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Nic Ladds 20th Dec 2009 - 11:14

PDC World Darts Championship results & Sunday preview

Adrian Lewis produced a sensational 26-minute demolition of Irish qualifier Aodhagan O'Neill to win through to the second round of the World Darts Championship on Saturday night.

Lewis, the 24-year-old from Stoke, produced a 106.51 average - the best so far in the tournament - and hit six 180s in one of his best televised performances.

O'Neill had defeated South African Les Francis 4-2 in the preliminary round earlier in the night, but took just one leg as Lewis stormed to victory and set up a second round date with Wes Newton on Sunday December 27.

"I saw him against Les and he was half-decent and I knew I had to perform," said Lewis. "It's very pleasing to play like that and I'll need to keep it up if I'm to win the title.

"I want to play Phil Taylor in the quarters, I played him a couple of weeks ago in Germany and averaged 108 to his 107 and it was a quality game, and I think I can beat him this year."

World number five Mervyn King was also in superb form as he swept aside Matt Clark in straight legs, taking eight consecutive legs in coming from behind to win the first set and take the next two without reply.

Barrie Bates came from a set down to defeat Jelle Klaasen 3-1, hitting three ton-plus finishes including a 135 checkout on the bullseye to seal victory and a second round meeting with Kevin McDine after Christmas.

Three-time World Championship runner-up Peter Manley came from 2-1 down to defeat Andy Jenkins in a deciding set in a tight first round game.

Manley took the first set without reply before Jenkins edged the next two to take advantage, only for the Carlisle-based throw to pounce on missed doubles to take the fourth set and then win the final set without reply, sealing victory with a 120 checkout.

Earlier in the day, Newton defeated Finland's Jarkko Komula in straight sets, while Stompe overcame Steve Maish 3-1 to set up a second round game with King.

Kirk Shepherd's straight sets defeat of American Scott Burnett means he could face John Part in round two in a repeat of the 2008 final, should the Canadian defeat Toon Greebe on Monday.

Steve Hine, a muffin baker from Coventry, edged out Roland Scholten 3-2 to earn himself a clash with reigning champion Phil Taylor after Christmas in the last 32.

The first round continues on Sunday, with world number two Raymond van Barneveld, last year's runner-up, taking on New Zealander Warren Parry.

Former Lakeside Champion Mark Webster makes his debut at Alexandra Palace when he faces Mark Walsh, while Gary Anderson also takes his bow in the PDC event against Jamie Caven.

World Darts Championship
First Round (Preliminary Round games denoted by (P))
Saturday December 19
Afternoon Session
Jarkko Komula 4-3 Roman Konchikov (P)
Steve Hine 3-2 Roland Scholten
Co Stompe 3-1 Steve Maish
Kirk Shepherd 3-0 Scott Burnett
Wes Newton 3-0 Jarkko Komula

Evening Session
Mervyn King 3-0 Matt Clark
Aodhagan O'Neill 4-2 Les Francis (P)
Barrie Bates 3-1 Jelle Klaasen
Adrian Lewis 3-0 Aodhagan O'Neill
Peter Manley 3-2 Andy Jenkins

Sunday December 20
Afternoon Session
12.40pm Ken MacNeil v Norman Madhoo (P)
1.10pm Tony Eccles v Brendan Dolan
2.15pm Mark Dudbridge v Andree Welge
3.20pm Mark Walsh v Mark Webster
4.25pm Alan Tabern v MacNeil/Madhoo

Evening Session
7.10pm Kevin Painter v Mensur Suljovic
8.15pm Phillip Hazel v Osmann Kijamet (P)
8.45pm Jamie Caven v Gary Anderson
9.50pm Raymond van Barneveld v Warren Parry
10.55pm Andy Hamilton v Hazel/Kijamet

(3-2, 3-0, 3-0)
MERVYN KING put in a strong display to end the challenge of Matt Clark with a 3-0 triumph at the Alexandra Palace.

King, seeded fifth for this year's event, won eight consecutive legs in powering to victory and ended the match with a pleasing three-dart average of 97.

Clark led the opening set 2-1 thanks to a 13-dart finish to level at 1-1 and then a break of throw in the third.

But King mangaed to win the next two legs by taking out finishes of 104 and 84, on the bull, to take a 1-0 lead.

King continued that form to take the second set without reply, taking the first leg with a 126 checkout and following that with two 13-dart finishes.

Clark could not keep up with the pace his opponent was setting and King took the opening two legs of the third set, which included a 95 finish to move one away from the match.

And last year's semi-finalist wrapped up the match in the third leg by hitting double 15 to set up a second round clash with Co Stompe.

After the match King revealed: "I did feel a few nerves coming out tonight, but once I won the first set I felt fine and really found my rhythm.

"Obviously it would be a dream come true to win this event. If I can turn up and play my A Game, I can beat anybody."

IRISHMAN Aodhaghan O'Neill produced an impressive performance to end the hopes of South African Les Francis in their preliminary round contest.

Francis had a chance to lead 3-2 but wasted the opportunity, and that proved to be costly in the final outcome as O'Neill took the final two legs.

