PDC World Darts Championship: Jonny Clayton, Ryan Searle and Vincent van der Voort all through | Darts News

December 21, 2020 0 By boss


Wales World Cup winner Jonny Clayton and rapid Dutchman Vincent van der Voort make it through at Alexandra Palace while Ryan Searle rocks the stage to knock out Jeffrey de Zwaan on another eventful day at the World Darts Championship

Last Updated: 20/12/20 9:26pm

Jonny Clayton was not at his vintage best, but did enough to beat John Henderson

Jonny Clayton was not at his vintage best, but did enough to beat John Henderson

Jonny Clayton, Ryan Searle and Vincent van der Voort all made it through to the third round of the World Darts Championship on Sunday.

There were just three games scheduled for the evening session as Cameron Carolissen receives a bye after Martijn Kleermaker tested positive for COVID-19.

Nevertheless, the night still produced some high-quality tungsten with Clayton and Searle sealing impressive wins.

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“Mark Webster keeps phoning me asking me to lend the medal because he hasn’t got a gold one,” Clayton goads Sky Sports’ analyst Webby

“Mark Webster keeps phoning me asking me to lend the medal because he hasn’t got a gold one,” Clayton goads Sky Sports’ analyst Webby

A slimline John Henderson walked on stage looking like a new man, but he faced a tough ask against Clayton.

‘The Ferret’, who teamed up with Gerwyn Price to help Wales win their first-ever World Cup earlier this year, won the opening set 3-1, sealing it with an 80 checkout.

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Henderson pinned this 109 checkout despite his struggles on the oche

Henderson pinned this 109 checkout despite his struggles on the oche

Clayton, playing for the fifth consecutive time at Ally Pally, continued to exploit Henderson’s poor finishing despite a neat 109 from the Scotsman in the third leg of the second set.

The 46-year-old from Llanelli was in cruise control and he took the second set by the same scoreline to double his advantage.

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Hendo held throw in the second leg of the third set with this 112 finish

Hendo held throw in the second leg of the third set with this 112 finish

But ‘The Highlander’ unexpectedly fought his way back into the contest by taking the next 3-1 with his 85 on the bull to break throw, a big turning point.

Henderson made it five legs on the spin to move 2-0 up in legs before Clayton stopped the rot and he then landed a 140 to take the fourth set into a decider.

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Clayton’s stunning 140 checkout helped him claw his way back into the fourth set

Clayton’s stunning 140 checkout helped him claw his way back into the fourth set

But a perfectly timed third maximum and D10 put Clayton through to the third round where he will meet Joe Cullen or Wayne Jones.

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A look back at Sunday’s evening session at Alexandra Palace

A look back at Sunday’s evening session at Alexandra Palace

Searle whitewashes De Zwaan

Ryan Searle caused an upset of sorts by knocking out Jeffrey de Zwaan

Ryan Searle caused an upset of sorts by knocking out Jeffrey de Zwaan

Jeffrey de Zwaan landed nine maximums but poor finishing cost him against the more consistent ‘Heavy Metal’ Searle.

The pair went at it hammer and tongs in a rapid second-round encounter with the Dutchman firing in four 180s in five legs but lost the opening set. Searle landed a 15-darter in the deciding leg.

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Searle won the second set with a stunning 130 checkout

Searle won the second set with a stunning 130 checkout

De Zwaan found himself in a pickle when Searle nailed a quality 130 (T20, T20, D5) to clinch the second set 3-1 and double his lead despite a 99.5 average from De Zwaan.

‘The Black Cobra’ cut a frustrated figure as Searle railroaded his hopes to make it through to a meeting with Ian White or Kim Huybrechts.

