Afternoon:
Stan James World Matchplay
Andy Hamilton 10-6 Mick McGowan
Adrian Lewis 10-4 Steve Beaton
James Wade 10-7 Wayne Jones
Andy Jenkins 10-6 Mark Walsh

ANDY HAMILTON 10-6 MICK McGOWAN

ANDY HAMILTON moved into the second round with a grinding 10-6 defeat of Mick McGowan in Tuesday’s Stan James World Matchplay opener.

Hamilton won through to the semi-finals at the Winter Gardens last year, but failed to recapture that form in an uncharacteristic display against McGowan.

Neither player showed the high-scoring form which propelled them into the world’s top 32, with Hamilton pulling away to win six of the final seven legs and move into the last 16.

“I put too much pressure on myself instead of going out there to enjoy it,” admitted Hamilton. “I gave Mick too much respect because I know he is capable of beating me.

“I pushed my darts through and didn’t play my normal game, but I’m through now so I can relax and get stuck into my next game. I’ll get better.”

Hamilton landed his first of four 180s on his way to the opening leg of the match, but McGowan led 3-2 after punishing a string of missed doubles from the Stoke man – who had finished just two of 20 chances in the opening session.

Hamilton returned from the break to win the next two, only for a 106 finish and then a double 12 checkout edge McGowan back ahead.

That was as good as it got for McGowan, with Hamilton taking five straight legs to move to within touching distance of the win, including a 13-darter and a 109 checkout.

McGowan kept himself in the match with a 14-darter, but another 180 settled Hamilton’s nerves and he finished the win on double top.

ADRIAN LEWIS 10-4 STEVE BEATON

ADRIAN LEWIS eased past Steve Beaton to set up a second round date at the Stan James World Matchplay with Stoke rival Andy Hamilton.

Lewis was defeated by Hamilton in the last 16 of the tournament a year ago, and earned the chance to avenge that by seeing off the former World Champion.

He set his stall out early on by taking a 3-1 lead, and punished Beaton for missed doubles in the sixth leg as the experienced professional wasted his chance to level matters.

Lewis took that leg on double two and the next two to move 6-2 up before misses on double top allowed Beaton in to win the ninth.

A 180 helped Lewis restore his cushion in the tenth, he took out 102 in the next and then moved 9-3 up with a sparkling 13-darter.

Beaton took the next leg to stay in the contest, but a 116 checkout sealed Lewis’ place in the second round.

“I’m pleased to get through,” said Lewis. “Steve’s no walkover and my finishing was spot on at times.

“We both gave each other too much respect and it was always going to be the one who got away to the best start who would win.”

Hamilton overcame Mick McGowan 10-6 earlier in the day, and Lewis added: “We’ve played about six times and the only time he’s beaten me was in the World Matchplay last year.

“He’ll be better tomorrow but he’s got no choice really. If he plays like he did today then he’ll get beaten.”

JAMES WADE 10-7 WAYNE JONES

JAMES WADE set off on another Stan James World Matchplay adventure with a 10-7 win over Wayne Jones at the Winter Gardens.

The 24-year-old from Aldershot reached the final of the tournament 12 months ago, and made a steady start to his 2007 challenge against Jones.

A mid-game run of four legs from five saw him surge clear from five-all to 9-6 and set up a second round game with Dennis Priestley.

“I lost to Wayne Jones two years ago at the World Championship when I was two sets and two legs ahead, and it was a big game for me to get through,” revealed Wade.

“Now I can relax and enjoy the tournament, which I’m good at. I felt at home up there after what happened last year.

“I’ve been playing well in practice but it didn’t quite go to plan today. I’m putting the work in and I might not be at my best in this competition but I will for the World Championship in December.

“Hopefully I can do very well here again this week though!”

Wade took the game’s first two legs before missed doubles allowed Jones in to level matters, and further wayward finishing allowed the Wolverhampton thrower to edge 4-3 up.

Wade stepped up a gear to win the next two, but a missed bullseye for a 121 finish to allow Jones to level in the tenth leg.

