It showed at the start of the game that being on the Circus Tavern stage yesterday gave Howson the advantage. He took the opening set 3-1. Martin Adams responded with a 3-1 set win of his own that included an opening leg 156 checkout from Wolfie.
The third set could of gone either way, with Adams unable to get a dart at a double from 125 and the Howson fan club were very vocal when he won the leg to move one set away. Martin Adams levelled the game in spectacular finishes of 150 and 157 to make it four ton plus finishes.
Wolfie showed his experience in the final set with an early break before an early hold to get a 2-0 lead in the final set. Martin Adams went on to win it in style with a 153 checkout to book his place in the third round.
Also on Friday evening Rob Thornton was in winners circle again, winning nine out of ten legs to defeat ten time World Champion Trina Gulliver
Terry Jenkins rolled back the years when he only dropped two legs in defeating the Dutchman. The famous walk on was for Jenkins and the fans coming to Circus Tavern this weekend get to see it at least once more on Saturday.
The most impressive performance on Friday Afternoon came from American Larry Butler, who got the better of Alan Warriner-Little 3-0 winning all nine legs.
Larry finished the game with an average of 93, but for much of the first two sets he was performing closer to the 100 mark. Larry Butler’s next opponent will be Keith Deller.
Keith has been very vocal on social media about the about of practise he’s been putting in and if he brings his top game we could be in for a cracker.
Also on Friday Afternoon
Dave Prins defeat Paul Lim 3-1. Dave Prins looked the more settled and went into the break with the advantage. The experience of Paul Lim started to show in the third and The Singapore Slinger halved the deficit in sets.
Dave Prins, who came through the qualifier in November last year, found another gear in the fourth set and won 3-1.
John Walton defeated Les Wallace 3-2 in the opening game on Day Two. John Walton looked in total control after two sets, even with Wallace firing in two ton plus checkouts.
Les Wallace who looked very nervous to begin certainly looked more solid after the interval, and won the next two sets to make sure we was going all the way in the opener. It was John Boy who won the final set coming from a leg behind to wrap up the win.
Friday 4th February – Results Round 1 – Best of 5 sets
John Walton 3-2 Les Wallace
Dave Prins 3-1 Paul Lim
Larry Butler 3-0 Alan Warriner-Little
Terry Jenkins 3-0 Roland Scholten
Friday 4th February – 7pm GMT Round 2 – Best of 5 Sets
Kevin Painter 3-0 Wayne Warren
Martin Adams 3-2 Richie Howson
Phil Taylor 3-1 Peter Manley
Robert Thornton 3-0 Trina Gulliver
Saturday February 5
Afternoon session (1300 GMT) Second Round (Best of 5 sets)
John Part v John Walton
Lisa Ashton v Terry Jenkins
John Lowe v Dave Prins
Keith Deller v Larry Butler
Evening Session (1900 GMT) Quarter-Finals (Best of 5 sets)
John Walton v Ashton/Jenkins
Rob Thornton v John Lowe/Dave Prins
Taylor/Manley/Hedman v Kevin Painter
Deller/Butler v Martin Adams
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