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PDC World Darts Championship LIVE: Results, scores and updates from Alexandra Palace

Peter Wright is the latest seeded player to exit early after James Wade lost earlier in the week

Michael Jones
Friday 22 December 2023 18:08 GMT
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Two-time winner Peter Wright crashed out of the World Darts Championship in the second round after a 3-0 defeat to Jim Williams at Alexandra Palace.

Williams, a BDO runner-up in 2020, was also far from his best in a poor quality clash, admitting afterwards: “I was fighting myself all the way and it’s a little bit frustrating – but hopefully we’ll get there.”

16-year-old Luke Littler marked his World Championship debut with a blistering 3-0 win over experienced Dutchman Christian Kist.

Littler showed no nerves as he hit seven 180s and finished with an extraordinary average of 110 to mark himself out as a genuine contender for the crown.

Also in the Wednesday evening session, Richard Veenstra eased past Ben Robb 3-0 while Ryan Joyce was a 3-1 winner over Alex Spellman.

In the afternoon, 16th seed Ross Smith eased to a 3-1 victory over Niels Zonneveld before being stung by a wasp on stage.

Meanwhile Poland’s Cork-based Radek Szaganski overcame Finland’s Marko Kantele 3-2 with a final set 142 checkout helping him through to a second-round clash with five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld.

Owen Bates lost a two-set lead as Ireland’s Steve Lennon fought back to win 3-2. Lennon’s compatriot William O’Connor had a far more comfortable time with a 3-0 victory over Bhav Patel.

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Brendan Dolan claims dramatic sudden-death win over compatriot Mickey Mansell

Brendan Dolan progressed through to round three of the PDC World Darts Championship after winning a sudden-death decider against compatriot Mickey Mansell.

The Northern Irish pair – former World Cup team-mates – produced a combined nine 180s as they remained level-pegging heading into the first tie-break of the tournament.

Brendan Dolan claims dramatic sudden-death win over compatriot Mickey Mansell

Dolan claimed a 3-2 win over his fellow Northern Irishman.

Mike Jones22 December 2023 18:08

Teenage sensation Luke Littler to ditch Xbox for darts practice on Christmas Day

Teenage sensation Luke Littler will ditch his Xbox for the practice board on Christmas Day as he bids to keep his World Championship dream alive.

The 16-year-old debutant has taken the tournament by storm and booked his spot in the third round with an impressive win over UK Open champion Andrew Gilding on Thursday night.

He will now head home to Runcorn for the festive period, but the usual fun and games after Christmas dinner will be replaced by a tough practice session.

Teenage sensation Luke Littler to ditch Xbox for Christmas Day practice

The 16-year-old debutant is into the third round at Alexandra Palace

Mike Jones22 December 2023 17:56

Dirk van Duijvenbode 1-3 Boris Krcmar

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Mike Jones22 December 2023 17:22

Dirk van Duijvenbode 1-3 Boris Krcmar

Boris Krcmar wins the match! He gets into full flow and takes out 102 to finish off in exceptional fashion and book a place in the third round.

Krcmar gets there for the first time in his career and he’ll be playing Gary Anderson.

Mike Jones22 December 2023 17:09

Dirk van Duijvenbode 1(0) - 2(2) Boris Krcmar

Van Duijvenbode misses double 15 to hold his own throw to give Krcmar a chance of a break. He’s got 82 to go and sets up one dart to take out double 20.

Krcmar hits it and moves within one leg of victory now.

Mike Jones22 December 2023 17:07

Dirk van Duijvenbode 1(0) - 2(1) Boris Krcmar

Krcmar starts perfectly with 180, backs it up with 100 then lands 137 to leaves 84. He almost tidies up a 12 dart leg but slides past the double 11.

With 22 left on his next trip to the oche, Krcmar checks out and moves two legs away from victory.

Mike Jones22 December 2023 17:04

Dirk van Duijvenbode 1-2 Boris Krcmar


Boris Krcmar smokes double 18 to move in front for the first time in the match and he’s now got the darts as he throws to secure a place in the third round.

Mike Jones22 December 2023 17:02

Dirk van Duijvenbode 1(1) -1(2) Boris Krcmar

The third leg is a tense affair but Krcmar nicks it after taking out 52 with a single 20 and double 16 to move back in front with a break of throw.

Can he win the set now?

Mike Jones22 December 2023 17:01

Dirk van Duijvenbode 1(1) -1(1) Boris Krcmar

Krcmar can’t make his advantage count as Van Duijvenbode nails his first maximum 180 before working his way down to 32 and landing double 16 on the first attempt.

ll square again.

Mike Jones22 December 2023 16:57

Dirk van Duijvenbode 1(0) -1(1) Boris Krcmar

Van Duijvenbode definitely went from hot to cold in the first and second sets. Can he recover to hold his throw here or has is his shoulder too sore?

Krcmar breaks throw in the first leg and increases the worry that the Dutchman is struggling.

Mike Jones22 December 2023 16:55

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