Lakeside 2016 : Mens Championship Match Reports - Day 8
[font=sans-serif]Scott Waites 6-1 Jamie Hughes
Scott Waites breezed through to the World Championship final after recording a comprehensive 6-1 victory over fourth seed Jamie Hughes, at the Lakeside on Saturday afternoon. 

Waites, who had produced inspired comebacks to defeat both Geert de Vos and Glen Durrant over recent days, required no such heroics against ‘Yozza’ in the last four.

Waites cruised to the opening set in comprehensive fashion, clinching it without reply. He opened up proceedings with a 50 checkout for a 17-dart hold, before posting his first maximum on Hughes’ throw. 

Yozza made a subdued start, and Waites capitalised, nailing D20 for a 13-darter to extend his lead. He sealed the opening set moments later, producing a fine 120 shanghai finish, to maintain an unblemished 100% ratio on the doubles. 

The second set was an extremely scrappy affair. Hughes registered his first leg of the semi-final with a 21-darter on D16, but Waites responded by pinning D2 to draw level. 

Jamie failed to register a double despite being sat on 68, and Waites capitalised on this reprieve, taking out D18 for a 20-dart leg to break throw. Scott had the throw to double his lead and he posted a dominant leg, hitting back-to-back 140’s before converting D5 for a 2-0 advantage.

Waites almost produced a spectacular 164 finish to open up proceedings in the third set, but after wiring the bull, he returned to clean up D4 for a 15-dart hold. Hughes drew level by virtue of an imperative 80 finish, but Waites’ dominance in the scoring stakes was illustrated once more. 

‘Scotty-2-Hotty’ left 24 after 12 darts before pinning D3 for another commanding 15-dart hold. Hughes had the darts to force a fifth and decisive leg, but he was denied, as Waites posted a timely maximum, before clinically converting 96 in two-darts to establish a three-set cushion.

Hughes was unable to replicate the performance he produced in his quarter-final clash against Wesley Harms, whereas Waites was throwing with conviction. 

He broke throw immediately in the fourth set with a 14-darter, thanks to nestling D16. Jamie’s scoring power was virtually non-existent and Scott clinched the set, without reply, by pinning D20 to win the remaining two legs in the set.

Scott’s dominance continued in the early stages of set five, as the 2013 Champion converted a clinical 71 checkout to preserve his throw. However, Hughes’ game gradually improved; the fourth seed drew level with a two-dart 48 finish, before he took control of the set after delivering an excellent 110 checkout for a 15-dart break of throw.

Waites posted another maximum to threaten an instant break back, but after Scott uncharacteristically wasted three darts at double, Hughes had a chance to convert 88 and clinch his opening set. Yet, the boy from the Black Country was unable to do so, wiring the bullseye, as Waites returned to post D5 to win back the darts.

Scott wasn’t playing at his imperious best, but he was taking advantage of the opportunities presented to him. He held throw to establish a virtually unassailable 5-0 cushion after taking out 64 on D16 for a 15-darter, and Hughes was desperate to avoid the whitewash.

The players enjoyed a short intermission after the fifth set, and Hughes returned to post his best leg of the semi-final. He left 26 after 12 darts and pinned D13 for a 14-darter to edge ahead. However, Waites responded strongly with a 14-darter of his own, courtesy of an 83 checkout.

Hughes pinned D10 to hold throw, but Waites forced a fifth and deciding leg in the set with an excellent 104 checkout. Scott left 56 after 12 darts as he homed in on the whitewash, but ‘Yozza’ managed to avoid this indignity, by virtue of an excellent 97 checkout, culminating on D12, to finally register a set on the scoreboard.

Nevertheless, any hope of a miraculous fightback was instantly dispelled by a ruthless Waites. The ninth seed opened up the seventh set with a maximum, before converting a 76 checkout to hold throw in 14 darts. He delivered another 14-dart leg to extend his lead moments later, by pinning D10. 

Scott almost sealed an emphatic victory in sumptuous style, but he wired the bullseye for a 161 checkout. However, the Yorkshireman returned to the oche to convert D4 for a 15-darter, and seal a place in his second World Championship final. 

[font=sans-serif]Jeff Smith 6-5 Richard Veenstra

Jeff Smith produced an extraordinary 10-dart leg in a last-set tiebreak to defeat debutant Richard Veenstra in a pulsating semi-final at the Lakeside on Saturday night. It was a topsy-turvy contest throughout, but Smith conjured up some magnificent darts in the closing stages to seal a place in Sunday’s final against former Champion Scott Waites.

Smith eased to the opening set, with Veenstra struggling for any semblance of fluency. He opened his account on D16 for a 19-dart leg, before extending his advantage with a fine 14-dart leg, courtesy of a 68 finish. ‘The Silencer’ sealed the set without reply after delivering another 14-darter thanks to a clinical 77 finish.

The Canadian won his fourth consecutive leg by breaking the Dutchman in the opening exchanges of set two. He left D16 after 12 darts, before pinning D8 for a 15-darter. However, ‘Flyers’ responded strongly, opening his account with an 80 finish for a 15-dart leg, before converting a 76 checkout for a 14-darter.

Jeff forced a last-leg decider in the set by pinning D10 for a 17-darter, yet he then produced his worst leg of the match at a critical time, enabling Veenstra to convert D20 for a 16-darter to level up proceedings.

The 34-year-old Dutchman had cruise control of the third set, but spurned seven set darts to allow Smith to reclaim a one set cushion. Veenstra had broken Smith’s throw in 14 darts, before he converted 60 in two darts to double his lead in the set. 

However, he missed one dart at tops for a 68 checkout, before squandering six darts to hold throw in the fourth leg. Smith took full advantage and drew level in the set, before converting a two-dart 52 checkout, culminating on D18, for a 17-dart hold to secure the lead.

