Lakeside day 4 full of shocks
Dark horse Philips rolls on to the last 8….
The night’s first encounter saw a quick fire thriller between veteran Welshman Martin Phillips against number 5 seed Joey Ten Berge. It was not to be a stellar night for Ten Berge as Phillips, although giving himself a mighty scare in the process, sealed victory in the seventh set. Having led 3-1 after some excellent displays of finishing, he couldn’t land the most important double as Ten Berge kept clawing the legs back with sheer devastating scoring power that Ten Berge is capable of, and he punished the Welshman with a 12 dart finish to send the match into final set decider. However, the ever calm Phillips held his nerve to wrap the win up in the 7th set and he moves into the quarter-finals for the second year running, and faces a showdown with Robson in the Last 8.
Hot tip Kellet knocked out in second round
Number 2 seed Stuart Kellett and last year’s was sensationally knocked out of the 2011 Lakeside tournament yesterday in a night of thrills and spills. Winmau World Masters finalist Kellett, who received wide plaudits for his first round performance against Winmau’s Darryl Fitton, dropping only one leg in the process, failed to recapture that form and was comprehensibly beaten by unseeded Dutchman Jan Dekker 4 sets to 1. “I am very happy”, smiled a visibly shocked Dekker afterwards. “I first of all just wanted to play at Lakeside and to win was a surprise, It was not a great match but I knew that Stuart was a good player but perhaps he did not play his proper game because he was the number two seed.” The Dutchman was never behind in the game, as the first two sets were shared, before Dekker took control and ground the Cheshire A star down, even to the point where Kellett slapped his last dart into the board disillusionally. "I felt good but that was embarrassing, I played terrible and he deserved to win," Kellett told BBC Sport.
Chizzy stunned by streamlined Robbo
In the nights other shock, last year’s runner-up Dave “Chizzy” Chisnall was stunned by experienced Lakeside player Gary Robson, and former WDT Champion. It took just 46 minutes for “Big Robbo” to finish the yellow peril 4-1, the highlights being two 13 dart finishes and two 14 dart finishes.
Robson revealed afterwards that he has prepared physically for this year’s event by losing nearly 2 stone, and he said “Dave did not play his best darts and was not taking his out shots, he never played his “A” game but I will take the victory, I am just so relaxed this year and am enjoying myself. I am due a quarter final appearance because they come every two years”.
5:30: Garry Thompson (Eng, 10) v Alan Norris (Sco)
6:45: Stephen Bunting (Eng) v Scott Waites (Eng, 6)
8:00 Robbie Green (Eng, 14) v Dean Winstanley (Eng, 3)