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STEVE BEATON booked his place in the Championship League Darts Winners Group on Thursday with a 6-4 victory over Kevin Painter in the Group Seven final at Crondon Park GC in Essex.

Beaton ensured that he will compete for the £10,000 first prize for the second successive year in the internet-streamed event with a fine performance in the seventh of eight groups.

The former World Champion won five of his seven league matches to finish joint top of the league table with Vincent van der Voort, before edging out John Part 6-5 in the semi-finals and then defeating Painter in the decider.

Beaton had trailed Part 4-2 before finishing 108 and 80 on the bullseye to level, and although the Canadian moved back ahead at 5-4, it was the world number 26 who took the next two legs to prevail.

In the final, Painter took out 96 to lead 2-1 before Beaton opened the fourth with back-to-back 180s, hitting treble 20 and treble 19 before wiring double 12 for a nine-dart finish.

He returned to win the leg in ten darts, and after Painter finished 76 for the fifth he hit further legs of 12 and 11 darts to move 4-3 up.

Painter finished 65 for a 14-darter in reply to win the eighth, but a missed double eight for a 96 finish in the ninth proved crucial, as Beaton stepped in to finish 90 on double five to lead 5-4 and then traded 180s with his opponent before sealing victory on double ten.

"I^m delighted with that," said Beaton. "I felt I played pretty well during the day, although a couple of times missing doubles cost me.

"To come through as a winner against John Part and Kevin Painter in the play-offs is a massive confidence boost for me and I can^t wait to play in the Winners Group on Thursday now."

Painter will now return to compete for a fourth day in the tournament on Wednesday in Group Eight as he seeks to claim the final place in the Winners Group.

He will be joined by Vincent van der Voort, who saw a 3-0 lead against Painter slip as he went down 6-4 in their semi-final, with the Dutchman having finished top in the league stage alongside Beaton on five wins.

Part, Alan Tabern and Mark Dudbridge will also return to play in Group Eight, with Steve Brown, Dennis Priestley and Jelle Klaasen entering the event to complete the eight-played field.

There was disappointment, though, for Andy Smith and Robert Thornton, who were knocked out in a tight Group Seven, with both suffering defeats in their final league games to be eliminated from the tournament.

Championship League Darts is screened solely on the internet through LIVEPDC.TV and a series of 30 bookmakers^ websites worldwide, and offers a potential total prize fund of over £200,000, plus places in the Grand Slam of Darts for the eventual finalists.


Played over nine days from September 27-29, October 11-13 and October 18-20, the event offers £50 per leg won prize money in the league phase and £100 per leg won in each group^s Play-Offs, with prize money doubled in the Winners Group.

The Winners Group will feature Gary Anderson, Phil Taylor, Paul Nicholson, Mark Walsh, Mervyn King, Simon Whitlock, Steve Beaton and Wednesday^s Group Eight winner.



Board One                                                             Board Two

Vincent van der Voort 6-5 Andy Smith                Mark Dudbridge 6-4 John Part

Steve Beaton 6-3 Robert Thornton                    Kevin Painter 6-3 Alan Tabern

John Part 6-2 Vincent van der Voort                  Andy Smith 6-5 Mark Dudbridge

Alan Tabern 6-4 Steve Beaton                           Robert Thornton 2-6 Kevin Painter

John Part 6-4 Kevin Painter                               Vincent van der Voort 5-6 Robert Thornton

Alan Tabern 5-6 Mark Dudbridge                       Andy Smith 3-6 Steve Beaton

Kevin Painter 2-6 Vincent van der Voort           John Part 6-1 Robert Thornton

Andy Smith 6-5 Alan Tabern                              Mark Dudbridge 4-6 Steve Beaton

Mark Dudbridge 3-6 Kevin Painter                     Steve Beaton 2-6 Vincent van der Voort

Robert Thornton 6-5 Andy Smith                      Alan Tabern ! 6-4 John Part

Steve Beaton 6-5 John Part                              Andy Smith 3-6 Kevin Painter

Robert Thornton 5-6 Mark Dudbridge               Vincent van der Voort 6-1 Alan Tabern

Mark Dudbridge 3-6 Vincent Voort                     John Part 6-5 Andy Smith

Alan Tabern 6-2 Robert Thornton                     Kevin Painter 3-6 Steve Beaton



Vincent van der Voort 4-6 Kevin Painter        Steve Beaton 6-5 John Part



Kevin Painter 4-6 Steve Beaton        



                                Pl            W            L              Won       Lost         Leg +/-    £Won     Pts          £Total

Vincent v d Voort 7              5              2              37           25           +12         £1850    10           £2250

Steve Beaton         7              5              2              36           30           +6            £1800    10           £3000

John Part               7              4              3              37           30           +7            £1850    8              £2350

Kevin Painter        7              4              3              33           29           +4            £1650    8              £2650

Alan Tabern          7              3              4              32           34           -2            £1600    6             

Mark Dudbridge  7              3              4              33           38           -5            £1650    6             

Andy Smith            7              2              5              33           40           -7            £1650    4             

Robert Thornton  7              2              5              25           40           -15          £1250    4             


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