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Phil Taylor hints he could quit darts after world championship final

Is the Power going out Tired Taylor hints he could be ready to take his final bow on the oche

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 31 December 2012

They may have been the words of a tired and cold-ridden man, but Phil Taylor threatened that he could be playing the final match of a darts career without equal at Alexandra Palace.

The Power, who takes on Holland’s new wonderkid Michael van Gerwen in the final of the Ladbrokes.com PDC World Championship, was disgusted by his behaviour after semi-final victory over Raymond van Barneveld on Sunday night.

An emotional Taylor mistook a Van Barneveld handshake for a provocative gesture and acted aggressively towards his friend and long-time rival in a sour finale to a thrilling match.

Shout bout: Phil Taylor and Raymond Van Barneveld clash on Sunday

Shout bout: Phil Taylor and Raymond Van Barneveld clash on Sunday

Ashamed: Taylor has apologised for his behaviour

Ashamed: Taylor has apologised for his behaviour

Disagreement: Taylor and Van Barneveld exchanged words as they left the stage

Disagreement: Taylor and Van Barneveld exchanged words as they left the stage

Tale of the tape

Taylor said: ‘I’m ashamed of myself and I feel terrible. I’ve texted Raymond and spoken to him and there is nothing else I can do, only apologise for it. It will never happen again.

‘I don’t care about darts at the minute. I know I’m in the final but I don’t feel excited or chuffed about it. I feel very down. I could just walk away tomorrow night and retire — go out on top. I’m a bit disillusioned about everything. Obviously I’m not feeling very well and I need a break.

‘To put the record straight, Raymond is a very strong lad and when he shook my hand and pulled me he hurt me a little bit. That was all it was and I reacted disgracefully.

Whatever the PDC decide, chuck the book at me, they can do whatever they want. I’m ashamed because I really like Raymond. It’s upset me.’

Is this the end Taylor was pushed all the way by Van Barneveld and says he needs a break

Is this the end Taylor was pushed all the way by Van Barneveld and says he needs a break

Winning feeling: Taylor shows his emotion after winning the semi-final

Winning feeling: Taylor shows his emotion after winning the semi-final

Whether or not Taylor is serious about retirement, he is not underestimating the task facing him if he is to claim a 16th world title tonight. Van Gerwen has been the star of this World Championship, bullying his opponents into submission with a scoring ability only Taylor has ever attained on a consistent basis.

Taylor added: ‘I’ve not seen a dart player like Michael in all my career. Only myself really. I think he’s the next one. His scoring, passion, his will to win, his aggression, Michael’s got the full package.

‘He’s phenomenal. He’s different to all the players I’ve seen and I’ve seen nearly four generations of players. Pretender to my crown He’s no pretender. For me to beat him is going to take a lot of concentration and a lot of effort. I can do it but it’s going to take a lot. I had a 109 average and lost to him the other week, but I can get him.’

The man of the moment: Michael van Gerwen is a player in form

The man of the moment: Michael van Gerwen is a player in form

Champion in waiting Van Gerwen beat two time champion Adrian Lewis and James Wade on the way to the final

Champion in waiting Van Gerwen beat two time champion Adrian Lewis and James Wade on the way to the final

Van Gerwen was just nine months old when Taylor claimed his first world title in 1990. Remarkably, he didn’t pick up a set of darts until he was 13, playing with friends at their homes in Boxtel, a small town near Eindhoven in southern Holland.

He turned professional four years later in 2006, recording a televised nine-dart finish and winning the World Masters at the age of 17. He has never been a respecter of reputations.

Van Gerwen said: ‘I don’t like watching darts. Even now, most of the times I don’t bother. I played Phil for the first time when I was 17. I knew nothing about him before that. It would be great if I could become world champion 10 years after playing for the first time.’

Phil Taylor versus Michael van Gerwen is a fitting end to a thrilling World Championship

Drama, excitement, bust ups, close matches, great performances and two nine-dart finishes: Taylor versus Van Gerwen is a fitting end to a thrilling World Championship

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UPDATED:

17:08 GMT, 31 December 2012

Is there any better way to end a World Championship that has had everything

The 15-time world champion and King of the oche Phil Taylor takes on the red hot Dutch star Michael van Gerwen in one of the most eagerly awaited contests in the tournament’s 20-year history.

