Easy win for misfiring Power

  • Last Updated: December 15 2012, 23:56 GMT

Phil Taylor cruised into the second round of the World Darts Championship with a 3-0 victory over Northern Ireland's Michael Mansell at Alexandra Palace.

Phil Taylor: Far from his best but safely through
Phil Taylor: Far from his best but safely through

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The 15-time world champion was never troubled by Mansell but he was far from his best as he strolled into the last 32.

Taylor had to visit the 'madhouse' before winning the opening leg, then was pegged back by Mansell who won his first leg on the Ally Pally stage on his second appearance with an 82 finish.

The 52-year-old from Stoke won the next two legs to wrap up the first set but looked rueful as he stalked off the stage with an average of just 84.

There was not a great deal of improvement in the next set, although Mansell was playing woefuly and Taylor swept through it 3-0, the highlight the second leg when he took out 243 with six darts.

By now Taylor's average was up to 90 and Mansell was wilting, another 3-0 set merely a formality for 'The Power', although his 93 average will hardly have his rivals trembling.

Taylor told Sky Sports: "It was a struggle. I was trying to kick in. I don't think I have ever practised better in my life. I have won, I've won 3-0, so it's not a low point. The atmosphere is fantastic."

Another former world champion also reached the last 32 without dropping a set, John Part seeing off 'The Rockstar' Joe Cullen in emphatic fashion.

The Canadian is chasing a fourth world crown after a slide down the rankings and he impressed with his finishing, hitting three ton-plus checkouts.

Yorkshireman Cullen impressed with his scoring but was let down by his doubles.

Part told Sky Sports: "In a first round you are always a bit at sea, you need to find your sea legs. I was just ahead of him a little bit. I think he played as well as I did, I just got ahead of him.

"He outscored me but it's not about scoring, it's about finishing and I just hung in there."

"The first round really is the hardest round. I stayed a dart ahead of him most times and it got me the win."

Dave Chisnall beat Australian Shane Tichowitsch 3-0, while the experience of veteran Denis Ovens paid off against 16-year-old German Max Hopp as he took the final six legs in a come-from-behind 3-2 victory.

In the afternoon session, Jerry Hendriks and qualifier Daryl Gurney were the surprise names into the second round.

Wayne Jones, the number 32 seed, was dumped out by Dutch talent Hendriks in straight sets. The 24-year-old only mustered a 87.5 average against Jones' 92.21, but took his chances when they came his way.

Hendriks checkout out a brilliant 156 to secure the victory and he now faces Phil Taylor in the second round.

"I was a little bit edgy in the beginning of the game of course because it's my first time here. It's such a big audience. I was little bit nervous," he told Sky Sports. "I was a little bit lucky because Wayne didn't play his own game. I'm so happy to win the first game."

Former world champion Richie Burnett survived a massive scare against world youth champion James Hubbard before claiming a 3-2 success.

The Welshman raced into a two set advantage, claiming the first six legs against the 20-year-old. Burnett, who came under fire from the partisan crowd, missed 11 shots at a double before Hubbard won a leg, although that led to the youngster fighting back.

Hubbard won the next two sets, but Burnett's experience finally told as he won the fifth set by four legs to two, but not before he missed 46 doubles and six match-winning darts.

Burnett was more miffed at his own play afterwards and not the crowd's support for Hubbard, saying: "That's the way I've been, making things hard for myself. I'm playing alright so it's my own doing.

"I was getting more annoyed with myself than them (the crowd) because it's more natural for them to do. I respect them. I've got to just get rid of it and move on. I don't know what James was doing to be honest. He didn't seem to get into a rhythm."

Former semi-finalist Terry Jenkins made light of Steve Brown, securing a 3-0 straight-sets victory.

The final match of the session saw qualifier Gurney, who had earlier beaten Croat Robert Marijanovic in a preliminary match, upset Andy 'The Pieman' Smith 3-1.

Gurney, who won the Irish Matchplay event earlier this year to win a debut at Alexandra Palace, admitted: "It's a dream.

"My goal at the start of the day was to get through the preliminary round game, so to win and get a plac in the second round is a huge bonus.

"I was close to losing against Marijanovic, so when I was walking out to play Andy I wanted to enjoy the experience but I took my chances."


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