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Wade - Whitlock Classic in Blackpool

By John Lowe, Jul 26 2013 07:26AM

James Wade and Simon Whitlock, produced one of the classic matches of Matchplay history last night in Blackpool, a match that seemingly could not get any better, did, the lead went to Whitlock, back to Wade, and hung in the balance until the 34th leg of the match, Wade coming out the winner 18-16. There was 148 scores off 100 and over, including 17 maximums, but this match will be remembered for more than the scores, it was a no nonsense match, no irritating matchplay antics from either player, just pure class darts, and darts prodced the winner, a fine, fine performance from two sporting champions.

Phil Taylor beat Justin Pipe in the other quarter final 16-10, Pipe putting up a great show, and outscoring the Power with maximums, 10 to 5, but Taylor was in a determined frame of mind, convinced he had to show the people once more he is the champion, earlier in the day, he had been accused by non other than Eric Bristow of cheating in the final off the Gibralter Open, when his winning double 12, was shown later not to have hit the target, photographs shown in the tabloids clearly show the dart was outside the wire, but Russ Bray and Dean Winstanley, both failed to notice, and I beleive Phil just pulled his darts out of the board with one hand, and was maybe looking away from the board at the time, with wires so narrow on the modern dart board, it is and has been difficult for the referee to see from his angle of the board, and double twelve is at the opposite end of the board, I do not beleive Phil Taylor would want to cheat, nor do I think it would ever cross his mind.

Photograph: Simon Whitlock.

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Mr Maximums: Cliff Thorburn the first player to do a 147 Snooker clearance on TV and myself the first person to do the 9 dart 501 on TV

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