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Darts fans go costume insane for the World Championships

Noah Ferguson | 17 December, 2017, 03:58

He failed to take his chance and Taylor settled it 3-1, on a clearly emotional night - the highlight of which was a hair-raising walk to the stage as the 57-year-old was serenaded. "It's the first one, there's a lot of pressure on me, and to get through Chris Dobey - when they keep on about the future of darts, that's your fella, I think".

Christchurch's Bernie Smith then plays his own preliminary qualifier on Thursday (NZT).

"I was a bit messy with some counting but I'll get over it. Michael took my title off me last year and I'd love to do it to him this year".

"I lacked a bit of energy against Chris, I slacked a little bit and it's not me, I'm exhausted".

Earlier on in the evening, Klassen became the fourth seed to crash out in the first round of this year's tournament as he was outplayed by world no. 48 Jan Dekker, who ousted his fellow Dutchman 3-1.

Taylor had an average of 96.33, hitting three 180s, while Dobey's landed six maximums and had an average of 91.72.

For the third set running, Dobey won the opening leg before playing some sensational darts, taking the set 3-2 on double 16 to show why he is such a promising talent.

In the first set he went behind 1-2 before rallying to take the next two legs and the set against the throw.

Anderson, who was beaten 7-3 in last year's final by Michael van Gerwen, has only lost one of his last 19 matches in the tournament having been crowned champion in both 2015 and 2016.

Elsewhere, World Youth Champion Dimitri Van den Berg beat world No.21 Stephen Bunting, recording an average of 104.17.

Dozens of darts fans descended on Alexandra Palace today wearing fancy dress for day two of the William Hill World Darts Championships in.

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