QUALIFIER Jamie Caven grabbed the headlines on day three of the 2008 Ladbrokes.com PDC World Darts Championship with a straight sets victory over Wes Newton.

Leicester-based Caven dropped just four legs against Newton to book his place in round two.

The 31-year-old will now meet Wayne Mardle on Saturday in his bid to progress to the last 16.

“I’m thrilled to bits,” said Caven. “I came here to enjoy myself but I think I justified being up there.

“Wayne’s a good pal, we came through the youth system around the same time and he’s given me plenty of advice, but I’ll give him nothing when we get on stage!”

Denis Ovens’ challenge begin in impressive fashion as he took nine successive legs to whitewash Colin Monk, while Barrie Bates dropped only one leg against Canada’s Gerry Convery.

The all-Irish battle between Dublin-based duo Mick McGowan and Jason Barry saw McGowan move into the last 32 with a 3-0 victory, although the scoreline failed to reflect a tight contest as missed doubles cost World Championship debutant Barry dear.

Barbados’ Anthony Forde set up a clash with current World Champion Raymond van Barneveld on Thursday with his 5-2 win over Japan’s Akihiro Nagakawa in the opening preliminary round game.

Miloslav Navratil, the Czech Republic champion, whitewashed Philippines qualifier Rizal Barellano.

2008 Ladbrokes.com PDC World Darts Championship
Wednesday 19 December
Preliminary Round
Anthony Forde 5-2 Akihiro Nagakawa
Miloslav Navratil 5-0 Rizal Barellano
First Round
Wes Newton 0-3 Jamie Caven
Denis Ovens 3-0 Colin Monk
Mick McGowan 3-0 Jason Barry
Barrie Bates 3-0 Gerry Convery
Evening Session (7pm Start)
Bob Anderson v Jason Clark
Terry Jenkins v Kirk Shepherd
Chris Mason v Steve Brown
Kevin Painter v Gary Mawson


ANTHONY FORDE won his Preliminary Round clash against the Japanese number one, Akihiro Nagakawa at the 2008 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship.

His win set up a clash against the reigning World Champion, Raymond van Barneveld.

The man from Barbados, making his second appearance at the World Championships, settled the quicker, and opened a 2-0 advantage.

Nagakawa opened his account in the next leg, which included the only maximum of the contest.

The next two legs where shared and Nagakawa had two darts at double eight to level the match, but could not take his opportunity and Forde pounced with a 120 finish.

This proved to be decisive and Forde closed out the match in the next leg, landing Double Top.


MILOSLAV NAVRATIL recorded a 5-0 victory over Rizal Barellano in the Preliminary Round of the 2008 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship.

The Eastern European qualifier’s finishing was sharp, hitting double top on four occasions out of five to establish a 4-0 lead.

Both players missed opportunities in the fifth leg, before Navratil completed victory on Double One.

The Czech will now play Andy Jenkins in the First Round of the competition.

(3-2, 3-0, 3-2)

Jamie Caven produced an impressive display with a 3-0 victory over Wes Newton in the first round of the 2008 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship.

Caven battled through 160 players to win his debut on the televised stage, and showed some classy touches in seeing off the world number 25.

He broke Newton’s throw at the start of the match, only for the Lancashire man to break back immediately.

The next two legs where shared but Caven produced a 180 in the deciding leg and went on to win it in 15 darts to take the first set.

Caven then took charge of the contest and took the second set without reply, including a 121 finish on the bull for a 12-darter to take the set.

Caven took the fourth set’s opener with 14 darts, which also had a 180 from Newton, who stopped the rot to record his first leg in five and level the set.

Caven took the lead again with a 15 darter and then a shot at the bull for a 164 finish which would have given him the match, Newton staying alive by landing double top.

Newton did have an opportunity to take the third set, but missed the bull and Caven stepped in to land double ten to record a debut victory.

“I’m thrilled to bits,” said Caven. “I came here to enjoy myself but I think I justified being up there.

“I tried to shut out the fact that I was on TV, but you are aware of the TV cameras and you have to stay focused.

“I know how good I can be and hopefully that will start to show now.

“I’ve got Wayne Mardle next and he’s a good pal, we came through the youth system around the same time and he’s given me plenty of advice.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for him but I’ll five him nothing when we get on stage! He is made for the stage and loved it up there, but I’ll try and enjoy it. That’s the key and hopefully I’ll do well again.”

(3-0, 3-0, 3-0)

DENIS OVENS strolled to a comfortable victory with a whitewash of Colin Monk at the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship.

Monk suffered his third straight defeat in the first round PDC World Championship, failing to find any rhythm on the big stage and finishing without a leg to his name.

Ovens – the runner-up earlier this month at the German Darts Championship – made a solid enough opening and took the opening set in 18, 16 and 17 darts.

The Hertfordshire man opened up the second set with a maximum and completed the leg in fifteen darts.

Monk missed five darts at double in the second, and Ovens doubled his advantage in the set, landing double two.

Monk had no answer and Ovens landed double 18 on two occasions in the final set to record a straightforward victory.

(3-1, 3-2, 3-2)

MICK McGOWAN won the all-Ireland battle with Jason Barry to move into the second round of the 2008 Ladbrokes.com PDC World Darts Championship.

McGowan progressed to round two for the second successive year in straight sets, although he was forced to work hard by Barry.

Barry qualified for the World Grand Prix in October and lives just two miles from McGowan, and furthered his growing reputation with a competitive display.

He eventually paid the price for a slow start, with McGowan taking the first set 3-1, thanks in part to finishes of 120 and 103.

Barry led 2-1 in the second before McGowan took out a crucial double top in leg four, with his opponent sat on tops.

Barry was also waiting on a finish in the decider, with a 168 score leaving double four only for McGowan to scramble home double one with his third dart.

A 13-darter put Barry 2-1 up in set three, before missed doubles for the set allowed McGowan to level.

It was a crucial moment, with McGowan landing two 140s in the next leg to edge in front and land double top for victory.

“I’m pleased to get through that,” admitted McGowan. “It was tough and we both fed off each other a bit up there.

“Nobody has played their best game yet so far in this event and that goes for me, but I can improve and hopefully will in the next round.

Barry admitted: “I’m delighted to have played on the biggest stage of all. “It was a great experience and hopefully I will be back next year, I’m sure it will help me on the circuit.”

(3-0, 3-0, 3-1)

Barrie Bates won his first round encounter against Gerry Convery 3-0 at the Ladbrokes.com PDC World Darts Championship.

The Welshman dominated throughout the match, and his opponent managed to win only one leg during the contest.

Bates started the match confidently by taking the opening leg, and then broke the Canadian’s throw after both players had missed opportunities to win the second.

Bates then hit double top again to win the set, much to the delight of his travelling army of fans.

Maximums where hit by both players at the start of the second set, but it was Bates who landed the winning double, to break the throw again.

He then followed that up with finishes of 71, and 100 to take a 2-0 lead.

Bates took the first leg of the third set with a 60 finish, before the Canadian replied with an impressive two dart 82 finish, to finally get himself into the contest.

But the Welshman proved too strong and took the next two legs to record a straight sets victory.

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