UK Darts Issue 9 - December 2013 - Page 8

Photo: PDC/Lawrence Lustig convincing on the Friday against John Part he was able to put his trials and tribulations behind him and overcome Northern Irishman Brendan Dolan in comfortable fashion. “I had to put yesterday’s performance behind me and focus on this game, and I want to keep improving on Sunday now,” said Hamilton. “I can look forward to the quarter-finals now and I want to go onwards and upwards from here. Sometimes you need a bit of luck and I had that in my first game, so maybe my name is on the trophy.” The quarter final line-up was competed by Ian White after the Stokebased thrower overcame Terry Jenkins 9-2 in a one sided encounter. The pair were evenly matched during the early stages, but it was White who romped away to victory, ending the match with an average of over 97 as he made his way through to the quarter finals. “I’m very happy with that,” admitted White. “I’m playing some steady darts at the moment and it’s taken me two years to get used to playing on the big stage, but it’s starting to pay off now.” “This is a great win because Terry’s one of the greatest players on the tour, but I didn’t give him a chance early on and I hit my doubles well. I couldn’t have asked for a better start and I wanted to stay on top of Terry.” “I hit Ian hard early on and he was always chasing the game” Andy Hamilton Quarter Finals Phil Taylor averaged an impressive 111.58 as he defeated Dutch ace Raymond van Barneveld 9-2 at the quarter final stage of the tournament. Barneveld took the opening leg of the match, but when Taylor got into full flow and replied with six straight legs to lead 6-1 it was looking like being over already. Barney did manage to pull a leg back, but in the end Taylor just had too much and he went on to seal the 9-2 victory, taking the last three legs of the match without reply. “I’m really happy with that,” said Taylor. “Against Barney you’ve got to play like that and losing the first leg was the spur I needed to kick myself into gear.” Justin Pipe defeated Gary Anderson 9-7 in a close match to reach the semi-finals of the Players Championship Finals for a second successive year. Pipe took out 107 on his way to a 3-0 lead in a superb opening barrage, before Anderson fought back to trail 5-3. Pipe again extended his lead to 7-4 only for Anderson to take the next three legs to level the match at 7-7. Pipe then secured his victory with a 61 checkout to break throw, before a 13-dart leg sealed victory. “I’m over the moon to be in the semis again,” said Pipe. “In a way it hurts to beat Gary because we travel together on the circuit and practice together and he’s like my best mate, but I had to be professional and do the job.” “Against Barney you’ve got to play like that and losing the first leg was the spur I needed to kick myself into gear” Phil Taylor