Opening up the third day, Tengku Shah and Masumi Chino had the task of warming up the crowd with the winner of the preliminary facing Benito van de Pas later on this afternoon.
A 100 from Chino got us away, followed by another 100 by both players. A smart 140 from Chino had him on 116 and first attempt at an out, he left it nicely on 74 which he missed being forced to go for the bull because of slip into the wrong bed. Shah had a chance but missed going for two double tops, but miraculously was allowed to return and knock home double 5 to claim his first ever leg on the world stage. After a nervous start the next leg picked up a bit for Chino, seeing off double 18 first dart for one all. Both narrowly missed a 180 and the fans started to wake from their slumbers, Shah missed a chance on tops but Chino made no mistake doubling 4 to move ahead in the set with back to back legs. More poor scoring under the lights was eventually halted when Shah equalised on double 6 in a game that seemed to last an eternity. Shah, inspired fired in two 140’s to give him a chance at 121; he left a handy 64 as Chino fell short trying to take out 141. The Malaysian made short work of his task, popping in double 8 to snatch the first set.
A good 140 gave Chino a 106 chance that he duly accepted in a leg not befitting of the match so far to give him an early lead in the second set. Shah took the first 180 of the match and a 66 finish to make it one all in the set and make him firm favourite for the match. Chino managed to break back to swing the set back into his favour after Shah missed double 18, putting away a neat 56 finish. The man from Japan now needing just the one leg to tie up the set started well with a few early tons, leaving a 117 chance that he blasted home in terrific style on tops; one set all.
A slow plodding start with steady 60’s failed to inspire either player, combined with missed doubles and changes of tactics the opening leg was finally won on tops by Shah who capitalised on so many missed opportunities by Chino. He then used tops again to nail 101 and put him one away from a famous win on the Alexandra Palace stage. Chino was slipping into the wrong side of the treble 20, giving Shah a chance to expose his weakness with a sublime 180, leaving him with 81 for the match. Shah had plenty of time with Chino not on a finish, leaving 36 that he slotted first dart to book a later match this afternoon against Benito van de Pas.
Tengku Shah 2-1 Masumi Chino
Josh Payne took to the stage after seemingly kissing everyone on the walk through whilst ‘semi retired’ Terry Jenkins looked to be thoroughly enjoying the experience with his trademark ‘dart horn’ acknowledgement of the crowd. Payne made the first 180 on his second throw but Jenkins had left a handy 24 that he grabbed at the first attempt. Jenkins got into a bit of a muddle, singling 1 on his 154 effort, letting Payne in to level the match on tops. Payne hammered in 5 perfect darts in the third leg but it was Jenkins who fought back with a 106 finish on the unorthodox double 13. A good 105 gave Jenkins a chance on 156 which he disappointingly left on 114 with Payne lurking on 46; he couldn’t get it and Payne doubled 9 to break back as part of his combination finish. Payne took the set with a calm as you like 40 finish on tops after Jenkins had nervously missed six darts at it in the previous two throws.
Payne had a shot at 116 in the first leg of the second set but failed on tops where he had been so clinical in the previous game. Ironically, it was Jenkins who picked out tops after all his problems last leg to move one ahead. A 180 from Payne pressured Jenkins 118 as Payne was hanging around on 81. Payne missed the bull with his efforts, Jenkins returned and put his tops blues behind him winning the leg on tops again. Payne took the next but it was Jenkins who remained in control of the set, having three darts for the set on 40. It looked like Jenkins may be having tops trouble again as he slipped into the single but found double 10 next dart to close the set by 3 to 1.
A double 180 start, one from each player got the new set going and it was a tops 100 checkout from Jenkins that took the leg. Both players looked comfortable now, finding their range and relaxing into the occasion. A 180 from Jenkins left a 138 which he left short on 44 with Payne way back on 256; Jenkins left 20 after his visit and made sure on his return to make it 2-0. A 105 from Jenkins set up a 116 that he left awkward on 75. Payne had a 112 but failed to make any sort of real dent in it allowing Jenkins to win the set by three legs to nil.
