Fifth seed Daryl Gurney became the latest big name to be dumped out of the PDC World Darts Championship, as Jamie Lewis evoked memories of 2017.

Lewis went all the way to the semi-finals last year, despite being a qualifier, but has enjoyed limited success since.

Gurney has become one of the sport's leading names in that time and few thought the Derry man would follow the likes of Peter Wright, Mensur Suljovic and Gerwyn Price in going home before Christmas.

But that was how it turned out in their third-round clash, Lewis winning 4-3, having led 2-0 and 3-1, with Gurney throwing for the match and failing to close it out.

Meanwhile William O'Connor's PDC World Darts Championship journey ended in the evening session after a 4-1 defeat to Ryan Searle.

The world number 61 Searle booked his place in the fourth round as O'Connor could not follow up on an impressive second round win over the world's 26th ranked James Wilson.

Searle, who defeated seventh seed Mensur Suljovic in the previous round, found himself behind as O'Connor won four straight legs to move 1-0 in sets.

But the Limerick man started to crack on the oche as he missed doubles at crucial times, including at set dart in the third.

O'Connor was clearly agitated for the remainder of Saturday evening's opening match before Searle sealed the last two sets to reach the last 16 for the first time.

Meanwhile Gary Anderson celebrated his birthday in nail-biting fashion as he survived a deciding-set tie-break against Jermaine Wattimena to book his place in the last 16.

The two-time world champion turned 48 on Saturday and despite Wattimena taking a rapid first set, Anderson took the next three sets and looked on course for a comfortable victory.

However, the Dutch thrower broke the fourth seed to take the fifth set with an 11-dart finish before Anderson blew a two-leg lead and missed five match darts in the next set, with Wattimena forcing a decider.

Wattimena raced into a 2-0 lead and miss bull for a 170 checkout and a shock victory, but Anderson hit back to win the next two to force a tie-break.

The pair shared the following two legs before Anderson made a crucial break in the seventh leg, with 'Flying Scotsman' securing a thrilling third-round win with a 58 finish.