Painter misses out in championship

DAVENTRY darts ace Kevin Painter suffered a defeat in the prestigious Ladbrokes World Darts Championship.

John Part joined James Wade in the quarter finals with a 4-2 defeat of in-form Painter, who took the game’s first set but fell 2-1 down as the Canadian hit a 161 finish in taking command.

Painter levelled by winning the fourth, but Part crucially finished 104 to take the next before edging the sixth to take victory with a double 10.

“That was a very hard match for me and I’m pleased to win,” said Part.

“Kevin and I have a lot of history in the World Championship and we have a great deal of respect for each other.

“We were pretty tight in that match and it was a traditional game of darts which I enjoyed playing in.

“I could have made life easier for myself but I got on with the game and had faith in myself.

“I’ve been down the rankings and haven’t had much luck in this tournament since I won it in 2008, so it would be lovely to come through and win again.

“I’ve got experience and the other players know I will exploit their mistakes.”

PDC big guns Wade and Part set up a tasty quarter-final clash at the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship.

World number three Wade picked up his second successive 4-0 victory in the £1 million tournament with a straight sets win over Steve Farmer which took the left-hander just 45 minutes to complete.

Wade dropped only one leg in taking the first two sets, and came from 2-0 down in each of the next two as he moved into the last eight for the fourth time in five years at Alexandra Palace.

“It wasn’t as easy as the scoreline suggests,” said Wade. “I made the most of my opportunities, and he gave me plenty.

“I’m looking forward to the next game against John because it will be a scrap, and I haven’t had one of those yet.

“I believe I’m ready for one and let’s see what I do, and I think I’ve got plenty in the tank.”