Yet another 180 from Jenkins got the leg off in fine style but it was Payne that managed to snatch the leg on double 16 after Jenkins singled 9 when going for the double. A 180, followed by a 180 had Payne excited as much as the crowd but he slipped into treble 5 with his seventh dart to quell any ideas of the 9 darter. Amazingly, Jenkins won the leg without Payne even having a go at a double, banging in 140 on double ten. Jenkins took the next with some vintage darts and taking his average to 114 for the set. Jenkins needed 84 for the match but failed to even have an effort at the double or bull, Payne sneaked in to take the leg on double 16 to set up an almighty decider, win or bust for Payne. It was an edgy leg of darts until Payne had the chance on 25 but missed two darts at double 8; the inevitable happened as experience prevailed, Jenkins, first dart, booked his place in round two on double 16.
Terry Jenkins 3-1 Josh Payne
John Henderson faced Andrew Gilding next and the rocking throw of Henderson kicked off with a ton start. Before long it was Gilding’s thumbs up to the camera as he rattled the first 180 of the match and took out double 10 to seal the first leg. We didn’t have to wait long for the next ‘thumbs up’ as another 180 was floated in from Gilding but that was matched by Henderson followed by a superb 81 outshot to give him a 12 dart leg to make it 1-1. Henderson took the next but Gilding made it 2-2 on double 11 after Henderson wasted two darts for the set to take us all the way in the opener. A maximum 180 from Gilding gave him the edge in the decider but he missed out going for two double tops; Henderson took the set on double 16 despite singling 1 when going for double tops.
Gilding raced away needing just 40 with Henderson back on 254, Gilding finished with aplomb to go in front but was soon pegged back with a fantastic 121 bull finish in the next by Henderson. Henderson took the next with a 14 darter as he started to take command of the set. Minutes later, he took the set on tops to head off into the break two set to nil up.
A fine 127 from Henderson set up a 54 attempt which he took out on tops to carry on with his winning streak in the first leg of the third set. A 140 from Gilding and some poor darts from Henderson had Gilding resting on 96 with Henderson nowhere near a finish. Gilding eventually checked out 9 on 1 double 4 with no stab at a finish from Henderson. Gilding pulled away in the third leg and had a chance to break with a maximum out 170 required. He came well short, leaving 110 but was allowed to return twice, ultimately getting double 15 to break Henderson’s throw. Henderson totally seemed to lose his way, throwing some terrible darts, whilst Gilding chipped away with steady tons but poor darts from him left him in the mad house. This time he didn’t blow it as he clocked double 1 first dart to take his maiden set.
The match was becoming a bit of a finicky encounter as both players wrestled with their game to try and get some sort of rhythm. Gilding took the next leg before the game suddenly sprung to life, as both fired in a 180 with their opening throws in the second leg. Henderson won the race to the double, doubling 19 to square the set off. Gilding made it 2-1 with a 58 finish giving him the chance to draw level in the match if he took the next leg. Level it he did with a smart 80 finish on double 10 to claim the set and make sure the decider was needed.
