Adrian Lewis survives early scare at World Matchplay

Adrian Lewis
Lewis will play Vincent van der Voort in the second round on Wednesday

World champion Adrian Lewis survived a real scare before progressing to the second round of the World Matchplay at the expense of Essex's Kevin Painter.

Leading 9-6, Painter missed three darts to win the match and a further three after Lewis had pulled back to level.

And Lewis held his nerve to complete a 14-12 victory at the Winter Gardens.

"I thought I'd lost it at one stage and put my darts away, but he missed his chance, I came back well and took mine in the end," said the 26-year-old.

Lewis will face Vincent van der Voort in round two after his 10-7 win against Alan Tabern.

Canada's John Part hit the third nine-darter in World Matchplay history, but was powerless to prevent a first-round exit to Mark Webster.

Steve Beaton cruised past Terry Jenkins in the opening match of the tournament.

Phil Taylor, the defending champion, begins his quest for a 12th Matchplay title against Mark Hylton on Monday evening.

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