Hong Kong’s Man Lok Leung hit 11 maximums in a scintillating 3-2 comeback win over Dutch prodigy Gian van Veen within the first spherical; the World Darts Championship runs all the best way till the ultimate on January 3, 2024 – we’re again on Tuesday at 12.30pm, stay on Sky Sports activities Darts
By David Currie at Alexandra Palace, London
Final Up to date: 18/12/23 11:49pm
Gerwyn Worth dropped solely two legs on his method to an emphatic 3-0 whitewash of Connor Scutt of their second-round conflict on the World Darts Championship on Monday evening.
Worth averaged 98.01, wrapping up victory in lower than half-hour to e book his place within the third spherical, with solely a mini wobble within the third set to perturb him
Welcomed on stage with the smattering of boos that historically greet his Alexandra Palace appearances, the 2021 champion performed together with the reception, smirking away as he clapped the gang.
World Darts Championship: Monday Outcomes
|Thibault Tricole (R1)
|Gian van Veen
|Man Lok Leung (R1)
|Haupai Puha (R1)
|Connor Scutt (R2)
Behind Worth’s calm exterior although was a steely willpower to get the job completed and he romped by the primary two units with out dropping a leg.
Scutt lastly acquired on the board to open the third set and he may need had Worth briefly nervous when breaking the Welshman as he threw for the match, forcing a final-leg decider.
Nevertheless it merely sparked one other gear in Worth as he produced a 12-dart leg to interrupt straight again, taking out 96 to clinch a most snug of victories.
Worth: Crowd have been sensible | ‘I wasn’t going to play’
After his win, Worth praised the gang whereas additionally commenting that that he contemplated maybe not taking part in within the event.
He instructed Sky Sports activities: “I used to be sat in my home at 6 o’clock yesterday and doubtless wasn’t going to play the event. I wasn’t even on my method to London.
“It’s actually tough to come back right here with crowds in your again however credit score to the gang. In the event that they carry on like this, there is no such thing as a purpose I am unable to win it.”
Worth added: “It wasn’t my A-game – first-round jitters – however I’m completely satisfied to get by… I performed fairly respectable.
“The group have been sensible. Final 12 months they acquired on my again however this 12 months they have been sensible. I used to be a bit apprehensive however truthful play to them.”
Leung publicizes himself with epic comeback win
Hong Kong’s Man Lok Leung had earlier stolen the present together with his scintillating 3-2 comeback victory over 21-year-old Dutch prodigy Gian van Veen, Leung throwing as many as 11 maximums within the match!
Regardless of lacking a staggering 22 darts at double, struggles which dug him an early 2-0 gap in units, Leung’s sensational scoring – averaging 96.26 – ultimately noticed him get the higher of his opponent.
Van Veen, a European Championship semi-finalist this 12 months – beating Damon Heta, Daryl Gurney and Michael van Gerwen throughout his run – wrestled the primary two units away from Leung due to excellent checkouts of 116 and 112 within the fourth legs of each.
However, regardless of the deficit, Leung was by no means disheartened and he ultimately made his superior scoring rely, claiming every of the subsequent three units 3-1 to e book a matchup with twenty second seed Gabriel Clemens within the subsequent spherical.
Thibault Tricole made historical past when beating Mario Vandenbogaerde 3-1 to open the night, the primary Frenchman to compete on the Ally Pally stage profitable on his World Darts Championship debut.
Tricole, a overwhelmed finalist within the 2022 WDF world ultimate, got here again from a set right down to defeat Vandenbogaerde in an actual back-and-forth contest through which all 4 units went right into a final-leg decider.
Within the first two units, each Tricole and Vandenbogaerde let a break benefit slip, losing alternatives when throwing for the set, with the latter taking out the primary of two ton-plus checkouts on his method to claiming the primary set.
However Tricole fought again, angrily celebrating profitable the second set by throwing certainly one of his darts on the ground, and he ultimately battled by to beat the Belgian and e book a second-round conflict with 2018 Worlds winner Rob Cross.
Martin Lukeman made relative mild work of New Zealand’s Haupai Puha within the remaining first-round conflict of the evening, triumphing 3-1.
The Englishman shortly raced out right into a 2-0 lead in units, claiming six of the opening seven legs, due to his superior work on the doubles.
Puha battled onerous to edge the third set 3-2, nevertheless it merely impressed Lukeman to take his sport up one other degree as he swept the fourth to verify his passage by to the second spherical the place he’ll play Damon Heta.
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What’s taking place on Tuesday on the World Darts Championship?
Three-time champion Michael van Gerwen enters the fray on Tuesday, whereas Steve Beaton – making a record-extending thirty third consecutive World Championship look – performs Dutch debutant Wessel Nijman in spherical one.
World Darts Championship: Tuesday Afternoon Fixtures
|Tomoya Goto (R1)
|Jeffrey de Graaf (R1)
|Boris Krcmar (R1)
|Matt Campbell (R2)
4-time semi-finalist James Wade will headline the afternoon session, earlier than Japan’s Mikuru Suzuki makes her World Championship return towards Germany’s rising star Ricardo Pietreczko within the night session.
World Darts Championship: Tuesday Night Fixtures
|Wessel Nijman (R1)
|Mike De Decker
|Dragutin Horvat (R1)
|Mikuru Suzuki (R1)
|Michael van Gerwen
|Keane Barry (R2)
The game’s largest occasion sees 96 gamers compete for the Sid Waddell Trophy and £2.5m in prize cash at Alexandra Palace. You may watch all of the motion stay on our devoted Sky Sports activities Darts channel.
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