Monday, 11 March 2013

PDC UK Masters-Day 3

Sunday March 10 Afternoon Session
Third Round

Dave Chisnall 5-6 Stuart Kellett
Arron Monk 5-6 Robert Thornton
Phil Taylor 6-5 Richie Burnett
Raymond van Barneveld 3-6 Andy Hamilton
Simon Whitlock 6-2 Ronnie Baxter
Mensur Suljovic 5-6 John Part
Mark Webster 1-6 Adrian Lewis
Michael van Gerwen 4-6 James Wade

Stuart Kellett came from 5-3 down to knock out number one seed Dave Chisnall 6-5 and reach his first European Tour quarter-final at the UK Masters. Chisnall made the early running, breaking throw with a 14-darter in the opening leg and hitting an 11-darter before a 116 finish put him 3-1 up. Kellett replied with a 12-dart finish before Chisnall hit tops to lead 4-2, and after the Cheshire ace hit double four to win his third leg, a 118 checkout from Chisnall put him a leg away from the win at 5-3. Kellett, though, finished 86 in two darts to hit back, landed a 180 in a 14-darter to force a deciding leg and punished Chisnall for a slow start in the 11th leg by taking out double six for the win.

Robert Thornton edged out Arron Monk 6-5 to claim his place in the UK Masters quarter-finals - but almost threw away the win with five missed match darts before he finally took victory. A tight contest swung both ways as Thornton took the opening leg, Monk hit back to lead 2-1 and the Scot then took a 3-2 lead. Monk levelled, but finishes of double 12 and double top put the UK Open champion on the verge of victory at 5-3. However, he missed a dart at the bull for the match in the next and was off-target on double ten in the next leg as Monk forced a decider. Thornton hit a 171 to be first to a finish in the final leg, but missed five match darts - including one at tops which he initially thought was in as he celebrated prematurely - before Monk missed double 12 with two darts to complete his comeback, and Thornton finally took his chance on double ten to set up a quarter-final with Stuart Kellett.

Phil Taylor sealed his place in the quarter-finals of the UK Masters with a comeback 6-5 win over Richie Burnett. Burnett took the opening leg with a 119 finish, but Taylor hit a pair of 180s and a brace of double 16 finishes as he edged 2-1 up. Burnett replied with a maximum and double 12 as he levelled, and added further 180s in taking the next two legs - with finishes of double 16 and 81 on double 12 - to leave the World Champion 4-2 down. Taylor, though, hit back with a 76 finish and levelled by taking out 107 on tops, before hitting the front on double 16, despite a 177 from Burnett in leg nine. Burnett landed tops to force a decider, but Taylor as first to a finish with scores of 140 and 135 during the leg before hitting double 16 to progress.

Andy Hamilton set up a quarter-final with Stoke rival Phil Taylor with a 6-3 win over Raymond van Barneveld. Hamilton hit a 180 in taking the opening leg before finishing 78 on tops to break, after the Dutchman missed double 18. Van Barneveld hit back on tops, but Hamilton posted double 16 and double ten to move 4-1 up and take command. Van Barneveld again responded, finishing 77 before thrilling the Butlins crowd with a 156 checkout to cut the gap to one leg at 4-3. Hamilton, though, edged the eighth leg on tops before hitting a 180 and double 16 to secure the win with a 14-darter.

John Part won through to the UK Masters quarter-finals by fighting from 5-2 down to take a 6-5 win over Mensur Suljovic. Although Part took the game's opening leg, the Austrian won the next four to take command at 4-1. Part posted a maximum as he took the sixth leg, but was punished for a miss at double 11 as Suljovic moved 5-2 up on double four. Part hit double four to begin his fightback, and cut the gap to 5-4 by taking leg nine, which had seen Suljovic post a 180 before the Canadian took out 77. Part then finished double 12 to force a deciding leg, and when Suljovic missed a dart at tops to win the game, the three-time World Champion finished 77 on double five to edge to victory.

