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