Winstanley and Kellett at the PDC World Champs

MDA Player Stuart Kellett made sure he was ready for his tie with Vincent van der Voort at the 2013 World Championships by spending the night before soaking up the atmosphere.  Stuart was 3rd up, and his debut at the PDC world championships was never going to be easy, against the fast throwing Dutch player Vincent van der Voort.

Unfortunately it wasn’t to be Stuart’s night, as he could never quiet show the TV fans his proper game, and the experienced VdvV managed to have the edge in every set.

Match Stats

Vincent van der Voort 3-0 Stuart Kellett
17 100+ 15
12 140+ 7
0 170+ 0
2 180 2
89.01 Average 87.53
76 High Finish 84
4 Legs Against 2
26% Finishing % 16%
Stuart at his first Ally Pally

Stuart at his first Ally Pally (Pic Lustig/PDC)

Dean Winstanley – Round 1

Dean winning in round 1

Dean winning in round 1 (Pic Lustig/PDC)

Round 1 of the Ladbrokes World Championships saw Dean play the hugely experienced (and tough opponent) Mervyn King.  Dean was very excited about playing on the huge Alexandra Palace stage, and you couldn’t miss him, sporting a bright yellow “Chizzy style” shirt.

The game turned out to be a real classic, going right down to the wire.  Dean missed too many doubles, BUT his scoring and bottle kept him in it, and he hit the final tops to win and go into round 2.  Dean hits 10 x 180’s during the game, and averages 91.76, with a 106 highest out.

Dean Winstanley, Round 2

Dean Winstanley was disappointed to lose his 2nd round afternoon game at the Ladbrokes Worlds, but he bowed out against Vincent van der Voort in some style, hitting a special 9 darter on the Alexandra Palace stage.

There’s very few people to have ever hit the perfect 9 in the world championships, and Dean joins that role of honour in only his first ever year in the PDC.  The £10,000 for his second round loss doesn’t hurt his rankings either.. and the £10,000 for the 9 may not go on the rankings, but it sure will make Christmas special!

Dean’s partner Lorraine Farlam joined MDA Promotion’s Matt Ward in the ‘top table’, as they were there to cheer him on, but it wasn’t quite his day.  The ‘9 dart curse’ seemed to hit home, where players find it hard to concentrate on finishing a game off after hitting the special leg.

Vincent van der Voort 4-2 Dean Winstanley
(3-0, 3-0, 2-3, 0-3, 3-2, 3-2)

Match Stats

Dean Winstanley 2-4 Vincent van der Voort
36 100+ 28
11 140+ 12
1 170+ 0
9 180 7
91.48 Average 90.79
141 High Finish 105
4 Legs Against Throw 6
28% Finishing % 47%

The Deano 9 Darter


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