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Lakeside 2016 : Mens Championship Match Reports - Day 2
Scott Mitchell (30.99) 3 - 2 (30.92) Craig Caldwell
Reigning Lakeside Champion Scott Mitchell survived a major first-round scare, as he came from 2-1 behind to defeat Craig Caldwell in a pulsating battle. The Kiwi, who averaged 91 in his preliminary victory yesterday, hit nine maximums against ‘Scotty-Dog’, but Mitchell illustrated his class and experience, to prevail in a fifth and deciding set.

The first-set was a high quality affair, although it went in favour of the unfancied Kiwi. Caldwell led two legs to one, before producing back-to-back maximums to set up a potential nine-darter. The perfect leg wasn’t forthcoming; nevertheless, Caldwell wasn’t perturbed, as he clinched the set.

Nevertheless, Mitchell responded in fine fashion, by winning the second set without reply. The 45-year-old, from Bournemouth, clinched the set with 15, 16, and 13-dart legs and remained composed, in spite of Caldwell’s fearless display.

The first three legs of the third set went with throw, as Caldwell moved to within a solitary leg of a one set lead. However, Scott forced a fifth and decisive leg in the set, after producing a masterful 161 checkout, the highest of the tournament thus far. 

This was a major test of character for Caldwell, but he passed it with flying colours. For the second time in the contest, he posted six perfect darts, before completing a fine 13-darter to move to within one-set of the second round.

Mitchell simply had to respond, and he did just that. After holding throw in the opening leg of the fourth set, ‘Scotty-Dog’ posted three consecutive 140’s and converted 81 on D13, for a 12-dart leg and a precious break of throw. Just moments later, the 2015 Champion held throw with a solid 14-darter, to force a dramatic deciding set.

Both men displayed vulnerability on the doubles in the opening leg of the set; however Mitchell held his nerve, converting D20 for a vital break of throw, and his fourth successive leg. Scott hit the same target in the following leg to extend his advantage, but Caldwell was not overawed, and delivered a fine riposte, hitting his eighth maximum and pinning D18 to remain in contention.

Caldwell, who has represented New Zealand in the World Cup of Darts, posted his ninth maximum of the encounter, but Mitchell, who finished clinically throughout the contest, sealed his progression by hitting D10. Scott averaged 92 and boasted an impressive checkout ratio of 60%. However, he was forced to produce the goods by Caldwell, making his first World Championship appearance. On that evidence, it won’t be his last.

Peter Sajwani (26.86) 3 - 2(24.67) Sam Hewson
Peter Sajwani survived a valiant fightback from Sam Hewson to edge through a nervy preliminary tie on Sunday afternoon, to set up an enticing first-round clash against 11th seed Mark McGeeney. Sajwani caused one of the shocks of last year’s tournament, defeating number one James Wilson on debut, and the Swedish star made a strong start against Hewson.

Hewson missed four darts at D20 to clinch the opening leg and Sajwani punished his profligacy. He extended his advantage via D8 for a 17-dart hold, before sealing a comfortable first set by pinning D18.

The amiable Swede began the second set impressively, posting three consecutive 140’s and converting D8 for a fine 13-darter. Sajwani capitalised on further missed doubles from Hewson to win his fifth consecutive leg, before securing a two-set advantage with a clinical two-dart 64 checkout.

Hewson was scoring well in patches, but he was lacking consistency, whilst his doubles were also unconvincing.  Despite this, the 22-year-old Englishman responded admirably in the third set. He kicked off with three 140’s in the opening leg, and finally pinned an elusive double, taking out D10 to open his account.

Sajwani’s scoring power suddenly diminished, which Hewson exploited expertly, to clinch the set without reply. The 38-year-old from Stockholm stopped the rot after both men missed a multitude of doubles, but Hewson wasn’t deterred, and restored parity in the set with a tremendous 96 finish.

Hewson’s supporters were becoming increasingly encouraged by his fightback, and his growing self-belief was evident. He broke Sajwani’s throw in the third leg, producing an important 60 checkout, and suddenly, the encounter appeared poised for a deciding set. 

