Northern Ireland’s 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.
Dolan 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.