UK Darts Issue 9 - December 2013 - Page 9

“I thought we were going into a decider there and it would have been the biggest leg of my life, so it was a relief when I got the chance and took it.” Andy Hamilton defeated fellow Stoke-based thrower Ian White to reach the semi-finals. Hamilton produced his best darts of the weekend as he took the first four legs without reply, before White took out 100 to get off the mark and won three of the next five to pull back to 6-4. The next two were shared before Hamilton moved 8-5 up with a 12-darter, and though he missed three match darts as White hit back to win a sixth leg, double 14 saw the UK Open finalist win through to the last four. “I hit Ian hard early on and he was always chasing the game, but it was important that I finished him off when I had the chance,” said Hamilton. “It was a pretty solid performance and I took advantage when he let me in.” Photo: PDC/Lawrence Lustig The semi-final line-up was completed by nine-time Pro Tour winner Michael van Gerwen who averaged 102.51 in a fine display of darts that saw him defeat Wes Newton 9-4. The Dutchman landed an 11-dart leg that included back-to-back maximums on his way to an early 3-1 lead, before Newton pulled a leg back. The next three legs then went to van Gerwen as he raced into a 6-2 lead, again Newton fought back landing a maximum on his way to closing the gap to 6-3, but checkouts of 76 and 170 saw van Gerwen move to the brink at 8-3. Newton was able to secure the next leg, but could do nothing to prevent van Gerwen from sealing his victory with a comfortable hold of throw. “I’m very happy,” said van Gerwen. “I think I played really well and I want to keep this going now in the semi-finals.” “The 170 was lovely and I scored quite well, but I know I can improve in the next game.” Photo: Mike Glover/UK Darts Magazine Semi-Finals The early stages of the semi-final between Justin Pipe and Phil Taylor were closely contested and the pair were locked at 4-4 after the first eight legs. Unfortunately for Pipe a certain Phil Taylor obviously felt that it was time for a customary ‘power surge’ and he went on to take the next six legs without reply to seal a 10-4 victory, ending the match with an Photo: PDC/Lawrence Lustig “I played well in the semi-final but Phil’s phenomenal and that’s why he’s the 16-time World Champion” Justin Pipe