishing.
3-6 – White is unable to finish 127, and Huybrechts returns to finish 76 in two darts to hold throw.
3-7 – Huybrechts secures a key break of throw, finishing 108 on tops to move four legs ahead.
3-8 – Huybrechts finishes 56 on tops to edge closer to the win.
4-8 – Huybrechts misses double ten to take out 140 and two further darts to win th leg and allow White in to finish double four.
5-8 – White takes out 80 in two darts to break throw and reduce the gap to three legs.
5-9 – Huybrechts moves a leg away from the win by taking out 101 with single 19, bullseye and double 16.
5-10 – Huybrechts posts a 180 and finishes double ten to seal the win and a second successive European Championship quarter-final, where he will take on Raymond van Barneveld.
Kim Huybrechts: “I’m really happy I won but I could have played better. Ian’s been in great form so I was a bit worried coming into this game, but I got the win and finished well. Reaching the quarter-final again was my aim but I’d like to go further. Raymond’s a great player and it will be lovely to play him. It’s always an honour playing against him but because I’ve played for six months on the ProTour now it’s not as big as the first time when you play the top players. I believe I can do well for three games on Sunday, but I’ll take each game at a time. I feel good and I’m really enjoying the tournament.”

Colin Lloyd v Richie Burnett
0-0 – Colin Lloyd wins the bull and will throw first
1-0 – Lloyd takes out 111 to win the opening leg.
2-0 – Lloyd breaks throw with a 140 to continue his clinical start to the contest.
2-1 – Burnett finishes 60 to break back and win his first leg of the contest.
3-1 – Lloyd opens with a 171 and 140, and when Burnett misses tops for a 160 finish the Essex ace steps in on double eight.
3-2 – Burnett kicks off the leg with a 180, and posts double eight to reduce the gap to one leg.
3-3 – Burnett finishes tops to level the contest again.
4-3 – Lloyd scores 141 and 140 during the leg and posts tops to hold throw.
4-4 – Burnett opens with a maximum, and when Lloyd misses the bull to finish 91 to break, the Welshman lands double 12 to level.
5-4 – Both players hit 180s, with Lloyd finishing 91 this time by posting double nine.
5-5 – The pair continue to trade blows, with Burnett finishing double ten to square matters.
6-5 – Both players post 180s, and double 16 from Lloyd sees him win the 11th leg.
6-6 – Burnett misses three darts at tops, but Lloyd misses double top and ten to break as the Welshman returns to hit double ten with his third dart to avert a break of throw.
6-7 – Burnett breaks by landing tops.
7-7 – Lloyd breaks back with a fine 96 finish on double 18.
7-8 – Burnett secures a third successive break of throw, landing double ten to move two legs away from the win.
8-8 – Burnett hits a 180, but Lloyd posts double nine to break back and level.
9-8 – Burnett hits three 140s to be first to a finish, but misses six darts above double top to allow Lloyd in to finish double 17 at the third time of asking.
10-8 – Burnett misses six more darts above tops, but Lloyd misses four match darts. Burnett then misses three darts at double ten, and Lloyd returns to seal victory with double one.
Colin Lloyd: “There’s lots of room for improvement because I gave myself so many opportunities and didn’t take them but I got the win and that’s all that matters. Darts can be like that and Richie kept letting me in, and in the end I punished him. I know I’ve got to up my game a bit because I’m a little bit erratic at the minute, but it’s a new day tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it.”

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