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Adrian Lewis survives scare against Gino Vos at World Darts Championship

Vos almost hits the Jackpot! World champion Lewis survives a scare on opening night at Ally Pally

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UPDATED:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

The
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

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

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

Nicholson will play Thornton in round two next Friday

And
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.

Thornton’s
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.

And
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.

The
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 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

The jester from Leicester: Snooker star Mark Selby was among the big names in attendance

Madeira Islands Open: Ricardo Santos wins by four shots

Santos overturns four shot deficit to seal victory at the Madeira Islands Open

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UPDATED:

16:48 GMT, 13 May 2012

Ricardo Santos shot a spectacular closing 63 today to give Portugal their first European Tour win for 20 years.

The 29-year-old turned a four-stroke deficit into a stunning four-shot victory on home soil at the Madeira Islands Open.

'It is very emotional and I haven't got the words to describe how I feel,' said world number 306 Santos told the European Tour website after grabbing five birdies in the last seven holes.

Hats your lot! Santos celebrates his memorable victory on home soil

Hats your lot! Santos celebrates his memorable victory on home soil

Madeira Islands Open

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'To win my first European Tour event in my own country is very special.

'It was a sensational round, definitely the best of my career. It was amazing to have the crowds here supporting me and it would be difficult to imagine a better win than this.

Champagne moment: Santos is drenched after sealing victory

Champagne moment: Santos is drenched after sealing victory

Champagne moment: Santos is drenched after sealing victory

'I didn't have many bad moments in the round, but the supporters were always there to pick me up and keep me going. This is a huge moment in my career.'

Swede Magnus Carlsson was second and Dane Andreas Harto third as Spaniard Carlos Del Moral, three clear at the start of the day, fell away to joint fourth with a 73.

All smiles: Santos poses with the trophy

All smiles: Santos poses with the trophy

Wilson leads the way in Madeira at half-way point after carding superb 65

Wilson leads the way in Madeira at half-way point after carding superb 65

PUBLISHED:

00:29 GMT, 12 May 2012

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UPDATED:

00:29 GMT, 12 May 2012

England's Oliver Wilson knows better than most not to get ahead of himself despite charging into the Madeira Islands Open halfway lead with a superb 65.

The former Ryder Cup player from Mansfield has had no fewer than nine runners-up finishes on the European Tour, but has yet to taste victory – and last season lost his card.

Wilson, a member of Nick Faldo's beaten side in Louisville four years ago who has since slumped to 475th in the world, stands 13 under par after his second bogey-free round of the week.

Swedes Magnus Carlsson and Joakim Lagergren are one behind along with Wilson's compatriot Andy Sullivan, like Lagergren a graduate from last December's qualifying school.

Pace-setter: Wilson

Pace-setter: Wilson

Wilson, who skipped that to try to resolve health issues, has made eight appearances so far this season – six as a sponsor's invite – but has made less than 20,000.

'The fact I haven't had a bogey for two rounds shows I'm playing solidly and sensibly,' the 31-year-old told the Tour website.

'I actually feel like I left a few out there today. I missed three putts from inside six feet, but I made a couple of really good par saves – not from bad shots, just because the course is tricky.

'There's a long way to go and the scoring will carry on being low, but I'll keep pushing on trying to make birdies.

'There will inevitably be some mistakes at the weekend, but it's just a question of trying to limit them. You've got to be patient.'

Sullivan, part of Britain and Ireland's winning Walker Cup team last September, had a best-of-the-day 64, the obvious highlight of which was an eagle on the 572-yard 11th.

The halfway cut came at three under, which meant 2002 Ryder Cup hero Phillip Price missed by one and fellow Welshman Bradley Dredge, winner by eight after an amazing 60 in 2003, by four.

World Darts Championship: Steve Beaton beats Magnus Caris

Caris loses his nerve as Beaton claims dramatic win at World Darts Championship

Steve Beaton was forced to dig deep to keep his World Championship campaign going in a controversial clash with Magnus Caris.

Beaton looked set to exit the tournament when he trailed two sets to nil, having missed a host of doubles – but made a remarkable comeback with the backing of a boisterous Alexandra Palace crowd.

Comeback: Steve Beaton fought back from 2-0 down against Magnus Caris

Comeback: Steve Beaton fought back from 2-0 down against Magnus Caris

Caris was booed by spectators while throwing for a 3-0 win and, after he responded angrily, his game seemed to suffer as a result. Beaton, seeded 28th, took advantage to win three successive sets while far from his best form and secure a 3-2 win.

Heated: Magnus Caris gestures to the crowd

Heated: Magnus Caris gestures to the crowd

Paul Nicholson, himself no stranger to bad blood with spectators, also endured a battle to overcome Mensur Suljovic in four sets.

TheAustralian led 2-1 but was broken in the third leg of the fourth set, missing four darts for the leg. He immediately levelled against the throw but a third successive break should have followed as his Austrian opponent missed three darts at double 10 and a relieved Nicholson closedout a 3-1 success.

Pointing the way: Paul Nicholson of Great Britain celebrates beating Mensur Suljovic Out: Mensur Suljovic of Austria

Pointing the way: Paul Robinson saw off Mensur Suljovic

Vincent van der Voort was another playerto be taken the distance against Mark Hylton, the Dutchman prevailing 3-2 after throwing 11 180s in a high-quality clash.

Jelle Klaasen won the first six legs of the match on his way to a 3-1 win over Peter Wright.

The Dutchman has been struggling for form in recent months and said: “Peter was off-target with his doubles in the first two sets and that allowed me to gain confidence. I still feel that I will have to play a lot better in my next match but I am delighted with today”s win.

Safe passage: Jelle Klaasen saw off the challenge of Peter Wright

Safe passage: Jelle Klaasen saw off the challenge of Peter Wright

Robert Thornton advanced with a 3-1 win over Ian White and the Scotsman, back to full health after a bout of pneumonia, will next face another Stoke opponent in Adrian Lewis.

Left-hander Alan Tabern battled to a 3-1 win over Christian Perez, the Philippines player who had beaten Austria”s Dietmar Burger in the preliminary round earlier in the day, while Steve Farmer completed a five-set win over Ronnie Baxter.

In the shade: Christian Perez was knocked out by Paul Tavern

In the shade: Christian Perez was knocked out by Paul Tavern

Germany”s Kevin Munch was handed a place in round two after opponent Denis Ovens was forced to pull out with a pre-existing back problem after losing the first set.

Munch had earlier made short work of Lee Choon Peng in the preliminary round, though he needed six darts to finish the game.

Tottenham join Arsenal and Manchester United in the race for AZ Alkmaar"s Rasmus Elm

Tottenham join Arsenal and Manchester United in the race for AZ Alkmaar”s Elm

Tottenham have joined the race for AZ Alkmaar’s young striker Rasmus Elm.

The Sweden star, 23, who starred against England last month, also interests Manchester United and Arsenal but Spurs are prepared to match AZ’s 6m price tag for a player who moved to Holland last season from Sedish side Kalmar FF.

In demand: Magnus Elm

In demand: Magnus Elm