The World Matchplay 2nd round matches are in full swing and Wednesday night threw up more great games.
Van Barneveld eased past Alan Tabern 13-5 to book himself a place in Friday’s quarter-finals. Van Barneveld kicked off with a 13-darter and soon after that followed up with an 11-darter. Barney is 9/1 at Stan James and shades 2nd favouratism over James Wade.
World no. 3 James Wade defeated Vincent Van der Voort 13-10 but declared that he must play better against Wayne Jones in the quarters if he is to stand a chance of winning. Wade is now 10/1 at Boylesports but was fortuitous that Van der Voort’s comeback from 11-6 down was stalled by a series of missed doubles.
Co Stompe got some revenge over Mark Webster to extend his fine run at the Matchplay event. Stompe, who was knocked out in the quarters of the World Champs by Webster, triumphed 13-9 to book an all Dutch quarter with Raymond Van Barneveld, where he will have to draw on all resources to avoid defeat. Stompe is a long 50/1 at Sportingbet.
In the other match last night, home fans were left deflated when Blackpool-man Ronnie Baxter bowed out 13-9 to Wayne Jones. The bookies don’t fancy Jones’ chances at 80/1 (Skybet).
Taylor continues his title assault tonight against Steve Beaton but at 1/33 (Coral), there is no value. Stan James have set a leg-line at 19.5 and perhaps Beaton can exploit some of the lethargy Taylor showed in the 1st round. Over 19.5 legs at 9/10 would mean anything from 13-7 and up to Taylor.
Australian Simon Whitlock can progress against Steve Brown and his quarter final will be the winner of Jelle Klaasen v Gary Anderson. Whitlock at 12/1 with Skybet is an attractive proposition as his route to the semi-finals is reasonable. Taylor is the obvious threat so perhaps the each way at third-odds (top two) is a good bet.