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|| Not one brother left...|
Charis writes "
On the first two days the UK Open had started in the evening while on the
third there was an afternoon session with the fourth round and an evening
session with the fifth round - so many hours in the Reebook lay ahead of me. A
full English breakfast was really necessary to survive the day. It looked it
was not only me having this idea because Adrian Lewis already sat in the
breakfast pub with a plate of toast in front of him waiting for sausages,
bacon, eggs and baked beans. To it he drunk some pints of orange juice and
ended his meal with a cigarette outside the pub marveled at by people walking
As I don't smoke I decided that instead with a cigarette I would treat
myself with a walk through the fields and meadows nearby - really a pleasure
due to the weather. Afterwards I payed the super market a short visit buying
drinks and food.
On Saturday the Reebok was not as crowded as the two days before. There were
only four boards left and more seats added. I always managed to find a
reasonable place at the boards dependent on who would play there. On the main
stage three one sided and one thrilling match were played. James Wade, Phil
Taylor and Michael van Gerwen overrun their opponents.
v Kevin Painter first looked one-sided as well with Anderson as the winner but
then developed unexpectedly and Kevin Painter got the win.
had secured myself a good standing place at the second board and followed how
Terry Jenkins won to Kim Huybrechts. I think this second stage is especially
uncomfortable for the players. Around the main stage and the other floorboards
there is some breathing space but on the small stage the ceiling is very low
and the temperatures are extremely high. As the small stage is usually more
crowded then all others I could imagine it feels almost claustrophobic for the
players up there. After the match Jenkins/Huybrechts a lot of people left -
probably to follow the match between Wes Newton and Adrian Lewis and I suddenly
stood at the front.
I hadn't been really keen to watch the match between John Part and Andy Hamilton
but decided not to give up my position. It looked very much the two players had
the same shirt designer... John Part began very strong and soon was 3:0 in the
lead but then somehow strength or concentration or whatever left him and Andy
Hamilton dominated the match. Might be the Canadian felt the heat - he once
mentioned that can be an issue with him. When it was clear how the match would
end I changed to board four to have a look at Steve West v Richie Burnett. West
played rather convincingly while Burnett looked rather desperate and lost 6:9.
One could feel that beside in the match between Newton and Lewis something
special happened, but the board was too crowded to see anything from where I
stood. It soon was known that Newton had achieved a nine-darter but lost the
After the session all spectators had to leave the venue, the
press room took a lunch break as well. Speedy Hire had chicken on the menu. On
TV a match between the Dutch team and the Russian team of the U21 football
World Championship was shown. The music was turned down. Quite agreeable. Down
in the venue some more boards were demounted - the tournament would now only be
played on the main - and the small stage.
Around an hour later the first players reappeared in the players' lounge to warm
up for the fifth round. A little bit later the doors were opened again and the
first spectators arrived. I once again found a place at the small stage to
have another look on Steve West - the only surviving brother - who was drawn
against Peter Wright. Wright had chosen bright orange for shirt and hair this
day, quite a contrast to the more discreet Steve West. Steve West didn't look
happy - nothing really worked for him. West had the habit to only nip at his
water. There are some players who drink quite a lot of it on stage, others,
like Terry Jenkins, seem to drink none of it at all.
From the small stage
you can follow what happens on the main stage as well and while on the small
stage Terry Temple had no chance at all against Andy Hamilton Phil Taylor
fought on the big stage to survive against Brendan Dolan. Dolan seems to have
found his rhythm and now is able to manage his slow throw even under pressure
which enhances his performance and make him more consistent. But Taylor showed
all his class once again and won 9:8.
As my feet started to feel very tired I decided to withdraw to my seat in the
press room. There you can follow the matches either live looking down in the
venue or on TV. TV is slightly delayed and you often can hear the caller shout
"180" or get an idea how the match ended before you can see it on TV. Michael
van Gerwen on the main stage never gave Terry Jenkins a chance. When Jenkins
finally managed to get into the match it was far too late. The same happened to
Kevin Painter against Adrian Lewis - he started a comeback but it was much too
late. On the small stage James Wade had quite an easy game against John
Henderson while Ronnie Baxter won against Jelle Klaasen but really had to
After the last match the quarterfinals draw took place and
generated one match a lot of people had hoped for to be the final - Phil Taylor
v Michael van Gerwen. Beside three players had reached the quarterfinals I had
not really expected there: Adrian Lewis, Ronnie Baxter and Peter Wright. All
brothers and all Speedy Qualifiers were elevated from the tournament after the
third day. For me it was clear that the die who would win the tournament would
be cast in the Taylor/van Gerwen match. Would Taylor one more time be able to
contain the youth?
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|Re: Not one brother left... (Score: 1)|
by djrizzz on Sunday, December 21 @ 21:30:25 CST
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|After the last match the quarterfinals draw took place and generated one match a lot of people had hoped for to be the final - Phil Taylor v Michael van Gerwen. Beside three players had reached the quarterfinals I had not really expected there||
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