Three debutantes have made it through to round two but can they go any further? Vincent van der Voort finally won a match on the Dublin stage at the fifth attempt but can he win his second?

Mark Webster contained his debut nerves and overcame Andy Hamilton to set up a Last 16 meeting with Alan Tabern. The Saint hasn’t had a great 2011 so Webby (1/3) will be confident of reaching the quarter finals and a 4-1 head to head record in the Welshman’s favour would seem to back this up. You can get 11/4 on Tabern if you fancy the upset though.

Mark Hylton has had a fine year and has progressed well since going full time. He takes on Simon Whitlock on Thursday in what will be the first meeting between the two. Odds of 3/1 for Hylton are mightily tempting with Whitlock the rightful favourite but a measly 2/7.

The third debut victor is John Henderson and the big man tackles in form Wes Newton for a quarter final berth. Newton goes off 2/7 favourite and Hendo will need to control his rocking chair action to deliver for his backers at 3/1. The head to head between the two shows that Henderson has yet beat Newton in the two games they’ve faced each other.

Vincent van der Voort was over the moon at finally getting his first Dublin win when he beat Kevin Painter on Monday. If he is going to notch up his second win he will have to do it the hard way as James Wade stand in his path. Wade is 1/3 favourite and has a commanding 10-2 head to head record. That means van der Voort has beaten Wade twice and if you think he can do it again he is good value at 11/4.

Elsewhere, the grudge continues but is being watered down with every meeting. Phil Taylor now holds a 6-2 record against Paul Nicholson and The Asset is a 7/2 underdog to make it 6-3. Taylor is the shortest price of the last 16 at 1/4.

Raymond van Barneveld likes this stage and looks a good bet for the quarter finals if the bookies are right. Barney is a 2/7 shot with his opponent, Andy Smith, 10/3 underdog. The head to head is 3-1 in Barney’s favour.

Richie Burnett is rolling back the years and has split the top half of the draw wide open with his defeat of Gary Anderson. He takes on Denis Ovens in the Last 16 and the bookies have them both at evens. The head to head has Ovens nudging it at 3-2 so this one looks too close to call.

The last match to look at is John Part (1/3) versus Brendan Dolan (11/4). Part has been threatening a good run in a major all year; could this be the one? Dolan has never got past this stage but the head to head stands at one apiece so this could be closer than the odds suggest.

Round Two Matches

Player1

Player2

H2H

Odds1

Odds2

T Odds1

T Odds2

Phil Taylor Paul Nicholson

6-2

1/4

7/2

6/4

40/1

Mark Webster Alan Tabern

4-1

1/3

11/4

33/1

150/1

Simon Whitlock Mark Hylton

0-0

2/7

3/1

16/1

125/1

Richie Burnett Denis Ovens

2-3

Ev

Ev

150/1

150/1

John Part Brendan Dolan

1-1

1/3

11/4

66/1

250/1

Wes Newton John Henderson

2-0

2/7

3/1

20/1

125/1

Raymond van Barneveld Andy Smith

3-1

2/7

10/3

14/1

100/1

James Wade Vincent van der Voort

10-2

1/3

11/4

8/1

100/1


Round One Stats

Highest Average – 102.26 (Phil Taylor)
Lowest Average – 75.02 (James Wade)
Most 180s – 8 (Dave Chisnall)
Least 180s – 0 (Alan Tabern, Colin Lloyd, Mervyn King, William O’Connor, Steve Brown)
Highest Checkout – 170 (Jamie Caven) | 164 (Phi Taylor) | 158 (Simon Whitlock)
Highest Checkout % – 71% (Phil Taylor) | 67% (Vincent van der Voort)

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