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Lakeside 2016 : Mens Championship Match Reports - Day 3

[font=sans-serif]John Walton 3-0 Rob Modra

Former World Champion John Walton rolled back the years on the Lakeside stage, as he cruised to a 3-0 victory over debutant Rob Modra in Monday afternoon’s preliminary tie. 

Walton, appearing in his first World Championship since 2013, averaged over 90 and dropped just three legs in dismantling the Australian number one.

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‘John-Boy’ missed two darts for a 100 checkout in the opening leg, but he returned to the oche and converted D20 to break, after a particularly sluggish start from Modra.

Walton produced a fine 110 finish to extend his lead, before posting his first maximum early in the third leg. Modra missed D20 for an eye-catching 125 checkout, which would have opened his account, and the 2001 World Champion capitalised; hitting D18 for a classy 13-darter to clinch the set.

Walton kicked off the second set with a commanding hold of throw on D15, before posting five perfect darts in the following leg. John memorably hit a televised 9-darter against Martin Phillips in the 2007 World Masters, although the perfect leg wasn’t forthcoming on this occasion.

However, ‘John-Boy’ wasn’t deterred by this, and won his fifth successive leg with D20 for a 13-darter. Modra was being completely outscored, but he finally opened his account in the third leg of the set. Walton posted a scrappy leg on throw, and Modra took advantage, pinning D18 for a 13-darter of his own.

The Australian visibly grew in confidence from this moment onwards and secured a second consecutive leg, converting 69 for a fine 14-darter. Suddenly, Walton was under pressure, and Modra had the opportunity to take out 65 and level up proceedings. Rob had a solitary dart at D8, but was unable to take advantage, and Walton returned to post the same double, with his last-dart in hand, to extend his lead to 2-0.

The 54-year-old Yorkshireman missed two darts at D18 for a 72 checkout to break Modra in the opening stages of the third set, but he soon drew level with a 14-dart finish. Rob’s scoring was sporadic and Walton exploited his inconsistency, producing a clinical 64 finish to move one leg away from the first-round.

Walton, making his 15th World Championship appearance at Frimley Green, sealed victory in sumptuous style, taking out a fine 114 checkout on D20. The veteran will now take on 15th seed and his county-teammate, Brian Dawson, for a place in the second-round..

[font=sans-serif]Jeffrey de Graaf 2-3 Richard Veenstra

Richard Veenstra secured a memorable victory on his Lakeside debut, dumping out his compatriot and 3rdseed Jeffrey De Graaf in a thrilling tie at Lakeside on Monday afternoon. The Dutchman will now face Martin Atkins in the last 16.

De Graaf is the highest ranked player to depart from the tournament thus far, as his miserable Lakeside record continues. The 25-year-old, making his fourth World Championship appearance, has still failed to register a victory at Frimley Green. 

Veenstra made a tremendous start to the encounter, breaking throw in the opening leg with a two-dart 100 finish, after De Graaf had missed D18 for a 103 checkout. However, Veenstra was unable to replicate the feat in the following leg, and De Graaf broke back instantly on D4.

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Veenstra appeared poised to secure the third successive break of the match, but after failing to take out 70, Jeffrey posted a magnificent 134 finish, culminating on D16. Richard forced a fifth and deciding leg in the set, pinning D5 at the fifth attempt, but De Graaf held his nerve in the decider, posting his first maximum and converting D4 to secure the initiative.

Veenstra responded well to the disappointment of falling behind, pinning D16 to edge ahead in set two. The second leg was a scrappy affair, but De Graaf eventually hit D4 to level up the set. 

Nevertheless, Veenstra, who reached the last 16 of this year’s World Masters, produced two legs of immense quality to restore parity. He converted 86 in two darts to move 2-1 ahead, before securing the set with a spectacular 158 finish, after De Graaf had posted three successive 140’s earlier in the leg.