Both players showed a few nerves in the opening leg on their World Championship debut, but Francis managed to land double eight for an early lead.

The Irishman hit back by taking the next two legs before Francis levelled by hitting double top.

O'Neill, who hails from Ballyconnell, took the lead for a second time when he converted a two-dart 60 finish.

The 50-year-old then produced an excellent 14-dart finish to complete the win and set-up a first round tie with Adrian Lewis.

(1-3, 3-2, 3-0, 3-2)
BARRIE BATES upset the form book with a tremendous first round victory over Jelle Klaasen at the 2010 World Darts Championship.

The Welshman, who enjoyed an excellent run to the quarter-finals in the last year's world championship, will now take on Kevin McDine for a place in the last 16.

Klaasen started the match well, hitting a 180 in the process of winning the opening leg.

Bates soon levelled, but the Dutchman won the next two legs - breaking throw in the fourth by landing double nine for a 1-0 lead.

The Welshman hit back quickly by taking the opening two legs of the second set.

Klaasen produced a 12-dart finish to win the third after Bates had a dart to win the set, and the Dutchman then won the fourth by landing double nine for the third time in the game.

The deciding leg of the set proved pivotal in the outcome of the match as both missed seven darts to win the set, and it was Bates who won it by hitting double one.

Bates won the third set in quick style by taking three legs without reply, which included a 13 darter and brilliant 144 checkout.

The Welshman then kept the winning run of legs going by winning the first two legs of the fourth set.

Klaasen kept his hopes alive by winning the third and fourth legs, after Bates missed a dart in each leg to win the match.

In the deciding leg Klaasen landed a maximum, but Bates produced a fantastic 135 checkout on the bullseye to win the contest in dramatic fashion.

A delighted Bates said after the match: "It feels unbelivable to win. Jelle is a tremendous player.

"The crowd were fantastic and really got behind me. It felt like half of Wales were in here tonight!"

(3-1, 3-0, 3-0)
ADRIAN LEWIS stormed into the second round of the 2010 World Darts Championship with a 3-0 demolition of Irish qualifier Aodhahan O'Neill.

O'Neill, who defeated Les Francis 4-2 to reach the first round earlier in the evening, was not able to get into his stride as Lewis recorded victory in only 26 minutes.

Lewis hit six maximums in the contest with a fantastic three-dart of 106.51 - the best in the tournament so far.

After the game Lewis said: "I saw Aodhagan play his match earlier, and I knew I had to perform.

"I want to play Phil Taylor in the quarters. I played him a couple of weeks ago in Germany and averaged 108 to his 107. It was a quality game and I feel I can beat him this year."

Lewis won the opening leg in impressive fashion hitting his first 180 of the game with his opening three darts, but missed four darts at doubles to break throw in the next, allowing the Irishman to level.

But the Stoke youngster won the third leg and followed that up with a 15-dart finish to wrap up the opening set.

Lewis stepped up the pace in the second set, hitting two 12-darters at the start of the set, which included finishes of 106 and 96.

The world number eight then won set in the next leg with a 13-dart finish, before hitting two more 13-darters at the start of the third set.

That put him one leg away from victory and that was quickly recorded with a clinical 122 finish to seal last a second round clash against Wes Newton.

(3-0, 1-3, 2-3, 3-1, 3-0)
PETER MANLEY came through a see-saw five-set encounter at the 2010 World Darts Championship with a 3-2 win over Andy Jenkins.

Portsmouth's Jenkins had led 2-1 but Manley managed to produce the goods when it mattered to advance by taking six successive legs in the final two sets.

Manley started the match well, winning the opening leg and then breaking throw in the next with a two-dart 60 finish.

The Cumbria based thrower then wrapped up the first set in style with a 127 checkout on the bullseye.

Manley should have continued the winning run of legs at the start of the second set, but three missed chances at double 18 allowed Jenkins to nick it.

Manley levelled with a 98 finish, but Jenkins took the next two legs to level the match.

The three-time World Championship finalist established a 2-1 lead in the third set and had two darts to win the set in the fourth, but those attempts were off-target and Jenkins took the set into a decider.

The same fate hit Manley again the fifth leg as he missed four chances to take the set and Jenkins hit double eight to take a set he seemed unlikely to win and lead for the first time.

Jenkins won the first leg of the fourth set and had chances to make it 2-0, but missed doubles proved costly and Manley levelled at 1-1.

Manley then hit double 16 to break Jenkins' throw and won the set in the next, hitting double top after Jenkins missed five darts at double 10.

Manley held throw at the start of the final set and then broke throw with a 15-dart finish to go 2-0 ahead.

Jenkins missed a dart at double 10 once again in the third leg and Manley made his opponent pay by converting a 120 checkout, landing his favourite double top for the third leg in succession to win the match.

After the match Manley admitted: "It's always hard playing a good friend and that was incredibly tough tonight.

"I've been looking at old tapes to try and re-discover my old form. I know I have to put the work in if I am going to rise back up the rankings."

Special thanks to Lawrence Lustig at the PDC for providing our dart's update.



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