Diamond cuts through Eviston

Dave Askew turned on the style to crush Peter Evison 10-4 and book his place in the second round of the PDC Stan James World Matchplay Open with a stellar display.

Dave Askew turned on the style to crush Peter Evison 10-4 and book his place in the second round of the PDC Stan James World Matchplay Open with a stellar display.

Evison, 'The Fen Tiger' was tamed by Askew who punished the treble 20s and easily found his range on the doubles.

'Diamond Dave' signalled his intentions with a maximum 180 with his first three darts and he took the opening leg with D16, a double he was to find on a regular basis.

It was nip and tuck in opening stages with Askew and Evison sharing the first four legs two a-piece.

The next two legs then went with the throw but Askew stole into the lead once again taking the seventh leg to go in front 4-3.

Askew then upped the tempo and won the next three legs to take a commanding 7-3 advantage finishing with nine and D8 as his three-dart average reached just over 300.

Evison lost the next leg to make it four on the spin for Askew and the latter let out a roar of approval that charged up the Blackpool crowd.

The superior scoring of Askew saw Evison with beads of sweat on his face and they multiplied when Diamond Dave hit D10 to make it 9-3.

Evison roared back to make it 9-4 with D20 but it was not the beginning of a comeback a la Colin Lloyd, as Askew finished with a T17 D8 and moved ominously into the last sixteen where he will meet veteran Bob Anderson.

The man from Surrey finished with an average of 93.29 and will hope to carry that form into the next round with Anderson on a high after beating the highly-fancied Peter Manley in the first round.

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