Hammer nails Huybrechts
Hamilton races into last four with 102 average against Belgian
By Mark Kendall - Twitter: @SkySportsMK. Last Updated: 30/12/11 10:12pm
Andy Hamilton: Finished with a 102 average against Huybrechts
Andy Hamilton secured his second World Championship semi-final appearance after overcoming Kim Huybrechts of Belgium 5-2 at Alexandra Palace on Friday afternoon.
Hamilton - who also reached the last four in 2007 before bowing out 6-0 to Phil Taylor - was in dominant form against Huybrechts, finishing with an impressive three-dart average of over 102.
'The Hammer' set the tone by breaking in the very first leg of the match with an 11-darter and then went on to clinch the set in the fourth leg by hitting double-16.
Huybrechts threatened to level up in the next as he broke to move two legs to one ahead, but Hamilton found big scores when he needed them and took out 43 and then 67 to move two sets up.
Huybrechts gave himself renewed hope as he took the next, but Hamilton restored his two-set advantage in some style as he took out 122 with a bull finish.
He moved within a set of victory as he took the fifth against the throw without dropping a leg, although Huybrechts hinted there was still some fight left in him as he took the sixth with a 128 check-out the highlight.
But it was to prove a false dawn as Hamilton followed a 110 finish with an 11-darter to put himself on the brink. Huybrechts bravely took out 51 with his opponent waiting on 40 to stay alive, but it was a temporary reprieve as Hamilton produced another 11-darter to seal victory in the next leg.
"On top of the world," a delighted Hamilton told Sky Sports afterwards. "It's something I've dreamed about all year and I've put in all the hard work for getting here and it's paying off now.
"I can't believe how focused and concentrated I am. I've probably not realised how good I am and I've just realised that I can do it after seven years. So this is a good tournament for me and hopefully I can really do well here.
"I don't feel nervous one bit, I've had a childhood vision that I want to be world champ and I've got a feeling this week it could happen as I'm just so comfortable and relaxed up there."
Hamilton will face 2010 finalist Simon Whitlock in Sunday's semi-finals.