Coral UK Open – Fourth Round Report & Fifth Round Draw/Schedule

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Peter Wright put in an impressive display to dispose of Dave Chisnall 10-5 to book his place in the last 16.
Photo: Lawrence Lustig

It’s Day Two of the 2017 Coral UK Open at Butlins resort in Minehead it is the fourth round of the historic tournament. With 16 matches across Four Stages. The Afternoon kicked off on the Main Stage with Mark Webster as he came up against the in-form Northern Irishman Daryl Gurney. The pair had history, of course there was a bit of needle in their match in Ally-Pally back in December. Gurney took charge in the opening leg of the contest as he took out 72 on tops for a 15-darter. Gurney had a sensational second leg as he fired in his first maximum followed by a breath-taking 167 finish for a 12-darter to extend his lead to 2-0 averaging 112.36. Webster got it back to 1-2 as he took out D18 for a 13-darter to break the throw of the Irishman. Gurney looked to break straight back as he hit his second maximum of the contest as he commanded the leg, however Webster fired in a maximum of his own to get back into the leg,  but the Northern Irishman took out 76 on D8 for a 3-1 lead and a 14-darter.

Gurney continued to dominate, and he missed a dart at the bull for a 170 finish but he was miles clear of Webster and he returned to take out D8 to extend his lead to 4-1 at the break and it was the first leg of the match that was over 15 darts. Gurney continued where he left off before the break as he fired in his third maximum but he missed a crucial dart a D16 and Webster took full advantage as he picked out D10 to make it 2-4. Gurney soon restored the three leg advantage as he hit his fourth maximum of the contest, although he missed three darts on 40, he returned to pick out D10 to move 5-2 ahead.

Gurney missed a dart at the bull for a massive 164 outshot, and with Webster needing a 157 which he didn’t take gave Gurney the opportunity to take out D8 to break the throw of Webster to make it 6-2.

Gurney extended his lead to 7-2 as he took out a superb 117 finish, as it looked to be all over for Webster. The pair both missed darts to win the tenth leg and Webster cashed in as he took out tops to make it 3-7 at the break. Elsewhere on Stage two, Gerwyn Price moved into the last 16 with an emphatic 10-4 win over David Pallett and in doing so, moved up o number 18 in the World leap-frogging Terry Jenkins. Gurney went on to win two legs on the spin after the break to move 9-3 ahead as he took out 106 for a 15-darter. Gurney sealed the win and his place in the last 16 as he picked out D8 for a 10-3 victory over Webster as he hit FIVE maximums and an impressive 10/22 on the doubles.

Next on Stage Two, was to a terrific match between Kim Huybrechts and the highly talented youngster Ted Evetts. it was a lightning quick start from the Belgian as he opened up with an 11-darter followed by aa 12-darter hitting maximums in both legs. Evetts pulled it back to 1-2 as he hit a 15-darter and hitting his first maximum of the contest. Huybrechts regained a two-leg lead as hit three 140’s on the spin as he won the leg in 13 darts. the fifth leg was a bit more of a scrappy one, with both player having chances aplenty to win the leg, but it was Huybrechts who cashed in to move 4-1 ahead averaging a very modest 108. Huybrechts controlled the sixth leg as left a two-darter after 12, with Evetts far behind that allowed the Belgian to take out 74 on tops for a 15-darter. Evetts missed a dart at the bull for a 121, but he wasn’t allowed another shot as the Belgian picked out tops for a 56 checkout to establish a five-leg advantage. Huybrechts was on fire at this point and he stretched his lead to six legs as he kicked off the leg with a maximum and finished the leg with an 81 finish on D16 for a 12-darter.

Just when Evetts looked like was commanding the ninth leg, Huybrechts fired in his fourth maximum of the match to leave 76 which he took out on tops for an 8-1 lead, his finishing stats were ridiclulously good as he hit 8/12 of the checkouts he went for. Huybrechts went within a leg of the last 16 as he found his fifth 180 of the contest, he picked out D16 for a 14-darter with a place in the last 16 moving ever closer. Kim Huybrechts sealed the win with another breath-taking leg as he took out D18 for an 11-darter to complete a 10-1 rout of Ted Evetts with a stunning 110.29 average.

