MICHAEL VAN GERWEN, Simon Whitlock and Vincent van der Voort booked places in the second round of the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship on Tuesday night, as Australian newcomer Beau Anderson stunned Colin Lloyd in a sudden-death leg at Alexandra Palace.
Van Gerwen, last year's beaten finalist at Alexandra Palace, dropped only one leg as he swept aside Austrian debutant Zoran Lerchbacher in straight sets.
Lerchbacher, a plumber by trade, had defeated emerging English star Ben Ward 4-1 in their preliminary round tie earlier in the evening, sealing victory with a 138 finish, but was unable to trouble the world number two.
Van Gerwen took the game's first set without reply, and though the Austrian hit double 16 to open the second set, the Dutch ace added a further three legs to double his advantage.
The Premier League champion then finished 137 in taking the third set without reply, as he wrapped up victory in only 24 minutes to set up a second round clash with Kevin McDine on Sunday.
Vincent van der Voort, who will be van Gerwen's Best Man at his wedding next August, completed a Dutch double on Tuesday as he defeated PDPA Qualifier Matt Clark in their first round tie.
The pair shared the first two sets before van der Voort came from a leg down to win the third, and he also hit back from behind twice in the fourth set before double ten in the decider saw him seal victory.
There was also a national double for Australia as both Simon Whitlock and Beau Anderson recorded contrasting victories in their first round games on Tuesday - following up their country's victory.
Whitlock, the 2010 Alexandra Palace runner-up, was a straight sets winner against PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour winner Ross Smith as he dropped only four legs in progressing to a second round tie with Finland's Jarkko Komula.
Anderson, meanwhile, stunned former world number one Colin Lloyd in a five-set thriller which went all the way to a sudden-death leg in the deciding set.
Lloyd twice hit back from a set behind to level the game, but was punished for missing his chances to break throw in a tense fifth set, which saw the first ten legs won with the throw before Anderson, with the advantage in a one-leg shoot-out, hit double eight for the biggest win of his career.
The Perth-based ace had seen his younger brother Kyle hit a nine-dart finish in defeat to Ian White on Saturday, but now progresses to play Robert Thornton in the last 32 of the £1 million event.
The first round continues on Wednesday, with two-time champin Adrian Lewis beginning his bid for an Alexandra Palace hat-trick as he faces Dennis Smith.
World Youth Champion Michael Smith will meet either Japan's Morihiro Hashimoto or Singapore's Paul Lim, while number 11 seed Justin Pipe plays Arron Monk and Andy Smith takes on Steve Brown.
Ladbrokes World Darts Championship
Tuesday December 17
Colin Lloyd 2-3 Beau Anderson
Zoran Lerchbacher 4-1 Ben Ward (P)
Vincent van der Voort 3-1 Matt Clark
Michael van Gerwen 3-0 Zoran Lerchbacher
Simon Whitlock 3-0 Ross Smith
Preliminary Round (P) - Best of Seven Legs
First Round - Best of Five Sets
BEAU ANDERSON 3-2 COLIN LLOYD
(3-2, 2-3, 3-0, 2-3, 6-5)
BEAU ANDERSON claimed a fantastic debut victory at the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship with an epic 3-2 win over two-time major champion Colin Lloyd.
Anderson led the match twice only for Lloyd, a semi-finalist in this competition back in 2002, to hit back on both occasions to force a deciding set.
The final set saw Anderson miss four chances to defeat Lloyd before the 30-year-old Australian won the match on double eight in a sudden-death shoot-out.
Lloyd went 2-1 up in the first set, but three missed darts to take a 1-0 lead went begging and Anderson took a deciding-leg to lead.
Anderson took the opening two legs of the second set before the former world number one hit back to claim the next three and level the game.
Anderson won the third set comfortably to regain the lead, only for Lloyd to win the fourth, which he took by completing an excellent 110 finish on the bullseye.
The final set proved to be a tense affair, with Anderson missing three chances to close out the game in the eighth leg and one more in the tenth, before crossing the finishing line in a sudden-death shoot-out.
0-1 - Anderson starts impressively with a 180 before holding throw on double eight.
