Fleetwood darts ace Wes Newton’s PDC World Championship bid came to a quick and painful end in the second round last night, when he won only three legs in a straight-sets defeat by James Wade.
Newton had avenged last year’s first-round defeat to Cristo Reyes at London’s Alexandra Palace but ‘The Warrior’ was no match for world number seven Wade, who cruised to a 4-0 victory without having to play anywhere near his best.
The 38-year-old Fylde favourite looked like being embarrassed as Wade won the first seven legs in breezing to a 2-0 lead.
Newton at least won a leg in the third set and had a dart at double-top to win the fourth – but that miss proved his last as Wade sealed victory on his next visit to the oche.
The out-of-form Newton had reached the quarter-finals in three of the last four years but never looked likely to extend his stay this year as he landed just three of 17 doubles and didn’t manage a finish higher than 45.
Newton’s three-dart average of almost 85 was at least an improvement on his very modest first-round scoring.
Wade’s 93 wasn’t great either but was more than enough to secure a third-round showdown with Jamie Caven tomorrow afternoon.
Newton, who has slipped to 26th in the rankings, matched Wade’s five 180s but was otherwise well behind on all the match stats.
He never got a look-in throughout an all too brief first set, then Newton couldn’t take the chances that did come his way in set two.
Wes finally got off the mark with a double eight in leg two of the third set, but that was a brief respite as Wade comfortably saw out the set, even though his own success rate with the doubles was barely 50 per cent.
The fourth and final set was at least competitive, Newton coming back from behind to lead 2-1 only for Wade to draw level and then punish that fatal tops miss with a double-10 finish.
Wade is yet to drop a set in this year’s tournament and something has to give when he faces Caven, who has also won seven sets out of seven.
“I played well in the first couple of sets against Wes but overall I did enough to win,” said Wade, who is yet to be crowned world champion.
“It’s onwards and upwards now and I’m looking forward to the next match.
“If I play my game I’ll win and if I don’t I won’t, but that’s probably the same for Jamie.”