James Wade beats Steve Beaton to reach last 16 of PDC World Championship
By Mark Kendall - Twitter: @SkySportsMK. Last Updated: 24/12/12 11:30am
James Wade: Beat Steve Beaton 4-2 to move into last 16 at Ally Pally
James Wade eased into the last 16 of the PDC World Championship with a 4-2 victory over Steve Beaton at Alexandra Palace on Sunday.
The former World No.2 did not have things all his own way against his veteran opponent and would later describe his performance as "painful", but was clinical when he needed to be to secure a solid win.
Wade started in spectacular fashion as he followed a 15-dart leg with a 12-darter on his way to a clean sweep of the opening set, hitting three doubles with three attempts.
Beaton levelled by taking the next and, although Wade re-established his lead, Beaton claimed the fourth set with something to spare to restore parity at 2-2.
But Wade showed his class with a 130 check-out to edge 3-2 ahead and then produced a stylish 100 finish, which included two double-20s, to move within a leg of victory.
Beaton responded impressively as he threw a 12-darter to stay alive, but Wade had the last word as he came up with a 120 finish to claim the set and match.
Van der Voort, Walsh progress
Vincent van der Voort booked his place in the third round as he beat Dean Winstanley 4-2 despite a nine-dart finish from his opponent, while in the opening match of Sunday's afternoon session Mark Walsh overcame Justin Pipe 4-2.
Walsh raced into a 2-0 lead as he won six of the first seven legs on offer and, after Pipe had won the third set, took out 62 to move 3-1 ahead.
Pipe's problems were then compounded as one of his darts was damaged following a bounce-out, forcing him to borrow one of his opponent's spares.
It did not appear to do him any harm, though, as he went on to win the fifth set to keep his hopes alive and he then had chances to win the sixth and force a decider.
However, having missed two darts at a double, Pipe could only watch on as Walsh came back to hit double-eight, sealing his progress into the next round.
Afterwards, Walsh told Sky Sports: "I lent him one of my darts and I thought he was going to beat me with my own darts! It did affect me for a bit, but once that set was over I regrouped and did the biz."