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Painter silences Monk in Ally Pally

Updated: Saturday, 24 Dec 2011 08:36

The Artist is through to the second round at the World Championships
The Artist is through to the second round at the World Championships

World number nine Kevin Painter reached the second round of the PDC World Championships with a 3-1 win over young prospect Arron Monk.

Painter was clearly the better thrower but his opponent was not overawed and pushed the older man all the way.

Monk missed double top for 2-2 and instead Painter took full advantage to nail the same and win the first set 3-1.

The 21-year-old then nailed bullseye to go 1-0 up in the second which then went to 2-2 only for Painter to dominate the deciding leg for a 2-0 lead.

Double top took Monk to a 2-1 lead in the third set which Painter promptly levelled but the former held his nerve to find double 20 with his third dart to pull a set back.

Double 16 gave Painter a 2-1 lead in the decider as he moved to the brink of victory but double nine levelled it for Monk.

However, another double 16 won it for Painter.

Andy Hamilton booked a second round clash with Vincent van der Voort after he edged Antonio Alcanas 3-2.

'The Hammer' twice came from behind and after levelling at 2-2, Hamilton forced the game into a deciding set.

Alcanas missed five chances to win the third leg allowing Hamilton to nip in and win with a double 16.

Hamilton nailed five 180s, one less than his opponent.

Mervyn King eased to a 3-0 win over Geoff Kime, securing victory with double 10.

Former World Championship semi-finalist James Wade avoided an upset as he claimed a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Finland's Petri Korte.

Wade looked to be cruising when he moved into a 2-0 lead, but Korte fought back and missed a double to level the match at 2-2 as the favourite wobbled.

But the 28-year-old rediscovered his form in time to close out the match.

"If you give people a chance they will take the chances now," Wade said afterwards on Sky Sports 2.

"Fair play to him he did finish very well and he scored ok."