December 2012

Michael van Gerwen will face Phil Taylor in the final of the Ladbrokes World Championship on New Years Day, after the pair both won hard fought semi-finals on Sunday evening.

Michael van Gerwen 6 – 4 James Wade – Match Report

By Chris Murphy

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James Wade and Michael van Gerwen will go head to head in the semi-finals of the Ladbrokes World Championship after the pair both came out on top in thrilling battles on Saturday evening.

World number three Wade produced a fine display of clinical finishing to see off Wez Newton 5-4, while van Gerwen defeated defending champion Adrian Lewis by the same scoreline in an all-time classic at London’s Alexandra Palace.

Raymond van Barnveld will face Phil Taylor in the last four, after ‘Barney’ claimed an impressive victory against Simon Whitlock on Friday.

The semi-finals take place on Sunday evening, with the victors contesting the final for the £200,000 first prize and new Sid Waddell trophy on New Years Day.

Full match reports are available to read on each of the players’ official UK websites (see links below).

James Wade 5 – 4 Wez Newton – Match report

Michael van Gerwen 5 – 4 Adrian Lewis – Match report

Raymond van Barneveld 5 – 1 Simon Whitlock – Match report

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Simon Whitlock came out on top in a thrilling last 16 match against Dave Chisnall, while James Wade, Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld all won through to the quarter-finals of the Ladbrokes World Championship on Thursday.

Whitlock defeated Chisnall in a dramatic tie break, with ‘The Wizard’ producing a spectacular 152 finish to save the match when it looked like his opponent was about to seal victory.

The Australian will meet Raymond van Barneveld in the last eight on Friday evening after ‘Barney’ stormed past Gary Anderson 4 – 0.

James Wade beat Vincent van der Voort by the same scoreline and will face Wez Newton on Saturday, when van Gerwen will take on reigning World Champion Adrian Lewis after defeating Colin Lloyd 4-1.

Simon Whitlock 4 – 3 Dave Chisnall – Match report

James Wade 4 – 0 Vincent van der Voort – Match report

Michael van Gerwen 4 – 1 Colin Lloyd – Match report

Raymond van Barneveld 4 – 0 Gary Anderson – Match report

By Chris Murphy

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Michael van Gerwen, James Wade and Vincent van der Voort all won through to the last 16 of the Ladbrokes World Championship with victories on Sunday.

van Gerwen stormed past Peter Wright, fighting back from two sets down to claim a 4-2 triumph at London’s Alexandra Palace.

The Dutch ace averaged over 102 and hit twelve 180s in a brilliant performance that saw him win twelve out of the last 14 legs.

‘Mighty Mike’ will take on Colin Lloyd for a place in the quarter-finals when the action resumes after Christmas.

Wade will meet van der Voort in round three after both players claimed 4-2 wins.

‘The Machine’ defeated Steve Beaton thanks to some clinical finishing, while ‘The Dutch Destroyer’ came out on top in a fantastic match against Dean Winstanley, who sensationally hit a nine-dart finish.

Michael van Gerwen 4 – 2 Peter Wright – Match report

James Wade 4 – 2 Steve Beaton

Vincent van der Voort 4 – 2 Dean Winstanley

Robert Thornton was denied a place in the quarter-finals by world number one Phil Taylor.

The remaining third round ties will be played on Thursday 27 December, with Simon Whitlock and Raymond Barneveld also bidding for last eight spots.

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Simon Whitlock and Raymond van Barneveld both won through to the last 16 of the Ladbrokes World Championship with comfortable victories at London’s Alexandra Palace on Saturday.

Whitlock whitewashed Colin Osborne, hitting a stunning 164 finish and averaging over 95 in the process, while van Barneveld defeated Brendan Dolan 4-1.

The pair could meet in the quarter-finals of the £1 million pound tournament should they both win their third round games.

Whitlock faces Dave Chisnall on Thursday 27 December, when ‘Barney’ will take on Gary Anderson.

Simon Whitlock 4-0 Colin Osborne – Match report

Raymond van Barneveld 4-1 Brendan Dolan

Mark Webster was denied a place in the third round by Colin Lloyd.

Sunday sees the completion of round two with James Wade facing Steve Beaton in the afternoon session and Vincent van der Voort up against Dean Winstanley, before Michael van Gerwen takes on Peter Wright in the evening.

