Debutants Day Part II

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Monday’s darting action saw four debutants celebrate victory on the Alexandra Palace stage, with Leonard Gates, Danny Jansen, Danny van Trijp and David Cameron progressing to round two. For the second time in this year’s event, three or more debutants triumphed on the same day.

Gates instantly won the hearts of the Alexandra Palace crowd in his 3-1 win over Dutch star Geert Nentjes, dancing his way through to round two by reeling off three straight sets to progress.

The American made a tentative start to the tie, but he completed the turnaround with finishes of 100, 111 and 128 to book a meeting with former Lakeside Championship winner Stephen Bunting.

Jansen, meanwhile, survived a scare to edge out PDC Asian Championship runner-up Paolo Nebrida in a gruelling five-set tussle.

The Dutchman squandered four match darts for a 3-0 win and Nebrida rallied to level – aided by a 107 average in set four – only for Jansen to regain his poise in the final set to prevail.

Jansen’s fellow Dutchman Van Trijp also enjoyed a debut to remember, storming to an emphatic 3-0 win over Steve Beaton – who was competing in a record-extending 32nd consecutive World Championship.

Van Trijp, a winner of two Challenge Tour events in 2022, fired in four 180s to set up a second-round clash against seventh seed Jonny Clayton on Friday – the eve of his 26th birthday.

Meanwhile, Canadian veteran Cameron produced an astonishing fightback to deny Edhouse, surviving six match darts in set three before winning nine of the last ten legs to set up a meeting with UK Open winner Danny Noppert.

The Cazoo World Championship continues on Tuesday evening, as five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld plays Ryan Meikle, while Women’s World Matchplay winner Fallon Sherrock faces Ricky Evans on her Ally Pally return.

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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2022/23 Cazoo World Darts Championship

Monday December 19

Afternoon Session

3x First Round, 1x Second Round

Andrew Gilding 3-2 Robert Owen (1-3, 3-2, 3-1, 0-3, 3-1) (R1)

Danny Jansen 3-2 Paolo Nebrida (3-1, 3-2, 2-3, 0-3, 3-0) (R1)

Lewy Williams 3-0 Niels Zonneveld (3-1, 3-2, 3-1) (R1)

Jose de Sousa 3-2 Simon Whitlock (2-3, 2-3, 3-0, 3-1, 3-1) (R2)

Evening Session

3x First Round, 1x Second Round

Leonard Gates 3-1 Geert Nentjes (2-3, 3-1, 3-0, 3-2) (R1)

David Cameron 3-2 Ritchie Edhouse (0-3, 2-3, 3-2, 3-0, 3-1) (R1)

Danny van Trijp 3-0 Steve Beaton (3-1, 3-1, 3-2) (R1)

Gerwyn Price 3-1 Luke Woodhouse (1-3, 3-2, 3-1, 3-0) (R2)


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