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Day 6 darts review: Chizzy and The Bull book 2nd round spots

| 23.12.2015

Holly Thackeray | December 22, 2015

Day six reaction

  • R. Huybrechts just bests Winstanley by two clear legs in a tense opening tussle
  • Newton stunned Reyes with a 3-1 victory
  • Chisnall whitewashed young star Rodriguez 3-0
  • Jenkins toiled to push past Young in the final match of the night

Don’t forget to check out our preview for Wednesday’s evening session.

Chizzy secures second round spot,

It was an evening of captivating close contests at the Ally Pally on day six of the 2016 PDC World Darts Championship, even if overall scorelines did not reflect the extent of these exciting match-ups.

Fan favourites Dave Chisnall and Terry Jenkins secured second round spots with aplomb but were tested by their tussles, while Ronny Huybrechts also went one better than his brother and Wes Newton rode his luck to sink Cristo Reyes.

Dean Winstanley 2-3 Ronny Huybrechts (3-0, 1-3, 3-2, 2-3, 4-6)

This one almost went all the way, with little between this inconsistent darting duo on the night, but for what it perhaps lacked in quality at times, it more than made up for in excitement.

2015 William Hill PDC World Championship - Day Six - Alexandra Palace

Over The Top initially hit just the right notes in his opening exchanges with Huybrechts, storming ahead to go one set up with no reply from the Belgian, but The Rebel was roused after the interval and upped the ante by battling to take the lead in legs twice before leveling.

Yorkshireman Winstanley bounced back but the ebb and flow of the game was unpredictable, with the pair flitting between being in the driving seat. Huybrechts hauled himself back for a deciding set, with Winstanley scuppering chances to kill the game and neither at their best in this scrappy scuffle.

A revved-up Rebel took out a ton-plus finish for break of throw, coming within tops of taking the tie, but was unable to finish under pressure. Huybrechts wrestled back the initiative yet again, though, and this time finally checked out with two clear legs on 104, despite Winstanley’s late flurry of 180s.

So, one half of the Huybrechts brothers remain in the tournament but, on that evidence, next opponent Peter Wright will not be too worried.

Wes Newton 3-1 Cristo Reyes (3-2, 3-1, 0-3, 3-1)

These two tend to combine for unusual clashes and this was no different. Spaniard The Spartan had taken out two legs in 24 darts before Newton could blink, but The Warrior fought back remarkably with an average of only around 67 to steal the first set from under Reyes’ nose.

There must have been a little sweet revenge in that for Newton, who was given his marching orders from this tournament by The Spartan last time, and he delivered another bitter blow by also snapping up the second set in similarly unspectacular fashion.

2015 William Hill PDC World Championship - Day Six - Alexandra Palace

Newton kept plodding along, but Reyes suddenly sparked back into life, smashing through the third set a high speed to put his foot back in the door. Though, his opponent’s revival stirred The Warrior in a similar way, with a magnificent maximum and 161 bull finish handing the Englishman the advantage, which he eventually grasped with a winning finish on tops, but it seemed even he was not quite sure how that happened. James Wade in the next round will be a different challenge all together.

Dave Chisnall 3-0 Rowby-John Rodriguez (3-2, 3-2, 3-2)

Chizzy got his 2016 World Darts Championship assault underway in style, clocking up a characteristic maximum on his third throw. Though, first leg blood went to young Austrian Rodriguez, who did not try to dazzle but instead swept in with smarter scoring.

It was toe-to-toe for set spoils, but Chisnall’s class saw him squeeze into a lead with a consistently high and impressive average, despite the high calibre of his fledgling competitor.

Rodriguez was not about to go quietly into the night, however, and ran Chizzy close for the second, only narrowly missing the opportunity to even the scoreline after making a hash of two chances at doubles. Chisnall, of course, pounced accordingly on the gift.

A stupendous 170 put Little John on parity in third set legs, before he stretched ahead to slow Chizzy’s dance to victory, though the English maximums man eventually booked his seat in the second round against Christian Kist. As for Rodriguez, the Austrian prospect will surely be back next year and we can’t wait, what a talent.

Terry Jenkins v Darin Young (2-3, 3-2, 3-1, 3-2)

The Bull made a stumbling start, but came from one leg behind, clocking up the trebles to put the first set firmly in his control. Yet, Young held steady to hit double 20 and capitalised as Jenkins continued to fluff his finishes from a position of power. For his part, The Bull looked as though he could barely believe it.

It looked as though popular Jenkins would continue the trend of shock departures, but The Bull charged back out of nowhere to haul back a two leg deficit and snatch the second set from Big Daddy’s finger tips to then go 2-1 up himself.

American Young slipped off the pace but was kept in the fourth set, and the competition, by Jenkins’ own erratic finishing. He may have made a meal of it, but The Bull finally crossed the line with a touch of class to take out double 20.


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Holly Thackeray

Holly is a member of the content team, and can often be found on the sports desk writing about favourite topics Serie A and East Asian footballing nations. A recent darts convert, she is also a fully-fledged member of Barney's Army and a proud Leeds-born Manchester United fan.