‘Mighty Mike’ has lit up Alexandra Palace over the festive period and he has all the attributes needed to topple ‘The Power’ and win his maiden world title.

Van Gerwen produced a champion’s performance to beat two-time winner Adrian Lewis 5-4 in a stunning quarter-final and then, almost unthinkably, played even better against James Wade in the semis. Had MVG pulled off two nine-dart finishes in a row, it surely would have ranked as the greatest moment in darts history.

Mighty Mike: Van Gerwen has produced outstanding form this year at Ally Pally

Mighty Mike: Van Gerwen has produced outstanding form this year at Ally Pally

It has been a year to remember for the Dutchman, after his win at the World Grand Prix and final at the Grand Slam, and a win over Taylor on Tuesday night could almost be a changing of the guard for the sport.

If he plays like he did against Lewis, Van Gerwen will almost certainly be the new world champion.

Taylor said: ‘Michael’s talent is the best I’ve ever seen, even better than me at my peak. I’ve been studying Michael’s game and he doesn’t even seem to look at his target. I’m going to do everything on the dart board I can to beat him.’

But the pressure of a World Championship final could get to the young pretender and, if it does, the last man you would want to face is Taylor.

The Power: Taylor is going for his 16th world title

The Power: Taylor is going for his 16th world title

‘The Power’ hasn’t been at his best at Ally Pally this year but still finds himself in the final. He has negotiated a tricky draw with relative ease, beating Robert Thornton, Andy Hamilton and Raymond van Barneveld.

The bookmakers were right in ranking these two as the favourites but Taylor knows he needs to up his game to stop ‘Mighty Mike’ winning his first world title.

An interesting sub-plot will be the reaction Phil Taylor gets from the crowd after his spat with Barney after the semis.

The 2013 World Championship has had drama, excitement, close matches, sizzling performances and two-nine dart finishes. Let’s hope the final will be the conclusion a brilliant tournament deserves.

Five memorable moments from Ally Pally this year

5. John Part angry that his picture isn't on the wall at Alexandra Palace

4. Van Gerwen knocks out reigning champion Adrian Lewis in a quarter-final classic

3. Dean Winstanley's nine-dart finish against Vincent van der Voort

2. Taylor clashes with Van Barneveld after semi-final

1. Van Gerwen's incredible 17 perfect darts in a row

Phil Taylor apologises after ugly confrontation with Raymond van Barneveld

I reacted disgracefully! Taylor apologises after ugly confrontation with Barney

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UPDATED:

11:42 GMT, 31 December 2012

Phil Taylor apologised for his ‘disgraceful’ behaviour after beating Raymond van Barneveld in the World Championship semi-final on Sunday.

‘The Power’, who will play Michael van Gerwen in the final, clashed with Barney after his 6-4 win at Alexandra Palace and the pair had to be separated by security guards.

‘I reacted disgracefully and I feel terrible,’ Taylor told Sky Sports.

‘I’m ashamed because I really like Raymond but he hurt me a little bit, that was all it was.

‘It was spur of the moment.’

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Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Clash: Taylor and Van Barneveld go head to head as they leave the stage

Clash: Taylor and Van Barneveld go head to head as they leave the stage

Taylor and Van Barneveld clash

Michael van Gerwen beats Adrian Lewis in World Darts Championship quarter-final

Lewis OUT! Mighty Mike hits Jackpot as he sends the reigning champion packing after a classic at Ally Pally

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UPDATED:

23:28 GMT, 29 December 2012

Adrian Lewis’s quest for a third straight world title came to a shuddering halt on Saturday night as he lost 5-4 to an inspired Michael van Gerwen.

The Dutchman showed why he was the pre-tournament second favourite as he overcame some early double problems and withstood everything ‘Jackpot’ threw at him in an astonishing tussle at Ally Pally.

Van Gerwan will play James Wade in the semis after ‘The Machine’ edged past West Newton 5-4 in a classic first match of the evening.

Thriller: Van Gerwen won a classic contest to move into the semi-finals

Thriller: Van Gerwen won a classic contest to move into the semi-finals

‘Mighty Mike’ wasted no time in taking
the opening set as he pounced on Lewis’s double trouble to win it 3-0.
The Dutchman broke throw in the second leg after the reigning champion
missed six darts at a double.

