JOHN PART and Raymond van Barneveld will meet in the semi-finals of the Las Vegas Desert Classic VI on Sunday.

Defending champion Part will meet current World Champion van Barneveld at the last four stage in a repeat of the 2006 Desert Classic final, which the Canadian won 6-3.

Part edged out Dennis Smith 10-9 in Saturday’s quarter-finals, while van Barneveld was a 10-4 winner against fellow Dutchman Roland Scholten at the Mandalay Bay Resort.

The other semi-final will see the players ranked fourth and fifth in the world, Peter Manley and Terry Jenkins, clash for a place in the decider.

Manley won a see-saw battle with Adrian Lewis 10-8, while Jenkins ended American hopes with a 10-7 defeat of Gary Mawson in the final game.

Sunday’s semi-finals, which begin at 10am local time (6pm BST) will be followed by the final of the tournament.

Las Vegas Desert Classic Quarter-Finals
John Part 10-9 Dennis Smith
Adrian Lewis 8-10 Peter Manley
Raymond van Barneveld 10-4 Roland Scholten
Gary Mawson 7-10 Terry Jenkins

Semi-Final Draw & Order of Play
Peter Manley v Terry Jenkins
John Part v Raymond van Barneveld
10am Sunday (6pm BST)
Best of 21 legs
followed by
Final
Best of 25 legs

JOHN PART 10-9 DENNIS SMITH

DEFENDING champion John Part was forced to dig deep to maintain his challenge for a second successive title before defeating Dennis Smith in a deciding leg at the Mandalay Bay Resort.

The Canadian was pushed all the way by qualifier Smith, who continued his resurgence with a third gritty display to take Part to the wire.

Smith had overcome Dennis Priestley and Darin Young in a final leg shoot-out in his two previous rounds, but this time fell short in the 19th leg.

He did have a chance to steal the win when Part missed two match darts at double 16 – only to match that himself before the defending champion returned to win the game on double four.

“It was a very good match and very enjoyable to play in,” said Part. “Dennis battles so hard and I had to dig deep.

“I’m through to the semis now and there could be two games tomorrow. I’m used to that format from the UK Open at Bolton and it will be a fantastic day of darts.”

Part opened by winning the game’s first two legs before Smith took four in a row, including a maximum finish of 170 and a 102 checkout, to lead 4-2.

The Canadian hit back with legs of 15, 16 and 15 darts and a 109 finish to edge himself back ahead, and pulled out to 7-5 before Smith against showed his fighting spirit.

He produced his best leg of the match with a 13-darter, and then levelled at seven-all on double four.

The next four legs all went with the throw to send the game into the decider, which Part took to move into the last four.

Smith’s run will see him move back up the rankings after slipping out of the top 32 last year, and he admitted: “It’s coming back for me again now and this week has given me plenty of confidence.”

PETER MANLEY 10-8 ADRIAN LEWIS

PETER MANLEY remains on course for a second Las Vegas Desert Classic title following a gritty 10-8 defeat of Adrian Lewis.

Manley, the 2003 Desert Classic winner, looked set to exit this year’s event at the quarter-final stage when Lewis roared into a 3-0 lead.

The Stoke youngster took the second leg with a 118 finish against the throw, and then won the third in 14 darts.

But the world number four hit back to win seven of the next eight legs, including five in a row and a 130 finish for a 12-darter.

Lewis – who famously walked off stage when the pair clashed during the 2006 World Championship – took four in a row, with a 12-darter and a 13-darter, to put himself back in front at 8-7.

But Manley regained his range on his favoured double top to level, then hit double two under pressure to break Lewis’ throw and go 9-8 up before wrapping up the win with a quality leg – following up three 140s with another double top finish.

“It was a tough game,” said Manley. “Adrian played really well but I had to hold my nerve and hit my doubles.

“It’s been built up that there’s a rivalry between us and maybe there is a little bit, but it’s nothing dramatic. He may have been talking up there, but I wasn’t listening!

“When I won my first TV title here I beat the guy who was then World Champion [John Part] in the final, and it would be great to play John again on Sunday.”

RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD 10-4 ROLAND SCHOLTEN

RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD’S charge towards a second successive televised title continued with a 10-4 defeat of Roland Scholten at the Mandalay Bay Resort.

The Dutchman claimed the Blue Square UK Open last month, and produced another impressive performance to continue his run of success against Scholten.

The pair have met five times this year, with van Barneveld taking victory on each occasion, and he was rarely troubled this time to book his semi-final place.

Although Scholten won the game’s opening leg, van Barneveld won the next five without reply to put himself in command.

Scholten responded with an 11-darter, but the World Champion hit back with legs of 13 and 14 darts to open up a 7-2 cushion.

The next four went with the throw to leave van Barneveld on the brink of victory, and he landed double four with his final dart in the next to seal the win.

“I’m pleased,” said van Barneveld. “Early on we missed a lot of doubles and after ten legs it should have been five-all, but I managed to finish him.

Last year I made a few mistakes with my schedule because of the time difference but I’m not making them this year.

“Phil Taylor might be out but it doesn’t give us any guarantees as both Peter Manley and John Part have won this tournament in the past.”

TERRY JENKINS 10-7 GARY MAWSON

TERRY JENKINS booked his place in a second major semi-final with a 10-7 victory against America’s Gary Mawson.

Jenkins has enjoyed a superb 12 months on the circuit, reaching the final of the SkyBet World Grand Prix last October as well as being runner-up in this year’s Holsten Premier League.

He is now on course to pick up a first major title should he prevail when the semis and final take place on Sunday.

Mawson, who qualified as the third highest American over a series of US ranking tournaments, overcame Stuart Holden and Alan Tabern to reach the last eight and produced another highly creditable showing.

He actually led Jenkins 5-3 at one point before the Englishman won seven of the next nine legs to book his place in the last four, where he now meets Peter Manley.

“Gary has done really well this week and I knew it would be a hard game,” said Jenkins. “I’m relieved to get past him and looking forward to the semis now.”

Jenkins took out finish of 116 and 96 in opening up a 3-2 lead in a high-quality start to the match, which saw the first five legs completed in four 15-darters and one 13-dart leg.

Mawson then won three successive legs to move clear of Jenkins, only to see the Englishman power back with five in a row – without Mawson even reaching a double.

A 116 finish from Canadian-born Mawson saw him stop the rot, and an 11-darter kept him in the game at 9-7.

But Jenkins produced a sixth maximum of the match in the next leg before taking out double top on his first dart for the win.

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