Yet, Sajwani almost produced a heroic finish to regain the initiative, wiring the bullseye for a spectacular 161 checkout. Hewson had the chance to level up proceedings, and made no mistake, converting D5 to restore parity, sparking jubilant scenes from the youngster.

Nevertheless, the fifth set was an extremely nervous affair, with both men acknowledging the implications of every mistake. Sajwani established a 2-0 advantage in the set, hitting D5 in successive legs, but Hewson responded with a 15-dart hold, to maintain his slender hopes.

Sajwani had the opportunity to throw for the match and he took full advantage. He produced a consistent scoring leg to leave 76 after just 12 darts, and completed the finish with consummate ease, to secure the victory with a 14-dart leg. Given the context of the match, this was a superb leg from Sajwani.

David Cameron (28.39) 0 - 3 (28.33) Ted Hankey
Two-Time World Champion Ted Hankey marked his welcome return to the Lakeside stage with a comprehensive straight-sets victory over Canada’s David Cameron, in Sunday’s preliminary tie. Hankey, champion at Frimley Green in 2000 and 2009, will now face fellow veteran Martin Phillips in the opening round.

The opening set was extremely close-fought. Hankey held throw with relative ease, producing 15 and 17 dart legs to force a fifth and deciding leg in the set. Cameron had the advantage of throw, but Hankey illustrated his class, delivering a majestic 124 finish on the bull to steal the set from the Canadian’s grasp.

The first two legs of the second set were shared, before clinical finishing from Hankey again proved decisive. With Hankey sat on 100 to hold throw in the third, he left 80 after posting zero with his final two darts, when attempting to hit D20.

Despite this, demonstrating the enigma that he is, ‘The Count’ held his nerve, hitting D20 with his solitary dart, to convert the 80 finish and reclaim the initiative. Just moments later, Ted hit the very same target to complete a regulation 60 checkout, to extend his sets advantage. 

Hankey was in complete command at this point and was throwing with greater rhythm and conviction. He wired D10 for a 140 checkout, but returned to post D5 and break throw. However, Cameron continued to battle away, taking out 89 in two-darts to restore parity in the set. 

Ted’s ‘pressure-doubling’ throughout this preliminary tie was tremendous. He secured legs by hitting his final dart at double with unerring regularity, and continued this trend in the third leg, hitting D20 for a 15-darter to break Cameron.

The Canadian qualifier had chances to force a fifth and deciding leg, but he squandered two darts at double for a 100 finish. This proved to be a costly error, as Hankey took out 35 in two darts, to complete a comfortable victory on his long-awaited Lakeside return.

Kostas Pantelidis (27.30) 3 - 2 (26.57) Darren Peetoom
Kostas Pantelidis became the first ever Greek player to win a match at the Lakeside World Championships, as he defeated Darren Peetoom 3-2, in a marathon preliminary tie lasting almost 90 minutes. Pantelidis’ reward for his victory, is a tie against eighth seed and World Trophy winner, Geert de Vos.

It was an attritional battle throughout, but Pantelidis squandered a glorious chance to seal a 3-1 victory, missing four match darts at D6, allowing Peetoom a reprieve. The Essex man required D10 to restore parity, but his first dart was misdirected in the single 6. However, to his credit, he regained his composure and pinned the D7, to force a fifth and deciding leg.

There were major question marks about how Pantelidis would react psychologically from spurning those match darts, but he silenced these doubts emphatically in the opening leg of the set, with a superb 120 checkout. Peetoom responded with a 61 finish, but Pantelidis posted his second ton-plus checkout of the set to regain the advantage, taking out 119, culminating on D16.

The Greek ace had the opportunity to seal the win with a third consecutive ton-plus finish, but his dart at the bullseye for a 121 kill was wayward. Pantelidis continued to monopolise the scoring stakes, and missed another chance to secure a first-round berth in the sixth leg, missing D20 for an 82 checkout.

