DARREN WEBSTER produced a huge upset at the William Hill World Darts Championship as he dumped out former finalist Simon Whitlock with a 3-1 win in the first round, while Kyle Anderson knocked out Steve Beaton and Gary Anderson survived stubborn qualifier Scott Kirchner on Saturday night.
On generally a good day for Australia, it was their biggest name who became the highest-profile casualty of the tournament so far as Whitlock, the seventh seed for the event, could not live with Webster’s superb finishing power as he landed four ton-plus checkouts.
THE William Hill World Darts Championship continues on Friday with a further five games on night two at Alexandra Palace in London.
Phil Taylor begins his bid to win a 17th World Championship title as he faces Germany's Jyhan Artut.
Peter Wright, last year's beaten finalist, takes on Welsh debutant Gerwyn Price, while 2012 runner-up Andy Hamilton meets Canadian newcomer Dave Richardson and Stuart Kellett plays either Finland's Kim Viljanen or Germany's Sascha Stein, who meet in the preliminary round.
REIGNING champion Michael van Gerwen started the defence of his William Hill World Darts Championship title with a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Joe Cullen at Alexandra Palace, where qualifier Cristo Reyes caused a huge upset by dumping out 13th seed Wes Newton in a sudden-death leg and Keegan Brown ousted John Part.
All five sets in van Gerwen’s first match back at Alexandra Palace since he claimed the Sid Waddell Trophy in January went the full distance, and they could have gone either way with Cullen twice missing set darts, but in the end the Dutchman raised his game at the right time.
Jamie Hughes is the winner of the Zuiderduin Masters 2014. After a spectacular finale in which the first two legs of Gary Robson were including a 135 finish went the 14 legs after all to Gary Robson.
Robbo then still managed to win one leg but then Hughes threw all the winning arrow resulting in a 5-0 victory in sets. In the women's Anastasia Dobromyslova has earnings caught by a 2-1 victory over Aileen de Graaf.
In youth Netherlands also did not get the title. Mike Duivenbode could not prevent the Englishman Callan Rydz 2-0 in sets wrote youth title to his name.