King overthrown by unseeded Winstanley in classic early encounter at Ally Pally
00:21 GMT, 19 December 2012
The King was dethroned on Tuesday night at Alexandra Palace as Dean Winstanley beat Mervyn King 3-2 in a first-round classic at the World Darts Championship.
Winstanley showed why he was the most feared unseeded player as he eventually prevailed in a match that went to sudden death by dumping the world No 14 out of the tournament in the first round.
It was a perfect start for Winstanley as he won the opening set 3-2 with some solid finishing. The 31-year-old checked out 98 and 83 on his own throw before hitting double 16 in the deciding leg on King’s throw.
You beauty: Dean Winstanley celebrates after winning his first round match against Mervyn King
Day five results
Steve Beaton 3-0 Kyle Anderson
Wes Newton 3-0 Johnny Haines
Mervyn King 2-3 Dean Winstanley
Colin Osborne 3-0 Lourence Ilagan
The world No 50 continued his hot streak into the second set and checkouts of 106 and 70 saw him take a 2-1 lead. It seemed nailed on that Winstanley would go two sets up but he missed seven darts at a double in legs four and five and a grateful King hit double 12 to take the second set 3-2 to level at 1-1.
The King was then eager to take advantage as Winstanley pondered his mistakes and soon the World Grand Prix runner-up was 2-1 up. King won the first leg before hitting double six to break in the second and then, with Winstanley sitting on 12, he checked out 140 to win the set 3-0.
But Winstanley didn’t crumble and some consistent play on his own throw in set four along with a double top checkout against the throw saw him win the set 3-1 and level at two sets apiece.
And the drama had only just begun as the final set went to sudden death. First it was King who surged ahead as he checked out 102 against the throw to go 2-0 up.
Short-lived: King was all smiles as he headed to the oche before his first match of the World Championship
Winstanley came roaring back, though, and his 56 checkout in leg four levelled the set at 2-2 before he hit double 19 in leg five to throw for the match. But then it was The King’s turn to hit back as he won the next two legs to lead 4-3.
And then, just when it looked like momentum couldn’t shift again, Winstanley checkout out 70 to level at 4-4 before breaking the throw to lead 5-4.
King needed to win the 10th leg to take the match to a tie-break and he looked on course to do so before missing two darts at a double to allow Winstanley to close out a thrilling match with double top.
World No 6 Wes Newton didn’t suffer the same fate as King on Tuesday night as he beat Johnny Haines 3-0.
King dethroned at Alexandra Palace: The world No 14 was upset by the feared Winstanley
The Warrior was edgy at the start but picked up his form to run out a comfortable winner and move through to the last 32.
It was a strange opening set at Alexandra Palace as the first four legs all went against the throw before Newton hit double 16 in the deciding leg to take it 3-2. Newton then made a flying start to the second set with a break, but he then struggled to close out the next leg on his throw, in the end winning it in 28 darts as both men missed a hatful of doubles.
And, despite Haines wining the third leg to cut his second-set deficit to 2-1, Newton produced a moment of magic as he hit 171 to leave 36, which he mopped up on his next return to seal the second set.
Newton then finished Haines off in double quick time as he took the third set 3-0, hitting checkouts of 73 and 135, and won the match by the same margin.
Comfortable win: Wes Newton cruised through to the second round after beating Johnny Haines
Steve Beaton started day five with a straightforward 3-0 win against Australian qualifier Kyle Anderson to set up a second-round clash with James Wade.
Colin Osborne rounded off the evening with a 3-0 win over Filipino Lourence Ilagan, who came through a preliminary-round contest earlier in the evening.
Ozzy put in a good performance against the impressive qualifier from the Philippines to move into the second round.
There are just two more days of first-round action at Ally Pally and Wednesday sees Ronnie Baxter, Colin Lloyd and Simon Whitlock start their World Championship campaigns.