Mark Webster sent out a reminder of what he’s capable of with a scintillating performance in the 4-0 demolition of Terry Jenkins. The Bull failed to get a set on the board as Webster ran away with the match to reach the round of 16. After romping through the first set, Jenkins missed three crucial set darts at double top to level matters. Webster returned to steal the set, with Jenkins wondering whether that was a turning point. Although ‘Webby’s’ doubles may not have been at his ruthless best, the loose scoring from his adversary allowed him leeway, and a third round match-up with Alan Norris.
Former Lakeside runner-up Norris had earlier dispatched of Joe Murnan. Tougher tests will lie ahead for ‘Chuck’, but should he repeat the eight 180’s he hit this afternoon, even the elite may have trouble putting him away. Drama was the order of the day as Suljovic stole a nail-biting final set the stave off the inconsistent David Pallett. Both has been millimetres away from the holy grail of darts, a nine dart finish, Pallett found his scoring in the pivotal sixth set, but Suljovic hit doubles at the crucial times to pull out an unbelievable victory.
Adrian Lewis replies instinctively to Michael van Gerwen’s clear message with a convincing victory over Andrew Gilding. The two time champion is clearly regaining the meticulous rhythm that bought him so much success just three years ago. He was quick out of the blocks in his second round tie hitting six maximums in the opening two sets. Gilding was rarely allowed a shot a double as Lewis romped into a two set lead in a flash. The high scoring tailed off as the match concluded but Jackpot will take heaps of confidence from the ruthless 50% double percentage that could be a telling point against the more experienced opposition.
Peter Wright cruised into round three with the second whitewash of the evening. Despite not matching the earlier performance of Adrian Lewis, Wright will not dispute the result and will carry confidence forward into his third round contest against Dave Chisnall. Ronny Huybrechts played little part in what was a terribly one sided match-up. Despite a sluggish start to the tie Wright was able to take the opening set 3-1 with a lacklustre 25% double percentage. He picked up following the interval to double his advantage, and went within one of victory as he comfortably took the third. With Snakebite in control and taking his foot off the gas, Huybrechts relaxed and almost stole the fourth set away from the Scotsman. Despite getting a final two legs on the board, the Belgian couldn’t overcome Wright’s much improved double hitting as he booked a date with Chizzy in two days time.
The 2004 World final at the Circus Tavern is considered to be amongst the greats amongst TV finals. Phil Taylor emerged victor that day against the odds after Kevin painter had opened up a gaping three set lead. The pair met again, this time in round two of the 2016 edition of the World Championships. It was Painter who once again was out of the blocks the quickest taking the opening set 3-1, with Taylor failing to settle into the tempo of the match. The Power quickly disposed of the darts used in round one, reverting back to his former arrows. In truth Painter could’ve been 3-0 inside half an hour but instead found himself trailing 3-1 thanks to a host of missed doubles. The one chance the Artist did get to claw some much needed ground back, was quickly wiped away as Taylor showed his pedigree hitting a fabulous 170 checkout. With Painter running out of steam Taylor was able to wrap up the game on double 16 and book his spot in the last 16.