Adrian Lewis powered in six 180s as he swept past Mark Webster 6-1 to win a quarter-final place in the UK Masters. Lewis won the opening leg on double six, and though Webster levelled on double ten, it was the Stoke ace who pulled away. After missing the bullseye to finish 170 in leg three he returned to finish double four, before then breaking throw with a maximum and a 78 checkout - after Webster missed tops - and hitting another 180 to set up a 63 finish in moving 4-1 up. Lewis then hit two 180s in an 11-darter to move to the brink of victory, and opened the next leg with back-to-back maximums - missing out on a nine-darter but finishing 72 on double 12 for his last eight spot.

James Wade defeated top-four rival Michael van Gerwen 6-4 to set up a tasty UK Masters quarter-final with Adrian Lewis. Wade was overtaken as world number three by van Gerwen a fortnight ago, but hit back in style with a strong display to continue his challenge at the Butlins Minehead Resort. The pair traded 180s in the game's opening leg as double five put the left-hander ahead before van Gerwen levelled on double 14. Wade landed two maximums as he hit double four to move back ahead, before van Gerwen posted a 180 and a 64 finish to square the contest. Wade, though, took the next three legs to move 5-2 up and take control of the match, before the duo traded 180s in leg eight as van Gerwen kept his hopes alive with a fine 140 finish. The Dutchman added a fourth 180 and double ten to pull back to 5-4, but missed the bull to force a decider as Wade pinned tops for the win.

Match Stats
Ave 180s Ave 180s
93.47 2 Dave Chisnall 5-6 Stuart Kellett 99.75 3
89.27 0 Arron Monk 5-6 Robert Thornton 92.76 1
100.31 2 Phil Taylor 6-5 Richie Burnett 94.88 3
97.38 0 R v Barneveld 3-6 Andy Hamilton 97.36 2
100.81 2 Simon Whitlock 6-2 Ronnie Baxter 94.32 3
81.93 2 Mensur Suljovic 5-6 John Part 88.02 2
83.14 0 Mark Webster 1-6 Adrian Lewis 95.64 6
102.94 4 M v Gerwen 4-6 James Wade 98.72 4

Quarter-Finals Stuart Kellett 6-1 Robert Thornton
Phil Taylor 3-6 Andy Hamilton
Simon Whitlock 4-6 John Part
Adrian Lewis 6-2 James Wade
Losers £3,000

Stuart Kellett 6-3 Andy Hamilton
John Part 6-2 Adrian Lewis
Losers £5,000

Stuart Kellett 4-6 John Part
Winner £20,000
Runner-Up £10,000

Quarter-Final Match Information Stuart Kellett's brilliant weekend continued as he defeated Robert Thornton 6-1 to reach the UK Masters semi-finals. Thornton finished 82 to win the game's opening leg against the throw, but the Cheshire ace hit back in style to sweep to victory. He took out 78 to level in leg two, despite a 180 from Thornton, and punished missed doubles from the Scot in the next three to move 4-1 up. Thornton added another maximum in leg six, but missed the bull to finish 126 as Kellett took out 96 on double 18 before landing the same bed to complete a 121 combination in sealing victory.

Andy Hamilton picked up only his second career victory over Phil Taylor with a superb 6-3 defeat of the World Champion as the Stoke ace moved into the semi-finals of the UK Masters in a high-scoring contest - as both players ended with averages above 103. Taylor hit two 12-dart finishes in taking two of the first three legs, with Hamilton replying with a maximum in leg two and another 180 in the fourth as he levelled. Taylor took the fifth with a 13-darter - lifting his average to 123 in-running - before Hamilton posted a 180 and took out 92 on double 16 to square the contest. The pair traded 180s in leg seven, but when Taylor missed double 16 and double eight his rival stepped in to break for the first time with a 76 checkout. Hamilton then hit double 16 to lead 5-3 before finishing 70 to complete a memorable performance.

John Part secured a fine 6-4 victory over Simon Whitlock to move into the semi-finals of the UK Masters in a high-scoring last eight contest. Both players hit 180s as Whitlock took the opening leg, before Whitlock landed another maximum in leg two only to miss to darts at doubles as Part levelled on tops. The pair again traded 180s in leg three, with Part this time punished for a missed double as Whitlock posted double 16, before the Canadian took out 96 and double 16 to move ahead for the first time at 3-2. Whitlock broke back on double eight to level, and then landed another 180 in moving 4-3 up. Part, though, landed a maximum before levelling on double four before winning a key ninth leg in style, with both players hitting 180s before the three-time World Champion brilliantly finished 140 with treble 20 and two double tops. Whitlock had chances to force a deciding leg, but burst his score on 65 and then missed double six in his next visit to allow Part to finish tops for a significant win over the world number five.

