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Wednesday 19 December 2012 Updated: 19/12 17:14
STEVE BEATON secured a place in the second round of the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship thanks to a 3-0 victory over Australia’s Kyle Anderson at Alexandra Palace on Tuesday night.
The Southam-based former Lakeside champion was pushed all the way in the first two sets by the Oceanic Masters champion, who missed doubles to win both as Beaton took command.
He then took the third set without reply to complete the victory and set up an eye-catching last 32 encounter against number three seed James Wade which takes place at 3.20pm on Sunday afternoon.
“I got away with it a bit tonight,” admitted Beaton. “I kept giving Kyle chances but thankfully he didn’t take them.
“Winning the first set was probably the key to my win, but I didn’t really settle until I edged the second set. Once I got that in the bag I felt far more comfortable and produced some good stuff.
“I’ll be up for playing James in the next round. I know what to expect from him and I’ll prepare properly for that.”
Beaton hit a 180 in the process of taking the first leg of the match before the Australian, who won October’s DPA Oceanic Masters, sealed the next two legs with successful attempts at double eight.
Anderson missed a dart at the bullseye to win the set in the fourth leg, and Beaton hit double top to force a decider, only to initially miss five darts to win the set himself.
Anderson, though, missed another chance to take the lead and the 1996 World Champion accepted the reprieve by landing double four.
Beaton hit his third maximum of the game at the start of the second set, but four missed doubles proved costly as Anderson hit double ten to hold throw.
Beaton hit another 180 in the process of taking the second leg, but Anderson regained the lead on double eight after Beaton wasted more opportunities at doubles.
Beaton, who lost to Simon Whitlock in the second round 12 months ago and has never reached a PDC World Championship quarter-final, hit double 16 in leg four to send a second set into a deciding leg, which Anderson kicked off with his first 180 of the contest.
Beaton followed that with a 180 of his own and went on to win the leg with a 13-dart finish, although only after Anderson had let another chance to win the set go begging.
The third set proved to be a far more comfortable one for Beaton, as he won it without reply to end the contest, landing a 174 score to lead 36 as he took the first before producing legs of 15 and 14 darts to end Anderson’s hopes.
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