This moment of quality suddenly sparked the contest into life. The unseeded Dutchman won his third consecutive leg with a 15-darter, but the 3rd seed responded magnificently. De Graaf posted 7 perfect darts, but the T15 eluded him. Nevertheless, he secured an instant break back with a majestic 10-darter, before reclaiming the initiative with a confident 13-dart hold.

Veenstra forced a fifth and deciding leg in the set after converting D20, before a nervous leg ensued. De Graaf appeared in total command, but failed to take out 51. He was ruthlessly punished by his compatriot, as Veenstra took out 52 to win his second consecutive set.

Veenstra wired D20 for a 116 checkout in the opening leg of the fourth set, and De Graaf posted D20 to seal an early break. Jeffrey then confidently converted a 63 finish to extend his lead, and a fifth and decisive set appeared inevitable.

Nevertheless, Veenstra, a former Luxembourg Open winner, produced two magnificent legs in succession. He took out a fine 120 finish to prolong the set, before posting a magnificent 81 checkout for a fabulous 11-darter. Suddenly, the underdog was throwing to seal a major upset. 

Veenstra left himself on D20 after just 12 darts, but he dramatically squandered three darts for a second-round berth. De Graaf, a World Trophy finalist in March, exploited this reprieve, hitting D16 for a 13-darter, to force a decisive fifth set.

The first two legs were shared, before Veenstra missed D20 for a 111 finish and a precious break. De Graaf returned to take out 52 and re-establish a slender lead, but after Jeffrey failed to take out 86, Veenstra hit D16 to provoke a tie-break situation.

De Graaf, who won three ranking titles in 2015, had three darts at D20 to hold throw, but he failed to take the opportunity, and Veenstra eventually overcame his D20 hoodoo to move to the cusp of victory. The Lakeside debutant threw for the match once more, but this time he capitalised on his advantage, completing a fine 96 finish to seal a memorable victory.

[font=sans-serif]Pip Blackwell 0-3 Martin Atkins
Lakeside veteran Martin Atkins eased through to the second-round of the World Championships at the Frimley Green on Monday afternoon, with a straight-sets victory over 14th seed Pip Blackwell. Atkins was solid if unspectacular, capitalising on an indifferent display from Pip to set up a tie against Jeffrey De Graaf’s conqueror, Richard Veenstra.

Both men struggled to settle into their rhythm in the opening exchanges, and the first two legs were shared. Blackwell was in pole position to break in the third leg, but Atkins maintained his advantage with a tremendous 81 finish, culminating on D13. Blackwell forced a deciding leg in the set, after conjuring up a majestic bull-finish, before a dramatic leg ensued. 

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Both players squandered opportunities to clinch the set. Atkins missed D20 for a 117 checkout, but Blackwell returned the favour, spurning two darts at D20. ‘The Assassin’ returned to the oche, and made no mistake on this occasion, pinning D10 to secure the lead.

The missed opportunities appeared to play a key psychological role in the early stages of set two, as Atkins eased into a two leg lead. In both legs, Pip was stranded in the 200s after 15 darts, but he responded admirably in the third leg, pinning D16 for an authoritative 14-dart hold. 

Despite this, Atkins wasn’t perturbed, and continued to maintain his consistency in the scoring stakes. The former Lakeside quarter-finalist left 56 after just 12 darts on throw, with Blackwell well adrift on 229. Martin continued his fine finishing, posting a 14-dart hold to move within a set of the last 16.

Pip was displaying fragility on crucial doubles, and he spurned further chances to open his account in the opening leg of set three. Atkins punished Blackwell for his profligacy, pinning D2 to break throw. He cemented the break just moments later, producing a superb 124 checkout on the bull to move to the cusp of victory.

Blackwell desperately needed to take out 76 to prolong the contest, but he was unable to do so. As a consequence, Atkins returned to convert D16 for a 47 checkout, to seal a relatively serene progression to round-two. Atkins, competing in his 11th World Championship at Lakeside, will equal his best run at the tournament with a victory over Veenstra in the last 16.[/font]

[font=sans-serif]Ryan de Vreede 2-3 Larry Butler

Larry Butler came through a thrilling first-round tie at the Lakeside on Monday evening, beating debutant Ryan de Vreede 3-2 in a pulsating tussle. De Vreede was seeded 16th for the event and competed throughout, but Butler’s experience paid dividends, as he secured his second 3-2 victory of this year’s competition, to seal a last 16 spot.