Kim Huybrechts booked his place in the last 16 with a stunning display as he breezed past Ted Evetts 10-1 as he averaged 110.3
Photo : Lawrence Lustig

Elsewhere, around the four boards in play – William O’Connor booked his place in the last 16 after he enjoyed a 10-6 win over Ronnie Baxter. Alan Tabern rolled back the years as he reached the last 16 after a 10-6 win over the Greek John Michael. Rob Cross, who of course had a good run here last year booked his place in the last 16 as he defeated Ryan Searle in a 10-5win, I chatted to Cross the other day in an interview leading up to the tournament and he is full of confidence with a very laid back attitude at the same time. Martin Lukeman caused an upset on one of the outer boards as he defeated Chris Dobey 10-5 to reach the last 16. Alan Norris enjoyed a terrific 10-5 win over Benito van de Pas to book his place in the last 16. Norris hit EIGHT maximums as he averaged 96.09 capping off a vintage performance. Jelle Klaasen was involved in a terrific battle with fellow compatriot Vincent van der Voort. Klaasen was 6-2 ahead in the early stages and Van der Voort won four legs on the spin as he levelled things up at 6-6.

The contest went all the way to a last leg decider as the match swung in the favour of the both players but it was Van Der Voort he came from within a leg of defeat at 9-8 down to win the last two legs and booked his place in the last 16 with a sensational 106 finish.

Vincent van der Voort booked his place in the last 16 a terrific deciding leg win over Jelle Klaasen.
Photo : Kelly Deckers

The next game on the main stage featured Raymond van Barneveld as he took on fellow Dutchman Ron Meulenkamp. Van Barneveld started the match in absolutely perfect fashion as he hit back-to-back 180’s six darts into a nine-darter, he did his a seventh perfect dart but missed the T19, he did miss three darts at D8 to win the leg, but with Meulenkamp unable to take out 120, Van Barneveld returned to pick out D8 to move 1-0 ahead. Van Barneveld doubled his lead to 2-0 courtesy of another 13-darter as he left 82 after just three visits to the board. The third leg belonged to Meulenkamp in a leg which neither player was in control of it was purely because it was on Meulenkamp’s throw that gave him the first chance at a double which he took out D20 to make it 1-2. Van Barneveld completely dominated the fourth leg in which he left 90 after 9, and he took out tops for his third 13-darter of the contest as he opened up a 3-1 advantage. The fifth leg was full of missed opportunities to win the leg, but it was Meulenkamp who took full advantage as he picked out D5 to go move within a leg of Van Barneveld.

Joe Cullen booked his place in the last 16 as he dismantled the Spaniard Cristo Reyes 10-5 as he kept up his good record in the Coral UK Open. Back to the main stage as play resumed in the all Dutch affair between Van Barneveld and Meuluenkamp. Van Barneveld continued where he left off as he fired in a spectacular 10-dart leg as he picked out D18 after previously hitting three successive 13-darters to move 4-2 to the good. He would extend that lead to 5-2 as he again picked out D18 this time to win his first leg over 15 darts. Van Barneveld opened up a four leg advantage as he moved 6-2 ahead with yet another 13-darter as he found D10 this time. Meulenkamp managed to pull it back to 3-6 as RVB allowed him to after missing two darts to move 7-2 ahead as Meulenkamp picked out D5.

Van Barneveld responded in fantastic fashion as he took out a massive 161 checkout for a 12-darter to go in at the break 7-3 ahead. After the break, there was sensationally THREE maximums hit with RVB hitting two of them as he fired in a 12-darter to move 8-3 ahead. Van Barneveld went within a leg of the last 16 as he dominated the 14th leg as he picked out D2. Raymond van Barneveld sealed the win with a 100 checkout for a 14-darter capping off a delightful display from the five-time World champion as he averaged 104.03. Elsewhere on stage two, Paul Hogan followed up from yesterday’s delightful win over Gary Anderson by eliminating another former two time back-to-back champion in Adrian Lewis. Hogan dismantled Adrian Lewis taking it 10-6 in the end which included an extraordinary 161 checkout, he will not fear anyone going into the last 16.

Paul Hogan does it again ! this time he defeats Adrian Lewis 10-6 to book his place in the last 16.
Photo : Christopher Dean

Ian White booked his place in the last 16 as he seen off Kirk Shepherd 10-7. Joining him was Simon Whitlock after he enjoyed a 10-6 victory over Dirk van Duijvenbode as the Aussie look’s bang in-form this weekend. Michael Smith was embroiled in a battle with Jermaine Wattimena, Smith just maged to get over the line as he came out  a 10-8 winner.

