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Newton eyes world crown after big finish

Wes Newton feels this could be his year after reaching the Ladbrokes World Championship quarter-finals with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Robert Thornton at Alexandra Palace.

Newton powered through to the last eight of the £1million event by taking six of the last seven legs.

"It's great to be through to my third World Championship quarter-final in the space of four years," said the Fleetwood ace.

"Robert didn't really turn up and missed a number of double opportunities, but I did my job and it's great to be through.

"I feel I've got a great opportunity now to go even further in this tournament and I've got lots of determination to achieve big things."

The first set proved to be a tight affair which saw the first four legs shared before a tense decider, Newton nicking it.

Newton kicked-on to take the next five legs in a row and go within touching distance of a three sets lead, before Thornton stopped the rot to win the next two with a 136 checkout followed by a 62 finish.

The Scotsman won the set in the decider, thanks to a 76 finish, but Newton recovered brilliantly to win the fourth set without reply, which included 13, 14-darters, and restore his two sets lead.

The first two legs of the fifth set fell the way of Newton, to move a leg away from victory, before Thornton hit double top for a 68 finish, to keep his hopes alive.

However, Newton swiftly ended the contest in the next leg, after hitting double four for a 14-dart-finish, to confirm Thornton's exit.

Simon Whitlock signalled his world title intentions with a 4-0 demolition of Kevin Painter.

Ian White came back brilliantly from a 3-1 deficit to knock out Richie Burnett in a thriller.

Burnett looked set for a first quarter-final appearance in a PDC World Championship in 11 years, after edging the fifth set to move 3-1 ahead.

White, though produced a great comeback as he won nine of the next 11 legs, to claim a quarter-final place.

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