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Searle says he can now enjoy his Christmas dinner after cruising past De Zwaan

Searle says he can now enjoy his Christmas dinner after cruising past De Zwaan

Sunday night’s results at the Worlds

Round One Cameron Carolissen BYE
Round One Keegan Brown 3-0 Ryan Meikle
Round One Jeffrey de Zwaan 0-3 Ryan Searle
Round Two Jonny Clayton 3-1 John Henderson

Plain sailing for proud NHS worker Brown

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An emotional Keegan Brown paid tribute to the NHS after his win over Ryan Meikle

An emotional Keegan Brown paid tribute to the NHS after his win over Ryan Meikle

Former world youth champion Keegan Brown used his experience of playing on the big stage to ease past Ryan Meikle.

The 28-year-old Isle of Wight thrower has carried on working part-time as a medical laboratory assistant for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Brown hit two back-to-back finishes against Meikle and soon closed out the opening set

Brown hit two back-to-back finishes against Meikle and soon closed out the opening set

He struck two ton-plus finishes (113 and 111) and two 180s on his way to winning the opening set before cleaning up 126 against the darts to whitewash ‘The Barber’ in the next.

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Brown claimed the second set with this 126 checkout

Brown claimed the second set with this 126 checkout

The Suffolk man replied with a brilliant 119 finish but it was curtains for Meikle soon after as Brown landed 85 to complete victory and set up a second-round clash against eighth seed Dave Chisnall.

VDV lights up Ally Pally

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A look back at an eventful afternoon session from Alexandra Palace

A look back at an eventful afternoon session from Alexandra Palace

Vincent van der Voort produced a stunning comeback from two sets down to defeat Ron Meulenkamp in a thrilling Dutch derby in Sunday afternoon’s finale.

‘The Dutch Destroyer’ trailed 2-0 despite averaging 100, as Meulenkamp produced a series of clinical combination finishes to forge an early advantage.

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Meulenkamp nailed this 144 checkout to retain control of the second set, but it proved in vain in the end as he was dumped out

Meulenkamp nailed this 144 checkout to retain control of the second set, but it proved in vain in the end as he was dumped out

However, the two-time quarter-finalist rallied superbly, winning nine of the last 12 legs to seal his progression, with sixth seed Nathan Aspinall or two-time BDO world champion Scott Waites awaiting him in the third round.

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Sunday afternoon’s results at the Worlds

Round One Derk Telnekes 2-3 Nick Kenny
Round One Jason Lowe 3-1 Dmitriy Gorbunov
Round One Maik Kuivenhoven 0-3 Matthew Edgar
Round Two Vincent van der Voort 3-2 Ron Meulenkamp

Prime Time for impressive Edgar

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Matthew Edgar thinks he can go one stage further by beating Mensur Suljovic next

Matthew Edgar thinks he can go one stage further by beating Mensur Suljovic next

Matthew Edgar produced a clinical display of finishing to register his first win at the Worlds at the third attempt.

‘Prime Time’ lived up to his name with 75 per cent on the doubles, as he closed out a straight-sets victory over Maik Kuivenhoven to book a meeting with Mensur Suljovic in round two.

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Nick Kenny said he now has to change his plans after making it through to the second round of the Worlds on his debut

Nick Kenny said he now has to change his plans after making it through to the second round of the Worlds on his debut

Elsewhere, Nick Kenny came through a topsy-turvy five-set clash against fellow debutant Derk Telnekes to set up a second-round clash against another Dutchman in the shape of Jermaine Wattimena.

The early stages of the contest were dominated by missed doubles, but former World Trophy semi-finalist Kenny improved in the latter stages, taking out finishes of 90 and 119 as he reeled off six straight legs to triumph.

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Monday at the World Championship

Evening (6pm)
Round Two Krzysztof Ratajski vs Ryan Joyce
Round Two Ian White vs Kim Huybrechts
Round Two Gerwyn Price vs Jamie Lewis
Round Two Gabriel Clemens vs Nico Kurz

Jason Lowe will play fourth seed Michael Smith in round two, after defying a spirited fightback from Russian debutant Dmitriy Gorbunov to prevail 3-1 on his Alexandra Palace debut.

Gorbunov made his mark with an exuberant walk-on and despite trailing 2-0, he converted finishes of 141 and 116 in consecutive legs to threaten a comeback, only for Lowe to close out a hard-fought victory in set four.

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