Vos almost hits the Jackpot! World champion Lewis survives a scare on opening night at Ally Pally
13:50 GMT, 15 December 2012
Reigning world champion Adrian Lewis was made to sweat on the opening night of the World Darts Championship as he came from behind to beat young Dutchman Gino Vos.
The two-time winner was out of sorts and had to recover from 1-0 down to see off Vos at Alexandra Palace.
Vos looked at home on the big stage right from the beginning as he took the first leg with a double 16 finish.
Not in the script: Lewis had to recover from 1-0 down to beat Vos
The two-time champion was the big draw for the crowd on the opening night of the tournament
Struggle: The world champion didn't have things all his own way against the talented Dutchman
The crowd were enjoying themselves on day one at Ally Pally
DAY ONE RESULTS:
Robert Thornton 3-0 Magnus Caris
Paul Nicholson 3-0 Co Stompe
Adrian Lewis 3-1 Gino Vos
Kevin Painter 3-0 Leung Chun Nam
The 22-year-old then hit a 180 in the next leg and, as the crowd chanted his name, he broke the reigning champion’s throw to take a shock 2-0 lead in the first set.
Lewis then couldn’t capitalise on the Dutchman missing three doubles in the next leg as Vos took the opening set 3-0 to stun the two-time winner.
Jackpot had to respond in the second set and he did so by moving 2-0 ahead before carelessly busting his checkout to allow Vos to break back. But Lewis took the fourth leg to seal the set and draw level at 1-1.
Lewis held his nerve to win 3-1 and book his place in the second round
The smurfs were in the crowd to see Lewis's win
It looked like the rookie’s resolve would be broken by Lewis’s comeback but his promising form continued as he went 2-0 up in third set.
But he let Lewis let off the hook by missing two darts at double four which would’ve won the set and the world champion quickly levelled at 2-2 with a 108 finish in the fourth leg.
And Lewis showed his class by hitting a 180 at a crucial time in the deciding leg of the set before hitting double five to take a 2-1 lead. Vos continued to fight but Lewis won the fourth set 3-1 to advance to the next round next Saturday night.
A relieved Lewis admitted it was not a great start by him but that the most important thing was getting the victory.
He told Sky Sports: 'At the end of the day it makes no difference (the performance), I won. Forget about that game now, it's gone. That was first to three sets, now it's first to four sets. I'll settle a lot quicker and hopefully I can get the job done.
'The first round is probably the hardest one. That first one there was probably harder than the finals I've played, the simple reason being that you're nervous.'
In the first match of the tournament, UK Open champion Robert Thornton romped to a 3-0 win over Swede Magnus Caris.
Caris, who had lost in the first
round on all three previous appearances at the World Championship, only
won one leg and never threatened the dominant Scot.
Thorn checked out 150 in the first leg of the match and followed up by
winning the next two legs to take the opening set. The Swede then won
the first leg of the second set but Thornton reeled off three straight
legs to move 2-0 ahead and just one set away from victory.
UK Open champion Robert Thornton started the night with a comfortable 3-0 win over Magnus Caris
The Asset: Paul Nicholson also won on the opening night as he beat Dutch veteran Co Stompe 3-0
Nicholson will play Thornton in round two next Friday
the UK Open champion finished the match just how he started it with
back-to-back checkouts of 150 and 130 to cruise into the second round
with an impressive performance.
opponent in the last 32 will be Paul Nicholson after The Asset brushed
aside Co Stompe 3-0. Nicholson lost just two legs to the Dutch veteran
to set up a mouth-watering tie with Thornton next Friday.
Both Stompe and Nicholson had trouble finishing early on as they shared the first two
legs, but Nicholson checked out 106 in the third leg and 76 in the
fourth leg against the throw to win the opening set.
The second set was a carbon copy of the first as Nicholson won back-to-back legs from 1-1 to go two sets up.
The Asset didn’t waste much time in finishing off his opponent as he
pounced on the Dutchman’s poor finishing to break his throw in the
second leg of the third set, before sealing his comfortable 3-0 win.
Kevin Painter rounded off the evening with a comfortable 3-0 win over qualifier Leung Chun Nam.
Artist won the first two sets, both by three legs to one, before winning
the third set 3-0 on an entertaining first night.
Day two sees Phil Taylor kick off his quest for a 16th world title with John Part, Dave Chisnall and Terry Jenkins also in action during Saturday's double session at Ally Pally.
The Artist: Kevin Painter eased to a 3-0 win over Leung Chun Nam in the last match of the evening
The jester from Leicester: Snooker star Mark Selby was among the big names in attendance