Adrian Lewis breezed past Tony Newell to progress to round two. The two time world champion was never in danger of waving goodbye to his second UK open title. In all honestly a more severe test would’ve done Jackpot more good, as the big names begin to appear with the weekend approaches.
Dean Winstanley’s weekend was abruptly ended with a third round defeat to Vincent van der Voort. The Yorkshireman looked to be returning to form after beating Kevin Painter in round two, therefore securing the £1500 prize, but beating the flying Dutchman proved to be a step too far for Winstanley as his tournament crashed a burnt.
UK Open stalwart Alex Roy’s Minehead dream ended in round three. A quarter finalist back in 2005, Roy pressed home an impressive first round win over Dennis Smith. All things have to come to an end and Justin Pipe was the roadblock standing between Roy and round four. Pipe had previously endured a terrible run of form, but dismissing a possible upset will give ‘the Force’ a chance to impress on Saturday.
Phil Taylor survived a scare to continue his almost immaculate UK Open record. In a race to nine, the duo were all even at 5-5, with Arron Monk gaining the impetus from a fantastic fightback. But it was Taylor’s unrivalled experience that counted as Monk crumbed under the pressure. But the former World youth champion will take plenty of positives from his round three run.
Jamie Caven and Mark Webster were also winners in round two, with the latter demolishing Matthew Edgar as his Welsh renaissance continues. Joe Murnan produced one of the shocks of the evening, squeezing past Gerwyn Price in a last leg decider.
Another Welshman crashed out in nail-biting fashion as Stephen Bunting surrendered a healthy lead to open the door for Stephen Bunting. Many will say the Bullet has not hit the heights that he promised when switching from the BDO, but this years UK Open could be a springboard to reaching the latter stages.
In the clash of the round, Premier League rivals Dave Chisnall and Gary Anderson met on the main stage. Anderson knocked out the St Helens player on his way to winning the Premier League crown last year, an the Scot would emerge victor once again in nearly a year on.