JOHN PART and Raymond van Barneveld remain on course for a second successive final at the Las Vegas Desert Classic following contrasting second round wins on Friday.

Part, the defending champion, continued his challenge for a second successive title with a narrow 8-7 win over Mark Dudbridge in a tight encounter which went right to the wire.

Dudbridge hit back from 7-5 down to send the game into a decider, but failed to set up a double when he left 110, and Part stepped in to land double 15 to progress.

He will now face Dennis Smith on Saturday, after the Swindon qualifier came from behind for the second successive game to win in a final leg shoot-out, this time ending American Darin Young’s hopes.

World Champion Raymond van Barneveld, who lost to Part in the final 12 months ago, produced another impressive display to romp past Wayne Mardle 8-1.

Mardle hit seven 180s in the match, but had no answer to the clinical finishing of the Dutchman.

Van Barneveld will meet fellow countryman Roland Scholten in the last eight, following the 2004 UK Open champion’s 8-5 defeat of Steve Beaton.

Peter Manley and Adrian Lewis will clash following their wins over Colin Osborne and Mervyn King respectively, while the other quarter-final sees world number five Terry Jenkins take on Gary Mawson.

Jenkins edged out Wes Newton 8-7 in another thriller, while Mawson is now the only American remaining in the competition following an 8-6 defeat of Alan Tabern.

Las Vegas Desert Classic VI – Second Round
Roland Scholten 8-5 Steve Beaton
Wes Newton 7-8 Terry Jenkins
Peter Manley 8-4 Colin Osborne
Raymond van Barneveld 8-1 Wayne Mardle
Adrian Lewis 8-6 Mervyn King
Mark Dudbridge 7-8 John Part
Darin Young 7-8 Dennis Smith
Gary Mawson 8-6 Alan Tabern

Quarter-Final Draw & Order of Play
Dennis Smith v John Part
Adrian Lewis v Peter Manley
Raymond van Barneveld v Roland Scholten
Gary Mawson v Terry Jenkins
Best of 19 legs
Play begins 11am local time, 7pm BST

ROLAND SCHOLTEN 8-5 STEVE BEATON

ROLAND SCHOLTEN progressed to the quarter-finals of the Las Vegas Desert Classic with an 8-5 win over Steve Beaton.

The Dutchman has reached the last eight on three previous occasions in the Desert Classic, and kept alive his hopes of a second major title by seeing off the qualifier.

Beaton competed throughout, but was punished for some sloppy finishing by Scholten.

The Dutchman took out 103 in the first leg to break Beaton’s throw, and moved 2-0 up with a 91 checkout on double ten in the second.

Beaton got off the mark in 13 darts to win leg three, and levelled matters on double top before giving himself a chance to go ahead in leg five.

However, he was off target with six darts before Scholten took out double top, and Beaton missed double 13 in the next to allow Scholten to move 4-2 up.

He did win leg seven on double 16, but three in a row from Scholten put him 7-3 up and on the brink of victory.

Beaton took the next two to stay in the match and pull back to within two legs, but Scholten was able to land double ten for the win.

TERRY JENKINS 8-7 WES NEWTON

TERRY JENKINS sneaked past Wes Newton in a final-leg thriller to progress to the last eight of the Las Vegas Desert Classic.

The pair enjoyed a close battle throughout as Newton pressed his claims for a third successive run to the semi-finals at the Desert Classic.

He hit back from 7-6 down to send the match into a decider, and even gave himself a chance of victory when Jenkins missed five match darts in the final leg.

But Newton was off target twice on double top to allow Jenkins back to the oche, and the world number five made no mistake on double four to seal the win.

Newton took a two-leg lead twice early in the contest, continuing the form which saw him seep aside Colin Lloyd in the first round.

Jenkins battled back to lead 5-4 with three successive legs, only for Newton to swing back ahead with two double ten finishes.

A 142 checkout from Jenkins saw him level matters at six-all before moving to within one leg of victory on double ten.

He wasted one chance to seal the match in leg 14, hitting double eight when needing 32, only for a second dart at the bed to miss – with Newton stepping in to hit a tricky double three and ensure a final leg battle.

But the Fleetwood thrower’s poor start to the leg allowed Jenkins to reach the double first and, although he missed five chances as the pressure mounted, the Premier League runner-up eventually hit double four to send himself into the quarters.

PETER MANLEY 8-4 COLIN OSBORNE

PETER MANLEY remains on course for a second Las Vegas Desert Classic title following an 8-4 victory over Colin Osborne.

The 2003 champion survived a late challenge from Osborne to move into the last eight, punishing a below-par display from the rising star from Derby.

Manley took the first two legs to put himself in command early on, before Osborne hit back to trail just 3-2.

Manley then stepped up a gear with his finishing, living up to his “One Dart” nickname by taking out 86, 74 and 93 to pull clear at 6-2.

However, he then lost his range on double top, with Osborne stepped in to take the next two legs but wasting his chance in the third as Manley moved 7-4 up.

Both began the next leg with back-to-back 140s, but Osborne’s two misses at double top allowed Manley in, and he nailed double eight with his last dart to progress.

RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD 8-1 WAYNE MARDLE

RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD’S impressive start to the Las Vegas Desert Classic continued with a thumping 8-1 defeat of Wayne Mardle.

Mardle out-scored van Barneveld throughout, landing seven 180s in nine legs, but was punished for some missed doubles as a clinical van Barneveld stormed into the last eight.

Mardle had darts to win two of the first three legs, including six at double top in the third, as the Dutchman took a 3-1 lead.