The final game of the day featured the now favourite to win the tournament – Peter Wright as he took on Dave Chisnall. Wright took an early lead as he hit a 14-darter as he found D16, Chisnall did level things up as he hit a stunning 127 checkout on the bull for a 12-darter. Chisnall then went on to break Wright’s throw for a 2-1 lead as he picked out D7 just after Wright missed a dart at D16 for a 104.

Chisnall looked to move 3-1 clear after he left D12 after just 12 darts courtesy of a 177 but he missed three clear darts at it allowing Wright to cash in and take out tops with his last dart in hand to level up the match once more at 2-2. The pair traded 180’s in the fifth leg as they both left an outshot after nine darts but it was Wright who picked out D7 to break Chisnall’s throw going into the break with a 3-2 lead and would have the darts after the break. Chisnall was in firm control of the sixth leg as he looked to level the match immediately. He did exactly that as he took out a 100 checkout on tops for an 11-darter to level things up at 3-3. Wright restored the lead at 4-3 as he responded in-kind with a terrific 12-darter of his own as he fired in an 84 checkout finding D12. Chisnall missed a huge opportunity to level things up at 4-4 as he missed two darts at D16 and Wright accepted the gift as he picked out D16 to move 5-3 to the good and in doing so breaking the Chisnall throw. Wright had a phenomenal first nine darts in the ninth leg as he left 56 after just three visits to the board and he extended his lead to 6-3 as he took out 556 on tops for a 12-darter. Chisnall reduced the deficit to 4-6 going into the break as he found tops for a 13-darter as Chisnall found his fourth maximum. Chisnall came out brightly after the break as he went within a leg of Wright courtesy of a 14-darter as he found his fifth 180 as he picked out D2. Wright went on to restore a two-leg lead to move 7-5 to the good as he  picked out D16 with his last dart in hand with Chisnall waiting on 56. Chizzy missed a dart at the bull for a huge 161 finish but it bounced out of the bull, Wright couldn’t take out 144, but agonisingly for Chisnall he missed three clear darts to go within a leg and Wright took full advantage as he hit the D16 to move three legs clear at 8-5. The pair traded 180’s at the start of the 14th leg but it was Snakebite who managed the hold is throw and move within a leg of the last 16 as he found D16 for a 52 checkout. The World number three missed a dart at D20 for a massive 160 finish for the match, but he was allowed a second chance as Chisnall missed three darts at tops and D10 to stay alive, Wright returned and took out tops for an emphatic 10-5 victory guaranteeing his spot in the last 16.

Coral UK Open

Saturday March 4

Afternoon Session (12.30pm-5pm)

Fourth Round

Main Stage

Daryl Gurney 10-3 Mark Webster

Alan Norris 10-5 Benito van de Pas

Raymond van Barneveld 10-3 Ron Meulenkamp

Peter Wright 10-5 Dave Chisnall

Stage Two

Gerwyn Price 10-4 David Pallett

Kim Huybrechts 10-1 Ted Evetts

Vincent van der Voort 10-9 Jelle Klaasen

Paul Hogan 10-6 Adrian Lewis

Stage Three

William O’Connor 10-6 Ronnie Baxter

Martin Lukeman 10-5 Chris Dobey

Joe Cullen 10-5 Cristo Reyes

Simon Whitlock 10-6 Dirk van Duijvenbode

Stage Four

Alan Tabern 10-6 John Michael

Rob Cross 10-5 Ryan Searle

Ian White 10-7 Kirk Shepherd

Michael Smith 10-8 Jermaine Wattimena

Fifth Round Draw

Paul Hogan v Gerwyn Price

Alan Tabern v Raymond van Barneveld

Ian White v Martin Lukeman

Michael Smith v Alan Norris

Kim Huybrechts v Joe Cullen

Daryl Gurney v Vincent van der Voort

Simon Whitlock v William O’Connor

Rob Cross v Peter Wright

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)

Fifth Round

Played across two stages

Main Stage

Paul Hogan v Gerwyn Price

Michael Smith v Alan Norris

Kim Huybrechts v Joe Cullen

Rob Cross v Peter Wright

Stage Two

Ian White v Martin Lukeman

Simon Whitlock v William O’Connor

Alan Tabern v Raymond van Barneveld

Daryl Gurney v Vincent van der Voort

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