Richard responded well in the opening stages of the fourth set, holding throw by virtue of a 50 checkout culminating on D16. However, Jeff drew level immediately, courtesy of a clinical 82 checkout. Veenstra’s scoring was improving considerably and he posted his second maximum to leave 41 after 9 darts, before eventually pinning D4 for a 15-dart hold.

The Canadian forced another fifth and deciding leg in the set, hitting D10 to complete a 68 checkout for a 14-darter. Yet, on this occasion, Veenstra held his nerve. ‘Flyers’ was sat on 70 after 12 darts, and despite hitting single four with his first dart, he recovered superbly, hitting T16, followed by D9, to clinch the set and level up proceedings at two-apiece.

After the interval, Smith raced to the fifth set by virtue of ruthless finishing. He raised the roof in the opening leg, by conjuring up a magnificent 132 checkout culminating on the bullseye. Smith extended his lead moments later, hitting D10 for a 16-darter, before securing the set with a clinical two-dart 72 combination finish for a 14-dart leg, culminating on D12.

The pair both squandered opportunities to gain an early stranglehold in the sixth set, but the Dutchman claimed the spoils by hitting D2. Smith responded with a fine 15-dart leg and 76 finish, but he almost secured a precious break in the third leg. 

The 40-year-old from New Brunswick required 124 to break, but wired his third dart at D11. Veenstra punished this error, taking out 70 in two-darts on D8 to remain ahead. Smith attempted to force another fifth and decisive leg, but he was unable to do so, as Veenstra posted another 180 and converted 47 for a majestic 11-darter, to once again level up the contest at 3-3.

The Dutchman was enjoying a mini-surge and he won his third consecutive leg with an accomplished 13-darter via D16, for a vital break of throw. Smith recorded his third maximum in the following leg, but he was unable to halt Veenstra’s charge, as ‘Flyers’ converted 60 in two-darts to move to the cusp of a 4-3 lead.

Smith was handed a lifeline in the third leg, as Veenstra spurned three set darts, at D20 and D10 respectively, although last year’s semi-finalist wasn’t afforded another opportunity. Richard left 87 after just 9 darts, and despite missing a further two set darts, he eventually nailed D4 for a 14-darter, to claim the lead in sets for the first time in the contest.

After the third interval, Smith broke Veenstra’s throw immediately with a 16-dart leg completed on D20. Nevertheless, he surrendered the initiative moments later, missing the single 17 as he attempted to produce a 108 finish. The Lakeside debutant punished this error, checking out 80 to break back instantly.

However, Smith, who suffered a 6-0 defeat to Scott Mitchell in last year’s semi-final, displayed tremendous character to bounce back instantly. He secured the third successive break in the set by virtue of a 13-darter on D18, before levelling up the tie at four apiece after nailing D2 with his fifth set-dart.

The topsy-turvy nature of this contest continued in the ninth set. Veenstra broke Smith’s throw with a nerveless 77 kill, but Smith delivered an instant riposte, breaking back with an 84 checkout culminating on D7, for another 15-darter. 

The Canadian posted his fifth maximum before converting D5 to reclaim the initiative in the set, but after he missed two set darts at D8 for a 76 finish, Veenstra forced a nail-biting fifth and deciding set. Nevertheless, Jeff held his nerve admirably, posting his sixth maximum and hitting D20, to move within a set of the final.

Veenstra had reached the point of no return, but he demonstrated impressive tenacity to clinch the tenth set without reply. He converted D20 for a fine 13-darter before doubling his lead in the set with a classy 84 checkout, finishing on D11. The third leg was somewhat error-strewn, but Veenstra clinched it in 21 darts, to force a dramatic decider.

Smith made the ideal start to the eleventh and final set, holding throw in 15-darters with a superb 108 checkout. However, the second leg was a nerve-jangling affair. ‘The Silencer’ kicked off the leg with a 180 followed by a 140, to leave 181 after just 6 darts. 

However, Jeff missed a multitude of doubles to move 2-0 ahead, yet he wasn’t punished by Veenstra, and at the eighth attempt, the Canadian converted D5 to move within a leg of the final. 

Smith had the chance to clinch the match with an 83 finish, but he missed one match dart, wiring the bullseye to finish in style. Veenstra capitalised and prolonged the contest, hitting D8 with his last dart in hand to stay alive. The Dutchman’s character and tenacity was admirable, and he forced a tie-break scenario after completing an excellent 72 checkout.

Suddenly, the Dutch debutant had the momentum, but Smith defied Veenstra’s surge and kicked off the fifth leg with a majestic 174. He controlled the leg for the duration, and converted 65 on D4 for a brilliant 14-dart leg to edge ahead 3-2 in the decider.

Then, in the sixth leg, Smith produced one of the finest legs in the history of the Lakeside World Championships. ‘The Silencer’ kicked off the sixth leg with back-to-back maximums, to set up the nine-dart possibility. 

He hit T19 with his seventh dart, but the T16 narrowly missed. Nevertheless, after Veenstra was unable to conjure up a magnificent 150 finish, Smith returned to pin D10 for an incredible 10-dart leg, to secure a place in his maiden World Championship final. 

It was an extraordinary leg of darts, and was testament to Smith’s ability and character that he could produce such quality under such intense scrutiny.

However, Veenstra also deserves immense credit. He has produced some magnificent performances on his Lakeside debut, and he was within legs of reaching the final. 

Richard defeated the third seed Jeffrey De Graaf in the opening round, before dumping out reigning Champion Scott Mitchell in the quarters. His fearless approach and was admirable; he took out some magnificent shots at crucial times and he’ll no doubt grace the Lakeside stage on a far more frequent basis in the future.[/font]
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