Lewis slumps to shock loss

20 December 2017 19:59:47 GMTPlus11

Two-time world champion Adrian Lewis lost in the first round of the PDC World Darts Championship for the first time in his career on Tuesday when he went down 3-1 to German qualifier Kevin Munch.

Jackpot looked to be sailing into the second round when he took the first set and held a 2-1 lead in the second set. Munch, who had beaten Aleksandr Oreshkin earlier in the evening, considerably improved his average with some high scoring and it paid off as he won the last two legs to level the match at 1-1.

Munch continued to outscore Lewis and that was reflected in the third set when the German took it 3-0 to go 2-1 up in the match. The qualifier then had no problems seeing out the match as he held his nerve to take the fourth set 3-2 to seal the biggest win of his career.

The Dragon will return after the Christmas break when he will face either Cristo Reyes or Antonio Alcinas for a place in the last 16 of the tournament.

The 2007 champion Raymond van Barneveld had no problems in his first-round tie with Richard North as he lost just three legs in the match. The Dutchman averaged 102 in which he hit three 180s and 14 140+ visits in a brilliant display.

Barney has reached the semi-final of the tournament in each of the last three years. He is 1212/1 to lift the trophy on 1st January and cap off what has been a good season for the 50-year-old as he won the World Cup of Darts along with his Dutch compatriot Michael van Gerwen earlier in the campaign. His next test in this year's world championship will come against Australian Kyle Anderson.

The number 10 seed Simon Whitlock is the biggest name in action in the first round of Wednesday evening's session at the Alexandra Palace. The Wizard takes on Martin Schindler and is 1/4 to win the contest.

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