Thornton sets up Taylor clash
Robert Thornton beat Paul Nicholson in an epic second-round encounter in the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship by winning a sudden-death shoot-out.
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Thornton missed four chances to claim a 4-2 victory and another chance went begging in the decider, before the UK Open champion finally crossed the finish line, to end Nicholson's hopes of world title glory after a thrilling contest.
The Scot said: "I'm completely shattered after that but I'm just glad to have got the win, after I very nearly threw it away. I felt absolutely sick after missing all those chances to win 4-2 and it was a tough blow to overcome. But I managed to do it and to be still involved is a great feeling."
Thornton will face number one seed Phil Taylor in the last 16 after the 15-time world champion saw off unseeded Dutchman Jerry Hendriks 4-1.
Hendriks took the first set as Taylor struggled to find his rhythm but 'The Power' levelled and stormed through the third set without dropping a leg.
He repeated the dose to take a 3-1 lead, then did likewise in the fifth, sealing the win by taking the last 12 legs in a row.
"I'm happy with 4-1, I'm not happy with the performance," Taylor told Sky Sports 1. "The more Jerry was struggling, the more I was struggling myself. I felt sorry for him, I've never done that before.
"It was hard work, it really was."
Meanwhile, No 9 seed Terry Jenkins will meet last year's runner-up Andy Hamilton in the last 16 following a 4-1 demolition of former world champion John Part.
In-form Jenkins won the first five legs before Part finally won his first of the game.
But 'The Bull' immediately responded, hitting a 180 as he won the next leg to go two sets up and he notched an 11-dart finish to establish a commanding three-set lead.
Part took the fourth set 3-0 to avoid the whitewash but he then missed several chances to break in the third leg of the fifth set and Jenkins punished his rival to progress through to face Hamilton.
'The Hammer', Gary Anderson and Dave Chisnall were victorious in the afternoon session as they booked their places in the last 16.