Lim rolls back the years

19 December 2020 21:09:33 GMTPlus11

Paul Lim stole the show on Friday night at the PDC World Championship 2021 after coming from 2-0 down to topple Luke Humphries and set up a second round date with Dimitri Van den Bergh.

Lim, who became the first player to produce a televised nine-darter at the World Championship in 1990, became the oldest player to win a match at the tournament with his victory over the former world youth champion.

The 66-year-old veteran, playing in a world championship for the fifth decade, delivered when his back was to the wall and clinched the third set before defying a match dart from Cool Hand in the fourth and forcing a decider.

Lim capitalised on an errant Humphries, who missed 12 darts to move within one leg of victory, to seal what was just his second win at the global showpiece since 2001, in memorable fashion.

He will now face World Matchplay champion Van den Bergh in the next round and was understandably delighted to extend his stay at Alexandra Palace.

Lim told Sky Sports: "At the end of it, it was a battle and I just kept telling myself to put pressure on him because if I didn't pressure him, then everything would come easy. I dug deep and it paid off."

James Wade eased into the third round with a 3-0 whitewash of Callan Rydz, while there was more darting drama when Dirk van Duijvenbode came from two sets down to beat Bradley Brooks and tee up a third-round tussle with Rob Cross.

Michael van Gerwen, 1212/1 PDC World Championship outright, gets his campaign underway on Saturday evening against Ryan Murray.

The Green Machine is 4/7 for a 3-0 victory.

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