STEVE BEATON and Mervyn King continued their BetVictor World Matchplay renaissances as they joined Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson in the quarter-finals in Blackpool with second round victories on Wednesday evening.
World number 26 Beaton won through to his first major quarter-final for over five years – since his run to the 2010 Grand Slam of Darts semi-finals – as he overcame number seven seed Michael Smith 11-7 with a classy display.
After Beaton took the opening two legs, Smith got off the mark with a brilliant 156 checkout, only to see his opponent then take out 160 to move 3-1 up in style.
Smith then took back-to-back legs to level and finished 129 to move ahead, but another surge from the 52-year-old saw him claim five successive legs to move 8-4 up.
Smith hit back to 8-7, but Beaton landed a 180 as he denied the youngster the chance to level before taking the next two legs to move into the last eight.
“It’s a brilliant win,” admitted Beaton. “I’ve not been in the quarter-finals for a long time on TV but I’ve been consistent in all the other tour events but I love darts and really enjoyed this game.
“The pace suited me as I’m a rhythm player. I go with the flow and it was like my first round match with Jelle – I put myself in a good position and capitalised at the end. Michael came back at me so well from 8-4 and it was a good game.
“I’ll keep playing as long as I can keep competing and at the moment I am competing. As long as I can keep doing that I’ll be annoying a few of them for a long time to come.”
Beaton now meets World Champion Gary Anderson in Friday’s quarter-finals
Michael Smith v Steve Beaton
0-1 – Tops gives Beaton the opening leg.
0-2 – The former Lakeside Champion finishes 87 on double eight to break throw and double his lead.
1-2 – Smith takes out a brilliant 156 finish to claim his first leg.
1-3 – Beaton betters his opponent’s effort from the previous leg with an outstanding 160 checkout.
2-3 – The flawless finishing from both players continues as Smith hits tops to respond.
3-3 – Smith levels by finishing 52.
4-3 – Smith wins his third successive leg in style, hitting a 177 score before finishing 129 to move ahead for the first time.
4-4 – Beaton hits back to level.
4-5 – Double ten sees Beaton move back in front.
4-6 – Beaton scores 168 to leave 16 before pinning double eight to open up a two-leg lead.
4-7 – The game’s first two 180s arrive as both players hit maximums before Beaton finishes 100 to win a fourth straight leg.
4-8 – Beaton’s charge continues as he lands a 180 and finishes 66 on double 18.
5-8 – Smith lands a 180 and double ento win his first leg in six.
6-8 – Smith fires in another maximum before finishing tops to hit back.
7-8 – Double ten sees Smith break throw to cut the gap to one leg with his third successive leg.
7-9 – Beaton denies his rival a chance to level, hitting a maximum and double 16 to edge away,
7-10 – Beaton finishes 70 on double eight to move a leg away from the win.
7-11 – Another 180 is followed by double 16 as Beaton moves into his first major quarter-final since the 2010 Grand Slam of Darts.
Michael Smith 7-11 Steve Beaton
21 100+ 17
10 140+ 16
1 170+ 0
3 180 4
92.95 Average 99.16
156 High Finish 160
5 Breaks of Throw 7
7/9 – 78% Checkout % 11/17 – 65%