So what happened on Monday evening then?
Scott Waites put in a terrific performance to overhaul veteran Martin Philips, who began his career playing against the likes of Bristow and Wilson many moons ago, by 5 legs to 1. This was a cracking match, with both players averaging over a ton. Philips will go on to play Co Stompe in a must win match for both men.
And speaking thereof...
Stompe put his morale sapping run of 5-4 defeats behind him, and saved himself from elimination, with some great shooting and nerve taking him to a 5-3 victory over Jackpot Adrian Lewis. On his way, Co threw a terrific 148 check out that he made look so easy you'd think they taught that in primary school.
Colin Lloyd took down Raymond van Barneveld 5-3 in a thrilling battle of the heavyweights. Both men threw some cracking darts, but Lloyd, who seemed to be very much in a dancing mood on his way to and from the oche (and gave the audience a shower of water after the match :o) ), was too strog for Barney, who now plays Daryl Fitton to keep his hopes alive.
The Dazzler himself came through a nervy encounter with Diana Trent.... sorry, Tricia Wright, who threw some good darts but succumbed 5-3. As did Rocket Ronnie Baxter, who lost a tense match with Paul Nicholson, Steve Beaton took down talented young pretender Arron Monk 5-1 with some great shooting and Wes Newton overcame Michael van Gerwen, who played much better than before but still lost in the end.
I think that about wraps up Monday night doesn't it?
Oh yes, and Phil Taylor lost to Ted Hankey
Alright, Alright, I said Phil Taylor lost to Ted Hankey. There, are you satisified?
It was a cracking match, and Ted Hankey, who's really a much nicer guy than he gets credit for, threw some terrific darts. Phil responded as best he could, taking the match down to 4 a piece, but he still wasn't on top form as anyone could see, and Hankey took the match 5-4.
Full credit to Ted Hankey, who I have a great deal of respect for, but I was hoping that Phil Taylor would win their first and so far only encounter. Still, the Power goes on to play Wes Newton for the qualifying spot; I hope he gets back on top form (nothing against Wes but...) and makes a rematch a possibility. That will be one to savour :o)
Happy darting :o)