PDC World Championship: Daryl Gurney wins first round match

Daryl Gurney
Daryl Gurney beat Gary Anderson at the Players Championships Finals event at Minehead in November
PDC World Championship 2016
Date: 17 December to 3 January Venue: Alexandra Palace, London

Northern Ireland's Daryl Gurney set up a second round meeting with defending champion Gary Anderson by winning his first round match at the PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace.

The Londonderry man beat Jamie Lewis 3-1 in his first round match on Thursday.

Gurney, 29, defeated Anderson 10-4 the last time the players met at last month's Players Championship Finals.

Brendan Dolan from Belcoo, ranked 18 in the world, will face Australian Kyle Anderson in the first round on Friday.

Gurney hit five 180s in an impressive triumph over Lewis on the opening day of the tournament.

The world number 36 won three straight legs in a dominant first set, before Lewis took the second 3-1.

Gurney edged the third 3-2 before taking the fourth 3-1 to finish the job.

"I played well in the first set but then I went off my game a little bit," said Gurney, who reached his first-ever televised PDC major semi-final in the Players Championship at Minehead last month.

"I could've easily lost that game and been out so I was pleased to get over the line.

"If I play like I can in the next game then I'm confident it will be good enough to go further."

Gurney will meet Anderson in the second round on Boxing Day.

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