Scott Waites is into the Lakeside quarter-finals for the seventh time in his career after defeating Dean Reynolds 4-2 in the second round.

The two-time world champion had to come from a set down to beat the 12th seed. Waites took the opening leg of the match, but his young opponent bounced back to snatch the opening set. Reynolds looked in fine form and, like Welsh compatriot Wayne Warren, went seven darts deep into a nine-dart attempt. Like Warren, Reynolds almost messed that leg up entirely, but was saved by the double one. Waites then took control with an excellent 116 checkout and went ahead.

Scotty 2 Hotty was in excellent form against Ross Montgomery in the first round. That form showed no sign of abating in this tie. A two-bull setup visit for double eight and an 18-double 18-double 16 route for 86 showed off the unseeded man’s inventive side. Doubles were proving impossible to miss for Waites, who would finish the match with a superb 62 per cent success rate. Reynolds, who averaged 59 per cent himself in the first round, was none too shabby on the doubles either. But Waites’ composed finishing was decisive in the third and fourth sets, as the odds-on favourite took a 3-1 lead.

Reynolds was not done yet. A 105 checkout kept him in contention, and he grabbed the fifth set under pressure. There was no stopping Waites though. A 112 checkout rounded things off, and Waites will play Andy Baetens in the last eight.

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Author: Edward McCosh