As we enter the second helping of this years second round at the World Championships, the top seeds continue to hang. Young blood has also been making a significant impact with Benito van de Pas and Michael Smith progressing from Sunday’s session.
Two former World Champions return in Monday’s latter session. Phil Taylor will look to maintain the momentum from his whitewash of Keita Ono, while Kevin Painter will take confidence from his steady triumph over Finnish qualifier Kim Viljanan. Taylor, who will be looking to seal his 17th world title, has recently changed darts to sensational effect. A 97 average and 50% plus checkout percentage are as good as you can ask for from a nervy opening encounter. He will just hope that the long wait for round two hasn’t affected his rhythm.
Taylor’s former protégé is notorious for coming alive around the World Championships. The comprehensive nature of his victory over Jan Dekker outlines Jackpot’s intentions for third title. If Lewis’ challenger Andrew Gilding plays the fluent darts that earned him this last 32 spot, Lewis will have to repeat his performance in order to continue his tournament. Peter Wright rounds off the evening session with what should be a simple victory against Ronny Huybrechts.
The afternoon session consists of three ‘nearly men’ of the world of darts. Terry Jenkins is a nine time major finalist, but at the age of 53 is yet to lift a major trophy. Alan Norris is a former Lakeside champion and dispatched of 2015 Grand Prix champion Robert Thornton. Finally, Mensur Suljovic has been one of 2015’s most consistent performers, a good display in the coming day could see the Austrian push for a Premier League spot.
Monday December 28
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
Alan Norris v Joe Murnan
Terry Jenkins v Mark Webster
David Pallett v Mensur Suljovic
Evening Session (7.30pm-11.30pm)
Adrian Lewis v Andrew Gilding
Peter Wright v Ronny Huybrechts
Phil Taylor v Kevin Painter