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Smith and Wade into World quarter-finals!

Posted by Unicorn at 17:41 on 29th December 2015 in Unicorn Darts News

Smith and Wade into World quarter-finals!

Team Unicorn stars Michael Smith and James Wade are celebrating a place in the World Championship quarter-finals on New Year's Day.

The pair enjoyed comfortable 3rd Round wins as Smith thrashed Benito van de Pas 4-0 and Wade was too good for Jamie Caven, winning the all Unicorn clash 4-1.

Smith was sensational. An average of 101.56, 12 x 180s and he lost only four legs in the match despite missing 27 darts at doubles!

Incredibly the Unicorn star hit 10 of those 180s in the first nine legs of the match!

"I played well, although my doubles will certainly need to improve," he said. "I had a good felling going onto the stage and it was fun! That was the key for me. I enjoyed myself and when my first dart went in the treble 20, I knew a 180 was coming."

"I can relax even more in the next game because I will be the underdog. But I am not scared of anyone that's for sure!" he added.

Smith will face either Raymond van Barneveld or Michael van Gerwen in the quarter-finals on January 1.

He was only really pushed in the opening set by Van de Pas but he won a deciding leg with a fabulous 10 darter having hit another 180 and a 177. After that, the Dutchman just couldn't compete.

Two 11 darters followed as he won six of the next seven legs to go three sets up. He missed some doubles at the start of the fourth set but it didn't matter and D10 took him into the World Championship quarter-finals for the first time.

Wade was well below par but Caven couldn't challenge 'The Machine'.

Caven did level the match at one set all when he took out 127 on the bull, but in truth it was a rare highlight for 'Jabba'.

Wade seized control as he won a close third set thanks to an 11 darter, a 141 check-out and then a classy 13 darter in the deciding leg. From that moment, there was only going to be one winner even though it was a scrappy game.

Caven managed to take the fifth set to another deciding leg but Wade held firm. He only averaged 93.89 and revealed afterwards that he has been under the weather for the last couple of days.

"It was all about winning no matter what," he said. "I know it wasn't great but I will be better in the quarters. I will have to be!"

It will be Wade's 7th World Championship quarter-final and he will play either World Champion Gary Anderson or Vincent van der Voort.

Tuesday afternoon results - 2nd Round:

Jelle Klaasen 4-2 Mervyn King
James Wade 4-1 Jamie Caven

3rd Round:

Michael Smith 4-0 Benito van de Pas

Story from STUART PYKE in London

Photos courtesy Lawrence Lustig / PDC

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