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Darts: Steve Beaton loses in world championships


Steve Beaton's Ladbrokes World Championship campaign ended at the second-round stage when he lost to no.3 seed James Wade.

Wade led the match twice only for the Earl Shilton thrower to hit back on both occasions to leave matters finely balanced after the first four sets.

However, Wade managed to edge the fifth set with a 130 check-out before taking out a 120 finish to end Beaton's hopes in a dramatic decider to the sixth.

Wade held throw with a 78 finish to win the opening leg before breaking Beaton's throw at the first opportunity by taking out a 121 check-out.

He continued the good finishing as he took out 72 to win the set in the next and establish an early lead.

Beaton won his first leg of the match at the start of the second set by converting a 64 finish before Wade held throw in the next to level.

The 1996 Lakeside Champion then hit double 16 to win the third leg and put together an excellent 14-darter, against the throw, to level the match.

Wade hit back at the start of the third set as he took out an 80 finish before breaking throw on double 10 in the next, and followed a 180 with tops in leg three to take the set and move 2-1 up.

Beaton won the opening leg of the fourth set before breaking throw, as he landed double 16 to complete a 68 finish, to move two legs up. He then took out 84 to win the set without reply and square the game.

Wade held throw to win the opening leg of the fifth set before Beaton took out a 78 finish, on double 18, to level, and the next two were shared before the left-hander pinned a superb 130 check-out to edge the set.

The beginning of the sixth set saw Beaton miss four darts at doubles, but Wade was unable to capitalise as he missed two attempts at double 10, allowing his opponent back in.

Wade hit tops at the first time of asking to win the second leg, and then won the third with a showpiece 100 check-out.

That put Wade a leg away from a place in the last 16, but Beaton showed his class as he won the fourth leg against the throw with a fabulous 12-darter.

Beaton kicked off the deciding leg with back-to-back 140s and left 122 after nine darts – but burst his score with his next visit and then failed to take out the finish to allow Wade in to take out 120 for the triumph

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