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Last Updated: Sunday, 28 December, 2003, 21:41 GMT
McGarry ensures Taylor tussle
Colin McGarry
Colin McGarry will play Phil Taylor in the third round on Tuesday
Colin McGarry ensured a third-round tussle against Phil Taylor by claiming a 3-0 win over Mark Holden at the Ladbrokes.com World Championship.

The Northern Ireland player eased to victory against the out-of-sorts Englishman after winning a scrappy opening set three legs to two.

McGarry produced a couple of 180s on the way to winning the second set 3-0.

Holden, battling against dartitis in recent months, did win a leg in the final set but McGarry held his nerve.

McGarry, who will take on Taylor on Tuesday evening, is guaranteed to take home 3,500 from the Purfleet event plus 16 world ranking points.

"I thought I did okay today but I know I can play better," said the 38-year-old after Sunday's match.

"I'm playing Phil next and I will just concentrate on my game."

Lionel Sams joined McGarry in the third round after a nailbiting 3-2 win against Alex MacKay after which he proposed to girlfriend Caroline Sams at the oche.

He now faces Dutchman Roland Scholten.

Afterwards MacKay said: "After the first set I was well into it and everything went to plan in the end. It was a brilliant game.

"I missed the chances because I thought I'd won it before I actually did. I just had to focus when I had the chance again, and it went in."

I was pleased with the win but I haven't thrown my best darts
Wayne Atwood

Concerning the marriage proposal, which his girlfriend accepted, he joked: "I wasn't thinking about it before the out shot because I thought Phil Jones (MC) wasn't going to say anything. I told him not to - but obviously he didn't listen."

Welsh qualifier Wayne Atwood was a convincing winner as he overcame the experienced Mick Manning 3-0.

Atwood reeled off the first six legs and never looked back as Manning failed to hit the heights he is capable of.

"I was nice and relaxed up there," said the Caerphilly thrower, who will play Peter Manley on Monday.

"I was pleased with the win but I know I haven't thrown my best darts yet."

Meanwhile, Belgium's Erik Clarys proved too strong for Mark Walsh and sealed an emphatic 3-0 success.

The 35-year-old, who lost just four legs, will play Ronnie Baxter in the third round on Monday evening.

Qualifier Steve Maish produced a top-class display to defeat Cliff Lazarenko 3-2.

Maish, from nearby Southend, edged the first set 3-2 before Lazarenko took the second, which included a superb 134 checkout.

The next two sets were shared but it was Maish who set up a meeting with Wayne Mardle thanks to a 3-0 success in the deciding fifth set.




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