Peetoom continued to capitalise on Pantelidis’ finishing line nerves, but the Greek qualifier continued to battle away, and moved 4-3 ahead by hitting D16. Peetoom had a chance to prolong the contest further in the eighth leg of set five, but he was unable to take out 64. This gave Pantelidis three clear darts at D20 to secure the victory, and with his eighth match dart, the Greek star finally crossed the finishing line.

Seigo Asada (30.88) 3 - 1 (27.90) Darius Labanauskas[/b]
Seigo Asada produced a fine performance to defeat Lithuanian number one Darius Labanauskas 3-1 in a high-quality preliminary tie at Lakeside on Sunday evening. Asada, a three-time Japan Open winner, averaged a shade under 93 to defy a valiant comeback from Darius, to set up a first-round clash against 5th seed Wesley Harms.

Labanaukas claimed the first leg of the contest on D5, before Asada enjoyed a remarkable surge. The Japanese star secured three straight legs, in 13, 17 and 13 darts respectively. The Lithuanian wasn’t performing poorly whatsoever, but he was simply unable to match Asada’s scoring power.

Seigo continued his remarkable form in the early stages of the second set, establishing an advantage with a magnificent 12-darter and 121 finish. He then posted D8 in two consecutive legs, for 16 and 17-darters respectively, to head into the interval break with a commanding two set lead.

Darius appeared to benefit from the break, as Seigo appeared to lose some momentum, particularly in relation to his scoring power. The opening two legs of the third set were shared, before Labanauskas posted a pivotal 75 finish. Asada dominated the fourth leg, eventually pinning D2 to force a fifth and deciding leg in the set.

However, Labanauskas, who was beaten 3-1 by Robbie Green in the first-round of last year’s competition, showed tremendous character to hold throw and remain in contention, as he posted D10 to reduce the arrears to 2-1.

Asada responded well early in the fourth set, converting D20 for a comfortable 17-dart hold, but Labanauskas replicated this effort in the following leg. Asada, who scored prolifically through the contest, produced a tremendous 14-darter courtesy of a clinical 80 finish, to move one leg away from victory. Despite this, in the fourth leg, he squandered three match darts, gifting Darius a reprieve on D19.

Yet, Asada showed impressive character to bounce back from this disappointment, hitting his third maximum to leave 51 after just 12 darts. The Japan star missed a further two match darts, but on this occasion, he wasn’t punished. Darius missed two clear darts to force a fifth and deciding set, before Asada returned to hit D8 and complete a fine victory.

Scott Waites (32.02) 3-0 (29.08) Willem Mandigers 
Former World Champion Scott Waites produced the performance of the competition thus far, hitting three huge ton-plus checkouts en route to a straight-sets victory over Willem Mandingers. Waites averaged in excess of 96, hit three maximums and dropped just two legs, as he eased through to the last 16.


Waites broke Mandigers in the opening leg of the contest, after the Dutchman endured double-trouble. Scott then extended his lead moments later, producing a magnificent 142 checkout. He was throwing with real freedom, and sealed the set without reply by pinning D16 for a 15-darter.

Mandingers claimed his opening leg by hitting D20 for a 16-darter, although this didn’t quash Waites’ momentum. In the second leg, Mandigers produced a fine leg on throw, leaving D20 after just 12 darts, but the 2013 World Champion demonstrated his class, by converting a magnificent 136 checkout to break back instantly.

The Yorkshireman regained control of the second set with a ruthless 64 finish, but Mandigers provided stern resistance, forcing a deciding leg by converting D19. However, Waites produced another mammoth checkout to clinch the set, taking out 141 for a majestic 12-dart leg.

This understandably appeared to deflate the Dutchman, and the third set proved to be a procession for the ninth seed. Waites took out 72 to break Mandigers, before holding throw on D9. Mandigers could consider himself rather unfortunate; despite only winning two legs, he averaged over 87. Nonetheless, Waites secured his second-round berth, by completing a regulation 60 checkout.
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Mandigers could consider himself rather unfortunate; despite only winning two legs, he averaged over 87 .The best part lol
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