World Championship 2nd round: Taylor and Lewis highlight Sunday
Coral writers preview the second day of the second round of the PDC World Darts Championship.
Sunday sees a star lineup consisting of 16-time winner Phil Taylor and double champion Adrian Lewis in the evening, and Andy Hamilton and Kim Huybrechts in the afternoon session.
Andy Hamilton (12) v Kyle Anderson
A runner-up here in 2012, Hamilton (4/7) faces Australian Anderson (11/8) next up after edging out Canadian qualifier Dave Richardson in the first round.
Anderson exacted a 3-0 revenge defeat on his 2013 conqueror in this competition, Steve Beaton, and will be in full confidence going into this encounter. However, The Hammer should have just enough to knock out his upcoming Aussie opponent, and has odds of 4/1 to beat Anderson 4-2.
Cristo Reyes v Kevin Painter (20)
Spanish preliminary qualifier Reyes (13/5) caused arguably the shock of the first round, by defeating world number 13 Wes Newton (2/7) in a 3-2 thriller. There is nothing to lose for him against 2004 runner-up Painter, who was under par in his tournament opener this year.
Following the Tenerife player’s victory, he said: “This is great for me and for Spanish darts. Playing in the preliminary round helped a lot with the nerves.”
The Artist should be able to overcome Reyes, though, and is a 4/1 chance to whitewash him and bring the Spaniard back down to earth.
Ian White (15) v Kim Huybrechts (18)
Stoke’s current number three-ranked darts player White (13/8 for victory) has had a terrific 2014, starting with his quarter-final appearance at this tournament last time, and had an easy first round matchup this year.
Huybrechts (odds-on at 1/2), meanwhile, was in rampant form against Michael Mansell, defeating him 3-0 and averaging 99.40. The Belgian holds a 5-3 career record over White and won their last three meetings 6-4, so take odds of 4/1 for the Hurricane to record a 4-2 scoreline.
Darren Webster v Dean Winstanley (26)
Demolition Man Webster is another who caused a first round shock, knocking out world number seven and 2010 runner-up Simon Whitlock. He’ll know he can produce another against Winstanley, who has never progressed past this stage of the PDC World Darts Championship, having won his last three encounters against Over The Top.
However, despite that, Winstanley is the odds-on 4/7 favourite, with Webster priced at a tempting 11/8. The latter is a 6/1 chance to win 4-2.
Phil Taylor (2) v Mark Webster (31)
Tournament favourite Taylor (7/4) wants his title back, but will be wary as he exited at this stage last year, and once lost to Welshman Webster in the quarters here in 2011.
But The Power, who has triumphed in his last 10 meetings with Spider, is heavily odds-on at 1/16 to get revenge and reach the third round, with BDO World Championship winner Webster priced unfancied at 8/1.
Adrian Lewis (3) v Keegan Brown
Back-to-back title winner in 2011 and 2012 Lewis (15/3 tournament fourth-favourite) faces an incredibly tough test against rising star and his Grand Slam of Darts conquerer this year, Brown.
The 22-year-old has already knocked out a multiple world champion this year, John Part, and is an enticing 7/2 chance to beat Jackpot (1/5) too.