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First Set of Games

Phil Taylor made an ideal start to Group One with a 6-2 defeat of James Wade. Taylor opened the game with a 12-dart finish which featured two 180s, and landed further maximums in the next two as he took a 3-0 lead. Back-to-back 180s to open the fourth leg set up a possible nine-darter, but that failed to materialise and two later misses at double 16 allowed Wade to get off the mark on double 13. Taylor won the next two before Wade, who set up a potential nine-dart finish with six perfect darts, took out an 11-darter to pull back to 5-2. Taylor, though, took the next on double eight to secure the win.

Colin Lloyd opened the 2010 Championship League Darts with a 6-4 defeat of Robert Thornton. Lloyd hit a maximum in a 13-darter to break Thornton^s throw in the opening leg, and finishes of 93 and 100 helped him into a 3-0 advantage. Thornton took the next two to cut the gap to one, before the pair shared the next four as Lloyd moved 5-4 up, before a 180 for a second successive leg helped him set up double nine for victory.

Simon Whitlock enjoyed an ideal Championship League Darts debut with a 6-1 defeat of Mark Walsh in his opening game. A maximum in the opening leg settled any nerves from the Australian, and he capitalised on missed bullseyes from Walsh in the opening two legs to lead 2-0 before his opponent powered in a 146 finish to get off the mark. A 44 finish gave Whitlock a third leg, and he punished six further misses from Walsh to lead 4-1, with a 100 finish moving him to the brink of victory and double 12 sealing the win and the two points.

Mervyn King came from 4-1 down to defeat Adrian Lewis in a deciding leg in their opening clash. Lewis broke throw to win the opening leg and doubled his lead before King landed double four in the third. Finishes of 81 and double top gave Lewis a 4-1 lead, but King twice punished his misses as he took three in a row to level. Lewis hit a maximum in the ninth, but King led 5-4 only for his opponent to take out 90 with a 25, 25, double top finish to force a decider. King, with the advantage of throw, pulled clear and landed double 16 for the win.

Second Set of Games

Robert Thornton defeated 2008 Championship League Darts winner Phil Taylor 6-4 to pick up his first win of Group One. Taylor hit 180s in the first two legs as he led 2-0, but missed the bull and two darts at double eight in the next as Thornton got off the mark on double top. Thornton levelled thanks in part to a 180 and double ten in the fourth, before Taylor responded with scores of 180 and 177 to open the fifth, hitting two more treble 20s but missing double 12 for a nine-darter - returning to win the leg in ten darts. Thornton hit double nine to level and replied to an 11-darter to post double top and level at four-all. A missed double top from Taylor in the ninth gave the Scot a chance on double 12, after a 159 score left him 24, and he then took out 112 to take the win.

Mervyn King claimed a second successive victory, defeating Mark Walsh 6-3. King broke throw in the opener on double nine before the pair traded double top finishes, and a 100 finish from Walsh saw him level in the fourth. The next two were shared, but King won the seventh against the darts with an 84 finish, landed double eight in the next for a 5-3 lead and sealed the win on double 18.

Adrian Lewis bounced back from his deciding-leg defeat to Mervyn King with a 6-3 win over Simon Whitlock. The pair traded breaks of throw in the opeing two legs, before Lewis stepped in after two misses from the Australian to lead 2-1. Whitlock levelled, but Lewis won the next three to move 5-2 up, only to then miss three darts for the win as the World Championship finalist won a third leg to stay in the game. Lewis, though, was not to be denied and once again posted double top in sealing the win.

Colin Lloyd won a dramatic final-leg clash with James Wade, who hit back from 5-3 down to level but missed two darts for the match in the 11th leg. Lloyd held the initial advantage with two break of throw to lead 2-1, only for Wade to punish a missed bull in the fourth to level and then land double top for a 3-2 cushion. Lloyd took the sixth and a superb 11-darter saw him break throw before a 96 finish put him 5-3 up. Double top gave Wade the ninth, and after Lloyd missed double eight for the match the left-hander took out 136 to force a deciding leg. Lloyd opened with a 180 but Wade posted a 140 and was first to a finish, leaving 96 but missing two darts at double 18 before the Essex star posted tops for the win.

Third Set of Games

Mervyn King won his third successive match, defeating Robert Thornton 6-2 to remain unbeaten in Group One. The duo shared the first two legs before King hit top gear, winning the third on double top and hitting 180s in the next two to lead 4-1, before a host of missed doubles from the Scot allowed him into a four-leg lead. He added another maximum in the seventh, but missed double four and double two for victory as Thornton remained in the contest, but a fourth maximum from King pushed him ahead in the eighth and a 121 finish sealed a comprehensive win.

Phil Taylor came from 4-0 down to defeat Mark Walsh 6-5 and avoid a second successive defeat. Walsh performed superbly in taking command against the world number one, opening with an 11-darter against the throw and also securing a second break in leg three with a 107 finish after a second 180 - while double top in the fourth moved him 4-0 up. Double ten got Taylor off the mark and he broke in the next to halve the deficit. Walsh landed double 12 to move a leg away from the win, but missed double top in the next two as Taylor hit back to 5-4, before taking out a pressure 108, with Walsh on 40, to set up a deciding leg. Taylor turned the screw with opening scores of 137 and 140 in the final leg, with an opening 22 from Walsh handing him the advantage as he took out double top for a 13-darter to snatch victory.

Colin Lloyd produced the first whitewash of the 2010 Championship League Darts, powering to victory against Adrian Lewis. Double top gave Lloyd the first leg and he then secured an immediate break of throw on double ten, before punishing missed doubles from Lewis to take the next two and a 4-0 lead. A 72 finish gave Lloyd a fifth leg, and after two further misses from Lewis he finished 80 on the bull to wrap up a third straight win in Group One.

Simon Whitlock claimed his second win of the day, matching Lloyd^s 6-0 win with a whitewash of his own against James Wade. Whitlock broke throw in the opening leg on double five before doubling his lead and then taking out 81 for a 3-0 lead. Double four moved the Aussie 4-0 up and a 64 finish put him to the brink of victory, with a missed bullseye from Wade for a 170 checkout allowing Whitlock back to seal the win on double eight.


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