SIMON WHITLOCK edged into the quarter-finals of the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship with a seven-set win over Dave Chisnall on Thursday afternoon, as Wes Newton and James Wade joined the Australian in the last eight.
Whitlock, the 2010 runner-up and a semi-finalist 12 months ago, produced a key 152 finish to save the game in his third round clash with Chisnall, when the St Helens ace took a 3-2 lead in the deciding set and left himself a chance to take victory.
The Australian then won the next two legs to edge the victory, setting up a quarter-final against either Gary Anderson or Raymond van Barneveld.
“It was an amazing game,” said Whitlock. “I was ahead for most of the game and then I found myself behind in the final set, but Dave pulled out some brilliant darts.
“When he went 3-2 up on me in the final set I needed to pull out something special and I did that – the 152 was a fantastic finish, one of the best shots I’ve ever done, and there were a couple of big finishes earlier in the game too.”
World number three James Wade clinically punished Holland’s Vincent van der Voort for missed doubles as he took a straight sets victory from their clash.
Wade will now meet Wes Newton, who was a 4-1 winner against Mark Walsh earlier in the afternoon, but insisted: “I came here to win 4-0 today and I did it, but I was lucky that Vincent missed a lot of shots at doubles.
“I’m feeling really relaxed at the moment but I believe that if I’m pushed that I’ll do something special. I’ll have to play well in the next game.”
Newton, meanwhile, overcame Mark Walsh 4-1 in their last 16 contest, although after taking a three-set lead the number six seed was made to sweat by a fightback from the former UK Open finalist.
Walsh took the fourth set and then led 2-0 in the fifth, but Newton took out a key 121 finish as he won the next three legs to claim victory.
“I’m delighted to get through but I never quite got going and I think I lost some momentum over the Christmas break because I’d played really well in the second round,” said Newton.
“I know I’ve still got some improvement in me and I think I can do really well this week. It’s the first game where I’ve dropped a set in three matches and I’m still in there fighting.
“James is a world-class player and he’s won six or seven majors, so I’ve got to go away, put some more practice in and come out firing on all cylinders in the quarter-finals.”
The third round concludes with three remaining matches on Thursday evening, with number seven seed Michael van Gerwen meeting Colin Lloyd, 2011 runner-up Gary Anderson playing five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld and reigning champion Adrian Lewis facing Kevin Painter.

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