WES NEWTON won through to his first Sky Bet Mobile World Matchplay quarter-final with a 13-8 defeat of Justin Pipe at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
The Fleetwood ace set up a tasty quarter-final with Phil Taylor tonight with another strong performance, averaging almost 100 and taking out a 170 finish in seeing off Pipe.
He made an ideal start, hitting a 180 and double top to win the opening leg in 13 darts, and landed double 10 for the second and another maximum in a 12-dart leg to lead 3-0.
He also won the fourth in 14 darts before Pipe, aided by his first 180 of the contest, got off the mark on double top.
Pipe also landed a maximum and double eight to break Newton’s throw, and the next three legs also went against the darts as the UK Open finalist established a 6-3 cushion, which was extended in style with a show-stopping 170 checkout.
Pipe won two of the next three to edge closer, and traded 180s with Newton in the 19th leg before seeing his opponent fire in a 126 checkout for a 12-darter as he took a 9-5 cushion.
An 81 finish saw Pipe take the next, but finishes of double top and double 16 saw Newton move two legs away from victory at 11-6.
Newton also hit a 174 in the next leg, but missed three darts to extend his advantage as Pipe broke with a 76 finish and then hit double top to reduce the gap to three legs.
Pipe also landed a maximum in leg 20, but Newton hit a pressure double 16 at the third time of asking to lead 12-8 before sealing the victory in style with an 81 checkout.
Simon Whitlock v Andy Hamilton
Adrian Lewis v Mark Webster
Raymond van Barneveld v James Wade
Phil Taylor v Wes Newton
All games are the best of 31 legs. Matches must be won by two clear legs.