08-06-2012

The weather outside was frightful, but the darts on the second day of the Speedy Services UK Open were quite delightful.

A man by the name of Jaws devoured current champion James Wade, a Flying Scotsman hit a magical nine dart finish and an Irishman staged a comeback to make Lazarus proud.  Former world number one Colin Lloyd grabbed the headlines with a stunning 9-5 win over Wade, showing glimpses of the form that won him grand prix and matchplay crowns in 2004 and 2005. 

Jaws now plays Joe Cullen in the next round and will feel confident of further success.  Gary Anderson will also feel quietly confident of a sustained run in the competition and grabbed the headlines with a roof raising nine dart finish against David Dodds.

A tartan tungsten tussle now awaits with Robert Thornton, conqueror last year’s semi-finalist Mark Webster, playing last year’s Premier League king.  Speaking of King, Mervyn moved through to the weekend, as did Brendan Dolan in a staggering 9-8 over poor Mark Barilli having trailed 8-1.  Despite all of this, Arron Monk and Kevin Painter can lay claim to the game of the night, with the young tyro beating the Artist 9-8 in a performance to make dad Colin proud.  Elsewhere, Phil Taylor saw off Roland Scholten, while Simon Whitlock, Adrian Lewis, Raymond van Barneveld and West Newton.

A word too, for Paul ‘Moo Moo’ Amos, Speedy’s only remaining qualifier, who put up a great fight against Vincent Van Der Voort, losing 9-6.  In all, 32 players will fancy their chances of glory and with so many of them on top of their games, it would be a brave man to predict where the weighty Speedy trophy will be heading.

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