Butler capitalised on a sluggish start from de Vreede to establish a 2-0 lead in the opening set, before the Dutchman suddenly sparked into life, with a stunning 121 finish for a 12-darter. De Vreede almost followed this up with a 93 checkout, however he returned to post D8 and force a fifth and decisive leg in the set.

De Vreede was poised to clinch the first set and complete a remarkable turnaround, but the veteran American illustrated his class, producing a fantastic 125 checkout (25, T20, D20) to seal the first set. This understandably deflated the Dutchman, and for the second set in succession, Butler stormed into a two leg lead, to establish control.

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However, the 23-year-old Dutchman displayed tremendous tenacity to fightback. He posted his second ton-plus finish of the contest, 106, to reduce the arrears, before a tense fourth leg ensued. Both men missed a plethora of doubles, with Butler missing three darts for a 2-0 advantage. At the sixth time of asking, De Vreede pinned D14, to force another last-leg decider.

De Vreede, who was beaten 3-0 by Dave Chisnall in the first-round of last year’s PDC World Championships, dominated the scoring stakes, and reeled off his third consecutive leg with a clinical 61 finish to restore parity.

Butler kicked off the third set with a maximum, but survived a major scare on his throw, as De Vreede wired the bull for the maximum 170 checkout. However, the Dutchman responded by taking out 60 to hold throw, before breaking Butler, after the 1994 World Matchplay Champion missed two darts at double.

However, in the next leg, De Vreede squandered a fantastic opportunity to secure a 2-1 advantage. The Dutch star missed four darts at double, allowing the experienced American to break straight back. Butler ensured that he took full advantage of this reprieve, by producing an assured 14-dart hold to regain his one-set advantage.

The first two legs of the fourth set were shared, before De Vreede was the beneficiary of missed doubles from Butler, enabling Ryan to pin D10 to move 2-1 ahead in the set. Butler forced a last-leg decider, but despite a 180 from the American number one, De Vreede maintained his composure, taking out 56 to force a decisive fifth set.

The young Dutchman made an imperious start to the fifth set, nailing D10 for a 13-darter and a precious break of throw. However, he wired the bullseye for a spectacular 132 in the following leg, and was subsequently punished, with Butler levelling up proceedings courtesy of a fine 100 checkout.

Larry held throw emphatically in the third leg, but spurned a golden opportunity to win the match, missing D20 for a 64 checkout. De Vreede then hit D10 to preserve his hopes of victory, but Butler responded superbly to this setback, hitting his fifth maximum and converting D16 for a quality 12-darter.

De Vreede had the chance to take out 80 and level up proceedings at 3-3 in the final set, but he missed two darts at D10, affording the 58-year-old American an opportunity to triumph with a 96 finish. Butler’s first dart landed awkwardly above the T20, but he recovered the situation magnificently, hitting T20 and then D8 with his final dart, to seal a fine victory.

De Vreede acquitted himself tremendously on his Lakeside debut; he just lacked composure in decisive moments, but he extended his opponent to the very limit. Butler will now face World Number 1 Glen Durrant in the last 16, in a repeat of their clash at the World Masters final in October. 

[font=sans-serif]Jamie Hughes 3-0 Ross Montgomery
Fourth seed Jamie Hughes cruised into the second-round of the World Championships on Monday evening, after beating an under-par Ross Montgomery in straight-sets. The pair struggled for fluency throughout, particularly on the doubles, but Hughes’ scoring power proved decisive, as ‘The Boss’ was beaten in round one for the first time since 2013.

The first set was a slightly lacklustre affair. Hughes was handed a major reprieve in the opening leg, as Montgomery missed three darts at D18 for a break of throw, however the roles were reversed in the following leg, with Hughes missing three clear darts at D20 for a 2-0 lead. The 4th seed held throw with a 16-dart leg, but the Scot forced a fifth and deciding leg with a clinical 70 finish.

