More high drama on quarter finals day saw Andy Jenkins come from behind to beat Colin Osborne, and Andy Hamilton hold off another spirited fightback from Terry Jenkins to book his place in the semis. Hamilton will now take on Phil Taylor while Jenkins will tackle Raymond van Barneveld after both strolled to victory in the evening. Barneveld battered Alan Tabern 5-0 without breaking sweat, while Taylor did drop a set but only one other leg to cruise through.
The day’s first game produced a belter with Colin Osborne in full control for much of the match. As in previous rounds though, Jenkins found an extra gear to peg The Wizard back and had enough in the tank to complete a great comeback and seal the win. Leading 3-1 and 4-3 Osborne had chances to get to the hill but missed doubles at vital times. Jenkins found the beliefyet again and goes through to the semis for the first time.
His opponent, Barneveld, had a much easier passage against Tabern dropping just four legs in the match. Precious few players have won both the BDO and PDC version of the world title and Barney remains on course to cap a remarkable debut year in the PDC. He’s showing superb form, averaging 96 for the tournament, and it looks like there’s only one person can stop the juggernaut that he has become this week.
That player, a certain Phil Taylor, averaged over 100 yet again in beating Webster who played well and did take a set off The Power. Taylor is averaging 101 for the tournament and is big favourite to take the title for a 14th time. Before he gets the chance to get his hands on the trophy though, he’ll need to get past perhaps the one other player who genuinely has a chance of beating him.
Andy Hamilton came through another stern test against Terry Jenkins hitting sixteen 180’s in the process and averaging 98. Jenkins produced another trademark fightback to take the match into a decider but The Hammer took the final set 3-1 to prevail and set up that mouthwatering Taylor clash. They met at Blackpool in the World Matchplay and Taylor had to produce a performance right out of the top drawer to see of Hamilton. I expect a similar ding dong this time around and maybe Hamilton is closer than he was in the summer? Against Jenkins he raced into a 3-0 lead only to find the score level at 3-3. He edged ahead 4-3 and Jenkins then hit two 11-darters to make it 4-4. Hamilton then broke Jenkins throw and hit his sixteenth 180 in the final leg to win the last set 3-1.
Day Nine Results – Quarter Finals – Friday 29 December
Andy Jenkins 5-4 Colin Osborne
Terry Jenkins 4-5 Andy Hamilton
Raymond van Barneveld 5-0 Alan Tabern
Phil Taylor 5-1 Darren Webster