1-1 - Lloyd levels on double ten after the Oceanic Masters winner missed a dart at bullseye to break.
2-1 - Both players miss one dart at the bullseye to win the leg before Lloyd hits double ten for a second leg running to break.
2-2 - Lloyd kicks off with a 180, only for Anderson to reply with one of his own, and though the Colchester ace leaves 40 after darts, three chances to win the leg go begging and the Australian steps in to take out 76 in two darts.
2-3 - Anderson hits double top with a pressure third dart to claim the set, with his opponent waiting on a two-darter.
0-1 - Anderson cashes on more errors from his opponent with a two-dart 72 finish after Lloyd missed eight darts at doubles.
0-2 - The Australian hits double nine to win a third leg in a row after Lloyd is off-target on the bullseye for a 161 checkout.
1-2 - Lloyd hits double 16 to complete a 15-dart finish and hit back.
2-2 - The 2005 World Matchplay champion hits double top at the first attempt to force a deciding leg.
3-2 - Lloyd continues his resurgence as he hits a maximum and follows that with an accurate attempt on double ten to take the set and level the match.
0-1 - Anderson takes out a 60 finish to make a good start to the third set.
0-2 - The Australian breaks Lloyd's throw on double top after his opponent wasted two chances to level.
0-3 - Anderson takes control of the leg thanks to a third 180 and goes on to hit double four to leave Lloyd in trouble.
1-0 - Lloyd converts an excellent 112 finish on double 16, with his opponent waiting on 56.
1-1 - Anderson levels on double four after missing three previous attempts to claim the leg.
2-1 - Anderson hits another maximum but fails to build on that and Lloyd takes out 82 in two darts to edge ahead once again.
3-1 - Lloyd lands the bullseye to complete a 110 checkout and send the match into a deciding set.
0-1 - Nervy starts to fifth set see Lloyd miss two chances at doubles after Anderson had missed four chances of his own, before the Aussie returns to hit double five to hold throw.
1-1 - Lloyd levels thanks to an accurate attempt at double top.
1-2 - Lloyd hits a 180 to take control of the leg, but five missed darts at doubles prove expensive as Anderson finds the double 16 bed to move a leg away from victory.
2-2 - The Essex thrower hits a 180 for a second successive leg before landing double 12 to force a tie-break, with Anderson waiting on tops for the match.
2-3 - Lloyd is guilty of three missed darts at double 12 and Anderson converts a 72 finish, on the bullseye, to edge ahead in the set for a third time.
3-3 - The 24th seed holds his nerve to hit double five with a pressure third dart.
3-4 - Anderson hits double ten with his third dart to leave Lloyd trailing once again.
4-4 - Lloyd takes out a brilliant 105 finish after Anderson missed two darts at double 18 and one at double nine to win the match.
4-5 - Anderson is off-target with two attempts at double top, but a missed dart at the bullseye from Lloyd allows him to return and hit double ten.
5-5 - The Aussie just misses the bullseye - his fourth dart for the match - and Lloyd hits tops to send the game to a sudden-death leg.
5-6 - Anderson hits the centre of the bullseye to throw first in the game's deciding leg, and he makes that advantage count as he produces the more consistent scoring of the two before landing double eight to confirm a fabulous win.
|Colin Lloyd||2-3||Beau Anderson|
|3||Breaks of Throw||3|
|13/50 - 26%||Finishing - %||15/49 - 30.61%|
ZORAN LERCHBACHER 4-1 BEN WARD
AUSTRIA’S Zoran Lerchbacher enjoyed an excellent 4-1 victory over Ben Ward in their preliminary round meeting at the 2014 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship to secure a first round clash against Michael van Gerwen.
Ward missed six chances to win the opening leg, which Lerbacher managed to steal on double top before the two-time winner on the 2013 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour hit double eight to level.
Lerbacher hit double ten to regain the lead, before moving a leg away from victory thanks to an accurate third dart at double ten, after Ward missed two chances at double 19.
The Austrian qualifier secured the win in the next leg thanks to a superb 138 checkout to end the 25-year-old’s hopes.
