Darts: Thornton set to hit Jackpot at Ingliston

Robert Thornton proved too strong for Andy Hamilton

Robert Thornton proved too strong for Andy Hamilton

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SCOTLAND’S Robert Thornton set up a quarter-final clash with two-time world darts champion Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis after beating Andy Hamilton 6-4 in The Coral Masters at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, last night.

Lewis clinched his own quarter-final place in the £160,000 event by edging out Kim Huybrechts 6-5, despite the Belgian having two darts at double 20 to win the match.

The three-day competition sees the world’s top 16 players face off in the Capital and Ayrshire star Thornton gave home fans plenty to cheer about.

However, his fellow Scot, Lowestoft-based Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright, found Dutch superstar Michael van Gerwen too hot to handle as the 2013 World Championship finalist ran out a convincing 6-2 winner.

Van Gerwern will meet fellow Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld – a 6-3 winner over Dave Chisnall – in the quarter-finals

Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor, the 16-times world champion, fought back from being 3-2 down to shrug off Terry Jenkins 6-3 and will meet Wes Newton – a 6-5 winner over Justin Pipe – in the next round tonight.

England’s James Wade beat fellow countryman Kevin Painter 6-5 to line up a last-eight match-up with Simon Whitlock. The Aussie, a former world championship finalist, beat Mervyn King 6-4.