First up, was Bolton’s Joe Murnan as he faced Alan Norris who previously knocked out Robert Thornton in round one.
Murnan took the opening leg with ease taking out d5, Norris replied with a 123 finish with Murnan waiting on 48, Murnan missed a dart at tops to go 2-1 up but Norris took out 60 to break the Murnan throw. Norris won the opening set courtesy of a 75 finish on d12.
Norris taken the opening leg of set two, but Murnan levels up with some superb darts hitting a 180 to pressure the 81 of Norris and ‘Chuck’ missed two darts at d12 and murnan took out tops to level the set. Murnan missed a dart at d18 to break the throw but Norris took out d10 to move 2-1 ahead in the second set. Great darts from both as Murnan missed bull for 91 finish but Norris hit a 180 to leave d12 and ‘Chuck’ took his chance and took the second set 3-1.
Murnan took the opening leg in set three with a 61 finish, Norris responded emphatically with a 11 darter hitting his fourth 180 of the match along the way. Norris missed d10 for a 140 finish but Murnan took out d2 to move 2-1 ahead in the third set. The pair missed 12 darts at double each as Norris eventually took out d1 to level up the third set. Norris took out 66 beautifully via Bull,d8 to move 3-0 ahead in the match, after Murnan missed ten darts at double to win the set in leg 4.
Murnan broke the Norris throw for the first time in the match in leg one in the fourth set, the pair trade 180s in leg two as Murnan takes out 86 on the bull to move 2-0 up in the fourth set. Norris kicked off leg three with his seventh 180 of the match, Norris taken out d12 to make it 2-1. Murnan kicked off leg four with his third 180 of the match, Norris pressures Murnan with a 180 while Murnan waits on d12, but Murnan missed and Norris wired d10 for a 140 out but Murnan returns to take the fourth set and pulls a leg back to make it 3-1 in sets.
Murnan took the first leg on d5, winning four out of the last five legs. An amazing 157 from norris set up d12 and a 12 dart leg to level up at 1-1. Norris hit his tenth 180 of the match in leg 3, Norris breaks the throw with a 70 finish after Murnan misses tops, and throws for the match. Norris hits his eleventh 180 to set up 72 for match and he took it out courtesy of d20 and Norris is through to the Last 16.
Norris – 11
Murnan – 4
Next up was the nine time major finalist Terry Jenkins as he taken on the inform Welshman Mark Webster a game in which both will be looking to make the last 16.
Webster missed tops for a 105 finish in leg one, but he returned to take out d10 to move into a 1-0 lead in the opening set. Webster moved into a 2-0 lead after taking out d3 after Jenkins failed to capitalise on Webster’s missed darts ar double. Webster took out an 81 finish and an 11 darter to take the first set 3-0 with Jenkins failing to get going in the match.
A 72 finish from Webster seen him win his fourth consecutive leg as Jenkins missed a single number to set up a dart at the bull. Webster had a magnificent leg in the next leg hitting a terrific ten dart leg hitting a 147 to leave tops and took it eith his first attempt to move two legs clear and his fifth leg on the bounce averaging 102. Jenkins won his first leg in the match with a 51 finish on tops to make it 2-1. Jenkins kicked off leg four with his third 180 of the match, Jenkins squared up the set courtesy of d8. Webster took out 24 to punish Jenkins and to move two sets clear in the match.
Webster broke the Jenkins throw in the opening leg of the third set after the pair miss plenty of darts at a double. Webster took out tops in leg two to double his advantage just one leg away from a 3-0 lead. Webster hit his third 180 of the match in leg three, however Jenkins took out 70 to make it 2-1. The pair exchanged 180s in leg four, but Webster takes out 101 to win the third set to take a 3-0 lead in the match.
Webster took out 80 to take the first leg in the fourth set, and it didnt look good for Jenkins, however he took out 78 for a 14 darter to level the set at 1-1. Webster taken out d10 to make it 2-1 after Jenkins failed the pubish Webster’s missed darts at double. Webster takes out 49 for the match and a 4-0 rout of Terry Jenkins who looked out of sorts.
180s: Webster – 4 Jenkins – 4
The final match of the afternoon featured the on form on song Mensur Suljovic who has had a fantastic 2015 as he taked on Dave Pallett who conquered Kim Huybrechts in round one and is a fantastic young player more than capable of causing another upset.
Pallett hit the first 180 of the match, but Suljovic replied in perfect fashion with an emphatic 160 finish in the opening leg. Pallett hit a 64 finish in leg two with both players on 100% on the doubles after the first two legs. Suljovic wired the bullseye for a 164 finish, but he returned to take out 25 on d8 to regain the lead at 2-1. Pallett took out d10 to level and it to a deciding leg in the opening set. A 14 darter in the deciding leg for Suljovic gave the Austrian the opening set.
Pallett took the opening leg of the second set with 3/5 on the doubles so far for the pair of them. The Austrian fluffed his lines on tops, but Pallett failed to take advantage and Suljovic punished by hitting d8 to level the set at 1-1. Pallett regained the lead in the set courtesy of d4 after Suljovic missed a dart at bullseye for an 83 out. Pallett took out a sensational 120 finish to win the second set and level the match at 1-1.
A lovely 12 darter from Pallett taking out 81 on the bull to open up the third set, Pallett doubled his advantage taking out d16 for a 2-0 lead and his fourth leg in a row. Pallett took out tops for his fifth consecutive leg and takes the third set 3-0, looking very comfortable.
Suljovic kicked off the fourth set in breathtaking style with EIGHT perfect darts missing double 18 for the nine darter, but took it out in 10. Pallett missed d13 to level the set, and Suljovic took out d5 to double his lead in the fourth set. Pallett hit d8 for a 15 dart leg to pull the set back at 2-1. Pallett missed three darts at double to level the set, and Suljovic punished the youngster taking out d8 to level the match at 2-2 in sets.
A superb 124 finish on the bull from Suljovic to win the opening leg of the fifth set. Pallett levelled the set at 1-1 after the Austrian missed a dart at bull. Suljovic missed the bull for a 170 finish, Pallett failed to take advantage then the pair continued to miss doubles, but it was Pallett who took out d2 to break the throw, and to throw for the set. Pallett missed three clear darts at double for the set and in came the Austrian to pubish the youngster and send the fifth set to a deciding leg. Suljovic took out 64 to take take the set after Pallett missed four darts to win the set, and the Austrian goes 3-2 up.
Pallett took the opening leg of the sixth set courtesy of d8. Suljovic replied with a 14 darter on d10 to level the set up at 1-1. Leg three began with EIGHT perfect darts after he missed d12 for the nine darter, amazing scenes as both players missing a double for the perfect leg, but Pallett eventually got the leg in 12 darts and took a 2-1 lead. Pallett hits d16 to level the game at 3-3 in a fantastic game of darts, an epic contest.
Pallett started off the deciding set with a superb 11 darter with an 81 finish. Pallett misses two darts for a 2-0 lead and Suljovic takes out a 102 finish to level the deciding set. A 180 from Suljovic set ls him up for d8 which he took out to move 2-1 ahead.
Suljovic took out 84 on the bull to book his place in the last 16 in what turned out to be an epic darts match.
180s: Suljovic – 4 Pallett – 8
By Tom Beresford