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Wade, Jenkins and Lewis Progress as Van Gerwen Hits Sensational Nine-Darter

Michael van Gerwen lets out a roar to match that of the sell-out crowd following his nine darter (credit: Lawrence Lustig/ PDC)
Michael van Gerwen fired in a magical nine-dart finish to light up the Winter Gardens on Wednesday evening en route to victory over Steve Beaton, as the much-fancied Raymond van Barneveld exited the competition.

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Van Gerwen, the 23-year-old Dutch prodigy, became only the fourth player in the tournament's history - alongside Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld and John Part - to achieve the perfect leg when he hit 180, 180 and finished 141 on double 12 in the ninth leg of his clash with Steve Beaton.

The feat appeared to be one of the quickest in history and he will pick up a £5,000, although more importantly, he remains in the hunt to claim the £100,000 first prize after going on to win a heavy-scoring contest in style with a 13-9 triumph.

Van Gerwen hit six ton-plus finishes in the game, accompanying the 141 with checkouts of 128, 120, a pair of 116 finishes and a 108 - as well as hitting seven 180s to finish with a barnstorming end average of 104.36.

"The nine-darter was amazing," said van Gerwen. "It means so much for me and I'm very happy - I exploded into the game after the nine-darter.

"It was a very good game and Steve played well too. To win the game with a 104 average and a nine-darter is brilliant."

Van Gerwen now faces 2007 champion James Wade in a tasty quarter-final tie on Friday night, with the world number three securing his place in the last eight for a seventh successive year by cruising past Mark Walsh 13-4.

Wade was rarely troubled as he romped into a 10-1 lead, and although Walsh rallied briefly, the left-hander proved too strong to secure passage into the latter stages once again.

"I did all the damage early on and did a job on Mark," said Wade. "I think every player enjoys a ding-dong and I didn't get that tonight, but I've done my practice and I'm deserving to win at the moment."

Raymond van Barneveld's rampant form on the floor coming into the event counted for nothing as he suffered his first ever exit at the second round stage, going down 13-10 to Terry Jenkins.

The lead changed hands on multiple occasions as Barney produced a 109 finish to lead 3-2, before a plucky Jenkins drew level at 5-5 at the second break.

Arguably the turning point in the match saw the Dutchman squander nine darts at a double to break throw and lead 8-5, as Ledbury ace Jenkins produced a trademark Bull charge.

The two-time finalist rallied from 8-6 down to win seven of the game's final nine legs and seal yet another dramatic victory.

"I took some good finishes out when I needed to so I'm happy," said Jenkins. "It was nip and tuck but I've got through and that's all that matters.

"I've had a few good runs in this tournament and I like the longer format. I would really like to win a major, that would cap my career off - but a lot of players would swap players with me because I've been in seven major finals."

Jenkins will meet World Champion Adrian Lewis in the Quarter-Finals, after the number two seed followed up his first round whitewash of Robert Thornton with a crushing 13-7 defeat of a helpless Andy Smith. 

At one stage, Jackpot led 7-0, meaning he had yet to drop a leg from his 17 played so far. Smith knew the damage had been done, but got a chalk on the board in leg eight and went on to add a hint of respectability to the score line.

The Pie Man won six of the next eight to threaten a comeback, but a 149 checkout from Lewis (to follow earlier finishes of 138 and 116) helped avert any threat as he progressed to play Terry Jenkins.

"Andy didn't start very well and I took advantage but I've got to knuckle down and concentrate better because I let him back in too many times," admitted Lewis. "I got the job done and I'll have to be better in the quarter-finals."

The second round concludes with the remaining four games on Thursday evening, with reigning champion Phil Taylor facing Ian White in an all-Stoke battle.

Number five seed Wes Newton plays Justin Pipe, World Championship finalist Andy Hamilton faces Mark Webster and local favourite Ronnie Baxter meets Dean Winstanley.

Betfair World Matchplay Results
Second Round - Wednesday July 25

Michael van Gerwen 13-9 Steve Beaton - Michael van Gerwen hits nine-dart finish
James Wade 13-4 Mark Walsh
Raymond van Barneveld 10-13 Terry Jenkins
Adrian Lewis 13-7 Andy Smith

Thursday July 26
Andy Hamilton v Mark Webster
Wes Newton v Justin Pipe
Phil Taylor v Ian White
Dean Winstanley v Ronnie Baxter

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Wade, Jenkins and Lewis Progress as Van Gerwen Hits Sensational Nine-Darter

Michael van Gerwen fired in a magical nine-dart finish to light up the Winter Gardens on Wednesday evening en route to victory over Steve Beaton, as the much-fancied Raymond van Barneveld exited the competition.

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