But ‘MVG’ had problems on doubles himself and Lewis took advantage to win the second set 3-1.

Van Gerwen’s troubles continued in the
third set as he almost threw away a 2-0 lead with a hatful of missed
doubles. The Dutchman had chances in legs three and four to take the set
but eventually hit double 10 in the deciding leg to move 2-1 ahead.

‘Jackpot’ quickly levelled, though, as
he won the fourth set 3-0 thanks to a 136 checkout on Van Gerwen’s
throw in the second leg.

But Van Gerwen responded with a 3-0
set of his own as he upped his game in the fifth set. The Dutchman came
close to a nine-dart finish but settled for an 11-dart leg to break
Lewis’s throw and move back ahead.

Lewis didn’t back down, though, and he
took the sixth set 3-1 as Van Gerwen’s double trouble returned. But
just when the reigning champion seemed to be taking control of the
match, the Dutchman came roaring back.

Gallant: Lewis played his best match of the tournament but it wasn't enough against the impressive Dutchman

Gallant: Lewis played his best match of the tournament but it wasn't enough against the impressive Dutchman

The two-time winner broke throw to
lead 2-1 in the seventh set with a chance to move 4-3 ahead and just one
set away from the semis. But Van Gerwan checked out 120 to break
straight back before hitting double top in the deciding leg to take the
set.

Then, as expected, it was Lewis’s turn
to strike back as he hit an 11-dart leg to break Van Gerwen’s throw to
take the set 3-1 and force a decider.

The gripping contest continued to
excite in the final set and it was Lewis who struck first. ‘Jackpot’
broke Van Gerwen’s throw to lead 2-1 but, typical of the contest, Van
Gerwen pulled off an incredible 83 checkout to level at 2-2 as Lewis
missed two darts at tops.

The Dutchman then checked out 108 to hold and move 3-2 ahead before breaking throw in the next leg to seal a brilliant win.

Mighty Mike: Van Gerwen came out on top in a final-set thriller

Mighty Mike: Van Gerwen came out on top in a final-set thriller

Van Gerwen told Sky Sports: ‘We played
a very good game. I was struggling on my doubles but he played so well.
This is my biggest year ever and I’m playing so well at the moment.’

A despondent Lewis said: ‘That is
probably the best game we’ve seen on TV. It was better than Barney and
Taylor’s match (in 2007).’

‘Mighty Mike’ will look to avenge his
World Matchplay defeat to Wade, who was cruising towards victory at 4-2
before a determined fight-back from Newton.

Newton raced into a 2-0 lead before Wade broke in the first leg of the third set before reducing his deficit to 2-1.

Machine: Wade prevailed in a final-set thriller

Machine: Wade prevailed in a final-set thriller

The fourth set proved to be pivotal as Newton missed three darts at tops which would have taken him 3-1 ahead. Wade pounced to force a deciding leg in the set before hitting double 10, albeit at the fourth time of asking, to level at 2-2.

‘The Machine’ then won five out of the next six legs to go 4-2 up as he looked set for an easy ride into the semis.

But Newton wasn’t finished yet and he won the seventh set 3-0 before levelling at 4-4 to force a decider.

But it was Wade who prevailed as he broke Newton’s throw before sealing the set 3-1 and the match 5-4.

The semi-final clash will take place on Sunday night along with the mouth-watering showdown between Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld.

Determined: Newton pushed Wade all the way with a spirited effort

Determined: Newton pushed Wade all the way with a spirited effort

Michael van Gerwen and Vincent van der Voort advance in the World Darts Championship

Double-Dutch as Van Gerwen and Van der Voort advance with ease

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UPDATED:

00:35 GMT, 21 December 2012

It was double Dutch on Thursday night as pre-tournament second favourite Michael van Gerwen and the rapid Vincent van der Voort booked their places in the last 32 of the World Darts Championship.

Van Gerwen beat veteran Paul Lim, who was the first man to hit a nine-dart finish at the PDC World Championships, 3-0 after Van der Voort saw off Stuart Kellett by the same scoreline on the last night of first-round action at Alexandra Palace.