Wade won the 11th on double five, and punished missed doubles from Jones in the next two to create a three-leg cushion for the first time in the match.

Jones took out 95 to his back and also won leg 16 to stay in the game at 9-7, but a 14-darter from Wade booked his last 16 place.
ANDY JENKINS 10-6 MARK WALSH

ANDY JENKINS put behind him six disappointing months to progress to round two at the Stan James World Matchplay with a 10-6 win over Mark Walsh.

The Portsmouth thrower has been in poor form since reaching the semi-finals of the World Championship at Christmas, but had a confidence-boosting display against Walsh.

He opened up an early 4-1 lead, averaging 105 after five legs and forcing Walsh to produce a maximum to win leg three.

Jenkins added a 108 finish in moving 5-3 up, and extended his lead to five legs before beginning to feel the pressure of the approaching winning line.

Misses from Walsh allowed Jenkins in to make the score 9-4, before Walsh battled to win the next two and remain in the contest.

But a strong leg from Jenkins saw him land three ton-plus scores and then take out double eight for a 14-darter and the match.

“I’m happy to get through,” said Jenkins. “My form hasn’t been too good and I played quite well in the first five legs – I couldn’t have asked for a better start.

“Walshie has been playing well recently and he pushed me hard. We both enjoyed being back on the big stage and, apart from a little dip in the middle, I’m pleased to get into the next round.”

Jenkins plays close friend Mervyn King in the last 16, and added: “I’m looking forward to that.

“He’s a close friend and I went to the Lakeside to watch him in the BDO Championship last year – he’s joined the PDC now so I’ll have to bash him up!”

Evening:
RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD made a winning debut in the Stan James World Matchplay on Tuesday night, as Roland Scholten and Terry Jenkins moved into the quarter-finals.

Van Barneveld completed the tournament’s first round with a 10-7 win over Denis Ovens in a high-quality contest, which saw both players averaging around 95 per three darts.

Van Barneveld, who makes his first appearance at the Winter Gardens event this year, now plays Wales’ Barrie Bates in the second round on Wednesday.

The first two last 16 matches followed van Barneveld’s win, with Roland Scholten making it a Dutch double by defeating Wayne Mardle 13-6.

Scholten landed three ton-plus finishes to see off the 2003 Blackpool runner-up in style, with his superb opening – which saw him take a 6-1 lead – paying dividends in the end.

The night’s other match saw world number five Terry Jenkins end the hopes of Canadian John Part with a 13-8 victory.

A fantastic mid-game surge from Jenkins left Part reeling as the Englishman went from 5-4 down to 9-6 up before completing his win.

Wednesday’s play will see three second round games in each of the afternoon and evening sessions, including defending champion Phil Taylor against Kevin Painter.

Dutch teenage sensation Michael van Gerwen will hope to join van Barneveld and Scholten in the last eight when he takes on Ronnie Baxter, and Stoke duo Andy Hamilton and Adrian Lewis clash in round two for the second successive year.

Stan James World Matchplay
Tuesday Results
First Round
Andy Hamilton 10-6 Mick McGowan
Adrian Lewis 10-4 Steve Beaton
James Wade 10-7 Wayne Jones
Andy Jenkins 10-6 Mark Walsh
Raymond van Barneveld 10-7 Denis Ovens
Second Round
Roland Scholten 13-6 Wayne Mardle
Terry Jenkins 13-8 John Part

Wednesday Fixtures
Afternoon Session (1pm Start)
Dennis Priestley v James Wade
Mervyn King v Andy Jenkins
Michael van Gerwen v Ronnie Baxter
Evening Session (7pm Start)
Adrian Lewis v Andy Hamilton
Phil Taylor v Kevin Painter
Raymond van Barneveld v Barrie Bates

RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD 10-7 DENIS OVENS

RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD began his bid for a third successive major title with a 10-7 win over Denis Ovens at the Stan James World Matchplay.

The Dutchman has already claimed the UK Open and Las Vegas Desert Classic titles this summer, and put himself on course for a Winter Gardens win by defeating Ovens.