The third round also kicks off as Robert Thornton takes on Phil Taylor in the final match before the Christmas break.

By Chris Murphy

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Robert Thornton and Paul Nicholson produced the most dramatic match of the 2013 Ladbrokes World Championship so far, with ‘The Thorn’ winning a sudden death decider on Friday evening.

The pair put on a sensational spectacle for in front of the fans at London’s Alexandra Palace, sharing twenty 180s in an incredible second round encounter.

Nicholson looked to have been closing in on victory after ‘The Thorn’ had missed six darts to win the match, when ‘The Asset’ broke the throw to take a 4-3 lead in the final set.

But, with the Australian waiting on 56 for the match, Thornton hammered home a stunning 130 checkout and went on to progress to the last 16 after triumphing in the sudden death shoot-out.

Robert Thornton 4-3 Paul Nicholson – match report

By Chris Murphy

Dutch duo Michael van Gerwen and Vincent van der Voort both claimed straight sets victories in round one of the Ladbrokes World Championship at London’s Alexandra Palace on Thursday.

van der Voort produced a solid performance to see off Stuart Kellet, while van Gerwen eased past Paul Lim, who produced a moment of magic with a 170 checkout.

Vincent van der Voort 3-0 Stuart Kellet – Match report

Michael van Gerwen 3-0 Paul Lim – Match report

Those triumphs saw the first round reach it’s conclusion, with James Wade, Simon Whitlock, Robert Thornton, Paul Nicholson, Mark Webster and Raymond van Barneveld all still in the hunt to be the first winner of the new Sid Waddell trophy.

Friday sees the second round commence, with Thornton and Nicholson doing battle for a place in the last 16.

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Simon Whitlock won through to the second round of the Ladbrokes World Championship with a comfortable straight sets victory over Haruki Muramatsu on Wednesday night.

The reigning European Champion kicked of his campaign for glory at the Alexandra Palace with an assured display against the Japanese number one.

Simon Whitlock 3-0 Haruki Muramatsu – Match report

Andy Jenkins was less successful on his return to the £1 million pound tournament after a two year absence, losing out to Justin Pipe.

Thursday evening sees Dutch duo Michael van Gerwen and Vincent van der Voort begin their respective campaigns as the first round draws to a close.

By Chris Murphy

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Mark Webster and James Wade were convincing first round winners on night four of the Ladbrokes World Championship at London’s Alexandra Palace.

Both produced classy performances to progress into the last 32 of the £1 million tournament on Monday evening.

Webster was particularly impressive in his 3-1 success over Ian White.

The Welshman hit seven 180s and posted a fantastic average of 97 to dispatch of one of the most dangerous unseeded players in the tournament.

“I knew I was in for a tough game,” said Webster, who faces Colin Lloyd or Darin Young in round two.

“I can take a lot of positives out of that win and I’m really looking forward to the next round.

“I showed what I can do again and I’m really up for this tournament. It is massive and I’m pleased with my performance tonight.”

Wade made light work of a potentially tricky opponent in Peter Hudson.

‘The Machine’ put together a solid display to see off ‘The Rock’ in straight sets.

He said: “I’ve been working very hard but I wasn’t at my best tonight.

“I’m pleased because I have beaten a good player but there is much better to come from me.”

Arron Monk was unable to join Wade and Webster in the last 32. The former World Youth Champion was defeated by Peter Wright.

By Chris Murphy

MARK WEBSTER 3-1 IAN WHITE (Match report)

JAMES WADE 3-0 PETER HUDSON

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Raymond van Barneveld rolled back the years with a sensational first round display in the Ladbrokes World Championship on Sunday evening.

The five-time World Champion hit eight 180s in a 3-0 defeat of Michael Smith, in which he posted an incredible 108.31 average, his highest ever at the Alexandra Palace.

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Monday evening sees last year’s semi-finalist James Wade begin his campaign to add the World Championship to his impressive collection of major titles.

‘The Machine”, who has won seven PDC premier events to date, takes on Peter Hudson.

2011 semi-finalist Mark Webster is also in action against Ian White, while Arron Monk faces Peter Wright.

By Chris Murphy

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