2nd round Betvictor World Matchplay Blackpool Steve Beaton vs Michael Smith

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.

Match Stats

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%


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