Qualifier Andy Hamilton produced a brilliant display in Purfleet this afternoon to set up a third-round showdown with fellow Stoke player and defending Ladbrokes.com world champion Phil Taylor.
Hamilton, a quarter-finalist 12 months ago, outplayed world number 15 Terry Jenkins to clinch an impressive 4-1 win at the world-famous Circus Tavern.
Jenkins started like a train in his first-round win over Jimmy Mann last week - but the roles were reversed this time as Hamilton breezed through the first set with a three-dart average of 102.48.
Hamilton refused to take his foot off the pedal in the next two sets, dropping just two legs in the process, to move within one of victory.
A magical nine-dart finish was on the cards in the first leg of the third set but he missed treble 19 after seven perfect darts.
Jenkins reduced the deficit by claiming the fourth set before Hamilton, having regained his composure, closed out the match in the next with double 16.
“I felt really comfortable up there – I just felt great,” admitted Hamilton, who defeated veteran Bob Anderson in the previous round.
“You have to put the practice in before this tournament and I just felt perfect today.”
Looking ahead to his mouth-watering clash with Taylor, Hamilton added: “I want to see how good I am and I’m not scared of him.”
“He’s done everything there is to do in darts – but I’m going up there to try and beat him.”