1-0 - Ward produces consistent scoring to leave 40 after 12 darts but six missed shots at doubles allow Lerchbacher to steal the leg on double top.
1-1 - The Austrian qualifier misses double eight for a 136 checkout and Ward levels by hitting the same double.
2-1 - Lerchbacher regains the lead on double ten after Ward failed to hit double five for a 130 checkout.
3-1 - Ward misses two attempts at double 19 and Lerchbacher hits double ten with his third dart to move further ahead.
4-1 - The Austrian wins the match in style with a fabulous 138 checkout to set up a first round tie against world number two Michael van Gerwen.
|Zoran Lerchbacher||4-1||Ben Ward|
|1||Breaks of Throw||0|
|4/10 - 40%||Finishing - %||1/10 - 10%|
VINCENT VAN DER VOORT 3-1 MATT CLARK
(3-0, 1-3, 3-1, 3-2)
VINCENT VAN DER VOORT progressed to the last 32 stage of the 2014 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship with a 3-1 win over Matt Clark at Alexandra Palace on Tuesday evening.
Van der Voort, a quarter-finalist at this tournament three years ago, made a fast start to the match as he won the first set without reply, which featured a 131 checkout in the opening leg.
However, Clark - returning to Alexandra Palace as a PDPA Qualifier after a four-year absence - hit back to take the second set and level the match.
Van der Voort took a 2-1 lead in the third set and capitalised on missed doubles from the PDPA Qualifier in the fourth leg to win the set with a 70 finish and regain the lead.
The Dutchman found himself 2-1 down in set four, but recaptured his scoring power at the right time to power through the next two legs and progress to the last 32.
1-0 - van der Voort starts brilliantly as he hits double 16 for a fabulous 131 checkout.
2-0 - The Dutch ace hits double one to break Clark's throw at the first attempt.
3-0 - van der Voort continues his excellent start as takes out 82 in two darts to wrap up the opening set.
0-1 - van der Voort misses four chances to keep the winning run of legs going and Clark hits double five to get off the mark.
1-1 - The former UK Open finalist levels thanks to an accurate attempt at double four.
1-2 - Clark fails with five attempts at doubles to regain the lead, but van der Voort is unable to capitalise and Clark returns to hit double ten.
1-3 - Clark breaks his opponent's throw for the first time in the match to level the game at one set apiece.
0-1 - van der Voort hits the first 180 of the game, only for Clark to reply with one of his own to leave 81. The Dutchman is unable to take out a 103 finish and the qualifier from Radcliffe hits double 13 to polish off 81 for a 12-darter.
1-1 - van der Voort levels on double 16 to complete a 13-dart finish.
2-1 - The 30th seed hits double eight to edge ahead.
3-1 - Clark wastes three shots at doubles to force a deciding leg and van der Voort steps in to convert a 70 finish in two darts to move ahead for a second time.
0-1 - Clark misses two attempts at double 16, but van der Voort is unable to set up a shot a double and Clark returns to hold throw on the same double.
1-1 - van der Voort hits double 18 to level the set.
1-2 - Clark produces a solid leg to leave 40 after 15 darts, and goes on to hit double top at the first attempt.
2-2 - van der Voort hits a maximum to leave double four, which he hits with an accurate first dart.
3-2 - The Dutch star managed to produce some big scores to leave 91 after nine darts, and though he initially missed two attempts at double top for the game, he lands double ten to close out the game.
|Vincent van der Voort||3-1||Matt Clark|
|4||Breaks of Throw||2|
|Finishing - %|
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN 3-0 ZORAN LERCHBACHER
(3-0, 3-1, 3-0)
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN dropped just one leg to Austria’s Zoran Lerchbacher to win their first round encounter with ease at the 2014 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship.
The Dutch sensation never found top gear during the contest but did more than enough to enjoy a comfortable evening, and will return on Sunday to face Kevin McDine for a place in the last 16.
Van Gerwen - who produced some fabulous moments in his run to the final 12 months ago, including an incredible nine-darter in his semi-final clash against James Wade - won the opening set by a 3-0 margin.
