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Lewis scrapes through at Ally Pally

Updated: Saturday, 17 Dec 2011 10:32

Adrian Lewis has scraped to victory on the opening night of the PDC World Championships
Adrian Lewis has scraped to victory on the opening night of the PDC World Championships

Reigning world champion Adrian Lewis staged a great escape to overcome undertaker Nigel Heydon on the opening night of the PDC World Championships at Alexandra Palace.

Lewis looked to be heading home early as he trailed Heydon 2-0 in the best-of-five showdown, then stood just one leg from defeat with the pair locked together at 2-2 in the third.

Lewis pulled back to level after Heydon missed five darts at a double which would have left him throwing for the match, then had to battle back from a break down to force a tie-break.

The pair swapped breaks in the first two tie-break legs before an 11-dart leg by Lewis put him one leg from victory. Lewis finally took his chance to wrap up his nailbiting 3-2 victory.

Veteran Dutchman Roland Scholten continued his comeback from a serious shoulder injury as he got the competition under way with a 3-1 win over Derby's Jamie Caven.

Richie Burnett won a nailbiting all-Welsh battle with Mark Webster, taking the decisive leg 4-2 on a tie-break after Webster had missed five darts at doubles to level the match.

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