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Mark Walsh ends Justin Pipe's 2013 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship dream

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: December 23, 2012

  • Justin Pipe in action during his first round win over Andy Jenkins. Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

  • Mark Walsh in action during the Cash Converters Players Championship at Butlins Minehead. Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

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Justin Pipe's run in the 2013 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship has been ended by Mark Walsh this afternoon.

Pipe, from North Curry near Taunton, was beaten 4-2 in the first of today's second round ties at London's Alexandra Palace.

The win sends Walsh into the last 16 and a clash with Wes Newton.

Walsh missed three darts at double 12 to clinch a first set whitewash, but got the job done a leg later to take an early lead.

The man they call Special Brew then wasted little time in doubling his lead, taking the second set with a 3-0 whitewash and a 98.92 average.

Pipe averaged 93.74 after the first two sets, but was getting very few sniffs at leg-winning doubles thanks to a masterful Walsh display.

The Somerset man halted the slide by winning the first leg of set three on double eight, before breaking Walsh's throw and quickly wrapping up a whitewash with a 48 checkout to halve the deficit.

But a couple of missed double tops proved extremely costly for Pipe in the fourth set. On both occasions, Walsh pounced to clinch the set and take a 3-1 lead.

The fifth set was tied at 1-1 when Pipe needed some time out to carry out some running repairs on his arrows.

When play did resume, Pipe took out double 10 to go 2-1 up but Walsh fired back by taking out double top to go within a leg of the match.

The Force kept himself in it, though, hitting a 180 and 140 to take the leg and reduce the arrears to 3-2.

The sixth set also went to a deciding leg, and Pipe had two unsuccessful attempts at a double to force a last-set decider.

Walsh hit nine and double eight to win the match 4-2 and book his place in the last 16.

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