Back-to-back maximums from Mardle left him six in the fourth leg, and he nailed double one to get off the mark.

But a two-dart 76 restored van Barneveld’s cushion, and he returned from the break to win four successive legs and take the match.

ADRIAN LEWIS 8-6 MERVYN KING

ADRIAN LEWIS produced a sensational display to overcome Mervyn King 8-6 and book his place in the quarter-finals of the Las Vegas Desert Classic.

Lewis took out three ton-plus finishes and landed four maximums to see off the in-form qualifier.

The first four legs of the match were shared before Lewis landed finishes of 146 and 124 in moving 4-3 in front.

The next six legs went with the throw, including a 13-darter from King and a 155 finish from Lewis for a 12-darter as the youngster moved to within one leg of victory.

He missed double 18 for a 108 finish for the match, but a miss from King at the same bed allowed him back to complete the triumph.

JOHN PART 8-7 MARK DUDBRIDGE

JOHN PART edged out Mark Dudbridge in a last-leg thriller to stay on course for a second successive Las Vegas Desert Classic title.

Dudbridge had taken out 13-time World Champion Phil Taylor in round one, but was left to rue missed doubles as Part prevailed.

Part took out three ton-plus finishes in the game, and landed a fifth maximum of the match in a tense deciding leg.

The Canadian was first to the double in the final leg, only to allow Dudbridge in – but the Englishman’s missed dart at the single ten – hitting six to deny a double top chance – gave Part the chance to return and hit double 15 for the match.

Part roared out of the blocks, hitting a 160 finish for a 12-darter against the throw in the opening leg.

Dudbridge responded with a 124 finish in the second and also won the third to lead 2-1.

The next four legs were shared to leave Dudbridge 4-3 up, only for Part to take out 124, 93 and 105 for three in a row to push 6-4 ahead.

A two-dart 82 finish saw Dudbridge hit back, but Part took out 56 on double 18 to punish his opponent’s missed double eight for a 126 finish in the next and move to within a leg of victory.

He missed the bullseye and double four in the 13th leg, and four more match darts in the next as Dudbridge sent the game into a decider.

The plucky former World Championship runner-up hung in to give himself a chance in the final leg – but perhaps summed up his mixed display by failing to leave a double and allow Part to move into the quarters.

“I am a little relieved,” admitted Part. “I thought of Mark’s finish to win against Phil and expected it to happen to me too, especially when he hit his first dart at 110.

“I’d missed some match darts previously and had some silly darts but I finally snapped into gear and finished him off.

“This has been a great event for me down the years and I’m looking forward to the next game now.”

Dudbridge admitted: “I’m disappointed because I didn’t play as well as I can but still gave myself a chance to win the match – but John’s double 15 was class at the end.”

DENNIS SMITH 8-7 DARIN YOUNG

DENNIS SMITH again showed his battling qualities to come from behind to move into the last eight of the Las Vegas Desert Classic.

Smith came from 4-0 down to defeat Dennis Priestley in the first round, and found himself two legs behind on four occasions before forcing another final leg finish.

His chance of victory appeared to pass when he missed six darts at the double to allow Young back, but the American missed double top and double 12 in the deciding leg before Smith eventually landed double five.

Smith took the first leg in 14 darts before Young replied with two of his own to edge in front.

Smith levelled but then saw Young lift his game with a 13-darter and then a 105 finish to move 4-2 up, with the next six legs going with the throw as the home favourite moved to within a leg of the match.

Smith landed double 16 and then took out 78 to stay in the match and force a sudden-death 15th leg.

Young opened the decider with a maximum – his sixth of the game – only to see three ton-plus scores from Smith give him the edge.

He missed three match darts before Young was off-target on double top for the game, and three misses at double five allowed the American to return to the oche needing 39.

However, he hit single two when aiming for 15 to leave double 12 – leaving him just the one dart for victory, which he missed.

Smith came back and made no mistake this time around to seal the win.

“I think I want to stay on stage as long as possible so I keep taking it to the final leg!” joked a relieved Smith afterwards.

“I was chasing Darin all the way through the match, I was always a leg behind but the leg to make it seven each was probably the biggest of my life and I hit it.

“In the decider I had the shot at tops and missed and left double five, and then Darin missed. Going for my third dart then at double five I heard Sid Waddell and stopped, and then missed.

“That’s nothing against Sid, but I thought I was going out and then Darin missed his chance, his dart was nearer double five and I thought he’d miscounted. But I got another poke and knew if I missed I’d be going home, and I was lucky enough it went in.”

Smith had to come through the qualifiers to win a place in the tournament, and he admitted: “All the lads know from the days I was world number five that I’ll never give in.

“You work so hard and have to give it 100 percent when you’re on stage. As the saying goes, I’ll take every game as it comes and see how far I can get.”

GARY MAWSON 8-6 ALAN TABERN

GARY MAWSON kept American hopes alive in the Las Vegas Desert Classic with an 8-6 victory over Alan Tabern.

The 44-year-old from Ohio overcame qualifier Stuart Holden in round one and was in fine form to see off Tabern.

He took out three ton-plus finishes in the match, and hit back from 6-5 down to take three successive legs and the win,

The first five legs went with the throw, with Mawson’s 104 in the fifth seeing him edge 3-2 up before he broke Tabern to move two clear on double top.

He also added a 106 finish to go 5-3 up, before Tabern took the next three, punishing misses from Mawson in each leg to go 6-5 up.

However, a 104 checkout from Mawson stopped Tabern in his tracks before he took out 96 for a 15-darter against the throw to move 7-6 up and landed double 16 at the first attempt to seal the win.

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