Colin Lloyd apologised for letting his frustration get the better of him during his contest with Andree Welge after eking out a 3-2 victory in the first round of the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace on Friday night.

The 37-year-old from Colchester punched the board when the German fought back from 2-0 to draw level at 2-2, drawing blood and stunning the referee and crowd, before holding his nerve to seal a dramatic victory.

‘The PDC and Sky TV say to us “show your emotions”. From 2-0 up that shouldn't have been 2-2,’ he said on Sky Sports 1.

‘Nothing against Andree - he played fantastic. The next two sets, he ripped me - 3-0 3-0. Fair play to him. And I let it get to me.

‘I apologise to everyone that's watching the game but I'm showing my emotion. This is how much this tournament means to me.

‘I shouldn't have done it but I want to be the world champion.

‘I apologise to people out there. That's not me. That's not what I'm about. I go out there and play on my ability.

‘I'm disappointed at myself for doing that because Andree's a lovely player, a lovely person. I think I possibly put him off a bit so I apologise for that.’

Earlier in the evening Peter Wright ousted in-form Dutchman Co Stompe 3-1 and in a preliminary, Roland Scholten was a 4-2 winner against Veijo Viinikka.

Adrian Lewis was on form in his match against Tony Eccles but was tested at the climax of the second set before holding on to go 2-0 up.

It proved decisive and Lewis won the third set to make sure of a 3-0 win - and a place in the next round.

Scotland's Ronnie Baxter won the final game of the night, outclassing Dutchman Scholten and wrapping up another 3-0 success with double top.