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World Championship 1st round: Scottish giants take place on oche

| 20.12.2014

Day three of the PDC World Darts Championship produces double the action, with another four tasty first round battles scheduled at the Ally Pally.

Justin Pipe and Robert Thornton highlight the afternoon session, while Steve Beaton, Terry Jenkins and top 10-ranked Simon Whitlock and Gary Anderson face evening encounters.

Afternoon session:

Andy Smith (28) v Ronny Huybrechts
The Pie Man faces a potentially tricky tie against Belgian 2013 World Cup runner-up Huybrechts, with both players priced the same with Coral for victory at 10/11.

Smith will take confidence in the fact that his opponent has never made it past the first round, but Huybrechts won the only meeting between the two way back in 2005.

Justin Pipe (17) v Lawrence Ryder
Pipe (1/8), whose furthest finish here was the last 16 in 2012, goes up against little-known Australian Ryder (5/1), who is an international qualifier. The Force is a more enticing 6/5 chance to win 3-0.

Robert Thornton (9) v Andrew Gilding
On his day, Scotsman Thornton (4/11) can beat anyone, but faces a tough test up first against Gilding (21/10).

The Thorn, who has failed to get past the last 16 here, has beaten the Englishman in both previous battles.

Ronnie Baxter (24) v Scott Mackenzie/Daryl Gurney
Veteran Baxter is a twice BDO World Championship runner-up and has reached the quarters in the PDC competition in 2002, so back him to overcome the winner of these preliminary qualifiers.

Northern Irishman Gurney (odds-on at 1/2) and Brazilian-born half Scot, half Japanese Hong Kong player Mackenzie (6/4) will be no pushover, though.

Evening Session:

Steve Beaton (21) v Kyle Anderson
This duo have played in this competition at this stage before, in 2012, with Beaton defeating Aussie Anderson (evens for victory) in straight sets. He is odds-on at 4/5 to win again, and 5/1 to do so 3-0.

Terry Jenkins (16) v John Weber
A semi-finalist in 2011, veteran Jenkins (heavily odds-on at 1/12) should have no trouble overcoming Australian Weber (13/2).

Simon Whitlock (7) v Darren Webster
The Wizard (1/3) was runner-up here in 2010, but faces a difficult first round match-up against Englishman Webster (9/4), who reached the quarters here in 2007. Whitlock is a 66/1 tournament chance.

Gary Anderson (4) v Mark McGrath/Scott Kirchner
In-form Anderson was a finalist here back in 2011, and is a decent chance to go all the way this year (11/2 third-favourite). He encounters one of New Zealander McGrath (11/10 to win his qualifier) or American Kirchner (4/6) first up.



Sam Barnard

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