Dolan through to last 16 in worlds

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Sports -

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.

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