Ovens produced a fine display, pushing van Barneveld all the way and averaging almost 95 – but a three-leg run from the World Champion saw him take a crucial 5-2 lead in mig-game before holding on for the win.

“I started off well in the first leg but Denis played really well,” said van Barneveld.

“It is tough for me and Phil Taylor, because people expect me and Phil to win the tournament. Denis was able to go on stage and maybe he was more relaxed.

“I want to win the tournament as well, and this is the best venue I’ve ever played in.”

Van Barneveld kicked off with scores of 180 and 140 and took the first leg in 12 darts, before Ovens hit back in 13.

The Dutchman landed another maximum on his way to leg three before Ovens squared the game with a pressure double top in the fourth.

Ovens left himself 24 in the fifth with a 177 score, only to see van Barneveld finish 78 on double top and then step in to win the next two legs after the Englishman missed doubles.

Those three legs, including a break of throw, were to prove crucial in providing van Barneveld with breathing space – although the lack of pressure at times ironically led to the Dutchman missing doubles later in the game.

Ovens was never able to reduce the arrears as every leg in the remainder of the game went with the throw – with the Hertfordshire man taking out 120 and a neat two-dart 76 but unable to break his victorious opponent.

Van Barneveld will now meet Welshman Barrie Bates on Wednesday in the second round.

ROLAND SCHOLTEN 13-6 WAYNE MARDLE

ROLAND SCHOLTEN out-gunned Wayne Mardle 13-6 to become the first man into the quarter-finals of the Stan James World Matchplay.

The Dutchman was in magnificent form to leave Mardle frustrated following a fine display.

Mardle was left shaking his head in disbelief after being left sat on a double in five of the first six legs – and finding himself 5-1 behind as a clinical Scholten made him pay.

The 2004 UK Open winner extended his lead with a 121 finish in the seventh before Mardle landed back-to-back maximums in setting up a 12-darter in reply.

Scholten on the next three, hitting two 180s of his own in one leg, to open up a 9-2 gap before a 111 finish from Mardle saw him stem the tide.

He was made to pay for two missed darts in the next but a 14-darter kept his hopes alive at 10-4.

However, he missed a chance to steal the next leg on double tops for a 117 finish and saw his hopes further dented in the next when Scholten checked out double top to move 12-4 up after another Mardle 180 left him sat waiting on 16.

Mardle won the next two legs to delay Scholten’s progress, but the inevitable win was sealed with a fine 116 checkout.

“I’m delighted,” said Scholten. “It’s hard playing Wayne because he has the crowd behind him but I did well, my scoring was good and I finished well.”

TERRY JENKINS 13-8 JOHN PART

TERRY JENKINS powered into the quarter-finals of the Stan James World Matchplay with a superb 13-8 win over John Part in Blackpool.

Jenkins has enjoyed a sensational 12 months since being a first round loser at the World Matchplay – lifting himself up to fifth in the world and reaching two major finals.

His run of form continued against Part, with a mid-game surge of winning five out of six legs seeing him come from 5-4 down to 9-6 ahead.

The game was evenly poised in the early stages, with the first eight legs being shared evenly with some brilliant shots from both players.

A 78 finish against the throw saw Part edge 5-4 up before Jenkins replied in kind in the tenth, then landing a bullseye, a 101 checkout and double top to move 8-5 in front.

Part won the 14th leg on double one with Jenkins sat on 40, and also took out 142 to win the 16th.

Jenkins took the next three to move to within a leg of the win at 12-7.

Although he missed a dart for the match in leg 20, a fifth 180 of the game pushed him clear in the next and he landed double four to seal the win.

“I’m pleased with how I played against John,” said Jenkins. “I’m not frightened of anybody and I’m starting to play as well as I do in practice.

“I go out there to enjoy it and it’s not the end of the world for me if I lose.

“I don’t mind who I play next, I beat Michael van Gerwen the last time we played and my record’s pretty even against Ronnie.”

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