Dolan through to last 16 in worlds
Northern Ireland’s Brendan Dolan is through to the fourth round of the PDC World Darts Championship for the first time after knocking out 19th seed Mervyn King at the Alexandra Palace in London.
Twice a semi-finalist, King had battled back to level the match at 2-2 following a 14-dart finish.
However, Enniskillen’s Dolan responded to break King and take the fifth set on a decider before closing out a 4-2 victory with a 95.73 average.
Dolan, who saw off 14th seed Joe Cullen in round two, will play either Benito Van De Pas or Toni Alcinas for a place in the last eight.
Ninth seed James Wade produced a fine comeback to beat Keegan Brown 4-3 and secure his place in the last 16.
Englishman Wade had apologised for controversial post-match comments that he “wanted to really hurt” Japanese opponent Seigo Asada after his previous victory at the Alexandra Palace, blaming his actions on a “hypomanic episode”. Despite enduring a hostile reception from large sections of the crowd, there was no repeat of any such outburst.