Henderson got his act together sealing the first leg of the last set with an 85 out but started with some wasteful darts in the next allowing Gilding in again to make it one leg apiece on double 10. More careless darts from Henderson wasn’t punished by Gilding as they landed a 36 and 40 respectively. They both managed to get back on track as Gilding hit a totally unexpected 171 to set himself up but Henderson stayed calm and finished off 60 on tops to need only one leg for the match. Gilding made sure it was tie break time for the first time in this years’ tournament by sealing a 101 finish. A maximum 180 from Gilding wasn’t backed up as a poor 44 let Henderson stay in touch but an incredible 143 finish, 12 darter against the throw for Gilding put him ahead for the first time since the opening leg of the match. Both players didn’t look like they wanted to win the match until Henderson made a 140 to leave 48. He levelled next visit on double 16, 3-3 and the sudden death looming ever nearer. Henderson made it 4-3 to put all the pressure onto Gilding but he seemed to thrive on it chalking up two 140’s before making a total hash of his doubles missing 6 for the leg. Luckily he made 1 double 2 after Henderson missed the bull for 90 and the match, 4-4. Despite the tension on the oche the crowd were subdued as they waited expectantly for some fireworks to set the match alight. It wasn’t happening and a steady trudge saw Henderson take the leg to guarantee himself at least a play off decider. Two 180’s, one from each player livened the crowd up and it was Gilding who had the first chance. He messed up 100 but was to return to finish 65 on double 4; and the players bulled up to see who would throw first in the sudden death deciding leg. Gilding won the bull and in leg 28 it was all or nothing. A 140 from Gilding was followed by a ton from Henderson. Gilding hit a 97 and a poor 60 was added by Henderson. Another 140 from Gilding was matched by Henderson. Gilding needed 143 but managed 68, Henderson made a 100 to need 101. Gilding needed 75 and superbly crafted victory on double tops for the match 6-5 in the tie breaker.
John Henderson 2-3 Andrew Gilding
It was time for Tengku Shah to return to see if he could make a name for himself against the seeded and highly fancied Benito van de Pas. Van de Pas drew first blood taking out 72 after Shah missed 5 darts at doubles for the leg. A 180 from Shah had him milking the support and he slotted double 10 seconds later to restore the balance, 1-1. Shah took the next on tops after some poor darts from van de Pas, creeping either side of the twenty. Van de Pas snatched the next with a 78 after a Shah missed tops for the set. He missed three chances for the set in the deciding leg again and it was van de Pas who walked off at the break knowing he had stolen the set.
A 140 got van de Pas off and running in set two but a maximum 180 from Shah kept him in contention with a chance at 60; he took it no problem on double top for an early break of throw. Van de Pas broke back immediately checking out 60 himself giving a sense of déjà vu. A 121 put van de Pas in control as Shah struggled to get going, clinically finishing a 125 brilliantly to put the Dutchman 2-1 up. Shah had the chance to bounce back but missed all three darts on doubles so it was left to van de Pas to finish off 59 on double top to win the set and go 2-0 to the good.
Shah stunned van de Pas with a sensational tops, tops finish to stir the crowd into life but it was van de Pas who stole in to collect his own tops finish to level it all again. Van de Pas stepped it up in the very next leg producing a 12 darter on double 16 to polish off 50. A dreadful 39 from the big Dutchman gave Shah a chance having at three dart chance at 40, unfortunately for Shah he missed with all three but returned after van de Pas missed tops on a 116 combination to get double 10, making it 2-2. In the deciding leg Shah had six darts from 122 and left a handy 32 after three, picking double 16 off first dart next visit to win the set.
A 180 from Shah wasn’t enough as van de Pas nailed 32 on double 16 with the Malaysian miles off the pace. A second van de Pas maximum pushed him on to the next leg, giving him the break and leave him throwing for the match. Shah looked beaten as van de Pas looked like he wanted to close out the match as quickly as possible; he did just that making a superb 108 out shot to claim the set 3-0.
Benito van de Pas 3-1 Tengku Shah
|Player||Player||Score||Match Average||180s||Checkout %|
|Tengku Shah (P)||–||Masumi Chino (P)||2||1||83.44||80.18||2||0||41.18%||26.32%|
|Terry Jenkins||–||Josh Payne||3||1||93.66||88.94||4||7||37.93%||37.50%|
|John Henderson||–||Andrew Gilding||2||3||88.19||90.94||3||8||50.00%||39.47%|
|Benito van de Pas||–||Tensku Shah||3||1||91.18||87.86||2||4||61.11%||22.22%|