Yorkshire-based darts ace Devon Petersen marches on at Ally Pally

Bradford-based marksman Devon Petersen produced a superb performance to power into the last 16 of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace in London.

Thursday, 27th December 2018, 13:53 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 16:22 pm
WILLIAM HILL WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019 ALEXANDRA PALACE, LONDON PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG. DEVON PETERSEN IN ACTION

The unseeded South African landed seven 180s and averaged 92.25 as he stunned Steve West, the world number 22, 4-2.

It is only the second time Petersen, who will face Nathan Aspinall tomorrow, has reached the fourth round, but he said: “I was very confident.

“I have been in this situation before and I knew I had to play my best all the time.

“He missed his doubles and I took the chances I should have.

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“I have always had it in the bag, talent wise, and it’s just about doing it on the big stage.”

Petersen averaged only 79.9 in the opening set which West claimed 3-0, but then won five of the next six legs, including checkouts of 139, 127 and 120, to go 2-1 ahead.

West levelled at two sets all, but Petersen held his throw to win the fifth in a deciding leg and go within one set of the match.

He broke West’s throw in the third leg and then finished on double-eight to win the tie, after West had missed five darts at double-top.