Players Championship Finals: Michael van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis to meet in second round; Peter Wright next up for Phil Taylor
Last Updated: 30/11/13 3:58pm
Phil Taylor beats Paul Nicholson again
Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen both eased into the second round of the Cash Converters Players Championship Finals at Butlins in Minehead.
Defending champion Taylor saw off Paul Nicholson 6-2 and will take on Peter Wright next, while top seed Van Gerwen was a 6-1 winner against debutant Jamie Lewis.
Van Gerwen's victory sets up a second-round meeting with ex-world champion Adrian Lewis, who came from 3-1 down to beat Kevin Painter 6-3.
Lewis' fellow Stoke player Andy Hamilton also produced a fine comeback, rallying from 5-1 behind to edge out John Part 6-5.
Canadian Part, wearing glasses on stage for the first time, missed 18 darts at doubles to win the match as Hamilton clawed back level with four straight legs before following a 180 with a 158 checkout to snatch victory.
Hamilton now plays Northern Ireland's Brendan Dolan, who was another come-from-behind winner, battling back from 3-1 down to win a deciding leg with Wayne Jones with a 126 bullseye checkout.
Turned to Jelle
Somerset-based Scot Gary Anderson recovered 4-1 down to defeat Stuart Kellett in a decider and he now plays Jelle Klaasen, who knocked out second seed Dave Chisnall 6-4. Chisnall hit six 180s and a 10-dart finish in defeat.
Steve Beaton hit back from 3-1 and 5-3 down to claim a narrow win over James Wade, hitting a 13-dart leg in the decider as he progressed to a second-round clash with Wes Newton, who beat Andy Smith 6-2.
Taunton's Justin Pipe came from 4-1 down to win 6-4 against Simon Whitlock in a battle of last year's semi-finalists, and he now plays Derby's Jamie Caven, who took a 6-3 win over Colin Lloyd.
Scotland's Robert Thornton averaged 104 to overcome Richie Burnett 6-3, setting up a second-round contest with Raymond van Barneveld, who edged out Mervyn King 6-5.
Terry Jenkins dumped 2012 runner-up Kim Huybrechts out of the tournament with a 6-2 victory over the Belgian, and he now plays Ian White, the first of four Stoke players to win on Friday as he opened the event with a 6-3 success against Ronnie Baxter.