Trio Progress With Whitewash Wins

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Kim Huybrechts, Alan Soutar and Boris Krcmar moved into the second round yesterday after an afternoon of Bagel victories at the Ally Pally

Kim Huybrechts will play reigning champion Peter Wright in the third round, after easing past South African debutant Grant Sampson in straight sets.

Sampson stunned UK Open semi-finalist Keane Barry on Thursday’s opening night, but he was unable to replicate those heroics against the Belgian, a quarter-finalist at Alexandra Palace in 2012.

Meanwhile, Alan Soutar will face two-time TV title winner Daryl Gurney in a blockbuster second round tie on Saturday, after kicking off Friday’s double session with an emphatic 3-0 success against Mal Cuming.

Soutar – who reached the last 16 on debut last year – landed four 180s and converted 124 and 119 finishes to dispatch the Australian, who struggled with nerves on his Alexandra Palace bow.

“I’m absolutely delighted,” said Soutar, who kicked off the contest with five perfect darts and wrapped up victory with a 12-dart break of throw.

“I know I can play darts, but I need to turn up and play 100% better against Daryl, but I’ll take the win and we move on to Saturday.”

Boris Krcmar also progressed in comprehensive style, seeing off Japanese qualifier Toru Suzuki in straight sets to secure his first win on the World Championship stage.

Krcmar punished Suzuki’s profligacy to race into a two-set lead, before defying a late rally from the Japanese star to book a showdown with two-time semi-finalist Nathan Aspinall in round two.

The Cazoo World Darts Championship is being broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK & Ireland, through the PDC’s worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and Viaplay, and on PDCTV (excluding UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria & Switzerland based subscribers).

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Friday December 16
Afternoon Session
3x First Round, 1x Second Round
Alan Soutar 3-0 Mal Cuming (3-0, 3-1, 3-1) (R1)
Boris Krcmar 3-0 Toru Suzuki (3-1, 3-0, 3-2) (R1)
Adrian Lewis 3-0 Daniel Larsson (3-1, 3-1, 3-1) (R1)
Kim Huybrechts 3-0 Grant Sampson (3-1, 3-0, 3-0) (R2)

Evening Session
3x First Round, 1x Second Round
Lourence Ilagan 3-2 Rowby-John Rodriguez (3-1, 3-1, 1-3, 0-3, 3-2) ( (R1)
William O‘Connor 3-0 Beau Greaves (3-2, 3-2, 3-0) (R1)
Florian Hempel 3-2 Keegan Brown (3-2, 2-3, 2-3, 3-1, 3-2) (R1)
Michael Smith 3-0 Nathan Rafferty (3-0, 3-0, 3-0) (R2)


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