Ladbrokes World Championships; Day 11 Games
I’m not sure it has sunk in yet that Phil Taylor was knocked out in round 2 last night – things like that don’t normally happen do they? The first time Phil has gone out before the 1/4 finals… ever in the PDC! The competition is wide open now – with Wade, Whitlock, Lewis, and Anderson all on most peoples list. Obviously Chizzy himself has to be added to those names – and maybe Mervyn King as a good outside bet?
Today sees the last 4 round 2 games, and the start of round 3. Bad news for me is that I’m back at work today – so will miss the afternoon session! I’ll update scores though – still doing my duty To make up for it though, I’m going to be rushing down to Alexandra Palace after work to join my friend Justin Pipe in VIP for the first time this year – thanks to my mate Lee ‘Danger’ Griffin for driving! So I’ll have to update the evening session scores tomorrow morning.
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Looking down the list of talent on display today, I fancy Merv King to beat the last Dutchman in the tournament, Mighty Mike. Merv seems to be getting that self belief back, which makes him a scary opponent. Simon Whitlock will hobble back to the oche – it will be interesting to see if he can keep up the level of performance we saw in game 1 – which was pretty awesome for someone who could hardly walk! I think he’ll win if he plays to that level, but I’m not sure if he will be able too, and if the ladies favourite Steve Beaton gets ahead in a long game, he may overcome the Aussie.
Will the self assured Scott Rand keep up his winning ways against the far more experienced Colin Lloyd? Based on round 1 you’ve got to think he can win. The first game of the evening sees Gary Anderson take on the South African prelim winner, Devon Petersen. I always cheer on Devon, but I can’t see him matching the Anderson firepower.
The third round starts with defending world champ Adrian Lewis taking on the laid back Wayne Jones. The pressure will be on Lewis, but he’s got to take a boost with Taylor going out last night – making his job of retaining the trophy that bit easier. If I was going to bet on this one, it would be for Lewis to hit more 180’s! Last up is a rematch from the Grand Slam – Justin Pipe taking on the very in form Terry Jenkins. Jenkins was on fire at the start of his 2nd round game, but it did drift away a little as the heat of the venue got to him. IF Pipe can keep it a close long game (well long is guaranteed with the slow Pipe throw), then Jenkins may begin to struggle.
Wednesday December 28
Mervyn King 1-4 Michael van Gerwen
Averages: King – 98.91, van Gerwen – 91.59. 180s: King – 9, van Gerwen – 5. On those stats how did King lose that by such a margin?
Simon Whitlock 4-1 Steve Beaton
I hear Whitlock was down 2-0, the hit 3 legs on the trot to take the first set 3-2. I hear that’s now 8 legs on the trot for Whitlock! Beaton wins the next 3 legs to take the 3rd set! Beaton hits 5 when on 84 and can’t get a dart at the double. Whitlock makes him pay with a 60 checkout. 5x 180s from Whitlock and a 96.42 average. He has Michael van Gerwen next in the last 16.
Colin Lloyd 4-1 Scott Rand
Scott Rand has lost his first leg of the tournament. Lloyd aided by a 180 breaks the throw in the first leg of the match.
Gary Anderson 4-2 Devon Petersen
I did watch this on the ‘top table’ – part of the Gary Anderson party – and Gary didn’t disappoint. Two checkouts with two double tops to really put on a show. Devon scored really well, and I told him afterwards that he should be really proud in how he played in this world champs.
Adrian Lewis 4-0 Wayne Jones
Justin Pipe 1-4 Terry Jenkins
Tough game to watch this one, as I’m not only Justin’s friend, but I also do Terry’s website! To be honest, Terry was on cracking form again, hitting 21 x 140s, 7 x 180’s and a 102 avearge! Justin missed a dart to win the 4th set to make it 2-2 which was the turning point of the game. Justin’s 96.65 average was 2nd only to Terry’s for the whole night, higher than Lewis or Anderson!