Day 5, second round mens results and match reports from the Lakeside 2012 Professional Darts Championship.

This page will be updated throughout play, as and when the results and reports become available.

Second Round:

Willy van de Wiel 2 v 4  Martin Atkins

Ted Hankey 4 v 3 Scott Waites

Geert de Vos 2 v 4 Christian Kist

Alan Norris 4 v 3 Dean Winstanley

Match Reports From the BDO 
van de Wiel v Atkins

Martin “The Assassin” gunned down 10th seed Willy van de Wiel 4-2 after almost being squeezed out of the championship by the man in orange.


The Dutchman staged a massive comeback from 3-0 down, pulling back to 3-2, Atkins scrambling through on his favourite double tops.

“I thought of the game three years ago when I missed a double to win 4-0 and went out. Willy is such a good player. I got to 3-0 by the skin of my teeth and then he started to come back at me and I thought, oh no, not again!

“But I have broken my duck. This is the furthest I have been in the tournament, I never did anything as a seed. Perhaps next year I should come back as a qualifier!”

The Assassin found his range in the opening set unleashing a volley of precision doubles for a 3-0 success against the throwing advantage.

A maximum steered the Dutchman into a 2-0 in the next and despite his second maximum he conceded the third leg, Atkins himself hitting a maximum in the fourth. Van de Wiel notched his third 180 of the set but confident Atkins replied with a 137 and moved into a 2-0 match lead with an 88 finish, completed on double seven.

“Free Willy” missed bull for a 90 finish in the opening leg of the next set, Atkins swooping to pick off double eight and then on target with a maximum in the next as he moved 2-0 ahead in the set. The Leeds man captured his sixth successive leg for a surprise 3-0 match lead over the 10th seed.

Twice Atkins had darts for doubles in the opening legs of the fourth set, double 10 for the first and then double 2-0 for a 117 finish, Van de Wiel capturing both with double 16. Atkins raced to the third, exiting on 136 with double 16 but the Dutchman replied with a maximum and clinched the set on his favourite double 16.

Van de Wiel suffered more double trouble in the opening leg of the fifth set but pounced after Atkins fluffed bull for 83 and then the Yorkshireman missed double tops for 151, the man in orange nipping out on double four.

Atkins coasted to double 20, taking the match into a fifth leg and Atkins seized the initiative with a maximum but Van de Wiel pinched the set with 70, completed on that double 16, pulling the score back to 3-2.

As the Dutchman grimaced and constantly chastised his flyaway darts, Atkins defended his throw in the opening leg of the sixth set, missed double 10 for a showpiece 120 exit in the next, recovering to hit double 10 and a 2-0 set lead. Van de Wiel missed double 14 for a match-saving 107 in the third leg, Atkins – who had left 40 after hitting 138 – made no mistake this time to end the gripping 50-minute encounter.

Hankey v Waites

 

Ted Hankey staked his claim for a third world title, burying second seed Scott Waites 4-3 in a gripping 74-minute encounter.

Both players uncharacteristically missed doubles in a match dripping with tension but it was “The Count” who swooped back from 2-1 and 3-2 down to win through on a blood curdling 144 match-winning checkout.

“The breaks in the match came at the wrong time for me. I decided to speed up my game and Scott couldn’t handle it. At one point in the match I thought Scott was trying to slow me down. Scott is naturally fast thrower and I practised with another fast thrower – Dutchman Willie van de Wiel so that I was ready for the match,” said the 43-year-old 15th seed.

Defeated Waites declared: “I could have won 4-0 if I had hit my doubles. I lost this match, although Ted played well at the back end of the game.”

Both players served up some tasty darts in the opening set, fast-throwing Waites surging into a 2-0 lead but then missing two darts for the set in the third as The Count nailed double 10. Hankey swooped to notch a brace of 180s to level. Waites agonised as he missed a further five doubles for the set, Hankey pouncing for a set-winning checkout against the throw, with double five.

Hankey drilled in his fifth maximum to take the opening leg of the second set but costly bull misses for 121 and 90 in the following legs let in Waites for a 2-1 lead and despite missing double 16 for 86 and a further five doubles, he levelled the match with double two.

Remarkably the Halifax player missed 11 darts as he moved into a 2-1 lead with the throw in the next including a 100 checkout, finished with single 20, two double tops. He held his nerve in the next after Hankey failed to exit on 76, taking 2-1 match lead with double 18.

