Jelle Klaasen vs Steve Beaton
A vintage performance from Steve Beaton saw him ease past Jelle Klaasen in the first match of the evening. Beaton played superbly throughout, and thoroughly deserved his victory over Klaasen as, clever finishing and consistent scoring from the ‘Adonis’ saw him into the second round. It was Beaton who started the better, hitting his first maximum in the first leg, and broke the throw of Klaasen immediately with a wonderful 80 checkout. Klaasen seemed to struggle from the outset, and Beaton looked like he was in the groove as he doubled his lead, after he narrowly missed double 16 for a sublime 153 checkout. However, it didn’t take Klaasen to register his first leg as he hit tops to finish off 58 to half the deficit. The most crucial leg of the match so far, went to Beaton after he hit another maximum to enable him to break the Klaasen throw. Klaasen came back from the break and started the second session on fire, and immediately broke back with consecutive 180’s. He followed that up with a comfortable hold in the seventh to close the gap to just one leg. The Dutchman must have thought he drew level when he had two darts at his favourite double 18, but he spurned both chances and allowed Beaton to extend his lead back to two legs into the second break. Another lacklustre leg from ‘The Matador’ allowed Beaton to break again, as he strolled to a seven-four lead. The match seemed to be slipping away from Klaasen, and his fate was sealed after a fantastic build up to an immediate break back was cancelled out by three sloppy efforts at double 14. Beaton stepped in, like he had been all game and despatched 25 in two darts and solidified the two breaks yet again. Beaton hadn’t crossed the line just yet, and a miscount from Beaton left him with two darts at a double instead of three, he missed the two and Klaasen took out 82 to make it eight legs to six.
However, this was as good as it got for Klaasen as Beaton broken again and went 9-6 ahead. The final leg, saw Klaasen completely fall away as a wonderful 177 from Beaton set up a 44 checkout which he took out to win a thriller. Beaton will be very happy with his performance, while the sporty yet inconsistent Klaasen lost his rhythm thoroughly and needs to go back to the drawing board
Match Report by Daniel Hall
Raymond van Barneveld vs Brendan Dolan
The second match of the evening was Raymond van Barneveld vs Brendan Dolan, RvB was the heavy favourite for this one as the betting partner BetVictor had him as 1/8 to win the match.
Dolan won the Bull backstage and threw first in this one, Barney hit a maximum in the opening leg to threaten a break of throw early on and he missed two darts at tops to do just that but in stepped Dolan to take full advantage to hold throw.
Dolan hit a maximum in leg two, but backed it up with 43 to give RvB the advantage as he took out 61 to level the match.
Dolan kicked off the third leg with his second 180 in consecutive legs, it was a mediocre leg for Barney as Dolan held throw eventually after missing two darts at tops just after Barney wired D12 for a 141 out.
RvB stepped it up a notch in leg four as he consistently hit 100+ scores and took out 66 to level the game at 2-2.
Dolan kicked off the fifth leg with back to back 140’s and with RvB failing to keep up with Dolan in this leg and Dolan went in to the break 3-2 up after taking out 104 for a 15 darter.
Barney hit his second maximum of the match and closed out the sixth leg after Dolan hit a max to pile the pressure on but RvB took out D18 for a 13 darter for the games sixth consecutive hold of throw. Dolan hit his fourth 180 of the game followed by a 61 finish on D18 and another hold of throw to lead 4-3.
Leg eight was very closely contested as both players matched each others scoring power but Dolan failed to take out 146 which gave Barney the chance to take out D8 to level the match for the fourth time.
Barney failed to convert 76 to break throw for the first in the match but Dolan continued his hot streak on the doubles as he took out 66 to lead for the fifth time in this contest.
Dolan broke Van Barneveld for the first time in the match to go in the break 6-4 ahead and 67% on the doubles for Dolan is a superb stat and the main reason he took the lead going into the break.
Dolan hit his fifth 180 of the game in leg 11 to become a firm favourite to hold throw once again and he did just that after RvB missed a dart at D12 for a 104 and took out 41 on D16 to extend his lead to 7-4.
Leg 12 started with RvB taking the advantage with Dolan failing to outscore the dutchman,and Barney missed yet another double for a ton plus combination (112) but he was back to take out D10 to hold throw but still was two legs behind at 7-5.
Van Barneveld had the chance to break Dolan for the first time and once again missed a double (Bull) to win the leg and Dolan punished it to the max as he took out a superb 105 finish to continue his sensational form on the doubles to lead 8-5.
The 14th leg went the way of the dutchman as he held throw after missing a dart at the bull once again, and he missed three darts at 25 and Dolan missed a dart at tops for a 100 finish but RvB took out D2 to eventually hold throw to make it 8-6 to Dolan.
In leg 15 it wasnt the bedt in terms of high scoring but Dolan of course had the throw and had the first chance at a finish (117) he failed to convert but RvB also failed to hit a treble for 120, and Dolan took out D6 to go one leg away from an emphatic victory.
The next leg did not go Dolans way against the throw as he failed to hit a treble with his first 8 darts, but of course he had time on his side, RvB dominated the scoring in the leg and he took out tops to make it 9-7.
The 17th leg was the monent for Dolan to close out the match as he kicked off with a 135, 140 and RvB was rattled as he failed to match it with his first 6 darts he cane back into the leg but Dolan hit a 134 to set up the match perfectly leaving 32 which he took out with his second dart to complete a superb 10-7 victory over RvB his doubling stats were the factor for Dolan as he finished with 56% on the doubles as barney makes his exit from the competition.