58-year-old Lim held his own in the first set as he broke Van Gerwen’s throw twice but unfortunately he wasn’t as good on his own throw and the Dutchman won the deciding leg to move a set ahead.

Dutchman Michael van Gerwen is through to the next round of the World Darts Championship after beating Paul Lim of Singapore

Dutchman Michael van Gerwen is through to the next round of the World Darts Championship after beating Paul Lim of Singapore

It was far from fluent from Van Gerwen, though, and he was fortunate Lim let him off the hook with missed doubles in the second leg of set two to leave the score at 1-1.

But the man from Holland hit double top to break in the third leg before closing out the set 3-1 as he marched towards victory.

The man from Singapore stuck with Van Gerwen throughout the third set as the Dutchman struggled to finish the veteran off, but an 80 checkout in the deciding leg sealed the win for Van Gerwen against a battling Lim.

Lim was the first man to ever record a nine darter on live television, 22 years ago

Lim was the first man to ever record a nine darter on live television, 22 years ago

Van der Voort was on the Ally Pally stage before Van Gerwen and The Dutch Destroyer had no problems in despatching Kellett.

The match started with three consecutive breaks, as both players struggled to hit doubles, with Van der Voort ahead 2-1.

The Dutchman then closed out the first set in leg four with a 76 checkout to win it 3-1.

The second set, in similar fashion to the first, started with back-to-back breaks before both players then held their throw to take it to a fifth and deciding leg.

The Dutch Destroyer Vincent van der Voort (pictured) had no problems despatching Stuart Kellett (below)

The Dutch Destroyer Vincent van der Voort (pictured) had no problems despatching Stuart Kellett (below)

Stuart Kellett

Kellett was the first to get a shot at a double but he missed twice at double 18 which allowed Van der Voort to checkout 60 and move two sets ahead.

Mark Walsh beat Darren Webster to set up a second round tie with Justin Pipe

Mark Walsh beat Darren Webster to set up a second round tie with Justin Pipe

The Dutch Destroyer then raced into a 2-0 lead in the third set as he closed in on victory. Kellett hit an 84 checkout in the next set but it was little more than a final act of defiance as Van der Voort hit double top, albeit at the fourth attempt, to seal victory.

Scott Rand also booked his place in the second round as he beat last year’s quarter-finalist Kim Huybrechts 3-2 at Alexandra Palace.

Rand rallied from 2-1 down against his Belgian opponent to set up a last-32 clash against Wes Newton on Saturday night.

Huybrechts started the final set by wasting three chances to take a 1-0 lead but Rand couldn’t make him pay and the Belgian returned and checked out double nine.

But Rand came straight back to level and then hit a 90 checkout in the next leg against the throw to take him to the brink of victory before a double 16 checkout in leg four sealed the win.

DAY SEVEN RESULTS

Mark Walsh 3-1 Darren Webster
Kim Huybrechts 2-3 Scott Rand
Vincent van der Voort 3-0 Stuart Kellett
Michael van Gerwen 3-0 Paul Lim

In Thursday’s other contest, Mark Walsh beat Darren Webster 3-1 in the first match of the evening to set up his second-round tie with Justin Pipe.

Friday sees round two at Ally Pally get underway with a double session. Andy Hamilton, Dave Chisnall and Gary Anderson are all in action during the afternoon session before Phil Taylor headlines the evening’s play.

Terry Jenkins takes on three-time world champion John Part in the standout tie of the second round.

Scott Rand rallied from 2-1 down to beat the Belgian Kim Huybrechts 3-2

Scott Rand rallied from 2-1 down to beat the Belgian Kim Huybrechts 3-2

Paul Lim at Ally Pally 22 years after first televised nine-darter – video

Out on a Lim! Singapore Slinger at Ally Pally – 22 years on from first televised nine-darter

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UPDATED:

09:52 GMT, 20 December 2012

The lively Alexandra Palace crowd will crank it up a notch on Thursday night when Paul Lim strolls up to the oche – 22 years after throwing the first televised nine-dart game at the World Championship.

Lim's life changed forever when he scooped 52,000 for the perfect leg against Jack McKenna at the Lakeside in 1990.

'I’ll never forget the nine-darter. All these years later, people still ask me about it – but it’s nice to be remembered for that moment because it was a bit of darts history,' Lim told the Daily Mirror.

