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Dolan 'mixing it with the best' at Citywest

IRELAND'S Brendan Dolan continues his quest to reach a second consecutive final of the PartyPoker.com World Darts Grand Prix at Citywest tonight when he takes on Vincent van der Voort.

Dolan will have the added bonus of a partisan crowd when he takes to the Dublin stage and hopes his current form can take him through to the latter stages of the tournament.

"There's a wee bit more pressure, but obviously what I've done this year in terms of making every TV tournament that I could have means I've more confidence.

"Now I can go in with the belief that I'm mixing with the best in the world all the time, not just on a one-off basis," Dolan said.

Health issues have seen a dip in form for Van der Voort but he dug deep on Monday to see off the other Irish challenger in the competition, William O'Connor.

Dolan and Van der Voort are first up on stage at 7pm and will be followed by Justin Pipe's clash with Kevin Painter. World number one PhilTaylor then takes on Robert Thornton and finally Dave Chisnall faces Mervyn King (pictured).

Last night Raymond van Barneveld and James Wade both crashed out of the competition as world champion Adrian Lewis progressed.

Two-time Grand Prix winner Wade suffered a 2-1 defeat to Colin Osborne, despite being just one leg away from the next round. Wade was 2-0 up in the second set after winning the first, but Osborne won six legs on the trot to take the second and third sets and progress for a meeting with Paul Nicholson tomorrow night.

Despite winning the throw and going 2-0 up in the first set, Raymond van Barneveld still crashed out to the eccentric Ian White.

Adrian Lewis did drop a set to Welshman Richie Burnett but the two time World Champion gathered himself to hold off a strong challenge in the last set to progress for an intriguing clash with Michael van Gerwen, who defeated Colin Lloyd.

Other winners were Steve Beaton, and Andy Hamilton, while Wes Newton and Paul Nicholson also reached the quarter-finals.


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