Adrian Lewis powered into the UK Masters semi-finals with a fine 6-2 win over James Wade. Lewis made a lightning start to win the first four legs without reply, taking out 127 on double eight to win the opener, a superb 96 of single 20, double 18 and double top, double top in leg three and an 11-darter in the fourth, after both players hit maximums. Wade posted a 180 and double two to get off the mark in the fifth leg, but Lewis took out 76 to move 5-1 up. Wade hit a 180 as he took a second leg, but Lewis' third maximum edged him in front in the next leg and he finished double eight to secure a last four spot.

Quarter-Final Match Stats
Ave 180s Ave 180s
93.70 0 Stuart Kellett 6-1 Robert Thornton 88.80 1
105.70 2 Phil Taylor 3-6 Andy Hamilton 103.23 5
93.59 5 Simon Whitlock 4-6 John Part 96.54 4
98.74 3 Adrian Lewis 6-2 James Wade 98.28 3

Semi-Final Match Information
Stuart Kellett won through to his first PDC ranking final at the UK Masters by knocking out Andy Hamilton 6-3 in the semi-finals at the Butlins Minehead Resort. The Northwich thrower continued his brilliant run this weekend with another clinical performance as Hamilton was unable to repeat the performance which had seen him defeat Phil Taylor less than two hours earlier. Hamilton had won two of the game's first three legs to lead 2-1, with Kellett finishing 78 in between. The Cheshire ace hit a 180 as he levelled in leg four, before finishing double four to break and double eight to move 4-2 up. Hamilton replied on double 16, but missed two darts at double 18 and nine to level as Kellett took out double four to move 5-3 up, and the pair traded 180s in the next leg before the Cheshire ace finished 122 on the bullseye to progress to the final in style.

John Part won the battle of two World Champions with a 6-2 defeat of Adrian Lewis to reach the UK Masters final. Part made a fine start, finishing 40 in the opening leg, 102 on double 11 to break in the second and 70 on tops in the third to lead 3-0. The Canadian also hit a maximum in the fourth, but double eight got Lewis off the mark before the world number two finished tops to pull back to 3-2. Part, though, took out double five to edge away and won a key seventh leg on tops to lead 5-2 - hitting a 180 to leave 67 before Lewis scored 165 to leave 20 and be on his tail. Lewis battled to stay in the game, but wired tops for a 145 finish in the next leg and Part stepped in to hit double 16 and reach the final.

Semi-Final Match Stats
Ave 180s Ave 180s
93.47 3 Stuart Kellett 6-3 Andy Hamilton 93.70 3
96.43 2 John Part 6-2 Adrian Lewis 86.36 1

The Final - Leg-By-Leg
Stuart Kellett v John Part

0-0 - Stuart Kellett wins the bull and throws first.
1-0 - Kellett hits double eight to win the opening leg.
1-1 - Part levels by hitting double 12 at the first time of asking.
2-1 - Kellett finishes 122 on the bull to move back ahead - having won his semi-final in the same manner.
2-2 - Part misses the bull to match Kellett's 122 finish, but returns to hit double eight and level.
3-2 - Kellett misses tops for a 120 checkout but hits double ten to move back in front.
3-3 - Part kicks off with a 180 and hits double ten to square the contest once more.
3-4 - Part secures the game's first break of throw, hitting double 16 to complete a 13-darter.
3-5 - Part lands a 180 and hits double ten to move to the brink of victory.
4-5 - Part misses one match dart, at double 12 to complete a 144 combination, and Kellett hits tops to keep his hopes alive.
4-6 - Kellett is first to a finish, initially missing double 16 to take out 105 before then seeing darts at double eight, four and two to allow Part in to seal victory with a 78 checkout.

Final Stats
Stuart Kellett 4-6 John Part
17 100+ 10
7 140+ 5
0 170+ 0
0 180 2
88.77 Average 94.04
0 Breaks of Throw 1
122 High Finish 78