Match Report by Tom Beresford
Phil Taylor vs Robbie Green
After both Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson laid down markers in their opening games, Phil Taylor would have been hoping to do the same against Tour Qualifier Robbie Green. It was a great start for Green, who looked very eager and ready to go pre-match, as he went two-nil ahead in the early stages as Taylor struggled to get out of the blocks. However, the lead didn’t last for too long as Taylor quickly broke back on double 7, before he threatened a nine dart leg as he hit five perfect darts before going in out 12 to make it two-two. Both players traded maximum’s in the fifth leg, however it was Green who went into the break with the lead, as hit two 180’s allowed him a shot at 25 which he coolly dispatched. After the break, it was Taylor who seemed to take control in the early stages, as he went ahead for the first time in the game, after Green returned sloppy from the break. Taylor consolidated his break, as he went five-three ahead. Taylor started to miss his doubles though, and squandered a great chance of breaking again, and it allowed Green to take out 64 for an unlikely hold. The double trouble seemed to spread to Green as well, as both players missed six darts to win the tenth leg, but it was ‘Kong’ who eventually took it, hitting double 1 for a level game going into the second break. Taylor returned from the break, determined that he was going to win the match, hitting a 118 checkout to break once again. Both players started to find their range on the trebles, as they traded 180’s to succsessfully hold throw, as it was seven-six to Taylor. However strong Taylor looked on treble 20, couldn’t be said the same for his double 16 attempts as he almost allowed Green back in it, as he squandered darts at double, before finishing double nine for an eight-six lead. In the latter stages, Green found it hard to break throw as his best form was coming on his own darts, and never really got close to Taylor, and Taylor duly obliged with a comfortable leg that ended on double 16. Green battled back and held once more, however it was the class of Taylor that shone through in what was a tricky game for the ‘Power’.
Match Report by Danny Hall
Michael Smith vs Simon Whitlock
The final game of the night featured the World number seven Michael Smith as he took on Simon Whitlock who its fair to say hasnt had the greatest last couple of years but is looking back in form over the last couple of months.
Whitlock won the Bull backstage and kicked off the final game of the Evening and kicked off with a maximum and got himself down to 81 after just nine darts he missed a dart at D12 but with Smith not on a finish he took out D12 to move 1-0 up after Smith hit a maximum of his own to apply some pressure.
The aussie hit his second 180 of the match in the second to essentially steal the darts and he was down to a finish first but missed a dart at tops for a 2-0 lead but he did return for a second stab to win the leg but couldnt convert then amazingly Smith missed ten darts at a a double and whitlock missing 12 darts at double and Smith eventually took out D1 to win which turned out to be a scrappy leg to level the game at 1-1.
The pair traded 140’s in leg three but the aussie had the advantage getting down to 126 after nine darts but failed to hit a treble although he returned to take out 68 with Smith not on a finish to make it 2-1.
Smith’s high scoring in leg four gave him the advantage as he was sat on tops and watched Whitlock wire the bullseye for a 170 but Smith took out tops with his second dart to level the game at 2-2.
Whitlock couldnt get going in leg five but neither could smith failing to find two trebles, and Whitlock had six darts from 124 and he took out D16 to go into the break with a 3-2 advantage.
Smith’s scoring needed to improve in the second session and it did just that, leaving 87 after just nine darts thrown and he hit D9 for a 12 darter to level at 3-3.
Smith hit his fourth 131+ score in a row at the start of the seventh leg as he looked to break the aussie for the first time in the match and he continued to score well leaving 36 after 12 darts with Whitlock not on a finish, Whitlock missed a dart at tops for a 120 out and Smith returned to take D4 to break the Australian to move 4-3 ahead.
Smith kicked off the eighth leg with back to back 140’s but Whitlock took his chance on 105 to break straight back and level the contest at 4-4.
Smith hit his second maximum of the match in the ninth leg threatening to break Whitlock again would be the third consecutive break of throw and Smith did just that taking out 58 courtesy of D10 to lead 5-4.
Whitlock failed to get going in the tenth leg way back on 232 with Smith sat on tops which he took out at the second attempt to go into the second break 6-4 ahead.
Whitlock failed to hit a treble in his first nine darts of the 11th leg but Smith failed to capitalize, Whitlock could’nt take out 102, and in stepped Smith to take out 100 in two darts to break once again and stretch his lead to 7-4.
Smith started the 12th leg superbly leaving tops after 12 darts and took out D20 for a 13 darter to lead 8-4.
Whitlock fired in his third maximum of the game in leg 13 followed by a maximum from Smith who couldnt take out 127 and Whitlock took out 62 on D16 to cut the deficit to three legs at 8-5.
Smith started the 14th leg with a maximum as the scoring from tje pair started to heat up as Whitlock hit a 180 of his own and his fourth of the match but Smith took out 88 to hold throw with the aussie sat on a two darter to lead 9-5.
Whitlock was’nt going away as he left 36 after 12 darts although Smith fired in a 180 to apply the pressure but it didnt bother whitlock as he hit the D18 for a 13 darter to cut the score to 9-6.
Whitlock hit his fifth maximum in leg 16, but it was’nt enough as Smith left 121 after just nine darts but failed to hit a treble he stepped back up after Whitlock couldnt take out 167, Then in stepped Smith to take out D5 to seal a 10-6 victory over the Australian.
Match report by Tom Beresford
BetVictor World Matchplay 2016
Day Three Results
Steve Beaton 10-6 Jelle Klaasen
Brendan Dolan 10-7 Raymond van Barneveld
Phil Taylor 10-8 Robbie Green
Michael Smith 10-6 Simon Whitlock