Hughes had the advantage of throw and appeared in cruise control, leaving 32 after 12 darts. However, ‘Yozza’ endured a torrid time on the doubles, missing ten darts for the set. Fortunately for Hughes, Ross also squandered two set darts, allowing Hughes to return and eventually pin D2 to secure the opener.

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Montgomery relinquished the throw in the opening leg of set two, after two indifferent visits, to put Hughes firmly in command.  The 29-year-old from Tipton began to score more prolifically, posting three successive 140’s to maintain control of the contest. Hughes missed four darts at double, but once again, his profligacy went unpunished by the Scotland captain, allowing Jamie to convert D10 to double his lead in the set.

Hughes continued to score well in the third leg, and he left himself on D16 after 12 darts. On this occasion, the former Zuiderduin Masters winner was clinical, pinning D16 with his first-dart, to establish a 2-0 lead in sets, with his best leg of the contest thus far.

Montgomery emerged from the interval strongly, breaking Hughes’ throw in the opening leg of set three. After wiring the bull for a 124 finish, Ross returned to take out 25 for an accomplished 15-dart leg. Yet, he couldn’t replicate this on his own throw. He failed to register a shot at double after 21 darts in the following leg, allowing Hughes to respond instantly with a 64 checkout.

Missed doubles continued to plight both men in the third leg. Hughes missed three darts at D20 for a hold of throw, but Montgomery was unable to capitalise, failing to convert 52. As a result, Hughes posted D10 to move to the cusp of victory.

Jamie missed two match darts in the fourth leg, as Montgomery, who reached the quarter-finals of last year’s tournament, preserved his slender hopes by also converting D10. Nevertheless, this simply delayed the inevitable. Ross was hitting T20s and single 1s and 5s in equal measure, enabling Hughes to convert D20 for a 17-darter, and a relatively comfortable 3-0 triumph.[/font]

[font=sans-serif]Martin Phillips 3-0 Ted Hankey

Martin Phillips eased through to the second-round of the World Championships at the Lakeside, overcoming an abject Ted Hankey in a battle of the veterans at Frimley Green. This was billed as a potential epic, although in truth, it was a procession, as Hankey averaged 71 and hit just 1 double from 24 attempts.

Hankey and Phillips have competed in 29 World Championships between them, but despite their vast experience, the opening stages of the match were extremely edgy. The pair missed a multitude of doubles in the opening leg, with Phillips eventually securing it in 26 darts. 

The second leg followed a similar pattern, although Hankey was the beneficiary on this occasion, and levelled up on D1. Phillips’ scoring improved in the remainder of the set, and the Welshman reeled off successive legs to seal a scrappy opener.

Hankey’s doubling against Cameron in yesterday’s preliminary clash was mightily impressive; however, his fortunes differed considerably against the 2014 World Masters winner. ‘The Count’ missed seven darts to win the opening leg of set two, enabling the left-hander to break via D4

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Ted was failing to hit the requisite trebles with any regularity, and Phillips was completely outscoring the two-time World Champion. The 55-year-old Welshman converted 78 for a 15-darter, the best leg of the match by some considerable distance, to move to the cusp of a two-set advantage.

Hankey’s doubling woes continued, as he missed two darts to complete a 75 checkout, and Phillips followed up a timely 140 with D10 to win his fifth consecutive leg and seal the second set.

Hankey had a chance to break Phillips in the first leg after the interval, although he wired darts at D12 and D6 respectively, allowing the Welshman to edge ahead in the set with D4. Phillips, a two-time Lakeside semi-finalist himself, won his seventh leg in succession via D20, before completing the rout with a composed 54 checkout.

Phillips, who made his Lakeside debut 25 years ago, is seeded 10th for this event, and he will face Daryl Fitton’s conqueror, Dennis Harbour, for a place in the quarter-finals.[/font]
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