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Shot at glory: Paul Lim is at Ally Pally for the World Championship

Shot at glory: Paul Lim is at Ally Pally for the World Championship

'Whenever I came over to the UK and Europe on business in the last few years, people recognised me as ‘the nine-dart guy’ and it changed my life in terms of recognition.

'I was a good player, but never in the class of Phil Taylor or Eric Bristow. People remember me as Paul Lim, the nine-dart guy, not as a darts player.

'I’ll never forget the moment I raised my hands in the air. That will stay with me forever.'

Singapore-born Lim took up the game at Chiswick's Robin Hood pub when he worked in London as a chef. He then moved to Papua New Guinea before going to America and turning professional.

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The prize he scooped for his big moment at Frimley Green was used to start an electronics business.

Lim added: 'I made good use of the money because my son is running the business now.'

The 58-year-old faces a prelim qualifier against Mohd Latif Sapup to earn a crack at Michael van Gerwen

'I have nothing to lose – I have played for 38 years and I am very blessed that I can just go out there and enjoy myself,' he said.

'I’ve felt very at ease coming here. My heart doesn’t usually beat any faster when I’m on stage, but this time might be different.'

Ted Hankey suffered a mini-stroke while playing darts

Darts player accused of being 'drunk' recovering from what was a mini-stroke

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UPDATED:

20:08 GMT, 19 November 2012

Two-time world champion Ted Hankey will be out of action for the foreseeable future as he continues his recovery from a mini-stroke.

Hankey, nicknamed 'The Count', caused alarm last week after beating beaten 5-0 by Holland's Michael van Gerwen in the Grad Slam of Darts, with fans erroneously speculating the 44-year-old of being drunk.

The 2000 and 2009 BDO champion was visibly struggling on stage as he was posting low totals, repeatedly rubbing his eyes and asking for the score.

Incident: Ted Hankey was struggling whilst playing and seemed to be unfocussed

Incident: Ted Hankey was struggling whilst playing and seemed to be unfocussed

He was initially diagnosed with a chest infection but further tests revealed he had suffered a transient ischaemic attack (TIA).

'Ted will having 6 to 8 weeks rest no darts at all start again next year if given the all clear by the doc,' said Hankey's manager Dave Stevenson on Twitter.

'Here is the what was wrong with @TedHankeyDarts last week at the GSOD Ted had a Transient ischaemic attack (mini stroke) the symptoms are the face may fall on 1 side causing mouth or eye to droop may not be able to raise arms due to weakness may have slurred speech sudden loss of vision dizziness balance and co-ordination problems.

'These are some of the things Ted was going through and yet still managed to compleat (sic) the game. Ted would like to say a huge thank you for the kind comments he has received.'

Revelation: Hankey was revealed to have suffered a mini-stroke

Revelation: Hankey was revealed to have suffered a mini-stroke

Stevenson later confirmed that Hankey has also been diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure and cholesterol.

'He'll have to change his lifestyle,'
said Stevenson. 'It all came out during the tests and it's now just a
matter of looking after him.'

Stevenson believes the Stoke-born Hankey was starting to rediscover his best form prior to last week's setback.

A 5-0 opening defeat against Robert Thornton in the Grand Slam tournament was followed up by a 5-3 win over Steve Beaton, leaving him needing to beat Van Gerwen, who reached the final of the event, 5-0 or 5-1.

Struggle: Hankey crashed to a 5-0 defeat

Struggle: Hankey crashed to a 5-0 defeat

'He was starting to play well,' added Stevenson. 'He got beat by Thornton but he had chances to be four-nil up there and he then won against Beaton.

'Ted's a quality player. What Van Gerwen's done this week, he could have beaten Ted without what happened but we'll never know.'

Hankey will miss the 2013 PDC World Darts Championship as he continues his recuperation, with the qualifiers set to begin next Monday.

Darts ace Ted Hankey forced to deny legless jibes after missing the board twice – watch the video

Which doubles was he going for Darts ace forced to deny 'legless' jibes after missing the board twice (and bookies refund bets)

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UPDATED:

15:28 GMT, 14 November 2012

Ted Hankey has blamed a chest infection for his 'legless' display in Tuesday's Grand Slam of Darts.