The crucial fourth set saw the Count edge 2-0 in front but it was Waite who clinched the third against the throw and the fourth after missing two doubles before grabbing double five. In the deciding fifth leg the Telford player missed 66 for double tops, Waites missing double 18 and then double nine for a set winning 50. Not believing his luck Hankey missed two double and gratefully slotted the third in double five to level the match.

The fifth also went the full distance, both players still trying to reproduce their best form, Waites hitting the solitary 180 and then missing tops for 120, Hankey repeating the feat and watching on helpless as the Halifax man exited on double 10.

The Count fired in a maximum and 12-darter at the start of a 3-0 rout in the sixth set to plunge the match into a nail-biting deciding set.

And then he added his fourth successive leg, taking the throwing advantage in the seventh set, nervously missing three double attempts before striking double 10 to move within a leg of victory. As Waites grimaced and snatched his darts, Hankey fluffed five match-winning doubles, the gritty Yorkshireman scrambling to double four.

A fallen dart in the next leg failed to deter Hankey as he eyed up a place in the last eight, producing a match-winning 144 checkout finished on double 12.

de Vos v Kist 

Dutch roadworker Christian Kist won the battle of Benelux, steamrolling Belgian Geert de Vos 4-2 to reach the quarter finals in his first championship.

It took the fast-throwing confident newcomer to world darts just 54 minutes to win through to the last eight and further reduce his betting odds. He started the week as a 66/1 outsider and saw his odds reduced to 12/1 after toppling fellow countryman and sixth seed Jan Dekker in his opener.

And he produced a sky-high standard, finishing the match with a 32.17 per dart average, firing out two 12 and four 13 dart checkouts as he battled back from 2-1 down.

A man of few words he said after the match: “I am very happy and my girlfriend Kirsten is very happy. That game was harder than my first match.”

He took the opening set against the throw unchallenged, including two 13 darters but the Belg raced back to take the next two, which went the distance.

The Dutchman replied by taking the fourth and fifth legs including 12 and 13 darters, including a 92 checkout.

With the momentum behind him, Kist had clear road in the match-winning sixth set, which included a brace of 180s and 14 and 13 dart checkouts. 

Norris v Winstanley

 

Battling Alan Norris provided one of the great Lakeside comebacks to topple Frimley Green favourite and third seed Dean Winstanley 4-3 in a 63-minute

Remarkably, the 39-year-old stockily-built Somerset-born sharpshooter had been playing darts for more than 14 hours!

Although focused Norris had been practising since 7.30am and didn’t start his match until 9.38pm he showed no signs of tiredness as he put in a terrier-like challenge, repeatedly pressurising the third seed, battling back from 3-1 down.

Nice guy Winstanley, who retained a beaming smile on his face throughout the match and even after defeat had notched seven maximums and a 30.64 average as he dipped out.

He signalled his intentions in the first leg, narrowly missing bull for the game’s highest checkout -170. He took the leg and five of the next six to open up a solid 2-0 match lead.

Norris led the third 2-0 despite a 180 from Deano, who then followed up with a further maximum to pull back a leg, the Doncaster man then swooping to take double five after Norris failed to nail double 16 for a 143 set-winning finish. Yeovil-born Norris held his nerve to clinch double nine to pull the match back to 2-1.

The opening legs of the fourth set went against the throwing advantage, the next two going with the darts , Winstanley missing two attempts at double tops for the set. But he made amends in the next, clinching 94 with double six.

Norris motored into the fifth set, taking the opening leg with 130 finished on bull, Winstanley hitting his sixth 180 as he levelled the set. Norris, with the throw, held his nerve in the fifth leg driving in 86 completed on double 16 to pull the match back to 3-2.

Punishing a lack-lustre spell from the South Yorkshire player, Norris swept through the sixth set unchallenged and finished off with an eye-catching 100 checkout.

Norris, with the throwing advantage, took the opening leg of the deciding seventh set with double 12, amazingly the first time he had led the match. Winstanley defended his throw and Norris replied with a maximum and a 116 finished on double tops.

Another maximum followed a leg later, adding 140 and then Norris clinched victory coolly clinching victory with 84, finished on double 12 to capture the scalp of the ninth seed of the week.