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Article: sponsored darts stars James ^The Machine^ Wade and Robert ^The Thorn^ Thornton have both vowed to bounce back after disappointing campaigns at the World Grand Prix darts tournament held in Dublin. ^The Machine^ - ranked number 2 in the world, suffered a surprise 1st round defeat to Dennis ^The Menace^ Priestley, whilst ^The Thorn^ lost out at the same stage to fellow 180 bets sponsored star Adrian ^Jackpot^ Lewis.

However ^The Machine^ remains philosophical about his defeat, commenting : ^Dennis played very well and he capitalised on my missed doubles in the first set and all credit to him for that, he is not a two-time World Champion for nothing.^

Yorkshireman Priestley was certainly in vintage form as he rolled back the years to put on one of his best TV performances in recent years in defeating the world number 2, before losing to Kevin Painter in the 2nd round of the competition.

The unique ^double start^ format - where players need to hit a double before they can commence scoring, has caused several surprise results this week, as well as being the backdrop to some classic encounters - notably the Adrian Lewis vs Gary Anderson clash in the 2nd round. This was not lost on the world number 2 who noted : ^The short format is a great leveller and although I put myself in a good position in the third set, the damage had been done earlier,^ added Wade.^

Meanwhile fellow 180 bets sponsored stable mate Robert Thornton - who played with a large bandage on a damaged hand, will be taking a break from the game in order to return in top condition for a busy schedule of prime-time TV darts between now and the end of the year. ^My build up to the game was slightly hindered by my hand, but in the 4 hours practice prior to the game against Adrian I was playing very well and was not affected by it,^ commented Thornton.

There were no excuses from the Scotsman however who added : ^Adrian played exceptionally well and I thought too much about my hand and it showed when the pressure was on. I will take 10 days off now and then get back to business in Killarney in my preparation for the European Championships, the Grand Slam of Darts, the Jocky Wilson Cup and the World Championships’’.

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