Dolan breezes through

Irish darts star Brendan Dolan took advantage of an off-form performance by 18th seed Kevin Painter to produce some top darts and claim an emphatic 3-0 victory in the PDC Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.

Irish darts star Brendan Dolan took advantage of an off-form performance by 18th seed Kevin Painter to produce some top darts and claim an emphatic 3-0 victory in the PDC Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.

Painter won just two legs in contrast to his opponent who was in control throughout in north London.

The Belcoo native stormed into a 2-0 lead in the opening set as Painter failed to find any kind of form, missing double top for 2-1, a mistake his opponent took full advantage of to take the first set.

The 37-year-old then took the fourth leg before Painter finally found some form, throwing two treble 20s and double 18 to level.

However, it was merely a respite for Painter as Dolan hit 108 for 2-1 before closing out the set.

Painter took the first leg but Dolan levelled with a double 18 and he went on to win the next two legs, finishing the match on double 20.

Alan Tabern twice came from behind to defeat Richie Burnett 3-2.

The 23rd seed was 2-1 down before winning six of the last seven legs to reach the second round.

Jyhan Artut held off a strong fightback from Scott Mackenzie to progress from the preliminaries with a 4-3 victory.

Artut led 3-1 at one point but his opponent hit back to level at 3-3 before missing two darts at double top for victory.

Artut took full advantage to hit a 76 finish and move into the first round where he will meet Denis Ovens.

Second seed James Wade produced a masterful performance to move into the second round with a 3-0 win over Antonio Alcinas.

Wade was in control throughout restricting his Spanish opponent to just two legs although he was in no way disgraced.

The Briton hit double top to win the opening leg and doubled his lead before Alcinas pulled one back.

However, Wade eased out the first set with a double top before a clean sweep of the second set gave him a 2-0 lead.

The 27-year-old seemed unstoppable, winning the next two legs but Alcinas halted his progress, albeit temporarily, when he hit double 10 for 2-1.

The Spaniard had the chance to level in the next game when Wade missed double top but Alcinas could not take advantage as he failed to nail double 20.

Wade did not repeat his mistake, hitting double five to close out the match.

He told Sky Sports 2: "Nobody has an idea of how nervous I was.

"It was not a great game, it was nothing flamboyant."

He refused to look too far ahead, adding: "I haven't looked anywhere further than the game I just played. I believe that was the hardest game of this tournament.

"I just look at playing the game in front of me."

Of his chances, Wade said: "I believe I will win the world title, it's whether it's this one."

Ovens appeared in control against Artut, taking the first set 3-0.

However, his German hit back in a keenly-contested second set. The pair were level at 2-2 with Ovens - struggling with illness - looking out of touch in the fifth leg in contrast to Artut, who threw two 140s before finishing off on a double eight to level.

Artut opened the third with a maximum and went on to take a 2-0 lead, but Ovens responded with a 180 to reduce the deficit before drawing level with a double 18 after his opponent failed to nail double 16.

His recovery was complete when he hit a double 16 to come from two legs down to win the third set and take a 2-1 lead.

Artut was cruelly denied in the third end of set four as a dart at double eight flicked the flight of another arrow and rebounded out off the wire, allowing Ovens to steal the leg and go 2-1 up in the set.

And he took advantage by storming through the next, finishing with double 11 to complete a 3-1 win.

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