Ian White reaches quarter-finals whilst Adrian Lewis and Andy Hamilton suffer first round exits on day three
Into day three in the PDC Winter Series as Michael Smith claimed back-to-back ranking titles in two day triumph on the Pro Tour. It was the third day of a five day series which is taking place in the Ricoh Arena, Coventry from November 10-14. 128 players, seeded and non-seeded, will take part in the series every day until Saturday, with a knockout format, seeing one player crowned winner each day.
Shocks and upsets are very much on the cards on the Pro Tour. The first two days have given us a reminder that sometimes, the quality of some of the world’s best, prevails, as ‘Bully Boy’ Michael Smith bagged a tidy ten grand on the opening day and repeated this feat on day two with another final win.
A new day presents the seeded players with another chance to knock ‘Bully Boy’ off his pedestal whilst for others, a chance to take chances and make a name for themselves to aim for the Order of Merit to put them in with a chance of qualification to the Grand Slam which commences on Monday 16th November.
An in depth look into the three Stoke representative players, Adrian Lewis, Andy Hamilton and Ian White to how their day three of the Winter Series played out.
Andy Hamilton had no luck on his search to get through the opening round on day three and it was a similar story for Adrian Lewis. Hamilton suffering a 6-2 loss at the hands of Niels Zonneveld and ‘Jackpot’ narrowly fell to defeat 6-5 in his opener against Damon Heta.
Ian White however, gave the Stokies something to cheer about. ‘The Diamond’ managed to rediscover his glistening form displayed in the European Championships just two weeks ago, where he knocked out world number one Michael Van Gerwen.
White hovered through round one, beating Martin Atkins (Wigan) 6-5. White then again was victorious when facing his next opponent, Robert Thornton, this time with a more convincing 6-1 win to get him into the business end of day three.
Into the last 32, White was faced with Ritchie Edhouse and made sure there was no room for error, as he unloaded a professional display to win 6-4 in the end. 16 players remaining and White, for the first time in the Winter Series, was into this stage- which for his standards is fairly poor but he still had work to do.
He faced off with Dutchman Vincent van der Voort, who bowed out in day two’s semi-final against back-to-back winner, Michael Smith. ‘The Diamond’ kept shining and with a 6-3 win, averaging 105, found himself in the quarter-final of a Player Championship for the first time since day four in the Summer Series earlier this year.
However it wasn’t to be for White, he bowed out in his quarter-final tie against ‘The Riot’ Callan Rydz in a 6-2 loss, with Rydz posting a very respectable 102 average. Be sure to keep a close watch on White as he will look to go a few better in the final day of the Winter Series on Friday.