Day Seven of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace sprung another shock as Mensur Suljovic made his exit from the competition, Cristo Reyes produced a marvellous comeback to deny Rowby-John Rodriguez as Mervyn King and Adrian Lewis secured their places in round three.
Ryan Searle stunned the World no.7 Mensur Suljovic as the Devon-based ace enjoyed a 3-1 victory over ‘The Gentle’. Searle couldn’t quite believe what he’d achieved as he was apologetic towards his Austrian opponent as he took out an impressive 118 finish to complete a memorable victory on the biggest stage of them all.
Suljovic got off to a near perfect start as the Austrian fired in six maximums with an average of 101.28 to storm the first set (3-1). However, in set two, Searle was gifted a lifeline as Suljovic couldn’t quite replicatehis form from the opening set as the Austrian missed six darts at a double as Searle mopped up every opportunity that was presented his way to level up the match at 1-1.
With the momentum firmly with the World no.61 Ryan Searle, the Devon ace really stamped his authority on the match as he cruised to a 2-1 lead in sets whilst he limited Suljovic to just three darts at a double. Mensur’s double woes continued in the fourth and final set as he missed nine darts at a double, and Searle got his opportunity for the match as he pinned D20 for a superb 118 checkout to dump out the no.7 seed.
Adrian Lewis booked his place in the last 32 of the 2019 William Hill World Darts Championship as ‘Jackpot’ completed an assuring 3-0 victory over Ted Evetts who played really well himself. The Warwickshire-based Evetts really produced some great moments, but in terms of set play, Lewis really took his chances expertly. In the first two sets, Lewis twice won deciding legs in those sets as he really was ruthless when it came to taking his chances. With a 14-darter to clinch set one, and a 13-darter to move two sets ahead, it really was a solid display from Lewis.
In the final set, ‘Jackpot’ really did step up his performance level as he fired in a superb 11-dart leg to complete the rout.
Mervyn King made hard work of what looked to be a routine win over Jan Dekker, but the Dutchman battled back from 2-0 behind to force ‘Sudden Death’ as ‘The King’ held his nerve to grind out a 3-2 victory over Dekker.
King was solid throughout the contest as his average dipped in and around the 100 mark, for the majority of the contest, there was a 12-15 point discrepancy in the averages, but Dekker made the most of some missed opportunities from King as he kept battling away. Overall, both players missed 54 darts at a double between them. But, King’s determination and superior scoring power edged him over the line. King fired in nine maximums in what was a nervy ending, but he’ll be happy to make it to the third round of the 2019 William Hill World Darts Championship.
In the opening match of the evening, Cristo Reyes completed a sensational comeback as he joined a list of names who’ve battled back from 2-0 behind to edge out Austria’s Rowby-John Rodriguez in what was a unfortunate spell of missed doubles from Rodriguez. But, the World no.68 must’ve thought that a shock win was on the cards as he moved 2-0 ahead, but Reyes found a way back into the match as he whitewashed Rodriguez in set three, Reyes did come mightily close to being dumped out of the tournament as the match went to a deciding leg in set four, but Rodriguez was denied a shot at 68 as Reyes took out 45 to send the match into overtime. The momentum was most definitely with the Spaniard heading into the final set, and Reyes produced a two fantastic finishes of 108 and 104 as he piled the pressure on Rodriguez to stay in the match. Reyes then extinguished any hopes of a Rodriguez fightback as he pinned D10 for an 18-dart leg to clinch victory, and a place in the last 32.