LiveDARTS LIVE: Wes Newton v Johnny Haines

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy sports editor,, @AndyWarren_

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  • Johnny Haines loses 3-0 to Wes Newton


It wasn't to be for Johnny Haines this evening, but the Swindon player put in a great effort, and I am sure he will be back. Thanks for following the game, and remember to pick up the Adver tomorrow for reaction and pictures from tonight.

Swindon Advertiser:


Haines was quick to admit it was his failure on his doubles that cost him tonight at the Ally Pally.

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon's Johnny Haines


“In the first two sets I should maybe have won, I was scoring really well but my doubles cost me," he said.

“Scoring for show and doubles for dough, that is what they say and that is what happened.”


Newton takes out 135 on double top to win the match in straight sets

FINAL SCORE: Wes Newton 3 Johnny Haines 0


Great effort from Haines there, but the missed doubles really cost him in the end.


Newton takes out 135 on double top to win the match in straight sets

FINAL SCORE: Wes Newton 3 Johnny Haines 0


And Newton punishes him on tops, one leg away now

Third set: Wes Newton 2 (2) Johnny Haines 0 (0)


Haines misses double 12


He will be back for 98, Newton on 73


Another big 140 from Haines puts him in control. Certainly not going down with out a fight.


Newton takes out fours to punish Haines and take the opening leg of the third

Third set: Wes Newton 1 (2) Johnny Haines 0


Newton misses double eight, but Haines misses 10s and double four


Newton left on 25, but Haines puts the pressure on with a 140 to leave 20


Big 140 from Haines, pretty even in this leg though


Haines opens with 100, Newton with 95


Back for the third set now


A long way back for Haines now


Great darts leaves Newton on 36, and he takes out double 18 to take the second set

Wes Newton 2 Johnny Haines 0


But takes out double 10 to make it 2-1

Second set: Wes Newton 2 (1) Johnny Haines 1


Haines wants 117, but misses tops again


Very even at the start of the third leg of the set, but Haines having one loose dart per set


Both players miss double one again, but Newton eventually takes it out

Second set: Wes Newton 2 (1) Johnny Haines 0


But Haines misses double top, double ten and double five


Newton busts going for double one


But Newton misses double two and Haines has a chance at 66. One dart at tops and he misses.


Getting a little sloppy here, and Newton misses double four. Haines well back on 123


Haines currently averaging 91.10


Newton doesn't let him off and he takes double two

Second set: Wes Newton 1 (1) Johnny Haines 0


But he misses his one dart at tops


Newton misses double eight, and Haines is in for 80


Good 140 to get things going


Back for the start of the second set, and Johnny has the throw


Newton takes the first set on 16s again.

Johnny Haines 0 Wes Newton 1


Great recovery from Haines as he hits 140 after scoring only 36 with his first three darts. Newton in control of the decider though


Newton hits double 16 second time

First set: Johnny Haines 2 Wes Newton 2


A few loose darts from the Swindon man, but he keeps responding with a treble


Haines misses two at tops, but takes out double 10 with his last dart

First set: Johnny Haines 2 Wes Newton 1


Great 126 leaves tops for Haines, Newton on 115 and now can't finish


Haines misses two at 10s, and one at nines, and he is punished by Newton on double four.

First set: Johnny Haines 1 Wes Newton 1


Haines misses two darts at tops, but Newton misses double seven


A nice 100 leaves 56 for Haines, Newton back on 122


Johnny has settled down here, and is looking good in leg two. He is on 201 with Newton on 227


Great stuff from Haines who takes leg one on the Bull! (95)

Haines 1 Newton 0


218 for Newton plays 235 for Haines


45 for Haines, who is a little ragged


Newton opens with 100


Johnny had planned to wear a white shirt this evening, but had to change at the last minute as the lights on the stage would have made it shine too bright for the TV


Haines is loving the big stage, let's hope he still does when we get underway


Swindon Advertiser:

By no means full, but there is a great crowd in at the Ally Pally tonight


Here comes Johnny! He was playing in a pub in Highworth last night, this is a little different!


