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   Gary Anderson is eyeing up his third World Championship crown

He plays next Saturday in the second round against the victor of the first-round clash involving Justin Pipe and preliminary players China's Zong Xiaochen and New Zealander Bernie Smith.

The 16-times world champion beat fellow Englishman Dobey 3-1 despite making an uncharacteristically nervy start.

Those who attended the venue on day one saw Michael van Gerwen advance to the second round after defeating Christian Kist in a 3-1 victory. "He is my heart, my soul and the reason I play darts".

The emotion of the entrance showed as Dobey, despite a far-from-impressive start of his own, managed find his doubles and edge 2-1 in front.

"The Power" raced out to a 2-0 lead in the match which egnighted when Dobey fought back to win the third set.

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Humphries, who topped the Development Tour rankings this year after winning five events, checked out 94 in two darts to take the opening leg of the second set under serious pressure.

Zoran Lerchbacker did for King, the world number 22, coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2.

He then moved ahead in the match before Klaasen levelled, but Dekker moved into the next round thanks to a double 16 finish.

Dimitri Van den Bergh, of Belgium, beat England's former Lakeside champion Stephen Bunting 3-1 in a high quality encounter.

Bunting got on the board by taking the third set and began the fourth with a sensational 144 and when he moved 2-1 in front it looked like we could be headed for a deciding set, but Van den Bergh, who won the World Youth Championship last month, gathered himself and fought back to claim his place in the second round.

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