The Austrian qualifier, who saw off English youngster Ben Ward to reach this stage, won the first leg of the second set on double 16 before van Gerwen produced a run of three straight legs to establish a two-set lead.
The winner of the Players Championship Finals earlier this month then strolled through the third set by three legs to nil, which featured an effortless 137 checkout, as he swept into the second round.
1-0 - The world number two hits scores of 145 and 140 before landing double nine to make a good start.
2-0 - van Gerwen breaks his opponent's throw at the first time of asking in a leg which featured a 180 from the Dutch superstar.
3-0 - An accurate shot at double top gives van Gerwen the opening set of the game.
0-1 - Lerchbacher hits his fifth 140 of the game to leave double 16, which he takes out at the first attempt to get a leg on the board.
1-1 - van Gerwen levels courtesy of a two-dart 70 finish, completed on double eight.
2-1 - The 24-year-old hits a second 180 to leave 68, which he takes out on double 16.
3-1 - van Gerwen starts the leg with a 180 but fails with six chances to seal the set. However, Lerchbacher is unable to set up a shot at a double and the number two seed hits double two to take command of the match.
1-0 - Both players miss one dart at double top before van Gerwen claims the leg by hitting double ten.
2-0 - van Gerwen turns on the style as he hits treble 20, treble 19, double ten to casually take out a 137 checkout.
3-0 - van Gerwen is off-target with one dart at tops, but Lerchbacher fails with three chances of his own to win the leg and the Dutchman hits double nine to confirm victory.
|Michael van Gerwen||3-0||Zoran Lerchbacher|
|3||Breaks of Throw||0|
|9/25 - 36%||Finishing - %||1/5 - 20%|
SIMON WHITLOCK 3-0 ROSS SMITH
(3-1, 3-2, 3-1)
SIMON WHITLOCK eased into the second round of the 2014 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship with a straight sets victory over Ross Smith.
The world number four, a runner-up in this event back in 2010, will now face Finland’s Jarkko Komula in the second round of the tournament on Sunday afternoon.
Whitlock's win saw him become the second Australian to win at Alexandra Palace on Tuesday night, following Beau Anderson's great display against Colin Lloyd.
Whitlock started the game confidently with an excellent 13-darter, before going on to take the first set by a 3-1 margin, recording his second 13-dart finish of the game in the process.
The second set proved to be a tighter affair as Smith hit a clinical 107 finish in the fourth leg to force a decider before Whitlock took the set with the aid of a timely 180, to double his cushion.
The former European Champion took out a 90 finish to start the third set well before the debutant replied with a fine 104 checkout.
Whitlock hit his fifth 180 in the process of taking the third leg, and closed out the game in next thanks to an accurate attempt on double top.
1-0 - Whitlock starts confidently with an excellent 13-darter, which features a 180.
1-1 - Smith hits back to win the second leg against the darts on double eight.
2-1 - Smith fails to hit the winning double with six attempts and Whitlock steals the leg on double eight.
3-1 - Whitlock registers his second 13-dart finish of the game as he hits double 16 to draw first blood.
1-0 - Whitlock makes a positive start to the second set as he takes out a two-dart 64 finish.
1-1 - The Australian number one hits a second 180, but a missed dart at double ten allows Smith in to take out 51 on double 16.
2-1 - Whitlock regains the lead by landing double 18 for a two-dart 66 finish.
2-2 - Smith hits a 180 and follows that with an excellent 107 checkout.
3-2 - Whitlock hits a timely maximum and takes the set in style with a 120 finish to give Smith an uphill task.
1-0 - Whitlock takes out a 90 finish courtesy of landing a bullseye, double top combination to break thow.
1-1 - Smith posts a second 180 before converting a 104 finish after Whitlock misses one dart at tops.
2-1 - Whitlock hits his fifth maximum before landing double four with an accurate third dart to get a leg away from victory.
3-1 - Smith is unable to hit double top for a 79 finish and the Aussie steps up to hit the same double to end the game.
|Simon Whitlock||3-0||Ross Smith|
|4||Breaks of Throw||2|
|9/16 - 56.25%||Finishing - %||4/10 - 40%|