Those last tweets show just how much support Hainesy has, and fellow Swindon player Dennis Smith is in the crowd tonight to watch is old friend.



Swindon Advertiser: Swindon's Dennis Smith


I have been practising with Johnny all this week and we have been travelling together all week to play events, and I think he is ready for it,” he said.

“He said to me in practice this week ‘I have been on stage in Bolton so it will be fine’ but it is nothing like Bolton, and it is a totally different new atmosphere he hasn’t experienced before.

“It is a massive stage and the crowd are fantastic so it can be quite daunting, but there is not a lot that fazes Johnny, and he will soak up the excitement of it I am sure.

“The only thing that concerns me is the distance, because best of five sets is a long game.

“Johnny needs to come out and hit him hard early on and take control, and if he does that he needs to keep it up.

“Whatever happens it will be a great game of darts, and he has prepared well and has a great chance.”

While the big stage and atmosphere at the Ally Pally has got the better of some big name players in the past, Smith believes Haines will take it all in his stride.

“He has always had the attitude of only being a pub player, and he has always taken that to the dart board and he never changes and never worries about who he is playing,” he said.

“If the darts are going to go, they are going to go, and Johnny is going to give it everything he has got.

“He has been playing really well in practice, and we have talked through a lot of things that he will have to do when he plays. We have had some good sessions and he is playing well.

“I have made him play in tournaments the last two weekends so he gets match practice, but he needs to not try too hard.

“He knows he is going to be in for a tough match, and Wes will have done his homework and will know exactly who Johnny Haines is and what he is capable of. It could be an even match, and it could be a cracker.









Who needs Jahmene when you have Johnny Haines!


We are ahead of schedule tonight and Johnny is next on.

The Punk is determined to stick to what he knows best.

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon's Johnny Haines


“When you go out playing, you are drinking, and if you are at home practising you are not drinking, so you are throwing different which is why I prefer playing matches and tournaments,” he said.

“I will probably have six or seven John Smith’s before I go on if they have got it, and it relaxes me. All of the guys do it I think, and the only one who doesn’t is Justin Pipe who drinks Coke.

“Pub darts keeps me going and I get a lot of practice from doing that rather than practising on my own, and I will always carry on playing in pubs because it is the bread and butter of it all.
“I don’t feel nervous at all, but that might change when I stand there waiting to go on so we will have to see.

“It would be nice to get off to a good start and get the first few legs under your belt, and then see where it goes from there.

“The match is quite long, but that doesn’t bother me and I am ready.”


He goes for double 10 but hits double six, but after hitting single four he takes out double two and he has done it!

Laurence Ilagan 4 Jamie Lewis 3


Ilagan misses tops for the match, but he will be back


The player from the Phillipines on top in the decider, and will be first to the double for sure.


And he levels it up! 3-3. Great comeback


But Ilagan takes out 121 on the bulll to make it 3-2.


Lewis leading 3-1, and it is only first to four legs in these prelim games.


Prelim game between Lourence Ilgan and Jamie Lewis on stage now, Lewis is 1-0 up.


And that's it, Beaton wraps up the first game of the night. He wins 3-0, but Anderson more than played his part and deserved a little more.

Steve Beaton 3 Kyle Anderson 0


Anderson misses darts for the set and Beaton sweeps up, this time with double eight.

Steve Beaton 2 Kyle Anderson 0


A decider needed in the second set too, all locked at 2-2 again.


Anderson and Beaton locked at 2-2 in the first set, and Anderson misses the first shot at the double. Beaton steps up needing 8 to take the opener, and takes out double four first time.

Steve Beaton 1 Kyle Anderson 0


First up is the Adonis Steve Beaton against Kyle Anderson, with Beaton having just taken the first leg.

Swindon Advertiser:



Good evening and welcome to the Ally Pally for what is sure to be an outstanding night of darts.

Swindon's Johnny Haines is due on at around 9pm to face Wes Newton, with the High Street Club man a 501 shot against the world number six.

Stay here for dart by dart coverage of the big match, with updates on the evening's other games.



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