UK Darts Issue 9 - December 2013 - Page 18

Pool H James Wilson topped Pool H after wins over Geert de Vos and Rick Hofstra. The Yorkshireman got his campaign off to a flying start with a 5-2 victory over Hofstra, before second seed de Vos also defeated the Dutchman by the same scoreline. P James Wilson Geert de Vos Rick Hofstra 2 2 2 W 2 1 0 L 0 1 2 +/+6 0 -6 Pts 4 2 0 With the stage set for a thrilling final group match it was Wilson who held his nerve, coming away with a second 5-2 victory in as many matches and booking his place to face Tony O’Shea in the quarter finals. Pool H Results James Wilson 5-2 Rick Hofstra Geert de Vos 5-2 Rick Hofstra James Wilson 5-2 Geert de Vos Quarter Finals In the quarter finals James Wilson defeated Tony O’Shea 3-1, with the Yorkshireman more clinical on doubles than his Stockport-based counterpart. The pair landed ten maximums between them, but it was clinical finishing from Wilson which proved the difference between the two. “James played really well there,” said O’Shea. “I had some chances early on, but if you don’t take your chances against a player like James you are going to be in trouble.” Stephen Bunting meanwhile defeated Benito van de Pas 3-0 in sets, dropping only one leg along the way and whilst his scoring power was no match for that which he had achieved against Martin Adams on the previous evening it was still more than enough to defeat a below par van de Pas. Many observers had written Michel van der Hoorst off before the competition, with the relatively unknown Dutchman facing a tough group featuring Scott Waites and Richie George. Michel however had proved the doubters wrong by defeating them both. The quarter finals though were a different story as his compatriot Wesley Harms romped to a 3-0 victory, dropping only two legs along the way. Gary Robson missed double twelve for a nine-darter that would have seen him take home a £30,000 car. In truth the attempt at double was a long way away and it seemed to unsettle Robson, allowing Ross Montgomery to claw his way to a 3-2 victory in a scrappy match. “I didn’t look once the second treble went in,” said Robson. “I just thought this is going in, but unfortunately it didn’t.” ‘Gary missed a lot of doubles, he should really have won that match,” said Montgomery. “Fortunately for me I think that the missed nine-darter got to him and I was able to take the victory.” Semi-Finals James Wilson came through a rather one sided semifinal with Ross Montgomery, who could muster only three legs as he slumped to a 3-0 defeat. Wilson took the first set 3-1 against the Montgomery throw and then backed this up with a 3-1 win in the second set, before completing the victory with another 3-1 win in the third and final set of the match. Wilson’s average rose continuously throughout the match and he ended up with a 94.91 average, the highest of any of the semi-finalists.