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Jones and Lewis among PDC winners

Updated: Saturday, 24 Dec 2011 08:36

Adrian Lewis - Difficult match against Robert Thornton
Adrian Lewis - Difficult match against Robert Thornton

Wayne Jones booked his place in the last 16 of the ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship with a 4-0 victory over Roland Scholten.

The number 15 seed edged an error-strewn opening set before he eased to victory - 3-2 3-0 3-1 3-0 - to progress to the third round.

Scholten took the first leg despite a Jones maximum before Jones hit another 180 in the process of taking the second.

The Englishman then broke Scholten's throw in the third leg when the Dutchman squandered eight darts as he failed to hit his doubles.

Scholten won the fourth set with a double eight with his last dart before both players continued to miss their doubles in set five, before Wolverhampton's Jones clinched it with double eight.

From then on, Jones took control, taking the final leg of the fourth set in convincing fashion with a 13-dart finish.

"I got away with it in the first set and that was probably key to the final outcome," Jones.told www.pdc.tv.

"I saw Roland start to struggle and that gave me a bit of confidence. I'm delighted to be through and I can have a good Christmas now."

Reigning PDC World Darts Champion Adrian Lewis made tough work of his second round match to beat Robert Thornton 4-2.

Thornton missed three attempts at double 14 to force a deciding set as Lewis closed out the match 3-0 2-3 3-1 0-3 3-0 3-2.

Lewis, whose first round match against Nigel Heydon went to five sets, will now face Wayne Jones in the third round.

"I'm frustrated with my performance tonight," Lewis told www.pdc.tv, "However, I'm still there fighting to retain my title.

"I was preparing myself for a deciding set when Robert was throwing at double 14. But when the chance came my way I took it.

"I know that I need to improve and I'll get back on the practice board and put the hard work in, before I play Wayne Jones."

Lewis won the opening leg with double four, before he hit double top to take the second leg and repeated the feat in the next to ease to a set lead.

Scotland's Thornton went 2-0 up in set two after breaking throw before Lewis took the third leg with a sensational 170 checkout then backed it up with a win in leg four.

However, Thornton hit his third 180 before he found double 10 with his third dart to level the match.

Lewis hit a 100 checkout to make a winning start to the third set before Thornton hit-back to take the second leg with a 68 finish.

The duo traded blows and claimed a set apiece before Lewis capitalised in set five when the Scotsman's accuracy faltered.

Lewis hit double 10 to hold throw and won the second leg in the set after Thornton was guilty of missing three darts at doubles, then went on to hit double top to take the set and the lead for the third time in the match.

Both players broke throw in the sixth set, with Thornton then missing three darts at double 14 which would have forced a decider.
However, Lewis defied the pressure to land double five with his third dart to close out the match.

In the last game of the night, Justin Pipe edged out Wes Newton 4-3 in a hard-fought match.

Pipe responded to losing the first two sets to claim a 2-3 1-3 3-2 3-1 1-3 3-1 4-2.