Fabulous fightback takes Deller through
DARTS: Suffolk darts star Keith Deller produced a magnificent comeback to beat world number two Alan Warriner 13-11 and move into the quarter-finals of the Stan James World Darts Championship in Blackpool last night.
SUFFOLK darts star Keith Deller produced a magnificent comeback to beat world number two Alan Warriner 13-11 and move into the quarter-finals of the Stan James World Darts Championship in Blackpool last night.
The Ipswich-born ace, who won the world title in 1983, will lock horns with Colin Lloyd in the last eight.
Deller – now based at Mildenhall – was chasing the match throughout but never waved the white flag, turning the match in his favour with a sensational 170 out-shot in the 18th leg.
In the evening's second match, Bob Anderson survived a late scare to move into the last eight with a 13-9 win over Dave Askew.
John Part kept his nerve to withstand some great double-shooting by Cliff Lazarenko to move into the quarter finals with a 13-9 triumph.
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Ronnie Baxter, John Lowe and Lloyd had all progressed to the quarter-finals earlier in the day.
First up to the oche at the Winter Gardens was Baxter who surged into the last eight with a 13-7 triumph over Jamie Harvey.
In the afternoon's second match, veteran Lowe came through a nail-biting encounter with Denis Ovens, who proved a difficult opponent.
Lloyd then banked a 13-5 win over the out-of-sorts Roland Scholten.
The world number eight ran out a convincing winner after sharing the opening two legs, netting four legs on the bounce to establish an advantage he never relinquished.
Favourite Phil Taylor surged into the last eight with a 13-6 demolition of the Kevin Painter.
The undisputed number one produced an awesome display of darts to power past Painter, who played well but could not live with the pace set by Taylor.
Taylor will face Chris Mason in the quarter finals after Mason came through his second round encounter with Steve Brown 13-6.