World Matchplay Darts: Justin Pipe books date with Raymond van Barneveld
By Razwan Mirza - Tweet me: @RazMirza. Last Updated: 23/07/13 9:46pm
Justin Pipe: Took full advantage of Mark Webster's leg injury to progress
Justin Pipe swept past an injured Mark Webster 10-4 to advance through to the second round of the BetVictor World Matchplay in Blackpool.
Webster came into the clash having suffered torn ligaments in his right-ankle playing five-a-side football and limped to the stage upon his arrival.
However, the 2008 BDO world champion showed no ill-effects during the early stages as took a 3-2 lead in the first to 10 legs.
In the fifth leg, the Welshman hit the bull to take out an impressive 76 before allowing himself a smile.
But Pipe, the winner of five ranking titles, soon upped his averages and it was soon one way tungsten traffic for the rest of the match as he won seven consecutive legs move 9-4 up before sealing the match on his throw.
Pipe, who averaged 99, will take on five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld in the next round at the Empress Ballroom.
Seasoned professional Kevin Painter gained sweet revenge over youngster Jamie Lewis with a 10-7 victory to earn a spot in the next round.
The 21-year-old Welshman from Cardigan recently knocked Painter out of the Gibraltar Darts Trophy and was making his TV debut. But he showed few signs of nerves by firing four 180's, a near 90 average and a cool 44% on the doubles.
Justin Pipe 10-4 Mark Webster
Kevin Painter 10-7 Jamie Lewis
Peter Wright 10-4 Kim Huybrechts
Brendan Dolan 10-8 Steve Beaton
'The Artist' cleaned out a 164 on the bull in the sixth leg of the match to break his opponent and move 4-2 up before taking two of the next three legs.
Lewis fought back to make it 6-5, but the former World Matchplay quarter-finalist stepped up his game again to edge through in the end.
Irishman Brendan Dolan was made to work hard by Steve Beaton before coming through a tight contest 10-8.
The 2011 World Grand Prix runner-up opened up with an impressive 112 outshot, but Beaton responded in the next leg with an even better 118 finish.
The 1996 BDO champion continued to punish his opponent by breaking him in the six leg, but Dolan broke back in the ninth before levelling up the match at 5-5.
In a tense match-up, the tide at the seaside resort turned one way and then the other as both players struggled to hold their own throw. Beaton missed tops to allow Dolan in to break for 9-8 before the 39-year-old held his nerve to seal his passage to the next round with double eight.
Peter Wright surprised Kim Huybrechts after completing a convincing 10-4 success to cruise through at the Winter Gardens.
Wright, nicknamed 'Snakebite', broke the man from Belgium in the eighth leg of the match after taking out double eight with his last dart before moving into a 6-3 lead.
Huybrechts, who reached the quarter-finals of the World Championship last year, missed tops in the next leg and that allowed Wright to take out double four and move three legs away from the match.
After the mini-break, 43-year-old Wright from Lowestoft didn't have too many problems rattling off the remaining legs to reach the next round.