Day 5 of the BetVictor World Matchplay Darts tournament in Blackpool, England featured a few thrilling matches. With the tournament headed to the quarterfinals, the pretenders are steadily being removed from the bracket.
On Wednesday, former European champion and two-time World Darts champion Adrian Lewis defeated Northern Ireland's Brendan Dolan by a count of 13-5. The 28-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent, England had few issues with Dolan.
His win set up what should be a bit more difficult contest with Andy Hamilton in the quarterfinals. Hamilton bested Ian White 13-7 on Wednesday to earn a shot at Lewis. Hamilton also hails from Stoke-on-Trent, which quite obviously must be the unofficial residence of the world's greatest darts players.
The 46-year-old faced Lewis in the finals of the World Darts Championship in 2012, so the two will renew acquaintances in a highly anticipated quarterfinals match.
Here's a look at the other results from Wednesday's action:
|Phil Taylor 14||Terry Jenkins 12|
|Justin Pipe 13||Raymond van Barneveld 9|
|Simon Whitlock 13||Kevin Painter 10|
|James Wade 13||Gary Anderson 9|
|Michael van Gerwen 13||Peter Wright 3|
|Dave Chisnall 13||Jamie Caven 10|
|Andy Hamilton 13||Ian White 7|
|Adrian Lewis 13||Brendan Dolan 5|
The Power Barely Gets By
Another Stoke-On-Trent native, and the man widely regarded as the best the sport has ever seen, Phil "The Power" Taylor narrowly defeated Terry Jenkins 14-12. The Power was seriously tested perhaps a little earlier than he expected in this tournament, but nonetheless, he is still alive.
He'll face Justin Pipe in the quarterfinals after Pipe topped Raymond van Barneveld 13-9 on Wednesday. The tournament has already seen its share of upsets. With Taylor's narrow win on Wednesday, you have to wonder if he'll be the next big name to fall.
Dave Chisnall Halts Jamie Caven's Magical Run
It was hard not to root for Jamie Caven, but the 37-year-old underdog from Leicester, England ran out of magic on Wednesday. Dave Chisnall defeated him 13-10, ending his run and hopes of advancing to the quarterfinals.
Caven has had to overcome tons of adversity to reach this level of the sport.
He has no sight in his right eye and has to take four insulin shots daily as a result of tumors that were found in his pancreas when he was 20 years old.
He was not considered a major favorite coming in, but up until Wednseday, he was defying the odds. It was still a great showing for Caven and we should be seeing more of him in the future. Chisnall will now face Michael van Gerwen in the quarterfinals.
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