The two-time BDO world champion averaged just 59 as he crashed to a 5-0 defeat against Michael Van Gerwen.

Hankey appeared dishevelled and confused on the Oche and had to be corrected by the score caller when requiring 35 to win the first leg, he hit an eight and thought he still needed 25.

Under the weather: Ted Hankey struggled through his match

Under the weather: Ted Hankey struggled through his match

Hankey lost the first leg after Van Gerwen hit double 1 and his performance rapidly deteriorated.

Paddy Power decided to refund just over 2,000 to punters who had backed him.

A Paddy Power spokesperson said: 'Hankey, looked (ahem) well off the pace missing the board twice and only
averaging a meagre 59 on his way to a 5-0 hammering at the hands of Van
Gerwen.

'Having looked at the footage it's clear to us that Hankey was aiming at the wrong types of doubles, those who backed him never got a run for their money and the only fair thing to do is to refund them their stake.'

Ted Hankey

But Hankey's manager
David Stevenson dismissed claims he was not fit to play.

He said: 'About 3 hours before the game Ted complained of feeling
dizzy and light headed. He said that as he started his walk on his legs went
like jelly and he felt as weak as a kitten. Ted's infection had put pressure on
all his senses, most particularly his balance and eye-sight as he could barely
see out of his left eye.

Struggle: Ted Hankey crashed to 5-0 defeat

Struggle: Ted Hankey crashed to 5-0 defeat

'Ted wanted nothing more than to play,
especially after finding some form the day before and is absolutely gutted as he
feels he's let everyone down who has supported him. Ted thought finishing the
game was the right thing to do, so instead of retiring he saw the game out. Ted
would personally like to thank all his fans for their wonderful comments of
support.'

Hankey was diagnosed with a severe chest
infection by his doctor on Wednesday, and has been prescribed antibiotics and rest.

Seeing double with beer darts

Darts World Championships: Gary Anderson edges through

Anderson fights back from two sets down to secure nervy passage into round two

World No 4 Gary Anderson scraped through to the second round of the ladbrokes.com World Championships with a thrilling 3-2 win over Jyhan Artut.

Last year”s runner-up looked like exiting the tournament on a number of occasions, certainly at 2-0 down and later with Artut throwing for the match, but he somehow found a way through, winning 1-3 1-3 3-1 3-1 6-5.

In a pulsating fifth set, both players missed four match darts, before Anderson checked out on 76, displaying the composure that had evaded him for most of the night.

Going up: Gary Anderson scraped through his first round clash

Going up: Gary Anderson scraped through his first round clash

A clearly drained Anderson said: “I missed, then he missed. I was working out about eating my Christmas dinner as it looked like I was out. It”s definitely a wake-up call. I have been struggling to get to the dart board to practice. That was a wake-up call.”

Artut will be left to dwell on three squandered doubles in a row, any of which would have given him the victory.

Unlike Anderson, world No 15 Colin Lloyd was rarely troubled as he saw off Darin Young 3-1.

Lloyd started off with a maximum 180 but was unable to take numerous chances to finish things off, losing the first set 3-2.

He never looked back after that, though, levelling with a 15-darter and then checking out on double five to move 2-1 ahead.

False dawn: Jyhan Artut of Germany raced into a 2-0 lead

False dawn: Jyhan Artut of Germany raced into a 2-0 lead

He broke throw in the third leg of the fourth set and that was all he needed to take it 3-1, running out a 2-3 3-1 3-1 3-1 winner.

He will now play Andy Smith or Scott Rand for a place in the third round, and said: “I didn”t let my head drop after falling behind.”

Another man who enjoyed a 3-1 win was Michael van Gerwen, who showed signs of the form that saw him installed as a rising star a couple of years ago as he beat Colin Osborne.

The 22-year-old Dutchman broke Osborne”s throw in the first leg by checking out on 108, and took the set 3-2.

Osborne responded with a break of throw at the start of the second, but Van Gerwen – aided by a 180 – hit back and signed out with a double-top.

A 3-0 win helped Osborne come back to within a set, but checkouts of double 10 and top helped Van Gerwen over the line 3-2 3-2 0-3 3-0.

“I”m very pleased tonight as Colin is a tough player,” Van Gerwen said.