Taylor powers into last eight after demolition of Thornton at Ally Pally
23:23 GMT, 23 December 2012
It was third time lucky for Phil Taylor as he got the better of his UK Open and World Grand Prix conqueror Robert Thornton on Sunday night in the World Darts Championship third round.
The 15-time world champion raced to a 4-0 win to book his place in the last eight is the last match before the Christmas break at Ally Pally.
Taylor made a good start to the match with a 12-dart finish and 131 checkout on his way to taking the opening set 3-1.
Powering through: Taylor was at his imperious best on Sunday
‘The Power’ then won the second set
3-0 before winning a pivotal deciding leg in the third set on Thornton’s
throw to take a three-set lead.
And Taylor checked out 81 to seal the final set as he romped past the UK Open winner and into the last eight.
He told Sky Sports: ‘Robert just seemed to be missing doubles but I’m glad because I can have a good Christmas now.’
Taylor will play Andy Hamilton for a place in the semi-finals after ‘The Hammer’ beat Terry Jenkins in a high-quality encounter.
It was a good start from Jenkins as he capitalised on Hamilton missing a 74 checkout to take the opening set.
Hammer time: Andy Hamilton beat Terry Jenkins
But ‘The Bull’ missed chances to go
2-0 up and ‘The Hammer’ responded by taking four sets in a row to move
into the quarterfinals.
In Sunday’s second-round action, Dean Winstanley hit a stunning nine-dart finish but still lost 4-2 to Vincent van der Voort.
The Dutchman went 2-0 as he won the first six legs before Winstanley fought back with the perfect leg at 1-1 in the third set.
And Winstanley went on to take the set before winning the fourth set 3-0 to level at 2-2.
But The Dutch Destroyer took control again as he won the next two sets in deciding legs to seal his place in the third round.
Hair we go: Peter Wright sported an intriguing hairstyle
Winstanley will pocket 15,000 for
his nine-dart finish should nobody else achieve the feat but that will
be scant consolation for ‘Over The Top’ as he will not be returning to
Ally Pally after Christmas.
Van der Voort’s fellow Dutchman Michael van Gerwen was in brilliant form as he came from two sets down to beat Peter Wright 4-2.
Van Gerwen started slow as he lost
the first set 3-1 and the second set 3-2 before steamrollering Wright
with an impressive display.
The Dutchman then won 12 of the next 14 legs and averaged 102.13 to set up a third-round tie with former world No 1 Colin Lloyd.
James Wade also qualified for the last 16 as he saw off a stiff challenge from Steve Beaton 4-2.
Dutch of class: Van Gerwen was in fine form
‘The Machine’ wasn’t at his best and
was twice pegged back but came through in six sets to set up a
third-round clash with Van der Voort on Thursday.
At two sets apiece, Wade produced a moment of magic to win the fifth set in a deciding leg as he checked out 130.
And Wade repeated the feat as he won the sixth set in a decider as well with a 120 checkout to seal his progress to the last 16.
Mark Walsh started the day with a 4-2 win over Justin Pipe to set up a third-round clash with Wes Newton.
The next action at Ally Pally will be
on Thursday after the three-day Christmas break when the remaining six
third-round matches take place, including Gary Anderson’s mouth-watering
tie against Raymond van Barneveld.