PDC World Darts Championship: Van Gerwen eases past Stein

Michael van Gerwen
Michael van Gerwen has won eight successive matches at the PDC World Championship

Defending champion Michael van Gerwen is through to the third round of the PDC World Championship after a 4-1 win over German qualifier Sascha Stein.

Dutchman Van Gerwen lost the first set but recovered to set up an encounter against England's Terry Jenkins.

Jenkins did not lose a leg in trouncing Australian qualifier Laurence Ryder 4-0 and missed a double 12 that would have given him a nine-dart finish.

Fourth seed Gary Anderson beat Jelle Klaasen 4-3 in a classic encounter.

Scotland's Anderson was 3-1 down but finished with a three-dart average of 103.02 to see off the Dutchman, winner of the rival BDO World Championship in 2006.

In other matches, English eighth seed Dave Chisnall lost 4-2 to Benito van de Pas of the Netherlands.

Ninth seed Robert Thornton beat England's Ronnie Baxter, with the Scotsman also coming close to a perfect leg.

Scot Peter Wright, runner-up to Van Gerwen last year, rounded off the afternoon session with a 4-1 win over Belgium's Ronny Huybrechts.