Ian White goes out on third-day shock at Alexandra Palace

Ninth seed Ian White was eliminated from the World Darts Championship at the first hurdle after defeat by Dimitri Van den Bergh at Alexandra Palace.

Ian White goes out on third-day shock at Alexandra Palace

Ninth seed Ian White was eliminated from the World Darts Championship at the first hurdle after defeat by Dimitri Van den Bergh at Alexandra Palace.

White, who took the opening set before Van den Bergh, 21, sealed a shock 3-1 victory, joins fellow seeds Kim Huybrechts, John Henderson and Justin Pipe as a first-round loser.

Belgian Van den Bergh, ranked only 62nd on the Order of Merit, moved to within one set of the biggest win of his career after a 103 finish.

And while White attempted a late comeback, it was the Belgian who secured the biggest surprise of the tournament so far with a double 16 in the conclusive leg of the fourth set.

Elsewhere, Steve Beaton and Kevin Painter safely progressed to the next round with comfortable victories on day three.

Kevin Painter

Kevin Painter

Beaton, the 1996 Lakeside World Champion, checked out with an impressive 164 finish in his 3-0 victory over Koha Kokiri. Painter meanwhile also secured victory by the same scoreline as he beat Kim Viljanen in straight sets.

Phil Taylor will begin his pursuit of a 17th title later on Saturday when he faces the winner of the evening session’s first match between Keita Ono and Alex Tagarao.

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